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Sunday, July 24, 2005

HONG KONG DAY - ASCOT AT NEWBURY
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2005

AZAMOUR FINE AFTER KING GEORGE ROMP REPORTS THE PRESS ASSOCIATION

The Press Association reported this morning that Azamour has returned home to John Oxx's Kildare stable in top form following his awesome victory in yesterday’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot at Newbury.


Owned by the Aga Khan, the four-year-old smashed the mile-and-a-half track record at the Berkshire course when handing out a length and a quarter defeat to Norse Dancer in the midsummer showpiece.


“He is in absolutely wonderful form. He flew home on Saturday night and is in great shape,” said Oxx's wife Caitriona.


“He pulled out well on this morning, trotted out and acts as if he has not even had a race."

The Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown (Saturday, September 10), a race he won last year, could be next on Azamour's agenda ahead of a possible crack at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Sunday, October 2) and a trip to the Breeders’ Cup at Belmont Park on Saturday, October 29.



AZAMOUR‘S VICTORY CREATES SOME FINE PROSE

Azamour’s fine success in yesterday’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes ensured that the nation’s leading racing journalists were left reaching for the superlatives for today’s editions.


“King George procession for Azamour,” screamed the headline in The Independent on Sunday. Sue Montgomery went on to write: “The style of Azamour’s victory was certainly an eye-stretcher.


“The four-year-old swept from last place to first without much apparent effort from himself, or Mick Kinane in the saddle, and his length-and-a-quarter margin at the line was scant measure of his superiority. The winner of a championship contest, even a 5-2 favourite, cannot often be called so far from the finish.”

Tim Richards was also impressed in The Sunday Times. He said: “After starting his run from last place early in the home straight, Azamour picked off his rivals with utter contempt. His progress was so easy that Kinane was starting to think about applying the brakes, but such drastic measures were unnecessary.


“...This was the best and fastest mile-and-a-half race ever run at Newbury. Azamour completed it in a time of 2min 28.26sec, breaking a record that had stood for half a century.”

Chris Goulding of the Sunday Express could not hide his admiration for Azamour or winning jockey Mick Kinane. He wrote: “Kinane and Azamour resembled the proverbial cool cucumber in last place until pouncing inside the final furlong.


“...Yesterday’s victory crowns him as an outstanding performer over varying distances ranging from a mile to yesterday’s first attempt at 12 furlongs. Also, he broke the course record.”

“Azamour’s just amazing,” shouted the headline in The Mail on Sunday. Jonathan Powell was also impressed with Kinane’s coolness in the saddle. “With ice in his veins and a song in his heart Mick Kinane delivered an outrageous winning charge on Azamour in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Newbury.


“...Entering Newbury’s long finishing straight Kinane was still motionless on Azamour’s back as they stalked the field with deadly intent.

“Then the Irish jockey briefly shook his reins and the horse produced a blistering finishing run that will live forever in the memories of those lucky enough to be there.”

Brough Scott of The Sunday Telegraph certainly thought that he had seen something special. He exclaimed: “Close up you could see the power as he [Azamour] came past us and as we ran after them, the heart lifted as we realised that we had just witnessed not only the best race Newbury has seen, but the finest Flat race run this season. As he came back Mick Kinane’s flint-like gunfighter’s face was split wide with delight.”


ASCOT - SPONSORSHIP AND
REDEVELOPMENT PROGRESS


Following a report in one of the Sunday papers suggesting that De Beers sponsorship may end, Douglas Erskine-Crum, Ascot’s chief executive, said: “All our sponsorship arrangements for when we come back next year are under review and we will have been closed for 20 months by then.

“We have been looking at various sponsorship models for the return as it gives us a tremendous opportunity.


“But as for De Deers Diamond Day, we have no plans to change it. We have been talking to De Beers off and on over the last few months and in the next month or so we will be sending them a proposal.


“We are very confident that they will accept it and De Beers Diamond Day, which goes from strength to strength, will not change at all.”

As far as Ascot’s redevelopment is going, Erskine-Crum replied to a question about whether racing will return to Ascot on schedule next year by remarking: “We remain confident. We will be making a final decision in the late summer or early autumn.


“But it is going very well at the moment. We are particularly pleased with the track while the stand is shooting up - the roof is about a third finished. It is very exciting.”


SMITH REFLECTS ON “GREAT MEETING”

Nick Smith, Director of Public Relations at Ascot, praised Mark Kershaw and his staff for staging a wonderful King George meeting at Newbury, while the Royal course undergoes redevelopment.


Smith said: “We are very pleased with the week-end, and Mark and his team did a terrific job and were a huge help to all of us at Ascot.


“Yesterday’s King George and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes must go down as one of the great renewals.


“Azamour has won three of Ascot’s most prestigious Group races, over a mile, 10 furlongs and a mile and a half, and, though only one of them was run at Ascot, we look upon him as our adopted son.


“In beating a back-to-form Norse Dancer and Arc winner Bago in record time, Azamour has proved himself a worthy champion.”

The weather did its best to ruin Hong Kong’s Family Day, but Smith was delighted how well the Sunday fare was received.


He added: “The attendance was 7,191, which is a good, healthy Sunday crowd, given the awful wet weather.”


Race One: Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel Trophy
Winner’s Quotes:

ABLE BAKER CHARLIE
GETS THE DOUGH

Jacko Fanshawe, wife of Newmarket trainer James, arrived in the nick of time to see the front-running Able Back Charlie gain a thoroughly deserved victory in the Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel Trophy.


“We had a terrible journey here, getting here literally a minute before the race, but I am also a part-owner in Able Baker Charlie, so I am so relieved we made it,” declared Mrs Fanshawe.


“He is a very, very firm favourite of mine in the yard and a lovely old character, and Newbury and Ascot are his two favourite courses.


“We were worried that a mile and a quarter in soft ground might find him out and when he was headed I thought that was it. But he fought back well, and he has done us proud yet again.”


Mark Perrett, whose wife Amanda trains runner-up Liakoura, was delighted with the sole three-year-old, who struck the front a furlong and a half from home but had nothing left when Able Back Charlie got his second wind.


Perrett said: “Liakoura came to win his race, but Ryan (Moore) reported that he did not get home in the ground. It has taken him a long time to get over his castration operation, but this was much more encouraging and he seems to be coming back to himself.”

GROUND

After the first race, the following jockeys reported the ground as:

Johnny Murtagh, rider of winner Able Baker Charlie, said: “Good to soft.”

Neil Callan, rider of Thyolo, and Shane Kelly, rider of Torinmoor, both said: “Soft.”

George Baker, rider of Hunting Lodge, said: “Soft side now.”

Eddie Ahern, rider of Calcutta, said: “Real soft - very loose.”


SECOND RACE 2.15PM THE CATHAY PACIFIC 25TH ANNIVERSARY HANDICAP STAKES
WIN QUOTES

MUSICANNA STRIKES THE RIGHT NOTE

James Fanshawe and Johnny Murtagh completed a quick 7.6/1 double this afternoon when Musicanna justified 8/11 favouritism in the Cathay Pacific 25th Anniversary Handicap by one and three-quarter lengths from Habanero, adding to Able Baker Charlie’s success in the opener.


Jacko Fanshawe, representing her husband, said: “She is very progressive and went to the sales last year and James was very keen to keep her. Luckily the Ne’er Do Wells III [owner] bought her for a very reasonable price, 20,000 something (26,000) guineas, and she was well bought.


“She’s had all sorts of niggles and as she has matured she has grown out of them. Soft ground is essential to her and without the rain, we might not have run her.


“I don’t know about future plans but we might have a look for some black type.”


Second race quotes
Cathay Pacific 25th Anniversary Handicap
HABANERO “BUMPS INTO ONE”

Habanero has been plying his trade at Windsor and Brighton this season, but he produced a plucky effort when stepping up a grade for the Cathay Pacific 25th Anniversary Handicap, though Richard Hannon’s 16-1 shot was ultimately no match for odds-on favourite Musicanna.


“We bumped into one there,” declared Ryan Moore on dismounting, and Hannon agreed with his jockey.


“We were on the same mark as a potential Group winner - Musicanna is a well-handicapped filly, and you can’t compete with that.”

However, Peter Waney, who owns Habanero, had no complaints. “Everybody told me that we could not beat Musicanna, but my fellow tried his heart out.

“The handicapper might put him up a couple of pounds, but he is capable of defying the rise. He might prove another Redback, who did us a proud a couple of years back.”


Race Three: Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint
Winner’s Quotes:

WEIGHT CAN’T STOP CORRIDOR CREEPER

Owners Gary and Libby Johnson have already won a Grand National with Royal Athlete, and now they have their sights set on a Stewards’ Cup with Corridor Creeper, who defied the crushing burden of 9st 10lb today when beating a competitive field for the £70,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint Handicap.


Following the example of Kieren Fallon, who had spotted that there was a faster strip near the stands rail, Corridor Creeper, drawn in stall 21, was given a brilliant ride by Shane Kelly, who brought the 16/1 shot home by three parts of a length from the much-fancied Lafi (the 4/1 joint favourite).


Kelly said: “Drawn where we were, it would have been crazy to go anywhere else but the stands’ rail, but that was one hell of a performance for an eight-year-old with that weight.”

Corridor Creeper incurs a 3lb penalty for the big Goodwood cavalry charge next Saturday, but the Tote were sufficiently impressed to cut his odds from 25-1 to 12-1, though 20-1 is still available with Corals.


Winning trainer Milton Bradley said: “I thought Lafi was a good thing and that we had too much weight as Corridor Creeper is not a big horse.


“In fact, I nearly did not run, but when the rain came I took the view that it would take the sting out of the ground, which would help his old joints.”

Asked what is his secret with sprinters, Bradley replied: “We train them properly, but they are also family pets. My daughter (Sue) and grand-daughter (Hayley) ride out Corridor Creeper every day, but I also have some terrific staff and it is a great team effort. Without them, I am nothing.”



THIRD RACE 2.45PM THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB SPRINT (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
PLACED QUOTES

DANDY DOMINATES PLACES

Dandy Nicholls filled second and third positions with Lafi and Wanchai Lad in today’s £70,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint, neither of whom could handle winner Corridor Creeper’s tremendous speed.


Nicholls said: “I had my reservations about running Lafi as it’s slightly too loose for him. He was never travelling. We’ll see about running him in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood - he’s got legs of glass and we’ll see how he comes out of this race.”

Lafi is 4/1 favourite with Corals and 5/1 with totesport for the Stewards’ Cup.


Lafi’s rider Darryll Holland said: “It’s just too loose for him.”

Nicholls added: “Wanchai Lad has always wanted a bit of dig. He’s a horse that I have always had a bit of regard for. He’s a 100% to go to Goodwood for the Zuhair Handicap and then he’ll go for the consolation race for those who don’t get in the Stewards’ Cup.”


FOURTH RACE 3.20PM THE HAPPY VALLEY AUCTION CONDITIONS STAKES
WIN QUOTES

CLOSE TO YOU NOT SO CLOSE AT FINISH

Close To You destroyed the opposition in the Happy Valley Auction Conditions Stakes, coming home five lengths ahead of Silent Times.


Trainer Terry Mills said: “He’s okay - he’s won on good to firm, the all-weather and now on soft - that’s a racehorse and makes them decent. He didn’t like that ground that much but he’s got an engine and we could have one here.

“He’s a horse who gives you no grief - anyone could get in the box with him and he’s a proper horse.”

Richard Ryan, Mills’s assistant, said: “He will go for the Solario Stakes now and all being well maybe the Dewhurst Stakes.”

Joint-owner Jean Leighs, who owns the Shinko Forest colt with Mills, was keen to emphasise why the winner is named Close To You.


She said: “Terry named him because of the Sinatra song. I thought and have told the press previously that he was named after the Karen Carpenter song. I suppose you could say he’s named because of Sinatra cum Karen Carpenter!”


Race Four: Happy Valley Auction Stakes
Placed Quotes:


RAIN SCUPPERS SILENT TIMES


This morning’s rain put paid to the chance of 11/8 favourite Silent Times in the Happy Valley Auction Stakes, with Eoghan O’Neill’s highly-rated youngster being slammed five lengths by Close To You.


Silent Times, who himself had bolted up by five lengths at York last time, showed his customary speed, but he drifted badly left in the final furlong and was very leg-weary at the end.


O’Neill said: “We did not want rock-hard ground, but, similarly, we did not want this much rain, and he just could not handle it. We were looking for good ground, so it’s a shame the course took such a soaking.


“Silent Times is a very good horse, but he got tired in that ground. There is a big one in him, and we will now have a look at the Galileo Stakes at The Curragh next month.”


Richard Hannon is similarly bullish about the future of Gramm, who was four lengths back in third.


He said: “Gramm is too good a mover for this sort of ground. He does everything on the bridle at home, yet here Ryan (Moore) was having to scrub along the whole way.


“He is a proper horse who wants a mile already, and I would not be afraid of taking on the first two again.”


Race Five: Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Handicap
Winner’s Quotes:

BARRY’S MISS IS SO PARTICULAR

Miss Particular, considered unlucky to be beaten a head over the course last month, made amends in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Handicap, responding to a power-packed finish from Kieren Fallon to hold off Self Respect and Country Pursuit by two necks.


Joe Mercer, racing manager to Sheikh Maktoum Al Maktoum, who owns the Barry Hills-trained Miss Particular, said: “She should have won last time - Lysandra was leaning on her all through the final furlong, and Michael (Hills) was unable to find space to free his hand and give her the smack she needed.


“We won’t be overdoing things with Miss Particular, but she definitely improved for the extra two furlongs and, obviously, being by Sadler’s Wells, the morning rain helped her enormously.


“On that form she will stay even further, so we might give her one more run and put her away for the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster. She is tough and the long straight will suit her.”

Shane Kelly, who rode runner-up Self Respect, the 15-8 favourite, said: “They went a swing canter early on and I had to sit and suffer. I could have done with a stronger run race, but all credit to the winner, who kept pulling out a bit more.”

SIXTH RACE 4.30PM THE SHA TIN MAIDEN FILLIES’ STAKES
WIN QUOTES

GINGER SPICE A SMASH HIT WITH PUNTERS

Kieren Fallon completed an 11/1 double in the concluding Sha Tin Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, with the 3/1 joint-favourite Ginger Spice staying on well to beat 25/1 outsider Kryena by six lengths.


Maureen Haggas, wife and assistant to husband William, said: “She battled on well and did it well as she’s a bit green to be leading all of the way.


“We’ve always liked her and she was second to Elzee’s [David Elsworth] filly Simply Sunshine on her debut. Then at York she was disappointing but all of our horses were wrong at York. They were leaving home looking fine but then when we were saddling them up they weren’t looking that good and we were thinking what are we doing?

“She’s had a month in a field and she looks much better now. She coped with the ground - it’s loose on top and still quick underneath. They can’t do anything about the weather though.


“We’ve had a winner and two seconds elsewhere today - we’ve been having a lot of seconds and if half of them had been winners we would be flying along.”


LEADING TRAINERS AT THE END OF DAY THREE

1st 2nd 3rd
James Fanshawe 2 - 1
Barry Hills 2 - -
Sir Michael Stoute 2 - -
John Dunlop 1 1 1
Amanda Perrett 1 1 1
Clive Cox 1 1 -
Brendan Powell 1 - 1
John Best 1 - -
Milton Bradley 1 - -
Mick Channon 1 - -
William Haggas 1 - -
Alan Jarvis 1 - -
Mark Johnston 1 - -
Brian Meehan 1 - -
Terry Mills 1 - -
John Oxx IRE 1 - -
David Elsworth - 2 -
Jeremy Noseda - 2 -
Richard Hannon - 1 3
John Gosden - 1 2
David Nicholls - 1 1
Andrew Balding - 1 -
Peter Chapple-Hyam - 1 -
Luca Cumani - 1 -
Ed Dunlop - 1 -
Fulke Johnson Houghton - 1 -
Emma Lavelle - 1 -
David Loder - 1 -
Eoghan O’Neill - 1 -
Geoff Wragg - 1 -
Clive Brittain - - 2
David Barron - - 1
Henry Cecil - - 1
Paul Cole - - 1
David Evans - - 1
John Manners - - 1
Jonathan Pease FR - - 1
Jane Southcombe - - 1


LEADING JOCKEYS AT THE END OF DAY THREE

1st 2nd 3rd
Kieren Fallon 3 1 -
Ryan Moore 2 2 2
Johnny Murtagh 2 - 2
Mick Kinane 2 - -
John Egan 1 2 -
Shane Kelly 1 1 -
Philip Robinson 1 1 -
Richard Quinn 1 - 1
Ted Durcan 1 - -
Joe Fanning 1 - -
Michael Hills 1 - -
Kylie Manser 1 - -
Ian Mongan 1 - -
Alan Munro 1 - -
Richard Hills - 2 1
Steve Drowne - 2 -
Jimmy Fortune - 1 3
Darryll Holland - 1 1
Steve Carson - 1 -
Graham Gibbons - 1 -
Robert Havlin - 1 -
Liz Lalor - 1 -
Nicky Mackay - 1 -
Jamie Spencer - 1 -
Richard Hughes - - 2
Neil Callan - - 1
Emma Folkes - - 1
Thierry Gillet - - 1
John Manners - - 1
Paul Quinn - - 1
Seb Sanders - - 1
Willie Supple - - 1







GROUND EASES AT NEWBURY


Following over a third of an inch of rain since four o’clock this morning, the official going for Hong Kong Day at Newbury has changed to
GOOD.


Clerk of the course Richard Osgood, after returning from walking the course, stressed that the rain was “beginning to get into the ground”.


Osgood, speaking at noon, said: “The ground is starting to turn, and should this rain continue I can envisage the word ‘soft’ appearing somewhere in the description before too long.”

Assessing the influence the rain might make on the day’s big race, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint, Osgood added: “It is difficult to be precise, but the ground might be a bit chewed up under the stands’ rail after yesterday’s racing.


“We ceased watering on Thursday because we knew this rain was coming. The initial forecast from the weather centre predicted that it would clear up at 1pm

”Had it stayed dry overnight, we would have put three millimetres on this morning, but when it started raining at 4am we put the sprinklers away and we have since had a least eight millimetres of rain.”



NEWBURY GROUND EASES FURTHER


Half an hour before first-race time on Hong Kong Cup day at Newbury, clerk of the course Richard Osgood reported that the ground had continued to ease and is now

GOOD TO SOFT - GOOD in places.


Osgood said: “The rain, which started at 4 o’clock this morning, has never let up, and at the last reading we registered 10.88 millimetres of rain, which is almost half an inch.


“The weathermen tell us that they expect the rain to clear away shortly, so we can only hope for the best.”



GROUND SOFT

Clerk of the course Richard Osgood changed the official going after the first race to
SOFT.


Osgood said: “I spoke to the jockeys, and they were unanimous it was soft. I still maintain that it is only on the easy side of good down the back straight, but it clearly rides worse than it walks.”



FIRST RACE RESULT
1.45pm HONG KONG GOLD COAST HOTEL TROPHY
Class 2, Classified Stakes, £20,000 added. For 3yo+ rated 0-95, 1m, 2f 6yds. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 8st 7lb; fillies 8st 4lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st 3lb; fillies 9st (gor horses reassessed since the publication of the qualifying rating list entry, the excess in any rating above the rating band shall be added to the weights stated). Penalties: after July 16, a winner 6lb. Weight for age: 3 from 4yo+ 10lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £11,687; 2nd: £4,433; 3rd: £2,216.50; 4th: £1,007.50; 5th: £503.75; 6th: £302.25

1) ABLE BAKER CHARLIE (David Croft & Partners) James Fanshawe 6-9-03 Johnny Murtagh [2] 4/1
2) LIAKOURA (Mark Tracey) Amanda Perrett 3-8-07 Ryan Moore [3] 9/1
3) HUNTING LODGE (John Manners) John Manners 4-9-03 George Baker [5] 25/1
4) THYOLO (Mike Watts & Steve Woodhams) Clive Cox 4-9-03 Neil Callan [1]
5) CALCUTTA (Catherine Corbett & Chris Wright) Barry Hills 9-9-03 Eddie Ahern [4]
6) TORINMOOR (Mr & Mrs R Scott) Amanda Perrett 4-9-03 Shane Kelly [6] 6/4 Fav

6 ran Non-Runner: Mocca (Ground)
Breeder: Allevamento Gialloblu SRL
Breeding: b g Sri Pekan (USA) - Lavezzola (IRE) (Salmon Leap (USA))
Time: 2 min 12.46 sec Dist: 2.5, 3, hd, 3.5, 14
Tote Win: £5.80 Places: £2.70; £3.90 Exacta: £44.90

Winning trainer:-Name: Fanshawe, James Robert Date of birth:6/8/62. Date of first licence:1990 First winner: Black Sapphire, Salisbury, May 8, 1990 Previous Occupation:Assistant to Michael Stoute and David Nicholson. Wins in a season (1990-2004):18:22:28:34:24:29:22:23:52:46:40:38:58:46:44 Number of horses in training (1990-2005): 32:51:78:71:82:76:62:59:58:65:98:87:84:110; 106; 105 Major wins include: Eclipse Stakes (1991 Environment Friend), Dante Stakes (1991 Environment Friend), Prix Kergorlay (1998 Arctic Owl), Jockey Club Stakes (1998 Arctic Owl), Prix du Cadran (1998 Invermark), Bonusprint Stakes (1999 Arctic Owl), Irish St Leger (2000 Arctic Owl), Fillies’ Mile (2002 Soviet Song), Royal Hunt Cup (2003 Macadamia), Falmouth Stakes (2003 Macadamia, 2004 & 2005Soviet Song), Darley July Stakes (2004 Frizzante), Sussex Stakes (2004 Soviet Song) Trains at Pegasus Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Other details: National Hunt successes include Champion Hurdle (1992 Royal Gait and 2002 Hors La Loi III) Wins This Season: 29

Winning jockey:-Name: Murtagh, John Patrick Based: Moattown, Kildalkey, Co Meath and Newmarket Born: May 14, 1970 First Winner: Chicago Style, Limerick, July 6, 1987 British Classic Wins (4): Vodafone Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2002 High Chaparral, 2005 Motivator), 2000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar) Big Race Wins include: Ascot Gold Cup (1999 Enzeli, 2001 & 2002 Royal Rebel); Beverly D Stakes (1996 Timarida), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Coronation Stakes (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Darley July Cup (2004 Frizzante), Dubai Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Falmouth Stakes (2004 & 2005 Soviet Song), Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (2000 Greek Dance), Irish Oaks (1997 Ebadiyla, 1998 Winona, 2000 Petrushka), Irish Champion Stakes (1996 Timarida), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2001 Black Minnaloushe), Irish Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2003 Alamshar), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2003 Alamshar), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1998 Edabiya), National Stakes (1993 Manntari, 1999 Sinndar), Prix de l’Abbaye (2000 Namid), Prix de l’Opera (2000 Petrushka), Prix Niel (2000 Sinndar), Prix du Moulin (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2000 Sinndar), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Sussex Stakes (2004 Soviet Song), Yorkshire Oaks (1996 Key Change, 2000 Petrushka) Other details: Champion Irish apprentice in 1989, champion jockey in Ireland 1995 and 1998, has also been champion in Dubai Wins in Britain 1999-2004: 9; 17; 10; 15; 12; 77 Wins in Britain 2005: 36

SECOND RACE RESULT

2.15pm CATHAY PACIFIC 25th ANNIVERSARY HANDICAP
Class 3, £14,000 added. For 3yo+ rated 0-90, 1m. Weights: highest weight 9st 11lb; minimum 8st 6lb (3yo 7st 12lb). Penalties: after July 16, a winner 5lb. Weight for age: 3 from 4yo+ 8lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £9,605.05; 2nd: £2,955.40; 3rd: £1,477.70; 4th: £738.85

1) MUSICANNA (Ne’er Do Wells III) James Fanshawe t4-9-06 Johnny Murtagh [6] 8/11 Fav
2) HABANERO (The Waney Racing Group Inc) Richard Hannon 4-9-06 Ryan Moore [10] 16/1
3) MEELUP (Ms P M Marks) Jane Southcombe p5-8-07 Darryll Holland [7]
4) EVEREST (I S Sandhu & Partners) Brian Ellison 8-9-01 Eddie Ahern [2]
5) KELUCIA (B Scanlon & Frank Brady) Jim Goldie 4-9-07 Chris Catlin [9]
6) GRANSTON (The Four Players Partnership) James Bethell 4-9-05 Richard Quinn [5]
7) SAWWAAH (Fayzad Thoroughbred Limited) David Nicholls 8-9-06 Adrian Nicholls [1]

7 ran Non-Runners: Katiypour (Ground), Seneschal (Ground), King Of Blues (Ground)
Breeder: Mr & Mrs Peter Player Breeding: b f Cape Cross (IRE) - Upend (Main Reef)
Time: 1 min 42.35 sec Dist: 1.75, nk, 1.25, 1.25, 3.5, .75
Tote Win: £1.60 Places: £1.40; £3.00 Exacta: £8.50

Winning trainer:-Name: Fanshawe, James Robert Date of birth:6/8/62. Date of first licence:1990 First winner: Black Sapphire, Salisbury, May 8, 1990 Previous Occupation:Assistant to Michael Stoute and David Nicholson. Wins in a season (1990-2004):18:22:28:34:24:29:22:23:52:46:40:38:58:46:44 Number of horses in training (1990-2005): 32:51:78:71:82:76:62:59:58:65:98:87:84:110; 106; 105 Major wins include: Eclipse Stakes (1991 Environment Friend), Dante Stakes (1991 Environment Friend), Prix Kergorlay (1998 Arctic Owl), Jockey Club Stakes (1998 Arctic Owl), Prix du Cadran (1998 Invermark), Bonusprint Stakes (1999 Arctic Owl), Irish St Leger (2000 Arctic Owl), Fillies’ Mile (2002 Soviet Song), Royal Hunt Cup (2003 Macadamia), Falmouth Stakes (2003 Macadamia, 2004 & 2005Soviet Song), Darley July Stakes (2004 Frizzante), Sussex Stakes (2004 Soviet Song) Trains at Pegasus Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Other details: National Hunt successes include Champion Hurdle (1992 Royal Gait and 2002 Hors La Loi III) Wins This Season: 30

Winning jockey:-Name: Murtagh, John Patrick Based: Moattown, Kildalkey, Co Meath and Newmarket Born: May 14, 1970 First Winner: Chicago Style, Limerick, July 6, 1987 British Classic Wins (4): Vodafone Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2002 High Chaparral, 2005 Motivator), 2000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar) Big Race Wins include: Ascot Gold Cup (1999 Enzeli, 2001 & 2002 Royal Rebel); Beverly D Stakes (1996 Timarida), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Coronation Stakes (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Darley July Cup (2004 Frizzante), Dubai Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Falmouth Stakes (2004 & 2005 Soviet Song), Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (2000 Greek Dance), Irish Oaks (1997 Ebadiyla, 1998 Winona, 2000 Petrushka), Irish Champion Stakes (1996 Timarida), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2001 Black Minnaloushe), Irish Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2003 Alamshar), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2003 Alamshar), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1998 Edabiya), National Stakes (1993 Manntari, 1999 Sinndar), Prix de l’Abbaye (2000 Namid), Prix de l’Opera (2000 Petrushka), Prix Niel (2000 Sinndar), Prix du Moulin (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2000 Sinndar), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Sussex Stakes (2004 Soviet Song), Yorkshire Oaks (1996 Key Change, 2000 Petrushka) Other details: Champion Irish apprentice in 1989, champion jockey in Ireland 1995 and 1998, has also been champion in Dubai Wins in Britain 1999-2004: 9; 17; 10; 15; 12; 77 Wins in Britain 2005: 37



THIRD RACE RESULT

2.45pm HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HANDICAP
Class 2, Heritage Handicap, £70,000 guaranteed. For 3yo+, 5f 34yds. Weights: highest weight 9st 10lb; minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after June 25, a winner of a race 5lb; a winner of a race value £7,500, 8lb. Weight for age: 3 from 4yo+ 4lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £40,600; 2nd: £15,400; 3rd: £3,500; 4th: £3,500; 5th: £1,750; 6th: £1,050

1) CORRIDOR CREEPER (Gary & Libby Johnson) Milton Bradley p8-9-10 Shane Kelly [21] 16/1
2) LAFI (Alfi & Partners) David Nicholls 6-9-00 Darryll Holland [9] 4/1 Jt Fav
3) WANCHAI LAD (Ambrose Turnbull) David Nicholls 4-7-12 Paul Quinn [5] 50/1
4) MAGIC GLADE (Alan Solomon) Roy Brotherton p6-8-03 Brian Reilly (3) [10] 50/1
5) MERLIN'S DANCER (Chalfont Foodhalls Ltd) David Nicholls 5-8-08 Adrian Nicholls [1]
6) FOREVER PHOENIX (John Greetham) Robert Cowell 5-8-08 Amir Quinn (3) [22]
7) IF PARADISE (Mrs J Wood) Richard Hannon 4-9-05 Ryan Moore [23]
8) RIVER FALCON (Frank Brady, E & S Bruce) Jim Goldie 5-8-12 Kieren Fallon [16] 4/1 Jt Fav
9) DAME DE NOCHE (The G-Guck Group) James Given 5-8-06 Eddie Ahern [4]
10) DANCING MYSTERY (Astrod Ta Austin Stroud & Co Ltd) Eric Wheeler b11-7-11 (2lb ow) Eddie Creighton [11]
11) CAPE ROYAL (Eddie Hayward) Milton Bradley 5-8-09 Neil Callan [14]
12) BOND CITY (Reg Bond) Bryan Smart 3-8-13 Derek McGaffin [12]
13) SMOKIN BEAU (Vanessa Church) Nick Littmoden 8-9-02 Mick Halford (5) [3]
14) FAST HEART (Stephen Dartnell) Brain Meehan t4-9-02 Jimmy Fortune [2]
15) WHISTLER (Raymond Tooth) Milton Bradley 4-8-05 Paul Fitzsimons [17]
16) BIGALOS BANDIT (Ian Buckley) John Quinn 3-8-10 Johnny Murtagh [13]
17) MALAPROPISM (Michael Foy) Mick Channon 5-8-04 Richard Quinn [19]
18) WOODCOTE (Dennis Shaw) Clive Cox 3-8-06 (1lb ow) Dane O'Neill [15]

18 ran Non-Runners: Chookie Heiton (Ground), Texas Gold (Ground), Yomalo (Ground), Dragon Flyer (Vet’s Certificate), Alpha Le Jomage (Ground)
Breeder:J Byng Breeding: ch g Polish Precedent (USA) - Sonia Rose (USA) (Superbity (USA))
Time: 1 min 02.53 sec Dist: .75, sh, 1.5, sh, hd, hd, 1.25, .5, hd, nk, 5, 1.5, hd, hd, nk, .75, 1.75
Tote Win: £18.40 Places: £3.80; £2.00; £8.50; £12.90 Exacta: £173.30

Winning Trainer: Name: Bradley, John Milton Based: Meads Farm, Sedbury Park, Chepstow, Gwent Notable facts: trained Nineacres to win record-equalling nine handicaps in 2000 season. Big Race Wins: King’s Stand Stakes (2004 The Tatling), Hong Kong Sprint (2003 Salviati, 2005 Corridor Creeper), King George Stakes (2003 The Tatling) Horses in training (1973-2005): 25; 28; 31; 34; 43; 38; 37; 39; 26; 35; 20; 25; 43; 32; 37; 39; 42; 52; 36; 24; 18; 17; 20; 29; 28; 19; 16; 40; 34; 38:54:49:42 Number of wins in a season (1991-2004): 2; 3; 6; 8; 17; 12; 19; 16; 33; 47; 62; 36; 37; 40 Wins This Season: 47

Winning jockey:- Name: Kelly, Shane William Other Details: Former Champion Irish Apprentice (1998) Wins 2000-2004: 7; 23; 43; 32; 55 Big Race Wins: Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint (2005 Corridor Creeper) Wins This Season: 64



FOURTH RACE RESULT

3.20pm HAPPY VALLEY AUCTION STAKES
Class 3, Conditions Race, £12,000 added. 7f, for 2yo which were sold or bought in as yearlings by public auction or a 2yo at Breeze-Up sales for 72,000 guineas of less before 01/07/04 or for 75,000 guineas or less before 30/06/04 (last sale to govern the price if sold more than once). Weights: colts & geldings 9st 3lb; fillies 8st 12lb. Penalties: a winner of a Class 3 race 2lb; of a Class 2 race 4lb; of a Listed race 6lb; of a Pattern race 8lb. Allowances: for each 5,000 guineas paid under 75,000 guineas 1lb (maximum allowance 10lb - for horses sold before before 01/07/04, an additional 3,000 guineas must be added to the horses’ auction price).Penalty Values: 1st: £7,946; 2nd: £3.014; 3rd: £1,507; 4th: £685; 5th: £342.50; 6th: £205.50

1) CLOSE TO YOU (Miss J A Leighs) Terry Mills 2-8-10 John Egan [6] 8/1
2) SILENT TIMES (John Fretwell) Eoghan O'Neill 2-8-08 Graham Gibbons [2] 11/8 Fav
3) GRAMM (Jenny Powell) Richard Hannon 2-8-07 Ryan Moore [9] 9/2
4) YARQUS (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 2-8-07 Eddie Ahern [10]
5) SIR XAAR (Pinncacle Xaar Partnership) Bryan Smart 2-8-09 Derek McGaffin [11]
6) WILSON STAR (Lau Hing Wah) Jim Boyle 2-8-07 Richard Quinn [3]
7) LADY CREE (Bogie, White & Haim) Willaim Muir 2-8-02 Martin Dwyer [1]
8) YANKEE GEORGE (Capital) Mick Channon 2-8-10 Kieren Fallon [8]
9) ALWAYS TURN LEFT (P Milsom) Stuart Howe 2-8-02 David Kinsella [5]
10) CALVERA (The Calvera Partnership) Brian Meehan 2-8-09 Jimmy Fortune [7]

10 ran Non-Runner: Crocodile Bay (Ground)
Breeder: Kevin Lynch Breeding: b c Shinko Forest (IRE) - Maritana (USA) (Rahy (USA))
Time: 1 min 28.98 sec Dist: 5, 4, nk, 1, 3.5, 5, 4, 5, dist
Tote Win: £9.00 Places: £2.30; £1.10; £2.00 Exacta: £21.60

Winning trainer:-Name: Mills, Terrence George Date of first licence: 1993 Wins in a season: (1993-2004) 9:15:9:17:7:11:22:23:34:35:27:19 Horses in training (1993-2005):26:24:32:24:23:25:35:42:41:43:49:?:40 Major wins include: Hardwicke Stakes (1994 Bobzao); Kings Stand Stakes (1999 Mitcham), Royal Hunt Cup (2002 Norton), Tattersalls Sommerville Stakes (2001 Where Or When), Hong Kong Jockey Club Sprint (2002 Boleyn Castle), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2002 Where Or When) Trains at Loretta Lodge, at Epsom Wins This Season: 22

Winning jockey: John Egan Date Of birth: 24/5/68 Date & Place of first winner: Celtic Match, Mallow, August 1984 Big Race Wins Include: Ayr Gold Cup (1998 Always Alight), Irish 2000 Guineas (2003 Indian Haven), Tote International (2002 Crystal Castle), Darley July Cup (2005 Pastoral Pursuits) Wins (1995-2004): 9,36,63,46,70,43,-,31,61,63 Wins This Season: 52


FIFTH RACE RESULT

3.55pm CATHAY PACIFIC HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL RACES HANDICAP
Class 4, £10,000 added. For 3yo rated 0-85, .1m 4f 5yds. Weights: highest weight 9st 5lb; minimum weight 8st. Penalties: after July 16, a winner 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £6,840.60; 2nd: £2,104.80; 3rd: £1,052.40; 4th: £526.20

1) MISS PARTICULAR (Maktoum Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon [5] 2/1
2) SELF RESPECT (Saif Ali) Jeremy Noseda 3-9-05 Shane Kelly [7] 15/8 Fav
3) COUNTRY PURSUIT (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Clive Brittain 3-9-03 Jimmy Fortune [3]
4) ZAMBOOZLE (Raymond Tooth) David Elsworth 3-9-00 John Egan [2]
5) MONTECITO (Bob McCreery) Richard Hannon 3-8-11 Ryan Moore [6]
6) SPINNING COIN (Hockam Racing) Jonny Portman 3-9-01 Pat Cosgrave [4]

6 ran Non-Runner: Wester Lodge (Ground)
Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd
Breeding: b f Sadler’s Wells (USA) - Viz (USA) (Kris S (USA))
Time: 2 min 40.10 sec Dist: nk, nk, 10, sh, 2
Tote Win: £2.40 Places: £1.60; £1.70 Exacta: £6.40

Winning trainer:-Name: Hills, Barrington William Born: Worcester, 2/4/37 Date of first licence:1969;First winner: La Dolce Vita (Thirsk, April 18,1969) Previous Occupation: Served apprenticeship with Fred Rimell and George Colling, Head Lad with John Oxley for 10 years Classic wins: (4) 1000 Guineas (1978 Enstone Park), 2000 Guineas (1979 Tap on Wood, 2004 Haafhd), St Leger (1994 Moonax), Other major wins: Ascot Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), Challenge Stakes (2001 Munir), Champagne Stakes (1977 Sexton Blake, 1985 Sure Blade, 1998 Auction House, 1999 Distant Music), Champion Stakes (1983 Cormorant Wood, 2002 Storming Home), Chester Vase (1979 Cracaval, 1973 Proverb, 1999 Peshtigo, 2001 Mr Combustible), Classic Trial (2001 Chancellor), Dee Stakes (1970 Golden Monad, 1972 Our Mirage, 1973 Natsun, 1975 Ravel, 1979 Two Of Diamonds, 1985 Infantry, 1987 Sir Harry Lewis, 1989 Free Sweater, 1990 Blue Stag, 1998 Prolix, 2002 Sohaib), Dewhurst Stakes (1988 Scenic (DH), 1996 In Command, 1999 Distant Music), Falmouth Stakes (1976 Duboff), Greenham Stakes (2001 Munir), Irish Oaks (1974 Dibidale, 1994 Bolas), French St Leger (1994 Moonax), Irish Derby (1987 Sir Harry Lewis), Irish 1000 Guineas (1993 Nicer, 1999 Hula Angel), Nunthorpe Stakes (1988 Handsome Sailor), Prestige Stakes (2002 Geminiani), Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe (1973 Rheingold), Royal Whip Stakes (2002 Chancellor), Sussex Stakes (1990 Distant Relative), Weatherbys Bank Cheshire Oaks (1974 Dibidale, 1987 Chaudennay, 1992 Aquamarine, 1994 Bolas, 1998 High And Low, 1999 Valentine Girl, 2005 Alumni), Hardwicke Stakes (1973 Rheingold), Gold Cup (1984 & 1985 Gildoran), St James’s Palce Stakes (1986 Sure Blade), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1997 Royal Applause), King Edward VII Stakes (2001 Storming Home), Coronation Stakes (2005 Maids Causeway) Wins in a season (1987-2004): 96:93:73:113:99:63:39:44:74:84:79:78:109:72:107:91:107:82 Horses in training (1984-2005):107,125,139,131,140,152,175,159,129,n/a,113,120,130,137 ,145,150,148,160,167,168, 186, 148 Trains at South Bank Stables, Lambourn Wins This Season: 45

Winning jockey:-Name: Fallon, Kieren Francis. Born: County Clare, Ireland, 22/2/65 Apprenticeship: 1983 Kevin Prendergast First winner: Piccadily Lord (Navan, June 18, 1984) Wins (1988-2004): 31,28,39,29,45,60,47,91,136,202*,204*,202*,149, 166*, 149*, 221*, 200* *Champion jockey British Classic wins: (13) 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan, 2005 Footstepsinthesand), 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2005 Virginia Waters), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse, 1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board), Vodafone Derby (1999 Oath, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light) Other major wins include: Cheveley Park Stakes (1997 Embassy), Coronation Stakes (2003 Russian Rhythm), Dee Stakes (1999 Oath, 2005 Gypsy King), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Fillies’ Mile (2003 Red Bloom); Gold Cup (2003 Mr Dinos), Irish Derby (2005 Hurricane Run); Irish Oaks (1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board); July Stakes (2003Nevisian Lad), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2002 Golan), Masai Mile (2001 Nicobar), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Prix d’Ispahan (2003 Falbrav), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean), St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Sussex Stakes (1997 Ali-Royal);Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva); Vodafone Coronation Cup (2000 Daliapour, 2002 Boreal, 2005 Yeats), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms), Yorkshire Oaks (1998 Catchascatchcan, 1999 Ramruma, 2002 and 2003 Islington) Wins This Season In Britain : 31


SIXTH RACE RESULT

4.30pm SHA TIN MAIDEN FILLIES’ STAKES
Class 5, £8,000 added. For 3yo, .1m. Weights: 8st 11lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £5,590; 2nd: £1,720; 3rd: £860; 4th: £430

1) GINGER SPICE (B Trew/R Shead/D Scott/W Haggas) William Haggas 3-8-11 Kieren Fallon [8] 3/1 Jt Fav
2) KRYENA (Mrs P Robeson) Fulke Johnson Hougton 3-8-11 Steve Carson [12] 25/1
3) RAKATA (A H Robinson) Paul Cole 3-8-11 Neil Callan [6] 7/2
4) MADAM CAVERSFIELD (William Kelly) Richard Hannon 3-8-11 Richard Smith [11]
5) SISTER EUGENIE (Frank Bady & Robert Whitworth) Sylvester Kirk 3-8-11 Darryll Holland [7]
6) CUEVAS BAY (J R Shannon) Richard Hannon 3-8-11 Ryan Moore [1]
7) SHE'S EXPENSIVE (Lewis Caterers) Ian Wood 3-8-11 Graham Gibbons [13]
8) DOWNLAND (Robin Scully) John Dunlop 3-8-11 Ian Mongan [9] 3/1 Jt Fav
9) GLOWING DAWN (John Marriott) Miss J S Davis 3-8-11 George Baker [4]

11 ran Non-Runners: Bodhi Tree (Ground), Easter Egg (Ground), Sambarina (Ground), Issa (withdrawn not under starter’s orders)
No 7 Issa (12/1) withdrawn not under starter’s order - Rule 4 applies - deduct 5p in the £ on all winning bets
Breeder: Ballymacoll Stud Farm Ltd
Breeding: ch f Cadeaux Genereux - Pop Queen (Nashwan (USA))
Time: 1 min 43.57 sec Dist: 6, 6, 4, 3.5, 5, 7, 4, 12
Tote Win: £3.00 Places: £1.50; £4.80; £1.80 Exacta: £67.90

Winning Trainer: Name Haggas, William John Date of Birth: 23/8/60 Date of first trainer's licence: 20/11/86 First winner: Tricky Note, Newmarket, April 15, 1987, EBF Bartlow Stakes Previous Occupation: Assistant trainer to Sir Mark Prescott and John Winter Wins in a season (1991-2004): 27:13:13:22:19:28:12:47:45:39:43:44;75:46 Number of horses in training (1993-2004): 47:37:37:42:45:49:53:58:72:63:70:82 British Classic wins: (1) Shaamit (1996 Vodafone Derby) Major wins include: Italian 2000 Guineas (2002 Dupont), German 2000 Guineas (2002 Dupont), Champagne Stakes (1990 Bog Trotter), Joel Stakes (1996 Yeast), Crocker Bulteel Handicap (1996 Yeast), Royal Hunt Cup (1996 Yeast), Insulpak Victoria Cup Handicap (1996 Yeast), Norfolk Stakes (2000 Superstar Leo) , Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2002 Sharplaw Venture), Molecomb Stakes (2003 Majestic Missile) Trains at Somerville Lodge, Newmarket Suffolk Wins this season: 16

Winning jockey:-Name: Fallon, Kieren Francis. Born: County Clare, Ireland, 22/2/65 Apprenticeship: 1983 Kevin Prendergast First winner: Piccadily Lord (Navan, June 18, 1984) Wins (1988-2004): 31,28,39,29,45,60,47,91,136,202*,204*,202*,149, 166*, 149*, 221*, 200* *Champion jockey British Classic wins: (13) 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan, 2005 Footstepsinthesand), 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2005 Virginia Waters), Vodafone Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse, 1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board), Vodafone Derby (1999 Oath, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light) Other major wins include: Cheveley Park Stakes (1997 Embassy), Coronation Stakes (2003 Russian Rhythm), Dee Stakes (1999 Oath, 2005 Gypsy King), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Fillies’ Mile (2003 Red Bloom); Gold Cup (2003 Mr Dinos), Irish Derby (2005 Hurricane Run); Irish Oaks (1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board); July Stakes (2003Nevisian Lad), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2002 Golan), Masai Mile (2001 Nicobar), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Prix d’Ispahan (2003 Falbrav), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean), St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Sussex Stakes (1997 Ali-Royal);Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva); Vodafone Coronation Cup (2000 Daliapour, 2002 Boreal, 2005 Yeats), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms), Yorkshire Oaks (1998 Catchascatchcan, 1999 Ramruma, 2002 and 2003 Islington) Wins This Season In Britain : 32


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