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Roger Charlton has identified the Tercentenary
Stakes at Royal Ascot as a likely target for impres-
sive Newbury winner Time Test.
The Dubawi colt made a big impression when
running out a decisive winner of last weekend s
London Gold Cup at Newbury and his trainer is
looking forward to testing his powers in Pattern
He said: "Time Test s great and came out of
his race very well. It was impressive and he needs
to go up a gear and hopefully keep building on
"In reality, the Juddmonte (owners) connections
are not particularly happy playing in handicaps,
so we re really in Listed and Group races.
"There are no Listed over a mile and a quarter,
except next Saturday at Newmarket, which is too
"Therefore, the next one is the Group Three
Tercentenary (Stakes) at Royal Ascot and I guess
if all s well with him that s where we ll go."
Charlton also provided a an update on another
high-class three-year-old colt, Ooty Hill.
Runner-up behind Star Of Seville at Newbury
last month, he holds entries in the Irish Derby
and King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, but
will not now be seen until the autumn.
"Ooty Hill had a small setback and a small
operation, not an operation that will affect his
racing career, but it really means we probably
won t see him until September," Charlton told
"He s a very big horse and sometimes these
setbacks are a blessing in disguise.
"I m sure he ll make a decent horse in the
autumn and a better horse next year.
"We can now be patient and we can work out
a good programme to end up with a decent horse."
by Belardo effort
Roger Varian hopes there is further improvement
in Belardo after he got his season back on track
in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.
Last year s Dewhurst winner finished down the
field on his return to action in the Greenham at
Newbury last month, but showed his true colours
by finishing a close-up fourth behind dual Guineas
winner Gleneagles at the Curragh on Saturday.
Varian believes his charge would have finished
even closer but for a tardy start and a potential
rematch with the winner in the St James s Palace
Stakes at Royal Ascot - for which he is a 16/1
chance with Sky Bet - is a possibility.
Varian said: "We were really pleased with his
performance, although it was a little bit frustrating
that he was slowly into stride for whatever rea-
"Because of that he missed out on getting a
midfield position and if he had, I think he would
have been right in the mix with the first three.
"He obviously raced poorly at Newbury and
while we were fairly confident that was ground
related, he nevertheless had to bounce back and
you are eager to see them perform on the track
again. Varian raised the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly
as another potential target for Belardo should fast
conditions prevail in Berkshire next month.
"That (Royal Ascot) is the next possible port
of call for the St James s Palace. It s difficult to
make plans because of the weather, but we ve all
been to Royal Ascot with our umbrellas before,
so who knows? He can race on good ground, but
we just have to be disciplined enough not to run
when the ground gets firm," said the trainer.
"There is also the Prix Jean Prat at the end of
June, so I think they are our two targets and we ll
see what happens."
Yarrow, one of eight decs for the Maid-
en Fillies Stakes over twelve furlongs of
good to firm Leicester today, represents
the best chance of a winner, from four
mounts, for ex-champion jockey Ryan
Significantly this thrice-raced Sir Michael
Stoute-trained Sea The Stars three-year-
old achieved her best time-handicap mark
when upped to this trip at Salisbury three
weeks ago, an excellent seasonal debut; if
able to achieve similar or better Yarrow will
surely be too strong for forecast-favourite
Moore has every chance of winning the
newly-formatted jockeys championship
because he s prepared to travel and make
the supreme effort; never forget the harder
you work, the luckier you become and his
continued visits to winners enclosures, all
over the world are testimony to dedication
Consistency should gain reward and end
a vexing sequence of four consecutive sec-
onds for Fast Dancer in the Maiden Stakes
over five furlongs at Windsor which is also
forecast to ride good to firm for another
Clear best-in and strongly-fancied Fast
Dancer is the mount of James Doyle, one
of our best jockeys whose rapid rise through
the ranks has been impressive.
Our daily patent also includes Sharqeyih
in the Maiden Fillies Stakes over an extended
nine furlongs of Carlisle, trained by William
It s so important to obtain winning brack-
ets for well-bred fillies and absolutely
imperative this Hamdan Al Maktoum-
owned three-year-olds does the biz under
dual-champion, Paul Hanagan, who knows
the Northern circuit so well.
Haggas combs the entry book fastidiously
for opportunities and is prepared to journey
thoroughbreds far and wide to take advan-
tage of them; a trainer to follow, without
Pleascach repelled hot favourite Found
yesterday to win the Irish 1,000 Guineas
and is now set to tackle the colts in the
Having won the 10-furlong Blue Wind
Stakes at Naas less than a fortnight ago in
spectacular fashion, it was no surprise to
see Pleascach ridden positively back over
the mile by Kevin Manning, tracking pace-
setting stable companions Mainicin and
As that pair began to weaken heading
inside the last two furlongs, 11/2 chance
Pleascach moved into the lead, with Bocca
Baciata following her through.
Found, winner of last season s Prix Marcel
Boussac but beaten on her seasonal return,
encountered some trouble in running, but
managed to get into the right posititon to
throw down her challenge to Pleascach just
inside the final furlong.
Bolger s ace was not for catching, however,
and passed the post half a length to the
Devonshire was third ahead of Jack Naylor
and Bocca Baciata.
The stewards held an inquiry into inter-
ference between the first two home as Pleas-
cach edged left towards Found, but the plac-
ings were left unaltered.
Bolger described the victory by the filly,
who he bred himself and races in his wife
Jackie s colours, as being "very satisfying",
but added that he saw this success as being
only "a bonus" before she went back up in
trip to a mile and a half.
"She has a nice bit of toe and is basically
not a miler. She s a relentless galloper with
a turn of foot as well," he said.
"The Guineas is a bonus. It worked out
well with a strong pace. I was a bit worried
that a 66-rated filly (Mainicin) could do it
(make the pace) and hopefully it won t affect
her mark too much!
"She will go for the Irish Derby and then
the Oaks after that.
"Entering her in the Derby wasn t so
much what I thought about her, it was really
what I thought about the colts, with all due
respect to our neighbours.
"We think she s very good, she s right on
that level with the colts. I bred the filly, her
sire and the dam of the sire. She s explosive,
just like her name [English translation of
Manning added: "The pacemaker did a
great job, I was able to do my own thing.
From three out I just had to wind her up.
It was a very fast-run race at Naas and I
felt she had come on from that.
"Last year she won over seven and I think
she s very versatile. I d have no questions
about a mile-and-a-half."
Stay with Fast Dancer
Explosive Pleascach repels all in Guineas
Time Test for
Royal Ascot next
TODAY'S PICK TWO
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 6
05 PARSON MAN 4
15 SICK WOMAN 2
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 1
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN 4
30 HOUSE CAT 2
31 PARSON WIFE 5
34 BLIND MAN 1
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to May 23
33 (Spider) 6.30 pm
35 (Big Snake---10.30 am
5 (Parson Man)---1 pm
25 (Morocoy---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake)
15 (Sick Woman) 1 pm
7 (Hog) 10.30 am
8.45 Fast Dancer
Pleascach, outside, holds off Found in an exciting finish to the Irish 1,000 Guineas yesterday.
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