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Encanter ticks plenty of boxes and is
napped to go one better in the Maiden
Auction Stakes over five furlongs of good
ground Carlisle this afternoon, when a
Worcester summer-jumping fixture runs
There are also two evening meetings,
Bath, where it s forecast firm and sunny,
and Kempton on polytrack, just about the
best all-weather surface around, according
to jockeys and trainers.
Currently there are three different sur-
faces; poly is also laid at
Chelmsford/Lingfield and fibresand has
always been the preferred option around
Wolverhampton changed to Tapeta
recently and it compares favourably, fast
and true, good for bettors!
Leyburn-based Ann Duffield is enjoying
a successful season, proving beyond doubt
the harder you work, the luckier you
become; Ann and ex-jockey/husband
George make a good team and they
have one, Encanter might just be a spe-
For all the world that late thrust in a
Musselburgh maiden, earlier this month,
looked set to succeed as PJ McDonald
launched a tremendous challenge close
home; unfortunately the Equiano filly, a
50/1 short, ran out of time and failed by
a neck; one more stride...!
Encanter improved considerably and
comes out clear best-in on my time-
handicap which usually fires more potently
after Royal Ascot; take heed.
Experience is a major factor and jockey
association is paramount; PJ rides reg-
ularly for the Duffields and presumably
familiarises himself with the majority of
their string in a truly magnificent North
Yorshire setting. To live there is a bonus
Goodwood form is just about as good
as it gets when dealing with two-year-old
racing and once-raced Angie s Girl shaped
well at the Glorious track thirty-two days
ago; her chance is obvious in the Maiden
Fillies Stakes over an extended five furlongs
of the highest racecourse in Britain where
there is no watering system!
Keep clicking on to
www.dailyearner.co.uk because this is the
time of year for speed to count, on fast
Having blazed a trail when sharing the
apprentices title in 2005, even Hayley
Turner is this season having to hand top
billing to another rider, but it s not her old
rival Cathy Gannon who has been the most
successful female so far in this season s
newly-shortened jockeys championship.
Not only is Sammy Jo Bell the leading
lady so far in this season s championship,
but the 24-year-old is also the leading
apprentice overall with 14 victories from
just 63 rides---her impressive 22 per-cent
strike rate putting her ahead of Cam
Hardie---having ridden four winners in two
days last week while most eyes were on
Bell is realistic about her chances of main-
taining her advantage in the apprentices
title race all the way to QIPCO British
Champions Day at Ascot, but is nevertheless
relishing her current hot streak of form.
"I would never have believed I would be
in this position at the start of the season,
but it s been brilliant and I m loving it," she
told Sporting Life. "Ultimately my aim is
obviously to ride out my claim and make
it as a professional, but I m keeping my feet
on the ground. The championship is only
decided on winners, and obviously I d also
like to be getting on nice horses in bigger
races too, so it s not the be-all and end-all,
but it s a massive thrill.
"I was talking to my Mum the other night
and she said How are you going to keep
it going from here? and I said I didn t know,
but that I d rather have got this far and had
the chance to do it than never had the
chance at all. We re only a couple of months
in and it s going to be hard to keep the win-
ners going now, but I m giving it everything
and I ve got my agent Richard Hale helping
me out too."
Bell is no overnight success, having been
based with Richard Fahey s Musley Bank
stable since the start of 2013 after learning
her trade in Ireland.
"I left school when I was 17 and spent
six months with Jim Bolger. It was an amaz-
ing experience and Mr Bolger is an incredible
man, but with hindsight I m not sure it was
the best place to start off as I was a bit
inexperienced and had to learn a lot in a
short period of time," she explained.
"After that I spent three and a half years
working for Kevin Prendergast at the Cur-
ragh. It was a brilliant time, I learnt a lot,
and Mr Prendergast gave me opportunities
to ride and I rode ten winners for him.
"In 2013, I was looking for a chance to
ride in Britain, where there is more racing
and greater opportunities for apprentices,
and that s how I came over.
"Life is great at Richard s although he
does keep you busy---I ride about eight lots
a day! I don t ride out for anyone else, but
we have a large number of horses at Musley
Bank, so there s always lots to do. I live just
down the road, so it s not as if I ve got far
to travel. Sometimes it s hard to get up early
in the morning when you ve been riding
the night before at an evening meeting and
you don t get back home until late, but it s
just what you ve got to do."
A big contributer to Bell s success has
been sprint handicapper Arctic Feeling, with
whom the rider has developed a relationship
based upon a mutual affection!
"He s just an absolute legend and I ve
won five races on him, including a big sprint
at York last October," she said.
Jack Hobbs tops niune for Irish Derby
William Buick expects the Curragh course to suit
hot favourite Jack Hobbs in Saturday's Dubai Duty
Free Irish Derby, a race for which nine horses were
left entered after Tuesday's declaration stage.
The John Gosden-trained colt chased home
stablemate Golden Horn at Epsom earlier in the
month but there had been plenty of discussion
before the race about whether the twists and turns
of the Downs would play to his strengths.
Clearly the course did not present too much of an
issue, but Buick believes the Curragh should bring
out the best in Jack Hobbs.
He said: "The Curragh will definitely suit him. I
think he'll progress, that was only his fourth run.
"It all came thick and fast for him before the Derby,
so he's entitled to improve both physically and
"He's a beautiful horse to ride, you can put him
where you want in a race and he goes to sleep.
"He's a galloping horse but he has got a kick,
Golden Horn just has another gear, and that showed
at Epsom. He's still progressing and learning."
Jack Hobbs is one of nine possibles remaining in
the mix for the race.
Adding colour to the occasion, though, is the
possible participation of a couple of fillies, including
Oaks winner Qualify.
A shock 50/1 winner at Epsom for Aidan O'Brien,
she earned a 'win-and-you're-in' ticket when scoring
on the Downs and has been added to the Curragh
Jim Bolger could also run his Irish 1,000 Guineas
winner Pleascach, though she was turned over in the
Ribblesdale at Ascot last week. Like Jack Hobbs, she
now wears the Godolphin blue.
As well as Qualify O'Brien could run Giovanni
Canaletto, fourth at Epsom, French Derby runner-up
Highland Reel and Kilimanjaro.
Storm The Stars, who ran such a good race to be
third behind Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs, is a
possible for William Haggas, while the unbeaten
Radanpour is set to be Dermot Weld's
Carbon Dating, eighth at Epsom, completes the list.
Ward eager for Acapulco York run
Wesley Ward believes Queen Mary winner
Acapulco is perfectly capable of taking on the older
horses in the Coolmore Nunthorpe at York in August.
Known as a trainer of exceptional two-year-olds,
Ward has so far resisted the temptation to run any
of his previous Ascot winners on the Knavesmire,
despite the huge weight concessions the younger
As a filly, Acapulco would get a massive 25lb from
her older male counterparts, and Ward is keen to
give it a go, so much so he has even sounded out top
American jockey John Velazquez for the ride.
"She's really something," said Ward.
"She's always been a big filly, that's why we bought
her, she was so imposing at the sale.
"It was so disappointing when she had her first run
on the dirt but we brought her home, breezed her on
the grass, and that was the making of her.
"I've nominated her for the Lowther as well just in
case, but she would get 25lb in the Nunthorpe and
that is a hell of an allowance.
"Now as good as Ryan (Moore) is, I wouldn't want
to be giving any of that advantage away so I've had a
word with John Velazquez. The race is on a Friday so
it won't conflict with any of his commitments in
Another winner for Mullins
Another member of a famous racing family
entered the training ranks when Emmet Mullins' first
runner scored at Kilbeggan on Monday evening.
Mullins, a Cheltenham Festival-winning rider,
decided to try his hand at training at the tender of 25
and join the ranks that have been so famously graced
by his late grandfather Paddy, and uncles Willie, Tom
He got off to the best possible start just a week
after receiving his licence when St Stephens Green
landed a bumper in the hands of his cousin, amateur
rider Patrick Mullins.
Mullins, who was 16 when riding his first winner,
decided it was time to have a go at training, feeling
he had achieved as much as he could as a jockey,
winning at Cheltenham on Sir Des Champs in the
Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle in
2011 and riding in plenty of big jumps races including
the Grand National.
Based at Closutton in County Carlow where his
uncle Willie trains, Emmet will not have his second
runner for a while as he only has a handful of horses.
Don't let Breakable slip
Bell making a noise this season
TODAY'S PICK TWO
9, 10, 14, 16, 20
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: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 23
10 (Monkey) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
31 (Parson Wife)
29 (Opium Man) 10.30am
7 (Hog)---10.30 am
27 (Little Snake)---1 pm
34 (Blind Man)---6.30 pm
2.40 Angie's Girl
Sammy Jo Bell...leading lady in this
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