Horse Racing | Press Article 17/04/24

1.50pm Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap 1m 1f 197y (18 runners)

1 (17) Euginio (IRE) Richard Hannon 9st 7lb Andrea Atzeni

2 (14) Kings Gift (IRE) Michael Dods 9st 5lb Paul Mulrennan

3 (7) Grey Britain John Ryan 9st 4lb Gerald Mosse

4 (10) Twin Star (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Andrew Balding 9st 2lb David Probert

5 (11) Good Omen David Simcock 9st 1lb Jamie Spencer

6 (16) Mutarabby (IRE) Saeed bin Suroor 8st 13lb Jim Crowley

7 (2) Leader's Legacy (USA) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Saeed bin Suroor 8st 13lb Martin Lane

8 (1) Mukalal Marcus Tregoning 8st 12lb Dane O'Neill

9 (13) Addeybb (IRE) William Haggas 8st 12lb Ryan Moore

10 (15) Archetype (FR) Simon Crisford 8st 10lb Oisin Murphy

11 (6) Emenem Simon Dow 8st 8lb John Egan

12 (12) Monticello (IRE) Mark Johnston 8st 7lb Joe Fanning

13 (3) Morning Suit (USA) Mark Johnston 8st 7lb P. J. McDonald

14 (5) Hold Sway (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Charlie Appleby 8st 6lb Silvestre De Sousa

15 (18) Frontispiece Sir Michael Stoute 8st 4lb David Egan (5)

16 (8) Ray's The Money (IRE) (Visor) Michael Bell 8st 2lb Aaron Jones (3)

17 (4) Rumpole Hughie Morrison 8st 0lb Kieran O'Neill

18 (9) Society Red Richard Fahey 8st 0lb Patrick Mathers

Eliminations: Mister Blue Sky (IRE), Hajaj (IRE)


2.25pm Markel Insurance Fillies' Stakes (Group 3) 1m 6f (12 runners)

1 (9) Alyssa Ralph Beckett 9st 6lb Pat Dobbs

2 (5) Dawn Horizons William Haggas 9st 6lb Pat Cosgrave

3 (7) Diamonds Pour Moi Ralph Beckett 9st 6lb David Probert

4 (4) Dubka Sir Michael Stoute 9st 6lb Andrea Atzeni

5 (1) Endless Time (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Charlie Appleby 9st 6lb William Buick

6 (2) Harlequeen Mick Channon 9st 6lb Silvestre De Sousa

7 (3) Lucy The Painter (IRE) Ed de Giles 9st 6lb Dougie Costello

8 (8) Natural Scenery (Sheepskin C/P) Saeed bin Suroor 9st 6lb Jim Crowley

9 (11) Aljezeera Luca Cumani 8st 9lb Frankie Dettori

10 (10) Melodic Motion (IRE) Ralph Beckett 8st 9lb Oisin Murphy

11 (12) Rich Legacy (IRE) Ralph Beckett 8st 9lb Harry Bentley

12 (6) Wild Irish Rose (IRE) Aidan O'Brien, Ireland 8st 9lb


3.00pm Qatar Richmond Stakes (Group 2) 6f (10 runners)      

1 (2) Cardsharp Mark Johnston 9st 3lb James Doyle

2 (3) Barraquero (IRE) Brian Meehan 9st 0lb William Buick

3 (10) Bullington Bandit (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Jane Chapple-Hyam 9st 0lb Stevie Donohoe

4 (6) Etefaaq (IRE) Richard Hannon 9st 0lb Frankie Dettori

5 (7) Grand Koonta (IRE) Clive Cox 9st 0lb Adam Kirby

6 (4) Green Power John Gallagher 9st 0lb B. A. Curtis

7 (9) Headway William Haggas 9st 0lb Pat Cosgrave

8 (5) Invincible Army (IRE) James Tate 9st 0lb Martin Harley

9 (1) Nebo (IRE) Charles Hills 9st 0lb Jim Crowley

10 (8) U S Navy Flag (USA) (Blinkers, Tongue Strap) Aidan O'Brien, Ireland 9st 0lb Ryan Moore


3.35pm Qatar Nassau Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 1m 1f 197y (9 runners)

1 (9) Blond Me (IRE) Andrew Balding 9st 7lb Oisin Murphy

2 (5) Nezwaah Roger Varian 9st 7lb Andrea Atzeni

3 (7) Queen's Trust Sir Michael Stoute 9st 7lb Jim Crowley

4 (3) So Mi Dar John Gosden 9st 7lb Frankie Dettori

5 (4) Hydrangea (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Aidan O'Brien, Ireland 8st 13lb Seamie Heffernan

6 (1) Shutter Speed John Gosden 8st 13lb Pat Smullen

7 (2) Sobetsu Charlie Appleby 8st 13lb James Doyle

8 (6) Winter (IRE) Aidan O'Brien, Ireland 8st 13lb Ryan Moore

9 (8) Wuheida Charlie Appleby 8st 13lb William Buick


4.10pm Telegraph Nursery 7f (18 runners)

1 (5) Gold Town (Sheepskin C/P) Charlie Appleby 9st 7lb William Buick

2 (11) Tangled (IRE) Richard Hannon 9st 4lb Ryan Moore

3 (4) Billesdon Brook Richard Hannon 9st 3lb Sean Levey

4 (6) Starlight Mystery (IRE) Mark Johnston 9st 1lb Silvestre De Sousa

5 (3) Poetic Steps (FR) Mark Johnston 9st 0lb P. J. McDonald

6 (12) Jedi Master (IRE) Richard Fahey 8st 12lb Adam McNamara (3)

7 (7) Veejay (IRE) Mick Channon 8st 11lb Rob Hornby

8 (15) Royal Household Richard Hannon 8st 10lb Hollie Doyle (3)

9 (2) Barbarianatthegate (Blinkers) Brian Meehan 8st 9lb Oisin Murphy

10 (16) Poet's Prince Mark Johnston 8st 9lb Joe Fanning

11 (1) Cosmopolitan Queen David Elsworth 8st 8lb David Egan (5)

12 (17) Central City (IRE) Hugo Palmer 8st 8lb Josephine Gordon

13 (9) Chai Chai (IRE) Andrew Balding 8st 4lb Jimmy Quinn

14 (8) She Believes (IRE) Sylvester Kirk 8st 4lb

15 (13) Cheeky Rascal (IRE) Richard Hannon 8st 3lb Kieran O'Neill

16 (14) Alifax Jamie Osborne 8st 2lb Patrick Mathers

17 (10) Devil's Cowboy (IRE) Charles Hills 8st 0lb Royston Ffrench

18 (18) Lucifugous (IRE) Stuart Williams 8st 0lb Aaron Jones (3)


4.45pm Victoria Racing Club Ebf British Stallion Studs Fillies' Maiden 7f (8 runners)

1 (6) Ann Without An E Mick Channon 9st 0lb John Egan

2 (2) Magical (IRE) Aidan O'Brien, Ireland 9st 0lb Ryan Moore

3 (4) Miss Paris Charles Hills 9st 0lb Silvestre De Sousa

4 (3) Ripley (IRE) Charles Hills 9st 0lb William Buick

5 (7) Rotherhithe Robyn Brisland 9st 0lb George Wood

6 (1) Roulette Michael Bell 9st 0lb James Doyle

7 (5) Titchy Digits Michael Attwater 9st 0lb David Egan

8 (8) Zilara (IRE) Ralph Beckett 9st 0lb Pat Dobbs    


5.20pm Tatler Handicap 5f (13 runners)

1 (8) Quench Dolly John Gallagher 9st 7lb George Buckell (5)

2 (2) Major Jumbo Kevin Ryan 9st 5lb David Egan (5)

3 (6) Evergate Robert Cowell 9st 5lb James Doyle

4 (12) Carlton Frankie Michael Easterby 9st 4lb Silvestre De Sousa

5 (13) Megan Lily (IRE) Richard Fahey 9st 3lb Adam McNamara (3)

6 (7) Poet's Society Mark Johnston 9st 2lb William Buick

7 (10) Intense Romance (IRE) Michael Dods 9st 0lb (6lb ex) Callum Rodriguez (5)

8 (3) Merry Banter Paul Midgley 8st 13lb Paul Mulrennan

9 (11) Super Julius (Sheepskin C/P) Eve Johnson Houghton 8st 12lb Hollie Doyle (3)

10 (4) Maakaasib (Eyeshields) Simon Crisford 8st 12lb Oisin Murphy

11 (5) Fair Cop Andrew Balding 8st 7lb David Probert

12 (1) Fethiye Boy Ronald Harris 8st 7lb

13 (9) Yorkshiredebut (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Paul Midgley 8st 6lb Josephine Gordon


Factfile for Big Orange -

attempting to win G1 Qatar Goodwood Cup for third successive time today


Breeding: 6 b g Duke of Marmalade (IRE) - Miss Brown to You (IRE) Fasliyev (USA)

Breeder: Stetchworth & Middle Park Studs

Born: February 14, 2011

Owner: Bill and Tim Gredley

Trainer:  Michael Bell

Jockey:  Frankie Dettori



* Made all to win the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on June 22, beating Order of St George in a tremendous finish by a short-head.

*Bidding to become the second three-time winner of the Qatar Goodwood Cup today, Tuesday, August 1. The only other horse to do so was Double Trigger (successful in 1995, 1997 & 1998).

* Beat Quest For More by a neck in the 2015 renewal and in 2016 running beat Pallastor by a length and a quarter, both then G2 contests.

*Successful twice (2015 and 2016) in G2 Princess of Wales Stakes over a mile and a half at Newmarket.

*Contested last two renewals of G1 Melbourne Cup, Flemington, Australia, finishing fifth in 2015 and 10th in 2016.

Race record: Starts: 24; 1st: 9; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £1,142,586


Bill Gredley & Tim Gredley

Born: March 14, 1933

Background: A major supporter of racing for many years, Bill Gredley, 84, was born in the East End of London, the son of a dock worker. Due to the Blitz, he was evacuated to Wales at the age of six before moving back to London in the Blitz and then to his grandmother's house in Essex. He encountered horses for the first time during his stay with his grandmother, via the local gypsies. After National Service with the Air Ministry at West Drayton, Gredley moved into the property business and founded the Unex Group. Initially based in London's Mayfair district, Gredley moved the Unex Group to Stetchworth, just outside Newmarket, where he also established his breeding operation at Stetchworth Park Estate in the 1970s. He keeps up to 20 broodmares at the stud. Along with son Tim (age 31) and daughter Pollyanna (Polly) (30), Gredley's wealth was estimated at £194 million in the 2017 Sunday Times Rich List. He currently serves as chairman of the Unex Group with Tim acting as a director and Polly a non-executive director. Polly's engagement to trainer George Scot was announced recently and Gredey snr has plans to develop a six-acre site in Newmarket into a magnificent new training yard for the couple.

Racing Interests: Bill Gredley had his biggest moments in racing in 1992 when the homebred User Friendly, trained by Clive Brittain and ridden by George Duffield, won four Group One races - the Oaks, St Leger, Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks. She was also the neck runner-up in the 1992 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and landed the 1993 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. Other top-class performers owned by Gredley include the 1991 Eclipse Stakes winner, the grey Environment Friend, and G2 Royal Whip Stakes scorer Chancellor. His current star is Big Orange, winner of the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot this year. Big Orange is attempting to become only the second triple winner of the Qatar Goodwood Cup at the 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival on Tuesday, August 1. He has some 15 horses in training, jointly owned with his son Tim Gredley who is a show jumper. He represented Great Britain on 13 occasions, most notably competing at Aachen World Games in 2006. During his career, he won the Grand Prix from 2* up to 5* levels and also won the FEI Team Gold and Individual Silver medals at the 2004 Junior European Championships. He also rode the winner of the 348th Newmarket Town Plate aboard Bivouac on July 13 this year.

Previous Qatar Goodwood Cup winners: 2015 & 2016 BIG ORANGE  


Michael Bell (Fitzroy House, Newmarket)

Born: October 10, 1960, Bristol

Background: Michael Bell caught the racing bug when at Stowe School, spending part of a holiday working for trainer Henry Candy, with whom his parents had horses. After school, he prepared yearlings at the Haras d'Etreham in Normandy and then spent three years in the Life Guards, during which time he began riding as an amateur - winning five races, including aboard Ten Cherries at Sandown's Grand Military meeting. He spent two and a half years as assistant trainer to Mercy Rimell and three years in the same role with Paul Cole. In 1988, the Cole-trained Pass The Peace - carrying the colours of Brian Bell, Michael's father - won the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket. He took out his own licence in 1989, with Pass The Peace his first winner in the 1989 Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury. He has enjoyed significant success throughout his career, headed by the victory of Motivator in the 2005 Derby.


British Classic Wins (2): Investec Derby (2005 Motivator), Investec Oaks (2009 Sariska)

Other major wins include: Gold Cup (2017 Big Orange), Matron Stakes (2006 Red Evie), Lockinge Stakes (2007 Red Evie), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2009 Art Connoisseur), Irish Oaks (2009 Sariska), Nunthorpe Stakes (2011 Margot Did), Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (2011 & 2012 Wigmore Hall)



Has trained 26 winners at Goodwood, 10 of which have come at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

First Goodwood winner:

Blockade (South Coast Radio Nursery, October 4, 1991)

Major Goodwood Wins:

Qatar Goodwood Cup (2015 & 2016 Big Orange)

Betfred Mile Handicap (2016 Franklin D)

Betfred Conqueror Stakes (2006 Nantyglo)

Markel Height Of Fashion Stakes (2009 Moneycantbuymelove)

Bombay Sapphire Molecomb Stakes (1994 Hoh Magic)

L'Ormarins Queens Plate Oak Tree Stakes (2006 Red Evie)

Qatar Richmond Stakes (2002 Revenue)

Previous Qatar Goodwood Cup winners: 2015 & 2016 BIG ORANGE


Speaking at a Goodwood Racecourse-organised event on July 24, Bell said: "Big Orange is defending his Qatar Goodwood Cup crown and long may he reign over it. He would be the first horse to win the race three times on the trot - Double Trigger had a year's gap in his three.


"Obviously, Double Trigger was an extremely popular horse and it would be nice for Big Orange to join him in winning three Goodwood Cups.


"He is a worthy favourite and provided the ground remains on the fast side, he should have a great chance.


"Big Orange is six now but for a stayer that means he is just coming into his prime. He is a young horse and has only run 24 times - he is not exactly over-raced.


"We keep his training simple - he goes up Warren Hill once a week on his own to work - on Saturdays usually and over seven furlongs on the peat-moss gallop when it is open. He trains on his own which is unusual for a stayer.


"We wanted to run him in the Gold Cup last year but had to abort because of the weather - this year was the first time he ran in that race and it was a very good Gold Cup as he and Order Of St George drew six lengths clear of the best stayers around. There was complete elation, relief and pride after he won that race. To come out the right side of such an epic horse race was amazing. Aidan O'Brien was so gracious in defeat - it was a very happy day.


"There has been a nice gap between the Gold Cup and the Qatar Goodwood Cup, while all his races this year have been spread out. He has not missed a day's training and everything has been well with him.


"He is a fine horse.  Most of the time training Flat horses is like a revolving door - they come and go but when you have a gelding you have a chance of hanging onto them and they needed to be owned by a rich man who does not get tempted by offers.


"It is unusual for them to stay around - under different circumstances he probably would have been sold to Australia, but obviously (owners) Bill and Tim (Gredley) are very attached to him. He will end up back at Stetchworth and they will never sell him, so we are lucky.


"He is very sound but even he soundest of horses can go wrong. Touch wood it has all been plain sailing so far and he does have very good timber and clean limbs, so long may that continue.


"Every time I have had a good horse, I have really tried to enjoy them. Pressure is the wrong word, they increase expectation and maybe levels of concentration!


"He is the first horse we have had that has been really popular - packets of polos in the post for him, texts, emails - it is great. He is such a charming horse, with enormous ears and eyes - everything about him is engaging. He is a gentle giant.


"He is getting used to the attention and is a real character. The stables here are right in the centre of town and I was struggling to decide whether we would open again for the Newmarket Open Day but I feel duty bound to with Big Orange.


"I think it is his style of racing, his physique and other factors which have endeared him to the public and he has a very good win to run ratio."


Big Orange is by Duke Of Marmalade and is very tall - over 17 hands.


Bell continued: "Good stayers need to have speed - Order Of St George placed in an Arc and Big Orange won the G2 Princess of Wales's Stakes twice over 12 furlongs.  The high-class stayers have the mmmspeed to be competitive over a mile and a half - they are not just plodders.


"He won't be going back to the Melbourne Cup this year because he will have too much weight - it is a handicap and he is rated 121 and so he would be giving lumps of weight away - mission impossible.


"He will go on racing for at least a couple more years if possible. Stayers are just coming into their own at six and there is no reason why he should not be as good as he is for the next couple of years.


"Big Orange has just filled his frame now - he is 17 hands and has come to himself. Good stayers like Double Trigger, Persian Punch and Further Flight were going on until they were 10. He is a very good horse and a pleasure to train."


Frankie Dettori

Born: December 15, 1970, Milan, Italy.

Background: son of Gianfranco, 13-time champion jockey in Italy. Frankie (christened Lanfranco) Dettori arrived from his homeland to join Luca Cumani's Newmarket yard as an apprentice in July, 1985. His first success came on Rif at Turin, Italy, on November 16, 1986, and he rode his first British winner on Lizzy Hare at Goodwood on June 9, 1987. He passed 100 winners for the first time in 1990 when recording 141 successes and created history when riding all seven winners on the Saturday at the Ascot Festival in September, 1996. Dettori survived a horrific plane crash at Newmarket in 2000 in which the pilot was killed. He was retained by Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation in 1993, but it was announced in September, 2012, that the retainer would not be renewed. It was subsequently revealed he had failed a drugs test whilst riding in France. On December 5, 2012, Dettori was suspended from riding for six months after being found guilty of taking a prohibited substance, believed to be cocaine. He returned from his ban at the 2013 Investec Derby Festival and became retained rider for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani in July, 2013, whose horses run under the Al Shaqab Racing banner. He is married to Catherine and they have five children.

Career highlights: British champion apprentice in 1989 and champion jockey three times (1994, 1995 and 2004). Awarded an honorary MBE in December, 2000. Has ridden over 3,000 winners in Britain, with his best total in a season - 233 - coming in 1994


193 winners (65 at Qatar Goodwood Festival) - leading current jockey at Goodwood & the Qatar Goodwood Festival

First Goodwood winner:

Lizzy Hare (Birdless Grove Handicap, June 9, 1987)

Major Goodwood Wins:

Betfred Mile Handicap (2004 Ancient World)

Betfred Glorious Stakes (1990 Hajade, 1995 Midnight Legend, 1998 Sabadilla, 2015 Dubday)

Qatar Goodwood Cup (1999 Kayf Tara, 2009 Schiaparelli, 2011 Opinion Poll)

Qatar Gordon Stakes (1992 Bonny Scot, 1995 Presenting, 1998 Nedawi, 2006 Sixties Icon)

Qatar King George Stakes (1993 & 1994 Lochsong)

Qatar Lennox Stakes (2006 Iffraaj)

Markel Insurance Fillies' Stakes (2011 Meeznah)

Qatar Nassau Stakes (2001 Lailani, 2006 Ouija Board)

L'Ormarins Queens Plate Oak Tree Stakes (1998 Beraysim, 2006 Red Evie)

Qatar Richmond Stakes (1999 Bachir, 2015 Shalaa, 2016 Mehmas)

Qatar Stewards' Cup (2015 Magical Memory)

Qatar Sussex Stakes (1991 Second Set, 1999 Aljabr, 2001 Noverre, 2007 Ramonti)

Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (1999 Slip Stream, 2011 Neebras, 2012 Archbishop)

Qatar Vintage Stakes (1998 Aljabr, 2001 Naheef, 2007 Rio De La Plata, 2008 Orizaba, 2015 Galileo Gold)