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Madame Butterfly to star in the Maiden
Stakes over seven furlongs of good to firm
Newcastle tonight, one of the main North-
ern circuit attractions which will look some-
what different next year. Graham Gibbons
This fantastic, galloping, course is about
to be dug up and replaced with an artifical
Tapeta surface, which is already laid around
Wolverhampton; we ll lose such prestige races
as the Northumberland Plate, Gosforth Sprint,
which have been synonymous with this left-
handed North-Eastern circuit but, given
what has happened down the past few years,
in these days of rapidly-declining standards,
to hell with tradition, the bedrock of our
English racing scene.
The plan of Arena Racing, owners of (too!)
many English racetracks is to install floodlights
down the straight mile, can you imnagine
anything more ludicrous?
Viewing will be farcical but, of course,
there will be an abundance on TV s in the
stands; will locals bother on a cold,
windswept evening knowing they can switch
on the telly and watch Attheraces racing
Attendance figures will be interesting!
In a perfect punting world I d back thor-
oughbreds with good chances only when
Gibbons is aboard!
Pound for pound there is absolutely no
doubt GG is the equal of any jockey on this
planet; for instance David Barron has entrust-
ed Gibbons with several major projects and
gained tremendous reward; no one shrewder
than the Thirsk maestro, take note.
David O Meara is also smitten and booked
Graham when Madame Butterfly made an
auspicious debut eighteen days ago; as you d
expect from such a beautifully-named filly
she produced an impressive performance.
A replication will suffice and that applies
to once-raced, Richard Hannon-trained,
Alsaaden in the Maiden 2-y-o Stakes over
six furlongs at Doncaster, which kicks off
another seven-race programme.
All boxes are ticked for Alsaaden; don t
oppose unless you know something that no
one else knows.
Hopefully we ll have a jumping special
at Cartmel and so don t hesitate to click onto
www.dailyearner.co.uk for updates; Always
10.00 Alsaaden (nap)
2.10 Madame Butterfly
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 3
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: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 25
1 (Centipede) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
25 (Morocoy) 1 pm
15 (Sick Woman) 10.30am
27 (Little Snake)---10.30 am
1 (Centipede)---1 pm
6 (Belly)---6.30 pm
Madame Butterfly to star
Epsom runner-up Jack Hobbs
will face seven rivals when he
bids to go one better in the 150th
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at
the Curragh tomorrow.
John Gosden s colt has come a
long way since winning a Wolver-
hampton maiden in late Decem-
ber, making a stunning reappear-
ance in a Sandown handicap
before finding only stable com-
panion Golden Horn too strong
in the Dante at York.
The two did battle once more
in the Investec Derby and while
Golden Horn confirmed his supe-
riority, the Godolphin-owned Jack
Hobbs was comfortably best of
the rest and is the odds-on
favourite for the Irish equivalent
Jack Hobbs is joined on the trip
across the Irish Sea by Storm The
Stars, who was third at Epsom
for William Haggas and has four
and a half lengths to make up
with the Gosden runner.
Aidan O Brien has trained a
record 11 previous winners of the
Curragh Classic, including the
likes of Galileo (2001), High Chap-
arral (2002), Camelot (2012) and
last year s dual Derby winner Aus-
The master of Ballydoyle has
four contenders this season, with
Epsom Oaks heroine Qualify
joined by three colts in French
Derby runner-up Highland Reel
as well as Epsom fourth and sixth
Giovanni Canaletto and Kiliman-
Pat Shanahan s Carbon Dating,
huge odds when eighth at Epsom,
is likely to be a three-figure price
The field is completed by Der-
mot Weld s unbeaten colt Radan-
pour, who takes a huge step up
in class following victory in the
Listed King George V Cup at
Leopardstown three weeks ago.
The only horse not declared is
Jim Bolger s Irish 1,000 Guineas
heroine Pleascach, who finished
second in the Ribblesdale Stakes
at Royal Ascot just over a week
Paul Hensey, the Curragh s gen-
eral manager, is delighted with
"We ve the second, third and
fourth from Epsom, the second
horse from the Prix du Jockey
Club, the winner of the Epsom
Oaks, the winner of the Lingfield
Derby Trial and we ve got an
unbeaten Aga Khan horse (Radan-
pour) with Dermot Weld, so we ve
not done too bad," he said.
"It will be a terrific weekend
and we re really looking forward
Hensey reported the ground to
be good to firm on Thursday
afternoon ahead of the three-day
Festival that starts on Friday.
It is possible the taps could be
turned again before Friday
evening s fixture but that will
depend on how much rain falls
on the County Kildare track
"The ground is good to firm at
the moment. We continued to
water through the day and I sus-
pect we will water again on Friday,
probably the Derby track again
on fresh ground for Saturday," he
"We are expecting some rain
overnight, maybe five millimetres,
so we will evaluate the whole sit-
uation in the morning and see
how much more we need to do.
"It s not been that warm but
we ve had a dry period for the
last few weeks so we ve just been
putting some water on the track
to make sure we keep some mois-
ture and it s paid dividends.
"The weather is forecast to be
dry on Friday and Saturday, slight-
ly overcast maybe temperatures
of 15C and 16C.
"There could be some rain
overnight on Saturday, maybe five
to ten millimetres. That would be
perfect if it came." The only with-
drawal at the final declaration
stage was Jim Bolger s Irish 1,000
Guineas heroine Pleascach.
Seven look to turn back Jack Hobbs
The Juddmonte International and the Irish
Champion Stakes are the next races being
considered for Royal Ascot hero Free Eagle.
Despite having been off the track since fin-
ishing an excellent third in last October s Cham-
pion Stakes, Dermot Weld s four-year-old
knuckled down admirably to see off The Grey
Gatsby and clinch his first Group One prize in
the Prince of Wales s Stakes.
Free Eagle holds entries in the Coral-Eclipse
at Sandown and the King George VI And Queen
Elizabeth Stakes back at Ascot during July, but
he is set to bypass both and his next possible
port of call is the Juddmonte International at
York on August 19.
His main objective, however, is the Prix de
l Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October.
Fiona Craig, breeding advisor for owners
Moyglare Stud, said: "He s absolutely A1 and
I think we ll just look at all the options.
"There s the Juddmonte International and
the Irish Champion Stakes. Pat Smullen men-
tioned the King George the other day, but I
think we ll probably stick to a mile and a quarter
before stepping up to the mile and a half in
the Arc. Pat is adamant he ll improve for step-
ping up in distance.
Freddy Head is keeping his fingers crossed
for an ease in the ground at Glorious Good-
wood ahead of Solow s highly-anticipated clash
with Gleneagles in the Qatar Sussex Stakes.
Solow enjoyed a tremendous start to the year
with victories in the Dubai Turf at Meydan and
the Prix d Ispahan at Longchamp and completed
a Group One hat-trick in the Queen Anne Stakes
at Royal Ascot last week.
The four-year-old is set to return to Britain
for what could be his biggest test yet on July
29, with Aidan O Brien s dual Guineas hero and
St James s Palace Stakes scorer Gleneagles lying
"He is very well, he took the race well and
I m very happy with him," said Head.
"That (Goodwood) is the plan if all goes well
and I hope we get a little rain."
Head is relishing what promises to be a
mouthwatering clash of the generations and
wonders whether a tough first half to Gleneagles
Classic year could catch up with him.
Ellison quartet in Plate line-up
Seamour will have to do it the hard way if
he is to realise trainer Brian Ellison s dream
of winning the John Smith s Northumberland
Plate at Newcastle on Saturday.
Ellison was born in the city on the day of
the big race 63 years ago and it has been his
life-long ambition to win the event.
Seamour has been ante-post favourite to lift
the valuable and prestigious staying handicap
since he successfully stepped up to two miles
at Haydock last month.
However, the lightly-raced four-year-old has
been handed the widest draw of all---stall 22 in
a maximum 20-runner field plus two reserves.
Ellison, who trains at Malton in North York-
shire, has three other chances with Totalize
(drawn 14), Montefeltro (six) and Buthelezi (17).
Angel Gabrial (11) bids to become the first
horse since Tug Of War in 1977-78 to win back-
to-back renewals of the race affectionately
known as the Pitmen s Derby.
His trainer Richard Fahey also has Gabrial s
Star (13) and Gabrial s King (eight). All three are
owned by Dr Marwen Koukash, who will also
have his colours worn by last year s runner-up,
Suegioo (12), from Marco Botti s Newmarket
'A1' Eagle enjoying break
Rain would suit Head for Solow
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