All the news on the first day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster






The going remains




at Doncaster for the first day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, Crown Hotel Bawtry Opening Day, Wednesday, September 11.


Roderick Duncan, Clerk of the Course, said: “We have not had to water at all before the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival and I am pleased with the condition of the course.


“The round course walks a bit easier than the straight. There is some rain due from noon but the forecasters disagree about how much we will get.


“Our forecast, which is usually reliable, suggests one to two millimetres, while the Met Office reckons there will be considerably more.


“There is a fresh strip of ground on the inside of the course, from the 10-furlong pole to where the round course meets the straight. This had been dolled out since May.”


The GoingStick reading was 7.1 at 08:30am.


Rain over the last five days

Friday – 10.4mm of rainfall

Saturday – 1mm of rainfall.

Sunday – 0.2mm of rainfall

Monday – 4mm of rainfall

Tuesday – 0.2mm of rainfall


Stalls’ Position

Straight course – stands’ side

Round course – inside


Weather Forecast

Wednesday – chance of light rain or showers, 1-2mm, temperature high of +18c.

Thursday – dry – temperature high of +20c. 80% chance of a rain overnight, 4mm.

Friday – possible showers, 2mm, temperature high of +19c.

Saturday – possible rain or showers, 6mm, temperature high of +17c.


The track has been verti-drained prior to this meeting.






No. 5           DJINNI (IRE) (Self Cert (Bad Scope))


No. 7           CAPTAIN BOB (IRE) (Other)




No. 2           BROCTUNE PAPA GIO (Self Cert (Not Eaten Up))




No. 5           BOONGA ROOGETA (Self Cert (Heat in Leg))

The first reserve, no 17 Waltz Dancing is utilised & Willie Newton will ride him





No.11          DER BLAUE REITER (IRE) (Horse Claimed)








It has been a busy morning in betting offices up and down the country ahead of the opening day of the Ladbrokes St Leger meeting and there has been plenty of support for Sword In Hand, ridden by Dale Gibson, in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes (3.35pm).


The Alan Jarvis-trained four-year-old is now a 10/1 shot (from 12/1) with Ladbrokes who make Callmeakhab and Winslow Arizona the 6/1 joint-favourites for the mile race.


Ladbrokes’ spokesman, David Williams, reports plenty of money for Secretinthepark in the Beauty At Doncaster Handicap (4.45pm) and Ed McMahon’s colt has been cut to 8/1 (from 9/1) for the seven-furlong event.


“Secretinthepark is by far our biggest loser in the book so far on what has been a busy morning in our offices,” said Williams.

“Masamah has also been supported in the Crown Hotel Bawtry Scarbrough Stakes (3.00pm) and it’ll be a shocking start to the meeting should those two horses oblige.”


Masamah is now a 4/1 chance having been as big as 6/1 this morning while Medicean Man has also been supported in the same race and is now 11/2 (from 7/1).


Ladbrokes Market Moves:


2.00: 7 (from 9) Emaad; 15/2 (from 9) Supersta; 10 (from 12) Master Carpenter

2.30: 2 (from 5/2) Lightning Thunder

3.00: 4 (from 6) Masamah; 11/2 (from 7) Medicean Man

3.35: 10 (from 12) Sword In Hand

4.10: 3 (from 10/3) Gatewood

4.45: 5 (from 7) Regal Dan; 8 (from 9) Secretinthepark

5.15: 10 (from 12) Sir Pedro; 12 (from 16) Even Stevens




Joe Fanning, who had four booked rides today at Doncaster, has been rerouted to Carlisle to take up the rides of Franny Norton, who broke his leg in a fall at Leicester yesterday.





No. 9            SUPERSTA is now ridden by Harry Bentley



No. 7            TANGERINE TREES is now ridden by Jim Crowley



No. 4            ONE MORE WORD is now ridden by Graham Gibbons



No. 4            CHEVETON is now ridden by Steve Drowne




No. 5            DJINNI (IRE) (Self Cert (Bad Scope))

No. 7            CAPTAIN BOB (IRE) (Other)

No. 14 IT’S ALL A GAME (Going)



No. 2            BROCTUNE PAPA GIO (Self Cert (Not Eaten Up))

Reserve no. 17 Waltz Darling is utilised & Willie Newton rides


No. 5            BOONGA ROOGETA (Self Cert (Heat in Leg))



No. 9            ROYAL Bajan (Going)


No. 21 BURNHOPE (Self Cert (Cast In Box))




No.11           DER BLAUE REITER (IRE) (Horse Claimed)




1.40pm Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes (Group 2), 5f, (9)

1 (6) Ambiance (IRE) (Visor) Mick Channon 9st 0lb Martin Harley

2 (4) Extortionist (IRE) Olly Stevens 9st 0lb Mickael Barzalona

3 (3) Green Door (IRE) (Blinkers) Olly Stevens 9st 0lb Jim Crowley

4 (5) Sleeper King (IRE) Kevin Ryan 9st 0lb James Doyle

5 (7) Thunder Strike Richard Hannon 9st 0lb Richard Hughes

6 (9) Excel’s Beauty (Blinkers) James Tate 8st 11lb Graham Lee

7 (8) Fast (IRE) Richard Hannon 8st 11lb Ryan Moore

8 (1) Reroute (IRE) Ed Walker 8st 11lb Robert Winston

9 (2) Wind Fire (USA) David Brown 8st 11lb Jamie Spencer


2.10pm Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap, 1m 6f 132yds, (8)

1 (1) Camborne (Sheepskin C/P) John Gosden 10st 0lb Robert Havlin

2 (4) Songcraft (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Saeed bin Suroor 9st 13lb Silvestre De Sousa

3 (5) Tenenbaum Charlie Appleby 9st 13lb Mickael Barzalona

4 (6) Tropical Beat David O’Meara 9st 5lb Daniel Tudhope

5 (2) Semeen Luca Cumani 8st 10lb Andrea Atzeni

6 (7) Pether’s Moon (IRE) Richard Hannon 8st 9lb Richard Hughes

7 (8) Time For Action (IRE) David Wachman, Ireland 8st 2lb W. M. Lordan

8 (3) Shwaiman (IRE) James Fanshawe 8st 2lb Hayley Turner


2.40pm Speedy Services Doncaster Cup (Group 2), 2m 2f, (8)

1 (1) Biographer David Lanigan 9st 3lb Ted Durcan

2 (6) Chiberta King (Sheepskin C/P) Andrew Balding 9st 3lb Jimmy Fortune

3 (2) Colour Vision (FR) Saeed bin Suroor 9st 3lb Silvestre De Sousa

4 (5) Desert Recluse (IRE) Pat Eddery 9st 3lb Robert Winston

5 (3) High Jinx (IRE) (Tongue Strap) James Fanshawe 9st 3lb James Doyle

6 (8) Mutual Regard (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Sir Mark Prescott Bt 9st 3lb Luke Morris

7 (7) Repeater (Hood) David O’Meara 9st 3lb Daniel Tudhope

8 (4) Times Up Ed Dunlop 9st 3lb Ryan Moore


3.15pm Barrett Steel May Hill Stakes (Group 2), 1m, (7)

1 (4) Halljoy (IRE) Clive Brittain 8st 12lb Ryan Moore

2 (7) Ihtimal (IRE) Saeed bin Suroor 8st 12lb Silvestre De Sousa

3 (2) Lady Lara (IRE) Alan Jarvis 8st 12lb Jim Crowley

4 (3) Lustrous Richard Hannon 8st 12lb Richard Hughes

5 (1) Majeyda (USA) Charlie Appleby 8st 12lb Mickael Barzalona

6 (6) Qawaasem (IRE) Charles Hills 8st 12lb Paul Hanagan

7 (5) Vivere (IRE) David O’Meara 8st 12lb Daniel Tudhope


3.50pm One Call Insurance Flying Scotsman Stakes (Listed), 7f, (7)

1 (7) Miracle of Medinah Mark Usher 9st 4lb Liam Keniry

2 (4) Barley Mow (IRE) Richard Hannon 9st 0lb Richard Hughes

3 (2) Be Ready (IRE) Saeed bin Suroor 9st 0lb Silvestre De Sousa

4 (6) Brazos (IRE) Clive Brittain 9st 0lb James Doyle

5 (1) Cool Bahamian (IRE) Eve Johnson Houghton 9st 0lb Jimmy Fortune

6 (5) Invincible Strike (IRE) James Tate 9st 0lb Ryan Moore

7 (3) Voice of A Leader (IRE) Peter Chapple-Hyam 9st 0lb Jamie Spencer


4.25pm Towndoor Limited Commercial Property Rental Handicap, 6f 110yds, (14)

1 (12) Shropshire (IRE) (Hood) Charles Hills 9st 10lb Robert Winston

2 (7) Spiritual Star (IRE) Anthony Carson 9st 6lb William Carson

3 (4) Dubawi Sound (Tongue Strap) David Brown 9st 5lb Jamie Spencer

4 (1) Secret Witness (Blinkers) Ronald Harris 9st 5lb Martin Harley

5 (6) Norse Blues David Barron 9st 3lb Luke McNiff (3)

6 (2) Bertiewhittle David Barron 9st 3lb Graham Gibbons

7 (11) Gramercy (IRE) (Blinkers) David Simcock 9st 1lb Silvestre De Sousa

8 (14) Elusive Flame David Elsworth 9st 0lb Ryan Moore

9 (8) Mac’s Power (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Willie Musson 8st 13lb James Doyle

10 (13) Yeeoow (IRE) K. R. Burke 8st 13lb Daniel Tudhope

11 (5) Dr Red Eye (Sheepskin C/P) Scott Dixon 8st 13lb Billy Cray (3)

12 (9) Joe Packet Jonathan Portman 8st 11lb Jim Crowley

13 (10) Sir Reginald Richard Fahey 8st 10lb Paul Hanagan

14 (3) Corporal Maddox (Hood, Sheepskin C/P) Ronald Harris 8st 10lb Oisin Murphy (7)


5.00pm Frank Whittle Partnership Classified Stakes, 1m 2f 60yds, (10)

1 (9) Las Verglas Star (IRE) Richard Fahey 9st 4lb Paul Hanagan

2 (7) Morocco David O’Meara 9st 4lb Daniel Tudhope

3 (10) Muharrer (Hood) Michael Dods 9st 4lb Graham Lee

4 (4) The Cayterers Ronald Harris 9st 4lb Oisin Murphy (7)

5 (6) Curly Come Home Chris Wall 9st 1lb Ted Durcan

6 (3) Lady Chaparral (Hood) Michael Dods 9st 1lb Tom Eaves

7 (1) Stellar Express (IRE) Michael Appleby 9st 1lb Andrew Mullen

8 (2) Soryah (IRE) Luca Cumani 9st 0lb Richard Hughes

9 (5) Amralah (IRE) Mick Channon 8st 11lb Martin Harley

10 (8) Zain Eagle Gerard Butler 8st 11lb James Doyle






Tomorrow’s DFS Park Hill Stakes, run over the same distance as the Ladbrokes St Leger, is sometimes referred to as the ‘fillies’ St Leger’, though somewhat erroneously as of course fillies are eligible to run in the Classic. The Park Hill Stakes was established in 1839, 33 years after the St Leger.


The race, originally restricted to three-year-olds, was opened to older fillies and mares in 1991, in which year it was dropped to Group 3 level. It regained Group 2 status in 2004. Its shortest-priced winner has been the peerless Pretty Polly at 1/25 in 1904 and its longest Collyria at 33/1 in 1959.


Classic heroines rarely take part in the modern era. The latest of 11 to complete the Oaks-Park Hill Stakes double was Pia, who dead-heated with Pink Gem at Doncaster in 1967. In the past 20 years only three fillies placed in the Oaks have run in the Park Hill Stakes: Wind In Her Hair in 1994 (2nd Epsom, 4th Doncaster), All My Loving (3rd Epsom, 2nd Doncaster) and Meeznah, who finished second in the Oaks (later disqualified) in 2010 and third in the Park Hill Stakes as 2/1 favourite. She made amends by winning the Park Hill Stakes as a four-year-old.


In the 22 years of all-aged runners, three-year-olds hold the call with 12 winners. Tomorrow’s field of 10 is split equally between the Classic generation and their elders. The highest-rated of the runners and likely favourite is the Michael Bell-trained three-year-old The Lark, who finished four and a half lengths third to Ladbrokes St Leger candidate Talent in the Investec Oaks at Epsom, though since only fifth in a Group Two race at Saint-Cloud. The daughter of Pivotal has yet to run beyond 12 furlongs but has plenty of stamina in her pedigree; her dam, a winner over a mile and three-quarters, is a half-sister to Oaks winner Sariska and her great grand-dam Mountain Lodge won an Irish St Leger.

Last year’s edition, taken easily by Wild Coco, proved particularly strong in retrospect. The winner later made 985,000gns when sold at auction at the Tattersalls December Sales and holds entries in two of the weekend’s Group One contests, the Prix Vermeille and Irish St Leger; third-placed Estimate won the Ascot Gold Cup in June, and fifth-placed Ambivalent also went on to Group One success that month, in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, and finished a good second in the Bosphorus Cup in Turkey on Sunday.




The opening day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival sees the Clipper Logisitics Leger Legends Classified Stakes, a race for some of the most popular and successful retired jockeys from both codes of racing.


Since its launch in 2010, the race has raised £360,000 for the Northern Racing College in Doncaster and the soon-to-be-built Jack Berry House in Malton. Work on the latter will start in October while a detailed planning application was submitted some months ago for a new residential and training block at the Northern Racing College.


Around £120,000 was raised last year alone and Tim Adams, Chairman of the Leger Legends Committee, hopes the total can be around £100,000 this year.

The guest of honour
at this year’s lunch is 77-year-old Lester Piggott, who was champion jockey 11 times. With 4,493 career victories to his name, including nine victories in the Investec Derby, Piggott won the Ladbrokes St Leger a total of eight times with his final victory in the race coming in 1984 aboard Commanche Run.


Other notable guests at this afternoon’s lunch are Danielle Brown, a competitive archer who won a gold medal at last year’s Paralympics in the women’s individual compound bow, Steve McNamara, coach of the England rugby league side which is about to take part in the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup this year and Jilly Cooper, the well-known best-selling author.


A major part of the fund-raising initiative is the Leger Legends lunch in which nine main auction prizes are sold to raise money for the Injured Jockeys Fund as well as 30 silent auction lots which those attending the lunch are invited to bid on during the afternoon.

Some of the major auction lots include a whip which used to belong to 13-time champion jockey Fred Archer. This has already had a bid of £5,000 placed on it and has been framed together with a photo from the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket showing Archer holding the whip.

There is also a life size painted horse by Newmarket artist Jacquie Jones which depicts Black Caviar, Frankel, Galileo, Mill Reef, Nijinsky, Sea The Stars and Shergar. The seven horses have been chosen by the Leger Legends as the seven best horses to have graced the turf since 1970.


The 16 jockeys taking part in this year’s race have trained tirelessly to be fit for the race and have already collected thousands of pounds in sponsorship. Of last year’s jockeys, Julie Krone and Tony Clark have now permanently retired from the saddle while Mick Kinane, George Duffield and Tom O’Ryan are currently injured.


There are six debutants taking part this year in the shape of Michael Hills, Willie Supple, Carl Llewellyn, Tony Culhane, David O’Meara and John Lowe and they will all be hoping to join Mick Kinane, Julie Krone and Charlie Swan in the Leger Legend hall of fame.


There is one non-runner in the race, Broctune Papa Gio, which means the first reserve, Waltz Darling, comes into the race and will be ridden by Willie Newton.


Ladbrokes are betting on the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes and they bet as follows:


6/1 Callmeakhab (Michael Hills); 6/1 Winslow Arizona (Willie Ryan); 7/1 Piceno (Tony Culhane); 10/1 Dana’s Present (Willie Supple); 10/1 Pelmanism (Gay Kelleway); 10/1 Sardanapalus (Kevin Darley);  10/1 Sword In Hand (Dale Gibson); 14/1 Berlusca (David O’Meara); 16/1 Jay Bee Blue (Luke Harvey); 16/1 My Guardian Angel (John Lowe); 16/1 Slim Chance (Ollie Pears); 16/1 Excellent Puck (Jimmy McCarthy); 25/ 1 Mr Spiggott (Nick Connorton); 25/1 Self Employed (Carl Llewellyn); 33/1 Orders From Rome (Gary Bardwell); 50/1 Waltz Darling (Willie Newton); NR Broctune Papa Gio.


1/5 1-2-3


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Despite trainer James Bethell’s misgivings on several counts, Braidley ran out an impressive winner of the opening Arena Group Nursery. The son of Dylan Thomas went to the front under Ted Durcan before the final furlong before surging three and a quarter lengths clear of Master Carpenter.


On his previous run the colt had been readily beaten in a Newcastle nursery over a mile by Mark Johnston-trained Stars Over The Sea, subsequently last of five in a Listed contest at Haydock on Saturday. “I thought we might have run into a real good one at Newcastle,” said Bethell, “and so I was very disappointed with the way the Johnston horse ran at the weekend.


“And he’s got such a good action and moves so well I thought he’d be better on faster ground. He was a bit free and keen last time so I dropped him back to seven but he settled fine this time and Ted said a mile would be no problem again.”


Braidley, a half-brother to smart 10-furlong winner Saphira’s Fire, cost just 11,000gns as a yearling. “I have to thank Marcus Tregoning for that,” added Bethell. “I was bidding against him and he dropped out. He said he’d just bought a Dylan Thomas and he didn’t want two. I’m pleased to have this one and its now onward and upward and perhaps wait for offers to come in.”


The race went to plan as far as Durcan was concerned. “They went hard early and I crept into it slowly, slowly,” he said. “He has a lovely attitude and is a lovely strong horse. He’ll get a mile standing on his head.


“It’s on the easy side of good as we speak but with another hour or so it will open up and be soft, but it is fresh ground.”







Ted Durcan, rider of the 9/1 winner Braidley, said: “It is on the easy side of good.”


Andrea Atzeni, on board the three-and-a-quarter length second Master Carpenter, said: “Good to soft.”


William Buick, jockey of the 9/2 joint favourite and third Jazz, said: “Good to soft.”


Harry Bentley, jockey of fourth Supersta, said: “It is on the easy side of good.”


Richard Hughes, rider of Fair Ranger, said: “Soft.”


Tom Queally, partner of Street Force, said: “It is on the slow side of good.”


Louis Steward, on board Finn Class, said: “It is a bit loose on top.”


Paul Hanagan, jockey of Emaad, said: “Soft.”

Barry McHugh, rider of Mr Carbonfootprint, said: “It is on the easy side of good.”


Patrick Mathers, on board Latenightrequest, said: “A bit dead.”


David Probert, partner of Donny Rover, said: “It is on the easy side of good.”




The going has been changed to Good to Soft

from Good following the first race on the opening day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


Roderick Duncan, Clerk of the Course, said: “We’ve changed the going to Good to Soft from Good after a sustained period of rain this morning.


“We will keep an eye on the ground as the day goes on.”




2.00pm Arena Group Nursery

£15,000 total prize fund. For 2yo, 7f. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 7lb; minimum weight 8st. Penalties: after August 31st, each race won 6lb. Penalty value 1st £9,703.50 2nd £2,887.50 3rd £1,443.00 4th £721.50.


1) BRAIDLEY (IRE) (Clarendon Thoroughbred Racing) James Bethell 2-8-11 Ted Durcan [14] 9/1

2) MASTER CARPENTER (IRE) (Links Partnership/Cheveley Park Stud) Rod Millman 2-9-07 Andrea Atzeni [6] 7/1

3) JAZZ (IRE) (Nick Browne, P McNamara, J Napier, J Powell) Charlie Hills h2-9-01 William Buick [3] 9/2jf

4) SUPERSTA (Serrell, Salthouse & Ridge House Stables) Ron Harris 2-8-05 Joe Fanning [13]

5) FINN CLASS (IRE) (Saif Ali) Michael Bell 2-8-04 Louis Steward (7) [1]

6) LATENIGHTREQUEST (Middleham Park Racing XVI & Partner) Richard Fahey 2-8-03 Patrick Mathers [7]

7) DONNY ROVER (IRE) (Willie McKay) David Griffiths p2-8-04 (3lb ow) David Probert [9]

8) MR CARBONFOOTPRINT (Mel Roberts and Nicola Meese) Richard Fahey 2-8-04 Barry McHugh [5]

9) STREET FORCE (USA) (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain b2-9-04 Tom Queally [2]

10) FAIR RANGER (D Barker) Richard Hannon 2-9-05 Richard Hughes [12] 9/2jf

11) EMAAD (USA) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-8-05 Paul Hanagan [8]


11 ran                           Non-runners: Djinni (Self Cert – Bad Scope), Captain Bob (Other), It’s All A Game (Going)

Time: 1m 27.76s           Distances: 3¼, 1½, nk, 1¼, ¾, ¾, 8, 1, 2¼, 3¼

Breeder: A Pettinari       Breeding: Dylan Thomas (IRE) – All Our Hope (USA) (Gulch (USA))

Tote     Win £10.30       Place £2.60 £2.30 £2.20            Exacta £74.60


Winning trainer:- Name: Bethell, The Hon James David William Date of birth: 22/2/52 Date of first licence: 1975. Assistant trainer to Bruce Hobbs & Arthur Budgett (1970-75) Trains at Thorngill, Coverham, North Yorkshire Major wins: King George V Handicap (1977 Celtic Pleasure), July Stakes (1996 Rich Ground), Victoria Cup (2004 Mine), Royal Hunt Cup (2004 Mine), Ladbrokes Bunbury Cup (2002, 2005 & 2006 Mine), Middleton Stakes (2006 Strawberry Dale) Royal Ascot wins (2): Celtic Pleasure (1977 King George V Handicap), Royal Hunt Cup (2004 Mine) Horses in training (1975-2013): 52; 48; 33; 42; 45; 45; 47; 33; 30; 26; 28; 19; 19; 14; 20; 25; 24; 20; 19; 28; 29; 28; 22; 25; 28; 18; 25; 27; 29; 28; 32; 33; 33; 31; 33; 31; 31; 22; 27; 5 Wins in a Year (1988-2012): 4; 11; 10; 11; 5; 7; 10; 8; 12; 5; 9; 4; 8; 11; 9; 11; 19; 22; 20; 11; 18; 12; 9; 14; 10 Wins This Year: 9


Winning jockey:-Name: Durcan, Thomas Edward (Ted) Born: February 25, 1973 Married: to Sue, who works for the Godolphin website Background: Apprenticed to Jack Berry, went to ride work for Paddy Rudkin in Dubai in 1997, having lost claim in England and believing that it would be impossible without the allowance. Other details: Champion jockey in Dubai 1999/2000 (58 wins), 2000/2001 (56 wins), 2001/2002 (56 wins), 2003/2004 (39 wins), 2004/2005 (44 wins), 2006/2007 (33 wins), 2007/2008 (27 wins) British Classic Wins: (2) Ladbrokes St Leger (2008 Mastery), Vodafone Oaks (2007 Light Shift) Other Big Race Wins include: Cheshire Oaks (2004 Hidden Hope, 2007 Light Shift), Dubai Duty Free (Rhythm Band, Nad Al Sheba, March 25, 2000), Godolphin Mile (Conflict, Nad Al Sheba, March 25, 2000), John Smith’s Stakes (2006 Pinpoint), Oak Tree Stakes (2005 Majestic Desert), Predominate Stakes (2006 Championship Point), Premio Roma (2003 Imperial Dancer), Prix Morny (2005 Silca’s Sister), Rockfel Stakes (2003 Cairns), Haydock Sprint Cup (2000 Pipalong, 2003 Somnus), St Simon Stakes (2003 Imperial Dancer), Polypipe Flying Childers (2008 Madame Trop Vite), Sweet Solera Stakes (2009 Long Lashes), Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (2009 Sahpresa), Jaguar XJ Cornwallis Stakes (2011 Ponty Acclaim), John Guest Bengough Stakes (2011 Royal Rock) Lingfield Derby Trial (2012 Main Sequence) Number Of Royal Ascot Wins (4): Chesham Stakes (2005 Championship Point), Queen Mary Stakes (2005 Flashy Wings), Coventry Stakes (2006 Hellvelyn), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2011 Swingkeel) First Royal Ascot Winner: Chesham Stakes (2005 Championship Point) Wins in Britain (2000-2012): 23, 54, 58, 29, 40, 60, 71, 95, 75, 94, 88, 58; 56 Wins in 2013: 30






Excess Knowledge and Galileo Rock are the 10/3 joint-favourites with the sponsors for the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday afternoon.


Galileo Rock was last seen when filling the runner-up spot behind Trading Leather in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh and had previously finished third to Ruler Of The World in the Investec Derby at Epsom.


Excess Knowledge came into reckoning for the final Classic of the season when beaten into second by Cap O’Rushes in a blanket finish to the Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.


Aidan O’Brien has won the Ladbrokes St Leger three times in the past (Milan 2001, Brian Boru 2003 and Scorpion 2005) and he has three horses left in the race in the shape of Leading Light (5/1), Foundry (5/1) and Eye Of The Storm.


As well as Cap O’Rushes (20/1), Godolphin has Investec Derby runner-up Libertarian (8/1) in the extended one mile six-furlong event alongside Secret Number (16/1). The Investec Derby runner-up is now in the hands of Charlie Appleby, who will be having his first runners in the race.


The Investec Oaks winner Talent (12/1) is an intended runner for Ralph Beckett, who will be a guest on Channel 4′s popular Morning Line show on Saturday, while Feel Like Dancing (20/1) could also run in the race for John Gosden alongside stablemate Excess Knowledge.


“If the rain continues to hammer down at Doncaster, then Oaks winner Talent looks certain to be popular in the Ladbrokes St Leger,” said the firm’s spokesman David Williams.


“We’re already putting up the defences against an anticipated flood of money for Ralph Beckett’s filly.”        


Ladbrokes St Leger – sponsors bet: 10/3 Excess Knowledge, Galileo Rock; 5/1 Leading Light, Foundry; 8 Libertarian; 12/1 Talent; 16/1 Secret Number; 20/1 Feel Like Dancing, Cap O’Rushes; 25/1 Great Hall; 33/1 Havana Beat; 50 London Bridge; 66/1 Ralston Road.


1/4 1-2-3. Non runner- no bet.






Second race: 2.30pm The Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Conditions Stakes

Winning Quotes




The Olly Stevens-trained Lightning Thunder got the better of Justice Day and 2/1 favourite Expert in a thrilling finish to the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Conditions Stakes at Doncaster this afternoon.


The Harry Bentley-ridden filly settled nicely behind the leading pack and was the first to make her move a furlong-and-a-half from home but looked to be beaten when both Justice Day and Expert passed her in the final furlong. However, the two-year-old fought back tenaciously to get her nose in front on the line and win by a short-head from Justice Day, with the Richard Hughes-ridden Expert a further head back in third.


“I thought that, when I looked across on the line, that I might just have got there but I knew that it was going to be tight,” said Bentley.


“She has obviously had a hard enough race there but she stuck her head out and she has done the job well. Perhaps I did get there a bit soon but I never wanted it to turn into too much of a sprint – she is a very long-striding filly and she wouldn’t have the biggest turn of foot, she just gallops. We have always thought that she was very nice and the people who ride her at home have done a very good job. Hopefully, she is as nice as we think. I think that the ground is definitely on the easy side of good and it will be soft by the end of the afternoon.”


Kevin Darley, representing the joint-owners Pearl Bloodstock, was also pleased with the performance of Lightning Thunder.


“She’s done it nicely. It’s not easy for a once-raced filly to take in a race like this against more experienced horses but she’s run on really well and just managed to get her head in front on the line. She’s showed she can battle which is a nice quality to have. She’s travelled nicely but it was a bit of a messy race and Harry (Bentley) was the first to show his hand so things didn’t pan out her way. She’s a progressive filly though and we’ll have to go back and see what’s left for her. Where she heads next will be up to the boss but she’s certainly done nothing wrong.”


Darley’s sentiments were echoed by Hetta Stevens, wife of trainer Olly who is currently over in America at the Keeneland sales.


“We’re very happy with her and she’s clearly going the right way,” said Stevens. “We’re having a great season and to have a winner at Royal Ascot and here at the Leger meeting is a credit to all the staff back at home. She may have another run this season but we’ll look at all the big races for her next season. There’s a lot to look forward to. We’ve got about 15 horses for Qatar and Pearl Bloodstock at home and hopefully we can get a few more if we keep having winners like this.         








Justice Day, who was fifth in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack at York on August 24 came home a short-head second to Lightning Thunder in the second contest on the opening day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Race.


Well regarded by his trainer, David Elsworth, the two-year-old Acclamation colt has shown some form in Pattern races without troubling the judge as well as losing his maiden tag first time out and recording a second victory in a Newmarket novice race in May


Elsworth commented after the race: “It is frustrating but it is a horse race and a scramble and we got beat but I could do with a winner!


“I would have liked a bit more pace – I said to Ryan (Moore, jockey) he’s a lovely little horse but he dosses. He would be better to get a lead and a good gallop wouldn’t hurt. You only have to win the race once so do it lateish, but they have jumped off and gone no gallop. I don’t think it has made much difference but if we had had a bit more of a gallop we would have gone once. In the end, when he got competing, he was strong and another stride and he would have won.


“If you look at his form – he ran in the Windsor Castle (Listed, Royal Ascot) and was beaten three lengths and in the Gimcrack he just flattened out and was beaten three lengths again but it is a Group Two. He has rock solid form and I was sure we would beat Hannon’s horse (third placed, Expert) but the filly that beat us is highly regarded and maybe she is a Guineas winner and we were giving her seven pounds.


“I have got him in the Middle Park, which realistically looks a big ask but having said that he’s done well here and never runs a bad race so we will see – he is rated 105.”



2.30pm Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Stakes

£20,000 total prize fund. For 2yo, which have not won a Class 1 race and which are EBF eligible, 6f. Weights: colts and geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 6lb. Penalties: each Class 4 race won 2lb; for each Class 3 race won 4lb; for each Class 2 race won 6lb. Penalty value 1st £12,450.00 2nd £3,728.00 3rd £1,864.00 4th £932.00 5th £466.00.


1) LIGHTNING THUNDER (Mohd Al Kubasi & Pearl Bloodstock Ltd) Olly Stevens 2-8-08 Harry Bentley [4] 5/2

2) JUSTICE DAY (IRE) (Robert Ng) David Elsworth 2-9-01 Ryan Moore [1] 9/4

3) EXPERT (IRE) (Julie Wood) Richard Hannon 2-8-13 Richard Hughes [2] 2/1f

4) SCRUFFY TRAMP (IRE) (D Hassan & B Green) Michael Wigham 2-8-11 Sean Levey [3] 20/1

5) FREE CODE (IRE) (Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum) James Tate b2-8-13 Paul Mulrennan [5] 8/1


5 ran

Time: 1m 15.34s           Distances: sh, hd, 3¾, hd,

Breeder: S Douch

Breeding: Dutch Art – Sweet Coincidence (Mujahid (USA))

Tote     Win £3.90         Place £2.10 £1.50         Exacta £9.30


Winning trainer:- Name: Stevens, Olly Based: Robins Farm, Chiddingfold, Surrey Background: Grew up in Newmarket. Spells working for James Fanshawe, Jessica Harrington, Bob Hess and Ed Peate, before spending five years in America with Kellyn Gorder where he was involved with the development of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Drosselmeyer. Took out his own license in January 2013 and trains primarily for Qatar Racing Ltd. First Winner: Hard Walnut – Lingfield,  February 3, 2013 Royal Ascot Wins (1): Windsor Castle Stakes (2013 Extortionist) Wins This Year: 15


Winning jockey:-Name: Bentley, Harry Background: Started riding at the age of four. Took out an apprentice licence at the age of 16. Has enjoyed successful spells in Dubai with Ali Al Raihe. Started association with Olly Stevens at Robins Farm in 2013 and is the second jockey to Qatar Racing Ltd. First Winner: Prince Valentine – Lingfield,  January 20, 2010. Wins (2010-2012): 13; 47; 31 Wins This Year: 27






Race 3 – Crown Hotel Bawtry Scarbrough Stakes – winner quotes



The extraordinary run of form by Roger Varian-trained horses continued as Justineo took the Crown Hotel Scarbrough Stakes. The four-year-old was his Newmarket yard’s seventh winner from 10 runners this month; the other three finished second.


“They are now flying like you wouldn’t believe,” said Varian, whose team was laid low by a virus during July and August. “When they got ill, it was a sharp reminder that when they’re not healthy it doesn’t matter how many you’ve got, or how good or well-bred they are.


“But you have to meet a situation head-on and recognise it. If there was a positive it was that they were all affected at once and recovered at the same time, it wasn’t a bug that lingered in the yard for months.


“We had a frustrating five or six weeks. We had to sit out York but they’re fine now and we’ll hope for a good autumn.”


Justineo, ridden by William Buick, came home a length and a half clear of Masamah in the Listed contest to make it two wins and a Group Two third (to Moviesta in the King George Stakes at Goodwood) in three runs since returning to five furlongs.


“It took the trainer too long to work out his trip,” added Varian of the Oasis Dream colt. “He’s got better in each of his last three runs. I think he is going the right way now; he is only four and some of these sprinters can get quicker and better as they get stronger and I hope he will be one of them.”


Justineo made all the running for an emphatic victory. “It’s hard to judge how far you are in front when are in front,” said Buick, “but he won well.”


The Group One Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp next month is now on Justineo’s agenda. “He’s very fast and versatile about ground,” said Varian, “so we’ll certainly have a look at that race.”


Third race: 3.00pm The Crown Hotel Bawtry Scarbrough Stakes

Place Quotes




Trainer Ron Harris was delighted with the run of 14/1 shot Judge ‘n Jury after his gelding finished third behind Justineo in this afternoon’s Crown Hotel Bawtry Scarbrough Stakes at Doncaster.


The nine-year-old had a plum draw against the stands’ side rail but only had two horses for company as he blazed a trail down the near side with the majority of the field opting to run down the centre of the course.


Although the son of Pivotal had no answer to the winner’s turn of foot in the final stages of the race, he battled on bravely and was only just denied second place by the late thrust of Masamah.

“He’s run an absolute cracker and we couldn’t be happier for him,” said Harris.


“This sort of ground is essential to him so we’ll be hoping the rain continues as there are some nice handicaps coming up for him over the next month or so.


“We had a great time of it last year with the weather and his two York handicaps came when there was plenty of juice in the ground.


“It can continue to rain all it wants – as long as it stops as soon as the season ends as we had far too much of the stuff last year!”







Eleven-year-old Borderlescott ran a creditable fifth on good to soft ground in the Listed Crown Hotel Bawtry Scarbrough Stakes today at Doncaster, having recorded a third on good to firm in a Listed event a Beverley twelve days ago.


Trainer Robin Bastiman said of his stable star, who had retired at the end of the 2012 season only to come back into training this year: “It was the ground I think – he couldn’t get out of it early on but he was running on at the finish. He’s just ground dependent now.


“There aren’t many races left now, there is Newbury next week but the going will probably be the same so he won’t go, there is a race a Beverley in a fortnights time and we might go there with him but we might take him to Dubai or somewhere – it is a thought. He has still got it and he looks well – he thrives on it – it is just a shame the rain came.”




3.00pm Crown Hotel Bawtry Scarbrough Stakes (Listed)

£40,000 total prize fund. For 2yo+, which have not won a Group 1 or Group 2 Pattern Race in 2013, 5f. Weights: 2yo colts and geldings 8st 3lb; fillies 7st 12lb; 3yo colts and geldings 9st 10lb; fillies 9st 5lb; 4yo+ colts and geldings 9st 11lb; fillies 9st 6lb. Penalties after February 28th, 2013, a winner of a Listed race 3lb; of a Group 3 race 5lb. Weight for age: 3 from 4yo+ 1lb. Penalty value 1st £23,680.00 2nd £8,956.00 3rd £4,476.00 4th £2,236.00


1) JUSTINEO (Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar) Roger Varian b4-9-11 William Buick [6] 4/1jf

2) MASAMAH (IRE) (Dr Marwan Koukash) Marco Botti p7-9-11 Ryan Moore [7] 4/1jf

3) JUDGE ‘N JURY (Robert & Nina Bailey) Ron Harris t9-9-11 Frankie Dettori [11] 14/1

4) EXCELETTE (IRE) (Crossfields Racing) Bryan Smart 4-9-06 Paul Hanagan [4]

5) BORDERLESCOTT (James Edgar & William Donaldson) Robin Bastiman 11-9-11 Paul Mulrennan [5]

6) HOYAM (Rathordan Partnership) Michael Bell 3-9-05 Tom Queally [10]

7) TANGERINE TREES (Tangerine Trees Partnership) Bryan Smart v8-9-11 Jim Crowley [1]

8) MAGICAL MACEY (USA) (K Alderson) David Barron b6-9-11 Graham Gibbons [2]

9) MEDICEAN MAN (Stuart Dobb & Kate Dobb) Jeremy Gask p7-10-00 Steve Drowne [3]

10) SWAN SONG (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 4-9-06 David Probert [8]

11) BUNGLE INTHEJUNGLE (Christopher Wright & Emily Asprey) Mick Channon 3-9-10 Martin Harley [9]


11 ran

Time: 59.92s    Distances: 1½, hd, 1¼, 1¼, 1½, ¾, ½, nk, ½, 6

Breeder: Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar       Breeding: Oasis Dream – Loulwa (IRE) (Montjeu (IRE))

Tote     Win £4.00         Place £2.00 £1.60 £3.70            Exacta £17.10


Winning Trainer: Varian, Roger Born: March 14, 1979 Based: Kremlin House Stables, Newmarket Background: Spent weekends riding out for Alan and Lawney Hill when he was still at school. Moved to California aged just 15 and spent six months riding for Hollywood Park trainer Frank Garza Jnr after finishing school. Moved back to the UK and rode seven winners as an amateur and conditional during three years with Josh Gifford. Subsequently spent three months riding for trainer Jack Fisher in Maryland, USA, enjoying three winners, before returning back to Britain in May, 2001, to become assistant to Michael Jarvis. Took over in March, 2011. First Runner: Laheeb (4th), Dubai Sheema Classic, Meydan, March 26, 2011 First Winner: Eton Forever, William Hill Spring Mile, Doncaster, April 2, 2011 First Group One Winner: Nahrain, Qatar Prix de l’Opera, Longchamp, October 2, 2011 Other Big Race Wins: Flower Bowl Invitational (2012 Nahrain), York Stakes (Sri Putra), Winter Derby (Farrajj), Summer Mile (2013 Aljamaaheer), Pretty Polly Stakes (2013 Ambivalent), Princess Margaret Stakes (2013 Princess Noor) Royal Ascot Wins (1): Buckingham Palace Handicap (2012 Eton Forever) Wins (2011-2012): 53; 72 Win in 2013: 54


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 (9): Wokingham Stakes (2007 Dark Missile); King Edward VII Stakes (2011 Nathaniel), Wolferton Handicap (2011 Beachfire, 2012 Gatewood), Windsor Forest Stakes (2012 Joviality), Albany Stakes (2012 Newfangled), Coronation Stakes (2012 Fallen For You), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2012 Camborn), Tercentenary Stakes (2013 Remote) First Goodwood Winner: Dingaan (Empire Property Group Handicap, June 9, 2007) Total Goodwood Wins: 30 (8 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), Arlington Million (2010 Debussy), Darley Prix Morny (2010 Dream Ahead), Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup (2011 Duncan), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) (2011 Nathaniel), Betfred Sprint Cup (2011 Dream Ahead), Prix Marcel Boussac (2011 Elusive Kate), Prix de la Foret (2011 Dream Ahead, 2012 Gordon Lord Byron) Gran Premio Di Milano (2012 Earl Of Tinsdal), Pretty Polly Stakes (2012 Izzi Top), Coral-Eclipse (2012 Nathaniel), Irish Oaks (2012 Great Heavens), Prix Rothschild (2012 & 2013 Elusive Kate), Nunthorpe Stakes (2012 Ortensia), Betfred Cambridgeshire (2012 Bronze Angel), Jebel Hatta (2013 Sajjhaa) Falmouth Stakes (2013 Elusive Kate), Yorkshire Oaks (2013 The Fugue), Irish Champion Stakes (2013 The Fugue) Wins (2006-2012): 10; 67; 54 (shared apprentice title with David Probert); 66; 99; 106; 130 Wins In 2013: 88






Fourth race: 3.35pm The Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes

Winning Quotes




Willie Supple became the latest name on the Leger Legends’ hall of fame after he conjured up an amazing late run from 12/1 shot Dana’s Present to land the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes at Doncaster this afternoon.


It looked like the 45-year-old Supple, who retired from race riding in 2012, was going to have to settle for minor honours in the final furlong after Gay Kelleway had burst clear on Pelmanism to go several lengths clear.


However, her mount began to tire badly in the last few strides which enabled both Dana’s Present and Excellent Puck to draw alongside with the former just edging it by a nose in the photo with the other two dead-heating for second.


“It was a great buzz and I’m delighted to have won it!” said Supple.


“I thought I’d be third or fourth a furlong out and it was only in the last 50 yards that my horse took off. After the line, I turned to Jimmy (McCarthy) and thought he’d won it and he thought I’d won it. We then both looked at the picture and neither of us had a clue!


“George Baker (trainer of Dana’s Present) told me that he thought we had a squeak so he was right on that front. I’m very good friends with George’s assistant, Pat Murphy, which is how I came to ride this horse.


“It’s great to be a part of it though and great to raise so much money for charity. I lived in a little village called Dishforth (near Ripon) in Yorkshire for a long time so this place will always have a special place in my heart.


“I had over 1,500 winners in my career and the people over here were always so good to me. I was first at Jonjo O’Neill’s when I came over from Ireland and also rode out for Lynda Ramsden. I had a good few winners for Eric Alston who I had a very good relationship with and ended up riding the likes of Tedburrow for him.


“I was then lucky enough to land the job with Sheikh Hamdan and rode some really nice horses for Godolphin as well. I won the Lockinge on Fly To The Stars (at Newbury in 1999) and he was my first Group One winner.


“I keep myself pretty fit and ride out three mornings at Kevin Prendergast’s so I’m still pretty active. I’ve just started a wedding business with my wife which is different but a good business to be in. I often help people out with their first weddings – and then their second!”


Race 4 – Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes – place quotes





The length of the stirrup leather is a giveaway. “There was still plenty of horse under me at the end,” said Gay Kelleway, caught on the line on Pelmanism in the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes, “but he’s lazy when he’s in front and I was riding about 10 holes longer than I used to.


“It was a bit unfortunate he got caught and maybe I should have won but I couldn’t keep pushing him. If I’d given him another smack, I’d have got into trouble with the stewards.”


Kelleway, 49, who trains in Newmarket, last rode in a race in 1992.


Much more recently retired is ex-jump jockey Jimmy McCarthy, who hung up his boots during the summer and whose mount Excellent Puck finished fast to force a dead-heat for second with Pelmanism, a nose behind the winner Dana’s Present.


“That was fun,” he said, “but it would have been more fun if I’d got there. I got trapped a bit by the two pole just as I was starting my run. But it was great to take part.”







Luke Harvey, rider of fifth Jay Bee Blue, said: “It was fantastic – I loved it! The buzz before the race was great and in the stall we were all having a bit of a laugh. I had a superb ride, I thought three out I was going to win – my horses was cantering but the ground was just against him.


“The main thing was that everyone enjoyed it and it is for a great charity and it is a fantastic event and it was an honour to ride in it.”


Willie Newton, who rode 15th and last  Waltz Darling, said “I did enjoy it very much. My horse just paddled in the ground, but it was very nice to ride again.”


John Lowe, who rode 11th My Guardian Angel, said: “It was too soft for my horse.”


Michael Hills, on board 12th Callmeakhab, said: “I loved it! It was great. It was a shame my horse only took me half way into the race – but it was really good fun.”


Kevin Darley, rider of 14th Sardanapalus, said: “The jockey got tired before the horse – I dont think I am going to come back out of retirement just at the moment.”


Nick Connorton, on board sixth Mr Spiggott, said: “I had a good ride – he was on the bridle until three out and then I blew up!”





Carl Llewellyn, who rode fourth Self Employed, said: “It was very enjoyable and he went well, and hopefully the charity has made plenty of money. The horse was lovely, which obviously helps, he did most of the work for a long time which was very helpful – I am eternally grateful to him! It has been a great turn out and the auction went well – everyone dug deep.”


Tony Culhane, on board seventh Piceno, said: “I was a little bit keen early on, Dale (Gibson) didn’t go fast enough as usual and I got stuck behind him. I knew I wasn’t going to get home because he was so keen early on. Hopefully, I can come back next year, I really enjoyed it.”


David O’Meara, rider of eighth Berlusca, said: “I enjoyed it. I raised about fifteen hundred pounds – mostly from owners in the yard – so it has been well worthwhile. I have enjoyed the day out!”


Gary Bardwell, who partnered 10th Orders From Rome, said: “He ran well for a long way but I think the ground was against him in the end. I enjoyed the race – I have been in it three years now and it is good crack seeing all the old boys in the weighing room. It seems like only yesterday that we were all still riding.”


Willie Ryan, on board 13th Winslow Arizona, said: “I loved it. My horse struggled in the ground and then dropped out – then I did!”



3.35pm Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Stakes

£10,000 total prize fund. For 3yo+, rated 0-70, 1m (str). Weights: 3yo 10st 9lb; 4yo+ 11st. Penalties: after August 31st, a winner 6lb. Weight for age: 3 from 4yo+ 5lb. Penalty value 1st £6,469.00 2nd £1,925.00 3rd £962.00 4th £481.00.


1) DANA’S PRESENT (Whitsbury Racing Club) George Baker 4-11-00 Willie Supple [8] 12/1

2) PELMANISM (Koo’s Racing Club) Brian Ellison 6-11-00 Gay Kelleway [12] 12/1

2) EXCELLENT PUCK (IRE) (Ken Gundlach) Jamie Osborne 3-10-09 Jimmy McCarthy [10] 11/1

4) SELF EMPLOYED (Garry Woodward) Garry Woodward 6-11-00 Carl Llewellyn [15]

5) JAY BEE BLUE (Scuderia Vita Bella) Sean Curran tb4-11-00 Luke Harvey [7]

6) MR SPIGGOTT (IRE) (Heart Of The South Racing) Gary Moore v4-11-00 Nick Connorton [6]

7) PICENO (IRE) (Ontoawinner) Scott Dixon p5-11-00 Tony Culhane [19]

8) BERLUSCA (IRE) (Peter Ball) David O’Meara 4-11-00 David O’Meara [16]

9) SWORD IN HAND (Geoffrey Bishop) Alan Jarvis t4-11-00 Dale Gibson [18]

10) ORDERS FROM ROME (IRE) (G Stevens) Eve Johnson Houghton t4-11-00 Gary Bardwell [4]

11) MY GUARDIAN ANGEL (Sarabex) Mark Tompkins 4-11-00 John Lowe [13]

12) CALLMEAKHAB (IRE) (AEGIS Partnership) Charlie Hills 3-10-09 Michael Hills [2] 11/2f

13) WINSLOW ARIZONA (IRE) (Rathordan Partnership) Michael Bell 3-10-09 Willie Ryan [9]

14) SARDANAPALUS (J Nixon) Kevin Ryan p4-11-00 Kevin Darley [11]

15) WALTZ DARLING (IRE) (Mrs M Thwaites & M Foxton) Keith Reveley 5-11-00 Willie Newton [17]


Non-runners: Broctune Papa Gio (Self Cert – Not Eaten Up (Replaced by Waltz Darling)), Slim Chance (withdrawn), Sunnybridge Boy (reserve), Skyfire (reserve).

Time: 1m 43.18s                       Distances: ns, dh, 2½, 3, 1¼, 6, 2, sh, ½, 1, 3¾, 1, 2¼, ¾

Breeder: Newsells Park Stud     Breeding: Osorio (GER) – Euro Empire (USA) (Bartok (IRE))

Tote     Win £12.50       Place £3.70 £3.40 £5.10            Exacta  £77.90 £104.00


Winning Trainer:-Name: Baker, George Based: Barton Yard, Manton Estate, Marlborough, Wiltshire Background: Studied at Edinburgh University before working in the City, notably for Baring Bank at the same time as Nick Leeson, before turning his back on the square mile and spending three years living in Vietnam. Returned to England and bought a house at the bottom of Paul Webber’s drive. Spent five years as Webber’s assistant before joining The Sportsman writing features and working as their Lambourn correspondent. Returned to Webber after the paper failed and set up on his own at the start of 2008. Royal Ascot Wins (1): Royal Hunt Cup (2013 Belgian Bill) Other notable wins: Scarbrough Stakes (2011 Humidor) First Winner (Jumps): Friendly King, Wood Farm Stud Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race, Exeter, April 15, 2008 First Winner (Flat): Music Box Express, Visit Pontin’s For Great Short Breaks Handicap, Wolverhampton, March 28, 2008 Flat Wins (2008-2012): 15; 26; 40; 49; 32 Wins in 2013: 21


Winning jockey:-Name: Willie Supple

Born: June 8, 1968

Background: Former Flat jockey. Rode over 1,500 winners.

First Winner: Peak Squaw – Gowran Park, 1986

Big Race Wins Include: Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2004 Fayr Jag), Dubai Golden Shaheen (1998 Mudallel), Lockinge Stakes (1999 Fly To The Stars), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2006 Miss Beatrix)





Race 5 – Park Hill Hospital Conditions Stakes – winner quotes



The lightly-raced colt Out Of Bounds, twice a winner on a fast dirt surface in the States, showed his versatility by making his turf debut a winning one, despite rain-softened conditions. In the Godolphin first colours, the four-year-old son of Discreet Cat held Gatewood by half a length in the Park Hill Hospital Conditions Stakes. The other Godolphin runner Ocean War finished third of four.


Out Of Bounds, a tall, imposing individual, had not raced since his third in a handicap at Meydan in early March. “We took our time with him since Dubai,” said trainer Saeed Bin Suroor. “He’s a big horse and has needed the time to develop. He has improved physically during his break and he needed this race and will be better for it. He handled the soft ground well enough, though faster would probably be better. He handles the dirt and the artificial surface at Meydan too.


“There are no particular plans for him. We’ll look for a better race for him now and probably stick to a mile, which seems fine for him. He’s a nice horse.”


Rider Silvestre de Sousa was pleased with Out Of Bounds’ attitude. “He did not really enjoy the ground,” he said, “but he kept his head in front. It will give him confidence for the next time, and he should improve.”


Bin Suroor had encouraging news of his Ladbrokes St Leger candidate Secret Number. “He worked very well in the morning and he is ready to go,” he said. “He is a horse I have always liked and he has improved from race to race. If the ground is good to soft it will be fine.”




4.10pm Park Hill Hospital Conditions Stakes

£20,000 total prize fund. For 3-5yo, which have not won a Pattern race in 2013, 1m 2f 60y. Weights: 3yo colts and geldings 8st 9lb; fillies 8st 4lb; 4yo and 5yo colts and geldings 9st 2lb; fillies 8st 11lb. Penalties: in 2013, each Class 3 race won 2lb; for each Class 2 race won 4lb; for each Class 1 race won 6lb; additionally, a winner of a Group 1 or Group 2 race at any other time 6lb. Penalty value 1st £12,450.00 2nd £3,728.00 3rd £1,864.00 4th £932.00 5th £466.00 6th £234.00


1) OUT OF BOUNDS (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4-9-02 Silvestre De Sousa [2] 11/4

2) GATEWOOD (OTI Racing & George Strawbridge) John Gosden 5-9-02 William Buick [1] Evs fav

3) OCEAN WAR (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 5-9-02 Mickael Barzalona [3]

4) WHIPPER’S BOY (IRE) (Trelawny II) Brian Meehan 3-8-09 Paul Mulrennan [5]


Non-runners: Boonga Roogeta (Self Cert – Heat In Leg), Elkaayed (Going)

Time: 2m 11.38s   Distances: ½, 13, 9

Breeder: Darley                   Breeding:  Discreet Cat (USA) – Unbridled Elaine (USA) (Unbridled´s Song (USA))

Tote        Win £2.80              Exacta  £4.80


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, 2013 Farhh), 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, 2011 Campanologist) 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), Jebel Hatta sponsored by Emirates Airline (2013 Sajjhaa), Dubai Duty Free (2013 Sajjhaa) 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) First Royal Ascot win: So Factual (June 22, 1995 – Cork and Orrery Stakes) Royal Ascot Wins (34): Golden Jubilee Stakes (1995 So Factual), Queen Anne Stakes (1996 Charnwood Forest, 1997 Allied Forces, 1998 Intikhab, 1999 Cape Cross, 2003 Dubai Destination, 2004 Refuse To Bend, 2007 Ramonti), Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche, 1998 Kayf Tara, 2000 Kayf Tara, 2004 Papineau, 2012 Colour Vision), Chesham Stakes (1996 Shamikh, 2012 Tha’ir), Hardwicke Stakes (1997 Predappio, 2004 Doyen), Windsor Castle Stakes (1997 Asfurah), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1998 Faithful Son, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Ribblesdale Stakes (1998 Bahr, 1999 Fairy Queen, 2004 Punctilious, 2009 Flying Cloud, 2010 Hibaayeb) King Edward VII Stakes (1999 Mutafaweq, 2008 Campanologist), Queen’s Vase (2002 Mamool, 2004 Duke Of Venice), Jersey Stakes (2004 Kheleyf), St James’s Palace Stakes (2005 Shamardal), Royal Hunt Cup (2010 Invisible Man) 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 (1995-2012): 14: 48: 41: 38: 41: 22: 24: 21: 23: 115: 78; 70; 73; 56; 148; 90; 58; 85 Wins in 2013 (in Britain): 85


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