Thursday, September 27, 2012
SIR HENRY AND FRANKEL AT NEWMARKET THIS SATURDAY
Sir Henry Cecil is eagerly anticipating bringing Frankel for a racecourse gallop at Newmarket before racing this Saturday, September 29.
He will be joined in the exercise by Bullet Train and Midsummer Sun as part of the unbeaten Galileo colt's preparations for the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, October 20.
Frankel was last seen in action when winning the Juddmonte International Stakes at York on August 22 and this weekend's work-out will hopefully serve as the ideal stepping stone to next month's Group One on QIPCO British Champions Day.
Sir Henry Cecil said: “I am looking forward to bringing Frankel to gallop at Newmarket where he will be ridden by Tom Queally.
“I am keen for the experience to feel like a race for Frankel so will saddle at the course before the three horses take a couple of turns in the main parade ring.
“The gallop will be over a mile and one furlong and the intention is for Frankel to go to the winner's enclosure afterwards.”
The gallop is scheduled to take place at 1.00pm with owner Prince Khalid Abdulla's silks being worn by all three jockeys. Joining Queally in the racecourse work-out will be two of Sir Henry's stable grooms, Shane Fetherstonhaugh (Midsummer Sun) and Danny Dunnachie (Bullet Train).
Frankel is officially the highest-rated horse in the world, having won all 13 of his starts.
Newmarket Racecourses managing director Amy Starkey said: "We are thrilled that Frankel will be with us at the start of one of our best day's racing of the year. And what's great from our perspective is that we are forecast a dry and sunny day for it.
"Saturday represents a brilliant opportunity for people in the East region - and beyond - the chance to come and get close to the greatest racehorse in the world.
"Horses like Frankel don't come along very often, so from my own perspective, I want to see as much of him as I possibly can - and the team at Newmarket Racecourses all feel similarly excited about the prospect."
Saturday's forecast is for a dry day with sunny breaks and temperatures of around 16 degrees Celsius.
NOSEDA HAS FINGERS CROSSED FOR CHEONGSAM AND MOON AT NEWMARKET ON SATURDAY
Declarations were made today for the third and final day of Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire Meeting, Saturday, September 29, Betfred Cambridgeshire Day, and Newmarket handler Jeremy Noseda is looking forward to unleashing two of his best juveniles.
The Gold Cheongsam is one of 12 runners in the Group One £163,500 Jaguar Cars Cheveley Park Stakes (2.25pm) and comes into the six-furlong contest for fillies on the back of three straight victories, two of which came over six furlongs on Newmarket’s July Course. On her latest start, the daughter of Red Clubs was successful over seven furlongs in a valuable sales race at Doncaster on September 13.
Jeremy Noseda said: “I have been delighted with The Gold Cheongsam since Doncaster and I'm thrilled that we’ll have Frankie Dettori back on board.
“I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that the ground continues to dry as she is a filly who would appreciate very quick ground, ideally.
“If the ground does ride on the fast side of good on Saturday, she will be very competitive and I believe she belongs in a contest such as this.”
The field for the Jaguar Cars Cheveley Park Stakes also include the unbeaten Rosdhu Queen, successful in the Group Two Jaguar Cars Lowther Stakes over six furlongs at York as well as Sendmylovetorose and Maureen, who filled the first two places in the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes over six furlongs at Newmarket’s Piper-Heidsieck July Festival.
In the opening Group Two £100,000 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (1.55pm), which takes place over a mile for two-year-old colts and geldings, the master of Shalfleet Stakes is represented by Fantastic Moon who is one of nine runners. Owned by Saeed Suhail, the Dalakhani colt is unbeaten in two starts. Following a debut victory over seven furlongs on the July Course on August 3, Fantastic Moon post a gusty neck victory over Tha’ir in the Group Three Solario Stakes, also over seven furlongs, at Sandown Park on September 1.
Noseda continued: “Fantastic Moon will be ridden by Johnny Murtagh.
“He is proving to be a progressive colt and will appreciate stepping up from seven furlongs to a mile.
“It is another rise in grade for him but he has more than earned the right to be in the race. He has won both of his races on quick ground but I don't think it's an issue with him.”
The third Pattern race on Saturday’s card is the Group One £160,000 Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (3.00pm) for which eight fillies and mares go to post. These include recent Group One Matron Stakes heroine Chachamaidee and Group One Poule D'Essai Des Pouliches scorer Beauty Parlour, who both represent Sir Henry Cecil as well as Elusive Kate, a dual Group One winner for John Gosden.
APPLEBY BULLISH AHEAD OF BETFRED CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Michael Appleby will be having his first runner in the £160,000 Betfred Cambridgeshire (3.40pm) when Bancnuanaheireann lines up in the nine-furlong contest under leading French jockey Christophe Soumillon.
The lightly-raced five-year-old made a winning debut for Irish handler Jim Bolger in a Listowel maiden in September, 2011, when he won by nine and a half lengths, but after four lacklustre efforts, he was purchased by his current owner Dallas Racing for 2,500 guineas at Tattersalls in July.
He made a pleasing debut for Appleby when second in a competitive mile handicap at Glorious Goodwood on July 31 but has not had the rub of the green in four subsequent starts, including when sixth at Doncaster on September 15.
Appleby, who trains in Warwickshire, said: “Bancnuanaheireann is in good form and I think he is an ideal Betfred Cambridgeshire horse.
“The trip will be no problem and although he might like the ground a little bit softer, he is in good form and I’m expecting a big run.
“I have been happy with how he settled in and his performances since he’s joined us. He was second at Goodwood and then has been unlucky a few times since - he should have probably won two races.
“The hustle and bustle and the way the Cambridgeshire is run will suit and I have had it in mind for him ever since we got him - I can see him being in the first four.
“It’s good to have Christophe Soumillon - he is a good jockey - and I’m looking forward to it.”
Leading contenders for the Betfred Cambridgeshire, which has a maximum field of 35, are headed by William Haggas’ lightly-raced three-year-old Mukhadram while Hughie Morrison, who saddled Supaseus to victory in 2009, will be represented by Chil The Kite.
Marcus Tregoning has only had two runners in the Betfred Cambridgeshire but he will be doubly represented on Saturday by Boom And Bust, who won a competitive handicap at Ascot in August, and progressive three-year-old Bronze Angel, a fast finishing third in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot.
Roger Varian’s Mijhaar endured a luckless passage in the John Smith’s Cup at York in July but goes into Saturday’s race on the back of a fourth-placed finish in the Group Three September Stakes at Kempton. He will lock horns again with Peter Chapple-Hyam’s John Smith’s Cup hero King’s Warrior and top-weight Fury, who won a valuable Listed handicap at York in May.
Last year’s winner Prince Of Johanne will bid to become the first dual winner since Rambo’s Hall in 1992, while Talk About, trained by Mikel Delzangles, will attempt to become the first French-trained victor since Sayani in 1946.
Betfred Cambridgeshire – Betfred bet: 8 Mukhadram, 9 Chil The Kite, 12 (from 14) Bronze Angel, 14 Mijhaar, 16 King’s Warrior, Rewarded, 20 (from 25) Jack’s Revenge, 25 Anderiego, Boom And Bust, Burano, Edmaaj, Fury, Making Eyes, Man Of Action, Mull Of Killough, Postscript, Prince Of Johanne, Swiftly Done, Talk About, 33 bar
“Market-support had been building for Chil The Kite but having drawn stall one it will be fascinating to see if punters keep the faith over the next 48 hours,” said Betfred spokesman Andrew Griffiths.
FINAL RACE BEFORE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS DAY:
THE NAYEF JOEL STAKES, NEWMARKET, TOMORROW (28 SEPTEMBER) – MILE
• Most Improved, winner of the fourth race in the QIPCO British Champions Series Mile category, the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, will seek his second Series victory in tomorrow’s Nayef Joel Stakes, the sixth leg in the Mile division which has been dominated by Frankel thus far. Most Improved has to carry a four pound penalty for that Group 1 victory.
• Eleven horses have been declared for the contest run over the same course and distance as the QIPCO 2000 and 1000 Guineas. Side Glance, third behind Frankel and Excelebration in the third Mile race, the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, heads the opposition to Most Improved. He is owned by Qatar Bloodstock, a subsidiary of the Series sponsor, QIPCO Holding.
• William Buick, who lies just 15 points behind Joseph O’Brien in the Jockey of the Series table, rides Joviality for John Gosden, who himself trails Aidan O’Brien by 50 points in the Trainer of the Series table. A win for Buick, worth 20 points, would take him to the top of the jockeys’ elite championship. The O’Briens are not represented in this race.
• Six of the 11 runners are also entered for the final Mile race in the Series, the £1m Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 20 October – Fanunalter, Most Improved, Side Glance, Sovereign Debt, Stipulate and Trumpet Major.
• Two Queen Elizabeth II Stakes entries also contest Saturday’s Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (this is not part of the Series as it lies outside the top seven Group 1 Fillies & Mares races in the UK) – the Group 1 winning fillies Beauty Parlour, triumphant in the French 1000 Guineas and runner-up in the French Oaks who now makes her debut for trainer Sir Henry Cecil, and Elusive Kate, winner of last year’s Prix Marcel Boussac and this year’s Prix Rothschild, as well as running second to Giofra in the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes and third to Excelebration and Cityscape in the Prix Jacques Le Marois for trainer John Gosden.
The Nayef Joel Stakes is the 30th race overall in the QIPCO British Champions Series and the sixth in the Mile division:
1. QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1m, 3yo), Newmarket, Saturday 5 May – won by CAMELOT
2. JLT Lockinge Stakes (1m, 4yo+), Newbury, Saturday 19 May – won by FRANKEL
3. Queen Anne Stakes (1m, 4yo+), Tuesday 19 June – won by FRANKEL
4. St James’s Palace Stakes (1m, 3yo), Tuesday 19 June – won by MOST IMPROVED
5. QIPCO Sussex Stakes (1m, 3yo+), Goodwood, Wednesday 1 August – won by FRANKEL
6. Nayef Joel Stakes (1m, 3yo+), Newmarket, Friday 28 September
7. Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by QIPCO (1m, 3yo+), Ascot, Saturday 20 October
QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES MILE PERFORMANCE TABLE (after 5 races)
NOTE: To qualify for entry into the Performance Tables, which use BHA performance ratings, a horse must finish in the first three in a QIPCO British Champions Series race. Performance ratings may retrospectively be changed if the handicappers revise their ratings for a race in the light of subsequent results.
TRAINER OF THE SERIES (AFTER 29 RACES)
JOCKEY OF THE SERIES (AFTER 29 RACES)
Points are awarded on a 20-10-5 basis to the jockeys and trainers of the first three horses in each QIPCO British Champions Series race. In the event of a tie, the number of winners (and, if necessary, second places) will be taken into account. The Jockey and Trainer of the Series will be presented with a specially commissioned trophy on QIPCO British Champions at Ascot on Saturday 20 October.
The remaining QIPCO British Champions Series races are: