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Marco Botti is hoping the waiting is over
for Moohaarib granted suitable conditions
in the totepool Sovereign Stakes at Salis-
The Newmarket trainer felt the ground
was too quick when Moohaarib last ran in
the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury three
With rain forecast in Wiltshire, Moohaarib
is set to return to action in the competitive
Group Three heat over a mile.
"We are hoping for rain for Moohaarib.
Some was forecast for Thursday (today)
evening. He wants a bit of give in the
ground," said Botti. "When he ran at New-
bury maybe the ground as too quick for
him. I know he won on good to firm at
Ascot. Sometimes you can get away with
it once and at Newbury he didn't let himself
down, so we've been waiting for better
"We'll run him on good ground, but not
firm. He's in good form and is working well
at home. This is his trip but it looks more
like a Group Two than a Group Three. It's
Botti also saddles the three-year-old Fan-
ciful Angel, who followed up his second
place in the German 2000 Guineas with a
decent effort to finish seventh to Dutch
Connection in the Jersey Stakes at Royal
Ascot. "Fanciful Angel is a three-year-old
taking on older horses," said the trainer.
"He's in good form and I thought he ran
well at Royal Ascot. He'll take his chance
and will hopefully run well. I'm pleased
Tullius won this race back in 2012 but
will only take his chance if the forecast rain
materialises. If it stays dry, the seven-year-
old will go back to York, where he won the
Group Two Sky Bet Stakes last month, for
the Strensall Stakes next week.
Trainer Andrew Balding said: "He'll run
as long as they get plenty of rain. If they
don't, he won't be running.
"Rain is forecast and it will need to come
for him to run. If it doesn't come he'll go
for the Strensall Stakes."
Shifting Power could not handle Epsom's
unique undulations when eventually pulled
up in the Diomed Stakes in June and his
trainer Richard Hannon is confident the
four-year-old can put that behind him on
a more conventional circuit.
"We have put a line through Shifting
Power's baffling run in the Diomed. Epsom
is a unique course, he is a big horse and
they clearly did not gel," the Marlborough
trainer told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.
"However, he had previously won well at
Windsor, having made a satisfactory come-
back in the Group Three (bet365 Mile) at
Sandown in April.
"He's a class horse as we saw in both
Guineas and also the Prix Jean Prat at Chan-
tilly last year, and, hopefully, he can get
back on track here."
Clive Cox retains plenty of faith in Kodi
Bear, who did not have the happiest of out-
ings when fourth to Territories in the Prix
Jean Prat at Chantilly a month ago.
That was only the three-year-old colt's
second run of the season after having had
problems earlier in the campaign.
Aidan O Brien says he is hoping for
good weather at York as he prepares
dual 2000 Guineas hero Gleneagles
for the Juddmonte International.
Ground conditions at the Knavesmire
were described as good to firm yester-
day afternoon but could ease with heavy
rain forecast for the area tomorrow,
although settled weather is due from
The presence of Gleneagles has set
up a mouthwatering showdown with
unbeaten Derby and Eclipse winner
Golden Horn---but the crack miler does
need a sound surface to show his very
O'Brien said: "I'm delighted the lads
have agreed to let him take his chance
and we'll learn a lot about him.
"Hopefully they won't get too much
rain and I'd love to go if it's good to
However, possible rival Free Eagle is
increasingly likely to wait for the Qipco
Irish Champion Stakes at Leopard-
Dermot Weld's four-year-old fought
off The Grey Gatsby to make a winning
start to his campaign in the Prince of
Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot and would
add further intrigue to next Wednes-
day's Group One feature if he were to
line up alongside unbeaten Derby hero
Golden Horn and dual 2000 Guineas
The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at
Longchamp in October remains the
primary objective for Free Eagle and
connections are minded to give him
just one run ahead of his trip to Paris
in the Irish Champion Stakes on Sep-
Fiona Craig, breeding adviser for
owners Moyglare Stud, said: "I think
York is probably looking less likely. I'm
not sure it's set in stone, but he'll prob-
ably go straight to Leopardstown.
"He was very tired after he came
home from Ascot. As everyone knows
anyway and he ran his heart out on the
"He's in good form now again now,
though. He worked on the racecourse
at the Curragh on Monday morning as
they'd had a bit of rain and it was beau-
"We'd like to get to the Arc and we
just think to run at York and then Leop-
ardstown and then go to Longchamp
would be a fair bit of racing in a short
space of time.
"I think he'll probably stay in the
York race at the five-day stage, just in
case it cuts up and the likes of Golden
Horn and Gleneagles come out, but at
the moment it looks like we'll wait for
John Gosden saddled a rare 33/1 winner as Jour-
ney saw off all challengers to win the British Stallion
Studs Upavon Fillies Stakes at Salisbury.
Despite only opening her account on her penul-
timate start at Newbury, the John Gosden-trained
three-year-old showed she has a touch of class about
her with a clear-cut win in the Listed event against
some similarly progressive rivals in a course-record
time of 2 mins 4.06 seconds.
Placed just behind leader Chain Of Daisies early
on by Robert Havlin, the Dubawi filly, who finished
eighth behind subsequent Irish Oaks winner Covert
Love in the Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle, took
control of the mile-and-a-quarter contest inside the
final two furlongs.
Although hat-trick-seeking favourite Suffused
emerged as serious threat she could not quite get on
the heels of the eventual winner, with two and a
quarter lengths separating them at the line to complete
the second leg of a double for the Newmarket han-
James Wigan, racing manager to winning owner
George Strawbridge, said: "She did it nicely and she
stayed on well.
"We are delighted that she has got her black type.
Her dam was a good mare, so it was nice to see her
do it. John always thought she had ability, she has
just taken her time to learn. She was a little bit
nervous before, but she seems to be finally matur-
"I don't know where she will go next, but she cer-
tainly wasn't stopping at the end."
Gosden had already been earlier on the mark after
Alkawn followed up his wide-margin maiden victory
at Newmarket's July Course with a win in the Amazing
O'Mahony & Miss Bunn Pembroke Cup.
While the winning distance may not have been as
impressive as on his previous outing, the 7/4 favourite
was well on top at the end of the mile event, having
a length to spare over runner-up Gold Prince.
Vibrant Chords struck all the right notes to hand
trainer Henry Candy a second successive winner in
the British Stallion Studs EBF Molson Coors Maiden
Twelve months after sending out Twilight Son to
land the six-furlong contest, the Wantage handler
repeated the trick with the 5/2 chance who went one
better than on his previous visit to the track.
Receiving a good tow into the race, the James
Doyle-ridden two-year-old did not assert until deep
inside the final furlong before holding off Dark Shot
by half a length.
Candy said: "It was nice that James was able to
get him in behind one and the great thing was once
he got a horse in front of him he completely dropped
everything and stopped pulling and actually took
quite a bit of waking up again, which is how you
want horses to race.
"I don't think he wants any further than that. I
think he definitely wants another a run or two, just
to keep him occupied."
Paul Hanagan saw his decision to adopt front-
running tactics aboard Midhmaar pay off with a vic-
tory in the S H Jones Wines Nursery.
Under: (Last Thursday)
10.30 am --- 13-36
6.30 pm --- 12-6
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 8 5 7 1 21
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 7 5 0 23
05PARSONMAN 5 5 5 3 18
15SICKWOMAN5 5 5 1 16
18WATERBOAT 3 6 7 0 16
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 3 5 0 11
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 6 8 6 0 20
30HOUSECAT 4 5 6 0 15
31PARSONWIFE6 6 4 0 16
34BLINDMAN 3 7 3 2 15
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to Wednesday, August 12
6.30 pm 2
31 (Parson Wife) 1 pm
31 (Parson Wife) 10.30am
5 (Parson Man) 6.30 pm
34 (Blind Man)
28 (Red Fish)
29 (Opium Man) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake)
Talented stayer High Jinx will miss the remainder
of the season after suffering a setback.
Trainer James Fanshawe has confirmed that last
year's Prix du Cadran winner will not return to action
until next year after sustaining a leg injury back in
June. The seven-year-old has made just one appear-
ance this term, finishing fourth behind Alex My Boy
in the Group Three Prix de Barbeville at Longchamp
back in May.
"High Jinx is out for the rest of the season," said
the Newmarket handler.
"About a week after Royal Ascot he was lame and
he suffered a hairline crack in his tibia, which is
something that will take time to get better.
"It was going to be touch and go whether he would
be ready for the autumn staying races so we felt it
best to leave him until next season."
Frankie Dettori is the sponsor s 4/1
favourite to win the Sky Bet-backed Ray
Gilpin award for the Top Jockey at next
week s Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival
The decision has been taken to name the
prize in honour of popular racing journalist
Ray Gilpin, who died last weekend after a
battle with illness.
Gilpin, who lived nearby in Harrogate, was
a well-known figure at York racecourse, in
recent years acting as a floor runner for Racing
UK, arranging interviews with jockeys and
Sky Bet PR manager Michael Shinners said:
"Ray was a popular man in the press room
and the weighing room alike, and it was a
pleasure to know him. We'll all be thinking
about him next week."
Dettori, who is sure to have a number of
rides under his Al Shaqab retainer, as well as
the mount on odds-on Juddmonte Interna-
tional Stakes favourite Golden Horn, heads
the betting at 4/1, with Godolphin pair James
Doyle and William Buick at 5/1.
Shinners added: "It's not an easy market
to price up at this stage, but our odds-com-
pilers have given it a go. If we've made a rick,
I'm sure we'll find out soon enough!"
Unexpected Journey at Salisbury
High Jinx out for the season
O'Brien excited; Free Eagle doubt Dettori favourite
for York award
Ground key to Mooharib chance
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