TWO QUEEN ANNE STAKES FACTFILES – TORONADO & SOFT FALLING RAIN

Toronado (IRE) – Queen Anne Stakes

Breeding: 4 b c High Chaparral (IRE) – Wana Doo (USA) (Grand Slam (USA))

Breeder: Paul Nataf

Born: February 20, 2010

Trainer: Richard Hannon

Jockey: Richard Hughes

Form: 111/14216-

*Reappears in today’s Group One Queen Anne Stakes over Ascot’s straight mile.

*Unbeaten in three starts at two, a Newbury maiden, an Ascot Listed race and the seven-furlong Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

*Top-class miler last season, finishing fourth in QIPCO 2000 Guineas, second in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot before a decisive half-length success over Dawn Approach in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

*Has not run since last of six in the Juddmonte International Stakes over an extended 10 furlongs at York on August 21.

Race record: Starts: 8; Wins: 5; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £374,002

 

Al Shaqab Racing

Background: Al Shaqab Racing represents the racing interests of Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani, a brother of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Al Shaqab takes its name from an historic battle between the Qataris and the Ottoman Empire in 1893. The racing operation was officially launched in November, 2013 although Sheikh Joaan raced horses, both thoroughbred and Arabian, in his own name previously, both in Qatar and in Europe. His first thoroughbred winner was Fatih Al Keir at Dax on August 22, 2012. The Hon Harry Herbert is Al Shaqab’s racing advisor in Europe with Bradley Weisbord representing Al Shaqab’s affairs in the USA. Frankie Dettori is the organisation’s retained rider. Breeding Interests: Sheikh Joaan owns Haras de Bouquetot in Normandy, France, where the stallions Planteur and Style Vendome currently stand. Al Shaqab paid a record 5 million guineas at Tattersalls in 2013 for a sister to the 2012 Oaks winner Was, named Al Naamah and in training with Andre Fabre. Big-Race Wins: Treve, winner of the French Oaks, Prix Vermeille and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2013 is Sheikh Joaan’s best horse to date. Olympic Glory, winner of the 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and 2014 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and Toronado, winner of the 2013 QIPCO Sussex Stakes, also run under the Al Shaqab banner. At the start of 2014, Al Shaqab purchased a share in the 2013 Investec Derby winner Ruler Of The World who now carries its colours.

 

Richard Hannon (Herridge and Everleigh Racing Stables, Wiltshire)

Born: November 21, 1975 Background: Son of four-time British champion trainer Richard Hannon snr. Worked at leading studs and stables in Australia before spending 12 years as assistant to his father. Took over the licence on January 1, 2014 and sent out his first winner two days later when Unscripted captured a Wolverhampton maiden. Has made an excellent start to his training career. One of seven trainers to run the 2014 London Marathon in support of Racing Welfare. Has a twin brother Henry and a twin sister Lizzie, who is married to stable jockey Richard Hughes. He married Jemima in 2011 and they have two children, Eliza and Jack. Richard Hannon snr trained 33 Royal Ascot winners. British Classics wins (1): QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2014 Night Of Thunder).

 

Richard Hughes

Born: January 11, 1973. Background: Served apprenticeship with father Dessie, a former top-class National Hunt rider who trains in Co Kildare and won the 2004 and 2005 Champion Hurdles at Cheltenham with Hardy Eustace. Had first win on Viking Melody at Fairyhouse on April 6, 1988, a month after his first ride. He moved to Britain in 1994. He was Prince Khalid Abdullah’s retained jockey from 2001 to the end of 2007. He rides regularly for Richard Hannon, to whose sister Lizzie he is married. The 5ft 9in Hughes has, like his father, also ridden winners over jumps but concentrates on the Flat. At Windsor on October 15, 2012, he rode seven winners from a possible eight and became only the second jockey after Frankie Dettori to ride seven winners at a single meeting (Dettori had seven wins from seven rides at Ascot in 1996). Writes a weekly column in Racing Post and his autobiography “A Weight Off My Mind” was published in May, 2012, when he admitted to being a former alcoholic. Banned for 50 days when riding in India in February, 2012, delaying his return to action that year. Accolades: British champion jockey for the last two seasons – 2012 & 2013. British Classic Wins (2): QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2013 Sky Lantern), Investec Oaks (2013 Talent).Royal Ascot Wins (27): including Coronation Stakes (2007 Indian Ink, 2013 Sky Lantern), Queen Anne Stakes (2009 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs), St James’s Palace Stakes (2010 Canford Cliffs) Other major wins include: Irish 2,000 Guineas (2010 Canford Cliffs), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (2004 American Post), Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (2002 Zenda), Prix de Diane (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Derby Italiano (1996 Bahamian Knight), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Sussex Stakes (2010 Canford Cliffs, 2013 Toronado), Haydock Sprint Cup (2004 Tante Rose), King’s Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Lockinge Stakes (2010 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs), Prix Jean Part (2010 Dick Turpin), Cheveley Park Stakes (2006 Indian Ink), Falmouth Stakes (2010 Music Show), Nassau Stakes (2012 The Fugue), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2012 Sky Lantern), Matron Stakes (1998 Tadwiga), Prix du Moulin (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Critérium de Saint-Cloud (2006 Passage of Time), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2008 Youmzain), Prix du Cadran (1998 Invermark), Prix d’Ispahan (2001 Observatory), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (2003 American Post, 2012 Olympic Glory), National Stakes (2013 Toormore), Fillies’ Mile (2013 Chriselliam), Sun Chariot Stakes (2013 Sky Lantern), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2013 Olympic Glory), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf (2013 Chriselliam) Wins in Britain (1994-2013):19; 68; 62; 33; 55; 95; 102 91; 126; 121; 73; 124; 113; 139; 127; 144; 192; 130; 177* 208* – *champion jockey

 

Soft Falling Rain (SAF) – Queen Anne Stakes

Breeding: 5 b h National Assembly (CAN) – Gardener´s Delight (USA) (Giant´s Causeway (USA))

Breeder: Highlands Farm Stud (Pty) Ltd

Born: September 16, 2009

Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Trainer: Mike de KockSAF

Jockey: Paul Hanagan

Form: 1111/(1)(1)(1)210-(0)(2)

*Runs in today’s in the Queen Anne Stakes and worked with stable companion Shea Shea on Newmarket’s July Course on June 10 in preparation for the contest over the straight mile.

*Set to make a second appearance at Ascot after finishing 11th on unsuitably soft ground in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) on British Champions Day in October. Had been entered in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at last year’s Royal Meeting, but missed the first half of the European campaign following a busy start to the year in Dubai.

*Runner-up on most recent start, going down by a length to subsequent Hong Kong Champions Mile winner Variety Club in the Group Two Godolphin Mile Sponsored by Meydan Sobha on Tapeta at Meydan on March 29, 2014.

*Made three appearances in Britain in total last season, decisively winning the Group Two Nayef Joel Stakes at Newmarket in September and finishing second on his first outing for nearly five months in the Group Two Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury in August.

* Posted three superb victories on the Tapeta of Meydan, Dubai, in 2013 , culminating with a game three quarters of a length success over older and more seasoned opposition in the Group Two Godolphin Mile Sponsored by Etisalat on March 30.

*Started his career with four turf wins in South Africa, including when slamming the opposition by four and a half lengths in the six-furlong Grade One SA Nursery at Turffontein in April, 2012.

Race Record: Starts: 12; 1st: 8; 2nd: 2; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £711,109     

 

Hamdan Al Maktoum

Born: December 25, 1945. Background: eldest surviving brother of the ruling family of Dubai. Deputy Ruler of Dubai as well as being the Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates. Attended Bell School of Languages in Cambridge, England, between 1967 and 1968. Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates between 1971 and 1973. Racing Interests:  Around 500 horses globally carry his distinctive silks of blue with white epaulets, blue and white striped cap, and are trained in Britain mainly by Ed Dunlop, John Gosden, William Haggas, Charlie Hills, John Hills, Mark Johnston, Sir Michael Stoute, and Roger Varian. Also has horses trained in America, Australia, Dubai, South Africa, Ireland and France. Has owned 12 British Classic winners, headed by Nashwan (1989 2000 Guineas and Derby) and Salsabil (1990 1000 Guineas and Oaks). His latest Classic success came through Taghrooda in the 2014 Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs on June 6. His stars around the world include At Talaq and Jeune, who won the Melbourne Cup in 1986 and 1994 respectively, and US champion Invasor, who won the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Classic and following year’s Dubai World Cup. Also owns Shadwell Stud in Norfolk and Beech House Stud in Newmarket, as well as studs in Ireland and Kentucky. Shadwell has over 250 mares worldwide and stands more than a dozen stallions globally.

Major Royal Ascot wins include: St. James’s Palace Stakes (1991 Marju, 1995 Bahri), Coronation Stakes (1985 Al Bahathri, 2009 Ghanaati), Queen Anne Stakes (1992 Lahib), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1994 & 1995 Muhtarram, 2003 Nayef), Gold Cup: (1990 Ashal), King’s Stand Stakes (1990 Dayjur), Golden Jubilee Stakes (1996 Atraf, 2002 Malhub)

 

Mike de Kock SAF (Summerveld, Durban, South Africa)

Born: February 13, 1964 Background: Raised within a stone’s throw of Newmarket Racecourse in South Africa. Drafted into the Equestrian Unit of the South African defence force in 1981 and became a riding instructor. Started out in racing as assistant trainer to Ormond Ferraris before moving on to Robbie Sage and finally Ricky Howard-Ginsberg. Took over Howard-Ginsberg’s stable upon the trainer’s death in 1989. Married to Diane, daughter of dual South African champion jockey Johnny Cawcutt and niece of former trainer Lesley Cawcutt. Diane is responsible for the pre-training yard at Randjesfontein, while son Mathew also works for Mike. Has done well in Dubai where he usually has a strong team for the Dubai World Cup Carnival. Accolades: Champion Trainer in South Africa (7 times – 1998/99, 2001/2002, 2005/06, 2007/08, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12), has trained 99 Group/Grade One winners (up to June 6, 2014) Big Race Wins Include: J & B Met (1999 Horse Chestnut, 2000 Badger’s Coast, 2012 Igugu), South African Derby (1999 Horse Chestnut, 2004 Greys Inn, 2009 Bouquet Garni, 2010 Irish Flame), Durban July (2002 Ipi Tombe, 2004 Greys Inn, 2010 Bold Silvano, 2011 Igugu), Dubai Duty Free (2003 Ipi Tombe, 2004 Right Approach), Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (2006 Irridescence, 2008 Archipenko), Dubai Sheema Classic (2008 Sun Classique), Hong Kong Cup (2008 Eagle Mountain), Singapore Cup (2010 Lizard’s Desire), Al Quoz Sprint (2013 Shea Shea), Jebel Hatta (2014 Vercingerorix), Hong Kong Champions Mile (2014 Variety Club) Global Sprint Challenge runners (British Legs): King’s Stand Stakes (2013 Shea Shea 2nd) Diamond Jubilee Stakes – (2007 Drayton 5th, 2009 J J The Jet Plane 4th) Darley July Cup – (2007 Drayton 11th, 2009 J J The Jet Plane 3rd, 2013 Shea Shea 4th) Other Royal Ascot runners: Queen Anne Stakes (2003 Victory Moon 7th), Gold Cup (2008 Thundering Star 8th), Royal Hunt Cup (2013 David Livingstone 5th)

Paul Hanagan

Born: Warrington, Cheshire on September 8, 1980 Background: His father Geoff briefly rode as an apprentice and Hanagan undertook a nine-week course at the British Racing School having spent time learning the ropes with local trainer Terry Caldwell. He moved to Malcolm Jefferson’s Malton stable and, having briefly tried to be a jump jockey, joined Richard Fahey’s nearby yard as a 17-year-old. His first major win came in the 2002 John Smith’s Cup on Vintage Premium and many of his other biggest successes have come in valuable handicaps for Fahey. Appointed first jockey to leading owner Hamdan Al Maktoum at start of 2012, on retirement of Richard Hills. The Liverpool-supporting rider is married to Anna, who previously worked for Fahey, and they have two sons. Champion Jockey in UK: 2010, 2011 British Classic Wins (1): Investec Oaks (2013 Taghrooda) Royal Ascot Wins (2): King George V Handicap (2009 Cosmic Sun), Windsor Castle Stakes (2010 Marine Commando) Big Race Wins: Godolphin Mile Sponsored By Etisalat (2013 Soft Falling Rain), Darley July Cup (2012 Mayson), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (2010 Wootton Bassett)

Wins in Britain (2000-2013): 23, 29, 84 (champion apprentice), 64, 101, 79, 107, 78, 91, 119, 205 (champion jockey), 177 (champion jockey), 122; 108

 

FOUR FACTFILES FOR THE KING’S STAND STAKES

Ancil (USA) – King’s Stand Stakes

Breeding: 5 b h City Zip (USA) – Le Grand Belle (USA) (With Approval (CAN))

Breeder: George Pruette

Born: April 26, 2009

Owner: Scott Farmer & Kathy Thompson

Trainer: Joan Scott USA

Jockey: James Doyle

Form: (4)223(0)5/(3)(5)(1)(4)(1)(2)/1(4)(4)138-108

*Flew from Indianapolis to Stansted on Thursday, June 12, to prepare for today’s Group One King’s Stand Stakes.

*Five-time winner on Tapeta and turf in the USA, most notably when breaking the five-furlong course record with a blistering performance in the non-graded Turf Dash Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on March 1, in which he clocked 54.88s. Bridgetown (Todd Pletcher) won the same race before finishing 12th in the King’s Stand Stakes in 2011.

*Beaten six lengths in total when last of 12 on turf in the Grade Three Shakertown Stakes over five and a half furlongs at Keeneland on April 12.

*Eighth on latest appearance in five-furlong Grade Three Twin Spires Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on May 2.

Race Record: Starts: 21; 1st: 5; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 3; Win & Place Prize Money: £148,912

 

Joan Scott (Woodbine & Tampa Bay Downs)

Joan Scott, 47, grew up in Penn Laird, Virginia, and started showing hunters and jumpers after her parents gave her a pony called Tuesday when she was eight. Moved to Kentucky aged 19 to work with Saddlebreds but got jobs working at Keeneland Sales and breaking thoroughbreds at Margaux Stud. Travelled to England to work for Bob McCreery at Stowell Hill Stud for a summer in 1990 and then spent the following summer at the Head family’s Haras du Quesnay in Normandy. Also rode out at Newmarket and for John Oxx in Ireland. Only experience of racing in the UK was a day at Salisbury. Returned to the US full-time in 1992 to become work rider for leading trainers Bud Delp, Elliott Walden, Carl Nafzger, Nick Zito and Hal Wiggins, who oversaw the early career of Rachel Alexandra. Set up on her own in 2002 and enjoyed notable early success with Grade Two scorer Freefourinternet, who was sixth behind Six Perfections in the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Mile. Scott was the co-owner/trainer of Dr Zic, successful in the Grade One Vinery Madison Stakes at Keeneland in April, 2010. Was formerly married to trainer Eddie Kenneally. Scott, who winters her horses at Tampa Bay Downs, recently relocated to Woodbine from Keeneland.

 

Scott Farmer & Kathy Thompson

Ancil was purchased by Scott Farmer and Kathy Thompson in the spring of 2013 after breeder George Pruette decided to sell the colt due to ill health. The son of City Zip is the first horse that either Farmer or Thompson has owned. Scott Farmer is president of Aurora Pools and Spas, a company that sells swimming pools and hot tubs in Lexington, Kentucky. Kathy Thompson is retired and lives in Brooksville, Florida.

 

James Doyle

Born: Cambridge, April 22, 1988 Background: Doyle comes from a racing family. His mother Jacqui formerly trained in Lambourn while his sister Sophie is also a jockey. He began riding out for his mother at the age of 10 and had his first winner on Farnborough at Wolverhampton on June 1, 2005. He hit the headlines with a treble at Lingfield on January 25, 2006. But after quickly riding out his claim, the 5ft 9in Doyle – one of the tallest jockeys in the weighing room – saw the winners begin to dry up and by 2010 he considered turning his back on racing and even enrolled on a plumbing course. However, an upturn in the number of winners in 2011 caused Doyle to reconsider his decision and he never started the plumbing course. Horse whisperer Gary Witheford recommended Doyle to trainer Roger Charlton and he became first jockey to the Beckhampton handler in 2012. The partnership started 2012 on a high when Cityscape won the Group One Dubai Duty Free at Meydan in March of that year and enjoyed a fantastic 2013 with the three-time Group One winner Al Kazeem. He rode an 891/1 treble on the Wednesday of Royal Ascot in 2013 with Al Kazeem in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Belgian Bill in the Royal Hunt Cup and Rizeena in the Queen Mary Stakes. Appointed retained rider to leading owner Khalid Abdullah in August, 2013 Royal Ascot Wins (3): Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2013 Al Kazeem), Royal Hunt Cup (2013 Belgian Bill), Queen Mary Stakes (2013 Rizeena) Big-Race Wins: Coral Eclipse (2013 Al Kazeem), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2013 Al Kazeem, 2014 Noble Mission), Dubai Duty Free (2012 Cityscape), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2013 Rizeena), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2014 Kingman). Wins in Britain (2005-2013): 8; 73; 41; 52; 28; 29; 76; 80; 82.

 

 Hot Streak (IRE) – King’s Stand Stakes

Breeding: 3 ch c Iffraaj – Ashirah (USA) (Housebuster (USA))

Breeder: Barry Noonan

Born: February 22, 2011

Owner: Qatar Racing Limited

Trainer: Kevin Ryan

Jockey: Jamie Spencer

Form: 115312-31

 

*Made all the running under Oisin Murphy to land the five-furlong Group Two Temple Stakes at Haydock Park on May 24.

*Third to Sole Power on his seasonal return in the Group Three Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes at Newmarket on May 3.

*Won three of his six starts last season, including Ascot’s Group Three BMW Cornwallis Stakes by five lengths. Also second to Astaire in the Group One Middle Park Stakes over six furlongs at Newmarket.

Race record: Starts: 8; Wins: 4; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £174,411

 

Qatar Racing Limited

Background: Headed by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, who was born in June, 1989, and his brothers. They are sons of Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, a former prime minister of Qatar and brother of the country’s former Emir.  Sheikh Fahad did his A-Levels in London and a three-year BBA in business administration at the London Campus of the Geneva-based Europa University. He approached bloodstock agent David Redvers in February, 2010, about dipping his toe into racehorse ownership.  Big-Race Success: Racing as Pearl Bloodstock, he enjoyed great early success capped by a victory for Dunaden in the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington, Australia. Other flagbearers include that year’s Windsor Castle Stakes winner Frederick Engels and Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Lightening Pearl.  They won last season’s Irish 1,000 Guineas with Just The Judge, owned the 2013 Investec Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture and Pearl Bloodstock’s Side Glance won the 2013 Mackinnon Stakes.  Sponsorship: Through their family company QIPCO, the brothers back Britain’s Champion Series and plenty of top-level races including both the British and Irish Champion Stakes and for the first time this year the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.  Bloodstock Interests: Their stallions standing at Redvers’ Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire are Makfi, Harbour Watch and Havana Gold. They recently bought Longholes Stud in Newmarket and a farm in Co Limerick in Ireland. They have an international brand of broodmares and over 200 horses in training in Britain, France, Ireland, Germany, America, Australia and Japan. Last year they bought Robins Farm Stables in Surrey, where trainer Olly Stevens is based. Charity: Sheikh Fahad completed the 2014 London Marathon as part of a team raising money for Racing Welfare.

 

Kevin Ryan (Hambleton Lodge, Thirsk, North Yorkshire)

Born: January 14, 1967, Golden, Co Tipperary Background: Despite being from a non-racing background, Kevin did a lot of show jumping and rode in point-to-points. He moved to Britain at 15 and took out a conditional licence, riding 47 winners under Rules. Spent six years as head lad to Jack Berry and then three years in same capacity with Richard Fahey. Granted a licence to train in June, 1998, and sent out his first winner a month later, courtesy of Komlucky at Catterick. His career has gone from strength to strength since.Royal Ascot wins (5): Buckingham Palace Handicap (2006 Uhoomagoo, 2013 Lightning Cloud), Norfolk Stakes (2011 Bapak Chinta), Windsor Castle Stakes (2012 Hototo), Wokingham Handicap (2013 York Glory) Other major wins include: Gimcrack Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf, 2012 Blaine, 2013 Astaire), Middle Park Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf, 2013 Astaire), Dante Stakes (2014 The Grey Gatsby), Prix du Jockey Club (2014 The Grey Gatsby), Prix de l’Abbaye (2006 Desert Lord), Racing Post Trophy (2005 Palace Episode); Temple Stakes (Hot Streak 2014) Wins in Britain (1998-2013): 6; 11; 29; 22; 54; 41; 67; 82; 95; 107; 108; 96; 107; 133; 95; 94.

 

Jamie Spencer

Born: June 8, 1980, County Tipperary. Background: Son of George Spencer, who trained Winning Fair to win the 1963 Champion Hurdle; went to school with Fozzy Stack, son of trainer Tommy, and rode ponies at their yard as a child. Achieved first winner on Huncheon Chance for Ian Ferguson at Downpatrick on May 11, 1996. Sprang to prominence by winning 1998 Irish 1000 Guineas on Stack-trained Tarascon at age of 17 when apprenticed to Liam Browne, through whose hands likes of Mick Kinane, Mark Dwyer, Tommy Carmody and Stephen Craine had also passed. Spencer was brought over to Britain by the Stack family friend, Barney Curley, to ride Magic Combination to win over hurdles at Kempton in January, 1999. Survived stewards’ enquiry to take 2002 Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival on Edward O’Grady-trained Pizarro. He se soon concentrated on Flat racing and began a two-year contract with Luca Cumani in 2002. Signed up by the Coolmore team to ride as first-choice rider to replace Mick Kinane in 2004. Handed in his notice at Ballydoyle in 2005 to go freelance. Retained jockey for Jim & Fitri Hay between 2010 and 2012; signed a two-year deal, which commenced on January 1, 2013, to ride for Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, whose horses run under the Pearl Bloodstock and Qatar Racing banners. Formerly married to Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer.  Accolades: Champion Apprentice – Ireland (1999), Champion Jockey – Great Britain (2005 & 2007 – dead-heated with Seb Sanders). 20 Royal Ascot winnersincluding St James’s Palace Stakes (2007 Excellent Art), Gold Cup (2011 Fame And Glory) Big-race wins include: St Leger (2003 Brian Boru), Investec Oaks (2009 Sariska), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1998 Tarascon, 2002 Gossamer, 2013 Just The Judge), Irish Oaks (2009 SariskaArlington Million (2011 Cape Blanco), Champion Stakes (2005 David Junior), Coral-Eclipse (2006 David Junior), Dubai Duty Free (2006 David Junior),  Haydock Sprint Cup (2005 Goodricke),  Nunthorpe Stakes (2002 Kyllachy), Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (2006 Desert Lord), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2004 Powerscourt), Prix Du Moulin (2011 Excelebration), Mackinnon Stakes (2013 Side Glance). Wins in Britain (1998-2013): 3, 8, 78, 112, 86, 103, 27, 180 (Champion Jockey), 155, 207 (Shared Champion Jockey with Seb Sanders); 153; 130; 108; 103; 107

 

Pearl Secret – King’s Stand Stakes

Breeding: 5 ch h Compton Place – Our Little Secret (IRE) (Rossini (USA))

Breeder: Whitsbury Manor Stud & Pigeon House Stud

Born: March 25, 2009

Owner: Qatar Racing Limited

Trainer: David Barron

Jockey: Olivier Peslier

Form: 1/1119/3-182

 

*Bounced back to form when chasing home Hot Streak in the Group Two Temple Stakes at Haydock Park on May 24, having finished only ninth in the Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes earlier the same month.

*Ran just once last season, staying on to be third to Shea Shea in the Group One King’s Stand Stakes.

*Only other run at the highest level yielded ninth behind Ortensia in the 2012 Nunthorpe Stakes.

Race record: Starts: 9; Wins: 5; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £111,544

 

Qatar Racing Limited

Background: Headed by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, who was born in June, 1989, and his brothers. They are sons of Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, a former prime minister of Qatar and brother of the country’s former Emir.  Sheikh Fahad did his A-Levels in London and a three-year BBA in business administration at the London Campus of the Geneva-based Europa University. He approached bloodstock agent David Redvers in February, 2010, about dipping his toe into racehorse ownership. Big-Race Success: Racing as Pearl Bloodstock, he enjoyed great early success capped by a victory for Dunaden in the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington, Australia. Other flagbearers include that year’s Windsor Castle Stakes winner Frederick Engels and Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Lightening Pearl.  They won last season’s Irish 1,000 Guineas with Just The Judge, owned the 2013 Investec Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture and Pearl Bloodstock’s Side Glance won the 2013 Mackinnon Stakes.  Sponsorship: Through their family company QIPCO, the brothers back Britain’s Champion Series and plenty of top-level races including both the British and Irish Champion Stakes and for the first time this year the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.  Bloodstock Interests: Their stallions standing at Redvers’ Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire are Makfi, Harbour Watch and Havana Gold. They recently bought Longholes Stud in Newmarket and a farm in Co Limerick in Ireland. They have an international brand of broodmares and over 200 horses in training in Britain, France, Ireland, Germany, America, Australia and Japan. Last year they bought Robins Farm Stables in Surrey, where trainer Olly Stevens is based. Charity: Sheikh Fahad completed the 2014 London Marathon as part of a team raising money for Racing Welfare.

 

David Barron (Maunby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire)

Born: September 20, 1945, Darlington Background: Parents were farmers and also bred Shire horses. Later switched to thoroughbreds at Harrowgate Stud, where they bred 1981 Grand National hero Aldaniti. David always had an interest in racing and was granted a permit to train at Moor House, Brampton, in 1969, but it was not until April, 1971, that he sent out his first winner, courtesy of Tembo in a selling hurdle at Hexham. Took out a Flat licence in 1979 and moved to his current base at Maunby the following year. Has made his name with sprinters, most notably Coastal Bluff who progressed through handicaps to dead-heat in the 1997 Nunthorpe Stakes. Other major wins include:Ayr Gold Cup (1996 Coastal Bluff), John Smith’s Cup (2009 Sirvino), Lincoln Handicap (1991 Amenable), Nunthorpe Stakes (1997 Coastal Bluff (dead-heat with Ya Malak)), Stewards’ Cup (1994 For The Present, 1996 Coastal Bluff), Victoria Cup (2006 Partners In Jazz) Wins (1988-2013): 18; 24; 58; 38; 41; 27; 36; 29; 29; 38; 15; 33; 49; 40; 56; 71; 59; 45; 76; 53; 43; 52; 32; 56; 57; 50; 63.

 

Olivier Peslier

Born: Cossé-le-Vivien on January 12, 1971, the son of a stonemason Background: Peslier sprang to prominence in 1996 when winning his first Cravache d’Or (France’s jockeys’ title) with 163 winners, ending the four-year reign of Thierry Jarnet. He took the title thrice more, in 1997 with 154 successes, 1999 (147 wins) and 2000 (162 wins). French Champion Jockey: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000 British Classic Wins (2): QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2007 Cockney Rebel), Investec Derby (1998 High-Rise)Other Big-Race Wins:  Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1998 Sagamix , 1997 Peintre Celebre, 1996 Helissio), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2010 Harbinger), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1997 Air Express, 1998 Desert Prince), Dewhurst Stakes (1997 Xaar), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1998 Desert Prince, 1999 Saffron Walden, 2007 Cockney Rebel), Irish Derby (1995 Winged Love), French Derby (1997 Peintre Celebre), Breeders’ Cup Mile victories (2008, 2009 and 2010 Goldikova), Japan Cup (2004 Zenno Rob Roy). Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2001 Banks Hill) , Man O’ War Stakes (2007 Doctor Dino) Royal Ascot Wins (14): including Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2006 Ouija Board, 2009 Vision D’Etat), Queen Anne Stakes (2010 Goldikova), Gold Cup (2005 Westerner), King’s Stand Stakes (1997 Don’t Worry Me, 2008 Equiano), Coronation Stakes (1996 Shake The Yoke, 2001 Banks Hill). Wins in Britain (2001-20113): 2; 4; 0; 0; 1; 1; 1; 1; 2; 3; 1; 1; 3.

 

Shea Shea (SAF) – King’s Stand Stakes

Breeding: 7 b g National Emblem (SAF) – Yankee Clipper (SAF) (Jallad (USA))

Breeder: Klawervlei Stud

Born: September 26, 2007

Owner: Brian Joffe & Myron Berzack

Trainer: Mike de KockSAF

Jockey: Christophe Soumillon

Form: 231151/12613136/11/011242-13

*Lines up in the King’s Stand Stakes for a second time, having gone down by neck to Sole Power in the five-furlong Group One last year. Worked on Newmarket’s July Course on June 10 in preparation for Royal Ascot.

*Performed admirably in two subsequent British Group One starts last season, coming home fourth in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket and chasing home Jwala in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

*Close third on latest start, beaten a neck and a head by Amber Sky and Ahtoug, in the five-furlong Group One Al Quoz Sprint Powered By IPIC at Meydan on March 29 – a race he won comfortably in 2013.

*Transferred to Mike de Kock in late 2012 after establishing himself as one of South Africa’s leading sprinters when trained by Geoff Woodruff. Won the Grade One Computaform Sprint over five furlongs at Turffontein in April, 2012, and also scored over six furlongs in the Grade One Golden Horse Casino Sprint at Scottsville in May, 2011.

Race Record: Starts: 24; 1st: 11; 2nd: 4; 3rd: 4; Win & Place Prize Money: £854,436

 

Brian Joffe & Myron Berzack

Background: Brian Joffe, 66, is the CEO of Bidvest plc, an international services, trading and distribution company, listed on the JSE, South Africa and operating on four continents, employing over 100,000 people. He co-founded the group of companies in 1988, having qualified as a chartered accountant in 1972. He was one of the Sunday Times’ top five businessmen in 1992 and was voted South Africa’s Top Manager of the Year in 2002 in the Corporate Research Foundation’s publication “South Africa’s Leading Managers”. He was awarded the South African Chapter of the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Award 2003. Racing Interests: Joffe’s interest in racing stems from his father, who owned several horses. He describes himself not a major owner but more of  “social investor” in horses, although he admits to investing in 100 horses before finding Shea Shea, including spending almost 3-million rand (nearly £200,000) on one horse that never won. Shea Shea is named after Brian’s grandson, who was a toddler when trainer Geoff Woodruff paid 550,000 rand (a little over £35,000) for the son of National Emblem on behalf of Joffe and Myron Berzack at the 2009 Emperor’s Palace National Yearling Sale. Myron Berzack, 66,was the chief executive of Bid Industrial Products & Commercial Products of Bidvest until 2011, when he left the group to pursue other interests. He is currently chairman of Voltrex Holding and a non-executive director of Powertech and Amalgamated Appliance Holdings. Racing Interests:Long-standing owner in South Africa and Singapore. Co-owner of 2002/03 Highveld filly of the year Icy Air. Big Race Wins Include: Golden Horse Casino Sprint (2011 Shea Shea), Computaform Sprint (2012 Shea Shea), Al Quoz Sprint (2013 Shea Shea)

 

Mike de Kock SAF (Summerveld, Durban, South Africa)

Born: February 13, 1964 Background: Raised within a stone’s throw of Newmarket Racecourse in South Africa. Drafted into the Equestrian Unit of the South African defence force in 1981 and became a riding instructor. Started out in racing as assistant trainer to Ormond Ferraris before moving on to Robbie Sage and finally Ricky Howard-Ginsberg. Took over Howard-Ginsberg’s stable upon the trainer’s death in 1989. Married to Diane, daughter of dual South African champion jockey Johnny Cawcutt and niece of former trainer Lesley Cawcutt. Diane is responsible for the pre-training yard at Randjesfontein, while son Mathew also works for Mike. Has done well in Dubai where he usually has a strong team for the Dubai World Cup Carnival. Accolades: Champion Trainer in South Africa (7 times – 1998/99, 2001/2002, 2005/06, 2007/08, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12), has trained 99 Group/Grade One winners (up to June 6, 2014) Big Race Wins Include: J & B Met (1999 Horse Chestnut, 2000 Badger’s Coast, 2012 Igugu), South African Derby (1999 Horse Chestnut, 2004 Greys Inn, 2009 Bouquet Garni, 2010 Irish Flame), Durban July (2002 Ipi Tombe, 2004 Greys Inn, 2010 Bold Silvano, 2011 Igugu), Dubai Duty Free (2003 Ipi Tombe, 2004 Right Approach), Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (2006 Irridescence, 2008 Archipenko), Dubai Sheema Classic (2008 Sun Classique), Hong Kong Cup (2008 Eagle Mountain), Singapore Cup (2010 Lizard’s Desire), Al Quoz Sprint (2013 Shea Shea), Jebel Hatta (2014 Vercingerorix), Hong Kong Champions Mile (2014 Variety Club) Global Sprint Challenge runners (British Legs): King’s Stand Stakes (2013 Shea Shea 2nd) Diamond Jubilee Stakes – (2007 Drayton 5th, 2009 J J The Jet Plane 4th) Darley July Cup – (2007 Drayton 11th, 2009 J J The Jet Plane 3rd, 2013 Shea Shea 4th) Other Royal Ascot runners: Queen Anne Stakes (2003 Victory Moon 7th), Gold Cup (2008 Thundering Star 8th), Royal Hunt Cup (2013 David Livingstone 5th). Wins in Britain (2008-2013): 5; 4; -; 2; -; 3

 

Christophe Soumillon

Born: June 4, 1981, Brussels, Belgium Background: The son of a retired jump jockey-turned-trainer, he was initially apprenticed to Cedric Boutin while attending the Moulin a Vent school in Chantilly, where many other French riders have learned their trade. He rode his first winner on November 7, 1997, aboard 75/1 shot Bruni, trained by Boutin. Champion apprentice in 1999, Soumillon was signed up as apprentice to the all-conquering Andre Fabre stable and Thierry Jarnet’s departure at the same time meant that he was effectively second jockey at the yard. He has been champion jockey in France on five occasions (2003, 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2012), his best total being 226 winners in 2006. He rode five winners in a day in April, 2000, and again in September, 2006, with his haul including the Prix Vermeille, Prix Foy and Prix Niel. He won his first French Derby in 2001 on the Carlos Lerner-trained Anabaa Blue and, following Gerald Mosse’s departure to Hong Kong, Soumillon took over as retained jockey to the Aga Khan in France in October, 2001. As a result of that association, Soumillon rode the great unbeaten Zarkava in each of her seven races, winning five Group One contests, including the Prix de Diane and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2008. Soumillon is no stranger to controversy and had a fracas in a Hong Kong bar with trainer John Moore’s son in December, 2008. He also had a widely publicised spat with trainer Andre Fabre and it was announced in August, 2009, that his retainer with the Aga Khan was to end, although he became the owner’s retained jockey once again in 2014. In June, 2010, he made his debut over hurdles and four days later at Auteuil, he enjoyed a first success in that sphere when racing to a wide-margin victory in the French Champion Hurdle atop Mandali. Soumillon enjoys paintballing, go-karting and riding his Welsh pony in the Chantilly forests with his two Jack Russells as an escape from racing. French Champion Jockey: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013 French Classic Wins (12): Poule d’Essai des Poulains (2001 Vahorimix, 2003 Clodovil, 2009 Silver Frost), Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (2003 Musical Chimes, 2007 Darjina, 2008 Zarkava, 2012 Beauty Parlour), Prix de Diane (2004 Latice, 2008 Zarkava), Prix du Jockey Club (2001 Anabaa Blue, 2003 Dalakhani, 2006 Darsi) Other Big Race Wins: Criterium International (2002 Dalakhani, 2005 Carlotamix), Criterium de Saint-Cloud (2005 Linda’s Lad), Grand Pris de Paris (2002 Khalkevi, 2006 Rail Link, 2008 Montmartre), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2001 Mirio), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2003 Dalakhani, 2008 Zarkava), Prix d’Astarte (2002 Turtle Bowl, 2006 Mandesha), Prix du Cadran (2005 Reefscape, 2008 Bannaby), Prix de la Foret (2008 Paco Boy), Prix Ganay (2007 Dylan Thomas, 2011 Planteur, 2014 Cirrus Des Aigles), Prix d’Ispahan (2005 Valixir, 2014 Cirrus Des Aigles), Prix Jacques le Marois (2004 Whipper, 2010 Makfi, 2012 Excelebration), Prix Jean Romanet (2010 Stacelita), Prix Lupin (2003 Dalakhani), Prix Marcel Boussac (2007 Zarkava, 2009 Rosanara), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2003 Porlezza, 2005 Whipper), Prix Morny (2006 Dutch Art), Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (2007 Darjina), Prix de l’Opera (2001 Terre a Terre, 2006 Mandesha, 2013 Dalkala), Prix Saint-Alary (2005 Vadawina), Prix Vermeille (2002 Pearly Shells, 2005 Shawanda, 2006 Mandesha, 2008 Zarkava), Coronation Cup (2006 Shirocco, 2014 Cirrus Des Aigles), King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2006 Hurricane Run), Racing Post Trophy (2003 American Post), Chairman’s Sprint Prize (2006 Billet Express), Hong Kong Classic Mile (2009 Thumbs Up, 2010 Beauty Flash), Hong Kong Derby (2006 Viva Pataca), Hong Kong Gold Cup (2005 Perfect Partner), Hong Kong Mile (2008 Good Ba Ba), Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (2006 Joyful Winner), Gran Premio di Milano (2006 Shamdala), Dubai Duty Free (2002 Terre A Terre) Breeders’ Cup Turf (2005 Shirocco), Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (2010 Sahpresa), QIPCO Champion Stakes (2011 Cirrus Des Aigles), Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes (2012 Giofra), Al Quoz Sprint (2013 Shea Shea). Wins in Britain (2003-2013): 5; 0; 1; 5; 1; 1; 0; 2; 2; 0; 1

TWO FACTFILES FOR THE ST JAMES’S PALACE STAKES

 Kingman (GB) – St James’s Palace Stakes

Breeding: b c Invincible Spirit (IRE) – Zenda (Zamindar (USA))

Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd

Born: February 26, 2011

Owner: Khalid Abdullah

Trainer: John Gosden

Jockey: James Doyle

Form: 11-121

*Confirmed himself as a miler of the highest quality with a five-length demolition of Shifting Power in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 24.

*Beat all bar the fast-finishing Night Of Thunder in the QIPCO-sponsored equivalent at Newmarket on May 3, losing out by half a length.

*Had dispatched of that rival in devastating fashion when the pair reappeared in the Group Three Greenham Stakes at Newbury on April 12, clearing away by four and a half lengths.

*Unbeaten in two starts last year, but campaign cut short after having a chip removed from a joint.

*Dam won French 1,000 Guineas for John Gosden in 2002.

Race record: Starts: 5; Wins: 4; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £302,341

 

Khalid Abdullah

Born: Taif, Saudi Arabia, 1937 Background: Prince Khalid Abdullah, who prefers to be known as plain Mr K Abdullah on the racecard, is a first cousin to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. He is a semi-retired businessman who, along with his four sons, presides over a huge conglomerate, the Mawarid Group, in Saudi Arabia and beyond. Racing interests:Developed a love for British racing during the 1960s when renting a house in London and, with the help of former trainer Humphrey Cottrill, had his first winner on May 14, 1979, when the Jeremy Tree-trained Charming Native scored at Windsor. Abdullah has been one of the most successful owner-breeders in Europe over the past four decades and is the only current owner to have owned and bred the winners of all five British Classics. He also races with great success in France, Ireland and the United States, where under the Juddmonte Farms banner he won a Triple Crown race in 2003 with Empire Maker in the Belmont Stakes. Frankel is Abdullah’s greatest horse after retiring to stud unbeaten in 14 starts, 10 of which came at Group One level. His triumphs included the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes, QIPCO Sussex Stakes (2011 & 2012), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by QIPCO, the Queen Anne Stakes, the Juddmonte International and QIPCO Champion Stakes. The owner’s Juddmonte breeding operation has nine properties in England, Ireland and Kentucky, including the 373-acre Banstead Manor Stud just outside Newmarket and the 2,500-acre Juddmonte Farms south of Lexington. Juddmonte Farms stand 10 stallions, including Frankel, Oasis Dream and Dansili, as well as outstanding broodmares in Britain and the US including Hasili, Toussaud and Slightly Dangerous. Abdullah is an honorary member of the British Jockey Club. Abdullah has over 300 broodmares and a similar number of horses in training. Lord Grimthorpe is his racing manager in Europe and Dr John Chandler oversees his US interests while Douglas Erskine-Crum was appointed to the new post of chief executive in 2012. Accolades: Champion owner in Britain (2003, 2010, 2011) & France (2003). Has won 10 Eclipse Awards in America as well as numerous Cartier Racing Awards in Europe including the Award of Merit in 2002. British Classic Wins (11): QIPCO 1000 Guineas (1999 Wince, 2010 Special Duty), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1980 Known Fact, 1986 Dancing Brave, 1993 Zafonic, 2011 Frankel), Investec Oaks (1997 Reams Of Verse), Investec Derby (1990 Quest For Fame, 1993 Commander In Chief, 2010 Workforce), Ladbrokes St Leger (1991 Toulon). Other Big Race Wins Include: Coral Eclipse (1986 Dancing Brave, 2010 Twice Over), Darley July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Dewhurst Stakes (1992 Zafonic, 1997 Xaar, 1999 Distant Music, 2010 Frankel), Irish Derby (1993 Commander In Chief), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2014 Kingman), Juddmonte International (2011 Twice Over, 2012 Frankel), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1986 Dancing Brave), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1985 Rainbow Quest, 1986 Dancing Brave, 2006 Rail Link, 2010 Workforce), Prix du Jockey Club (1990 Sanglamore), QIPCO Champion Stakes (2009 & 2010 Twice Over, 2012 Frankel), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1980 Known Fact, 1988 Warning, 2000 Observatory, 2011 Frankel) Major Royal Ascot wins include: St. James’s Palace Stakes (2011 Frankel), Coronation Stakes (2001 Banks Hill), Queen Anne Stakes (1989 Warning, 2012 Frankel), Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1989 Two Timing, 1993 Placerville, 2010 Byword)

 

John Gosden (Newmarket, Suffolk)

Born: Lewes, Sussex, on March 30, 1951. Background: His father Towser was a trainer. Educated at Eastbourne College and Cambridge University. Worked in land management in Venezuela before returning to Britain to assist Sir Noel Murless from 1974 to 1975 and Vincent O’Brien from 1976 to 1977. After brief spell assisting Tommy Doyle in California, set up on his own in the US in 1979, where he trained with success for nine years. Saddled Robert Sangster’s Royal Heroine to win inaugural Breeders’ Cup Mile at Hollywood Park in 1984. Prompted by Sheikh Mohammed, returned to Britain in 1988, to train at the owner’s Stanley House Stables in Newmarket. In 2000, moved to Robert Sangster’s Manton estate in Wiltshire. Returned to Newmarket in 2005, having bought Clarehaven Stables. Trained US Eclipse Award winners Bates Motel and Royal Heroine. Accolades: British champion trainer in 2012. Has had 32 Royal Ascot winners. British Classic wins (7): Investec Derby (1997 Benny The Dip), Investec Oaks (2014 Taghrooda), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2000 Lahan), Ladbrokes St Leger (1996 Shantou, 2007 Lucarno, 2010 Arctic Cosmos, 2011 Masked Marvel). 33 Royal Ascot Wins including: Prince Of Wales’s Stakes 1994 & 1995 Muhtarram), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2002 Malhub), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina, 2012 Fallen For You) Other major wins include: Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2014 Kingman), Irish Oaks (2012 Great Heavens), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2011 Nathaniel), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1984 Royal Heroine), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (2008 Donativum, 2009 Pounced), Breeder’s Cup Classic (2008 Raven’s Pass), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory, 2008 Raven’s Pass), Irish St Leger (1992 Mashaallah, 2011 Duncan-dht), Arlington Million (2010 Debussy), Yorkshire Oaks (2009 Dar Re Mi, 2013 The Fugue), Dubai Sheema Classic (2010 Dar Re Mi), Eclipse (2012 Nathaniel), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream) Lockinge Stakes (1994 Emperor Jones, 2009 Virtual), Nassau Stakes (1997 Ryafan, 2012 The Fugue, 2013 Winsili), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Prix Rothschild (2012 & 2013 Elusive Kate), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram, 2013 The Fugue), Falmouth Stakes (2013 Elusive Kate), Hollywood Derby (1983 Royal Heroine, 2013 Seek Again). Wins in a season (1989-2013): 27; 88; 86; 113; 109; 92; 86; 75; 91; 77; 74; 80; 55; 85; 72; 66; 91; 56; 68; 95; 88; 105; 99; 119; 108

 

James Doyle

Born: Cambridge, April 22, 1988 Background: Doyle comes from a racing family. His mother Jacqui formerly trained in Lambourn while his sister Sophie is also a jockey. He began riding out for his mother at the age of 10 and had his first winner on Farnborough at Wolverhampton on June 1, 2005. He hit the headlines with a treble at Lingfield on January 25, 2006. But after quickly riding out his claim, the 5ft 9in Doyle – one of the tallest jockeys in the weighing room – saw the winners begin to dry up and by 2010 he considered turning his back on racing and even enrolled on a plumbing course. However, an upturn in the number of winners in 2011 caused Doyle to reconsider his decision and he never started the plumbing course. Horse whisperer Gary Witheford recommended Doyle to trainer Roger Charlton and he became first jockey to the Beckhampton handler in 2012. The partnership started 2012 on a high when Cityscape won the Group One Dubai Duty Free at Meydan in March of that year and enjoyed a fantastic 2013 with the three-time Group One winner Al Kazeem. He rode an 891/1 treble on the Wednesday of Royal Ascot in 2013 with Al Kazeem in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, Belgian Bill in the Royal Hunt Cup and Rizeena in the Queen Mary Stakes. Appointed retained rider to leading owner Khalid Abdullah in August, 2013 Royal Ascot Wins (3): Prince of Wales’s Stakes (2013 Al Kazeem), Royal Hunt Cup (2013 Belgian Bill), Queen Mary Stakes (2013 Rizeena) Big-Race Wins: Coral Eclipse (2013 Al Kazeem), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2013 Al Kazeem, 2014 Noble Mission), Dubai Duty Free (2012 Cityscape), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2013 Rizeena), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2014 Kingman). Wins in Britain (2005-2013): 8; 73; 41; 52; 28; 29; 76; 80; 82.

 

Night Of Thunder (IRE) – St James’s Palace Stakes

Breeding: ch c Dubawi (IRE) – Forest Storm (Galileo (IRE))

Breeder: Frank Dunne

Born: March 12, 2011

Owner: Saeed Manana

Trainer: Richard Hannon

Jockey: Richard Hughes

Form: 11-21

*Belied a starting price of 40/1 when running down Kingman and Australia in a red-hot renewal of the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 3, despite drifting markedly left in the closing stages.

*Form has been well-advertised with three subsequent Classic winners (Kingman, Australia, The Grey Gatsby) and two Classic runners-up (Shifting Power, Kingston Hill) in behind.

*Night Of Thunder’s only defeat came at the hands of Kingman in the Group Three Greenham Stakes over seven furlongs at Newbury on April 12.

*Unbeaten in two starts last season, annexing a maiden and the six-furlong Listed Doncaster Stakes impressively.

Race record: Starts: 4; Wins: 3; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £287,165

 

Saeed Manana

An associate of the Maktoum family, rulers of Dubai, Saeed Manana has had horses for many years with veteran Newmarket handler Clive Brittain. These include the siblings Luso, winner of the Derby Italiano, Needle Gun, Cloud Castle and dual Coronation Cup winner Warrsan. Warrsanalso won the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket and the John Porter Stakes at Newbury as well as being a close second in the Yorkshire Cup and Coral-Eclipse. Manana also owned the 2006 Group One Falmouth Stakes winner Rajeem. In 2014, he celebrated a first Classic victory when the Richard Hannon-trained Night Of Thunder captured the QIPCO 2000 Guineas. Manana, who enjoyed a Cheltenham Festival winner when the David Nicholson-trained Thetford Forest landed the 1992 Sun Alliance Novices’ Hurdle, also raced Katday, who has gone on to celebrity at stud as the dam of triple Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Best Mate. In addition to Clive Brittain and Richard Hannon, he also has horses in training with John Gosden, James Tate and Kevin Ryan. His nephew is jockey Ahmed Ajtebi. Manana’s racing interests fall under the banner of Rabbah Bloodstock and are managed by former jockey Bruce Raymond. Royal Ascot winners: Jersey Stakes (2003 Membership), Chesham Stakes (2010 Zaidan)

 

Richard Hannon (Herridge and Everleigh Racing Stables, Wiltshire)

Born: November 21, 1975 Background: Son of four-time British champion trainer Richard Hannon snr. Worked at leading studs and stables in Australia before spending 12 years as assistant to his father. Took over the licence on January 1, 2014 and sent out his first winner two days later when Unscripted captured a Wolverhampton maiden. Has made an excellent start to his training career. One of seven trainers to run the 2014 London Marathon in support of Racing Welfare. Has a twin brother Henry and a twin sister Lizzie, who is married to stable jockey Richard Hughes. He married Jemima in 2011 and they have two children, Eliza and Jack. Richard Hannon snr trained 33 Royal Ascot winners. British Classics wins (1): QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2014 Night Of Thunder).

 

Richard Hughes

Born: January 11, 1973. Background: Served apprenticeship with father Dessie, a former top-class National Hunt rider who trains in Co Kildare and won the 2004 and 2005 Champion Hurdles at Cheltenham with Hardy Eustace. Had first win on Viking Melody at Fairyhouse on April 6, 1988, a month after his first ride. He moved to Britain in 1994. He was Prince Khalid Abdullah’s retained jockey from 2001 to the end of 2007. He rides regularly for Richard Hannon, to whose sister Lizzie he is married. The 5ft 9in Hughes has, like his father, also ridden winners over jumps but concentrates on the Flat. At Windsor on October 15, 2012, he rode seven winners from a possible eight and became only the second jockey after Frankie Dettori to ride seven winners at a single meeting (Dettori had seven wins from seven rides at Ascot in 1996). Writes a weekly column in Racing Post and his autobiography “A Weight Off My Mind” was published in May, 2012, when he admitted to being a former alcoholic. Banned for 50 days when riding in India in February, 2012, delaying his return to action that year. Accolades: British champion jockey for the last two seasons – 2012 & 2013. British Classic Wins (2): QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2013 Sky Lantern), Investec Oaks (2013 Talent).Royal Ascot Wins (27): including Coronation Stakes (2007 Indian Ink, 2013 Sky Lantern), Queen Anne Stakes (2009 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs), St James’s Palace Stakes (2010 Canford Cliffs) Other major wins include: Irish 2,000 Guineas (2010 Canford Cliffs), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (2004 American Post), Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (2002 Zenda), Prix de Diane (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Derby Italiano (1996 Bahamian Knight), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), Sussex Stakes (2010 Canford Cliffs, 2013 Toronado), Haydock Sprint Cup (2004 Tante Rose), King’s Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Lockinge Stakes (2010 Paco Boy, 2011 Canford Cliffs), Prix Jean Part (2010 Dick Turpin), Cheveley Park Stakes (2006 Indian Ink), Falmouth Stakes (2010 Music Show), Nassau Stakes (2012 The Fugue), Nunthorpe Stakes (2003 Oasis Dream), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2012 Sky Lantern), Matron Stakes (1998 Tadwiga), Prix du Moulin (2003 Nebraska Tornado), Critérium de Saint-Cloud (2006 Passage of Time), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2008 Youmzain), Prix du Cadran (1998 Invermark), Prix d’Ispahan (2001 Observatory), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (2003 American Post, 2012 Olympic Glory), National Stakes (2013 Toormore), Fillies’ Mile (2013 Chriselliam), Sun Chariot Stakes (2013 Sky Lantern), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2013 Olympic Glory), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf (2013 Chriselliam) Wins in Britain (1994-2013):19; 68; 62; 33; 55; 95; 102 91; 126; 121; 73; 124; 113; 139; 127; 144; 192; 130; 177* 208* – *champion jockey

 

Hootenanny (USA) – Windsor Castle Stakes

Breeding: 2 b c Quality Road (USA) – More Hennessy (USA) (Hennessy (USA))

Breeder:  Barronstown

Born: March 17, 2012

Owner: Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor

Trainer: Wesley Ward USA

Form: (1)(3)

*Arrived in Britain on Thursdaylast week.

*From the first crop of Quality Road, a four-time Grade One winner over a mile and nine furlongs. Runs in today’s Listed Windsor Castle Stakes.

*Forged clear in closing stages to win a four and a half-furlong Polytrack maiden by four and a quarter lengths at Keeneland on April 17.

*Faded to third after leading in the Listed Rollicking Stakes over five furlongs on dirt at Pimlico on May 17.

Race Record: Starts: 2; 1st: 1; 2nd: -; 3rd: 1;

 

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, & Michael Tabor

Sue Magnier – Background: Born October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien (who saddled six Derby winners). Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since teaming up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O’Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £556 million according to 2014 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad of other business interests include stakes in Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers, property, Ladbrokes, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados and Global Radio. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Barbados and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O’Brien’s best horses. Those to have carried the Magnier dark blue silks include the Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant’s Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. Michael Tabor – Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain before selling to Coral in 1995. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe’s largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor’s fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of Victor Chandler and shares in Ladbrokes. Valued at £600 million in 2014 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers such as Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral (2002 Derby), Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me and 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches. Derrick Smith – Background: Former Ladbrokes trading director, now based in Barbados with wife Gay. Currency trading helped him to be worth £595 million in 2014 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Racing interests: In 2004, joined Coolmore as an investor and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight atop such horses as the 2012 Investec Derby winner Camelot and Investec Oaks heroine Was. Others to sport his silks include Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach, 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup victor St Nicholas Abbey, Ascot Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory, Simply Perfect, Astronomer Royal, St Leger hero Leading Light, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well Australian import So You Think.Gay Smith has owned a number of jumpers including Holywell, a winner at the last two Cheltenham Festivals. Their son Paul owns Investec Derby second Kingston Hill.

 

Wesley Ward

(Glendora, California, & Gulfstream Park, Florida)

Born: March 3, 1968, Saleh, Washington State Background: grandson of long-serving New York outrider Jim Dailey and son of former apprentice and trainer Dennis Ward. Left school at 14 and moved to New York to ride when he was just 15. Enjoyed a sensational first season, partnering 335 winners and becoming leading jockey at the Belmont, Aqueduct and Meadowlands fall meetings. Receiving the Eclipse Award for leading apprentice when he was just 16 in 1984. Spells riding in Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, Illinois and Canada followed and Ward was in the plate when subsequent Kentucky Derby hero Ferdinand lost his maiden tag in 1985. A growth spurt and weight problems forced Ward to quit riding in 1989.Training career: assisted his father for four years prior to starting out on his own in 1991. Accolades: Became the first US-based trainer to saddle a winner at Royal Ascot when Strike The Tiger won the Windsor Castle Stakes at odds of 33/1 on June 16, 2009.  Responsible for One Hot Wish, who set a new world record for of 48.87 seconds for 4.5 furlongs on her debut at Keeneland in April, 2007. Became only the third American-based trainer to win a European Group One when No Nay Never captured the Prix Morny at Deauville in August, 2013, following Leo O’Brien (Fourstars Allstar, 1992 Irish 2,000 Guineas) and Bert Michell (Count Reigh, 1929 Coronation Cup). Royal Ascot Record: 2009 STRIKE THE TIGER (WON WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES), JEALOUS AGAIN (WON QUEEN MARY STAKES), Yogaroo (9th Norfolk Stakes), Aegean (9th Albany Stakes), Honor In Peace (16th Chesham Stakes), Cannonball (4th King’s Stand Stakes. 2nd Golden Jubilee Stakes); 2010 Metropolitan Man (9th Windsor Castle Stakes); 2011 Holiday For Kitten (13th King’s Stand Stakes), Italo (23rd Coventry Stakes), Gentlemans Code (4th Windsor Castle Stakes), Gypsy Robin (7th Queen Mary Stakes), Everyday Dave (11th Norfolk Stakes); 2013 NO NAY NEVER (WON NORFOLK STAKES), Sweet Emma Rose (2nd Queen Mary Stakes), Ogermeister (15th Windsor Castle Stakes).     

 

Victor Espinoza

Born: May 23, 1972, Veracruz, Mexico Background: 11th of 12 children, including fellow jockey Jose and former rider Leo. Grew up on a farm in Hidalgo but moved to Mexico City to live with his sister aged 14. Started helping out his brother Jose, who began training quarter horses in Cancun at the age of 18, the following year. Took riding lessons after leaving high school and attended jockey school in Mexico, which he paid for by becoming a bus driver. Rode his first winner at Hippodromo de las Americas, Mexico City, in 1992, and moved to California shortly afterwards. Donates 10 per cent of his earnings to City of Hope, a cancer/research treatment centre in Los Angeles. Accolades: has ridden over 3,100 victories and has won leading jockey titles at Del Mar, Hollywood Park, Santa Anita and Fairplex. Rode seven winners in a day at Del Mar in September, 2006. Received Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) Award for Best Jockey in 2002.Triple Crown Wins: Kentucky Derby (2002 War Emblem, 2014 California Chrome), Preakness Stakes (2002 War Emblem, 2014 California Chrome) Breeders’ Cup Wins: Breeders’ Cup Distaff (2000 Spain) No previous rides in Britain