Friday, September 2, 2011
QUALITY FIELDS FOR DFS LADIES DAY AT DONCASTER ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
SENSE OF PURPOSE UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR DFS PARK HILL STAKES
Thursday, September 8, is DFS Ladies Day at Doncaster and offers high-class action on the track with a pair of Group Two contests for fillies and mares plus the highly-lucrative Weatherbys Insurance £300,000 St Leger 2-Y-O Stakes.
DFS Ladies Day is one of South Yorkshire's biggest social occasions and there will be plenty of finely-attired fillies hoping to be crowned the Best Dressed Lady at the 2011 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, with the star prize being the use of a Mini for a year. The winner will then join the finalists from each of the Yorkshire racecourses to compete for the title of Yorkshire Racing's Best Dressed Lady.
The highlight of a seven-race card is the £80,000 Group Two DFS Park Hill Stakes (3.00pm), run over the same extended mile and six furlongs as the Ladbrokes St Leger 48 hours later.
An entry of 12 for the “Fillies’ St Leger” includes the progressive four-year-old Irish raider Sense Of Purpose, who registered a first Pattern success with a game half-length victory in the Group Three Ballyroan Stakes over a mile and six furlongs at Leopardstown on August 4.
The Dermot Weld-trained filly, who was homebred by Moyglare Stud Farm, also displayed her battling qualities to triumph in a Listed contest over the same course and distance on July 14.
Stan Cosgrove, manager of Moyglare Stud Farm, revealed today: “Sense Of Purpose will either head to Doncaster for the DFS Park Hill Stakes or stay in Ireland for the Irish St Leger two days later. She is going to work on Saturday morning and we will have a good look at the entries before but the Irish St Leger can be a tough race.
“We have been delighted with her this season because she is not the biggest. She won the same race as our Irish St Leger runner-up Profound Beauty on her latest start and she is very, very gutsy. She is full of heart and I love the way she puts her head down in a finish.
“Dermot was talking about the Melbourne Cup for her but that might come a year too soon.”
A potentially strong Irish challenge also includes the Aidan O’Brien-trained trio of Spin and Amazing Beauty, who have both been placed in Group contests, plus Make My Heart Sing, while Cheltenham Festival-winning handler John Murphy has entered recent Galway winner Goldplated.
Group Three heroine Meeznah, who was third in the 2010 DFS Park Hill Stakes for trainer David Lanigan and last season’s Stobart Doncaster Cup third Motrice, from the stable of Sir Mark Prescott, have both been entered.
The Queen could be represented by the Michael Bell-trained Set To Music, who recorded a fourth consecutive win with a convincing success in the Listed Galtres Stakes at York on August 18.
Consistent mare Polly’s Mark, representing Clive Cox, may bid for an elusive first Group success, while John Gosden has given an entry to the lightly-raced Polygon, who was third in a Deauville Group Three on her fourth racecourse appearance last month.
The entry is completed by Dragonera, from the stable of Ed Dunlop, and the Richard Fahey-trained Cracking Lass, who kicked off this season with a half-length success over subsequent Ebor winner Moyenne Corniche in a mile and a half conditions race at Doncaster’s Lincoln Meeting.
Fillies and mares also feature in the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes (1.55pm), which is being run as a Group Three race for the first time in 2011. The seven-furlong contest has attracted 24 entries including last year’s winner Dever Dream. Sir Henry Cecil could be represented by Chachamaidee, who got the better of Dever Dream when successful in the Group Three Oak Tree Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in July.
There are five Irish-trained entries including the John Oxx-trained Alanza, successful on her last two starts in Listed company, while there is one French entry in Thai Haku, who represents 2,000 Guineas-winning trainer Mikel Delzangles.
The richest race of the day is the Weatherbys Insurance £300,000 St Leger 2-Y-O Stakes (2.25pm) over an extended six furlongs. A bumper 79 entries remain in this extremely valuable race, which was won by subsequent Group One winner Wootton Bassett 12 months ago. Wootton Bassett’s trainer Richard Fahey accounts for no less than 22 of the remaining entries, while Charlie Hills, who recently took over the training licence from his father Barry, has five to choose from including Cockney Dancer, who caught the eye when winning a decent maiden at Windsor on August 22.
Action gets underway at 1.25pm with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Carrie Red Fillies' Nursery over an extended six furlongs which has attracted 31 entries, while the remaining races on the card are the EBF Green Desert crownhotel-bawtry.com Maiden Stakes (3.35pm, 39 entries), the Elements Medispa Handicap (4.10pm, 50 entries) and the concluding DFS Handicap (4.40pm, 20 entries).
The going at Doncaster remains: GOOD TO FIRM (WATERED)
Seven millimetres of water was applied to Round Course yesterday and the Straight Course is being watered today.
The four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival runs from Wednesday, September 7, through to Saturday, September 10, inclusive.
For further information and to book tickets, please go to www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk
QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES UPDATE
THE BETFRED SPRINT CUP, HAYDOCK PARK, 3.35PM (3 SEPTEMBER)
• Tomorrow’s Betfred Sprint Cup is the sixth of seven races in the QIPCO British Champions Series Sprint category and the third over six furlongs.
• Of the 16 runners, all bar the three outsiders (Dalghar, Doncaster Rover and Tiddliwinks) are entered in the final race in the category, the £250,000 QIPCO British Champions Sprint at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day, Saturday 15 October. Already on course for that race is Deacon Blues, the original ante-post favourite for tomorrow’s contest who has been forced to miss it after scoping badly earlier in the week.
• Frankie Dettori can enhance his standing in the Jockey of the Series table if Delegator can emerge victorious. He is currently second to Tom Queally who does not have a ride in the Betfred Sprint Cup. The latest Ladbrokes betting sees Queally 4-5 favourite ahead of Dettori on Evens for the jockeys’ crown. In the trainers’ market, Sir Henry Cecil is 2-5 favourite ahead of Mahmood Al Zarooni on 2-1, neither of whom are represented in tomorrow’s race.
• Tomorrow’s line-up features the winners of the two six furlong Sprints run so far, the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Society Rock) and the Darley July Cup (Dream Ahead). Indeed, six of the first eight home in the July Cup renew rivalry tomorrow – Dream Ahead (1st), Bated Breath (2nd), Hitchens (3rd), Delegator (5th), Genki (6th) and Elzaam (8th).
• Also in the line-up are the first two from the opening five furlong Series sprint, the betfred.com Temple Stakes, in the shape of Sole Power and Kingsgate Native.
The Betfred Sprint Cup is the 27th race overall in the QIPCO British Champions Series and the sixth in the Sprint division:
1. Betfred.com Temple Stakes (5f), Haydock Park, Saturday 21 May – won by SOLE POWER
2. King’s Stand Stakes (5f), Royal Ascot, Tuesday 14 June – won by PROHIBIT
3. Golden Jubilee Stakes (6f), Royal Ascot, Saturday 18 June – won by SOCIETY ROCK
4. Darley July Cup (6f), Newmarket, Saturday 9 July – won by DREAM AHEAD
5. Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (5f), York, Friday 19 August – won by MARGOT DID
6. Betfred Sprint Cup (6f), Haydock Park, Saturday 3 September
7. QIPCO British Champions Sprint (6f), Ascot, Saturday 15 October
TRAINER OF THE SERIES (AFTER 26 of 35 RACES)
Ladbrokes bet: 2-5 Sir Henry Cecil, 2-1 Mahmood Al Zarooni, others on request.
JOCKEY OF THE SERIES (AFTER 26 of 35 RACES)
Ladbrokes bet: 4-5 Tom Queally, Evens Frankie Dettori, others on request.
Both championships are decided on the number of winners ridden/trained across the 35 race series. In the event of a tie, the number of seconds and thirds (and, if necessary, lower placings) will be taken into account. The winners will be presented with a specially commissioned trophy on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 15 October and their nominated charity will receive a cheque for £25,000.
The upcoming QIPCO British Champions Series races are:
The Stobart Doncaster Cup (2m 2f, 3yo+), Doncaster, Friday 9 September (LONG DISTANCE)
The Ladbrokes St Leger (1m 6f, 3yo), Doncaster, Saturday 10 September (LONG DISTANCE)
The Nayef Joel Stakes (1m, 3yo+), Newmarket, Friday 23 September (MILE)
Followed by the five finale races on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 15 October:
The £200,000 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup (2m, 3yo+)
The £250,000 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes (6f, 3yo+)
The £250,000 QIPCO British Champions Series Fillies & Mares Stakes (1m 4f, 3yo+)
The £1m Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by QIPCO (British Champions Mile) (1m, 3yo+)
The £1.3m QIPCO Champion Stakes (British Champions Middle Distance) (1m 2f, 3yo+)