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13-18 --- 10.30 pm
35-7 --- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 7
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 6
05 PARSONMAN 11 6 5 22
15 SICK WOMAN 3
18 WATER BOAT 5
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 7 6 3 16
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 2 8 3 13
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: FRIDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to September 5
34 (Blind Man) 1 pm
9 (Cattle) 10.30 am
28 (Red Fish) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
29 (Opium Man)
2 (Old Lady)---10.30 am
35 (Big Snake)---1 pm
34 (Blind Man)---6.30 pm
Glenard, a previous course winner and
one of seventeen "decs" for the £60,000
aged handicap over 14 furlongs of good
ground Haydock today, has been raised
4lbs for a dramatic nigh on all-the-way
success at York last month when a mile-
and-a half seemed absolutely ideal.
We re not convinced and reckon this
game, genuine and consistent four-year-
old Arch gelding is able to reproduce his
mark over much further; in fact I m still
convinced that Glenard would have gone
very close in the two and quarter mile(s)
Chester Cup Handicap but for having his
chance compromised with an outrageous
Frankie Norton did wonders to get on the
fence, unfortunately there was no way out
and Glenard never did challenge; that hap-
pened twice more but trainer Charles Hills
bit the bullet on the Knavesmire where he
instructed William Buick to set a strong,
rhythmic gallop on Glenard and he simply
revelled at the head of affairs.
Two furlongs out Glenard was headed
but he s a battler and rallied, getting back
close home to win, dramatically, by a neck.
Previously, George Baker had been holding
up Glenard and "the long fella" is back on
board; be interesting to know what instruc-
tions he s given, if any.
With four places on offer we offer similar
advice, play the place and view win as a
It s impossible for thoroughbreds to main-
tain sequence and hold form continually
over several months; many are now stale
and the need to monitor good, recent form,
not to mention stables that are flying, is a
necessity which is why we advise you to
follow Hills runners during the next month
Naps are getting serious with another
championship in prospect and Russian
Punch carries the star; this recent unchal-
lenged Redcar winner is clear best-in for
the five-runner Hyperion Fillies Stakes over
the round mile.
That s still a long way for two-year-olds
but Russian Punch shouldn t be troubled
by an extra furlong under Graham Lee, part-
ner in all five races!
Another solid two-year-old bet should
Mark Johnston-trained Secret Brief, one of
ten decs for division one of the Maiden
Stakes over seven furlongs of good to firm
Thirsk where four of the eight races are for
juveniles, ideal for yours truly.
Lee for Punch
owned two-year-old racehorses
are aiming to make a name for
themselves on British race-
One of the pair, Johnny
Barnes, a bay colt, began on a
winning note, landing a maiden
race at Yarmouth on the south-
east coast three weeks ago after
starting the race at 7/4 joint
favourite in a six-strong field.
He followed it up on Tuesday
with a third in a seven-furlong
race at Goodwood, another
southern track, in a field of four,
having started 15/8 second
favourite and again ridden by
The horse, owned by Bermu-
da Thoroughbred Racing Ltd
(BTRL) and trained by John Gos-
den, is named after Johnny
Barnes, a popular 91-year-old
well-wisher, who greets people
at a roundabout on the outskirts
of Hamilton, Bermuda early
every workday morning.
"The Johnny Barnes story
would be absolutely wonderful
if he did turn out to be a special
horse, as it would be in keeping
with how special Johnny Barnes
(the person) has been for
Bermuda all these years," said
and racing enthusiast Simon
Scupham, chairman of BTRL.
"I think the whole island
would get a big kick out of that."
The other horse owned by
BTRL, Horseshoe Bay, is named
after Bermuda s most popular
Trained by Barbados-born Sir
Michael Stoute, Horseshoe Bay
has an entry to make its debut
at Newmarket this month and
remains a hope for next year s
Epsom Derby, the UK s most
famous Flat race.
Added Scupham: "Johnny
Barnes is a miler and wouldn t
likely be a Derby candidate, but
something like the 2,000
Guineas could be his distance.
"He s a compact horse with
a lot of power and economical
movement, whereas Horseshoe
Bay is a much bigger horse with
a lot of stature and has presence
"Sir Michael takes horses who
are slower to come to hand like
Horseshoe Bay, who is probably
more of a middle-distance horse.
"There s always been an
expectation that he would get
one run in as a two-year-old.
"That s sort of the style of Sir
Michael: have one run as an
education and then go away for
the winter and come back as a
three-year-old with potentially
the Derby in mind.
"Both horses have very good
heads and that s very important
for racehorses. We couldn t be
more happier with either of
3.00 RUSSIAN PUNCH (nap);
2.00 THIRSK, SECRET BRIEF
Bermuda-owned pair bid for British glory
Johnny Barnes, a bay
colt, looks to make an
impression on British
Ben Linfoot seeks out the value from Ascot
and Haydock on Saturday, including the feature
Betfred Sprint Cup.
The Group One Betfred Sprint Cup has thrown
up its fair share of shocks over the years and this
season s renewal has all the ingredients for anoth-
er.I ve spent all season taking on Sole Power without
success but now is not the time to revert to Plan
B as he s at his most vulnerable over six furlongs.
He s in the form of his life and if Richard Hughes
can hang onto him and save enough energy for
that thrilling burst of speed, then of course he can
But six furlongs at Haydock is a very different
test to what he is used to and it s one he s failed
before. There are plenty of six-furlong grafters in
against him here and they could well blunt his
turn of foot.
The percentage call is to take him on at the odds
and Sole Power aside, this is a Group One lacking
in consistent top-level performers.
Gordon Lord Byron is next in the betting and
if he s in the same form as when he bolted up in
this race last year he s the one they all have to
beat. However, he s at his best with a bit of cut
in the ground and his price has gone now in any
The standout bet at the current odds has to be
Clive Cox s Es Que Love who is well worth backing
He is improving with age and looks to be just
maturing now so it s no surprise that Cox is getting
the best out of him given his record with top-
His Lennox Stakes win over seven furlongs at
Glorious Goodwood was emphatically franked by
Garswood in the Prix Maurice de Gheest and Glory
Awaits also gave it a boost when running so well
Es Que Love noticeably travelled all over his
rivals in the Lennox and could be called the winner
a long way from home.
Back Ben s Value Bet selections in the Sprint
Cup at Haydock!
He s clearly thriving, something that is backed
up by the supplementary fee connections have
stumped up and the fact he stays further is usually
a positive in this race.
Another positive I ll cherry pick from his past
is some course and distance form where he split
none other than Slade Power and Lethal Force.
That only really adds a bit of gloss to what is
already a good case and at 20s I really do think
he s a fine wager.
The big field gives a handicap feel to a quality
contest and with that in mind Baccarat is also
worth backing at 20/1.
The Wokingham winner is at his best in a big
field on good or better ground over six furlongs
so conditions this weekend are ideal.
The Royal Ascot handicap has unearthed a few
Group sprinters in recent years, Fayr Jag and Deacon
Blues spring to mind, and Richard Fahey s son of
Dutch Art could well be another considering his
The handicapper has raised him 7lb to a rating
of 112 on the back of his Ascot win so officially
he s not far off the best of these, and I can t think
of a reason why Haydock won t suit.
He is also fresher than most after a break, a
break in which he encountered a few niggly prob-
lems according to Fahey. That s in the back of my
mind but at 25/1 he s worth the risk.
Also at Haydock the Old Borough Cup is a crack-
ing betting heat and I can t resist the 18/1 about
Sir Mark Prescott s Big Thunder.
Back Big Thunder to win the Old Borough Cup
Whole lotta Love
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