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Under: (Last Thursday)
10.30 am --- 6-5
6.30 pm --- 30-4
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 2 17
18WATERBOAT 3 6 7 0 16
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 3 5 0 11
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 7 8 8 0 23
30HOUSECAT 5 5 6 0 16
31PARSONWIFE6 6 4 0 16
34BLINDMAN 4 7 3 2 16
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to Thursday, August 20
6.30 pm 8
36 (Donkey) 1 pm
15 Sick Woman) 6.30 pm
29 (Opium Man) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
28 (Red Fish)
31 (Parson Wife)
34 (Blind Man) 10.30am
John Gosden is keen to run Golden Horn in
the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes ahead of the
Qatar Prix de l Arc de Triomphe granted suitable
conditions following his shock defeat at York on
The Newmarket trainer admitted he got the
tactics wrong by not making the most of supple-
mented pacemaker Dick Doughtywylie as Arabian
Queen stunned the Knavesmire crowd by getting
the better of the Derby and Eclipse winner by a
Gosden will now prepare his star three-year-
old for the Group One over a mile and a quarter
at Leopardstown on September 12.
"He s absolutely fine. He ate up last night," the
trainer told Racing UK.
"He got set alight a little bit early and a bump
from his pacemaker didn t help.
"If we could ride the race again we d probably
do it differently, but I wish to take nothing from
"She was gutsy, classy, handled the ground and
stuck her neck out and made use of every ounce
of that 5lb allowance.
"The pacemaker set a steady pace and we should
probably have sat behind that, but now it s too
"We ll go to the Irish Champion with him and
let s hope it doesn t rain too much. Leopardstown
is a lovely track and it drains very well.
"I don t want to leave a long gap to the Arc,
having missed the King George---and I m glad I
didn t run him there over a mile and a half on that
"Having missed that the key thing is to have
continuity between his races and the Irish Cham-
pion is where we go."
Premier display from Tasleet
Tasleet came with a powerful late burst through
runners to claim victory in the DBS Premier Yearling
Stakes at York.
Although taking time to warm to the task, the
2-1 favourite picked up well in the hands of Paul
Hanagan to give trainer William Haggas a third
successive win in the valuable six-furlong con-
A Momentofmadness blazed the trail on the far
side early on before eventually weakening out of
the picture, as Delizia and Orvar moved through
to take up matters.
Despite having plenty of horses in front of him,
Tasleet motored up the gears in the manner of a
useful horse to go one better than in the Richmond
Stakes and hold off the staying-on Ferryover by
half a length, paying a big compliment to his Good-
wood conqueror Shalaa.
Hanagan said: "I thought the ground just went
against him. It s a bit dead out there. He can get
very unbalanced at times and he just struggled to
get his feet out."
Haggas said: "I thought he had the best form,
although he had a penalty, but you never know
about big fields and I was worried about the ground.
"His run in the Richmond was very good and
when you buy one at Doncaster (sales) you plan
to go for this huge pot. This has been the idea
since he showed he could run a bit."
Haggas went on: "These races are a great concept
and we re delighted to have won the last three
runnings of it.
"He was a relative buy at £52,000, so he s proved
a good bit of business by Angus (Gold, owner
Sheikh Hamdan s racing manager).
"I was worried about the ground for him, he
hasn t won by very far. I don t think he was at his
"Who knows if he s a Guineas horse? He s tough
and might go for the Middle Park next."
Horn on course
Pleascach stayed on best of them all to
get up in the shadow of the post and claim
a battling success in the Darley Yorkshire
Oaks on the Knavesmire yesterday.
Covert Love set a sedate pace early on,
with Pat Smullen looking to turn the race
into a sprint and kick on from the front.
The move looked to have worked as the
15-8 favourite appeared to have all her rivals
on the ropes entering the concluding stages
of the mile-and-a-half feature.
But deep inside the final furlong Hugo
Palmer s charge saw her stride just start
to shorten, while a determined Kevin Man-
ning continued to get more from the even-
As the post loomed, the 8-1 winner final-
ly wore down the long-time leader to put
her head in front by a neck, adding another
Group One to her victory in the Irish 1,000
Guineas earlier this season.
Bolger was winning the race for the first
time since Lush Lashes in 2008. French
challenger Sea Calisi was a further neck
away in third.
The winner was given a fine ride by
Kevin Manning, who said: "She battled all
the way to the line and she s done it very
"I thought she ran a little bit flat the
last day and didn t run up to scratch. I
thought she was back to her best when I
rode her work last week.
"She goes on various types of ground
and is a very talented filly."
Bolger said: "Previously we tried to settle
her a little bit and it meant breaking her
stride and Kevin decided whatever hap-
pened he wasn t going to break her stride
today. He gave her a beautiful ride
"We knew she was at the top of her
game coming here.
"We ll have to see how she comes out
of this, but maybe something at
Longchamp like the Prix de l Opera."
Godolphin s bloodstock advisor John
Ferguson said of the winner: "Kevin said
a furlong and a half out he knew he was
going to win.
"Quite simply Jim Bolger is a master
trainer. He told me beforehand that he felt
he had her back to her best.
"She disappointed at Royal Ascot and
in the Pretty Polly, so it s great she s come
back and shown her form.
"We ll be guided by Jim as to where to
go. It s possible she could stay in training
next year. She looks the type to carry
Palmer said of Covert Love: "She s run
absolutely brilliantly. The top Group One
winners in the field have dominated and
it s a huge boost to the Irish Classic form.
"A massive operation may have run a
pacemaker today. That s the advantage they
have, but I m so proud of her.
"She still needs to fill her frame and can
only get better.
"If she had bolted up we d have con-
sidered the Leger, but she didn t. She s in
at Ascot and she could go there, but she
doesn t need to run again."
Pleascach denies Love in Oaks
Manson makes his second racecourse
appearance this afternoon when facing
18 rivals for the prestigious Convivial
Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of a
forecast good to soft surface; we ve been
waiting for this well-regarded half-brother
to Epsom Derby runner-up, Jack Hobbs!
This is a big day for trainer Dominic
Although not associated with potential
super-star thoroughbreds, Dominic and
his excellent team are sufficiently proficient,
Manson could indeed be anything; it will
be a nervous session because expectations
have been high since this Equiano colt
stayed on strongly over six at Newbury
last month to finish second, two and a
half lengths behind Adventurous.
On the time-handicap Manson has about
7lbs in hand of Godolphin-owned Very
Talented, also an eye-catcher on debut at
Goodwood three weeks ago and a firm sec-
This race has been won by some beauts
down the years and looks laden with poten-
tial talent; subsequent form invariably
throws up good bets.
Frankie Dettori replaces Jim Crowley, in
action at Sandown; readers know my
thoughts about replacing jockeys on two-
year-olds but the veteran Italian has to be
viewed as a plus and Manson justifies a
As for a nap selection Ground Control
ticks enough boxes for the fourteen-runner
Maiden Auction Stakes over six furlongs
at good to firm Salisbury, not far from
the training establishment of Richard Han-
non who will leg up his able 5lbs appren-
tice, Tom Marqaund.
This kid has grown, he s obviously been
watching the now-retired maestro Richard
Hughes on those lovely Marlborough gal-
lops and certainly looks the part; expect
Tom to seamlessly make the grade and
become a top-notch jockey.
Manson a good bet
2.05 GROUND CONTROL
"I thought she ran a little
bit flat the last day and
didn't run up to scratch. I
thought she was back to
her best when I rode her
work last week. She goes
on various types of
ground and is a very
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