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Under: (Last Thursday)
1 pm ................................10-30
4 pm ...................................28-1
6.30 pm............................ 3-10
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 4 6 4 17
15SICKWOMAN5 4 7 5 21
18WATERBOAT 4 8 4 2 18
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 6 5 3 17
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 3 2 6 9 20
30HOUSECAT 9 5 7 5 26
31PARSONWIFE6 5 2 4 17
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
10.30 am 1
21 6.30 pm
8 (Tiger) 6.30 pm
24 (Queen) 10.30 am
3 (Carriage) 4 pm
22 (Rat) 1 pm
34 (Blind Man)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
30 (House Cat)
Claire s Secret will not be a surprise if
she causes one in the 2-y-o Maiden Auc-
tion Stakes over seven furlongs at Leices-
ter this afternoon, when Musselburgh is
scheduled to run in tandem. Moderate
fare at both good to firm meetings but
they have a punter-friendly look about
One disclaimer is a weather forecast
which suggests heavy, thundery, rain is due
but, from long experience, I ve noticed
that meteorological readings often occur
at least six hours late in the United King-
dom. Hope I m right because these par-
ticular right-handed tracks often serve up
decent surfaces and Claire s Secret looks
a genuine rival to short-priced favourite,
Tom Dascombe-trained Sidewinder.
That is my play in auction races to
exploit each-way opportunities. Claire s
Secret wasn t sighted on her Newmarket
debut three weeks ago, when beaten only
five lengths or so by Elliptical over six fur-
longs, but this Sakhee s Secret filly is bred
to stay and significantly, gets maximum
allowances. Nicky Mackay rides again.
An hour later, over the same course and
distance, a competitive nursery which
involves one of my absolute favourite sys-
tems, backing a once-raced winner, Many
A Tale, over six furlongs on Wolverhampton
tapeta 17 days ago.
Nightmare for the official juvenile hand-
icapper, he wont have a clue as to how
good this Poet s Voice filly is but my time-
handicap indicates a cautious approach
which might just amount to a rick!
In the golden olden days this-type bet
was the ultimate challenge. Many profes-
sionals backed them every time in massive
fields and made considerable profit. Faint
heart never won fair lady and plenty of
pros had courage in abundance.
Racing isn t for wimps, in the betting
rings. Wolverhampton also stages a seven-
race card which opens with an Amateur
Riders Handicap over twelve furlongs, Ser-
ena Brotherton is booked for Cool Music.
That s a tip in itself but Duke Of York-
shire comes out similarly on the TH and
Emma Easterby claims 5lbs allowance, that
should tilt the scales.
Keep Claire's Secret in mind
10.10 Claire's Secret
11.10 Many A Tale
2.15 Cool Music
Alpha Delphini will attempt to follow
in the esteemed hoofprints of half-brother
Tangerine Trees by winning the
totescoop6 Beverley Bullet on Saturday.
The locally-owned Tangerine Trees land-
ed the big Listed dash in 2011 before going
on to secure Group One glory in the Prix
de l Abbaye at Longchamp for the Bryan
Like his former stablemate, Alpha Del-
phini was bred, and is partly-owned, by
Beverley resident Marie Matthews.
The five-year-old gelding arrives at Bev-
erley for the £50,000 Bullet on top of his
game, having won valuable sprint hand-
icaps at York and Ascot in July.
North Yorkshire-based Smart said:
"Because of his half-brother and Marie s
connection, it will be some story if he
"He s in great order and he deserves to
have a crack at a race like this.
"He won his maiden at Beverley and
stays five furlongs very well, so we know
he likes it at the track.
"We re hoping he ll run very, very well."
Smart sees a lot of similar qualities
between Alpha Delphini and Tangerine
Trees, not least the manner in which they
have both achieved victory in their careers.
The Hambleton House trainer, who also
won the Bullet with Hellvelyn in 2007,
added: "A bit like his half-brother, Alpha
Delphini is from a late-developing family
so we had to take our time with him.
"Tangerine Trees didn t really come into
his own until he was older, so you d like
to think there s a bit more to come from
"There s also a big similarity with Tan-
gerine Trees in that they both don t win
by very far---but the fact they are winning
at all will do for me!"
The going at Beverley is currently good
to firm ahead of the Beverley Bullet, in
which last season s respective first and
second, Maarek and Line Of Reason, are
poised to renew rivalry.
Group Two-winning sprinter Muthmir,
trained in Newmarket by William Haggas,
is currently the general ante-post favourite
for the showpiece race on Beverley s richest
raceday of the season.
Showers are forecast on Thursday, but
conditions are likely to remain largely dry
in the build-up to Bullet day, the first leg
of Beverley s August Bank Holiday dou-
Meanwhile, Robin Of Navan is no means
certain to line up for the Ladbrokes St
Leger ---despite standing his ground at the
latest confirmation stage for the world s
oldest Classic at Doncaster on September
10. Trainer Harry Dunlop has other options
for his smart three-year-old, including the
September Stakes at Kempton seven days
earlier and the Prix Niel at Chantilly on
"We ve left him in the Leger. He s also
in the Prix Niel and it might be he runs
in the September Stakes," said Dunlop.
"All options are open at this stage.
"He got hurt in the French Derby, but
he is on the way back now.
"He did beat (Leger favourite) Idaho but
that was obviously a long time ago. It
might just be the Leger is a step too far,
Muntahaa could take his chance after
charting an unorthodox route towards
Doncaster by winning a handicap at
Chester last weekend.
"Until John Gosden says he doesn t to
run him in the Leger, I think he will be
aimed at it," said Angus Gold, racing man-
ager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Mak-
"He s been backward and he s got plenty
to learn, which is why John wanted to go
to Chester with him.
"It s an unconventional route, but we
needed to teach him and John said he d
rather go there than take Idaho on.
"He might not be good enough to win
a Leger, but he s certainly good enough to
run in it."
Gosden is also responsible for Wings Of
Desire after 25 horses were left in the Town
Alpha Delphini bites Beverley Bullet
Moore to return
at HQ tomorrow
Ryan Moore is to make a low-key return to
action with one ride booked at Newmarket tomor-
The star jockey has been absent since Glorious
Goodwood due to a non-specified injury, with his
last competitive ride being for Aidan O Brien on
Alice Springs in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville
on July 31.
But Moore is now set to partner Spatial, trained
by Sir Michael Stoute, in the opening Stride By
TRM EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies Stakes at the
headquarters of British racing.
He told his Betfair column: "I m pleased to say
that I will be back riding at Newmarket on Friday.
I am on Spatial in the opening race. I have been
riding out for a couple of weeks, but it made sense
to give the injury time to completely settle and
heal before I started race-riding. There was simply
no point in rushing back, with such a busy autumn
campaign both domestically and internationally,
and I have been having physio every day and gen-
erally keeping myself busy.
Godolphin chief executive John Ferguson faces
a slap on the wrist and his bosses a fine at British
Horseracing Authority headquarters today, when
he is asked to explain his role in a sponsorship
wrangle that took place at Epsom on Oaks Day.
The day after the incident, racecourse stewards
at Epsom held an inquiry into a breach of the code
of conduct for racehorse owners sponsorship and
heard from Ferguson, who confirmed that he had
told the groom leading up Oaks fancy Skiffle to
wear a jacket with branding for Godolphin s sponsors
Emirates, and also that he had removed adhesive
tape placed on the silks of jockey William Buick
by a BHA official obscuring the same branding.
Investec s sponsorship of the Oaks and the Derby
includes an exclusivity deal for branding, and the
BHA have now formally charged Godolphin with
"knowingly and wittingly breaching the code," rule
(A)39 of the Rules of Racing, an offence which
carries a recommended penalty of a fine of between
£1,000 and £25,000.
Ferguson is expected to attend the hearing at
Keighley to learn
fate over Currency
Martin Keighley will face a disciplinary panel
of the British Horseracing Authority on Thursday
and find out whether Any Currency will be dis-
qualified from first place in the Glenfarclas Cross-
Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in
March after traces of a prohibited substance were
He tested positive for Triamcinolone acetonide
(TCA), a steroid widely used as an anti-inflam-
matory in training but which should not be present
in a horse s sample on a raceday. Keighley said at
the time that he had followed veterinary guidance
over withdrawal periods, but that for some reason
a positive test had still been given.
The horse then went on to win a Cheltenham
handicap chase in April for a third course victory.
Should Any Currency lose the Festival race, run-
ner-up Josies Orders, trained by Enda Bolger and
ridden by Nina Carberry, would be promoted into
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