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Valko ticks enough boxes for the 12-
runner 2-y-o Maiden Stakes over six fur-
longs at Kempton, bar the fact Charles
Appleby s charge will be racing on poly-
track for the first time and is drawn
Following two run-of-the-mill efforts
over seven furlongs Valko raced, for the
first time under William Buick, around
Catterick last month and improved con-
siderably; obvious the sharp, helter-skelter,
circuit was no problem and in the closing
stages this Godolphin-owned, Oasis
Dream gelding ran on well to finish sec-
On that form Valko has an outstanding
chance of making it fourth time lucky but
that draw, and likelihood of improvement
from once-raced Charles Hills-trained
Joules, tempers expectations and you re
advised to play each-way with three places
Valko is worth following, just the type
now the penny has dropped!
Hills runs in Sir Roger Moore in the
fourteen-runner 2-y-o Maiden Stakes
over six furlongs of good ground Windsor
tonight, drawn 14!
Steve Drowne will be fourth jockey to
ride him in as many outings and it really
is like musical jockeys where Hills is
Given the field will probably be all
over the track in search decent stretches
the draw might not be a factor; if Sir Roger
Moore hits anything like hitherto consis-
tent marks what beats him will win!
James Bethell-trained Lady Canford
shaped well on debut at York five weeks
ago on fast ground.
If able to improve on a soft Thirsk
surface this Canford Cliffs filly should go
close in division one of the 2-y-o Maiden
Stakes over six furlongs.
GROUND CHANGE must never be
underestimated, stick with this column
and www.dailyearner.co.uk if you are at
all serious about punting; DON T GUESS!
Weather set fair
for York clash
Derby hero Golden Horn and dual 2000 Guineas
winner Gleneagles appear increasingly likely to lock
horns at York on Wednesday with track officials
expecting no further rain ahead of a mouth-
watering renewal of the Juddmonte International
Having missed the Sussex Stakes at Glorious
Goodwood and sidestepped this weekend's Prix
Jacques le Marois at Deauville on account of
unsuitable ground, connections of Gleneagles
confirmed earlier this week the star three-year-old
miler would step up to a mile and a quarter for the
first time on the Knavesmire granted a quick
Heavy rain on Friday threatened to deny the
sport of a barnstorming battle with the unbeaten
Golden Horn, but conditions had dried out to the
quick side of good on Sunday morning and there is
unlikely to be a break in the weather before
Wednesday's feature event.
Divine run of
form for Channon
Mick Channon's hot streak of form continued
when Divine (5/2) quickened in eyecatching
fashion off a slow pace to take Listed honours in
the EBF Stallions Highfield Farm Flying Fillies'
Silvestre de Sousa, who is currently clear leader
in the race to be champion jockey, had the filly in
the right place throughout.
Sharing the lead with Online Alexander, the pair
kept ahead of the rivals as they fought out the
finish, with Divine coming out on top by a neck and
6/4 favourite Interception well held four and a half
lengths away in third.
"Nobody wanted to go on so I just dropped her
out and went slow early on, but after the five we
started to quicken up and she got home in great
style," said De Sousa.
"I won on her earlier in the spring and I knew off
a slow pace she would quicken up from me."
Channon's travelling head girl Lesley White said:
"She was badly hampered at Newbury last time
and we thought she'd go close today.
"They went slow early doors and it was perfect
for her. Silvestre knows her and she deserved this."
Tropics set to miss
Dean Ivory may turn down the Breeders' Cup
invitation handed to Tropics and keep his stable
star at home for big races at Haydock and Ascot
before taking him out for the Hong Kong Sprint in
The Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock next month
and the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot in
October are the events Ivory is more likely to aim
his talented seven-year-old at.
Tropics was second at Ascot last autumn and
showed he remains one of the top domestic
speedsters when just failing by a nose to hold
champion sprinter Muhaarar in the July Cup.
It was the second successive year Tropics had
finished second in the Newmarket feature. He has
since carried the steadier of 9st 13lb into a
creditable fifth place in the Stewards' Cup at
"Tropics is absolutely fine and we've got several
ideas for him," said Ivory.
Andre Fabre remains the undisputed
king of French racing, but his one-two
in the Prix du Haras Fresnay Le Buffard
Jacques Le Marois did not come in the
order many punters might have expect-
ed,Territories topped the betting on the
strength of his second to Gleneagles in
the 2000 Guineas, but there were nibbles
in the market for Esoterique---indeed,
although she was returned at 11/2 with
British bookmakers, she was just a
100/30 chance on the French pari-
Despite soft ground, about which
Fabre had expressed misgivings for Ter-
ritories beforehand, there was a decent
pace on in the early stages.
Mickael Barzalona rode a patient race
on the favourite, before angling wide to
mount his challenge, but Esoterique,
who was turning out just a week after
being touched off by Muhaarar in the
Prix Maurice de Gheest at the same
track, always travelled just as well in the
hands of Pierre-Charles Boudot.
Territories quickened up well when
asked for maximum effort, but not as
well as Esoterique, who showed thrilling
acceleration to run to the lead and was
well on top at the line.
The Olly Stevens-trained Lightning
Spear fared best of the British contingent
in fourth, staying on well for pressure,
only narrowly being denied third by Ger-
man runner Wild Chief.
Toormore was not far behind for
Richard Hannon and James Doyle, but
his stablemate Estidhkaar finished in
rear, along with Roger Varian s Belardo,
both of whom had been in the firing
line from an early stage.
Sky Bet cut Esoterique from 20/1 to
10/1 for the Breeders Cup Mile, and
from 16/1 to 8/1 for Ascot s Queen Eliz-
abeth II Stakes, but Fabre appeared keen-
er on moving back up in trip after her
next intended target, the Prix du Moulin.
"Everything changes as the season
develops, but I think Esoterique will go
for the Prix du Moulin and possibly the
Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket," he
said. "There is a race for her at the
Breeders Cup, or one in Japan."
Fabre, who had criticised the decision
to stage the race late on the card when
the ground had become more poached,
said he felt that Territories had justified
the decision to participate and said: "I
was very pleased with Territories. He
came there looking like a potential win-
ner on ground that was far from ideal."
Olly Stevens was a proud man after
watching Lightning Spear bag fourth in
the hands of Oisin Murphy, while
Jonathan Pease and the connections of
sixth home Karakontie are relishing the
prospect of taking the Niarchos fami-
ly-owned colt back to America.
Alan Cooper, racing manager to that
operation, said: "He was having a first
run since winning the Breeders Cup
Mile and was understandably ring-rusty.
"The important thing is that Stephane
Pasquier said the horse gave him a nice
feel and that there is plenty of room for
"We will take him to the Moulin, but
the Keeneland race (Breeders Cup Mile)
is what everything is being geared
James Doyle was not disappointed
with Toormore in fifth and said: "I am
very pleased with him, it was a solid
Earlier, the Aga Khan s Candarliya had
displayed both speed and stamina to
outpoint Yaazy in the Group Three Prix
Her trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre said:
"On this course she is able to quicken
up and outstay her rivals.
"She was beaten three times last year
and we needed to give her time. In that
time she has matured and improved,
and I hope she will keep doing so when
we make the choice between the Prix
Vermeille, the Prix de Royallieu or decide
to do both."
Watch Sir Roger Moore
Territories overwhelmed in Marois
Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am --- 8-9
6.30 pm --- 26-26
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 7 0 21
30HOUSECAT 4 5 6 0 15
31PARSONWIFE6 6 4 0 16
34BLINDMAN 3 7 3 2 15
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to Saturday, August 15
6.30 pm 5
24 (Queen) 1 pm
16 (Jamette) 10.30am
23 (House) 6.30 pm
29 (Opium Man)
9 (Cattle) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
10.10 Lady Canford
1.35 Sir Roger Moore
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