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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 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
4 2 11zn8
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 27
14 (Money) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
30 (House Cat)
35 (Big Snake) 1 pm
24 (Queen) 10.30am
34 (Blind Man)---10.30 am
22 (Rat)---1 pm
36 (Donkey)---6.30 pm
Smart Mover is definitely a penalty
kick without a goalie for the six-runner
Selling Stakes over six furlongs good
ground Musselburgh today when there
are also three flat fixtures at Pontefract
and Windsor (both good to firm ) and
Wolverhampton, where they race on an
artificial Tapeta surface which will now
be laid on Newcastle racecourse!
That's right, the Northumberland Plate'
as we know is no more; that victory of
Roger Charlton-trained Quest For More
two days ago signaled the end of a fabulous
era at Gosforth Park which is being sacrificed
to facilitate Northern all-weather racing.
All objections have failed along with com-
mon sense and this unlikely venue, which
will be floodlit down the whole of its straight
mile, is about to be dug up and transformed;
remaining 2015 fixtures transferred else-
As if we need anymore in addition to
Wolves, Southwell, Lingfield, Kempton,
Chelmsford and next year, Catterick!
Given the number of AWR race-meetings
that's a high percentage call and it's guess-
work relating form to turf meetings; punters,
as usual, lose out unless they follow my
daily patent on www.dailyearner.co.uk
which specialises with set-weight sprints.
We napped Smart Mover earlier this
month when he suddenly 'blew up' in the
closing stages having looked well in com-
mand for the prestigious, keenly-contested
York seller over six furlongs.
On the time-handicap Smart Mover is
totally 'different gravy' and should indeed
prove a tasty betting proposition.
The Thames-side venue is all about
Richard Hannon and brother-in-law,
Richard Hughes; sure enough they team
up with Belvoir Bay in the opening six-
teen-runner 2-y-o Maiden Fillies' Stakes
and what beats this once-raced Equiano
filly will win.
We feel similarly about Dodgy Bob in the
Spindrifter Conditions Stakes over six fur-
longs at Ponte, mount of Jamie Spencer.
Watch Dodgy Bob
11.00 Dodgy Bob
2.00 Belvoir Bay.
3.45 Smart Mover
Markaz returned to winning ways for the first
time in almost a year with a convincing per-
formance in the John Sunley Memorial Criterion
Stakes at Newmarket.
The grey colt has run a series of fine races
since landing a maiden at Ascot without managing
to get his head back in front.
But that all changed in the Group Three on the
July Course as he powered to a 6/1 victory in the
hands of jockey Dane O'Neill, who was recording
a double on the day.
Code Red cut out the running on the far rail
and O'Neill was never far away aboard the Barry
Hills-trained son of Dark Angel.
As they approached the last of the seven fur-
longs, Markaz seized control and proceeded to
fly through the closing stages.
The Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned win-
ner hit the line with a length and three-quarters
to spare from the 5/2 favourite Hors De Combat.
Lincoln was a further three parts of a length away
O'Neill, also victorious earlier in the day aboard
Ibn Malik in the juvenile maiden, said: "He
deserves it---his day in the sun. He is pretty con-
sistent, tough and honest.
Positive signs for Creighton
Irish jockey Eddie Creighton's condition has
improved following his fall in Australia.
Creighton suffered a broken wrist and con-
cussion in a fall Warrnambool and was transferred
to Melbourne's Alfred Hospital when he suffered
However, the Victorian Jockeys Association had
better news for his friends and family on Sun-
"His head injury responded well overnight and
he underwent surgery on his left wrist this morn-
ing," the VJA told justhorseracing.com.au.
"He is conscious and responsive and all signs
Creighton won the Cherry Hinton Stakes in
2008 on Mick Channon's Please Sing.
Cliffs on winning track
Painted Cliffs and Ryan Moore bounded clear
to win to overturn the odds in the GAIN Railway
Stakes at the Curragh.
Down the field on debut before getting off the
mark at Leopardstown just nine days ago, the
Canford Cliffs colt was a 7/1 shot to provide Aidan
O'Brien with a 12th triumph in this Group Two
contest, with the likes of Rock Of Gibraltar (2001)
and George Washington (2005) among those on
the roll of honour.
Richard Hannon's British raider Log Out Island
took the field along, looking to go one place better
than when runner-up in the Norfolk Stakes at
Royal Ascot last week, with Painted Cliffs his
There was little to choose between the pair
passing the two-furlong marker, but Painted Cliffs
quickly asserted and was well on top at the finish.
Jessica Harrington's Rockaway Valley was the 11/8
favourite having had the winner well behind him
here last month, but was under pressure some
way from home before boxing on to beat Log Out
Island to the runner-up spot.
Choir denies Dubday in thriller
Gospel Choir defied a 407-day lay-off to edge
a thrilling renewal of the Marshall Maserati Sup-
porting the AHT Fred Archer Stakes at Newmar-
The lightly-raced six-year had been sidelined
with a suspensory strain and a fetlock problem
but gave the gutsiest of displays to hold off gallant
Qatar-trained raider Dubday by a short head.
With Ryan Moore on the even-money favourite
and Frankie Dettori on Dubday, it made for a
stunning spectacle as a gripping finish was fought
out between the pair.
Markaz makes mark
Diamondsandrubies held off the late
challenges of Legatissimo and Ribbons
to win the Sea The Stars Pretty Polly
Stakes at the Curragh yesterday.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained filly made
all under Seamie Heffernan and just held
the challenge of the Qipco 1000 Guineas
winner to claim the Group One spoils.
Diamondsandrubies (8-1) was reversing
Investec Oaks form with Legatissimo, hav-
ing finished two places behind that filly
at Epsom when fourth to Qualify.
There was just a short head between
the pair, with the James Fanshawe-trained
Ribbons close behind in third under Frankie
Heffernan said: "I rode her in Epsom
and it didn't really swing my way. Some-
times Epsom finishes a horse and some-
times the good horses thrive on it. She's
"We thought she'd stay and I jumped
and she landed in front and I was happy
enough to go along with it. I knew they
(the challengers) were coming. I knew
where the line was.
"I was a bit unlucky at Epsom. Aidan
trains them to progress from run to run
and today she was at her best, so hopefully
there will be more improvement."
Diamondsandrubies, who had also
impressed when winning the Cheshire
Oaks, will now go for the Darley Irish Oaks
on July 18.
O'Brien said of his filly, who had been
badly hampered a furlong and a half out
at Epsom: "She was very unlucky at
Epsom and was probably the most incon-
venienced by the whole thing. She was
always going to come here and we said
we'd let Qualify take her chance in the
"We'd like to have got a lead but that's
not the way it worked out, and Seamie
gave her a great ride. Emmet McNamara
rides her out every day at home and does
a great job.
"We know the dam well and I'm delight-
ed for Richard and Roisin (Henry, part-
owners with Sue Magnier).
"We'll ride her a bit more patiently over
a mile and a half, and Qualify and Words
will also run in the Irish Oaks."
Diamonds sparkles for O'Brien
Diamondsandrubies ridden by Seamie Heffernan, centre, wins the Sea The Stars Pretty
Polly Stakes at the Curragh yesterday.
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