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Gleneagles is set to get an entry in the Breeders'
Cup as the dust settles on his defeat at Ascot on
The Aidan O'Brien-trained dual 2000 Guineas
winner had missed a number of engagements due to
unsuitably soft ground since winning the St James's
Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, and his participation in
the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at the weekend was in
some doubt right up until the 11th hour.
He eventually got the go-ahead to clash with
Solow, but had to settle for sixth place, with O'Brien
regretting the decision to run.
The Ballydoyle trainer said: "He seems to be fine.
The ground has been holding us up all year and I was
saying 'no' (to him running) all year.
"We always do what is right for the horse and he
is a very low moving, very fast miler and I should
have said no again yesterday.
"We'll do a little bit with him in the morning and
we'll also make an entry (for the Breeders' Cup) in
Gleneagles is a best-priced 16/1 for the Breeders'
Cup Classic, in which he could clash with Triple
Crown hero American Pharoah.
New One stars at Kempton
Nigel Twiston-Davies' stable star The New One
ran out a workmanlike winner of the williamhill.com
Hurdle at Kempton.
Making his first appearance since finishing fifth
behind Faugheen in the Champion Hurdle at Chel-
tenham in March, the seven-year-old was prohibi-
tively priced at 2/11 to claim this Listed prize for the
third successive season.
Conceding weight to each of his four rivals, The
New One travelled with plenty of zest for much of
the two-mile journey and was largely assured in the
jumping department, albeit showing a tendency to
edge right on occasions.
He moved up to challenge the pacesetting Rayvin
Black for the lead early in the straight, but Sam
Twiston-Davies began to get to work after he hit the
front jumping the second flight from the finish.
Just for a moment it looked as though smart mare
Stephanie Frances could make a real race of it, but
The New One produced a good leap at the last and
was driven out to score decisively in the end by two
lengths, winning the Listed event for the third time.
Twiston-Davies said: "He has not run for a long
time and he's bigger than he has been at this time of
"The race was run slowly and it was a bit of a daw-
dle, but he was very quick over the last two, which
was lovely to see and I'm chuffed to bits.
"He'll go to Haydock next for the Betfair meeting
and then on to the International at Cheltenham---ba-
sically he'll have the same sort of programme as last
"He has had problems with his feet and he's not
the most straightforward, but everything seems
sorted and hopefully it's onwards and upwards."
The winning rider said: "He was a bit rusty today
and I thought they'd have gone faster, especially
with Rayvin Black and Mr Lando in the field.
Time heads for Breeders' Cup test
Time Test has been given the green light to con-
test the Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland at the end
of this month.
A brilliant winner of the Tercentenary Stakes at
Royal Ascot over a mile and a quarter before finish-
ing fourth in York's Juddmonte International, the
Dubawi colt came back to a mile to run out a deci-
sive victor in last month's Joel Stakes at Newmarket.
Connections decided to sidestep Saturday's Queen
Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and trainer Roger Charl-
ton has confirmed he will now be prepared for a trip
across the Atlantic.
"Time Test worked well at Wolverhampton on
Thursday under Ryan Moore and the plan is that he
departs for Lexington, Kentucky next Saturday to
enable him to run in the Breeders' Cup Mile," Charl-
ton told his website www.rogercharlton.com.
Quatrieme Ami looks nigh on a cert
for the Maiden Stakes over five furlongs
of good to soft Windsor today and it s
almost certain Shine Likeadiamond will
That s the position Shine has managed
in her last five outings and on the time-
handicap there really is one serious rival;
unfortunately trainer Mick Channon will
be fully aware it is Quatrieme Ami, seventh
(of 20!) to Log Out Island in the valuable
Redcar Trophy over six furlongs just over
two weeks ago.
That form is solid, by the same token
Shine Likeadiamond can be relied up to
replicate her consistent marks which, how-
ever, wont be good enough if Phil McBride s
charge hits anything like his last effort.
Others will have bellows to mend some
way out unless one of two newcomers is
able to spring a major surprise; I ll bet that s
not the case and suggest twice-raced Qua-
trieme Ami is just about as good as it gets
for a two-year-old wager.
Running in tandem with another eight-
race programme will be good to soft Pon-
tefract where Toboggan s Fire is set to light
up the immensely-popular South Yorkshire
course, one of sixteen decs for the nursery
handicap and a must each-way bet with
four places on offer; Ann Duffield has
booked her 7lbs stable apprentice, Rowan
Scott must be well-regarded because last
week David Maestro Barron utilised his
services, on a well-backed winner!
Toboggan s Fire achieved a career-best
only five days back when runner-up in a
fast-run fourteen-runner handicap to Opera
Baron; if this Firestreak filly does that again
it will be a procession.
Well-bred Persian Breeze is a last chance
saloon for the aged Maiden Stakes over
twelve furlongs; John Gosden will be anxious
about her enhancing stud value at the fifth
attempt; time is running out and so you
will be on a dead-set trier!
That s not always the case!
Fire at Pontefract
95.0 QUATRIEME AMI
10.10 TOBOGGAN'S FIRE
Charlie Hills hailed Muhaarar "the best
I ve trained" after his sprinting superstar
made a case for being ranked right among
the very best in the division in recent years
with a scintillating display at Ascot on
Considered a Classic prospect at the
start of the year and a luckless eighth in
the French 2000 Guineas, the three-year-
old was a brilliant winner of the inaugural
Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and
has dominated since.
Further Group One victories in the July
Cup at Newmarket and the Prix Maurice
de Gheest confirmed his status as Europe s
best sprinter and he looked better than ever
in the British Champions Sprint. His retire-
ment has now been confirmed.
Hills said: "He s perfect this morning.
He only lost five kilos and has taken the
race really well.
"He has just started to go in his coat a
little bit and he actually looks a little more
hairy this morning than he did yesterday.
It has been a long year for him, having had
his first run in April.
"It has taken time for him to get that
sprinting mentality. We spent a lot of time
trying to get him to settle and trying to help
him get a mile and then coming back to six
furlongs, they have to learn to sprint.
"He s a pretty special horse. He has the
right attitude, a wonderful temperament
and everything you need in a racehorse real-
"That s pretty much him done now. I
think he ll be going to stud shortly and
there ll be a string of mares waiting for him
I m sure.
"Our job is to try and find another one
like him now, which won t be easy.
"It s not easy to find good horses and
he s the best I ve trained, without a shadow
of a doubt."
Angus Gold, racing manager for owner
Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, believes
Muhaarar should be regarded as one of the
"He was fantastic yesterday and we are
enormously lucky to be associated with
such a brilliant horse," said Gold.
"To me, that was his best performance
and what a fantastic way to go out, showing
off his talent on the world stage.
"The horse has a brilliant mind and con-
stitution, but a huge amount of credit has
to go to Charlie and his team for keeping
him in such good shape for so long.
"That s definitely it now and he s going
to become a very important part of Sheikh
Hamdan s breeding operation.
"A lot of people are comparing him to
Dayjur (three-time Group One winner for
the owner in 1990), but they are very dif-
"Dayjur was a blitz em horse, while I
don t really think Muhaarar is an out-and-
"That might sound strange for a horse
that s won four Group Ones over six fur-
longs, but physically he s not built like a
sprinter and I think he just has an enormous
amount of class.
"You don t get many really top-class
sprinters in this part of the world---Dayjur
and Oasis Dream are two---and I think he
deserves to be mentioned alongside them
'Special' Muhaarar heads for retirement
Under: (Last Saturday)
10.30 am --- 30-3
6.30 pm --- 6-27
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
4, 10, 11, 18, 19
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 10 6 8 3 27
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 10 5 2 28
05PARSONMAN 5 5 6 5 20
15SICKWOMAN5 5 9 2 21
18WATERBOAT 5 9 7 1 22
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 5 0 13
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 8 8 0 24
30HOUSECAT 7 7 7 2 23
31 PARSONWIFE 10 7 5 0 22
34BLINDMAN 3 7 5 4 19
35BIGSNAKE 10 6 5 1 22
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, October 17
6.30 pm 5
34 (Blind Man) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
15 (Sick Woman)
29 (Opium Man)
6 (Belly) 1 pm
6 (Belly) 1 pm
1 (Centipede) 10.30am
27 (Little Snake)
28 (Red Fish)
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