Godolphin's jockey ranks will have an entirely new look next season with Sheikh Mohammed hiring James Doyle and William Buick to ride for him and dumping Silvestre de Sousa from his line-up of riders, reports racingpost.com. John Gosden will also become part of the Godolphin fabric with Princess Haya's horses set to run in the royal blue silks from next season "as an extension of the global branding of the organisation". Doyle, 26, will join up as first jockey for Saeed Bin Suroor after his one-year contract with Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte comes to an end next month, while William Buick, 26, will leave Gosden and take over as top rider for Charlie Appleby. De Sousa, who won the Dubai World Cup on African Story for Godolphin in March, has not had his contract renewed, while Mickael Barzalona, who relocated to France earlier this year, will continue to ride for Godolphin in France. John Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor, said: "Sheikh Mohammed has always respected both William and James and when their availability was confirmed at the end of this season he was keen to secure their services for the future." He added, "I think this is yet another clear indication of Godolphin's continued pursuit of excellence in both horses and humans."
At Saint-Cloud in France overnight, 4YO entire Novellist (Monsun-Night Lagoon, by Lagunas) scored by 4.5 lengths for German trainer Andreas Wohler in the €400,000 Gr1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (2400m) for 3YOs+, over former Melbourne Cup-winning 7YO entire Dunaden (Nicobar-La Marlia), by Kaldounevees) & 5YO mare Haya Landa (Lando-Haya Samma, by Pivotal). Novellist took his record to 7 wins (also including last start's Gr2 Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmer at Baden-Baden, 2012's Gr1 Gran Premio del Jockey Club in Milan, Gr2 Oppenheim Union Rennen at Cologne & Gr3 Frühjahrs-Preis des Bankhauses Metzler at Frankfurt) & a runner-up (in 2012's Gr1 Deutsches Derby at Hamburg) from 8 starts.
At Sha Tin in Hong Kong, UK-bred 6YO gelding Red Cadeaux (Cadeaux Genereux–Artisia, by Peintre Celebre) scored a short-head victory for rainer Ed Dunlop in the HK$15 million Gr1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m), over Japan's 8YO entire Jaguar Mail (Jungle Pocket–Haya Beni Komachi, by Sunday Silence) & French-bred 4YO entire Meandre (Slickly–Penne, by Sevres Rose). Red Cadeaux took his record to 7 wins (also including 2012's Gr2 Yorkshire Cup & 2011's Gr3 Curragh Cup) & 13 placings (including 2012's Gr1 Coronation Cup, 2011's Gr1 Irish St. Leger, Gr1 Melbourne Cup & Gr1 Hong Kong Vase) from 33 starts.
Former European Champion 2YO & 3YO, plus 5-time Gr1-winning freshman shuttler New Approach (Galileo-Park Express, by Ahonoora) recorded his 2nd individual 1st-crop stakes-winner when Princess Haya of Jordan's unbeaten US-bred juvenile daughter Newfangled (New Approach-Scarlet Ibis, by Machiavellian) scored a front-running 2.5-lengths victory in the £60,000 (A$96,000) Gr3 Albany Stakes (6 furlongs) for 2YO fillies at Royal Ascot. Favourite Newfangled (ridden by William Buick for trainer John Gosden) defeated Agent Allison (Dutch Art-Loquacity, by Diktat) & Irish-bred Premier Steps (Footstepsinthesand-Primissima, by Second Set). Newfangled took her record to 2 wins from 2 starts for £39,554 (A$63,000) earnings.
Former shuttler Cape Cross (Green Desert-Park Appeal, by Ahonoora) added a UK group success overnight when Princess Haya of Jordan's 4YO mare Joviality (Cape Cross-Night Frolic, by Night Shift) scored by a neck in the £100,000 (A$160,000) Gr2 Windsor Forest Stakes (8 furlongs) for mares 4YO & up at Royal Ascot. Joviality (ridden by William Buick for trainer John Gosden) defeated Irish-bred 5YO mare Chachamaidee (Footstepsinthesand-Canterbury Lace, by Danehill) & fellow 4YO mare Lay Time (Galileo-Time Saved, by Green Desert). Joviality was a 200,000 guineas (A$330,000) yearling at the 2009 UK Tattersalls October Sale. Overall she now has 2 wins (also including 2011's UK Gr3 Musidora Stakes over 10.5 furlongs at York) & 3 placings (including last start's UK Gr3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Epsom on June 1) from 8 starts for £120,158 (A$192,000) earnings.
In the UK, 5-time Gr1-winning freshman shuttler & former European Champion 2YO & 3YO New Approach (Galileo-Park Express, by Ahonoora) recorded his 3rd 1st-crop winner when Princess Haya of Jordan's 2YO filly Newfangled (New Approach-Scarlet Ibis, by Machiavellian) scored on debut over 6 furlongs at Newmarket for trainer John Gosden.
Triple Gr1-winning former shuttler Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) also added a French black-type success overnight when Irish-bred daughter Dealbata (Dubawi-Save Me The Waltz, by Halling) scored a half-length victory in the €55,000 (A$74,000) Listed Prix Solitude (2000m) for 3YO fillies at Saint Cloud. Dealbata (ridden by Thomas Huet for trainer Mikel Delzangles) defeated Haya Landa (Lando-Haya Samma, by Pivotal) & Private Eye (American Post-Rose Of Tralee, by Kendor). Dealbata now has 3 wins & a runner-up from 5 starts.
In the UK overnight, former shuttler Cape Cross (Green Desert-Park Appeal, by Ahonoora) added a group success when her Princess Haya of Jordan-owned daughter Joviality (Cape Cross-Night Frolic, by Night Shift) scored by a head in the £65,000 (A$101,000) Gr3 Musidora Stakes (10.5 furlongs) for 3YO fillies at York. Joviality (ridden by William Buick for trained John Gosden) defeated Irish-bred favourite Barefoot Lady (Footstepsinthesand-Lady Angharad, by Tenby) with 9-lengths back to Japanese-bred Whey Sauce (Kurofune-Histoire, by Sunday Silence). Joviality was a 200,000 guineas (A$320,000) yearling at the 2009 UK Tattersalls October Sale. Overall she now has a win & 2 placings from 3 starts for £39,672 (A$61,000) earnings.
In the US, Princess Haya of Jordan's Irish-bred & UK-trained 4YO entire Debussy (Diesis-Opera Comique, by Singspiel) "sent off at 11-1 in his North American debut, made a dynamic late burst along the inside to upset champion Gio Ponti" & score a half-length victory in the US$1 million Gr1 Arlington Million (10 furlongs on turf) at Arlington Park in Chicago, reported bloodhorse.com. Debussy (ridden by William Buick for trainer John Gosden) defeated favoured 5YO entire Gio Ponti (Tale Of The Cat-Chipeta Springs, by Alydar) who won this race last year & the winner's stable-mate 6YO gelding Tazeez (Silver Hawk-Soiree Russe, by Nureyev). Debussy (racing on "bleeder medication for the 1st time") took his record to 5 wins (also including May's UK Gr3 Huxley Stakes over 10.5 furlongs at Chester & 2009's French Gr2 Prix Eugene Adam over 2000m at Maisons-Laffitte) & a placing (in 2009's UK Gr3 Chester Vase over 12.5 furlongs) from 12 starts for US$1,005,640 earnings.
Also in Japan, the JRA announced the 1st ownership registrations “for individuals residing outside Japan” have been completed, with the initial registrants being Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum & Masatsugu Otani from Singapore. JRA presidential counsellor for foreign affairs Dr Koji Sato commented: “Japan was promoted as the 16th country of the ICS Part I category in 2007. Since then we have made progressive steps to internationalise Japanese racing. We began a new ownership registration system for non-Japanese residents this year & in 2010 all Japanese black-type races will be open to international competition. We are very glad to see the 1st application process for the ownership registration for individuals residing outside of Japan completed safely. We are very happy & honored to welcome Sheikh Mohammed & other important dignitaries to join Japanese racing. Our aspiration is for thoroughbred racing in Japan to grow, together with the support of the racing fans, as a sports entertainment at international level. This is a monumental step for the Japanese racing circle & it shows our commitment to develop racing in Asia & globally.”
Also in Canada, Irish-bred 3YO filly Lahaleeb (Redback-Flames, by Blushing Flame) scored a 1.75-lengths victory against older rivals in the C$1 million Gr1 E.P.Taylor Stakes (10 furlongs on turf) for fillies & mares at Woodbine to "produce the biggest upset in the 54-year history of the race, when she came from off the pace in the stretch to win at odds of 44-1" reported bloodhorse.com. Lahaleeb (ridden by William Buick for trainer Mick Channon) defeated US-bred fellow 3YO filly Rainbow View (Dynaformer-No Matter What, by Nureyev) & US-bred 4YO mare Princess Haya (Street Cry-Sally Slew, by Slew City Slew). Lahaleeb was a €40,000 (A$68,000) weanling at the Ireland's 2006 Goffs November Sale & later a 70,000 guineas (A$133,000) yearling at the 2007 UK Tattersalls October Sale. Overall she now has 5 wins (also including April's UK Gr3 Fred Darling Stakes over 7 furlongs at Newbury, plus 2008's UK Gr2 Rockfel Stakes over 7 furlongs at Newmarket) & 3 placings (including runners-up in both May's Gr1 Irish 1000 Guineas over 8 furlongs at The Curragh & 2008's Irish Gr3 C.L.Weld Stakes over 7 furlongs at The Curragh, plus 3rd in 2008's UK Gr2 May Hill Stakes over 8 furlongs at Doncaster) from 16 starts for US$888,157 earnings.
Darley shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) added a Canadian graded-stakes success when US-bred 4YO mare Princess Haya (Street Cry-Sally Slew, by Slew City Slew) prevailed in a 3-way photo-finish to the C$283,000 Gr2 Canadian Stakes (9 furlongs on turf) for fillies & mares at Woodbine. Princess Haya (ridden by Rafael Bejarano for trainer Michael Matz) scored by a nose from US-bred 5YO mare Forever Together (Belong To Me-Constant Companion, by Relaunch) with a further head to US-bred fellow 4YO mare Much Obliged (Kingmambo-Danka, by Strawberry Road). Princess Haya took her record to 4 wins & 6 placings (including last month's US Listed Matchmaker Handicap over 9 furlongs at Monmouth Park) from 13 starts for C$307,362 earnings.
On Day-2 of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale, John Ferguson (acting on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed) went to US$425,000 to acquire Lot 250, a Medaglia D'oro filly out of Argentine Gr2 winner Ting A Folie. According thoroughbredtimes.com, the yearling "is a half sister to Bastakiya, a stakes-placed filly that was owned by Sheikh Mohammed's wife Princess Haya of Jordan." After the sale Ferguson commented, "We owned the sister who was a very talented 2YO who unfortunately injured herself, so we know the mare can breed a good one. I think it's quite well known that we have a strong opinion of Medaglia d'Oro, just like everybody else. And this was a quality filly." No decision has been made yet on whether the filly will be raced in the US or Europe.
In Ireland, Princess Haya Of Jordan's 3YO colt New Approach (Galileo-Park Express, by Ahonoora) was named 2008 Horse-Of-The-Year at the Irish Horse Racing Awards in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. New Approach won this year's UK Gr1 English Derby (12 furlongs) at Epsom Downs, as well as defeating older rivals in both the Irish Gr1 Champion Stakes (10 furlongs) at Leopardstown (by 6-lengths setting a new course record) & UK Gr1 Champion Stakes (10 furlongs) at Newmarket. New Approach (whose Gr1-winning dam Park Express has produced 7 winners, also including Japanese stakes-winning former Glenlogan Park shuttler Shinko Forest & Irish Gr3-winner Dazzling Park) was a €430,000 (A$817,000) yearling at the 2006 Goffs Million Sale; last season he notched 5 wins from 5 starts (including the UK Gr1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes over 7 furlongs at Newmarket & Irish Gr1 National Stakes over 7 furlongs at The Curragh, as well as both Ireland's Gr2 Futurity Stakes over 7 furlongs at The Curragh & Gr3 Tyros Stakes over 7 furlongs at Leopardstown). At the end of that season Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's Darley operation bought New Approach as a stallion prospect & this year he has also finished runner-up in both the UK Gr1 2000 Guineas (8 furlongs) at Newmarket & Irish Gr1 2000 Guineas (8 furlongs) at The Curragh, as well as finishing 3rd in the UK Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes (10 furlongs) at Newmarket. He has now retired to Sheikh Mohammed's Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket for a fee of £30,000 (A$72,000).
Princess Haya Of Jordan's New Approach (Galileo-Park Express, by Ahonoora) won the Cartier 3YO Colt award category, following victories in the Gr1 English Derby (12 furlongs) at Epsom Downs, as well as triumphs against older rivals in both the Irish Gr1 Champion Stakes (10 furlongs) at Leopardstown & UK Gr1 Champion Stakes (10 furlongs) at Newmarket. New Approach defeated Raven's Pass, Henrythenavigator, Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf & Gr1 UK St Leger victor Conduit & French Gr1 Prix de la Foret winner Paco Boy. Last year New Approach also won the Cartier Award as Champion 2YO colt. He has now retired to Sheikh Mohammed's Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket for a fee of £30,000 (A$72,000).
Darley shuttler Elusive Quality (Gone West-Touch Of Greatness, by Hero's Honor) added a US Gr1 triumph when Princess Haya of Jordan's US-bred 3YO colt Raven's Pass (Elusive Quality-Ascutney, by Lord At War) motored down the center of the track from well back in the field to notch his 2nd successive Gr1 victory against older rivals with an upset 1.75-lengths win before 55,331 fans in the US$5 million Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic (10 furlongs on all-weather) at Santa Anita Park in California. UK-trained Raven's Pass (ridden by Frankie Dettori for trainer John Gosden) defeated Ballydoyle's 4-time Gr1-winning fellow US-bred & Irish-trained 3YO colt Henrythenavigator (Kingmambo-Sequoyah, by Sadler's Wells) & multiple Gr1-winning 4YO entire Tiago (Pleasant Tap-Set Them Free, by Stop The Music); favoured multiple Gr1-winning 4YO entire & reigning US Horse-Of-The-Year Curlin (who won this race last year & a month ago become the all-time leading North American-raced earner when he won September's US Gr1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park to take his winnings past $10.246 million) briefly grabbed the lead at the top of the straight, but was then swamped by the place-getters & eventually held on to finish 4th in the field of 12 runners. At his previous start, Raven's Pass won September's UK Gr1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (8 furlongs) against older rivals at Ascot; & earlier this season he finished runner-up in June's UK Gr1 St James's Palace Stakes (8 furlongs) at Royal Ascot & then both July's French Gr1 Prix Jean Prat (1600m) at Chantilly & UK Gr1 Sussex Stakes (8 furlongs) at Goodwood, before winning August's UK Gr2 Celebration Mile (8 furlongs) at Goodwood. And during 2007 Raven's Pass won both the UK Gr3 Solario Stakes (7 furlongs) at Sandown Park & Listed Winkfield Stakes (7 furlongs) at Ascot, as well as finishing 3rd in the UK Gr1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes (7 furlongs) at Newmarket. Overall he now has 6 wins & 5 placings from 12 starts for US$3,658,556 earnings.
Princess Haya of Jordan's UK-bred juvenile gelding Donativum (Cadeaux Genereux-Miss Universe, by Warning) scored a half-length victory in the US$1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (8 furlongs on turf) for 2YOs at Santa Anita. Donativum (ridden by Frankie Dettori for trainer John Gosden) defeated Ballydoyle's Gr2-winning Irish-bred colt Westphalia (Danehill Dancer-Pharapache, by Lyphard) & fellow colt Coronet Of A Baron (Pure Prize-Time For A Crown, by Time For A Change). Donativum was a 120,000 guineas (A$300,000) yearling at 2007 UK Tattersalls Book 1 October Sale & at his previous start 3 weeks earlier, Donativum also won the inaugural UK Tattersalls Timeform Million (7 furlongs at Newmarket (& the richest juvenile race in Britain). Overall now has 3 wins & a runner-up from 6 starts for US$1,581,895 earnings. Princess Haya leases Donativum from Darley (which also owns 3rd-placed Coronet Of A Baron & 4th-placed City Style); Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum owns Darley & is married to Princess Haya.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum & his principal representative John Ferguson out-bid Charlotte Weber & paid US$3.1 million for an A.P.Indy filly (out of Gr3-winning Elusive Quality mare Chimichurri) bred by Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings & consigned by Gainesway as agent. Ferguson told thoroughbredtimes.com: "She's a filly that Sheikh Mohammed & Princess Haya saw this morning & both of them thought that she was an absolute queen. We've been very fortunate in the last few years with A.P.Indy, with Bernardini, Music Note, Little Belle & we have some very exciting 2YOs by him now. He's an absolutely sensational sire & Chmichurri was a very fast mare." Gainesway director of yearling sales Brian Graves added: "I thought she'd bring US$1.5 million coming in, but everybody loved her. She's a foundation broodmare type though, so I can see why she went past that figure."
Former Widden Stud shuttler Dr Fong (Kris S-Spring Flight, by Miswaki) added a UK juvenile black-type quinella when Queen Elizabeth's home-bred colt Free Agent (Dr Fong-Film Script, by Unfuwain) motored home from last in running to score a 2.25-lengths victory in the £60,000 (A$126,000) Listed Chesham Stakes (7 furlongs) for 2YOs at Royal Ascot. Equal favourite Free Agent (ridden by Richard Hughes for trainer Richard Hannon) defeated the other equal favourite, Princess Haya of Jordan's colt Seaway (Dr Fong-Atlantic Destiny, by Royal Academy) & US-bred fellow colt Markyg (Fusaichi Pegasus-Spring Pitch, by Storm Cat). Free Agent "was a runaway winner on debut at Leicester at the beginning of the month," noted the-racehorse.com & now has 2 wins from 2 starts for £37,948 (A$79,000) earnings.
Following a number of high profile future stallion purchases by Darley during the past year, the breeding and racing juggernaut has once again been active in adding to its brimming sire talent. This time, reports racingpost.co.uk, "New Approach, 9-4 favourite with sponsors Stan James to win next year's 2,000 Guineas, has been bought outright by Darley and will carry new colours next season." Prior to New Approach's Gr2 Dewhurst Stakes win, Darley purchased 50% of the crack son of Coolmore shuttler Galileo, and Darley spokesman John Ferguson confirmed that he is now owned outright. "He will run in the colours of Her Royal Highness Princess Haya next year and will be kept in training with Jim Bolger".
In the UK overnight, Manton-based trainer John Gosden (acting on behalf of Princess Haya of Jordan, wife of Sheikh Mohammed) out-bid Yorkshire-based bloodstock agent Gill Richardson & paid top price of 210,000 guineas (A$546,000) for a filly by Cheveley Park Stud stallion Kyllachy (out of Kris mare Placement) on Day-1 of the 4-Day Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Part 2 at Park Paddocks in Newmarket. The filly (consigned from Michael Wates' Langton Stud) is a half-sister to multiple Listed-winning filly Presto Vento.
In England overnight, Darley shuttler King's Best (Kingmambo-Allegretta, by Lombard) recorded his 1st Gr1 winner when Princess Haya of Jordan's exciting 3YO colt Proclamation (King's Best-Shamarra, by Zayyani) came from last-to-first to defeat the older horses in the £300,000 (A$720,000) Gr1 Sussex Stakes (8 furlongs) on rain-softened ground at Goodwood, reported thoroughbredinternet.com. Proclamation (ridden by Mick Kinane for trainer Jeremy Noseda) defeated last year's winner & 5-time Gr1-winning 5YO mare Soviet Song (Marju-Kalinka, by Soviet Star) & fellow Gr1-winning 3YO colt Ad Valorem (Danzig-Classy Women, by Relaunch). Proclamation (a half-brother to this year's Cheltenham Gr1 winning hurdler No Refuge) was an 84,000 guineas (A$218,000) yearling at the UK Tattersalls October Sale; he now has 4 wins (also including last month's Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot at York) in 5 starts. Proclamation is from the 1st northern hemisphere crop of King's Best, who stands at Ireland's Kildangan Stud & shuttles to Darley's Australian base.