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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 2
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 22
36 (Donkey) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
29 (Opium Man)
22 (Rat) 1 pm
34 (Blind Man) 10.30am
28 (Red Fish)---10.30 am
12 (King)---1 pm
6 (Belly)---6.30 pm
Wardat Dubai first, the rest nowhere,
in the Maiden Stakes over an extended
mile of good to firm Beverley today; that s
what BHA ratings suggest will be the out-
come and my time-handicap concurs with
It s imperative this Hamdan Al Maktoum-
owned Mawatheeq filly gains winning
brackets for stud purposes and veteran
trainer Barry Hills is certainly mindful of
his responsibility; he s been ultra-patient
with thrice-raced Wardat Dubai and we
both reckon this is nigh on a penalty-kick
which Paul Hanagan shouldn t be troubled
Presumably Paul will be told to set a
strong pace and sort out the wheat from
the chaff; he knows these courses better
than most and indeed by virtue of his
knowledge of the Northern circuit racetracks
was able to win two jockeys championships,
under the guidance of Richard Fahey.
When given positive instructions Hanagan
is top grade, he falls short strategy-wise but
he can certainly compete favourably at the
highest level and there isn t a better finisher
around; superb balance in the closing stages.
Later there are two evening fixtures, New-
ton Abbot and Leicester where Anneani
justifies patience in the 3-y-o handicap over
an extended mile, mount of Aaron Jones.
Recently Aaron had his apprentice
allowance cut to 5lbs but he s as good as
it gets currently and Anneani is definitely
on a winning mark.
At the popular west country venue Mid-
night Mint is strongly-fancied in the Maiden
Hurdle over two and three-quarter miles
and comes out TH best-in!
Not an easy day but selections should all
make the frame and could make into a tasty
Make it Midnight Mint
10.45 Wardat Dubai
2.00 Midnight Mint
Luca Cumani remains keen
on a tilt at the King George VI
And Queen Elizabeth Stakes
with Postponed following a
creditable effort at Royal
The master of Bedford House
endured a slightly frustrating
week at the showpiece fixture
as although almost all of his
representatives ran well, he
failed to get into the hallowed
winner s enclosure.
Postponed was a case in
point, finishing a fine third in
Saturday s Hardwicke Stakes as
Snow Sky, a horse Cumani s
charge beat comprehensively in
last summer s Great Voltigeur
at York, dominated from the
Cumani feels the result may
have been different had the pace
been stronger and he is happy
to have another crack at the
winner back at Ascot on July
"It was a bit of a frustrating
week, but we had seven runners
and five of them were in the
first four, so they did run well,"
"Postponed ran a good race.
Good luck to the winner, who
won well on the day, but it was-
n t a truly-run race.
"I think our horse ran well
in the circumstances and I think
we ll let him take his chance in
the King George."
Postponed is a 6/1 chance
with Sky Bet for the King
George, the same price as Eagle
Top, who narrowly edged him
out in a photo for second place.
Another horse to perform
well in defeat for the trainer
was Pamona, who finished third
in the Ribblesdale Stakes.
Mizzou was one of the lead-
ing contenders for Thursday s
Gold Cup, but came up a little
short in seventh place.
Cumani said: "Pamona ran
very well. She didn t have an
easy passage, but she ran a good
"We haven t made any plans.
It s such a busy week at Ascot
and we haven t had chance to
discuss things, so we ll just let
the dust settle.
"Mizzou was held up in a
slowly-run race and we were
caught out of position, but he
didn t run a bad race and wasn t
"It was a bit more experience
for him and we might look at
the Lonsdale Cup (at York) for
Meanwhile Hughie Morrison
would "love" to win the Betfred
Ebor at York with his Royal
Ascot winner Arab Dawn.
Morrison s runners per-
formed with great credit last
week with a win in Duke of
Edinburgh Handicap supple-
mented by big runs from Fun
Mac and Chil The Kite.
However, there was one
notable big disappointment in
the performance of Vent De
Force in the Gold Cup.
Where Arab Dawn goes next,
though, is still up in the air.
"We re having a debate about
what might be his best trip,"
"It could be 10 furlongs, 14
or even two miles. The great
thing about him is that he can
get himself out of trouble.
"You can get a position, he
relaxes and he has a calm men-
tality, you can move him when
"If he settles, we d love to
win an Ebor. That might be the
"He s also in the John Smith s
Cup but that could be a bit
sharp. You ve got to target these
big handicaps and then hope
they progress to something
grander later in the year."
Fun Mac was second to
Clondaw Warrior in the Ascot
Stakes, trying to concede 7lb
over two and a half miles.
"Fun Mac is not a slow horse,
he s quicker then Vent De Force
and works very well with the
grey horse (Arab Dawn)," said
Postponed on track for King George
John Gosden has raised the possibility of run-
ning impressive Derby winner Golden Horn in
both the Coral-Eclipse and the King George VI
And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
While there were stamina doubts heading to
Epsom for the Cape Cross colt, the way he powered
away from stablemate Jack Hobbs answered all
Gosden immediately pointed to the Eclipse as
his next port of call but having won the King
George with last year s Oaks winner Taghrooda,
he is once again eyeing the midsummer highlight
with a three-year-old.
The Clarehaven handler also holds a strong
hand with his older horses for Ascot, though, with
Eagle Top and possibly Wolferton Handicap winner
Mahsoob in the frame.
"Golden Horn did his first breeze since the
Derby on Saturday, just by himself," Gosden told
Qualify set for Irish Derby bid
Aidan O Brien is set to add Epsom Oaks winner
Qualify to his team for this Saturday s Dubai
Duty Free Irish Derby.
The daughter of Fastnet Rock was a shock 50/1
winner of Epsom s fillies Classic earlier this month,
a victory which entitles her to a free entry into
the Irish Derby thanks to the new win-and-
you re-in incentive associated with certain races
in the build-up to the prestigious event.
O Brien, who has won the Curragh prize an
incredible 11 times, plans to supplement Qualify
on Tuesday and will also confirm at least four
other horses in Epsom Derby fourth Giovanni
Canaletto, Prix du Jockey Club runner-up Highland
Reel, Lingfield Derby Trial winner Kilimanjaro and
Chester Vase winner Hans Holbein.
Geraghty set for McManus role
Barry Geraghty is set to replace Tony McCoy
as retained rider to owner JP McManus, according
The 20-times champion McCoy retired on the
final day of last season leaving a vacancy in the
famous green and gold colours.
Speculation has been rife as to who will replace
him, but McManus racing manager Frank Berry
is hoping Geraghty will be confirmed as McCoy s
replacement in the coming days.
He told the Daily Mail: "Hopefully it will happen.
It is just not finalised but it will be. There might
be something during the week about it."
Geraghty is currently attached to Nicky Hen-
derson s yard but has ridden a number of winners
for McManus, including the 2014 Champion Hurdle
Moviesta set for drop in class
Moviesta will have his sights lowered in an
attempt to get back to winning ways.
Now trained by Eddie Lynam, the five-year-old
has not won a race since his Group Two success
at Goodwood in 2013.
In the interim he has run good races in the Nun-
thorpe and Prix de l Abbaye, but he has been taken
out of the July Cup and will be kept away from
Group One sprints for the time being.
He made his seasonal return in the Diamond
Jubilee on Saturday and after travelling well, faded
in the final furlong.
Part-owner Ritchie Fiddes said: "We always felt
he d be capable of mixing it over six with the best
but Eddie says he just wants to try and get a win
into him now.
"It s nearly two years since he last won so we ll
look for something smaller and try to get his head
"There were lots of positives, he travelled well
and looked better than ever, he was very relaxed.
Postponed wins the
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