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PRINCESS OF WALES’S WBX.COM STAKES
12th July 2007

 

Papal Bull Restores His Reputation
12/07/07

Papal Bull returned to winning ways when landing the Group Two Princess Of Wales’ WBX.COM Stakes.

The four-year-old Montjeu colt last tasted success in the 2006 renewal of the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot.

Before today his current campaign had been nothing to get excited about but he bounced back to top form with a superb display.

Under Ryan Moore, he galloped powerfully to a two and a half length triumph to land odds of 11-1.

Victorious trainer Sir Michael Stoute said: “He has been a very consistent horse and we were satisfied with his initial run in the Jockey Club Stakes (he was fourth) at Newmarket.

“But at Sandown (in the Brigadier Gerard) he didn’t jump well and was a bit sore behind when he came back. He had us guessing.

“He has been working very well in the lead-up to the race. Last year he had form as good as any of the three-year-olds – there was his King Edward form and he got no run in the Derby.

“The team have done a really good job with him. I’m thrilled that he has come back to near his best form. A stronger gallop helps him. I was delighted to see him picking up and really starting to run as he was going by horses.”

Sir Michael didn’t outline a next target for the horse owned by Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor.

“Coolmore have so many of these middle-distance horses and we’ve got Mountain High as well. I will have to discuss things with them.”

The winning jockey said: "They went pretty quick. He was never travelling that well but he started picking horses off at halfway, and he started enjoying it then - he took me into the race beautifully. I got there a bit too soon, and when he has got there he's decided he's done enough and wanted to go right-handed.

"He's a very talented horse, and when things fall his way he's right up there with the best of them, but he needs a strongly run race."

“He hasn’t had his conditions for a while - a strongly run mile and a half and quickish ground. Everything dropped right for him today. He has got a big engine, it’s just getting it out of him. He is definitely up to Group One level.”

 

DEAD-HEAT FOR SECOND

There was a dead-heat for second place in the Group Two Princess of Wales’s WBX.COM Stakes between Godolphin’s Laverock who stayed on well in the closing stages and the Marcus Tregoning-trained Shahin, who led entering the final furlong. The duo finished two and a half lengths behind the winner Papal Bull.

Simon Crisford, racing manager for Godolphin, said: “Laverock ran an honest race and we are very pleased.

“He has just taken a while to come right and needed time after he ran at the Dubai Carnival over the winter.

“There are no plans for him at the moment. Anywhere between 10 and 12 furlongs should suit him.”

Paddy Power rate Laverock a 25/1 chance (from 33/1) for the King VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 27.

Trainer Marcus Tregoning said of Shahin: “I think the visor certainly helped him today.

“This was an improved effort and he’s shown he stays really well.

“I don’t know where he will go next, I will need to talk to his owner (Hamdan Al Maktoum).

“In time, I think he could be a Cup horse. I’m sure he’d stay. Although he is by Kingmambo, he’s out of a Sadler’s Wells mare.”

 

PRINCESS OF WALES’S WBX.COM STAKES (GROUP TWO)
£90,000 guaranteed, 1m 4f, For 3yo+ Weights 3yo colts and geldings 8st 3lb; fillies 8st 4yo+ colts and geldings 9st 2lb; fillies 8st 13lb Penalties after September 1, 2006, a winner of a Group Two race 3lb; of a Group One race 5lb (races won at 2yo not to count for penalties) Weight for age 3 from 4yo+ 13lb Entries 39 pay £150 Confirmed 18 pay £350 Penalty Value 1st £51,102, 2nd £19,368, 3rd £9,693, 4th £4,833, 5th £2,421, 6th £1,215

1 PAPAL BULL (Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor) Sir Michael Stoute 4-9-02 Ryan Moore [8] 11/1
2 dead heat SHAHIN (USA) (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Marcus Tregoning 4-9-02v1 Martin Dwyer [4] 25/1
2 dead heat LAVEROCK (IRE) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 5-9-07 Kerrin McEvoy [3] 11/1 12/1
4 LUCARNO (USA) (George Strawbridge) John Gosden 3-8-03 Frannie Norton [9]
5 IVY CREEK (USA) (Mollers Racing) Geoff Wragg 4-9-02 Steve Drowne [11]
6 FOXHAVEN (Ann Jenkins) Patrick Chamings 5-9-02 Jim Crowley [12]
7 STEPPE DANCER (IRE) (Chris Van Hoorn) Denis Coakley 4-9-02 Eddie Ahern [7]
8 MASHAAHED (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Barry Hills 4-9-02 Richard Hills [6]
9 ADMIRAL'S CRUISE (Joe Albritton) Brian Meehan 5-9-02 Jimmy Fortune [5]
10 SIXTIES ICON (Susan Roy) Jeremy Noseda 4-9-07 Johnny Murtagh [10] 7/4f
11 CORRIOLANUS (GER) (Dubai Thoroughbred Racing) Andrew Balding 7-9-02 Richard Hughes [1]
12 ERADICATE (IRE) (Alan Spence) Mark Johnston 3-8-03 Joe Fanning [2]

12 ran
Distances: 2 1/2, dh, hd, 5, 1/2, 2, 5, 6, 9, 16, 20
Time: 2m 28.73s
Breeder: B & C Simpson
Breeding: b c Montjeu (IRE) - Mialuna (Zafonic (USA))
Totes: Win: £12.50 Places: £2.80, £3.40, £7.70 Exacta: £80.40

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 British Classic wins: (13) 1000 Guineas (1989 Musical Bliss, 2003 Russian Rhythm), 2000 Guineas (1985 Shadeed, 1988 Doyoun, 1997 Entrepreneur, 2000 King’s Best, 2001 Golan), Vodafone Derby (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light), Vodafone Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1987 Unite) Other big race wins: Irish 2,000 Guineas (1989 Shaadi), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1986 Sonic Lady), Irish Derby (1981 -Shergar, 1983 Shareef Dancer, 1986 Shahrastani), Irish Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia, 1986 Colorspin, 1987 Unite, 1988 Melodist, 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka), Champion Stakes (2000 Kalanisi), Cheveley Park Stakes (1980 Marwell; 1994 Gay Gallanta; 2000 Regal Rose), Vodafone Coronation Cup (1992 Saddler’s Hall, 1993 Opera House, 1997 Singspiel, 2000 Daliapour), Coral-Eclipse (1993 Opera House; 1994 Ezzoud;1997 Pilsudski, 2001 Medicean), Dubai World Cup (Singspiel 1997), Falmouth Stakes (1983 Royal Heroine, 1986 and 1987 Sonic Lady, 1998 Lovers Knot), Fillies’ Mile (1985 Untold), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2007 Mountain High), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 1997 Pilsudski), Juddmonte International Stakes (1993 & 1994 Ezzoud; 1997 Singspiel; 2006 Notnowcato), July Cup (1981 Marwell; 1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1981 Shergar; 1993 Opera House, 2002 Golan), Vodafone Nassau Stakes (1977 Temple First, 1984 Optimistic Lass, 1990 Kartajana, 1994 Hawajiss, 2002 Islington, 2003 Russian Rhythm, 2004 Favourable Terms), Prix de l’Opera (1983 Royal Heroine, 1985 Bella Colora, 2000 Petrushka, 2003 Zee Zee Top), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1985 Shadeed; 1987 Milligram; 1989 Zilzal), Racing Post Trophy (2000 Dilshaan), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (1986 Green Desert; 1987 Ajdal), Sussex Stakes (1986 Sonic Lady; 1989 Zilzal; 1998 Among Men), Yorkshire Oaks (1978 Fair Salinia; 1985 Sally Brown; 1986 Untold; 1990 Hellenic; 1995 Pure Grain, 2000 Petrushka, 2002 and 2003 Islington) Wins in a season (1984-2006): 96: 120: 76: 105: 99: 116: 78: 83: 74: 65: 109: 73: 73: 84: 79: 81: 91: 75: 104: 115: 87: 95; 107 Horses in training (1985-2007): 145: 142: 142: 170: 186: 191: n\a: 171: 147: 157 : 159: 159: 162: 162: 173: 190: 185: 181: 190: 184: 189: n/a; n/a Wins in 2007: 47 Royal Ascot Wins: 56 First Royal Ascot winner: Etienne Gerard (June 15, 1977 - Jersey Stakes) Major Royal Ascot wins: Gold Cup (1978 Shangamuzo), 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), Golden 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), Hardwicke Stakes (1986 Dihistan, 1991 & 1992 Rock Hopper, 2006 & 2007 Maraahel) Other details: Champion trainer in Britain 8 times (1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005) Trains at Freemason Lodge, Newmarket

Winning Jockey :- Name: Moore, Ryan Lee Born: September 18, 1983 Other Details: Apprenticed to Richard Hannon having previously been with his father Gary at Woodingdean in Brighton. Champion jockey for the first time in 2006 with 180 winners. Suffered a complex fracture of his right arm in a fall at Lingfield on March 16, 2007, and missed three months of the season.. First winner: Mersey Beat (Land Rover Defender Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle, Towcester, May 15, 2000) First Group One Win: Notnowcato (2006 Juddmonte International Stakes) Major Wins: Celebration Mile (2005 Chic); totesport Cesarewitch (2002 Miss Fara); Dubai International Airport World Trophy (2004, 2005 The Tatling); Coral-Eclipse Stakes (2007 Notnowcato); Fred Darling Stakes (2006 Nasheej); Further Flight Stakes (2006 Frank Sonata); Geoffrey Freer Stakes (2006 Admiral’s Cruise); Henry II Stakes (2006 Tungsten Strike); Juddmonte International Stakes (2006 Notnowcato); Lancashire Oaks (2006 Allegretto); Mill Reef Stakes (2004 Galeota); Princess Of Wales’s WBX.com Stakes (2007 Papal Bull), Skybet York Stakes (2006 Best Alibi); Steventon Stakes (2006 Tam Lin); totesport.com Winter Hill Stakes (2006 Tam Lin), £250,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes (2006 Caldra) Number of Wins 2002-06: 39; 59 (champion apprentice); 132; 120; 180 (champion jockey) Wins in 2007: 26

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