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Crimson Rosette stands out for the ten-
runner Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs
of Chelmsford polytrack tonight, third suc-
cessive two-year-old event on another
eight-race programme, which represents
excellent value for racegoers.
Majority of all-weather fixtures offer the
same, why then does Ascot persist in serving
up only six-races and charging the earth
As a press badge holder it has never been
an issue for my finances but we care about
those who support the Sport Of Kings and
finance it, punters!
Without them there is no show on the
road which spreads throughout the United
Kingdom and characterises towns, cities and
countries worldwide; I ve been to thousands
of meetings all over the globe, visited hun-
dreds of different venues, including Arima
phave noticed once-raced
Crimson Rosette, fifth on debut at New-
market last month which means this Charlie
Fellows-trained Teofilio colt is dropped in
grade. My whole experience of handicapping
juveniles starts from the top, at this world-
famous Cambridgeshire course.
As an owner one always wanted to have
a winner there and with a burst of brilliance
Cragside supplied it on a glorious Saturday
during 1984; our only other runners, Lilac
Star, and Red Zulu, were second and fourth,
respectively. No others!
It didn t pay to run horses at classy race-
tracks just for the glory; never waste a race
was the advice of the legendary, now 79-
year-old, Barry Hills, assistant to 38-year-
old son, Charles.
Crimson Rosette appeals as a strong each-
way bet but Ryan Moore-ridden Sufi, trained
by Richard Hannon, looks a solid win bet
for the preceding Maiden Stakes over a mile;
don t oppose, the time-handicap illustrates
Thrice-raced Going Up should also land
the money and retrieve considerable last
time out losses at the expense of seven rivals
in an aged Maiden stakes over one and
three-quarter miles; no dangers!
Godolphin are set to finalise their team
for the Emirates Melbourne Cup early next
week after Qewy earned his place in the
Flemington showpiece with victory in the
The six-year-old showed himself to be
a serious contender for the race that stops
a nation by holding off Grey Lion by a long
head in a thrilling finish.
Winning trainer Charlie Appleby was also
responsible for the third home, Oceanog-
rapher. He, too, is a Melbourne Cup pos-
Godolphin also have Caulfield Cup run-
ner-up Scottish, Secret Order, Francis Of
Assisi and Hartnell, who takes on hot
favourite Winx in the Cox Plate on Satur-
"I think Qewy has just about crept into
the Melbourne Cup. He could potentially
get an extra half a kilo which would guarantee
us a chance of a run there," Appleby said.
"Likewise with Oceanographer and I was
delighted with his run.
"If the two them can get a run it would
certainly be considered running the pair of
"Second Wave will hopefully run next
weekend in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup,
so we ll just see how he trials out there.
"Francis Of Assisi runs there a bit later
on in the Bendigo."
He went on: "The team down there are
delighted with the way Scottish has come
out of his race, so he s still under consid-
eration as a possible runner in the Melbourne
"We ll watch the Cox Plate and see how
Winx and Hartnell perform there before we
make a serious decision regarding Scottish
because he s got other options as well as the
"We could look at something like the Emi-
rates, formerly the Mackinnon, so we ll watch
with interest this weekend and probably
regroup on Sunday/Monday and to hope to
try to finalise where to place them all."
Sky Bet cut Qewy to 33/1 from 100/1 for
the Emirates Melbourne Cup for which
Godolphin are also responsible for 9/2
dies, aged 67
Mark Birch, former top jockey in the north for
many years and later assistant to trainer Kevin
Ryan, has died at the age of 67.
Birch rode for trainer Peter Easterby for many
years, winning the Chester Cup twice on the leg-
endary Sea Pigeon in 1977 and 1978, as well as races
such as the Gimcrack Stakes on Sonnen Gold in
Easterby's trainer son Tim said: "Mark passed
away this afternoon. It's very sad. He'd been very
poorly." Birch retired from race-riding in 1998 and
helped Ryan establish himself as a successful
trainer. Ryan said: "Mark's been with me from the
very start. He was a big part of what we've done. It's
a very sad day."
Birch, who was 'cock of the north' many times,
had his first winner on Bollin Charlotte at Chester in
1968. He began his career with Geoffrey Brooke at
Among other big races he won were the Ebor on
Dawn Johnny in 1981, the John Smith's Magnet Cup
on Buzzards Bay in 1982 and Tell No Lies in 1992,
and the Ebor on Protection Racket in 1981 and the
Ayr Gold Cup on Able Albert in 1984.
Ascot too quick
for Jet Setting
Trainer Adrian Keatley is considering a potential
French raid with star filly Jet Setting.
Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine returned to winning
ways with an impressive display in the Concorde
Stakes at Tipperary earlier this month, but was un-
able to get competitive in the Queen Elizabeth II
Stakes at Ascot.
Keatley feels ground conditions in Berkshire did
not suit his three-year-old and there is a chance she
could run again before the end of the season.
"She came home in great form and it was just un-
fortunate the rain came 12 hours too late. It started
raining as she was coming home on Saturday night
and didn't stop," said the Ballymount-based trainer.
"It's a shame as she's in really good form, but it's
the luck of the draw and that's the way it goes
"She's perfect and there's a possibility she could
go to France for a Group Three at the end of the
No decision has been made on whether Jet Set-
ting will stay in training next season.
"It would be nice to have a look at a few races
next spring, but nothing is definite," Keatley added.
Candy leaning towards
mile for Limato
Henry Candy is favouring the Breeders' Cup Mile
over the Turf Sprint for July Cup winner Limato.
The Wantage trainer is worried Limato's chance
in the sprint event would be ruined if he was slowly
away from the stalls.
Although Candy reckons that is the easier of the
two options, he is convinced Limato will last out the
mile. He finished fourth in the Lockinge at Newbury
in May on his only attempt at the longer trip.
"We are still heading to Santa Anita at the mo-
ment," said Candy. "He seems in good form.
"He will be entered in both on Monday and we will
take a decision later in the week. He will probably
run in the mile.
"I feel the sprint is the easier race, but heading
down that hill and round the corner - if he has one of
his dozy moments in the stalls - which he hasn't had
yet - it shall be game over.
"He will certainly get a mile on a flat track."
Stick to Crimson Rosette
3.15 Crimson Rosette
4.15 Going Up
Assistant trainer James Ferguson, left, and jockey Kerrin McEvoy with the Geelong Cup
after Qewy's victory.
Godolphin's Qewy wins Geelong Cup
Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am ........................23-17
1 pm ................................34-22
4 pm ................................18-33
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 5 6 4 18
15SICKWOMAN5 6 7 5 23
18WATERBOAT 5 11 5 3 24
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 5 7 5 4 21
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 5 4 8 10 27
30HOUSECAT 10 7 7 6 30
31PARSONWIFE6 62 4 18
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
24 6.30 pm
15 (Sick Woman) 6.30 pm
15 (Sick Woman) 10.30 am
32 (Shrimps) 4 pm
6 (Belly) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
30 (House Cat)
29 (Opium Man)
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