St Leger: Going remains same - good to soft

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The going at Doncaster remains Good to Soft after the third day of the Ladbrokes St Leger meeting though there is further rain forecast for this evening after it started drizzling on Town Moor late in the afternoon.

Roderick Duncan, Clerk of the Course, said: “The forecast is that we’ll get between 4mm and 7mm of rain this evening and obviously it started raining before racing had finished this afternoon.

“The forecast is not dissimilar to what it was on Thursday night, with showers pretty hit and miss. We’ll just have to see.

“David Wachman (trainer of Ladbrokes St Leger runner Galileo Rock) is going to be here about 5.15 in the morning to walk the track and obviously we’ll know a lot more after he’s had a look.

“Galileo Rock will then be flown over if Mr Wachman is happy with the ground. The outlook for Saturday is much better as it’s due to stay dry with bright sunshine all day.”

Race 7 - Frank Whittle Partnership Classified Stakes - winner quotes


After two promising runs at the back end as a juvenile, Zain Eagle’s three-year-old career was halted by the Sungate affair, an investigation into his trainer Gerard Butler’s use of the banned drug that prevented some of the horses under his care from running. But the colt is now making up for lost time with a vengeance; after a nine-length maiden victory on his comeback at Ripon 18 days ago, he powered away from his rivals, headed by the 9/4 favourite Amralah, for a three and three-quarter length success in the Frank Whittle Partnership Classified Stakes.

“I don’t have to say much,” said Butler, “he says it all, doesn’t he? This was a natural progression for him and I’d like to think he has a good future ahead of him. We’ll take it one race at a time from now and try to get him out every three weeks or so.”

The son of Dylan Thomas, ridden by James Doyle today, holds an entry in a Group Three contest at Cork early next month. “He’s got a big powerful action and I’m not sure he’d want extremes of ground,” added Butler. “I was a bit worried about the going today but I think it was riding better than good to soft.”


5.00pm Frank Whittle Partnership Classified Stakes

£13,000 total prize fund. For 3yo+, rated 0-85, 1m 2f 60y. Weights: 3yo colts and geldings 8st 11lb; fillies 8st 8lb; 4yo+ colts and geldings 9st 4lb; fillies 9st 1lb (For horses reassessed since the publication of the qualifying rating list entry, the excess in any rating above the rating band shall be added to the weights stated). Penalties: after August 31st, each race won 6lb. Penalty value 1st £8,092.50 2nd £2,423.20 3rd £1,211.60 4th £605.80 5th £302.90 6th £152.10

1) ZAIN EAGLE (Asaad Al Banwan) Gerard Butler 3-8-11 James Doyle [8] 5/2

2) AMRALAH (IRE) (Prince A A Faisal) Mick Channon 3-8-11 Silvestre de Sousa [5] 9/4f

3) LAS VERGLAS STAR (IRE) (CBWS Partnership) Richard Fahey 5-9-04 Paul Hanagan [9] 8/1

4) MOROCCO (Equality Racing) David O’Meara 4-9-04 Daniel Tudhope [7]

5) STELLAR EXPRESS (IRE) (Dallas Racing) Michael Appleby 4-9-01 Andrew Mullen [1]

6) THE CAYTERERS (R Wallis and M Watts) Ron Harris 11-8-11 Oisin Murphy (7) [4]

7) MUHARRER (Andrew Tinkler) Michael Dods h4-9-04 Graham Lee [10]

8) LADY CHAPARRAL (Geoff & Sandra Bull) Michael Dods h6-9-1 Tom Eaves [3]

8 ran

Non-runners: Curly Come Home (Going), Soryah (Going)

Time: 2m 11.42s

Distances: 3¾, 2¾, 2, 4, 1¼, nk, 2½

Breeder: Biddestone Stud Ltd

Breeding: Dylan Thomas (IRE) - Pearl City (USA) (Carson City (USA))

Tote Win £3.70 Place £1.40 £1.40 £2.20 Exacta £10.30

Winning trainer:-Name: Butler, Gerard Anthony Based: Egerton House Stables, Newmarket Born: April 26, 1966 Background: Started out as a stable lad in Chantilly. Spent four years as assistant to D Wayne Lukas before spending a year with Chris Hayes in Australia and three years working for John Dunlop. Father owned Pier House Stud on the Curragh and brother Edward was a trainer in Ireland. Date of First Licence: January 7, 1998 First winner: Beauchamp King at Haydock on May 2, 1998. Trains at: Egerton House, Newmarket Major Wins Include: Craven Stakes (1999 Compton Admiral), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1999 Compton Admiral), Dahlia Stakes (2005 Tarfah), Gordon Stakes (1999 Compton Ace), Dee Stakes (2001 Dr Greenfield), Diomed Stakes (2002 Nayyir), Richmond Stakes (2002 Elusive City), Lennox Stakes (2002 and 2003 Nayyir), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (2005 Jack Sullivan), Cambridgeshire (2002 Beauchamp Pilot), Challenge Stakes (2002 Nayyir), Arlington Matron Stakes (2011 Pachattack) Wins (1998-2012): 5: 22: 28: 51: 59: 63: 32: 31; 19; 29; 10; 24; 21; 11; 18 Wins in 2013: 9

Winning jockey:-Name: Doyle,James Date of birth:April 22, 1988 Background: Mother is former trainer Jacqui Doyle. Retained rider for Prince Khalid Abdullah’s British-trained runners. First Winner: Farnborough, Future Champion Apprentice Handicap, Wolverhampton, June 1, 2005 First Treble: Lingfield, January 25, 2006 (Blue Hedges, Countrywide Luck, Prince Charlemagne) Big Race Wins: Dubai Duty Free (2012 Cityscape), Acomb Stakes (2012 Dundonnell, 2013 Treat Of Paris), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2013 Al Kazeem), Qatar Bloodstock Jockey Club Stakes (2012 Al Kazeem), Gordon Richards Stakes (2013 Al Kazeem), Coral Eclipse (2013 Al Kazeem), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2013 Rizeena) Royal Ascot Wins (3): Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2013 Al Kazeem), Royal Hunt Cup (2013 Belgian Bill), Queen Mary Stakes (2013 Rizeena) Wins (2005-2012): 8; 73; 41; 52; 28; 29; 76; 80 Wins in 2013: 61