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Pat Smullen reached 100 winners in a season
for the first time as Brooch denied British raider
Regardez in the feature Denny Cordell Lavarack
& Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes at Gowran Park,
Joseph O Brien set out to make every yard on
the Ralph Beckett-trained Regardez, getting serious
off the turn.
Brooch, who had been in close attendance from
the off, made it three almost in a line a furlong
out, with Akira on the far rail, and just got the
better of the argument close home to score by half
a length. Odeliz underlined her consistentcy in
finishing third for Karl Burke.
Unraced at two and successful in a Listed race
at Killarney last time out, the 11/8 favourite was
taking her unbeaten record to three in claiming
Group Three honours at the first attempt.
Trainer Dermot Weld said: "That s wonderful.
It s Pat s 100th winner of the season and my 15th
Group winner this season.
"She has progressed nicely through the ranks,
winning her maiden then a Listed race and now
a Group race. I imagine that will probably be it
for the year.
"She always appreciates a nice ease in the ground
and when I came here and walked the track I was
delighted. It s in beautiful condition and a credit
to the ground staff.
"She could develop into a Group One filly next
year. The two English fillies she beat have been
running at the top level."
Celebrating his landmark winner, Smullen said:
"It s probably more a personal thing than anything.
It s not an easy achievement in Ireland.
"It s down to the power of the Dermot Weld
stable, a good agent and support from a lot of
Forza Blacky has Classic Villager to beat
in the opening Maiden 2-y-o Stakes over
ten furlongs of Kempton polytrack today
and this issue could be swayed with two
advantages in favour of Phil McBride s
Twice-raced Forza Blacky improved on his
time-handicap mark when a close fourth over
a mile of this course earlier this month and
is drawn much better that Classic Villager,
mount of Ryan Moore who, apparently, has
announced he wont be going all out to regain
the jockeys championship.
Moore s schedule from October onwards
will be world-wide, Melbourne Cup, Breeders
Cup and other foreign races in Mauritius,
Japan etc will deflect his one-time main
It s a no-brainer for him nowadays
explained a prolific ex-jockey the other day;
he gets a cup for winning the championship
whereas he ll be competing in million dollar
races all over the world, what s better than
One thing is certain commitment from
Moore is always total and he ll be on the
premises with Classic Villager for sure but
there is another bonus with Forza Blacky,
ridden twice by apprentice Danny Brock, he ll
be racing under man-of-the-moment Andrea
I ll bet it s third time lucky for Forza Blacky,
ideally suited to this colossal stamina test for
juveniles judging by the way he stayed on
last time out.
Half an hour later Charlie Appleby-trained
Strong Chemistry has at least a stone in hand
of any form rivals and it will take an above
average newcomer to extend never mind beat
this Godolphin-owned colt if he replicates
an exciting debut effort sixteen days ago in
a strongly-run conditions race. Solid bet.
A similar comment applies to twice-raced
Mystic Jade in division one of the Maiden
Fillies Stakes over seven furlongs; Richard
Hannon has found an ideal opportunity and
our daily patent can also be placed as an
First FIVE races are all for juveniles and
on the all-weather; has one entered heaven?
ELMONT---In her four previous wins,
Artemis Agrotera had never raced more
than 1 ½ lengths off the pace. On Saturday
at Belmont Park, the 3-year-old made up
a 9 ½-length deficit to win the Grade 2,
$300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap for fil-
lies and mares by a head over La Verdad.
Artemis Agrotera, a two-time Grade 1
winner who was seeking her third graded
stakes victory, left from post position one
in the field of six and settled in fifth as La
Verdad shot to the lead from post position
six. With Artemis Agrotera s stablemate
Bridgehamtpon pressing in second, La Verdad
led by 1 ½ lengths through an opening quar-
ter-mile in a brisk 21.61 seconds.
La Verdad extended her advantage to
three lengths through a half in 43.78 seconds
and by four lengths with a furlong to travel,
but Artemis Agrotera, who came five wide
into the stretch, was inexorably gaining on
the pacesetter. Artemis Agrotera drew along-
side La Verdad with 30 yards to travel and
got up in the final strides under jockey Rajiv
Maragh. Willet rallied from last to finish
third, one length behind the winner.
Artemis Agrotera, the 2-5 favorite,
returned $2.80 for a $2 win wager. The final
time for 6 ½ furlongs was 1:15.49.
"She really didn t enjoy being that far
back," said Maragh. "Early on, I tried to keep
her in her rhythm. I had a lot of confidence
in her and tried to be a good passenger and
let her finish strong. I assumed they were
going that fast [43.78] because my filly is
naturally quick, and if she s 10 lengths off
the lead La Verdad had to be going fast to
be that far in front of her. In the stretch, my
filly found a second wind and a third wind.
Even if she had run second or third it would
have been a good performance. It shows
what kind of filly she is to get up and win
the race from where she was."
Winning trainer Michael Hushion said
he didn t give any instructions to Maragh
before the race.
"I didn t expect (Artemis Agrotera to be
that far back)" said Hushion. "I did some-
thing very smart: I didn t say anything to
Rajiv (Maragh). He s riding like that---he s
making all the right decisions. I d hate to
have him think I wanted something, and
he made a great decision here."
In her third start of 2014, Artemis
Agrotera won the Grade 1 Ballerina for fillies
and mares by 6 ½ lengths on August 23
at Saratoga. Hushion originally planned to
wait for the Breeders Cup Filly & Mare
Sprint on November 1 at Santa Anita with
Artemis Agrotera, but he changed his mind
after watching her train following the Bal-
"Now we have six weeks (to the Breeders
Cup). We can take our time," said Hushion.
"She has this under her belt. Like Rajiv
said, he learned a lot about her today."
As a 2-year-old, Artemis Agrotera won
the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont Park. The
daughter of Roman Ruler was bred in New
York by her owners, Chester and Mary Bro-
man. She is 5-0-0 in seven starts and has
earned $934,800, including $180,000 for
her Gallant Bloom triumph.
Trainer Linda Rice was pleased with La
Verdad s performance in the Gallant Bloom,
her first start since a pair of fifth-place fin-
ishes at Saratoga in the Grade 2 HRTV Hon-
orable Miss in July and in the Ballerina.
"We just had to get her back in the game
and let her run her race," said Rice. "The
:43 half might have got us beat at the wire,
and that s a very nice filly who beat her. I
thought she ran great. We re proud of her."
Merry Meadow, Classic Point, and Bridge-
hampton completed the order of finish.
1-16 --- 10.30 am
1-28 --- 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 12 6 5 23
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 9 3 14
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to September 20
11 (Corbeau) 1 pm
13 (Crapaud) 10.30 am
9 (Cattle) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
28 (Red FIsh)
34 (Blind Man)
5 (Parson Man)---10.30 am
23 (House)---1 pm
26 (Foul)---6.30 pm
Smullen hits 100
Charlie Hills is considering supplementing
unfortunate Doncaster loser Cotai Glory for the
Prix de l Abbaye at Longchamp on October 5.
The speedy youngster had the Flying Childers
Stakes in his grasp, when jinking to his right and
leaving jockey George Baker on the ground, just
yards from the winning post.
Thankfully both horse and rider emerged
unscathed from what was a nasty incident.
Hills said: "He s come out of Doncaster in really
good form, despite what happened.
"He s absolutely thriving on his racing at pres-
ent, his home work has improved after each race.
"If the ground stays on the faster side of good,
then I d say we ll probably supplement him for
the Abbaye just because he s in such good form."
Cotai Glory would be getting 18pounds from
his elders, should he take his chance. Although
no juvenile has won the Abbaye since 1978, Kings-
gate Native finished second to Benbaun as a two-
year-old in 2007.
Sky Bet installed Cotai Glory at a very tempting
11/2 "with a run" in their market for the Abbaye,
meaning punters will get their money back if he
isn t supplemented or fails to make the line-up
for another reason.
Bryan Cooper is back riding out and could
return to racecourse action in a few weeks fol-
lowing a horror fall at the Cheltenham Festival.
The retained jockey for the powerful Giggin-
stown House Stud operation suffered a complicated
multiple fracture of his right leg in a fall from
Clarcam in the Fred Winter Hurdle.
Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Turf Club chief medical
officer, at the time described the leg break at the
time as "the worst fracture I have ever seen in
a lower limb".
Now, Cooper s long period of rehabilitation is
finally coming to an end.
Cotai Glory for Abbaye
Cooper nearing comeback
Dramatic run propels Artemis Agrotera
10.10 Forza Blacky (e.w)
10.40 Strong Chemistry
11.40 Mystic Jade.
Strong Chemistry at Kempton
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