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Leading Guineas contenders head 92 entries for Champagne Stakes

Thu, Jul 24, 2014

Exciting juveniles Ivawood, Faydhan and Richard Pankhurst feature among 92 entries (up from 76 in 2013) for this year's £75,000 Group Two Champagne Stakes, run over seven furlongs on the final day of Doncaster's Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, Saturday, September 13.

The trio currently head the market for next year's Classic, the 2,000 Guineas, following impressive starts to their careers, withIvawood having stormed to a decisive victory in the Group Two July Stakes at Newmarket's July meeting.

Faydhan posted a six-length victory on his debut for John Gosden in a Haydock Park maiden on July 3, while his stable companion Richard Pankhurst easily captured the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot on his latest appearance.

Ivawood's trainer Richard Hannon is responsible for eight entries in all, with Kool Kompany, a Group Two winner in France and Ireland already this season, Group Two Norfolk Stakes hero Baitha Alga and Group Two Superlative Stakes scorer Estidhkaar also among a formidable team from the first-season handler.

A total of 18 entries from Aidan O'Brien include debut maiden winners Gleaneagles and East India, the regally-bred John F Kennedy and recent Group Three Anglesey Stakes scorer Dick Whittington.

Trainer Karl Burke has made three entries headlined by the once-raced Glenalmond, who is a full-brother to Group One winner Wootton Bassett. The son of Iffraaj was all the rage ahead of his debut in a six-furlong maiden at Ayr on July 21, starting the 11/8 favourite, and duly obliged with a decisive half-length victory.

Burke reported: "We were very pleased with Glenalmond at Ayr. It's hard to know what he beat but the runner-up had previously finished second in a maiden that is working out well.

"The Acomb Stakes or Gimcrack Stakes at York are definitely possibilities for him now. He has got an entry in the Gimcrack, but I think the owner is keen to step up him up a furlong and we certainly think he will stay.

"Obviously, if he came through one of those race in good order then the Champagne Stakes will be on the agenda.

"He has a very nice pedigree, being a full-brother to Wootton Bassett, and is very much one for the future. Wootton Bassett had quite a hard time of it as a two-year-old, but Glenalmond won't and we think he will train on."

The Middleham handler has also entered Group Two Superlative Stakes fourth Natural Order and Toocoolforschool, who was third on debut in a six-furlong maiden at Nottingham on July 18.

"Natural Order ran very well to be fourth in the Superlative Stakes," added Burke. "He is having a little break at the moment and will be out again at the end of August. We will see how he gets on there, but he would have to improve to go for another Group Two.

"Toocoolforschool is potentially a very nice horse and possibly goes for a maiden at York this weekend. It's early days yet but they are all potentially nice colts."

Charlie Appleby, successful in the 2013 Champagne Stakes with subsequent Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf scorer Outstrip, has a quartet of contenders including Newmarket winner Zephorus and Hawkesbury, who posted a seven-length success in a Doncaster maiden.

Flaming Spear (Kevin Ryan) made an impressive start to his career with a decisive victory in a York maiden on July 12, while Aktabantay (Hugo Palmer) and William Hill Download The App Brocklesby Conditions Stakes winner Cock Of The North (Scott Dixon) have both run well in Group company this season.

There is a scratchings stage for the Champagne Stakes on Tuesday, August 26 with the five-day confirmation and £7,500 supplementary stage on Monday, September 8.

About the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival

The four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival is the jewel in the crown of horse racing in Yorkshire and the showpiece of Doncaster's social calendar. Racegoers enjoy a delightful blend of history, quality racing and live entertainment. The 2014 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival takes place from Wednesday, September 10 through to Saturday, September 13 inclusive.

The famous Festival is one of the highlights of the Flat racing calendar. The crescendo builds to Saturday, when the flagship event - the Ladbrokes St Leger - takes centre-stage. First run in 1776, the Ladbrokes St Leger is the world's oldest Classic and can boast a truly outstanding heritage. It is the last of the five British Classics to be run each year.

The Festival also features a number of high-class supporting races, highlights being the John Smith's Original Scarbrough Stakes and Clipper Logistics Leger Legends Charity Race on John Smith's Opening Day (Wednesday), the Park Hill Stakes on Ladies' Day (Thursday), the Doncaster Cup on Socialites Electric Cigarettes Doncaster Cup Day (Friday), plus the Champagne Stakes and OLBG Park Stakes on Saturday.

For further details and to book tickets, please contact Doncaster Racecourse on 01302 304230 or go to www.doncaster-racececourse.co.uk. The dedicated Ladbrokes St Leger microsite can be found at www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/st-leger.

The Champagne Stakes

£75,000 Total Prize Fund, Group 2. Doncaster, Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7f. For two-year-old colts & geldings. Weights: 9st; Penalties: a winner of a Group 1 or Group 2 race 3lb. Entries closed July 22, entries revealed July 24 (92 entries). Scratchings deadline August 26, five-day confirmation & £7,500 supplementary entry stage September 8, final declarations 10am September 11.

Horse
Owner
Trainer

ACES (IRE)
Qatar Racing & Essafinaat
Charles Hills

AKTABANTAY
Ibrahim Araci
Hugo Palmer

ALKHAYYAM (IRE)
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Brian Meehan

ALNASHAMA
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Charles Hills

ALOFT (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE

BAITHA ALGA (IRE)
Al Shaqab Racing
Richard Hannon

BASATEEN (IRE)
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Richard Hannon

BATTLE OF MARATHON (USA)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE

BELARDO (IRE)
Prince A A Faisal
Roger Varian

BOLLIHOPE
Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum
John Gosden

CAPE CLEAR ISLAND (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE

CHADIC
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Mark Johnston

COCK OF THE NORTH
Cope Dixon Kennerly
Scott Dixon

COMPASS HILL (USA)
Armada Racing
John Murphy IRE

COUNT MONTECRISTO (FR)
Middleham Park Racing XLVI
Kevin Ryan

CRACK SHOT (IRE)
Saeed Manana
Clive Brittain

DANCETRACK (USA)
Khalid Abdullah
Charles Hills

DARK PROFIT (IRE)
Fitri Hay
Charles Hills

DIAZ (IRE)
Jonathan S Dean
Mark Johnston

DICK WHITTINGTON (IRE)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE

DISEGNO (IRE)
Niarchos Family
Sir Michael Stoute

DUTCH CONNECTION
Susan Roy
Charles Hills

EAST INDIA
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE

ESTIDHKAAR (IRE)
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Richard Hannon

FAITHFUL CREEK (IRE)
Decadent Racing
Brian Meehan

FARHAM (USA)
Al Shaqab Racing
Richard Fahey

FATHER FROST (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE

FAYDHAN (USA)
Hamdan Al Maktoum
John Gosden

FLAMING SPEAR (IRE)
Qatar Racing & Essafinaat
Kevin Ryan

FOR ALL WE KNOW (IRE)
B B Mills
Robert Mills

FREIGHT TRAIN (IRE)
Alan Spence
Mark Johnston

GENERAL MARSHALL (USA)
Joe Allen/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE

GLENALMOND (IRE)
Melba Bryce
Karl Burke

GLENEAGLES (IRE)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE

GOOD CONTACT (USA)
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor

GROWL
Lady Rothschild
Brian Meehan

HAWKESBURY
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby

HEATSTROKE (IRE)
Fitri Hay
Charles Hills

HIGHLAND REEL (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE

HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE)
Flemington Bloodstock Partnership
Hugo Palmer

INTILAAQ (USA)
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Roger Varian

IVANOVICH GORBATOV (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE

IVAWOOD (IRE)
Carmichael Jennings
Richard Hannon

JAMAICA (IRE)
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE

JOHN F KENNEDY (IRE)
Sue Magnier/Tabor/Flaxman Stables/Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE

KING OF NORMANDY (FR)
Carmichael Pryde
Richard Hannon

KODI BEAR (IRE)
Olive Shaw
Clive Cox

KOOL KOMPANY (IRE)
Middleham Park Racing LXXXVI
Richard Hannon

LEDBURY (IRE)
Qatar Racing Limited
Charles Hills

LOUIE DE PALMA
Peter Ridgers
Clive Cox

MAFTOOL (USA)
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor

MARKAZ (IRE)
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Barry Hills

MEDRANO
Peter Onslow & Mr & Mrs Gary Middlebrook
David Brown

MICKEY HALLER (IRE)
Michael Buckley
Brian Meehan

MISLEADING
Fitri Hay
Peter Chapple-Hyam

MISTER UNIVERSE
Abdulla Al Mansoori
Mark Johnston

MOUNT TAHAN (IRE)
T A Rahman
Kevin Ryan

MUHAARAR
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Charles Hills

MUSTADEEM (IRE)
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Brian Meehan

MY MATE (IRE)
Saeed Manana
Clive Brittain

NAFAQA (IRE)
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Barry Hills

NAPOLEON SOLO
Phil Cunningham & P Cunningham
Peter Chapple-Hyam

NATURAL ORDER (USA)
Hubert John Strecker
Karl Burke

OL' MAN RIVER (IRE)
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE

ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE

OUTLAW COUNTRY (IRE)
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby

PALLISTER
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Mark Johnston

PLYMOUTH SOUND
T Keane, M Page, D Smith & R Whichelow
Eve Johnson Houghton

PRINCE GAGARIN (IRE)
Windflower Overseas & J L Dunlop OBE
Ed Dunlop

RICHARD PANKHURST
Rachel Hood
John Gosden

ROOM KEY
The Picnic Partnership
Eve Johnson Houghton

ROYAL NAVY SHIP (USA)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE

SAHAAFY (USA)
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Barry Hills

SALATEEN
Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah
Kevin Ryan

SCUTUM (IRE)
The Pony Club
Brian Meehan

SECRET BRIEF (IRE)
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Mark Johnston

SOCIOPATH (IRE)
Fitri Hay
Peter Chapple-Hyam

SON OF AFRICA
One Too Many Partners
Henry Candy

STEALING THUNDER (IRE)
Qatar Racing Limited
Eve Johnson Houghton

ST GEORGES ROCK (IRE)
Angie Dawes
Clive Cox

SUREWECAN
Douglas Livingston
Mark Johnston

SWIFT APPROVAL (IRE)
Middleham Park Racing XLIX
Kevin Ryan

TANNAAF (IRE)
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum
Mike de Kock SAF

THAHAB (IRE)
Al Shaqab Racing
Richard Hannon

THE GREAT WAR (USA)
Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Joe Allen
Aidan O'Brien IRE

THE WARRIOR (IRE)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE

TOOCOOLFORSCHOOL (IRE)
Ontoawinner 6, M Hulin, E Burke
Karl Burke

TUPI (IRE)
Michael Kerr-Dineen & Martin Hughes
Richard Hannon

USTINOV
Poilin Good
Brian Meehan

WAR ENVOY (USA)
Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Joe Allen
Aidan O'Brien IRE

WINSLOW (USA)
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby

ZEPHUROS (IRE)
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby

92 entries

19 Irish-trained

1 South African-trained

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