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Marzocco looks set to gain only his sec-
ond success (from seven races!) in the
listed Noel Murless Stakes over 14 furlongs
of 'good to firm' Ascot where a six-race
card has to rate as one of the most unin-
'Every race-card shall contain a two-year-
old race' was the instruction to clerks of
racecourses when one entered the 'Sport
Of Kings' arena all those years ago; like so
much other tradition that has been scrapped
periodically and punters face a particularly
difficult session without recourse to juvenile
form on this occasion.
Every season is another set of two-year-
olds in my book and 'specialising' has been
a fascination, thankfully this-type situation
is indeed a rarity.
Fifth in the St Leger, beaten only five
lengths, Marzocco has been campaigned at
a level just too high but leading trainer, John
Gosden, has found the ideal opportunity
for this 110-rated Kitten's Joy colt which
stayed on strongly at Donny last month;
none of six rivals would/could have been
within tenlengths of the winner Kingston
Hill, declared for the Arc de Triomphe at
That great race will be summarised Sun-
day, don't miss out!
You would be hard-pressed to find a more
moderate race than the only two-year-old
race today, at Wolverhampton, where there
are nine 'decs' for the Maiden Stakes over
an extended mile of Tapeta; probability is
that once-raced, Ed Dunlop-trained Rock
Lobster will win, by default.
Rock Lobster was beaten fifteen lengths
by our nap nap Strong Conviction on Kemp-
ton polytrack eleven days ago but shaped
pleasingly, for want of a better word!
Chances are he'll improve considerably
and beat a motley bunch under Martin
Harley; if he doesn't...!
Earlier Rembrandt Van Rijn should recoup
recent losses in the mile and a half Maiden
Stakes despite a somewhat disappointing
effort over a similar distance at Kempton
fifteen days ago when William Buick got
sucked into a slow pace which didn't suit
David Lanigan's charge.
Sean Kelly rides this time, hopefully he'll
sort out the wheat from plenty of chaff and
land our nap!
3.50 Rembrandt Van Jihn
4.20 Rock Lobster
hard to beat
Tapestry added to Arc line-up
Dane O'Neill has been handed a 21-day ban,
with seven days deferred, following a British
Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel
O'Neill was found guilty of breaching the
whip rules aboard Anya when she finished
runner-up in the BetVictor.com Fillies' Handicap
Stakes at Kempton Park on September 25.
The matter was referred to the BHA by the
local stewards as it was O'Neill's fifth whip
offence, warranting a suspension of between
two to six days, in the last six months.
The panel heard submissions from O'Neill's
legal representative, and viewed recordings of
the race before accepting the rider's admission
he was guilty of the charge.
He was issued with the three-week ban, with
one week of that for two months until 23
December 2014. His suspension will run from
October 10 to October 23 inclusive.
Louis Steward also went before the panel as
he appealed again a 10-day ban imposed by the
Kempton stewards after they found him guilty
of failing to take all reasonable and permissible
measures to ensure Mississippi Queen ran on
her merits at the track on September 18.
The panel considered evidence from Steward,
who was legally represented, and trainer
Michael Bell, as well as viewing recordings of
the race but upheld the original verdict.
Steward will be out of action on October 4
and 6-14 inclusive.
NH greats set
Top-class jockeys turned trainers Adrian
Maguire and Jim Culloty are among those lined
up for the Jump Legends Charity Race at
Chepstow on October 11.
Others to be taking part in the event, which is
to benefit the Bob Champion Cancer Trust and
Tenovus, Wales' leading cancer charity, will be
Graham Bradley, Jimmy Frost, Kevin Mooney,
Richard Rowe, Brendan Powell, Jimmy
McCarthy, Carl Llewellyn and Christian Williams.
The day will also include a parade of horses,
with familiar names such as Celestial Halo and
Neptune Collonges on show.
Bob Champion said: "Last year's race was
such a success that we are delighted to be
doing it again.
"The old boys were pretty competitive and
are all back for more and it's a lovely crowd
pleaser and a great day out for everyone. Plus it
raises much needed funds for the Bob
Champion Cancer Trust and Tenovus."
Aktabantay has been confirmed an intended
runner in Sunday's Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at
Longchamp, with Ryan Moore set to renew
Moore was aboard the Hugo Palmer-trained
colt when he ran out a narrow winner of the
Solario Stakes at Sandown on his latest start
and the rider will again be in the plate at
Aktabantay steps up to Group One company.
Rob Speers, racing manager for owner
Ibrahim Araci, tweeted: "Aktabantay will take
his chance in France on Sunday in the Group
One Jean-Luc Lagardere. Ryan Moore to take
The draw at Longchamp will be key for
Paul Hanagan as he prepares to partner
Classic heroine Taghrooda in the Prix de
l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Sunday.
The former champion jockey teams up
with John Gosden's ante-post favourite as
she looks to atone for her narrow defeat at
the hands of Tapestry in the Yorkshire Oaks.
Winner of the Investec Oaks and King
George, Taghrooda was subsequently report-
ed to be coming into season when she was
beaten half a length on the Knavesmire.
She will have chance to avenge that defeat
as Tapestry has been supplemented for all-
aged middle-distance championship.
The addition of the Aidan O'Brien-trained
filly takes the Arc field to 20 ahead of today's
final declaration stage, with 17 and 18 runners
having gone to post for the last two renewals.
While a big field can produce some hard
luck stories, Hanagan believes Taghrooda
will rise to the challenge if things get a little
tight in the course of the race.
He told At The Races: "She won't shy
from anything really, she can hold her own.
She's a big filly, she rides kind of like a colt
so that (a big field) wouldn't worry me.
"It's hard to say yet (how the race may
pan out) because we don't definitely know
what is going to run yet and we don't know
where we're going to be drawn. It's a bit
early to be going into tactics."
Connections of Tapestry forked out
120,000 euros to add the filly to the field
despite the fact she put up no kind of show
when only ninth in the one-mile Matron
Stakes on her most recent outing.
Ryan Moore is set to ride and Hanagan
thinks it is worth the O'Brien team taking
He added: "It was a lot of money (to sup-
plement Tapestry) but I think she would
have to go and have a run there - she's a
very good filly."
Tapestry was the sole supplementary
entry, with Chicquita and Ruler Of The
World, the likely mounts of Joseph O'Brien
and Frankie Dettori respectively, also rep-
All of the other leading hopes, including
Ectot, Avenir Certain and the Japanese trio
of Harp Star, Gold Ship and Just A Way,
are still in the mix.
Meanwhile, Hanagan is eager to see how
Muthmir fares when stepped up to Listed
company in the Albert Bartlett Stakes at
The five-furlong event, better known as
the Rous Stakes, represents another step up
the ladder for William Haggas' charge, who
ran out a two-length winner of the Portland
at Doncaster, despite stumbling at the start.
Muthmir clocked a new track record that
day and having been boosted to a rating of
108, the four-year-old now makes the tran-
sition in class.
Hanagan told At The Races: "Everyone
has seen how well Muthmir won the Port-
land and he broke the track record.
"He's in great order so I'm really looking
forward to getting on him."
Muthmir faces 12 rivals at the Berkshire
track, with Ajjaadd, Ladies Are Forever and
Steps leading contenders on recent form.
32-34 --- 10.30 am
29-35 --- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 8
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSONMAN 13 6 5 24
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: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to October 2
34 (Blind Man) 1 pm
5 (Parson Man) 10.30 am
4 (Dead Man) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
30 (House Cat)---10.30 am
10 (Monkey)---1 pm
22 (Rat)---6.30 pm
ban for O'Neill
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