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Barzalona swoops late on Territories
Territories came from last to first to take the
Prix Jean Prat from Jersey Stakes winner Dutch
The Group One contest was run at an
unusually serious pace, with Full Mast going to
the front from the stalls only to be taken on by
the freegoing Aktabantay, who pulled his way to
the lead at an unsustainable pace.
Mickael Barzalona was meanwhile happy to
drop his mount right out and turning for home,
Territories, second to Gleneagles in the 2000
Guineas at Newmarket, was still stone last of
the eight-strong field.
But as Full Mast quickly backpedalled,
Barzalona switched his mount outside to give
chase to new leader Dutch Connection, another
to benefit from a sensible waiting ride from Jim
Dutch Connection was a couple of lengths
with 150 yards to run, but Territories always
looked to have the matter in hand and cruised
past to score by half-a-length with something in
hand. He paid 13/10 on the Pari-Mutuel and 6/4
with British bookmakers.
Full Mast, who had behaved badly on the way
to post and again behind the starting stalls, was
eased right down in the final stages.
Clive Cox's Kodi Bear, who raced too freely in
the early stages, was a respectable fourth.
Lisa-Jane Graffard of Godolphin said of the
winner: "This was a very accomplished
performance by Territories, who showed his
"Mickael rode a cool race and did not panic.
Territories was a bit further back than we
wanted but the leaders went very fast."
Bolger monitoring Round Two
JIm Bolger reports that Round Two has been
"a bit quiet" since his defeat at Royal Ascot.
Having won the first two races of his career in
impressive fashion, the Godolphin-owned colt
was sent off the 9-4 favourite for the Coventry
Stakes at Ascot.
However, Kevin Manning was sending the
distress signals out on passing halfway and he
could only finish seventh behind Buratino.
Bolger still hopes to run him in the Keeneland
Phoenix Stakes on August 9 at the Curragh but
he would need to be showing more sparkle at
home nearer the time.
"Round Two has been a bit quiet since Royal
Ascot," said the County Carlow handler.
"I'm hoping he'll bounce back for the Phoenix
Stakes. We'll see how he is closer to the race."
Bachasson a name to note
Bachasson looked a name to remember for
the business end of the jumps season as he
made a winning start for Willie Mullins in the
Pet Stop Maiden Hurdle at Sligo.
The French import, successful in two bumpers
in his native land, was sent off at 4/11 in the
hands of Ruby Walsh and never looked likely to
give odds-on backers a scare.
Running in the colours of Un De Sceaux's
owner Edward O'Connell, the favourite hit the
front three out and was eased when well clear
going to the last, eventually scoring by six and a
half lengths from Free Scorpion.
Success Days 'recuperating well'
Ken Condon has identified the QIPCO
Champion Stakes at Ascot as a potential long-
term target for Success Days as the colt
continues to recover from injury.
The three-year-old earned a shot at the Derby
after winning the Ballysax and Derrinstown
Stud Derby Trials at Leopardstown this spring,
but finished last of 12 runners on unsuitably
fast Epsom ground.
Condon soon discovered his charge had
suffered a stress fracture, leading to some
summer downtime, but the County Kildare-
based trainer expects him to be back on the
racecourse before the end of the season.
Brian Toomey was out of luck on his
fairytale return to the saddle after a fall at
Perth two years ago left him dead for six
seconds, as he had to pull his mount Kings
Grey up at Southwell.
Resuscitated but given only a three per
cent chance of survival, Toomey, 26, was
last month issued with a jockeys licence
after completing a remarkable comeback
following the nightmare spill from Solway
Dandy on July 4, 2013.
The rider was placed in an induced coma
in the high dependency unit of Ninewells
Hospital, in Dundee, for two weeks, and
had surgery to reduce swelling on his brain,
including the removal of part of his skull.
He remained in hospital for 157 nights,
but recovered to fulfil every criteria needed
from the British Horseracing Authority to
Toomey s first ride back saw him get the
leg-up on Phil Kirby s 11-year-old in the
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be going to plan as he led at the second
Jumping well in front, it looked like the
odds-on favourite would give the racing
world the result it wanted, but Kings Grey
seemed to lose his action when headed by
rivals on the final circuit and was eased and
eventually pulled up before the home
straight. The race went to 18/1 outsider
Toomey said: "I felt relaxed enough, but
the horse just didn t feel 100 per cent.
"It would have been a fairytale to have
won, and he looked a good thing on paper,
but he just didn t feel right and I couldn t
ask him to carry on.
"I ve been through the pain barrier and
I didn t want him to have to do it. His form
over hurdles isn t great and he is a much
"I wanted to get today out of the way
and get my career back on track.
"I have a point to prove now, I ve worked
very hard to get here and I wouldn t have
got back if it didn t mean the world to me.
"My family have been through hell, they
remember when it first happened, but I
Kings Grey was joined at one stage by
Oneofapear, ridden by Brian Hughes, who
is a close friend of Toomey.
Toomey said: "It would have been nice
to have fought out the finish with Brian
today, and when he came up alongside me
that s what I was thinking about.
"Being alive is near enough a fairytale,
never mind being back riding. I maybe didn t
set good fractions today, it s a learning curve.
"It s brilliant to be back, but I am glad
today is out of the way. Hopefully I will get
my career back now.
"The rest of the lads in the weighing
room were glad to see me back and I am
available now to whoever wants me."
Kirby said of Kings Grey: "I thought he
took a lame step on the way back in, but
he s trotted up sound in the yard.
"I don t know what s happened, but they
are both all right which is the main thing.
At the end of the day he is an 11-year-old
and still a novice hurdler and he s that way
for a reason.
"I had it in the back of my mind some-
thing like that could happen. I ve got two
in a bumper at Uttoxeter this week and
Brian will ride one of them."
Company Asset to prove profitable in
the Maiden Auction Stakes over six fur-
longs of Wolverhampton Tapeta tonight
when the obligatory Windsor Monday-
nighter runs in tandem; several prom-
ising two-year-olds could well land the
Following two useful efforts Company
Asset blew out disappointingly at New-
castle five weeks ago and trainer Kevin
Ryan has obviously given this Fast Com-
pany filly time to recover; her debut, inci-
dentally, was over the minimum trip on
On the time-handicap Squash is a dan-
ger, likely to improve on that useful New-
market debut effort last month and Luke
Morris is booked.
Both are drawn wide but opposition
looks weak and I ll surprised if Company
Asset and Squash don t dominate in the
closing stages where, hopefully, the 3lbs
apprentice allowance of Shane Grey will
weigh heavily against the latter.
At the picturesque Thames-side venue
Noble Peace will be strongly-fancied to
go one better in the Maiden Stakes over
six furlongs a good to firm surface; they
look after that course really well, impressive
Noble Peace was beaten a short-head
first-up more than seven weeks ago; don t
be concerned about the absence because
trainer Henry Candy is extremely patient
and you can bet this well-regarded Kyllachy
colt will improve sufficiently; might just
be a real special subsequently.
Earlier there are two turf-flat fixtures
scheduled for Ayr and Wetherby where
Hala Madrid looks nailed on for the Maid-
en Stakes over a mile of good ground.
Six difficult handicaps at both meetings
Andrew Balding is never averse to trav-
elling North from his Kingsclere base and
consistency certainly should gain reward
against moderate rivals, with no excep-
Ryan Moore looks set for a spell on the
sidelines due to a neck injury sustained
in a stalls accident last week and with
champion jockey Richard Hughes now
somewhat disinterested as he concentrates
on training next season the championship
is wide open; Graham Lee might just win
it by concentrating his efforts on the
Northern racing scene.
Go for Company Asset
No winning return for Toomey
Under: (Last Monday)
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 5 7 4 0 16
30HOUSECAT 4 3 5 0 12
31PARSONWIFE5 5 3 0 13
34BLINDMAN 2 5 3 1 11
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to July 11
21 (Mouth) 4 pm
6.30 pm 1
TODAY'S STAR BETS
33 (Spider) 1 pm
3 (Carriage) 10.30am
34 (Blind Man) 6.30 pm
4 (Dead Man)---10.30 am
32 (Shrimp)---1 pm
15 (Sick Woman)---4 pm
12 (King)---6.30 pm
12.50 Hala Madrid
2.10 Company Asset
3.30 Noble Peace
"I have a point to prove now, I've worked very hard to get
here and I wouldn't have got back if it didn't mean the
world to me. My family have been through hell, they
remember when it first happened, but I don't."
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