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Waldnah is strongly-fancied to gain
reward for consistency in the fourteen-
runner Maiden 2-y-o Stakes over a mile
of Kwempton polytrack today, when
another all-weather meeting on Southwell
fibresand will run in tandem, along with
jumping at Catterick.
Plenty of betting opportunities but you re
advised to stick with my daily patent and
John Gosden-trained, Waldnah, mount of
Nicky Mackay; this thrice-raced New
Approach filly has finished second in all
races, ridden by Rab Havlin.
The jockey change suits me, ideally;
Mackay is much under-rated but hasn t
fired through the years due to lack of com-
mitment, attitude, etc, but Nicky is a poten-
tial class act determined to make up for lost
time, as he mentioned during a TV interview
Waldnah achieved her best time-handicap
mark over course and distance six weeks
back; it s significant Big John has allowed
a deal of recovery time because thorough-
breds benefit enormously when spelled
even for a relatively short period.
Several lightly-raced rivals, not to mention
a clutch of well-bred newcomers, make for
an informative, intriguing, race but the TH
pinpoints an obvious opportunity for Wald-
nah and I ll back her to go one better.
Half an hour later Gosden and Mackay
are also represented by Tempus Temporis,
one of seven decs for the nursery handicap;
I ve been waiting for this classically-bred
Unless I m mistaken Tempus Temporis
is a lot better than bare form suggests, has
been looked after so to speak and will be
ready to take advantage of a lenient mark.
His latest effort, when finishing strongly,
was eye-catching, and significant.
Knowing something that no one else
knows is the key to opportunistic punting
but I ve a feeling Gosden wont be enter-
taining an angel unawares if indeed this
If Pancake Day runs up to anything like
on the deep stuff there can only be one
winner of the nursery handicap over six
furlongs at the Nottinghamshire venue; get
It's Pancake Day at Southwell
9.55 Pancake Day
12.50 Tempus Temporis
OZONE PARK---New York-bred
juveniles took centre stage on
Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack
with a pair of impressive per-
formances by Good Luck Gus
in the $100,000 Damon Runyon
and Freudie Anne in the
$100,000 East View Stakes.
Trained by Rudy Rodriguez for
owner Michael Dubb, Good Luck
Gus outside post in the 11-horse
field caused initial concern for
"When we drew the No. 12, I
said to Rudy, I would be fine
waiting because I have that much
confidence in this horse," com-
mented Dubb. "I liked this horse
so much I wanted to run in the
Jerome (Grade 2, January 3)."
However, the decision by
owner and trainer to run in the
Damon Runyon was rewarded.
With jockey Ruben Silvera in
the irons, Good Luck Gus worked
out a perfect stalking trip, track-
ing pacesetter Regal Minister
through early splits of 23.21 and
48.17 seconds. Fifth early and
improving to third on the back-
stretch, Good Luck Gus moved
for the lead on the far turn. The
Lookin At Lucky colt took over
the lead at the quarter pole, hold-
ing off a game and fast-closing
duo in runner-up Bullheaded Boy
and third-place finisher Tizquick
to win by 1 ½ lengths.
Returning $11 for a $2 wager,
Good Luck Gus picked up his
third win in seven starts for the
year, and second stakes win fol-
lowing the New York Breeders
Futurity on October 4 at Finger
Lakes. His career earnings are
"Since we got him he s been
very special to us," said
Rodriguez. The post position was
a little hard; we were thinking
of scratching, but I think we
made the right decision, and he
proved it today. I told (jockey
Ruben) Silvera not to worry about
losing ground, just be well placed.
He fought on, and looked like he
could handle 1 1/8 miles today."
The distance of one mile, 70
yards was completed in 1:45.80.
Rounding out the order of fin-
ish was Fleeting, Regal Minister,
Saint Joseph, Possilicious,
Thrown of my Own, Masons
Dream, J C s Not Brown, and
Che La Luna.
In the East View, odds-on
favourite Freudie Anne captured
her first stakes victory by remain-
ing on the lead throughout.
Breaking sharply out of the gate
under jockey Jose Ortiz, Freudie
Anne set moderate fractions of
24.02, 49.11, and 1:14.40, with
My Super Nova in close pursuit.
Entering the stretch, she
spurted away and coasted to the
finish to win by 9 ¾ lengths.
"She broke good. It seemed
like there was a lot of speed in
the race, but my filly was so
game, and broke really sharp,"
said Ortiz. "I was able to get the
lead easy; I thought I would have
to go :23, :47 to get the lead, but
everyone took back. My filly
relaxed very well, and when I
Initially breaking her maiden
on the turf on September 7 at
Belmont, Freudie Anne returned
$4.80 for a $2 wager. She is now
3-for-4 in her career with earn-
ings of $141,500, and completed
the one mile, 70 yards in 1:44.50.
"I think she s a versatile filly,"
said Eddie Kenneally, who trains
the filly for Marc Detampel.
"Originally, we scheduled to run
her on dirt on closing weekend
at Saratoga, but it didn t work
out, and the next maiden race
that came up happened to be on
turf. She s as good or better on
the dirt, and she showed that
Hot City Girl was able to best
Building Permit at the wire for
second; followed by My Super
Nova, Sweetpollypurebrd, and
Classic Aussie completing the
order of finish.
Good Luck Gus impresses at Aqueduct
6-23--- 10.30 am
29-26--- 1 pm
20-6--- 6.30 pm
6, 11, 12, 13, 19
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 9 7 8 24
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSONMAN 14 8 8 29
15 SICK WOMAN 4
18 WATERBOAT 7 13 2 22
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 8 10 3 21
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 4 10 5 19
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to December 15
9 (Cattle) 1 pm
29 (Opium Man) 10.30 am
24 (Queen) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
27 (Little Snake)
18 (Water Boat)---10.30 am
4 (Dead Man)---1 pm
13 (Crapaud)---6.30 pm
Garde La Victoire has been left with top weight
following the five-day confirmations for The
Ladbroke at Ascot on Saturday.
The Philip Hobbs-trained Greatwood Hurdle
winner has been left at the head of the pile fol-
lowing the defection of Zamdy Man, who ran at
Cheltenham at the weekend.
Hobbs said: "I m glad it s been dry recently as
the better the ground the better his chance.
"We thought about running him in the Relkeel
at Cheltenham but he d have been giving weight
to horses rated higher than him so it just made no
Hobbs also has Exeter regular Hello George in
the valuable handicap hurdle, for which there are
22 horses remaining.
Sign Of A Victory, trained by Nicky Henderson,
has been earmarked for this race since winning
the William Hill Handicap Hurdle at Ascot over
six weeks ago and is a leading ante-post fancy.
The Seven Barrows handler has a second possible
in Cool Macavity but he has taken out his other
entries, including recent Sandown scorer Snake
Eyes, while John Ferguson is double-handed with
Ruacana and Pine Creek.
Activial is also a major player for the Harry Fry
There is a strong Irish representation, with Willie
Mullins leaving in Greatwood third Clondaw War-
rior. Gordon Elliott could saddle Bayan and Shadow
Catcher, with Tony Martin s Pyromaniac and Sea
Beat from Arthur Moore s stable the other Irish
Only five left for
Long Walk Hurdle
Another disappointing field size for a feature
Saturday race is guaranteed after only five horses
were left in at the five-day stage for the JLT Long
Walk Hurdle at Ascot.
A raft of small fields dominated the jumping
action last weekend, and the Grade One contest
won four times by Baracouda and on three occasions
by Big Buck s has lost seven of its 12 entries from
the last forfeit stage.
However, among the five is the Nick Williams-
trained Reve De Sivola, winner of the last two
In two outings in France this season the nine-
year-old has been well beaten, but Williams may
also run Aubusson, an impressive winner of the
Fixed Brush Hurdle at Haydock.
Paul Nicholls has taken out the impressive New-
bury scorer Silsol but could be represented by
Zarkandar, winner of a Grade One in France on
his last outing.
Alan King s Medinas, who took advantage of a
below-par More Of That at Newbury, will be looking
to capitalise on any weaknesses from the others.
Dell Arca, who has been novice chasing without
success this season for David Pipe, completes the
Among others taken out were Nicky Henderson s
Beat That and Blue Fashion and Willie Mullins
Briar Hill and Zaidpour.
Pipe said on his Web site that he has always
fancied running Dell Arca over further.
"We have Dell Arca in the race and while he
has performed creditably over fences this term, a
return to timber over this longer trip could be on
the card," he said.
"Despite winning the Greatwood Hurdle over
the minimum trip he has always looked as worth
trying over further and while he has it to do on
official figures, this looks a decent opportunity to
give him a go."
Garde La Victoire
to carry top weight
in Ascot feature
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