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Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am --- 21-28
6.30 pm --- 4-8
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 6 3 19
15SICKWOMAN5 5 5 2 17
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 1 18
31PARSONWIFE6 7 5 0 18
34BLINDMAN 3 7 3 3 16
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, September 7
6.30 pm 6
20 (Dog) 6.30 pm
31 (Parson Wife)
34 (Blind Man)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
28 (Red Fish)
35 (Big Snake)
16 (Jamette) 4 pm
31 (Parson Wife) 1 pm
21 (Mouth) 10.30am
Muntazah and Fawareeq represent Ham-
dan Al Maktoum in divisions of the two-
year-old Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs
of good ground Leicester today and "both
will win" according to legendary trainer
This Midlands venue was a hot-bed for
juvenile racing in my early years; so many
greats were introduced there by Henry Cecil,
Michael Stoute, Michael Jarvis, etc, because
the track was magnificently prepared con-
stantly by an outstanding groundsman,
Albert Butler, still around and will probably
be in attendance this afternoon.
The surface resembled a carpet at a time
when there was little watering, testimony
to the skill of a true professional.
Muntazah was one of the unluckiest losers
I ve seen when beaten a head at Newmarket
Stopped almost to a walk when hampered
inside the final furlong this superbly-bred
Dubawi colt regained momentum and flew
close home when Hamdan s other runner,
Manaafid, prevailed narrowly.
Fifteen days later Hills journeyed Muntazar
back to the July course for another seven
furlongs race but he ran flat and probably
a combination of a dead surface and running
too soon contributed to a disappointing fifth
Significantly, his time-handicap mark
was several pounds less!
Refreshed and given ample recovery time
Muntazah has been working with relish and
in the absence of an above average newcomer
(there are six!) should make it third time
lucky. That s also the expectation with
Fawaareq an Invincible Spirit colt which
really caught my eye when a close up seventh
to Beautiful Morning in the Convivial at
York last month.
To all intents and purposes Fawaareq was
never placed to challenge but tanked on
impressively in the closing stages and was
beaten just over four lengths. He s a grand
sort, ready to win!
There are also six newcomers in division
two but the similar TH marks and confi-
dence of Hills, a shrewd judge who could
never be underestimated, makes for the
prospect of an exciting each-way Paul Hana-
Running in tandem will be good to firm
Redcar where Twentysvnlancers should
manage one of three places in the two-
year-old Maiden Auction stakes over five
furlongs, mount of Graham Lee, a plus!
Hamdan specials on show
Connections of Storm The
Stars are keeping their fingers
crossed Saturday s Ladbrokes
St Leger does not prove one
run too many for the tough-
The three-year-old is set to
make his ninth appearance of
the campaign in the season s
final Classic, but undoubtedly
sets the standard having been
placed in both the Investec
Derby at Epsom and the Irish
Derby at the Curragh before
clinching a deserved big-race
success in last month s Great
Voltigeur at York.
Maureen Haggas, wife of
trainer William, feels the young-
ster has thrived on his racing
and hopes he can run up to his
best once more on Town Moor.
"He is an easy horse from the
point of view that he gives 100
per cent. He is a tough horse
but is not the easiest at home
which is well documented," she
"If he performs like that on
the track though we can forgive
him at home. He doesn t really
do much at home as he doesn t
really like going on the gallops.
"Early on he was not well
behaved and he looked like he
needed more education and that
is why we kept running him.
"He is more professional and
it has brought him on and it
doesn t seem to have done him
"Hopefully it will improve him
(step up in trip), but you never
really know until they get to the
"The signs are that he should
be better over further but it s
the end of a long hard year and
he doesn t owe us anything.
"If we get one more good run
out of him that would be great."
Simple Verse will bid to
become the first filly to win the
St Leger since User Friendly in
1992 after being supplemented
by trainer Ralph Beckett.
The daughter of Duke Of
Marmalade has won three of her
last four starts, most recently
running out an impressive win-
ner of a Group Three prize at
Beckett has come close to
winning the Leger twice with
two Oaks winners, as Look Here
finished third in 2008 and Talent
was runner-up in 2013.
He said: "I think once we
established that she was in good
nick I think it became the obvi-
ous thing to do.
"She did a good piece of work
nine days ago and I was very
pleased with that. I think phys-
ically she has come forward for
both her recent runs.
"She is not ground dependant
either as she has won on fast
ground and slow ground. With
the fact she is progressive and
that she is a certain stayer it
seemed like the right thing to
"This filly is going forward
and we have not had a blip with
her. We are pretty sure she is in
"Andrea Atzeni will ride her.
He won a maiden on her and
knows her well enough, so I
think he suits her well."
Aidan O Brien is responsible
for three of the eight horses con-
firmed, with impressive Irish St
Leger Trial winner Order Of St
George joined by stable com-
panions Fields Of Athenry and
Great Voltigeur runner-up Bondi
The master of Ballydoyle s son
and jockey Joseph, however, may
stay at home to ride on the
opening day of Irish Champions
Weekend at Leopardstown.
"I m not sure if Joseph will
ride any of them. There is a pos-
sibility he will stay in Leopard-
stown. We have not really dis-
cussed it yet," said O Brien.
"They are all different per-
formers. Bondi Beach and Order
Of St George have run together
and there was very little between
them on fast ground.
"Fields Of Athenry I thought
ran very well in the Ebor to finish
fifth and has come out of it very
The home team is made up
by David Brown s Medrano and
Proposed from Richard Han-
non s yard, while French trainer
Mikel Delzangles has left in
Mile test a possible for Time
Roger Charlton is seriously considering dropping
Time Test down to a mile in this weekend's Prix du
Moulin at Longchamp.
The son of Dubawi looked every inch a top-class
performer when running out one of the most impres-
sive winners at Royal Ascot in June in the Tercente-
He stepped up to Group One level in last month's
Juddmonte International at York and was not dis-
graced in finishing fourth on what connections felt
were unfavourable conditions.
Charlton has ruled out a potential rematch with
Derby hero Golden Horn in this Saturday's Qipco Irish
Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, but could send
his charge to France the following day.
"He's not going to run in Ireland. We haven't de-
cided where he's going to run. He's a possible to run in
France on Sunday," the trainer said.
"He came out of York really fine actually. I think at
York there were some funny results for quite a lot of
people and the ground definitely didn't suit him.
"We got a bit far back and couldn't pick up in the
ground, so I was perfectly happy he stayed on to be
fourth and he's in good form.
"I think fast ground and a mile is a possible for him,
so we're looking at the Moulin to see what runs and
decide after that where we go.
"He has a lot of speed and there aren't any Group
Twos to run him in, so we've got to be bold."
Son thriving after Haydock triumph
Henry Candy plans to let Twilight Son decide
whether he will run again this season after keeping
his unbeaten record intact in Saturday's Betfred
Sprint Cup at Haydock.
The three-year-old faced a significant step up in
class in the Merseyside Group One and was also mak-
ing his first competitive start in almost three months,
but he proved himself a top-level sprinter by making
it five from five in the hands of Fergus Sweeney.
Next month's Qipco British Champions Sprint at
Ascot is his one remaining possible target for this
year, with Candy already looking forward to cam-
paigning his charge next season.
"He's very well. He's pretty tough now and has
grown up at fast," the trainer said.
"It was a wonderful result. Whether he runs again
is entirely up to him. We'll see how he is in his coat
and in himself.
"He's got all of next year, but it was wonderful to
get the job done."
Limato and Check head Park hopes
Limato and Safety Check are a couple of the star
names in the mix for Saturday's Saint Gobain Weber
Park Stakes at Doncaster.
The Henry Candy-trained Limato sidestepped last
weekend's Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock, won by
stable companion Twilight Son, to instead step up to
seven furlongs for the first time on St Leger day and
connections will be encouraged by the relatively dry
forecast for Town Moor in the coming days.
Godolphin's Safety Check won three times during a
tremendous winter campaign at Meydan earlier in
the year and made a most encouraging return to
British action when third behind the talented Toor-
more in the Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Last year's winner Ansgar features in a strong chal-
lenge from Ireland, with Aidan O'Brien responsible for
a couple of contenders in Cougar Mountain and War
Recorder ruled out for season
Smart juvenile Recorder, owned by the Queen and
trained by William Haggas, will miss the rest of the
A stylish winner of the Acomb Stakes at York, he
was given quotes for the Guineas and the Derby after
Haggas had mentioned the National Stakes at the
Curragh as an end-of-season target but that will now
have to be shelved.
Haggas said: "He had a setback after York and is off
games with an injury for the rest of the season.
"However, I hope very much to have him back next
year for the 2,000 Guineas and hopefully the Derby
Tough Stars out for Leger glory
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