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Saturday, September 10, 2011

  

 

LADBROKES ST LEGER FESTIVAL, DONCASTER 2011

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

LADBROKES ST LEGER DAY, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

 

SATURDAY’S CROWD

 

Today’s crowd came to over 27,000, slightly down on last year’s total.

 

Mark Spincer, managing director of Doncaster Racecourse, commented: “We have had four days of top quality racing highlighted by Masked Marvel’s record-breaking win in today’s Ladbrokes St Leger.

 

“The highly enthusiastic crowds on all four days have enjoyed themselves enormously and it has been a pleasure to host a popular festival.”

 

The previous three days of the festival saw a slight each increase in crowd, with the figures being:-

 

Wednesday: just over 6.000

 

Thursday: just over 15,000

 

Friday: just over 10,000

 

LADBROKES ST LEGER FESTIVAL LEADING JOCKEY

 

FINAL STANDINGS

 

JOCKEY     1st   2nd   3rd

Frankie Dettori    5   6   2

Richard Hughes    4   3   5

Jamie Spencer    2   1   3

William Buick    2   1   1

Richard Hills     1   3   3

Neil Callan     1   2   -

Eddie Ahern     1   1   -

Silvestre De Sousa    1   1   -

Tom Queally     1   -   2

Jim Crowley     1   -   1

George Baker    1   -   -

Michael Hills     1   -   -

Julie Krone     1   -   -

Wayne Lordan    1   -   -

Phillip Makin     1   -   -

Niall McCullagh    1   -   -

Johnny Murtagh    1   -   -

Joseph O’Brien    1   -   -

Freddie Tylicki    1   -   -

Kieren Fallon     -   3   1

Paul Hanagan    -   1   2

Shane Kelly     -   1   1

Chris Catlin     -   1   -

John Fahy     -   1   -

Dane O’Neill     -   1   -

Charlie Swan    -   1   -

Daniel Tudhope    -   1   -

George Duffield    -   -   1

Jimmy Fortune    -   -   1

Graham Gibbons    -   -   1

Richard Kingscote    -   -   1

Luke Morris     -   -   1

Olivier Peslier    -   -   1

Jimmy Quinn    -   -   1

 

 

LADBROKES ST LEGER FESTIVAL LEADING TRAINER

 

FINAL STANDINGS

 

TRAINER    1st   2nd   3rd

Richard Hannon   3   1   2

Saeed bin Suroor   2   2   -

John Gosden    2   1   1

Paul Midgley    2   -   -

John Oxx IRE    2   -   -

William Haggas   1   3   2

Mahmood Al Zarooni   1   3   -

Roger Varian    1   2   -

Kevin Ryan    1   1   -

Charlie Hills    1   -   2

Dean Ivory    1   -   1

George Baker   1   -   -

Declan Carroll   1   -   -

David Elsworth   1   -   -

James Fanshawe   1   -   -

Mark Johnston   1   -   -

David Lanigan   1   -   -

David Marnane IRE   1   -   -

Jeremy Noseda   1   -   -

Aidan O’Brien IRE   1   -   -

David Wachman IRE   1   -   -

Chris Wall    1   -   -

Brian Meehan    -   2   1

Mick Channon   -   1   2

Clive Cox    -   1   2

Michael Bell    -   1   -

Henry Candy    -   1   -

Tom Dascombe   -   1   -

Ed Dunlop    -   1   -

Tim Easterby    -   1   -

Richard Fahey   -   1   -

Ed De Giles    -   1   -

Jim Goldie    -   1   -

Mike Murphy    -   1   -

John Quinn    -   1   -

Tom Tate    -   1   -

Luca Cumani    -   -   2

Sir Henry Cecil   -   -   1

Roger Charlton   -   -   1

Jeremy Gask    -   -   1

Jo Hughes    -   -   1

Eve Johnson Houghton  -   -   1

Ed McMahon    -   -   1

Hughie Morrison   -   -   1

Ollie Pears    -   -   1

Sir Mark Prescott   -   -   1

David Simcock   -   -   1

Sir Michael Stoute   -   -   1

Linda Stubbs    -   -   1

Walter Swinburn   -   -   1

 

FIRST DAY WINNERS

 

2.00pm ARENA STRUCTURES NURSERY

GHOSTWRITING (USA) (HRH Princess Haya Of Jordan) John Gosden 2-9-4 William Buick [9] 9/2f

2.35pm NAPOLEONS SHEFFIELD CONDITIONS STAKES

EUREKA (IRE) (Noodles Racing) Richard Hannon 2-9-3 Richard Hughes [3] 7/2

3.10pm SCARBROUGH STAKES (LISTED)

HUMIDOR (IRE) (M Khan X2) George Baker 4-9-9 Frankie Dettori [6] 14/1

3.45pm CLIPPER LOGISTICS LEGER LEGENDS CLASSIFIED STAKES

INVINCIBLE HERO (IRE) (Sarah Bryan) Declan Carroll 4-11-5t Julie Krone [1] 4/1f

4.20pm COOPERS MARQUEES CONDITIONS STAKES

CAI SHEN (IRE) (Julie Wood) Richard Hannon 3-8-11 Richard Hughes [1] 7/1

4.50pm QUATTROVALLI LUXURY WINE CHAMPIONS HANDICAP

LIGHTNING CLOUD (IRE) (Hambleton Racing Ltd XVIII) Kevin Ryan 3-8-11 Phillip Makin [9] 8/1

5.20pm GOFFS/DBS ST LEGER CARNIVAL SALES HANDICAP

HAAJES (N Lomas, A Taylor snr, A Taylor jnr) Paul Midgley 7-9-0 Tom Queally [19] 9/1

 

SECOND DAY WINNERS

 

1.25pm IRISH STALLION FARMS E.B.F. CARRIE RED FILLIES' NURSERY

ELUSIVE FLAME (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth 2-8-13 Jamie Spencer [1] 13/2

1.55pm JAPAN RACING ASSOCIATION SCEPTRE STAKES (GROUP THREE)

ALANZA (IRE) (HH Aga Khan) John Oxx IRE 3-8-10 Johnny Murtagh [7] 11/4

2.25pm WEATHERBYS INSURANCE 300,000 2-Y-O STAKES

REPLY (IRE) (Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 2-9-2 Joseph O'Brien [13] 20/1

3.00pm DFS PARK HILL STAKES (GROUP TWO)

MEEZNAH (USA) (Saif Ali & Saeed Al Tayer) David Lanigan 4-9-4 Frankie Dettori [1] 5/2

3.35pm crownhotel-bawtry.com E.B.F. 'GREEN DESERT' MAIDEN STAKES

PERENNIAL (Khalid Abdulla) Charlie Hills 2-9-3 Michael Hills [5] 12/1

4.10pm ELEMENTS MEDISPA HANDICAP

INTERNATIONALDEBUT (IRE) (A Taylor jnr.) Paul Midgley 6-9-9 Freddie Tylicki [16] 7/1

4.40pm DFS HANDICAP

CLUB OCEANIC (Sir Robert Ogden) Jeremy Noseda 3-9-1p Jamie Spencer [7] 100/30

 

THIRD DAY WINNERS

 

1.25pm POLYPIPE FLYING CHILDERS STAKES

REQUINTO (IRE) (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) David Wachman IRE 2-9-00 Wayne Lordan [2] 100/30 Fav

1.55pm LADBROKES MALLARD HANDICAP

OLD HUNDRED (IRE) (Lael Stable) James Fanshawe v4-8-10 Eddie Ahern [10] 16/1

2.25pm STOBART DONCASTER CUP

SADDLER'S ROCK (IRE) (Michael O'Flynn) John Oxx IRE t1 3-8-01 Niall McCullagh [2] 11/2

3.00pm BARRETT STEEL MAY HILL STAKES

LYRIC OF LIGHT (Godolphin) Mahmood Al Zarooni 2-8-12 Frankie Dettori [2] 9/1

3.35pm FRANK WHITTLE PARTNERSHIP CONDITIONS STAKES

EKTIHAAM (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Roger Varian 2-9-02 Richard Hills [3] 8/15 Fav

4.10pm UNIVERSAL RECYCLING HANDICAP

SIRIUS PROSPECT (USA) (Miss N Yarrow) Dean Ivory 3-8-10 Jim Crowley [3] 12/1

4.40pm MOLLART COX CLASSIFIED STAKES

BEATEN UP (Brian Haggas) William Haggas 3-8-11 Richard Hughes [7] 9/4 Fav

 

FOURTH DAY WINNERS

 

2.05pm ONE CALL INSURANCE CHAMPAGNE STAKES

TRUMPET MAJOR (IRE) (John Manley) Richard Hannon 2-8-12 Richard Hughes [4] 7/1

2.35pm LADBROKES PORTLAND HANDICAP

 NOCTURNAL AFFAIR (SAF) (Emma Bifova) David Marnane IRE 5-9-05 Neil Callan [15] 14/1

3.10pm LADBROKES ST LEGER

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MASKED MARVEL (Bjorn Nielsen) John Gosden 3-9-00 William Buick [3] 15/2

3.45pm AgriArgo UK TRACTOR CHALLENGE HANDICAP

MAN OF ACTION (USA) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor v4-9-02 Frankie Dettori [11] 13/2

4.15pm APC INDUSTRIAL SERVICES PARK STAKES

PREMIO LOCO (USA) (Bernard Westley) Chris Wall 7-9-04 George Baker [4] 15/8 Fav

4.50pm STRATSTONE ENDURANCE NURSERY

ANJAZ (USA) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-9-02 Frankie Dettori [5] 7/2JF

5.25pm POWELL ENGINEERING HANDICAP

SWIFT ALHAARTH (IRE) (Dr Marwan Koukash) Mark Johnston 3-8-04 Silvestre De Sousa [2] 9/4 Jt Fav

 

LADBROKES ST LEGER FESTIVAL, DONCASTER, 2011

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

LADBROKES ST LEGER DAY, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

 

 

LATEST LADBROKES ST LEGER ODDS FROM THE SPONSOR

 

Latest Ladbrokes betting this morning at 11am -  the odds remain the same as those offered first thing.

 

2/1  Sea Moon

3/1  Blue Bunting

6/1  Census

13/2  Masked Marvel

10/1  Seville

14/1  Brown Panther

40/1 Genius Beast

100/1  Buthelezi

200/1  Rumh

 

 

 

FIRST BORN ARRIVES

 

The long-standing tradition of awarding the first-born child in Doncaster on Ladbrokes St Leger Day life membership to Doncaster Racecourse continues with the arrival of Declan Meanwell

 

Declan was born at 8.52am in Doncaster Royal Infirmary and weighed in at 5lb 6oz.

 

Proud parents, Kim and Mark, of Skellow, Doncaster, will be treated to a meal and a day’s racing at Doncaster in November or December and Declan will receive his membership upon his eighteenth birthday.

 

 

 

MORNING GOING REPORT

 

The going at Doncaster has changed to

 

GOOD TO FIRM

 

from Good, Good to Firm in places.

    

Jon Pullin, Clerk of the Course at Doncaster Racecourse, reported this morning: “It remained dry overnight with no measurable rainfall and the going at present is good to firm with an overall GoingStick reading of 8.8.

 

“The week has gone really well so far and I have had a lot of positive feedback from the jockeys. The track has stood up really well to the racing this week and all credit to our  Estates Manager, Tim Radford, and his staff.

 

“The going was good at the start of the week and it has dried up a bit since, hence the current good to firm that we have. There is plenty of moisture in the track and the course is riding well, so I am looking forward to this afternoon’s racing.”

FANTASTIC THREE-DAY BUILD-UP TO

LADBROKES ST LEGER

 

 A thrilling three days of racing on Town Moor so far has brought plenty of excitement, no shortage of clues to next year’s Classics and a beaming Julie Krone, but the man with perhaps most to smile about is John Oxx whose two runners this week have both hit the mark.

 The esteemed Irish handler is a shrewd judge and seldom, if ever, will a runner from Currabeg Stables set foot on English shores with anything other than an outstanding chance of success, and so it has proved this week with Oxx claiming two of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival’s prestige prizes.

 Alanza was the first to strike, stable jockey Johnny Murtagh guiding the Aga Khan homebred filly to an impressive success in Thursday’s Group Three Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes.

 A day later, Oxx’s Travelling Head Lad Jimmy O’Neill was once again welcoming a big-race winner after Saddler’s Rock had impressively captured the festival’s oldest race, and a QIPCO British Champions Series event, the Group Two Stobart Doncaster Cup, under the stable’s second jockey, Niall McCullagh. The victorious three-year-old was Oxx’s first winner of the two and a quarter-mile contest since Enzeli in 2000.

 Looking back to Wednesday, known on Town Moor as Welcome To Yorkshire Day, and a bona fide American superstar lit up the racecourse with victory in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes.

 The race, staged to raise money for the Northern Racing College and the House That Jack Built rehabilitation centre planned for Malton, brought together legends from both Flat and Jump racing, including the likes of Charlie Swan, Norman Williamson, George Duffield, Thierry Gillet, Graham Bradley, John Reid and Ray Cochrane.

 But it was US Hall Of Famer Julie Krone who stole the show with a brilliant win aboard the Declan Carroll-trained Invincible Hero. Krone will be back at Doncaster today to greet the jockeys ahead of the Ladbrokes St Leger, the world’s oldest Classic race and part of the QIPCO British Champions Series.

 Thursday, DFS Ladies’ Day, saw a fantastic Group Two-winning performance from the David Lanigan-trained Meeznah. The talented four-year-old was bouncing back to form in fine style, after flopping at Newbury the time before, with an authoritative three and a half-length victory over the Queen’s Set To Music in the DFS Park Hill Stakes, known as the “Fillies’ St Leger”.

 Frankie Dettori was in the plate aboard Meeznah and the crowd favourite notched a victory for his main patron, Godolphin, when Lyric Of Light advanced her claims as a candidate for next year’s Classics.

 The Street Cry two-year-old held the upper hand in Friday’s Group Two Barrett Steel May Hill Stakes with a battling neck success from Fallen For You. Ladbrokes  has the duo priced up at 12/1 for the first fillies’ Classic of 2012, the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas. 

 Stobart Doncaster Cup Day produced another exciting Classic hope a little over half an hour later as Ektihaam powered four lengths clear to land the Frank Whittle Partnership Conditions Stakes. Trainer Roger Varian and jockey Richard Hills clearly hold the Invincible Spirit colt in high regard, and Ladbrokes rate him a 16/1 shot for next year’s QIPCO 2,000 Guineas.

 The Oxx stable has not had a monopoly on Irish-based success during this year’s Ladbrokes St Leger Festival. Aidan O’Brien enjoys plundering prizes on Town Moor and carried off a major juvenile contest on Thursday, DFS Ladies’ Day, with Reply in the lucrative Weatherbys Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes, while the speedy Requinto, trained by David Wachman, had more toe than his rivals when annexing Friday’s opener, the Group Two Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes over five furlongs.

 

PRESS CENSUS SUGGESTS IT’S

 TIME TO BRING OUT THE BUNTING

 

All hail Liz Hurley, the model and actor who has given today’s Ladbrokes St Leger a celebrity element for the press to feast upon.

 

Hurley is working in New York this weekend, but given the column inches she occupies you could imagine she was Doncaster’s guest of honour, not merely a stakeholder in Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, owners of big-race runner Census.

 

The Racing Post boasts an interview with Hurley, who refers to her horse as “magnificently frisky” and reveals that in her latest film, Gossip Girl, she plays “a sexy, smart, feather ruffling, self-made media mogul and all-round force with whom to be reckoned” - she clearly Brooks no argument.

 

Not that Hurley is the lone personality with a Ladbrokes St Leger runner, for legendary footballer Michael Owen appears as both owner and breeder of Brown Panther. ‘Battle of the celebs’ is the Daily Star’s take on this contest within a Classic, while the Daily Mail’s Marcus Townend claims ‘Girl power could rule in the St Leger’, a steer towards the chances of filly Blue Bunting, albeit Hurley’s photogenic face is used to illuminate the article.

 

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Blue Bunting is a popular choice with many newspaper tipsters, including Rob Wright in The Times, who claims she ‘can make class tell in St Leger’, and The Daily Telegraph’s J A McGrath, whose take on the race is headlined ‘Blue Bunting can spark Sheikh’s St Leger party’. ‘Bunting is tip top,’ fronts Mirror Racing’s coverage, but Claude Duval’s assessment of the filly and her trainer receives less prosaic treatment by The Sun’s headline scribes - ‘Rooni’s a Blue!’ refers to Mohammed Al Zarooni’s affection for Wayne Rooney, allegedly.

 

However, the Ladbrokes St Leger choice of Duval’s colleague Steve Jones, aka Templegate, is made plain by the header ‘Sea’s the day!’.

 

Sea Moon is also the choice of Bev Swingell in the Daily Express (headline: ‘Go with the flow’), and jockey Jamie Spencer in the Daily Star (‘Breeze for Sea’), but Greg Wood in The Guardian and The Independent’s Chris McGrath are fans of Brown Panther - The Guardian’s headline reminds readers that today’s big race is the one British Classic yet to be won by Kieren Fallon, Brown Panther’s jockey.

 

Fallon first rode in the race in 1989 when second on Sapience. Fellow rider William Buick was just one at the time, but at 23, and half Fallon’s age, he has a Ladbrokes St Leger on his CV thanks to last year’s winner Arctic Cosmos.

 

Tom Richmond focuses on Buick in today’s Yorkshire Post, and covers other big-race bases by including quotes from Michael Owen (Brown Panther) and Sir Michael Stoute (Sea Moon), while the Racing Post’s Pricewise (Tom Segal) sees a bright future with Seville, a 10/1 shot when betting offices this morning. Segal’s selection usually shrinks in price faster than the stock market on a bad day, yet Ladbrokes were holding those double-figure odds by late morning.

 

Clearly their race is an open contest in which half a dozen runners have fine claims - and there are celebrity elements, too. That is the perfect scenario for the sponsors, for Doncaster Racecourse and the whole of racing.

 

LADBROKES RECKONS YORK COULD TAKE THE GLORY AT DONCASTER

 

York Glory and Secret Witness were among betting-list movers with the sponsor in today’s Ladbrokes Portland Handicap (2.35).

 

The Kevin Ryan-trained York Glory was cut from 8/1 to 7/1 by Ladbrokes, while Ron Harris’s Secret Witness, a 33/1 outsider this morning, was 25/1 at lunchtime.

 

Punters have latched on to favourite Entifaadha in the opening One Call Insurance Champagne Stakes (2.05), forcing Ladbrokes to trim his price from 6/5 to evens, while Eton Forever is now vying for the leader’s position in betting on the AgriArgo UK Tractor Challenge Handicap (3.45). Available with Ladbrokes at 5/1 earlier today, the Roger Varian-trained Eton Forever was 3/1 by lunch. In the same race Vainglory is 12/1 from 16/1.

 

Premio Loco is Ladbrokes’ mover in the APC Industrial Services Park Stakes (4.15) - Chris Wall’s runner trades at 9/4 from 5/2 - while Burano, the sole non-winner in the Stratstone Endurance Nursery (4.50), has been pruned from 9/1 to 7/1 to lose his maiden status.

 

Waldvogel and Midnight Oil have been supported by Ladbrokes’ customers  to win the closing Powell Engineering Handicap (5.25) - they have been reduced in price from 12/1 to 10/1 and 5/2 to 9/4, respectively.

 

NON-RUNNERS AT 10.30AM

 

2.35pm   LADBROKES PORTLAND HANDICAP

no 21    RACY     Vet’s Certificate (Infection)

 

3.45pm  AGRIARGO UK TRACTOR CHALLENGE HANDICAP   

no 2    FAREER    Self Certificate (Spread a plate)

no 12    SWEET CHILD O'MINE (Going)

 

4.50pm  STRATSTONE ENDURANCE NURSERY

no 1    GRANDEUR (IRE)  Self Certificate (Sore)

 

5.25pm   POWELL ENGINEERING HANDICAP  

no 1    PROMPTER   (Going)

no 6    SUD PACIFIQUE (IRE)  (Going)

 

LADBROKES ST LEGER FESTIVAL, DONCASTER, 2011

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

LADBROKES ST LEGER DAY, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

 

Race One Win Quotes -

Group Two One Call Insurance Champagne Stakes

 

HANNON TRUMPET’S CHAMPAGNE VICTOR

Trumpet Major relished a return to a sound surface as he quickened nicely to give trainer Richard Hannon a first success in the Group Two One Call Insurance Champagne Stakes since his subsequent 2,000 Guineas hero Don’t Forget claimed the prize in 1986.

 

Last of four when over eight lengths behind Talwar in a soft ground renewal of the Group Three Solario Stakes at Sandown last month, the Arakan two-year-old returned to the form that had seen him land a Newmarket conditions race by an easy six lengths the time before.

 

Richard Hughes looked comfortable throughout the seven-furlong contest and when he asked Trumpet Major to win his race approaching the final furlong, the response was exactly what he required. The John Manley-owned colt burst clear and held the late thrust of Red Duke by a length and a quarter.

 

Hannon commented: “Richard (Hughes) said he rode like a good horse, he gave him everything he asked. He showed nice speed and when he pulled him out, he went. He did it well, so we are very happy.

            

“That was no surprise with the way he won at Newmarket but then he went to Sandown and the ground was soft and he just couldn’t handle it. Luckily, Dobbsie (Pat Dobbs) was on him and when he let him down, he said he couldn’t lift a foot, so he just eased him down.

 

“He can’t have been right because the thing that won beat him about eight lengths that day and he ran him to a short-head at Ascot. We came here hopeful.

 

“He only cost 19 grand. We bought him because he’s by the same sire as Dick Turpin. He’s a good stallion, that Arakan, but people don’t like him - he’s not fashionable. I’ve only had two, Dick Turpin and this fellow.

 

“I’ll talk to John (Manley - owner) now and see where we go. Where he probably will go is that Tattersalls Ireland sales race, depending on what penalty he picks up there. The only other one in there that could give him a race is called Tough As Nails that runs today in the National Stakes.”

 

Victor Chandler rates the colt a 33/1 shot for next year’s QIPCO 2,000 Guineas.

 

Hannon added: “Don’t Forget Me won the Guineas and I’d like to think that would happen again. He’ll be good horse next year.”

 

Hughes said: “He was going really well and he picked up and took two lengths out of them. We weren't strictly going that fast because the wind was blowing us and I was lucky to get a bit of cover but, when I whipped him out, he just took off.

 

“He hated the ground on his latest start and we probably should have taken him out. He is an improving horse.”

 

First race place quotes

One Call Insurance Champagne Stakes

 

BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF NEXT FOR RED DUKE

Red Duke, runner-up to Trumpet Major in the Group 2 One Call Insurance Champagne Stakes, heads to America for his next outing.

 

The John Quinn-trained colt is US-bred, and the trainer reckons the one-mile Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, a million-dollar race at Churchill Downs on November 5, won last year by Pluck, will be an ideal contest.

 

Malton-based Quinn said: “Next stop will be the Breeders’ Cup - the mile race there will be tailor-made for him. He’ll have a great chance. He’s a horse that wants a mile race run at a frenetic pace.

 

“He loves top of the ground and his sire [Hard Spun] was a top-class horse over there. We have felt for some time that if he kept progressing that would be the race for him. He’s entered in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and we’ll give him an entry for the English Guineas - we’re very pleased with him.”

 

Favourite Entifaadha made the early running, but was swamped by the field a furlong from home before rallying to take third place. Trainer William Haggas said succinctly: “He wants further [than today’s trip of seven furlongs]. They did him for speed.”

 

Entifaadha’s jockey, Richard Hills, confirmed that impression, saying: “They did him for a turn of foot - he’s a galloping horse, but it was hard out there in front.”

 

GOING AFTER THE FIRST

Richard Hughes, on board the winner Trumpet Major, said: “It is as quick as it has been all week.”

 

Kieren Fallon, on board second-placed Red Duke, said: “Good.”

 

Richard Hills, partner of third Entifaadha, said: “Good to firm.”

 

Joseph O’Brien, rider of fourth Daddy Long Legs, said: “Beautiful quick safe ground.”

 

Frankie Dettori, partner of Al Khan, said: “Good to firm.”

 

FIRST RACE RESULT

2.05pm ONE CALL INSURANCE CHAMPAGNE STAKES

Group 2, Class 1, £75,000 Total Prize Fund. For 2yo colts & geldings, 7f. Weights: 8st 12lb. Penalties: a winner of a Group 1 or Group 2 race 3lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £42,532.50; 2nd: £16,125; 3rd: £8,070; 4th: £4,020; 5th: £2,017.50

1)  TRUMPET MAJOR (IRE) (John Manley) Richard Hannon 2-8-12 Richard Hughes [4] 7/1

2)  RED DUKE (USA) (Maxilead Limited) John Quinn 2-9-01 Kieren Fallon [3] 11/4

3)  ENTIFAADHA (Hamdan Al Maktoum) William Haggas 2-8-12 Richard Hills [5] 11/10 Fav

4)  DADDY LONG LEGS (USA) (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 2-8-12 Joseph O'Brien [2]

5)  AL KHAN (IRE) (Ziad A Galadari) Peter Chapple-Hyam 2-8-12 Frankie Dettori [1]

5 ran

Time: 1 25.86s Distances: 1¼, 1, ½, 6 

Breeder: John Cullinan Breeding: b c Arakan - Ashford Cross (Cape Cross (IRE))

Tote Win: £8.40 Places: £3.80; £2.10 Exacta: £26.70

 

Winning Trainer: Name- Hannon, Richard Michael Date of birth: 30/5/45 Date of first licence:1970 Trains at Marlborough, Wiltshire Other details: Champion trainer in 1992 & 2010  First Winner: Ampney Prince, Newbury, April 17, 1970 First Group Winner: Crespinall (Nassau Stakes, 1972, Goodwood) British Classic wins: (3) 2000 Guineas (1973 Mon Fils, 1987 Don't Forget Me, 1990 Tirol) Other major wins: Irish 2,000 Guineas (1987 Don’t Forget Me, 1990 Tirol, 2010 Canford Cliffs), Falmouth Stakes (1991 Only Yours, 1993 Niche, 1994 Lemon Souffle, 1995 Caramba), July Cup (1992 Mr Brooks), Lockinge Stakes (1993 Swing Low, 2010 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1993 Lemon Souffle), Nunthorpe Stakes (1992 Lyric Fantasy), Prix de l’Abbaye (1992 Mr Brooks), Prix du Cadran (1993 Assessor), Prix Royal-Oak (1992 Assessor), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2000 Bold Edge), Sussex Stakes (2003 Reel Buddy, 2010 Canford Cliffs), Cheveley Park Stakes (2006 Indian Ink), Gran Criterium (2007 Scintillo), Prix de la Foret (2008 Paco Boy), Prix Jean Prat (2010 Dick Turpin), Champagne Stakes (1986 Don’t Forget Me, 2011 Trumpet Major)  Royal Ascot wins: 32 First Royal Ascot winner: Fly Baby (June 17, 1981 - Queen Mary Stakes) Major Royal Ascot wins: St James’s Palace Stakes (2010 Canford Cliffs), Royal Hunt Cup (2008 Mr Aviator), Wokingham Handicap (1990 Knight Of Mercy, 1994 Venture Capitalist), King Edward VII Stakes (1992 Beyton), Queen Mary Stakes (1981 Fly Baby, 1992 Lyric Fantasy, 1993 Risky, 2006 Gilded, 2011 Best Terms), Coronation Stakes (2007 Indian Ink), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1992 Shalford), Queen Anne Stakes (2009 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs), Coventry Stakes (1989 Rock City, 2009 Canford Cliffs, 2010 Strong Suit) Number of horses in training (1985-2011): 67; 75; 74; 80; 85; 107; 131; 139; 155; 178; 167; 155; 149; 145; 155; 162; 147; 169; 169; 149; 169; 163; 184; 190; 204; 231; Wins in a Year (1982-2010): 38; 43; 28; 37; 56; 33; 42; 55; 72; 125; 153; 182; 112; 115; 110; 94; 108; 123; 134; 112; 121; 122; 113; 145; 127; 148; 189; 188; 210 Champion Trainer: 1992 & 2010 Wins in 2011: 156

 

Winning jockey:-Name: Hughes, Richard David. Date of birth: 11/1/73 Background: Son of trainer Dessie, Richard began riding ponies aged five, and won his first pony race three years later. Apprenticed to his father, he rode six winners in his first season, when just 15. He continued to ride over the jumps during the winter, and won the 1997 Irish Champion Hurdle. In 2001 he became retained jockey for Prince Khalid Abdulla, until he left the post in November 2007, allowing him to take up jump racing and skiing once again. First winner: Viking Melody (Roscommon maiden, August 2, 1988) French Classic Wins (3): Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (2002 Zenda), Prix de Diane (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (2004 American Post) Irish Classic Wins (1): Irish 2,000 Guineas (2010 Canford Cliffs) Other Big Race Wins Include: Cheveley Park Stakes (2006 Indian Ink), Falmouth Stakes (2010 Music Show), Haydock Sprint Cup (2004 Tante Rose), Darley July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Sussex Stakes (2010 Canford Cliffs), Criterium de Saint-Cloud (2006 Passage Of Time), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2008 Youmzain), Prix du Cadran (1998 Invermark), Prix d’Ispahan (2001 Observatory), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (2003 American Post), Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Derby Italiano (1996 Bahamian Knight), Gran Premio d’Italia (1995 Posidonas), Premio Vittorio di Capua (1996 Mistle Cat), Lockinge Stakes (2010 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs), Champagne Stakes (2011 Trumpet Major) Royal Ascot Wins (26): St James’s Palace Stakes (2010 Canford Cliffs), Jersey Stakes (1995 Sergeyev, 1996 Lucayan Prince, 2011 Strong Suit), King’s Stand Stakes (1995, Piccolo), Wokingham Stakes (2000 Harmonic Way), Duke Of Edinburgh H’cap (2002, Thundering Surf), Norfolk Stakes (2002, Baron’s Pit), Wolferton Rated H’Cap (2002 Ulundi), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002, Demonstrate), Coventry Stakes (2003 Three Valleys, 2009 Canford Cliffs, 2010 Strong Suit), Balmoral Handicap (2003 Deportivo), Ribblesdale Stakes (2003 Spanish Sun), Albany Stakes (2004 Jewel In The Sand, 2010 Memory), Queen Mary Stakes (2006 Gilded, 2011 Best Terms), Coronation Stakes (2007 Indian Ink), Royal Hunt Cup (2008 Mr Aviator), Chesham Stakes (2008 Free Agent, 2009 Big Audio), Queen Anne Stakes (2009 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs), Ascot Stakes (2009 Judgethemoment) Wins in Britain (1994-2010): 19; 68; 62; 33; 55; 95; 102 91; 126; 121; 73; 124; 113; 139; 127; 144; 192;  Wins in 2011: 90

 

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Second race quotes

Ladbrokes Portland Handicap

 

MUSICAL SADDLES MEANS CALLAN WINS LADBROKES’ BIG SPRINT

 

South African-bred Nocturnal Affair was an impressive winner of the Ladbrokes Portland Handicap after an on-off-on booking for jockey Neil Callan.

Earlier this week he accepted an offer by Irish trainer David Marnane to ride the horse, but had to cry off due a commitment to the Kevin Ryan-trained Racy. When that horse was withdrawn this morning, Callan was suddenly available, and Russian owner Emma Bifova opted to recruit him  and displace Joseph O’Brien.

Marnane said: “Joseph’s a brilliant rider, but when the owner realised Neil was available they asked him to ride. It was unfortunate for Joseph, but he’ll have other days.

“I was as confident as I could be coming into a race of this nature, but he’s a very nice horse with plenty of pace. He won’t go to Ayr [for the Ayr Gold Cup] but he’s Dubai-bound later in the year.

“The owners raced the horse in South Africa and then in Dubai and I’m lucky they sent him to me. We’ve had him five months and had run him once before today - we’ve been taking our time and it’s come right. Good horses go forward, and he’s a fine, big horse.

“I won this race with Santo Padre and it’s brilliant to come back and take it twice in three years.”

Callan said: “I was worried coming out of the gate because my horse got a little fractious as the last horse went in. He put his head down, pulled the reins out of my hand, and as the stalls opened I only had the buckle in my hands. I wasn’t worried about falling off, but I did think my chance had gone, but he just cruised into contention without me having to move.”

Of the late jockey change, Callan said: “I know the owners, and when David rang me earlier this week I said ‘yes’ I’d ride it, not realising my agent had booked me to ride [Racy] for Kevin.

“When I found out I realised that, while David’s horse was good, I had to go with Kevin because of our long association. This morning at 7.30 I had a text to say Racy was out and David and the owners agreed to let me get back on Nocturnal Affair. It’s a pity for Joseph but that’s racing.”

 

 

Race Two Place Quotes -

Ladbrokes Portland

 

CONFESSIONAL CONTINUES OWNERS’ SECONDITIS

 

Ladbrokes Portland glory had long been the aim for Confessional but Tim Easterby’s charge came up half a length short in the historic five and a half-furlong handicap, crossing the line in second place behind Irish raider Nocturnal Affair.

 

The four-year-old gelding, ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, sports the colours of owner/breeders Terry and Margaret Holdcroft, for whom Confessional was the latest in a string of second places as they seek their first win of the year.

 

Easterby said of the 14/1 shot: “The horse has run a smashing race. Terry has had 10 seconds this year, so I’m blaming the owner!

 

“He ran a great race but I’ve been mugged by an Irish horse here before - this race was our aim.

 

“At Goodwood, he ran a blinder when he was second in the Stewards’ Cup consolation race but then the ground was too soft for him at Ripon last time, he loves it firm.

 

“He just wanders about the course a bit and you could see him doing that there but he ran really well and I couldn’t be more pleased.”

 

SECOND RACE RESULT

2.35pm LADBROKES PORTLAND HANDICAP

Class 2, £60,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+, 5f 140yds. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after September 3, each race won 6lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 2lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £37,350; 2nd: £11,184; 3rd: £5,592; 4th: £2,796; 5th: £1,398; 6th: £702

1)  NOCTURNAL AFFAIR (SAF) (Emma Bifova) David Marnane IRE 5-9-05 Neil Callan [15] 14/1

2)  CONFESSIONAL (Terry & Margaret Holdcroft) Tim Easterby es4-8-13 Silvestre De Sousa [7] 14/1

3)  ADDICTIVE DREAM (IRE) (Caveat Emptor Partnership) Walter Swinburn 4-9-01 Frankie Dettori [16] 14/1

4)  ANCIENT CROSS (Pete Bown, Backup Technology & Steve Hull) Mick Easterby t7-9-04 Paddy Aspell [19] 20/1

5)  YORK GLORY (USA) (Salman Rashed & Mohammed Khalifa) Kevin Ryan b3-8-11 Phillip Makin [21] 11/2 Fav

6)  JIMMY STYLES (Gwyn Powell & Peter Ridgers) Clive Cox p7-9-10 Adam Kirby [18]

7)  VERINCO (Bryan Smart) Bryan Smart v5-8-11 Royston Ffrench [11]

8)  TAX FREE (IRE) (Ian Hewitson) David Nicholls 9-8-13 Adrian Nicholls [17]

9)  DUNGANNON (I G Burbidge & Ian Balding) Andrew Balding 4-9-03 William Buick [6]

10)  SECRET WITNESS (Paul Moulton) Ron Harris b5-8-10 Richard Hills [20]

11)  LEXI'S HERO (IRE) (Dr Marwan Koukash) Kevin Ryan b3-9-05 Stephen Craine [12]

12)  WAFFLE (IRE) (Laurence O’Kane & Paul Murphy) David Barron v1 5-9-09 Richard Hughes [4]

13)  DOCTOR PARKES (Joseph Heler) Eric Alston 5-9-00 Seb Sanders [13]

14)  JOE PACKET (Stuart McPhee & Paul Moulton) Jonathan Portman 4-9-00 Richard Kingscote [14]

15)  ZERO MONEY (IRE) (Gillian Khosla) Roger Charlton b5-9-06 George Baker [2]

16)  FAVOURITE GIRL (IRE) (Peter Bourke) Tim Easterby v5-8-12 David Allan [10]

17)  LUI REI (ITY) (Rei Of Sunshine Partnership) Robert Cowell 5-8-10 Lee Topliss (3) [22]

18)  SWISS DREAM (Lordship Stud) David Elsworth 3-9-00 Olivier Peslier [8]

19)  BURNING THREAD (IRE) (Tim Etherington) Tim Etherington 4-8-12 Jack Mitchell [9]

20)  BAJAN TRYST (USA) (Margaret Forsyth & Mrs R G Hillen) Kevin Ryan 5-9-03 Kieren Fallon [3]

21)  RAIN DELAYED (IRE) (Andrew Tinkler) Michael Dods 5-9-00 Tom Queally [1]

21 ran Non-Runner: Racy (Vet’s Certificate, Infection)

Time: 1m 096.69s Distances: ½, nse, nk, hd, ½, ¾, ½, ½, ¾, ½, 1¾, 1¼, 1, nk, ½, 5, 3½, ½, 4½, 14          

Breeder: Mr T D Andrews Breeding: b g Victory Moon (SAF) - Aretha (SAF) (Centenary (USA))

Tote Win: £19.20 Places: £4.10; £4.10; £3.90; £4.50 Exacta: £412.80

 

Winning trainer:-Name: Marnane, David Based: Bansha, Co. Tipperary Background: From a racing family, brother Con is a leading breeze-up consignor while another brother, Ed, is a TV racing pundit and editor of the Dubai racing paper Al Adiyat. First Winner on Flat in Britain: Santo Padre (Ladbrokes Portland, Saturday, September 12, 2009) Big Race Wins Include Ladbrokes Portland Handicap (2009 Sano Padre, 2011 Nocturnal Affair), Victoria Cup (2010 Dandy Boy) Wins in Britain (2009-2010): 2; 1; Wins in Britain in 2011: 1

 

Winning jockey:-Name: Callan, Neil Francis Born: July 6, 1978 Based: Newmarket, Suffolk Background: Hails from County Kildare. Rode for Willie Fitzpatrick at The Curragh and Kevin Prendergast in Ireland. After a luckless spell, he had applied for a job as a kitchen fitter before joining Karl Burke in February 1998 as a work-rider on a six-month contract. After two months Burke suggested he should take out a British licence. First Winner: Dancing Lawyer (Levy Board Apprentice Handicap, Warwick, May 4, 1998 - debut ride in Britain) Big Race Wins: Oaks d’Italia (2007 Fashion Statement), Middle Park Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf), Gimcrack Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf), Rose Of Lancaster Stakes (2006 Mulaqat), Portland Handicap (2004 Halmahera, 2011 Nocturnal Affair) Racing Post Trophy (2005 Palace Episode), Persimmon Homes Flying Childers Stakes (2006 Wi Dud), Duke Of York Stakes (2007 Amadeus Wolf), Premio Roma At The Races (2007 Pressing), Topkapi Trophy (2008, 2009 & 2010 Pressing), Grosser Dallmayr-Preis Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (2009 Pressing), Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (2009 Bordeslescott) Other details: champion apprentice in 1999, champion all-weather jockey 2000, 2003 and 2007 Royal Ascot Wins (2): Buckingham Palace Stakes (2006 Uhoomagoo), Wolferton Handicap (2010 Rainbow Peak) First Royal Ascot Winner: Uhoomagoo, Buckingham Palace Stakes, June 22, 2006 Wins (1998-2010): 29, 56, 80, 38, 52, 52, 126, 151, 129, 102, 170; 144; 107; Wins in 2011: 83

 

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Race Three Win Quotes -

Group One Ladbrokes St Leger

 

GOSDEN THE LADBROKES ST LEGER MARVEL

 

 Masked Marvel ensured that John Gosden and William Buick became the first trainer/jockey partnership to win the Group One Ladbrokes St Leger in consecutive years since Fulke Johnson Houghton and Lester Piggott teamed up with Ribero (1967) and Ribocco (1968).

 The Montjeu colt followed Arctic Cosmos’ victory 12 months ago with a record breaking triumph that saw him shave a shade over six hundredths of second off the previous track best with a time of 3m 0.44s, despite running into a strong headwind down the home straight.

 Gosden now has four wins in the world’s oldest Classic thanks to previous victories with Shantou (1997) and Lucarno (2007).

 Masked Marvel, owned by US-based Bjorn Nielsen and sent off a 15/2 shot, benefited from the searching pace set by stablemate Buthelezi as he quickened readily in the final furlong to prevail by three lengths in the extended mile and three quarters Classic.

 Adding lustre to his win, Gosden saddled Duncan to share first place in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh only 45 minutes after Masked Marvel’s triumph. 

 Gosden commented: “From the day I saw him purchased at Deauville as a yearling, I thought that he was that type (for the St Leger), if he grew and developed. He was a powerful little guy back then but he has got great pedigree for this job and he has done nothing wrong all of his life.

 “He won well at Goodwood and was confused by Epsom - some horses are and some aren’t. Then he came back really well at the July meeting and Mr Nielsen allowed me to back off him and give him a nice freshener to come here and we have a lovely horse for the autumn.

 “We have other races we could have run in but, to win the oldest Classic with this horse is what we had planned for about two years, so sometimes it works.

 “He has got a high cruising speed. I told William to settle where he was comfortable and happy and not to attack too soon. There is a hell of a strong headwind and if you attack too soon - Hughsie said it the other day in an interesting article - the last furlong at Doncaster is a very long one and, when you tack another 132 yards in the end, it is even longer.

 “He is a proper horse and he has been working quite beautifully, so I would have been shocked if he hadn’t have been in the first three.

 “I said, we’ve got a pacemaker if you want one - and he’s a dear old horse, Buthelezi but he wants two miles now - and this is a proper horse. He has really developed through the year.

 “He has always looked like a Leger type. We ran him in the Derby which is the best trial for the Leger, and he didn’t handle the track. He has a high cruising speed and he has got that kick you need at the end. You don’t plod around here you have to have acceleration. I would have been disappointed if he hadn’t been one or two.

 As to future assignments, Gosden has no qualms about stepping the horse up in distance or dropping him down in trip. 

 He continued: “He is a fresh horse for the autumn, so from that point of view, we will have a look at the QIPCO championship two-mile race, but he has got the pace to come back to a mile and a half if we want.

 “He has a beautiful action, he loves good ground and if it was soft, he wouldn’t like it. One thing I always thought years ago was if they have got that action, they want to float off the ground.”   

 

 

Race Three Win Quotes -

Group One Ladbrokes St Leger

 

BUICK ON A HIGH AS MARVEL JOINS COSMOS

 

William Buick savoured Ladbrokes St Leger success at the first attempt when Arctic Cosmos triumphed in 2010 and the weighing room’s latest star maintained his perfect record in the world’s oldest Classic with a second successive win, this time on Masked Marvel.

 

John Gosden’s stable jockey, 23, settled the colt behind the front rank as stablemate Buthelezi set a stiff tempo up front before producing his mount to register a ninth Group/Grade One success of his burgeoning career, the first having come aboard Lahaleeb in the Grade One EP Taylor Stakes less than two years ago. 

 

Buick said: “It was a really good performance by Masked Marvel today. He really quickened for me - I know that he stays well so I didn’t really know when to kick but then he came good at the three and a half marker. With the headwind, I just kept the revs up but waited with him.

 

“When I went, two and a half furlongs out, he just killed everything else off and he is a real improving horse. I think that he stays well but, on today, the mile and a half races can’t be ruled out.

 

“It was a real good solid gallop, as you would expect, but he was always within himself the whole way round and, when I asked him to quicken, he really quickened. We knew that he would stay - he quickened in the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood - but he is a horse with a building turn of foot and today he actually had an instant turn of foot.

 

“He has improved so much and he has a huge future.”

 

Buick, donning the traditional St Leger cap awarded to the winning jockey, beamed as he posed for photographs in the winners’ enclosure.

 

Born in Norway where his father, Walter Buick, was eight-time Scandinavian champion jockey, Buick was thrilled to have plenty of family at the course to witness Masked Marvel’s win.

 

He said: “It’s great to have family here today - it’s good to have my Mum here.”

 

MASKED MARVEL (GB) FACTFILE -

THE 2011 LADBROKES ST LEGER WINNER IN COURSE-RECORD TIME OF 3m 00.44s

 

3 b c Montjeu (IRE)-Waldmark (GER) (Mark Of Esteem (IRE))

 

Form: 16-51011    Trainer: John Gosden    Owner: Bjorn Nielsen

Jockey: William Buick   Breeder: Newsells Park Stud

 

Masked Marvel

A son of Montjeu, Masked Marvel hails from a German family full of stamina. Bred in Hertfordshire at Newsells Park Stud, Masked Marvel was bought for 260,000 euros as a yearling at Deauville in August, 2009, and made his debut 11 months later in a Sandown maiden. He justified favouritism to score by two lengths before running below his best when only sixth of the eight runners in the Group Three Autumn Stakes at Ascot in October. He returned at Sandown on April 23 in the Group Three Classic Trial when tiring into fifth place behind Genius Beast. But trainer John Gosden felt he was in need of that outing and so it proved when he went on to win the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on May 18 by three lengths from Namibian. He then headed to the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs on June 4, when he was beaten just under nine lengths when eighth to Pour Moi. A step up in trip appeared to bring out further improvement when he held on to defeat fellow Ladbrokes St Leger hope Census by a head in the Group Three Bahrain Trophy over 13 furlongs at Newmarket on July 7. He did not run until the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on September 10, when he recorded a stunning three-length victory over Brown Panther in course-record time of 3m 00.44s.

Race Record: Starts: 7; 1st: 4; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £357,742

 

Bjorn Nielsen

Although based at Greenwich in Connecticut, USA, Bjorn Nielsen was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and grew up in Epsom, where he attended grammar school. He maintains strong ties with Britain and has stated he prefers the variation of racecourses in Britain compared to the USA. He, wife Debbie and their three daughters are long-standing American residents and he has been highly successful in the finance world, serving as managing director of Tudor Ventures, a private equity and venture capitalist firm. Nielsen has been a major investor at the horse sales for many years, using agents such as Jeremy Brummitt, Tom Goff and Charlie Gordon-Watson, and he was represented in the 1992 Derby by the Richard Hannon-trained Assessor, who finished ninth behind Dr Devious and went on to win the Group One Prix Royal-Oak and Group One Prix du Cadran in France. Other flagbearers include the Roger Charlton-trained Tante Rose, who he bought for 350,000 guineas at Wafic Said's dispersal in 2003 and won the following year's Group One Sprint Cup at Haydock. He was busy at the sales last year and paid 450,000 euros for the promising French juvenile Pontenuovo at Deauville in December and 550,000 guineas at Tattersalls for a yearling now named Michelangelo and in training with John Gosden. As well as Charlton and Gosden, he also has horses with David Lanigan, Brian Meehan and Roger Varian and jumpers with Tom Taaffe in Ireland. In 2009, Nielsen bought the Kingsdown training centre in Lambourn and he was a guest of the Queen in the carriage procession at Royal Ascot last year. He has a band of 12 - 16 broodmares boarding at Lord Lloyd-Webber's stud farms in Britain and Ireland. Today he enjoyed a first British Classic victory when Masked Marvel won the Ladbrokes St Leger.

Ladbrokes St Leger winners: 2011 MASKED MARVEL

 

John Gosden

John Gosden, whose father Towser also trained, was born on March 30, 1951. Educated at Eastbourne College and Cambridge University, he worked in land management in Venezuela before returning to Britain to become assistant to Sir Noel Murless from 1974 to 1975 and then Vincent O'Brien from 1976 to 1977. After a brief period assisting Tommy Doyle in California, Gosden set up on his own in the States in 1979 and enjoyed a very successful nine years training on the west coast. He was responsible for saddling Bates Motel to win the Santa Anita, Monmouth, and San Antonio Handicaps and also sent out the Robert Sangster-owned Royal Heroine to take the inaugural Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park in 1984 - both horses won Eclipse Awards. In 1988 he took out his first licence in Britain at the instigation of Sheikh Mohammed and established himself as a leading trainer on these shores at Newmarket, having his best season in 1992 when he recorded 113 wins. The 1996 St Leger was a seminal moment in the trainer's career as it marked his first English Classic success when the Sheikh Mohammed-owned Shantou collared Dushyantor to win at Doncaster. Gosden gained another success in Britain's oldest Classic 11 years on with Lucarno, who was bred and owned by another of his leading patrons, George Strawbridge. He won the race for a third time in 2010 with Arctic Cosmos, part-owned by his wife Rachel Hood, while Masked Marvel gave him a fourth success in the world's oldest Classic when successful in 2011. The trainer has a good record in the Investec Derby, filling two of the places in 1995, training Shantou to finish third in 1996 and then having a first success in the premier British Classic courtesy of Benny The Dip in 1997. His other British Classic success was with Lahan in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket in 2000, the first season that he trained at the famous Manton Estate in Wiltshire. He was previously based at Newmarket in Stanley House Stables (subsequently re-named Godolphin Stables) owned by Sheikh Mohammed and returned to headquarters after the 2005 season and is now settled at Clarehaven Stables on the Bury Road. Other good horses to have been trained by Gosden include the champion sprinter Oasis Dream, Irish Champion Stakes winner Muhtarram, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes victor Observatory, Prix Maurice de Gheest heroine May Ball, Golden Jubilee Stakes scorer Malhub, Coronation Stakes victor Nannina and Challenge Stakes winner Sleeping Indian. In 2008, Raven's Pass won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita, Rainbow View easily won the Group Two May Hill Stakes at Doncaster and Donativum took the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita. Another Breeders' Cup success came in 2009 when Pounced won the Juvenile Turf, while Debussy enjoyed Stateside success in 2010, winning the Arlington Million. Dar Re Mi landed three top-flight wins for Gosden in 2009/10 including the Yorkshire Oaks and the Dubai Sheema Classic. Gosden's list of owners includes Sheikh Mohammed's wife Princess Haya, Hamdan Al Maktoum, Cheveley Park Stud, George Strawbridge, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing and Khalid Abdulla. Gosden's wife Rachel Hood is a barrister, councillor in Newmarket and president of the Racehorse Owners' Association. They have four children.

Ladbrokes St Leger record: 2011-1 MASKED MARVEL; 2011-7 Buhtelezi; 2010-1 ARCTIC COSMOS, 2007-1 LUCARNO, 2007-10 Raincoat, 1996-1 SHANTOU, 1993-7 Silverdale, 1993-8 Winged Victory, 1993-9 Azilian, 1992-2 Sonus

William Buick

William Buick is one of the brightest young talents in British racing. He was announced as the new stable jockey to powerful Newmarket handler John Gosden in January, 2010, and cemented that partnership with a success aboard Lady Lloyd-Webber's Dar Re Mi in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic in March of that year. Born on July 22, 1988, in Norway, where his father Walter (an eight-time champion in Scandinavia) was a jockey at the time, he had his first ride in August, 2006, and his first success the following month (September 27) when scoring on Bank On Benny at Salisbury. He was apprenticed to trainer Andrew Balding and shared the 2008 apprentices' championship with David Probert, who was attached to the same stable. His first big win came in the 2007 Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot on Dark Missile and he landed both the 2008 St Simon Stakes and 2009 Ormonde Stakes on Buccellati. His first top-level success came when winning the Grade One E P Taylor Stakes at Woodbine in Canada in October, 2009, on the Mick Channon-trained Lahaleeb. He enjoyed further top-flight success across the Atlantic in August, 2010, when partnering Debussy to victory in the Grade One Arlington Million in Chicago for Gosden. The following day, Buick landed in France and rode the David Simcock-trained Dream Ahead to victory in the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville. Buick won the Apprentice Jockey of the Year award at the Lesters in 2007 and 2008, making him the only rider to receive the accolade twice. He won his first Classic on Arctic Cosmos in the 2010 Ladbrokes St Leger. That was also his first British Group One victory although another soon followed when Dream Ahead won the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. He has enjoyed further Group One success this season on Dream Ahead, who landed the Haydock Sprint Cup, while he rode Nathaniel to victory in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Today he won the Ladbrokes St Leger for the second year in succession and maintained his 100 per cent in the race when Masked Marvel prevailed.

Ladbrokes St Leger record: 2011-1 MASKED MARVEL; 2010-1 ARCTIC COSMOS

 

 

Third race place quotes

Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes

 

 OWEN AND DASCOMBE TAKE PANTHER DEFEAT ON CHIN

 

Top footballer Michael Owen and trainer Tom Dascombe were happy to take the unwanted second spot following today’s Classic, the Ladbrokes St Leger.

Their Brown Panther, who Owen bred from the mare Treble Heights, finished three-lengths second to Masked Marvel, but half a length ahead of the favourite, third-placed Sea Moon.

Owen, who was about to swop his suit for Manchester United kit ahead of the 5.30pm kick-off against Bolton Wanderers, said of the Kieren Fallon-ridden Brown Panther: “It was a great run and we’re very proud of him. We were confident we could run well because Tom had him in tip-top form, but Kieren said the ground may have been a little quick and he didn’t feel the horse was really letting himself stretch out on it.

“That said the winner’s scored by three lengths, so we can’t use that as an excuse, but Kieren’s sure he’ll be better on softer ground.

“We feel he’s stayed - he showed that today - and he’s got a turn of foot as you can see from the races he’s won. He’s a dream horse for me and I may not have a better one in my life.

“I’ve had winners before, but it’s a totally different pleasure when you’ve bred one this good. All of his family are part of our family. Royal Ascot [where Brown Panther won the King George V Handicap] was unbelievable, but this is comparable.

“All his family get better with age so we can look forward to next year [when Brown Panther will continue racing]. His dam has a two-year-old half-brother we own who is in training, and we have a Manduro yearling who is about to be broken in, and she’s now in foal to Shirocco, the sire of Brown Panther.”

Dascombe said the colt would now be given a holiday until next season, adding: “It’s a Group 1 race and there’s no such thing as a bad second in events of this quality - I wish John Gosden good luck with the winner. We’re thrilled and our team has put in a lot of effort.

“This is the best race he’s run and we’ve got him to look forward to next year. He’s surpassed all our expectations - he was beaten off a mark of 73 first time and now he’s finished second in a Classic. We’ll put him away now and I wouldn’t be surprised if he started off in next year’s May Chester meeting.

“I’m not convinced he needs further, but we’ll see what the winter brings because he can strengthen up.”

 

 

SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH & FIFTH IN THE LADBROKES ST LEGER

 

Kieren Fallon, second on Brown Panther, commented: “They went very quick and ground was on the quick side for this fellow. He has got a big heart and he stuck to it well. It was a very good St Leger this year. I was in a bit of trouble a mile out and not on the bridle because of the quick going but the better ground in the straight helped him. He is a good horse.”

 

Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager for the third and 2/1 favourite Sea Moon’s owner Khalid Abdulla, said: “Things didn’t go particularly well in the race for him but there are plenty of races at a mile and half for him now. We are disappointed but it is far from the end of the road.”

 

Aidan O’Brien said about the fourth Seville, ridden by his son Joseph: “He ran very well but maybe the trip was too far. He lost a shoe in the race.”

 

Harry Herbert, managing director of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said of the fifth Census: “We were thrilled with Census but Hughesie said that ground was too quick for him. He would not let himself down as he had done in previous races. That was our biggest worry at the end of the day. All credit to Masked Marvel and Brown Panther but we know we should have been closer to them. That will be probably it for this year and he will be a grand horse for next year. Richard Hughes was very disappointed.”

 

 

JOCKEYS’ REACTION AFTER THE LADBROKES ST LEGER

 

Olivier Peslier, on the 2/1 favourite third placed Sea Moon, said: “When I asked him to go he took too long to pick up.”

 

Joseph O’Brien, fourth on Seville, said: “He ran well.”

 

Richard Hughes, rider of the fifth Census, said: “He ran well but the ground was a bit quick for him.”

 

Frankie Dettori, who finished sixth on Blue Bunting, said: “It is just one race too many. It has been a long season.”

 

Robert Havlin, on seventh Buthelezi, said: “ He is a little bit of a monkey but he has a hell of a lot ability. He set a nice pace and I am glad for the team.”

 

Silvestre De Sousa, in eighth on Genius Beast, said: “It was a tough race and I didn’t have the class. He will be a better horse next year.”

 

Richard Hills, on ninth Rumh, said: “I did my job.”

 

THIRD RACE RESULT

3.10pm LADBROKES ST LEGER

Class 1, Group 1, £540,050 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo entire colts & fillies, 1m 6f 132yds. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £306,262.35; 2nd: £116,110.74; 3rd: £58,109.38; 4th: £28,946.68; 5th: £14,527.35; 6th: £7,290.68

1)  MASKED MARVEL (Bjorn Nielsen) John Gosden 3-9-00 William Buick [3] 15/2

2)  BROWN PANTHER (Owen Promotions Limited) Tom Dascombe 3-9-00 Kieren Fallon [2] 15/2

3)  SEA MOON (Khalid Abdulla) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-00 Olivier Peslier [1] 2/1 Fav

4)  SEVILLE (GER) (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-00 Joseph O'Brien [5]

5)  CENSUS (IRE) (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Beeswing)) Richard Hannon 3-9-00 Richard Hughes [9]

6)  BLUE BUNTING (USA) (Godolphin) Mahmood Al Zarooni 3-8-11 Frankie Dettori [7]

7)  BUTHELEZI (USA) (HRH Princess Haya Of Jordan) John Gosden h1 3-9-00 Robert Havlin [6]

8)  GENIUS BEAST (USA) (Godolphin) Mahmood Al Zarooni 3-9-00 Silvestre De Sousa [4]

9)  RUMH (GER) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-8-11 Richard Hills [8]

9 ran

Time: 3m 00.44s Distances: 3, ½, 1½, 2½, 6, 8, 12, 15

Breeder: Newsells Park Stud Breeding: b c Montjeu (IRE) - Waldmark (GER) (Mark Of Esteem (IRE))

Tote Win: £8.80 Places: £2.40; £2.80; £1.10 Exacta: £60.00

 

Winning Trainer:-Name: Gosden, John Harry Martin Born: Hove, 30/3/51 Date of first trainer’s licence (Britain): 1988 (previously a leading trainer in USA, 1980-1988) Trains at Clarehaven Stables, Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk (previously at Manton and Newmarket) First winner in Europe: Intimidate, Kempton, March 27, 1989 English Classic Wins (6): 1,000 Guineas (2000 Lahan), Investec Derby (1997 Benny The Dip), Ladbrokes St Leger (1996 Shantou, 2007 Lucarno, 2010 Arctic Cosmos, 2011 Masked Marvel) Irish Classic Wins (1): Irish St Leger (1992 Mashaallah) French Classic Wins (2): Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda) Other Big Race Wins Include: Cheveley Park Stakes (1993 Prophecy), Falmouth Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Fillies’ Mile (2000 Crystal Music, 2004 Playful Act, 2005 Nannina, 2008 Rainbow View), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Lockinge Stakes (1994 Emperor Jones, 2008 Virtual), Middle Park Stakes (2002 Oasis Dream), Nassau Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory, 2008 Raven’s Pass), Sun Chariot Stakes (1991 Ristna), Yorkshire Oaks (2009 Dar Re Mi), Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (1991 Keen Hunter), Prix de la Foret (1992 Wolfhound, 2001 Mount Abu), Prix d’Ispahan (2001 Observatory), Prix Jean Prat (1995 Torrential), Prix Marcel Boussac (1996 Ryafan, 2001 Sulk), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball), Grosser Preis von Baden (1992 Mashaallah), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram), Matron Stakes (2009 Rainbow View), Pretty Polly Stakes (1994 Del Deya, 2009 Dar Re Mi), Gran Premio del Jockey Club (1996 Shantou), Gran Premio di Milano (1992 Mashaallah, 1997 Shantou), Premio Presidente della Repubblica (1994 Muhtarram), Premio Roma (1993 Knifebox, 1996 Flemensfirth), Arlington Million (2010 Debussy), Breeders’ Cup Classic (2008 Raven’s Pass), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (2008 Donativum, 2009 Pounced), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1984 Royal Heroine), Clement L Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes (1987 Allez Milord), Philip H Iselin Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Santa Anita Handicap (1983 Bates Motel), Yellow Ribbon Stakes (1997 Ryafan), Dubai Sheema Classic (2010 Dar Re Mi), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) (2011 Nathaniel) Royal Ascot Wins (27): Chesham Stakes (1990 Chicarica, 1998 Rhapsodist), Jersey Stakes (1991 Satin Flower, 2000 Observatory), Queen’s Vase (1992 Landowner), King George V Handicap (1993 Learmont, 1997 Heritage), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 95 Muhtarram), Britannia Handicap (1996 North Song, 1998 Plan-B), Ascot Stakes (1999 High And Mighty), Norfolk Stakes (1999 Warm Heart), Britannia Stakes (2000 El Gran Papa, 2001 Analyser), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002 Demonstrate), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2002 Malhub), Coventry Stakes (2004 Iceman), King Edward VII Stakes (2005 Plea Bargain, 2011 Nathaniel), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina), Windsor Forest Stakes (2007 Nannina), Royal Hunt Cup (2007 Royal Oath), Ribblesdale Stakes (2008 Michta), Hardwicke Stakes (2009 Bronze Cannon), Queen Mary Stakes (2010 Maqaasid), Wolferton Handicap (2011 Beachfire) Horses in Training (2008-2011): 146; 161; 172; 168; Wins in a season (1989-2010): 27; 88; 86; 113; 109; 92; 86; 75; 91; 77; 74; 80; 55; 85; 72; 66; 91; 56; 68; 95; 88; 105; Wins in 2011: 77

 

Winning jockey:-Name: Buick, William Born: Norway, July 22, 1988 Background:. Made a sensational start to his career, finishing runner-up to James Doyle in the 2006/07 All-Weather apprentice title race with 24 winners. His father, Walter, was eight-time champion jockey in Scandinavia and rode 22 classic winners in his career, and is a race reader and a work-rider for Marcus Tregoning. Shared the 2008 apprentice title with David Probert, and appointed stable jockey for John Gosden at the start of 2010. First Ride in Britain: Tiny Tim, Brighton, August 10, 2006 First Winner: Bank On Benny, Axminster Carpets Apprentice Handicap, Salisbury, September 27, 2006 English Classic Wins (2): Ladbrokes St Leger (2010 Arctic Cosmos, 2011 Masked Marvel) Royal Ascot Wins (3): Wokingham Stakes (2007 Dark Missile); King Edward VII Stakes (2011 Nathaniel), Wolferton Handicap (2011 Beachfire) Total Goodwood Wins: 16 (3 at July Meeting) First Group One Win: Lahaleeb, E P Taylor Stakes, Woodbine, October 17, 2009 Other Big Race Wins: Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (2010 Dream Ahead), Doncaster Cup (2010 Samuel),Dubai Sheema Classic (2010 Dar Re Mi), Betfair Huxley Stakes (2010 Debussy), Arlington Million (2010 Debussy), Darley Prix Morny (2010 Dream Ahead), Qatar Prix Foy (2010 Duncan), Jockey Club Cup (2010 Tastahil), Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup (2011 Duncan), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) (2011 Nathaniel), Betfred Sprint Cup (2011 Dream Ahead) Wins (2006-2010): 10; 67; 54 (shared apprentice title with David Probert); 66; 99; Wins In 2011: 85

 

LADBROKES ST LEGER FESTIVAL, DONCASTER, 2011

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Fourth race quotes

AgriArgo UK Tractor Challenge Handicap

 

FRANKIE TUCKS IN FOR MAN OF ACTION VICTORY

 

A stiff breeze blowing down the home straight makes front-running a thankless task at Doncaster today, as revealed by results from the first four races.

 

After coming through late to win the AgriArgo UK Tractor Challenge Handicap on Man Of Action, jockey Frankie Dettori referred to the need to gain cover when saying: “It’s a big advantage to ride horses that come from behind because there’s a strong headwind.

 

“I was shielded until the final furlong and my horse showed a good turn of foot. It’s not easy doing the donkey work in front.”

 

Dettori was due to ride Sarrsar for trainer Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin, but after that horse was withdrawn he switched to Man Of Action, originally the mount of Robert Havlin.

 

Last year Man Of Action was trained by John Gosden, and this was his fourth run and first win for bin Suroor who said: “He really likes fast ground - that is the key to him. He’s always shown plenty of speed when working on fast ground at home.

 

“He likes to be switched off at the back and kept nice and relaxed. We’ll keep our options open but he could run in the Cambridgeshire, if the ground is suitable.”

 

 

 

 

FOURTH RACE RESULT

3.45pm AgriAgro UK TRACTOR CHALLENGE HANDICAP

Class 2, £20,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+ rated 96-110 (also open to such horses rated 95 and below), 1m. Weights: highest weight 4yo+ 9st 10lb; 3yo 9st 5lb; minimum weight 8st 10lb; 3yo 8st 5lb. Penalties: after September 3, each race won 6lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 5lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £12,938; 2nd: £3,850; 3rd: £1,924; 4th: £962

1)  MAN OF ACTION (USA) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor v4-9-02 Frankie Dettori [11] 13/2

2)  ETON FOREVER (IRE) (HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah) Roger Varian 4-9-10 Neil Callan [7] 9/4 Fav

3)  CASUAL GLIMPSE (M A Al-Attiyah) Richard Hannon 3-9-05 Richard Hughes [12] 12/1

4)  SOORAAH (Mohammed Jaber) William Haggas 4-9-05 Kieren Fallon [3]

5)  CROWN COUNSEL (IRE) (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-8-10 Silvestre De Sousa [10]

6)  VAINGLORY (USA) (David Simcock) David Simcock 7-8-10 Fergus Sweeney [9]

7)  MIA'S BOY (Shelley Dwyer) Chris Dwyer 7-9-05 George Baker [5]

8)  CRY FURY (Khalid Abdulla) Roger Charlton 3-8-13 William Buick [4]

9)  JUST BOND (IRE) (Reg Bond) Geoff Oldroyd 9-8-10 Andrew Elliott [2]

10)  MAJURO (IRE) (Willie McKay) Richard Guest t7-8-03 Jason Hart (7) [1]

10 ran

Non-Runners: Sarrsar (Going), (Fareer (Self Certificate, spread a plate), Sweet Child O’Mine (Going)

Time: 1m 39.62s Distances: 1½, hd, nk, hd, sh, nk, ¾, 6, 15  

Breeder: Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd  Breeding: ch g Elusive Quality (USA) - Dixie Melody (USA) (Dixieland Band (USA))

Tote Win: £6.70 Places: £2.00; £1.20; £3.60 Exacta: £24.10

Winning jockey:-Name: Dettori, Lanfranco. Born: 15/12/70 in Milan, Italy Background: Son of dual English 2000 Guineas winning jockey Gianfranco, “Frankie” also came to Britain early in his career to become apprentice for Luca Cumani in July 1985. In 1990, he became the first teenager to ride 100 winners since Lester Piggott. Appointed number one jockey for brand new Godolphin stable in the winter of 1993/94. Champion jockey for the first time in 1994 with 223 winners, retaining his title the following year with 216 victories. Became the first jockey to win all seven races on a card on September 28, 1996, at Ascot. Narrowly escaped death when his plane crashed shortly after take off at Newmarket racecourse in June 2000. He received an honorary MBE on December 29, 2000, and became champion jockey for a third time in 2004 with 195 victories. First winner: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986), First British winner: Lizzy Hare (Goodwood June 9, 1987) Other Achievements: Received Bill Shoemaker Award for outstanding performance by a jockey at 2006 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs British Classic wins; (14) Investec Derby (2007 Authorized), Investec Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia); Ladbrokes St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1996 Shantou, 2005 Scorpion, 2006 Sixties Icon, 2008 Conduit), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia, 2011 Blue Bunting) Irish Classic wins: Irish Oaks (2001 Lailani, 2003 Vintage Tipple, 2011 Bleu Bunting), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Dubawi), Irish St Leger (1999 Kayf Tara) French Classic wins: Prix du Jockey-Club (1992 Polytain, 2005 Shamardal, 2007 Lawman), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori, 2000 Bachir, 2005 Shamardal), Prix Diane Hermes (2007 West Wind) Other major wins include: Cheveley Park Stakes (2000 Regal Rose, 2003 Carry On Katie), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1998 Daylami; 2004 Refuse To Bend), GNER Doncaster Cup (2006 Sergeant Cecil), Falmouth Stakes (2008 Nahoodh), Fillies’ Mile (1990 Shamshir, 1999 Teggiano, 2000 Crystal Music, 2010 White Moonstone), Haydock Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat); Juddmonte International (1996 Halling, 1997 Singspiel, 2001 Sakhee, 2007 Authorized), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain,1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), Lockinge Stakes (2000 Aljabr, 2008 Literato), Middle Park Stakes (1996 Bahamian Bounty, 1998 Lujain, 2006 Dutch Art), Nunthorpe Stakes (1993 Lochsong, 1995 So Factual, 1998 Lochangel), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction; 1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium, 2010 Poet’s Voice), Racing Post Trophy (2006 Authorixed), Sussex Stakes (1991 Second Set, 1999 Aljabr, 2001 Noverre, 2007 Ramonti); Vodafone Coronation Cup (1996 Swain, 1997 Singspiel, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq), Yorkshire Oaks (1994 Only Royale, 2011 Blue Bunting), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2001 Lailani, 2006 Ouija Board) Dubai: Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist) France: Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2005 Alkaased), Prix Vermeille (2003 Mezzo Soprano), Prix de l’Abbaye (1993, 1994 Lochsong, 2004 Var), Prix d’Ispahan (1996 Halling, 2002 Best Of The Bests), Prix Jacques le Marois (1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir, 2006 Librettist), Prix de la Foret (2006 Caradak); Prix de la Salamandre (1998 Aljabr); Prix Maurice de Gheest (1999 Diktat); Prix Morny (2011 Dabirsim); Prix Jean Prat (1995 Torrential, 1997 Starborough, 1998 Almutawakel), Prix du Cadran (2006 Sergeant Cecil), Prix Marcel Boussac (1996 Ryafan, 2001 Sulk), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard), Prix du Moulin (2001 Slickly, 2006 Librettist), Prix Jean Luc Lagardere (2007 Rio De La Plata) Germany: Deutsches Derby (1991 Temporal), Ireland: Irish Champion Stakes (1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera) Japan: Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 2002 Falbrav, 2005 Alkaased) North America: Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2006 Ouija Board), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2004 Wilko), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), Breeders’ Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2006 Red Rocks), Breeders’ Cup Classic (2008 Raven’s Pass), Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq) Hong Kong: Hong Kong Cup (2000 Fantastic Light, 2003 Falbrav, 2007 Ramonti), Hong Kong Mile (2004 Firebreak), Hong Kong Vase (1996 Luso), Centenary Sprint Cup (2002 Firebolt), Queen Elizabeth II Cup (1996 Overbury) Royal Ascot wins: 45 First Royal Ascot win: Queen Anne Stakes (June 19, 1990 Markofdistinction) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1992 & 93 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara, 2004 Papineau), St James’s Palace Stakes (1997 Starborough), King’s Stand Stakes (1994 Lochsong), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera, 2011 Rewilding), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1995 So Factual), Queen Anne Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction, 1997 Allied Forces, 1998 Inktikhab, 2003 Dubai Destination, 2004 Refuse To Bend, 2007 Ramonti), Wins (1987-2010): 8, 22, 75^, 141, 94, 101, 149, 233*, 216*, 123, 176, 132, 132, 47, 94, 69, 101, 195*, 87, 131, 77, 67; 103; 123; ^Champion apprentice *Champion jockey Wins in 2011: 50

 

Winning trainer:-Name: bin Suroor, Saeed Date of Birth: November 16, 1968 Trains at Newmarket for Godolphin, the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed, whose horses winter in Dubai and race worldwide. First Winner In England: Classic Cliche (Dante Stakes, May 17, 1995, York) British Classic wins: (12) Stan James 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Stan James 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia), Investec Oaks (1995 Moonshell; 2002 Kazzia); Ivestec Derby (1995 Lammtarra); Ladbrokes St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche; 1998 Nedawi; 1999 Mutafaweq; 2004 Rule Of Law, 2009 Mastery) Other major wins include: Eclipse (1995,1996 Halling; 1998 Daylami; 2004 Refuse To Bend), Juddmonte International Stakes (1995 & 1996 Halling, 2001 Sakhee, 2004 Sulamani), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra; 1997 & 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), Lockinge Stakes (1998 Cape Cross, 1999 Fly To The Stars, 2000 Aljabr, 2008 Creachadoir), Nunthorpe Stakes (1995 So Factual), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Faithful Son, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Summoner, 2207 Ramonti, 2010 Poet’s Voice), Queen Anne Stakes (2003 Dubai Destination), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat), Sussex Stakes (1999 Aljabr, 2001 Noverre, 2007 Ramonti), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2001 Fantastic Light), Coronation Cup (1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq) Racing Post Trophy (1996 Medaaly, 2007 Ibn Khaldhun), Fillies’ Mile (2010 White Moonstone) Canada: Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq, 2004 Sulamani), E P Taylor Stakes (2008 Folk Opera) France: Prix du Jockey Club (2005 Shamardal), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori; 2000 Bachir; 2001 Noverre, 2005 Shamardal), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard), Prix de la Foret (2006 Caradak); Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (2001 Slickly, 2006 Librettist), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (2007 Rio De La Plata), Prix de la Salamandre (1998 Aljabr), Prix Jean Prat (1998 Almutawakel), Prix Maurice de Gheest (1999 Diktat), Prix d’Ispahan (1996 Halling, 2002 Best Of The Bests), Prix Vermeille (2003 Mezzo Soprano), Prix Jacques le Marois (1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir, 2006 Librettist) Germany: Deutschland Preis (2000 Mutafaweq, 2002 Marienbard, 2010 Campanologist), Grosser Bugatti Preis von Baden (2002 Marienbard, 2003 Mamool), Grosser Dallmayr Preis (2001 Kutub), Rheinland-Pokal der Sparkasse Koln Bonn (2006 Cherry Mix, 2010 Campanologist), Preis Von Europa (2001 Kutub, 2003 Mamool) Hong Kong: Hong Kong Cup (2000 Fantastic Light, 2007 Ramonti), Hong Kong Mile (2004 Firebreak) Ireland: Irish St Leger (1998 & 1999 Kayf Tara), Irish Champion Stakes (1994 Cezanne; 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Dubawi) Japan: Yasuda Kinen (1995 Heart Lake, Keio Hai Spring Cup (1996 Heart Lake), Singapore: Singapore Airlines International Cup (2002 Grandera) UAE: Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium, 2002 Street Cry, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist), Dubai Sheema Classic (2003 Sulamani) United States: Coaching Club American Oaks (2002 Jilbab, 2008 Music Note), Arlington Million (2003 Sulamani), Beldame Stakes (2002 Imperial Gesture, 2008 Cocoa Beach), Beverley D Stakes (2004 Crimson Palace), Breeders Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light), Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (2002 Kazzia), Gazelle Stakes (2002 Imperial Gesture, 2008 ), Man O’ War Stakes (1998 Daylami; 2000 Fantastic Light), Ruffian Handicap (2005 Stellar Jayne), San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (1995 Red Bishop), Stephen Foster Handicap (2002 Street Cry), Turf Classic Invitational (2003 Sulamani), Mother Goose Stakes (2008 Music Note), Go For Wand Handicap (2009 Seventh Street), Test Stakes (2009 Flashing), Ballerina Stakes (2009 Music Note), Forego Stakes (2009 Pyro), Ancient Title (2009 Gayego), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2009 Vale Of York) Australia: BMW Caulfield Cup (2008 All The Good) Other details: Champion trainer 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004. Completed full set of classic wins following Cape Verdi’s victory in the 1998 1000 Guineas. Wins in Britain (1995-2010): 14: 48: 41: 38: 41: 22: 24: 21: 23: 115: 78; 70; 73; 56; 148; 90; Wins in 2011 (in Britain): 33

 

 

 

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Race Five Win Quotes -

Group Two APC Industrial Services Park Stakes

 

LOCO ENDS LOSING STREAK

 

A relieved Chris Wall hailed stable star Premio Loco after the seven-year-old landed the fourth Group Two victory of his career in the APC Industrial Services Park Stakes.

 

Without a win in eight starts stretching back to July, 2010, the gelding was on by far the longest losing streak of a 29-race career that has now yielded 12 victories.

 

Much of that has been down to underfoot conditions, something that was not an issue in today’s seven-furlong contest with the ground riding good to firm and the 15/8 favourite quickened like his usual self under George Baker to register a half-length win from Dafeef.

 

Wall said: “He ran an outstanding race in the Lockinge Stakes early on behind Canford Cliffs and that was really the last time we had fast ground. He raced on sort of quickish ground in the Sovereign stakes at Salisbury but he didn’t get a run at all that day and the ground came  too soft for him at Goodwood last time in the Celebration Mile, so things have not gone his way.

 

“When I read last weekend that the Clerk of the Course had watered and that there was rain forecast this week, I thought it was going to be another meeting where it would be too soft for him.

 

“The rain didn’t materialise, conditions came right, the race cut up a bit and he has had a winning opportunity, which I’m pleased he was able to take advantage of. It has come good for him today. It was probably not the most competitive of Group Twos but thankfully he has got his head in front.

 

“He has had a disappointing season up to now. He had never had a long losing streak, so while we weren’t losing confidence in him because he always tries his best, he is getting longer in the tooth and we did wonder if had lost a bit of his ability.

 

“Today he has come back well and that will set him in good stead. It’s a bit late in the season but at least he has won a nice race.

 

“Ground permitting, we might go for the Joel Stakes at Newmarket. Usually, when it gets into the autumn, the ground turns soft and we have to pack him up. Dubai is a possibility next year if he retains his form and is alright.

 

“He is a star for the stable and for his owners. He gives everyone a lift. Every stable needs a good horse and we are fortunate to have him. They take a bit of replacing and we keep looking for another one at this level but haven’t found one yet.” 

 

Fifth race quotes

APC Industrial Services Park Stakes

 

CHEKA CHECKS IN FOR MORE VALUABLE PLACE MONEY

 

Consistent five-year-old The Cheka proved his usual reliable self when third behind winner Premio Loco and runner-up Dafeef in today’s Group 2 APC Industrial Services Park Stakes.

 

The collection of another £10,000 in prize money took the gelding’s career haul to £114,000, nearly double the 58,000gns he cost trainer Eve Johnson-Houghton as a yearling.

 

Once again a stiff breeze blowing down the straight proved no ally to pace-making The Cheka, and Johnson-Houghton said: “The headwind today didn’t help him, but that’s just the way he likes to be ridden. He’s always there to be shot at - he’s run another lovely race and hopefully he can win another good one in time.

 

“He’s worn cheekpieces for the second time today, but I don’t think they’ve made any difference. We’ve not tried him in blinkers or a visor yet, but we’re in no hurry.

 

“He needs to kick because he hasn’t got a great turn of foot, but he slightly waits for the others to get there - it’s a two-edged sword. I’ve not thought about his next race, but there will be something else this season.”

 

FIFTH RACE RESULT

 

4.15pm APC INDUSTRIAL SERVICES PARK STAKES

Class 1, Group 2, £100,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+, 7f. Weights: 3yo colts & geldings 9st; 3yo fillies 8st 11lb; 4yo+ colts & geldings 9st 4lb; 4yo+ fillies 9st 1lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £56,710; 2nd: £21,500; 3rd: £10,760; 4th: £5,360; 5th: £2,690

1)  PREMIO LOCO (USA) (Bernard Westley) Chris Wall 7-9-04 George Baker [4] 15/8 Fav

2)  DAFEEF (Hamdan Al Maktoum) William Haggas 4-9-04 Richard Hills [5] 7/2

3)  THE CHEKA (IRE) (Anthony Pye-Jeary & Mel Smith) Eve Johnson Houghton p5-9-04 Tom Queally [3]

4)  BALTHAZAAR'S GIFT (IRE) (HE Sheikh Sultan Bimn Khalifa Al Nahyan) Clive Cox 8-9-04 Adam Kirby [2]

5)  DUFF (IRE) (Kilboy Estate) Edward Lynam IRE v8-9-04 Richard Hughes [1]

 

5 ran

Time: 1m 25.93s Distances: ½, ½, 3¼, 6

Breeder: Kidder, Cole & Griggs Breeding: ch g Prized (USA) - Crazee Mental (Magic Ring (IRE))

Tote Win: £2.90 Places: £1.80; £1.40 Exacta: £9.30

 

Winning Trainer:- Name: Wall, Christian Frederick Date of Birth: January 10, 1959; Date of first trainers license: February 1, 1987; Trains at Induna Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Previous career: Assistant trainer to Luca Cumani 1984-86 and to Sir Mark Prescott 1982-84; Big Race Wins: Bentinck Stakes (2003 Ashdown Express), Tattersalls Ireland Sales Stakes (2005 Wake Up Maggie), Watership Down Stud Sales Race (2005 Expensive), Abernant Stakes (2006 Paradise Isle) Chartwell Stakes (2007 Wake Up Maggie), Oak Tree Stakes (2007 Wake Up Maggie), Willmott Dixon Bengough Memorial Stakes (2009 Royal Rock), totesport Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes (2010 Pyrrha), Sunley Criterion Stakes (2010 Premio Loco), totesport.com Summer Mile (2010 Premio Loco), Park Stakes (2011 Premio Loco) Number of horses in training (1993-2010): 27: 24: 27: 33: 38: 45: 48: 53: 50: 48: 49: 46: 56: 59; 61; 56; 61; 55; 57; Wins (1991-2010): 7; 7; 13; 12; 17; 17; 21; 20; 16; 29; 16;  20; 32; 18; 27; 32; 31; 35; 31; 29; Wins in 2011: 18

 

Winning jockey:- Baker, George Born: September 1, 1982 Background: Hails from Lambourn where his father, Peter, is a farrier. Joined Mark Usher from school in July 1999. Big Race Wins: Lupe Stakes (2006 Rising Cross); Sporting Index Stardom Stakes (2006 Caldra), Willmott Dixon Bengough Memorial Stakes (2009 Royal Rock), totesport.com Summer Mile (2010 Premio Loco), Tattersalls Timeform Million Sprint (2009 Society Rock), Park Stakes (2011 Premio Loco) First winner: Beauchamp Magic, Wolverhampton, December 4, 1999 Rode Out Claim: May 27, 2002, Dandy Regent, Swannington Claiming Stakes, Leicester Wins (1999-2010): 2; 55; 23; 23; 26; 40; 71; 70; 75; 115; 71; 102; Wins in 2011: 63

 

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Sixth race quotes

Stratstone Endurance Nursery

 

REGALLY-BRED ANJAZ DOING HER BIT FOR MILLIONAIRE MUM

        

It is not easy for the daughter’s of superstars, but Anjaz is steadily doing her best to live up to her mum’s valuation.

 

Playful Act, who gave birth to Anjaz in 2009, cost Sheikh Mohammed a whopping $10,500,000  when she went to public auction in 2007. The Sheikh mated her with his own stallion, Street Cry, and Anjaz was the result. Today, in her second race, Anjaz maintained her unbeaten record when landing the Stratstone Endurance Nursery, picking up nearly £10,000 in prize money and making a small dent in that multi-million dollar investment.

 

Anjaz has no fancy entries, but trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “We’ll now look for a Listed race for her. She’s a lovely filly and improving all the time, and she came on from her first race.

 

“Physically she’s getting stronger all the time and she’s definitely a horse I like for the future.

 

“She did the job okay in her first run at Kempton, but when she did a piece of work last week we felt this was the right race for her. She’s the daughter of a very valuable mare, but also a very good sire.”

 

Anjaz became another Doncaster winner for Frankie Dettori and completed a double for him on the day. His Ladbrokes St Leger mount, Blue Bunting, could not add to his tally, but Anjaz’s success, Dettori’s fifth of the week, took him to the head of the leading jockeys’ table.

 

SIXTH RACE RESULT - 4.50pm STRATSTONE ENDURANCE NURSERY

Class 2, £15,000 Total Prize Fund. For 2yo, 1m. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 7lb; minimum weight 7st 12lb. Penalties: after September 3, each race won 6lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £9,703.50; 2nd: £2,887.50; 3rd: £1,443; 4th: £721.50

1)  ANJAZ (USA) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-9-02 Frankie Dettori [5] 7/2JF

2)  BURANO (IRE) (Jonathan Harvey) Brian Meehan 2-9-04 Neil Callan [4] 7/2JF

3)  THAT'S DANGEROUS (D Carter & P Inglett) Roger Charlton 2-8-09 Richard Kingscote [10] 25/1

4)  AMAZING STORM (IRE) (W P Drew) Richard Hannon 2-9-06 Richard Hughes [8]

5)  DANCE THE RAIN (Ceffyl Racing) Bryan Smart 2-8-10 Royston Ffrench [6]

6)  PRIDE AND JOY (IRE) (Miss J Kask) Jamie Osborne 2-9-06 Fergus Sweeney [9]

7)  REPEATER (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Mark Prescott 2-8-12 Seb Sanders [2]

8)  PEARL CHARM (USA) (Pearl Bloodstock Ltd) Richard Hannon 2-9-03 Tom Queally [1]

9)  MOON TRIP (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-8-11 Silvestre De Sousa [3]

10)  CAPTAIN CARDINGTON (IRE) (Nick & Olga Dhandsa & Zoe Webster) Mick Channon 2-8-06 Sam Hitchcott [11]

10 ran

Non-Runner: Grandeur (Self Certificate, Sore)

Time: 1m 40.22s 

Distances: ½, ¾, ½, sh, 2¾, 1¾, nk, 2¾, ½    

Breeder: Darley

Breeding: b f Street Cry (IRE) - Playful Act (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))

Tote Win: £3.50 Places: £1.90; £1.40; £5.60 Exacta: £20.90

 

Winning jockey:-Name: Dettori, Lanfranco. Born: 15/12/70 in Milan, Italy Background: Son of dual English 2000 Guineas winning jockey Gianfranco, “Frankie” also came to Britain early in his career to become apprentice for Luca Cumani in July 1985. In 1990, he became the first teenager to ride 100 winners since Lester Piggott. Appointed number one jockey for brand new Godolphin stable in the winter of 1993/94. Champion jockey for the first time in 1994 with 223 winners, retaining his title the following year with 216 victories. Became the first jockey to win all seven races on a card on September 28, 1996, at Ascot. Narrowly escaped death when his plane crashed shortly after take off at Newmarket racecourse in June 2000. He received an honorary MBE on December 29, 2000, and became champion jockey for a third time in 2004 with 195 victories. First winner: Rif (Turin, Italy, November 16, 1986), First British winner: Lizzy Hare (Goodwood June 9, 1987) Other Achievements: Received Bill Shoemaker Award for outstanding performance by a jockey at 2006 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs British Classic wins; (14) Investec Derby (2007 Authorized), Investec Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia); Ladbrokes St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1996 Shantou, 2005 Scorpion, 2006 Sixties Icon, 2008 Conduit), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia, 2011 Blue Bunting) Irish Classic wins: Irish Oaks (2001 Lailani, 2003 Vintage Tipple, 2011 Bleu Bunting), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Dubawi), Irish St Leger (1999 Kayf Tara) French Classic wins: Prix du Jockey-Club (1992 Polytain, 2005 Shamardal, 2007 Lawman), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori, 2000 Bachir, 2005 Shamardal), Prix Diane Hermes (2007 West Wind) Other major wins include: Cheveley Park Stakes (2000 Regal Rose, 2003 Carry On Katie), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1998 Daylami; 2004 Refuse To Bend), GNER Doncaster Cup (2006 Sergeant Cecil), Falmouth Stakes (2008 Nahoodh), Fillies’ Mile (1990 Shamshir, 1999 Teggiano, 2000 Crystal Music, 2010 White Moonstone), Haydock Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat); Juddmonte International (1996 Halling, 1997 Singspiel, 2001 Sakhee, 2007 Authorized), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain,1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), Lockinge Stakes (2000 Aljabr, 2008 Literato), Middle Park Stakes (1996 Bahamian Bounty, 1998 Lujain, 2006 Dutch Art), Nunthorpe Stakes (1993 Lochsong, 1995 So Factual, 1998 Lochangel), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction; 1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium, 2010 Poet’s Voice), Racing Post Trophy (2006 Authorixed), Sussex Stakes (1991 Second Set, 1999 Aljabr, 2001 Noverre, 2007 Ramonti); Vodafone Coronation Cup (1996 Swain, 1997 Singspiel, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq), Yorkshire Oaks (1994 Only Royale, 2011 Blue Bunting), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (2001 Lailani, 2006 Ouija Board) Dubai: Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist) France: Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2005 Alkaased), Prix Vermeille (2003 Mezzo Soprano), Prix de l’Abbaye (1993, 1994 Lochsong, 2004 Var), Prix d’Ispahan (1996 Halling, 2002 Best Of The Bests), Prix Jacques le Marois (1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir, 2006 Librettist), Prix de la Foret (2006 Caradak); Prix de la Salamandre (1998 Aljabr); Prix Maurice de Gheest (1999 Diktat); Prix Morny (2011 Dabirsim); Prix Jean Prat (1995 Torrential, 1997 Starborough, 1998 Almutawakel), Prix du Cadran (2006 Sergeant Cecil), Prix Marcel Boussac (1996 Ryafan, 2001 Sulk), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard), Prix du Moulin (2001 Slickly, 2006 Librettist), Prix Jean Luc Lagardere (2007 Rio De La Plata) Germany: Deutsches Derby (1991 Temporal), Ireland: Irish Champion Stakes (1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera) Japan: Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 2002 Falbrav, 2005 Alkaased) North America: Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2006 Ouija Board), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2004 Wilko), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), Breeders’ Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2006 Red Rocks), Breeders’ Cup Classic (2008 Raven’s Pass), Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq) Hong Kong: Hong Kong Cup (2000 Fantastic Light, 2003 Falbrav, 2007 Ramonti), Hong Kong Mile (2004 Firebreak), Hong Kong Vase (1996 Luso), Centenary Sprint Cup (2002 Firebolt), Queen Elizabeth II Cup (1996 Overbury) Royal Ascot wins: 45 First Royal Ascot win: Queen Anne Stakes (June 19, 1990 Markofdistinction) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1992 & 93 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara, 2004 Papineau), St James’s Palace Stakes (1997 Starborough), King’s Stand Stakes (1994 Lochsong), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera, 2011 Rewilding), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1995 So Factual), Queen Anne Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction, 1997 Allied Forces, 1998 Inktikhab, 2003 Dubai Destination, 2004 Refuse To Bend, 2007 Ramonti), Wins (1987-2010): 8, 22, 75^, 141, 94, 101, 149, 233*, 216*, 123, 176, 132, 132, 47, 94, 69, 101, 195*, 87, 131, 77, 67; 103; 123; ^Champion apprentice *Champion jockey Wins in 2011: 51

 

Winning trainer:-Name: bin Suroor, Saeed Date of Birth: November 16, 1968 Trains at Newmarket for Godolphin, the racing entity of Sheikh Mohammed, whose horses winter in Dubai and race worldwide. First Winner In England: Classic Cliche (Dante Stakes, May 17, 1995, York) British Classic wins: (12) Stan James 2000 Guineas (1996 Mark of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands), Stan James 1000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia), Investec Oaks (1995 Moonshell; 2002 Kazzia); Ivestec Derby (1995 Lammtarra); Ladbrokes St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche; 1998 Nedawi; 1999 Mutafaweq; 2004 Rule Of Law, 2009 Mastery) Other major wins include: Eclipse (1995,1996 Halling; 1998 Daylami; 2004 Refuse To Bend), Juddmonte International Stakes (1995 & 1996 Halling, 2001 Sakhee, 2004 Sulamani), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1995 Lammtarra; 1997 & 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), Lockinge Stakes (1998 Cape Cross, 1999 Fly To The Stars, 2000 Aljabr, 2008 Creachadoir), Nunthorpe Stakes (1995 So Factual), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Faithful Son, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Summoner, 2207 Ramonti, 2010 Poet’s Voice), Queen Anne Stakes (2003 Dubai Destination), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1999 Diktat), Sussex Stakes (1999 Aljabr, 2001 Noverre, 2007 Ramonti), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2001 Fantastic Light), Coronation Cup (1999 Daylami, 2001 Mutafaweq) Racing Post Trophy (1996 Medaaly, 2007 Ibn Khaldhun), Fillies’ Mile (2010 White Moonstone) Canada: Canadian International Stakes (2000 Mutafaweq, 2004 Sulamani), E P Taylor Stakes (2008 Folk Opera) France: Prix du Jockey Club (2005 Shamardal), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1995 Vettori; 2000 Bachir; 2001 Noverre, 2005 Shamardal), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard), Prix de la Foret (2006 Caradak); Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (2001 Slickly, 2006 Librettist), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (2007 Rio De La Plata), Prix de la Salamandre (1998 Aljabr), Prix Jean Prat (1998 Almutawakel), Prix Maurice de Gheest (1999 Diktat), Prix d’Ispahan (1996 Halling, 2002 Best Of The Bests), Prix Vermeille (2003 Mezzo Soprano), Prix Jacques le Marois (1999 Dubai Millennium, 2000 Muhtathir, 2006 Librettist) Germany: Deutschland Preis (2000 Mutafaweq, 2002 Marienbard, 2010 Campanologist), Grosser Bugatti Preis von Baden (2002 Marienbard, 2003 Mamool), Grosser Dallmayr Preis (2001 Kutub), Rheinland-Pokal der Sparkasse Koln Bonn (2006 Cherry Mix, 2010 Campanologist), Preis Von Europa (2001 Kutub, 2003 Mamool) Hong Kong: Hong Kong Cup (2000 Fantastic Light, 2007 Ramonti), Hong Kong Mile (2004 Firebreak) Ireland: Irish St Leger (1998 & 1999 Kayf Tara), Irish Champion Stakes (1994 Cezanne; 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Irish 2000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Dubawi) Japan: Yasuda Kinen (1995 Heart Lake, Keio Hai Spring Cup (1996 Heart Lake), Singapore: Singapore Airlines International Cup (2002 Grandera) UAE: Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium, 2002 Street Cry, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist), Dubai Sheema Classic (2003 Sulamani) United States: Coaching Club American Oaks (2002 Jilbab, 2008 Music Note), Arlington Million (2003 Sulamani), Beldame Stakes (2002 Imperial Gesture, 2008 Cocoa Beach), Beverley D Stakes (2004 Crimson Palace), Breeders Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light), Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (2002 Kazzia), Gazelle Stakes (2002 Imperial Gesture, 2008 ), Man O’ War Stakes (1998 Daylami; 2000 Fantastic Light), Ruffian Handicap (2005 Stellar Jayne), San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (1995 Red Bishop), Stephen Foster Handicap (2002 Street Cry), Turf Classic Invitational (2003 Sulamani), Mother Goose Stakes (2008 Music Note), Go For Wand Handicap (2009 Seventh Street), Test Stakes (2009 Flashing), Ballerina Stakes (2009 Music Note), Forego Stakes (2009 Pyro), Ancient Title (2009 Gayego), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2009 Vale Of York) Australia: BMW Caulfield Cup (2008 All The Good) Other details: Champion trainer 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004. Completed full set of classic wins following Cape Verdi’s victory in the 1998 1000 Guineas. Wins in Britain (1995-2010): 14: 48: 41: 38: 41: 22: 24: 21: 23: 115: 78; 70; 73; 56; 148; 90; Wins in 2011 (in Britain): 34

 

 

 

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Race Seven Win Quotes -

Powell Engineering Handicap

 

 SWIFT ALHAARTH WRAPS UP PROCEEDINGS

 

Swift Alhaarth made all under Silvestre de Sousa to take the final race at this year’s Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, the Powell Engineering Handicap.

 

Like many from the Mark Johnston stable, the three-year-old seemed to relish his front-running role and, when challenged in the home stretch by the Kieren Fallon-ridden Midnight Oil, the gelding responded with renewed determination in the face of a stamina-sapping headwind.

 

Returned, along with the runner-up as the 9/4 joint-favourite, Swift Alhaarth took the mile and a half contest by a length and a quarter.

 

De Sousa, who is still chasing Paul Hanagan in the race for the jockeys’ title, said: “He travelled well through the race and when I asked him, he quickened nicely.

 

“He is tough to pass and was just doing enough in front.

 

“He has been consistent all year and has been very unlucky, running good races but not winning. He was just waiting for his day.”

 

 

SEVENTH RACE RESULT

5.25pm POWELL ENGINEERING HANDICAP

Class 2, £20,000 Total Prize Fund. For 3yo+ rated 91-105 (also open to such horses rated 90 and below), 1m 4f. Weights: highest weight 4yo+ 9st 12lb; 3yo 9st 3lb; minimum weight 4yo+ 8st 12lb; 3yo 8st 3lb. Penalties: after September 3, each race won 6lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 9lb. Penalty Values: 1st: £12,938; 2nd: £3,850; 3rd: £1,924; 4th: £962

1)  SWIFT ALHAARTH (IRE) (Dr Marwan Koukash) Mark Johnston 3-8-04 Silvestre De Sousa [2] 9/4 Jt Fav

2)  MIDNIGHT OIL (Castle Down Racing) Luca Cumani 3-8-07 Kieren Fallon [3] 9/4 Jt Fav

3)  AGENT ARCHIE (USA) (D Gorton) William Haggas 4-9-00 Richard Hughes [4] 6/1

4)  PICTURE EDITOR (Khalid Abdulla) Sir Henry Cecil 3-9-02 Tom Queally [10]

5)  WALDVOGEL (IRE) (Craig Bennett) Nicky Richards 7-9-04 William Buick [6]

6)  TEPMOKEA (IRE) (Keep Racing) Richard Fahey 5-9-06 Lee Topliss (3) [9]

7)  DANSILI DANCER (The Loyal Troupers) Clive Cox 9-8-13 Adam Kirby [5]

8)  ALMAIL (USA) (A Taylor) J A Osborne 5-9-12 G Baker [1]

8 ran

Non-Runners: Prompter (Going), Sud Pacifique (Going)

Time: 2m 27.48s 

Distances: 1¾, 2¼, 2½, 1¾, 1½, 10, 51   

Breeder: Joan Murphy

Breeding: b g Alhaarth (IRE) - Simla Bibi (Indian Ridge)

Tote Win: £3.40 Places: £1.40; £1.,30; £2.00 Exacta: £6.80

 

Winning Trainer:-Name: Johnston, Mark Steven Born: Glasgow, 10/9/59 Trains at Kingsley House Racing Stables Middleham, N Yorks Date of first licence: January 1987 First winner: Hinari Video (Carlisle, July 1, 1987) Previous Occupation: Qualified as veterinary surgeon at Glasgow University; practised as vet in Cleveland, Essex and Northern Ireland, spent brief spells with John Winter, Tommy Craig, Charlie Millbank in France and John Russell in USA British Classic wins (2): 2000 Guineas (1994 Mister Baileys); 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Irish Classic wins (1): Irish 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Other major wins include: Rheinland-Pokal (2002 Yavana’s Pace), Dewhurst Stakes (2004 Shamardal), Dubai Sheema Classic (1999 Fruits Of Love), Gran Criterium (1997 Lend A Hand, 2003 Pearl Of Love 2006 Kirklees), Falmouth Stakes (2008 Nahoodh), Sun Chariot Stakes (2004 Attraction), Preis Von Europa (2009 Jukebox Jury), Matron Stakes (2005 Attraction), Phoenix Stakes (1997 Princely Heir), Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (2009 Awzaan), Royal Ascot wins (34): Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001 & 2002 Royal Rebel), King George V Handicap (1995 Diaghilef, 2002 Systematic, 2003 Fantastic Love, 2006 Linas Selection), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D’Inde), Britannia Handicap (1997 Fly To The Stars), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits Of Love, 2002 Zindabad, 2005 Bandari), Chesham Stakes (2000 Celtic Silence, 2002 Helm Bank, 2003 Pearl Of Love), Queen’s Vase (2001 And Beyond, 2003 Shanty Star, 2005 Melrose Avenue, 2006 Soapy Danger, 2009 Holberg, 2011 Namibian), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2001 Takamaka Bay, 2009 Drill Sergeant, 2011 Fox Hunt), Queen Mary Stakes (2003 Attraction), Norfolk Stakes (2003 Russian Valour), Ascot Stakes (2004 Double Obsession), Coronation Stakes (2004 Attraction), Wolferton Handicap (2006 I’m So Lucky), Hampton Court Stakes (2007 Zaham), King Edward VII Stakes (2007 Boscobel, 2010 Monterosso), Jersey Stakes (2010 Rainfall) 1000th winner: Double Honour, Hamilton, September 4, 2000 2000th winner: Leamington, Southwell, February 5, 2008 (passed both landmarks faster than anyone else in history) Wins in a year (1987-2010): 1: 5: 15: 24: 25: 52: 77: 116: 111: 115: 123: 100: 113: 130: 116: 134: 139: 119: 141; 158; 161; 164; 216; 211; Wins in 2011: 131

        

Winning jockey:-Name: de Sousa, Silvestre Born: December 31, 1980, Brazil Background: The youngest of 10 brothers and sisters. Formerly a leading apprentice in Brazil where he partnered 82 winners, riding alongside his good friend Nelson de Souza. Worked for Dermot Weld in Ireland before joining Dandy Nicholls’ yard in 2004. First Brazilian to ride in the 2000 Guineas when partnering Danum Dancer for Neville Bycroft in 2007. Big Race Wins: GNER Scottish Sprint Cup (2006 Handsome Cross), totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy (2006 Danum Dancer, 2010 Ladies Are Forever), Indian Derby (2009 Antonios), bet365 Gordon Stakes (2011 Namibian), City Of York Stakes (2011 Doncaster Rover) Royal Ascot Wins (2): Queen’s Vase (2011 Namibian), Duke of Edinburgh Handicap (2011 Fox Hunt) First winner in Britain: Sonic Anthem, Southwell, January 1, 2006 Wins (2006-2010): 27; 21; 35; 68; 100; Wins in 2011: 113

          


 


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