All the news on Doncaster Cup Gentlemen’s Day 2016



The going for the third day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, Doncaster Cup Gentlemen’s Day, remains:




GoingStick reading 8.0 today at 6.30am (compared to 7.6 on Thursday, 7.2 on Wednesday)


Roderick Duncan, Doncaster’s Clerk of the Course, reported today: “The going remains Good at the moment although I would expect there to be some good to firm in the going description by the time we start racing today.


“The forecast is for a dry day today. There is expected to be significant rainfall overnight, starting at midnight and going through to 8.00am on Saturday. Light rain is predicted up to 11.00am tomorrow and it should then be dry for Ladbrokes St Leger Day.”


The rail positioned between the 12-furlong and 10-furlong start was taken down after racing yesterday to provide fresh ground for today.




3.40pm G2 250th Doncaster Cup

5          MIZZOU (IRE) (Self Certificate, Abscess)


4.50pm Still In The Running-Fm Outsource Classified Race

4          PETERHOUSE (USA) (Going)

9          CALVINIST Declared (Going)

 Quotes from connections about their runners in tomorrow’s £700,000 G1 Ladbrokes St Leger


Connections of several Ladbrokes St Leger contenders were interviewed on Monday at the Landmark Hotel in London at the Ladbrokes St Leger Lunch. Below are their quotes about their Ladbrokes St Leger contenders.


Aidan O’Brien (Idaho, Houseofparliament, Sword Fighter)

“Everything has been good with Idaho since York, where everything went smooth for him. He is a horse we have always had high hopes for. He won very nicely first time out and was still a bit green when we ran him in a Group One next time out.

“We were happy with him first time out this year at Leopardstown in the Ballysax and he went back there and ran well again when he was second in the Derby Trial. He then went to Epsom and ran well again. He ran another really good race in the Irish Derby and then we gave him a bit of a break before going to York.

“Seamie Heffernan was very happy with Idaho at York. We just took our time with him but he relaxed and quickened up well. We were hoping he would go there and run a nice race, which he did, and has been going well at home since.

“You never can be confident but we have always thought he would get the trip in the Ladbrokes St Leger. He seems to relax and is a full-brother to Highland Reel who stays a mile and a half well.

“I think Idaho is the same category as my four previous winners. He has a very high level of form over 10 and 12 furlongs and is an uncomplicated horse who relaxes well. Everything has gone well and we have been looking forward to the Ladbrokes St Leger with him.

Housesofparliament stays well and is a very straightforward horse. He ran a very nice race in the Voltigeur and won well at Newmarket.

“Housesofparliament is a good mover. He handles fast ground well but I don’t think he would have any problem with softer ground either.

Sword Fighter also stays well. He won at Royal Ascot and then won nicely at the Curragh. He ran when fifth in the Goodwood Cup against older horses. We were very happy with him at Goodwood as he didn’t get the best run but still ran very well. He should have learnt a lot that day. He is a very clear-winded horse and a good mover.

“The Ladbrokes St Leger is a very important race. The three-year-olds have categories – milers, mile and a quarter horses and a mile and a half horses. The St Leger is the last category to be filled in for the three-year-old stayers and so in very important.”


John Gosden (Muntahaa)

“It was 20 years ago when that fellow over there [Frankie Dettori] won the St Leger for me on Shantou – he still had hair back then,

“It is a gorgeous trophy but I must warn you that you don’t get to keep the outside – you have to pay more for that!

“I was mentioning to people here earlier today that I didn’t want to take on Idaho in the Voltigeur with Muntahaa. As we well know, as trainers and jockeys, races start early at York – i.e. when they straighten up four and a half furlongs out. You don’t get an easy race there.

“I thought if Idaho is running in the Voltigeur, then I don’t want to. At five to 10, my old pal in the Ballydoyle racing office, Dennis, rang me to say Idaho was running so I immediately told my racing secretary Peter (Shoemark) to get Muntahaa out now as we didn’t want to be in the Voltigeur and then have to take him out.

“We went to Chester instead. As Andrew Balding was saying, horses learn a lot at Chester. This horse never raced at two and was quite babyish. He was caught out by greenness in the King Edward VII Stakes but he finished well. He learnt a lot at Chester and will get the trip – I just don’t know if he will get the trip quick enough.

“He is a real Linamix (dam-sire) stayer and is not like his sire Dansili at all. If you organise some rain, so that the ground is the same on the last day as on the first day, I’ll even have a bet with my friend Mr Dillon over there.

“Chester is turning, turning, turning all the way but funnily enough, you have to stay there. The only really sharp turn is the clubhouse turn. It was Ladies Day and there was plenty of noise but he handled it fine.

“He is a grand horse. The race has come quite soon enough but he has had a good preparation. He has only breezed once since he ran at Chester and Paul Hanagan was happy with him. We are off. He is still a frame of a horse and his ears would touch the lights here.

“I think Idaho needs the trip after the way he ran at York when he took forever to get there. He brings the best form to the table and is a clear favourite. I think Ladbrokes will shut down the shops if he wins, so something better get past him!

“The Ladbrokes St Leger is a fabulous race on a great day. I think it is important what Aidan said – he luckily can sort his mile and a half, mile and a quarter and mile horses.

“What Aidan didn’t properly touch on is that the St Leger is so important in our calendar. The staying races are so important – with a four or five-year-old stayer, you dream of Ascot Gold Cups, the race on Champions Day, the Doncaster Cup, the Goodwood Cup and starting off in the Sagaro.

“You well me – what would you think if you went to Royal Ascot and all you had was sprint and a few races on the Old Mile? It is the staying races that capture people’s imagination whether it’s the Ascot Stakes, the Gold Cup itself or the Queen Alexandra.

“What a lot of people don’t realise is how hard and expensive it is to breed the staying horses. Most of them are so slow and not quick enough for the Jumps boys. If this breed dies out, we are in big trouble because we would lose a third of our programme and we would be left with the American way – homogenous, boring, one-turn racing.

“In America these days, a mile and a half is regarded as a marathon so it is great that Ladbrokes are supporting this race – please sponsor again next year!”


Tom Palin (representing Middleham Park Racing, owners of Ventura Storm)

Ventura Storm ran in the Prix du Jockey Club (the French Derby), while our other Classic runners have been Lilys Angel in the 1,000 Guineas and Toormore ran in the 2,000 Guineas.

“Ventura Storm has surprised us a little bit to be honest. He was a bit off the pace when we ran him in the G1 Lagardere in Paris towards the end of his two-year-old career. He came back and ran in the Feilden Stakes and won that in quite impressive fashion.

“Being by Zoffany, you wouldn’t know if he would improve for stepping up in trip. But that is all he seems to have done this season – the further he has gone the better he has gone.

“Last time out in Deauville, he dominated the field (in the G3 Prix de Reux) and we had not seen a performance quite like that from him. He really put his opponents to the sword that day and the form has been boosted with (three and a half-length second) Moonshiner coming out yesterday and winning a G3.

“You could maybe crib Ventura Storm’s form a little bit – he was hit and miss in the middle part of the season but, at the moment, he is a horse who is in fine fettle. We go to Doncaster on Saturday and will take our chance.

“We contemplated going for the Grand Prix de Deauville last month but he just scoped a bit dirty but that has all cleared up now. He is shipshape and a 100 per cent ready now.

“It is everybody’s dream to have a Classic runner and a Classic winner and it is a bonus to keep a horse in England where everybody can get to rather than go for the German Leger. There is nothing quite like the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival for us, with Doncaster being half an hour away.

“There are 10 owners in Ventura Storm. They all have a second share with us so he has been a productive horse for us.

“You would hope he can improve over the Leger trip. Zoffany in his first season was getting five and six-furlong two-year-olds but his progeny seem to staying better now.

“It is the be all and end all to have horses running at this level – you are judged on your good horses and thankfully we have one or two.

“Silvestre de Sousa will be on board – he is champion jockey and likely to be so again. Going back a few years, when he came across to work for Dandy Nicholls, we helped out and it is nice we can continue our association.”


Andrew Balding (Ormito)

“The horses have been pretty healthy which helps and we have some nice two-year-olds so there is lots to look forward to.

Ormito is an outsider but he has been pretty consistent this year – he has been placed in the Predominate, the Glasgow Stakes and the Geoffrey Freer. He is a solid horse who stays well and is versatile regarding ground conditions.

“He is a grand horse, probably just a little bit short off top class, but there is good place prize money. The only disappointment we have had was in the Queen’s Vase (Royal Ascot in June) where he was second favourite but he got very upset in the starting stalls and did not run a race. On his other form, he certainly deserves a place in the field.

“The ground was probably a bit quick for him in the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury and he stayed on well. He is a lovely horse to have in the yard.

“Phoenix Reach was third in the St Leger in my first season and he actually ended up winning three Group Ones dropped back in trip.

“The Ladbrokes St Leger is a race we have always wanted to have runners in – it is a fabulous race with a great history. Kingsclere has certainly had its fair share on St Leger winners in the past and it would be lovely to do it again one day.

“It is likely he will be sold at the end of the year – he is owned by my former bosses, Lynda and Jack Ramsden, plus Richard Morecombe.”



Mick Channon (Harrison)

“We think we are good enough to be in the race, but whether we are good enough to win the race is another matter.

Harrison has done nothing wrong really. He has a bit to find and obviously Idaho gave us a good beating last time in the Voltigeur.

“With some softer ground and by riding him a bit differently, we hope we can find a bit of improvement.

“He is a lovely horse and has been pretty consistent apart from his run at Goodwood, when he jumped off and was far too free. The same applies to Platitude, who ran in the same race and then went on to win a Listed race at Goodwood.

“We have to keep coming back to Idaho’s form – it is solid. Everything else in the race looks decent too so it is difficult to say we are going there with a great chance. Red Verdon has been consistent and ran well in the Derby.

“We have always thought that Harrison would get better with age and hopefully will make up into a Cup horse next year. He is an out and out stayer. Horses that are improving at this time of year can go on and be good horses.

“Whether we are good enough to win the St Leger is another matter but we are never afraid to have a go.

“Idaho, Muntahaa and Red Verdon are the yardsticks and what we have to match up to. The St Leger is usually run on good ground and is a dour staying race. It will be interesting to see what happens.

“Graham Lee rides. He is as solid as they come and we have always had a good relationship. We are looking forward to it.”


Ian Mongan (husband of Laura Mongan, trainer of Harbour Law)

“We are very excited about Saturday – it has come around quickly all of a sudden!

Harbour Law didn’t run as a two-year-old and has just progressed since he won his maiden at Salisbury in May.

“He has always been a very good horse at home, although he has kind of surprised us as we didn’t think he would do as well as he has done. The horse is an absolute professional, both at home and on the track, and is a very easy horse to train.

“He told us that he wanted further. We took our time with him and the races just fell into place. As his rating has gone up, it has forced our hand and here we are at the Leger.

“After the Bahrain Trophy, we didn’t really want to go back in trip for the Voltigeur for the sake of running him. He worked at Kempton last week when George Baker rode him. This horse is fresh and ready to go. I am just praying that there is some more rain at Doncaster as good to soft ground would make it a bit more of a level playing field.

“It was a very good run in the Bahrain Trophy. He was a bit out of his comfort zone on good to firm ground and also showed signs of greenness. They didn’t really go quick enough for him either.

“George Baker has been very good – you get great feedback from him. I have been friends with him for a very long time and have a lot of trust in him.

“It is great for the whole yard and also for Epsom in putting it back on the map. For Laura and I to have a runner in a Classic and rub shoulders with the likes of Aidan O’Brien is great. I am just hoping Harbour Law goes and puts on a good show. Fingers crossed, maybe he might win.

“We want to win although I think the prize money for second is pretty good too!”



Ladbrokes St Leger, Ladbrokes bet:

4/6 Idaho

4/1 Muntahaa

13/2 Housesofparliament

12/1 Sword Fighter

16/1 Ventura Storm

25/1 Harbour Law

25/1 Ormito

50/1 Harrison

50/1 The Tartan Spartan

Non Runner No Bet

Each-Way: 1/5 1, 2, 3




A winner for Jim Crowley at Epsom and two for Silvestre De Sousa at Chelmsford in the evening means it’s all square at the top of the Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship as the title race heads into a busy weekend of racing.


Crowley’s victory on Maldonado in the British Stallion Studs EBF Median Auction Maiden at Epsom took him on to 91 winners, two ahead of De Sousa, but a brace for the Brazilian aboard Salamah and Free Bounty on Chelmsford’s Polytrack surface drew him level.


Ladbrokes have left Crowley as the 4/7 favourite to be crowned champion jockey, with De Sousa a 5/4 chance, and the market leader has 10 rides today at Sandown and Salisbury, compared to the three De Sousa has at Doncaster.


De Sousa only has an outside chance of riding a winner at Doncaster today, with two of his mounts, Rodaini in the Weatherbys Stallion Book Flying Scotsman Stakes (4.15pm) and Shore Step in the Coopers Marquees Handicap (5.25pm), the shortest-priced pair of the trio at 7/1, while Elidor is a 20/1 shot in the Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap (3.05pm).


Crowley rides a host of shorter priced contenders today, with City Limits (2.55pm) and Haggle (3.30pm) at Sandown rated his two best chances by bookmakers at 11/4.


Silvestre De Sousa (91 winners) – Doncaster


3.05pm Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap – Elidor


4.15pm Weatherbys Stallion Book Flying Scotsman Stakes – Rodaini


5.25pm Coopers Marquees Handicap – Shore Step



Jim Crowley (91 winners) – Sandown & Salisbury


San 1.45pm British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden – Dagonet


San 2.20pm Shepherd Compello Insurance Brokers Handicap – Swanton Blue


San 2.55pm Breeders Backing Racing EBF Maiden – City Limits


San 3.30pm Fidelity Information Services Handicap – Haggle


Sal 4.45pm Bathwick Car & Van Hire Nursery – Fastnet Spin


Sal 5.20pm Bathwick Tyres Handicap (Div I) – Fashionable Spirit


Sal 5.50pm Bathwick Tyres Handicap (Div II) – Silver Springs


Sal 6.20pm EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies’ Nursery – Shamsaya


Sal 6.50pm Bathwick Tyres ‘Persian Punch’ Conditions Race – Fun Mac


Sal 7.20pm EBF Stallions Mercedez-Benz of Salisbury Maiden – Transmitting





Following a dry morning, the going on day three of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, Doncaster Cup Gentlemen’s Day, has changed to:



GOOD, GOOD TO FIRM in places (from Good)




3.40pm G2 250th Doncaster Cup

5          MIZZOU (IRE) (Self Certificate, Abscess)


4.50pm Still In The Running-Fm Outsource Classified Race

4          PETERHOUSE (USA) (Going)

9          CALVINIST Declared (Going) 



The Group Two Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes (3.10pm), held tomorrow on Ladbrokes St Leger Day, was first run in 1978. The seven-furlong contest for older horses has amongst its luminaries, Iffraaj (2005, 2006) and Arabian Gleam (2007, 2008), with the Henry Candy-trained Limato taking the 2015 renewal.


This year eight line up with Richard Pankhurst (William Buick), trained by John Gosden and Toormore (James Doyle), trained by Richard Hannon, representing Godolphin, who took the race with Iffraaj (2006). Richard Pankurst landed Newbury’s seven-furlong Group Two Hungerford Stakes last time out (Aug 13) but failed to shine in the Group One Sussex Stakes over a mile at Glorious Goodwood the time before. Toormore, a five-year-old Arakan colt, has won six Group races including the Group One National Stakes and this year’s Group Two Bet365 Mile at Sandown in April though he has not been in the first three in his five outings since.


Adaay (Paul Hanagan), representing William Haggas, is a five-time winner, with the last of those the Group Two Hungerford Stakes (2015), where he held Breton Rock to a half-length third. The  four-year-old Kodiac colt was tried over a mile for the first time on his seasonal debut this year but failed to shine and has reverted to seven furlongs since with his last outing a two-length fourth to Gordon Lord Byron in the Group Two Minstrel Stakes.


Breton Rock (Andre Atzeni) runs for David Simcock and defeated Adaay by a head in the Group Three Criterion Satkes at Newmaket in June. His most recent outing was a disappointing fifth-place, when contesting the Group Three Superior Mile Stakes at Haydock, on soft going.


Peter Chapple-Hyam runs the six-year-old Lawman gelding Buckstay (Jamie Spencer). The experienced Buckstay, who has contested 30 races, comes into the Saint Gobain Park Stakes off the back of a win in a seven-furlong conditions race on Polytrack at Chelmsford (Aug 15), having been fourth in the Group Two Lennox Stakes on his previous outing.


Cougar Mountain (Donnacha O’Brien) and The Happy Prince (Seamie Heffernan) represent Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien. Cougar Mountain, a Fastnet Rock five-year-old, has run only once over seven furlongs this year, his first run of the saeson, where he finished seventh of eight in the Group Three Gladness Stakes at the Curragh. Since then he has competed over a mile, with his last outing in the Group Three Desmond Stakes, where he came second to Tribal Beat.


Coolmore’s second runner, four-year-old The Happy Prince, has not scored in Pattern company but did win a six-furlong sprint at Navan on September 3, his latest outing. He ran second in both the Listed Abergwaun Stakes (5f) at Tipperary (Aug 25) and a six-furlong Polytrack handicap at Dundalk (Aug 14).


The final one of the octet is Kentuckyconnection (Connor Beasley). The Bryan Smart-trained American-bred three-year-old won his maiden at the first time of asking at two but has failed to get his nose in front in his eight subsequent runs. He stayed on to take fifth in the 2000 Guineas this year but has not managed to build on this with his latest run a disappointing fifth in a Listed event over a mile at Pontefract in July.




Ladbrokes report a good spread of business ahead of the third day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, Doncaster Cup Gentlemen’s Day, at Doncaster this afternoon.


The best-backed horse of the day comes in the shape of Battersea who has attracted some serious support in the Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap (3.05pm). The Roger Varian-trained five-year-old is 5/1 (from 6/1) with Ladbrokes for the extended one mile, six-furlong event, while there has also been plenty of money for Wall Of Fire, who is now the 3/1 favourite (from 4/1).


The feature race of the day is the Group Two 250th Doncaster Cup (3.40pm) and the Sir Mark Prescott-trained St Michel has been the popular each-way selection in the race, forcing Ladbrokes to cut his price from 7/1 to 6/1. There has also been money for Sweet Selection at bigger prices and the Hughie Morrison-trained filly has been trimmed to 16/1 (from 25/1).


La Rioja has been cut to 12/1 (from 14/1) by Ladbrokes for the opening Group Three Japan Racing Association Sceptre Race (1.55pm), while Rodaini has been popular in the Weatherbys Stallion Book Flying Scotsman Stakes (4.15pm) and is now 6/1 (from 9/1) following sustained support.



Ladbrokes Market Moves


1.55pm: The Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes – 12/1 (from 14/1) La Rioja


2.30pm: The Pepsi Max Flying Childers Stakes – 5/1 (from 6/1) Afandem


3.05pm: The Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap – 3/1 (from 4/1) Wall Of Fire; 5/1 (from 6/1) Battersea


3.40pm: The 250th Doncaster Cup – 6/1 (from 7/1) St Michel; 16/1 (from 25/1) Sweet Selection


4.15pm: The Weatherbys Stallion Book Flying Scotsman Race – 6/1 (from 9/1) Rodaini




Ralph Beckett’s Simple Verse was the star of the show on the second day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, and understandably the racing pages of the national newspapers focus on the thrilling finish to yesterday’s Group Two DFS Park Hill Stakes.


The Guardian’s Greg Wood describes the filly’s victory as ‘far from simple’ as she displayed ‘great tenacity’ to register a gutsy neck success from Aidan O’Brien’s long-time leader Pretty Perfect, which Tony Lewis, in both the Daily Express and the Daily Star, suggests ‘washed away bad memories’ of the four-year-old’s ‘sensational disqualification’ in the stewards’ room and subsequent reinstatement on appeal as the 2015 Ladbrokes St Leger winner.


Marcus Armytage in The Daily Telegraph writes that the daughter of Duke Of Marmalade had ‘returned to somewhere near her best’ as she ‘finished like a train’ under Oisin Murphy a year on from her Leger success, which also saw the filly beat an Aidan O’Brien-trained rival in Bondi Beach.


Claude Duval in The Sun says Sheikh Fahad’s filly is ‘Beck in Business’ after her game success, while also highlighting her trainer’s excellent day on Town Moor, when he registered a high-profile 15/1 double courtesy of Rich Legacy’s victory in the Group Two Clugston Construction May Hill Stakes.


Tom Richmond in the Yorkshire Post, mentions the success of Qatar Racing Limited’s retained rider Murphy who, before yesterday’s double at Town Moor, had celebrated victory aboard Blond Me in a Group Two in Turkey on Sunday and his 21st birthday on Tuesday. Murphy rides Ormito in tomorrow’s Ladbrokes St Leger as ‘he seeks to add a domestic Classic to his burgeoning CV’.


The i and the Yorkshire Post are the two papers to feature yesterday’s racing from Doncaster in their main news pages, showing pictures of ‘eye-catching outfits’ from DFS Ladies Day. Attended by more than 15,000 racegoers, the Yorkshire Post gives centre-stage to Maria Gledhill, an administration assistant from Rossington, who was crowned the DFS Best Dressed Lady, winning herself a trip to New York.


Today’s feature race, the Group Two 250th Doncaster Cup (3.30pm), also gets attention in the press. Racing’s trade paper, the Racing Post, looks ahead to the ‘track’s oldest prize’ which celebrates its 250th anniversary. James Burn sets the scene, noting the ‘reserves of stamina’ needed for the two and a quarter-mile showpiece with ‘Newmarket’s hopes’ resting on Sir Mark Prescott’s St Michel who bids to give the trainer a third victory in the race following Pallasator in 2015 and Alleluia in 2001.


The Sun’s Templegate (Steve Jones) fancies David Simcock’s Sheikhzayedroad to ‘Sheikh up’ proceedings in the £100,000 event which forms part of the stayers’ division of the British Champion Series as well as being the final leg of the Stayers’ Triple Crown. Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror’s Newsboy suggests Roger Charlton’s Quest For More could take some beating as he seeks ‘More Glory’ on Town Moor following his success in last month’s Lonsdale Cup at York, an opinion shared by the Daily Mail’s Robin Goodfellow (Sam Turner). Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph’s Marcus Armytage believes Irish raider Clondaw Warrior ‘could prove the best option’ in the Group Two event with the defection of ante-post favourite Mizzou shaking up the contest.


Looking ahead to tomorrow’s Classic, the Ladbrokes St Leger, in which a field of nine headed by odds-on favourite Idaho go to post, Mark Souster of The Times interviews Laura Mongan, who saddles Harbour Law. The Epsom handler insists ‘we are not going there for a day out, or to make up the numbers’ as she bids to become the first female trainer to win the world’s oldest Classic. The Daily Mail’s Marcus Townend focuses on the trainer’s husband, Group One-winning jockey Ian Mongan, who once was an ‘underdog’ in the saddle, now has a live chance with a ‘Classic underdog’ in tomorrow’s extended one mile and six-furlong Group One.





The Aidan O’Brien-trained Idaho heads the betting with the sponsors for tomorrow’s Group One Ladbrokes St Leger at 4/6 – though there will almost certainly be a shake-up in the market if the forecast rain arrives overnight.


Heavy rain is forecast overnight and is due to last well into Saturday morning, which means the current going of Good, Good to Firm in places could radically change come the off time for the final British Classic.


Recent Chester scorer Muntahaa is next in the market at 4/1, while Idaho’s two stablemates, Housesofparliament and Sword Fighter, are 13/2 and 12/1 respectively.


The Middleham Park Racing-owned Ventura Storm is a 16/1 shot, with the Laura Mongan-trained Harbour Law and Andrew Balding’s Ormito both chalked up at 25/1.


The two outsiders of the nine-strong field are Harrison and The Tartan Spartan, both of whom are 50/1 with Ladbrokes.


“Idaho will undoubtedly go off the St Leger favourite but just how short will depend on how much rain falls at Doncaster ahead of post time,” said Ladbrokes’ David Williams.


“A truly-run soft ground Leger will surely test Idaho’s stamina to the full and will add another fascinating twist to the race should the heavens open.”



Ladbrokes St Leger – sponsors bet: 4/6 Idaho; 4/1 Muntahaa; 13/2 Housesofparliament; 12/1 Sword Fighter; 16/1 Ventura Storm; 25/1 Harbour Law; 25/1 Ormito; 50/1 Harrison; 50/1 The Tartan Spartan.


¼ 1-2-3




Spangled produced a fine performance to land the Group Three Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes for trainer Roger Varian at Doncaster this afternoon.


The four-year-old filly was relatively unfancied in the market at 14/1 as all eyes centred on the 4/6 favourite Nemoralia but Andrea Atzeni’s mount belied those odds to battle to a neck victory over the Charlie Appleby-trained Mise En Rose, also priced at 14/1.


Varian was, as usual, calm and measured after the race but the tone of his voice suggested he was delighted with the performance.


“She’s a good-looking but big filly,” said Varian.


“I think her racing weight is close to 565 kilos which is huge for a filly. She’s a big girl and I’m very happy with this performance. I’m happy for Cheveley Park Stud (owners) who have been very patient.


“We’ve always thought the world of this filly so it’s great she’s won a nice race like this. I don’t think she ran at two but she’s always been a big girl – natural in her movement but big. I think the straight seven furlongs, flat track and drying ground seem to help. She’s obviously in good form and she’s showed real guts to last home.


“I think we’ll enjoy today and see how she comes out of it. It’s important though that’s she won a nice race like this. I’m delighted for everyone involved. I really enjoyed that race.”


1.55pm G3 Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes 7f


1 SPANGLED (Cheveley Park Stud) Roger Varian 4-9-02 Andrea Atzeni 14/1

2 Mise En Rose (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 3-8-12 William Buick 14/1

3 Lumiere (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-8-12 James Doyle 4/1


7 ran

Distances: nk, 2¼

Time: 1m 25.81s

Tote Win: Win £12.20 Places £3.80, £4.30 Exacta £113.90

4/6 Fav Nemoralia (7th)

Breeder: Cheveley Park Stud Ltd

Breeding: ch f Starspangledbanner (AUS) – Zykina (Pivotal)




The Roger Varian-trained Spangled was a gutsy winner of the Group Three Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes, the first race on day three of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


The 14/1 shot travelled well throughout the seven-furlong contest and challenged for the lead inside the final furlong as the field raced into a fierce headwind.


The four-year-old daughter of Starspangledbanner battled tenaciously under Andrea Atzeni to forge to the front in the closing stages and register a neck success to provide her trainer and jockey with their third winner of this year’s meeting following the success of Mount Logan and Central Square at Town Moor.


Spangled was a smart winner at Newmarket last time out and looks to be on the upgrade with Atzeni commenting: “To win the race is amazing. It was a very strong renewal of the race with horses like Nemoralia and Lumiere in it but she is obviously getting better and I think she will get better as she gets older.


“We thought if we got third we would have done well and anything better was a bonus, so to win is great. Spangled deserved it and we have always thought a lot of her.


“The ground is on the quick side and having the rail on one side has helped her. She was very gutsy and won quite well.


“The headwind is difficult to ride in to and is a bit stronger than yesterday. I didn’t get much cover throughout the race so she did it well as she got a lot of wind in her face. She is gutsy and has a great attitude.”


Atzeni was also looking forward to riding Battersea in the Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap (3.05pm), a race in which the son of Galileo finished a length and a quarter-second last year. The Italian rider remarked: “He was a little bit unlucky in the race last year and probably should have won it.


“The horse is in great form but Battersea’s Battersea, he has lots of ability and if he puts it all together, he will be hard to beat.”




Godolphin handler Charlie Appleby was happy with the performance of 14/1 chance Mise En Rose who finished a neck second in the Group Three Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes, the first race on day three of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


The three-year-old daughter of War Front was last early on in the seven-furlong contest but took up the lead entering the final furlong. However, under William Buick, the filly was unable to repel the late challenge of Spangled (14/1) who came up the near-side rail to score for Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni.


Appleby said: “It was rough ground at Deauville [September, 9, eighth, beaten five lengths] when she ran last time. It was a rough race as well and it just didn’t materialise for her that day.


“I knew coming into today that she was coming here in good order and a sound surface really suited her. She deserves to win something like this.


“I thought today that she had nearly nicked it, but she fought it out well and she has just been beaten by a bigger and stronger filly.”


The Godolphin handler earmarked the Fleur de Lys at Lingfield in October as an option for the filly. He said: “She has a couple of options going forward but what I must just do is go for the Fleur de Lys [Listed] in October [27] at Lingfield on the All-Weather. We’ll probably take a look at something like that.


“She deserves to win a black-type race. She has been placed twice now, here today and at Goodwood [29 July].”




Andrea Atzeni, rider of the neck winner Spangled, said: “It is on the quick side of good.”


William Buick, rider of second Mise En Rose, said:  “Good – a bit dead.”


James Doyle, partner of third Lumiere, said: “It is still very dead.”


Ryan Moore, partner of Same Jurisdiction, said: “Good.”


Alistair Rawlinson, on board Maggie Pink, said: “It is good and drying quickly.”


Jamie Spencer, jockey of Nemoralia, said: “It is nearly good to firm.”


Oisin Murphy, on board La Rioja, said: “Decent good ground.”



Ardad returned to the winner’s enclosure for the first time since landing the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot when running out the game winner of the Group Two Pepsi Max Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster this afternoon.


The 5/1 joint-second favourite was dropping down to the minimum trip for the first time since his Royal Ascot success and settled nicely for jockey Frankie Dettori, who was at his brilliant best in the closing stages, driving the two-year-old all the way to the line to register a three quarter length success.


Legendary Lunch (25/1) and The Last Lion (11/2) dead-heated for second behind Ardad and Dettori was all smiles following the race.


“I didn’t expect Ardad to win because the ground was drying up a bit,” said Dettori.


“He is very gutsy and really stick his head out. He was my only ride today so I made it worthwhile.


“Five furlongs is his best distance. We tried six furlongs in the Gimcrack but he was too keen and didn’t finish. Back to five today and he has proved to be a nice sprinter.


“The headwind helped the horses coming from behind and it helped us. It’s quite difficult to ride into. You can go down the middle but if you go down the stands’ side, you’re sheltered by the grandstand.”


2.30pm G2 Pepsi Max Flying Childers Stakes 5f


1 ARDAD (Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah) John Gosden 2-9-01 Frankie Dettori 5/1

2= Legendary Lunch (The Rat Pack Partnership 2016) Richard Hannon 2-9-01 Ryan Moore 25/1

2= The Last Lion (John Brown & Megan Dennis) Mark Johnston 2-9-01 Joe Fanning 11/2


11 ran; Distances: ¾, dead heat;

Time: 59.19s

Tote Win £5.80 Places £2.10, £5.60, £1.90 Exacta £19.40

3/1 Fav Tis Marvellous (9th)

Breeder: Tally-Ho Stud

Breeding: b c Kodiac – Good Clodora (IRE) (Red Clubs (IRE))




The John Gosden-trained Ardad maintained his unbeaten record over five furlongs as he blitzed the opposition in the Group Two Flying Childers Stakes, the second race on day three of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


Winner of the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot earlier this season, the son of Kodiac showed plenty of speed under Frankie Dettori in today’s contest AFTER BEING HELD UP and came to challenge for the lead inside the final half-furlong.


The two-year-old found plenty for Dettori in the closing stages to win by three-quarters of a length at odds of 5/1 with Mark Johnston’s The Last Lion (11/2) and Richard Hannon’s Legendary Lunch (25/1) dead-heating for second.


Bruce Raymond, racing manager to the horse’s owner, Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah, said: “He is not a very big horse but he has got a good heart and he picks up well which he has done well today.


“We thought he wanted very soft ground but he got away with the ground today as it seemed like good ground.”


Raymond was quick to point out the importance of the trip for the two-year-old who appreciated the drop back to the minimum distance following two disappointing efforts at Newmarket and York over six furlongs. He remarked: “The main with this horse is the trip.


“I don’t think he will ever get six furlongs as he doesn’t see it out well. I think he is a five-furlong horse. We’ve tried six furlongs twice and I think he is much better at five.”


Raymond was unsure of the colt’s next port-of-call but suggested the Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket in October could be a possibility. He said: “I can’t tell you where he is going to go. Five furlongs is his trip and he is very quick.


“Something like the Cornwallis [Group Three, five furlongs] may suit him because he could get easier ground. Soft ground is a big advantage to him.”




After a thrilling finish to this year’s renewal of the Group Two Pepsi Max Flying Childers Stakes, Ardad took the spoils by three-quarters of a length, but the judge couldn’t separate the next two home and called a dead-heat between Legendary Lunch and The Last Lion.


The Last Lion, a Choisir colt, trained in Middleham by Mark Johnston was sent off a 11/2 chance with Richard Hannon’s Legendary Lunch a 25/1 shot.


Hannon, who annexed the previous two runnings of this race, said of his Dragon Pulse colt’s performance with Ryan Moore up: “He ran a super race and we have got our horse back. To me it looked like he may well have been a shade unlucky, being drawn where he was.


“He looks to me like he wants six furlongs, but he does have plenty of speed.


“He had a nice break after Newbury and looked there like he wanted to get it all over and done with as quickly as possible.


“He is in the MiddlePark (G1, 6f, Newmarket, September 24) and I think we will go there.”


Mark Johnston commented: “It was a good run. Joe (Fanning) said he lost an iron coming out of the stalls, just for a couple of strides. I don’t know whether that cost him anything early on – usually he would be right up there.


“The going description is a bit odd. This horse, we know, handles cut in the ground very well, but he does go on any ground. They are calling it good, good to firm in places, I don’t know what the times are saying, I know there is a headwind. We would say it is on the soft side of good if anything. It looks lose on top.


“He will probably go to the MiddlePark next. Realistically, there will be horses there who have beaten him and are rated above him but he deserves his shot at it.


“He runs a good race every time and in any company.”




Wall Of Fire gave apprentice jockey Josephine Gordon another big race winner when staying on strongly to land the Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap at Doncaster this afternoon.


The 5/2 favourite had landed the £40,000 Melrose Handicap at York on his previous start and showed just how progressive he was over the extended one mile, six-furlong trip by swooping late to deny the Brian Ellison-trained Seamour by a length and a quarter.


Trainer Hugo Palmer was quick to praise Gordon after the race.


“She’s done a wonderful job – she’s a really impressive rider,” said the trainer.


“All I said to her before the race was ‘don’t give up!’. I think the owner (Carmichael Jennings) must have had his heart in his mouth for most of the race.


“I thought he won quite easily at York. He made heavy weather of it for a mile and five furlongs then, just as he did today, and then he came good. It looked in the end that he won a shade cosily.


“I don’t know where he’ll end up – it’s quite exciting. I half thought about putting him in the St Leger but didn’t, as William Buick (jockey) thought he wouldn’t win. I think there’s a long way from winning a handicap off a mark of 102 to winning a Classic. I’m sure he’d have run very well in the St Leger but it would be a big gap to cover and he would have had to probably find 15% more on ratings.


“Who knows where he’ll get to though. Why shouldn’t he stay two miles next year? Why shouldn’t he make up into a really fun Cup horse? I don’t see why he shouldn’t one day be a Melbourne Cup horse. In the immediate short-term, we’ll probably head to the Listed Noel Murless race (at Ascot). He’s an exciting horse.


“He races quite regularly so we don’t do a lot with him at home. At the beginning of the year, his work was telling me that he was a seven-furlong horse that hadn’t trained on. It’s entirely thanks to Pat Smullen and Jim Crowley (jockeys) for pointing out that he actually wants three times that distance!


“Josephine’s agent, Phil Shea, is actually married to my assistant and he asked if Josephine could come and ride out. She’s been riding out one day a week all season – she comes and rides out on a Friday morning. She deserves all the success she’s getting.”




The promising career of Josephine Gordon continued on Town Moor, as she landed the Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap aboard the Hugo Palmer-trained Wall Of Fire on day three of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


Having settled her mount on the inside rail in mid-division during the early stages of the extended one mile and six furlong contest, Gordon produced the three-year-old son of Canford Cliffs with a late withering run inside the final furlong and took the lead in the closing stages, coming clear by a comfortable length and a quarter.


Brian Ellison’s Seamour (8/1) filled the runner-up position and Alan King’s First Mohican (14/1) was a further half-length back in third.


A delighted Gordon was registering another major win of her career to date on board the well-backed 5/2 favourite and said: “Wall Of Fire was only just getting into his stride late on as it took him a while to get organised and get there.


“It takes him a while to get into gear but once he hit top gear I struggled to pull him up and he actually did it quite easily once he got going.


“In theory, he has won quite easy and the race was on quicker ground, which he has not run on before.”


Gordon also suggested there was more improvement to come from Wall Of Fire. She commented: “I think next year he could be even better and there is certainly so much more to come from him. I think he is going to be one of those horses who just continues to improve.”


Gordon has ridden 55 winners so far in 2016 and looks set to have a bright future in the sport. The apprentice remarked: “Hugo has supported me and given me big opportunities and they are paying off so fingers crossed I can continue like this.


“At the moment my career is going the right way and I could never imagine it going this well at such an early stage of my career.


“I think it is hard work whether you are male or female, starting off in this industry. As a female, you have to be a bit stronger and work a little harder probably but I am working hard and it’s paying off.”


3.05pm Ladbrokes Mallard Handicap 1m 6f 132yds

1 WALL OF FIRE (Carmichael Jennings) Hugo Palmer 3-8-06 Josephine Gordon (3) 5/2 Fav

2 Seamour (P J Martin) Brian Ellison 5-9-08 George Baker 8/1

3 First Mohican (Henry Ponsonby) Alan King 8-8-12 Hollioe Doyle (5) 14/1


11 ran

Distances: 1¼, ½

Time: 3m 08.92s

Tote   Win £3.60 Places £1.70,£2.10,£3.70 Exacta £21.70

Breeder: B V Sangster

Breeding: b c Canford Cliffs (IRE) – Bright Sapphire (IRE) (Galileo (IRE))




Seamour went for home just over a furlong out but failed to land the prize when he was collared in sight of the line by the fast finishing 5/2 favourite Wall Of Fire, who went on to score by a length and a quarter.


Brian Ellison, trainer of the second-placed five-year-old Azamour gelding, said: “He just doesn’t want to be in front to soon. He pulls up and drifts left. We put the cheek pieces on him to help him.


“George (Baker) thought he had got to the front too soon as well, he wished he had held the horse up a bit longer.


“You can’t knock his form. He is a big, strong travelling horse and he has got loads of class – one day he will win a big race.


“You could probably say the winner is all right as well.


“I don’t know where he will go next as there are not too many races around for him, though we might go to York.”


Henry Ponsonby, who manages the syndicate that owns the 14/1 third First Mohican who is trained by Alan King, said: “He has run a real good race there.


“He ran in the Cesarewitch last year and he is in it this year, but the main thing is that he gets on very, very well with Hollie (Doyle, jockey) – he runs a stone better with her.


“He runs very well on the All-Weather, he loves it. He could just be a Northumberland Plate horse next year.”



Sheikhzayedroad (100/30 second favourite) came out on top in a thrilling renewal of the 250th Doncaster Cup. David Simcock’s charge travelled in mid-division early on during the two and a quarter-mile Group Two contest as Quest For More (9/4 favourite) led.


However, under Martin Harley, Simcock’s globetrotting seven-year-old travelled kindly into the race and, having engaged in a pulsating battle all the way to the line with Quest For More, he managed to collar the long-time leader right on the line to register a nose victory, bringing cheers from the crowd at Town Moor. Sir Mark Prescott’s St Michel stayed on well to finish a further two and a quarter-lengths back in third.


A delighted Simcock said: “He has been a consistent horse all his life. He is a model of consistency, is very tough and is just an old warrior.


“We absolutely love him to bits at home. He only runs about six times a year now and he might run once more this year possibly in Canada or at Ascot.


“He will then do exactly the same next year where he’ll run in Dubai then go to Royal Ascot and we’ll follow the same routine. He enjoys it.


“We keep him fresh, he takes no training and is as slow as a hearse at home. He is very lovable and really special to the yard.


“These stayers are great. Everybody loves watching them, they are fun to watch and fun to train.


“Credit to the second horse [Quest For More] as well. They are great old warriors and have a bit of longevity about them.”


The Newmarket trainer added: “This horse has grown up. He still has his little quirks. He hangs one and then the other way but this is a good day.”


Mohammad Jaber, owner of the gelding, named the horse after a famous highway in Dubai and he said: “Well done to David and his team for keeping him fresh. He won well in Dubai in March and then he had a nice break before Royal Ascot when he finished third [beaten five and a quarter-lengths] and again after Goodwood [third, beaten one and a half-lengths] so today he was a fresh horse.”


Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Mohammad Jaber, commented: “This horse stays very well. He ran well in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. He used to be very keen and wouldn’t settle but now we put him in the race, he settles better as he has grown up.


“As a three-year-old he ran all over the track but David has trained him very well. He doesn’t need real training but he is just such a good horse.”




Sheikhzayedroad got up in the shadows of the post to deny Quest For More in a thrilling finish to the Group Two 250th Doncaster Cup on Town Moor over two miles and two furlongs this afternoon.


The 100/30 second favourite, ridden by Martin Harley, stayed on strongly in the final furlong to collar the 9/4 favourite on the line and record a nose victory.


Harley was quick to praise the horse after the race, paying testament to his battling qualities.


“It was good,” said the jockey.


“I was pretty hopeful but you never know. David (Simcock – trainer) has missed the race at York (the Group Two Lonsdale Stakes) that Mr Charlton’s horse won (Quest For More) and I think that was the right decision. He’s better fresh and, when you come out and run in staying races like that, it makes a difference.


“To be fair, when I got to Quest For More, the runner-up went on again. He obviously doesn’t do much in front but he battled back. I got there plenty soon enough and had a bit too much daylight in the race to be honest. However, it’s Doncaster and you can’t sit on the rail all day. In fairness, my horse pulled out all the stops and did it well. He’s definitely peaking at the moment! When the horses are this good, we as jockeys are usually good enough as well.


“Sheikhzayedroad has run some really good races this year. He got a nice even gallop there and fair play to the old boy. He has been around and is still producing the goods. I knew I had won. I thought I had done it by a head or short-head. Didn’t realise it was just a nose but I can slag off George Baker for that because he’s got a big one (nose).”


G2 250th Doncaster Cup (British Champions Series) 2m 2f


1 Sheikhzayedroad (Mohammed Jaber) David Simcock 7-9-03 Martin Harley 100/30

2 Quest For More (HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah) Roger Charlton 6-9-03 George Baker 5/2 Fav

3 St Michel (John Pearce) Sir Mark Prescott 3-8-03 Luke Morris 6/1


8 ran

Time: 3m 52.97s

Distances: nose, 2¼

Tote Win £3.80 Places £1.40, £1.30, £1.90 Exacta £12.10

Breeder: Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd

Breeding: b g Dubawi (IRE) – Royal Secrets (IRE) (Highest Honor (FR))




Quest For More , who was sent of the 5/2 favourite for the Doncaster Cup, was touched off by a nose by Sheikhzayedroad.


Looking the winner until the dying strides is hard to bear but the second-placed horse’s trainer, Roger Charlton, was upbeat about his charge’s performance after the race.


Charlton said of his Teofilo six-year-old’s: “I am thrilled, he has run a fantastic race. If there was an excuse it is that there is a headwind, we were in it all the way, but I am proud of him.


“He has run a really good race but it is tough. George (Baker) gave him the perfect ride I thought, the right fractions and everything but to be done in the last two strides is always tough.


“It could be Ascot next (Champions Long Distance Cup, Oct 15) if the ground is suitable. If not, he could go for the Dubai Gold Cup (March 2017).“



Sir Mark Prescott, trainer of the third home, St Michel (6/1), said: “He ran as well as I hoped.  Alleluia (2001) was about the same and she won it so he had every reason to be here.


“I will probably run him in the Cesarewitch if he gets in. He would have got in if he had won today but he might not now.


“Mr Pearce, who owns him is 97 so the more good days he can have the better.”



Rodaini continued his progression through the two-year-old ranks with a battling victory in the Listed Weatherbys Stallion Book Flying Scotsman Stakes over seven furlongs at Doncaster this afternoon.


The 6/1 shot was ridden confidently by champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa, who moved into the lead on 92 winners in the Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship after this victory, and the pair were always in the mix as the field reached the furlong pole.


The unbeaten Simon Crisford-trained colt had to dig deep to repel the challenge of eventual runner-up Salsabeel and the third-placed Larchmont Lad, but he fought off his rivals well to record a short-head success.


Crisford was very happy with his colt after a fourth straight success and hoped he could step up on this when taking on better company.


“I think it was a really good effort,” said Crisford.


“He only just does enough but he’s progressed with each effort and is a really smart horse. He will definitely stay a mile and will stay a mile well. I think we’ll talk to his owner, who has had a very good day (Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah also won the Pepsi Max Flying Childers Stakes with Ardad earlier), but he’s made the step up with each nursery win and has done the same here.


“He’s beaten some very smart colts today so he deserves to be taken to the next level. We’re delighted with him. He’s a really nice horse and has a very good mind. If you look at him, he’s very much a horse for next year.”


4.15pm Listed Weatherbys Stallion Book Flying Scotsman Stakes 7f


1 RODAINI (Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah) Simon Crisford 2-9-00 Silvestre de Sousa 6/1

2 Salsabeel (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 2-9-00 William Buick

3 Larchmont Lad (Michael Geoghegan) Richard Hannon 2-9-00 Sean Levey 6/1


7 ran

Time: 1m 27.49s

Distances: sh, nose

Tote Win £6.50 Places £2.90, £2.60 Exacta £38.00

7/4 Fav Taamol (5th)

Breeder: Greenwood Lodge Farm

Breeding: ch c Exchange Rate (USA) –  Blessings Count (USA) (Pulpit (USA))




Rodaini (6/1), trained by Simon Crisford, was a gutsy winner of the Listed Weatherbys Stallion Book Flying Scotsman Stakes, the fifth race on day three of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


Ridden by Silvestre De Sousa, the two-year-old son of Exchange Rate travelled well throughout the seven-furlong contest and came out the victor of a pulsating three-way battle to the line, registering a short-head victory form Salsabeel (7/2) in second and Larchmont Lad (6/1) a nose back in third.


The victory was also important for De Sousa’s hopes to retain his Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship crown as he gained his 92nd winner of the season, one ahead of Jim Crowley [91 winners] who, at the time of writing, had not registered a winner so far today at Sandown. Crowley has six rides at Salisbury this evening.


De Sousa, gaining his second winner of the week at Town Moor, said: “He did that well. He found plenty under pressure and he is a nice horse.”


The colt was maintaining his unbeaten record in the race following wins at Leicester, Lingfield and Newmarket, with the horse looking to have a bright future ahead of him.


The Brazilian rider commented: “He is just a big baby. He won all four of his starts so far but they were light races so he would have learnt a lot today.”


Regarding the fascinating battle between him and Crowley for the jockeys’ championship, which culminates on QIPCO Champions Day [October, 15] at Ascot, Britain’s Champion Jockey said: “There is a still long way to go to win the jockeys’ title but we’ll keep trying to ride winners.”




Having filled the winner’s spot on debut, Salsabeel, trained for Godolphin by Charlie Appleby in Newmarket, was just touched off in the Listed Weatherbys Stallion Book Flying Scotsman Stakes.


The imposing Exceed And Excel colt came home a half-length to the good in a Yarmouth maiden on August 11, but connections were delighted by his performance today when beaten a short-head by Rodaini.


Charlie Appleby said afterwards: “I would rather finish second than second last.


“He has run a blinder – full credit to the winner he has run three times previously and is unbeaten. Our fellow, that is the first time he has been asked to really race; it is only his second run. He is still very raw and is learning on the job.


“He is a horse with a nice future as he has plenty of scope and whatever he does this year is a bonus. He has got three-year-old written all over him.


“As to what happens next, with the make-up of the horse, we will see how he comes out of the race. His ability and his enthusiasm might tell he wants one more run, but the size of him might tell us he wants more time.”


Jockey William Buick, added: “He ran great – he has only had one run!  He will be alright next year.”



The lightly-raced three-year-old Khairaat made it two victories from three starts with a smooth success in the Still In The Running-FM Outsource Classified Race at Doncaster this afternoon.


The 6/4 favourite travelled sweetly for jockey Paul Hanagan and moved strongly into contention when asked for his effort a furlong from home.


The response wasn’t instant but the pair soon wore down the runner-up Laurence in the closing stages to record a length success.


Richard Hills, representing owner Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, revealed that the Sir Michael Stoute-trained three-year-old was beginning to find his form after having a lot of niggling problems this year.


“I thought Khairaat did it really well and Paul (Hanagan) gave him a lovely ride,” said Hills.


“He came there a nicely into strong headwind. He is a nice horse and really progressive.


“He had a lot of problems and Sir Michael was really patient with him. It is starting to pay off now.”


4.50pm Still In The Running – FM Outsource Classified Race 1m2f


1 Khairaat (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-11 Paul Hanagan 6/4 Fav

2 Laurence (Fittocks Stud & Andrew Bengough) Luca Cumani 4-9-04 Adam Kirby 6/1

3 Rotherwick (HRH Sultan Ahmed Shah) Paul Cole 4-9-04 Luke Morris 16/1


9 ran

Time: 2m 10.42s

Distances: 1, 1¾

Tote Win £2.60 Places £1.30,£1.90,£3.40 Exacta £11.80

Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company Limited

Breeding: b c Shamardal (USA) – Mumayeza (Indian Ridge)




The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Khairaat was an impressive winner of the Still In The Running-FM Outsource Classified Race, the sixth race on day three of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


The well-backed 6/4 favourite travelled well in mid-division throughout the extended one mile and two-furlong contest and moved stealthily into the race two furlongs out under Paul Hanagan, who along with Stoute, was registering his first victory at Town Moor this week.


The lightly-raced son of Shamardal challenged for the lead entering the final furlong and found plenty for Hanagan’s urgings to win nicely, registering a length success from Luca Cumani’s Laurence (6/1) in second, with Paul Cole’s Rotherwick (16/1), a further length and three-quarters back in third.


A delighted Hanagan was clearly taken with the progressive three-year-old colt, who he thinks will continue to improve with age. He said: “He is definitely one for the future. He will improve so much for that and he would have learnt a lot from that run. It was a pleasure to ride – he’s lovely.


“Maybe in time he could go up in trip, but I think we will stay where are at the moment [10 furlongs]. He just pricked his ears when he got out in front. He is still a big baby and when I grabbed hold of him again he took a bit of pulling up, that is always good.


“He has got such a great temperament that he will take his racing really well. I really like him.”


Hanagan also spoke about the chances of John Gosden’s Muntahaa in tomorrow’s Classic, the Ladbrokes St Leger.


The three-year-old son of Dansili was a short-head winner at Chester in a Listed contest last time and is the 4/1 second favourite with the sponsors Ladbrokes for the final Classic of the season over an extended one mile and six furlongs.


The rider said: “I think that run at Chester would have done him the world of good. Having to make the running round there where there was no pace would have made a man of him.


“He is a big raw horse but he has grown up into a man very quickly so I’m hoping for a good day.


“You never know about the trip but I would be quite confident that he would get the trip but you never know until the day.”


Adam Kirby, on board second-placed Laurence, said: “I thought we had put the race to bed but the winner came and got me. He tries and is uncomplicated but we keep bumping into one.”





The Stewards noted that LUMIERE, placed third, had shifted left and interfered with SAME JURISDICTION (SAF), placed fourth, approaching the 1 furlong marker but after viewing a recording of the incident they were satisfied that it was quickly corrected and neither involved a riding offence nor improved LUMIERE’s placing.


The Stewards gave permission for MAGGIE PINK trained by Michael Appleby, to be mounted in the chute and go early to post.


The Stewards noted that the gates for stall 4 opened slowly as the start was effected. The Starter reported that the stalls had opened correctly when tested prior to racing. Being satisfied that the performance of LA RIOJA, trained by Henry Candy, was not affected, they took no further action.


The Stewards considered the running of NEMORALIA (USA), ridden by Jamie Spencer and trained by Jeremy Noseda, which started favourite and finished unplaced. They noted the trainer could offer no explanation for the filly’s performance. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of NEMORALIA (USA) during routine testing failed to reveal any abnormalities.



No Enquiry.


The Stewards considered the running of TIS MARVELLOUS ridden by Adam Kirby and trained by Clive Cox, which started favourite and finished unplaced. The Stewards noted the trainer’s explanation that the colt may be feeling the effects of a busy campaign, with his previous 2 starts having been abroad. They ordered TIS MARVELLOUS to be routine tested.




Today’s crowd figure of 12,038 is a modern-day record for the third day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival – Doncaster Cup Gentlemen’s Day.


2011 – 9,568

2012 – 8,801

2013 – 10,691

2014 – 11,034

2015 – 11,964

2016 – 12,038


Kieran Gallagher, Executive Director of Doncaster Racecourse, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed over 12,000 racegoers today – the most we have ever had for Gentlemen’s Day.


“Racegoers have enjoyed such an exciting renewal of the Doncaster Cup on the race’s 250th anniversary.


“After three great days on Town Moor, we are all looking forward to tomorrow’s Ladbrokes St Leger and another day of thrilling racing action.”



The going after the third day of the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, Doncaster Cup Gentlemen’s Day, remains:


Good, Good to Firm in places

Roderick Duncan, Clerk of the Course at Doncaster, reported: “The going had obviously dried out a bit more before racing so we changed it from Good all over to Good, Good to Firm in places.


“However, we are forecast heavy rain from around 3am tomorrow morning and this is due to continue until around 9.00am or 10.00am on Saturday.


“The forecast is for anything up to 18mm and, of course, if we get that amount, I’d imagine the going will be soft for the final day of the Ladbrokes St Leger meeting.”


STEWARDS’ REPORTS – RACES 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7


Race 3 – 3:05pm


The Stewards held an enquiry into the use of the whip by Hollie Doyle, the rider of FIRST MOHICAN, placed third, from approaching 2 furlongs out. Having heard her evidence and viewed recordings of the race, they found her in breach of Schedule (B)6 Part 2 in that she had used her whip above the permitted level. The Stewards suspended Doyle for 2 days as follows: Friday 23 and Sunday 25 September 2016.


The Stewards noted that BATTERSEA shed his right hind plate on the way to the start and was re-shod.


The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of FABRICATE, unplaced, trained by Michael Bel, during routine testing revealed the gelding to have lost his left fore shoe.


Race 4 – 3:40pm

250th DONCASTER CUP (Group 2)

The Stewards noted that ST MICHEL, placed third, had ducked left and interfered with SWEET SELECTION, unplaced, which in turn had caused interference to CLEVER COOKIE, unplaced, approximately 1 ½ furlongs out but after viewing a recording of the incident they were satisfied that it neither involved a riding offence nor improved ST MICHEL’s placing.


The Stewards considered the running of CLONDAW WARRIOR (IRE) ridden by Ryan Moore and trained by W.P. Mullins, which finished unplaced. The Stewards noted the explanation from the trainer’s representative that the gelding ran too free. They ordered CLONDAW WARRIOR (IRE) to be routine tested.


Race 5 – 4:15pm


The Stewards held an enquiry into possible interference approaching 2 furlongs out. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found that BACCHUS, placed sixth, ridden by Jimmy Fortune, had interfered with SENATOR, unplaced, ridden by Ryan Moore. The Stewards found Fortune in breach of Rule (B)54.1 and guilty of careless riding in that he had allowed his mount to shift right towards the rail when insufficiently clear, causing SENATOR to ease. They cautioned him as to his future conduct in races.


The Stewards held an enquiry into possible interference approaching the final furlong. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found that the winner, RODAINI (USA), ridden by Silvestre De Sousa, had interfered with MAJORIS (IRE), placed fourth, ridden by James Doyle. The Stewards found De Sousa in breach of Rule (B)54.1 and guilty of careless riding in that he taken insufficient steps to prevent his mount shifting right, causing MAJORIS to ease slightly. They cautioned him as to his future conduct in races.


The Stewards noted that shortly after the start SENATOR, unplaced, had shifted right when running free and interfered with SALSABEEL (IRE), placed second, causing him to ease but after viewing a recording of the race they were satisfied that it did not involve a riding offence.


Race 6 – 4:50pm.


No Enquiry.


Race 7 – 5:25pm


The Stewards noted that approximately 1½ furlongs out, GET KNOTTED (IRE), placed third, had shifted quickly left and interfered with SHORE STEP (IRE), unplaced, but after viewing a recording of the incident they were satisfied that it neither involved a riding offence nor improved the placing of GET KNOTTED (IRE).

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