Eclectic mix among 53 entries for this year’s OLBG Park Stakes

J3881-DON-St-Leger-2014-SO-Fixture-Image-HR-Leger-Day1International Group One winners, Royal Ascot scorers and a dual Guineas runner-up feature among 53 entries for the seven-furlong £100,000 Group Two OLBG Park Stakes on the fourth and final day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster on Saturday, September 13.

Verrazano captured the Wood Memorial Stakes and Haskell Invitational Stakes in the US last year before joining his current handler Aidan O’Brien and the four-year-old was second in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot before disappointing in the Coral-Eclipse.

The Tom Hogan-trained Gordon Lord Byron has enjoyed three Group One victories – in the 2012 Prix de la Foret, the Haydock Park Sprint Cup in September and most recently the George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill, Australia, in March.

Gregorian, from the stable of John Gosden, has also performed admirably in Group One company. The five-year-old was third in last year’s Queen Anne Stakes and filled the same position on his latest appearance in the July Cup, a race in which Cougar Mountain (Aidan O’Brien) came home fifth on only his second start.

As well as Verrazano and Cougar Mountain, the nine Irish-trained entries also include last year’s winner Viztoria, whose trainer Edward Lynam has sent out five winners from seven runners in Britain so far this year.

The four-year-old stayed on strongly to beat Lockwood by three-quarters of a length in 2013 and rounded off the campaign with a good third to stablemate Slade Power on British Champions Day at Ascot.

Her only outing this season came when finishing fourth to the same rival in the Group Three Greenlands Stakes over six furlongs at the Curragh on May 24.

Lynam reported: “Viztoria is entered for the OLBG Park Stakes and it’s a possibility. She’s in great form – everything is fine with her – and we will see nearer the time.”

County Kildrae handler Sabrina Harty is also eyeing the prize with Ansgar. The improving six-year-old enjoyed a first Group Three success when making all in the seven-furlong Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh on July 19, beating Darwin (Aidan O’Brien) by a length.

Harty commented: “The OLBG Park Stakes is an option for Ansgar. He is ground dependent and doesn’t want it any worse than good to yielding, but if it’s nice ground we would be looking to come over because there aren’t many options.

“We were delighted with him at the weekend and he has come out of it well. He won with a bit in hand and I could not believe what price he was, even with Darwin in the race, because we beat him last year.

“We were a bit worried after because during the race Pat (Smullen) felt that he could still be feeling a splint that came up at Ascot, but he seems well.

“Maybe the ground was quick enough for him at the weekend, but he has been out in the field and seems really fresh, so hopefully everything has settled down.

“We think he’s a good horse. If you watch the race at Ascot, he was one of the last off the bridle but then he started switching legs. We think he would have been in the first five or six if he didn’t have the splints.

“He had a kissing spine last season, which meant he wasn’t 100 per cent, but he was still able to run Gordon Lord Byron to a neck off level weights. The kissing spine settled properly over the winter, so we thought he would improve this year and he has.

“He is in the Desmond Stakes over a mile next month (August 14) and, although seven furlongs is his best trip, he will probably take his chance in that first because there isn’t anything else for him.”

A trio of winners from this year’s Royal Ascot could also head to Town Moor, including the Dermot Weld-trained Mustajeeb, who captured the seven-furlong Group Three Jersey Stakes. Muteela (Mark Johnston) landed the mile Listed Sandringham Handicap, while Field Of Dream (Jamie Osborne) was successful in the mile Royal Hunt Cup.

Due Diligence (Aidan O’Brien) and Horsted Keynes (Roger Varian) both ran excellent races at the same meeting, finishing second respectively in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes and Buckingham Palace Handicap, while Professor (Richard Hannon) was runner-up in the Wokingham Handicap.

Lightning Thunder (Olly Stevens) won a conditions race at last year’s Ladbrokes St Leger Festival and the three-year-old filly has gone on to take second in both the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Glory Awaits (Kevin Ryan) also found only one horse too strong in a Newmarket Classic when chasing home Dawn Approach in the 2,000 Guineas last year.

Other notable contenders include recent Group Two Summer Mile winner Guest Of Honour (Marco Botti) and Garswood (Richard Fahey), who was third in the 2013 Group One Prix de la Foret.

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There is a scratchings stage for the OLBG Park Stakes on Tuesday, August 26, with the five-day confirmation and £9,000 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.

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The OLBG Park Stakes

£100,000 Total Prize Fund, Group Two. Doncaster, Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7f. For three-year-olds and upwards. Weights: three-year-old colts & geldings 9st, fillies 8st 11lb; four-year-old & up colts and geldings 9st 4lb, fillies 9st 1lb; Penalties: in 2014, a winner of a Group 2 race 4lb, of a Group 1 race 6lb. Entries closed July 22, entries revealed July 24 (53 entries). Scratchings deadline August 26, five-day confirmation & £9,000 supplementary entry stage September 8, final declarations 10am September 11.

 

Horse

Age

Owner Trainer
ABSOLUTELY SO (IRE)

4

Jackie & George Smith Andrew Balding
ALJAMAAHEER (IRE)

5

Hamdan Al Maktoum Roger Varian
ALMARGO (IRE)

3

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
AL THAKHIRA

3

Al Shaqab Racing Marco Botti
ALUTIQ (IRE)

3

Qatar Racing Limited Olly Stevens
AMERICAN HOPE (USA)

3

The Magnificent Seven Mike Murphy
ANSGAR (IRE)

6

Chynel Phelan/Shane Fox Sabrina Harty IRE
BLUERIDGE MOUNTAIN (ARG)

5

Mrs I & Markus Jooste Mike de Kock SAF
BOW CREEK (IRE)

3

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
BRAZOS (IRE)

3

Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
BRETON ROCK (IRE)

4

John Cook David Simcock
CABLE BAY (IRE)

3

Julie Martin & David R Martin & Partner Charles Hills
CHIL THE KITE

5

Hazel Lawrence & Graham Doyle Hughie Morrison
COMPLICATE (AUS)

5

Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
COUGAR MOUNTAIN (IRE)

3

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
CUSTOM CUT (IRE)

5

Gary Douglas & Pat Breslin David O’Meara
DARWIN (USA)

4

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
DUE DILIGENCE (USA)

3

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
ES QUE LOVE (IRE)

5

The Es Que Love Partnership Clive Cox
ETON FOREVER (IRE)

7

H R H Sultan Ahmad Shah Roger Varian
FIELD OF DREAM

7

N A Jackson Jamie Osborne
GABRIEL’S LAD (IRE)

5

Killoran Ennis Conway Denis Coakley
GARSWOOD

4

David Armstrong & Cheveley Park Stud Richard Fahey
GLORY AWAITS (IRE)

4

Ahmad Abdulla Al Shaikh & Co Kevin Ryan
GOLDEN TOWN (IRE)

3

Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
GORDON LORD BYRON (IRE)

6

Dr Cyrus Poonawalla/Morgan J Cahalan Tom Hogan IRE
GREGORIAN (IRE)

5

H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE)

5

Giuliano Manfredini Marco Botti
HERE COMES WHEN (IRE)

4

Fitri Hay Andrew Balding
HORSTED KEYNES (FR)

4

Fitri Hay Roger Varian
INVINCIBLE FRESH (IRE)

3

Cheng Wai Tao James Fanshawe
JALLOTA

3

Fitri Hay Charles Hills
KIYOSHI

3

Qatar Racing Limited Charles Hills
KOSIKA (USA)

4

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
LEITIR MOR (IRE)

4

Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
LIGHTNING THUNDER

3

Mohd Al Kubasi & Pearl Bloodstock Ltd Olly Stevens
MITRAAD (IRE)

3

Hamdan Al Maktoum William Haggas
MUSHIR

3

Hamdan Al Maktoum Roger Varian
MUSTAJEEB

3

Hamdan Al Maktoum Dermot Weld IRE
MUTEELA

3

Hamdan Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
NAADIRR (IRE)

3

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum Marco Botti
PARBOLD (IRE)

3

David Armstrong & Cheveley Park Stud Richard Fahey
PASSING STAR

3

John Grant Charles Hills
PENITENT

8

Middleham Park Racing XVII David O’Meara
PROFESSOR

4

Poilin Good Richard Hannon
REROUTED (USA)

6

Kantor/Nestadt/Chandler/Westwood et al Mike de Kock SAF
SIRIUS PROSPECT (USA)

6

Nicola Yarrow Dean Ivory
SOUL (AUS)

7

Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
TAWHID

4

Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
THAT IS THE SPIRIT

3

Frank Gillespie David O’Meara
VALONIA

3

Qatar Racing Limited Henry Candy
VERRAZANO (USA)

4

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
VIZTORIA (IRE)

4

Mrs K Lavery Edward Lynam IRE

 

53 entries

9 Irish-trained

2 South African-trained