News from the second day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster








Class 1, Group 1, £600,000 total prize fund. Part of the QIPCO British Champions Series. 3.50pm, Doncaster, Saturday, September 14, 2013. For three-year-olds only, entire colts and fillies. One mile, six furlongs and 132 yards. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed July 23, entries revealed July 24(43 entries). Scratchings deadline noon, August 27 (19 remained). Five-day confirmation and £45,000 supplementary entry stage Monday, September 9 (14 confirmations). Final declaration stage, Thursday, September 12. (11 runners) Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Wednesday, September 11.


Form                      Horse/Draw           Owner      Trainer               Jockey

1) 162-34416 CAP O’RUSHES 10 Godolphin   Charlie Appleby Mickael Barzalona

2) 120-32   EXCESS KNOWLEDGE 11 Khalid Abdullah  John Gosden James Doyle

3) 1-2   FOUNDRY(IRE) 9 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith  Aidan O’Brien IRE  Ryan Moore

4) 15-332   GALILEO ROCK(IRE) 1 Michael O’Flynn  David Wachman IRE Wayne Lordan

5) 0-611   GREAT HALL 3  Raymond Tooth  Brian Meehan Kieren Fallon

6) 21-43530  HAVANA BEAT(IRE) 6  Mick & Janice Mariscotti  Andrew Balding  Liam Keniry

7) 41-111 LEADING LIGHT(IRE) 7c/p Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE  Joseph O’Brien

8) 14120   LIBERTARIAN 2c/p Godolphin       Charlie Appleby William Buick

9) 0-211000  RALSTON ROAD(IRE) 8 Thistle Bloodstock Limited  Pat Shanahan IRE  Tadhg O’Shea

10) (1)-(1)(3)6453  SECRET NUMBER 5 Godolphin       Saeed bin Suroor  Silvestre de Sousa

11) 3(1)-110  TALENT 4  James Rowsell & Mark Dixon Ralph Beckett  Jim Crowley


11 declared runners – the highest number to go to post since 14 ran in 2008

Four Irish-trained

The three who came at today’s 48-hour stage were Eye Of The Storm, Feel Like Dancing and London Bridge.




Excess Knowledge and Galileo Rock are the 10/3 joint-favourites with the sponsors for the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster after a final field of 11 was declared this morning for the final Classic of the season on Saturday.


Feel Like Dancing, Eye Of The Storm and London Bridge have been taken out of the Group One race which means that William Buick, who has previously won the race on Masked Marvel (2011) and Arctic Cosmos (2010), is free to continue his partnership with Investec Derby runner-up Libertarian (8/1), who was bought after the Epsom Classic by Godolphin.


Godolphin also runs Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes winner Cap O’Rushes (20/1) as well as Secret Number (16/1) in the richest-ever running of the Ladbrokes St Leger.


Aidan O’Brien runs two horses in the extended one mile, six-furlong event as he aims to land his fourth Ladbrokes St Leger having won the race in the past with Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003) and Scorpion (2005). Royal Ascot winner Leading Light (4/1 from 5/1) will be ridden by Joseph O’Brien while Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur runner-up Foundry (5/1) will be ridden by Ryan Moore.


Talent (10/1 from 12/1) has been popular with the sponsors after the ground eased on Town Moor yesterday and with Ralph Beckett set to appear on Channel 4′s cherished Morning Line programme, Ladbrokes’ David Williams expects there to be more support for the Investec Oaks winner.


“The anticipated support for Talent arrived with the rain at Doncaster and there’s every reason for thinking her price could contract even further,” said the firm’s spokesman David Williams.


“If we get any more rain on Town Moor, she looks certain to start a single-figure price.”


Great Hall (25/1), Havana Beat (33/1) and Ralston Road (100/1) make up the 11-strong field. Scorpion (2005) was the last Irish-trained winner of the Ladbrokes St Leger and the sponsors make it a 4/5 chance that Ireland capture the Group One event once more.      



Ladbrokes St Leger – sponsors bet: 10/3 Excess Knowledge, Galileo Rock; 4/1 (from 5/1) Leading Light; 5/1 Foundry; 8/1 Libertarian; 10/1 (from 12/1) Talent; 16/1 Secret Number; 20/1 Cap O’Rushes; 25/1 Great Hall; 33/1 Havana Beat; 100/1 Ralston Road.


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


Ladbrokes St Leger – sponsors bet: 4/5 Irish-trained winner.




*This year’s Ladbrokes St Leger is the richest ever run, with a total prize fund of £600,000. The winner will take home £340,260. The first winner Allabaculia earned £131.


*This year’s St Leger is the 237th running. The race is the oldest of the Classics, founded four years before the Derby. It has been run away from Doncaster on 12 occasions: at Newmarket 1915-18 and 1942-44; at Thirsk in 1940; at Manchester in 1941; at York in 1945 and 2006; at Ayr in 1989.


*Talent would be the 42nd filly to win the St Leger. The first of the 41 to have done so was the race’s first winner Allabaculia (who was un-named at the time of her victory); the most recent User Friendly in 1992.


*Talent would be the 19th winner of the Oaks to win the St Leger. The first to take both races was Queen Of Trumps in 1835; the most recent User Friendly in 1992.


*Since User Friendly won the St Leger, 15 fillies have taken part, of whom seven have been placed. They include three Oaks winners: Ramruma (2nd 1999), Look Here (3rd 2008) and Snow Fairy (4th 2010). The other fillies to have been placed since 1992 are Book At Bedtime (4th 1997), High And Low (2nd 1998), Quiff (2nd 2004) and Unsung Heroine (2nd 2008).


*There are four challengers from Ireland for this year’s Ladbrokes St Leger: Leading Light and Foundry for Aidan O’Brien; Galileo Rock for David Wachman and Ralston Road for Pat Shanahan.


*There have been only seven St Leger winners trained in Ireland. The first was Ballymoss in 1957, the most recent Scorpion in 2005. Six of the Irish victors have been based at Ballydoyle: Ballymoss, Nijinsky (1970) and Boucher (1972) were trained there by Vincent O’Brien and Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003) and Scorpion by Aidan O’Brien. The only one of the Irish winners not resident at the Co Tipperary establishment was Paddy Prendergast-trained Ragusa in 1963.


*Secret Number would be a sixth victory for Saeed Bin Suroor, which would make him joint-second on the trainers’ all-time St Leger leaderboard. The 19th century figure John Scott is outstandingly the best with 16 victories between 1827 and 1862, followed by Mat Dawson, John Porter, Cecil Boyd-Rochfort and Dick Hern with six each.



*Either Secret Number (Saeed Bin Suroor), Cap O’Rushes or Libertarian (both Charlie Appleby) would be a seventh victory for Godolphin, which would make Sheikh Mohammed’s operation jointly the most successful in the St Leger. The 9th Duke of Hamilton won seven between 1786 and 1814; Godolphin’s six have been Classic Cliche 1995, Nedawi 1998, Mutafaweq 1999, Rule Of Law 2004, Mastery 2009 (all trained by Bin Suroor) and Encke last year (by Mahmood Al Zarooni).


*Excess Knowledge would be a fourth victory in seven runnings (and a fifth in all) for trainer John Gosden, successful with Lucarno (2007), Arctic Cosmos (2010) and Masked Marvel (2011), and earlier Shantou (1996).


*Jockeys having their first St Leger rides are James Doyle (Excess Knowledge), Liam Keniry (Havana Beat), Tadgh O’Shea (Ralston Road) and Jim Crowley (Talent). Mickael Barzalona, on Cap O’Rushes this year, won last year on Encke, his first ride in the Classic.



The going remains

Good to Soft

for the second day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, DFS Ladies’ Day on Thursday, September 12.


The GoingStick reading came to 6.8 at 8:30am as against 7.1 at the same time 24 hours beforehand when the going description was Good. The going became Good to Soft, following rain, after the first race yesterday.


Roderick Duncan, Clerk of the Course at Doncaster, said this morning: “We had four millimetres of rain in total yesterday. Although the rain was persistent, it was only light so the going hardly changed at all – the GoingStick readings confirm the going description.


“The course takes the rain well and four millimetres hardly makes any difference.


“We are forecast four to eight millimetres of rain tonight with a dry day to follow and there is an outside chance that there will be rain on Saturday.”


Additional GoingStick Readings In The Straight

Stands’ side: 6.6 Far side: 7.0


Rain over the last six days

Friday – 10.4mm of rainfall

Saturday – 1mm of rainfall.

Sunday – 0.2mm of rainfall

Monday – 4mm of rainfall

Tuesday – 0.2mm of rainfall

Wednesday – 4mm of rainfall


Stalls’ Position

Straight course – stands’ side

Round course – inside


Weather Forecast

Today – Dry – temperature high of +20c. 90% chance of a rain overnight, 4-8mm.

Friday – Dry – temperature high of +15c .

Saturday – possible showers – 4mm – temperature high of +17c.


The track has been verti-drained prior to this meeting





No. 6           GHASABAH (Going)

No. 8           THE GOLD CHEONGSAM (IRE) (Going)




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


Fourth race, 3.15pm: THE DFS PARK HILL STAKES


No. 1           BITE OF THE CHERRY (Going)


Fifth race, 350pm: THE EBF MAIDEN


No. 1                     ALPINE RETREAT (USA) (Going)



No, 2           LOVE ISLAND (Going)

No. 3           ZACYNTHUS (IRE) (Going)

No. 11         SALOOMY (Going)

No. 13         MUTHMIR (IRE) (Going)

No. 14         SHAFAANI (Going)

No. 18         B FIFTY TWO (IRE) (Going)

No. 21         ENDERBY SPIRIT (GR) (Going)


Seventh race, 5.00pm: THE DFS HANDICAP


No. 1           OTTOMAN EMPIRE (FR) (Going)

No. 2           HOT BED (IRE) (Going)

No. 12         SPIFER (IRE) (Self Cert (Lame))

No. 13         CLASSIC PUNCH (IRE) (Going)





Kieren Fallon will not be riding at Doncaster this afternoon after he was taken ill with stomach pains at Kempton last night.


The former champion jockey was signed off by the doctor following his rides at Kempton and, according to his agent Gareth Owen, he will be checked out this afternoon to examine the extent of the problem.


Fallon was due to ride three horses on DFS Ladies’ Day this afternoon. His ride in the DFS Handicap (5.00pm), Hot Bed, is a non-runner while his ride on West Leake Diman in the Download the Ladbrokes Bingo App Handicap will be taken by Richard Kingscote.


Silvestre de Sousa will take over on board Coquet in the DFS Park Hill Stakes.



Jockey Changes

3.15pm: The DFS Park Hill Stakes

2 Coquet – Silvestre de Sousa


4.25pm – The Download the Ladbrokes Bingo App Handicap

8 West Leake Diman – Richard Kingscote



Maureen has been all the rage to land the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes (2.10pm) with Ladbrokes this afternoon and the Harrow-based firm has had to take evasive action and cut William Haggas’ filly to 2/1 (from 11/4).


Cornish Path has also been popular to land the opening European Breeders’ Fund Carrie Red Fillies’ Nursery (1.40pm) and Henry Candy’s juvenile is now a 6/1 shot (from 8/1) with Ladbrokes.


Jamie Spencer’s Hard Divorce has proven to be costly in the past but punters are going in again this afternoon in the E.B.F. Maiden (3.50pm) and the two-year-old is now a 5/1 shot (from 8/1). Pupil has also been cut in the same race to 9/4 (from 5/1) though there has been a shake-up in the market due to the favourite Alpine Retreat being declared a non-runner.


Fairway To Heaven has been the best supported horse in the Download The Ladbrokes Bingo App Handicap (4.25pm) and is now 4/1 (from 6/1) with the sponsors while course specialist Thunderball has also been backed and is now 5/1 (from 7/1). However, there are seven non-runners in this race.


In the finale, the DFS Handicap (5.00pm), Conduct is now the 7/2 favourite (from 5/1) with Ladbrokes while there has also been good money for the Godolphin runner Tha’ir who is 7/1 (from 10/1). Again, there are four non-runners in this race which has led to the market being reformed several times.


Ladbrokes Market Moves:


1.40pm: 6/1 (from 8/1) Cornish Path

2.10pm: 2/1 (from 11/4) Maureen

3.50pm: 9/4 (from 5/1) Pupil; 5/1 (from 8/1) Hard Divorce

4.25pm: 4/1 (from 6/1) Fairway To Heaven; 5/1 (from 7/1) Thunderball

5.00pm: 7/2 (from 5/1) Conduct; 7/1 (from 10/1) Tha’ir





2.05pm At The Races Champagne Stakes (Group 2), 7f, (7)

1 (4) Anjaal Richard Hannon 9st 1lb Paul Hanagan

2 (7) Cable Bay (IRE) Charles Hills 8st 12lb Jamie Spencer

3 (2) Exogenesis (IRE) G. M. Lyons, Ireland 8st 12lb G. F. Carroll

4 (5) Outstrip Charlie Appleby 8st 12lb Mickael Barzalona

5 (3) Picks Pinta Jo Hughes 8st 12lb Shane Kelly

6 (6) The Grey Gatsby (IRE) Kevin Ryan 8st 12lb Graham Lee

7 (1) Treaty of Paris (IRE) Henry Candy 8st 12lb James Doyle


2.40pm Ladbrokes Portland Handicap,  5f 140y, (22)

1 (15) Definightly (Blinkers) Roger Charlton 9st 10lb James Doyle

2 (7) Bogart Kevin Ryan 9st 8lb Neil Callan

3 (18) Magical Macey (USA) (Blinkers) David Barron 9st 8lb Graham Gibbons

4 (11) Steps (IRE) (Blinkers) Roger Varian 9st 7lb William Buick

5 (3) Confessional (Eyeshields) Tim Easterby 9st 6lb David Allan

6 (19) Inxile (IRE) David Nicholls 9st 6lb Jordan Nason (7)

7 (20) Elusivity (IRE) David O’Meara 9st 6lb Kieren Fallon

8 (16) Doc Hay (USA) David O’Meara 9st 6lb Daniel Tudhope

9 (1) Zero Money (IRE) (Blinkers) Hugo Palmer 9st 5lb Martin Dwyer

10 (13) Ajjaadd (USA) Ted Powell 9st 4lb Kevin Stott (7)

11 (5) El Viento (FR) (Visor) Richard Fahey 9st 4lb George Chaloner (5)

12 (14) Secret Witness (Blinkers) Ronald Harris 9st 4lb

13 (4) Prodigality Ronald Harris 9st 4lb

14 (10) Ancient Cross (Tongue Strap) Michael Easterby 9st 3lb Graham Lee

15 (17) Racy Brian Ellison 9st 3lb Ryan Moore

16 (9) Addictive Dream (IRE) David Nicholls 9st 3lb Jamie Spencer

17 (22) Doctor Parkes Stuart Williams 9st 3lb J-P. Guillambert

18 (8) Our Jonathan David Simcock 9st 3lb Silvestre De Sousa

19 (6) Monsieur Chevalier (IRE) (Visor) P. J. O’Gorman 9st 2lb Natasha Eaton (5)

20 (21) Barnet Fair Richard Guest 9st 2lb Connor Beasley (5)

21 (2) Burwaaz (Blinkers) Ed Dunlop 9st 2lb Paul Hanagan

22 (12) Angels Will Fall (IRE) Charles Hills 9st 2lb Robert Winston

Eliminations: La Fortunata, Jamaican Bolt (IRE), Free Zone, Long Awaited (IRE), Burning Thread (IRE), Take Cover, Goldream, Summerinthecity (IRE), Pabusar, Vital Spirit (FR), Dick Bos, Lady Gibraltar, Above Standard (IRE), Dungannon, Bop It, Fitz Flyer (IRE), Another Wise Kid (IRE), Bajan Tryst (USA), Piscean (USA), Threes Grand, Tidal’s Baby, Johnny Cavagin, Jinky


3.15pm OLBG Park Stakes (Group 2), 7f (11)

1 (2) Aljamaaheer (IRE) Roger Varian 9st 4lb Paul Hanagan

2 (3) Arnold Lane (IRE) Mick Channon 9st 4lb Sam Hitchcott

3 (1) Caspar Netscher David Simcock 9st 4lb Shane Kelly

4 (6) Gregorian (IRE) John Gosden 9st 4lb William Buick

5 (9) Lockwood Saeed bin Suroor 9st 4lb Silvestre De Sousa

6 (11) Pastoral Player Hughie Morrison 9st 4lb Graham Lee

7 (7) Pintura (Blinkers) Kevin Ryan 9st 4lb Neil Callan

8 (5) Red Jazz (USA) Charles Hills 9st 4lb Ryan Moore

9 (8) Sirius Prospect (USA) (Hood) Dean Ivory 9st 4lb Robert Winston

10 (4) Sovereign Debt (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Michael Bell 9st 4lb Jamie Spencer

11 (10) Viztoria (IRE) Edward Lynam, Ireland 8st 11lb W. M. Lordan


3.50pm Ladbrokes St Leger (British Champions Series) (Group 1), 1m 6f 132y (11)

1 (10) Cap O’Rushes Charlie Appleby 9st 0lb Mickael Barzalona

2 (11) Excess Knowledge John Gosden 9st 0lb James Doyle

3 (9) Foundry (IRE) Aidan O’Brien, Ireland 9st 0lb Ryan Moore

4 (1) Galileo Rock (IRE) David Wachman, Ireland 9st 0lb W. M. Lordan

5 (3) Great Hall Brian Meehan 9st 0lb Kieren Fallon

6 (6) Havana Beat (IRE) Andrew Balding 9st 0lb Liam Keniry

7 (7) Leading Light (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Aidan O’Brien, Ireland 9st 0lb Joseph O’Brien

8 (2) Libertarian (Sheepskin C/P) Charlie Appleby 9st 0lb William Buick

9 (8) Ralston Road (IRE) J. P. Shanahan, Ireland 9st 0lb Tadhg O’Shea

10 (5) Secret Number Saeed bin Suroor 9st 0lb Silvestre De Sousa

11 (4) Talent Ralph Beckett 8st 11lb Jim Crowley


4.25pm Napoleons Casinos And Restaurants Handicap, 1m 4f (10)

1 (9) Bishop Roko Roger Charlton 9st 5lb James Doyle

2 (10) Greatwood Luca Cumani 9st 3lb Kieren Fallon

3 (7) Charles Camoin (IRE) Sylvester Kirk 9st 3lb Liam Keniry

4 (4) Voodoo Prince (Sheepskin C/P) Ed Dunlop 9st 0lb Graham Lee

5 (3) Saptapadi (IRE) Brian Ellison 9st 0lb Ryan Moore

6 (1) Hanoverian Baron Tony Newcombe 8st 13lb Connor Beasley (5)

7 (5) Itlaaq (Tongue Strap) Michael Easterby 8st 12lb Graham Gibbons

8 (6) Forgotten Hero (IRE) (Hood) Charles Hills 8st 12lb Jamie Spencer

9 (8) Guising David Brown 8st 12lb Silvestre De Sousa

10 (2) Mister Impatience Mark Johnston 8st 11lb Neil Callan


5.00pm Agriargo UK Tractor Challenge Nursery, 1m (9)

1 (8) Fire Fighting (IRE) Mark Johnston 9st 7lb Neil Callan

2 (7) Showpiece Richard Hannon 9st 0lb Ryan Moore

3 (4) Sir Jack Layden David Brown 8st 13lb Graham Lee

4 (6) Extra Noble Ralph Beckett 8st 11lb Jim Crowley

5 (1) What About Carlo (FR) Eve Johnson Houghton 8st 8lb William Buick

6 (2) Dance Bid Clive Brittain 8st 6lb Martin Dwyer

7 (9) Heskin (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Richard Fahey 8st 6lb Paul Hanagan

8 (3) Rudi Five One (FR) Robert Eddery 8st 4lb Nicky Mackay

9 (5) Photography (IRE) (Hood) Hugo Palmer 8st 0lb


6.05pm Harriet De-Vere Powell Handicap, 1m (11)

1 (7) Sandagiyr (FR) Saeed bin Suroor 9st 10lb Silvestre De Sousa

2 (8) Mont Ras (IRE) David O’Meara 9st 6lb Graham Lee

3 (9) Stand My Ground (IRE) David O’Meara 9st 5lb Daniel Tudhope

4 (2) Pied A Terre (AUS) Saeed bin Suroor 9st 2lb Mickael Barzalona

5 (1) Ascription (IRE) (Hood, Tongue Strap) Hugo Palmer 9st 1lb William Buick

6 (4) Gabrial The Great (IRE) Luca Cumani 8st 13lb James Doyle

7 (10) Global Village (IRE) Brian Ellison 8st 11lb Tadhg O’Shea

8 (5) Levitate (Visor) John Quinn 8st 10lb Robert Winston

9 (3) Anderiego (IRE) David O’Meara 8st 10lb Graham Gibbons

10 (6) Ajraam (USA) Charles Hills 8st 6lb Paul Hanagan

11 (11) Stepping Ahead (FR) K. R. Burke 8st 5lb Martin Dwyer




Tomorrow’s Doncaster Cup, sponsored for the first time this year by local firm Speedy Services, is the oldest still-surviving race in the domestic calendar. It was founded in 1766 (when George III was on the throne, Pitt the Elder was Prime Minister, Britain’s first golf club was opened at Blackheath and Goldsmith’s classic The Vicar Of Wakefield was published) at Cantley Common. It moved to nearby Town Moor in 10 years later and was first run at its present distance of two and a quarter miles in 1891.


Nowadays the Group Two contest is regarded as the third leg of the ‘stayers’ triple crown’, after the Ascot Gold Cup and Goodwood Cup. The last horse to win all three was Double Trigger in 1995.


Neither this year’s Ascot winner Estimate, nor Goodwood winner Brown Panther, are among tomorrow’s field. Two of the eight runners have contested the other two races: Colour Vision was fourth at Ascot and seventh at Goodwood and Repeater respectively 10th and 14th (last).


Last year’s Doncaster Cup first and second Times Up and High Jinx are vying for favouritism this year as they renew their rivalry. Times Up, who prevailed by a neck last year to give now-retired John Dunlop his last prestige success, has not won since; in the latest of his three runs this year for his former trainer’s son Ed he finished an encouraging third in last month’s Lonsdale Cup at York.


High Jinx, under the care of Dunlop’s Newmarket neighbour James Fanshawe, went on from Doncaster to run second in the Group One Prix du Cadran but this year has not been seen since his fourth place in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown in May.


The Town Moor finishing straight, nearly half a mile from the home turn, provides a daunting test and only nine horses have won more than one Doncaster Cup. The exceptional northern heroine Beeswing took four, in 1837 and 1840-42;  Double Trigger three in 1995, 1996 and 1997. Dual winners have been Touchstone (1835-36), Alice Hawthorne (1843-44), Vedette (1857-58), Velocity (1906-07), Agreement (1958-59), Le Moss (1979-80) and most recently Millenary, who dead-heated with Kasthari in 2004 and took the prize outright a year later.










Galileo Rock, trained in Ireland by David Wachman, is one of 11 declared runners for the final British Classic, the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday, but will not run unless the going becomes faster.


Today’s going description of Good to Soft is too soft for the three-year-old son of Galileo, who has been placed in two Classics already this year.


Wachman said today: “Galileo Rock will be declared for the GAIN Irish St Leger, which is run on Sunday at the Curragh, and a decision on which race to go for will be delayed until tomorrow evening.


“I want very much to run Galileo Rock in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster because of its prestige, prize money and the fact it is confined to three-year-olds.”


Race 1 – EBF Carrie Red Fillies’ Nursery – winner quotes



Clive Brittain has lofty plans for Aqlaam Vision, off the mark by a length and a quarter in the opening Carrie Red Fillies’ Nursery.


The two-year-old daughter of Aqlaam now has a step up to Group One company in  next month’s Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket on her agenda.


It took Aqlaam Vision five attempts to reach the winner’s circle, but her veteran trainer has been content to wait.


“You can’t force them,” he said, “and she has only just started to come to herself. And I think she’ll keep improving. With me they’re not galloped to fitness, they’re walked and swum to fitness, so when they get to the races they have the chance to improve.”


Aqlaam Vision, in the colours of Brittain’s longstanding patron Saeed Manana, dropped back today to six and a half furlongs from a mile, over which she finished second at Salisbury last month.


“I wasn’t worried about the rain,” said Brittain, “in fact I think it helped over this trip as it helped her stamina kick in. Perhaps it was a bit sharp, but she’s got class.”


Aqlaam Vision is just one of the above-average juvenile fillies under Brittain’s care this season, a squad headed by Rizeena, winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes.


“She’ll go for the Cheveley Park or the Boussac,” said Brittain. “She’ll tell me where to go. She’s as good as any I’ve trained, and I’ve had some good ones. She’s put on 20kgs since she started training, and its all muscle and development.”


Aqlaam Vision came home strongly on the stands’ rail to beat trailblazing Ticking Katie a length and a quarter. “She has a great attitude,” said rider William Buick. “There was no particular plan to come up the rail, it was just the way it panned out.


“That was my first ride for Clive and it’s nice to ride a winner for him.


“The ground is hard work but she went through it very well. She is very honest and I had a good clear run up the stands’ side. She is tough and genuine and has run well a few times now and deserves to get a one by her name.


“I don’t want to take anything away from her, but she had a rail to run against which always helps. She was off the bridle for a long way but she came good at half-way.”



First race, 1.40pm: The European Breeders’ Fund Carrie Red Fillies’ Nursery





William Buick, rider of 9/1 winner Aqlaam Vision, said: “It is slow ground.”


Joey Haynes, rider of the one-and-a-quarter length second Ticking Katie, said: “Good to soft.”

Dane O’Neill, partner of third Cornish Path, said: “Good to soft – they are going into it a bit.”


Ryan Moore, rider of fourth Gown, said: “Good to soft.”


Pat Dobbs, on board Suite, said: “Soft.”


Joe Fanning, partner of Atlantic Affair, said: “Soft and tacky.”


Richard Hughes, jockey of Chutney, said: “Soft.”


Sean Levey, on board Arranger, said: “Soft.”


Dale Swift, jockey of Inyordreams, said: “Soft.”


Jamie Spencer, partner of Nakuti, said: “It is on the soft side.”


Silvestre de Sousa, on board Les Gar Gan, said: “Soft.”


James Sullivan, jockey of Queenie’s Home, said: “Soft.”


Paul Hanagan, partner of State Anthem, said: “Tacky – it has dried since yesterday.”


Jimmy Quinn, jockey of Lady In Blue, said: “Soft.”




1.40pm European Breeders’ Fund Carrie Red Fillies’ Nursery

£30,000 total prize fund. For 2yo fillies which are E.B.F. eligible, 7f. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 7lb; minimum weight 8st. Penalties: after August 31st, each race won 6lb. Penalty value 1st £19,407.00 2nd £5,775.00 3rd £2,886.00 4th £1,443.00


1) AQLAAM VISION (Saeed Manana) Clive Brittain 2-8-08 William Buick [10] 9/1

2) TICKING KATIE (IRE) (Ontoawinner, M Hulin & Elaine Burke) Karl Burke 2-8-07 Joey Haynes (5) [2] 8/1

3) CORNISH PATH (The Cornish Path Partnership) Henry Candy 2-8-10 Dane O’Neill [14] 15/2

4) GOWN (IRE) (Jenny Powell) Charlie Hills 2-8-09 Ryan Moore [7] 9/1

5) ARRANGER (IRE) (Julie Wood) Richard Hannon 2-8-10 Sean Levey [4]

6) SUITE (IRE) (Julie Wood) Richard Hannon 2-9-07 Pat Dobbs [6]

7) NAKUTI (IRE) (Nelius Hayes) Sylvester Kirk 2-8-07 Jamie Spencer [5]

8) LES GAR GAN (IRE) (Middleham Park Racing XLIII) Keith Dalgleish 2-8-07 Silvestre De Sousa [9] 7/2f

9) INYORDREAMS (Bolton Grange) James Given 2-8-09 Dale Swift [8]

10) STATE ANTHEM (Saeed Manana) Mick Channon 2-8-05 Paul Hanagan [11]

11) LADY IN BLUE (The Duchess Syndicate) William Haggas 2-8-04 Jimmy Quinn [1]

12) ATLANTIC AFFAIR (IRE) (Atlantic Racing & R Huggins) Mark Johnston 2-9-01 Joe Fanning [12]

13) CHUTNEY (IRE) (Bob McCreery) Richard Hannon 2-8-11 Richard Hughes [13]

14) QUEENIE’S HOME (The Cool Silk Partnership) James Given 2-8-06 James Sullivan [3]


14 ran

Time: 1m 20.50s                  Distances: 1¼, 2¼, nk, ¾, sh, ½, ½, nk, 1, ½, 4, 4½, 19

Breeder: Mrs T Brudenell & Trickledown Stud  Breeding: Aqlaam – Dream Vision (USA) (Distant View (USA))

Tote        Win  £11.40           Place  £3.40 £2.00 £3.30     Exacta £75.20


Winning trainer:-Name: Brittain, Clive Edward Born: Calne, Wiltshire, 15/12/33 Trains at Carlburg Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Background: Brittain first earned money out of horses at the age of eight, breaking in ponies. He served his apprenticeship with Sir Noel Murless, for whom he worked as a groom for 23 years. Wife Maureen was Murless’ secretary, and she eventually became secretary for Brittain. Helped by some gambling winnings, largely gleaned from Altesse Royale’s win in the 1971 Oaks, he set up as a trainer from Pegasus House Stables in Newmarket in 1972, having his first winner, Vedvyas, at Doncaster on April 1 of that year. Three years later he moved across town to his current yard, which was purchased for him by his then principal patron, Captain Marcos Lemos. Date of first licence: 1972 First winner: Vedvyas, Doncaster, April 1, 1972 British Classic wins (6):QIPCO 1000 Guineas (1984 Pebbles,1993 Sayyedati); QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1991 Mystiko); Investec Oaks (1992 User Friendly), Ladbrokes St Leger (1978 Julio Mariner, 1992 User Friendly) Other major wins include: Breeders’ Cup Turf (1985 Pebbles), Champion Stakes (1985 Pebbles), Chester Vase (1995 Luso, 2003 Dutch Gold, 2005 Hattan), Cheveley Park Stakes (1992 Sayyedati), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1985 Pebbles), UAE Equestrian And Racing Federation Falmouth Stakes (1992 Gussy Marlowe, 2006 Rajeem), German 1,000 Guineas (2000 Crimplene), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1993 User Friendly), Grosser Volkswagen Preis von Baden (2004, 2005 Warrsan), Hong Kong International Vase (1997 Luso); Irish 1,000 Guineas (2000 Crimplene), Italian Derby (1991 Hailsham, 1995 Luso), Japan Cup (1986 Jupiter Island), Juddmonte International (1991 Terimon), Fillies Mile (1999 Teggiano, 2009 Hibaayeb), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1992 Sayyedati, 2013 Rizeena), Nassau Stakes (2000 Crimplene), Prix Jacques Le Marois (1993 Sayyedati), Prix Jean Prat (1988 Lapierre), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1997 Air Express), St James’s Palace Stakes (1974 Averof, 1976 Radetzky), QIPCO Sussex Stakes (1995 Sayyedati), Vodafone Coronation Cup (2003 and 2004 Warrsan), Yorkshire Oaks (1992 User Friendly) First Royal Ascot win: Averof (June 6, 1974 – St James’s Palace Stakes) Royal Ascot Wins (17): St James’s Palace Stakes (1974 Averof, 1976 Radetzky), Queen Anne Stakes (1978 Radetzky, 1991 Sikeston, 1993 Alflora), Queen’s Vase (1982 Evzon), Coronation Stakes (2000 Crimplene), Royal Hunt Cup (1985 Come On The Blues), Hardwicke Stakes (1985 Jupiter Island), Chesham Stakes (1987 Lapierre, 1995 World Premier, 2010 Zaidan), Ribblesdale Stakes (1992 Armarama), Britannia Handicap (1992 Efharisto), King Edward VII Stakes (1996 Amfortas), Jersey Stakes (2003 Membership), Queen Mary Stakes (2013 Rizeena) Wins (1983-2012):45: 33: 51: 39: 38: 40: 36: 42: 53: 63: 37: 37: 51: 35: 26: 23: 40: 27: 28: 31: 41: 28: 32; 48; 28; 27; 44; 41; 19; 16 Wins This Year: 19


Winning jockey:-Name: Buick, William Born: Norway, July 22, 1988 Background:. Made a sensational start to his career, finishing runner-up to James Doyle in the 2006/07 All-Weather apprentice title race with 24 winners. His father, Walter, was eight-time champion jockey in Scandinavia and rode 22 classic winners in his career, and is a race reader and a work-rider for Marcus Tregoning. Shared the 2008 apprentice title with David Probert, and appointed stable jockey for John Gosden at the start of 2010. First Ride in Britain: Tiny Tim, Brighton, August 10, 2006 First Winner: Bank On Benny, Axminster Carpets Apprentice Handicap, Salisbury, September 27, 2006 English Classic Wins (2): Ladbrokes St Leger (2010 Arctic Cosmos, 2011 Masked Marvel) Royal Ascot Wins (9): Wokingham Stakes (2007 Dark Missile); King Edward VII Stakes (2011 Nathaniel), Wolferton Handicap (2011 Beachfire, 2012 Gatewood), Windsor Forest Stakes (2012 Joviality), Albany Stakes (2012 Newfangled), Coronation Stakes (2012 Fallen For You), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2012 Camborn), Tercentenary Stakes (2013 Remote) First Group One Win: Lahaleeb, E P Taylor Stakes, Woodbine, October 17, 2009 Other Big Race Wins: Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (2010 Dream Ahead), Doncaster Cup (2010 Samuel),Dubai Sheema Classic (2010 Dar Re Mi), Arlington Million (2010 Debussy), Darley Prix Morny (2010 Dream Ahead), Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup (2011 Duncan), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) (2011 Nathaniel), Betfred Sprint Cup (2011 Dream Ahead), Prix Marcel Boussac (2011 Elusive Kate), Prix de la Foret (2011 Dream Ahead, 2012 Gordon Lord Byron) Gran Premio Di Milano (2012 Earl Of Tinsdal), Pretty Polly Stakes (2012 Izzi Top), Coral-Eclipse (2012 Nathaniel), Irish Oaks (2012 Great Heavens), Prix Rothschild (2012 & 2013 Elusive Kate), Nunthorpe Stakes (2012 Ortensia), Betfred Cambridgeshire (2012 Bronze Angel), Jebel Hatta (2013 Sajjhaa) Falmouth Stakes (2013 Elusive Kate), Yorkshire Oaks (2013 The Fugue), Irish Champion Stakes (2013 The Fugue) Wins (2006-2012): 10; 67; 54 (shared apprentice title with David Probert); 66; 99; 106; 130 Wins In 2013: 90







Race 2 – Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes – winner quotes




After more than a year without a win, Nargys bounced back to her best to take the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes. The daughter of Lawman had shown much promise at two, when she ended her campaign by chasing home Just The Judge in the Group Two Rockfel Stakes, but until today her best effort this year had been a fourth at Listed level at Royal Ascot.


Rider Andrea Atzeni put her improvement down to the easy ground. “She likes to get her toe in,” he said, “and today she was able to show what she can do. And seven furlongs is her trip; last time it was six furlongs at Pontefract on fast ground, no good to her at all.”


Nargys’ trainer Luca Cumani was not present. The three-year-old filly, an 8/1 shot, came home a length and three-quarters clear of 25/1 chance Switcher and 11/4 hope Winning Express, split by a nose. There was a neck back to the fourth Annecdote, with 15/8 favourite Maureen a short-head away in fifth.


“She settled well, travelled well and picked up well,” added Atzeni. “What more could I ask? It’s nice to see her back, and I hope she can go on from this. It will have given her confidence and she was at her best in the autumn last year.”


Second race, 2.10pm: The Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes






Richard Fahey, trainer of Switcher, who was a length-and-three-quarters second in the Group Three Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes, was unable to attend Doncaster today as he is showing horses to owners back at his Malton base but bloodstock agent Robin O’Ryan, who advises Fahey and buys a lot of the horses in his yard, commented: “That was a career best. We were delighted with her absolutely delighted – she has run a blinder.”


Switcher was third in the Listed City of York Stakes last time out and this was a definite step forward for the four-year-old Whipper filly, though were she will next reappear has yet to be decided.



“She loves soft ground so it will be ground dependent on where she goes next.” added O’Ryan


Tony Hamilton, who rode the bay filly said: “She has run brilliantly.”


Ed McMahon, trainer of third Winning Express, said: “We were thinking of going across the pond with her but she has been on the go for a fair time so we will have to see.”




Fashion expert Liz Ackroyd was crowned the DFS Best Dressed Lady at Doncaster this afternoon after fending off strong competition from a field of 10 finalists.


Ackroyd, from Hull, East Yorkshire, is the owner of Fashion Pour La Femme and is no stranger to winning this sort of competition, having won the title of ‘Best Dressed Lady Racegoer in Yorkshire’ in 2010.


She now goes on to represent Doncaster Racecourse in the final of ‘Yorkshire’s Best Dressed Lady 2013′ which is held here at the Racing Post Trophy meeting on October 26.


It would seem that fashion runs in the family as Ackroyd’s daughter, Hollie Dixon, won the equivalent competition at Beverley on their popular Ladies’ Day back in August which means that mother will take on daughter in the final.


As part of her prize for winning the competition, Ackroyd will be whisked away to New York, courtesy of DFS, as well as winning a full-day beauty package which has been provided by Beauty at Doncaster. She has also won an executive suite overnight stay for two at The Crown Hotel, Bawtry.


“I can’t wait to go to New York – it’ll be fab!” said Ackroyd.


“I hope New York is ready for me and I hope my credit card is ready as well as I’ll be hitting the shops!”


“I’ve been racing lots around Yorkshire and was actually in the Best Dressed Lady competition at Beverley that my daughter won. We’ll both be in the final now so I just hope one of us wins it!”


Abbey Bouchen from Doncaster finished second and wins two tickets to London Fashion Week, courtesy of DFS, as does Kirsty Booth from Doncaster, who finished third.


The seven other finalists also receive a total of £75 worth of vouchers to spend at the Bawtry Retail Association and Robinsons of Bawtry.




2.10pm Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes (Group 3)

£60,000 total prize fund. For 3yo+ fillies and mares which have not won a Group 1 Pattern race in 2013, 7f. Weights: 3yo 8st 10lb; 4yo+ 9st. Penalties: after February 28th, 2013, a winner of a Group 3 race 3lb; of a Group 2 race 5lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 4lb. Penalty value 1st £35,520.00 2nd £13,434.00 3rd £6,714.00 4th £3,354.00.


1) NARGYS (IRE) (Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum) Luca Cumani 3-8-10 Andrea Atzeni [3] 8/1

2) SWITCHER (IRE) (Middleham Park Racing LXII) Richard Fahey 4-9-00 Tony Hamilton [6] 25/1

3) WINNING EXPRESS (IRE) (Milton Express Limited) Ed McMahon 3-8-10 Graham Lee [1] 11/4

4) ANNECDOTE (Tom Edwards & Partners) Johnny Portman 3-8-13 Richard Kingscote [5] 9/2

5) MAUREEN (IRE) (Ahmad Alkhallafi) Richard Hannon 3-8-13 Richard Hughes [2] 15/8f

6) ZURIGHA (IRE) (Saeed H Altayer) Richard Hannon 3-8-10 Ryan Moore [8]

7) BETHANY BAY (IRE) (Thistle Bloodstock Limited) Pat Shanahan IRE 3-8-10 Tadhg O’Shea [9]

8) BOASTFUL (IRE) (Louise Quinn) Karl Burke 5-9-00 Daniel Tudhope [7]


8 ran                Non-runners: Ghasabah (Going), The Gold Cheongsam (Going)

Time: 1m 26.30s           Distances: 1¾, nse, nk, sh, 3½, 9, 11

Breeder: Ballylinch Stud            Breeding: Lawman (FR) – Spesialta (Indian Ridge)

Tote     Win £9.30         Place £2.30 £3.70 £1.30            Exacta £226.00


Winning trainer:-Name: Cumani, Luca Matteo Date of birth: 7/4/49; Date of first licence: 1976; First winner: Three Legs, Duke Of York Stakes, York, May 13, 1976 Previous Occupation: Jockey in Italy, France and Britain with 84 winners – assistant to Sergio Cumani and Henry Cecil; Classic wins: (3) Vodafone Derby (1988 Kahyasi, 1998 High-Rise), St Leger (1984 Commanche Run) Other major wins include: Breeders’ Cup Mile (1994 Barathea), Celebration Mile (2013 Afsare), Challenge Stakes (2005 Le Vie Dei Colori), Eclipse-Stakes (2003 Falbrav), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2005 Alkaased), Gran Premio di Milano (2000 Endless Hall), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1990 Ensconse, 2002 Gossamer), Irish Derby (1988 Kahyasi), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1993 Barathea), Italian Oaks (1998 Zomaradah), Japan Cup (2003 Falbrav, 2005 Alkaased), Juddmonte International Stakes (1985 Commanche Run, 1998 One So Wonderful, 2003 Falbrav), Lonsdale Stakes (2002 Boreas), Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile (2001 Gossamer), Prix d’Ispahan (2003 Falbrav), Prix du Moulin (2005 Starcraft), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction, 2003 Falbrav, 2005 Starcraft), Singapore Airlines International Cup (2001 Endless Hall), St James’s Palace Stakes (1985 Bairn, 1987 Half a Year), Sussex Stakes (1991 Second Set), Yorkshire Oaks (1993 & 1994 Only Royale) Ebor (1999 Vicious Circle, 2004 Mephisto, 2007 Purple Moon) Royal Ascot wins: 11 First Royal Ascot winner: Sunny Spring (June 18, 1976 – Windsor Castle Stakes) Major Royal Ascot wins: St James’s Palace Stakes (1985 Bairn, 1987 Half A Year), Queen Anne Stakes (1987 Then Again, 1990 Markofdistinction, 1994 Barathea). Trains at Bedford House Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk Horses in training (1985-2013): 100; 112; 119; 151; 165; 187; 150; 132; 121; 96; 103; 124; 139; 152; 135; 100; 83; 84; 103; 102; 103; 120; 112; 118; 101; 103; 113; 113; 101 Wins in a season (1984-2012): 50; 60; 67; 83; 73; 88; 109; 72; 54; 39; 47; 39; 62; 66; 54; 34; 29; 25; 24; 57; 42; 38; 39; 54; 52; 48; 66; 45; 46 Wins in 2013: 50


Winning Jockey:- Name: Atzeni, Andrea Background: Graduate of the British Racing School. Formerly apprenticed to Marco Botti, having joined the trainer’s Newmarket yard in 2006.  Rode work in the US in the winter of 2008/2009. Maintains links with Botti as well as riding for a number of other trainers including Roger Varian, Luca Cumani and Rod Millman. Major wins:  Cesarewitch (2009 Darley Sun), Premio Lydia Tesio (2012 Sortilege), Winter Derby (2013 Farrajj), Spring Cup (2013 Haaf A Sixpence), Italian Derby (2013 Biz The Nurse), Lancashire Oaks (2013 Emirates Queen), John Smith’s Cup (2013 Danchai), Princess Margaret Stakes (2013 Princess Noor), Betfair Celebration Mile (2013 Afsare), Sceptre Stakes (2013 Nargys) Wins (2008-2012): 30; 47; 41; 55; 54 Wins in 2013: 83






Third race: 2.40pm The Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Race

Winning Quotes




There was a shock result in the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Race at Doncaster this afternoon as 100/1 shot Morning Post dug deep to record a half-a-length success.


The Kevin Ryan-trained colt was a maiden going into this race and was having the seventh start of his career but was largely ignored by punters given the fact he had finished last in a Haydock nursery just five days ago.


However, connections opted to fit blinkers to the two-year-old for the first time and this proved to be an inspired decision as it sparked the requisite improvement needed in order to land a huge payday.


Jockey Paul Mulrennan was surprised that his mount went off such a big price.


“I got a lovely pitch in behind the leaders. If anything, I probably got there a bit soon,” said Mulrennan.

“Kevin (Ryan) said to me this morning no way should this horse be 100/1. He has done some nice bits of work and the blinkers have just done the trick for him. He has always worked like a nice horse at home but has just been dossing on the track but he had the blinkers on today for the big pot. He had a look round today but is only a two-year-old and a big baby. He is a nice horse and going the right way.”


Joint-owner Matt Morgan was equally delighted for the horse, who was named after his late father, Ivan. Morgan is no stranger to big-race success, having won the Gimcrack at York last season with Blaine (also trained by Ryan).


“We’re delighted with this as he was named after my father, Ivan, who was a postman. Mum will be really happy with that as she’s watching at home. You could say that the postman has delivered today!


“He has always had ability. He has been in three sales races and Ryan Moore said after he rode him on Saturday to put the blinkers on him and just bounce him out and make all. Paul (Mulrennan) said that he’d watched the videos of his previous races and agreed. That’s what he has gone and done today so happy days!


“When Blaine won the Gimcrack we were hopeful on the day but today we just came for a day out. This is just an absolute turn-up – though I had a couple of quid on him on the Tote just in case.”


Race 3 – Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes – placed quotes




Trainer Tim Easterby was left slightly ruing the difference half a length meant after his charge Azagal narrowly failed to catch 100/1 winner Morning Post in the valuable Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes. “There’s a lot of money between first and second,” he said, “But we’re still delighted with her. She’s just a gorgeous filly – look at that head on her – and we think a lot of her.”


The difference between first and second was £77,500 but Azagal, a €22,000 yearling, still earned nearly £60,000. The daughter of Azamour, winner of two nurseries in July and sixth in the Lowther Stakes on her previous outing, may turn out again quickly in the Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr on Saturday week.


“She’s had a hard enough race here,” added Easterby, “so we’ll see how she is during the week. But we’ll certainly enter her on Monday.”


“No excuses,” said Azagal’s rider Duran Fentiman. “She ran all the way to the line and she’s as brave as they come.”




Barry McHugh, unseated from Regiment at the start, was passed fit afterwards by the racecourse doctor.




2.40pm Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance 300,000 2-Y-O Stakes

£356,100 total prize fund. For 2yo, whose sire established one or more yearling sales at the main flat bred and mixed public auction sales held in Europe or North America during 2012, as compiled by Weatherbys, 6f 110y. Weights: the weight to be carried by each horse shall be determined by the median price of its sire’s yearlings sold at the main public auction sales held in Europe and North America in 2012, in accordance with the bands shown below:- Up to £9000 8st 6lb; over £9000 to £19000 8st 9lb; over £19000 to £29000 8st 12lb; over £29000 to £38000 9st; over £38000 9st 2lb. Penalties: a winner of a Listed race 3lb; of a Group 3 race 5lb; of a Group 1 or 2 race 8lb. Allowances fillies 5lb. Penalty value 1st £175,129.98 2nd £70,080.48 3rd £35,040.24 4th £17,484.51 5th £8,760.06 6th £8,760.06


1) MORNING POST (Matt & Lauren Mongan) Kevin Ryan b2-9-02 Paul Mulrennan [15] 100/1

2) AZAGAL (IRE) (Roger Sidebottom) Tim Easterby 2-8-04 Duran Fentiman [17] 12/1

3) MAWFOOR (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Brian Meehan 2-8-09 Jimmy Fortune [21] 12/1

4) STEVENTON STAR (Robert Tyrrell) Richard Hannon b2-8-09 Pat Dobbs [6] 33/1

5) ROSSO CORSA (Box 41) Mick Channon 2-8-09 Martin Harley [16]

6) STORMY PARADISE (IRE) (Decadent Racing) Brian Meehan 2-8-09 Frankie Dettori [18]

7) COULSTY (IRE) (Lord Vestey) Richard Hannon 2-8-09 Richard Hughes [7] 9/2f

8) MALACHIM MIST (IRE) (Michael Daniels) Richard Hannon 2-8-12 Sean Levey [1]

9) FOXY CLARETS (IRE) (Hazel Tattersall & G Hyde) Richard Fahey 2-8-06 Patrick Mathers [9]

10) BEN HALL (IRE) (Saeed Manana) John Gosden 2-8-12 William Buick [8]

11) TOBOUGG HAPPY (Saif Ali) James Tate 2-8-01 Silvestre De Sousa [10]

12) KHALICE (The G-Guck Group) Richard Fahey 2-8-07 Tony Hamilton [3]

13) FINFLASH (IRE) (Insignia Racing) Mick Channon 2-8-06 Andrea Atzeni [12]

14) ART OFFICIAL (IRE) (Chris Giles, Potentsis Ltd, J Palmer-Brown) Richard Hannon 2-8-09 Ryan Moore [11]

15) CAPTAIN BOB (IRE) (A Morton) Charlie Hills p2-8-12 Jamie Spencer [13]

16) SUZI’S CONNOISSEUR (Greenstead Hall Racing Ltd) Mark Johnston 2-8-12 Joe Fanning [14]

17) ZARAEE (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) William Haggas 2-9-02 Dane O’Neill [20]

18) TANSEEB (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-00 Graham Lee [19]

19) TANZEEL (IRE) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Charlie Hills 2-8-12 Paul Hanagan [4]

20) STELLA CLAVISQUE (IRE) (Decadent Racing) Brian Meehan b2-8-06 Niall McCullagh [5]

UR) REGIMENT (Terry & Margaret Holdcroft) Richard Fahey 2-8-06 Barry McHugh [2]


21 ran                           Non-runner: Der Blaue Reiter (Horse Claimed)

Time: 1m 20.84s           Distances: ½, hd, sh, 1½, nk, nk, 2½, 4½, 1¼, ½, ½, ¾, ½, 4, 1¼, hd, hd, 2¾, 6

Breeder: T Cooper        Breeding:  Acclamation – Thankful (Diesis)

Tote     Win £109.60     Place £25.90 £4.40 £5.30          Exacta £3,507.50


Winning trainer:-Name: Ryan, Kevin Trains at Hambleton Lodge, Hambleton, Thirsk, North Yorkshire First trainer’s licence: June, 1998 Background: Former jump jockey from Tipperary, partnered 47 winners during his riding career. Spent five years as head lad with Jack Berry and then three years in same capacity with Richard Fahey. First winner: Komlucky, Catterick, July 22, 1998 Major races won: Portland Handicap (2002, 2003, 2004 Halmahera), Gimcrack Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf, 2012 Blaine, 2013 Astaire), Greenlands Stakes (1999 Eastern Purple), Middle Park Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf), Prix de l’Abbaye (2006 Desert Lord), Racing Post Trophy (2005 Palace Episode), Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte (2005 Balthazaar’s Gift), Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes (2006 Wi Dud, 2008 Madame Trop Vite); Duke Of York Stakes (2007 Amafeus Wolf), Ayr Gold Cup (2007 Advanced), Princess Margaret Stakes (2008 African Skies), Sapphire Stakes (2009 Benbaun), Audi King George Stakes (2011 Masamah), Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance 300,000 2-Y-O Stakes (2013 Morning Post) Royal Ascot Wins (5): Buckingham Palace Handicap(2006 Uhoomagoo, 2013 Lightning Cloud),); Norfolk Stakes (2011 Bapak Chinta), Windsor Castle Stakes (2012 Hototo), Wokingham Handicap (2013 York Glory) First Royal Ascot Winner: Uhoomagoo, Buckingham Palace Stakes, June 22, 2006 Number of horses in training (1999-2013): 28; 40; 50; 51; 59; 65; 86; 118; 140;130; 88; 107; 97; 113, 121 Wins (1998-2012): 6; 11; 29; 22; 54; 41; 67; 82; 95; 107; 108; 96; 107; 133; 95 Wins in 2013: 74


Winning jockey:-Name: Mulrennan, Paul Born: April 22, 1982 Background: Son of Irish parents, raised in Ealing, West London. Cousin of jockey John Egan. Attended British Racing School and was then apprenticed to Brian Meehan for two years. Moved to Pat Haslam for two years before linking up with Mick Easterby. Rode out his claim aboard Blue Spinnaker in the Newton Investment Management Handicap at York, May 17, 2006 First Ride: Susan’s Pride, Leicester, July 20, 2000 First Winner: Perchancer, Southwell, April 9, 2001 Big Race Wins: Zetland Gold Cup (2004 Blue Spinnaker); Thirsk Hunt Cup (2004 Blue Spinnaker), QIPCO Jockey Club Stakes (2011 Dandino), King George Stakes (2013 Moviesta), Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance 300,000 2-Y-O Stakes (2013 Morning Post) Royal Ascot Wins (1): King George V Handicap (2010 Dandino) First Goodwood Winner: Moviesta (King George Stakes, August 2, 2013) Goodwood Wins: 1 (1 at July meeting)  Wins (2001-2012): 14; 8; 9; 31; 23; 38; 73; 71; 48; 69; 27; 71 Wins in 2013: 61









Hayley Turner, whose mount Seal Of Approval fell nearly two furlongs out in the Group Two DFS Park Hill Stakes, was taken conscious to Doncaster Royal Infirmary for further assessment.


She was treated on the spot by the Doncaster Racecourse medical team for about 15 minutes before being transferred by ambulance to hospital.


Britain’s most successful female jockey, 30, is reported by some sources to have no obvious injuries from the heavy fall from Seal Of Approval, trained by James Fanshawe, who clipped the heels of the third Alta Lilea.


The Doncaster stewards judged the fall to be an accident.


Racing was delayed because the ambulance had to return to the course. The fifth race has a new scheduled time of 4.25pm – 35 minutes after its scheduled off time.


The sixth race is due off at 5pm and the seventh race at 5.35pm.




Hayley Turner’s heavy fall from Seal Of Approval in the DFS Park Hill Stakes was the first thing in the minds of the winning connections of The Lark.


Jamie Spencer, the winning rider, said: “I was aware of the incident. Hopefully, Hayley is OK and the horse is OK. I don’t like seeing the black screens as that usually means trouble.”


Michael Bell, the winning trainer, declared: “Obviously, it was a desperate thing to happen to Hayley. She has been a great friend and I just hope she is all right.”


Roderick Duncan, Clerk of the Course at Doncaster told At The Races: “Hayley Turner has been transferred to Doncaster Royal Infirmary as a precaution because of the nature of the fall.


“She is conscious and the doctor currently doesn’t think there are any other injuries evident at the moment.”


Seal Of Approval got to her feet after the fall and appeared unscathed.


Race 4 – DFS Park Hill Stakes – winner quotes




On her favoured easy ground, 15/8 favourite The Lark bounced back to the form that brought her third place in the Oaks with an easy victory in the DFS Park Hill Stakes. The daughter of Pivotal, owned and bred by Lady Bamford, beat Phiz a length and a quarter in the Group Two contest, the pair four lengths clear of Alta Lilea.

It was The Lark’s first race since she finished fifth at Saint-Cloud in June, her only race since being beaten four and a half lengths by Ladbrokes St Leger candidate Talent at Epsom. “There’s been nothing wrong with her,” said trainer Michael Bell. “We’ve just been waiting for her ground, simple as that, and now she’ll have an autumn campaign. There’s the Prix de Royallieu on Arc day and the Filly and Mare race on Champions Day, and it will be either or both.”


The Lark is out of Gull Wing, a half-sister to dual Oaks heroine Sariska, and is likely to  remain in training next year. “The dam wasn’t any good until she was four,” added Bell, “and Lady Bamford loves to have a good horse in training, and has the whole family back at the stud.”


Infamously, both Gull Wing and Sariska ended their careers by refusing to race, and The Lark has apparently shown some of their temperament. “She has a little of the family trait,” said Bell, “but she’s very talented.”


The Lark, running beyond 12 furlongs for the first time, saw out the extended mile and three quarters with ease, barely off the bridle as she led inside the final furlong. “She’s already proven her class,” said rider Jamie Spencer, “and she had her ground.”


Fourth race: 3.15pm The DFS Park Hill Stakes

Place Quotes




Connections of 9/1 shot Alta Lilea are looking forward to next season after she finished third behind The Lark in the DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster this afternoon.


The Mark Johnston-trained three-year-old came back after the race with superficial cuts to her hind legs after she clipped heels in the home straight with Seal Of Approval.


Deidre Johnston, wife of trainer Mark, was pleased with the filly following the race and thinks that she could be even better next season.


“We’re delighted with that run as she’s been placed in Listed company before but this was a Group Two and she’s shown she is up to this level.


“Her back legs have come back with superficial cuts which must have happened in the melee in the home straight. It’s probably not affected her that much but it’s can’t have helped either.


“We’ll go back home and see how she is but we’re all hoping she’ll be a better horse with another winter on her back. She’s very nice and we’ll take our time with her.”



3.15pm DFS Park Hill Stakes (Group 2)

£90,000 total prize fund. For 3yo+ fillies and mares, 1m 6f 110y. Weights: 3yo 8st 6lb; 4yo+ 9st 4lb. Penalties: after February 28th, 2013, a winner of a Group 2 race 3lb; of a Group 1 race 5lb.  Penalty value 1st £51,039.00 2nd £19,350.00 3rd £9,684.00 4th £4,824.00 5th £2,421.00 6th £1,215.00.


1) THE LARK (Lady Bamford) Michael Bell 3-8-06 Jamie Spencer [8] 15/8 Fav

2) PHIZ (GER) (Robin Geffen) John Gosden 3-8-06 William Buick [10] 14/1

3) ALTA LILEA (IRE) (Mrs S Bianco & Ms J Bianco) Mark Johnston 3-8-6 Joe Fanning [3] 9/1

4) JATHABAH (IRE) (Mohammed Al Nabouda) Clive Brittain 3-8-08 (2lbow) Richard Hughes [4]

5) JEHANNEDARC (IRE) (Zaro Srl & J Haseler) Ed Dunlop 5-9-04 Ryan Moore [5]

6) WADAA (USA) (Saeed Manana) James Tate h3-8-06 Paul Hanagan [6]

7) SAINT HILARY (Usk Valley Stud) William Muir 4-9-04 Martin Dwyer [7]

8) COQUET (Hon Mary Morrison & Partners) Hughie Morrison 4-9-04 Silvestre e Sousa [1]

F) SEAL OF APPROVAL (T Vestey) James Fanshawe h4-9-04 Hayley Turner [2]


9 ran

Non-runners: Bite Of The Cherry (Going)

Time: 3m 8.95s

Distances: 1¼, 4, 3¾, hd, 5, 2¼, 44

Breeder: Lady Bamford

Breeding:  Pivotal – Gull Wing (IRE) (In The Wings)

Tote Win £2.90 Place £1.30 £3.10 £2.30 Exacta £30.00


Winning trainer:-Name: Bell, Michael Leopold Wentworth Date of birth: 10/10/60 Trains at Fitzroy House, Newmarket, Suffolk Date of first licence:1989 First winner: Pass The Peace, Fred Darling Stakes, Newbury, April 14, 1989 Previous Occupation: Assistant for three years with Mercy Rimell, three years with Paul Cole and a period with Comte Roland de Chambure in France. British Classic Winners (2): Investec Derby (2005 Motivator), Investec Oaks (2009 Sariska) Major wins include: Fred Darling Stakes (1989 Pass The Peace), Italian Oaks (2001 Zanzibar),July Stakes (2003 Nevisian Lad), Matron Stakes (2006 Red Evie), Mill Reef Stakes (1994 Princely Hush), Molecomb Stakes (1994 Hoh Magic), Nell Gwyn Stakes (1992 A-To-Z), Prix Morny (1994 Hoh Magic), St Simon Stakes (1994 Persian Brave) Lockinge (2007 Red Evie), Hungerford Stakes (2007 Red Evie), Tattersalls Musidora Stakes (2009 Sariska), Darley Irish Oaks (2009 Sariska), Middleton Stakes (2010 Sariska), Grand Prix de Chantilly (2010 Allied Powers), Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (2011 Margot Did), Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (2011 Wigmore Hall, 2012 Wigmore Hall), DFS Park Hill Stakes (2013 The Lark) 1,000th Winner: Allied Powers, Grand Prix de Chantilly, June 6, 2010 Royal Ascot Wins (6): Windsor Castle Stakes (2002 Revenue); Sandringham Handicap (2006 Red Evie, 2009 Moneycantbuymelove), Britannia Handicap (2007 Eddie Jock), Coventry Stakes (2008 Art Connoisseur), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2009 Art Connoisseur) First Goodwood win: Blockade (South Coast Radio Nursery, October 4, 1991) Total Goodwood wins: 16 (6 at July Meeting) Horses in training (1989-2013): 30; 47; 53; 65; 75; 79; 90; 88; 81; 77; 81; 95; 97; 94; 89; 92; 94; 89; 94; 107; 107; 109; 97; 97; 106 Wins (1989-2012): 18; 21; 43; 39; 42; 55; 42; 46; 34; 41; 70; 52; 45; 52; 36; 55; 39; 46; 47; 72; 48; 54; 44; 52 Wins This Year: 38


Winning jockey:-Name: Spencer, James (Jamie) Peter Date of Birth: 08/06/1980 Background:. Champion apprentice in Ireland 1999. Stable jockey to Aidan O’Brien in 2004, now freelance in Britain. Formerly married to Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer. Won 2002 Champion Bumper at Cheltenham on Pizarro. British Classic Wins (2): Investec Oaks (2009 Sariska), St Leger (2003 Brian Boru) Irish Classic Wins (3): Irish 1,000 Guineas (1998 Tarascon, 2002 Gossamer), Irish Oaks (2009 Sariska) Other Big Race Wins Include: Champion Stakes (2005 David Junior), Coral-Eclipse (2006 David Junior), Fillies’ Mile (2001 Gossamer), Haydock Sprint Cup (2005 Goodricke), Lockinge Stakes (2007 Red Evie), Middle Park Stakes (2004 Ad Valorem), Nunthorpe Stakes (2002 Kyllachy), Racing Post Trophy (2008 Crowded House), Matron Stakes (2006 Red Evie), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2000 Sequoyah), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2004 Powerscourt), Criterium de Saint-Cloud (2001 Ballingarry), Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (2006 Desert Lord), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (2004 Oratorio), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2001 King Charlemagne), Singapore Airlines International Cup (2001 Endless Hall), Dubai Duty Free (2006 David Junior), Man O’War Stakes (2011 Cape Blanco), Arlington Million (2011 Cape Blanco), Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (2011 Cape Blanco), QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup (2011 Fame And Glory), QIPCO British Champions Sprint (2012 Maarek)  Royal Ascot wins (20): St James’s Palace Stakes (2007 Excellent Art), Coventry Stakes (2001 Landseer, 2008 Art Connoisseur), Britannia Handicap (2003 New Seeker), Queen Mary Stakes (2004 Damson), Hampton Court Stakes (2004 Moscow Ballet), King Edward VII Stakes (2004 Five Dynasties), Albany Stakes (2005 La Chunga, 2007 Nijoom Dubai, 2011 Samitar, 2013 Kiyoshi), Windsor Forest Stakes (2006 Soviet Song), Royal Hunt Cup (2006 Cesare), Sandringham Handicap (2006 Red Evie, 2009 Moneycantbuymelove), Britannia Handicap (2006 Sir Gerard), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2007 Enjoy The Moment), Norfolk Stakes (2009 Radiohead), Gold Cup (2011 Fame And Glory), Wokingham Handicap (2013 York Glory) First Goodwood win: Rizerie (Celer et Audax Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, June 30, 2000) Goodwood wins: 42 (11 at July Meeting) Wins in Britain (1998-2012): 3, 8, 78, 112, 86, 103, 27, 180 (Champion Jockey), 155, 207 (Shared Champion Jockey with Seb Sanders); 153; 130; 108;103 Wins in 2013: 85







Race 5 – Maiden – winner quotes




Pupil, trained by Richard Hannon, showed the benefit of a previous lesson as he came top of the class in the maiden. The neatly-named colt – by Mastercraftsman out of Blue Iris – stormed past his rivals through the final furlong to take the mile contest at 4/1 by a length and a half from Double Bluff.


On his only previous run he had finished 10th of 12 at Newbury as 7/2 favourite. “He was a bit green then in a race that wasn’t run to suit,” said rider Richard Hughes, “but this time he knew what to do.”


Pupil, a €130,000 yearling, may have the 10-furlong Zetland Stakes at Newmarket as his next target. “He’ll be a lovely one to go to war with next year,” said Richard Hannon jr. “He was always a lovely yearling but took time to come to himself and was a bit weak and disorganised first time and needed a run to sort himself out.


“But he’s got a lot of scope and a good action and attitude. He looks a proper horse, and he’s got a proper pedigree.”


The colt’s dam is a Listed-placed sprinter from the family of smart performers Swiss Lake, Swiss Spirit and Anita’s Prince.


Fifth race: 3.50pm The EBF Maiden

Place Quotes




Double Bluff delighted connections after a very encouraging debut in which the two-year-old finished a length-and-a-half second behind winner Pupil in the EBF Maiden at Doncaster this afternoon.


The 12/1 shot cut out most of the running and stayed on strongly after hitting a flat spot and connections are now looking forward to next year with the son of Azamour.


“We’re delighted with that run as we don’t really wind our juveniles up too much for their debut,” said Deirdre Johnston, wife of trainer Mark.


“We’ll look to try and win a maiden with him this year but he’ll be a much stronger horse next season. His dam was a winning half-sister to our smart stayers Double Eclipse and Double Trigger who Ron (Huggins) owned and this one looks as if he’ll want a trip in time.”


Connections of the third-placed horse Raven Ridge were also happy with the way their juvenile had performed in the race.


“We’re very happy with that as he’ll come on a lot for the run,” said trainer Michael Bell.


“We’ll try and find a small race for him this year but we expect him to come into his own as a three-year-old.”




3.50pm EBF Maiden

£12,000 total prize fund. For 2yo which are E.B.F. eligible, 1m (str). Weights: colts and geldings 9st 5lb; fillies 9st. Penalty value 1st £7,762.80 2nd £2,310.00 3rd £1,154.40 4th £577.20.


1) PUPIL (Andrew Tinkler) Richard Hannon 2-9-05 Richard Hughes [8] 4/1

2) DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE) (Ron Huggins) Mark Johnston 2-9-05 Joe Fanning [7] 12/1

3) RAVEN RIDGE (IRE) (Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar) Michael Bell 2-9-05 William Buick [3] 11/2

4) FAST DELIVERY  (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-9-05 Silvestre De Sousa [5] 5/2f

5) COURAGEOUS ROCK (USA) (Ballymore Downunder Syndicate) Ed Vaughan 2-9-05 Jimmy Fortune [6]

6) MISS ACCLAIMED (Market Avenue Racing, Acorn Partnership) Brian Ellison 2-9-00 Dale Swift [9]

7) HARD DIVORCE (USA) (Qatar Racing Ltd) David Brown 2-9-05 Jamie Spencer [10]

8) NEWGATE QUEEN (W Johnson) Tony Coyle 2-9-00 Barry McHugh [11]

9) COME ON SUNSHINE (Mel Roberts and Nicola Meese) Richard Fahey 2-9-05 Tony Hamilton [2]

10) LEISURE CRUISE (USA) (Julie Wood) Richard Hannon 2-9-05 Pat Dobbs [4]


10 ran

Non-runners: Alpine Retreat (Going)

Time: 1m 42.48s

Distances: 1½, 3¾, ½, ¾, 7, sh, 3¾, 3¼, 13

Breeder: Camas Park Stud

Breeding: Mastercraftsman (IRE) – Blue Iris (Petong)

Tote     Win £5.40         Place £1.90 £4.00 £2.40            Exacta £60.80


Winning Trainer: Name- Hannon, Richard Michael Date of birth: 30/5/45 Date of first licence:1970 Trains at Marlborough, Wiltshire Other details: Champion trainer in 1992 & 2010  First Winner: Ampney Prince, Newbury, April 17, 1970 First Group Winner: Crespinall (Nassau Stakes, 1972, Goodwood) British Classic wins: (3) 2000 Guineas (1973 Mon Fils, 1987 Don’t Forget Me, 1990 Tirol) Other major wins: Irish 2,000 Guineas (1987 Don’t Forget Me, 1990 Tirol, 2010 Canford Cliffs), Falmouth Stakes (1991 Only Yours, 1993 Niche, 1994 Lemon Souffle, 1995 Caramba), July Cup (1992 Mr Brooks), Lockinge Stakes (1993 Swing Low, 2010 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1993 Lemon Souffle), Nunthorpe Stakes (1992 Lyric Fantasy), Prix de l’Abbaye (1992 Mr Brooks), Prix du Cadran (1993 Assessor), Prix Royal-Oak (1992 Assessor), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2000 Bold Edge), QIPCO Sussex Stakes (2003 Reel Buddy, 2010 Canford Cliffs, 2013 Toronado), Cheveley Park Stakes (2006 Indian Ink), Gran Criterium (2007 Scintillo), Prix de la Foret (2008 Paco Boy), Prix Jean Prat (2010 Dick Turpin), Champagne Stakes (1986 Don’t Forget Me, 2011 Trumpet Major, 2012 Toronado)  Royal Ascot wins: 33 First Royal Ascot winner: Fly Baby (June 17, 1981 – Queen Mary Stakes) Major Royal Ascot wins: St James’s Palace Stakes (2010 Canford Cliffs), Royal Hunt Cup (2008 Mr Aviator), Wokingham Handicap (1990 Knight Of Mercy, 1994 Venture Capitalist), King Edward VII Stakes (1992 Beyton), Queen Mary Stakes (1981 Fly Baby, 1992 Lyric Fantasy, 1993 Risky, 2006 Gilded, 2011 Best Terms), Coronation Stakes (2007 Indian Ink), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1992 Shalford), Queen Anne Stakes (2009 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs), Coventry Stakes (1989 Rock City, 2009 Canford Cliffs, 2010 Strong Suit), 2013 Coronation Stakes (2013 Sky Lantern) Number of horses in training (1985-2013): 67; 75; 74; 80; 85; 107; 131; 139; 155; 178; 167; 155; 149; 145; 155; 162; 147; 169; 169; 149; 169; 163; 184; 190; 204; 231; 270; 264  Wins in a Year (1982-2012): 38; 43; 28; 37; 56; 33; 42; 55; 72; 125; 153; 182; 112; 115; 110; 94; 108; 123; 134; 112; 121; 122; 113; 145; 127; 148; 189; 188; 210; 218; 218  Champion Trainer: 1992, 2010, 2011 Wins in 2013: 189


Winning jockey:-Name: Hughes, Richard David. Date of birth: 11/1/73 Background: Son of trainer Dessie, Richard began riding ponies aged five, and won his first pony race three years later. Apprenticed to his father, he rode six winners in his first season, when just 15. He continued to ride over the jumps during the winter, and won the 1997 Irish Champion Hurdle. In 2001 he became retained jockey for Prince Khalid Abdulla, until he left the post in November 2007. Now rides for father-in-law Richard Hannon. First winner: Viking Melody (Roscommon maiden, August 2, 1988) British Classics (2): QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2013 Sky Lantern), Investec Oaks (2013 Talent) French Classic Wins (3): Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (2002 Zenda), Prix de Diane (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (2004 American Post) Irish Classic Wins (1): Irish 2,000 Guineas (2010 Canford Cliffs) Other Big Race Wins Include: Cheveley Park Stakes (2006 Indian Ink), Falmouth Stakes (2010 Music Show), Haydock Sprint Cup (2004 Tante Rose), Darley July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), QIPCO Sussex Stakes (2010 Canford Cliffs, 2013 Toronado), Criterium de Saint-Cloud (2006 Passage Of Time), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2008 Youmzain), Prix du Cadran (1998 Invermark), Prix d’Ispahan (2001 Observatory), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (2003 American Post), Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Derby Italiano (1996 Bahamian Knight), Gran Premio d’Italia (1995 Posidonas), Premio Vittorio di Capua (1996 Mistle Cat), Lockinge Stakes (2010 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs), Champagne Stakes (2011 Trumpet Major, 2012 Toronado), Nassau Stakes (2012 The Fugue) Royal Ascot Wins (27): St James’s Palace Stakes (2010 Canford Cliffs), Jersey Stakes (1995 Sergeyev, 1996 Lucayan Prince, 2011 Strong Suit), King’s Stand Stakes (1995, Piccolo), Wokingham Stakes (2000 Harmonic Way), Duke Of Edinburgh H’cap (2002, Thundering Surf), Norfolk Stakes (2002, Baron’s Pit), Wolferton Rated H’Cap (2002 Ulundi), Buckingham Palace Stakes (2002, Demonstrate), Coventry Stakes (2003 Three Valleys, 2009 Canford Cliffs, 2010 Strong Suit), Balmoral Handicap (2003 Deportivo), Ribblesdale Stakes (2003 Spanish Sun), Albany Stakes (2004 Jewel In The Sand, 2010 Memory), Queen Mary Stakes (2006 Gilded, 2011 Best Terms), Coronation Stakes (2007 Indian Ink, 2013 Sky Lantern), Royal Hunt Cup (2008 Mr Aviator), Chesham Stakes (2008 Free Agent, 2009 Big Audio), Queen Anne Stakes (2009 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs), Ascot Stakes (2009 Judgethemoment) Wins in Britain (1994-2012): 19; 68; 62; 33; 55; 95; 102 91; 126; 121; 73; 124; 113; 139; 127; 144; 192; 130; 177* *champion jockey  Wins in 2013: 172








Sixth race: 4.25pm The Download The Ladbrokes Bingo App Handicap

Winning Quotes




Pearl Ice produced a tenacious performance to land the Download The Ladbrokes Bingo App Handicap by a neck at Doncaster this afternoon.


The 11/1 shot was always prominent and took up the running with a furlong to go but as they entered the final stages of the race, his rivals were bearing down on him at a rate of knots and it looked like the five-year-old would be swallowed up.


However, jockey Graham Gibbons galvanised his mount to produce one last effort and the gelding gamely responded, fending off the persistent challenge of runner-up and 9/2 favourite Fairway To Heaven to claim the victory.


Pearl Ice had disappointed last time out when well fancied for the Great St Wilfrid Stakes at Ripon but had run well there when second the time before and Barron was convinced that his charge had put his best foot forward today.


“That was a good performance,” said trainer David Barron.


“He’s a game horse and he’s really stuck his neck out there. He didn’t run too badly last time out but maybe the ground was too quick and it was slightly better company than he faced here.


“He ran really well at Ripon the time before on good to soft and is a decent sprinter on his day. He’s also shown that he can carry weight well so we’re hopeful he can land another race before the season is out.”


Race 6 – Download The Ladbrokes Bingo App Handicap – placed quotes




A neck defeat for 9/2 favourite Fairway To Heaven in the Download the Ladbrokes Bingo App Handicap has led to a change of plans for the four-year-old. “We were going to go for the Ayr Gold Cup after winning this,” said trainer Michael Wigham, “but obviously we won’t get in now. So we’ll have to find a Plan B.”


Fairway To Heaven, owned by a group of golfing enthusiasts, was having only his fifth start, and second this year. “He’s needed time, and we’ve given it to him,” added Newmarket-based Wigham. “A furlong out he was travelling like a winner but the ground was a bit slow and dead today and in the closing stages he just got stuck in it.


“But even though the ground was against him, he’s run a blinder and we’re delighted with him. He’s going to be a proper Saturday horse.”


The son of Jeremy was ridden by Frankie Dettori, who said: “He was the last off the bridle, but in the last bit the ground was just too sticky.”




4.25pm Download The Ladbrokes Bingo App Handicap

£15,000 total prize fund. For 3yo+, rated 76-90, 6f. Weights: highest weight: 4yo+ 9st 7lb; 3yo 9st 5lb; minimum weight:  8st 7lb, 3-y-o 8st 5lb. Penalties: after August 31st, each race won 6lb. Weight for age: 3yo from 4yo+ 2lb. Penalty value 1st £9,703.50 2nd £2,887.50 3rd £1,443.00 4th £721.50.


1) PEARL ICE (Lauren O’Kane & Paul Murphy) David Barron 5-9-07 Graham Gibbons [6] 11/1

2) FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN (IRE) (Palatinate Thoroughbred Racing Limited) Michael Wigham 4-9-01 Frankie Dettori [14] 9/2f

3) THUNDERBALL (The Doncaster Racing Club) Scott Dixon p7-9-05 Tom Queally [16] 6/1

4) JACK LUEY (The Jack Partnership & S Rimmer) Lawrence Mullaney 6-9-03 Tom Eaves [9]

5) ROCKET ROB (IRE) (John Searchfield) Willie Musson 7-8-12 William Buick [12]

6) BABY STRANGE (Market Avenue Racing Club Ltd) Derek Shaw 9-8-11 Adam McLean (7) [13]

7) IF SO (Hopper, Grundy, Handscombe) James Fanshawe 4-9-04 Hayley Turner [21]

8) DARK CASTLE (J Cox and E Tasker) Micky Hammond 4-9-02 P J McDonald [8]

9) LINE OF REASON (IRE) (Taylor’s Bloodstock Ltd) Paul Midgley 3-9-02 Graham Lee [19]

10) TAROOQ (USA) (Hon Robert Hanson) Stuart Williams t7-9-00 Andrea Atzeni [20]

11) WEST LEAKE DIMAN (IRE) (Henry Barton) Charlie Hills h4-9-03 Richard Kingscote [7]

12) LUPO D’ORO (IRE) (S Malcolm, M Winwright, P Tindall) John Best 4-9-02 Robert Winston [5]

13) ARCTIC FEELING (IRE) (Percy / Green Racing 2) Richard Fahey 5-9-01 Tony Hamilton [1]

14) AL KHAN (IRE) ( Violet Jordan p4-9-01 Adam Kirby [2]

15) MAYAASEM (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Charlie Hills 3-8-13 Paul Hanagan [22]


15 ran

Non-runners: Love Island, Zacynthus, Saloomy, Muthmir, Shafaani, B Fifty Two, Enderby Spirit (all Going)

Time: 1m 13.23s

Distances: nk, nk, 1, ¾, ½, 2, 1, sh, ns, 1, 2¼, ¾, 2¾, hd

Breeder: Canary Thoroughbreds

Breeding: Iffraaj – Jezebel (Owington)

Tote     Win £12.70       Place £4.30 £2.20 £2.20            Exacta £97.40


Winning trainer:-Name: Barron, Thomas David Date of birth: 20/9/45 Trains at Maunby, North Yorkshire Date of first licence: 1969 Major wins include: Ayr Gold Cup (1996 Coastal Bluff), Coral Sprint Trophy (2006 Rising Shadow), Lincoln Handicap (1991 Amenable), Nunthorpe Stakes (1997 Coastal Bluff (dead-heat with Ya Malak)), Stewards’ Cup (1994 For The Present, 1996 Coastal Bluff), Victoria Cup (2006 Partners In Jazz),  Zetland Gold Cup (2007 Flipando), Portland Handicap (1996 Musical Season, 2010 Poet’s Place) Number of horses in training (1973-2013): 2; 4; 7; 6; 11; 18; 26; 22; 17; 19; 22: 32: 42: 51: 53: 43: 43: 49: 48: 50: 50: 41: 37: 29: 49: 34: 33: 45: 63: 62: 65: 46: 82: 76; 79; 71; 71; 32; 35; 52; 67 Wins (1988-2012): 18; 24; 58; 38; 41; 27; 36; 29; 29; 38; 15; 33; 49; 40; 56; 71; 59; 45; 76; 53; 43; 52; 32; 56; 57; 50 Wins This Year: 52


Winning jockey:-Name: Gibbons, Graham Background: Apprenticed to Reg Hollinshead and then rode as retained jockey to owner John Fretwell. Son of a psychiatric nurse, he is a former all-Ireland pony club champion. Big race wins: Cornwallis Stakes (2004 Castelletto), Diomed Stakes (2007 & 2008 Blythe Knight), Richmond Stakes (2005 Always Hopeful), Lincoln Handicap (2006 Blythe Knight), Hambleton Stakes (2007 Blythe Knight), Goffs Flying Five Stakes (2010 Astrophysical Jet), Dubai Airport World Trophy (2010 Astrophysical Jet), Achilles Stakes (2011 Noble Storm) Royal Ascot wins (1): Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (2007 Pevensey)  Wins 2000-2012: 7; 54; 45; 34; 30; 58; 53; 32; 31; 82; 96; 87; 63 Wins in 2013: 80









The attendance on the second day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster, DFS Ladies’ Day, Thursday, September 12, showed an increase over last year.


Despite a poor morning weather-wise, nearly 14,000 people came to Doncaster Racecourse today, as against 13,700 in 2012.


Mark Spincer, Managing Director of Doncaster Racecourse, said: “We are pleased to have attracted such a good crowd for DFS Ladies’ Day and look forward to the final two days of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.


“We wish Hayley Turner all the best following her fall in today’s feature race, the DFS

Park Hill Stakes, and hope she makes a speedy recovery.”




The going at Doncaster remains Good to Soft after the second day of the Ladbrokes St Leger meeting though there is rain forecast for this evening.


Roderick Duncan, Clerk of the Course, said: “There is a 90% chance that we’ll get between 3mm and 7mm of rain this evening and we’ll look again at 6am tomorrow morning to see if it has eased the ground at all.


“There is an outside chance of some more drizzle tomorrow but there’s not a great deal forecast and the outlook for Saturday is much better as it’s due to stay dry with bright sunshine all day.”


Race 7 – DFS Handicap – winner quotes




Clon Brulee may have earned a tilt at the Cambridgeshire after his battling victory in the closing DFS Handicap. The David Barron-trained four-year-old, a 7/1 shot, saw off Tha’ir (13/2) after a sustained duel for more than a furlong, with 7/2 favourite Conduct a closing third.


The win gave Barron and rider Graham Gibbons a quick-fire 95/1 double after Pearl Ice’s victory in the previous race. “I wish I could ride 10 of him every day,” said Gibbons of Clon Brulee. “He’s an absolute saint – I’d put my son or daughter on him – and he puts 110 per cent into his job every time.”


Clon Brulee, bred by his owner Colette Twomey, launched his third season with two victories from as many runs and with ease in the ground came back to his progressive spring form. “When he ran at York in July the ground was plenty quick enough,” said Barron, “and last time he ran badly at Goodwood for the second time, so we’ll give there a miss with him in future.


“After that we just left him at home until the right race on the right ground came along. He’s in the Cambridgeshire, which is a possibility, and also in the big handicap at Newbury next weekend. We’ll see how he is, but he’s had a light season; we’ve left him alone purposely.”


Clon Brulee has had a light career altogether, with three runs at two and four last year. “He’s had a couple of blips,” added Barron, “but there are not many horses who go through life without. But his ability has always been there.”




Duran Fentiman was found guilty of using his whip above the permitted level after finishing second on Azagal in the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance £300,000 2-y-o race. The stewards suspended him for two days, Thursday and Sunday, September 26 & 29.


Jimmy Fortune was also found to have used his whip above the permitted level when third on Mawfoor in the same race. Fortune’s ban is also Thursday and Sunday, September 26 & 29.




5.00pm DFS Handicap

£25,000 total prize fund. For 3yo+, rated 96-110, 1m 2f 60y. Weights: highest weight: 4yo+ 9st 12lb; 3yo 9st 5lb; minimum weight 8st 12lb, 3-y-o 8st 5lb. Penalties: after August 31st, each race won 6lb. Penalty value 1st £16,172.50 2nd £4,812.50 3rd £2,405.00 4th £1,202.50.


1) CLON BRULEE (IRE) (Colette Tworney) David Barron 4-9-02 Graham Gibbons [11] 7/1

2) THA’IR (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-04 Silvestre De Sousa [7] 13/2

3) CONDUCT (IRE) (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Royal Palace) William Haggas 6-9-05 Ryan Moore [8] 7/2f

4) BLACK SPIRIT (USA) (Alan Spence) Clive Cox t6-9-10 Adam Kirby [9]

5) PROUD CHIEFTAIN (Prince Racing Partnership) Clifford Lines p5-9-06 William Buick [2]

6) VIEWPOINT (IRE) (The Heffer Syndicate) Richard Hannon 4-9-05 Richard Hughes [5]

7) RESURGE (IRE) (Chris & David Stam) Stuart Kittow t8-9-06 Tom Queally [6]

8) AUSSIE REIGNS (IRE) (The Old Brokers) William Knight v3-8-08 Paul Hanagan [12]

9) SENNOCKIAN STAR (The Vine Accord) Mark Johnston v3-9-03 Joe Fanning [3]

10) GREEK WAR (IRE) (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 4-9-08 Ahmed Ajtebi [1]


10 ran               Non-runners: Ottoman Empire, Hot Bed, Classic Punch (all going), Spifer (Self Cert – Lame)

Time: 2m 12.71s           Distances: ¾, nk, nk, 2½, 1¼, hd, 1, 7, 7

Breeder: Collette Twomey         Breeding: Modigliani (USA) – Cloneden (IRE) (Definite Article)

Tote     Win £8.40         Place £2.90 £2.00 £1.80            Exacta  £60.50

Winning trainer:-Name: Barron, Thomas David Date of birth: 20/9/45 Trains at Maunby, North Yorkshire Date of first licence: 1969 Major wins include: Ayr Gold Cup (1996 Coastal Bluff), Coral Sprint Trophy (2006 Rising Shadow), Lincoln Handicap (1991 Amenable), Nunthorpe Stakes (1997 Coastal Bluff (dead-heat with Ya Malak)), Stewards’ Cup (1994 For The Present, 1996 Coastal Bluff), Victoria Cup (2006 Partners In Jazz),  Zetland Gold Cup (2007 Flipando), Portland Handicap (1996 Musical Season, 2010 Poet’s Place) Number of horses in training (1973-2013): 2; 4; 7; 6; 11; 18; 26; 22; 17; 19; 22: 32: 42: 51: 53: 43: 43: 49: 48: 50: 50: 41: 37: 29: 49: 34: 33: 45: 63: 62: 65: 46: 82: 76; 79; 71; 71; 32; 35; 52; 67 Wins (1988-2012): 18; 24; 58; 38; 41; 27; 36; 29; 29; 38; 15; 33; 49; 40; 56; 71; 59; 45; 76; 53; 43; 52; 32; 56; 57; 50 Wins This Year: 53


Winning jockey:-Name: Gibbons, Graham Background: Apprenticed to Reg Hollinshead and then rode as retained jockey to owner John Fretwell. Son of a psychiatric nurse, he is a former all-Ireland pony club champion. Big race wins: Cornwallis Stakes (2004 Castelletto), Diomed Stakes (2007 & 2008 Blythe Knight), Richmond Stakes (2005 Always Hopeful), Lincoln Handicap (2006 Blythe Knight), Hambleton Stakes (2007 Blythe Knight), Goffs Flying Five Stakes (2010 Astrophysical Jet), Dubai Airport World Trophy (2010 Astrophysical Jet), Achilles Stakes (2011 Noble Storm) Royal Ascot wins (1): Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (2007 Pevensey)  Wins 2000-2012: 7; 54; 45; 34; 30; 58; 53; 32; 31; 82; 96; 87; 63 Wins in 2013: 81





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