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Promising Run delivered at the second time of
asking after making all in the opening division of
the Stride By TRM EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies
Stakes at Newmarket.
After finishing a solid third at Goodwood on her
debut, the Saeed bin Suroor-trained two-year-old
put her previous experience to good use to open her
account in the seven-furlong event.
Although the prominently-ridden Cersei went off
in pursuit late on she had no answer to the even-
money favourite, with two lengths separating the
pair at the line. John Ferguson, representing the win-
ning trainer, said: "She was still a little bit green, like
she was at Goodwood, but she has got a bit of class.
"I think James (Doyle) felt that another furlong
would help her in time. Something like the Rockfel
may be the answer for her."
Positive tactics worked the trick for Diploma in
the second division of the Stride By TRM EBF Stallions
Maiden Fillies Stakes.
Bounced out in front by Ted Durcan soon after
exiting the stalls the 11-4 joint-favourite made virtually
all the running to build on her promising debut effort
While several in behind travelled well the seven-
furlong contest ultimately turned into a two-horse
race between the eventual winner and Doubly Moti-
vated with the pair drawing right away from field.
Quickening up the hill it was to be the Sir Michael
Stoute-trained filly who got the verdict, edging out
the Charlie Hills-trained newcomer by a neck.
Stoute said: "We were very pleased with her debut
run and we knew that she would come on for it.
"Ted said she was not doing much in front and
that we could have done with a lead, but we didn t
want to mess about in a race like that."
Bathos demonstrated all of his battling qualities
to emerge on top after a final furlong duel in the
TRM GNF Nursery Handicap Stakes.
Positioned just off the pace, the giant-framed son
of Poet s Voice dug deep when it mattered most to
claim the mile contest and follow up his win at Bev-
erley 15 days ago.
Having tracked Harlequin Rock for much of the
journey, the Mark Johnston-trained two-year-old hit
the font meeting the rising ground. Although he was
quickly pursued by Sterling Work, the 4-1 shot was
not to be denied, him mastering his closest pursuer
by three-quarters of a length.
Johnston said: "That was very good. I d forgotten
that Franny (Norton) had ridden him at Beverley
where he found it all too sharp.
"He is a great big thing and can t do things in a
hurry, but clearly today he had time to get there. He
has such a great attitude."
Tashweeq was forced to pull out all the stops before
obliging in the TRM Excellence In Equine Nutrition
EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes.
The well-entered John Gosden runner confirmed
the potential he showed on his debut second at New-
bury when going one better in the seven-furlong
Housed in the ideal position in stall one, the 10-
11 favourite moved with ease before being asked the
question. Although having to be ridden vigorously
by Paul Hanagan to pick up early leader Tabarrak in
the Sheikh Hamdan second colours, the son of Big
Bad Bob responded to claim victory by a length and
Gosden said: "He is going the right way from his
Newbury run. The winner at Newbury knew the
game and he was learning that day.
"The further he went the better he got. It was
meant to be a hot maiden, so it will be interesting
to see what comes of it but I liked the way he finished
the race. I might be happy staying at seven furlongs
with him. He is very progressive and these maidens
at this time of year are not easy to win.
"I think the logical thing would be to have another
run before stepping him up."
Despite having seen American Pharoah
steamroller his rivals into the history
books this year, Bob Baffert is taking
nothing for granted as his Triple Crown
hero tackles the Travers Stakes at Sarato-
The trainer has saddled just one winner
of the Grade One feature with Point Given
claiming the prize after landing the Preak-
ness and Belmont Stakes, although he
missed out on the Triple Crown as he
could only finish fifth in the Kentucky
American Pharoah has outstripped the
achievements of Point Given in becoming
the first winner of all three Classics since
1978 and subsequently added the Haskell
Invitational to his tally at Monmouth, win-
ning by just over two lengths under a very
tight rein earlier this month.
Keen Ice chased him home and tries his
luck again, as does the third-placed
Frosted and Tale Of Verve finished sec-
ond behind American Pharoah in the Bel-
mont and Preakness respectively, while
Frammento has finished behind on a couple
of occasions, but there are a handful of
fresh challengers in this 10-furlong heat.
Baffert has identified last year s Breeders
Cup Juvenile hero Texas Red as a particular
threat after injury forced him to miss the
Classics. He landed the Jim Dandy Stakes
at Saratoga last time out.
Baffert told www.zayatstables.com:
"(Texas Red) is a very nice horse; he won
the Breeders Cup very impressively.
"I think (his connections) have done a
great job getting him back (to the races).
(Texas Red) is going to be tough.
"It s not an easy race. You ve got Frosted
in there. There are the new shooters com-
ing up. So, we re prepared for a tough
Smart Transition, King Of New York
and Mid Ocean all face American Pharoah
for the first time but are long shots in the
A crowd estimated at around 15,000
was at Saratoga yesterday morning to
watch American Pharoah go through his
Newmarket-based trainer Hugo Palmer,
whose New Providence runs in the Ketel
One Ballston Spa Stakes on the same card,
was among those in attendance.
He said: "It s just incredible. There were
15,000 people here to see a horse work.
We don t even get that for July Cup day
"It s just a great atmosphere and fan-
tastic for racing.
"It would be great to have something
like this at home, but that s the advantage
of metropolitan racing. A lot of people live
in the area and they ve come to see the
"We have a relatively small population
in Newmarket and most of them work in
racing, so they re not going to come and
see a horse like Golden Horn work on the
"They might do if it took place in Hyde
Meanwhile, Palmer reports New Prov-
idence to have settled in well ahead of her
Grade Two assignment.
"I really couldn t be happier with her,"
said the trainer.
"She looks amazing and is so settled.
She breezed on Tuesday and is suited to
the American work-style.
"She s drawn widest of all, so we ve got
to overcome that, and we re trying a new
distance, but we re really looking forward
to the challenge."
Bookmakers Sky Bet had priced up six
races at Saratoga today, including the Tra-
vers Stakes for which they have installed
American Pharoah at 2/7.
The Queen s Glorious Goodwood scorer
Dartmouth is set for an imminent return
to competitive action.
Sir Michael Stoute s three-year-old reg-
istered his fourth and most lucrative victory
to date on the Sussex Downs, winning readily
in the hands of leading French jockey Olivier
Peslier in the Royal silks.
Now rated in excess of 100, Darmouth is
being lined up for the Appletiser Heritage
Handicap at Ascot on Saturday week.
Stoute said: "Dartmouth will run at Ascot.
He takes his racing very well and we are
happy with him.
"He has gone up quite a bit in the weights
at Goodwood, so he will have to improve
quite a bit."
Former jockey Lindsay Charnock, a
top lightweight on the northern scene,
has died at the age of 60.
Apprenticed first to Ron Barnes and later
Denys Smith, Charnock s first winner came
at Lanark in 1971. He retired in 2000 after
a career tally of around 600 winners.
He had a successful association with
North Yorkshire trainer Tim Easterby,
for whom his victories included the
Windsor Castle and Weatherbys Super
Sprint on Flanders in 1998 and the
Lowther Stakes at York on Jemima the
Charnock also played a key role in
the early career of Group One-winning
He steered the filly home in the Red-
car 2-Y-O Trophy in 1998 and the Great
St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon and the
Listed Wentworth Stakes at Doncaster
Among his other notable triumphs
were the 1987 Northumberland Plate
on the Jimmy Fitzgerald-trained Treas-
ure Hunter and the Ayr Gold Cup on
Last Tango for Epsom trainer John Sut-
cliffe in 1976.
"It s very sad. He was a cracking jock-
ey, good work rider, a good judge and
he rode Flanders for me among others,"
"He rode Jemima and won on Pipa-
long a few times when she was a two-
"He was a really good jockey and a
nice guy. We ll all miss him."
Charnock s former colleague Kevin
Darley said: "I ve known Lindsay a long
time. It s a shock.
"He was associated with Denys Smith
years ago and he was one of the light-
weights everybody would call upon,
especially for a big handicap."
Charnock had his right leg amputated
below the knee nine years ago which
was thought to have been caused by a
succession of falls.
He was married to Gloria and they
had two daughters, Kelly and Selina.
Under: (Last Saturday)
10.30 am --- 1-5
6.30 pm --- 36-15
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 9 5 7 3 24
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 8 5 1 25
05PARSONMAN 5 5 5 3 18
15SICKWOMAN5 5 5 1 16
18WATERBOAT 4 6 7 0 17
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 3 5 0 11
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 7 8 7 0 22
30HOUSECAT 5 6 6 0 17
31PARSONWIFE6 6 4 0 16
34BLINDMAN 3 7 3 2 15
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: FRIDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to Friday, August 28
6.30 pm 6
12 (King) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
19 (Horse) 4 pm
30 (Housecat) 1 pm
1 (Centipede) 10.30am
Pharaoh set for Travers stroll
Northern stalwart Charnock dies
Ascot date for
for Bin Suroor
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