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Jack Garritty closed to within one
of Tom Marquand in the Stobart
Apprentice Jockeys Championship by
riding the first two winners at Hay-
dock, both for trainer Richard Fahey,
Garritty, who was three winners shy
of Marquand in the battle for the title
at the start of racing, steered Curtain
Call (4/1) to victory in the opening
nursery as she held off the challenge
of Modest, who was briefly checked
when making her run inside the final
Nineteen-year-old Garritty then
made just about every yard of the run-
ning aboard newcomer Balance (4/1)
in the fillies maiden.
The daughter of Pivotal appeared to
relish conditions with a taking debut
performance, beating fellow newcomer
Tanaasub by almost two lengths.
While Garritty was booting home a
double, rival Marquand finished last in
both of the opening two races, with
the Richard Hannon-trained duo Pinky
Promise and Highway Lass unable to
Mukaynis (16/1) responded well to
the fitting of first-time blinkers to win
the Griffiths And Armour Handicap
under Shane Gray, a race in which the
first three home broke from double-
Garritty was out of luck as his mount
Beardwood, drawn in stall three, was
always away from the main action and
never able to land a blow.
Neither of the two leading apprentice
riders were involved in the ApolloBet
Best Odds Guaranteed EBF Maiden
Stakes, which went the way of Gersh-
win (3/1) for trainer David Lanigan and
jockey George Baker.
Baydar, a newcomer from the yard
of Hugo Palmer, caught the eye in a
close second having travelled powerfully
and shown signs of inexperience on
his belated debut behind a winner who
was making his third start. Kelvin Hall,
the sole filly in the line up and sent off
at 33/1 for her debut, also showed prom-
ise for Mark Johnston.
Express Himself (13/2) got up to deny
favourite Mitchum Swagger in the fea-
ture one-mile handicap, the pair having
been held up in a race run at a decent
gallop set by Strong Steps.
Jim Crowley took his time aboard
the Ed McMahon-trained top weight,
stalking the previously unbeaten
favourite until unleashing a relentless
challenge inside the final furlong to
win by a neck.
Marquand was again out of luck
when Hairdryer faded into third in divi-
sion one of the seven-furlong nursery,
won by fellow handicap debutant Zeal-
ous (9/1) for Alan Swinbank.
Crowley brought up a double when
steering Dark Crescent (6/1), again top
weight, to victory in division two, before
Magic Circle (5/4 favourite) continued
his progression in the closing two-mile
handicap, landing a few bets in the
There are only two juvenile races
this afternoon, both at soft Catterick,
and Richard winning machine Fahey
has prospects of landing both with
Dacoity and disappointing, hitherto
You can t beat experience and Sun-
nua could well prove a classic example
in the Maiden Fillies Stakes over seven
furlongs of the popular North-eastern
venue where a wide draw is usually a
major advantage when ground is
A stands-side pitch usually pays off
in such conditions and from stall eleven
Sunnua will be aimed away from the
far rails by Tony Hamilton as this twelve-
strong field rounds the long, left-handed,
bend; indeed a scramble for placings is
Nine days ago Sunnua raced in
handicap company for the first time,
this Dark Angel filly failed to justify
favouritism at the sixth attempt but
appeared to stay six furlongs well, beat-
en a head by Swirral Edge at Ayr with
the rest three lengths and upwards in
Distance is my only concern and
doubtless winning machine Fahey feels
similarly but the TH mark of Sunnua
is way superior and if odds of 3/1, or
better, are available she will justify a
price to chance wager.
Dacoity is is one of eight decs for
the opening Maiden Stakes over five
furlongs, what happened ten days ago?
On the back of an eye-catching third
on his Pontefract debut three weeks ear-
lier, beaten a length, Dacoity was our
fancy at Nottingham but drifted like a
barge in betting and finished five lengths
behind Kadrizzi on soft ground; why
has Richard declared this Dick Turpin
gelding knowing he ll encounter a similar
Mine is not to wonder, just relate his
obvious chance based on two time-fig-
ures which put Dacoity firmly on the
Of course it s the annual finale at
good to soft Ascot where Champions
Day will probably be a bonanza for
bookmakers; if it s difficult for yours
truly a tremendous crowd will be filling
their coffers in a guessing game but
we do fancy The Corsican, one of thir-
teen in the group one Champion Stakes
over ten furlongs.
We ve layed Jack Hobbs, drawn in the
car park, whereas in-form The Corsican
is slotted four; portents for success are
excellent and veteran Jamie Spencer is,
apparently, chaffing at the bit!
Stick to the daily patent, you know
it makes sense on such an overwhelming
Sunn may shine
Garritty closes the gap
SHANGHAI---Rafael Nadal is
starting to look like his dominant
former self, the player who won
14 Grand Slam titles. He s even
beating the top players again.
After struggling with his con-
fidence and consistency for much
of the season, the Spanish star
beat a top-five player for the first
time in more than a year with a
6-2, 6-1 win over Stan Wawrinka
in the quarterfinals of the Shang-
hai Masters yesterday.
It wasn t just a victory, but a
convincing one. It was Nadal s
most lopsided win over Wawrinka
in 15 meetings.
"Obviously, when you play
against the best players, you want
to play well and be competitive,"
he said. "I am happy. I am work-
ing so hard every day, with the
right energy, I believe."
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic
also advanced with his 15th con-
secutive victory, holding off Aus-
tralia s Bernard Tomic in a tight
first-set tiebreaker before closing
it out 7-6 (6), 6-1.
Djokovic will play Andy Murray
in today s semifinal after the
third-seeded Briton saw off
Tomas Berdych 6-1, 6-3. Nadal
will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in
the other semifinal after the
French player topped Kevin
Anderson of South Africa 7-6 (6),
Nadal looked sharp throughout
the match against Wawrinka and
his shots had the pace and depth
they lacked at times this year. For
the second straight match, he also
faced only one break point, which
Nadal hadn t won against a
top-five player since last year s
French Open final when he
defeated Djokovic for the title.
After that victory, the rest of his
season was derailed by a wrist
injury and appendicitis, and when
he returned this year, he s had to
overcome doubts he d be able to
return to his old form.
Losses to Dustin Brown at
Wimbledon and Italy s Fabio
Fognini on three different occa-
sions only dented his confidence
"I don t believe in drastic
changes," he said. "What I believe
is play weeks in a row, play at
solid level, and that s what I feel
I am doing better and better."
The fourth-seeded Wawrinka
was clearly not at his best yes-
terday. The French Open cham-
pion missed wildly on his ground-
strokes, finishing with 34
He was playing his eighth
match in the past ten days after
winning the title in Tokyo last
week and had a tough three-set
victory over Marin Cilic on
Thursday that finished late at
"Today I was just struggling a
little bit. It s that simple," he said.
"Against Nadal you cannot do
anything if you re not 100 per
Djokovic is also coming off a
title run last week at the China
Open, but he s spent far less time
on court. Until yesterday, he
hadn t lost more than five games
in any of his seven matches in
Beijing and Shanghai.
Tomic pressed him in the first
set, rallying from 2-4 down to
force a tiebreaker and then saving
two set points before Djokovic
finally converted on the third.
"(It) went down to a couple
points decided the first set in the
tiebreak," Djokovic said. "Obvi-
ously was a huge relief for me to
win the first set."
Djokovic has a 19-9 overall
record over Murray and has won
eight of their nine contests. Mur-
ray took their latest match, how-
ever, in Montreal in August.
"It wasn t like I was going out
there and getting blown off the
court," Murray said of his recent
losses to Djokovic. "I was playing
some good tennis and hanging
with him. I managed to do that
throughout the whole match
when we played in Montreal.
Hopefully, I can play another good
one tomorrow (today)." (AP)
HONG KONG---Venus Williams closed in on a spot
in the season-ending WTA Finals by beating Alize
Cornet 6-1, 6-1 yesterday to reach the Hong Kong
The third-seeded American, a seven-time Grand
Slam champion, won the Wuhan Open this month.
Williams will next meet Jelena Jankovic, who beat
Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-1.
"I m not thinking of winning that match only,"
"My goal here is to win the tournament."
Angelique Kerber and Samantha Stosur also
advanced, and will face each other in the semifinals.
Stosur beat Heather Watson 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 while
Kerber defeated Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-3.
"I lost my way at the outset but being a three-
set match, I didn t let it bother me," said Stosur, the
2011 US Open champion.
"It doesn t matter if you don t start fantastic, what
matters is how you finish." (AP)
Venus Williams reaches Hong Kong semis
Nadal routs Wawrinka 6-2, 6-1
to reach Shanghai semis
Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return shot against Stan Wawrinka of
Switzerland during their quarterfinal match of the Shanghai Masters
tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, yesterday. Nadal won 6-2, 6-1.
2.15 Sunnua (e.w)
3.05 The Corsican (e.w)
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