Day One Roundup
DAY ONE ROUNDUP - TUESDAY 20TH JUNE
HELLVELYN FIRST WINNER AT NEW ROYAL ASCOT
Hellvelyn secured his place in the record books as the first Royal Ascot winner at the redeveloped racecourse when running out an easy three-quarter length winner of the Group 2 Coventry Stakes.
The colt, owned by Sheikh Rashid, has been the apple of his trainer Bryan Smart’s eye since he bought the son of Ishiguru for 100,000 guineas at Doncaster’s St Leger sale at September.
“He works with older horses and does it so easily. He’s the best we’ve had and he’s very laidback with a fantastic attitude,” said Smart, who is based near Thirsk in North Yorkshire. “It’s great for the yard and great for the north to win this race.
“Ted actually said that he hit the front too soon today but they were not going to get passed him.”
Hellvelyn earned quotes ranging from 10/1 (Stan James) to 33/1 (William Hill) for next year’s 2000 Guineas and Smart added: “We’ll give him time now and probably think about the Gimcrack and then the autumn. He’s up behind so we’ll give him time and let him grow.
“Ted (Durcan) said after he won at Pontefract that he’d stay seven easily.”
Asked about next year’s Guineas, Durcan added: “I think he will get better as he gets older. He’s not like one of these speedsters that won’t improve. You can see he’s leggy and will continue getting better.”
2.35pm COVENTRY STAKES (GROUP TWO)
1 HELLVELYN (Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed) Bryan Smart 2-9-01 Ted Durcan
 4/1 jf
Winning trainer:-Name: Smart, Bryan Date of birth: 26/11/56 Riding career: Amateur & Professional - first jockey to Jenny Pitman 1973-81: rode approx 200 winners Date of first trainer’s licence: 1985/6 season - Head lad to Jenny Pitman Trains at Hambleton House, Sutton Bank, Thirsk, North Yorkshire Horses in training (1987-2006): 14; 28; 33; 32; 17; 13; 18; 22: 22: 30:30: 30: 42: 58:55:46:63:74:81:91 Wins in a season (1993-2005): 3: 2: 10: 11: 6: 11: 17: 9: 27: 27: 39: 27: 35 Classic Winners: French Oaks (1996 Sil Sila) Major races won: Duke Of York Stakes (2004 Monsieur Bond), Free Handicap (2006 Misu Bond), St Leger Yearling Stakes (1998 Boomerang Blade), Totepool Two-year-old Trophy (2005 Misu Bond) Vodafone Stewards Cup (2002 Bond Boy) Royal Ascot Wins: (2) Windsor Castle Stakes (2005 Titus Alone); Coventry Stakes (2006 Hellvelyn) First Royal Ascot winner: Windsor Castle Stakes (2005 Titus Alone) Wins in 2006: 16
Winning jockey:-Name: Durcan, Thomas Edward (Ted)
Born: February 25, 1973 Married: to Sue, who works for the Godolphin
website Background: Apprenticed to Jack Berry, went to ride work for
Paddy Rudkin in Dubai in 1997, having lost claim in England and believing
that it would be impossible without the allowance Other details: Champion
jockey in Dubai 1999/2000 (58 wins), 2000/2001 (56 wins), 2001/2002
(56 wins), 2003/2004 (39 wins), 2004/2005 (44 wins) Big Race Wins include:
Cheshire Oaks (2004 Hidden Hope), Dubai Duty Free (Rhythm Band, Nad
Al Sheba, March 25, 2000), Godolphin Mile (Conflict, Nad Al Sheba,
March 25, 2000), Oak Tree Stakes (2005 Majestic Desert), Predominate
Stakes (2006 Championship Point), Premio Roma (2003 Imperial Dancer),
Prix Morny (2005 Silca’s Sister),
Rockfel Stakes (2003 Cairns), Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup (2000 Pipalong,
2003 Somnus), St Simon Stakes (2003 Imperial Dancer) Wins in Britain
(2000 to 2005): 23, 54, 58, 29, 40, 60 Wins in 2006: 25
Race 2 - King’s Stand Stakes
TAKEOVER HITS THE TARGET
Australian raider Takeover Target showed all of his renowned guts and determination to take the Group Two King’s Stand Stakes by a short-head from Benbaun. Returned at 7/1, Takeover Target is trained at Queanbeyan, just outside Canberra, by Joe Janiak, who also part owns the horse and was partnered to success by fellow Australian Jay Ford.
The seven-year-old Celtic Swing gelding, who cost a paltry $AUS 1,250 (£500) was repeating the exploits of Choisir who won this prize for Australia three years ago. Like Choisir, Takeover Target could also run in Saturday’s Golden Jubilee Stakes.
Janick said afterwards: “I thought the second horse was going better but Takeover Target is very gutsy and I knew he wouldn’t give in. I still wasn’t sure we had won on the line.
“This is a big dream that’s come true - I would never have thought that I would train a winner at Royal Ascot.
“He had a bad post position and we were undecided where to go - Jay has given him a great ride and made the right decision where to come.
“It was after he won the Lightening Stakes that we thought about coming to Royal Ascot with him - he is such a tough little horse.
“I don’t see why he won’t run again in the Golden Jubilee Stakes on Saturday - we’ll just see how he comes out of this.
“He still has his winter coat and was a bit on the big side today - he should be right for Saturday now!”
Janick continued to talk about his background in Australia: “I think I’ve probably trained about 100 winners in 30 years. I only have around 10 horses and I don’t want any more.
“I am moving shortly to a new base called Coff’s Bay which is on the coast between Brisbane and Sydney.
“Training can be a hard game - you get bad horses and bad owners and you sometimes wonder where the money is going to come from to pay the feed man.
“A result like this makes it all worthwhile. Takeover Target was giving me good vibes but I kept thinking have I made the right decision - had I bitten off more than I could chew?
“Choisir’s success was an inspriation and made lots of headlines back home.
“I expect plenty of people will be celebrating back home and there will be plenty of drunks!”
Takeover Target has been stabled at Geoff Wragg’s yard in Newmarket and Janiak has enjoyed his time in England.
“Takeover Target settled in really well - he doesn’t want to go home!
“Everyone has been really helpful and Newmarket was a real eye-opener - it leaves Flemington behind.”
Looking ahead to the future Janiak continued: “The plan is to run here on Saturday and then he could stay in England for the July Cup at Newmarket.
“After that, he will probably go to Japan and Hong Kong.
“He will have a very high handicap mark back home now, so we may retitre him after Hong Kong.
“There is a possibility he could come back next year - I enjoy these holidays in England!”
JAY FORD WINS ON FIRST BRITISH RIDE
The winning jockey Jay Ford after his first British ride said: “Takeover Target has never laid down from a challenge. I thought the second had me a few strides from the line but he showed what a great and tough horse he is.
“It is great to win at such a prestigious meeting and before such a big crowd - a great honour and is up there among the highlights of my career.
“He’s proven time and time again that he is the best in Australia and to come here and do it is a big thing.
“He is up there as one of the top sprinters in the world. The six furlongs on Saturday will be more to his liking - he had a tough race today but I cannot see any reason why he cannot be competitive again on Saturday.
“We were as confident as we could be before the race. We have come half way around the world and, though he was working well, you cannot go in too confident.
“Kerrin McEvoy was a great help to me about riding here - the track is fantastic.”
3.10pm KING’S STAND STAKES (GROUP TWO)
1 TAKEOVER TARGET (AUS) (Joe & Ben
Janiak) Joe Janiak AUS 7-9-07p Jay Ford  7/1
Winning Trainer:-Name: Janiak, Joe Based: Queanbeyan, New South Wales Background: Former baker and taxi driver who shovelled manure at stables as a child to pay for school. Trained a couple of racehorses in a part-time capacity at Queanbeyan, a country racetrack outside Canberra, where he has lived for the past 12 years in a caravan. He bought the broken down and unraced Takeover Target for a mere AUS$1,250 and, after having 30 stitches to a head wound when the gelding floored him before a barrier trial, he put him to grass for six months before training him to seven straight victories and Group One success. He no longer drives a taxi and will soon move his now 10-strong string to stables at Coffs Harbour. He owns Takeover Target in partnership with his sons Ben and Scott Major Wins Include: Lightning Stakes (2006 Takeover Target); Seppelt Salinger Stakes (2004 Takeover Target); Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap (2006 Takeover Target); Summer Stakes (2005 Takeover Target) Royal Ascot Wins: (1) King’s Stand Stakes (2006 Takeover Target) First Royal Ascot Runner: Takeover Target, King’s Stand, June 20, 2006 Wins in Britain in 2006: 1
Winning Jockey:-Name: Ford, Jay Age: 22 Based: Sydney, NSW Information: He began riding Takeover Target as a 20-year-old apprentice in 2004 and has partnered the gelding to all of his wins to date Achievements: New South Wales Champion Apprentice in 2003/2004. Rode five winners in a day in Sydney in July 2004 Major Wins Include: Doomben Stakes (2005 Takeover Target); Lightning Stakes (2006 Takeover Target); Seppelt Salinger Stakes (2004 Takeover Target); Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap (2006 Takeover Target); Summer Stakes (2005 Takeover Target); Thrifty Royal Randwick Guineas (2006 Hotel Grand); Thrifty Spring Champion Stakes (2005 Hotel Grand) First Group One Win: Takeover Target, Seppelt Salinger Stakes, Flemington, October 30, 2004 Royal Ascot Wins: (1) King’s Stand Stakes (2006 Takeover Target) First Royal Ascot Ride: Takeover Target, King’s Stand Stakes, June 20, 2006 Wins in Britain in 2006: 1
LEADER BOARD FOR THE GLOBAL SPRINT CHALLENGE
Takeover Target 30
Race 3: The St James’s Palace Stakes
PROGRESSIVE ARAAFA POWERS TO ST JAMES’S JOY
Araafa once again demonstrated he is a very high-class three-year-old colt by storming to victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes’ success to hand trainer Jeremy Noseda his first-ever Royal Ascot Group 1 winner.
The Mull Of Kintrye colt built on his recent Irish 2,000 Guineas victory with another superb effort, triumphing by two lengths from Stormy River.
Noseda said: “It was a good performance. He’s progressing. His work has improved again since Ireland.
“To be honest, I was a little edgy, hoping that we’d see it on the racetrack this afternoon - and I think we saw it.
“Alan gave him a great ride. He had him in perfect position throughout. Once he took it up, it was all over.
“Once the horse quickened up, I looked behind him and saw that they were all in trouble and knew the race was in the bag. I look forward to the season ahead and hope he can keep going forward.
“We’ll consider all the obvious races for him. I’d love to go to the Breeders’ Cup with him. That’s the ultimate end-of-season prize.
“I’d like to thank all the team at home. They’ve done a great job, from the head men through to the lads who had him in the spa at 4.30 this morning, just to make sure all the aches and pains were gone before he came racing.”
Noseda also outlined how the horse has developed through the spring and early summer.
He added: “We started working him in spring and I was happy with his initial bits of work. Then Shane Kelly, who deserves a lot of thanks for the work he has done with this horse at home, rode him in a piece of work on Racecourse Side.
“Shane got off him and said, ‘This is a Guineas horse’. We had that in our mind but sadly he missed his prep race for the Guineas, getting sick.
“But we decided to run in the Guineas and he has just moved forward since then. Taking nothing away from George Washington, I didn’t go to Ireland just for the sake of running.
“He did the job there and now hopefully, after today, he’ll get the credit he deserves. He’s a top horse - a tough horse, with a great cruising speed and he can kick.
“It will take a mighty good one to beat him. If we came up again George Washington, I’d like the rematch. I look forward to it.”
3.50pm ST JAMES’S PALACE STAKES (GROUP ONE)
1 ARAAFA (IRE) (Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar)
Jeremy Noseda 3-9-00 Alan Munro  2/1f
Winning trainer:- Name: Noseda, Jeremy James Date of birth: 17/9/63 Trains at Shalfleet, Bury Road, Newmarket Other details: Served as assistant trainer with John Dunlop (6 years), John Gosden (5 years) and Godolphin (2 years). Trained for a while in America before returning to Britain. Horses in training (1998-2005): 48: 78: 66: 70: 71: 67: 81: 91: 114 Wins in a season (1997-2005): 0, 18, 39, 40, 37, 43, 37, 34, 47 Wins in 2006: 13 Major wins: Irish 2000 Guineas (2006 Araafa); Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2004 Wilko), Cherry Hinton Stakes (1998 Wannabe Grand) - Noseda’s first Group race win in Britain; Cheveley Park Stakes (1998 Wannabe Grand, 2003 Carry On Katie), Nell Gwyn (2001 Lil’s Jessy), Princess Margaret Stakes (2001 Leggy Lou), Lupe Stakes (2002 Mellow Park), Lancashire Oaks (2002 Mellow Park), Musidora Stakes (2003 Cassis), Challenge Stakes (2003 Just James), Gimcrack Stakes (2003 Balmont), Middle Park Stakes (2003 Balmont), Musidora Stakes (2000 Kalypso Katie), Sussex Stakes (2005 Proclamation) Royal Ascot Wins (5): Jersey Stakes (2002 Just James, 2005 Proclamation), Norfolk Stakes (2004 Blue Dakota), Albany Stakes (2005 La Chunga), St James’s Palace Stakes (2006 Araafa)
Winning jockey:-Name: Munro, Alan Born: January 14, 1967 Classic Wins: Vodafone Derby (1991 Generous), Irish Derby (1991 Generous), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2006 Araafa) First Winner: Sentimental Roses, Yarmouth, August, 1985 Background: Partnered his first success for trainer Barry Hills before joining Mel Brittain’s North Yorkshire stable the following year while spending winters riding in America. He moved on to ride for Bill O’Gorman, and in the spring of 1991 was appointed retained rider to owner Prince Fahd Salman, for whom he won the Derby on Generous. In the mid 1990s he headed to the Far East, riding in Japan and Hong Kong before in 2000 deciding he wanted to take a break from horses. He took up karate and is now a black belt in the sport but decided it was time for a return to racing, explaining “No-one calls and you lose your identity - you have to readjust to being just a small person in the world and it's really hard.'' He returned to Britain for the start of the 2005 season, riding mainly for Rod Millman. Other Big Race Wins Include: Budweiser International (1992 Zoman), Coventry Stakes (1990 Macs Imp, 1991 Dilum), Ebor (2005 Sergeant Cecil), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (1991 Generous), Northumberland Plate (2005 Sergeant Cecil), Prix d’Ispahan (1992 Zoman), Richmond Stakes (1991 Dilum) Number of Wins 2005: 60 Wins in 2006: 22 Royal Ascot Wins: (6) Coventry Stakes (1990 Mac’s Imp, 1991 Dilum); Norfolk Stakes (1991 Magic Ring);Chesham Stakes (1991 Fair Cop); Royal Hunt Cup (1994 Face North); St James’s Palace Stakes (2006 Araafa) First Royal Ascot winner: Mac’s Imp, Coventry Stakes, June 1990
Race 4: The Queen Anne Stakes
VALOREM SURVIVES ENQUIRY TO PUT O’BRIEN AND FALLON ON SCORESHEET
But Ad Valorem had to survive a stewards’ enquiry into interference in the final furlong before keeping the race, to the relief of O’Brien.
“I can relax now,” joked the master of Ballydoyle. “Obviously, you worry when there’s an enquiry but he was the clear cut winner and did it on merit. I didn’t get a good look but it seemed as though they were all a bit tight.
“This horse always wanted fast ground but couldn’t get it last year. He was only beaten a couple of lengths by Proclamation in the Sussex Stakes last season on ground that he could barely walk on so we hoped he could turn the form round today. Out of frustration I probably ran him more often than I should last season. Obviously, he was very good as a two-year-old, when he was a Middle Park winner.
“In the last three weeks on fast ground he has been working really well at home. I’d love to go to the Sussex Stakes now and hope that the ground stays firm. I hope he might be a Breeders’ Cup Mile horse as well.”
Ad Valorem is jointly owned by Sue Magnier and the Australian-based Ingham family at whose Woodlands Stud he will eventually spend the southern hemisphere breeding season.
4.25pm QUEEN ANNE STAKES (GROUP ONE)
1 AD VALOREM (USA) (Sue Magnier & R
Ingham) Aidan O'Brien IRE 4-9-00 Kieren Fallon  13/2
RICHARDSON DISAPPOINTMENT OVER PEERESS
CHRIS RICHARDSON, managing director of Cheveley Park Stud, was forced to reflect on a race that didn’t work out for filly Peeress.
In an unsatisfactory finish to the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, the five-year-old mare’s jockey Mick Kinane had to snatch up the reins as Ad Valorem hung left across her.
Richardson said: “I think she has been very unlucky. The pace didn’t suit her early on - there wasn’t enough pace.
“She got bumped at the start. Frankie bumped her from behind, initially. She has been racing throughout the race on a pace that wasn’t really quick enough.
“The ground was probably just a bit firm and maybe she wasn’t letting herself down. But she didn’t deserve to be squeezed up like that. It was a messy race.”
FALLON SUSPENDED FOR FOUR DAYS
Kieren Fallon, rider of the winner Ad Valorem, was suspended for four days, July 1-4, inclusively for an incident inside the final furlong.
The ban falls over the weekend of the Irish Derby but Fallon can apply to have it held over.
William Nunneley, the senior stewards’ secretary, explained: “He can request that the HRA write to the Turf Club and allow him to ride because we would allow him to ride on a day when there is a Group One race in this country with a suspension of four days and below.”
Race 4 - Queen Anne Stakes - Placed Quotes
DUNLOP NOT HAPPY
Ed Dunlop was not happy with the run that Court Masterpiece received when second to Ad Valorem, beaten a length and a half, in the Queen Anne Stakes.
The Newmarket handler said: “Jamie [Spencer] was very angry as he thought he would have won.
“Whatever, he has run a fantastic race.”
Bruce Raymond, Racing Manager to owners Gainsborough Stud, added: “The winner has definitely cost Peeress third place and has intimidated us.
“I thought that the winner would be demoted.”
GODOLPHIN PLEASED IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES
Simon Crisford, Racing Manager to Godolphin, was pleased in the circumstances with the run of third-placed Proclamation.
He said: “It was nice to get Proclamation back on the track.
“He was a bit rusty and we have been behind schedule with him - he missed a couple of bits in work in his preparation for today.
“Our horses weren’t right earlier this season and he just did not have that razor sharp edge today which you need in these races.
“Although we would obviously have liked to have won, we have to be pleased in the circumstances with his run.”
“We run Electrocutionsist in tomorrow’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes and are very happy with him - we think he has a stronger chance than Proclamation had today.”
Race 5 - Ascot Stakes
BADDAM SPRINGS 33/1 ASCOT STAKES SHOCK
The biggest shock so far today came in the marathon two-and-a-half mile Ascot Stakes, when 33/1 shot Baddam stayed on resolutely to score by five lengths for owner Noel Martin, trainer Mick Channon and jockey Ian Mongan, for whom this was a first Royal Ascot winner.
The winner ran at Ascot’s pre-opening meeting on May 27, finishing ninth in a two-mile handicap.
Channon said: “After his last run, I thought he needed two and a half miles and so it has proved. Two miles just wasn’t far enough for him then.
“He is actually also in the Queen Alexandra Stakes over two miles and six furlongs on Saturday but we will have to see how he comes out of this race before deciding about that.”
This was also a first Royal Ascot win for his Jamaican-born owner Noel Martin, who currently resides in Birmingham.
He said: “This was a great thrill - the only thing I think could be better would be to win the Derby - we will have to wait until next year for that!
“I made my first visit to Ascot on the pre-opening day but this day has been just wonderful.
“Ascot has become my favourite racecourse and I think it is Baddam’s favourite track too!”
Mongan, who fell from Baddam after passing the winning line, was unscathed and remounted to ride back into the winner’s enclosure.
1 BADDAM (N Martin) Mick Channon 4-9-02 Ian Mongan  33/1
Winning trainer:-Name: Channon, Michael Roger Date of birth: 28/11/48 Trains at: West Ilsley, Berks Date of first training licence: 1990 First Flat Winner: Golden Scissors, Bridlington Bay Maiden, Beverley, March 30, 1990 First Jumps Winner: Wessex Warrior, Wincanton, March 30, 1990 Previous occupation: International footballer, assistant trainer to John Baker and Ken Cunningham-Brown Wins in a season (1990-2005): 16: 22: 27: 41: 74: 71: 56: 40: 71: 72: 90: 67: 123: 143: 104 (most victories in Britain): 98 Number of horses in training (1990-2006): 20: 35: 45: 44: 64: 86: 91: 84: 106: 124: 135: 159: 177: 184: 203: 175: 199 Major wins include: Ballyogan Stakes (1994 Great Deeds), Coventry Stakes (2000 CD Europe), Darley Dewhurst Stakes (2000 Tobougg), Field Marshall Stakes (1994 Great Deeds), Fred Darling Stakes (2002 Queen’s Logic, 2004 Majestic Desert), Gimcrack Stakes (1998 Josr Algharoud), King’s Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Lowther Stakes (1998 Bint Allayl, 2001 Queen’s Logic), Maurice Lacroix-Trophy (2002 Checkit), Mill Reef Stakes (1998 Golden Silca), Moet & Chandon Rennen (1996 Muchea), Molecomb Stakes (1998 Inya Lake), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2002 Mail The Desert), Nunthorpe Stakes (1994 Piccolo), Prix De La Salamandre (2000 Tobougg), Queen Mary Stakes (1998 Bint Allayl), Ribblesdale Stakes (2000 Miletrian), Rockfel Stakes (2003 Cairns) Shadwell Cheveley Park Stakes (1999 Seazun, 2001 Queen’s Logic), Tote Trifecta Stakes (2002 Millennium Force) Wins in 2006: 17 First Royal Ascot win: Great Deeds (June 18, 1993 - Windsor Castle Stakes) Royal Ascot wins: (13) Windsor Castle Stakes (1993 Great Deeds, 1999 Kalindi, 2003 Holborn), King’s Stand Stakes (1995 Piccolo), Queen Mary Stakes (1998 Bint Allayl, 2001 Queen’s Logic, 2005 Flashy Wings), Coventry Stakes (2000 CD Europe); Ribblesdale Stakes (2000 Miletrian), St James’s Palace Stakes (2003 Zafeen), Albany Stakes (2003 Silca’s Gift), Chesham Stakes (2005 Championship Point), Ascot Stakes (2006 Baddam)
Winning jockey:-Name: Mongan, Ian Bernard Born: Glasgow, March 23, 1979 Wins 2000-05: 48; 67 (runner-up in apprentice championship); 82; 80; 68; 56 Wins in 2006: 16 Background: Relocated to Brighton with his family aged four. Started out with jumps trainer Paddy Butler. Became an amateur before weight loss prompted a switch to the Flat as an apprentice with Woodingdean-based trainer Gary Moore. Switched to Nick Littmoden and won the 2003 all-weather jockey’s championship Big Race Wins Include: Victoria Cup (2002 Scotty’s Future), Select Stakes (2003 Leporello) Royal Ascot Wins: (1) Ascot Stakes (2006 Baddam First Royal Ascot Win: Baddam, Ascot Stakes, June 20, 2006
Race 6: The Windsor Castle Stakes (Handicap)
KIRK ALL SMILES AFTER FIRST ROYAL WINNER
Sylvester Kirk was on cloud nine after Elhamri provided him with his first Royal Ascot winner.
The Noverre colt made all in the Windsor Castle Stakes, just holding off the late thrust of Conquest to score by a neck.
The Lambourn trainer, a former assistant to Richard Hannon, revealed that connections thought the horse was smart after a Windsor maiden success on debut.
But then they went to Goodwood for a Listed race and were left disappointed as Elhamri trailed in last.
The smile was firmly back on Kirk’s face this afternoon, though, after his charge’s blazing triumph.
Kirk said: “That is just the best feeling ever - superb. ‘Thrilled’ is the understatement of the year.
“When he won for us at Windsor we thought he was a really good horse. The world was our oyster.
“We marched off to Goodwood thinking we had great chances and he was basically tailed off there on very soft ground.
“We couldn’t find anything wrong with him - hopefully it was just the ground. But today he has made virtually all and done it really well.
“We took a chance running him here. We nearly didn’t come. He’s all speed. Today was just, ‘Let’s go and see what happens’. So now we’ll have to sit down and have a think about what’s next for him.”
5.30pm WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES (LISTED)
1 ELHAMRI (Norman Ormiston) Sylvester Kirk 2-9-03 Declan McDonogh 
Winning trainer:-Name: Kirk, Sylvester Born: May 31, 1963 Background: Former assistant to East Everleigh-based trainer Richard Hannon Date of first trainer’s licence: December 2000 Big Race Wins Include: £100,000 Tattersalls Autumn Auction Stakes (2002 Michelle Ama Belle); Prestige Stakes (2003 Gracefully); Rosemary Stakes (2005 Salamanca) Wins In 2002-05: 23; 28; 35; 31 Horses in training (2003-06): 40; 53; 66; 58 Wins in 2006: 7 First Royal Ascot Winner: Elhamri, Windsor Castle Stakes, June 20, 2006 Royal Ascot Wins: (1) Windsor Castle Stakes (2006 Elhamri)
Winning jockey:-Name: McDonogh, Declan Born: January 1980 Background:
was apprenticed to his father Des - of
The going for the first day of Royal Ascot 2006 is
GOOD TO FIRM
Chris Stickels, Ascot’s Clerk of the Course, reported: “We put five millimetres of water on overnight and the course is in great shape. The going remians Good to Firm and we are forecast a dry and fine day with the chance of some showers tonight.”
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