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Jacquard is napped to recoup
losses and make it third time
lucky in the nine-runer Novice
stakes over six furlongs of
tonight; unless one of three
necomers is way above average
Mark Johnston s charge
shouldn t be extended, never
mind beaten, under veteran
jockey, Franny Norton.
Time is so cruel, it gives us
youth, then takes it away!
It seems like only yesterday
Franny was an apprentice boxing
champion; chirpy scouser with
that lovely, endearing, cheeky
smile and genuine as the day is
light. Played in a charity golf
tournament with him once,
around Southwell racecourse!
After a moderate round my
final drive on the final par three
landed close to the pin, for a tap
in; it sealed victory for our team
and you wouldn t believe the
good-humoured stick one got,
not to mention a dousing of
champagne from Captain Nor-
ton, which I d have preferred to
Several years later, after a long
time absence from the track,
one visited Leicester races and
after Franny had noticed me
closer to the winners enclosure
he said, hey up, I ll see you after
the next , smiling!
On the way out for the next
he was unseated on a walkway
and sustained a broken leg!
Reslient describes Franny best
of all; he s come back and with
tremendous experience is now
definitely one of the leading go
to jockeys with his positivity
and superb judgement of pace.
Expect him to jump out and be
prominent on Jacquard, thrown-
in on my time-handicap judged
on his York fourth, which rep-
resented considerable improve-
Running in tandem will be
the obligatory Windsor Mon-
day-nighter but nowt appeals;
punters will be hard-pressed to
come away smiling.
Earlier a seven-race pro-
gramme at goood to soft Chep-
stow affords a couple of oppor-
tunities, Labyrinth and Alyssa.
This Welsh venue undulates
profoundly, it places emphasis
on speed and athleticism; both
selections should win their
respective maidens races over
eight and twelve furlongs.
Royal Ascot was wonderful
but we re happy to get back to
the mid-week grind and ordi-
nary fare; the real nitty gritty!
Jean-Claude Rouget contin-
ued his fantastic campaign as
La Cressonniere claimed a bril-
liant victory in the Prix de
Diane at Chantilly yesterday.
Rouget has been the dominant
force in the French Classics this
season, with La Cressonniere
having previously landed the
French 1000 Guineas before
Almanzor provided the trainer
with his second French Derby
triumph at the start of this
Stepped up a mile and a quar-
ter for the first time, La Cres-
sonniere was the 11-4 favourite
in the hands of Cristian Demuro
and having been given a confi-
dent ride, she showed off her
superb acceleration in the
straight to get up and beat Left
Hand by half a length.
Volta finished third, while the
British and Irish challengers were
out of luck.
Rouget, who also won Friday s
Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot
with Qemah, said: "I have to
admit, when I woke up this
morning I didn t think I was
going to win the race simply
because you wonder how long
can it continue after the last two
"I have always believed in
unbeaten horses and if you look
at this race, with the exception
of last year, most of the winners
have been unbeaten.
"I was slightly worried where
she was in the race, she was a
bit far back, but the main thing
is that you relax your horse no
matter where you are.
"I don t want to say anything
about where next, we ll see how
she is over the next few days."
Rouget becomes the first
trainer in history to complete
the French Derby and Oaks dou-
ble on two occasions.
He previously achieved the
feat with Prix du Jockey Club
hero Le Havre, La Cressonniere s
sire, and Prix de Diane scorer
Stacelita in 2009.
Aidan O Brien was doubly
represented in his bid to win the
race for the first time.
The pacesetting Coolmore
passed the post fifth, while her
better fancied stable companion
Ballydoyle was sixth having been
on the back foot from the off
from her wide starting berth.
O Brien said: "Ballydoyle
didn t like the ground, she really
needs it fast, and she had a very
"I wouldn t mind dropping
her back to a mile, she s in the
Falmouth and everything will
be considered, but I m not say-
ing she doesn t stay, she just
needs fast ground.
"Coolmore stayed on well, she
also probably wants better
ground, it was a bit dead here
today. Her run petered out."
John Gosden and Frankie Det-
tori, successful with Star Of
Seville in 2015, teamed up with
Pretty Polly Stakes heroine Swiss
She looked set to play a lead-
ing role early in the straight, but
weakened out of contention into
"She ran great, did everything
right and relaxed perfectly but
she s uncomfortable on this
ground which was chewed up,"
Smullen upbeat over Harzand run
Pat Smullen is keeping his fingers crossed for safe
ground at the Curragh next Saturday to allow
Epsom hero Harzand to bid for the Derby double.
The son of Sea The Stars bolted up in a March
maiden at Cork on his seasonal debut before con-
firming his Classic credentials with victory in the
Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown the following
His participation at Epsom was thrown into doubt
at the last minute after he spread a plate on the
journey from Ireland, but he was eventually given
the green light and it proved the right call as he rev-
elled in the rain-softened ground to claim Investec
Connections immediately stated their intentions
to head for next weekend's Dubai Duty Free Irish
Derby and Dermot Weld's charge remains firmly on
course, according to his stable jockey.
Buick picks up huge ban in France
William Buick has been handed a four-week ban
by the Chantilly stewards after an incident in the
Prix de Diane.
Buick, on Highlands Queen, was adjudged to have
caused the fall of Pierre-Charles Boudet's mount Ar-
He was subsequently disqualified from his ninth-
placed finish and put last.
During the inquiry the stewards banned Buick the
automatic 15 days for causing the fall, however,
Godolphin's jockey was handed an extra 15 days for
being offensive to the officials.
Buick has stated his intention to appeal the origi-
nal 15-day suspension.
The ban is due to begin on July 3.
If he is unsuccessful in his appeal he will miss
meetings such as the Irish Oaks and King George VI
And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Candy plans twin Cup assault
Henry Candy's stable stars Twilight Son and Li-
mato could clash in next month's Darley July Cup at
Twilight Son booked his ticket for the July 9 fea-
ture with victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at
Royal Ascot on Saturday, despite having suffered
with cracked heels in the build-up to the race.
Candy admitted he had his doubts about running
in the Group One event and feels the four-year-old
can make plenty of progress for the outing.
He said: "The horse had had a few hiccups in the
last week. He suffers from cracked heels very easily,
that's why he missed out on one of those big handi-
caps at York last year.
"He's been suffering a little bit this week and my
head lad has done a fantastic job getting him there,
but it didn't give me a whole lot of confidence.
"I was slightly in two minds in the 48 hours before
the race about whether to pull him out or not, but
then I had him out on Saturday morning and he said
he was in fantastic form and ready for anything so I
felt a lot better about it.
Hobbs aims at September return
John Gosden remains hopeful the sidelined Jack
Hobbs will return to action before the end of the
Runner-up to stable companion Golden Horn in
the Investec Derby at Epsom last June, the Halling
colt went one better in the Irish equivalent before
going on to finish third in the Champion Stakes at
He looked set for a big campaign in 2016, but suf-
fered a stress fracture to his pelvis when pulling up
on his seasonal reappearance in the Jockey Club
Stakes at Newmarket in late April.
Providing an update at Royal Ascot, Gosden said:
"Jack Hobbs is doing fine and he's in light walking ex-
ercise at the minute and he's fully sound.
"The plan is to come back in September."
3.10 Jacquard (nap)
Jacquard to recoup losses
Classic double for Rouget filly
Under: (Last Saturday)
10.30 am 28-12
6.30 pm 28-35
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 2 3 4 3 12
15SICKWOMAN4 2 6 5 17
18WATERBOAT 2 8 4 1 15
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 3 2 13
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN 1
30 HOUSE CAT
31PARSONWIFE6 3 1 2 12
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, June 18, 2016
10.30 am 6
15 6.30 pm
30 (House Cat) 6.30 pm
17 (Pigeon) 10.30 am
14 (Money) 4 pm
25 (Morocoy) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
La Cressonniere, right, claimed a brilliant victory in the Prix de
Diane at Chantilly yesterday.
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