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Muntazah, arguably the unluckiest loser
of the 2015 turf-flat campaign, attempts to
make amends in the nine-runner two year
old Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of
the Newmarket July course today; earlier
this month Barry Hills charge suffered
tremendous interference over this course
and distance and yet was beaten only a
Even now it s difficult to comprehend what
happened but it did and videos are available
to prove and view the farce!
After travelling comfortably Muntazah
went for a gap about 300 yards out between
two leaders when both veered toward each
other, the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt
became a proverbial meat in the sandwich!
Amazingly, after being halted and slowed
from about forty miles an hour to no more
than twenty, Muntazah picked up in dramatic
fashion, stormed home but, ironically, was
beaten by fast-finishing, Paul Hanagan-
ridden Manaafidh, in the same colours; unbe-
Hills was phlegmatic, he s obviously mel-
lowed and earlier this week stable-companion
Massaat was probably the second unluckiest
loser this season. Reaction from the 78-year-
old veteran was similar but he knows both
are exceptional juveniles which should aspire
to graded level during the back-end period
and if they are good enough he ll sort it.
Of course price-wise Muntazah will start
at cramped odds to go one better but he s
unopposable. I m very much looking forward
to this race and many others involving two-
year-olds currently being trained exclusively
for the Dubai Finance Minister who, appar-
ently, owns more than 400 superbly-bred
It s an exciting period and Glorious Good-
wood kicks-off next Tuesday!
Also at HQ Orvar is clear best-in for the
five-runner 2-y-o Conditions stakes over
six furlongs on the back his creditable fifth
in the group two Coventry at Royal Ascot
last month; others can be expected to improve
but they will need to find at least a stone!
Golden Horn will be long odds-on to retain
his unbeaten record when facing eight rivals
in the group one King George V1 and Queen
Elizabeth Stakes over twelve furlongs at Ascot;
there should be some each-way value with
three places available. Hundreds of other
serious punters will be thinking similarly.
In fact only two places will be at issue,
Golden Horn will win and occupy one of
them but that hardy Andre Fabre-trained
Flintshire, rated 121, will surely be in the
frame because his solid career record, at the
highest level internationally, bears close
Richard Hughes stole the show on his penul-
timate visit as a jockey to Ascot after teaming
up with trainer Richard Hannon to partner a
Having enjoyed some of the greatest victories
of his career at the Berkshire track, the three-
times champion jockey once again demonstrated
he is retiring while still at the peak of his powers
after steering home Marenko, Wall of Fire and
Sydney Ruffdiamond to victory.
Marenko (9/1) got the ball rolling for Hannon
and Hughes when leaving behind her no-show
on her debut at Newmarket with a pillar-to-post
victory in the John Guest EBF Stallions Maiden
Hannon said: "I don t know what happened
at Newmarket as she missed the gate and, for
whatever reason, she just didn t do it.
"She is a lovely filly and I think she could be
"We would be looking at black type now and
something like the Prix du Calvados could be for
Hughes adopted the same front-running tactics
when successful aboard newcomer Wall Of Fire
in the Anders Foundation EBF Stallions Crocker
Bulteel Maiden Stakes.
Although Hughes was forced to get serious
aboard the 5/2 shot late on, the pair had three-
quarters of a length to spare at the line over the
fast-finishing Justice Law.
Hannon said: "He is a nice horse but we will
look after him this year.
"To his credit, he is a tough horse to do that
first time out in conditions like that on his first
time of asking.
"He has a lovely attitude but he was a bit lazy
"When he gave him a couple of belts that did
Sydney Ruffdiamond completed the Hannon-
Hughes treble when coming with a late dash to
land the concluding Vartan Ravenscroft October
Club Charity Handicap.
Despite taking time to get going, the 9/2 chance
warmed to the task to pick up Showstoppa in
the closing stages of the five-furlong event to
claim his third victory of the season.
Hughes said: "He travelled really nicely as he
is a big horse.
"When Joe (Fanning) on Showstoppa kicked
on, it took him a while to get the ball rolling. He
has done it well and is a horse for next year.
"It feels brilliant to ride a treble here."
Evita Peron demonstrated her liking for a rain-
softened surface after gaining a deserved success
in the feature Carraig Insurance EBF Stallions
Ben Curtis celebrated his first winner at the
track after useful dual-code performer Seamour
ground out victory in the John Guest Brown Jack
Although failing to justify favouritism in the
Northumberland Plate on his previous run, the
Brian Ellison-trained four-year-old revelled in
the easier conditions to foil High Secret by a
Following the race, Seamour was cut to 16-1
for next month s Ebor at York by sponsors Bet-
Curtis said of the 5/2 favourite: "He has won
on this ground over hurdles so he was proven on
it."Midlander showed that his purple patch is
unrelenting after defying another rise in the
weights to stretch his winning run to four with
victory in the SIS Live Handicap.
Martyn Meade can now explore further options
over a mile and quarter for Great Park (4/1) after
he made his first try over the trip a winning one
in the John Guest Handicap.
BRIDGETOWN---T&T and Barbados will
renew their long-running rivalry, when
the island s best creoles take on Trinidadian
contender, Bulletproof, in the 2015 Massy
United Insurance Barbados Derby today.
The bay-colt, trained by Harriram "Pepsi"
Gobin, arrived in Barbados on Thursday
and was taken for a work-out Friday as part
of his final preparation for the Derby event
which carries a first prize of $64 000 (US$32
Horses in Trinidad usually run in an anti-
clockwise direction, which is opposite to
how races at the Garrison are contested,
but the trainer does not anticipate that this
would be a major issue for his horse as they
had been doing clockwise work-outs over
the past 10 days.
"We did a lot of work back home in
preparation for the Barbados Derby and we
are ready. Bulletproof is a turf horse and he
is handling the turns and the clockwise
running very well," said Gobin.
Gobin said Bulletproof was second in the
recent Chief Commander Stakes in Port-
of-Spain, which was a turf event.
"After that performance, we had no hes-
itation in bringing him to the Barbados
Derby. It should be a very good contest,"
Barbados top riders and trainers have
declared themselves fit and ready to defend
their turf and keep the big Derby purse at
Winner of the Barbados Guineas, Poetic
Licence, and winner of the Mid-Summer
Classic, Donicodidit, are the two hot
favourites for the Derby race which will be
run over 10 furlongs and constitutes the
third event in the annual Triple Crown of
Champion trainer Victor Cheeseman,
trainer of Poetic Licence, and Robert Peirce,
trainer of Donicodidit, both said their charges
were in top shape and rearing to go, in the
Grade 1 event that will determine the island s
best creole for 2015.
Thousands are expected to flock to the
Garrison Savannah where full Derby-Day
celebrations for the whole family are being
organised by sponsors Massy United Insur-
Director of Business Development, Strat-
egy & Marketing for Massy United Insur-
ance, Michael Armstrong said it will be a
special day for Barbadians and visitors,
offering a mix of top-class racing on the
track and a range of entertainment.
John Gosden will wait until this morning
before deciding whether to let Golden Horn
run in the King George VI And Queen Eliz-
abeth Stakes after heavy rain at Ascot saw
conditions significantly deteriorate on the
eve of the famous race.
The brilliant three-year-old has unsur-
prisingly been all the rage to continue his
scintillating summer in Berkshire following
stunning displays in the Investec Derby and
the Coral-Eclipse, but the inclement weather
could yet scupper his participation.
Racing at Ascot yesterday commenced
on going officially described as good to firm,
but gradually worsened as the rain persisted
during the afternoon.
Even discounting underfoot conditions,
the Clarehaven handler feels Golden Horn
has plenty on his plate as he bids to win
his third Group One in seven weeks.
"I think he showed in the Eclipse that
he s grown up and he showed a good deal
of maturity," Gosden said.
"He s a very good horse, but in every
sense he s still a young boy. He s the equiv-
alent of an 18-year-old kid, to that extent.
"We re asking him major questions at a
young age. If he gets beaten on Saturday,
that s life.
"It is exciting to have a horse of his quality
in the race. We are looking forward to see
him coming here,taking on the older horses
over a mile and a half - it s what will bring
excitement to the race."
Assessing the opposition, Gosden said:
"I think you have got to take the Hardwicke
Stakes winner Snow Sky as a danger as he
also won the Yorkshire Cup in great style.
"He sets a good standard and although
our jockey (Dettori on Eagle Top) got into
an argument in behind, Snow Sky quickened
well off the lead.
"Flintshire is a model of consistency with
top form. He is a very smart horse. Take
nothing away from Postponed either, while
Eagle Top is in the form of his life right
Golden Horn s owner-breeder Anthony
Oppenheimer has also spoken about ground
concerns for his pride and joy.
He said: "I think one s always nervous
before a race like this and especially when
there is some rain around.
"The horse came out of the Eclipse very
well and is such a tough horse now. John
Gosden has done a tremendous job with
Golden Horn showed his versatility at
Sandown three weeks ago, dominating pro-
ceedings from the start under Frankie Det-
tori. Oppenheimer is hopeful this weekend s
assignment will not turn into such a tactical
affair, should he take his chance.
"I don t think anybody knows what is
going to happen, but hopefully it will be
easier (tactically) than Sandown," he said.
"There are more runners and hopefully
there will be more room to manoeuvre, but
we ll just have to see what happens on the
1.55 Muntazah (nap)
3.50 Flintshire (e.w)
Hannon and Hughes
boss Ascot card
Golden camp on rain alert
'Flint' looks sharp enough
Bulletproof seeks to take down Barbados creoles
Bulletproof, with race-day jockey Noel
Abrego, at the Garrison Savannah
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