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Gleneagles has been declared for the Queen Eliza-
beth II Stakes at Ascot tomorrow, although connec-
tions will make a late call as to his participation.
The dual 2000 Guineas winner has missed several
high-profile engagements due to unsuitable ground
since his victory in the St James's Palace Stakes at
the Royal meeting.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien will walk the track at Ascot
on Friday evening before making a final decision.
Should O'Brien feel the ground is too soft at Ascot,
he will seek permission from Southwell racecourse
to work Gleneagles there, before a possible tilt at the
Breeders' Cup Classic.
The nine runners for the one-mile showpiece at
Ascot, sponsored by Qipco, are headed by Freddie
The star five-year-old has been in the form of his
life, winning his last eight races, including the Queen
Anne Stakes and Sussex Stakes.
Andre Fabre will be represented by Territories,
who was runner-up to Gleneagles in the 2000
Guineas at Newmarket.
Fabre said: "I am very happy with Territories---his
work has been good. He would prefer good ground
but the straight course should not be as soft as the
"He has not run since August but he is quite a light
horse who does not need much work."
Classic winners set to clash
Classic winners Covert Love and Simple Verse
feature in a stellar field of 12 for the Qipco British
Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot tomor-
row.Irish Oaks victor Covert Love, trained by Hugo
Palmer, will be making a quick reappearance after
winning the Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp over a mile
and a quarter.
She is stepping back up in trip, while Simple Verse
is dropping down following her victory in the St
Leger over an extended mile and three-quarters.
The Ralph Beckett-trained filly was controversially
demoted after being first past the post at Doncaster
but was reinstated on appeal.
Another Group One winner going for more glory is
Arabian Queen, who took the prized scalp of subse-
quent Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero Golden Horn in
the Juddmonte International at York in August.
David Elsworth's filly has since been well beaten
behind Treve in the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp.
Aidan O'Brien relies on Tapestry after declaring
Found for the Qipco Champion Stakes on the same
The other Irish-trained contender is Jessica Har-
rington's Bocca Baciata.
Impressive winner of the Dance Design Stakes at
the Curragh on her penultimate start, she was last
seen finishing third behind Ribbons in the Blandford
Francois Doumen says he is looking forward to
running Sea Calisi, who only made her racecourse
debut in April yet has a Group Two success to her
name and has been placed in Group Ones behind
Treve in the Prix Vermeille and Pleascach in the York-
Muhaarar heads sprint field
A maximum field of 20 will face the starter in
Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot on
The betting has been headed since it opened by
Charlie Hills' Muhaarar, winner of the Common-
wealth Cup, July Cup and Prix Maurice de Gheest this
term, and he will be joined by stablemate and Sprint
Cup runner-up Strath Burn.
The winner that day, Henry Candy's Twilight Son,
will be in opposition once again as he teams up with
Ryan Moore for the first time.
There is a strong representation from Ireland, with
two of the past three winners, Maarek and Gordon
Lord Byron, in the field again along with Great Minds
and Gathering Power.
Emperor Max, a speedster from Singapore, adds
an international flavour.
Jack Hobbs must defy the wide draw
that his trainer John Gosden feared as he
heads a cast of 13 for the QIPCO Cham-
pion Stakes at Ascot tomorrow.
John Gosden s Irish Derby winner
skipped the Prix de l Arc de Triomphe ear-
lier this month in favour of this race and
remains a short-priced favourite, although
his trainer had hoped for a much better
draw, speaking earlier in the week about
wanting to be in the first eight.
Gosden also runs Maverick Wave in the
same Godolphin silks and he starts from
Jack Hobbs will be ridden by William
Buick, who told the Godolphin Web site:
"In a field of 13, we have drawn 12, near
the outside. I have to agree with John Gos-
den, who described the draw as disap-
"John knows, as well as anybody, that
the first bend comes up very quickly, and
there will be a real jostle for an early posi-
tion. You need some luck."
Another who will be wearing Godolphin
blue is Saeed bin Suroor s Racing History,
who was supplemented for this race after
taking his winning run to three at Windsor
Suroor said yesterday: "Racing History
is working well, is in good form and is
ready to go. He s taking on better horses,
top horses, on Saturday but we give him
a real chance.
"He has won three consecutive races
and won very well last time in the Winter
Hill Stakes, but the key for him is that we
are looking for rain---the softer the better
"We won this race with his brother,
Farhh, two years ago, although Farhh was
a five-year-old when he won it, so was
older and stronger. Racing History is only
three but is improving all the time and will
stay in training next season."
Aidan O Brien, who has never won the
Champion Stakes, relies on the filly Found,
second in the Irish Champion Stakes and
considered unlucky in running in the Arc.
Andre Fabre, last successful back in the
race back in 1994 with Dernier Empereur,
Fabre said: "Vadamos has been in good
form since his Baden-Baden win [on Sep-
tember 3rd]. He has been working well,
that is why we have let him take his chance
"This is a big step up in class but he
goes well enough at home to suggest that
he should be competitive.
"He has only run twice for me, so I still
have no idea what his favoured ground
might be. His breeding suggests that this
step up to a mile and a quarter will be no
problem and he won over a mile and half
The David Simcock-trained The Corsi-
can, Dermot Weld s Fascinating Rock, Ralph
Beckett s Air Pilot and James Fanshawe s
classy filly Ribbons also feature, while
Palace Prince represents Germany.
The soon-to-retire Olly Stevens runs
Lightning Spear, who steps up to 10 fur-
longs for the first time in the Qatar Racing
colours. Sumbal for France will also run
for the same team.
With Elm Park running in the Queen
Elizabeth II Stakes, Tullius is Andrew Bald-
ing s representative while Cirrus Des Aigles
is a notable absentee.
Corine Barande-Barbe says a step up
trip now awaits Cirrus des Aigles.
"If the going had been softer he would
have probably run, but the race probably
would have been too fast for him," she sai.
"He needs a bit more time in his races
now, he s run over a mile and a half twice
in Dubai on good ground and that has been
"We ll probably run him in the Prix Royal
Oak next. I know that is over much further
(one mile, seven and a half furlongs) but
we ve had no rain in France for a long time
and it will be nice for him not to have to
"If he goes to Asia after that, it would
be for the (Hong Kong) Vase over 12 fur-
longs, rather than the Cup over 10.
"We ll try him over longer now, he s an
old boy but still in a good mood. I haven t
told him he s not going to Ascot yet,
Navajo first, the rest nowhere, in the
Maiden Stakes over a mile of good to soft
Haydock today, according to my time-
handicap and BHA ratings which have this
Tim Jarvis-trained Makfi colt on a mark
It s a cleft stick for rival trainers; they
know it will be extremely difficult to place
their charges subsequently, if they get close
to Navajo War Dance never mind beat him;
that s the way official handicapping works,
That doesn t mean there will be a plethora
of non-triers but it will be interesting to
see how this race evolves. Watch those
We anticipate Jim Crowley (fourth jockey
from five outings!) being instructed to be
positive and that it will be a procession,
judged on the way front-running Navajo
War Dance stayed on strongly to finish less
than two lengths behind Stormy Atlantic in
a prestigious listed event at Newbury four
Pointless discussing opposition but price-
wise this will be fascinating; Jarvis isn t fash-
ionable by any stretch of the imagination
which could give readers gift odds against.
Hope springs eternal!
As mentioned earlier this week Mark
Usher s yard is now firing and though I m
not a fan of regular jockey, Liam Keniry, the
TH indicates an excellent opportunity for
Arlecchino s Rock in division two of the
nursery handicap over seven furlongs.
Arlecchino s Rock registered a career-
best last time out, at the seventh attempt,
ridden by David Probert!
Running in tandem will be another eight-
race programme on soft at Redcar where
Muzdawaj looks similarly superior in the
Maiden Stakes over eight furlongs; William
Haggas charge was a creditable fourth on
debut down the Rowley Mile three weeks
ago to Mustajeer. Didn t appear to be
knocked about and Hamdan Al Maktoum
also owns the winner!
War Dance at Haydock
11.40 NAVAJO WAR DANCE
12.20 ARLECCHINO'S ROCK
nine in QE Stakes
Disappointing draw for Jack Hobbs
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am --- 6-3
6.30 pm --- 29-24
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 9 6 8 3 26
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 10 5 2 28
05PARSONMAN 5 5 6 5 20
15SICKWOMAN5 5 9 2 21
18WATERBOAT 5 9 7 1 22
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 5 0 13
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 8 8 0 24
30HOUSECAT 7 7 7 2 23
31 PARSONWIFE 10 7 5 0 22
34BLINDMAN 3 7 5 3 18
35BIGSNAKE 10 6 5 1 22
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Thursday, October 15
6.30 pm 6
2 (Old Lady) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
35 (Big Snake) 4 pm
16 (Jamette) 1 pm
23 (House) 10.30am
30 (House Cat)
4 (Dead Man)
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