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Hurricane is set to hit Wolverhampton
Judged on an encouraging debut effort
earlier this month, and progress in the
meantime, Huricane Rush justifies support
in a ten-runner Maiden Stakes over seven
furlongs of Tapeta, part of an eight-race
programme that will be preferable to "guess-
ing" at "soft" ground Windsor and Pon-
tefract, a difficult track which involves run-
ning uphill, throughout!
This surface, "invented" by former cham-
pion NH trainer, Michael Dickinson, is also
laid around Newcastle and we re excited
by the prospect of specialising at the Gos-
forth Park course which remains favourably
configured with a straight mile and four
furlongs run-in; stark contract to Dunstall
Park where jockeyship is at a premium and
the only reason why I m apprehensive about
Hurricane Rush, mount of Australian "vis-
itor" James McDonald, now on a "busman s
holiday" and successful aboard Godolphin-
owned Antiquarium in the Northumberland
Plate last Saturday.
"Mac" rides for "the boys in blue" in the
southern hemisphere and, as you d expect,
is successful riding "super-breds" purchased
by Sheikh Mohammed and brother, Ham-
dan Al Maktoum. Quite a formidable duo,
eh?McDonald replaces Darryll Holland,
recently subordinated (sacked, whatever
you may term it!) by Charles Hills whose
main fault is use of too many different jock-
eys; Hills legendary father, Barry, is frus-
trated by the policy, he "employed" his
twin son, Michael, for decades and was
reliant on "feedback" which benefited plans
for the inmates.
What can different jockeys bring to the
table when they relate experience of a "new"
Anyway Hurricane Rush is reckoned
potential "first division" grade and from
stall two should be able to make the run-
ning; stamina shouldn t be at issue which
often influences the closing stages because,
at this time of year, distances over six rep-
resent marathons for juveniles.
In the so-called "golden, olden" days no
seven furlong(s) races were scheduled in
the racing calendar, before August. Why
Thrice-raced, Ralph Beckett-trained,
Alyssa, denied a winning opportunity last
week due to late abandonment, looks gilt-
edged for the five-runner 3-y-o Maiden
Stakes over 12 furlongs; only time-handicap
danger is Stetchworth Park trained by
We always relish the opportunity to take
on "ding dong" because his fancied runners
are often well-backed; why is a mystery!
Most Celebrated represents Godolphin
in an eight-runner 3-y-o Maiden Stakes
over a mile at the popular Thames-side
track; on the back of an encouraging debut
nineteen days ago James Doyle s mount
should be too good.
We ve noticed that the majority of Godol-
phin horses are physically strapping, easy-
moving, types; perhaps that is why they
seem to act well on demanding surfaces!
Minding duly landed the odds to collect her third
Group One triumph of the season in the Sea The
Stars Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh. The Qipco
1000 Guineas and Investec Oaks heroine displayed
a decisive turn of foot to cut down long-time leader
Bocca Baciata and surge clear in the final half-fur-
Colm O Donoghue tried to steal a march on Bocca
Baciata and Jessica Harrington s four-year-old turned
for home a good five lengths in front.
However, Ryan Moore asked Aidan O Brien s filly
to go about her business and the 1/5 shot gobbled
up the deficit in a matter of strides, going away to
win by four and a half lengths.
Lucida was third for Godolphin and Jim Bolger,
while the Luca Cumani-trained Koora was fourth
and James Fanshawe s Speedy Boarding last of the
five. It was a big-race treble for the Ballydoyle team
and Moore after earlier Group-contest wins by Sir
Isaac Newton and Roly Poly.
O Brien said: "She is a great filly. She loves her
racing, and is getting very relaxed. Ryan was delighted
with her, and we will look at something like the Nas-
"She has two options really for her next run, the
Irish Oaks and the Nassau, and we are eyeing the
Irish Oaks with Even Song."
He added: "I hope she will stay in training next
year, and I ll certainly plead that she does. She is
very talented and progressing all the time."
Moore said: "She s a very good filly and Aidan
keeps bringing her back and producing her to run.
"It s some performance for a filly to run in two
Guineas, an Oaks then come here. It s a tough schedule
and to keep her in super shape is a magnificent
achievement. She picked up to get there, then we
shut down in the last furlong. There was more there
again if we needed it.
"She s a high-class filly and is adaptable with trip
and can go on a variety of ground as well. I m very
lucky to ride her."
Sword Fighter on track for St Leger
Sword Fighter is firmly on track for the St Leger
at Doncaster after backing up his Queen s Vase success
when giving another admirable display in the Coral.ie
Curragh Cup at the County Kildare course.
Completing a Group-race four-timer for trainer
Aidan O Brien, Sword Fighter (11/4) was not for
passing as, like at Royal Ascot, he was soon at the
head of affairs and refused to be headed.
He kept finding for Seamie Heffernan in the straight
as his stablemate Landofhopeandglory, the 15-8
favourite, and Dermot Weld s Alveena both tried to
Ryan Moore had trouble getting Landhopeofand-
glory out of a pocket, but he could not get close
enough to Sword Fighter, who was two lengths in
front at the line.
O Brien said: "He s a very genuine horse. He really
wants it, and stays very well. Seamie gave him a great
ride, just like Colm (O Donoghue) did in Ascot. It s
my fault that Ryan rode the other horse.
"He ll have a little break now as he s had a tough
few weeks, and he s made for the English Leger (Sep-
Sir Isaac follows up
Sir Isaac Newton could be on his travels after fol-
lowing up his Royal Ascot success by opening his
Group-race account in the Finlay Volvo International
Stakes at the Curragh.
The four-year-old, trained by Aidan O Brien, had
always promised more than he had shown on the
track until winning the Wolferton Handicap at the
Royal meeting and he had to display toughness as
well as class to see off Chemical Charge.
Sir Isaac Newton (11-8) had finished behind Chem-
ical Charge when third to Portage over this course
and distance just three weeks ago but turned the
form around with his confidence sky high after his
Drop Out Joe gave condi-
tional jockey Graham Watters
the biggest success of his short
career when storming home
in the John Smith s Summer
Cup at Uttoxeter.
Only Ballynagour stood
between the 20/1 chance and
victory in the valuable Listed
handicap chase over three and
a quarter miles at the last of
the 20 fences.
Charlie Longsdon s charge
jumped it well and saw off the
David Pipe-trained Ballynagour
to score by two lengths in the
hands of the 5lb-claiming Wat-
Pacha Du Polder was five
lengths further away in third
place, with Gas Line Boy
The popular Menorah came
next after a creditable effort
off top weight.
There was drama at the very
first fence where the 11/2
favourite Al Co blundered and
unseated Jamie Moore.
He had replaced Sean Bowen
after he had been stood down
following a fall from Beneficial
Joe in the opening hurdle race.
Al Co s Peter Bowen-trained
stablemate, Tony Star, made
the running until the fourth-
last fence where the winner
Drop Out Joe took over.
Longsdon told At The Races:
"We gave him the entry, but
wondered if he was a summer
horse---however, the ground
these days is so good, Charlie
Moore and his team do a great
"We have him four weeks off
after the Whitbread (Bet365
Gold Cup) where he clearly
wasn t at his best, he s come
back and done it.
"I never thought he d be
winning races off 144, but he s
done it well. He won 50 grand
plus last season, and now he s
just won a 43 grand pot. Fan-
"There were some seriously
good horses today, when you
see horses like Menorah hang-
ing around for the summer,
there s no such thing as weak
summer racing now.
"There s no hiding place, you
just need a good horse and if
you can pick up one like we ve
just done it pays off."
Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am 28-4
6.30 pm 14-16
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 2 4 5 4 15
15SICKWOMAN4 3 6 5 18
18WATERBOAT 2 8 4 2 16
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 3 13
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, June 25, 2016
10.30 am 4
19 6.30 pm
21 (Mouth) 6.30 pm
32 (Shrimps) 10.30 am
6 (Belly) 4 pm
17 (Pigeon) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
12.55 Hurricane Rush
4.25 Most Celebrated
Hurricane Rush at Wolver Minding romps
home in Pretty Polly
Joe gives Watters biggest success
Drop Out Joe wins at Uttoxeter
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