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California Chrome is being targeted at
the Arlington Million after leaving the New-
market yard of trainer Rae Guest.
Last year s Kentucky Derby and Preakness
Stakes hero had been residing at Chestnut
Tree Stables with a view to running in the
Prince of Wales s Stakes at Royal Ascot, but
was forced to miss the summer showpiece
meeting after suffering an 11th-hour set-
"He left on Monday. He s gone to Chicago
and is going to run in the Arlington Million.
That s the plan," said Guest.
"He s in great form now. It s such a shame
he missed Royal Ascot.
"It wasn t just me, it was all the people
that took all the trouble to bring him from
Dubai to me at Newmarket and then for it
(a foot abscess) to happen just two days
before the race.
"It will have done him good to be based
at Newmarket for a few months instead of
just going round in circles.
"It s a shame he couldn t show how good
he was in the Prince of Wales s Stakes.
"I don t know if he d have won, but he d
have run a good race.
"We ll all be rooting for him in the Arling-
Luca Cumani has yet to decide
whether to run Ajman Bridge, Mount
Logan or possibly both in Saturday s
56th John Smith s Cup at York.
Cumani has yet to win the historic
handicap, although Knockando was
first past the post in 1987 before being
disqualified and placed third.
Ajman Bridge was a close second
to Arab Dawn in the Duke of Edin-
burgh at Royal Ascot while Mount
Logan was a fast-finishing fourth to
Mahsoob in the Wolferton Handicap
at the same meeting
"We have yet to finalise plans and
at this stage both could run or we
may just run one," said Cumani.
"Both horses ran excellent races at
Royal Ascot and seem in very good
form at home.
"It may be that they both are better
over a mile-and-a-half but ten fur-
longs in such a competitive race where
there is a good pace should be fine
"They have good form and would
both go there with a chance.
"It would be a great race to win---
many moons ago I won the race but
was disqualified. It would be very nice
to win it."
The William Haggas-trained Hom-
age would be stepping up to ten fur-
longs for the first time were he to run,
but a statement posted by owner
Highclere Racing intimated he would
only take his chance if there was give
in the ground
It read: "Homage holds an entry in
this Saturday s 56th running of the
John Smith s Cup at York, but will
only take his place if the conditions
are no firmer than good and with only
mild showers forecast and warmer
weather at the end of the week, this
may be unlikely.
"He ran his best race at York in
October last year when winning the
This Isn t The "Stan James Champion
Hurdle" Stakes cosily in soft condi-
tions. He is a talented individual that
has finished in the frame in eight of
his 13 starts.
"He is no stranger to competitive
Heritage Handicaps having finished
a credible tenth in the Cambridgeshire
at Newmarket last season on
unsuitable ground, so should he not
line up on Saturday, there will surely
be other big targets that William Hag-
gas has in mind for him later in the
Franny Norton, who won the race
way back in 1991 on Mark Tompkins
Halkapous, has struck up a good rela-
tionship with Mark Johnston s Sen-
nockian Star of late, winning at
Chester and finishing second to Mah-
soob at Ascot, and he thinks the race
will suit him.
Guest filly is show-stopper
Show Stealer lived up to her top billing when
following up her Brighton debut success with a
clear-cut victory in the Dianne Nursery Handicap
at Pontefract, yesterday.
The Rae Guest-trained juvenile was always
travelling well behind the leaders before going
on a furlong out.
The well-backed 15-8 favourite asserted in
pleasing fashion and went on to maintain her
unbeaten record by two and a half lengths from
the staying-on Holy Grail.
"I'm pleased for the owner (Colin Joseph). He
couldn't see her at Brighton but he's here today,"
"She's a very laid-back filly. She won well at
Brighton. We didn't know how good the race
was, but she seems to have come on and she's
done it easily enough.
"We'll try to get another handicap before we
go up too much."
Luis Vaz De Torres (9-4 favourite) put up a
solid front-running performance to land the Call
0333 00230000 Misold2u Handicap.
Tony Hamilton made most of the gelding's
inside draw to dictate proceedings from the
start of this five-furlong dash. The Wispe tried
to close in the final furlong but could never get
to Richard Fahey's charge, who was still a length
and a quarter in front at the line.
Ben Curtis brought Nakuti (11-1) with a
powerful run in the straight to claim Listed
honours in the Weatherbys VAT Services
Pelerin entered the straight with a healthy
advantage, but the pack, led by Nakuti, closed in
as the one-furlong marker approached.
The Sylvester Kirk-trained Nakuti produced
the best turn of foot to win by a length from
Merry Me, with Pelerin three and a quarter
lengths away in third. Royal Hunt Cup runner-up
Temptress, the 2-1 favourite, beat just two
Owner Nelius Hayes, who runs Knockainey
Stud, in Limerick, said: "We came here looking
for some black type so we've achieved the aim
for the year.
"Sylvester has been looking for a race like this
with a bit of give in the ground which I think we
got thanks to that shower before racing.
"Sylvester should be here, but has been stuck
on the motorway.
"We'll look at big handicaps now. The Bunbury
Cup on Saturday will probably come too soon so
we'll look at the International at Ascot at the
end of the month. I hope she gets in.
"We'll probably retire him at the end of the
Geraghty up and running
Barry Geraghty expressed deep satisfaction
after he claimed a first victory for his new
guv'nor JP McManus at Roscommon on
Geraghty was snapped up as McManus'
retained jockey following the retirement of Tony
McCoy and only returned to action from a long
absence at the weekend.
It did not take long for him to make his mark,
though, as he steered Riviera Sun (11-8
favourite) to a length-and-a-half-victory over
Ibsen in the Roscommon Rated Novice Hurdle
over two-and-a-half miles.
Geraghty said: "That's great---brilliant. It's nice
to ride one for the boss."
Of the Henry de Bromhead-trained Riviera
Sun, the jockey said: "He's a lovely horse. He
jumped and did everything well."
De Bromhead added of the winner: "I was a
tiny bit concerned about the two and a half
miles, but he saw it out well.
"Barry gave him a super ride. He jumped really
well and we're looking forward to him meeting a
"At Leopardstown at Christmas he didn't see
it (the trip) out, but it was a different scenario
"We'll look at Galway with him."
Cumani may pair up for Cup Chrome chasing
Muhadathat brings into play one of
all-time best betting systems, back top
weights in nurseries during the first six
weeks when ground conditions are good
Whatever anyone says, or you may read,
this was my innovation back in the mid-
1970 s when one wrote to this effect in
the William Hill Yearbook, which featured
my annual reprisal of juvenile form during
the previous year; when one specialises
experience of the essential focus yields so
This became so obvious but a warning,
that system worked superbly for many
years but, unfortunately, race-tracks were
to become watered and nowadays, indis-
criminately; today Muhadathat contests
the seven-runner Nursery Handicap over
five furlongs at Lingfield, where they have
It s somewhat disquieting but Mark
Johnston s charge has several pounds in
hand, judged on his recent, gallant, second
at Chester where they run fast and furi-
ously; there is no hiding place on The
A replication of that effect will surely
provide yet another two-year-old winner
for Johnno and his no-nonsense, con-
sistent, stable-jockey Joe Fanning; in fact
they are approaching a time of year which
is often dominated by the Middleham
winning machine and yet another system
of mine worth noting is back all Johnston
runners in handicaps when 2/1 or better!
Punters need friends, Johnston is one
of their best!
Field Of Vision is strongly-fancied to
gain reward for consistency in the Maiden
two year old Stakes over five furlongs of
Wolverhampton Tapeta; Joseph Tuite s
charge has been second in four races to
date, third in the other.
Early pace is a prime requisite on this
unique surface, Field Of Vision is blessed
with plenty of toe whereas his obvious
danger, Ann Duffield-trained Encantar,
might just need further; it s a fascinating
encounter. Others will need to improve
considerably to take issue.
Six meetings (on a Wednesday!) is too
much but www.dailyearner.co.uk profits
by virtue of streamlining and will provide
any worthwhile updates; always be ready!
Under: (Last Wednesday)
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 4 5 5 0 14
15SICKWOMAN3 4 4 0 11
18WATERBOAT 2 6 7 0 15
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 2 5 0 10
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 4 7 4 0 15
30HOUSECAT 4 3 5 0 12
31PARSONWIFE5 5 3 0 13
34BLINDMAN 2 5 3 0 10
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to July 8
4 (Dead Man) 4 pm
6.30 pm 5
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
31 (Parson Wife)
25 (Morocoy) 1 pm
10 (Monkey) 10.30am
3 (Carriage) 6.30 pm
24 (Queen)---10.30 am
3 (Carriage)---1 pm
14 (Money)---6.30 pm
2.10 Muhadathat (nap)
2.20 Field Of Vision
'That' looks good
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