Skybet Cheveley Park Stakes Attracts 80 Entries

Edited from a Newmarket release

The £170,000 group I Skybet Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, has attracted 80 top-class entries through Aug. 6.

The prestigious six-furlong event for 2-year-old fillies is sponsored for the first time by Sky Bet, one of Britain's largest horseracing and sports betting companies, and is the main event on the first day of Newmarket's Cambridgeshire Meeting, which runs from Thursday, October 2, to Saturday, October 4.

Last season's Skybet Cheveley Park Stakes went to the Henry Candy-trained Airwave, who showed amazing speed to deny Russian Rhythm by a length and a half.

Airwave has developed into one of the leading sprinters this term, being placed in two group I contests including the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on July 10 when the length third to Oasis Dream.

Russian Rhythm has gone on to complete a group I treble for Sir Michael Stoute. After making a victorious seasonal debut in the fillies' classic, the Sagitta One Thousand Guineas at Newmarket on May 4, she gained a Royal Ascot success in the Coronation Stakes before successfully stepping up to 10 furlongs in the Vodafone Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last weekend.

This year Sir Michael, who trains at Newmarket, has entered Esteemed Lady, an unraced filly by Mark Of Esteem (who won the Sagitta Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket in 1996).

Mark Johnston's juveniles have been carrying all before them this season and he is represented by Attraction. Despite not possessing the most fluent of actions, the Efisio filly is unbeaten in five starts, including the group III Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, when accounting for Catstar by three lengths, and the group II Chippenham Lodge Stud Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket last month, devastating her seven rivals by at least five lengths with Pearl Grey in second.

Catstar and Pearl Grey are both trained in Newmarket by David Loder and he also has Cara Bella, Lake Charlotte, Lane County, Mansfield Park, Painted Moon, Queen Of Stars, Sundrop and Rosehearty, runner-up to the Alan Jarvis-trained River Belle in the group III Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot, as possibles.

Champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has never won the Skybet Cheveley Park Stakes and he will be hoping that one of his seven entries can alter that. The O'Brien team includes Follow, who won a maiden at Leopardstown in May by two lengths from Acciacatura, Necklace, Oh So Precious and Show Me The Roses, who have all been placed in maidens, and Baraka, Bywayofthestars and Tu Eres Mi Amore, a trio of unraced fillies, the first two being by Danehill.

Other notable entries include the Godolphin pair of Alqwah and Al Sifaat. The former is another unraced Danehill filly, while Al Sifaat was the runner-up to Bay Tree in a Newbury maiden fillies' contest on Sunday. Former footballer-turned-trainer Mick Channon has Royal Ascot scorer Silca's Gift among his three possibles while Newmarket handler Jeremy Noseda has Carry On Katie, an easy winner of her only start on July 25 at Ascot. Lucky Pipit has won her last two starts, including the Listed Star Stakes at Sandown by five lengths, for Barry Hills who also could run Tarot Card, successful at Goodwood last week.

Criquette Head-Maarek has won this race on three occasions, with Ma Biche in 1982, Ravinella five years later and Pas De Reponse in 1996. This year the trainer has entered Roseanna.

There is a supplementary entry stage, costing £12,000, on Sept. 27.

Newmarket, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003. Class A, group I, £170,000 guaranteed, for 2yo fillies only, 6f. Weights 8st 11lb. Entries closed: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 (80 entries). Forfeit stage: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003. Supplementary entry stage and confirmation of entry stage by noon: Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003. Declarations to run by 10am: Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003. Penalty values: 1st: £98,600; 2nd: £37,400; 3rd: £18,700; 4th: £8,500; 5th: £4,250; 6th: £2,550.

Horse, Owner, Trainer
AL SIFAAT, Godolphin, Saeed bin Suroor
ALQWAH (IRE), Godolphin, Saeed bin Suroor
ANGISSE, Winstar Farm, Richard Gibson FR
ATTRACTION, Duke of Roxburghe, Mark Johnston
BADMINTON, Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum, Clive Brittain
BARAKA (IRE), Mrs. David Nagle & Sue Magnier, Aidan O'Brien IRE
BAY TREE (IRE), Wafic Said, Barry Hills
BLACK ESCORT (USA), R. B. Newton, Carlos Laffon-Parias, FR
BRADAMANTE, Anthony Oppenheimer, Richard Gibson FR
BREAD OF HEAVEN, K.J. Mercer, Amanda Perrett
BYWAYOFTHESTARS, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Aidan O'Brien IRE
CARA BELLA, Sheikh Mohammed, David Loder
CARRY ON KATIE (USA), Lucayan Stud, Jeremy Noseda
CATSTAR (USA), Sheikh Mohammed, David Loder
CEFIRA (USA), Jane Bailey, Mark Tompkins
CHANCE FOR ROMANCE, M.J. Caddy, William Muir
CHINA EYES (IRE), Rick Barnes, Barry Hills
CHRISTINA'S DREAM, Mrs. Peter Harris, Peter Harris
COOL CLEAR WATER (USA), Joe L. Allbritton, Brian Meehan
DALLAAH, Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, Michael Jarvis
DANCLARE (USA), Peter Maher, John Gosden
DENEBOLA (USA), Niarchos Family, Pascal Bary FR
DUNLOSKIN, Saif Ali, Michael Jarvis
ENFORD PRINCESS, Major A.M. Everett, Richard Hannon
ESTEEMED LADY (IRE), N. Ahamad, Sir Michael Stoute
FOLLOW (USA), Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier, Aidan O'Brien IRE
FUN TO RIDE, Abdulla BuHaleeba, Barry Hills
GRAND APOLLO, Jaber Abdullah, John Gosden
GROSGRAIN (USA), Maktoum Al Maktoum, Andre Fabre FR
INDIANA BLUES, Jeff Smith, Andrew Balding
JASMINE PEARL (IRE), O'Reilly Hyland & Pidgley Partnership, Brian Meehan
KATAVI (USA), Susan Roy, Jeremy Noseda
KIND (IRE), Khalid Abdullah, Roger Charlton
KNOCKNACREA, Maktoum Al Maktoum, John Gosden
KSCHESSINKA (USA), Lael Stable, William Haggas
LA CUCARACHA, Guy Reed, Barry Hills
LAKE CHARLOTTE (USA), Sheikh Mohammed, David Loder
LANDERNEAU (IRE), R.C. Strauss, Robert Collet FR
LANE COUNTY (USA), Sheikh Mohammed, David Loder
LEILA (FR), Mrs. G. Sandor, Corine Barbe FR
LINGUIST (IRE), Sheikh Mohammed, Andre Fabre FR
LUCAYAN BEAUTY (IRE), Lucayan Stud, Brian Meehan
LUCKY PIPIT, Maktoum Al Maktoum, Barry Hills
MAJESTIC DESERT, Jaber Abdullah, Mick Channon
MALAICA (FR), Robert Ng, Rupert Pritchard-Gordon FR
MANSFIELD PARK, Sheikh Mohammed, David Loder
MARCHING WEST (USA), Khalid Abdulla, Andre Fabre FR
MAROOCHYDORE (IRE), Mrs E. Irwin, David Wachman IRE
MUCH FASTER (IRE), J.L. Bouchard, Pascal Bary FR
NECKLACE, Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier, Aidan O'Brien IRE
NOTABLE LADY (IRE), Neville Callaghan, Neville Callaghan
NYRAMBA, Salem Suhail, John Gosden
OH SO PRECIOUS (IRE), Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Aidan O'Brien IRE
PAINTED MOON (USA, Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum, David Loder
PARADISE ISLE, The Equema Partnership, Chris Wall
PARK ACCORD (IRE), Mrs. Seamus Burns, Jeremy Noseda
PEARL GREY, Sheikh Mohammed, David Loder
PINCHING (IRE), Raymond Tooth, Henry Cecil
PORTHCAWL, Usk Valley Stud, Michael Bell
QUEEN OF STARS (USA), Sheikh Mohammed, David Loder
RENDEZVOUS POINT (USA), George Strawbridge, John Gosden
RIVER BELLE, Christopher Shankland, Alan Jarvis
ROMANTIC DRAMA (IRE), Fergus Wilson, Brian Meehan
ROSEANNA (FR), Peter Savill, Criquette Head-Maarek, FR
ROSEHEARTY (USA) Sheikh Mohammed, David Loder
RUBY ROCKET (IRE) Thurloe Thoroughbreds IX, Hughie Morrison
SAINTLY SCHOLAR (USA), Khalid BuHaleeba, Ed Dunlop
SHOW ME THE ROSES (USA), Sue Magnier & Mrs David Nagl Aidan O'Brien IRE
SILCA'S GIFT, Aldridge Racing Limited, Mick Channon
SUNDROP (JPN), Sheikh Mohammed, David Loder
TAROT CARD, Khalid Abdullah, Barry Hills
TAYGETE (USA), Niarchos Family, Pascal Bary FR
THREE SECRETS (IRE), Norcroft Park Stud, George Margarson
TOLZEY (USA), Sheikh Mohammed, Mick Channon
TOTALLY YOURS (IRE), Foursome Thoroughbreds, William Muir