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Blue Bayou represents a confident
nap selection this afternoon for the
group three Sweet Solera Stakes over
six furlongs of good to firm New-
market July course, where Brian Mee-
han s charge failed dramatically twen-
ty-nine days ago in the group two
Duke Of Cambridge won by Richard
A late surge by Blue Nayou, on the
final climb, failed by two heads to peg
back Illuminate and Beshahar, an Arab-
owned Kodiac filly which went on to
land the highly-prestigious Princess
Margaret' at Ascot a fortnight later,
The HQ form is solid, certainly no
fluke; in fact it's impossible to achieve
such a time-handicap mark and have
it labelled as fluky because the test of
time' is conclusive.
Dane O'Neill renews his association
with twice-raced Blue Nayou, clear
best-in' and without doubt our special'
on a difficult day for punters given they
are tasked with SIX meetings made up
of impossible handicaps.
By now readers of this column are
doubtless aware that specialisation'
with two-year-old racing is one of very
few angles to successful punting; I've
known that, for decades!
Running in tandem will be Ascot,
Haydock and Redcar where on good
to firm' ground Jessie B Goode should
supplement recent Thirsk gains in the
Selling Stakes over six furlongs.
Jessie' won comfortably over a similar
distance eight days ago under stable
apprentice Jack Garrity, already down
to 3lbs allowance and son of former
NH jockey, Russ, who must be proud
his exploits under the firm guidance of
Richard winning machine' Fahey.
There is one danger on the TH and
that's Canford Kilbey, trained by Fahey!
Incidentally, for what it's worth, I'm
struggling for a third selection; that's
how difficult winner-finding' is today
and Barsanti, one of six decs' for the
Maiden Stakes over ten furlongs of
Lingfield polytrack no more than a
short-priced anchor' for the daily
Any updates will be on www.dai-
Monsieur Joe produced a terrific per-
formance from the front to land the
Kilfrush Stud Abergwaun Stakes at
Continuing the red-hot run of Joseph
O'Brien, who bagged a four-timer at
Leopardstown on Thursday night, the
Paul Midgley-trained eight-year-old
bounced out of the stalls and never
looked like being headed.
Dropping in class to Listed level, the
consistent gelding began to hit top gear
a furlong and a half from home and ran
out a ready length-and-a-half scorer
over fellow British raider Iffranesia.
O'Brien is no stranger to the Midgley
yard and rode the 3-1 joint-favourite
last time out when he was sixth in the
Sapphire Stakes won by Stepper Point
from Mecca's Angel.
The rider said: "I've had a good few
rides for Paul and while they ran well,
it's nice to get the winner for him.
"He jumped and travelled and had
his ideal ground today. The ground is
Easy Galway handicap winner Waipu
Cove followed up in the Listed Coolmore
Canford Cliffs Stakes.
Once-raced Leopardstown maiden
winner Play The Game soon led and
made a gallant bid to hold on as the
winner loomed over a furlong out, but
had to give best by half a length to the
Ger Lyons-trained 9/2 chance.
Port Douglas was sent off the 8/11
favourite to give O'Brien his sixth winner
in a row, but the writing was on the
wall for his followers as he was nudged
along on the bend.
Winning rider Colin Keane said: "He
didn't have it as easy as at Galway, I'd
say John McConnell's horse (Play The
Game) is a decent horse the way he won
first time out at Leopardstown and he
stepped up again.
Blue is the colour
of our nap
2.15 Jessie B Goode;
3.35 Blue Bayou (nap)
Monsieur Joe (right): Tipperary winner.
Monsieur glee for O'Brien
Emotionless is set to chart the
route taken by the mighty
Frankel after posting an impres-
sive first-time-out victory in the
en Stakes at Newmarket, yes-
Always travelling well in the
hands of William Buick, the
giant-framed colt quickly put the
race to bed when sent on to claim
the seven-furlong race heading
up the rising ground.
Although Perkunas tried to
chase down the Charlie Apple-
by-trained runner, it was a lost
cause with the 6/4 favourite
crossing the line three and a half
lengths clear to complete a double
for the winning rider.
Paddy Power introduced the
son of Shamardal at 20/1 for next
year's Qipco 2000 Guineas and
he is likely to be seen next in the
Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes at
Doncaster on September 11---a
race won as a conditions event
in 2010 by Frankel.
Appleby said: "He is a nice colt
and is a horse we hold in the
highest regard. He has a stout
pedigree and we were confident
"He has a lot of size and scope
about him and he would be one
of the better two-year-olds. A lot
of our two-year-olds have been
coming on for the run, but he
shown a lot of class from the
"We will see how he comes out
of it, but we will go to Doncaster
for the Listed race there next
Mark Johnston is hoping the
handicapper reacts accordingly
after Montsarrat made up for his
near-miss at Goodwood when
scrambling home in the Michael
Leaman-A Lifetime In Racing
Although sent off the 4/6
favourite the son of Poets Voice
needed plenty of driving before
edging out Maccus, who was
making his first start since fin-
ishing down the field in the
Coventry Stakes, by a short head
in the seven-furlong event, to ini-
tiate Buick's brace.
Johnston said: "It was a bit
closer than I would have liked.
He has been put up in rapid jumps
and we have been running him
quickly to try and stay ahead of
"He is due to go up 8lb tomor-
row, but I don't expect him to go
up any more for that. He will have
a small break now and he could
possibly step up to a mile, but we
are in no rush with him."
John Ryan had a broad smile
on his face after Ocean Applause
put his head in front for the first
time in a year when landing the
Buffaload Logistics More Load
Less Cost Handicap.
Covered up near the rear of the
field the 5/1 shot was produced
at the right moment by Adam
Kirby before coming through late
on to take the race by a head from
Emotionless ice-cool at HQ
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