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Tuesday, August 24, 2004



19 GO FORWARD FOR betfair.com ST LEGER




A total of 19 hopefuls remain on course for the 2004 betfair.com St Leger, at Doncaster on Saturday, September 11, it is announced today, Tuesday, August 24.

Godolphin's Rule Of Law and Quiff, victorious in the Great Voltigeur Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks respectively at York last week, head the 19 acceptors.

Rule Of Law had earlier finished runner-up to North Light in the Epsom Derby and fourth to Grey Swallow in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh. In the betfair.com St Leger he is set to face the John Dunlop-trained Let The Lion Roar for the fifth time this season. Each time the duo have met this season, Rule Of Law has prevailed. In both the Dante Stakes at York and Epsom Derby, the pair finished second and third respectively behind North Light while they occupied fourth and fifth place in the Irish Derby. Last time out in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York, Rule Of Law prevailed by two and a half lengths from Let The Lion Roar.

Rule Of Law is one of two remaining entries from Godolphin, the Maktoum family's racing entity which has won this event on three occasions courtesy of Classic Cliche in 1995, Nedawi three years later and Mutafaweq in 1999. The other Godolphin possible is Into The Dark, victorious on his two starts to date in a maiden at Doncaster in June and rated handicap at Newmarket the following month.

Quiff is still relatively unexposed, with her Yorkshire Oaks triumph coming on only her fourth career start. Her trainer Sir Michael Stoute has yet to add the betfair.com St Leger to his illustrious CV but looks to have an excellent chance to change that in 2004 as he could also be represented by Maraahel, who created a very favourable impression when landing the Group Three Gordon Stakes at Goodwood last month.

Irish handler Aidan O'Brien has landed the betfair.com St Leger for two of the past three years with Milan (2001) and Brian Boru (2003). This time around the master of Ballydoyle still has nine contenders engaged including Go For Gold, third behind Rule Of Law and Let The Lion Roar in the Great Voltigeur Stakes, Irish Derby third Tycoon and Two Miles West, a son of the 1992 betfair.com St Leger heroine User Friendly and runner-up in this season's Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot.

It looks as if the 2004 betfair.com St Leger will feature a representative from eastern Europe with Darsalam still holding an entry. The Desert King colt, a half-brother to the 1994 St Leger hero Moonax, has fared very well for trainer Arslangirey Shavuyev in the Czech Republic this season and won the Czech Derby in June to follow up on his success in the Freudenau Derby at Vienna, Austria, in May.

Other significant contenders include Percussionist, victorious in the Lingfield Derby Trial and fourth in the Epsom Derby this season in the colours of the late Robert Sangster and the Mick Quinlan-trained Frank Sonata, who entered the reckoning for the betfair.com St Leger with a victory in the Listed July Trophy at Haydock last month.

The next acceptance stage for the betfair.com St Leger is at the five-day stage on Monday, September 6, when there is also a final chance for horses to be supplemented at a cost of £25,000.



THE betfair.com ST LEGER
Class A, Group One, Total Prize fund £400,000. Doncaster, Saturday, September 11, 2004, 1m 6f 132yds. For three-year-olds only, entire colts and fillies. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed Wednesday, July 7, entries revealed Wednesday, July 14 (49 entries). Forfeit stage Tuesday, August 24 (19 remain). £25,000 supplementary entry stage September 6. Five-day confirmation stage Monday, September 6. Final 48-hour declaration stage 10.00am, Thursday, September 9. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and include the racing of Monday, August 23, 2004. May not include some overseas form.


Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
0163- ACROPOLIS (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
0(3)-02113 ALBINUS 3 Kirsten Rausing Andrew Balding
0-1 BARAKA (IRE) 3 Dianne Nagle & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
16 BOOK OF KINGS (USA) 3 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Sangster Family Aidan O'Brien IRE
0-21111 DARSALAM (IRE) 3 Turan Stables Arslangirey Shavuyev CZE
00-61311 FRANK SONATA 3 Adams, Flynn, Arnold Mick Quinlan
1-323 GO FOR GOLD (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
11 INTO THE DARK 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
12-13352 LET THE LION ROAR 3 Neil Jones John Dunlop
33-10350 LISS ARD (IRE) 3 John Joseph Murphy John Joseph Murphy IRE
414-221 MARAAHEL (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
211-443 MIKADO 3 Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
3323 NAPOLEON (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
2-1 OVATION (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
32-1140 PERCUSSIONIST (IRE) 3 Sangster Family John Gosden
5-131 QUIFF 3 Khalid Abdulla Sir Michael Stoute
113-2241 RULE OF LAW (USA) 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
1224 TWO MILES WEST (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
3215-360 TYCOON 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE

19 entries
10 Irish-trained entries
1 Czech-trained entry

The following 30 horses were taken out at the August 24 forfeit stage: AGENDA (IRE); ALL TOO BEAUTIFUL (IRE); ARCH REBEL (USA); BUMPTIOUS; COBRA (IRE); CRYSTAL (IRE); DAY FLIGHT; DOUBLE ASPECT (IRE); DUKE OF VENICE (USA); ELMUSTANSER; ESPERANTO (IRE); FIVE DYNASTIES (USA); HAADEF; HANAZAKARI; IKTIBAS; ISIDORE BONHEUR (IRE); LORD MAYOR; MANYANA (IRE); MASSIF CENTRALE; MESOPOTAMIA (IRE); NORTH LIGHT (IRE); PUKKA (IRE); PUNCTILIOUS; QUARTINO; REEFSCAPE; ROSBERG (USA); SCHUMANN; TOP SEED (IRE); VINTAGE FIZZ (IRE); WOLFE TONE (IRE).


BREAKDOWN OF ENTRIES REMAINING BY TRAINER WITH PAST SUCCESSES IN THE betfair.com ST LEGER

9 Entries
Aidan O'Brien IRE
(2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru)
Acropolis
Baraka
Book Of Kings
Go For Gold
Mikado
Napoleon
Ovation
Two Miles West
Tycoon

2 Entries
Sir Michael Stoute
Maraahel
Quiff

Saeed bin Suroor
(1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq)
Into The Dark
Rule Of Law

1 Entry
Andrew Balding
Albinus

John Dunlop
(1986 Moon Madness, 1997 Silver Patriarch, 2000 Millenary)
Let The Lion Roar

John Gosden
(1996 Shantou)
Percussionist

John Joseph Murphy IRE
Liss Ard

Mick Quinlan
Frank Sonata

Arslangirey Shavuyev CZE
Darsalam


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