Ascot racecard - Royal Ascot Trials Day 2021

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R OYA L A S C O T T R I A L S D AY Wednesday 28th April 2021


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15–19 JUNE 2021

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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Welcome to Royal Ascot Trials Day, the opening meeting of the 2021 Flat season at Ascot. It is fantastic to have owners back on track for the first time since December and we are delighted to be able to offer them outdoor hospitality in line with the current Government guidelines. Last year this meeting was lost to the pandemic but the key races on the card were saved as part of the resumption of racing programme, which was so nimbly led by the British Horseracing Authority. The 2020 Sagaro Stakes was rerouted to Newcastle and it proved an informative contest despite the close proximity to the Royal Meeting with the winner, Nayef Road, finishing second to Stradivarius in the Gold Cup two weeks later. This year we are delighted to see Stradivarius, now a three-time Gold Cup winner, in the field for a high-quality renewal of the Group 3 Longines Sagaro Stakes, the feature race on the card today. If all goes to plan he will return in June attempting to emulate the great Yeats and win a fourth Gold Cup. This would also be his fifth successive victory at the Royal Meeting as the winning streak began with the Queen’s Vase in 2017. Our thanks go to Longines for their sponsorship of the Sagaro Stakes today and their ongoing support to the racecourse as an Official Partner. Their sectional timing system is in action today as we begin our new season. The opening race today is the Manny Mercer Apprentice Handicap, being run this year to promote the work of industry group Women in Racing. Classic-winning jockey Manny Mercer sadly lost his life at Ascot on 26th September 1959 and whilst we would normally be welcoming his family, we remember Manny with them from afar. Once again, the winner of the Royal Ascot Two-Year-Old Conditions Stakes will receive a free entry into any two-year-old race at Royal Ascot and on that theme, we thank Naas Racecourse in Ireland today for staging their Royal Ascot Trials meeting on 16th May, and race three is named to promote that fixture. Last week, QIPCO British Champions Series launched the first ever Hall of Fame for British Flat racing and we are marking this important initiative with a dedicated race today. The QIPCO British Champions Series Hall of Fame will celebrate the equine and human champions of British Flat racing since 1970. You can read more about the venture in these pages. This year’s Paradise Stakes is being run under the name of the Charlie Waller Trust, a Thatchambased charity whose overarching mission is to educate young people, and those with responsibility for them, about their mental health and wellbeing. Our concluding sprint handicap promotes Racing Welfare’s charity cycle race and we wish the best of luck to those undertaking the challenge of riding from Carlisle to Newton Abbot in August. Also, in the racecard today you will find details of how First Receiver, owned by Her Majesty The Queen, is enjoying his post-racing career with Retraining of Racehorses whilst reigning champion jockey, Oisin Murphy, features in the Ascot Enquiry column.

Sir Francis Brooke Bt. Her Majesty’s Representative & Chairman WELCOME

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1st Race 1.00pm The Women In Racing Manny Mercer Apprentice Handicap Stakes This is a one mile handicap race for four-year-olds and upwards which have been rated from 76 to 95. In a handicap the weight that each of the runners carries is determined by their official handicap rating which is based on their level of form shown so far. The aim is to ensure competitive racing by asking the higher rated horses to carry more weight than a lower rated rival. As a guide, horses rated 40 tend to be at the lower end of the scale whilst the very best performers would be rated as high as 130. PAGES 20-21

2nd Race 1.35pm The Royal Ascot Two-Year-Old Trial Conditions Stakes (GBB Race)

This race is a five furlong conditions stakes for two-year-olds. The runners in this type of race are subject to specific conditions that often revolve around age or sex, or confine the race to horses that have yet to win above a particular level. In this instance, fillies receive a 5lb allowance from their male counterparts with penalties allocated on the basis of number of races won, 3lb for a single win or 6lb for two victories. PAGES 26-27

3rd Race 2.10pm The Naas Racecourse Royal Ascot Trials Day British EBF Fillies’ Conditions Stakes (Plus 10/GBB Race) Like the previous race, this is another conditions stakes altough this particular contest is restricted to three-year-old fillies, which are E.B.F. eligible, and which have not won a Pattern race. It is to be run over a distance of one mile. PAGES 34-35

4th Race 2.45pm The Longines Sagaro Stakes (Group 3) (A Gold Cup Trial)

This two mile race for four-year-olds and upwards is a Group 3 contest – a race which can only bettered by a Group 1 or 2. Many of the runners will have already posted form well above average and some may use this as a stepping-stone to even greater things. 4

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Initially, the weights are allocated on the basis of age and sex before penalties are awarded to horses which have won above a certain level prior to lining up here 3lb to Group 3 winners, 5lb for a Group 2 victory or 7lb to those successful in a Group 1. PAGES 40-42

5th Race 3.20pm The QIPCO British Champions Series horseracinghof.com Pavilion Stakes (Class 1) (A Commonwealth Cup Trial) (Group 3) Like the previous race, this is another high-quality Group 3 affair and we may even see some Royal Ascot contenders lining up. This particular six furlong contest is restricted to three-year-olds with fillies receiving 3lb from their male rivals. Any horse that has won a Group 1 or 2 race after August 31st last year will incur a 4lb penalty. PAGES 48-50

6th Race 3.55pm The Charlie Waller Trust Paradise Stakes (A Queen Anne Stakes Trial) (Listed Race)

This one mile contest for four-year-olds and upwards is a Listed race; a race that can only be bettered by a Group 1, 2 or 3 race. Many of the runners in this race will have already shown themselves to be talented and this race provides a perfect medium for them to be tested against a better class of rival before making the jump into a Group race. Initially, the weights are set at 9st for colts and geldings and 8st 9lb for fillies before penalties are awarded to horses that have previously won above a certain level – 3lb for a Listed race victory, 5lb for a Group 3 success or 7lb for a Group 2 win. PAGES 54-56

7th Race 4.30pm The Great Racing Welfare Cycle HandicapStakes

This is a five furliong handicap race for four-year-olds and upwards which have been rated from 66 to 85. To qualify for a handicap rating horses must have run at least three times in a Flat race in Britain, or have run in no more than two Flat races run in Britain and won at least one of them. This rating then dictates the weight to be carried in a handicap. In simple terms a horse rated 85 in this particular race would be required to carry 5lb more than a rival rated 80.


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The Queen Sir Michael Stoute, Newmarket His Higness The Aga Khan’s Studs S. C.

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Horse Age: 4 Weight: 8 11 Colours: PURPLE, GOLD braid, SCARLET sleeves, BLACK velvet cap, GOLD fringe. Form: 0/1133-1 C

BET WITH ASCOT VIEW HHHHH Lightly raced filly who won the 2m Queen’s Vase at this meeting last year and was back to winning ways on reappearance last month, again over this 2m when taking a Group 3 decisively; a touch more is needed but open to further progress and pedigree by stamina influence and a half-sister to Enzeli (by Kahyasi), winner of this in 1999 - is replete with stamina. Official BHA Rating 108

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1. Owner’s Silks (illustration) 2. Colour of horse B = Bay Br = Brown Ch = Chestnut Gr = Grey Ro = Roan 3. Horse’s Number on saddle cloth 4. Sex of horse c = colt f = filly g = gelding h = horse m = mare 5. Sire (Father) 6. Horse’s name 7. Dam (Mother) 8. Damsire (Grandfather) 9. Birthplace of horse (if not Great Britain) 10. Number of days since last ran 11. Draw 12. Form Guide 13. Racing Post star rating 14. Owner(s) 15. Trainer and location of training establishment 16. Breeder 17. Age of horse 18. Owner’s Colours (description) 19. Previous performances / = Denotes new season – = Denotes new year B = Brought down F = Fell P = Pulled Up U = Unseated rider 20. Form details C = Course winner D = Distance winner CD = Has won a race over the same distance at Ascot before. C D = Has at won a race at Ascot before but over a different distance. They have also won over today’s trip at another course. BF = Finished beaten favourite on their previous run.

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21. Weight (stones/pounds) 22. Official BHA Rating The BHA Handicappers allot ratings to horses once they have taken part in a sufficient number of races to enable the Handicappers to make a numerical assessment of each horse’s ability. The principal purpose of the ratings is to determine the weight to be carried by each runner in handicap races, with the Handicappers aiming to provide each participant with an equal chance based on its best recent form under its optimum conditions. A horse rated 100, for example, would be set to carry 1lb more than a horse rated 99 (ignoring penalties and allowances). The ratings published in the racecard for handicap races are the ratings that were used to calculate the weight to be carried by each horse, whilst in non-handicapped races the rating shown is that of each runner at the time that the entries for the race were confirmed. Any subsequently published change in rating, either up or down, is shown in brackets following the rating. For novice steeple chasers, their latest hurdle race rating may be shown until such time as the Handicappers allot a separate steeple chase rating. Such ratings are prefixed by the letter h. 23. Jockey’s name and photo If there is a number next to the name, this indicates that the jockey can claim that amount in weight (lbs) off the stated riding weight.

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A SHORT HISTORY ASCOT’S BEGINNINGS Few sporting venues can match the rich heritage and history of Ascot Racecourse. Over the past 300 years, Ascot has established itself as a national institution; with Royal Ascot becoming the centrepiece of the British social calendar and the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.

THE FIRST RACECOURSE The racecourse was laid out by William Lowen, assisted by a team including a carpenter, a painter, and a racing administrator. The first permanent building was erected around 1794 by a local Windsor builder. Holding 1,650 people, it was used for almost fifty years.

It was Queen Anne in 1711 who first saw the potential for a racecourse at Ascot (in those days called East Cote). Whilst out riding near Windsor Castle she came upon an area of open heath that looked, in her words, “ideal for horses to gallop at full stretch”.

In 1813, Parliament passed an Act of Enclosure, which ensured that Ascot Heath would be kept and used as a racecourse for the public in the future. Racing at Ascot was now secure.

THE FIRST RACE MEETING The first race meeting ever held at Ascot took place later that year, on Saturday 11th August. The inaugural event was Her Majesty’s Plate, worth 100 guineas and open to any horse, mare or gelding over six years of age. Each horse was required to carry a weight of 12 stone and the seven runners were all English hunters, rather different to the speedy thoroughbreds that race on the Flat today. The nature of the contest also bears little resemblance to modern day racing at Ascot. That race consisted of three separate heats, each four miles long – about the length of today’s Grand National course. The winning horse would have required tremendous stamina, but sadly there is no record of who claimed that first Plate. Queen Anne’s gift to racing, founding the Royal Racecourse, is marked by the tradition of opening Royal Ascot with the Queen Anne Stakes.

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ROYAL ASCOT The precise origins of the Royal Meeting are unclear, as the event evolved from the first four-day meeting that took place in 1768. The meeting as it’s known today only really started to take shape with the introduction of the Gold Cup in 1807. Royal Ascot was the only race meeting held at Ascot until 1939. The Gold Cup remains the feature race of the third day of Royal Ascot, traditionally the busiest day of the week, when high fashion and exquisite millinery take centre stage alongside Flat racing’s most elite stayers. In 2009, Yeats, ridden by Johnny Murtagh and trained by Aidan O’Brien, won his fourth consecutive Gold Cup – a magnificent achievement, and one that Stradivarius could emulate this year.


MANAGING ASCOT Although founded by a Queen and located on Crown property, the administration of Ascot is handled on behalf of the Crown by a representative appointed by the Monarch. Up until 1901, the racecourse was managed on the Sovereign’s behalf by the Master of the Royal Buckhounds. In 1901, Lord Churchill was appointed as His Majesty’s Representative, responsible for running the course and determining entrance to the Royal Enclosure. The Ascot Authority was established in 1913 by an Act of Parliament, with His Majesty’s Representative becoming Senior Trustee. Today, as Ascot Authority (Holdings) Limited, Ascot has a formal board chaired by Sir Francis Brooke Bt., who also serves as Her Majesty’s Representative at Ascot. As an owner and breeder of racehorses, Her Majesty The Queen takes a keen interest in the races, and has had great success with her own horses over the years. The jockeys riding Her Majesty’s horses can be identified by The Queen’s racing colours: purple body with gold braid, scarlet sleeves, and black velvet cap with gold fringe – the same as those of King Edward VII and George IV as Prince Regent. During Royal Ascot, The Queen traditionally presents the Gold Cup and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. New versions of these trophies are made each year and presented to the winners to keep. Ascot Racecourse closed for a £200 million redevelopment in 2004, and was reopened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on 20th June 2006. HIGHLIGHTS AT ASCOT SINCE 2006 There have been several landmark occasions since Ascot Racecourse reopened in 2006 and none more memorable than two special Gold Cup days – when Yeats completed his four-timer of Gold Cup wins in 2009 and when The Queen herself won the stayers’ championship with Estimate in 2013.

In 2011, Ascot celebrated its tercentenary and staged the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day, now the culmination of the European elite Flat racing season. The great Frankel won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day in 2011, and the curtain came down on the career of officially the best horse of all time when he won the Champion Stakes a year later. Sir Henry Cecil’s pride and joy won five of his remarkable unbeaten run of 14 races at Ascot in all. 2012 also saw Ascot at the heart of the country’s celebrations to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, with the Golden Jubilee Stakes renamed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and won by the great Australian mare, Black Caviar. Ascot has continued to cement its reputation as Europe’s premier destination for the best horses in the world. In recent years it is the Americans who have had most success, with Tepin’s win in the 2016 Queen Anne Stakes and Lady Aurelia’s King’s Stand Stakes victory the following year being notable highlights. The latter filly was trained by Wesley Ward, who has now saddled 11 winners at the Royal Meeting. It is not just international horses which Ascot is known for, of course. Jockeys also come from all over the world to ride here – perhaps most notably at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, a unique fixture in the global racing calendar which each year sees many of world’s top jockeys compete for points to lift racing’s ultimate team prize, with four teams battling it out across a thrilling six-race contest. While the grandeur of the Royal Meeting takes centre stage each June, Ascot is also renowned for hosting Europe’s premier midsummer middle-distance contest the following month. The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes has been won by many of racing’s most distinguished champions including Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Dancing Brave, Nashwan, Galileo and - most recently - the remarkable mare Enable, who in July 2020 made history by becoming the first horse to win three renewals of this prestigious prize. A S H O RT H I STO RY

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The Longines Master Collection


5f (2yo)

58.80 secs by No Nay Never age 2 wt 9-1 good to firm, 20/06/13

5f (3yo+)

57.44 secs by Miss Andretti age 6 wt 9-1 good to firm, 19/06/07

6f (2yo)

1 min 12.39 secs by Rajasinghe age 2 wt 9-1 good to firm, 20/06/17

6f (3yo+)

1 min 11.05 secs by Blue Point age 3 wt 9-1 good to firm, 03/05/17

7f (2yo)

1 min 25.73 secs by Pinatubo age 2 wt 9-3 good, 22/06/19

7f (3yo+)

1 min 24.28 secs by Galician age 4 wt 8-11 good to firm, 27/07/13

1m round (2yo)

1 min 39.55 secs by Joshua Tree age 2 wt 8-12 good, 26/09/09

1m round (3yo+)

1 min 35.89 secs by Alpha Centauri age 3 wt 9-0 good to firm, 22/06/18

1m straight (3yo+)

1 min 36.60 secs by Ribchester age 4 wt 9-0 good to firm, 20/06/17

1m 2f

2 mins 1.90 secs by The Fugue age 5 wt 8-11 good to firm, 18/06/14

1m 4f

2 mins 24.60 secs by Novellist age 4 wt 9-7 good to firm, 27/07/13

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3m 24.12s by Mizzou age 4 wt 8-12 good to firm, 29/04/15

2m 4f

4 mins 16.92 secs by Rite of Passage age 6 wt 9-2 good to firm, 17/06/10

2m 51/2f

4 mins 45.24 secs by Pallasator age 9 wt 9-2 good to firm, 23/06/18

The current records are as listed above.


KEY POINTERS TO THE ROYAL MEETING IN JUNE

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN’S ESTIMATE WAS THE WINNER OF THE 2013 SAGARO STAKES EN ROUTE TO HER FAMOUS SUCCESS IN THE GOLD CUP

The opening meeting of Ascot’s Flat season may only have been christened Royal Ascot Trials Day in 2019 but the fixture has a rich history of producing key early season contests with relevance to the Royal Meeting in June. The Longines Sagaro Stakes is the feature race on the card, a Group 3 event that is a designated Gold Cup Trial. Colour Vision and Estimate landed the spoils in 2012 and 2013 respectively before going on to Gold Cup glory while Mizzou, Torcedor, Dee Ex Bee and Nayef Road all placed in the Royal Meeting’s flagship race having won the Longines Sagaro Stakes. The Commonwealth Cup is Royal Ascot’s newest Group 1 contest, created in 2015 as a top-level race for three-year-old sprinters over six furlongs. At the same time, the Pavilion Stakes was identified as an ideal stepping-stone to that race and so was upgraded to Group 3 that season and is now run as the Merriebelle Stable Commonwealth Cup Trial Stakes, recognising it’s importance on the road to Royal Ascot.

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It has been won by the likes of Limato, Blue Point and Calyx since 2015 while Harry Angel and Eqtidaar both finished second before going on to Group 1 success in their careers. It might have been hard to envisage Accidental Agent troubling the judge in a Group 1 at Royal Ascot after he finished third in the Listed Paradise Stakes in 2018 but that’s exactly what he did when he returned six weeks later to win the Queen Anne Stakes under Charlie Bishop. Run as a designated Queen Anne Stakes Trial, this well-located race over the straight mile can attract high-quality contenders while also being a nice opportunity for handicappers moving up to a higher level. The winner and the placed horses are often worth following throughout the season, as Accidental Agent showed. There could be more clues in the Royal Ascot Two-Year-Old Trial Conditions Stakes which normally attracts some talented juveniles, including recently the 2019 Norfolk Stakes runner up Ventura Rebel who won the race that year. The Naas Racecourse Royal Ascot Trials Day British EBF Filles’ Conditions Stakes has also featured future Royal Ascot runners in recent years, most notably the 2018 Sandringham Stakes winner Agrotera. An exciting day is in store. Notebooks at the ready.

2017 WAS A PARTICULARLY STRONG RENEWAL OF THE PAVILION STAKES AS BLUE POINT GOT THE BETTER OF HARRY ANGEL - CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FUTURE GROUP 1 WINNERS TAKING EACH OTHER ON

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R AC E 1 1.00PM T H E WO M E N I N R AC I N G MANNY MERCER APPRENTICE H A N D I C A P S TA K E S ( C L A S S 3 )

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One mile, Royal Hunt Cup Course (8f ) (1,600 metres) For four yrs old and upwards

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STALLS: CENTRE

Total race value £15000. Owners Prize Money. Winner £6401; Second £3200; Third £1601; Fourth £800. (Penalty Value £8100) Weights raised 4lb and paragraphs 27 to 31 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable. A SS See page 58 for conditions of this race.

Women in Racing will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and £100 to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race.

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B g Canford Cliffs (IRE) - Shannon Spree (Royal Applause) Owner: Melbourne 10 Racing Horse Age: 7 Weight: 9 13 Trainer: Jamie Osborne, Upper Lambourn Colours: ORANGE, DARK BLUE sleeves, LIGHT BLUE Breeder: Glebe Farm Stud diamonds, DARK BLUE cap, LIGHT BLUE diamonds. Form: 012425- C D

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HHH A regular in some of the major handicaps, and he has a fine record here, successful twice in 2018 and making the frame in the Buckingham Palace and International (both 7f) last summer; stays 1m and capable of another big run if fit after a nine-month absence. Official BHA Rating 97

B g Bated Breath - Binche (USA) (Woodman (USA)) Owner: P Booth, A Jackson & K Stewart Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 7 Trainer: David Simcock, Newmarket Colours: WHITE, DARK BLUE seams, Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd halved sleeves and star on cap. Sponsor: Al Basti Equiworld Form: 3550-10

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HH Failed to win for Andre Fabre in France before being picked up for 50,000gns last autumn; landed the odds in a small-field Wolverhampton novice on British debut, but only ninth of 11 in handicap at Newcastle (also 7f) later in February; still early days but much more required here. Official BHA Rating 91

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Ch g Pivotal - Mail The Desert (IRE) (Desert Prince (IRE)) Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd Horse Age: 8 Weight: 9 7 Trainer: Andrew Balding, Kingsclere Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE hoop, Breeder: Newsells Park Stud & Cheveley Park Stud striped sleeves, WHITE cap, ROYAL BLUE star. Sponsor: King Power International Co Ltd Form: 4/4040-0CD

Bradley Harris (7)

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B g Swiss Spirit - Regal Curtsy (Royal Applause) Owner: Mrs Zara Campbell-Harris Trainer: Eve Johnson Houghton, Blewbury Breeder: Mrs Z. C. Campbell-Harris Sponsor: ABM Catering Limited

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HH Hasn’t won for over two years and, although he’s falling in the weights, there wasn’t much obvious promise in his reappearance run at Wolverhampton; usual headgear again left off today, and others appeal more. Official BHA Rating 91

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Georgia Dobie (3)

Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 5 Colours: RED, PALE BLUE chevrons and sleeves, RED cap. Form: 02630-0 D

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Ch g Poet’s Voice - Mumtaza (Nayef (USA)) Owner: The Haroldians Trainer: Heather Main, Wantage Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company Limited Sponsor: Tote

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HHH Front-runner who won two 1m events on the bounce last June, including for Georgia Dobie; might have needed the outing in the competitive Spring Cup at Newbury on reappearance; likely to last longer this time. Official BHA Rating 89 (-1)

Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 4 Colours: MAROON, WHITE stripe, halved sleeves. Form: 32351-3 D

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HHHHH Tough 5yo who usually gives his running and won twice last year; better than ever when third of 20 at Doncaster (1m, good; winner and sixth successful since) first time out; runs off the same mark and should go well again. Official BHA Rating 88

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Ch g Arcano (IRE) - Causeway Queen (IRE) (Giant’s Causeway (USA)) Owner: Rebel Racing (2) Horse Age: 7 Weight: 9 3 Trainer: Richard Spencer, Newmarket Colours: BLACK, GREY sleeves, Breeder: J. Hanly BLACK stars. Sponsor: Rebel Racing Ltd, Direct Commercial Ltd Form: 040-546

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HHH 0-16 since completing AW hat-trick in the winter of 2018-19; falling in the weights and his turf mark is lower than his AW one, but recent efforts have been underwhelming and on balance he’s probably best watched. Official BHA Rating 87

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B g Elnadim (USA) - Meanwhile (IRE) (Haafhd) Owner: Trevor and Ruth Milner Trainer: Joseph Parr, Newmarket Breeder: Stonepark Farms Sponsor: Tote

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Harry Burns (5)

Horse Age: 7 Weight: 9 2 Colours: WHITE, MAROON stars, MAROON sleeves, WHITE stars, WHITE cap, MAROON star. Form: 001601- CD

HHHH Won this race in 2019 when trained by Alan Bailey; almost as good as ever last year, winning two of his last four starts, including at Kempton on his final one in November; trainer and rider combined for a winner on Saturday; not dismissed lightly. Official BHA Rating 86

BA LGA I R (G B ) ( 2 1 4 )

Ch g Foxwedge (AUS) - Glencal (Compton Place) Owner: Newmarket Racing Club HQi Trainer: Tom Clover, Newmarket Breeder: G. Doyle & Lord Margadale Sponsor: Newmarket Racing Club Ltd

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Horse Age: 7 Weight: 9 1 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sash, WHITE cap, ROYAL BLUE star. Form: 343310- D

HHHH Winner of five of his 30 races and he surged to new heights in the amateur jockeys’ Cambridgeshire at Newmarket (1m1f, good to firm) last September; had more on his plate when well held in the Cambridgeshire itself next time; Laura Pearson looks a positive booking after a break and he’s not ruled out. Official BHA Rating 85

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B g Scat Daddy (USA) - Illaunglass (IRE) (Red Clubs (IRE)) Owner: Mr T. W. Morley Horse Age: 6 Weight: 8 12 Trainer: Stuart Williams, Newmarket Colours: ORANGE and PURPLE (quartered), Breeder: Chasemore Farm EMERALD GREEN sleeves and cap. Sponsor: Tote Form: 6-20053 D

Marco Ghiani

HHH Runs mainly on the AW and gained three wins (7f/1m) in 2020; below-par on his most recent appearance, but he can race off a 6lb lower mark on turf and would be dangerous if returning to form for his experienced rider. Official BHA Rating 82

Blinkers worn by No. 1. Tongue Strap worn by No. 9. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 7.

Record Time: 1 min 36.60 secs by Ribchester age 4 wt 9-0 good to firm, 20/06/17 Median Time: 1 min 41.40 secs Stewards Note: CLIFFS OF CAPRI: Following its run on 31/7/2020 it was reported that the horse was hampered on the run-in. 2020: MEETING ABANDONED

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4-1 Mostawaa (GB), 9-2 Enigmatic (IRE), 5-1 Balgair (GB), 6-1 Papa Stour (USA), 7-1 Cliffs of Capri (GB), 8-1 Gin Palace (GB), 9-1 Repertoire (GB), 10-1 Keyser Soze (IRE), 11-1 Zwayyan (GB)

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The European Breeders’ Fund was established in 1983 and is funded predominantly by contributions from stallion owners. In Great Britain, the British EBF have provided over £38,000,000 of additional prize money to the racing industry. ebfstallions.com

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Based in Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832, the watchmaking company Longines wields expertise steeped in tradition, elegance and performance. With generations of experience as official timekeeper of world championships, and as partner of international sports federations, Longines has built strong and long-lasting relationships in the world of sport over the years. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of Swatch Group Ltd., the world’s leading watch manufacturer. The Longines brand, with its winged hourglass emblem, is established in over 150 countries. www.longines.com

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The Charlie Waller Trust was created by the Waller family in 1997 in response to the loss of their son and brother Charlie to suicide having suffered from depression. They have since become one of the UK’s most respected mental health charities. The charity’s overarching mission is to educate young people and those with responsibility for them about their mental health and wellbeing. The majority of the charity’s work is delivered through schools, parents, colleges and workplaces in the form of consultancy, training and the provision of educational and practical resources. To find out more visit: www.charliewaller.org

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Racing Welfare is a registered charity supporting the workforce of British horseracing.. They offer professional guidance and practical help to all of racing’s people – including stud, stable and racecourse staff, alongside those working in associated professions – whose dedication is vital for the wellbeing of racing. Their work aims to help people, from recruitment to retirement, to thrive in day-to-day life and through a range of life’s challenges. The charity support current and retired racing staff and their families and is dependent on donations and successful fundraising activities. To find out more visit: www.racingwelfare.co.uk A S C OT S P O N S O R S

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BRITISH-BRED COVENTRY STAKES HERO FROM ANITA’S ARGENTINIAN ADVENTURE

NANDO PARRADO BECAME THE LONGEST-PRICED WINNER AT ROYAL ASCOT WHEN WINNING LAST YEAR’S COVENTRY STAKES - CLICK HERE TO SEE HIS 150/1 SUCCESS

To nearly all breeders, owners and trainers, Royal Ascot is the apex of the Flat racing season, no matter how big or small an operation is. Last June there were eleven British-bred winners that were led into the hallowed winners’ enclosure and amongst them was Nando Parrado, who was victorious in the Coventry Stakes, at 150/1. Bred by Anita Wigan, who owns ten mares, and for whom this was a first Royal Ascot success, his victory meant a great deal, saying: “It is what we all do it for, to be on the big stage. It is so hard to breed something that wins, let alone on the big stage. It doesn’t matter that he was the longest-priced winner at Royal Ascot.” Former owner of Rushbrooke Stud, Anita now keeps her mares between James Read’s Selwood Bloodstock in Somerset, the Player family’s Whatton Manor Stud, where Nando Parrado was foaled and raised, in Nottinghamshire, and at Brian O’Rourke’s Copgrove Stud in Yorkshire. The purchase of Nando Parrado’s dam Chibola, a Group 3 scorer at Palermo, was unorthodox, being sourced via photographs sent from an agent in Argentina. Anita says: “We were on holiday in Argentina and went racing in Buenos Aires. They were racing on really very firm ground and I thought if a horse can remain sound on the ground, I want one. Unfortunately she died last week following complications after foaling a colt by Magna Grecia, but she was a really remarkable mare. She never missed when covered and produced a decent horse each year – Muntadab is still running at the age of nine, and her soundness was one of the reasons for buying her. 16

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“Having got her she was covered by Oasis Dream and she produced Paella, who was very fast and Richard Hannon thought she would be a Queen Mary filly, but unfortunately she had a setback and was unable to make the track. She then visited Invincible Spirit and produced Muntadab, who was a beautiful horse, Kodiac (sire of Nando Parrado) at the time was good, a half-brother to Invincible Spirit, who had gone to over €100,000, and was a more reasonable option.” While Chibola may no longer be around, her newly born colt has taken well to his adopted mother. Anita still has plenty to look forward to. A two-year-old filly by first-season sire Aclaim has been retained after failing to sell last autumn, been named Orzo and sent into training with Andrew Balding. Anita says: “She is a bit bigger than Nando, that will be the Acclamation rather than the Invincible Spirit line coming through, but they really like her.” Nando Parrado is not the first in the family to have run at Royal Ascot. The aforementioned Muntadab ran as a five-year-old, while another half-brother Dubai Horizon ran as a six-year-old last year. Getchagetchagetcha, twice raced at Royal Ascot, was bred by Anita out of Paella. Each year the executives at Ascot reward breeders of the Royal Ascot winners with a luncheon, which is very well received, as Anita says: “I was so thrilled with all the presents from Ascot, I received a framed winners photo, a silver bowl with his name on it, Champagne, the gifts kept coming – it was really appreciated. Breeders are the forgotten people, we are the producers and it is great that there is appreciation.” It was not just Nando Parrado that flew the flag in 2020 for the Dorset-based breeder, who is also a Trustee of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA). Angel Power improved from Chelmsford novice winner to ending the season with victory in the Group 3 Pride Stakes at Newmarket and a rout of the opposition in Group 2 company in Italy. “Looking back to last year, from a breeding perspective, it was the pinnacle,” said Anita. “To have two Group winners, from two mares that I chose myself and from matings that I chose, it was absolutely unbelievable. Angel stays in training and is heading to all those Group 1s. It was such a weird year on every other front, but phenomenal from the racing side.” Amongst the wealth of information available from the TBA is a free downloadable broodmare ownership guide, which provides information on the options available for people at all levels of experience, including on how to set up as a breeding entity, the process of selecting and securing a broodmare, selecting which stallion to use and details for caring for the mare and her progeny.

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IT PAYS TO BUY BRITISH: The prize money bonus scheme that is changing fortunes for British-bred fillies

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A REPLAY OF VENTURA REBEL CAUSING AN UPSET AGAINST THE WESLEY WARD-TRAINED LADY PAULINE IN THE OPENING RACE OF ROYAL ASCOT TRIALS DAY 2019

The inaugural ‘Royal Ascot Trials Day’ in 2019 was dominated by British breeders, with six of the seven winners carrying the (GB) suffix that indicates they were born on these shores. In a positive development for Ascot’s Flat season curtain raiser, the opening two contests on that day in 2019 - the five-furlong sprint for two-year-olds won by Crossfields Bloodstock homebred Ventura Rebel, and the fillies’ conditions stakes won by the Highclere Stud-bred Muchly - have this year been allocated Great British Bonus (GBB) race status. The game changing bonus prize money scheme was launched by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association in June 2020. GBB offers multiple bonuses of up to £20,000 per eligible race for British-bred fillies and mares, with the overall aim of increasing prize money in British racing and boosting the number of British-bred horses in racing, thereby safeguard the future of British breeding. Today, owners of GBB registered fillies in the two-year-old sprint (race 2) could win up to £10,000 in bonus prize money, while those in the fillies’ contest (race 3) will be racing for as much as £20,000. GBB recently hit the headlines for already having awarded over £2 million in prize money, despite still being in its infancy. At the time of writing, 115 horses have taken home 140 prizes to their connections. Winners range from smaller owner/breeder operations such as Pat Toye, who hand-reared her £20,000 GBB filly Sorbet, to large professional syndicates. 18

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As the scheme grows, it continues to have a major impact on every level of the racing and breeding industry, with prize money distributed between owners, breeders, jockeys, trainers and stable staff. “GBB just isn’t a one-time windfall; fillies can win cumulative bonuses and they do,” GBB Operations Executive Charlotte Newton explains. “We have had a Flat filly, Blackberry, who has won three times, securing £60,000 in payments. To hit the £2 million mark in less than a year is fantastic news for everyone involved in racing and breeding. The feedback from owners, trainers and breeders when they win makes you appreciate just how important the scheme is. It’s influencing decisions on whether people continue to race horses as well as if – and how – they’re going to breed them, and emphasises the buy and race British message.” Tequila Blaze, trained by multiple-GBB prizewinning National Hunt trainer Fergal O’Brien, was the filly that pushed the scheme over the £2 million milestone in mid-April. “It’s a huge amount of money. It is a fantastic scheme. It certainly makes us look when we go to the sales. If they’ve got the sticker on their bums as they’re going round the sales ring, it does make a huge difference. You’ll definitely be more attracted to one that’s a GBB mare than one that isn’t”. Fellow National Hunt trainer Dan Skelton is also full of praise for the prize money scheme. “The GBB is a great scheme and a big help to breeders and sellers of fillies, particularly in the current climate,” he said. “The support of British breeding is paramount and the GBB scheme is a fantastic incentive for both breeders and owners. We should be really proud that it exists to promote British-bred horses. It is nothing but an asset to our industry.” Visit greatbritishbonus.co.uk for more information.

MUCHLY FOUND EXTRA FOR FRANKIE DETTORI TO WIN THE FILLIES’ CONDITIONS STAKES ON THIS CARD IN 2019 - CLICK HERE FOR A REPLAY OF HER SHORT-HEAD SUCCESS

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R AC E 2 1.35PM T H E R OYA L A S C O T T W O -Y E A R - O L D T R I A L C O N D I T I O N S S TA K E S RACE FINISH

( C L A S S 2 ) ( G B B R AC E ) Five furlongs (5f ) (1,000 metres) For two yrs old

RACE START

STALLS: STANDS SIDE

Total race value £15000. Owners Prize Money. Winner £6401; Second £3200; Third £1601; Fourth £800. (Penalty Value £8100) A SS See page 58 for conditions of this race.

Ascot Racecourse will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and £100 to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race.

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B c Havana Gold (IRE) - Lightsome (Makfi) Owner: The Woodway 20 Trainer: Eve Johnson Houghton, Blewbury Breeder: Theakston Stud Sponsor: ABM Catering Limited

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Jockey Charles Bishop

Horse Age: 2 Weight: 9 5 Colours: RED, DARK BLUE hoop, quartered cap. Form: 1 D

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GUBBASS (IRE) (19)

B c Mehmas (IRE) - Vida Amorosa (IRE) (Lope de Vega (IRE)) Owner: Mr Jassim Bin Ali Al Attiyah Horse Age: 2 Weight: 9 5 Trainer: Richard Hannon, Marlborough Colours: MAROON, GOLD stars, Breeder: Tom Lacy MAROON cap, GOLD star. Sponsor: Tote Form: 1 D

Draw

Foaled 5.4.2019. HHHH Clearcut winner of the Brocklesby at Doncaster (5f, good; 8-1) on the opening day of the turf season, leading over 1f out; that was a professional display but he may well improve and needs taking seriously again. Official BHA Rating -

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Sean Levey

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B c Excelebration (IRE) - Cherry Creek (IRE) (Montjeu (IRE)) Owner: Middleham Park Racing XIV Horse Age: 2 Weight: 9 Trainer: Mark Johnston, Middleham Colours: LIGHT BLUE, Breeder: Sean Murphy ORANGE epaulets. Sponsor: Johnston Racing Ltd, Tattersalls (Ireland) Ltd Form: 1 D

Draw

Foaled 12.2.2019. HHHHH Well backed when making successful debut in seven-runner novice at Leicester (5f, good to firm; 15-8) 19 days ago, challenging over 1f out and getting on top without being hard ridden; the third gave the form a boost by winning on Sunday; open to plenty of improvement and could follow up. Official BHA Rating -

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Ben Curtis

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B c Coach House (IRE) - Ares Choix (Choisir (AUS)) Owner: The Hidden Brace Horse Age: 2 Weight: 9 2 Trainer: Alice Haynes, Newmarket Colours: BLACK, GREY seams, Breeder: Hunting Hill Stud armlets and cap. Form:

Draw

Foaled 18.4.2019. HHHH £60,000 yearling who made a perfect start in four-runner novice at Musselburgh (5f, good) at the start of the month, leading at halfway and winning going away; has plenty of stamina in his pedigree, and this stiffer track should suit him well; commands major respect. Official BHA Rating -

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Rossa Ryan

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Gr c Dark Angel (IRE) - Swiss Kiss (Dansili) Owner: The 10 for 10 Partnership Trainer: Jamie Osborne, Upper Lambourn Breeder: Lordship Stud

Horse Age: 2 Weight: 9 2 Colours: EMERALD GREEN and MAUVE stripes. Form:

Draw

Foaled 3.4.2019. HH 17,000gns 2yo; eighth foal; half-brother to four winners; dam Listed-placed 6f 2yo winner (RPR 92); April foal; stable’s second 2yo runner of the season (the first one has been fifth twice). Official BHA Rating -

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Foaled 6.2.2019. HHH 30,000gns yearling; third foal; closely related to 6f AW winner Continental (RPR 66), half-brother to 1m winner Tell William (83); dam 1m AW winner (79), half-sister to 5f Group 3 winner Swiss Spirit and 5f/6f Group 3 winner Swiss Diva; February foal; Oisin Murphy (2-11 for the stable in the last five seasons) looks a positive booking; worth noting in the market. Official BHA Rating -

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Oisin Murphy


2 Record Time: 58.80 secs by No Nay Never age 2 wt 9-1 good to firm, 20/06/13 Median Time: 1 min 0.70 secs

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2-1 Gubbass (IRE), 9-4 The Gatekeeper (IRE), 7-2 Chipotle (GB), 9-2 Wrought Iron (GB), 12-1 War of Courage (IRE)

GREAT BRITISH BONUS SCHEME The Great British Bonus (GBB) offers multiple bonuses of up to £20,000 per eligible race for British-bred fillies and mares.

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CONNECTIONS OF COMMISSIONED AFTER HIS SUCCESS IN THE 2016 QUEEN ALEXANDRA STAKES CLICK THE IMAGE TO SEE A REPLAY OF THE RACE

www.roa.co.uk Nick Bradley is proof that you can turn your passion into your profession, from his early involvement with Middleham Park Racing to purchasing Junior at the sales at a bargain price before he went on to win at Royal Ascot. So, how did Nick go from being a teacher to one of the leading owners in the country, we find out. How did your involvement with horse racing start and which was the first horse you owned? I was fascinated by the Grand National and used to study the race each year. I remember backing Hallo Dandy in the 1984 Grand National when I was six-years-old, so I was interested in horse racing from an early age. I had a share in a horse called Pride in the Park around twenty years ago who won twice at Southwell and I was hooked from there. What was your first Royal Ascot runner? I bought a horse called Junior at the May Sales in 2010 for £35,000 with the aim of running him on the Flat and under NH rules. Around five weeks later we ran him in the Ascot Stakes on the opening day of the 2010 Royal Meeting. Seb Sanders rode him and he led from the stalls and made all over the two miles and four furlong trip to win by six lengths. Since then we have had around twenty runners at the meeting and won three times so we have a pretty good record at the meeting. What is your favourite Ascot memory to date? Raising Sand has given us some great days at Ascot having won four times at the track. Dandalla was very enjoyable last year when winning the Albany Stakes but to be there when Commissioned won the Queen Alexandra Stakes on the final day of the meeting in 2016 was very special. We were very confident of winning, Adam Kirby gave him a great ride and Ascot had arranged for NFL superstar Wes Welker to present the trophy.

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The race you would most like to win in the UK? We have over thirty two-year-old fillies in training in 2021 and plan to focus on the fillies’ races going forward. The Albany at the Royal Meeting was a target which we achieved with Dandalla in 2020, but the Fillies Mile and 1000 Guineas at Newmarket are Group 1s we aim to have runners in year on year going forward. Which of your horses are you hoping will run at Ascot this year? Fev Rover, Dandalla and Raising Sand all have Royal Ascot targets this year, but I hope to add another three or four two-year-olds to that list by the time the meeting comes around. Hopefully a few will start putting their hands up to go for either the Queen Mary or Albany in the next six weeks. Syndicates are now very popular - what is the one piece of advice you give perspective members? The most important piece of advice I would give anyone is to take things slowly. I see many outright owners come into the game and leave shortly afterwards having had an unsatisfactory experience. Do your research, follow the sales, ignore win percentages and instead look at who is doing well with the horses they are buying. A ‘Nick Bradley’ horse to look out for this year? We have some very good three-year-olds on the track this year but I bought a record number of yearlings at the sales last autumn so I will select a two-year-old filly. The Time Test progeny were extremely good-looking at the sales and the nicest I saw was a filly we bought for 45,000 guineas. We named her ‘Simply Gorgeous’ and Richard Fahey who trains her likes what he has seen to date. One horse you would love to own? We have fifty broodmares at home so I am going to have to select a colt who I would send plenty of the mares to in years to come. Minzaal’s turn of pace in the Gimcrack last year was exceptional and is a horse that I am looking forward to seeing on the racetrack in 2021. He is a son of Mehmas who looks like being a phenomenal sire in the years to come. You are a well-known face at the bloodstock sales, do you have a physical attribute that you look out for in any potential purchases? I am a big believer in watching a horse walk away from me. I like to see a horse who has a good action in its hind quarters to help drive it forward when galloping. The most important factor is the horse’s action - it has to be athletic and propel the horse. Is there a first-season sire’s offspring you are keen to acquire, or do you prefer to follow the path of proven breeding? I am a big believer that all stallion’s produce progeny at both ends of the spectrum and the stallion is just a small part of the puzzle. We had Dandalla, Fev Rover, Mystery Angel and Furlong Factor in 2020 - each filly was the highest-rated daughter of their respective stallion’s two-year-old crop (Dandy Man, Gutaifan, Kodi Bear and Adaay). On each occasion we selected the fillies at the sales based on their physical attributes. That said, I do think the 2021 crop of first season sires is the most competitive group of stallions we have had in many years.

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Royal Ascot Trials Day Featuring the Goffs Lacken Stakes (Gr 3)

Sunday 16th May


R AC E 3 2 .1 0 P M T H E N A A S R AC E C O U R S E R OYA L A S C OT T R I A L S DAY B R I T I S H E B F F I L L I E S’ C O N D I T I O N S S TA K E S ( C L A S S 3 ) ( P LU S 1 0/G B B

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Old mile (7f abt 213yds) (1,500 metres) For three yrs old fillies

RACE START STALLS: INSIDE

Total race value £15500. Owners Prize Money. Winner £6614; Second £3306; Third £1654; Fourth £826. (Penalty Value £8370) SS See page 59 for conditions of this race.

Naas Racecourse will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and £100 to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race.

No Horse

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AURIA (GB) (168)

B f Muhaarar - Tiana (Diktat) Owner: Mrs F. Denniff Trainer: Andrew Balding, Kingsclere Breeder: A. S. Denniff

Draw

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Jockey Oisin Murphy

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 3 Colours: DARK BLUE, EMERALD GREEN hoop, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, DARK BLUE armlets, EMERALD GREEN cap. Form: 31D

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C R E AT I V E F L A I R ( I R E ) ( 2 4 9 )

B f Dubawi (IRE) - Hidden Gold (IRE) (Shamardal (USA)) Owner: Godolphin Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 Trainer: Charlie Appleby, Newmarket Colours: ROYAL BLUE. Breeder: Godolphin Form: 61Sponsor: Emirates Fly Better

Draw

HHH Half-sister to the yard’s high-class 7f/1m performer Beat The Bank; confirmed the promise of her debut when winning novice at Kempton (1m, AW; 7-1) in November a shade comfortably; almost certainly useful and could have a say. Official BHA Rating -

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William Buick

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D A N I L O VA ( G B ) ( 2 6 3 )

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HHHHH Bred to be smart (by Dubawi out of a 1m5f Listed winner from a very good family) and she looked well above average when making all in 7f maiden at Sandown (good to soft) last summer; today’s longer distance should be very much in her favour and she looks a leading contender. Official BHA Rating -

B f Dubawi (IRE) - Princesse Dansante (IRE) (King’s Best (USA)) Owner: Godolphin Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 3 Trainer: Charlie Appleby, Newmarket Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE cap. Breeder: Godolphin Form: 216Sponsor: Emirates Fly Better

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Adam Kirby

4 D E LTA B AY ( G B ) ( 1 4 )

B f Nathaniel (IRE) - Tropicana Bay (Oasis Dream) Owner: Helena Springfield Ltd Trainer: John & Thady Gosden, Newmarket Breeder: Meon Valley Stud Sponsor: Meon Valley Stud

Draw

HHH Best effort when winning novice at Newmarket (7f, good to firm) last August, making all; possibly found the run coming too soon when only sixth of nine in Group 3 over the same C&D seven days later; middle-distance bred, and stepping up to 1m+ should suit her well; stablemate of Creative Flair. Official BHA Rating 88

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Frankie Dettori

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 3 Colours: BLACK, WHITE spots, BLACK sleeves, WHITE cap. Form: 2-1 D

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PRADO (GB) (230)

Draw

HHHH The only one of these with a recent run behind her, and that came when justifying support in a maiden at Newmarket (1m, good) two weeks ago; today’s opposition is stronger but she’s a well-bred filly with an Oaks entry and she represents the stable that sent out the last winner of this race, in 2019. Official BHA Rating -

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B f Iffraaj - Royal Empress (IRE) (Holy Roman Emperor (IRE)) Owner: Mrs Fitri Hay Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 3 Trainer: Charles Hills, Lambourn Colours: PINK, EMERALD GREEN chevron, halved Breeder: Newsells Park Stud sleeves, EMERALD GREEN and PINK quartered cap. Sponsor: JMH Group Form: 126-

HH Made a winning debut (7f, good to firm) last July and bettered that form in two subsequent outings, sixth of nine in Group 3 at Doncaster (1m, good to firm; 25-1) on final one; probably needs further improvement but that’s not out of the question, and her stable could hardly be in better form. Official BHA Rating 93

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Ryan Moore


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B f Kingman - Wonderstruck (IRE) (Sea The Stars (IRE)) Owner: Lael Stable Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 3 Trainer: William Haggas, Newmarket Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE cross belts, Breeder: Lael Stable EMERALD GREEN sleeves and cap. Form: 21-

Tom Marquand

HHHH Out of a half-sister to the high-class pair George Washington and Grandera, and she readily landed the odds in a Yarmouth maiden (7f, good to firm) in September; 1m should suit her at least as well and although some of these have achieved more she’s open to plenty of improvement. Official BHA Rating -

Record Time: 1 min 35.89 secs by Alpha Centauri age 3 wt 9-0 good to firm, 22/06/18 Median Time: 1 min 41.60 secs Stewards Note: PRADO: Following its run on 10/9/2020 it was reported that the horse hung right handed.

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BETTING FORECAST:

3-1 Delta Bay (GB), 7-2 Danilova (GB), 4-1 Creative Flair (IRE), 9-2 Ready To Venture (GB), 11-2 Auria (GB), 8-1 Prado (GB)

The connections of the winner, if qualified under the Rules of the Plus 10 bonus scheme, will share a prize of £10,000.

GREAT BRITISH BONUS SCHEME The Great British Bonus (GBB) offers multiple bonuses of up to £20,000 per eligible race for British-bred fillies and mares. R A C I N G PA G E S

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ASCOT MEETS..... Josh Apiafi Josh Apiafi is a regular face on our screens, bringing racing to our living rooms with his positivity, drive and enthusiasm. Passionate about all things racing, Josh not only is the face of racing but also spends a great deal of his time improving opportunities for others. Here we chat to Josh and find out a little more about how he got into racing, what events he is ticking off his bucket list and his surprising break into racing TV over lunch in Korea. What is your first racing memory? Having ridden at pony club from an early age, all I ever wanted to do was go flat out. I first discovered racing on my 11th birthday when I was taken as a surprise by my dad’s friend who was an amateur jockey who took me to Ludlow races. As I walked in my eyes popped out on stalks and from that moment, there was nothing else I wanted to do in life than ride at speed over fences! Going through school did you always want to work in the racing industry, or did you have another career dream? I was too fat to be a jockey and too short to be a basketball player! But actually, gave both a good try! I played England U16 basketball and at the same age left school, moved 200 miles away from home and became an amateur jockey and pupil assistant to champion trainer Martin Pipe. How did you get into TV presenting? In a very roundabout way! I had no formal training but in 2007 I got scouted by Andrew Franklin, the Head of Channel 4 Racing, to cover the Flat season as a guest presenter. I was awful! Since then, I’ve had plenty of media training and mentoring from the likes of Dermot Cumiskey, Alex Steedman and Alex Hammond. You cannot beat getting advice from top class individuals and its something I advise to all the new faces coming through. The approach to work for Sky Sports Racing came in the most random of places; over lunch in Seoul, Korea at the Asian Racing Conference in 2018. Rob Dakin, Head of Racing at Sky Sports Racing, asked if I would consider a presenting role on the new channel and offered the training and support, I felt I needed to accept his proposal. I haven’t looked back; they are a fantastic team of people to work with. 2 8 A SCOT M E E T S . . . . .


What was the best piece of careers advice you received and from whom? ‘Screw it lets do it’ stolen from Richard Branson but the answer given to me by my dad when I asked his advice about moving to London to work for a new .com start up – this turned out to be Betfair! Does your family share your passion for racing? Growing up, no not at all! We were a totally unhorsey family. However, they supported me wholeheartedly in a completely alien world to them – I will never forget when I had my first ride, my mum tried to back me ‘every way’ with the bookies rather than each way!! My wife and kids are huge fans, we live in Lambourn so eat, sleep and breathe racing. I met my wife Abby when I was sponsoring at Uttoxeter Racecourse and she was working there for Northern Racing as Rod Street’s Head of Sales and Marketing! So she’s worked in racing almost as long as I have. Do you remember your first visit to Ascot? My first visit to Ascot was in the 90s when the early iterations of the Shergar Cup got transferred from Goodwood to Ascot. I had started my first business, Racing Link (promoting anything racing related to racegoers) and had a trade stand at the meeting. Experiencing the Shergar Cup, with its bands after racing, scoreboards and the new teams format giving a narrative for the afternoon, opened my eyes to the possibility of a whole new audience for racing if we were able to diversify a little. What has been the most surreal sporting moment in your career so far? (not necessarily racing related) I have a bucket list of sporting events around the world I want to attend and I am lucky enough to be gradually ticking them off. I try and learn something from every single one of them which I can localise and bring bring back to our sport of racing. For customer service and attention to detail it has to be the sport of golf and The Masters at Augusta. I took my dad there a few years ago, it was just incredible, not just from a sporting point of view but from the spectator’s experience as well. Literally no stone was left unturned, they had thought of everything. For pure adrenaline and all round razzmatazz it has to be the Super Bowl! Warren Greatrex and I (with a couple of other mates who were also born in 1975) went to the Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix Arizona for our 40th birthdays. Hearing the commentators explaining the plays without annoying the purists – it was a balance that they had exactly right. A SCOT M E E T S . . . . . 2 9


ASCOT MEETS..... Josh Apiafi (continued) Your favourite racing memory at Ascot? Taking my kids to Royal Ascot for the first time – the whole experience of hiring top hat and tails for my son Finn and getting my daughter Isla’s dress and hat, getting our positions paddock-side to see the Queen come past, almost close enough to touch! Singing by the Bandstand and of course the most phenomenal racing. It was an incredible day, particularly seeing their faces sponging up the whole experience. Sometimes we can fall into the trap of taking the experience of racing for granted, its days like this one that remind us how spectacular our sport really is. The advice you would give a student who wants to follow in your shoes. As a man who left school at 16 ‘follow your passion not the pay cheque’ Career highlight? I have been incredibly lucky that my career in racing has covered being a jockey, the head of the Professional Jockeys Association, a business owner, a director at Betfair, a presenter on Sky Sports Racing and a racehorse owner. My career highlight has to be winning the Midlands Grand National with our horse Big Occasion. He was trained by my old friend and our best man David Pipe who picked us up that morning in his helicopter, we had the kids there with us too. Uttoxeter holds such a special place in my heart, I had my last winner there for Martin Pipe, as I mentioned before I met my wife Abs there and then to win the Midlands Grand National was just an exceptional day at our favourite course! One person from the worldwide racing industry you would like to interview and why? Rachael Blackmore – firstly to thank her, she has done wonders for racing’s reputation. I’ve no doubt the hurdles she has jumped to get to where she has will have been enormous and difficult, no matter what that smile tells you. Secondly, to talk to her about her thoughts and ideas now she is such a fantastic role model to the future generations of kids coming into the sport. Why should people look to work within the racing industry? There is a vast variety of roles available in our sport, but they are rarely promoted enough. We currently only really engage with those kids who can ride or are the short kids in class! In reality there are hundreds of opportunities out there, from driving tractors and horseboxes to senior managerial roles, from working at a racecourse, to working in the media or bloodstock side of things. You can even work in the sport and have a job where you don’t ever see a horse! It’s a sport that offers excitement and adrenaline on a global scale.

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What is a typical working day like for you? As a man with several employment hats, no two days are the same! I try to start my day riding first lot at Oliver Sherwood’s. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to switch my phone off and focus on my passion, riding racehorses. That hour on the Lambourn gallops sets me up for the day - even when its pouring with rain! I’m the founder of Rewards4Racing.com, the sports rewards and loyalty programme. We employ around 40 staff at our offices in Burton on Trent and have over a million members to look after. Due to the pandemic and like a lot of people, my days are spent mostly on Zoom calls these days! I average a day a week presenting on Sky Sports Racing, sometimes from home where the office turns into a studio, sometimes from the studio near Heathrow and I’ve been really lucky to be able to present from places like Ascot when we’ve been racing behind closed doors. From the start of 2019, I have been working more and more on promoting diversity, inclusion and wellness in our sport. Something I am hugely passionate about and am really proud to be getting behind and pushing forward various initiatives to protect the future of racing. If you could only pick one race at Ascot to present on Sky racing, which race would you pick and why? The QIPCO Champion Stakes – since the emergence of British Champions Day at Ascot, the Ascot team (as well as Rod Street and GBR with sponsors QIPCO) have done a phenomenal job on giving the Flat season the finale it deserves. I am sure it will soon become, if not already a bucket list event! Flat or jumps racing? Jumps! I’ve always been a fan of jumps and have ridden in the UK, America and France. My dream for the future would be to have some form of global jumps series with bonuses attached.

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R AC E 4 2.45PM T H E L O N G I N E S S AG A R O S TA K E S (CLASS 1) (GROUP 3) RACE FINISH

(A GOLD CUP TRIAL) About two miles (15f 209yds) (3,100 metres) For four yrs old and upwards

RACE START STALLS: INSIDE

Total race value £70000. Owners Prize Money. Winner £31192; Second £12803; Third £6405; Fourth £3199; Fifth £1603; Sixth £798. (Penalty Value £39697) A SS See page 59 for conditions of this race.

Longines will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and £200 to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race.

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DESERT SKYLINE (IRE) (613)

Draw Draw

No Horse

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Ch g Tamayuz - Diamond Tango (FR) (Acatenango (GER)) Owner: C Benham/ D Whitford/ L Quinn/ K Quinn Horse Age: 7 Weight: 9 2 Trainer: David Elsworth, Newmarket Colours: LIGHT BLUE, RED chevron, DARK BLUE Breeder: Tinnakill Bloodstock & Cannings sleeves, WHITE stars, LIGHT BLUE cap, RED star. Sponsor: HG Construction Ltd Form: 550303/-

Jockey John Egan

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I S L A N D B R AV E ( I R E ) ( 2 6 )

Draw

H Won the Group 2 Doncaster Cup in 2017 and was a highly creditable third in the Ebor Handicap at York (1m6f, good to firm) when last seen in August 2019; however, he makes his comeback in a very hot race, without any headgear, and is probably best watched. Official BHA Rating 108

B h Zebedee - Tip the Scale (USA) (Valiant Nature (USA)) Owner: Mr Donald M. Kerr Horse Age: 7 Weight: 9 2 Trainer: Heather Main, Wantage Colours: DARK BLUE, MAUVE stars Breeder: Tally-Ho Stud on sleeves. Sponsor: Caribtours Ltd. Form: 6031-45 CD

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Martin Dwyer

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N AY E F R O A D ( I R E ) ( 2 5 0 )

Draw

H Has a very healthy 10-41 strike-rate, including a C&D handicap win last August (good to firm); however, he’s finished held on both starts this year and looks outclassed in today’s field. Official BHA Rating 100

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Ch h Galileo (IRE) - Rose Bonheur (Danehill Dancer (IRE)) Owner: Mr Mohamed Obaida Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 2 Trainer: Mark Johnston, Middleham Colours: ROYAL BLUE, RED epaulets, Breeder: B. V. Sangster striped cap. Sponsor: Johnston Racing Ltd Form: 30/1223- D

Ben Curtis

4 OCEAN WIND (GB) (21)

Draw

HHH Won this last year, when it was staged at Newcastle, and is also highly effective here; has Stradivarius to worry about this time and he finished behind that rival in their two clashes last season, but he goes well fresh and should run his usual solid race, probably from the front. Official BHA Rating 115

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B h Teofilo (IRE) - Chan Tong (BRZ) (Hampstead (URU)) Owner: Rockingham Reins Limited Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 2 Trainer: Roger Teal, Lambourn Colours: EMERALD GREEN, RED disc, Breeder: Godolphin EMERALD GREEN sleeves, RED stars, EMERALD Sponsor: Chartplan(2004) Ltd GREEN cap, RED spots. Form: 3111-22 BF

Jack Mitchell

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P R I N C E O F A R R A N (G B ) (67 )

Draw

HHH Listed bumper winner who quickly developed into a very useful Flat stayer; beaten on his two starts this year but was clear of the third when a Listed runner-up at Nottingham (1m6f, good to firm) three weeks ago and the classy winner benefited from an uncontested lead; remains lightly raced and is open to further improvement now back up in trip; not ruled out each-way. Official BHA Rating 108 B g Shirocco (GER) - Storming Sioux (Storming Home) Owner: Mr Saeed bel Obaida Horse Age: 8 Weight: 9 2 Trainer: Charlie Fellowes, Newmarket Colours: ROYAL BLUE, RED stripe, Breeder: Rabbah Bloodstock Limited striped sleeves and cap. Form: 6343-30 D

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HH Placed in the last three runnings of the Melbourne Cup and good third to Nayef Road in this race last year (at Newcastle); might not be too far away but his excellent Australian efforts haven’t translated to success at home and he’s winless in Britain since 2016, so others are preferred. Official BHA Rating 114

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S T R A D I VA R I U S ( I R E ) ( 1 9 3 )

Ch h Sea The Stars (IRE) - Private Life (FR) (Bering) Owner: Mr B. E. Nielsen Horse Age: 7 Weight: 9 2 Trainer: John & Thady Gosden, Newmarket Colours: BLACK, YELLOW cap. Breeder: Bjorn Nielsen Form: 311200- CD

Draw

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Frankie Dettori

HHHHH Ran below-par in the Long Distance Cup here last October but that may have come too soon after his seventh place in the Arc just 13 days earlier, when the steady pace over 1m4f was against this strong stayer; has had a good break since his last run and this three-time Ascot Gold Cup will be tough to beat if anywhere near his best, which is usually the case on his reappearance. Official BHA Rating 125

S TA G H O R N ( G B ) ( 1 9 1 )

Draw

7

B g Golden Horn - Starfala (Galileo (IRE)) Owner: Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib Trainer: Archie Watson, Upper Lambourn Breeder: Arbib Bloodstock Partnership

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Hollie Doyle

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 0 Colours: YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE Cross of Lorraine, armlets and cap. Form: 134111D

HH Very progressive last season in these cheekpieces, making all in two staying handicaps before doing likewise in Pontefract conditions stakes (gelded since); still lightly raced and it remains to be seen where his limitations lie, but this comeback assignment is a much tougher test of his credentials. Official BHA Rating 108 Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 7. Running for the first time since Gelding No. 7.

Record Time: 3m 24.12s by Mizzou age 4 wt 8-12 good to firm, 29/04/15 Median Time: 3 mins 31.30 secs Stewards Note: STRADIVARIUS: Following its run on 17/10/2020 it was reported that the horse was unsuited by the soft ground.

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BETTING FORECAST:

4-6 Stradivarius (IRE), 9-2 Nayef Road (IRE), 13-2 Ocean Wind (GB), 15-2 Prince of Arran (GB), 16-1 Stag Horn (GB), 20-1 Desert Skyline (IRE), 66-1 Island Brave (IRE)

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ASCOT SUPPORTS – WHERE ARE THEY NOW

FIRST RECEIVER FINISHED SECOND IN THE HAMPTON COURT STAKES AT ROYAL ASCOT LAST YEAR ON HIS FINAL RACECOURSE OUTING

Her Majesty The Queen has held a lifelong passion for horses, both on and off the track. A regular visitor to Royal Ascot and the owner and breeder of many successful horses both on the Flat and over jumps, Her Majesty also ensures that her horses are given the opportunity to succeed in a second career if deemed suitable. Leading showing producer Katie Jerram is currently in the early stages of retraining one of Her Majesty’s homebreds, First Receiver. The four-year-old gelding by New Approach was last seen on the racetrack at Royal Ascot last year when he came second in the Hampton Court Stakes, trained by Sir Michael Stoute. First Receiver’s dam, Touchline, appeared at Royal Ascot in 2015 when coming third in the Sandringham Stakes. “First Receiver arrived with us this February, he is a very kind and willing horse and both the Queen and her team at Sandringham are following his progress closely.” Her Majesty has entrusted Katie to retrain several of her horses, including Barbers Shop who had great success and is now enjoying his retirement at the Jerram yard. First Receiver has taken to his new routine and will initially be shown inhand to gain competitive experience before being shown under saddle. “First Receiver will be aimed at the specialised RoR showing classes as well as novice riding horse classes, he is a superb pattern of a horse and easily fell into his new working outline.” 36 WHERE ARE THEY NOW


Katie is no stranger to racing having trained point-to-pointers and held a trainer’s permit before producing show horses. “Thoroughbreds are my favourite breed. I love their brain, intelligence and outlook on life. I also love their beauty and their understanding of people.” Retraining ex-racehorses is something Katie says brings her great satisfaction and is a lovely achievement. “Whether they have succeeded on the racetrack or not I love to see these beautiful horses in their next career. For the trainers, owners, breeders and public I think it is important to see that they can have a competitive career after racing.” For those that are considering following the RoR route Katie says: “Make sure you understand your horse and the correct retraining approach for them, seek help and advice, have lessons and most of all make sure they are the right horse for you and your capabilities. I would always recommend a thoroughbred.” First Receiver is relishing his new career, with a love of carrots and time in the paddock, and we hope he brings Her Majesty many memorable moments in the future.

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Outstanding First Northern Hemisphere Foals

Colt out of dual Gr.1 winner La Collina

Filly out of Gr.3 winner Lightening Quick

Colt out of Gr.3 winning 2YO sprinter La Rioja

Filly out of Sudu Queen

Colt out of Stakes placed 2YO sprinter White Bullet

Colt out of Dream Of Joy


“I’m excited about Zoustar but I’m even more excited about him now that I’ve seen his foals. We foaled 9 here and they are a cracking bunch. Scopey, muscled and with a good walk they should go down very well at the sales.” The Hon. Peter Stanley, New England Stud

“We have 4 Zoustar foals on the farm. They all have great presence, good movers and are good-looking foals. I think these Zoustar’s are what every breeder hopes for and when they see them they’re going to sell very well.” David Cox, Baroda Stud

“Our Zoustar colt has inherited his sire’s imposing physicality. Loads of bone and muscle with a great outlook. At 71kg birth weight this precocious fellow is exactly what we were hoping from the mating.” Dr Pat Sells, Chasemore Farm


R AC E 5 3.20PM THE QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES H O R S E R AC I N G H O F.C O M PAV I L I O N S TA K E S RACE FINISH

( C L A S S 1 ) ( A C O M M O N W E A LT H C U P T R I A L ) ( G R O U P 3 ) Six furlongs (6f ) (1,200 metres) For three yrs old

RACE START

STALLS: CENTRE

Total race value £70000. Owners Prize Money. Winner £31192; Second £12803; Third £6405; Fourth £3199; Fifth £1603; Sixth £798. (Penalty Value £39697) A SS See page 59 for conditions of this race.

QIPCO will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and £200 to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race.

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Draw

S U P R E M ACY ( I R E ) ( 2 1 4 )

B c Mehmas (IRE) - Triggers Broom (IRE) (Arcano (IRE)) Owner: Mr J Goddard Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 5 Trainer: Clive Cox, Hungerford Colours: WHITE, PURPLE hoop, Breeder: Kangyu International Racing armlets and cap. Sponsor: Clive Cox Racing Limited Form: 6111D

Draw

No Horse

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Jockey Adam Kirby

HHHH Progressed in leaps and bounds as a 2yo, making the running and keeping on gamely to win the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood (by 4l) and Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket (both 6f, good) on his last two starts; penalised for those successes but he still looks the pick of the weights and needs taking very seriously as he embarks on his 3yo campaign. Official BHA Rating 118

A P O L LO O N E (G B ) ( 26)

Ch c Equiano (FR) - Boonga Roogeta (Tobougg (IRE)) Owner: pcracing.co.uk Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 Trainer: Peter Charalambous, Newmarket Colours: PINK, BLACK sash, Breeder: Peter Charalambous WHITE sleeves. Form: 1361-14 D

Draw

2

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Martin Harley

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HH 3-6 so far, winning Listed event at Lingfield (7f, Polytrack) in March and running well considering he met trouble when fourth in conditions race there (6f; 1l behind Mighty Gurkha) last time; just as good on turf but he faces a stiffer task back up in grade. Official BHA Rating 104

JUMBY (IRE) (13)

B c New Bay - Sound of Guns (Acclamation) Owner: Anthony Pye-Jeary and David Ian Trainer: Eve Johnson Houghton, Blewbury Breeder: Ballylinch Stud Sponsor: ABM Catering Limited

Draw

3

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 Colours: MAROON, LIGHT BLUE chevron. Form: 143-3 C

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Charles Bishop

1

HHH Made a winning debut over 7f here last summer; looks to have plenty to find at these weights but he’s unexposed as a sprinter and would have finished closer but for being hampered when third in handicap at Newmarket (good to firm) two weeks ago; that was his first try at 6f and it seemed to suit. Official BHA Rating 95

HHHH NON RUNNER

5

UNNE

Official BHA Rating 106

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 1 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE disc, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, WHITE spots. Form: 1002-12 D

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HH Front-runner with a 3-5 record on the AW, creditable second in conditions race at Lingfield (6f; Apollo One meeting trouble in fourth) last time; 0-5 on turf and probably needs to raise his game in this company. Official BHA Rating 103

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Non Runner

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MIGHTY GURKHA (IRE) (26)

B c Sepoy (AUS) - Royal Debt (Royal Applause) Owner: Mr Mohammed Rashid Trainer: Archie Watson, Upper Lambourn Breeder: Rabbah Bloodstock Limited

3

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 1 Colours: WHITE, BLACK disc, BLACK cap. Form: 1102D

Draw

-R NON

Draw

4 METHOD (IRE) (201)

Ch c Mehmas (IRE) - Darsan (IRE) (Iffraaj) Owner: Manton Park Racing Trainer: Martyn Meade, Manton Breeder: M. Phelan Sponsor: Meyer Timber Ltd

Hollie Doyle


5 O O D E L A L LY ( I R E ) ( 2 7 )

Draw

6

4

B c Vadamos (FR) - In Dubai (USA) (Giant’s Causeway (USA)) Owner: J Palmer-Brown & Partner 2 Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 1 Trainer: Andrew Balding, Kingsclere Colours: BLACK and YELLOW diamonds, Breeder: Micheal D. Ryan BLACK sleeves, YELLOW cap. Sponsor: Tote Form: 011-135

Andrea Atzeni

HH Completed a hat-trick of 7f successes in handicap at Newcastle in January; not at his best since and looks up against it at these weights unless a first attempt at 6f brings about significant improvement. Official BHA Rating 95

ROHAAN (IRE) (13)

B g Mayson - Vive Les Rouges (Acclamation) Owner: Mr K. McCabe Trainer: David Evans, Abergavenny Breeder: Liam Phelan Sponsor: Emma Evans Racing Ltd

Draw

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Ryan Moore

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 1 Colours: DARK BLUE, WHITE star and sleeves. Form: 1-25215 D

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S A I N T L AW R E N C E ( I R E ) ( 1 2 )

B c Al Kazeem - Affluent (Oasis Dream) Owner: Mr D. J. Deer Trainer: Roger Varian, Newmarket Breeder: D. J. and Mrs Deer Sponsor: Oakgrove Stud

Draw

HH Had good AW campaign, winning four times over 6f/7f, and he shaped as if he’ll be just as good on turf when a never-nearer fifth of nine in handicap at Newmarket (Jumby an unlucky third) at Newmarket on latest start; in deeper today and will need a career best. Official BHA Rating 95

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David Egan

Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 1 Colours: ROYAL BLUE and WHITE diamonds, WHITE sleeves, ROYAL BLUE armlets, quartered cap. Form: 44163-2

HHHHH From a useful family, and he left his 2yo form well behind when an excellent neck-second of 16 in a warm handicap at Newbury (7f, good) 12 days ago, leading from soon after halfway until near the finish; his pedigree gives hope that he’ll be at least as effective back at 6f, and with fitness on his side he makes plenty of appeal back in Pattern company. Official BHA Rating 103

S P Y C AT C H E R ( I R E ) ( 2 2 )

Draw

9

10

B c Vadamos (FR) - Damask (IRE) (Red Clubs (IRE)) Owner: Highclere T’BredRacing-Adriana Zaefferer Horse Age: 3 Weight: 9 1 Trainer: K. R. Burke, Leyburn Colours: LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE armlets, Breeder: Tally-Ho Stud DARK BLUE cap. Sponsor: Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd Form: 4202-1 D

Clifford Lee

10 HALA HALA HALA (IRE) (235)

Draw

HHH Put up his standout effort when a close second in the Group 3 Acomb Stakes at York (7f, good) last August; made the most of a drop in class to win a novice at Pontefract (6f; 4-9) three weeks ago; back up in grade here but he’s not discounted for a stable that won the 2020 renewal (run at Newcastle). Official BHA Rating 99

B f Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Hala Hala (IRE) (Invincible Spirit (IRE)) Owner: Mr Sultan Ali Horse Age: 3 Weight: 8 12 Trainer: Kevin Ryan, Hambleton Colours: DARK BLUE, ORANGE star Breeder: Tinnakill Bloodstock and star on cap. Form: 15200- D

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William Buick

HH Sole filly in the field; comes into the reckoning on her second in the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes over C&D (good) last July, but she subsequently had wind surgery, finished down the field twice, and now returns from another breathing operation; risky. Official BHA Rating 98 Blinkers worn by No. 5. Tongue Strap worn by No. 10. Running for the first time since Wind Surgery No. 10.

Record Time: 1 min 11.05 secs by Blue Point age 3 wt 9-1 good to firm, 03/05/17 Median Time: 1 min 13.70 secs Stewards Note: JUMBY: Following its run on 15/4/2021 it was reported that the horse was twice impeded late-on HALA HALA HALA: Following its run on 5/9/2020 it was reported that the horse hung right-handed.

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BETTING FORECAST:

8-13 Supremacy (IRE), 13-2 Jumby (IRE), 7-1 Saint Lawrence (IRE), 10-1 Mighty Gurkha (IRE), 12-1 Apollo One (GB), 20-1 Rohaan (IRE), Spycatcher (IRE), 33-1 Hala Hala Hala (IRE), Oo de Lally (IRE)

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ASCOT RACECOURSE SUPPORTS SPOTLIGHT ON CHARLIE WALLER TRUST

Today we recognise Charlie Waller Trust, a charity based in Thatcham, Berkshire that in 2019 “Ascot Racecourse Supports” provided funding to help them expand their mental health training sessions to primary schools within the Berkshire area. The Trust was set up by Sir Mark and Lady Waller in 1997 after their son Charlie tragically took his own life at 28 whilst suffering from depression. The Trust provides training and resources to help people – especially the young – learn how to look after their mental health. Their expert trainers work with teachers, parents, employers, college and university staff, GPs and nurses, giving them the confidence to spot when someone might be struggling and help them get support. Responding quickly to the pandemic The Trust’s work has been more important than ever during the pandemic. Within a week of the first lockdown the Trust launched its Working from Home Wellbeing Action Plan – a free downloadable guide to help people look after their mental health and feel less isolated whilst working remotely. The Trust’s trainers quickly adapted to provide mental health training via Zoom and throughout 2020, delivered hundreds of sessions to thousands of teachers, parents, employers and health professionals, including 55 sessions focused on Berkshire. Topics included stress, healthy coping skills and self-harm. Supporting parents This has been a particularly tough time for many parents and carers. For those feeling alone and dealing with children’s anxieties, the Trust produced new online guidance, ‘Talking to children about feelings’, and through its Mental Health Book Club, sent 518 free copies of Dawn Huebner’s ‘Something bad happened: a kid’s guide to coping with events in the news’ to teachers and others supporting children, including 22 in Berkshire. In addition, 222 people attended special webinars for parents and carers, including one on autism and anxiety from Berkshire-based autism expert Jo Billington. 4 6 A S C OT R AC E C O U R S E S U P P O RT S


The Trust relocated its annual summer Wellbeing Challenge from schools into homes, with a free activity pack to help children stay positive. Parents across the UK, including in Berkshire, found the Challenge useful. One said: “As someone who struggles with anxiety and depression myself and whose daughter has been displaying signs of anxiety…I really welcomed the pack with all its activities.” Can you help? This year the charity want to give even more children, families and schools the chance to take part in their Wellbeing Challenge. If you would like to help, the charity are looking for donations to add to their £1,000 target to help them pay for prizes in addition to wellbeing libraries for five schools and small gifts for 25 children. To donate online please visit charliewaller.org/donate. To promote their fantastic work, our 3.55pm race has been named the “Charlie Waller Trust Paradise Stakes” in their honour. Registered Charity No. 05447901 To find out more visit: www.charliewaller.org A S C OT R AC E C O U R S E S U P P O RT S 47


R AC E 6 3.55PM T H E C H A R L I E WA L L E R T R U S T PA R A D I S E S TA K E S ( C L A S S 1 ) RACE FINISH

( A Q U E E N A N N E S TA K E S T R I A L ) ( L I S T E D R AC E ) One mile, Royal Hunt Cup Course (8f ) (1,600 metres) For four yrs old and upwards

RACE START

STALLS: CENTRE

Total race value £28000. Owners Prize Money. Winner £12477; Second £5121; Third £2562; Fourth £1280; Fifth £641; Sixth £319. (Penalty Value £15878.80) A SS See page 59 for conditions of this race.

The Charlie Waller Trust will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and £200 to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race.

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DUKE OF HAZZARD (FR) (242)

Draw Draw

No Horse

1

B h Lope de Vega (IRE) - With Your Spirit (FR) (Invincible Spirit (IRE)) Owner: Mrs Fitri Hay Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 0 Trainer: Paul & Oliver Cole, Whatcombe Colours: PINK, EMERALD GREEN chevron, halved Breeder: Runnymede Farm Inc & Catesby W. Clay sleeves, EMERALD GREEN and PINK quartered cap. Sponsor: JMH Group Form: 1/03205- D

Jockey Rossa Ryan

HHHH Well beaten on final two starts last season and usual blinkers/tongue-tie are missing for this reappearance; however, has had wind surgery since his last run, which may be the catalyst for a return to form, and he ran well without blinkers when third in the Group 2 Summer Mile here (1m, good; round course) last July; enters calculations. Official BHA Rating 112

H AQ E E QY ( I R E ) ( 3 2 )

Draw

2

3

B g Lope de Vega (IRE) - Legal Lyric (IRE) (Lawman (FR)) Owner: Ms Hissa Hamdan Al Maktoum Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 0 Trainer: John & Thady Gosden, Newmarket Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE seams, Breeder: John O’Connor diamonds on sleeves and cap. Form: 4/1101-1 D

Jim Crowley

3

MARIE’S DIAMOND (IRE) (14)

B or Br h Footstepsinthesand - Sindiyma (IRE) (Kalanisi (IRE)) Owner: Middleham Park Racing LXXXVI Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 Trainer: Mark Johnston, Middleham Colours: LIGHT BLUE, Breeder: Mr Tony Ashley ORANGE epaulets. Sponsor: Johnston Racing Ltd Form: 06043-2 D

Draw

HHHHH Made it four wins from six starts when landing the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster (1m, good) on last month’s reappearance and first run since being gelded; did it readily, despite trouble in running, and this highly progressive 4yo could be a major force now up in grade for top stable; has won on firm. Official BHA Rating 107

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Ben Curtis

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4 MURAAD (IRE) (248)

Draw

HHHH Made all in this last year when it was staged at Newmarket (1m, good to firm); he’s well suited by the Rowley Mile (runner-up in Group 3 there on reappearance a fortnight ago) but also ran a cracker over this C&D when third in last season’s Group 1 Queen Anne; capable of another bold bid. Official BHA Rating 108

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Gr g Dark Angel (IRE) - Hidden Girl (IRE) (Tamayuz) Owner: Shadwell Estate Company Ltd Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 0 Trainer: Owen Burrows, Lambourn Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE epaulets, Breeder: Knocktoran, A.Mouknass, Ecurie Pandora striped cap. Form: 20/2210-

Dane O’Neill

5

OH THIS IS US (IRE) (10)

Draw

H Progressive last year, winning a handicap at Glorious Goodwood (1m1f, good to firm), and he’s much better than he showed last time out in August; this lightly raced 5yo may have more to offer this season but he needs to find a chunk of improvement to pose a threat today. Official BHA Rating 100

4

B h Acclamation - Shamwari Lodge (IRE) (Hawk Wing (USA)) Owner: Team Wallop Horse Age: 8 Weight: 9 0 Trainer: Richard Hannon, Marlborough Colours: PURPLE, WHITE hoops, Breeder: Herbertstown House Stud PURPLE sleeves, WHITE stars, PURPLE cap. Sponsor: Tote Form: 03-0020 D

H Went very close in Newmarket handicap about two weeks ago and didn’t enjoy a clear run when mid-division in Newbury handicap five days later; however, is without a turf win since August 2019 and looks vulnerable today. Official BHA Rating 103 (-1)

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Tom Marquand


6 PRINCE EIJI (GB) (193)

Ch g Dubawi (IRE) - Izzi Top (Pivotal) Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Trainer: Roger Varian, Newmarket Breeder: Meon Valley Stud

Draw

6

5

Andrea Atzeni

Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 0 Colours: YELLOW, large BLACK spots and spots on cap. Form: 444200- C

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Q AY S A R ( F R ) ( 3 2 )

B g Choisir (AUS) - Coco Demure (IRE) (Titus Livius (FR)) Owner: Al Shaqab Racing Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 0 Trainer: Richard Hannon, Marlborough Colours: SILVER, GOLD braid, Breeder: S.N.C. Scuderia Waldeck MAROON cap, GOLD tassel. Sponsor: Haras De Bouquetot Form: 30625-4 D

Draw

HH Fourth behind Marie’s Diamond in this race (at Newmarket) on last year’s return and ran well in the Listed Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot (1m2f, soft), when fading late on; from an illustrious family whose members tend to get better with age, and he’s in good hands in that regard, but he’s 0-10 since winning here on debut in 2018 and needs something extra to win this. Official BHA Rating 105

9

Sean Levey

HH Listed runner-up at Redcar (7f, soft) last October and again ran well in this grade when close fourth at Doncaster (1m, good) on last month’s return; can give another solid account but may be a touch vulnerable once more. Official BHA Rating 107

SIR BUSKER (IRE) (193)

Draw

8

2

B g Sir Prancealot (IRE) - Street Kitty (IRE) (Tiger Hill (IRE)) Owner: Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds XI Racing Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 0 Trainer: William Knight, Newmarket Colours: NAVY BLUE, RED and LIGHT Breeder: Ms Ann Foley BLUE hoop and armlets, WHITE cap. Form: 202204- CD

Oisin Murphy

HHHH Highly progressive in handicaps last summer (including on good/good to firm) and ended campaign with excellent fourth in the Group 1 QEII over this C&D (soft), despite hanging badly left; one to consider on reappearance. Official BHA Rating 111

S O L I D S T O N E ( I R E ) ( 1 74 )

Draw

9

8

Br g Shamardal (USA) - Landmark (USA) (Arch (USA)) Owner: Mr Saeed Suhail Horse Age: 5 Weight: 9 0 Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute, Newmarket Colours: ROYAL BLUE, YELLOW chevron, Breeder: Epona Bloodstock Ltd YELLOW cap, ROYAL BLUE spots. Form: 103123- D

Ryan Moore

HHH Steadily progressive in 1m-1m2f handicaps last season, finishing second in the Balmoral over C&D in October; others have better form but top trainer excels with older horses so this 5yo may still have more to offer. Official BHA Rating 105

Running for the first time since Wind Surgery No. 1.

Record Time: 1 min 36.60 secs by Ribchester age 4 wt 9-0 good to firm, 20/06/17 Median Time: 1 min 41.40 secs Stewards Note: MURAAD: Following its run on 23/8/2020 it was reported that the trainer could not explain the poor run. SIR BUSKER: Following its run on 17/10/2020 it was reported that the horse hung badly left-handed.

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BETTING FORECAST:

11-4 Haqeeqy (IRE), Sir Busker (IRE), 13-2 Duke of Hazzard (FR), Solid Stone (IRE), 8-1 Marie’s Diamond (IRE), 11-1 Muraad (IRE), Prince Eiji (GB), 14-1 Qaysar (FR), 25-1 Oh This Is Us (IRE)

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M AY R AC I N G W E E K E N D F R I DAY 8 T H A N D S AT U R DAY 9 T H M AY

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R AC E 7 4.30PM T H E G R E AT R AC I N G W E L FA R E C YC L E H A N D I C A P S TA K E S ( C L A S S 4 )

RACE FINISH

Five furlongs (5f ) (1,000 metres) For four yrs old and upwards

RACE START

STALLS: STANDS SIDE

Total race value £9450. Owners Prize Money. Winner £3520; Second £1760; Third £880; Fourth £440; Fifth £240; Sixth £240; Seventh £240; Eighth £240. (Penalty Value £4454.99) SS See page 59 for conditions of this race.

Racing Welfare will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and £100 to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race.

1

R E WA AYAT ( G B ) ( 1 5 )

Br g Pivotal - Rufoof (Zamindar (USA)) Owner: Shadwell Estate Company Ltd Trainer: Charles Hills, Lambourn Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company Limited

Draw Draw

No Horse

6

Jockey Jim Crowley

Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 8 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, WHITE epaulets, striped cap. Form: 3/1142-2 BF

2

H A N SO LO B E RG E R ( I R E ) (1 5 )

Draw

HHHH Progressive 6f form last season, notably a runaway success at Salisbury in July; returned from 235 days off with solid effort over 5f at Newmarket this month, showing plenty of speed but unable to deal with the talented-yet-quirky winner’s late thrust; that run did offer hope for 5f success this season and this represents an ease in grade; shortlisted. Official BHA Rating 86

3

B g Lord Shanakill (USA) - Dreamaway (IRE) (Oasis Dream) Owner: Mrs B. Berresford Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 7 Trainer: Chris Wall, Newmarket Colours: PINK and ROYAL BLUE diabolo, chevrons Breeder: Irish National Stud on sleeves, PINK cap, ROYAL BLUE diamonds. Form: 015-536 D

Jack Mitchell

3

FIREPOWER (FR) (202)

Draw

HHH Fit from a couple of AW runs when only sixth at Newmarket (behind Rewaayat) on his return to turf 15 days ago; edging back down the weights and this is a drop in class but he’ll need to raise his game to capitalise; stable form an obvious plus. Official BHA Rating 85

B g Starspangledbanner (AUS) - Torentosa (FR) (Oasis Dream) Owner: Mrs Michelle Morgan Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 7 Trainer: William Muir & Chris Grassick, Lambourn Colours: BLACK, WHITE seams and Breeder: Mme Mise Soledad De Moratalla armlets, RED cap. Sponsor: Tote Form: 1606/60- D

5

Martin Dwyer

4 ROSE HIP (GB) (12)

B m Acclamation - Poppy Seed (Bold Edge) Owner: Lady Whent Trainer: Tony Carroll, Cropthorne Breeder: Lady Whent

Draw

HHH Looked very promising when making a successful debut at Salisbury two years ago (odds-on); it has been a struggle since, often in the face of stiff tasks, and gelding/wind surgery didn’t improve matters in two runs in 2020; returns for a new stable off a reduced mark but there are risks attached. Official BHA Rating 85

4

Tom Marquand

Horse Age: 6 Weight: 9 6 Colours: EMERALD GREEN, LIGHT BLUE chevron, diamonds on sleeves, LIGHT BLUE cap. Form: 32152-0 CD

5

R O YA L B I R T H ( G B ) ( 2 3 )

Draw

HHHHH Strong traveller with a good strike-rate; successful over C&D off 3lb lower last summer, only winning narrowly but impressing with the surge she displayed to hit the front; stiff task in Listed event on her recent reappearance when she left the impression the run was needed; it’s quite possible she will progress again this year; needs serious consideration with Tom Marquand (five wins and a second from six rides on her) back in the saddle. Official BHA Rating 84

9

B g Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Princess Georgina (Royal Applause) Owner: The Morley Family Horse Age: 10 Weight: 9 3 Trainer: Stuart Williams, Newmarket Colours: ORANGE and PURPLE (quartered), Breeder: Old Mill Stud & S. Williams & J. Parry EMERALD GREEN sleeves and cap. Sponsor: Tote Form: 000441 CD

HHH Age no barrier to success for him and he has enjoyed another productive AW campaign, winning three 5f handicaps on Polytrack since December; much lower mark back on turf but he isn’t so potent in this sphere; others more appealing. Official BHA Rating 81

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Andrea Atzeni


7 D I L I G E N T L A DY ( G B ) ( 2 2 )

B f Due Diligence (USA) - Lady Filly (Atraf ) Owner: Mrs M. S. Teversham Trainer: Michael Attwater, Epsom Breeder: Mrs Monica Teversham

Draw

6

10

Rossa Ryan

Horse Age: 4 Weight: 9 3 Colours: BLACK, YELLOW sash, YELLOW cap. Form: 30-1055 D

HHH Still low mileage and may well prove better than this mark by the end of the season but will need to better recent efforts if she’s to get the better of some seasoned performers here. Official BHA Rating 81

SAAHEQ (GB) (7)

Draw

7

8

B g Invincible Spirit (IRE) - Brevity (USA) (Street Cry (IRE)) Owner: Coombelands Racing Syndicate Horse Age: 7 Weight: 9 2 (in 4lb ex) Trainer: Amanda Perrett, Pulborough Colours: ROYAL BLUE and YELLOW Breeder: Cliveden Stud Ltd diabolo, hooped sleeves, YELLOW cap. Sponsor: Amanda Perrett Racing - Coombelands Racing Stables Form: 441231 D

Sean Levey

HHHH It took a long time for things to click for this yard but he bolted up on Lingfield AW in February and registered another comfortable success at that track last week; 4lb penalty not insurmountable if in the same form but this is a deeper race. Official BHA Rating 76 (+7)

O U T R AG E ( G B ) ( 9 )

Draw

8

11

Ch g Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Ludynosa (USA) (Cadeaux Genereux) Owner: Capture The Moment VI Horse Age: 9 Weight: 8 13 Trainer: Daniel & Claire Kubler, Lambourn Colours: EMERALD GREEN, Breeder: Trickledown Stud Limited RED triple diamond, armlets and cap. Sponsor: Tote Form: 215133 D BF

Hollie Doyle

HHH Swept down the outside to get the better of Saaheq at Lingfield in February; similar form when close third next time and he was sent off favourite to exploit his lower turf mark at Windsor last week; could only manage third there and hopes pinned on there being a stronger pace to aim at this time. Official BHA Rating 77 (-1)

P E T TO C H S I D E (G B ) (1 9 1)

Draw

9

7

B g Refuse To Bend (IRE) - Clear Impression (IRE) (Danehill (USA)) Owner: Mr P. Cook Horse Age: 12 Weight: 8 10 Trainer: John Bridger, Liphook Colours: MAROON and GREY stripes, Breeder: New Hall Stud GREY sleeves. Form: 323101- CD

Saffie Osborne (7)

HH Grand old campaigner who added another three wins to his CV in 2020, including both times he was partnered by Saffie Osborne; latest success was in a claimer though and he’s got more on his plate in this company after six months off. Official BHA Rating 74

Ch g Power - Almond Branches (Dutch Art) Owner: Mrs Pam Aitken Trainer: Robert Eddery, Newmarket Breeder: Mr J. A. Knox and Mrs M. A. Knox Sponsor: EDS Roofing Supplies (Midlands) Limited

N

2

Non Runner

Horse Age: 4 8 8 R Weight: Colours: GREY armlets, N Ncap.EYELLOW, GREY U R Form: 0104-20 D BF ON

Official BHA Rating 72 (+1)

11 KICK ON KICK ON (GB) (23)

B g Swiss Spirit - Catmint (Piccolo) Owner: Mr R J Turton & Ian Williams Trainer: Ian Williams, Alvechurch Breeder: Fifehead Farms M. C. Denning

Draw

HHH NON RUNNER

Draw

1 0 S P R I N G B LO O M (G B ) ( 2 )

1

Elisha Whittington (5)

Horse Age: 6 Weight: 8 3 Colours: ROYAL BLUE, ORANGE star, sleeves and star on cap. Form: 6204-06 D

HHH Very useful for Clive Cox in his youth and operating off a much-reduced mark nowadays; unable to capitalise over the winter, despite attracting support on several occasions, and return of the cheekpieces isn’t enough to tempt. Official BHA Rating 67

Blinkers worn by No. 7, 8. Tongue Strap worn by No. 5. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 2, 11.

Record Time: 57.44 secs by Miss Andretti age 6 wt 9-1 good to firm, 19/06/07 Median Time: 1 min 0.70 secs

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BETTING FORECAST:

3-1 Rewaayat (GB), 10-3 Saaheq (GB), 11-2 Spring Bloom (GB), 7-1 Han Solo Berger (IRE), 8-1 Outrage (GB), 9-1 Rose Hip (GB), 12-1 Royal Birth (GB), 16-1 Kick On Kick On (GB), 20-1 Firepower (FR), Pettochside (GB), 25-1 Diligent Lady (GB)

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S T E WA R D S

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RACE CONDITIONS First Race 1.00 - THE WOMEN IN RACING MANNY MERCER APPRENTICE HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 3) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £8100 to the winning horse The second to receive £3802, the third £1902 and the fourth £951. for four yrs old and upwards, Rated 76-95 (also open to such horses rated 96 and 97; such horses rated 75 and below are also eligible - see Standard Conditions). £75 stake if the horse is rated 76 or higher, or £15 stake if the horse is rated 75 or lower with £60 extra if the horse is declared to run Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 26th. Lowest weight 8st 2lb; Highest weight 9st 7lb Penalties, after April 17th, 2021, for each race won 4yo to 6yo 5lb; 7yo and up 4lb. To be ridden by Apprentice Jockeys, Overseas Jockeys eligible under Rule (B)42 and Professional Jockeys eligible to claim a weight allowance under paragraph 52 of the Weights and Handicapping Code Allowances: Jockeys who, prior to April 25th, 2021, have not ridden more than 50 winners in races under the Rules of Racing or the Rules of a recognised Racing Authority 3lb Jockeys who have not ridden more than 25 such winners 5lb Jockeys who have not ridden more than 10 such winners 7lb (Only one of these allowances may be claimed). WOMEN IN RACING will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a £100 cash prize will be awarded to the person responsible for the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of Women In Racing. The sponsorship payment of £250 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. 19 entries, 1 at £15 and 18 at £75. - Closed April 22nd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £6401; Second £3200; Third £1601; Fourth £800. (Penalty Value £8100) Weights raised 4lb and paragraphs 27 to 31 of the Weights and Handicapping Code complied with where applicable. A SS SEE PAGE 12 FOR THIS RACE. Second Race 1.35 - THE ROYAL ASCOT TWO-YEAR-OLD TRIAL CONDITIONS STAKES (CLASS 2) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £8100 to the winning horse The second to receive £3802, the third £1902 and the fourth £951. for two yrs old only. Enter by noon, April 22nd and pay £75 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 26th. Weights: Colts and geldings 9st 2lb; fillies 8st 11lb Penalties, a winner of a race 3lb Of 2 races 6lb (Sellers and Claimers excluded for the purposes of penalties). ASCOT will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a £100 cash prize will be awarded to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of ASCOT. The sponsorship payment of £250 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. The Race Incentive Fund, supported by the Horserace Betting Levy Board, provides for the inclusion of £4510 towards the prize money for this race. Ascot Racecourse will refund the entry fee to any one of the Royal Ascot 2021 2yo races to the winner of this race. 13 entries at £75. - Closed April 22nd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £6401; Second £3200; Third £1601; Fourth £800. (Penalty Value £8100) A SS SEE PAGE 20 FOR THIS RACE.

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Third Race 2.10 - THE NAAS RACECOURSE ROYAL ASCOT TRIALS DAY BRITISH EBF FILLIES’ CONDITIONS STAKES (CLASS 3) (PLUS 10/GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £8370 to the winning horse The second to receive £3929, the third £1965 and the fourth £982. for three yrs old fillies only, which are E.B.F. eligible, which have not won a Pattern race. Enter by noon, April 22nd and pay £77 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 26th. Weights: 9st each Penalties, a winner of a race 3lb Of 2 races 6lb Allowances: Horses which have never run 3lb Note: Excluding the winner, the Official BHA Rating of any horse taking part in this race will not be increased due to performance in this race, providing the horse has had at least four prior completed runs. NAAS RACECOURSE will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a £100 cash prize will be awarded to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race. THE TRUSTEES OF THE E.B.F. have generously provided £4000 towards the prize money for this race. The Race Incentive Fund, supported by the Horserace Betting Levy Board, provides for the inclusion of £3300 towards the prize money for this race. Note: Excluding the winner, the Official BHA Rating of any horse taking part in this race will not be increased due to performance in this race, providing the horse has had at least four prior completed runs ELIMINATION: If elimination is necessary from this race, the elimination sequence shall be determined by the Elimination and Balloting Procedures (contained in the Race Administration Code) 7 entries at £77. - Closed April 22nd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £6614; Second £3306; Third £1654; Fourth £826. (Penalty Value £8370) SS SEE PAGE 26 FOR THIS RACE. Fourth Race 2.45 - THE LONGINES SAGARO STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 3) (A Gold Cup Trial) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £39697 to the winning horse The second to receive £15050, the third £7532, the fourth £3752, the fifth £1883 and the sixth £945. for four yrs old and upwards. Enter by noon, April 22nd and pay £700 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 26th. Weights: 4-y-o colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb 5-y-o and up colts and geldings 9st 2lb; fillies 8st 13lb Penalties, after August 31st, 2020, a winner of a Group 3 race 3lb Of a Group 2 race 5lb Of a Group 1 race 7lb. LONGINES has generously sponsored this race and will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and award a cash prize of £200 to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of LONGINES. The sponsorship payment of £250 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. 14 entries at £700. - Closed April 22nd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £31192; Second £12803; Third £6405; Fourth £3199; Fifth £1603; Sixth £798. (Penalty Value £39697) A SS SEE PAGE 34 FOR THIS RACE. Fifth Race 3.20 - The QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES horseracinghof.com PAVILION STAKES (CLASS 1) (A Commonwealth Cup Trial) (Group 3) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £39697 to the winning horse The second to receive £15050, the third £7532, the fourth £3752, the fifth £1883 and the sixth £945. for three yrs old only. Enter by noon, April 22nd and pay £700 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 26th. Weights: Colts and geldings 9st 1lb; fillies 8st 12lb Penalties, after August 31st, 2020, a winner of a Group 1 or Group 2 race 4lb. ASCOT has generously sponsored this race and will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, they will award a £200 cash prize to the stable employee responsible for the horse judged to be the best turned out in this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/ logo of ASCOT. The sponsorship payment of £250 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. 11 entries at £700. - Closed April 22nd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £31192; Second £12803; Third £6405; Fourth £3199; Fifth £1603; Sixth £798. (Penalty Value £39697) A SS SEE PAGE 40 FOR THIS RACE. Sixth Race 3.55 - THE CHARLIE WALLER TRUST PARADISE STAKES (CLASS 1) (A Queen Anne Stakes Trial) (Listed Race) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £15878 to the winning horse The second to receive £6020, the third £3012, the fourth £1500, the fifth £753 and the sixth £378. for four yrs old and upwards, which have not won a Group 1 Pattern race after August 31st, 2020. Enter by noon, April 22nd and pay £140 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 26th. Weights: Colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 9lb Penalties, after August 31st, 2020, a winner of a Listed race 3lb Of a Group 3 race 5lb Of a Group 2 race 7lb. ASCOT will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In addition, a £100 cash prize will be awarded to the stable employee in charge of the best turned out horse in this race. 12 entries at £140. - Closed April 22nd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £12477; Second £5121; Third £2562; Fourth £1280; Fifth £641; Sixth £319. (Penalty Value £15878.80) A SS SEE PAGE 48 FOR THIS RACE. Seventh Race 4.30 - THE GREAT RACING WELFARE CYCLE HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 4) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £4454 to the winning horse The second to receive £2091, the third £1046, the fourth £523, the fifth £300, the sixth £300, the seventh £300 and the eighth £300. for four yrs old and upwards, Rated 66-85 (also open to such horses rated 86 and 87; such horses rated 65 and below are also eligible - see Standard Conditions). £40 stake if the horse is rated 66 or higher, or £8 stake if the horse is rated 65 or lower with £32 extra if the horse is declared to run Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 26th. Lowest weight 8st 2lb; Highest weight 9st 7lb Penalties, after April 17th, 2021, for each race won 4yo to 6yo 5lb; 7yo and up 4lb. ASCOT will present a memento to the winning owner, trainer and jockey and in addition to the prize money, a £100 cash prize will be presented to the person responsible for the best turned out horse in this race. 18 entries at £40. - Closed April 22nd, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £3520; Second £1760; Third £880; Fourth £440; Fifth £240; Sixth £240; Seventh £240; Eighth £240. (Penalty Value £4454.99) SS SEE PAGE 54 FOR THIS RACE.

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THE ASCOT ENQUIRY Oisin Murphy Your favourite Ascot memory so far? My favourite Ascot memory was watching Frankel win the QIPCO Champion Stakes. It was his last race and the build-up was amazing. Which horse are you most looking forward to riding this season that is being aimed at Royal Ascot? Tactical. He won last year at Royal Ascot and all being well will be aimed at the Jersey Stakes. It would be very fitting to win for H.M. The Queen - it is always an honour to wear her colours. If you could ride one horse from the past in a historic race at Royal Ascot, which horse would you choose and why? Estimate in the Gold Cup. It was a very special day when Ryan Moore won on her and the joy it brought the Queen was very special. One international horse you would like to see run at Royal Ascot and get the ride on? Contrail from Japan in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes - he is a very versatile horse. The winner is usually one of the best horses in the world and he is in the top three in Japan currently. Mr Maeda, his owner, has always been a big supporter of mine. Which race would you most like to win at Royal Ascot? This is a very difficult question - it is very important to get a Group 1 winner on the board. If you weren’t a jockey what other job would you like to do? I enjoy showjumping so I think that might have been an option. My family are involved with farming and accountancy so I could have also followed those paths. You book a box at Royal Ascot and can invite five famous people not necessarily from racing – who would you invite? (Oisin could not just pick 5!) Johnny Depp, Tiger Woods, Anthony Joshua, Manny Pacquiao, James Blunt, Marcos Alonso, Alvaro Borja Morata Martin, Shane Lowry, Ronan O’Gara A young jockey to look out for. Angus Villiers Who was your racing hero growing up? Was, is and always will be Kieren Fallon. Best piece of advice you have ever been given? I have three: • People have short memories • Keep your eyes open and your mouth shut • Far away fields are not always greener

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Winner of the 2019 Longines Sagaro Stakes Jockey: William Buick

Trainer: Mark Johnston

Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Breeder: Godolphin

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