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Little Voice to make all the right noises
for "Monday-night" Windsor punters who
will be thronging enclosures of the hugely
popular Thames-side venue; it s a sight to
behold, one I d never miss all those years
My first visit was by "River taxi" and it
was a never-to-be-forgotten experience; one
was working for The Sporting Life and the
Two year-old racing at this wonderful
course is superb, quality has always been
maintained, due to the fact ground manage-
ment is first and foremost in the eyes of its
executive; down the years trainers have never
had a qualm about running there and Charles
Hills seems to have found an ideal opportunity
for thrice-raced Little Voice in the opening
Maiden Fillies Stakes over six furlongs.
Thirty-three days ago Little Voice was in
action just down the road at Royal Ascot!
Previous form was nowt special and this
Daddy filly went off at 66/1 but obviously
it was a "day out" for her owners and they
weren t disappointed; Little Voice finishing
sixth (of 20!) and stayed on strongly in a
manner that suggested another furlong
wouldn t be a problem.
A replication of that effort will suffice and
though Hills operation doesn t smack of con-
sistency (42 winners over a seven months
period and a 13% strike rate!) I m advising
readers to "get in" if odds against are avail-
Running in tandem with this fixture will
be Beverley where White Bullet looks gilt-
edged for the 2-y-o Maiden Fillies Stakes
over five furlongs of a good to firm sur-
On the time-handicap White Bullet is also
clear "best-in" but if all eight "decs" go to
post I ll be having a long-priced each-way
"saver" on Belledesert with three places
available; apparently, "not useless!"
Earlier Ayr stages a seven-race programme
which kicks off with an eight-runner (!) 2-
y-o Maiden Auction Stakes over six furlongs
on "good to soft" following foul weather
North of the border; Richard Fahey-trained
Ingleby Valley must not be opposed.
Jamie Spencer rides Ingleby Valley, the
Irishman has previously ridden Little Voice
in all three races to date!
Leafy Shade stuck on well to make a
winning debut in the Irish Stallion Farms
EBF Fillies Maiden at the Curragh yes-
The daughter of New Approach was
always in the firing line before being asked
to go and win the race by Kevin Manning.
Leafy Shade (100/30) knuckled down and
kept Camellia Japonica at bay to score by
half a length for trainer Jim Bolger.
"Hopefully she s a filly with a future,"
"We ve a few others to sort out and we ll
see how we get on at Leopardstown next
Thursday (in the Silver Flash Stakes).
"We also have to see the filly that won
in Tipperary (Mrs King). She s kind of been
there with all of those.
"She would have no problem with another
furlong or a mile."
Manning completed a double in the
colours of owner Jackie Bolger when steering
home Leath Na Hoibre (2/1 favourite) for
an appropriate victory in the Pat O Donovan
Irish Racing Excellence Nursery Handicap.
The gelding, trained by former Bolger
employee Brendan Duke, was also handy
from the start and ran out a cosy winner
The race was named after Pat O Donovan,
Bolger s assistant, who won the Irish Racing
Excellence Award at the Irish Stud and
Stable Staff Awards.
Duke said: "Myself and Pat go back a
long way and are really good friends so I
was under a bit of pressure.
"I texted my mentor (Jim Bolger) his mark
on Wednesday and he texted back will he
win . I replied yes Jim, you re safe .
"He s a smashing little horse and has run
into three high-class two-year-olds. The
horse that won the maiden here yesterday
(Shogun) was behind him when he was third
"He s not ground dependent and handles
anywhere from five to seven. He has loads
"I won this last year (with Intenser) and
I ve won three with his half-brother
"This means an awful lot to me personally
to win this race. Pat thoroughly merited the
award and is one of the huge number of
people behind the front-line who gets the
front-line people to where they are."
Willie Mullins Digeanta (2/1 favourite)
justified strong market support to land the
two-miles O Briens Wines Handicap under
Pat Smullen, while the Irish Stallion Farms
EBF Fillies Handicap went to 8/1 chance
Champagne Or Water, trained by Willie
McCreery and ridden by Billy Lee.
MeanwhileStepper Point will now bid to
go one better than last summer in the Cool-
more Nunthorpe Stakes after getting back
on the winning track at the Curragh.
Wedding has her
day in the sun
Wedding Vow (6/1) lost her maiden tag in style
when achieving Group Two honours in the Kilboy Es-
tate Stakes at the Curragh.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained filly had disappointed
on her previous start in the Ribblesdale Stakes at
Royal Ascot but showed improved form when
dropped down in trip to nine furlongs.
Trainer's son Joseph O'Brien brought Wedding
Vow with a sweeping run to lead half a furlong from
home and defeat 11/4 favourite Brooch by two
lengths. Bocca Baciata was third.
The three British challengers were unable to strike
a blow in the finish. Roger Varian's Talmada faded
tamely after making a lot of the running, while
Saeed bin Suroor's Local Time never threatened and
the Ed Walker-trained Mutatis Mutandis ruined her
chance by being slowly away.
"She had nice form earlier in the year but was too
keen in Ascot over a mile and a half with the blinkers
on," said the winning rider.
"Back in trip today she settled. There wasn't much
pace on and in fairness to her she quickened up re-
"We could think about races in America for her or
the Matron or something like that.
"A mile or a mile and a quarter is probably her trip.
"It's good to win a Group race with a pedigree like
Fortune favours The Brave
Home Of The Brave (7/2) capped an amazing
weekend for trainer Hugo Palmer by making all the
running in the Friarstown Stud Minstrel Stakes at
Less than 24 hours after Covert Love gave the
Newmarket handler his first Classic triumph in the
Darley Irish Oaks, Home Of The Brave took Group
James Doyle dictated affairs on the European
Free Handicap winner, who had run with credit in the
both the 2000 Guineas and Commonwealth Cup.
The opposition had no answer when Doyle kicked
on two furlongs out as Home Of The Brave pulled
away to score by three and a half lengths from
Group One performer Gordon Lord Byron, the 7/4
Another British raider Sovereign Debt, trained by
Dandy Nicholls, was third.
A delighted Palmer said: "I thought he'd win, but I
didn't quite think he'd win like that.
"He's a very immature horse and that's why he
was so lightly raced at two. He always showed he
was a horse with amazing speed from Christmas as
a yearling. He was terrifyingly quick.
"Andrea, my head girl, has been a huge part in his
upbringing teaching him to settle.
"He did that perfectly today. He went down like a
lamb, came back like a lamb and quickened away
"He's the second Group-winning son of Starspan-
gledbanner from 27 foals.
"I'd expect he'll cover more mares now and he'll be
able to upgrade what he is as a stallion.
Pether's Moon on easy list
Richard Hannon is no rush to return Pether's
Moon to the fray after the five-year-old sprang a
surprise in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom six
The Dylan Thomas entire is enjoying a holiday
after he captured the scalps of the French-trained
duo of Dolniya and Flintshire to win his Group One.
The Marlborough trainer will wait for the right sig-
nals from Pether's Moon before making any plans.
"Pether's Moon had a hard race at Epsom and we
are giving him a little break," said Hannon.
"He is still entered in some of those races as you
have to play the game but the King George has
come too soon for him.
"He will tell us when he is ready."
Little Voice to make noise
Under: (Last Monday)
None ---4 pm
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 4 5 5 1 15
15SICKWOMAN4 5 4 1 14
18WATERBOAT 2 6 7 0 15
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 2 5 0 10
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 6 7 4 0 17
30HOUSECAT 4 3 5 0 12
31PARSONWIFE5 5 3 0 13
34BLINDMAN 2 5 3 1 11
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: FRIDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to July 17
22 (Rat) 4 pm
6.30 pm 0
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
18 (Water Boat)
8 (Tiger) 1 pm
22 (Rat) 10.30am
3 (Carriage) 6.30 pm
15 (Sick Woman---10.30 am
9 (Cattle)---1 pm
2 (Old Lady)---4 pm
9 (Cattle)---6.30 pm
9.55 Ingleby Valley
2.10 White Bullet
2.20 Little Voice
Shade takes centre stage at Curragh
Leafy Shade stuck on well to make a winning debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies'
Maiden at the Curragh.
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