Group One winners among Qatar Lennox Stakes entries as So Beloved set to return to Goodwood

Group One winners Air Force BlueDick WhittingtonLumiereCharming Thought andToormore feature among 41 entries (up from 39 in 2015) for the £300,000 Group Two Qatar Lennox Stakes on day one of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Tuesday, July 26.
Air Force Blue, one of six Aidan O’Brien-trained contenders for the seven-furlong contest, was crowned Europe’s champion two-year-old last season following a hat-trick of Group One wins, while Lumiere (Mark Johnston) was the game winner of the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in October.
Charming Thought (Charlie Appleby) also boasts Group One-winning form at Newmarket as a juvenile, having captured the Middle Park Stakes in 2014, while Dick Whittington (Aidan O’Brien) took the Phoenix Stakes earlier the same year.
Toormore(Richard Hannon), who was Europe’s top juvenile in 2013 following success in the Group One National Stakes, made all to win last year’s Qatar Lennox Stakes. The Godolphin-owned five-year-old could bid to emulate the only previous dual winner of the race, Nayyir, who recorded back-to-back victories in 2002 and 2003.
Nine Godolphin entries also include last year’s runner-up Dutch Connection (Charlie Hills), recent Jersey Stakes scorer Ribchester (Richard Fahey) and last season’s Coventry Stakes victor Buratino (Mark Johnston).
Nemoralia (Jeremy Noseda) was runner-up in the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot last week, while Limato (Henry Candy), who has twice been second at Group One level, and the 2015 Group Two Celebration Mile winner Kodi Bear (Clive Cox) have also been entered.
So Beloved enjoyed a superb first season under the care of Yorkshire handler David O’Meara last year, including a head success over Here Comes When (Andrew Balding) in the Group Three Doom Bar Supreme Stakes, run over the same course and distance as the Qatar Lennox Stakes, in August.
The six-year-old stormed to a facile win in a seven-furlong Listed contest on his seasonal return at Haydock Park on May 7 and met trouble in running when coming home third behind Home Of The Brave (Hugo Palmer) and Convey (Sir Michael Stoute) in a Group Three race over the same course and distance on May 28.
O’Meara reported: “So Beloved is well at the moment. He met a bit of traffic last time out at Haydock and was a shade unlucky not to finish a lot closer.
“He runs in the Criterion Stakes this Saturday (at Newmarket) and we will get this weekend out of the way before deciding which race to consider at Goodwood.
“He’s entered in the Qatar Sussex Stakes as well and I will have a chat with the owner after we get this week’s run out of the way – he might be keen on going for the big pot.
“So Beloved loves Goodwood and it seems to bring out the best in him.”
Other Qatar Lennox Stakes entries include Arod (Peter Chapple-Hyam), who was runner-up to Solow in last season’s Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes, Jersey Stakes second Thikriyaat (Sir Michael Stoute) and prolific sprinter Don’t Touch (Richard Fahey), who has won seven of his eight starts.
 
Big Orange aiming for repeat as 32 entered for Qatar Goodwood Cup
The £300,000 Group Two Qatar Goodwood Cup is the highlight of the third day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Ladies’ Day, Thursday, July 28. Staged over two miles, there are 32 entries in 2016.
The first six horses home from the 2015 renewal are all entered again this time around - Big Orange (Michael Bell), Quest For More (Roger Charlton), Trip To Paris (Ed Dunlop), Pallasator(Sir Mark Prescott), Vive Ma Fille (Mark Johnston) and Sheikhzayedroad (David Simcock).
Big Orange went on to enjoy an international campaign after his victory in 2015, running a fine race to finish fifth in Australia’s Melbourne Cup. He made a pleasing seasonal reappearance when third over a mile and a half in the Group Two Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket on April 30.
Michael Bell reported: “It is the plan to go for the Qatar Goodwood Cup with Big Orange. We swerved going to the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot with him as the soft ground would not have been suitable for him there.
“All being well he will go next for a Listed race at Sandown Park on Eclipse day (the Coral Marathon).
“We wouldn’t run him in both the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes and the Qatar Goodwood Cup again this year. The only way I would really consider Newmarket was if he didn’t go to Sandown for some reason.
“Big Orange has been in great form at home. It is just that the ground has not been suitable for him so far this season as he is a better horse on good ground. We will see how his summer campaign goes first, but it is possible that he could go to Australia again later this year.”
The last horse to win back-to-back renewals of the Qatar Goodwood Cup was Double Trigger in 1997 and 1998.
Sheikhzayedroad most recently finished third in the Group One Gold Cup at Royal Ascot behind Order Of St George, while Trip To Paris enjoyed his finest hour when winning the Gold Cup in 2015 and, after his Qatar Goodwood Cup third, went on to finish second in the Group One Caulfield Cup and fourth in the Melbourne Cup.
John Gosden has a pair of entries, with Flying Officer, who won the Group Two QIPCO British Champions Long Distance in 20015 and Mr Singh, a lightly-raced four-year-old who was successful in the Group Three Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket last year.
Five entries are trained in Ireland. Aidan O’Brien has entered a trio of three-year-olds headed by Sword Fighter, winner of the Listed Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot. Cole Porter andHousesofparliament are the others from Ireland’s champion Flat trainer.
The remaining Irish-trained contenders are recent Queen Alexandra Stakes victorCommissioned (Gordon Elliott) and Wicklow Brave (Willie Mullins), who has been placed in Group/Grade One company both on the Flat and over hurdles.
Other possible starters in the Qatar Goodwood Cup include this season’s Group Two Yorkshire Cup victor Clever Cookie (Peter Niven) and Kinema (Ralph Beckett), who could step up in trip having won the 12-furlong Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot last time out.
Profitable among 39 for Qatar King George Stakes
Royal Ascot scorer Profitable headlines 39 (up from 36 in 2015) entries for the £300,000 Group Two Qatar King George Stakes over five furlongs on Thursday, July 29.
Trained by Clive Cox, the four-year-old extended this year’s unbeaten streak to three in the Group One King’s Stand Stakes last week. That victory came on the back of triumphs in the Group Three Palace House Stakes at Newmarket and the Group Two Temple Stakes at Haydock Park.
Easton Angel has looked a top-class sprinter in the making this season. The three-year-old daughter of Dark Angel captured a five-furlong Listed contest at York in May before an eye-catching success in the Listed Scurry Stakes over five furlongs at Sandown Park on June 11.
Trainer Michael Dods said: “The owners asked me to put an entry in. We have not made any firm decisions about her next race but she has come out of the Sandown race in great form.
“Easton Angel is a filly who improves when her confidence is high. We felt her confidence was just dented a bit after Ascot last year when she had a hard race.
“This year it was important to get her back on the right track and that’s what we have done at York and Sandown. It has done her the world of good and she has come out of both races extremely well.
“She is ready now for a step up into Group company, it is just whether that is at Goodwood, in Ireland or even back at Sandown for the Coral Charge.
“Taking on your elders is a slight concern but she has got to do it at some stage. She gets all the allowances and proved at Sandown that she is very quick.”
Robert Cowell lived up to his title as the sprint king by winning two races at Royal Ascot 2016, headed by Outback Traveller‘s victory in the Wokingham Handicap.  The Newmarket handler has seven entries in total, notably dual Group One winner Goldream and popular 11-year-old Kingsgate Native, who won this race in 2009.
Charlie Hills has a strong team of sprinters and has entered last year’s Qatar Stewards’ Cup victor Magical Memory and Group One King’s Stand Stakes runner-up Cotai Glory.
The very strong Qatar King George Stakes entries also feature Muthmir (William Haggas) andTake Cover (David Griffiths), who were first and second last year, plus Group One Commonwealth Cup runner-up Kachy (Tom Dascombe).
Supplementary entry option for the Qatar Lennox, Qatar Goodwood Cup and Qatar King George
There is a scratchings deadline for all three races on July 5, with a £15,000 supplementary entry stage occurring at the same time as the five/six-day confirmations.
The Qatar Lennox Stakes
£300,000 total prize fund, Group 2. Qatar Goodwood Festival, Tuesday, July 26, 7f. For three-year-olds and upwards. Weights: three-year-old colts and geldings 8st 10lb, fillies 8st 7lb; four-year-old and up colts and geldings 9st 3lb, fillies and mares 9st. Penalties: after October 31, 2015, a winner of a Group 2 race 3lb, of a Group One race 5lb. Entries closed June 21, entries revealed June 23 (41 entries), scratchings deadline July 5, six-day confirmations & £15,000 supplementary stage July 20, final declarations 10am July 24.
Horse
Age
Owner
Trainer
ABSOLUTELY SO (IRE)
6
The George Smith Family Partnership
Andrew Balding
ADAAY (IRE)
4
Hamdan Al Maktoum
William Haggas
AIR FORCE BLUE (USA)
3
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O’Brien IRE
AIR VICE MARSHAL (USA)
3
MTabor/DSmith/Sue Magnier/Joseph Allen LLC
Aidan O’Brien IRE
AL MOHALHAL (IRE)
3
Mubarak Al Naemi
Jim Bolger IRE
ALWAYS SMILE (IRE)
4
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor
AROD (IRE)
5
Qatar Racing Limited
Peter Chapple-Hyam
BIRCHWOOD (IRE)
3
Godolphin
Richard Fahey
BOSSY GUEST (IRE)
4
John Guest Racing
Mick Channon
BRETON ROCK (IRE)
6
John Cook
David Simcock
BUCKSTAY (IRE)
6
Fitri Hay
Peter Chapple-Hyam
BURATINO (IRE)
3
Godolphin
Mark Johnston
CHARMING THOUGHT
4
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby
CODE RED
4
Michelle Morgan
William Muir
CONVEY
4
Khalid Abdullah
Sir Michael Stoute
DICK WHITTINGTON (IRE)
4
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O’Brien IRE
DON’T TOUCH
4
Nicholas Wrigley & Kevin Hart
Richard Fahey
DREAM DUBAI
3
Malih L Al Basti
Sylvester Kirk
DUTCH CONNECTION
4
Godolphin
Charlie Hills
GIFTED MASTER (IRE)
3
Dr Ali Ridha
Hugo Palmer
HATHAL (USA)
4
Al Shaqab Racing
William Haggas
HERE COMES WHEN (IRE)
6
Mrs Fitri Hay
Andrew Balding
HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE)
4
Godolphin
Hugo Palmer
IBN MALIK (IRE)
3
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Charlie Hills
KENTUCKYCONNECTION (USA)
3
Woodcock Electrical Limited
Bryan Smart
KODI BEAR (IRE)
4
Olive Shaw
Clive Cox
LIMATO (IRE)
4
Paul Jacobs
Henry Candy
LUMIERE
3
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Mark Johnston
MARKAZ (IRE)
4
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Owen Burrows
MUWAARY
5
Hamdan Al Maktoum
John Gosden
NEMORALIA (USA)
3
T Allan, J Lovat & C Pigram
Jeremy Noseda
RIBCHESTER (IRE)
3
Godolphin
Richard Fahey
RICHARD PANKHURST
4
Godolphin
John Gosden
SO BELOVED
6
Sprint Thoroughbred Racing
David O’Meara
TASLEET
3
Hamdan Al Maktoum
William Haggas
THE HAPPY PRINCE (IRE)
4
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O’Brien IRE
THIKRIYAAT (IRE)
3
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Sir Michael Stoute
TOORMORE (IRE)
5
Godolphin
Richard Hannon
TUPI (IRE)
4
Michael Kerr-Dineen & Martin Hughes
Richard Hannon
WASHINGTON DC (IRE)
3
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O’Brien IRE
WATERLOO BRIDGE (IRE)
3
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O’Brien IRE
 
41 entries
7 Irish-trained
The Qatar Goodwood Cup
£300,000 total prize fund, Group 2. Qatar Goodwood Festival, Thursday, July 28, 2m. For three-year-olds and upwards. Weights: three-year-old colts and geldings 8st 5lb, fillies 8st 2lb; four-year-old and up colts and geldings 9st 8lb, fillies and mares 9st 5lb. Penalties: after October 31, 2015, a winner of a Group One race 4lb. Entries closed June 21, entries revealed June 23 (32 entries), scratchings deadline July 5, six-day confirmations & £15,000 supplementary stage July 22, final declarations 10am July 26.
Horse
Age
Owner
Trainer
AMOUR DE NUIT (IRE)
4
L A Larratt – Osborne House
Sir Mark Prescott Bt
ARCH VILLAIN (IRE)
7
Mr & Mrs F Cotton,& Mrs P Conway
Amanda Perrett
ASTRONEREUS (IRE)
5
John Connolly & Odile Griffith
Amanda Perrett
BATTERSEA
5
HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah
Roger Varian
BIG ORANGE
5
Bill and Tim Gredley
Michael Bell
CLEVER COOKIE
8
Peter Niven
Peter Niven
COLE PORTER (IRE)
3
Triermore Stud/Mrs John Magnier
Aidan O’Brien IRE
COMMISSIONED (IRE)
6
Nick Bradley Racing Nineteen Partnership
Gordon Elliott
CURBYOURENTHUSIASM (IRE)
5
M Caine & J Barnett
David Simcock
CYMRO (IRE)
4
D R Passant & Hefin Williams
Tom Dascombe
FLYING OFFICER (USA)
6
George Strawbridge
John Gosden
FUN MAC (GER)
5
Angela McAlpine & Partners
Hughie Morrison
GANG WARFARE
5
The Hassiakos & Manasseh Partnership
Simon Crisford
GLARING
5
George Materna
Amanda Perrett
HOUSESOFPARLIAMENT (IRE)
3
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O’Brien IRE
KINEMA (IRE)
5
The Ashes
Ralph Beckett
MAX DYNAMITE (FR)
6
Susannah Ricci
Willie Mullins IRE
MR SINGH
4
Lady Bamford
John Gosden
NOBLE GIFT
6
Canisbay Bloodstock
William Knight
ORIENTAL FOX (GER)
8
Markus Graff
Mark Johnston
PALLASATOR
7
Qatar Racing Limited
Sir Mark Prescott Bt
QUEST FOR MORE (IRE)
6
HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah
Roger Charlton
SANDRO BOTTICELLI (IRE)
4
Graham Smith-Bernal & Alan Dee
John Ryan
SCOTLAND (GER)
5
Fitri Hay
Andrew Balding
SHEIKHZAYEDROAD
7
Mohammed Jaber
David Simcock
SUEGIOO (FR)
7
Dr Marwan Koukash
Richard Fahey
SWORD FIGHTER (IRE)
3
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O’Brien IRE
THE TWISLER
4
Mrs Tor Hodsoll
Jane Chapple-Hyam
TOMMY DOCC (IRE)
4
Ronnie Docherty
Keith Dalgleish
TRIP TO PARIS (IRE)
5
La Grange Partnership
Ed Dunlop
VIVE MA FILLE (GER)
4
Ron Huggins & Atlantic Racing
Mark Johnston
WICKLOW BRAVE
7
Wicklow Bloodstock (Ireland) Ltd
Willie Mullins IRE
 
32 entries
5 Irish-trained
The Qatar King George Stakes
£300,000 total prize fund, Group 2. Qatar Goodwood Festival, Friday, July 29, 5f. For three-year-olds and upwards. Weights: three-year-old colts and geldings 8st 12lb, fillies 8st 9lb; four-year-old and up colts and geldings 9st 2lb, fillies and mares 8st 13lb. Penalties: after October 31, 2015, a winner of a Group 2 race 3lb, of a Group One race 5lb. Entries closed June 21, entries revealed June 23 (39 entries), scratchings deadline July 5, six-day confirmations & £15,000 supplementary stage July 23, final declarations 10am July 27.
AIR FORCE BLUE (USA)
3
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O’Brien IRE
AJAYA
3
Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar
William Haggas
BRANDO
4
Angie Bailey
Kevin Ryan
COTAI GLORY
4
Kangyu Int Racing (HK) Ltd & F Ma
Charlie Hills
DIVINE (IRE)
5
M Al-Qatami & K M Al-Mudhaf
Mick Channon
DOUBLE UP
5
Alan Spence & Michael Spence
Roger Varian
EASTON ANGEL (IRE)
3
Al Shaqab Racing & Ritchie Fiddes
Michael Dods
FINSBURY SQUARE (IRE)
4
B Van Dalfsen
Fabrice Chappet FR
GOKEN (FR)
4
Guy Pariente
Kevin Ryan
GOLDREAM
7
J Sargeant & Mrs J Morley
Robert Cowell
HARRY HURRICANE
4
PJL Racing
George Baker
HAY CHEWED (IRE)
5
John C Davies
Conrad Allen
HOLY SPRING (IRE)
4
Frank Cosgrove
Eoghan O’Neill FR
IFFRANESIA (FR)
6
Cyril Humphris
Robert Cowell
ILLUMINATE (IRE)
3
Denford Stud
Richard Hannon
JUSTINEO
7
Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar
Robert Cowell
KACHY
3
Jones Lowe Mound Trowbridge
Tom Dascombe
KING OF ROOKS
3
Al Shaqab Racing
Richard Hannon
KINGSGATE NATIVE (IRE)
11
Cheveley Park Stud
Robert Cowell
LINE OF REASON (IRE)
6
Taylor’s Bloodstock Ltd
Paul Midgley
LOG OUT ISLAND (IRE)
3
Godolphin
Richard Hannon
MAGICAL MEMORY (IRE)
4
Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds I
Charlie Hills
MALJAA
4
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Roger Varian
MARSHA (IRE)
3
Elite Racing Club
Sir Mark Prescott Bt
MOVE IN TIME
8
A Turton, J Blackburn & R Bond
David O’Meara
MUTHMIR (IRE)
6
Hamdan Al Maktoum
William Haggas
ORNATE
3
Cheveley Park Stud
William Haggas
OUTBACK TRAVELLER (IRE)
5
Lordship Stud & Mrs J Morley
Robert Cowell
PEARL SECRET
7
Qatar Racing Limited
David Barron
PROFITABLE (IRE)
4
Alan Spence
Clive Cox
SON CESIO (FR)
5
Y Borotra
Henri-Alex Pantall FR
SPIRIT QUARTZ (IRE)
8
Ecurie La Boetie
Robert Cowell
STEPPER POINT
7
C L A Edginton
William Muir
STRATH BURN
4
Qatar Racing Limited & R A Bartlett
Robert Cowell
TAKE COVER
9
Norcroft Park Stud
David Griffiths
THE TIN MAN
4
Fred Archer Racing – Ormonde
James Fanshawe
WAADY (IRE)
4
Hamdan Al Maktoum
John Gosden
WASHINGTON DC (IRE)
3
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O’Brien IRE
WATERLOO BRIDGE (IRE)
3
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O’Brien IRE
 
39 entries
3 French-trained
3 Irish-trained

 

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