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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 3
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN 4
30 HOUSE CAT 3
31 PARSON WIFE 5
34 BLIND MAN 1
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 20
21 (Mouth) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
5 (Parson Man) 1 pm
23 (House) 10.30am
6 (Belly)---10.30 am
8 (Tiger)---1 pm
25 (Morocoy)---6.30 pm
Pat Smullen already has an eye on
Ascot s Champions Day for Forgotten
Rules following his admirable effort in
defeat in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
The Dermot Weld-trained five-year-
old lost his unbeaten record in Thursday s
staying showpiece, but still finished a close
third behind Trip To Paris.
Forgotten Rules won the Long Distance
Cup on Champions Day last October and
with the gelding more likely to get his
conditions in the autumn, Smullen feels
the race is the ideal target.
"The ground wasn t ideal, he s definitely
a horse who s better with a bit more ease
in the ground, but to be honest, he never
really relaxed in the race with me," Smullen
"To go two and a half miles at Group
One level and get the distance, you have
to get your horse to relax and really switch
off and he never really did that with me.
He paid the penalty in the last half-fur-
"I don t think he needs two and a half
miles. I think he s probably a real two-
mile horse with an ease in the ground.
"I think he s a horse who ll be there for
many years, with a bit of luck, if he stays
healthy and sound.
"The boss was saying after the Irish
Leger is an obvious race for him and I
think he d run very well in that, but I think
the two miles with an ease in the ground
on Champions Day back at Ascot is tai-
lor-made for him."
Weld confirmed that the Irish St Leger
is likely to be the next principal target
"He was only cruising off the home
turn, but when Pat (Smullen) let him down
on the firm ground he changed his legs
and lost his stride," the trainer said.
"He ll be back, he s a very high-class
horse and the trip was probably just a
bridge too far.
Meanwhile the Prix Jean Prat is being
considered as the next possible port of
call for Time Test following his stunning
display at Royal Ascot on Thursday.
Following an impressive handicap suc-
cess at Newbury last month, the Dubawi
colt stepped up to Group Three company
for the Tercentenary Stakes and showed
a potent turn of foot on his way to an
authoritative victory under Frankie Det-
With trainer Roger Charlton keen to
keep his three-year-old against his own
age group on his next start, he looks set
to venture across the Channel due to a
lack of opportunities on home turf.
A tilt at the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly
would mean a drop in distance, but Charl-
ton is not overly concerned.
He said: "The Juddmonte International
(at York August 19) appeals to me as being
a race for him and it s a question of what
races we run in prior to that.
"There is a lack of suitable races in this
country for those horses, so we ll have to
probably look at France or look at taking
on the older horses.
"If we went to France, the Prix Jean Prat
is a Group One race on July 12, which is
a mile. The alternative is the Prix Eugene
Adam, which is a Group Two and a week
later at Maisons-Laffitte.
"If you didn t go abroad, you could go
to York for the Sky Bet (Stakes), which is
on July 25. It s a Group Two, you re taking
on older horses, and he d go there without
a penalty and carry only 8st 7lb, which
would present a jockey problem.
"I need to discuss it, but my priority
would be to look at the Jean Prat first.
"He showed a terrific high cruising speed
and acceleration. I would consider dropping
him back in distance, I think he s classy
enough to win at a mile."
The Beckhampton handler admits that
although it was hard to get some perspec-
tive upon the victory in the immediate
aftermath, the evidence does suggest that
Time Test will prove a legitimate Group
Ascot return on cards for Rules
A lengthy absence was not nearly enough to stop
Connecticut making a successful reappearance in
the totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes yesterday.
Luca Cumani's four-year-old racked up a hat-trick
of victories last season, scoring at Newbury, York
and Newmarket before returning to the Knavesmire
to finish third in the Melrose Stakes.
He failed to fire on his final appearance of 2014 at
Newmarket in October, but despite having been off
the track since, he was a 4/7 favourite for his return
in West Yorkshire.
With Gatewood's withdrawal making his task far
more straightforward, Connecticut raced with plenty
of enthusiasm in the hands of Adam Kirby and
tracked pacesetting pair Only Orsenfoolsies and Red
Galileo into the home straight.
It was clear once straightened up he had far more
to give than those two opponents and once given
the office, Cumani's charge pulled readily clear,
passing the post with 16 lengths in hand, without
Nancy From Nairobi came through to grab second
from Only Orsenfoolsies, with Red Galileo, who has
failed to go on since his fine run in last year's Derby,
last of the quartet.
Cumani said: "He was very impressive. I certainly
didn't expect him to win by 16 lengths, so I'm very
"It was a very good performance for his comeback
and I think we'll be looking at a Group race for him
next. I haven't really thought about where he'll go as
"He just took a while to come to himself this year.
We were happy with him in the early spring, but he
lost a bit of condition and we've just taken our time
Hunter chases for Long Run
Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run is set to
go down the hunter chase route when he returns to
action later this year.
Winner of the blue riband in 2011 and third in the
following two renewals, the multiple Grade One
winner has been off the track since suffering various
injuries on his way home from running at Auteuil in
May of last year.
However, owner Robert Waley-Cohen reports his
10-year-old to be back in rude health and he is
already eyeing a return to Cheltenham next March
for a tilt at the Foxhunter Chase.
"We're just quietly riding him around the farm at
home at the moment, but I think we'll go hunter
chasing with him," Waley-Cohen told At The Races.
"He's only 10, but he's been in training since he
was two. Having a year off isn't at all what we'd
want, but it probably hasn't done him any harm.
"The Foxhunter would be the number one target
and he'll certainly be entered for the Grand
Goldream to go to York
King's Stand Stakes hero Goldream is unlikely to
return to action until the Nunthorpe Stakes at York
Winner of the Palace House Stakes at
Newmarket on his seasonal bow, Goldream got up in
the shadows of the post to clinch Group One glory
at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, providing Cowell with his
second King's Stand success following Prohibit's
triumph in 2011.
The Six Mile Bottom-based trainer is in favour of
giving his latest star sprinter a short summer break
before heading for the Knavesmire on August 22.
Cowell said: "He came out of the race absolutely
fine and is such a gentleman of a horse with a super
"He went out in the field and had a buck and a
kick, but then he just eats grass and is a very
"I had a chat with the owner after the race and
while it is quite a long time between now and the
Nunthorpe, he is so easy to train and such an
enthusiastic galloper in a morning, I think he would
get himself straight.
"As things stand, I think he'll probably go straight
Arlecchino s Rock is the only conceiv-
able form danger to likely odds-on
favourite, Rouleau, in the eight-runner
Maiden Stakes over six furlongs of
Wolverhampton Tapeta today, I ll chance
a serious each-way punt!
Of course this bet all depends on
whether there is a withdrawal; currently
we re prepared to put down money in
the knowledge that Mark Usher s charge
needs only to occupy one of three placings
for profit but, unfortunately, bookmakers
target these races, unscrupulously!
They have representatives that offer
reward to unsuspecting trainers prepared
to withdraw a declaration and thus reduce
the each-way opportunity to TWO places!
It s fact, many, many years ago one knew
a Ladbroke rep who openly admitted
offering such incentive; how often do you
still notice non-runners in eight-horse
This game is rancid at times, completely
corrupt, and some recent exhibitions of
iffy jockeyship beggared belief, but it s
my life and side-stepping explosives in
mine-fields has become second nature;
also such as myself help steer others
through and enable punters to profit.
Don t underestimate the aforemen-
tioned, so often I ve exposed what even-
tually become headlines and I ll continue
to campaign on behalf of punters!
Progressive, thrice-raced, Arlecchino s
Rock could well make uncomfortable read-
ing for favourite-backers judged on his
latest effort, when a genuine second to
fast-time winner Maccus over a similar
distance at Windsor. That form is solid.
Liam Keniry has been aboard this Rock
Of Gibraltar colt in all races to date and,
significantly, Usher has again secured his
services; where two-year-olds are con-
cerned such association is so important.
Sir Mark Prescott usually up the ante
after Royal Ascot and once-raced Rioca is
an eye-catching dec for the Maiden Stakes
over seven furlongs at Wetherby tonight,
Rioca shaped well when third to Cham-
pagne City over this trip at Beverley last
week, running on well after a tardy start;
expect considerable improvement, and
Arlecchino's Rock is solid
11.55 Arlecchino's Rock
3.05 Tunnel Creek
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