Qatar Goodwood Festival 2016 – all the news on fifth day

QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2016

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

FIFTH DAY, SATURDAY, JULY 30

 

GOING REMAINS GOOD TO FIRM FOR FIFTH DAY

 

The going for the fifth and final day of the Qatar Goodwood Cup remains:

 

Good to Firm

 

It was dry overnight and a dry day is forecast.

 

The ground has been watered.

 

There is fresh ground on the top bend for today’s racing.

 

Stalls:

Straight Course: Stands’ side.

Round Course: Inside, except 1m 4f course which is outside.

 

NON-RUNNERS

 

2.35pm Qatar Handicap

9   PARIS PROTOCOL (Self Certificate, Lame)

10   WHITE SHAHEEN (Self Certificate, Bruised Foot)

14   DANEHILL KODIAC (IRE) (Self Certificate, Going)

 

3.45pm Qatar Stewards’ Cup

10   CLEAR SPRING (IRE) (Self Certificate, Coughing)

 

4.20pm Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden

14   ULTIMAT POWER (IRE) (Self Certificate, Coughing)

 

4.55pm Qatar Handicap

3   PALAWAN (Self Certificate, Temperature)

 

6.00pm Qatar Apprentice Handicap

7   BANDITRY (IRE) (Self Certificate, Rash)

10   EURYSTHEUS (IRE) (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)

 

 

 

 

 

 


QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2016

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

FIFTH DAY, SATURDAY, JULY 30

 

MOORE HOME AND HOSED?

 

A sparkling 25.47/1 treble for Ryan Moore on the fourth day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival yesterday means that he is in pole position to land the Racing UK Top Jockey Award, having ridden six winners in total.

 

Moore is two winners ahead of James Doyle, his nearest pursuer, with Kiwi pilot James McDonald, who returns to Australia tomorrow, just behind Doyle on three victories. Moore has a book of five rides at the Sussex track this afternoon, as does Doyle, on the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

 

However, given that Moore is riding two odds-on shots in the shape of Minding (1/4 for the Qatar Nassau Stakes) and Lockheed (4/6 for the Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden), Betfred have closed their book on the title and a spokesman for the firm said Moore was ‘home and hosed’.

 

Betfred are still betting on the Top Trainer award at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. Sir Michael Stoute (four winners) is currently leading the table but it is Aidan O’Brien who is the 6/5 favourite to end up on top even though he has trained three winners so far this week. Stoute is next in the market at 6/4, with Mark Johnston (three winners) the only other trainer quoted at 11/4.

 

Racing UK Top Jockey Award – Leading Contenders

 

Ryan Moore (five rides – currently on six winners)

 

Projection (2.00pm – Qatar Stewards’ Sprint)

Shabbah (2.35pm – Qatar Handicap)

Minding (3.10pm – Qatar Nassau Stakes)

Growl (3.45pm – Qatar Stewards’ Cup)

Lockheed (4.20pm – Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden)

 

James Doyle (five rides – currently on four winners)

 

Misterioso (2.00pm – Qatar Stewards’ Sprint)

Move Up (2.35pm – Qatar Handicap)

Beautiful Romance (3.10pm – Qatar Nassau Stakes)

Baccarat (3.45pm – Qatar Stewards’ Cup)

Hornsby (4.55pm – Qatar Handicap)

 

James McDonald (four rides – currently on three winners)

 

Beaverbrook (2.35pm – Qatar Handicap)

Queen’s Trust (3.10pm – Qatar Nassau Stakes)

Hold Tight (3.45pm – Qatar Stewards’ Cup)

Venturous (4.55pm – Qatar Handicap)

 

BETTING NEWS FROM BETFRED

 

Dancing Star has been the best-backed horse in the big betting race of the fifth and final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the Qatar Stewards’ Cup (3.45pm), and she now heads the market with Betfred at 5/1, having been a 13/2 chance when trading started this morning.

Andrew Balding’s filly was a good winner at Newmarket recently and carries a 6lb penalty for that success. The joint bottom-weight looks set to go off favourite but there has also been a brace of horses backed at bigger prices for the six-furlong dash. The Karl Burke-trained Rivellino is now 20/1 (from 28/1) and Richard Fahey’s Withernsea, the mount of Jamie Spencer, has also been cut to the same price (from 33/1).

The best-backed horse of the day comes in the Qatar Handicap (2.35pm) where Dal Harraild is now a solid 9/2 shot (from 6/1) for trainer William Haggas.

In the feature race, the Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes (3.10pm), Minding has backed to the exclusion of every other runner and is the red-hot 1/4 favourite (from 2/7), while in the Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden, Lockheed is now the odds-on favourite at 4/6 (from evens).

 

Betfred Market Moves – Fifth day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival

2:00pm – Qatar Stewards’ Sprint

5/1 (from 11/2) – Projection; 11/1 (from 14/1) Dougan; 12/1 (from 16/1) – Nuno Tristan; 11/1 (from 16/1) – Barnet Fair; 20/1 (from 40/1) – Fairway To Heaven

 

2:35pm – Qatar Handicap

9/2 (from 6/1) – Dal Harraild; 6/1 (from 7/1) – Move Up; 10/1 (from 12/1) – Emperor Napoleon

 

3:10pm – Qatar Nassau Stakes

1/4 (from 2/7) – Minding

 

3:45pm – Qatar Stewards’ Cup

5/1f (from 13/2) – Dancing Star; 20/1 (from 28/1) – Rivellino; 20/1 (from 33/1) – Withernsea

 

4:20pm – Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden

4/6 (from evens) – Lockheed; 25/1 (from 66/1) – Syncopation

 

4:55pm – Qatar Handicap

4/1 (from 11/2) - Venturous

 

6:00pm – Qatar Apprentice Handicap

9/2 (from 9/1) – Open The Red; 5/1 (from 9/1) – Bathos; 14/1 (from 20/1) – Craftsmanship

 

STEWARDS’ ENQUIRY FOR THE PRESS

 

A five-star filly and a handicap which offers more possibilities than the national lottery are features of the Qatar Goodwood Festival’s final day.

 

This finale to five days of great sport dominates the racing pages and pull-outs of the national press, whose tipsters have been working overtime to find those all-important Saturday winners. In a rare show of unity, they agree Minding will win the Qatar Nassau Stakes, but then strike out in a multitude of directions when dissecting the rest of a tricky card.

 

Claude Duval of The Sun sums up the thoughts of many when writing: “Minding is set to turn today’s Nassau into a walkover,” while the Racing Post reminds readers that her jockey, although not a man for signs of nervous anticipation, is probably keen to land the prize, revealing: “Not many Group Ones in Britain and Ireland have eluded Ryan Moore, but this is one.” The nation’s daily racing paper adds that Moore is bidding to become the fourth jockey this century to achieve the Qatar Sussex/Qatar Nassau double, while Aidan O’Brien, who trains Minding, has already mopped up 11 Group One races this year.

 

No horse is certain to win a race, but Minding’s presence in the five-runner contest comes close to making that dictum a lie, and her odds will be far too short for most punters today. That is a tiny price to pay for the chance to see such an equine athlete in the flesh, and those who like a flutter have a raft of tricky handicaps from which to find winners or placed horses at prices that will turn a £2 each-way bet into a very jolly journey home from the Downs.

 

The pick of these handicap teasers is also a highlight of the week, the £250,000 Qatar Stewards’ Cup, the sort of race which gives newspaper tipsters brain strain. Kimberella is the choice of the Daily Mail’s Sam Turner, while the five-year-old mare Ridge Ranger is napped by Newsboy of the Daily Mirror. “Not since Lochsong’s triumph in 1992 has one of the girls landed the cavalry charge,” says the tipster, “but Eric Alston’s mare is at the top of her game.”

 

Lochsong was trained at Kingsclere by Ian Balding, and his son, Andrew, has a leading contender for the race in Dancing Star. Balding Jr tells Tom Peacock of The Daily Telegraph: “She is only three and is going to look a slip of a thing compared to those older sprinters, but you do not get many chances to run from the bottom of the weights in a £250,000 handicap.”

 

The Daily Star’s Patrick Weaver is also a Ridge Ranger fan, and the booking of Jason Hart gives rise to the headline ‘Alston flier is all Hart’, although the same paper’s TV Bets column says Toofi will make his backers grin.

 

Alben Star ticks Templegate’s box in The Sun, Withernsea is the choice of The Times’ Rob Wright, while Orion’s Bow carries the hopes of Chris Cook in The Guardian, and Pricewise of the Racing Post advises punters to take a punt on G Force, who was a 50/1 shot with Coral overnight.

 

Reviews of yesterday’s racing include fulsome praise for Take Cover, winner of the Qatar King George Stakes. Marcus Townend of the Daily Mail reveals the prize money won by Take Cover – nearly £178,000 – is almost double the amount ever landed by trainer David Griffiths’s string in an entire season.

 

There is praise also for Ryan Moore, who rode a treble on day four of the meeting, and landed a gamble for punters when guiding Franklin D to victory in the Betfred Mile. Quoted by Graham Clark in I, Moore says: “I just had to wait for it to happen,” implying he was merely a passenger, when aficionados would recognise that would be far from true. The bookies took a hammering, and to the tune of £5m, according to David Yates in the Daily Mirror.

 

An update from earlier in the week concerns Big Orange – owned and trained like Franklin D by Bill Gredley and Michael Bell respectively – and a ready winner of Thursday’s Qatar Goodwood Cup. The Daily Mail and The Guardian quote Gredley saying he was “leaning towards not running” Big Orange in the Melbourne Cup.

 

Moore and James Doyle have been the jockeys to follow this week, but Australia-based Kiwi James McDonald has gained more plaudits. He tells Mark Souster in today’s The Times he would have loved to play rugby – a sport in which size matters in reverse to racing – and that his fellow jockeys based in Britain have nicknamed him Skippy.

 

He leaves Britain tomorrow after an extended stay, but seems certain to bounce back this way before long.

 

DETTORI REMAINS FIVE AWAY FROM 3,000TH BRITISH WINNER

 

Frankie Dettori remains five winners short of his 3,000th British winner after the three-time British Champion Jockey failed to register a winner on the fourth day of the 2016 Qatar Goodwood Festival.

 

Having tasted success on Thursday in the Group Qatar Richmond Stakes (2.35pm) aboard the Richard Hannon-trained Mehmas, his 65th Qatar Goodwood Festival winner and 192nd victory at the track, the most successful current rider at the West Sussex racecourse drew a blank on the penultimate day of the Festival.

The Italian’s best result yesterday came in the Group Three Betfred Glorious Stakes (2.00pm), in which he finished a three-quarter length second aboard the Roger Charlton-trained Ayrad.

 

Dettori has five rides at the Sussex venue today including Swiss Range in the day’s showpiece event, the Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes (3.10pm). John Gosden’s filly was eighth in the Prix De Diane at Chantilly last time and bids to provide Dettori with his third victory in the race following the successes of Lailani in 2001 and Ouija Board in 2006.

 

Dettori partners Spring Loaded in Europe’s richest handicap, the Qatar Stewards’ Cup (3.45pm). Paul D’Arcy’s charge was a prolific winner on the All-Weather during the winter and is drawn in stall 27, one off the stands’ side. Dettori won the six furlong contest last year aboard Magical Memory.

 

Dettori’s five rides today are:

Shraaoh (Qatar Handicap, 2.35pm)

SwissRange (QatarNassau Stakes, 3.10pm)

Spring Loaded (Qatar Stewards’ Cup, 3.45pm)

Ghayyar (Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden, 4.20pm)

Bobby Wheeler (Qatar Handicap, 4.55pm)

 

Dettori’s three rides yesterday finished:

Ayrad (Betfred Glorious Stakes, 2.00pm) – Second

Monks Stand (Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Nursery Handicap, 4.20pm) – Seventh

Al Neksh (Betfred Mobile Handicap, 5.30pm) – Fourteenth

 

Dettori’s five mounts on Thursday finished:

High Shields (Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap, 2.00pm) – Ninth

Mehmas (QatarRichmond Stakes, 2.35pm) – First

Sandro Botticelli (Qatar Goodwood Cup, 3.10pm) – Eleventh

Mill Springs (Markel Insurance Fillies’ Stakes, 3.45pm) – Fourth

Amabilis (Dove 100 Colours EBF British Stallion Studs Fillies’ Maiden, 4.20pm) – Second

 

Dettori’s six mounts on Wednesday finished:

Platitude (BeringIce Gordon Stakes, 2.35pm) – Eighth

Galileo Gold (QatarSussex Stakes, 3.10pm) – Second

Global Applause (Victoria Racing Club Molecomb Stakes, 3.45pm) – Third

The Lacemaker (Markel Insurance Fillies’ Maiden, 4.20pm) – Ninth

Shaan (EBF Breeders’ Series Veuve Clicquot Fillies’ Handicap, 4.55pm) – Fourth

Afjaan (NatWest Handicap, 5.25pm) – Sixth

 

Dettori’s five rides on Tuesday finished:

Tupi (QatarLennox Stakes, 3.10pm) – Sixth

Gold Prince (Better Odds with Matchbook Summer Handicap, 3.45pm) – Fifth

Thesme (Weatherbys Private Bank Handicap, 4.20pm) – Second

Mazyoun (Irish Thoroughbred Marketing EBF Stallions Maiden, 4.55pm) – Sixth

Shwaimsa (Smarter Bets with Matchbook Betting Exchange Fillies’ Handicap, 5.30pm) – Tenth

 

QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2016

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

FIFTH DAY, SATURDAY, JULY 30

 

RACING UK LEADING JOCKEY AWARD – STANDINGS AT START OF FIFTH DAY

 

Jockey      1st   2nd   3rd

Ryan Moore     6   2   4

James Doyle     4   3   4

James McDonald     3   5   2

Adam Kirby     2   1   1

Frankie Dettori     1   4   1

Silvestre De Sousa    1   2   -

Paul Hanagan     1   1   1

Andrea Atzeni     1   1   -

Oisin Murphy     1   1   -

Martin Dwyer     1   -   1

Jamie Spencer     1   -   1

David Allan     1   -   -

Gregory Benoist     1   -   -

Jimmy Fortune     1   -   -

Shane Gray     1   -   -

Robert Havlin     1   -   -

David Probert     1   -   -

Franny Norton     -   1   3

Martin Harley     -   1   2

Pat Dobbs     -   1   1

Charles Bishop     -   1   -

Edward Greatrex     -   1   -

Seamie Heffernan    -   1   -

Sean Levey     -   1   -

Dane O’Neill     -   1   -

Jim Crowley     -   -   2

Nathan Evans     -   -   1

Joe Fanning     -   -   1

Luke Morris     -   -   1

Fergus Sweeney     -   -   1

Daniel Tudhope     -   -   1

 

LEADING TRAINER AT THE QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL – STANDINGS AT START OF FIFTH DAY

Trainer      1st   2nd   3rd

Sir Michael Stoute    4   1   2

Mark Johnston     3   5   4

Aidan O’Brien IRE     3   2   2

Michael Bell     2   -   -

Charlie Appleby     1   3   2

Ed Dunlop     1   2   1

Richard Hannon     1   1   1

Saeed bin Suroor     1   1   1

Ralph Beckett     1   1   -

Mick Channon     1   1   -

Charlie Hills     1   -   1

Andrew Balding     1   -   -

Tony Carroll     1   -   -

John Gosden     1   -   -

David Griffiths     1   -   -

Hughie Morrison     1   -   -

Amanda Perrett     1   -   -

Francois Rohaut FR    1   -   -

Kevin Ryan     1   -   -

Ian Williams     1   -   -

Hugo Palmer     -   2   2

Roger Charlton     -   1   -

Paul Cole     -   1   -

Luca Cumani     -   1   -

David Elsworth     -   1   -

Dean Ivory     -   1   -

Sylvester Kirk     -   1   -

Jeremy Noseda     -   1   -

Sir Mark Prescott     -   1   -

Nigel Tinkler     -   1   -

Richard Fahey     -   -   2

David Simcock     -   -   2

Robert Cowell     -   -   1

Mick Easterby     -   -   1

Robert Eddery     -   -   1

Alan King      -   -   1

William Knight     -   -   1

David O’Meara     -   -   1

James Tate     -   -   1

Marcus Tregoning    -   -   1

 

QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2016 – WINNERS

 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

2:00 Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap – FIRE FIGHTING (Alan Spence) Mark Johnston 5-9-05 Adam Kirby 8/1 Co Fav

2:35 G2 Qatar Vintage Stakes – WAR DECREE (Andrew Rosen, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith) Aidan O’Brien IRE 2-9-01 Ryan Moore 6/4 Fav

3:10 G2 Qatar Lennox Stakes – DUTCH CONNECTION (Godolphin) Charlie Hills 4-9-03 James McDonald 9/4 Fav

3:45 Better Odds With Matchbook Summer Handicap – ELIDOR (Jon & Julia Aisbitt) Mick Channon 6-9-10 Silvestre de Sousa 16/1

4:20 Weatherbys Private Bank Handicap – BOOM THE GROOM (Gary Attwood) Tony Carroll 5-9-00 Adam Kirby 13/2

4:55 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing EBF Stallions Maiden – BEST SOLUTION (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-9-00 James Doyle 11/2

5:30 Smarter Bets With Matchbook Betting Exchange Fillies’ Handicap – DESERT HAZE (H H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifia Al Thani) Ralph Beckett 3-8-09 Oisin Murphy 13/2

 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

2:00 Matchbook Betting Exchange Goodwood Handicap – STAR RIDER (Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib) Hughie Morrison 4-8-13 Jimmy Fortune 11/1

2:35 G3 BeringIce Gordon Stakes – ULYSSES (Niarchos Family) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-01 Andrea Atzeni 9/2

3:10 G1 Qatar Sussex Stakes (British Champions Series) – THE GURKHA (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O’Brien, IRE 3-9-00 Ryan Moore 11/8 Fav

3:45 G3 Victoria Racing Club Molecomb Stakes – YALTA (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-01 James Doyle 8/1

4:20 Markel Insurance Fillies’ Maiden – PERFECT ANGEL (Mildmay Racing & D H Caslon) Andrew Balding 2-9-00 David Probert 8/1

4:55 EBF Breeders’ Series Veuve Clicquot Fillies’ Handicap – SAGACIOUSLY (The Sagacious Lot) Ed Dunlop 4-9-11 James Doyle 14/1

5:25 NatWest Handicap – SHADY McCOY (Allwins Stables) Ian Williams 6-9-06 James Doyle 14/1

 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

1.20 The Magnolia Cup – ALKETIOS (Gilbert & Gamble) Chris Gordon – Isabelle Taylor

2:00 Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap – YOU’RE HIRED (George Materna) Amanda Perrett 3-8-02 Martin Dwyer 9/1

2:35 G2 Qatar Richmond Stakes – MEHMAS (Al Shaqab Racing) Richard Hannon 2-9-03 Frankie Dettori 7/2

3:10 G2 Qatar Goodwood Cup (British Champions Series) – BIG ORANGE (Bill Gredley) Michael Bell 5-9-08 Jamie Spencer 11/4 Fav

3:45 G3 Markel Insurance Fillies’ Stakes – CALIFORNIA (Denford Stud) John Gosden 4-9-06 Robert Havlin 9/2

4:20 Dove 100 Colours EBF British Stallion Studs Fillies’ Maiden – RHODODENDRON (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith) Aidan O’Brien IRE 2-9-00 Ryan Moore 10/11 Fav

4:55 Telegraph Nursery Handicap – BEAR VALLEY (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-06 James McDonald 8/1

5:30 Tatler Handicap – LAUGHTON (Angie Bailey) Kevin Ryan 3-8-05 Shane Gray 13/2

 

Friday, July 29, 2016

2:00 Betfred Glorious Stakes (Group 3) – KINGS FETE (Khalid Abdullah) Sir Michael Stoute 5-9-01 Ryan Moore 5/2 Fav

2:35 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3) – THIKRIYAAT (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-01 Paul Hanagan 9/4 Fav

3:10 Betfred Mile (Heritage Handicap) – FRANKLIN D (Bill & Tim Gredley) Michael Bell 4-9-01 Ryan Moore 7/4 Fav

3:45 Qatar King George Stakes (Group 2) – TAKE COVER (Norcroft Park Stud) David Griffiths 9-9-02 David Allan 8/1

4:20 Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Nursery Handicap – FINAL RECKONING (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 2-9-01 James McDonald 9/2 Fav

4:55 L’Ormarins Queens Plate Stakes (Group 3) – AL JAZI (Al Shaqab Racing) Francois Rohaut FR 3-8-10 Gregory Benoist 12/1

5:30 Betfred Mobile Handicap – POET’S WORD (Saeed Suhail) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-07 Ryan Moore 7/4 Fav

 

 

RAIN SHOULD CEASE

 

Seamus Buckley, Goodwood’s Clerk of the Course, reported that the rain this morning at Goodwood ahead of the fifth and final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival had not been forecast but will probably cease around lunchtime.

 

The going description at 12.15am remained Good to Firm on both the Straight Course and the Round Course.

 

Buckley said at 12.15am “It was dry overnight but this morning we have had three and a half millimetres up to noon and more since which is very disappointing for everyone – the forecasters don’t deserve to get paid!

 

“The rain was not forecast in four different forecasts but I am still calling the going Good to Firm at the moment, though, obviously, I will reassess the situation before the start of racing. It may be heading towards good ground.

 

“We watered last night, because we had to as it was nearly firm ground. We put five millimetres on the straight and also watered the bends. If I had known it was going to rain, I may have put less water on the course. Though if the ground had been firm and we had rain on top of that, it would have been a recipe for disaster.

 

“The Going Stick reading at 9am was 8.1, the same as on the Tuesday and Wednesday. The groundstaff have worked tirelessly before and during the Qatar Goodwood Festival to deliver the best possible ground.

 

“There is fresh ground on the inner of the upper bend after the dolled-out rail was taken back to its original line and this benefit the runners in the Qatar Nassau Stakes.

 

“The straight course, when I walk it, almost seems identical from one side to the other, though it is slightly easier on the stands’ side in the last furlong and a half where the ground is shaded by the stands and does not dry out as quickly as the far side.  This is a marginal difference but the pace of the race is important and jockeys lose ground by coming across. If I was riding today, I would come down the middle of the straight course.”

UPDATED NON-RUNNERS AT NOON

 

2.35pm Qatar Handicap

9   PARIS PROTOCOL (Self Certificate, Lame)

10   WHITE SHAHEEN (Self Certificate, Bruised Foot)

12   REGAL MONARCH (Going)

14   DANEHILL KODIAC (IRE) (Self Certificate, Going)

 

3.45pm Qatar Stewards’ Cup

10   CLEAR SPRING (IRE) (Self Certificate, Coughing)

 

4.20pm Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden

14   ULTIMAT POWER (IRE) (Self Certificate, Coughing)

 

4.55pm Qatar Handicap

3   PALAWAN (Self Certificate, Temperature)

16   MEDBURN DREAM (Self Certificate, Bruised Foot)

 

6.00pm Qatar Apprentice Handicap

7   BANDITRY (IRE) (Self Certificate, Rash)

10   EURYSTHEUS (IRE) (Self Certificate, Not Eaten Up)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2016

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

FIFTH DAY, SATURDAY, JULY 30

 

Minding (IRE) Factfile – Favourite for today’’s G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes

 

Born: February 10, 2013

Breeder: Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt

Breeding: b f Galileo – Lillie Langtry (Danehill Dancer)

Owner: Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE

Jockey: Ryan Moore

Form: 21211-1211

 

*Became the first filly since Kazzia in 2002 to complete the QIPCO 1000 Guineas-Investec Oaks double.

*Subsequently defeated her elders when successful in the G1 Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes over 10 furlongs at the Curragh on June 26.

*Only reversal this season came when going down by a head to Jet Setting in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 22, the pair clear. Minding banged her head leaving the stalls and looked unlucky not to win.

*Crowned European champion two-year-old filly at the Cartier Racing Awards last season following victories in the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh & G1 Dubai Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.

*Currently rated 120 in the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings – the joint top-rated three-year-old filly in the world.

Race record: Starts: 9; Wins: 6; 2nd: 3; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £1,182,326

 

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor

Derrick Smith – Background: Former Ladbrokes trading director, now based in Barbados with wife Gay. Currency trading helped him to be worth £570 million in 2016 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Built the largest house on Barbados, at a cost of £30 million. Racing interests: In 2004, joined Coolmore as an investor and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight atop such horses as Investec Derby winners Camelot (2012) and Australia (2014) and Investec Oaks heroines Minding (2016), who has also won the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and G1 Pretty Polly Stakes this season, and Was (2012). Others to sport his silks include 2016 Irish 2,000 Guineas and Qatar Suusex Stakes winner The Gurkha, 2016 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes victor Highland Reel, 2011 Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach, 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup victor St Nicholas Abbey, Ascot Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory, Simply Perfect, Astronomer Royal, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well as Australian import So You Think. Gay Smith has owned a number of jumpers including Holywell, a dual winner at the Cheltenham Festival. Their son Paul owned 2014 Ladbrokes St Leger hero Kingston Hill, trained by Roger Varian. Sue Magnier – Background: Born October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien (who saddled two Investec Oaks winners as well as six Investec Derby victors). Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since teaming up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O’Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £783 million according to 2016 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad other business interests include stakes in Barchester nursing homes and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Spain and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O’Brien’s best horses. Those to have carried the Magnier dark blue silks include Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant’s Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. Michael Tabor – Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain before selling to Coral in 1995. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe’s largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor’s fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of online bookmaker BetVictor and the Sandy Lane Hotel. Valued at £625 million in 2016 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers such as the Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral (2002 Derby), Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me, Gleneagles, Found and 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches. 

Previous Qatar Nassau Stakes wins: 2007 Peeping Fawn, 2008 Halfway To Heaven, 2015 Legatissimo

 

 

S10.

Aidan O’Brien IRE

Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O’Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders’ title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O’Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, King Torus, Ishvana and Qualify. Phenomenally successfully trainer with a passion for detail. Gained his fifth Qatar Sussex Stakes victory earlier this week with The Gurkha. Has won the Investec Derby five times in all. Has won the Investec Oaks six times (latest Minding this year) and the Investec Coronation Cup a record seven times. The O’Briens’ son Joseph rode the 2012 & 2014 Investec Derby winners Camelot (first father/son partnership to achieve this) and Australia. Joseph is now training at Piltown. Their other children Sarah, Ana and Donnacha have all ridden winners. Training Record: One of Ireland’s most successful all-time trainers since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O’Brien at John Magnier’s Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996.

Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 18 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2015. Champion British Flat trainer four times: 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008. First trainer to have three consecutive winners in the Investec Derby with Australia (2014), following on from Ruler Of The World (2013) and Camelot (2012).

British Classic wins (25): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World & 2014 Australia), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was, 2015 Qualify, 2016 Minding), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen, 2016 Minding), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot, 2015 Gleneagles), Ladbrokes St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light). His 34 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot, 2014 Australia). His 48 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-2009). Other Major Wins include: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2016 Highland Reel), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas), Qatar Sussex Stakes (2000 Giant’s Causeway, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2009 Rip Van Winkle, 2016 The Gurkha)

Previous Qatar Nassau Stakes wins: 2007 Peeping Fawn, 2008 Halfway To Heaven

 

Ryan Moore

Born: September 18, 1983. Background: From a family steeped in racing. His late grandfather Charlie was a trainer, dad Gary, a former jump jockey, is a trainer under both codes, while mum Jayne was an accomplished amateur rider, as was his aunt Candy Morris. Older brother Jamie is a successful jump jockey who has just had his best season, while his sister Hayley has also ridden winners as an amateur and his youngest brother, Joshua, has followed the others into a riding career and is a jump jockey. Moore’s career began over hurdles, when making a winning debut as an amateur on Mersey Beat at Towcester on May 15, 2000, but he soon concentrated on the Flat. First major success on the Flat came as a 5lb claimer when he captured the 2002 Cesarewitch at Newmarket on the Martin Pipe-trained Miss Fara. Appointed first rider to Sir Michael Stoute in November, 2007 and became first jockey for Coolmore-owned runners at start of 2015 season. He is the second most successful current jockey (up to and including the third day of the 2016 Qatar Goodwood Festival 2016) at Goodwood with 120 successes, 34 of which have been at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. He is in demand worldwide. Accolades: British champion apprentice in 2003 (59 winners); British champion jockey three times – 2006 (182 wins), 2008 (192), 2009 (178). Gained first Longines World Best Jockey Award in December, 2015. British Classic Wins (8): Investec Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy, 2016 Minding), Investec Derby (2010 Workforce, 2013 Ruler Of The World), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2012 Homecoming Queen, 2015 Legatissimo, 2016 Minding), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2015 Gleneagles). Other Major Wins Include: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (2011 Wrote, 2012 George Vancouver, 2015 Hit A Bomb), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2008 & 2009 Conduit, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found), Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2013 Dank), Hong Kong Cup (2010 Snow Fairy), Hong Kong Vase (2015 Highland Reel), Hong Kong Mile (2015 Maurice), Coral-Eclipse (2007 Notnowcato), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2009 Conduit, 2016 Highland Reel), Japan Cup (2013 Gentildonna), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2010 Workforce), Dubai Sheema Classic (2014 Gentildonna), Dubai Turf (2016 Real Steel), Prix du Jockey-Club (2014 The Grey Gatsby), Irish Champion Stakes (2014 The Grey Gatsby), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), Melbourne Cup (2014 Protectionist), Canadian International (2013 Joshua Tree, 2014 Hillstar, 2015 Cannock Chase), Yorkshire Oaks (2014 Tapestry), Prix Marcel Boussac (2014 Found, 2015 Ballydoyle), Beverly D Stakes (2013 Dank, 2014 Euro Charline), Secretariat Stakes (2014 Adelaide), Falmouth Stakes (2014 Integral), Sun Chariot Stakes (2014 Integral), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2015 Gleneagles), Dewhurst Stakes (2009 Beethoven, 2015 Air Force Blue), Mile Championship (2015 Maurice), French 2000 Guineas (2016 The Gurkha) Coronation Stakes (2014 Rizeena), Hardwicke Stakes (2010 Harbinger, 2011 Await The Dawn, 2012 Sea Moon), Coventry Stakes (2011 Power, 2016 Caravaggio), Gold Cup (2013 Estimate, 2016 Order Of St George), King Edward VII Stakes (2013 Hillstar), St James’s Palace Stakes (2015 Gleneagles), Ribblesdale Stakes (2016 Even Song), Pretty Polly Stakes (2016 Minding), Qatar Sussex Stakes (2016 The Gurkha)

No previous Qatar Nassau Stakes wins

 

 

GURKHA’S BATTLING SUSSEX SUCCESS CAPS MEMORABLE WEEK AT GOODWOOD

 

With the concluding day of the 2016 Qatar Goodwood Festival upon us, this year’s meeting has once again lived up to expectations with a feast of top quality action over the first four days.

 

Mark Johnston’s love affair with the Sussex venue continued in the first race of the Festival as his eight-year-old Fire Fighting won the Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap (2.00pm), the first of three winners for the Middleham trainer so far this week.

 

The two feature races of day one, the Group Two Qatar Vintage Stakes (2.35pm) and Group Two Qatar Lennox Stakes (3.10pm), went to the powerhouses of Ballydoyle and Godolphin respectively, with War Decree, trained by Aidan O’Brien and the Charlie Hills-trained Dutch Connection taking the spoils respectively.

 

The second day of the meeting saw the much anticipated clash take place between the English, Irish and French 2,000 Guineas winners Galileo Gold, Awtaad and The Gurkha in the mile Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes (3.10pm). The three-year-old colts were renewing their rivalry following the victory of Hugo Palmer’s charge in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

 

On this occasion however, Aidan O’Brien’s colt The Gurkha avenged for his defeat at Ascot by beating Galileo Gold a neck in a thrilling renewal of the Group One showpiece worth £1 million. Richard Fahey’s Ribchester was a short-head back in third while Awtaad finished a well-beaten eighth. The Gurkha’s win provided O’Brien with his fifth victory in the race and Ryan Moore his first success in the famous contest.

 

Among the other highlights on Wednesday’s card was Ulysses’ victory in the Group Three BeringIce Gordon Stakes (2.35pm) who bounced right back to his best after coming home 12th in the Investec Derby for Sir Michael Stoute and Andrea Atzeni. Mark Johnston’s Yalta broke the two-year-old course record time in the five-furlong Group Three Victoria Racing Club Molecomb Stakes (3.45pm). James Doyle completed a 2,024/1 treble on the day following two more victories on Sagaciously [EBF Breeders’ Series Veuve Clicquot Fillies’ Handicap, 4.55pm] and Shady McCoy [NatWest Handicap, 5.25pm].

 

Thursday’s racing started with Izzy Taylor partnering Alketios to success in the Magnolia Cup (1.20pm), the Goodwood charity race. Highlights included Frankie Dettori registering his 2,995th British winner and his 65th victory at the Qatar Goodwood Festival courtesy of Mehmas’ neck victory in the Group Two Qatar Richmond Stakes (2.35pm). The feature of day three, the Group Two Qatar Goodwood Cup (3.10pm) saw Big Orange record back-to-back successes in the race following a gutsy front-running display for Jamie Spencer, Michael Bell and owner Bill Gredley. The trio can now dream of another potential trip to Australia with the colt for the Melbourne Cup, in which he finished fifth last year.

 

The fourth day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival belonged to Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore who registered 30.28/1 and 25.47/1 trebles respectively, with Stoute gaining his 75th Qatar Goodwood Festival winner and Moore his 34th Festival success and sixth victory of the week. Moore partnered Stoute’s Kings Fete [Group Three Betfred Glorious Stakes, 2.00pm] and Poet’s Word [Betfred Mobile Handicap, 5.30pm] to glory before landing a major gamble aboard the well-backed Franklin D in the Betfred Mile (3.10pm) providing Bell and Gredley with a notable double after Big Orange’s Qatar Goodwood Cup victory. Thikriyaat, winner of the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (2.35pm) and ridden by Paul Hanagan, completed Stoute’s treble.

 

Australian-based and New Zealand-born James McDonald capped off a fine week by gaining his third success of this year’s Festival aboard Charlie Appleby’s Final Reckoning in the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap (4.20pm), while the French combination of Francois Rohaut and Gregory Benoist recorded successive victories in the Group Three L’Ormarins Queens Plate Stakes (4.55pm) courtesy of Al Jazi’s length and three-quarter win. In yesterday’s feature race, the evergreen nine-year-old Take Cover, trained by David Griffiths, became the first horse to regain the five-furlong Group Two King George Stakes (3.45pm) as he battled to a gutsy neck victory.

 

Another Glorious Goodwood comes to a close today with the Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes (3.10pm) featuring the world’s joint-best three-year-old filly Minding, followed by the very competitive Qatar Stewards’ Cup (3.45pm), Europe’s richest sprint handicap.

 

 

HOOF IT GIVES EVANS PERFECT BIRTHDAY PRESENT

 

Hoof It rolled back the years to give young jockey Nathan Evans the perfect birthday present as the pair landed the first race of the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the Qatar Stewards’ Sprint.

 

Evans turned 19 today and belied his inexperience to give the former Qatar Stewards’ Cup winner (Hoof It carried top-weight to win the race in 2011) a peach of a ride. Evans joined trainer Mick Easterby as an apprentice two years ago and had his first winner at Thirsk on April 18, 2015. Evans rode 12 winners last season and this was his 28th winner of the current campaign.

 

“That was a lovely birthday present,” said Evans. “To have a winner at Glorious Goodwood on Stewards’ Cup day, on Hoof It as well, is brilliant. He’s a great horse. He’s been good to me – it’s a dream. We came out of stall 11 and the boss (trainer Mick Easterby) deliberately chose as near to the inside as he could. We jumped out nicely but, for a long way, he didn’t travel that well for me.

 

“He stuck at it very well though. I don’t know why he loves it here so much. He’s getting old now – he’s a nine-year-old, and maybe a bit of cut in the ground suits him better nowadays. I think that helped him today. It’s unreal and I couldn’t ask to do it on a better horse – he’s just incredible. The boss is a great trainer and everyone in the yard who look after Hoof It does a great job to keep him right. I had the feeling that I had won. We got racing quite early but he just keeps battling and staying on.

 

“I’ve showjumped all my life back home in Ireland (Evans is from County Derry) but I always wanted to get into racing. I got an opportunity at Mick Easterby’s two years ago and I took that chance. The boss said come on a week’s trial and I’m still on my week’s trial! He’s a great man to work for is Michael. He’s very good, very fair and if you put in the work, he’ll give you the chances. I understand Mr Westwood (Lee – golfer) is very busy playing golf out in America but I’m sure I’ll speak to him soon. I’d like to thank him for the ride. Hopefully, I can do it all again on Hoof Along in the Stewards’ Cup!”

 

2:00 Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Handicap (Consolation Race For The Qatar Stewards’ Cup)

1 Hoof It (Chubby Chandler & Lee Westwood) Mick Easterby 9-9-09 Nathan Evans (5) 8/1

2 Related (Taylor’s Bloodstock Ltd) Paul Midgley 6-9-06 Luke Morris 16/1

3 Nuno Tristan (Nick Bradley Racing 16) Richard Fahey 4-9-07 Adam McNamara (5) 13/2

4 Stellarta (Vincent Ward) Michael Blanshard 5-8-11 David Probert 50/1

11/2 Fav Projection (5th)

 

28 ran; Time:  1m 10.37s; Distances: nk, ¾, ¾

Tote  Win £13.40 Place £2.60,£5.50,£3.70,£14.40 Exacta £215.10

Breeder: Bond Thoroughbred Corporation; Breeding: b g Monsieur Bond (IRE)  – Forever Bond (Danetime (IRE))

Mick Easterby – 7 Goodwood wins (6 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

Nathan Evans – 1 Goodwood wins (1 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

RELATED BEATS ALL BAR HOOF IT AS FAR-SIDE RAIL COMES OUT ON TOP

 

Trainer Paul Midgley is at Hamilton races this afternoon, but his absence did not prevent Related running a cracking race in the £75,000 Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Handicap over six furlongs.

 

A 16/1 chance, Related was beaten a neck by the heavily gambled-on  8/1 winner Hoof It, and was three-quarters of a length ahead of third-placed Nuno Tristan (13/2) – the 50/1 shot Stellarta from Michael Blanshard’s stable was fourth. Nuno Tristan, trained by Richard Fahey and ridden by Adam McNamara, has been running over seven furlongs of late, and he was staying on strongly at the finish.

 

The first two finished near the far side rails, suggesting horses drawn high near the stands’ rail will be disadvantaged in the £250,000 Qatar Stewards’ Cup, though Stellarta raced there.

 

Related is owned by Taylor’s Bloodstock Ltd, which is headed by Leeds-based Andy Taylor. He, Midgley and jockey Luke Morris who rode Related, will team up again later this afternoon with Ninjago, who runs in the Qatar Stewards’ Cup.

 

Taylor said: “We bought Related for 65,000 guineas at the October Horses-in-Training Sale and sent him to Paul. The horse needs good, fast ground, and the monsoon season we’ve endured for the past three months did not suit him at all.

 

“It probably got him well-handicapped to be honest – this race was an early closer and so he had to run off 92, whereas his mark is now 90. That 2lb probably cost us.

 

“He’s run really well, but it feels half-empty and half-full at the moment. I thought he would run really well today, but he didn’t want to go in the stalls and I was a bit worried there for a minute or two.

 

“We would have loved this horse to run in the big race [the Qatar Stewards’ Cup] but we have Ninjago for that race – unfortunately, looking at the result of this race, we’re not well drawn in stall 25. He’s in good form so you never know.”

 

RAIN HAS AFFECTED THE GROUND

 

Jockeys reported their views of the ground after the first race on day five the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Handicap.

 

Adam McNamara, jockey of the one-length third Nuno Tristan, remarked: “It’s good ground. The rain has got into the ground.”

 

Hector Crouch, rider of fifth-placed Charles Molson, commented: “It is still quick ground but there is plenty of water on it now.”

 

Rob Hornby, partnering Handsome Dude (10th), said: “It is on the easy side of good. The rain has affected the ground.”

 

Jim Crowley, on board Lightning Charlie (12th), said: “It is nearly good ground out there and it is a bit loose. The rain has taken the sting out of it.”

 

Jamie Spencer, rider of Shamshon (14th), described the ground as: “Good.”

 

Paul Mulrennan, aboard Gamesome (17th), said: “The rain has got into it. It is good ground out there.”

 

Franny Norton, partner of Barnet Fair (18th), said: “It’s just a bit loose.”

 

Adam Kirby, partner of Dougan (19th), said: “It is good ground but is maybe on the easier side due to the rain.”

 

James Doyle, rider of Misterioso (25th), said: “It is very loose ground.”

 

Harry Bentley, jockey of Cool Bahamian (27th), commented: “It is pretty good ground.”

 

Kieran Shoemark, on board Extrasolar (28th), remarked: “It is a little bit loose. The rain has taken the sting out of the ground.”

 

 

 

 

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DAL HARRAILD WIN IS SET IN STONE

 

In another nip-and-tuck Goodwood finish, Dal Harraild thrust his head out to land the Qatar Handicap for William Haggas’s Newmarket stable.

 

The winner, who was ridden by Pat Cosgrave, carried the colours of his breeder, Andrew Stone of St Albans Bloodstock Ltd. Dal Harraild, a well-backed 5/1 chance, beat Al Shaqab Racing’s Shraaoh (7/1) by a short head, with Move Up (6/1) a head back in third.

 

Haggas is thinking of a York challenge and a possible black-type race for the three-year-old gelding next – the horse is entered in the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes, but the Melrose Handicap is another possibility.

 

“I’ll have to talk to Phil [Smith, the handicapper] this evening,” said Haggas with a smile. “What will he go up for today’s win – 3lb?”

 

Stone said he would leave the issue to the trainer. Of his racing interests, he added: “I got into racing through a Highclere syndicate and was with them for 11 or 12 years. I had some wonderful times with horses like Petrushka, Harbinger and Distinction, but I always wanted to breed and I’m lucky enough to have 11 mares that board out at various studs.

 

“This horse is the first one I have bred – the mare, Dalvina, was very good. She won the Pretty Polly Stakes [Listed race at Newmarket] by six lengths and was favourite for the [2007] Oaks, but it rained on the Wednesday beforehand and we knew she couldn’t win after that.

 

“Sadly, it took her four seasons to get in foal, and this is her first – she is now in foal to Golden Horn and she has a Nathaniel foal on the ground.

 

“I don’t second-guess William and will leave the future plans to him.”

 

DAL HARRAILD IS PUNTERS’ PAL IN QATAR HANDICAP

 

Pat Cosgrave registered his second Qatar Goodwood Festival winner and his 11th victory at the Sussex venue following Dal Harraild’s (5/1) narrow success in the Qatar Handicap, the second race on the final day of the meeting.

 

William Haggas’ charge travelled kindly throughout the one mile and four furlong contest but looked to have plenty to do approaching the final furlong.

 

However, the three-year-old son of Champs Elysees stayed on gamely inside the final half-furlong and managed to get his head in front close home under an all-out Cosgrave ride to score by a short-head from Shraaoh, with Move Up a further head back in third.

 

The jockey, gaining his first winner of the week at the meeting, said: “I got a little bit of luck on him today. William [Haggas, trained] said bide your time on him and look for the gaps. I think the ground played against him today as he likes really fast ground.

 

“It was loose on top and he was spinning on it a little bit so it just took a bluntness off his speed I thought. He has stuck at it well and he got the job done but I think there is more to come.

 

“I always thought I was gong to get there but I didn’t know how long it was going to take me. He is a horse going the right way and hopefully he hasn’t finished winning.

 

“I had a nice pitch all the way round and then James McDonald [Beaverbrook, seventh] came up on my inside, which meant I was pushed out a little bit.”

 

When asked about the Melrose Stakes over a one mile and six furlongs at York in August, Cosgrave replied: “That would absolutely suit him. You will see a better horse on quicker ground and a nice, big flat galloping track will be right up his street. Hopefully, he can win again and go on from this.”

 

Cosgrave added: “I think he is quite a good horse and I think that he is on the up.

 

TOO LITTLE TOO LATE FOR SHRAAOAH

 

Shraaoah was narrowly beaten in a desperate finish to the Qatar Handicap at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon.

The 7/1 shot came with a withering run down the outside but couldn’t quite reel in the winner Dal Harraild, who got going late himself, going down by a short-head as the pair flashed past the winning post.

It looked as if Shraaoah and jockey Frankie Dettori were going nowhere two furlongs from home but the ebullient Italian conjured up a barnstorming finish from the three-year-old but they couldn’t quite get there at the line.

“He’s run well from that position in the end,” said Dettori after the race.

Third-placed Move It was a further head back in third for trainer Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin and John Ferguson, chief executive and racing manager for the owner, was happy enough with the performance.

“He’s run very well carrying top-weight and got the extra distance well – it’s just one of those things,” said Ferguson.

2:35pm Qatar Handicap 

1 Dal Harraild (St Albans Bloodstock) William Haggas 3-9-05 Pat Cosgrave 5/1

2 Shraaoh (Al Shaqab Racing) Sir Michael Stoute  3-8-12 Frankie Dettori 7/1

3 Move Up (Godolphin)  Saeed bin Suroor 3-9-07  James Doyle 6/1

9/2 Fav Shabbah (11th)

 

12 ran; Time:  2m 37.68’Distances: sh, hd

Tote Win £6.50 Place £2.40,£2.90,£2.70 Exacta £51.30

Breeder: St Albans Bloodstock; Breeding: ch g Champs Elysees – Dalvina (Grand Lodge (USA))

William Haggas – 36 Goodwood wins (9 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

Pat Cosgrave – 12 Goodwood wins (2 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

 

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MINDING GRINDS OUT NASSAU WIN

 

Star filly Minding, the world’s joint best-three-year-old filly beforehand, secured her sixth Group One success in the Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes, the feature race on day five of the Qatar Goodwood Festival and Europe’s richest race for fillies and mares.

 

Trained by Aidan O’Brien, who was recording his third success in the race (Peeping Fawn 2007 and Halfway To Heaven 2008) and ridden by Ryan Moore, the daughter of Galileo travelled well throughout the one mile and two furlong contest but met slight trouble in the straight after being snatched up and dropping to last.

 

However, Minding showed her star quality to grind out victory after taking up the lead. Whilst O’Brien’s charge did not show an instant turn of foot, the 1/5 favourite found plenty all the way to the line to record a workmanlike success by a length and a quarter from Queen’s Trust .

 

A delighted O’Brien registering his fourth success of the week, said: “She was very well coming into the race. We were happy with her at home. We knew it was going to be a small field today and that it was going to be tactical. It was rough enough for her but Ryan negotiated it brilliantly and got through it.

 

“Hopefully, she’ll be fine and OK after the race. I was nervous watching it and a lot of things can happen and race riding can be dangerous at the best of times at the speed they’re going but we had the right outcome today.

 

“She is a great traveller, she quickens very well, she stays very well. She looks after herself when she gets to the front. She is thriving and she has a great mind. She is an unusual filly who can cruise, relax and quicken. She has always been a big powerful filly but physically she is doing very well. She was big, strong and powerful today.”

 

O’Brien would not be drawn on future targets for the filly who looks to have plenty of different possibilities. He remarked: “I’m not sure what the lads will do with her now but she can go down plenty of different ways from now. They’ll probably decide in a week or so but she has plenty of options. She is getting a lot of experience. They’re not all big fields she is running in but any field can be rough so she is learning and getting experience all the time.

 

“The lads will have to make their minds up about where to go next. Obviously, she has the choice of York, Leopardstown, and some of those races. She can have a rest and maybe go to France, so she has a lot of options open to her now.

 

“She is very versatile. A mile, a mile and a quarter, a mile and a half – it all seems to come alike to her. We were a little bit worried about the small field today. It can get tactical and messy but Ryan handled it great and worked it out great. We are delighted.

 

“The great thing about her is that she conserves herself now because she has become very professional. She knows when she is asked to go and only does what she has to do. She is very professional, which is marvellous and what you look for in a horse.

 

“The amazing thing about her is that she is probably ready to go most roads now. Hopefully, she will come home well from today and we will see how she is then but she is ready to go into most slots now.

 

“She doesn’t have to take on the colts if the lads decide not to but she can step into different company now if she wants. It’s great to have her and it’s great that she doesn’t mind running often. It’s great to be able to see her out so often.

 

“This is a great filly. She has danced every dance. She was special as a two-year-old, won well in the 2000 Guineas and has kept on progressing. She gets a mile and a quarter very well but when she gets there, she doesn’t do much more so it is difficult to assess her.”

 

Asked about the possibility of Minding staying in training, O’Brien was very open to the idea. He said: “The lads love their racing and I imagine if she is well there would be a chance. Everyone gets a lot of enjoyment out of her. I think there is a good chance.”

 

MOORE HAPPY WITH MINDING

 

Minding ran out the easy winner of the Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival under Ryan Moore this afternoon but the style of the victory wasn’t as impressive as many imagined it would be.

 

The 1/5 favourite travelled kindly for her jockey but she had to be wound up to make her challenge and her acceleration wasn’t as instant as it had been in previous victories.

 

She hit the front two furlongs from home and stayed on strongly to record a one and a quarter length victory from the persistent 16/1 shot Queen’s Trust, who ran a fine race in second.

 

Moore was happy enough with Minding after the race and explained that she was never going to win that well because of the way the race panned out. Moore was presented with the winning prize for the Racing UK Top Jockey award for the meeting following the race, as he now has an unassailable lead over his rivals with seven winners at Goodwood this week.

 

“Obviously we think the world of her,” said Moore. “Today was never going to be impressive – it was always going to be a messy race. It was a small field and she was drawn in one so it was going to be tactical. I’ve had to get myself out of trouble early and then try and keep it simple.

 

“It wasn’t really ideal for her. I was in front two out and I know the second filly is quite good as well. When James (Doyle – jockey of Beautiful Romance) came across me, we were going slow and I was three wide and just got pushed back in. I needed the race to develop though.

 

“As soon as I went wide, I was able to recover. It was always going to be a messy sort of race today and it was just a question of keeping it as simple as we could. She has got an awful lot of class, she only does what she has to do and that’s why she is able to keep winning.

 

“To keep this filly coming back with as hard a campaign as she has had – she has run in seven Group Ones in a row now and won six of them – she is a very special filly. She’s won them all from a mile to a mile and a half – she always does what we ask of her. It’s always hard to compare horses but it is hard to know how good this filly is because she is doing it over a variety of trips and she only does what she has to do. The ground is actually a bit loose and it’s just on the easy side. I think she would rather it nicer.

 

“It was always going to be that way though today – it was messy. I’m not sure about the Arc (de Triomphe – run this year at Chantilly) – we’ll see what Aidan says afterwards. It’s a long way away though – we’ll just enjoy today first.”

 

MINDING WINS, BUT WORTH PUTTING FUTURE TRUST IN QUEEN’S

 

The day’s certainty duly proved so, but Minding – 1/5 favourite for the Qatar Nassau Stakes – had to work hard to master runner-up Queen’s Trust.

 

A 16/1 chance, Queen’s Trust, who was ridden by James McDonald, went down fighting by a length and a quarter, with the same distance back to third-placed Jemayel.

 

The runner-up is owned and was bred by David and Patricia Thompson’s Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket, and is trained near her birthplace by Sir Michael Stoute. Chris Richardson, a director of Cheveley Park Stud, was not surprised by the performance of three-year-old Queen’s Trust, and said: “She’s run a fantastic race – we’ve always believed in her and Sir Michael always knew she had a huge amount of class, natural ability and talent, and she was unlucky last year in the Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket and again on two occasions this year.

 

“Last time in the Ribblesdale Stakes [at Royal Ascot] she was an awfully long way back turning for home, but we knew from that she stayed today’s trip and will stay further. The quicker ground may have helped, but she has talent, and there is no one better than Sir Michael with these sort of fillies. He said after the Ribblesdale let’s go for the Nassau – okay, we had Minding to beat but let’s take her on.”

 

Harry Herbert, representing Al Shaqab Racing, was similarly fulsome in praise of Jemayel, who could not get to the first two, but stayed on honourably for the stable of Jean-Claude Rouget.

 

Herbert said: “She’s run an absolute blinder. We didn’t come here expecting to beat Minding, but it’s such a prestigious race with such wonderful prize money, and so we came hoping to get second or third and she’s done that. It’s a bonus for us that she’s already won a Group One race this season,  and she was quite badly interfered with at a critical time in the Prix de Diane last time out.

 

“She ran on again because she’s a brave filly, and could have been closer, so Jean-Claude felt this was the right next race for her. We guessed Minding would frighten a few off and a third to her today looks good for her CV. She’s such a game filly and she has proved she’s up to running in this class.”

 

3.10pm Qatar Nassau Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

£600,000 guaranteed For 3yo+ fillies & mares Weights 3yo 8st 11lb; 4yo+ 9st 7lb Entries 39 pay £ 2200 Confirmed 10 pay £ 1500.00 Penalty value 1st £340,260.00 2nd £129,000.00 3rd £64,560.00 4th £32,160.00 5th £16,140.00

 

1 (1) MINDING (IRE) (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor) Aidan O’Brien, Ireland 3-8-11 Ryan Moore 1/5 Fav

2 (5) Queen’s Trust (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 3-8-11 James McDonald 16/1

3 (2) Jemayel (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) (Al Shaqab Racing) Jean Claude Rouget, France 3-8-11 Gregory Benoist 16/1

4 (3) Swiss Range (Hood) (Khalid Abdullah) John Gosden 3-8-11 Frankie Dettori 7/1

5 (4) Beautiful Romance (Visor) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 4-9-07 James Doyle 12/1

 

5 ran

Time: 2m 05.05s

Distances: 1 1/4, 1 1/4, 6, 11

Breeder: Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt

Breeding:  b f Galileo (IRE) – Lillie Langtry (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))

 

Aidan O’Brien – Qatar Nassau Stakes wins

2007 Peeping Fawn, 2008 Halfway To Heaven, 2016 Minding

 

Ryan Moore – Qatar Nassau Stakes wins

2016 Minding

 

Aidan O’Brien – 19 Goodwood wins (17 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

Ryan Moore – 121 Goodwood wins (35 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

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DANCING WALTZES TO VICTORY

 

Dancing Star became the first filly since Lochsong to win the Qatar Stewards’ Cup after the Andrew Balding-trained three-year-old ran out the impressive winner of the £250,000 six-furlong dash at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon.

 

The joint bottom-weight was the last horse to get into the big-race field when the declarations were announced on Thursday.

 

Like Lochsong, the 9/2 favourite is owned by Jeff Smith and is from the same family, with her grand-dam, Lochangel, being a half-sister to the 1992 winner. She was always travelling kindly for her jockey, David Probert, and accelerated away from the field in the final furlong in the style of a very good horse, recording a one and a quarter length victory from runner-up Orion’s Bow.

 

As owner and breeder Smith explained after the race, Dancing Star’s victory was very much a family affair for his Littleton Stud operation.

 

“This is a grand-daughter of Lochangel, who is a half-sister to Lochsong,” said Smith. “Lochsong won this when she was four and I think she was the last filly to win the Stewards’ Cup, so we are keeping up a good family tradition.

 

Trainer Andrew Balding was delighted for Smith and was also very impressed with the winner’s performance.

 

“She has won it so well,” said the trainer. “We had a good draw but you have got to be impressed and she is a very special animal. I am feeling very blessed and very lucky not only to have a filly as good as her but also to get into the race. I think it was a little more luck than judgement there – we just crept in – and to get the draw, everything fell into place.

 

“Dave gave her a lovely ride and I am so thrilled for Jeff. He is such a good supporter and a great man to train for. I am delighted for the whole yard – the whole team deserve it.

 

“We have had a lot of the family. Her dam was quite good but had an awful habit of hanging and throwing her race away. She is a pretty good broodmare, so we are not disappointed now.

 

“I think we will probably put her in the big sprint at the end of the year. I don’t want to pick up an unnecessary penalty – it would be nice if she stays in training next year and, if she is going to win something, it might as well be something big, so it will probably be the six-furlong race on Champions Day (at Ascot).

 

“She has improved a huge amount from two to three and has improved all year. The whole family have done it and she is a year ahead of Lochsong already.

 

“I can’t remember how long David has been with us, but he is older than he looks. He is a solid and very good jockey. He might not be the height of fashion but he doesn’t let me down very often, so I am delighted for him.”

 

PROBERT SO IMPRESSED WITH STAR FILLY

 

‘Chances like this are rare and it’s great to get one’ was the gist of comments by a delighted jockey David Probert after he landed today’s £250,000 Qatar Stewards’ Cup on Dancing Star, the 9/2 favourite.

 

Probert produced the Andrew Balding-trained filly – who is owned and was bred by Jeff Smith – with a perfectly-timed run to beat Orion’s Bow by one and a quarter lengths, with Raucous a nose behind and Growl a head further back in fourth. It was a sharp contrast in fortune or Probert in comparison with day one of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, when he took a heavy fall on the way to post for the Weatherbys Private Bank Handicap.

 

He bounced back from that incident to ride a winner on Perfect Star, also trained by Balding, the following day, and today’s win was among the rider’s career highs.

 

The beaming jockey said: “She’s improved so much this year, run by run. She’s grown into such a nice filly, and I was so glad she crept into the race [at the bottom of the handicap].

 

“She had speed all around her which helped and she took me into the race so well. As a three-year-old against older horses she had a tough task, but she’s done it so well.

 

“I was praying to the gods on Thursday that she would get in, she got a good draw, and she’s shown us what she’s got. She’s a lovely filly in the making. Andrew thinks a lot of her, and she is now following in the footsteps of Lochsong [also owned and bred by Smith] so hopefully she can keep going forward and be a better filly next year.

 

“These sort of opportunities don’t come along often and to win such a prestigious handicap, and when it all comes right, is unbelievable. I’m grateful to Mr Smith for giving me that opportunity.”

 

3:45 Qatar Stewards’ Cup (Heritage Handicap) 6f

1 Dancing Star (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 3-8-12 David Probert 9/2 Fav

2 Orion’s Bow (T J Swiers) David Nicholls 5-9-04 Barry McHugh    6/1

3 Raucous (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, Melbourne) William Haggas 3-8-12 Jim Crowley 16/1

4 Growl (Dr Marwan Koukash) Richard Fahey 4-9-00 Ryan Moore 14/1

 

27 ran

Time:  1m 09.81s

Distances: 1¼, nose

Breeder: Littleton Stud

Breeding: b f Aqlaam  – Strictly Dancing (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))

 

Andrew Balding – 29 Goodwood Wins (10 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

David Probert – 18 Goodwood wins (8 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

BOW FIRES WIDE AND RAUCOUS NEARLY SPOILS THE PARTY

 

Dandy Nicholls was pleased with the run of second-placed Orion’s Bow who finished a length and a quarter behind the winner Dancing Star in the Qatar Stewards’ Cup, Europe’s richest sprint handicap.

 

Orion’s Bow travelled well throughout the famous six-furlong handicap but was unable to repel the devastating run of Dancing Star, with Nicholls unable to celebrate his fourth Qatar Stewards’ Cup winner.

 

Nicholls said: “I’m really proud of him. He has done the owners and everybody proud. Barry [McHugh, jockey] has given him a marvellous ride. We have obviously been beaten by a very useful horse so we have no complaints at all.

 

“I thought we had won and then I see this thing [Dancing Star] appear! You would’ve liked to have won but that is life.”

 

Asked about the rapid improvement of his horse this year, in which he had won his lprevious five starts, said: “I wish I knew, I honestly don’t know. Confidence is a great thing in life and he has gained a lot of confidence throughout the season when he has been winning.

 

“You can see after that you wouldn’t even think he had been in a race and that means a hell of a lot with sprinters because they can get revved up and wound up and lose the race before the start.

 

“He’s got a very good young rider [Barry McHugh] riding him who is riding with a lot of confidence and that means ever so much and they get on really well together. Where we go is always tied into the handicappers’ hand and we understand that.”

 

Nicholls also looked inwardly at how he has evolved as a trainer. He commented: “I’ve learnt more. The calibre of animal is so important. You can’t win a Stewards’ Cup with a horse that has run in sellers. I’ve always strived to come down to Goodwood, York and Newmarket with my horses. Our yard is on the upgrade, we have new owners and new investors and everything is good.

 

“I never disbelieved our stable wasn’t a proper force. The owners wouldn’t even have thought of bringing Orion’s Bow down here unless we felt we had a proper chance. We had a live chance, I’ll go and congratulate Andrew Balding, he is a good trainer, he has a good horse but it might not beat us everyday.”

 

Harry Herbert, chairman of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, was delighted with the performance of the William Haggas-trained Raucous who came with a late rattle to finish third, a nose behind Orion’s Bow in second. Herbert remarked: “It was a fantastic effort from a three-year-old.

 

“It’s not easy and in many ways he lacks experience that those big powerful sprinters have got but he is improving rapidly this horse. We were delighted with him. We just missed out on second. We’ll see what we do now.”

 

The son of Dream Ahead’s future lies in Australia where he will continue his racing career for his four-year-old season and beyond. Herbert said: “He might have one more run in this country before he heads to Australia because he is part of something called the Melbourne Syndicate where horses start in Britain and race here and then head down to Australia for their four-year-old campaigns and stay down there permanently.

 

“He is a grand horse and William has trained him to perfection. He always said he would get better as he gets older and that is what we are seeing. Physically, he is so much stronger now and he will be very interesting down in Australia as he may stay bit further down there, even today, it looked as if he would get further. Jim [Crowley, jockey] was impressed with him and said for an inexperienced horse that he might just have got taken off his feet early on and then he has done all his best work at the end but it was a very good performance.”

 

 

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LOCKHEED ZOOMS TO VICTORY

 

The William Haggas-trained Lockheed ran out the impressive winner of the Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden under Ryan Moore at the Qatar Goodwood Festival this afternoon.

 

It was a profitable afternoon for owners, the China Horse Club (led by Malaysian billionaire Teo Ah Khing), who have begun to recoup some of the 450,000 guineas they parted with the purchase the colt at the Tattersalls October Yearling Book One Sale in August 2015.

 

Not only do the owners get the £12,660 first place prize money for this race but they also get an extra £10,000 as part of the Plus 10 bonus scheme and also £25,000 from Tattersalls as a sales bonus.

 

This was Moore’s eighth Qatar Goodwood Festival winner this year, one off the modern day record of nine and two off the 10 achieved by Sir Gordon Richards in 1947 and 1949.

 

Haggas was pleased with the way Lockheed knuckled down and went about his job in the closing stages.

 

“He’s a nice horse,” said Haggas.

 

“He just needed the encouragement but he responded well. He’s coming along nicely and it was a good maiden for the owners to win with the bonuses.

 

“He will probably go to York next for the Acomb Stakes.”

 

Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden

1 Lockheed (China Horse Club) William Haggas 2-9-00 Ryan Moore Evens Fav

2 Ray’s The Money (Mr & Mrs Ray Jenner) Michael Bell 2-9-00 Jamie Spencer 5/1

3 Black Trilby (Alan Spence) Clive Cox 2-9-00 Adam Kirby 10/1

 

13 ran; Time:  1m 27.27s

Distances: ½, sh

Breeder: Cheveley Park Stud Ltd; Breeding: gr c Exceed And Excel (AUS)  (6.7f) – Clinical (Motivator  (11.2f))

 

William Haggas – 37 Goodwood Wins (10 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

Ryan Moore – 122 Goodwood wins (36 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

RAY’S THE MONEY IS RAISING THE BAR

 

Racehorse owner Ray Jenner has just one horse in training at present, but he looks a good one in the making.

 

Trained by Michael Bell and named Ray’s The Money, he finished second in the Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden, but beaten only half a length by the even-money favourite Lockheed. A short-head further back was Black Trilby from Clive Cox’s stable.

 

Ray’s The Money, ridden by Jamie Spencer, was a first runner at Goodwood for his owner, who lives in Wimbledon. He said: “It’s early days for the horse – this was only his second run and he’s now finished second twice so it bodes well for the future.

 

“We’ll try to find a lesser race next time and try to get him used to coming first.

 

“We bought him at the sales, through Michael Bell, who has trained other horses for me. Last year we had Ray’s The Bar, who won on his first start at Ascot and was then sold after we had an offer we couldn’t refuse.

 

“We have confidence in this one because everyone likes him – the trainer, Jamie Spencer. He rides well, he trains well, so everything is pointing in the right direction. It would have been a shame if he had got off to a good start like he did when second at Ascot, and then finished seventh or eighth in this race, but he’s come second again and that’s promising.”

 

Clive Cox said of Black Trilby, who had been unplaced on his debut at Leicester in May: “He’s always been very promising, and this was a step up in trip and grade of the race – but he’s one we like.”

 

 

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EXCELLENT 2016 QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL

 

Alex Eade, General Manager of Goodwood Racecourse, commented: “The Qatar Goodwood Festival has continued to be a great success in its second year. The racing has been as good if not better than ever.

 

“The Qatar Sussex Stakes on Wednesday, worth £1 million again, is likely to prove one of the races of 2016, with The Gurkha just beating Galileo Gold and the fast-finishing Ribchester.

 

“Big Orange’s second successive victory in the Qatar Goodwood Cup was memorable, while the two-year-old races have looked top-class which bodes well for the future.

 

“Minding, one of the world’s best racehorses, lit up the Qatar Nassau Stakes today, and the Qatar Stewards’ Cup, one of the betting highlights of the week, was a thriller once again.

 

“We have been delighted with the crowds this week and the total attendance has topped 100,000 again, which is always our target.

 

“Racegoers have enjoyed their time at Goodwood and, while we could have wished for better weather, the rain never lasted long.

 

“Our new bar and hospitality areas have done really well this week and our aim is to continually enhance     the racegoer experience.”

 

2016 Attendances

Tuesday 13,195

Wednesday 17,010

Thursday 23,332

Friday  23,010

Saturday 25,000 (sold out)

Total  101,547


 

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HAWATIF GRINDS OUT VICTORY AS JOHNSTON SHINES AGAIN AT GOODWOOD

 

Mark Johnston was crowned the leading trainer at the 2016 Qatar Goodwood Festival for the 10th time following the victory of Hawatif in the seven-furlong Qatar Handicap. Johnston was registering his fourth winner of the week and his 70th Festival winner overall.

 

The three-year-old daughter of Regal Applause always travelled well in the hands of Joe Fanning and kept on gamely inside the final furlong to beat half-length second Bobby Wheeler and Tigerwolf who was a further head back in third.

 

A delighted Johnston said: “She is the type of horse I like to train as she is very consistent.

 

“I thought she was going to win easily with a furlong to go but Joe [Fanning, jockey] says she has this stage in her races where she changes her legs a couple of times and waits for the other horses then she finds again. It made for a very exciting finish.

“She’ll just run in more of the same races. A few people thought I had run her too much coming here! I would have to think about running her in black type race.”

 

Reflecting on another leading trainer award at the Festival, the Middleham handler remarked: “We thought we had a good start at the beginning of the week and then Sir Michael Stoute and Aidan O’Brien had winners so we knew we had gone behind but we needed that fourth win because we were well ahead on the places [five seconds and four thirds].

 

“It is my favourite week of the year. Royal Ascot is the best racing week of the year anywhere in the world but Goodwood is a great shop window for us and I love to come here. I honestly enjoy the racing more. If you were bringing someone from abroad you should bring them here to see the best of British racing. It’s so exciting and a great spectacle.

 

“It is a big week for us every year. We are expected to come down with a big team and do well so it is very important for us.”

 

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Abdulla Al Mansoori, said: “A good straight has really helped her today and she is a lovely filly.  She has won well again today.

 

“You need a good horse to win here. It’s one of my favourite meetings and it’s great to have a winner.”

 

FANNING FIRES ONE IN FOR JOHNSTON

 

Joe Fanning joined jockeys who have ridden a winner at the 2016 Qatar Goodwood Festival when Hawatif proved a willing ally in the seven-furlong Qatar Handicap.

 

Fanning followed the leader, Bobby Wheeler under Frankie Dettori, into the home straight, and they soon became involved in a duel to the line. Both horses deserve credit for refusing to shirk the fight, but Hawatif (12/1) prevailed by half a length from Bobby Wheeler (12/1), while Tigerwolf (20/1) finished third.

 

Hawatif’s win was a first of the week for Fanning, but a fourth for the horse’s trainer, Mark Johnston. With five seconds and four thirds he has landed the leading trainer award for the 10th time, although Fanning has had to accept that other jockeys have been given winning rides, too.

 

He said: “She’s tough, and she showed that last time out at Doncaster when she won and kept battling back. She lost her way a little bit – three runs ago she was struck into, but bounced back at Doncaster, and improved on that again today in what I felt was a better race, but she did it well.

 

“The better ground probably helps, and while I felt it was quite juicy earlier on today after the morning rain it’s dried out now.

 

“It’s been a bit of a slow week for me, but some of the other boys are riding the better horses – but I can’t complain. I said at the start of the week I would be happy with one winner and I’ve finally got it.”

 

Qatar Handicap 7f

1 Hawatif (Abdulla Al Mansoori) Mark Johnston 3-8-02 Joe Fanning 12/1

2 Bobby Wheeler (Peter Ridgers) Clive Cox 3-8-12 Frankie Dettori 12/1

3 Tigerwolf (George Materna & George Badley) Mick Channon 3-8-05 Martin Dwyer20/1

9/2 F Venturous (7th)

14 ran

Time:  1m 25.59s

Distances: ½, hd

Breeder: T Whitehead

Breeding: Royal Applause — Excellerator (IRE) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))

 

Mark Johnston – 122 Goodwood Wins (70 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

Joe Fanning – 41 Goodwood wins (16 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

 

 

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AL MOURTAJEZ ANNIHILATES ARABIAN RIVALS

 

The well-backed 4/5 favourite Al Mourtajez, the highest-rated Purebred Arabian racehorse in the world, ran out a facile eight-length winner of the £400,000 Group One Qatar International Stakes for Al Shaqab Racing, trainer Thomas Fourcy and jockey Julian Auge.

 

Having led throughout the mile contest, the son of Dahess quickened up in taking fashion in the home straight to come well clear of the rest of the field and register his sixth Group One success, with this victory coming at his first attempt over a mile.

 

Prada T finished second for the second year running, with Sir Bani Yas, last year’s winner, a further one and three-quarter lengths back in third.

 

The Qatar International Stakes is the first leg of the Doha Triple Crown with the remaining two legs being the mile and a quarter Group One Qatar Arabian World Cup in October, held on Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe day and the mile and a half Group One HH Emir’s Sword, which will be held at Doha in February, 2017. If Al Mourtajez wins the remaining two legs of the Doha Triple Crown, he will gain a US$1-million bonus.

 

Harry Herbert, Racing Manager of Al Shaqab Racing said: “The amazing thing about Al Mourtajez is that he wins over any distance. He is able to win at a mile, a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half.

 

“He is the best Purebred Arabian in training and I think it is fantastic for Sheikh Joaan and Qatar, who sponsor this great week, to win this prestigious race.

 

“This is obviously the first of the Doha Triple Crown series which we will be doing our very best to try and win. This is a great start in terms of that but also a fantastic ending to a very successful week for Al Shaqab.”

 

Qatar International Stakes (G1 for Purebred Arabians)

1 Al Mourtajez (Al Shaqab) Thomas Fourcy FR 4-9-08 Julien Auge 4/5 Fav

2 Prada T (G Th Zoetelief) G Th Zoetelief NL 5-9-04 Pat Dobbs 10/1

3 Sir Bani Yas (HRH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan) Elizabeth Bernard 6-9-08 Jean-Bernard Eyquem 7/1

12 ran

Time: 1m 43.54s

Distances: 8, 1¾

Breeder: Mousalli & Al Elweet

Breeding: gr h Dahess (GB) – Arwa (FR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Eighth race: The Qatar Apprentice Handicap

Winning Quotes

 

GREAT SCOTT

 

Trainer George Scott recorded his first success at Goodwood this afternoon after Illusive ran out the comfortable winner of the Qatar Apprentice Handicap at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

 

The 28/1 shot, ridden by Marc Monaghan, ran on strongly in the closing stages to post a three-quarter length victory over runner-up Freight Train. Scott thought the key to Illusive’s victory was down to a recent change in training routine.

 

“He’s actually slipped down to his winning mark now as he’s been inconsistent,” explained the trainer. “We changed his routine over the past couple of weeks and we worked him three times over a period of six days so that seems to have done the trick. He’s come home really strongly – I’m delighted. I’m so pleased with the way things are going. I’ve had a winner a week for the last five or six weeks now and this is the right time of the season to be winning races. I’m looking forward to next year and hopefully we can keep building and getting stronger. It’s all very exciting. All I know is that we’ve got to keep the horses healthy and running in the right races and then hopefully the support will grow from there.

 

“Illusive has been a little bit disappointing this year but he’s run on really strongly and we had a good apprentice on him.

 

Winning rider Marc Monaghan was also enjoying a first success at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.  Scott said: “I’ve only used Marc once before, when he dropped his stick at Bath, so didn’t have much luck, but he’s done alright today. I wanted a good strong apprentice, and wasn’t worried about taking weight off the horse. I wanted someone who could put the horse in the race at the right time – his experience was important. Marc works for Hugo Palmer, which is how I have got to know him.”

 

Qatar Apprentice Handicap

 

1 Illusive (The Done At One-O-Ones) George Scott 5-9-07 Marc Monaghan 28/1

2 Freight Train (M B Spence) Mark Johnston 4-9-00 Louis Steward 8/1

3 Craftsmanship (Trisha Keane & Julia Rayment) Robert Eddery 5-9-05 David Egan (7) 25/1

4 Pactolus (T W & Mrs J Morley) Stuart Williams 5-9-12 Aaron Jones (3) 14/1

100/30 Fav Heisman (10th)

 

16 ran

Time:  1m 55.06s; Distances: ¾, ¾, ½

Breeder: Looking Back Syndicate; Breeding: b g Galileo (IRE) – Looking Back (IRE) (Stravinsky (USA))

 

George Scott – 1 Goodwood Wins (1 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)

Marc Monaghan – 1 Goodwood wins (1 at Qatar Goodwood Festival)


 

QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2016

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FIFTH DAY, SATURDAY, JULY 30

 

RYAN MOORE GAINS RACING UK QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL TOP JOCKEY AWARD

 

Ryan Moore was today crowned Racing UK Qatar Goodwood Festival Top Jockey for the third time with eight victories at the West Sussex course over the five days.

 

Only Richard Hughes has won more races in modern times at the Festival – nine in 2010 – and Moore signed off with a double courtesy of Minding and Lockheed on Saturday, following his treble on Friday.

 

Moore, who won the title previously in 2009 and 2007, receives a lifetime subscription to Racing UK (Sky 432/Virgin 536 and 411/Freeview 231), a £1,000 donation to the charity of his choice, and a deluxe Goodwood hamper.

 

The jockey split his charity donation between Great Ormond Street Hospital and Daily Mirror correspondent David Yates’s bike ride around Yorkshire, which was in aid of the Injured Jockey’s Fund’s Jack Berry House.

 

The late Sir Gordon Richards holds the record as the most successful rider at Glorious Goodwood, with 10 wins in both 1947 and 1949.

 

He also had nine successes in 1946, a figure matched by Lester Piggott in 1974 and Hughes more recently.

 

 

JOHNSTON TAKES QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL TRAINER TITLE FOR 10TH TIME

 

Trainer Mark Johnston, based in Yorkshire, gained his fourth winner of the 2016 Qatar Goodwood Festival in the sixth race today when Hawatif took the seven-furlong Qatar Handicap.

 

He finished the Festival with the same number of winners Aidan O’Brien and Sir Michael Stoute, but had more seconds and thirds, six and four.

 

He thus gained his 10th leading trainer award at the Qatar Goodwood Festival, with his other titles having come in 2014, 2012, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2000 and 1998.

 


 

QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2016

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

FIFTH DAY, SATURDAY, JULY 30

 

RACING UK LEADING JOCKEY AWARD – FINAL STANDINGS

 

Jockey      1st   2nd   3rd

RYAN MOORE     8   2   4

James Doyle     4   3   5

James McDonald     3   6   2

Adam Kirby     2   1   2

David Probert     2   -   -

Frankie Dettori     1   6   1

Silvestre De Sousa    1   2   -

Paul Hanagan     1   1   1

Jamie Spencer     1   1   1

Andrea Atzeni     1   1   -

Oisin Murphy     1   1   -

Martin Dwyer     1   -   2

Gregory Benoist     1   -   1

Nathan Evans     1   -   1

Joe Fanning     1   -   1

David Allan     1   -   -

Pat Cosgrave     1   -   -

Jimmy Fortune     1   -   -

Shane Gray     1   -   -

Robert Havlin     1   -   -

Marc Monaghan     1   -   -

Franny Norton     -   1   3

Martin Harley     -   1   2

Luke Morris     -   1   1

Pat Dobbs     -   1   1

Charles Bishop     -   1   -

Edward Greatrex     -   1   -

Seamie Heffernan    -   1   -

Sean Levey     -   1   -

Barry McHugh     -   1   -

Dane O’Neill     -   1   -

Louis Steward     -   1   -

Jim Crowley     -   -   3

David Egan     -   -   1

Adam McNamara     -   -   1

Fergus Sweeney     -   -   1

Daniel Tudhope     -   -   1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2016

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FIFTH DAY, SATURDAY, JULY 30

 

LEADING TRAINER AT THE QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL – FINAL STANDINGS

Trainer      1st   2nd   3rd

MARK JOHNSTON    4   6   4

Sir Michael Stoute    4   3   2

Aidan O’Brien IRE     4   2   2

Michael Bell     2   1   -

William Haggas     2   -   1

Andrew Balding     2   -   -

Charlie Appleby     1   3   2

Ed Dunlop     1   2   1

Saeed bin Suroor     1   1   2

Mick Channon     1   1   1

Richard Hannon     1   1   1

Ralph Beckett     1   1   -

Mick Easterby     1   -   1

Charlie Hills     1   -   1

Tony Carroll     1   -   -

John Gosden     1   -   -

David Griffiths     1   -   -

Hughie Morrison     1   -   -

Amanda Perrett     1   -   -

Francois Rohaut FR    1   -   -

Kevin Ryan     1   -   -

George Scott     1   -   -

Ian Williams     1   -   -

Hugo Palmer     -   2   2

Clive Cox     -   1   1

Roger Charlton     -   1   -

Paul Cole     -   1   -

Luca Cumani     –   1   -

David Elsworth     -   1   -

Dean Ivory     -   1   -

Sylvester Kirk     -   1   -

Paul Midgely     -   1   -

David Nicholls     -   1   -

Jeremy Noseda     -   1   -

Sir Mark Prescott     -   1   -

Nigel Tinkler     -   1   -

Richard Fahey     -   -   3

Robert Eddery     -   -   2

David Simcock     -   -   2

Robert Cowell     -   -   1

Alan King      -   -   1

William Knight     -   -   1

David O’Meara     -   -   1

Jean Claude Rouget FR    -   -   1

James Tate     -   -   1

Marcus Tregoning    -   -   1

 

 

 

QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2016

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FIFTH DAY, SATURDAY, JULY 30

 

QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2016 – WINNERS

 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

2:00 Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap – FIRE FIGHTING (Alan Spence) Mark Johnston 5-9-05 Adam Kirby 8/1 Co Fav

2:35 G2 Qatar Vintage Stakes – WAR DECREE (Andrew Rosen, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith) Aidan O’Brien IRE 2-9-01 Ryan Moore 6/4 Fav

3:10 G2 Qatar Lennox Stakes – DUTCH CONNECTION (Godolphin) Charlie Hills 4-9-03 James McDonald 9/4 Fav

3:45 Better Odds With Matchbook Summer Handicap – ELIDOR (Jon & Julia Aisbitt) Mick Channon 6-9-10 Silvestre de Sousa 16/1

4:20 Weatherbys Private Bank Handicap – BOOM THE GROOM (Gary Attwood) Tony Carroll 5-9-00 Adam Kirby 13/2

4:55 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing EBF Stallions Maiden – BEST SOLUTION (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 2-9-00 James Doyle 11/2

5:30 Smarter Bets With Matchbook Betting Exchange Fillies’ Handicap – DESERT HAZE (H H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifia Al Thani) Ralph Beckett 3-8-09 Oisin Murphy 13/2

 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

2:00 Matchbook Betting Exchange Goodwood Handicap – STAR RIDER (Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib) Hughie Morrison 4-8-13 Jimmy Fortune 11/1

2:35 G3 BeringIce Gordon Stakes – ULYSSES (Niarchos Family) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-01 Andrea Atzeni 9/2

3:10 G1 Qatar Sussex Stakes (British Champions Series) – THE GURKHA (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor) Aidan O’Brien IRE 3-9-00 Ryan Moore 11/8 Fav

3:45 G3 Victoria Racing Club Molecomb Stakes – YALTA (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-01 James Doyle 8/1

4:20 Markel Insurance Fillies’ Maiden – PERFECT ANGEL (Mildmay Racing & D H Caslon) Andrew Balding 2-9-00 David Probert 8/1

4:55 EBF Breeders’ Series Veuve Clicquot Fillies’ Handicap – SAGACIOUSLY (The Sagacious Lot) Ed Dunlop 4-9-11 James Doyle 14/1

5:25 NatWest Handicap – SHADY McCOY (Allwins Stables) Ian Williams 6-9-06 James Doyle 14/1

 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

1.20 The Magnolia Cup – ALKETIOS (Gilbert & Gamble) Chris Gordon – Isabelle Taylor

2:00 Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap – YOU’RE HIRED (George Materna) Amanda Perrett 3-8-02 Martin Dwyer 9/1

2:35 G2 Qatar Richmond Stakes – MEHMAS (Al Shaqab Racing) Richard Hannon 2-9-03 Frankie Dettori 7/2

3:10 G2 Qatar Goodwood Cup (British Champions Series) – BIG ORANGE (Bill Gredley) Michael Bell 5-9-08 Jamie Spencer 11/4 Fav

3:45 G3 Markel Insurance Fillies’ Stakes – CALIFORNIA (Denford Stud) John Gosden 4-9-06 Robert Havlin 9/2

4:20 Dove 100 Colours EBF British Stallion Studs Fillies’ Maiden – RHODODENDRON (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith) Aidan O’Brien IRE 2-9-00 Ryan Moore 10/11 Fav

4:55 Telegraph Nursery Handicap – BEAR VALLEY (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-06 James McDonald 8/1

5:30 Tatler Handicap – LAUGHTON (Angie Bailey) Kevin Ryan 3-8-05 Shane Gray 13/2

 

Friday, July 29, 2016

2:00 G3 Betfred Glorious Stakes – KINGS FETE (Khalid Abdullah) Sir Michael Stoute 5-9-01 Ryan Moore 5/2 Fav

2:35 G3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes – THIKRIYAAT (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-01 Paul Hanagan 9/4 Fav

3:10 Betfred Mile (Heritage Handicap) – FRANKLIN D (Bill & Tim Gredley) Michael Bell 4-9-01 Ryan Moore 7/4 Fav

3:45 G2 Qatar King George Stakes – TAKE COVER (Norcroft Park Stud) David Griffiths 9-9-02 David Allan 8/1

4:20 Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Nursery Handicap – FINAL RECKONING (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 2-9-01 James McDonald 9/2 Fav

4:55 G3 L’Ormarins Queens Plate Stakes – AL JAZI (Al Shaqab Racing) Francois Rohaut FR 3-8-10 Gregory Benoist 12/1

5:30 Betfred Mobile Handicap – POET’S WORD (Saeed Suhail) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-07  Ryan Moore 7/4 Fav

 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

2:00 Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Handicap (Consolation Race For The Qatar Stewards’ Cup) - HOOF IT (Chubby Chandler & Lee Westwood) Mick Easterby 9-9-09 Nathan Evans (5) 8/1

2:35 Qatar Handicap (1m 4f) – DAL HARRAILD (St Albans Bloodstock) William Haggas 3-9-05 Pat Cosgrave 5/1

3:10 G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes (British Champions Series) – MINDING (IRE) (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor) Aidan O’Brien IRE 3-8-11 Ryan Moore 1/5 Fav

3:45 Qatar Stewards’ Cup (Heritage Handicap) – DANCING STAR (Jeff Smith) Andrew Balding 3-8-12 David Probert 9/2 Fav

4:20 Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden – LOCKHEED (China Horse Club) William Haggas 2-9-00 Ryan Moore Evens Fav

4:55 Qatar Handicap - HAWATIF (Abdulla Al Mansoori) Mark Johnston 3-8-02 Joe Fanning 12/1

5.30 Qatar International Stakes (G1 for Purebred Arabians) – AL MOURTAJEZ (Al Shaqab) Thomas Fourcy FR 4-9-08 Julien Auge 4/5 Fav

6:00 Qatar Apprentice Handicap - ILLUSIVE (The Done At One-O-Ones) George Scott 5-9-07 Marc Monaghan 28/1


Stewards’ Reports

Race 1 – 2:00pm QATAR STEWARDS’ SPRINT HANDICAP (Consolation Race for the Qatar Stewards’ Cup)

The Stewards held an enquiry into two possible incidents of interference 2 furlongs out. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found that in the first incident, MUKAYNIS (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Tom Eaves, had hung right-handed despite the rider’s best efforts, taking LIGHTNING CHARLIE, unplaced, ridden by Jim Crowley, off its intended line and which, in turn, gave PROJECTION, placed fifth, ridden by Ryan Moore, a bump. They found this interference to be accidental. In the second incident they found that MISTERIOSO (IRE), unplaced, ridden by James Doyle, had shifted right-handed taking ELYSIAN FLYER (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Pat Dobbs, off its intended line and causing MUIR LODGE, unplaced, ridden by Pat Cosgrave, to be snatched up for a couple of strides which, in turn, gave FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Kieran O’Neill, a bump. The Stewards found Doyle in breach of Rule (B)54.1 and guilty of careless riding in that he allowed his mount to shift right-handed in a tightly packed field causing considerable interference to those horses on his right. They suspended him for 5 days as follows: Saturday 13, Sunday 14, Monday 15, Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 August 2016.

The Stewards gave permission for MUKAYNIS (IRE), trained by Kevin Ryan, PROJECTION, trained by Roger Charlton, and BARNET FAIR, trained by David Nicholls, to go early to post. Franny Norton, the rider of BARNET FAIR, unplaced, reported that the gelding was denied a clear run.

 

Race 2 – 2:35pm  QATAR HANDICAP HANDICAP

The Stewards held an enquiry into two possible incidents of interference inside the final furlong. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found that in the first incident, MASTER BLUEYES (IRE), placed fifth, ridden by Luke Morris, had manouevered left causing KNIGHTS TABLE, unplaced, ridden by David Allan, to have to be checked, which then interferes with WALL OF FIRE (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Jim Crowley, causing it to make contact with and turn the quarters of SHRAAOAH (IRE), placed second, ridden by Frankie Dettori. The Stewards found Morris in breach of Rule (B)54.1 and guilty of careless riding in that he had made a manoeuvre to his left into a gap that wasn’t quite large enough, causing considerable interference to those on his left-hand side. They suspended him for 5 days as follows: Saturday 13, Sunday 14, Monday 15, Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 August 2016. In the second incident, on the run to the line, the Stewards found that MOVE UP, placed third, ridden by James Doyle, had shifted left-handed away from the whip before being quickly corrected by the rider, causing interference to the winner, DAL HARRAILD, ridden by Pat Cosgrave which, in turn, interfered with EMPORER NAPOLEON, placed fifth, ridden by David Probert, which, in turn, interfered with MASTER BLUEYES (IRE), which then interfered with SHRAAOH (IRE). They found the interference was accidental.

Adam Kirby, the rider of SOLDIER IN ACTION (FR), unplaced, reported that the colt jumped right-handed leaving the stalls.

Paul Hanagan, the rider of JAAMEH, placed fourth, reported that the colt got upset in the stalls.

 

Race 3 – 3:10pm QATAR NASSAU STAKES (CLASS 1) (BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES) (Group 1)

The Stewards noted that rounding the bend at the top of the hill, there was interference between the winner, MINDING (IRE), and BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE, placed fifth, which caused MINDING (IRE) to have to take back off the heels of QUEEN’S TRUST, but after viewing a recording of the incident they were satisfied that it did not involve a riding offence.

 

Race 4 – 3:45pm QATAR STEWARDS’ CUP HANDICAP

The Stewards held an enquiry into possible interference inside the final furlong. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found that RIDGE RANGER (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Jason Hart, had hung left-handed interfering with RED PIKE (IRE), unplaced, ridden by Paul Mulrennan. The Stewards found Hart in breach of Rule (B)54.1 and guilty of careless riding in he had allowed his filly to hang left-handed causing interference to RED PIKE (IRE). They cautioned him as to his future conduct in races.

The Stewards gave permission for ALBEN STAR (IRE), trained by Richard Fahey, to go early to post.

James McDonald, the rider of HOLD TIGHT, unplaced, reported that his saddle slipped.

Adam Kirby, the rider of TOOFI (FR), unplaced, reported that the gelding was never travelling.

 

Race 5 – 4:20pm QATAR EBF STALLIONS MAIDEN

No Enquiry. Kieran O’Neill, the rider of THE SECRETS OUT, unplaced, reported that the colt was running keen and he had to take off the heels of the winner when rounding the bend at the top of the hill.

 

Race 6 – 4:55pm QATAR STAKES HANDICAP

No Enquiry. The Veterinary Officer reported that RED ARTIST, unplaced, trained by Simon Crisford, had been struck into on its left-hand.

 

Race 7 – 6:00pm QATAR APPRENTICE HANDICAP

The Stewards held an enquiry into the use of the whip by William Cox, the rider of AQUA ARDENS (GER), unplaced, from 2 furlongs out. Having heard his evidence and viewed recordings of the race, they found him in breach of Schedule (B)6 Part 2 in that he had used his whip above the permitted level. The Stewards suspended Cox for 2 days as follows: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August 2016.

The Stewards gave permission for BOLD PREDICTION (IRE), trained by Ed Walker, to wear a hood in the Parade Ring.

Michael J M Murphy, the rider of HEISMAN (IRE), unplaced, reported that the gelding stumbled leaving the stalls.

Edward Greatrex, the rider of MR QUICKSILVER, unplaced, reported that the gelding was never travelling.

Ross Coakley, the rider of BATHOS (IRE), which started favourite and finished unplaced, reported that the colt was slowly away. The Stewards ordered BATHOS (IRE), to be routine tested.

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