07/08/2002 11:00PM

Millenary ends 0-for-6 slide


Millenary and Spinola took Group 2 honors on Tuesday as Newmarket's July Meeting got off to a rain-soaked start.

The victory of Millenary in the 1 1/2-mile Princess of Wales's Stakes ended a six-race drought. Winless since the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes last May, Millenary, a 5-year-old son of Rainbow Quest, came late under a perfectly timed ride by Pat Eddery to collar Mubtaker near the line. The winning margin was a neck, with the pacesetting 10-year-old Yavana's Pace another 1 3/4 lengths behind in third.

Simeon, third in the French Derby and the only 3-year-old in the race, weakened to finish fifth. Millenary, the 5-2 favorite, was timed in 2:32.22 on good to soft ground. Trainer John Dunlop said that Millenary, who won the 2000 St. Leger, would run next in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes on July 27.

Recent maiden winner Spinola scored a 7-1 upset over lukewarm 7-2 favorite Cassis in the Cherry Hinton Stakes, the first Group 2 race of the year for 2-year-old fillies. Spinola and Richard Quinn outdueled Darryll Holland and Cassis to win by a short head, but the George Strawbridge-owned Pearl Dance was probably the best horse in the race. After encountering trouble in mid-rally, Pearl Dance angled out late to finish just a head behind Cassis.

A French-bred daughter of Spinning World, Spinola covered the six furlongs in 1:15.58. Trainer Peter Harris said that the six-furlong Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes Oct. 4 would be Spinola's ultimate objective this year.

The soft ground makes Golden Jubilee Stakes winner Malhub doubtful for the July Cup on Thursday. As a result, the Golden Jubilee runner-up, Danehurst, has been installed as the 11-4 favorite for the six-furlong Group 1 race. A Mark Prescott-trained filly, Danehurst will love the ground, but will be hard pressed by Landseer, the Aidan O'Brien-trained French 2000 Guineas winner who cuts back in distance after a sharp second to Rock of Gibraltar in the St. James's Palace Stakes.

* Sakhee, unraced since finishing third to Street Cry in the Dubai World Cup, pleased connections with a 10-furlong work on Tuesday morning in preparation for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes. However, trainer Saeed bin Suroor said that Sakhee's appearance in the King George depends on the condition of the ground, and that Godolphin is also pointing Prince of Wales's Stakes winner Grandera to that race. Sakhee and Grandera are listed as 7-4 co-favorites by most British bookies.