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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: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to May 26
27 (Little Snake) 6.30 pm
5 (Parson Man)---10.30 am
4 (Dead Man)---1 pm
16 (Pigeon)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake) 1 pm
22 (Rat) 10.30 am
Rock Follies is all ready to prove a star
turn and provide the best possible enter-
tainment for punters when the curtain
opens for a seven-race programme at good
to firm Thirsk today; Lady Cecil has had
few runners this year!
Is that because numbers are now low at
the famous Warren Place stables, from
where Sir Henry dominated the flat-racing
scene for more than three decades, or is
Jane being patient?
A bit of both probably; there s no denying
an obvious opportunity for Rock Follies,
placed in all five races to date and clear
best-in on the time-handicap which is
enjoying a consistent spell, despite cold
weather, that has turned the form book
upside down these past six weeks.
A beaten favourite on her last outing, six
weeks ago, Rock Follies represents a sound
bet in the 3-y-o Maiden Auction Stakes
over six furlongs despite being drawn right
on the out side of eight declarations!
Bapak Asmara will also attempt to recoup
recent losses under Jamie Spencer in the
Maiden stakes over five furlongs, just a
question of Kevin Ryan s charge reproducing
anything like his 2014 form.
That certainly wasn t the case at Redcar
last month when Bapak Asmara weakened
disappointingly under trainer s daughter
Amy at a time when Kevin s yard definitely
wasn t firing.
Both Bapak Asmara and Rock Follies are
worth the journey northwards; if there are
no non-runners they justify a thieving each-
way double, the type bookmakers hate,
hence the reason why they paid trainers in
the past to take out horses out and thwart
such as myself; we made a business out of
Twice-raced Markstein has Tuco to beat
in the fourteen-runner Maiden Stakes over
seven furlongs of Kempton polytrack
tonight, preference is for John Gosden s
There will be a jumping special and so
check, as ever, on www.dailyearner.co.uk
for another juicy, good-priced, selection.
Rock Follies---a solid bet
10.00 ROCK FOLLIES
11.00 BAPAK ASMARA
Jockey Andrea Atzeni was delighted with Elm
Park after the leading Investec Derby prospect
traversed the famous Epsom turf at a well-attended
Breakfast With The Stars morning yesterday.
Last season s Racing Post Trophy winner ran a
perfectly respectable race when third in the Dante
Stakes at York earlier this month on his seasonal
reappearance and connections are anticipating
improvement ahead of his Classic bid on June 6.
The Andrew Balding-trained son of Phoenix
Reach appeared to have no problems with the noto-
riously tricky circuit, sitting in the slipstream of
lead horse Breakheart rounding Tattenham Corner
before quickening up nicely to finish well on top.
"I was pleased, and thought it was a nice bit of
work," said the jockey.
"He travelled well behind his lead horse, who
went a nice, even gallop.
"I let him stretch his legs coming down the hill
and he cruised to the front and quickened up well.
"He had a good look in front and wandered
around a bit, but he was entitled to as he s never
been here before.
"I think it s good to bring him here as it gives
them a good feel for the track, even though the
pace will be different in the Derby and there will
be more runners.
"The Dante was the best trial of the year. There
were no unlucky stories and hopefully we can reverse
the form on Derby day."
Balding said: "I was happy as Andrea was happy.
The main thing was to let him have a feel for the
track. It was not a fact-finding mission.
"It s a big help coming here and Andrew Cooper
(clerk of the course)) has done a fabulous job with
the ground - it is lovely to work on fantastic ground.
"He had a hard race in the Dante but, to my sur-
prise, by the Monday morning he was fresh and
well. You always worry the first run back after a
long lay-off may drag them back but he seems fine.
"Bonfire won the Dante but he didn t handle
Epsom at all. "Elm Park has had a lot more runs
as a two-year-old and is a bit more professional
and has a better constitution."
John Gosden expressed satisfaction after
watching his Investec Derby hopes at the
Breakfast With The Stars morning at
Golden Horn rocketed to the top of ante-
post lists for the mile-and-a-half Classic
with a brilliant display in the Dante at York
earlier this month, beating his stable com-
panion Jack Hobbs into second.
The Clarehaven pair are set to clash again
on June 6 after handling the contours with
Golden Horn and Frankie Dettori tracked
lead horse Dick Doughtywylie before assert-
ing in the final furlong, while Jack Hobbs,
who will carry the blue of Godolphin for
the first time next month, comfortably beat
his lead horse, Marzocco, in the hands of
Gosden said: "I was very happy with
them. They relaxed well and moved well
down the hill. It was just a breezy piece of
"They are young horses and it was a good
experience for them to feel their way around
the track. It is a peculiar track and it is
something that you can t rehearse at home.
"They will do a piece of work at the week-
end and then we will be where we want to
be with them.
"I think it is an interesting race, even
though people have made it a bit one dimen-
"I am pretty sure that Jack Hobbs will
get the trip and Golden Horn will probably
get it on account that he is very laid-back.
"That will help him as, if it is a true test,
he will need to see out the mile and a half.
"I wanted Frankie (Dettori) to stay with
his lead horse on Golden Horn as he is a
good lead horse, while I was keen on Jack
Hobbs coming away from his lead horse
Marzocco as he is a stayer and having a
look. They were matched up well.
"Golden Horn was asleep, and that tem-
perament is a big plus. If you don t relax
early on you won t stay.
"Jack Hobbs is an equally laid-back horse
but he was very much on the ball."
Dettori and Buick will be switching
mounts on Derby day, having ridden the
opposite horses at York.
Dettori said: "The Dante was a telling
factor, but don t dismiss Jack Hobbs as he
is still a good horse.
"I think that a mile and a half is definitely
in his compass and he is a much more raw
horse than Golden Horn.
"Golden Horn handled the track OK. He
is a very laid-back character and he needs
a crowd to rev him up. He will be a better
horse on the race day."
Buick said: "Jack Hobbs felt very com-
fortable coming down the hill. We didn t
press any buttons but he is still learning
about the game.
"Every step which he takes is going for-
ward. The ground was perfect for him out
Derby duo leaves Gosden smiling
Elm Park satisfies
in Epsom spin
Found remains in contention for the Investec
Derby at Epsom on Saturday week following her
narrow defeat in Sunday s Irish 1,000 Guineas.
The last filly to run in the mile and-a-half Classic
was Cape Verdi, who finished ninth in 1998, with
Nobiliary the latest to be placed when second to
Grundy in 1975.
Six fillies have won the Derby, although the latest
was 99 years ago when Fifinella landed a wartime
substitute Derby at Newmarket.
With a number of Aidan O Brien s Derby prospects
falling by the wayside, the Coolmore team are not
ruling out letting Found take on the boys after going
down by half a length to Pleascach at the Curragh.
Coolmore representative Kevin Buckley said at
Tuesday s Breakfast With The Stars morning at
Epsom: "The plan is to come to Epsom, probably for
the Oaks but possibly for the Derby.
" We have a good representation in the Oaks with
Diamondsandrubies and Together Forever, so we have
to look at the Derby for Found."
Other possible Derby contenders for the master
of Ballydoyle include Chester Vase winner Hans Hol-
bein, but it appears increasingly likely dual Guineas
winner Gleneagles will not be on the team.
"I was taken by Hans Holbein s performance at
Chester. He s a big price," said Buckley.
"Aidan maintains he (Gleneagles) is a specialist
miler. Being realistic, the St James s Palace (at Royal
Ascot) is his likely target."
in Derby hat
Horn during the
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