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Ryan Clark moved to within six winners of
losing his 3lb claim after scoring a facile win
aboard Dancing Primo in the opening division
of the Orpheus Centre Handicap at Lingfield.
Exuding confidence throughout the extended
one-mile-three-furlong contest aboard the
nine-year-old, Clark only needed to push the
6-1 shot out to claim an easy six-length win.
The victory not only handed Clark his 89th
winner (in Britain), and second of the season,
it marked a first success for the Mark Bris-
bourne-trained mare since she scored at Bath
Clark said: "I rode her a couple of years ago
at Ffos Las and since then she has really dropped
down the weights.
"I was just told to ride her with a bit of con-
fidence and Mark was confident on the phone
about her chances. Everything went right for
her and she made her class tell." Justice Belle
saw her quest for a long overdue first win come
to an end after getting her head in front in the
C W Energy Maiden Auction Stakes.
Having finished second on her last five
appearances, the Ed Walker-trained three-year-
old justified her 4-7 price tag to see off her
rivals by three and a quarter lengths.
Antonio Fresu, winning jockey, said: "She is
a bit tricky and when she jumped off she was
a bit keen. When I asked her to quicken, though,
she went away easily."
Weardiditallgorong did everything right after
coming with a sustained late run to take the
WMIR Handicap Stakes.
Despite showing little since obliging in a seller
at Nottingham in October, the three-year-old
stayed on resolutely under David Probert to
spring a surprise at 20-1 and hand trainer Des
Donovan his second winner from as many run-
ners this week.
Donovan said: "It was a bad race and I don t
think that the favourite (Overlord) went on the
ground. She is only moderate and they went
quite steady, but she gallops on well and she
Sixties Sue saw her bold bid from the front
in the Crystal Palace Football Club Median Auc-
tion Stakes rewarded with a narrow victory.
Although hard-pressed late on in the six-
furlong contest, the line came in time for the
Mick Channon-trained 9-2 chance, who had
a neck to spare over second-favourite Gerrard s
Mick Channon junior, representing his father,
said: "Sixties Icon (sire) just seems to improve
whatever mare he goes with.
"She is a good solid sort that has got a good
cruising speed. We might put her away now
or look for a conditions race."
Gary Mahon upstaged three-times champion
jockey Richard Hughes after getting the better
of a tight finish aboard Gen I Am in the Avensys
Fillies Handicap Stakes.
Despite dropping his whip the 7lb claimer
showed his strength in the saddle at the con-
clusion of the seven-furlong contest to get
Sylvester Kirk s charge home by a neck.
Mahon said: "They went a good gallop up
front but she quickened well off it. She is a
very genuine horse."
The splits came at the right time for Mister
Mayday (5-1) after weaving his way from the
back of the field to land the concluding PMW
Although proving troublesome going down
to the start, George Baker s four-year-old knew
his job once under orders, getting up late on
in the hands of Pat Cosgrave to score by a short
Golden Horn will face 11 rivals as he
bids to justify favouritism in the Investec
Derby at Epsom.
Frankie Dettori will be aboard the Dante
winner tomorrow as he bids to win the race
for the second time.
There is, however, a slight question mark
over the suitability of the ground for both
the market leader and stablemate Jack
Their trainer John Gosden said: "I ll walk
the track on Saturday morning. The ground
is perfect right now, but we ll see what the
weather does and whether they get a thun-
derstorm. I m happy with all the horses."
Whereas Golden Horn would not be
knocked off his stride on a brisk surface,
Gosden would ideally like a little ease in
the ground for Jack Hobbs, who will run
for the first time in Godolphin s blue silks.
The Clarehaven handler asaid yesterday:
"The race is at 4.30 pm, and if it is sunny
and breezy I would be concerned. I will
walk the track beforehand. Godolphin and
the other partners are aware that I will be
"Jack Hobbs is a grand, scopey, rangy
individual, who should improve with age.
The Derby comes soon enough for him.
"He is a talented individual, who I hope
will be racing at four and five. I think he
learnt a lot at Epsom at Breakfast With The
Stars and I was very happy with his work
at the weekend."
Andrew Balding is in a similar position
with Elm Park, who missed the 2000
Guineas at Newmarket earlier in the season
because the ground was too fast.
The Kingsclere handler said: "It sounds
like they (thunderstorms) are going to be
localised so let s hope we re lucky and that
some of them hit Epsom.
"He ll run, but I d obviously be a little
bit more apprehensive running him (on fast
ground). I m sure it will be safe ground.
There s not a lot I can do. It s just que sera
"I m sure whatever happens he ll run a
The Group One-winning colt, third
behind Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs in the
Dante at York, is joined in the line-up by
German challenger Rogue Runner, who is
also owned by Qatar Racing.
The official going at Epsom on Thursday
evening was good.
Andrew Cooper, Head of Racing and
Clerk of the Course at the track said: "We
have had a drying day but the ground
remains Good, with a GoingStick reading
"There is a risk of showers, maybe thun-
dery, from 8 am tomorrow. There is no
great certainty about the showers arriving
so we will have to just wait and see what
Aidan O Brien---looking for his fourth
consecutive success in the blue riband
event---has declared Giovanni Canaletto
(Ryan Moore), Hans Holbein (Seamie Hef-
fernan) and Kilimanjaro (Joseph O Brien).
Rank outsider Carbon Dating and Success
Days also make the journey across the Irish
The latter has slightly slipped under the
radar for the Classic, despite having won
two of Ireland s big spring Derby trials for
trainer Ken Condon.
Jockey Shane Foley feels his partner is
made of the right stuff to handle Epsom.
He said: "His temperament is very good.
He s a very laid-back horse and only does
what he has to. He seems to jump and travel
in his races.
"We all know he s been running on dif-
ferent ground. He s very good on slow
ground, but he has won on good ground,
so we re very hopeful.
"I think the trip will be no bother to him.
I ve made plenty of use of him over 10 fur-
longs. He ll be able to jump and hold a
position and hopefully be there if he s good
enough a furlong out."
Epicuris, Moheet and Storm The Stars
complete the final field.
As well as Zawraq, Godolphin s Best Of
Times and the Balding-trained Rocky Rider
were also withdrawn.
Legatissimo first, the rest nowhere, if
Ryan Moore allows this David Wachman-
trained Danehill Dancer filly to stretch out
in the Investec Oaks over twelve furlongs
of good Epsom ground today; on the time-
handicap there isn t the slightest danger!
Realistically the only hope for ten rivals
is whether Legatissimo stays this distance
but the manner in which she powered home
to land the 1000 Guineas over the Rowley
Mile last month suggests further will be
more advantageous; her dam, the inglori-
ously-named Yummy Mummy, was by
Epsom Derby winner Montjeu.
Nigh on all signals are down and price-
wise we just hope there are plenty listening
to all the accompanying gossip that will be
spewed out on TV channels championing
the causes of opposition to our confident
Rest of this seven-race programme has
been consigned to my too difficult tray,
which nowadays seems to be full all the
time given the daily dross served but it could
be worth backing a couple at Bath where
the un-watered surface at the highest race-
course in England will also be good.
That means perfect for both Imtiyaaz and
Kevin Ryan has journeyed Soft Love a
long way for the Maiden Fillies Stakes over
an extended five furlongs, why?
This looks an absolute penalty-kick for
Imtiyaaz; there are times when one wonders
if trainers actually read the form book or
indeed are unable to interpret what s con-
tained therein and if Soft Love beats Roger
Varian s charge I ll make a strong donation
to the local blind box. I ll probably do that
in any case.
Once-raced Little Voice is strongly-fancied
for the Maiden Stakes over five furlongs;
Charles Hills took her out because of a
minor blip last week but it has given this
Scat Daddy filly more recovery time from
exertions of a promising fourth to Miss
Moneypenny in a similar race at Windsor
twenty-five days ago.
Patience is needed, especially with two-
year-olds; never underestimate recovery
Little Voice can be heard Clark gets closer
to losing claim
Horn to face 11 contenders in Derby
2.55 Little Voice
TODAY'S PICK TWO
8-11 • 16-28
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 2
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN 4
30 HOUSE CAT 3
31 PARSON WIFE 5
34 BLIND MAN 1
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 3
26 (Fowl) 6.30 pm
10 (Monkey)---10.30 am
4 (Dead Man)---1 pm
31 (Parson Wife)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
32 (Shrimps) 1 pm
9 (Cattle) 10.30am
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