ARAB SPRINGS TO VICTORY

ballyConnections feel that the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Arab Spring could have a big future after the four-year-old justified 11/4 favourite to comfortably land the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap in the colours of his breeders, Ballymacoll Stud.

 “This was certainly the plan,” said Peter Reynolds, managing director of Ballymacoll Stud. “Michael takes his horses on slowly and he was still a handicapper until today. He was entered in the Hardwicke but Michael has two other horses so we decided to take it stage by stage.

“Hopefully the horse is finished with handicaps now. He’s in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket, which Fiorente won and that is where I guess he could go next, and he has some serious entries, which is wonderful, including the Irish Champion Stakes and the Arc. The Arc is the one race that the Weinstock family and Ballymacoll haven’t had a winner of yet and we would love to do it. If he’s good enough to get to the Arc, we might just be there.

“It’s a fantastic training performance from Michael, the way he has brought him on so well, and Ryan says that he has some nice speed. As Aidan O’Brien would say, he has got natural speed. I loved his attitude, he’s just a nice horse to be around,

“The Australians would like to buy him, particularly being by Monsun the sire of Fiorente and half-brother to Glass Harmonium, but I think we’d have to find a new trainer if we sold him. I don’t think Michael would be very happy. To keep the name of Ballymacoll and the company going we need a horse like him every so often.”

 

ARAB SPRING FOR MOORE

 Top-weight Arab Spring, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, won well by two lengths from the front-running Salutation in the 12-furlong Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap and completed a four-timer.

The progressive four-year-old Monsun colt, the 11/4 favourite, was partnered by Ryan Moore and cruised up to the leader being pushed out in the final furlong.

Moore, the leading jockey at Royal Ascot 2014 with four winners now, commented: “He is straightforward. He jumps well and, instead of getting crucified, we weren’t going mad. It was just a matter of having to go round the two leaders but, they were going so slow, I had to be moving rather than waiting.

“We have always liked the horse and he’s four from four this year. Hopefully, Arab Spring can go on again. He has been trained beautifully. He didn’t race until just under a year ago and then he went wrong. He has come back this year and done nothing wrong.”

The rider added: “Arab Spring won off 104 but had the run of the race. He is a nice progressive horse.

“I would say it is a Listed race next for him. He could go 10 or 12 furlongs really.

“Yes, it was pleasing to win on him.”

Asked about topping the QIPCO leading jockey at Royal Ascot table, he replied: “There is plenty of time left.”

 

GROUND THE KEY TO SALUTATION 

Trainer Mark Johnston was delighted with the run of Salutation, who finished the two length runner-up to runaway winner Arab Spring in the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot this afternoon.

The 25/1 shot tried to make every post a winning one but was always a sitting duck in front as Sir Michael Stoute’s colt swept past in the final furlong.

However, the four-year-old stuck to his task well to take the runner-up berth and his trainer believes the quick ground is the key to his gelding.

“He’s run a great race,” said Johnston.

“He was a 25/1 shot but he showed he was much better than that and also showed that he stayed the mile and a half well. We were worried about the trip as we thought a mile and quarter would be his best trip.

“The ground has been the key though and he’s got to have quick ground.”

Luca Cumani was also pleased with the run of Havana Cooler and revealed that the Ebor at York would be the colt’s main target this season.

“He’s run another big race in another big handicap but it’s always difficult to win here,” said the Italian.

“I’m pleased with the way both of mine ran (Cumani also saddled the sixth-placed Elhaame) so we can’t complain.

“He’s very much an Ebor horse – that will be his main aim this season.”

 

Second race result

3.05pm Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap)

£75,000 total prize fund. For 3yo+, rated 0-105, 1m 4f. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; minimum weight 8st. Penalties after June 14th, a winner 4lb; of 2 races 7lb. Penalty value 1st £46,687.50 2nd £13,980.00 3rd £6,990.00 4th £3,495.00 5th £1,747.50 6th £877.50

1) ARAB SPRING (IRE) (Ballymacoll Stud) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-10 Ryan Moore [12] 11/4f

2) SALUTATION (IRE) (Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 4-8-12 Michael J M Murphy (3) [11] 25/1

3) HAVANA COOLER (IRE) (Leonidas Marinopoulos) Luca Cumani 4-9-03 Adam Kirby [9] 12/1

4) ELIDOR (Jon & Julia Aisbitt) Mick Channon 4-9-02 William Twiston-Davies (3) [16] 8/1

5) DASHING STAR (Jeff Smith) David Elsworth h4-9-06 Jamie Spencer [5]

6) ELHAAME (IRE) (Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum) Luca Cumani 4-9-00 Andrea Atzeni [7]

7) WADI AL HATTAWI (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor p4-9-05 Kieren Fallon [14]

8) AUSSIE REIGNS (IRE) (The Old Brokers) William Knight 4-9-08 George Baker [13]

9dh) LAHAAG (Hamdan Al Maktoum) John Gosden 5-9-03 Paul Hanagan [18]

9dh)ONTINUUM (PCF Racing Ltd) Peter Hedger h5-9-01 Charles Bishop (3) [15]

11) GROUNDBREAKING (Godolphin) Charlie Appleby 4-9-09 William Buick [4]

12) ESHTIAAL (USA) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Brian Meehan t4-8-13 Jimmy Fortune [2]

13) HAMELIN (IRE) (Lordship Stud) Lady Cecil 4-9-02 James Doyle [6]

14) MACBETH (IRE) (Charles Wentworth) Mick Appleby 5-9-01 Andrew Mullen [17]

15) BEACON LADY (The Pro-Claimers) William Knight h5-8-11 Jack Duern (5) [19]

16) VIEWPOINT (IRE) (The Heffer Syndicate) Richard Hannon 5-9-05 Richard Hughes [22]

17) ONE PURSUIT (IRE) (Nicholas Maher) Brendan Powell 6-8-06 Jenny Powell (7) [3]

18) SQUIRE OSBALDESTON (IRE) (P Hickman & G Johns) Martyn Meade 4-9-04 Frankie Dettori [8]

 

18 ran

Non-runner: Blue Surf (going)

Time: 2m 28.85s

Distances: 2, 1¼, nk, 1, ¾, ½, nk, ½, dh, 2¾, 1¼, nse, ½, 1½, 2¼, 3, 38

Breeder: Ballymacoll Stud Farm Ltd

Breeding: b c Monsun (GER) – Spring Symphony (IRE) (Darshaan)

Tote      Win £4.10          Place £1.70 £5.30 £3.10 £2.20    Exacta £93.10

Winning trainer:-Name: Stoute, Sir Michael Ronald Date of birth:22/10/45 Date of first licence: 1972 First Winner: Sandal, Newmarket, April 28, 1972, Turn Of The Lands Handicap. Previous Occupation: Served with Pat Rohan, Doug Smith and Tom Jones. Other information: Arrived in Britain from his native Barbados just before his 20th birthday and has won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham with Kribensis in 1990. Was the only trainer to win a British Classic in five consecutive seasons. Was awarded a knighthood in 1998 for services to tourism in Barbados. Has been champion trainer on 10 occasions: 1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009 British Classic Wins (15):1000 Guineas (1989 Musical Bliss, 2003 Russian Rhythm), 2000 Guineas (1985 Shadeed, 1988 Doyoun, 1997 Entrepreneur, 2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Investec Derby (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light, 2010 Workforce), Investec Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1987 Unite), Ladbrokes St Leger (2008 Conduit) Royal Ascot Wins: 71 First Royal Ascot winner: Etienne Gerard (June 15, 1977 – Jersey Stakes) Major Royal Ascot Wins: Gold Cup (1978 Shangamuzo, 2013 Estimate), Coronation Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady, 1987 Milligram, 1998 Exclusive, 2003 Russian Rhythm), St James’s Palace Stakes (1989 Shaadi), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1981 Hard Fought, 1991 Stagecraft), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1985 Dafayna), Queen Anne Stakes (2000 Kalanisi, 2001 Medicean, 2002 No Excuse Needed), Jersey Stakes (1977 Etienne Gerard, 1980 Hard Fought, 1989 Zilzal, 1997 Among Men, 2006 Jeremy),King Edward VII Stakes (1983 Shareef Dancer, 1991 Saddler’s Hall, 1994 Foyer, 2002 Balakheri, 2006 Papal Bull, 2013 Hillstar), Hardwicke Stakes (1986 Dihistan, 1991 & 1992 Rock Hopper, 2006 & 2007 Maraahel, 2010 Harbinger, 2012 Sea Moon) Other details: Champion trainer in Britain 10 times (1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009) Trains at Freemason Lodge, Newmarket Wins (1984-2013): 96; 120; 76; 105; 100; 116; 78; 81; 69; 64; 109; 72; 73; 84; 79; 81; 91; 75; 104; 115; 87; 95; 107; 113; 88; 99; 73; 53; 69; 87 Wins in 2014: 27

 

Winning Jockey: Moore, Ryan Lee Date Of Birth: September 18, 1983 Background: Father Gary is a trainer, and brother Jamie is a successful National Hunt jockey. Ryan initially rode over jumps as well, notching his first success on Mersey Beat in an amateur riders’ event at Towcester on May 15, 2000. Switching to the flat, Ryan enjoyed his first success as a professional when winning aboard Marwell’s Kris for Belgian trainer E C Chopin in at Lingfield on January 16, 2002.Appointed stable jockey to Sir Michael Stoute in December 2007. Champion Apprentice: 2003 (59 wins) Champion Jockey: 2006 (180 wins), 2008 (186 wins), 2009 (179 wins). British Classic Wins (4): Investec Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy), Investec Derby (2010 Workforce, 2013 Ruler Of The World), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2012 Homecoming Queen) Irish Classic Wins (2): Irish 1,000 Guineas (2014 Marvellous), Irish Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy) First Royal Ascot Win: Colony, King George V Stakes, June 2008 Royal Ascot Wins (25): Coronation Stakes (2014 Rizeena), King George V Handicap (2008 Colony), Queen’s Vase (2008 Patkai, 2012 Estimate), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2008 Sugar Ray; 2013 Opinion, 2014 Arab Spring), Tercentenary Stakes (2009 Glass Harmonium, 2014 Cannock Chase), Wolferton Handicap (2009 Perfect Stride), Wokingham Handicap (2009 High Standing), Jersey Stakes (2010 Rainfall), Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (2010 Strawberrydaiquiri, 2014 Integral), Hardwicke Stakes (2010 Harbinger, 2011 Await The Dawn, 2012 Sea Moon), Queen Alexandra Stakes (2010 Bergo, 2012 Simenon), Coventry Stakes (2011 Power), Chesham Stakes (2011 Maybe), Ascot Handicap (2012 Simenon), Britannia Handicap (2012 Fast Or Free), Gold Cup (2013 Estimate), King Edward VII Stakes (2013 Hillstar) Number of Wins (2000-2013): 6; 0; 39; 59; 132; 120; 182; 128; 192; 178; 138; 101; 116; 194 Wins in 2014: 78        Ryan Moore is leading the QIPCO Royal Ascot top jockey standings with four winners