Cheveley Park Stakes 2008  

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Guest Dreams of Guineas Success with Serious Attitude

1st 15 Serious Attitude 4/1 Fav
2nd 3 Aspen Darlin 12/1
3rd 13 Pursuit Of Glory 5/1

Trainer Rae Guest returned to the Group One fold after an 11-year hiatus with a filly that no one wanted. Serious Attitude made a mockery of the 7,500 guineas she cost as a yearling when maintaining her unbeaten record in the Cheveley Park Stakes.


The 4/1 shot was supplemented for the six-furlong contest at a cost of £15,000 and the 2007 winner Natagora went on to victory in the 1,000 Guineas.

Stan James, sponsor of the Newmarket Classic, has shortened Serious Attitude to 20/1 from 33/1 to emulate the French filly. Totesport and Paddy Power are shorter at 16/1. Cashmans were less impressed, going 25/1 from 50/1.

Guest said: “It’s fantastic to have a Group One winning two-year-old filly. She’s a good one. She was in yesterday’s sales race and she’d have won that but we thought she was good enough for this and so we had to go for it. The Group One is the icing on the cake, she’s worth more as a Group One winner.

“This is what you do it for, it’s what you get up in the morning for. My Emma won the Vermeille and the Yorkshire Oaks about 10 years ago. That’s a long time to go without a Group One winner but not when you only have 15 yearlings each year.

“Hopefully, she’ll go for the Guineas. She has so much speed so there’s the worry about whether she’ll stay the mile but she’s relaxed at home. She stayed on and battled and is by Mtoto, so I think she’ll probably stay.”

Serious Attitude got the better of runner-up Aspen Darlin inside the distance for a half-length victory under Jimmy Fortune.

Guest continued: “The breeder put me on to her, so it’s more down to him than me choosing her. The breeder didn’t sell her and asked if I’d come and look at her because he thought I do well with fillies. I own a quarter share.”

Jimmy Fortune, the rider of the unbeaten winner of the Chevely Park Stakes, Serious Attitude, declared: “I was just a little bit concerned about the ground because there was plenty of give when she won at Salisbury. She handled it OK today but I would say that she would be better with a little bit of juice.

"She's a very nice filly. When I rode her at Salisbury, I said to Rae that I this might be the second best filly in the country. She’s a nice filly but there’s no choice between her and Rainbow View. I'm delighted for Rae and the owners because she’s a lovely filly and they deserve it."



Aspen Darlin has already provided the Indian Haven Syndicate with a Group 3 win this season and her owners, who also raced Irish 2,000 Guineas victor Indian Haven and retain a share in him as a stallion, are thrilled that she is now Group 1-placed following another great effort in the Cheveley Park Stakes.

Julian Smith, representing the Indian Haven Syndicate, said: “This is brilliant. It’s fantastic for the stallion as these are his first runners. We had Ashram yesterday (winner of the Group 3 Somerville Tattersalls Stakes and also by Indian Haven) and now this today. We’ve got some big guns at home by him that are yet to come out.

“Laurence Conway, Peter Gleeson and myself raced Indian Haven and we put together this syndicate. We also bred Ashram but Alan Bailey bought this filly for us at Fairyhouse.”

Bailey, who is based at the property on Hamilton Road where Indian Haven was trained, said: “She’s done everything except win. She’s a classic little filly. She’s improved at the right time and does everything you ask for. She’s an absolute delight to have. We came here thinking we had to have a chance. She was the second highest-rated horse in the field.

“She was a cheap yearling and it’s good for racing really. It just shows you don’t have to be a millionaire to buy a horse.

Aspen Darlin cost 10,000 euros as a yearling and was supplemented for the Cheveley Park Stakes at a cost of £15,000 - like the winner.

David Wachman, trainer of third-placed Pursuit Of Glory, said: “She ran well. She was just a little bit green in the middle of the race when it was crucial but she stayed on well. It was her first run on grass so it’s not too bad and she’s now Group 1-placed. She may be a possibility for the Breeders’ Cup for a race on the Polytrack.” CHEVELEY PARK STAKES
Class 1, Group One, £237,750 guaranteed. For 2yo fillies, 6f. Weights: 8st 12lb. Penalty Values 1st: £134,970.67 2nd: £51,163.79; 3rd: £25,605.67; 4th: £12,767.18; 5th: £6,395.48; 6th: £3,209.63
1) SERIOUS ATTITUDE (IRE) (Derek Willis & Rae Guest) Rae Guest 2-8-12 Jimmy Fortune [11] 4/1 Fav
2) ASPEN DARLIN (IRE) (Indian Haven Syndicate) Alan Bailey p2-8-12 Jimmy Quinn [13] 12/1
3) PURSUIT OF GLORY (IRE) (Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier) David Wachman IRE 2-8-12 Johnny Murtagh [6] 5/1
4) ADORN (Cheveley Park Stud) Jeremy Noseda 2-8-12 Ryan Moore [5]
5) HEART SHAPED (USA) (Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier & Betty Moran) Aidan O'Brien IRE 2-8-12 Jamie Spencer [3]
6) FARAWAY FLOWER (USA) (Khalid Abdulla) Barry Hills 2-8-12 Michael Hills [14]
7) INFAMOUS ANGEL (Geoff Howard-Spink & Peter Marshall) Richard Hannon 2-8-12 Richard Hughes [10]
8) ROSABEE (IRE) (Richard Budge) Vicky Haigh 2-8-12 Edward Creighton [9]
9) BEYOND OUR REACH (IRE) (Jake Ballis) Tommy Stack 2-8-12 Kevin Manning [7]
10) SUGAR FREE (IRE) (Rick Barnes) Tommy Stack IRE 2-8-12 Wayne Lordan [8]
11) LANGS LASH (IRE) (Ehr Partnership) Mick Quinlan 2-8-12 Alan Munro [12]
12) ART PRINCESS (USA) (Matthew Green) Barry Hills 2-8-12 Hayley Turner [15]
13) JARGELLE (IRE) (B Smith, A Duke, J Netherthorpe, G Goddard) William Haggas 2-8-12 Liam Jones [4]
14) MYTHICAL BORDER (USA) (Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al-Thani) Jeremy Noseda 2-8-12 Frankie Dettori [2]
15) DANEHILL DESTINY (Cheveley Park Stud) William Haggas b1 2-8-12 Robert Winston [16]
16) ESPECIALLY SPECIAL (IRE) (Lady Davis) Sylvester Kirk 2-8-12 Eddie Ahern [1]
16 ran
Time: 1m 09.94sDistances: .5, .75, .75, 2.5, nk, .75, sh, .75, hd, nk, 2, .75, 3.5, 1.75, nk
Breeder: Mrs Paddy TwomeyBreeding: b f Mtoto - Zameyla (IRE) (Cape Cross (IRE))
totepooltotewin: £3.40 toteplace: £1.60; £3.90; £2.00toteexacta: £59.30

Winning Trainer: Name: Rae Guest
Date of Birth: July 9, 1950 Based: Chestnut Tree Stables, Hamilton Road, Newmarket, Suffolk Background: The eldest of six children, Rae Guest was born into the racing world, on July 9, 1950. His father Charlie was a jump jockey and trainer, as was his uncle Nelson, and uncle Joe was a jump jockey. Sister Sally Eddery is an amateur rider and brother Richard a top jump jockey turned trainer, famous for winning the 2001 Grand National aboard Red Marauder. Rae Guest rode winners all over the world before beginning his training career in 1989. He trained his first winner that year, on March 10 at Market Rasen, when Run Free landed the Cranwell Hurdle, partnered by his brother Richard. His best horse in his first year training was Aldbourne, who finished placed in both the English and Irish 1000 Guineas. Known as a fine trainer of fillies, Millyant was Rae Guest’s first Group winner, landing the 1992 Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood, while top-class My Emma scored a famous Group One double, in the 1996 Prix Vermeille and the Yorkshire Oaks the following year. Date of first trainer's licence: 1989 First Winner: Run Free (Market Rasen, March 10, 1989) Major Wins: Ballyogan Stakes (2006 Yomalo), Budweiser Breeders’ Cup Handicap (1990 Aldbourne), Molecomb Stakes (1992 Millyant), Prix du Gros Chene (1995 Millyant), Prix Hampton (1994 Millyant), Prix du Petit Couvert (1994 and 1995 Millyant), Prix Vermeille (1996 My Emma), Saxone Fillies’ Stakes (1990 Aldbourne), Vodafone EBF Fillies’ Stakes (2003 Moments Of Joy), Yorkshire Oaks (1997 My Emma), Pippalong Stakes (2006 Bahia Breeze), Cheveley Park Stakes (2008 Serious Attitude) Horses in Training (1990-2008): 25; 20; 21; 15; 18; 23; 32; 45; 32; 39; 44; 49; 50; 47; 47; 44; 28; 27; 36; Wins (1991- 2007): 5; 15; 9; 7; 12; 24; 24;13; 14; 15; 9; 21; 16; 21; 22; 16; 10; Wins in 2008: 20

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