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Saturday, August 7, 2004


BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP 2004
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
ASCOT, SATURDAY, AUGUST 7

HOW THE 2004 BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP WAS WON AND LOST


FIRST RACE RESULT

1.40pm THE PRINCE'S TRUST SHERGAR CUP DISTAFF

Class B, Rated Stakes Handicap, £45,100 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+ fillies & mares Rated 0-100, 6f. Minimum Weight 8st 9lb; 3yo 8st 5lb. Penalties: after July 17, a winner of a Class A to D racE 3lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 4lb. Owners’ Prize Money: 1st: £17,395; 2nd: £6,630; 3rd: £3,031; 4th: £2,368; 5th: £2,084; 6th: £1,515; 7th: £1,231; 8th: £947; 9th: £663; 10th: £474

REST OF THE WORLD IN ITALICS

1) TYCHY (D P Ellinas) Stuart Williams 5-9-03 Gerald Mosse ROW [7] 11/4 Fav
2) FRUIT OF GLORY (D,BF R B Hill) John Jenkins 5-9-05 Frankie Dettori ROW [10] 11/2
3) CAVERAL (D A L Stalder) Richard Hannon 3-9-02 Weichong Marwing ROW [8] 20/1
4) SPEED COP (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 4-9-06 Johnny Murtagh GBI [5]
5) FANNY'S FANCY (Exors of the Late Mr N Ahamad) Chris Wall 4-8-13 Kevin Darley GBI[1]
6) PROUD BOAST (Peter Savill) David Nicholls 6-9-01 Kieren Fallon GBI [9]
7) FOREVER PHOENIX (John Greetham) Robert Cowell 4-9-03 Darryll Holland GBI [3]
8) MRS ST GEORGE (D M A Kilduff) James Burns IRE 3-8-06 Dario Vargiu ROW [2]
9) BARRANTES (D W F Sandercock & D C Lambird) Sheena West 7-8-09 Michael Kinane GBI [4]
10) BALI ROYAL (Mrs R J Manning) Malcolm Saunders 6-9-09 Damien Oliver ROW [6]

10 Ran
Non-Runners: Dowager (Vet’s Certificate), Grey Pearl (Vet’s Certificate)
Time: 1 min 14.73 sec Distance: 1, nk, hd, hd, .5, 3.5, .5, 7, 2.5
Breeder: L Ellinas Breeding: ch m Suave Dancer (USA) - Touch Of White (Song)
Tote Win: £3.90 Places: £1.90; £1.60; £5.10 Exacta: £25.30

TEAM SCORES AFTER RACE ONE
DUBAI DUTY FREE REST OF THE WORLD TEAM - 32
SODEXHO GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND TEAM - 8

Winning trainer:-Name: Williams, Stuart Charles Based: Newmarket, Suffolk Born: July 31, 1964 Date of First Trainer’s Licence: February 1994 Major Races Won: Shergar Cup Distaff (2004 Tychy) Horses in training (2001-04): 36; 36; 37; 36 Wins 2001-2003: 23; 18; 20

Winning jockey:-Name: Mosse, Gerald. Date of birth: 3/1/68Apprenticeship: With Patrick Biancone. Major wins include: Coronation Stakes (1993 Gold Splash), St James’s Palace Stakes (1999 Sendawar), Prix du Jockey-Club (1994 Celtic Arms, 1996 Ragmar), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1990 Saumarez), Prix de Diane (1988 Resless Kara, 1993 Shemaka, 1997 Vereva, 1999 Daryaba); Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1999 Sendawar, 1997 Daylami, 1996 Ashkalani); Prix Vermeille (1994 Sierra Madre, 1999 Daryaba); Prix Lupin (1994 Celtic Arms); Prix Ganay (1996 Valanour, 1999 Dark Moondancer); Prix du Moulin (1996 Ashkalani, 1999 Sendawar); Prix Jean Prat (1990 Priolo; 2000 Suances); Grand Prix de Paris (1995 Valanour); Prix Morny (1988 Tersa, 1991 Arazi, 2000 Bad As I Wanna Be); Criterium de Saint-Cloud (1989 Intimiste); Prix Marcel Boussac (1993 Sierra Madre); Prix Robert Papin (1991 Arazi); Prix de la Salamandre (1991 Arazi); Prix du Moulin (1991 Priolo); Prix du Cadran (1999 Tajoun), Prix Royal Oak (1997 Ebadiyla, 1998 Tiraaz), Hong Kong Cup (1999 Jim And Tonic), Prix d’Ispahan (2000 Sendawar), Nunthorpe Stakes (2000 Nuclear Debate), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball) Royal Ascot wins: (3) Coronation Stakes (June 16, 1993, Gold Splash), St James’s Palace Stakes (June 15, 1999, Sendawar), King’s Stand Stakes (June 20, 2000, Nuclear Debate) First Royal Ascot wins: Coronation Stakes (June 16, 1993, Gold Splash) Other details: FormerFrench champion apprentice



WINNING QUOTES RACE ONE
PRINCE’S TRUST SHERGAR CUP DISTAFF HANDICAP

MAYBE THE HAYDOCK SPRINT

The Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World team swept the board in the opening Prince’s Trust Shergar Cup Distaff Handicap, filling the first three places as Gerald Mosse led the way home on Tychy.


“My French is not very good but Gerald did just what I told him and rode a perfect race,” said trainer Stuart Williams after Tychy had taken command from Speed Cop with a furlong to go and beat Fruit of Glory by a length.


The winner was very well backed from 9-2 down to favouritism at 11-4 but Williams denied that any of the money was his. “It was nothing to do with me, but I am very happy with my 10 per cent and it is very good to win a race here on such a prestigious day as this.


“The rain that came earlier in the week was just right for her. Most of her best form is on good/good to firm ground and it was just too firm for her when she ran in the Wokingham (at Royal Ascot). We had fancied her a lot for that earlier in that week, but by the end of the five days it had just dried up too much for her.


“As far as the future is concerned, she has been entered for Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup at Haydock (Group One) - her owners are very ambitious - but she hasn’t yet been Listed placed, though she ran very well in Group company at Goodwood last week.


“The Haydock race is more of a long term plan and, if she comes out of this alright, she might be out at Pontefract tomorrow week when there is a Listed race for fillies over six furlongs.”


Race One - Prince’s Trust Shergar Cup Distaff
Placed Quotes


DETTORI BEATEN BUT HAPPY

Who said that second sucks ? Frankie Dettori, runner-up on Fruit Of Glory in the opener, punched the air when he heard that his Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World team had swept the board with a one-two-three in the opening Prince’s Trust Shergar Cup Distaff, making the scores 32-8 after just one race.


“What a start,” declared Dettori. “My horse tried his heart out, despite losing a shoe, and he loved the ground, but the favourite proved just too strong for us.”


Richard Hannon, who trains third Caveral, felt his filly was unlucky not to finish closer.


He said: “The plan was to make the running, but Weichong (Marwing) was last after 100 yards, and the filly has done well to finish where she did. She will probably go to York, but we have yet to decide whether to aim for a handicap or a Listed race.”


Michael Roberts, the Rest of the World selector, said:”I can’t believe it. I was convinced that this was our weakest race of the six, yet we have cleaned up. Terrific.”


There were mixed reports on the going from the jockeys returning after the first race of the 2004 Blue Square Shergar Cup.


Gerald Mosse, rider of the winner Tychy described the going as “Good, perfect ground really.”

Frankie Dettori said: “Good, but a bit dead in places.”

Kevin Darley said the ground was “Fast.”

Weichong Marwing reported “ Good ground.”

Michael Kinane said of the going: “There is a bit of everything out there, Good, Fast, Slow and Dead going.”



Team Selectors

Michael Roberts, team selector for the Dubai Duty Free Rest Of the World Team, said after first race in which they had the first three home: “This is the best start you can get. Gerald gave Tychy a fantastic ride.”


SECOND RACE RESULT
2.10pm PORTHAULT SHERGAR CUP JUVENILE

Class B, Auction Race, £45,100 Total Prize Fund. 7f, for 2yo sold or bought in as yearlings by public auction, or as 2yo at the "Breeze Up" sales for 72,000 guineas or less before July 1, 2003 or for 75,000 guineas or less after June 30, 2003 (last sale to govern price if sold more than once). Weights: colts & geldings 9st 2lb; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalties: for each class D race won 3lb; for each Class C race won 5lb; for each Class A or B race won 7lb (nurseries excluded for the purpose of penalties; penalties cumulative and maximum penalty 12lb). Allowances: horses sold or bought in for 65,000 guineas or less 1lb; for 55,000 guineas or less 2lb; for 45,000 guineas or less 3lb; for 35,000 guineas or less 4lb (for calculation of allowances for horses sold before July 1, 2003, an additional 3,000 guineas is added to the horse's auction price). Owners’ Prize Money: 1st: £17,395; 2nd: £6,630; 3rd: £3,031; 4th: £2,368; 5th: £2,084; 6th: £1,515; 7th: £1,231; 8th: £947; 9th: £663; 10th: £474
REST OF THE WORLD IN ITALICS
1) JUSTAQUESTION (Christopher Shankland) Ian Wood 2-8-10 Frankie Dettori ROW [5] 10/1
2) BEAVER PATROL (G C Stevens) Fulke Johnson Houghton 2-9-06 Michael Kinane GBI [8] 14/1
3) LAMH EILE (Oghill House Stud) David Barron 2-8-07 Dario Vargiu ROW [7] 11/2
4) DESTINATE (Michael Pescod & Justin Dowley) Richard Hannon 2-9-01 Darryll Holland GBI [4]
5) SPIRIT OF FRANCE (A D Spence) Mark Johnston 2-9-02 Jamie Spencer GBI [10]
6) EMBOSSED (Ms R Z Stephenson ) Richard Hannon 2-9-01 Yutaka Take ROW [9]
7) KANDIDATE (Tony Richards) Clive Brittain 2-8-12 Gerald Mosse ROW [6]
8) GROUP CAPTAIN (Speedlith Group) Sylvester Kirk 2-8-12 Johnny Murtagh GBI [2]
9) STREET CRED (Young Guns Syndicate) Andrew Balding 2-9-01 Damien Oliver ROW [3]
10) MCELDOWNEY (C G Maybury) Mark Johnston 2-8-12 Kevin Darley GBI [1]

10 Ran
Time: 1 min 28.30 sec Distances: hd, nk, .5, 1, .5, 5, 3.5, 1.25, 7
Breeder: A S Reid Breeding: b f Pursuit Of Love - Queenbird (Warning)
Tote Win: £7.20 Places: £1.70; £2.80; £2.50 Exacta: £114.70

SCORES FOR THIS RACE -
DUBAI DUTY FREE REST OF THE WORLD - 22
SODEXHO GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND - 18

TEAM SCORES AFTER RACE TWO
DUBAI DUTY FREE REST OF THE WORLD TEAM - 54
SODEXHO GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND TEAM -26

Winning trainer:-Name: Wood, Ian Based: Neardown Stables, Upper Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire Big Race Wins: Blue Square Shergar Cup Juvenile (2004 Justaquestion) Horses in training (2002-04): 42; 81 Wins in 2001-2003: 26; 38; 35

Winning jockey:-Name: Dettori, Lanfranco.Born: 15/12/70 in Milan, Italy First winner: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986), First British winner: Lizzy Hare (Goodwood June 9, 1987) First Success: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986) Classic wins; (9) Vodafone Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia); St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1996 Shantou), 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia) Other major wins include: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), Ascot Gold Cup (1992, 1993 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara), St James’s Palace Stakes (1997 Starborough), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1996 Swain, 1997 Singspiel, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction; 1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium), Juddmonte International (1996 Halling, 1997 Singspiel, 2001 Sakhee), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1998 Daylami; 2004 Refuse To Bend),Yorkshire Oaks (1994 Only Royale), Middle Park Stakes (1996 Bahamian Bounty), Fillies’ Mile (1990 Shamshir, 1999 Teggiano, 2000 Crystal Music), Nunthorpe Stakes (1993 Lochsong, 1995 So Factual, 1998 Lochangel), Sussex Stakes (1991 Second Set, 1999 Aljabr); Haydock Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat); Breeders’ Cup Turf (1999 Daylami), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel); Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2002 Street Cry, 2003 Moon Ballad),); Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori; 2000 Bachir, 2001 Noverre), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish Oaks (2001 Lailani, 2003 Vintage Tipple), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir), Prix du Jockey-Club (1992 Polytain), Prix Jean Prat (1998 Almutawakel), Prix Jacques le Marois (1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir), Prix de la Salamandre (1998 Aljabr); Prix Maurice de Gheest (1999 Diktat); Irish Champion Stakes (1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera); Irish St Leger (1999 Kayf Tara); Deutsches Derby (1991 Temporal), Lockinge Stakes (2000 Aljabr), Cheveley Park Stakes (2000 Regal Rose, 2003 Carry On Katie), Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Grosser Preis Von Baden (2002 Marienbard), Prix Vermeille (2003 Mezzo Soprano) Wins 1987-2003: 8,22,75^,141,94,101,149,233*,217*, 123,176,132,132,47,94,69,101 ^Champion apprentice *Champion jockey Wins This Season: 107


RACE TWO - PORTHAULT SHERGAR CUP JUVENILE
WINNING QUOTES

DETTORI SHOWS HE IS ASCOT KING

Frankie Dettori quickly went one better when partnering Ian Wood’s Justaquestion to victory in the Porthault Shergar Cup Juvenile - his Blue Square Shergar Cup winnerf at Ascot, though he did win two races when the competition was run at Goodwood in 1999.


Justaquestion got home in a blanket six-horse finish, in which the Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World team again had the call, being responsible for the first and third, thereby increasing their lead to 54-26.


Dettori said: ”It’s nice to break my Ascot duck in the Blue Square Shergar Cup - in the past I have spent too much time rallying the boys and not enough on riding my own horses. But I’ve got one and, having thought that Starry Lodge was far and away my best ride, this is a bonus.”

Justaquestion has done Wood proud, but, though this was the filly’s third win, the trainer is adamant that it could have been even better.


He said: “She had no luck in running at Goodwood last week - otherwise she would have won two lengths.


“The fast pace suited us, and nobody rides Ascot better than Frankie, so I was delighted when his name came out for Justaquestion.


“Now we will go back to Goodwood at the end of the month for the Group Three Prestige Stakes before having a crack at the big sales race at Newbury, where she gets in with a very handy weight.”


PLACED QUOTES RACE TWO
PORTHAULT SHERGAR CUP JUVENILE

FAIRYHOUSE TARGET FOR BEAVER

“I am really delighted with that and I think he has run a great race trying to give weight to every other runner,” said Fulke Johnson Houghton after Beaver Patrol had been beaten just a head by Justaquestion in the Porthault Shergar Cup Juvenile.


“The idea now is to run him in the big sales race at Fairyhouse in three weeks’ time,” added the trainer of the colt, who had cost him just 12,000euros as a yearling.


“The rain was just what he wanted and he found it far too firm when he disappointed in the Coventry at the Royal meeting.


“It would be nice if he had won but at least they are running well and getting placed. If they are well, which they are, they should win their races in time.”

Speaking of stable star Tout Seul, Johnson Houghton indicated that a Listed race at Salisbury later in the week is a possibility “as long as the word ‘firm’ does not appear in the going description.


“I am a bit baffled by him,” the trainer admitted. “He ran so well first time out this year but has been disappointing since then and I really don’t know why.”


ROBERTS THRILLED AFTER SECOND RACE



“It looks like we are going to clean up.” said Michael Roberts, team selector of the Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World team after their first and third in The Porthault Shergar Cup Juvenile (Auction Race).


“I wasn’t too confident about the first but thought we had a strong chance in this one.”

Jason Weaver, team selector for the Sodexho Great Britain & Ireland team, declared: “It’s not been a good start, a little like last year, maybe not as bad. The wind is out of our sails but there are still four races to go.”

THIRD RACE RESULT
2.45pm MURPHY'S FASTFLOW SHERGAR CUP MILE

Class B, Rated Stakes Handicap, £45,100 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+ rated 0-100, 1m. Weights: highest weight 9st 7lb; minimum weight 8st 7lb. Penalties: after July 17, a winner of a Class A to D race 3lb. Owners’ Prize Money: 1st: £17,395; 2nd: £6,630; 3rd: £3,031; 4th: £2,368; 5th: £2,084; 6th: £1,515; 7th: £1,231; 8th: £947; 9th: £663; 10th: £474

REST OF THE WORLD IN ITALICS
1) PENTECOST (J C, J R and S R Hitchins) Andrew Balding 5-9-07 Kieren Fallon GBI [6] 9/2 Fav
2) VORTEX (Coriolis Partnership) Gay Kelleway et5-9-10 Yutaka Take ROW [5] 6/1
3) WING COMMANDER (Steve Ryan) Richard Fahey 5-9-00 Dario Vargiu ROW [7] 9/1
4) COLISAY (D M Hawkes) Ed Vaughan v1 5-9-07 Jamie Spencer GBI [4] 9/1
5) UNSHAKABLE (Unshakable Partnership) Bob Jones 5-9-01 Frankie Dettori ROW [8]
6) GREENSLADES (Four Seasons Racing Ltd) Peter Makin 5-9-03 Gerald Mosse ROW [2]
7) ST ANDREWS (Team Havana) Michael Jarvis 4-9-02 Weichong Marwing ROW [9]
8) CAMP COMMANDER (Tony & Simon Richards) Clive Brittain t5-9-01 Darryll Holland GBI [3]
9) CALCUTTA (Catherine Corbett & Chris Wright ) Barry Hills 8-9-04 Kevin Darley GBI [10]
10) SELECTIVE (Bruce Corman) Ed Vaughan 5-9-00 Johnny Murtagh GBI [1]

10 Ran
Time: 1 min 41.14 sec Distances: 1.25, 1, 1, 1.25, 1.25, hd, 2, 1.25, 15
Breeder: Nancy Ralphs Breeding: ch g Tagula (IRE) - Boughtbyphone (Warning)
Tote Win: £3.70 Places: £1.80; £2.40; £3.20 Exacta: £16.50

SCORES FOR THIS RACE -
DUBAI DUTY FREE REST OF THE WORLD - 20
SODEXHO GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND - 20

TEAM SCORES AFTER RACE THREE
DUBAI DUTY FREE REST OF THE WORLD TEAM - 74
SODEXHO GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND TEAM -46

Winning Trainer: Name: Andrew Balding Born: December 29, 1972 Based: Kingsclere Stables, Newbury, Berkshire Background: Son of former trainer Ian Balding, who retired at the end of 2002 having won the 1971 Vodafone Derby with Mill Reef as well as a whole host of other top races. Previously worked for uncle, Toby Balding, and assisted Lynda Ramsden for two years. Sister is Clare Balding, the BBC racing and sports presenter. Classic Successes: (1) Vodafone Oaks (2003 Casual Look) First Winner: Easter Ogil, Bet Direct Football Cashbacks Classified Stakes, Lingfield, January 11, 2003 Other Major Wins: Canadian International (2003 Phoenix Reach), Diomed Stakes (2004 Passing Glance) Number of horses in training (2003-2004): 114; 128 Number of wins in a season (2003): 54

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 (1988-2003): 31,28,39,29,45,60,47,91,136,202*,204*,202*,149, 166*, 149*, 221* *Champion jockey Classic wins: (11) 2000 Guineas (2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), 1000 Guineas (1997 Sleepytime, 1999 Wince, 2003 Russian Rhythm), 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: St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Gold Cup (2003 Mr Dinos), Coronation Stakes (2003 Russian Rhythm), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (2002 Golan), Sussex Stakes (1997 Ali-Royal);Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (1997 Bosra Sham), Cheveley Park Stakes (1997 Embassy), St James’s Palace Stakes (1998 Dr Fong), Yorkshire Oaks (1998 Catchascatchcan, 1999 Ramruma, 2002 and 2003 Islington), Tattersalls Gold Cup (1999 Shiva); Irish Oaks (1999 Ramruma, 2004 Ouija Board); Vodafone Coronation Cup (2000 Daliapour, 2002 Boreal), Dubai Sheema Classic (2000 Fantastic Light), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean), Masai Mile (2001 Nicobar), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), July Stakes (2003Nevisian Lad), Fillies’ Mile (2003 Red Bloom); Prix d’Ispahan (2003 Falbrav) Wins This Season: 105


WINNING QUOTES RACE THREE
MURPHY’S FASTFLOW SHERGAR CUP MILE HANDICAP

“HE LOVES IT ROUND HERE”

Pentecost repeated his success in the race of last season and struck the first proper blow for the Sodexho Great Britain and Ireland team when Kieren Fallon rode him to victory over top weight Vortex in the Murphy’s Fastflow Shergar Cup Mile.


“He just loves it round here,” said the chestnut’s trainer Andrew Balding after Pentecost had made his career score here three as he also won the Britannia as a three-year-old. .


“We have made a very speculative entry for him in the Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes, just because he likes the place so much, though I daresay he will end up running in it in any event.


“I am pretty sure that will be the end of handicaps as far as he is concerned and I expect he will be out in the Group 111 Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury on Thursday. He takes his races very well.


“He was desperately unlucky at Goodwood last time, but that is not really his track.”


Race Three - Murphy’s Fastflow Shergar Cup Mile
Placed Quotes

Gay Kelleway, delighted how well Yutaka Take rode Vortex, runner-up in the Murphy’s Fastflow Shergar Cup Mile, would like to take her money-spinning all-weather champion to Japan.


Kelleway explained: “Yutaka reckons only the weight beat him and that he would be the ideal horse to take out there.


“It was another fantastic run from Vortex. He has given Pentecost 3lb on ground slower than he likes and I was in two minds whether to pull him out, yet we have been beaten only a length and a quarter..


“He is a horse who will always be better in a bigger field as he does not like to see too much daylight.

“That is why the turns of the all-weather tracks suit him so well, but the Japanese jockey gave him a super ride. I brought all of the horse’s videos down to show him, and he rode him just as I wanted.”


Italian Dario Vargiu, who rode third-placed Wing Commander, could barely have been happier if he had won the race.


He said: “It is my first time at Ascot, and I am loving every minute of it. To come here and ride with all the champion jockeys from all around the world is a dream come true.”


TOWNSEND THRILLED WITH FALLON

Andy Townsend, team leader of the Sodexho Great Britain & Ireland team, said: “We started badly, but in the last two we were much more competitive. Kieren was brilliant winning the last for us. We’re not out of it yet.”

Michael Roberts, team selector of the Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World team, said he was pleased with the result of the third race. “They had first choice in the race and Pentecost looked fantastic in the paddock, he was the right horse to be on. The chaps did well to get second, third and fifth.


“We had first choice in the next and I think we can expect a big race from Double Obsession.”


THE “SILVER SADDLE” FOR THE LEADING JOCKEY AT THE 2004 BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP - POSITIONS AFTER RACE THREE

Frankie Dettori 28
Kieren Fallon 15
Gerald Mosse 15
Dario Vargiu 14
Michael Kinane 10
Yutaka Take 10
Jamie Spencer 8
Weichong Marwing 7
Darryll Holland 5
Johnny Murtagh 5
Kevin Darley 3

15 points for a win
10 points for a second
7 points for a third
5 points for a fourth
3 points for a fifth





FOURTH RACE RESULT
3.20pm SODEXHO SHERGAR CUP STAYERS

Class B, Rated Stakes Handicap, £45,100 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+ Rated 0-100, 2m 45yds. Weights: highest weight 9st 7lb; minimum weight 8st 7lb. Penalties: after July 17, a winner of a Class A to D race 3lb. Owners’ Prize Money: 1st: £17,395; 2nd: £6,630; 3rd: £3,031; 4th: £2,368; 5th: £2,084; 6th: £1,515; 7th: £1,231; 8th: £947; 9th: £663; 10th: £474

REST OF THE WORLD IN ITALICS

1) DOROTHY'S FRIEND (Mountgrange Stud) Roger Charlton 4-8-09 Michael Kinane GBI [6] 11/4 Fav
2) DOUBLE OBSESSION (Ron Huggins, R B Huckerby, Atlantic Racing) Mark Johnston v4-9-02 Damien Oliver [4] 3/1
3) HIGHLAND GAMES (K Bailey, P Booth, D Boorer) James Given 4-8-08 Yutaka Take ROW [8] 10/1
4) GOLD MEDALLIST (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 4-9-07 Weichong Marwing ROW [3]
5) PENNY PICTURES (Terry Neill) Martin Pipe 5-8-08 Kieren Fallon GBI [2]
6) ALMAH (Peter Deal & Tweenhills Racing) Venetia Williams 6-8-11 Kevin Darley GBI [7]
7) MORSON BOY (Ged Mason) Mark Johnston 4-8-13 Darryll Holland GBI [10]
8) ALBANOV (Michael Watt) Mark Johnston 4-9-02 Jamie Spencer GBI [9]
9) SANTANDO (Mrs J M Khan) Clive Brittain v4-8-11 Gerald Mosse ROW [1]
10) NOSTRADAMUS (Joseph Kell ) Kahlil Burke IRE 5-9-00 Dario Vargiu ROW [5]

10 Ran
Time: 3 min 32.72 sec Distance: 1, 2, 1.75, 1.75, 1.5, hd, 6, 1.5, 16
Breeder: Floors Farming & Christopher Heath
Breeding: b g Grand Lodge (USA) - Isle Of Flame (Shirley Heights)
Tote Win: £3.20 Places: £1.20; £1.60; £2.90 Exacta: £7.70

SCORES FOR THIS RACE -
DUBAI DUTY FREE REST OF THE WORLD - 22
SODEXHO GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND - 18

TEAM SCORES AFTER RACE FOUR
DUBAI DUTY FREE REST OF THE WORLD TEAM - 96
SODEXHO GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND TEAM - 64

Winning trainer:-Name Charlton, Roger John Born: Connah’s Quay, Flintshire, 18/1/50 First winner: Deploy (Haydock, April 14, 1990) Date of first licence:1990 Previous Occupation: Amateur rider (three wins including 1969 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase on Pride Of Kentucky), worked for Colin Davies, stockbroker, 1975-77 ran equine swimming pool in Lambourn, 1978-89 assistant to Jeremy Tree Classic win: (1) Vodafone Derby (1990 Quest For Fame) Other major wins include: French Derby (1990 Sanglamore), Prix d’Ispahan (1991 Sanglamore), Dante Stakes (1990 Sanglamore), Lancashire Oaks (1996 Spout), John Porter Stakes (1996 Spout), Prix de l’Opera (1994 Andromaque), Scottish Classic (1995 Baron Ferdinand), Hungerford Stakes (1993 Inchinor), Criterion Stakes (1993 Inchinor), Greenham Stakes (1993 Inchinor), Lingfield Derby Trial (1996 Mystic Knight), Sandown Mile (1997 Wixim), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1998 Tamarisk), Rockfel Stakes (2002 Luvah Girl), Vodafone Stewards’ Cup (1999 Harmonic Way, 2003 Patavellian), Prix de l’Abbaye (2003 Patavellian), King George V Handicap (1992 Source Of Light), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (1993 Source Of Light), Wokingham Handicap (2000 Harmonic Way), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2001 Harmonic Way), Coventry Stakes (2003 Three Valleys), Balmoral Handicap (2003 Deportivo) Wins in a season (1990-2003):37:26:43:47:48:42:52:40:22:30:34:33:56:57 Number of horses in training (1990-2004):73:73:70: 79:93:109:104:110:96:70:75:84:76:91:105

Winning jockey:-Name: Kinane, Michael Joseph.Born: County Tipperary, Ireland, 22/6/59.Apprenticeship: With Liam Browne. First winner: Muscari (Leopardstown 19/3/75) Classic wins: (8) Vodafone Derby (1993 Commander In Chief, 2001 Galileo); Vodafone Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine), 2000 Guineas (1990 Tirol, 1997 Entrepreneur, 1998 King Of Kings), St Leger (2001 Milan) Other major wins include: Irish Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral); Irish 2,000 Guineas (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1988 Trusted Partner, 2003 Yesterday), French 1,000 Guineas (2001 Rose Gypsy), French 2,000 Guineas (2002 Landseer), Melbourne Cup (1993 Vintage Crop), Irish Oaks (1989 Alydaress, 1996 Dance Design), Prix de l'Abbaye (1985 Committed), St James's Palace (1992 Brief Truce, 1994 Grand Lodge, 2000 Giant’s Causeway), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1989 Carroll House, 1999 Montjeu), Coral Eclipse (1993 Opera House, 1997 Pilsudski, 2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Hawk Wing), Irish St Leger (1993, 1994 Vintage Crop), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1990 Belmez, 1994 King's Theatre, 2000 Montjeu, 2001 Galileo), Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche, 2000 Kayf Tara), Fillies’ Mile (1996 Reams Of Verse); Cheveley Park Stakes (1995 Blue Duster); Dewhurst Stakes (2001 Rock Of Gibralter); July Cup (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart); Nunthorpe (1999 Stravinsky, 2001 Mozart); Derby Italiano (1992 In A Tiff, 1995 Luso); Hong Kong Invitational Bowl (1991 Additional Risk), Juddmonte International (2000 Giant’s Causeway), Champion Stakes (1997 Pilsudski), Racing Post Trophy (1997 Saratoga Springs), Japan Cup (1997 Pilsudski), Prix Morny (1998 Orpen, 1999 Fasliyev); Phoenix Stakes (1999 Fasliyev; 2000 Minardi; 2001 Johannesburg), Prix de la Salamandre (1999 Giant’s Causeway), Grand Criterium (1997 Second Empire, 1999 Ciro, 2001 Rock Of Gibralter), Sussex Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Irish Champion Stakes (1989 Carroll House,1994 Cezanne, 1997 Pilsudski, 2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2003 High Chaparral), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2000 Montjeu, 2003 Black Sam Bellamy), Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg, 2003 One Cool Cat), Prix Vermeille (2000 Volvoreta), Middle Park Stakes (2000 Minardi, 2001 Johannesburg), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2001 Quarter Moon, 2003 Necklace), National Stakes (1994 Definite Article; 1998 Mus-If; 2001 Hawk Wing; 2003 One Cool Cat), Prix du Moulin (2002 Rock Of Gibraltar), Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (2003 Hawk Wing), St James’s Palace Stakes (1982 Dara Monarch, 1992 Brief Truce, 1994 Grand Lodge, 2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2004 Azamour), Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche, 2000 Kayf Tara), Coronation Stakes (1994 Kissing Cousin, 2002 Sophisticat), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1999 Lear Spear)




Race Four - Sodexho Shergar Cup Stayers
Winner’s Quotes

DOROTHY IS EVERYBODY’S FRIEND

There was a huge roar when Dorothy’s Friend, backed from 4-1 to 11-4 favourite for the Sodexho Shergar Cup Stayers Handicap, struck the front half-way up the straight for the race sponsor’s GB and Ireland team and Mick Kinane, who had come from last to first, sitting well off the pace, brought him home to tumultuous applause by a length from Ascot Stakes hero Double Obsession.


Winning trainer Roger Charlton said: “That was one hell of a ride. Dorothy’s Friend was so far behind that I didn’t think he could possibly win and the racecourse commentator kept saying ‘he is always ridden from behind’, which is news to me.”

Dorothy’s Friend, winning his sixth race, is steadily climbing the handicap, and Charlton added with a smile: “Perhaps I should send him to Sir Mark Prescott and then he would probably be two stone lower.”

Charlton has Dorothy’s Friend entered for the Ebor Handicap at York, but the Beckhampton trainer advised punters to hold their bets.


He explained: “A mile and six furlongs looked a bit sharp when he ran at Goodwood last time and, though we will think about it, we will also have to consider the Cesarewitch.


“The only trouble with Newmarket is that, while the trip would suit him, he is definitely a better horse on really fast ground, and come October the going could have gone.”


PLACED QUOTES RACE FOUR
SODEXHO SHERGAR CUP STAYERS HANDICAP

CONNECTIONS OF RUNNER-UP NOT HAPPY

Those involved with runner-up Double Obsession, including trainer Mark Johnston and part-owner Ron Huggins, were not happy with the ride their colt was given by Australian ace Damien Oliver, riding for the Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World team.


“Everything shows that the horse’s best form comes when he is ridden right up on the heels of the pace and kicks on about two furlongs from home; he also likes very firm ground, which is how it was and how he was ridden when he won the Ascot Stakes,” said Johnston.


“He had the ideal lead (from Morson Boy) to do just that, but instead he was not right up with the pace and he has come back and said that the ground was too firm for the horse and that he should come to win his race as late as possible.


“That is totally different from all the evidence in the form book and to say that this ground was too firm for him just isn’t right. But then if you enter in races like these you take your chances.”


PERSONAL DISAPPOINTMENT FOR WARNE IN THE FOURTH RACE


Team Leader for the Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World Team Shane Warne who had tipped the second home, Double Obsession, to win said “I’m very disappointed for the team not to have won but also very disappointed on a personal level.

“Damien (Oliver) had said the horse would run a big race so I had a couple of quid on him to win! But, overall, we have done wonderfully well.”

Jason Weaver said after the win in the fourth race that although he was pleased with the success “We will need something special now to turn this around.”

“Obviously, everyone will blame selection but it is a trappy event. Michael (Roberts) thinks Starry Lodge is his banker but last year we thought Somnus was our banker and he got turned over. Hopefully, the same will happen to the banker this year.”


PERSONAL DISAPPOINTMENT FOR WARNE IN THE FOURTH RACE



Team Leader for the Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World Team Shane Warne who had tipped the second home, Double Obsession, to win said “I’m very disappointed for the team not to have won but also very disappointed on a personal level.

“Damien (Oliver) had said the horse would run a big race so I had a couple of quid on him to win! But, overall, we have done wonderfully well.”

Jason Weaver said after the win in the fourth race that although he was pleased with the success “We will need something special now to turn this around.”

“Obviously, everyone will blame selection but it is a trappy event. Michael (Roberts) thinks Starry Lodge is his banker but last year we thought Somnus was our banker and he got turned over. Hopefully, the same will happen to the banker this year.”


FIFTH RACE RESULT

3.50pm CARVILL SHERGAR CUP CHALLENGE
Class B, Rated Stakes Handicap, £45,100 Total Prize Fund. For 4yo+ Rated 0-100, 1m 4f. Weights: highest weight 9st 7lb; minimum weight 8st 7lb. Penalties: after July 17, a winner of a Class A to D race 3lb. Owners’ Prize Money: 1st: £17,395; 2nd: £6,630; 3rd: £3,031; 4th: £2,368; 5th: £2,084; 6th: £1,515; 7th: £1,231; 8th: £947; 9th: £663; 10th: £474

REST OF THE WORLD IN ITALICS

1) DESERT QUEST (Ballygallon Stud Ltd) Andrew Balding b4-8-13 Jamie Spencer GBI [1] 14/1
2) COUNSEL'S OPINION (Mrs J Roberts) Chris Wall 7-9-07 Weichong Marwing ROW [3] 12/1
3) SWIFT TANGO (Khalifa Sultan) Ed Dunlop 4-9-07 Damien Oliver ROW [2] 12/1
4) HAWRIDGE PRINCE (Eric Gadsden) Gerald Cottrell 4-9-02 Johnny Murtagh GBI [8]
5) STARRY LODGE (D R C Thompson) Luca Cumani 4-9-03 Frankie Dettori ROW [9] 6/4 Fav
6) HAMBLEDEN (Stag and Huntsman) Michael Jarvis 7-9-05 Kieren Fallon GBI [6]
7) DESERT ROYALTY (Janice Quy) Ed Dunlop 4-8-13 Darryll Holland GBI [4]
8) SIR GEORGE TURNER (Paul Dean) Mark Johnston 5-9-02 Michael Kinane GBI [5]
9) MUHAREB (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 5-9-01 Yutaka Take ROW [10]
10) AKASH (Markus Graff) Mark Johnston 4-8-12 Gerald Mosse ROW [7]

10 Ran
Time: 2 min 34.22 sec Distance: nk, nk, .5, .75, nk, .75, 1.75, 10, 10
Breeder: Ballygallon Stud
Breeding: b g Rainbow Quest (USA) - Jumilla (USA) (El Gran Senor (USA))
Tote Win: £19.70 Places: £5.00; £3.00; £2.70 Exacta: £200.10

SCORES FOR THIS RACE -
DUBAI DUTY FREE REST OF THE WORLD - 20
SODEXHO GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND - 20

TEAM SCORES AFTER RACE FIVE
DUBAI DUTY FREE REST OF THE WORLD TEAM - 116
SODEXHO PRESTIGE GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND TEAM - 84

Winning Trainer: Name: Andrew Balding Born: December 29, 1972 Based: Kingsclere Stables, Newbury, Berkshire Background: Son of former trainer Ian Balding, who retired at the end of 2002 having won the 1971 Vodafone Derby with Mill Reef as well as a whole host of other top races. Previously worked for uncle, Toby Balding, and assisted Lynda Ramsden for two years. Sister is Clare Balding, the BBC racing and sports presenter. Classic Successes: (1) Vodafone Oaks (2003 Casual Look) First Winner: Easter Ogil, Bet Direct Football Cashbacks Classified Stakes, Lingfield, January 11, 2003 Other Major Wins: Canadian International (2003 Phoenix Reach), Diomed Stakes (2004 Passing Glance) Number of horses in training (2003-2004): 114; 128 Number of wins in a season (2003): 54

Winning jockey:-Name: Spencer, James (Jamie) Peter Date of Birth: 08/06/1980 British Classic Wins: St Leger (2003 Brian Boru) Major wins include: Irish 1,000 Guineas (1998 Tarascon, 2002 Gossamer), Nunthorpe Stakes (2002 Kyllachy), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2000 Sequoyah), Weatherbys Champion Bumper (2002 Pizarro), Jockey Club Stakes (2002 Marienbard), Coventry Stakes (2001Landseer), Britannia Handicap (2003 New Seeker), Queen Mary Stakes (2004 Damson), Hampton Court Stakes (2004 Moscow Ballet), King Edward VII Stakes (2004 Five Dynasties) Wins (1998-2003): 3,8,78,112,86,102 Other details: Champion apprentice in Ireland 1999. Became stable jockey to Aidan O’Brien at the start of the 2004 season.



WINNING QUOTES RACE FIVE
CARVILL SHERGAR CUP HANDICAP

BALDING DOUBLES UP

Andrew Balding had his second winner of the day when Desert Quest finished like a train to snatch the Carvill Shergar Cup Handicap from Counsel’s Opinion, completing an 81.5-1 double for the Kingsclere yard.


And once again he did a major favour to the Sodexho Great Britain and Ireland team as Desert Quest was ridden by Jamie Spencer, following Kieren Fallon’s success on Pentecost.


“That was brilliant, it was a peach of a ride,” enthused Balding afterwards. “He is not an easy horse to ride, though he has lots of ability, as he tends to hang to his left, but luckily where he was on the inside there was nowhere for him to hang into.


“But he ran very well at Epsom and though he was in a big handicap at Haydock we felt that this was the right race for him.


“At one time his owner (Belinda Strudwick of the Ballygallon Stud in Co. Tpipperary) thought that he could be a Derby horse, but though he isn’t that good I think it is possible that he could get some black type.


“There is a Listed handicap over a mile and five furlongs at Chester in a few weeks’ time and I think that would suit him. Today was further than he has been before, but he got the trip well and I do not think that the extra furlong at Chester will trouble him.”





Race Five - Carvill Shergar Cup Challenge
Placed Quotes




ANOTHER WALL SECOND


Reflecting on yet another second in Counsel’s Opinion, who was pipped close home by 14-1 shot Desert Quest in the Carvill Shergar Cup Challenge, trainer Chris Wall said: ”That just about sums up my season - one beats me on the line.”

However, Wall was justifiably proud of Counsel’s Opinion, who was ridden by South African ace Weichong Marwing.


Wall added: “He gave him a smashing ride, but one has just nipped up the rails to touch us off on the post.


“You could set your clock by Counsel’s Opinion - he is the most reliable horse that I have trained and certainly more reliable than the trainer!

“And he loves this place, and is a 3lb better horse here than anywhere else. What am I going to when they close down Ascot for redevelopment ?”


A LOT TO ASK IN THE LAST


Andy Townsend, team leader for the Sodexho Great Britain & Ireland team, said “Jamie Spencer was amazing in the fifth race but it is asking a lot to get the first four home in the next. I don’t think its ever been done before. But you never know. The day may just have slipped beyond us. It has been a great day though and I will definitely be back again.”

Michael Roberts, team selector for the Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World team, said he was ”disapointed not to shut the door” on the Britain and Ireland Team in the fifth race. “we were winning everywhere but on the line.”

Shane Warne, team leader for the Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World Team, said “I don’t think they can catch us but its been great.

“It was marvellous talking to Michael (Roberts) and the jockeys and fantastic getting to know Andy (Townsend).


“The racing has been brilliant and I’ve loved seeing the horses run.”



SIXTH RACE RESULT

4.20pm DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP SPRINT
Class B, Rated Stakes Handicap, £45,100 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo Rated 0-100, 6f. Weights: highest weight 9st 7lb; minimum weight 8st 7lb. Penalties: after July 17, a winner of a Class A to D race 3lb. Owners’ Prize Money: 1st: £17,395; 2nd: £6,630; 3rd: £3,031; 4th: £2,368; 5th: £2,084; 6th: £1,515; 7th: £1,231; 8th: £947; 9th: £663; 10th: £474

REST OF THE WORLD IN ITALICS

1) PARADISE ISLE (The Equema Partnership) Chris Wall 3-9-01 Weichong Marwing ROW [4] 14/1
2) ALDERNEY RACE (Britton House Stud Ltd) Roger Charlton 3-9-07 Kevin Darley GBI [5] 3/1 Jt Fav
3) KHABFAIR (Star Pointe Ltd & Arlington Bloodstock) Amanda Perrett 3-9-04 Dario Vargiu ROW [9] 7/2
4) GLARAMARA (C M Martin) Alan Bailey 3-9-07 Kieren Fallon GBI [8]
5) COMMANDO SCOTT (Ann Morris) Alan Berry 3-9-00 Michael Kinane GBI [1]
6) DOITNOW (Hi-Tech Racing Club) Richard Fahey 3-8-13 Frankie Dettori ROW [10]
7) NERO'S RETURN (Christine Budden) Mark Johnston 3-9-03 Yutaka Take ROW [3]
8) HIGH VOLTAGE (Mrs K Halsall ) Karl Burke 3-9-04 Damien Oliver ROW [7]
9) VALJARV (V and J Properties) Nick Littmoden 3-9-02 Johnny Murtagh GBI [2]
10) DANZIG RIVER (R J Arculli) Barry Hills 3-9-03 Jamie Spencer GBI [6] 20/1

10 ran
Time: 1 min 14.37 sec Distances: 3, .5, 1.5, nk, .5, 1.75, .5, 2, 4
Breeder: Jeremy Green & Sons Breeding: b f Bluebird (USA) - Iktidar (Green Desert (USA))
Tote Win: £15.00 Places: £3.10; £1.90; £1.80 Exacta: £81.90

2004 FINAL TEAM SCORES
DUBAI DUTY FREE REST OF THE WORLD TEAM - 138
SODEXHO PRESTIGE GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND TEAM - 102

Winning Trainer:- Name: Wall, Christian Frederick; Date of Birth: January 10, 1959 Date of first trainers license: February 1, 1987. Previous career: Assistant trainer to Luca Cumani 1984-86 and to Sir Mark Prescott 1982-84. Wins in a season (1991-2004): 7:7:13:12:17:17:21:20:16:29:16:20:32:46Number of horses in training (1993-2003):27:24:27:33:38:45:48:53:50:48:49Big Race Wins: Bentinck Stakes (2003 Ashdown Express), Blue Square Shergar Cup Sprint (2004 Paradise Isle)

Winning jockey:-Name: Marwing, Weichong Born: March 14, 1970 Background: Outstanding South African jockey who moved to ride in Hong Kong in 2000, receiving full-season contract for 2002/2003, which he later terminated in December. Goes to scale at 8st 5lb. Big Race Wins: Cape Argus Guineas (1996 Ashtontown; 1999 Horse Chestnut); Clairwood Gold Challenge (1998 Golden Hoard); J & B Met (1999 Horse Chestnut); Hong Kong Classic Mile (2002 Olympic Express); Hong Kong Derby (2002 Olympic Express); Hong Kong Mile (2002 Olympic Express); Champions Mile (2002 Jeune King Prawn); Singapore Classic (2003 Come See You); Sheikh Maktoum Al Maktoum Challenge Round II (2004 Victory Moon), Sheikh Maktoum Al Maktoum Challenge Round III (2004 Victory Moon), Dubai Duty Free Stakes (2004 Right Approach) First Ride in England: Firebolt (King’s Stand Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 17, 2003 - called up by trainer Ivan Allan after Frankie Dettori claimed by Godolphin to ride Romantic Liason)


RACE SIX - DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP
WINNING QUOTES

REST OF THE WORLD IN PARADISE

Weichong Marwing, who is as popular in Dubai as he is in his homeland South Africa, clinched the “Silver Saddle” for the leading jockey with 37 points and in doing so rubber-stamped victory for the Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World team, when steering 14-1 shot Paradise Isle to an all-the-way three lengths triumph in the finale, the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint.


Ignoring instructions to hold up Paradise Isle, Marwing bounced out in front and Chris Wall’s filly scorched clear up the straight for an impressive victory.


Wall said: “The plan was to wait with Paradise Isle, but she broke so well that he sensibly did not fight her. Had he reined back we could well have been in trouble, and it was a brilliant enterprising ride. She’ll run next at York.”

Marwing said: “Chris told me to give her a chance, but she hit the traps running and we were in front for nothing. She settled and showed terrific acceleration in the straight, and, while I did not know the strength of the opposition, I was certain that it would take a decent horse to catch her.


“I have had a fantastic day and to win the “Silver Saddle” is a real bonus, and I am so grateful to Michael (Roberts) for recommending me.”

Roberts has no doubt that Marwing, 34, is a world-class jockey and he was lavish in his praise of his countryman,

He said: “Weichong is a brilliant jockey, and he has taken Dubai by storm. He rides with his head which is always a big help, but all the boys have ridden brilliantly and I am so proud of them.”

Roger Charlton, who trained runner-up Alderney Race, said: “He has run very well, especially as he was in an almost impossible position turning for home.


“With a better run, which he might well have got had the race been on the straight course, I think he could have won. There is a race for him at Newmarket next Saturday.”



TODAY’S CROWD


Today’s attendance was 22,489.




THE “SILVER SADDLE” FOR THE LEADING JOCKEY AT THE 2004 BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP - POSITIONS AFTER THE FINAL RACE

Weichong Marwing 37
Frankie Dettori 31
Michael Kinane 28
Kieren Fallon 23
Jamie Spencer 23
Dario Vargiu 21
Damien Oliver 17
Yutaka Take 17
Gerald Mosse 15
Kevin Darley 13
Johnny Murtagh 10
Darryll Holland 5

15 points for a win
10 points for a second
7 points for a third
5 points for a fourth
3 points for a fifth

2004 FINAL TEAM SCORES
DUBAI DUTY FREE REST OF THE WORLD TEAM - 138
SODEXHO PRESTIGE GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND TEAM - 102

DUBAI DUTY FREE REST OF THE WORLD TEAM RETAIN THE BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP




WEAVER DEFLATED, ROBERTS ELATED


Jason Weaver, team selector for the Sodexho Great Britain & Ireland team, commented that he was very deflated after another loss in the Blue Square Shergar Cup - the second in succession.


“I went into the jockeys’ changing room to give the lads a pep talk before the last but it just wasn’t enough.


“It was great to see such good racing though, especially Jamie’s (Spencer) win on Desert Quest, but the first four home in the last was asking too much.”

Andy Townsend, team leader for the Sodexho Great Britain & Ireland team, said after the last race in the Blue Square Shergar Cup: “It was very tough for us today - I must learn not to listen to jockeys’ tips in the future and I will have to give Jason (Weaver) a bit of stick later.

“We are due a victory now and I would love to come back and try again, though we may have to get Kevin Keegan back as he was our last winning team leader.”

Shane Warne, team leader for the winning Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World team, said: “The spirit of the day was fantastic and the boys did well. It would be great to come back and defend the title next time. I’ve loved working with everyone, although I left the team tactics to Michael (Roberts).”

Michael Roberts, team selector for the Dubai Duty Free Rest of the World team, said just after the last race was over: “That was lovely”.

He also thanked Blue Square for their generous sponsorship of the Shergar Cup and commented on: “What a fantastic job the jockeys have done for the team.”



LEADING TRAINERS’ PRIZE AT THE 2004 BLUE SQUARE SHERGAR CUP

Andrew Balding 35
Chris Wall 28
Roger Charlton 25
Stuart Williams 15
Ian Wood 15
Mark Johnston 13
Richard Hannon 12
John Jenkins 10
Fulke Johnson Houghton 10
Gay Kelleway 10
David Barron 7
Ed Dunlop 7
Richard Fahey 7
James Given 7
Amanda Perrett 7
Alan Bailey 5
David Elsworth 5
Gerald Cottrell 5
Ed Vaughan 5
Alan Berry 3
Luca Cumani 3
Bob Jones 3
Martin Pipe 3

15 points for a win
10 points for a second
7 points for a third
5 points for a fourth
3 points for a fifth


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