Land Force and Sergei Prokofiev among entries for Newbury’s Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes

A total of 63 entries are unveiled today for the G2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury on day two of the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend, Saturday, September 22.

The six-furlong contest for two-year-olds boasts an excellent roll of honour, with star miler Ribchester (2015) and champion sprinter Harry Angel (2016) among the recent winners.

Aidan O’Brien has yet to win the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes. Britain’s and Ireland’s champion trainer has made eight entries include Land Force, winner of the G2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood last week, and G2 Coventry Stakes third Sergei Prokofiev.

Rumble Inthejungle (Richard Spencer) could step up to six furlongs after his dominant victory in the G3 Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood. Promising stablemate Louis Treize, an eye-catching winner on the All-Weather at Newcastle last month, is also engaged.

Heartwarming (Clive Cox), one of seven fillies among the entries, is set go on trial for the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes in the Listed Byerley Stud Stakes over five furlongs at Newbury on August 17.

The Showcasing filly has had two starts to date and, having finished a good second on debut at Sandown Park in June, she went one better next time out in a five-furlong novice contest at the same track on July 25.

Owned by Hot To Trot Racing, Heartwarming is half-sister to the syndicate’s dual G2 winner Heartache.

Sam Hoskins, racing manager for Hot To Trot Racing, said: “Heartwarming has come out of Sandown well and is going to run next in the Byerley Stud Stakes at Newbury on Friday week.

“She is well thought of by everyone and if she was to run well, then the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes could be a good option. Next week will tell us more.”

Heartwarming’s trainer Clive Cox, who won the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes with Harry Angel, also has G2 July Stakes runner-up Konchek among his six entries.

Yorkshire-based handler Mark Johnston has four contenders to choose from, notably Royal Ascot scorer Main Edition and Natalie’s Joy, successful last time out over the course and distance in the Listed Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury on July 20.

Other Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes entries include Listed Windsor Castle Stakes runner-up Sabre (Richard Fahey) and impressive Goodwood nursery handicap victor Don Armado (Stuart Williams).

The scratchings deadline for the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes is at noon on September 4.

The two-day Dubai Duty Free International Weekend takes place at Newbury on Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22.

Other highlights at the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend include the G3 Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup over 11 furlongs, the five-furlong G3 Dubai International Airport World Trophy and the £75,000 Dubai Duty Free Handicap over 10 furlongs.

 

The Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes

Group 2, £75,000 total prize fund. Six furlongs, Saturday, September 22. For two-year-olds only. Weights: colts and geldings 9st 1lb, fillies 8st 12lb. Penalties: a winner of a G1 or G1 race 3lb. Entries closed August 7, entries revealed August 8 (63 entries), scratchings deadline September 4, five-day confirmations September 17, final declarations 10am September 20. Maximum field 20 runners.

Horse Owner Trainer
AXE AXELROD (USA) Merchants and Missionaries Richard Fahey 
BARBILL (IRE) Susan Bunney Mick Channon 
CAPTAINOFTHEBOUNTY (USA) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
CHAPELLI Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston 
CHUCK WILLIS (IRE) Chelsea Thoroughbreds – Shake of Sheikh Charles Hills 
COMEDY (IRE) Keller, Redvers and Donald Karl Burke 
COSMIC LAW (IRE) John Dance Richard Fahey 
CRANTOCK BAY Keith Breen George Scott 
DECRYPT P Twomey Paddy Twomey IRE
DON ARMADO (IRE) Tom Morley Stuart Williams 
DUNKIRK HARBOUR (USA) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
EMARAATY ANA Ahmad Abdulla Al Shaikh Kevin Ryan 
EXALTED ANGEL (FR) D J MacKay & Mrs E Burke Karl Burke 
FANAAR (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum William Haggas 
FIRELIGHT (FR) George Strawbridge Andrew Balding 
GARRUS (IRE) Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda 
GLORY FIGHTER KIR (HK) Ltd & Dr Johnny Hon Charles Hills 
HEARTWARMING Hot To Trot Racing Clive Cox 
KESSAAR (IRE) M Al-Qatami & K M Al-Mudhaf John Gosden 
KHAADEM (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Charles Hills 
KINKS David Hudd, Chris Wright & Ann Black Mick Channon 
KONCHEK AlMohamediya Racing Clive Cox 
LAND FORCE (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
LEGENDS OF WAR (USA) Qatar Racing Limited John Gosden 
LIFE OF RILEY Ontoawinner, Strecker & Burke Karl Burke 
LITTLE KIM Nick Bradley Racing 35 & Sohi & E Burke Karl Burke 
LOUIS TREIZE (IRE) REBEL RACING PREMIER Richard Spencer 
MAIN EDITION (IRE) Saif Ali Mark Johnston 
MARHABA MILLIAR (IRE) Jaber Abdullah John Gosden 
MARIE’S DIAMOND (IRE) Middleham Park Racing LXXXVI Mark Johnston 
MOUNT TABORA (USA) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
MOYASSAR Hamdan Al Maktoum Richard Hannon 
NATALIE’S JOY Merriebelle Stable & S Chappell Mark Johnston 
NEVERLAND ROCK Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited Richard Hannon 
NICARO (IRE) Michael Slevin Fozzy Stack IRE
OBERYN MARTELL Nick Bradley Racing 32 & Sohi & Partner Eve Johnson Houghton 
PRIVATE ROCKET (IRE) Lee Tze Bun Marces Clive Cox 
PRODUCTION The Royal Ascot Racing Club Richard Hannon 
QUIET ENDEAVOUR (IRE) Ontoawinner & Partners Archie Watson 
QUTOB (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Charles Hills 
RED ARMADA (IRE) China Horse Club International Limited Clive Cox 
RUMBLE INTHEJUNGLE (IRE) REBEL RACING PREMIER Richard Spencer 
SABRE Janis MacPherson Richard Fahey 
SAN ANDREAS (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
SECRET VENTURE Clipper Logistics Kevin Ryan 
SEMOUM (USA) HH SH Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa George Peckham 
SERENGETI SONG (IRE) Hambleton Racing Ltd III & E Burke Karl Burke 
SERGEI PROKOFIEV (CAN) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
SHINE SO BRIGHT King Power Racing Co Ltd Andrew Balding 
SHOWOUT T D Rootes Archie Watson 
SPACE TRAVELLER Clipper Logistics Richard Fahey 
SPORTING CHANCE Abdulla Al Mansoori Simon Crisford 
SWISS CONNECTION Woodcock Electrical Ltd & Ms D Aldridge Bryan Smart 
TEN SOVEREIGNS (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
THE IRISH ROVER (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
TRIGGERED (IRE) P K Siu Ed Walker 
TRUE MASON Khalifa Dasmal Karl Burke 
TYPHOON TEN (IRE) Des Anderson Richard Hannon 
VENTURE (IRE) Malih L Al Basti Clive Cox 
WATAN Al Shaqab Racing Richard Hannon 
WELL DONE FOX King Power Racing Co Ltd Richard Hannon 
WISE COUNSEL Clipper Logistics Clive Cox 
YOUSINI Middleham Park Racing XXI Kevin Ryan 

63 entries

10 Irish-trained

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