Undefeated Three Valleys Heads Middle Park Entries
Updated: Wednesday, August 6, 2003 9:48 AM
Edited from a release
Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2003 9:48 AM
Unbeaten Three Valleys heads the 76 entries for the £170,000 group I Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Friday, Oct. 3, 2003. The 2-year-old Diesis colt scored by eight lengths over Botanical in the group III Coventry Stakes at the Royal Meeting causing his trainer, Roger Charlton, to claim the colt is the best 2-year-old he's ever trained.
Last year this contest, which is the first group I event of the season in Britain for two-year-old colts, went to the John Gosden-trained Oasis Dream, who returned to Newmarket last month when scorching to victory in the group I Darley July Cup, beating Australian dual Royal Ascot winner Choisir by 1 1/2 lengths in a memorable encounter.
This year Gosden's two entries are Gold Mask, three lengths behind Oman Gulf in the Invesco Perpetual Maiden Stakes at Newmarket in July, and the unraced Free Trip, who like Oasis Dream is owned by Khalid Abdullah.
Russian Valour is a member of Mark Johnston's powerful juvenile squad and, despite being a huge horse, he has won three of his five starts including the group III Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, where he was 1 3/4 lengths too powerful for the highly-regarded Kheleyf.
Third-placed Nevisian Lad has subsequently won the group II TNT July Stakes at Newmarket for local trainer Michael Bell, while the fourth home, Old Deuteronomy, was the half-length runner-up to Carrizo Creek in the group II Four Star Sales Richmond Stakes at Goodwood last week.
Champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has won two of the last three runnings of the Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes, courtesy of Minardi in 2000 and Johannesburg the following year. This season the master of Ballydoyle has the pick of 22 entries including Antonius Pius, unbeaten in two starts including the group II Anheuser Busch Railway Stakes at the Curragh in June with stable-companion Devil Moon back in sixth, One Cool Cat, who justified odds-on favoritism in the Dubai Duty Free Anglesey Stakes at the same venue the following month when proving 1 1/2 lengths too powerful for Leicester Square, and Grand Reward, well-backed on his only start when winning a maiden at Newbury in May.
The other powerhouse of international horseracing, Godolphin, has an intriguing pair of entries in Golden Sahara and Kaseh. Both are currently unraced, with the former being a son of Green Desert, who is also responsible for siring Oasis Dream.
The sole entry from outside Britain and Ireland is the Robert Collet-trained Whipper. He was beaten just over five lengths by Denebola in a group III contest at Deauville on Saturday, but must be respected if he lines up as Collet saddled Zipping to finish runner-up to Johannesburg in this event two years ago.
Holborn, trained by Mick Channon, was successful in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, while the Richard Hannon-trained Venables won the Listed Shadwell Stud Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury on July 18, accounting for America America by three-quarters of a length.
There is a supplementary entry stage, costing £12,000, on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Newmarket, Friday, October 3, 2003. Class A, group I, £170,000 guaranteed, for 2yo entire colts only, 6f. Weights 8st 11lb. Entries closed: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 (76 entries). Forfeit stage: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003. Supplementary entry stage and confirmation of entry stage by noon Sept. 27, 2003. Declarations to run by 10am: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003. Penalty values: 1st: £98,600; 2nd: £37,400; 3rd: £18,700; 4th: £8,500; 5th: £4,250; 6th: £2,550
Horse, Owner, Trainer
ANCHOR, Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier, Aidan O'Brien IRE
ANTONIUS PIUS (USA), Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier, Aidan O'Brien IRE
AZAROLE (IRE), Lord Vestey, James Fanshawe
BAHAMIAN BREEZE, Lucayan Stud, Jeremy Noseda
BALLYKEATING, Neville Callaghan, Neville Callaghan
BALMONT (USA), Sanford R. Robertson, Jeremy Noseda
BLUEBOK, Sheikh Mohammed, David Loder
BORN IN AMERICA (USA), Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier, Aidan O'Brien IRE
BRUNEL (IRE), Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, William Haggas
BYRON, Sheikh Mohammed, David Loder
CAPE FEAR, Kennet Valley Thoroughbred II, Brian Meehan
CARRIZO CREEK (IRE), J. S. Threadwell, Brian Meehan
CARTOGRAPHY, (IRE) Sheikh Mohammed, Michael Jarvis
CEDARBERG (UAE), Sheikh Mohammed, Mick Channon
CELTIC CAT (IRE), Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Aidan O'Brien IRE
CERTAIN FACT (USA), The Blenheim Partnership, Paul Cole
CHIMALI (IRE) Susan Roy, James Nicol
CINNAMON RIDGE (IRE), Harvey Rosenblatt Brian Meehan
COLOSSAL (IRE), Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier, Aidan O'Brien IRE
COLOSSUS (IRE), Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Aidan O'Brien IRE
CONVINCE (USA), Khalid Abdullah, Sir Michael Stoute
DAY OF THE CAT (USA), Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Aidan O'Brien IRE
DESERT DREAMER (IRE), Maktoum Al Maktoum, Barry Hills
DEVIL MOON (IRE), Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier, Aidan O'Brien IRE
FOKINE (USA), Robert Sangster, Barry Hills
FREE TRIP, Khalid Abdullah, John Gosden
GATWICK (IRE), Henry Ponsonby, Mick Channon
GOLD MASK (USA), William Farish III, John Gosden
GOLDEN SAHARA (IRE), Godolphin, Saeed bin Suroor
GRANATO (GER), Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, Alec Stewart
GRAND REWARD (USA), Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier & Mrs B.Lewis, Aidan O'Brien IRE
GREAT EXHIBITION (USA), Sheikh Mohammed, David Loder
HAAFHD, Hamdan Al Maktoum, Barry Hills
HAYDN (USA), Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier, Aidan O'Brien IRE
HOLBORN (UAE), Sheikh Mohammed, Mick Channon
HOWICK FALLS (USA), Sheikh Mohammed, David Loder
INSTANT RECALL (IRE), Susan Roy, Brian Meehan
JACK SULLIVAN (USA), Roldvale Limited, Brian Meehan
KASEH (USA), Godolphin, Saeed bin Suroor
KHELEYF (USA), Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, David Loder
KING HESPERUS (USA), Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier, Aidan O'Brien IRE
KODIAC, Prince A.A. Faisal, John Dunlop
LEICESTER SQUARE (IRE), Sheikh Mohammed, Mark Johnston
MAHMOOM, Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, Mick Channon
MAHOGANY (IRE), Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Aidan O'Brien IRE
MAJORS CAST (IRE), Susan Roy, Jeremy Noseda
MANDOBI (IRE), Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, Alec Stewart
MILK IT MICK, Paul J. Dixon, Jamie Osborne
MOSS VALE (IRE), John C. Grant, Barry Hills
MUTAWAFFER, Hamdan Al Maktoum, Barry Hills
NEVISIAN LAD, H.E.Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed, Michael Bell
NEWTON (IRE), Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Aidan O'Brien IRE
OFFENBACH (USA), Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Aidan O'Brien IRE
OLD DEUTERONOMY (USA), Sue Magnier, Aidan O'Brien IRE
OMAN GULF (USA), Mohamed Obaida, Barry Hills
ONE COOL CAT (USA), Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Aidan O'Brien IRE
PASTORAL PURSUITS, The Pursuits Partnership, Hughie Morrison
PEAK TO CREEK, C. Fox & J. Wright, Jeremy Noseda
PIZAZZ, Susan Roy, Brian Meehan
ROCK OF CASHEL (IRE), Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier, Aidan O'Brien IRE
RUSSIAN VALOUR (IRE), A. Latter & Partners, Mark Johnston
SABBEEH (USA), Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, Michael Jarvis
SALAMBA, Beryl Lockey, Mark Tompkins
SEATTLE (IRE), Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Aidan O'Brien IRE
SOLDIER'S TALE (USA), Syd Belzberg, Jeremy Noseda
TAAQAAH, Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, Marcus Tregoning
TAHREEB (FR), Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, Marcus Tregoning
THE MIGHTY TIGER (USA), Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier, Aidan O'Brien IRE
THREE VALLEYS (USA), Khalid Abdullah, Roger Charlton
TREASURE HOUSE (IRE), Susan Roy, Brian Meehan
TRIBUTE (IRE), Sheikh Mohammed, David Loder
TROUBADOUR (IRE), Robert Sangster & Sue Magnier, Aidan O'Brien IRE
TUMBLEBRUTUS (USA), Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Aidan O'Brien IRE
TYCOON, Sue Magnier, Aidan O'Brien IRE
VENABLES (USA), Team Havana, Richard Hannon
WHIPPER (USA), Elias Zaccour, Robert Collet FR
22 Irish-trained entries
1 French-trained entry
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