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Under: (Last Thursday)
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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 5 2 19
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 7 5 3 18
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 3 2 6 9 20
30HOUSECAT 9 5 7 6 27
31PARSONWIFE6 5 2 4 17
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
10.30 am 9
6 6.30 pm
11 (Corbeau) 6.30 pm
12 (King) 10.30 am
1 (Centipede) 4 pm
27 (Little Snake) 1 pm
18 (Water Boat)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
Magical Forest will probably be
favourite for the Maiden Auction Stakes
over seven furlongs of Chelmsford poly-
track today and deserves success at the
sixth attempt for trainer Marco Botti and,
particularly, frustrated owner Jonny Alli-
Ownership though stimulating can be
Consistency is vexing even though it
usually brings reward, eventually!
This Casamento filly has been placed
four times, a fortnight ago backed into
favouritism but was seriously hampered
soon after the start by clipping heels, which
caused Magical Forest to drop back, nigh
on out of contention.
In the closing stages Magical Forest ran
on well and finished third, seven lengths
behind unchallenged winner Sir Dancelot;
six lengths second was Tonahuto, a Sir
Prancelot filly which opposes my selection
again, on similar terms.
Incidentally both the front two are by
the same sire; what price that!
Although Ed Vaughan must have good
reasons for believing Tomahutu will con-
firm placings, I ll bet he doesn t.
Earlier Haydock stages the first stage of
a three-day fixture, Swag is selected to
make off with first prize in the Maiden
Stakes over six furlongs of a forecast good
surface which might be compromised
before the weekend with a drop of rain.
Hopefully that wont be the case, Magical
Memory is in the form of his life and Sue-
dois wouldn t want it soft in the group
one £29,000 Sprint Cup, Saturday. How-
ever this is a superb draining track.
Providing Swag isn t just having that
dreaded third run for handicapping pur-
poses (a cheat s charter for those rich
enough to own horses with high-profile
trainers!) Pat Dobb s mount should go
close but, why is Richard Hannon running
once-raced stable-companion, Tesko Fella?
I ve been a victim of that third run
constantly over the last year or so and am
considering one or two changes; it s point-
less, not to mention costly, continually
throwing mud at the wall and hoping some
Still a lot of skullduggery going on in
Silvestre de Sousa is set to seek his first British
Classic success aboard Ventura Storm in the Lad-
brokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday.
The champion jockey has been booked for the
Richard Hannon-trained colt, who has been switched
to Town Moor after a dirty scope forced him to miss
the Grand Prix de Deauville at the weekend.
Ventura Storm s form has improved the further he
has travelled and connections believe the son of Zoffany
colt could find even more over the extended mile and
three-quarters of the world s oldest Classic.
"Last Thursday, two hours before he was due to
get in the horse box for Deauville they routine scoped
him and it was a tiny bit dirty so we couldn t send
him," said Tim Palin, syndicate manager for owners
Middleham Park Racing.
"Richard Hannon is confident he ll be fine for the
St Leger so now it s full steam ahead for Doncaster
and Silvestre has kindly agreed to take the mount."
Harbour Law will be Laura Mongan s first runner
in a Classic as the Epsom handler bids to become the
first female trainer to lift the St Leger.
The son of Lawman has showed himself to be a
smart young stayer, finishing second in the Queen s
Vase at Royal Ascot and fourth in the Bahrain Trophy
at Newmarket s July meeting.
Norton picks up Star Haydock ride
Franny Norton is excited at the prospect of riding
Stewards Cup winner Dancing Star in the 32Red
Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday.
The Liverpool-born jockey has been booked by
trainer Andrew Balding and owner Jeff Smith for the
progressive filly, who was supplemented for the six-
furlong Group One at Monday s confirmation stage.
The ride came up for grabs after her regular partner
David Probert suffered a broken wrist in a fall at
"It s fantastic. Once a horse is on the boil they are
ready to run a massive race," Norton told Press Asso-
ciation Sport. She deserves to take her a place.
"It s nice to get a ride in the race, but to get this
one is an added bonus."
Norton, 46, is having a tremendous season, with
over 70 winners already this year that includes victory
in the Group Three Prestige Stakes on the Mark John-
ston-trained Kilmah last weekend. Balding is delighted
to have secured the services of Norton, who has had
25 years experience in the saddle and knows Haydock
like the back of his hand.
Alexis Badel will continue his association with Don-
juan Triumphant, should the ground be suitable for
Richard Fahey s colt. The French jockey has ridden
the three-year-old three times, the latest being in the
Prix Maurice de Gheest when the partnership finished
second behind Signs Of Blessing.
Knife Edge sold to race abroad
German 2000 Guineas winner Knife Edge has been
sold to resume his racing career in Hong Kong.
The three-year-old left trainer Marco Botti s New-
market yard on Saturday following the completion of
his sale in a private deal.
After making a winning debut in the Coolmore
colours at Ascot last September, the son of Zoffany
finished in the frame in his next three starts before
claiming Classic glory at Cologne under Ryan Moore
on what was to be his final outing for Botti.
"Knife Edge left the yard on Saturday. I am not sure
who purchased him as it was done through an agent,"
said the trainer."It is a shame to lose a nice horse, but
that is the way it goes regarding international racing.
I imagine they had a good offer.
"He is quite a big, scopey horse that will probably
get better with age and we know that he will probably
be a better four-year-old.
"In my opinion he is a miler but he will probably
stay a mile and a quarter and he is the type of horse
they want out there. At the moment they (Coolmore)
don t have anything else with me but hopefully they
will send me a yearling or two for the future."
Order Of St George is unlikely to take
his chance in the Emirates Melbourne
Cup after being allocated joint-top-weight
in the Caulfield Cup alongside Highland
The Ascot Gold Cup winner, who is
unbeaten in his last six starts, is jointly
owned by Lloyd Williams who has tasted
Cup success at Flemington on four occa-
Historically, the weights for the Caulfield
Cup and the Melbourne Cup vary very
little and Williams was not impressed
when the handicap for the former contest
was published yesterday with his four-
year-old at the top of the list.
"I don t think Gold Cup and Irish St
Leger form is worth 58 kilogrammes,"
Williams told www.racing.com.
"History says to me---and I have been
around the Melbourne Cup for 50 years---
that most horses struggle with that weight.
Some can run a place but very rarely do
"The only horse in the last 30 years to
win with a weight like that (58kg) was
Makybe Diva and she was capable of win-
ning three in a row and was a champion."
Order Of St George is currently the 16/1
favourite with Sky Bet.
Highland Reel has been racing around
the world since his third in last year s Cox
Plate and there were fears that he would
be handicapped out of the 12 furlong con-
test. However, with 58 kilogrammes he
faces the same task successfully completed
in recent years by international raiders
Dunaden and Admire Rakti.
Greg Carpenter, Racing Victoria s Exec-
utive General Manager of Racing, noted
that Caulfield Cup top-weights have run
well in the past few years.
"In recent years we have seen the bet-
ter-performed horses come to the fore in
the BMW Caulfield Cup, with two of the
past four renewals won by a horse carrying
the top weight of 58kg in the international
entrants Dunaden and Admire Rakti," Car-
"Prince Of Penzance will hope to emu-
late Dunaden and Viewed (2009), who
won the Caulfield Cup the year after win-
ning the Melbourne Cup. They carried
58kg and 57kg respectively when winning
their Caulfield Cups."
Highland Reel is a 16/1 chance with Sky
Bet for the Caulfield Cup and 10/1 for the
Cox Plate behind 13/8 favourite Winx.
10.30 Swag (nap)
11.00 Star Archer
1.40 Magical Forest
De Sousa goes
down for Storm
Swag' could be daylight robbery
George ordered out of Melbourne
Order of St
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