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Squash is certainly worth playing seri-
ously in the listed Flying Scotsman Stakes
over seven furlongs of good ground Don-
caster today, one of three two-year-old
events on a challenging seven-race pro-
gramme, eve of the St Leger!
Tomorrow eight will line up for the final
classic, two years ago we nominated 25/1
winner, Enke, and one of many successful
tips in the column for the great race was
Moonax, winner during the 1990s at 50/1!
Obviously you will all be expecting a
special this time round and that might
just be the case because we re dekinitely
against the front two, Order Of St George
and Storm The Stars; either get this paper
or click on to www.dailyearner.co.uk for
the selections on what promises to be a
wonderful day of celebration which began
when Tony AP McCoy won the Legends
renewal of Gannicus.
This remarkable twenty-times champion
jockey under NH rules has never failed to
deliver and agreed to come back for one
ride only to help the charitable cause set
trainer Jack Berry who has overseen the
building of the house that Jack built!
It s an incredible achievement and is now
a prime facility in the North to help
injured/sidelined jockeys; Jack will be
knighted, I d bet on it!
In the meantime Squash, advantaged
with a 5lbs fillies allowance, is clear best-
in on the time-handicap; mount of Luke
Morris, aboard Philip McBrides charge
when impressive at Wolverhampton and a
close two lengths fourth to our nap, Blue
Bayou, in the group three Sweet Solera
over a similar distance at Newmarket last
Judged on that latest career-best effort
Squash is a special and this is just a ques-
tion of the Pastoral Pursuit filly replicating
Sentiment plays no part in racing but
Kurland is an interesting dec for the open-
ing nine-runner, group two, £70000 Flying
Childers Stakes over five furlongs; we
napped this Martyn Meade trained Kheleyf
filly when beaten a length by Shadow
Hunter at York three weeks ago.
Shadow Hunter again opposes on same
terms but Meade, and myself, just know
that Kurland can do better; in fact I ll bet
that s the case on this occasion when three
places will be available for each-way pur-
Sandown runs in tandem and Jack Nevi-
son must not be missed for the 2-y-o Maid-
en Stakes over five furlongs; we ve been
waiting for Jack since that promising New-
bury debut seven weeks ago.
Golden Horn and Gleneagles head a star
field of eight horses declared for the Qipco
Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown
on Saturday, a race that will have an earlier
start time due to weather concerns.
The Classic-winning pair were set to
meet in the Juddmonte International at
York last month, but Gleneagles was a late
withdrawal due to the ground while Golden
Horn suffered a shock defeat at the hands
of Arabian Queen.
The much-awaited showdown between
John Gosden s Derby and Eclipse winner
Golden Horn and the Aidan O Brien-trained
dual 2000 Guineas scorer Gleneagles is on
again - but connections of the latter remain
concerned about the ground turning soft.
Gleneagles has not been seen since mak-
ing it three from three for the year in the
St James s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
O Brien is also represented by Secretariat
Stakes winner Highland Reel and top-class
Last year s winner The Grey Gatsby is
set to defend his crown for Kevin Ryan,
while Dermot Weld s Prince of Wales s
Stakes hero Free Eagle is another major
Corine Barande-Barbe s French superstar
Cirrus Des Aigles and Jim Bolger s Irish
1,000 Guineas and Yorkshire Oaks heroine
Pleascach complete a stellar field.
The only withdrawal at the 48-hour final
declaration stage was Legatissimo, who
goes for the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron
Stakes on the same card.
To ensure that the Champion Stakes will
be run on the best possible ground, it will
now be the fifth event with a scheduled
off time of 5.45, having originally been race
seven at 6.50.
The feature will be the first race to be
run on fresh ground on the outside track,
while the first four contests are on the
inside course. Rain is forecast overnight
on Friday, but Saturday is expected to be
Nessa Joyce, Leopardstown s racing and
operations manager, explained the reasoning
behind the changes to the programme.
"We re trying to do as much as we can
for our Group One races to give them the
best ground," she said.
"We d already planned in advance by
making two tracks, the first four on the
inside and the last four on the outside.
"We are going to have the Qipco Irish
Champion Stakes as the first race run on
the outside track. It hasn t been raced on
at all this year.
"The rain is still an unknown factor. We
still don t know and because of the 48-
hour declarations we ve had to make the
"We have simply swapped the fifth and
seventh races. We spoke to all the trainers
before we did it and they were happy to
do it and that the jockeys would not be
inconvenienced if they were coming from
"We felt it was in the best interests on
the day and give everyone a crack at the
"It s fast ground at the moment. On the
outside track it s good to firm, firm in
places. We are looking at another dry day
today so it might tighten up another bit,
so we are well prepared if there is rain com-
ing and any that comes or way.
"At the moment we believe it will rain
overnight on Friday and stop at 3am Sat-
urday morning, which gives Saturday a dry
and bright day.
"It s our Group One showpiece and we
have to do everything to protect it and we
have another Group One (the Matron
Stakes) as well. It s a fair thing for every-
Gosden understood the thinking behind
the decision. "It s completely fresh turf,
which hasn t been raced on this year, and
I can see the thinking. We thought we were
going to be up against Gleneagles at York
but it didn t happen---let s hope the weather
forecast is wrong and it might happen this
Gretchen battles home
Gretchen maintained the honour of her fine
staying family when taking the DFS Park Hill
Stakes at Doncaster.
Having opened in 1997, Philippa Cooper's
Normandie Stud is still in its infancy compared
to some of the powerhouse breeding operations,
but has managed become an increasingly
significant player in Flat racing circles in recent
Doncaster Cup winner Samuel, Yorkshire Cup
and Irish St Leger hero Duncan and last year's
Nassau Stakes heroine Sultanina are among
those to be born and raised in the in the
picturesque village of Kirdford in West Sussex,
and Gretchen became the latest big-race winner
for the operation in front of a 16,000-plus crowd
in the sunshine on Town Moor.
A half-sister to Samuel and Duncan and a
Listed winner over a mile and a half at
Newmarket in early August, Gretchen was a 5/1
shot stepped up in grade and distance.
Robert Havlin's mount was never too far off
the speed and knuckled down to her task
admirably as the post loomed to get the better
of Melodious by a neck, with Asyad close up in
Real surprise in Sceptre
Realtra and Jack Mitchell once again proved a
winning team as they took the Japan Racing
Association Sceptre Stakes at 25/1.
The successful filly had made a winning debut
for Roger Varian when taking a Listed event at
Haydock last month, and the Newmarket trainer
elected to keep the same partnership together
as she stepped up in grade for this Group Three.
The winner travelled well but drifted right
across a number of her rivals when being asked
to go to the front, and there were a number of
slight hard-luck stories in behind.
However the winner's supremacy was in no
doubt and she passed the post two and a
quarter lengths clear of 66/1 outsider Pelerin,
whose big run confirmed a return to form for
Marco Botti's team. Terror (25/1) filled out the
placings in a result that ensured a bumper
Placepot payout, with favourite Fadhayil a
The final stages of the race cost the jockey an
eight-day suspension (September 24-October 1
inclusive) as the stewards found him guilty of
Dettori misses Leger ride
Frankie Dettori will not be in action at
Doncaster on Saturday and instead heads
straight to Leopardstown where his rides include
Invetec Derby hero Golden Horn.
He had been linked with the mount on Bondi
Beach in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Town Moor
but with the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes now
brought forward to a 5.45pm start, that isn't a
"We can only go one place. There's not
sufficient time to ride in both races," said his
agent Ray Cochrane. "There is, but you'd be
putting people through a lot of sweat, so we're
going straight to Leopardstown.
"There's nothing any of us can do about the
weather. We want to do the best for the people
we're riding for. It's as simple as that.
"Frankie had rides in the first four races at
Doncaster, the last one being in the Leger and
then we were going to shoot over to Ireland and
be there in good time. Now they've changed it by
bringing it forward there's no point thinking of
trying to do both.
"Frankie's had a good run with John Gosden
and Golden Horn is the best ride he's got all year.
He's riding Golden Horn and Euro Charline at
Leopardstown and then more likely Frankie will
ride in France on Sunday."
9.45 Jack Nevison
Play Squash at Doncaster
Star duo in Irish Champion Stakes
Under: (Last Thursday)
10.30 am --- 32-25
6.30 pm --- 33-10
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 5 20
15SICKWOMAN5 5 5 2 17
18WATERBOAT 4 7 7 0 18
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 2 19
31PARSONWIFE6 7 5 0 18
34BLINDMAN 3 7 4 3 17
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Thursday, September 10
6.30 pm 9
5 (Parson Man) 6.30 pm
28 (Red Fish)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
3 (Carriage) 4 pm
24 (Queen) 1 pm
14 (Money) 10.30am
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