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Matilda s Law leapt from the page when
we began daily process of finding a two-
year-old nap for today; this once-raced,
Chris Wall-trained, Aussie Rules filly
appears to have any amount in hand of
seven rivals in the opening Maiden Auction
Stakes over six furlongs of a soft Lingfield
A 33/1 chance, Matilda s Law ran promi-
nent throughout in a fast-run race won by
Continental Lady over a similar distance at
Leicester last month since when plenty of
recovery time has been allowed by the
shrewd, purposeful and much-underesti-
mated Newmarket trainer.
According to our time-figures ground con-
ditions were on the easy side when Matilda s
Law finished fifth of 14, beaten about five
lengths; a description of soft at this time
of year can be somewhat misleading but as
to whether this filly can indeed lay down the
Law is all about achieving a replication.
Maiden auction juvenile races are my
absolute favourites because there is no fear
of running into an expensive, super-bred,
yearling purchase; for instance under stated
conditions all entries for this particular
event needed to be valued under £28000
If all eight go to post for the 2-y-o Maid-
en Stakes over five furlongs of good to soft
Bath have a decent each-way bet on
twice-raced Belledesert, mount of Royston
Ffrench and trained by Sarah Hollinshead.
Belledesert, hampered last time, is a deal
better than form figures suggest; in fact only
consistent, hitherto luckless, Comedy Night
represents any danger on the time-handi-
Make sure they all run before committing;
so many eight-horse races are subject to
withdrawals due to bookmakers intervening;
scandalous procedure, typical of the contempt
they have of punters.
Owner Nick Peacock sees the Palmer-
stown House Estate Irish St Leger as an
attractive target for Ebor runner-up Wick-
The talented dual-purpose performer dis-
appointed in last month s Galway Hurdle,
but performed admirably on his return to
the Flat as he beat all bar the long-absent
Litigant at York on Saturday.
The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old
holds entries in the Betfred Cesarewitch at
Newmarket and the British Champions Long
Distance Cup at Ascot in October, but Pea-
cock is unsure about venturing over two
miles and beyond with his charge.
He said: "He ran a very good race, he was
just unlucky to bump into a horse who d
been off the track for 400 and odd days.
He beat all the others.
"I haven t had a proper chat about it with
Willie, but he is in the Irish St Leger and
I d be inclined to let him take his chance.
It s a race that sometimes cuts up to a small
field and there s some good prize-money
"After that, I think we d probably give
him a break as he s been on the go since
January without having some time off and
there isn t much else for him on the Flat.
"I don t think he d stay the Cesarewitch
trip (two and a quarter miles). Someone
who is far more knowledgeable than me has
suggested since Saturday that maybe he
didn t even get the mile and three-quarters,
so I m fairly certain we won t be going any
further than two miles again.
"After he has a break, we can look at
bringing him back over hurdles. I don t think
he s quite as good as the likes of Faugheen,
so we ll probably be looking at the big hand-
Meanwhile, the long-absent Berkshire
could return to action at Epsom on Mon-
Paul Cole s injury-plagued colt has been
sidelined since he won the Darley Stakes at
Newmarket last autumn, but is close to a
The Official Gatwick Parking Conditions
Stakes over a mile and a quarter at Epsom
is the preferred starting point, although
Berkshire does have other options.
Should all go accordingly, the Royal Ascot-
winning four-year-old would then head to
Longchamp on Arc weekend in October.
Oliver Cole, the Whatcombe handler s
son and assistant, said: "He s got an entry
at Epsom on Monday but the horse has got
to work well on Friday and we ve got to be
happy with him.
"He hasn t done anything wrong at home,
though, and he seems to be back to where
"If he does run at Epsom, he ll go there
fit and well, but I would say he ll come on
for the run as we haven t been overly hard
on him at home.
"If he doesn t run at Epsom, there s also
a Listed race at Ayr over a mile and a quarter
(Doonside Cup) and one at Goodwood.
"He s got an entry in the Prix Dollar at
Longchamp and I d say that would be the
Arc an option for Golden Horn
Golden Horn could travel to France for the Prix de
l'Arc de Triomphe without another run should
conditions turn against him in the Qipco Irish
The 10-furlong showpiece at Leopardstown on
September 12 has been identified as the next step
along the ladder for the Derby winner, who lost his
unbeaten record to Arabian Queen in the Juddmonte
International last Wednesday.
John Gosden's inmate was not especially suited by
the rain-softened terrain at York, with the ground in
Ireland crucial to his participation in the Group One
If Golden Horn was forced to bypass the Irish
Champion, owner Anthony Oppenheimer would be
unfazed by the prospect of charting a direct route to
the Arc on October 4.
Should it also get too wet at Longchamp, the son
of Cape Cross still has the Qipco Champion Stakes at
Ascot a fortnight later as a viable alternative.
Oppenheimer said: "Sometimes in racing not
everything goes smoothly, and things did not go
smoothly at York.
"The horse was still very valiant in defeat, though,
and was not beaten by very far at all.
"You cannot win them all, and it was a very
exciting race to watch.
"The plan now is to go to Ireland, where we hope
they will have an Indian summer."
Sea charts path to Treve clash
Francois Doumen is targeting a likely clash with
the wonder mare Treve for exciting filly Sea Calisi
following her fine effort in last week's Yorkshire
A ready winner of the Group Two Prix de Malleret
at Saint-Cloud at the end of June, Sea Calisi stepped
up to the highest level at York and was narrowly
beaten into third place by Irish 1,000 Guineas winner
Pleascach and Irish Oaks heroine Covert Love.
Doumen was proud of his three-year-old's
performance, particularly as she was ridden with
more restraint than the first two, and she is now
being targeted at next month's Prix Vermeille at
"I feel a little bit sorry to be beaten two necks, but
it was a big effort to finish third and I am happy with
the filly," said Doumen.
"She came back the next day, she didn't lose much
(weight) and mentally she is very perky.
"In her previous races she has been a little bit too
keen, which is why he (Mickael Barzalona) tried to
keep her calm in the pack.
"Then there wasn't much room and she was a little
too far back with a lot to do, but we can't re-run the
"I think I am going to go for the Vermeille to start
with. It will be interesting to take on Treve and
maybe courageous, but we do get four kilos from
Sea Calisi could earn herself a tilt at the Prix de
l'Arc de Triomphe with a bold showing over the
course and distance in Paris, but Doumen is leaning
towards instead bringing her back to Britain for the
Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at
Ascot on October 17.
Mill Reef plan for Mr Wizard
Mr Wizard could drop in trip and rise in class at
Newbury next month after he caught the eye in the
Solario Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.
Nick Littmoden's young colt was only beaten two
lengths into third place in the Group Three over
seven furlongs, having previously won tidily on his
racecourse debut at Windsor.
The Group Two Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes
over six furlongs is now a likely target for the son of
Littmoden said: "He was a little keen early on, but
he's still learning and it was clearly a really good run.
"The form was franked from his Windsor win as
the horse that finished second (This Is For You) won
by two lengths at Chepstow last week, so that was
good to see.
"I actually think he'll be better dropped back to six
furlongs so the Mill Reef looks a nice option for him."
Under: (Last Wednesday)
10.30 am --- 16-8
6.30 pm --- 9-2
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 8 5 7 2 22
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 8 5 0 24
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 7 8 7 0 22
30HOUSECAT 5 5 6 0 16
31PARSONWIFE6 6 4 0 16
34BLINDMAN 3 7 3 2 15
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to Tuesday, August 25
6.30 pm 4
19 (Horse) 6.30 pm
30 (House Cat)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
18 (Waer Boat)
17 (Pigeon) 4 pm
14 (Money) 1 pm
32 (Shrimp) 10.30am
Matilda's Law can pay
9.50 Matilda's Law
10.10 Baby Ballerina
Irish Leger option for Wicklow Brave
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