Tuesday, August 10, 2004
TWO GUINEAS WINNERS AMONG 32 ENTRIES FOR UPGRADED GROUP ONE
Kingdom of Bahrain makes major addition to its sponsorship portfolio
The past two UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas winners, Attraction and Russian Rhythm, could clash in the Group One Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, October 2.
The duo are among 32 great entries revealed today for the £200,000 mile contest, run as a Group One for the first time in its 38-year history. The race is being sponsored for the first time by the Kingdom of Bahrain, which has sponsored the Bahrain Trophy (Listed) at Newmarket's July Meeting for more than 20 years.
Attraction won her first eight races, including this season's Group One UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas and the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot before losing her undefeated record to Soviet Song in the Group One UAE Equestrian & Racing Federation Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket's July Meeting.
Russian Rhythm enjoyed a marvellous season in 2003, like Attraction winning the UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes before going on to further Group One glory in the Vodafone Nassau Stakes at Goodwood. The Kingmambo filly won her sole start this season at Newbury in the Group One Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes.
Since defeating Attraction, Soviet Song went on to land the Group One Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on July 28, beating the colts, and she adds further interest to a tremendous Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes.
Russian Rhythm's trainer Sir Michael Stoute holds a particularly strong hand in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes having also entered recent Group One Vodafone Nassau Stakes scorer Favourable Terms, Chic, Red Bloom, who was victorious in the Group One Fillies' Mile at Ascot last season, and the unbeaten Antediluvian, who impressively won a Listed contest at Sandown last time.
Godolphin's Echoes In Eternity landed this contest last season and is entered again this year while the "Boys in Blue" could also be represented by Cairns, Carry On Katie, the ex-South African-trained Crimson Palace, UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas runner-up Sundrop and Zosima, a Grade Three winner in the USA last season.
A strong overseas challenge for the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes includes five entries from Ireland and four from France. The Irish contingent includes Alexander Goldrun, runner-up in the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh earlier this season, Miss Mambo, who has been transferred to Dermot Weld after finishing third in the French 1,000 Guineas in May and the Aidan O'Brien-trained Yesterday, triumphant in the 2003 Irish 1,000 Guineas.
The French entry includes last season's French Oaks and Group One Prix du Moulin heroine Nebraska Tornado, French 1,000 Guineas runner-up Grey Lilas, as well as Robert Collet's Love And Bubbles, a Group Three scorer at Chantilly in June.
Other interesting contenders include Mick Channon's Majestic Desert, second to Attraction at Royal Ascot, the UltimateBet.com 1000 Guineas third Hathrah and Phantom Wind, who came back to form when successful in the Group Three Oak Tree Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Lisa Hancock, Managing Director at Newmarket, commented: "We could not have wished for a stronger entry for the first renewal of the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes as a Group One contest.
"Virtually all of Europe's best fillies have been entered and it will be fascinating to witness the clash between the classic and older generations.
"Highlighted by its major venture into Formula One motor racing this year, the profile of the Kingdom of Bahrain has been increasing all the time and the signing of this major new deal is another significant boost to Newmarket's rapidly growing sponsorship portfolio."
THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN SUN CHARIOT STAKES
Group One, Class One, Total Prize Fund £200,000. Newmarket, Saturday, October 2, 2004. For 3yo+ fillies and mares, one mile. Weights 3yo 8st 11lb; 4yo+ 9st. Entries closed August 4, entries revealed August 10 (32 entries), forfeit stage September 7, £15,000 supplementary entry stage September 27, five-day confirmation stage September 27, final 48-hour declaration stage 10.00am, September 30. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, August 9. May not include some overseas form.
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
1-11242 ALEXANDER GOLDRUN (IRE) 3 Miriam O'Callaghan Jim Bolger IRE
1-11 ANTEDILUVIAN 3 Lordship Stud Sir Michael Stoute
11-1112 ATTRACTION 3 Duke of Roxburghe Mark Johnston
11-060 CAIRNS (UAE) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
00525-0 CALDY DANCER (IRE) 3 Mohammed Rashid Mick Channon
111-60 CARRY ON KATIE (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
121252 CELTIC HEROINE (IRE) 3 Peter Savill Michael Jarvis
621-603 CHIC 4 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
1/4-1416 CRIMSON PALACE (SAF) 5 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
121115 DIAMOND LODGE 3 Mrs J Harris Jeremy Noseda
011-445 ECHOES IN ETERNITY (IRE) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
EYES ONLY (USA) 3 Khalid Abdulla Henry Cecil
215-161 FAVOURABLE TERMS 4 Maktoum Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
62-1123 GREY LILAS (IRE) 3 Gestut Ammerland Andre Fabre FR
4122-13 HATHRAH (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Dunlop
1135 ILLUSTRIOUS MISS (USA) 3 Sheikh Mohammed David Loder
21-2014 LOVE AND BUBBLES (USA) 3 Brendan Hayes Robert Collet FR
100222 MAJESTIC DESERT 3 Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
051415 MARTHA STEWART (IRE) 3 Mrs A G Kavanagh Richard Gibson FR
13-1132 MISS MAMBO (USA) 3 Sean Mulryan Dermot Weld IRE
2-36244 MONTURANI (IRE) 5 Rebecca Philipps Geoff Wragg
161-543 NEBRASKA TORNADO (USA) 4 Khalid Abdulla Andre Fabre FR
01-651 PHANTOM WIND (USA) 3 Khalid Abdulla John Gosden
311-43 RED BLOOM 3 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
20-2131 RED FEATHER (IRE) 3 Lady O'Reilly Eddie Lynam IRE
11125-1 RUSSIAN RHYTHM (USA) 4 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
231211 SOVIET SONG (IRE) 4 Elite Racing Club James Fanshawe
(1)2-26 SUNDROP (JPN) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
11 TARFAH (USA) 3 Abdulla Al Khalifa Gerard Butler
111112 TROPICAL LADY (IRE) 4 George Kent Jim Bolger IRE
124223- YESTERDAY (IRE) 4 Sue Magnier & Roisin Henry Aidan O'Brien IRE
(2)(1)(1)(5)-34 ZOSIMA (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
SIR DESMOND INSTALLED AS "GREY HORSE" FAVOURITE
Sportingodds.com competition winner owns Te Quiero for the day
Sir Desmond, an eye-catching, never-nearer fifth to Connect over five furlongs on Newmarket's July Course on his latest start, has been installed the 100-30 favourite by the sponsors for the second running of the Sportingodds.com Grey Horse Handicap at the July Course this Saturday. A total of 18 horses have been entered for this unique £15,000-added event which is the centrepiece of Newmarket Expereince Day.
The Richard Guest-trained gelding was an excellent third to the Vodafone Stewards' Cup winner, Pivotal Point, at Ascot on his previous start, again over five furlongs. The step back up to the six furlongs of the Sportingodds.com Grey Horse Handicap, the only race run in Britain that is restricted to grey horses, should be ideal for the joint top weight.
Silver Mascot, who finished sixth in the inaugural running of this race a year ago and was a winner at Carlisle in June, is next best at 13-2, followed by Legal Set, ninth in the race last year, at 8-1 and Kirkby's Treasure at 9-1. They bet 10-1 bar.
Te Quiero, trained by Gay Kelleway, is a 14-1 shot with Sportingodds.com. Ownership of the six-year-old, who will be dropping down to six furlongs for the first time in its career, was offered as a racecard competition prize by Sportingodds.com and has been won for the day by Ian Clark from South Woodford in East London. He also wins a £200 free bet, 50% of any prize money that the horse wins on Saturday and lunch on the day with Gay Kelleway.
"We are delighted with the entry and are expecting a big crowd on Saturday to come and enjoy the spectacular sight of a field of greys charging up the July Course," commented Newmarket's Clerk of the Course, Michael Prosser.
Racegoers will be able to enjoy two added treats on top of the seven race card. Before racing, the inaugural "Leaders of the Pack" best turned out competition for 10 hacks associated with many of Newmarket's top stables will take place in the Parade Ring, while throughout the afternoon the organisations that make up the Newmarket Experience, including the National Stud and the National Horseracing Museum, will have displays going on in the Parade Ring marquee.
To book tickets, visit www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk or call 01638 675 500.
Full list of Sportingodds.com prices for the race:
100/30 Sir Desmond, 13/2 Silver Mascot, 8/1 Legal Set, 9/1 Kirkby's Treasure, 10/1 Middleton Grey, 12/1 Sir Edwin Landseer, 12/1 Laurel Dawn, 12/1 Roses of Spring, 14/1 Te Quiero, 14/1 Fiveoclockexpress, 16/1 Yorkies Boy, 16/1 Roan Rider, 20/1 Nautical, 33/1 Nicholas Nickleby, 33/1 Mecca's Mate, 100/1 Ballygriffin Kid, 100/1 White O Morn. Each-way ¼ odds, places 1,2,3,4.
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