All the news on DFS Ladies Day 2016







The going for the second day of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, DFS Ladies Day, has changed to:


Good, Good to Soft in places (from Good to Soft, Good in places yesterday)


GoingStick reading: 7.6 today at 6.30am (compared to 6.30am yesterday)


Roderick Duncan, Clerk of the Course at Doncaster, reported today: “I walked the course this morning and it is still just on the easy side. We are not far away from Good ground though.


“The Good to Soft places are from the six furlong-marker to the four-furlong marker on the Straight Course and between the 12-furlong start and 10-furlong start on the Round Course.


“The forecast is still for rain to arrive on Friday night into Saturday morning, although it is unclear at the moment as to the quantity we can expect.”



Straight Course: Centre

Round Course: Inside


The round course is railed out from the 1m 2f start up to where the Round Course meets the straight. This will be removed after racing today to provide fresh ground on the inside for racing tomorrow.





1  ANZHELIKA (IRE) (Vet’s Certificate, Bad Scope)



3.40pm WEATHERBYS HAMILTON £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes

10  PERFECT MADGE (IRE) (Self Certificate, Temperature)

14  GENEVA CONVENTION (IRE) (Self Certificate, Sore)



10  COTE D’AZUR (Going)



5  ASHPAN SAM (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)

21  TIGER JIM (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)

 Leading Jockeys at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival -

standings at start of second day

Jockey      1st  2nd  3rd

Tony Hamilton     2  -  -

Andrea Atzeni     1  2  -

Joey Haynes     1  -  -

Joseph O’Brien     1  -  -

Silvestre De Sousa    1  -  -

Danny Tudhope     1  -  -

David Allan     -  1  -

Peter Buchanan     -  1  -

Adam Kirby     -  1  -

Oisin Murphy     -  1  -

Jamie Spencer     -  1  -

Sean Levey     -  -  2

George Duffield     -  -  1

Paul Hanagan     -  -  1

Dane O’Neill     -  -  1

Jimmy Quinn     -  -  1

Frederik Tylicki     -  -  1


Leading Trainers at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival -

standings at start of second day

Trainer      1st  2nd  3rd

Richard Fahey     2  -  -

Rebecca Bastiman    1  -  -

Karl Burke     1  -  -

Clive Cox     1  -  -

George Scott     1  -  -

Roger Varian     1  -  -

Tim Easterby     -  2  -

Marco Botti     -  1  -

James Fanshawe     -  1  -

Paul Midgley     -  1  -

Kevin Ryan     -  1  -

Nigel Tinkler     -  1  -

Richard Hannon     -  -  3

Declan Carroll     -  -  1

Ann Duffield     -  -  1

Robert Eddery     -  -  1

Charlie Hills     -  -  1


Winners at the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – Leger Legends Day

2.00pm Irish Stallion Farms EBF Conditions Race

LOST AT SEA (Mrs Z Wentworth) Karl Burke 2-8-08 Joey Haynes 16/1


2.30pm Owlerton Greyhound Stadium – Sheffield’s Top Night Nursery Handicap

ANDOK (N O’Keeffe) Richard Fahey 2-8-10 Tony Hamilton 13/8 Fav


3.00pm Listed VIP Premium Vaping & E-Liquids Scarbrough Stakes

PRICELESS (Alan Spence) Clive Cox 3-9-07 Silvestre De Sousa 4/1


3.35pm Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Classified Race

PHOSPHORESCENCE (Niarchos Family) George Scott 6-11-02 Joseph O’Brien 7/1


4.10pm Howcroft Industrial Supplies Handicap

STAMP HILL (Merchants & Missionaries) Richard Fahey 3-9-03 Tony Hamilton 5/1


4.45pm Story Contracting – Plant, Construction & Rail Conditions Race

MOUNT LOGAN (Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum) Roger Varian 5-9-08 Andrea Atzeni 13/8 Fav


5.15pm Handicap

SINGEUR (Ms M Austerfield) Rebecca Bastiman 9-9-04 Danny Tudhope 14/1


The Ladbrokes St Leger – Declared Runners

Group 1, £700,000 total prize fund. 3.45pm, Saturday, September 10, 1m 6f 132y. For three-year-olds only, entire colts (9st 1lb) and fillies (8st 12lb). Entries closed July 19, entries revealed July 20 (42 entries), scratchings deadline August 23 (25 remained), five-day confirmation & £50,000 supplementary stage September 5 (15 confirmations), final declarations 10.00am, September 8 (9 declared runners).


Horse    Age/Wgt Owner     Trainer/Jockey


1) HARBOUR LAW   3-9-01 Jackie Cornwell    Laura Mongan/George Baker


2) HARRISON   3-9-01 Tim Radford    Mick Channon/Graham Lee


3) HOUSESOFPARLIAMENT (IRE) 3-9-01 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE/Colm O’Donoghue


4) IDAHO (IRE)   3-9-01 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE/Seamie Heffernan


5) MUNTAHAA (IRE)  3-9-01 Hamdan Al Maktoum   John Gosden/Paul Hanagan


6) ORMITO (GER)   3-9-01 Richard Morecombe & Lynda Ramsden  Andrew Balding/Oisin Murphy


7) SWORD FIGHTER (IRE)  3-9-01 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE/Donnacha O’Brien


8) THE TARTAN SPARTAN (IRE) 3-9-01 Thistle Bloodstock Limited   Pat Shanahan IRE/Phillip Makin


9) VENTURA STORM (IRE)  3-9-01 Middleham Park Racing LXXII   Richard Hannon/Sivestre De Sousa


9 declared runners


4 Irish-trained





 Idaho 4/6 with the sponsor as nine go forward for Ladbrokes St Leger


Idaho is the 4/6 favourite with the sponsor after today’s final declaration stage for the Ladbrokes St Leger.


The hot favourite is one of three Aidan O’Brien-trained runners in the final field of nine and tops the market ahead of John Gosden’s 9/2 chance Muntahaa.


O’Brien’s other two runners, Housesofparliament (7/1) and Sword Fighter (12/1), are next in with Ventura Storm (16/1), Ormito (25/1), Harbour Law (25/1) and the 50/1 shots Harrison and The Tartan Spartan completing the field.


David Williams of Ladbrokes said: “With nine runners and an odds-on favourite, the each-way angle into the race will be significant.


“Idaho’s stranglehold on the betting market has once again tightened and punters continue to back him as if defeat is out of the question.”


Ladbrokes St Leger – Ladbrokes bet: 4/6 Idaho; 9/2 Muntahaa; 7/1 Housesofparliament; 12/1 Sword Fighter; 16/1 Ventura Storm; 25/1 Harbour Law, Ormito; 50/1 Harrison, The Tartan Spartan.

All quoted. 1/4 odds 1-2-3


The Ladbrokes St Leger – Declared Runners

Group 1, £700,000 total prize fund. 3.45pm, Saturday, September 10, 1m 6f 132y. For three-year-olds only, entire colts (9st 1lb) and fillies (8st 12lb). Entries closed July 19, entries revealed July 20 (42 entries), scratchings deadline August 23 (25 remained), five-day confirmation & £50,000 supplementary stage September 5 (15 confirmations), final declarations 10.00am, September 8 (9 declared runners).

Horse    Age/Wgt Owner     Trainer/Jockey

1) HARBOUR LAW   3-9-01 Jackie Cornwell    Laura Mongan/George Baker

2) HARRISON   3-9-01 Tim Radford    Mick Channon/Graham Lee

3) HOUSESOFPARLIAMENT (IRE)T/S 3-9-01 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE/Colm O’Donoghue

4) IDAHO (IRE)   3-9-01 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE/Seamie Heffernan

5) MUNTAHAA (IRE) HOOD  3-9-01  Hamdan Al Maktoum   John Gosden/Paul Hanagan

6) ORMITO (GER) SHEEPSKIN C/P 3-9-01 Richard Morecombe & Lynda Ramsden  Andrew Balding/Oisin Murphy

7) SWORD FIGHTER (IRE)  3-9-01 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE/Donnacha O’Brien

8) THE TARTAN SPARTAN (IRE) 3-9-01 Thistle Bloodstock Limited   Pat Shanahan IRE/Phillip Makin

9) VENTURA STORM (IRE)  3-9-01 Middleham Park Racing LXXII   Richard Hannon/Sivestre De Sousa


9 declared runners

4 Irish-trained







2.00pm G2 At The Races Champagne Stakes 7f (6 runners)

1 (3) D’Bai (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Charlie Appleby 9st 0lb William Buick

2 (6) Grey Britain John Ryan 9st 0lb Jamie Spencer

3 (2) Majeste Richard Hannon 9st 0lb Sean Levey

4 (1) Rivet (IRE) William Haggas 9st 0lb Andrea Atzeni

5 (5) Thunder Snow (IRE) Saeed bin Suroor 9st 0lb James Doyle

6 (4) Tommy Taylor (USA) Kevin Ryan 9st 0lb Tom Eaves


2.35pm Ladbrokes Portland Handicap 5f (22 runners)

1 (16) Double Up (Tongue Strap) Roger Varian 9st 10lb Andrea Atzeni

2 (18) Final Venture Alan Swinbank 9st 9lb Neil Farley

3 (21) Out Do (Visor) David O’Meara 9st 8lb Phillip Makin

4 (3) Move In Time David O’Meara 9st 7lb David Nolan

5 (5) Bowson Fred Michael Easterby 9st 7lb Paul Hanagan

6 (10) Pipers Note Richard Whitaker 9st 4lb George Chaloner

7 (20) Judicial (IRE) (Hood, Eyeshields) Julie Camacho 9st 4lb Graham Lee

8 (1) Humidor (IRE) George Baker 9st 3lb Fergus Sweeney

9 (13) Red Pike (IRE) Bryan Smart 9st 2lb Connor Beasley

10 (11) Son of Africa Henry Candy 9st 2lb Oisin Murphy

11 (6) Hoofalong (Hood, Blinkers) Michael Easterby 9st 2lb Nathan Evans (5)

12 (14) Soie d’Leau Kristin Stubbs 9st 1lb Tony Hamilton

13 (8) Related (Blinkers) Paul Midgley 9st 0lb Martin Lane

14 (9) Harry Hurricane George Baker 9st 0lb Robert Winston

15 (12) Captain Colby (USA) (Blinkers) Ed Walker 9st 0lb William Buick

16 (2) Lexington Abbey Kevin Ryan 8st 13lb Jamie Spencer

17 (17) Shamshon (IRE) Jamie Osborne 8st 13lb James Doyle

18 (4) Mont Kiara (FR) Kevin Ryan 8st 12lb Kevin Stott

19 (19) Confessional (Blinkers, Eyeshields) Tim Easterby 8st 11lb David Allan

20 (15) Highland Acclaim (IRE) David O’Meara 8st 10lb Sean Levey

21 (22) Mukaynis (IRE) (Blinkers) Kevin Ryan 8st 6lb Shane Gray

22 (7) Olivia Fallow (IRE) Paul Midgley 8st 5lb Jimmy Quinn

Eliminations Englishman, Bashiba (IRE), Grandad’s World (IRE), Hawkeyethenoo (IRE), Bogart, Distant Past, Just Us Two (IRE), Canyari (IRE)


3.10pm G2 Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes 7f (8 runners)

1 (6) Richard Pankhurst John Gosden 9st 7lb William Buick

2 (5) Toormore (IRE) Richard Hannon 9st 7lb James Doyle

3 (3) Adaay (IRE) (Blinkers) William Haggas 9st 4lb Paul Hanagan

4 (8) Breton Rock (IRE) David Simcock 9st 4lb Andrea Atzeni

5 (2) Buckstay (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Peter Chapple-Hyam 9st 4lb Jamie Spencer

6 (7) Cougar Mountain (IRE) (Visor, Tongue Strap) Aidan O’Brien, Ireland 9st 4lb Donnacha O’Brien

7 (4) The Happy Prince (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Aidan O’Brien, Ireland 9st 4lb Seamie Heffernan

8 (1) Kentuckyconnection (USA) (Visor) Bryan Smart 9st 0lb Connor Beasley


3.45pm G1 Ladbrokes St Leger (British Champions Series) 1m 6f 132y (9 runners)

1 (9) Harbour Law Laura Mongan 9st 1lb George Baker

2 (4) Harrison Mick Channon 9st 1lb Graham Lee

3 (7) Housesofparliament (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Aidan O’Brien, Ireland 9st 1lb Colm O’Donoghue

4 (2) Idaho (IRE) Aidan O’Brien, Ireland 9st 1lb Seamie Heffernan

5 (6) Muntahaa (IRE) (Hood) John Gosden 9st 1lb Paul Hanagan

6 (3) Ormito (GER) (Sheepskin C/P) Andrew Balding 9st 1lb Oisin Murphy

7 (1) Sword Fighter (IRE) Aidan O’Brien, Ireland 9st 1lb Donnacha O’Brien

8 (8) The Tartan Spartan (IRE) J. P. Shanahan, Ireland 9st 1lb Phillip Makin

9 (5) Ventura Storm (IRE) Richard Hannon 9st 1lb Silvestre De Sousa


4.20pm Champagne Pommery Nursery 1m (9 runners)

1 (5) Harbour Master Jamie Osborne 9st 7lb Jamie Spencer

2 (8) Maths Prize (Sheepskin C/P) Roger Charlton 9st 6lb George Baker

3 (1) Temerity (IRE) Richard Fahey 9st 3lb Tony Hamilton

4 (3) Khalidi John Gosden 9st 3lb Andrea Atzeni

5 (6) Drochaid Andrew Balding 8st 11lb Oisin Murphy

6 (7) Stellar Surprise Stuart Williams 8st 9lb Aaron Jones (3)

7 (4) Oceanus (IRE) Ed Dunlop 8st 7lb David Allan

8 (2) Arborist (IRE) Sylvester Kirk 8st 7lb Paul Hanagan

9 (9) Mount Moriah Ralph Beckett 8st 5lb Silvestre De Sousa


4.50pm Napoleons Casinos & Restaurants Handicap 1m (10 runners)

1 (3) Third Time Lucky (IRE) Richard Fahey 9st 10lb Tony Hamilton

2 (10) Dinkum Diamond (IRE) Henry Candy 9st 9lb Oisin Murphy

3 (5) One Word More (IRE) (Hood) Tim Easterby 9st 9lb David Nolan

4 (8) Breakable Tim Easterby 9st 6lb David Allan

5 (6) Can’t Change It (IRE) David Simcock 9st 4lb Jamie Spencer

6 (4) Czabo Mick Channon 9st 4lb Silvestre De Sousa

7 (7) Banksea Luca Cumani 9st 4lb Andrea Atzeni

8 (1) Up In Lights (IRE) James Fanshawe 9st 2lb Tom Queally

9 (9) Marcret (ITY) (Hood) Grace Harris 9st 1lb Graham Lee

10 (2) King’s Pavilion (IRE) Mark Johnston 8st 11lb Nicky Mackay


5.25pm EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap 1m 4f (8 runners)

1 (7) Lustrous David O’Meara 9st 12lb Phillip Makin

2 (4) Missed Call (IRE) James Fanshawe 9st 8lb Tom Queally

3 (2) Kiltara (IRE) Mark Johnston 9st 2lb Oisin Murphy

4 (8) Sweet P Marcus Tregoning 9st 2lb George Baker

5 (5) Bess of Hardwick Luca Cumani 9st 1lb Andrea Atzeni

6 (1) Moorside Charles Hills 9st 1lb James Doyle

7 (6) Renfrew Street Mark Johnston 8st 3lb Silvestre De Sousa

8 (3) Turning The Table (IRE) David Simcock 8st 3lb Nicky Mackay


6.00pm Harriet De-Vere Powell Handicap 1m 4f (6 runners)

1 (3) Gold Trail (IRE) Charlie Appleby 9st 12lb James Doyle

2 (5) Stars Over The Sea (USA) Mark Johnston 9st 12lb George Baker

3 (2) Ajman Bridge (Sheepskin C/P) Roger Varian 9st 9lb Andrea Atzeni

4 (6) Felix Mendelssohn (IRE) David Simcock 9st 5lb Jamie Spencer

5 (1) Argus (IRE) Ralph Beckett 9st 1lb Oisin Murphy

6 (4) High Grounds (IRE) Charles Hills 8st 10lb Silvestre De Sousa








2016 Ladbrokes St Leger – Facts & Figures


Previous Winning Trainers

Aidan O’Brien (Housesofparliament, Idaho & Sword Fighter)

Past winners were Milan 2001, Brian Boru 2003, Scorpion 2005 & Leading Light 2013


John Gosden (Muntahaa)

Past winners were Shantou 1996, Lucarno 2007, Arctic Cosmos 2010 & Masked Marvel 2011


Previous Winning Jockeys



Oldest Trainer

Mick Channon (Harrison), 67


Youngest Trainer

Laura Mongan (Harbour Law), 36


Oldest Jockey

Seamie Heffernan (Idaho), 44


Youngest Jockey

Donnacha O’Brien (Sword Fighter), 18


Horses that have already won at distances beyond 1m 4f

Harbour Law, Housesofparliament, Muntahaa, Sword Fighter, Ventura Storm


Runner with most prize money

Idaho, £501,428


Runner with least prize money

The Tartan Spartan, £3,235


Odds-On Favourites

Idaho is currently the 4/6 favourite with Ladbrokes.


The last horse to start at odds-on in the Ladbrokes St Leger was Camelot, who was second at 2/5 in 2012.


There have been nine odds-on winners since World War II, most recently Scorpion at 10/11 in 2005. Other odds-on favourites to succeed in the post-war period were Tulyar (10/11, 1952), Meld (10/11, 1955), Alcide (4/9, 1958), St Paddy (4/6, 1960), Ragusa (2/5, 1963), Nijinsky (2/7, 1970), Oh So Sharp (8/11, 1985) and Reference Point (4/11, 1987).


Great Voltigeur Stakes

York’s Great Voltigeur Stakes is one of the leading Ladbrokes St Leger trials.


Seven horses have won both races since 1970, Lucarno being the most recent horse to complete the double in 2007.


Horses that were beaten in the Great Voltigeur Stakes have also gone on to win the Ladbrokes St Leger, with seven horses since 1987 having been beaten at York before going on to win at Doncaster, most recently Encke in 2012.


Idaho won the 2016 Great Voltigeur Stakes with Housesofparliament in second and Harrison in fourth.


Female Trainers

Laura Mongan bids to become the first female trainer to win the Ladbrokes St Leger with Harbour Law.


The best runner to date for a female trainer was Demophilos, runner-up for Amanda Perrett in 2001.


Prize Money

The 2016 renewal of the Ladbrokes St Leger has record headline prize money of £700,000 (up from £650,000 in 2015).


1-2-3 for Aidan O’Brien?

Aidan O’Brien is responsible for three of the first four in the betting with Ladbrokes. He has previously saddled both the second and third on two occasions (2007 & 2015) but has never achieved the 1-2-3. The last trainer to achieve the 1-2 was Godolphin’s Saeed bin Suroor in 2009 (Mastery & Kite Wood).


Even if he does saddle the first three home on Saturday, O’Brien will still not overtake the record of James Croft, who remarkably saddled the first four horses home in 1822 – (Theodore, Violet, Professor and Corinthian).




Reigning title holder Silvestre De Sousa closed the gap at the top of the Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship to one after riding Priceless to victory in the Listed VIP Premium Vaping & E-Liquids Scarbrough Stakes at Doncaster yesterday, while his main challenger, Jim Crowley, drew a blank from five rides at Kempton in the evening.


This means Crowley sits on top of the table with 90 winners, with De Sousa on 89 winners, and the pair are back in action today, with Crowley heading to Epsom for five rides, while the Brazilian has three rides at Doncaster this afternoon before going to Chelmsford for five rides this evening.


Ladbrokes have reacted to this by cutting De Sousa to 5/4 (from 15/8) to win back-to-back titles, while Crowley has eased in the market slightly to 4/7.


De Sousa’s best chance of a victory today comes in the shape of Spiritual Lady, who is the 9/2 favourite with Ladbrokes for the Weatherbys Hamilton £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes (3.40pm), while Crowley rides the hot favourite Maldonado in the British Stallion Studs EBF Median Auction Maiden at Epsom (2.05pm).


Silvestre De Sousa (89 winners) – Doncaster & Chelmsford


Don 1.55pm British Stallion Studs “Carrie Red” EBF Fillies’ Nursery: Bloomin Lovely


Don 3.05pm DFS Park Hill Stakes: Alyssa


Don 3.40pm Weatherbys Hamilton £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes: Spiritual Lady


Che 6.10pm Cunningtons Solicitors EBF Fillies’ Maiden: Salamah


Che 6.40pm totequadpot Four Places In Four Races Handicap: Free Bounty


Che 7.10pm Fillies’ Handicap: Kylla Instinct


Che 8.10pm @totepoolracing Win Tickets On Twitter Handicap: Annie Salts


Che 8.40pm Wickham Engineering Handicap: Commanche



Jim Crowley (90 winners) – Epsom


2.05pm British Stallion Studs EBF Median Auction Maiden: Maldonado


2.40pm Pinsent Masons Handicap: Ocean Eleven


3.15pm Amber Scaffolding Height Safety Handicap: Mezzotint


4.25pm Kovara Kladders Handicap: So Celebre


5.00pm Isinglass Handicap: Honcho



Ladbrokes report brisk business in their offices this morning ahead of the second day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, DFS Ladies Day, and there have been several horses who have been well supported.


The best-backed horse of the day comes in the shape of the Ralph Beckett-trained Rich Legacy in the Group Two Clugston Construction May Hill Stakes (2.30pm). The juvenile filly opened up at 4/1 this morning but sustained support has forced that price into 7/2.


Both Storm Cry and Money In My Pocket have been cut in the betting for the opening British Stallion Studs ‘Carrie Red’ EBF Fillies’ Nursery (1.55pm), with the former now a 10/1 shot (from 12/1) and the latter into the same price from 14/1.


Abingdon has consolidated her place at the head of the market for the Group Two DFS Park Hill Stakes (3.05pm) and the Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly is now 9/4 (from 5/2) with Ladbrokes.


The Weatherbys Hamilton £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes (3.40pm) is a competitive betting heat but punters clearly think the Richard Fahey-trained Marie Of Lyon has a lot going for her this afternoon and she has been cut to 12/1 (from 16/1).


A field of nine has been declared for Saturday’s Ladbrokes St Leger and the sponsors make the Aidan O’Brien-trained Idaho their 4/6 favourite, ahead of recent Chester winner Muntahaa, who is a 9/2 shot. O’Brien is responsible for three of the nine runners and his trio are completed by Housesofparliament (7/1) and Sword Fighter (12/1).



Ladbrokes Market Moves


1.55pm: The British Stallion Studs ‘Carrie Red’ EBF Fillies’ Nursery – 10/1 (from 12/1) Storm Cry; 10/1 (from 14/1) Money In My Pocket


2.30pm: The Clugston Construction May Hill Stakes – 7/2 (from 4/1) Rich Legacy


3.05pm: The DFS Park Hill Stakes – 9/4 (from 5/2) Abingdon


3.40pm: The Weatherbys Hamilton £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes – 12/1 (from 16/1) Marie Of Lyon




A field of nine go to post for the Doncaster Cup, Britain’s oldest race run under the Rules of Racing which has its 250th anniversary and is the highlight of day three of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at 3.45pm, Friday, September 9 – Gentlemen’s Day. First staged in 1766, the two and a quarter-mile Group Two contest boasts a prize fund of £100,000 and forms part of the stayers’ edition of the British Champion Series as well as being the final leg of the stayers’ Triple Crown. The last horse to win the Stayers’ Triple Crown at Town Moor was Mark Johnston’s Double Trigger in 1995, who was a three-time winner of the Doncaster Cup (1995, 1996 and 1998).


Recent winners of the Group Two event include dual victor Times Up (2012 & 2013), Her Majesty the Queen’s Estimate (2014) and last year’s winner Pallasator. A trophy created by Sheffield-born silversmith Christopher Perry, has been commissioned to mark the 250th anniversary of the race. A one-off exhibition set up in the main grandstand on Doncaster Cup day will be available for racegoers to enjoy which highlights the race’s long-standing history and displays memorabilia from past runnings of the contest. Four companies involved in building a new hotel at the racecourse are partners of the Doncaster Cup this year.


The market for this year’s renewal is headed by Mizzou – trained by Luca Cumani, who is seeking his third victory in the race following Buckley (1987) and Boreas (2002). The lightly-raced son of Galileo was a neck winner of an Ascot Group Three in April on his seasonal debut before finishing an excellent three-length second to Order Of St George in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in June. Andrea Atzeni, who rode to Pallasator to victory in this race last year, partners the five-year-old.


Peter Niven’s eight-year-old Clever Cookie, has his second run in the race after finishing fourth in the 2014 contest. Niven’s charge has had a busy campaign this term which has included a half-length victory in the Group Two Betway Yorkshire Cup in May and a seventh-placed finish in the Ascot Gold Cup. The Primo Valentino gelding was an eight lengths fifth on his latest start in the Group Two Lonsdale Cup in August behind another of today’s rivals Quest For More. Trained by Roger Charlton and ridden by George Baker, the progressive six-year-old was ninth in last year’s Melbourne Cup and also finished sixth in the Qatar Goodwood Cup in July.


Sir Mark Prescott bids to record back-to-back successes in the Doncaster Cup following Pallasator’s victory last year. The Newmarket handler saddles St Michel who steps up to Group company following a productive season which has seen the son of Sea The Stars win four of his eight starts. The colt is on a hat-trick following victories at Newmarket and Goodwood in August. The last three-year-old to win the Doncaster Cup was the John Oxx-trained Saddlers Rock in 2011 with only 18 horses of classic age prevailing in this race since 1900. Luke Morris takes the ride.


Ryan Moore seeks to gain his fourth Doncaster Cup win aboard Clondaw Warrior for Willie Mullins following his victories on Askar Tau (2009), Times Up (2013) and Estimate (2014). The nine-year-old son of Overbury was a three-quarter length second in the 2015 renewal and finished a one and three-quarter length second in the Group Three American St Leger at Arlington on his latest start, having won the Galway Plate in July. Mullins’ charge would become the oldest horse since 10-year-old Persian Punch in 2003 to win the race and only the second nine-year-old to triumph in the contest (Beeswing, 1842).


Globetrotting star Sheikhzayedroad represents David Simcock and Martin Harley. The son of Dubawi was successful in a Group Three at Meydan in March and finished third in the Ascot Gold Cup and Qatar Goodwood Cup on his latest starts. The gelding would become the ninth seven-year-old to win the race since 1900. Simcock also saddles Curbyourenthusiasm who was successful in the Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap at this meeting last year. The grey Mastercraftsman gelding was a well-beaten last of seven in the Yorkshire Cup on the Knavesmire last time out. Jamie Spencer, seeking his second victory in the race following Boreas’ victory in 2002, takes the ride.


Marcus Tregoning’s Burmese, ridden by William Buick, has run creditably since stepping up to Group company this season. The four-year-old was a two and a half-length fifth in an Ascot Group Three in April and also fifth in the Gold Cup at the Royal meeting. The son of Sir Percy bids to provide Tregoning with his second victory in the race following Askar Tau’s 2009 success.


Sweet Selection, trained by Hughie Morrison, also steps up to Group company for the first time having won three consecutive handicaps this season. The four-year-old was fourth at York last time, following a hat-trick of victories in handicaps and completes the nine-runner field. PJ McDonald partners the son of Stimulation.



A race steeped in history and first run in 1823, the Group Two At The Races Champagne Stakes for two-year-old colts has often been a pointer for the classics, though it has been more a staging post for Group success and a stud career in recent years. Notable winners have included Toronado (2012), Outstrip (2013), Poets Voice (2009), and Noverre (2000), with Emotionless, sent off the 8/13 favourite, taking the 2015 race.


This year’s field of six is headed by D’Bai (William Buick) for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin, who were responsible for Outstrip and Emotionless. The Dubawi colt has had two runs so far, both at Newmarket, finishing second and then first in seven-furlong maidens. The second Godolphin runner is Thunder Snow (James Doyle), a Helmet colt, trained by Saeed bin Suroor and bred by Darley. He won his maiden at the first time of asking at Leicester before finishing sixth to Caravaggio in the Group Two Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, with both races at six-furlongs. Building on his experience in Pattern company, he finished second in the Group Two Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood a month later.


Grey Britain (Jamie Spencer), trained by John Ryan, lost his maiden tag at the third time of asking in a Lingfield maiden in August. The Arcano colt failed to build on that victory though when he came home fifth in the Group Two Gimcrack at York last time out.


Majeste (Sean Levey) represents the yard of Richard Hannon, which has seen success in the race with Estidhkaar (2014), Hannon’s father won with Toronado (2012), Trumpet Major (2011) and Don’t Forget Me (1986). The Acclamation colt has been seen on the racecourse twice so far, making his debut in a Windsor maiden on July 4, when he was second, followed rapidly by a victory in a six-furlong Newbury maiden on July 16.


Second and then first is also a theme in the form of Rivet (Andrea Atzeni), a Fastnet Rock colt trained by William Haggas, opening his career as runner-up at Ascot in July before scoring under Frankie Dettori in a seven-furlong maiden at York a month later.


Tommy Taylor (Tom Eaves), a Group Three fourth last time out in the Acomb Stakes at York, runs for Kevin Ryan. The Mizzen Mast colt had his first and only victory at the second time of asking at York in July having had his first run, a quarter-length second, on the first of July at Haydock.



Jockey Ryan Moore came out on top in the first race of the second day of the Ladbrokes St Leger, DFS Ladies Day, when Glitter Girl stormed to victory in the British Stallion Studs ‘Carrie Red’ EBF Fillies’ Nursery over six furlongs at Doncaster this afternoon.


The 9/2 favourite was always travelling kindly for her jockey and, while the pair had to dig deep to pass long-time leader and runner-up Storm Cry, the William Haggas-trained filly stayed on strongly to record a half-length victory.


Moore was happy enough with the performance of the winner after the race.


“I followed Franny (Norton – on Storm Cry) and had a nice run through,” explained Moore.


“Glitter Girl is not the biggest but she tries very hard and William (Haggas – trainer)’s horses are in real good shape.


“She needed her first run and has done well since then. It was a step up in grade today and she carried top-weight. She is just an honest filly who does what she can. She would be worth a dart at black type but that (Rockfel Stakes) might be a bit high at the minute. It is beautiful ground.”


Haggas was also pleased with Glitter Girl after the race.


“She jumped very well and Ryan, because he is such a good rider, just accepted it and managed to get in behind Mark (Johnston – trainer of Storm Cry)’s filly. She won her nursery off 85 – I didn’t actually think she was that well treated.


“I don’t think she’s a star but I do think she’s worth a shot at a stakes race. I think she’s a first foal and she’s not a big filly so I think we’ll be kicking on this year. She’s in the Rockfel but we’ll have to see about that.


“We had a slippery spell in May but our horses have done well recently.


“We’ve definitely had a viral infection but the problem was our scopes haven’t been as bad as you’d think. We had quite a bit of bleeding – minor bleeding – but bleeding nonetheless in the washings.


“We were well into the season by the time we cottoned on. We suffered as a result of it. The problem was that, although a lot of trainers have suffered in Newmarket, others haven’t. Sir Michael Stoute has had a terrific year but his neighbour, John Gosden, has been quite quiet by his own high standards. It’s just the way it is.”




Robert Eddery was pleased with the run of 11/1 shot Fire Palace who stayed on well inside the final furlong to finish third in the British Stallion Studs ‘Carrie Red’ EBF Fillies’ Nursery, the first race on day two of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


The two-year-old filly travelled well in midfield throughout the extended six-furlong contest but was inconvenienced by interference caused by the runner-up Storm Cry, trained by Mark Johnston, who swerved across the track.


Despite this, Eddery’s charge under seven pound claimer Cameron Noble rallied in the closing stages to finish a fast finishing third, half-a-length behind Storm Cry and a further half-length to the winner Glitter Girl.


Eddery said: “I knew she would stay on really well. She was just unfortunate with how the race unfolded. It wasn’t the jockey’s fault, it wasn’t anybody’s fault.


“The leaders got into a bit of a barging match and they swerved in front of her which stopped her coming through with her run.


“But under the circumstances, I was delighted with her run. She has run a lovely race.


“She will probably get a mile in time and that will probably be her best trip, she will enjoy a mile trip.


“I only came here today because basically, I think she is quick enough for this sort of trip over six and a half furlongs because she can do it alone just on raw ability over a trip like this.


“We will probably take her to Newmarket next. There is a nursery there which I will probably take her to. That is in three or four weeks’ time.”


Franny Norton, jockey of the half-length second Storm Cry, said: “My horse just ran around in front when I gave her a smack but ran well.”


1.55pm British Stallion Stud ‘Carrie Red’ EBF Fillies’ Nursery Handicap 6f 110yds

1) GLITTER GIRL (Cheveley Park Stud) William Haggas 2-9-07 9/2 Fav

2) Storm Cry (Alan Spence) Mark Johnston 2-9-03 Franny Norton 6/1

3) Fire Palace (Edwin Phillips) Robert Eddery 2-8-05 Cameron Noble (7) 11/1


12 ran

Distances: ½, ½

Time: 1m 20.93s

Tote Win: £3.50 Places: £1.80, £2.90, £4.60 Exacta: £31.30

Breeder: Cheveley Park Stud

Breeding: b f Invincible Spirit (IRE – Glitterball (IRE) (Smart Strike (CAN))




Ryan Moore, rider of the 9/2 favourite and winner Glitter Girl, said: “Good.”


Franny Norton, on board second-placed Storm Cry, said: “Good.”


Cameron Noble, on board the third, FirePalace, said: “It is riding good.”


Jamie Spencer, partner of fourth Island Vision, said: “Good.”


Andrea Atzeni, partner of Arwa, said: “Good.ground.”


Graham Gibbons, on board Rosabelle, said: “Good.”


Jordan Vaughan, jockey of Seduce Me, said: “I felt it was good to soft – nice though.”


Joe Fanning, rider of La Casa Tarifa, said: “There is a drop of juice in it.”


Shane Gray, rider of Norwegian Highness, said: “Good, but a bit dead”


Silvestre de Sousa, jockey of Bloomin Lovely, said: “Good to firm.”


Tom Eaves, on board The Stalking Moon, said: “It felt good.”




Donnacha O’Brien has his first mounts at Doncaster on Saturday September 10, day four of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, as he attempts to ride his first British Classic winner in the Group One Ladbrokes St Leger (3.45pm).


O’Brien has two rides at Town Moor on Saturday, both for his father Aidan O’Brien. He partners Cougar Mountain in the Group Two Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes (3.10pm), having finished second on the five-year-old son of Fastnet Rock at Leopardstown in a Group Three contest last time.


The 18-year-old, born on July 22, 1998, has his second ride in a British Classic aboard Sword Fighter, who is a 12/1 chance with Ladbrokes for the extended one mile and six-furlong Group One showpiece. O’Brien has ridden the colt on three occasions, which included a facile 14-length victory at Sligo in May in a maiden. The son of Galileo won the Listed Queen’s Vase at the Royal meeting and was fifth in the Qatar Goodwood Cup last time.


O’Brien bids to emulate his brother Joseph, now carving out a career as a successful trainer and who returned to the saddle at Doncaster on Wednesday to win the Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Race. Joseph won the St Leger aboard Leading Light in 2013, one of four British Classic victories for the 23-year-old, all of which were trained by Aidan O’Brien.


Donnacha, who made his debut in the 2014 Irish Flat season, gained his first winner on September 7, 2014 aboard Quartz, trained by his father Aidan at Dundalk on his 17th ride. The Irishman had seven winners from 61 rides in Ireland that year and continued to make rapid progress in the saddle during 2015, with 24 victories from 218 rides in Ireland.


2016 has been a momentous year for the young rider. O’Brien rode in his first Group One and Irish Classic aboard Bravery who finished fourth in the Irish 2000 Guineas. In June, he rode Shogun who finished a well-beaten 15th in the Investec Derby, his first ride in a British Classic.


The jockey’s biggest win to date came last month in the Group Three Palmerstown House Estate St Leger Trial Stakes aboard Gold Cup winner Order Of St George at the Curragh. He also rode the four-year-old son of Galileo to victory in the Listed Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown in June.


Donnacha has ridden one British winner aboard Burren View Lady, trained by Denis Hogan, at Wolverhampton on November 14, 2015.


O’Brien has ridden 42 winners from 254 rides in Ireland in 2016 and registered his 50th career winner aboard Monarch at GowranPark in May. The rider is currently attempting to again follow in his older brother’s footsteps by winning Ireland’s Apprentice Jockeys’ title. Joseph shared the title in 2010 with Gary Carroll and Ben Curtis on 39 winners.



Rich Legacy, trained by Ralph Beckett, ran out a gutsy winner of the Group Two Clugston Construction May Hill Stakes over the straight mile, the second race on day two of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


Having been held up in mid-division during the early stages of the mile contest, the well-backed 3/1 second-favourite launched a powerful assault on the lead under Oisin Murphy at the furlong pole.


The two-year-old daughter of Holy Roman Emperor stayed on resolutely for Murphy’s urgings in the closing stages to register a game three-quarter length success from Charlie Appleby’s Grecian Light with James Tate’s Urban Fox, a further two and a quarter-lengths back in third.


Beckett, who along with Murphy was registering his first victory at this year’s meeting, said: “She looked like she was going nowhere halfway. She raced very lazily but she really put it to bed well. I thought we were beat when she came past me at the half-furlong pole but she really came forward and did it well in the end.


“We didn’t think of her as a lazy filly. She is a typical breeze-up filly. She surprised us winning first time out [Newmarket] as she hadn’t shown us that form at home but they are often the best ones who save it for the track.”


The Kimpton Down handler suggested a possible tilt at the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly in October on Arc day was on the cards for the Qatar Racing Limited-owned filly. Beckett remarked: “She is in the Prix Marcel Boussac [mile, Chantilly, October 3] but we will see what we do with her. I wouldn’t mind running her again this year.”


Beckett was also upbeat about the chances of Simple Verse in the DFS Park Hill Stakes (3.05pm) as she returns to Town Moor, the scene of her greatest triumph when winning the Ladbrokes St Leger at this meeting last year. Beckett said: “If she runs like she worked on Sunday, she will be right there.”




Rich Legacy produced a fine battling performance to run out the three-quarter length winner of the Group Two Clugston Construction May Hill Stakes at Doncaster this afternoon.


The 3/1 second favourite was always travelling sweetly for her jockey and looked to have the mile race in the bag a furlong out as she loomed alongside the Charlie Appleby-trained Grecian Light.


However, the eventual runner-up wouldn’t go down without a fight and pair went eyeball to eyeball in the final furlong before Rich Legacy wore down her rival in the closing stages.


Murphy was impressed with the performance of the winner after the race and was quick to praise trainer Ralph Beckett.


“Ralph has done a great job with Rich Legacy,” said Murphy.


“She was a bit hot-headed and could have boiled over, but he gave her a bit of time in between races and she has had very good handling at home. That has been the key to her.


“I was exactly where I wanted to be. The headwind is strong and she got a little bit lonely in front, but once she got in a battle she is clearly the best filly.


“Ralph said she would win and he was right. She loved every yard of the trip and you’d say she’d get further in time. Whether she would be an Oaks filly, I’m not sure as she’s by Holy Roman Emperor.”



2.30pm G2 Clugston Construction May Hill Stakes 1m 


1 RICH LEGACY (Qatar Racing Limited) Ralph Beckett 2-9-00 Oisin Murphy 3/1

2 Grecian Light (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 2-9-00 William Buick 8/1

3 Urban Fox (Saeed Manana) James Tate 2-9-00 Martin Harley 11/1


9 ran

Distances: ¾, 2¼

Time: 1m 41.24s

Tote Win £4.00 Places £1.40, £2.40, £2.90 Exacta £27.50

5/2 Fav Blending (6th)

Breeder Gestut Ammerland

Breeding: b f Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) – Borghesa (GER) (Galileo (IRE))




After a battling display in the Group Two Clugston Construction May Hill Stakes, Grecian Light succumbed to the winner, Rich Legacy, by three-quarters of a length. Although placed second the first two where two-and-a-quarter lengths in front of the next home, Urban fox. William Buick, jockey of the Godolphin-owned Shamardal filly, was nonetheless pleased with his mounts run


Buick said: “She was much more amenable today than at Goodwood last time (where she finished last in the Group Three Prestige Stakes). This race suited her better.


“I thought for a stride I had it, but she got run out of it.”


Tainer Charlie Appleby, added: “She is probably a little bit short of top class but she tries very hard and she deserves to pick one of these races up.


“She is a nice genuine game filly that with a bit of luck we might nick one by the end of the season.


“I am very happy from my point of view that she’s a nice filly but she is not at the top of out pecking order at home. I am just happy that she has been competitive there at a good level.


“We might have a go at the Rockfel (Group Two, Newmarket) with her next.”




Simple Verse returned to the scene of her greatest triumph when running out the narrow winner of the Group Two DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster this afternoon, giving trainer Ralph Beckett and jockey Oisin Murphy a 15/1 double on the day following Rich Legacy’s victory in the previous race.


The four-year-old filly won last year’s Ladbrokes St Leger in controversial circumstances, having been disqualified by the Doncaster stewards on the day of the race before being reinstated as the winner following an appeal by connections.


However, there was no such trouble this afternoon, although Murphy got himself into a bit of bother with the pair struggling to find daylight as the field thundered up the home straight.


At the furlong pole, it looked as if Simple Verse had been left too much to do but she stayed on strongly to collar the Aidan O’Brien-trained Pretty Perfect by a neck in a thrilling finish and record her first victory since she landed the Group One QIPCO British Champions Fillies’ and Mares Stakes at Ascot last season on QIPCO British Champions Day.


Beckett was a relieved man following the race and was delighted that his star filly was back in the winner’s enclosure.


“I thought Simple Verse was beat because he (Murphy) couldn’t get out!” exclaimed the trainer.


“It didn’t look good at the half furlong pole but this is her optimum trip and possibly even two miles. I would be keen to go that way next time – the Long Distance Cup would look the obvious race for her on Champions Day (October, 15, Ascot).


“It is great to get her back because it has not been easy. She had a nice, long break after Ascot and then came back with a few issues. We struggled to get her back on song but she did a lovely piece of work on Sunday on the grass and showed all her old zip.


“I am thrilled to bits to get her back because the other two good fillies I had Look Here and Talent did not win at four. It is great to readdress the balance.


“She has needed quite a lot of physio – Char Haywood does a great job with her – and work with our veterinary team. Between them and my head man Adam Kite and her work rider Oscar Pereira it has been a big team effort. I owe it to them.


“We got sucked in to a mile and a half because she ran so well in the Jockey Club Stakes when I hadn’t really wound her up. I was glad to be able to give her a break after Ascot and it has worked for us.”




Following the running of the DFS Park Hill Stakes, the going at Doncaster was changed to Good (from Good, Good to Soft in places).



Classic winning filly Simple Verse returned to the scene of her greatest triumph, last year’s Ladbrokes St Leger, when gaining a rousing neck victory in the Group Two DFS Park Hill Stakes, the third race on day two of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


Having settled in mid-division in the extended one mile and six furlong contest, the same distance as the Ladbrokes St Leger, the four-year-old daughter of Duke of Marmalade still had plenty to do entering the final furlong after meeting trouble in running with Pretty Perfect clear for Aidan O’Brien and Seamus Heffernan.


However, under an inspired ride by Murphy, the 3/1 shot took the lead in the shadows of the post to register a thrilling success which brought huge cheers from the crowd.


The victory provided her jockey, trainer Ralph Beckett and owners Qatar Racing Limited a 15/1 Group-race double following the success of Rich Legacy in the Group Two Clugston Construction May Hill Stakes earlier on Town Moor.


A delighted and somewhat relieved Murphy said: “They had her back to her best today. She was different class to those fillies today. It was just about getting her switched off early and let her warm up into the race. The trainer had her in great order.


“Down at the start, she was marching round like she did in the past. Today she gave me a great feeling. I got myself stuck in a pocket. I went the inside route to save ground and we went quite quick. Thankfully I had a horse good enough to get me out of trouble.”


Murphy thought he would catch Aidan O’Brien’s long-time leader Pretty Perfect who had quickened clear of the field in the home straight and looked the likely winner. He remarked: “I was confident that I might pick the filly [Pretty Perfect] up but when they are trained by Aidan O’Brien they tend to get to the line pretty well. That filly had decent form and was a guaranteed stayer so you can never be that sure that you will peg her back.”


Murphy was also delighted that the Classic winner had showed her old form, having taken a drop down in class in this race. He commented: “It’s just relief more than anything. Today was only a Group Two and she’s a Classic winner so it was just a simple task really and thankfully we managed to complete it.”


3.05pm G2 DFS Park Hill Stakes 1m 6f 132yds

1 SIMPLE VERSE (QRL/Sheikh Suhaim Al Thani/A Al Kubaisi) Ralph Beckett 4-9-05 Oisin Murphy 3/1

2 Pretty Perfect (Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier) Aidan O’Brien IRE 3-8-07 Seamie Heffernan 13/2

3 California (Denford Stud) John Gosden 4-9-05 Frankie Dettori 8/1


12 ran

Distances: nk, 5

Time: 3m 06.08s

Tote Win £4.00 Places £1.40, £2.20, £2.30 Exacta £25.90

5/2 Fav Abingdon (5th)

Breeder: Barronstown Stud

Breeding: b f Duke Of Marmalade (IRE)  - Guantanamera (IRE) (Sadler´s Wells (USA))




Going for home three-furlongs out, it looked that Seamie Heffernan and Pretty Perfect had stolen the DFS Park Hill Stakes. That is until last year’s Ladbrokes St Leger heroine, Simple Verse, proved what being a Classic winner is all about. Breaking from the pack after a difficult passage the four-year-old overhauled the Irish challenger in the dying strides of the extended 14-furlong Group Two to score by a neck.


Pretty Perfect, a three-year-old Galileo filly, trained by Irelands champion trainer Aiden O’Brien, pleased her connections, with Coolmore UK representative Kevin Buckley commenting; “She was beaten by a Classic winner!


“She ran an absolute blinder. We were going into the unknown, stepping up to a mile-and-six and into head-wind, Seamie was happy with her.


“We will get her back now and see what happens next. We have opened up a few more avenues for her.”


Frankie Dettori, who was a further five-lengths back in third on California, said: “It was a good run – we got third. It was a big jump for her.”




Maria Gledhill, an administration assistant from Rossington, was crowned the DFS Best Dressed Lady in front of a packed crowd at Doncaster this afternoon.


Gledhill, who works at St Michael’s School in Rossington, won the main prize of a trip to New York, courtesy of DFS, along with a whole host of extra prizes, including an overnight stay for two at the Crown Hotel, Bawtry, a year’s Premier Membership at Nuffield Health in Doncaster and a £500 Bawtry Retailers Association voucher.


Maria was wearing a patterned slash neck dress from ASOS and her hat was from Deb’s Fascinators in nearby Hatfield. Her shoes were from Dorothy Perkins.


Along with her first prize this afternoon, Maria will also represent Doncaster Racecourse in the final of ‘Yorkshire’s Best Dressed Lady’ which will be hosted at Doncaster on Racing Post Trophy Day on Saturday, October 22.


“It’s amazing,” said Gledhill shortly after the result was announced.


“I came to the races today to have a day out with the girls and dress up! I never thought for a minute I’d win!”



William Haggas registered a 26.5/1 double after Mubtasim quickened up well to win the Weatherbys Hamilton £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes, the fourth race on day two of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


Having settled in mid-division during the early stages of the extended six-furlong contest, the two-year-old son of Arcano made stealthy progress under Pat Cosgrave inside the final furlong and showed a potent turn of foot to go clear from the rest of the field and register a one and three-quarter length success.


This was a return to form by the 4/1 market leader who, after winning his first two starts at Yarmouth and Haydock, was a well-beaten eighth in the Group Two Gimcrack Stakes at York last month and this performance suggested a return to Group company is imminent.


Haggas, who earlier tasted success with Glitter Girl (9/2 favourite) in the British Stallion Studs’ Carrie Red’ EBF Fillies Nursery, said: “I’m delighted. He was a little bit sore after the Gimcrack but he is a lot better now. He did a lovely piece of work on Sunday and had a good blow.


“I was a little bit nervous but the ground helped him a lot. I hope we can return to Group company but we will wait and see with him.


“Mubtasim travelled well today and was always going smoothly. Pat said he felt different today. I don’t know what happened at York.


“He is by Arcano, who is not very fashionable, but he has always looked a nice horse from the start.


“We like to have a go at Gimcrack and thought he was the one. I don’t why he misfired but he has made up for it today.”


The Newmarket handler earmarked the Group One Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on September 24 as the colt’s next port of call. Haggas remarked: “I suspect we will have a go at the MiddlePark. He won’t go for the Mill Reef as it is too close. He is in the Redcar race bu I don’t see much point going for that.”




Mubtasim bounced back to form in no uncertain terms when running out the authoritative winner of the extended six-furlong Weatherbys Hamilton £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes at Doncaster this afternoon.


The 4/1 favourite was a bitter disappointment in the Gimcrack Stakes at York last time out but showed that to be a minor blip by routing a competitive field on Town Moor by a length and three-quarters.


Jockey Pat Cosgrave was full of praise for the horse after the race.


“Mubtasim is a very good horse,” said the jockey.


“I don’t know what happened the last day (at York) – he felt like a different horse today.


“From day one he has always shown us plenty. I am just glad he is back to what I thought he was. He is definitely a Group horse.”


There was drama before the race as the well-fancied Spiritual Lady was withdrawn at the start after injuring champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa in the stalls.


De Sousa was taken to the racecourse doctor to be examined following the incident.


3.40pm Weatherbys Hamilton £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes 6f 110y


1 MUBTASIM (Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum) William, Haggas 2-8-09 Pat Cosgrave 4/1

2 Mazyoun (Al Shaqab Racing) Hugo Palmer 2-8-09 William Buick 12/1

3 Firefright (Susan Roy) Jeremy Noseda 2-8-12 Jamie Spencer 16/1


19 ran

Distances: 1¾, ¾

Time: 1m 19.58s

Tote Win £4.70 Places £1.80, £3.50, £5.20 Exacta £42.40

Breeder: Natasha Drennan

Breeding: b c Arcano (IRE) – Start The Music (IRE) (King´s Best (USA))




Hugo Palmer, trainer of the second home in the Weatherbys Hamilton £300,000 2-Y-O race was very pleased indeed with his charge’s performance.


Mazyoun, an 115,000 guineas purchase from Tattersalls October Sales, has gone some way to recouping his purchase price when finishing one-and-three-quarter lengths behind the winner, Mubtasim.


Palmer commented on the Mayson colt: “I am absolutely delighted. If we had won at Newmarket (second in a maiden last time out) we were certainly going to come here, it is frustrating still being a maiden but we have just won fifty thousand reasons to keep going. He has run a great race


“I was interested this morning that the Racing Post had put an X by his draw – I don’t know if he was well drawn or not, but he was drawn completely the other side of the track to the winner.


“He had every chance to pick the winner up if he could.


“He was the biggest horse in the field by some distance, amazingly because he is a three-parts brother to Hooray, who is very small. Six or seven furlongs I think will be his trip, I can’t imagine he will get any further.


“I think he will probably get faster as he gets older I hope he will turn into a talented sprinter for next season, but we have got to get a one by his name!”


Jockey William Buick added: “He ran very well. The winner won well but I was drawn away from him. Mazyoun is a nice horse.”




Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni registered their second victory of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival with the success of 6/1 shot Central Square in the handicap, the fifth race on day two of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


Having travelled well throughout the extended one mile and two-furlong contest, the four-year-old son of Azamour found plenty for pressure under Atzeni in the final furlong to register a comfortable length success with the 11/8 favourite Poet’s Word filling the runner-up position with Lusory (4/1) a further three-quarters of a length back in third.


Varian said: “Central Square stayed focused today which was very important. This is his trip and the blinkers helped him mid-race. He is a nice horse and we have always thought a lot of him.


“He has run well all year. The blinkers helped him travel better today and Andrea said he got down to business when he had to and that he was always going to win in the last two furlongs.


“It was a good performance. The two he beat today were progressive three-year-olds and the rest were a long way behind so he is starting to fulfil his potential.


“He is a lovely individual. He is a genuine horse and with the blinkers they give him a bit of focus. He is not ungenuine but he just needs that focus which the blinkers provide him with. He is a lovely big horse and he will only get better with age.”


The Azamour gelding was dropping back down to 10 furlongs having finished a creditable fourth over 12 furlongs at York last time and seemed to appreciate today’s shorter trip. Varian remarked: “Andrea didn’t mention the trip but my gut feeling was that he is a 10-furlong horse but he just needs to focus. He ran over a mile and a half at York last time and it didn’t really work out. This is probably his trip.”


Varian was unsure about future plans for the horse but suggested that the gelding would continue to improve. The Newmarket handler commented: “We have nothing in the pipeline. He has had an easy summer. Some of our horses haven’t run for a little while so it’s nice to get a win with him and hopefully there is another race for him later on this year. He could be better again next year.”


The trainer was also delighted that his horses were returning to form after a blip during the summer, with Central Square adding to the success of Mount Logan at Town Moor yesterday. Varian said: “I’m really happy with the horses now. I have to thank all of my owners.


“It has been a difficult time for the stable but the staff at home have worked very hard and we are seeing all the right signs with the horses at home now so hopefully we are coming into a bit of form.”


Varian added: “I’m very thankful to the owners who have been very patient and we’ll try and get them some winners now.”


4.15pm Handicap 1m 2f 60yds

1 CENTRAL SQUARE (Clipper Logistics) Roger Varian 4-9-06 Andrea Atzeni 6/1

2 Poet’s Word (Saeed Suhail) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-01 Ryan Moore 11/8 Fav

3 Lusory (Godolphin) 3-8-05 Harry Bentley 4/1

10 ran

Distances: 1, ¾

Time: 2m 10.88s

Tote Win £6.90 Places £1.60, £1.10, £1.80 Exacta £16.70

Breeder: Cherry Faeste

Breeding: b g Azamour (IRE) – Lucky Clio (IRE) (Key Of Luck (USA))




Silvestre De Sousa was reported to be none the worse after appearing to be injured prior to the Weatherbys Hamilton £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes at Doncaster this afternoon.


The champion jockey came off Spiritual Lady after his mount played up in the stalls and the Charlie McBride-trained two-year-old had to be withdrawn prior to the off. Spiritual Lady was the 7/2 favourite before her withdrawal from the race. There was a 20p deduction to all winning bets.


However, Dale Gibson, Executive Director (Racing) of the Professional Jockeys Association, reported De Sousa to be fine following the race and the jockey is now on his way to Chelmsford where he has a book of five rides.






Glencadem Glory got his nose in front at the end of a thrilling finish to the DFS British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden – but only after the judge had to study a four-way photograph.


The judge confirmed that the 7/2 shot had prevailed by a head from the Hugo Palmer-trained 2/1 chance Hydroxide, with 13/8 favourite The Anvil a further head back in third.


Jockey Frankie Dettori had a determined game plan from the moment the stalls opened, taking Glencadem Glory to the front and bringing the entire field to the stands’ side rail.


Both Hydroxide and The Anvil passed the winner in the final furlong but Dettori and Glencadem Glory stuck to their task well, fighting back gamely to get in front at the line.


Trainer John Gosden was delighted with Glencadem Glory’s victory and explained how the horse reminded him of the two-year-old’s sire, Nathaniel (who Gosden also trained).


“The idea was, because they are young horses, to take him across to the rail and let him see the rail,” said Gosden.


“I thought he did well to make all into a headwind and I thought Frankie did well to keep a bit more up his sleeve. He gave him two flicks and he went on again. We’re thrilled with him. He’s grown a lot this year but still hasn’t filled his frame out. He’ll be a lot better after having a nice winter off, coming back in the spring and I think that will do him a bundle of good.


“I ran his father (Nathaniel) in this race and he was beaten a nose. I ran him twice as a two-year-old and put him away. It would be wise to do the same with Glencadam Glory. He reminds me of Nathaniel in many ways – he’s a bundle of nervous energy, lovely action, good mind and very genuine. He always wants to give you 110% every day – though we don’t want that. So we’ll just quietly bring him on – but he’s got the talent.”




Hugo Palmer was left frustrated after 2/1 shot Hydroxide finished a head second to 7/2 winner Glencadam Gold in the DFS British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes over the straight mile, the sixth race on day two of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


Held up at the rear of the field by James Doyle, the Lope de Vega two-year-old colt came to launch his challenge on the outside of the field inside the final furlong and was narrowly denied by a great ride by Frankie Dettori on the winner. Aidan O’Brien’s The Anvil finished a head back in third as the crowd on Town Moor witnessed a pulsating three-way battle to the line.


Palmer said: “It was a stupid race. We were drawn on the stands’ rail and we end up widest of all in the middle of the track.


“He had 10 lengths to make up and I think he would beat the winner every time they met up again.


“He had to face the breeze which we didn’t want to do. We’re not disappointed at all, it’s his second start and he’s a very nice colt.”


Doyle remarked: “He’s run a fair race. It wasn’t easy from his draw in stall seven.


“When they decided to race up the near side in Indian file, I had to sit a long way back and make my move from the five-furlong pole and then I am punching the breeze from the five down to the two. He was narrowly denied and was probably the best horse in the race.”


Ryan Moore, jockey of the third, The Anvil, said: “He ran a very good race, it was a nice maiden.”


4.50pm DFS British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden 1m

1 Glencadam Glory (Angus Dundee Distillers PLC) John Gosden 2-9-05 Frankie Dettori 7/2

2 Hydroxide (V I Araci) Hugo Palmer 2-9-05 James Doyle 2/1

3 The Anvil (Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Annemarie O’Brien) Aidan O’Brien IRE 2-9-05 Ryan Moore 13/8 Fav


8 ran

Distances: hd, hd

Time: 1m 44.19s

Tote Win £4.50 Places £1.40, £1.10, £1.10 Exacta £11.60

Breeder: J D & Mrs Deer

Breeding: b c Nathaniel (IRE) – Lady Grace (IRE) (Orpen (USA))


Ladbrokes’ latest odds for Doncaster tomorrow Friday


1.55pm Doncaster – G3 Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes 7f

100/1 Maggie Pink

8/1 Same Jurisdiction


4/5 Nemoralia

14/1 La Rioja

7/2 Lumiere

12/1 Mise En Rose

Each Way 1/4 odds 1-2

2.30pm Doncaster – G2 Pepsi Max Flying Childers Stakes 5f

6/1 Afandem

9/1 Ardad

14/1 Hit The Bid

25/1 Legendary Lunch

10/1 Prince Of Lir

40/1 Rainbow Mist

4/1 The Last Lion

3/1 Tis Marvellous

4/1 Yalta

20/1 Equimou

40/1 Grizzel

Each Way 1/5 odds 1-2-3


3.05pm Doncaster – G2 Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap 1m 6f 132y

16/1 Elidor

6/1 Battersea

10/1 Oriental Fox

7/1 Seamour

16/1 Cayirli

10/ Polarisation

9/1 Stipulate

12/1 First Mohican

9/2 Fabricate

20/1 All Talk N No Do

4/1 Wall Of Fire

Each Way 1/4 odds 1-2-3


3.40pm Doncaster – G2 250th Doncaster Cup

16/1 Burmese

6/1 Clever Cookie

4/1 Clondaw Warrior

12/1 Curbyourenthusiasm

9/4 Mizzou

5/1 Quest For More

8/1 Sheikhzayedroad

33/1 Sweet Selection

10/1 St Michel

Each Way 1/5 odds 1-2-3


5.25pm, President Of The UAE Cup (UK Arabian Derby)




Trainer Karen Van Den Bos copied Usain Bolt’s lightning bolt for the photographers when her charge, 3/1 second favourite Lightning Bolt, came home a head to the good in the £80,000 President Of The UAE Cup (UK Arabian Derby).


Lightning Bolt, ridden by Adrie De Vries, had looked destined for second until Tayf lost concentration close home in the 10-furlong race for Purebred Arabians.


A delighted Van Den Bos, based in the Netherlands who also bred the colt, exclaimed afterwards: “I feel great, I was waiting for this, I was waiting for revenge, and I was waiting for good luck.


“I know he is a very good horse but he is still growing so I have been saving him. This year I didn’t want to put him to too much effort. Against other four-year-olds it is fine, but against older horses – I didn’t want to break him.


“I haven’t put him in the Arc (the Arabian World Cup, the world’s richest race for Purebred Arabian horses (with €1,000,000 prize-money held on the same day as the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe). There are people who want to buy him but I said no, not this year, he is not strong enough yet. Next year we will go to the Arc.”


Olivier Peslier was left wondering what might have been as Tayf, the 5/4 favourite, threw away certain victory in the closing stages of an incident-packed edition of the President of the UAE Cup (UK Arabian Derby), gifting success to Lightning Bolt (3/1) in the Group One for Purebred four-year-old Arabian racehorses over one mile and two furlongs.


Peslier looked to have secured victory aboard the son of Amer who came from third to first inside the final furlong on the outside but, approaching the finishing line, started to jink to his right with the colt almost pulling himself up. De Vries and Lightning Bolt were on hand to take advantage in the dying strides to claim victory by a head from Tayf, with Khataab (4/1) half-a-length back in third.


Peslier, who came in for abuse from some racegoers, remarked: “He is an Arab horse. He completely stopped as we approached the finishing line and before you know where you are. I can’t whip because the horse may go left or right so I don’t know where he wants to go because of that.


“He stopped like many Arab horses do and English people don’t understand how these horses work and what they are like to ride.”


5.25pm President of the UAE Cup (UK Arabian Derby) (Group 1 Purebred Arabians)

1 LIGHTNING BOLT (Mr L Waterland) Karen Van Den Bos NL 4-9-08 Adrie De Vries 3/1

2 Tayf (H H Sheikh Abdullah Bin K Al Thani) Alban De Mieulle QA 4-9-08 Oliver Peslier 5/4 Fav

3 Khataab (Al Shaqab) Thomas Fourcy FR 4-9-08 Jerome Cabre 4/1

7 ran Distances: hd, ½  Time: 2m 22.05s

Tote Win: £3.00 Places: £1.70, £2.20 Exacta: £9.50

Breeder: Karen Van Den Bos Breeding: ch c Munjiz (FR) – Oleya du Loup (FR)




The David Barron-trained Handsome Dude, won the concluding race on day two of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, the Ladbrokes Handicap.


The 25/1 shot was always handy under Graham Gibbons and the Showcasing gelding quickened up well inside the final furlong to put the race to bed in a matter of strides, scoring easily by a length and a half with Intense Style filling the runner-up position and Sakhee’s Return a further short-head back in third.


A delighted Gibbons said of the four-year-old, who was registering his third success from 20 starts, said: “It was a surprise that! Things haven’t been falling right for him recently.


“He has been in big fields and got crowded. Today however, he was drawn in the middle, he had loads of room to gallop and he won at York [October, 10, 2014] where he had plenty of space by himself.


“He sort of half lost his confidence since he won at York but today with the blinkers back on, that really helped him.”


Gibbons, registering his first success of this year’s meeting, added: “There is no major plan with the horse, it was just today that everything went right for him.”


6.00pm Ladbrokes Handicap 6f

1 HANDOME DUDE (Mr W D & Mrs D A Glover) David Barron 4-8-12 Graham Gibbons 25/1

2 Intense Style (RP Racing Ltd) Les Eyre 4-9-07 David Allan 10/1

3 Sakhee’s Return (Ontoawinner, M Hulin & Partner) Tim Easterby 4-8-11 Rachel Richardson (3) 16/1

4 Misterioso (Mrs E Solomentseva) Jamie Osborne 4-9-04 George Baker 8/1


20 ran

Distances: 1½, sh

Time: 1m 12.95s

Tote Win £31.10 Places £5.60; £3.60; £5.80, £2.70

4/1 Fav Shipyard (6th)

Breeder: Fifehead Farms M C Denning

Breeding: b g Showcasing – Dee Dee Girl (IRE) (Primo Dominie)




The going after the second day of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, DFS Ladies Day, remains:



Roderick Duncan, Clerk of the Course at Doncaster, reported: “The ground has taken racing well but it’s obviously dried out since yesterday so we changed it to Good after the third race this afternoon.


“The forecast is for it to be dry overnight but there is a chance of rain between 7am and 8am tomorrow morning.


“It is then due to be dry during the day tomorrow. Looking ahead to Saturday, the forecast rain is now due to arrive overnight between Friday and Saturday, stopping early morning.


“It is then due to be dry all day on Saturday but cooler than it has been over the past couple of days. We’re hoping it doesn’t materialise but, if it does, hopefully it will arrive as forecast and we’ll have a dry day on Ladbrokes St Leger day.”





The Stewards noted that approximately 1 furlong out, STORM CRY, placed second, had ducked sharply right causing interference to ARWA (IRE), unplaced, which in turn had caused interference to FIRE PALACE, placed third, but after viewing a recording of the incident they were satisfied that it neither involved a riding offence nor improved STORM CRY’s placing.



No Enquiry.

The Stewards considered the running of KILMAH, ridden by Franny Norton and trained by Mark Johnston, which finished unplaced. The Stewards noted the trainer’s explanation that the filly became upset in the stalls. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of KILMAH during routine testing failed to reveal any abnormalities.


Race 3 – 3:05pm G2 DFS PARK HILL STAKES

No Enquiry.

Ralph Beckett, the trainer of ALYSSA, unplaced, reported that the filly became upset in the stalls.


Race 4 – 3:40pm WEATHERBYS HAMILTON £300,000 2-Y-O RACE

The Starter reported that SPIRITUAL LADY, trained by Philip McBride, was unruly in the stalls and withdrawn. The trainer’s attention was drawn to the restriction incurred under Rule (B)44 and informed that the filly could not run until the day after passing a stalls test.

The Stewards noted that inside the final furlong, BAMBER BRIDGE (IRE), placed fourth, had ducked right and intimidated GLOBAL APPLAUSE, placed eighth, which in turn had interfered with LEONTES, placed ninth, but after viewing a recording of the incident they were satisfied that it neither involved a riding offence nor improved the placing of BAMBER BRIDGE (IRE).

The Stewards held an enquiry into the behaviour of BERKSHIRE BOY (IRE), ridden by P.J. McDonald, which jumped violently left leaving the stalls and was reluctant to race giving away all chances. They interviewed Andrew Balding, the trainer, and viewed recordings of the race. Taking into consideration that the gelding had also been reluctant to race at Newbury on 14 May 2016 and Chester on 28 May 2016, the Stewards informed the trainer that this being the third occasion, future similar behaviour may result in the gelding being reported to the Head Office of the British Horseracing Authority.

Ryan Moore, the rider of GLOBAL APPLAUSE, placed eighth, reported that the colt was denied a clear run.

Paul Hanagan, the rider of RUSUMAAT (IRE), unplaced, reported that the colt had no more to give in the final 2 furlongs having made the running.


Race 5 – 4:15pm HANDICAP

The Stewards held an enquiry into possible interference in the final furlong. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found that the winner, CENTRAL SQUARE (IRE), ridden by Andrea Atzeni, had interfered with POET’S WORD, placed second, ridden by Ryan Moore. The Stewards found Atzeni in breach of Rule (B)54.1 and guilty of careless riding in that he had allowed his mount to drift left towards the rail causing POET’S WORD to take a precautionary check. They cautioned him as to his future conduct in races.



The Stewards held an enquiry into possible interference approaching the line. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found that OKOOL (FR), unplaced, ridden by Paul Hanagan, had interfered with WOLF COUNTRY, unplaced, ridden by William Buick. The Stewards found Hanagan in breach of Rule (B)54.1 and guilty of careless riding in that he had failed to take sufficient steps to prevent his horse drifting right and causing interference to WOLF COUNTRY. They cautioned him as to his future conduct in races.

Paul Hanagan, the rider of OKOOL (FR), unplaced, reported that the colt was denied a run approaching the final furlong.



No Enquiry.

The Stewards considered the apparent improvement in form of the winner, HANDSOME DUDE, ridden by Graham Gibbons and trained by David Barron, compared with its previous run at Thirsk on 26 August 2016 where the gelding finished sixteen of sixteen, beaten by 16½ lengths. They noted the trainer’s explanation that the gelding had been better suited by being able to dominate on this occasion. They ordered HANDSOME DUDE to be routine tested.



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