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Cashla Bay and Curlew River will be
intriguing targets for two-year-old afi-
cionados in respective divisions of Maiden
Stakes over seven furlongs of good to firm
in places Newmarket this afternoon; both
were second on debut earlier this month
and appear to have outstanding opportu-
nities to go one better.
What does it really take to win a maiden
at the home of thoroughbred racing?
Both previous champion trainer, John
Gosden and Mark Johnston, know instinc-
tively what is required from decades of
experience, so does your columnnist!
I ve been fascinated by them since first
computing race-times nigh on fifty years
ago and so often often have kidded myself
into believing that a best-in figure should
be good enough; AYAC comes into play.
That is an acronym for Are You Absolutely
Certain which has held me together when
making vital decisions; this is the toughest
game in the world, you need built in back
up and unless a serious punter is able to
exercise colossal patience, no chance of
winning in the long run.
Let s examine Cashla Bay, runner-up to
Eartha Kitt over six furlongs fifteen days
ago, beaten three-quarters of a length under
Well-backed Cashla Bay looked certain
to prevail only for the winning favourite to
find extra in the closing stages where Dettori,
wisely, did not subject his mount to a rig-
orous exercise when the cause was obviously
Stamina didn t appear to be at issue and
this extra furlong shouldn t be a problem;
do we know that?
Obviously not but with Gosden you can
rely on his judgement and, of course, Dettori
is intelligent; their time-handicap marks
are on the periphery of what will be required
Cashla Bay faces 12 rivals, eight un-raced
and experienced sub Rav Havlin replaces
Dettori, claimed by Al Ahaqab for new-
Curlew River was beaten only a head
over course and distance ten days ago by
White Chocolate having looked the winner
inside the final furlong under William Buick;
the time-figure was alf decent as we say
but short of that achieved by Cashla Bay.
It s late in the season, perhaps they wont
need to be right up to scratch to win, but
at this famous Cambridgeshire course it
never pays to drop your guard.
Neither constitutes solid bets but are
likely to improve and are selected.
We ve enjoyed a tremendous week and
I m determined to follow it throughout the
winter months knowing the harder you
work, the luckier you become!
Seventy points profit last Thursday.
Stick with the Daily Patent and this ded-
Charlie McBride celebrated the biggest winner
of his career in Britain after Spiritual Lady eased
to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms "Bosra
Sham" EBF Fillies Stakes at Newmarket.
Having been withdrawn from a valuable sales
race at Doncaster on her intended last outing after
playing up in the stalls, the daughter of Pastoral
Pursuits looked a reformed character in the six-
furlong Listed prize as she made it three wins
from four starts.
Settled close to the rear of the field by Frankie
Dettori, the 3/1 favourite moved into contention
in almost effortless fashion before hitting the front
around furlong from home.
Once in command the former champion jockey
only needed to push the two-year-old out with
hands and heels to cross the line a length and a
half clear of Spy Ring.
Paddy Power introduced the winner at 33/1 for
next year s Qipco 1000 Guineas and 14/1 for the
McBride said: "I don t know what upset her at
Doncaster. She has never been like that before.
She has been a Christian since and done everything
"She was so relaxed in the pre-parade ring she
was almost horizontal. She is a very relaxed filly.
She has got bags of speed. Maybe six is her trip."
He added: "She is going to have rest now. We
will give her a winter off and see what happens
in the spring.
"Normally if I have one this good we start off
in the Nell Gwyn. It would be the obvious place
to try seven furlongs.
"I love this filly and ride her myself quite a bit.
I ve always said she is the best I ve trained. If she
does stay she will be a force to be reckoned with.
"That is my first black-type winner in England.
I ve been close a few times."
Dettori said: "Charlie was very keen for me to
ride her. She was the perfect push-button ride.
She travelled and quickened and was a joy to ride
Roger Varian may have his wish to take a steady
approach with Wadigor forced out of his hands
following his authoritative success in the NGK
Spark Plugs Handicap.
Having missed his entire two-year-old campaign
the son of Champs Elysees continued to make up
for lost time as he bolted up by seven lengths in
the mile-and-a-quarter contest to add to his
maiden win at Wolverhampton.
Peter Chapple-Hyam has his eye on black type
with Hestina (5/2) before the year is out after she
gained the second success of her career in the
EBF Stallions Federation Of Bloodstock Agents
Chapple-Hyam said: "I am delighted for Paul
Hancock as he has always believed in this filly.
"She had time off and then ran in the hottest
Listed race here behind Journey. Georgia (Cox)
gave her a lovely ride and I m delighted for the
While it remains to be seen if Makkaar turns
out to be anywhere near as good as his half-
brother and multiple Group Two winner Bow
Creek, he took a step in the right direction when
making his third start a winning one in division
two of the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden
Winning trainer Mark Johnston said: "At the
sales last year I was desperate to have him and
I put him on my list. Sheikh Hamdan thankfully
bought him which was great.
The David O Meara-trained Aleef (3/1) gained
a first win since losing his maiden status at Ling-
field in May with a win in the newmarketrace-
courses.co.uk Conditions Stakes, while Timeless
Art (8/1) from the yard of Karl Burke claimed the
concluding discovernewmarket.co.uk handicap.
Cue Card s fall in the Cheltenham Gold
Cup last season was one of the biggest
disappointments in National Hunt racing
but he can begin the current campaign
with a bang in the bet365 Charlie Hall
Chase at Wetherby.
Colin Tizzard s durable chaser was in line
for a £1million bonus after winning the Bet-
fair Chase at Haydock and scrambling home
from Vautour in the King George at Kemp-
His story grabbed the back pages, in no
small part due to the fact his connections
were not seen as the major players Paul
Nicholls and Kauto Star were when they
achieved the feat in 2006-07.
Incredibly, Kauto Star won two of the
three legs in two other seasons and it just
goes to show Cue Card s achievements when
that modern wonder of steeplechasing - he
won the Tingle Creek between Haydock
and Kempton one year - is the only horse
to have achieved it.
Cue Card won the Champion Bumper at
Cheltenham as a four-year-old and turns
11 in a couple of months, but last season
was his best ever.
He had just joined Don Cossack and
Djakadam when he fell three out and the
groans around Cheltenham were deafening.
He gained some compensation at Aintree
when an easy winner of the Bowl and it is
not hard to forgive him a slightly dull run
at Punchestown afterwards.
Tizzard has his horses fairy forward for
this time of year, he loves good ground and
Cue Card is rated nearly a stone or more
better than all of his opponents.
Nigel Twiston-Davies always tends to
target something decent at Wetherby s day
in the sun and this year it is Ballyoptic.
He improved at a rapid rate of knots in
the second half of last season, from winning
a Ffos Las novice hurdle in February to land-
ing a Grade One at Aintree in April.
Ballyoptic continued his progression when
winning a competitive handicap at Chepstow
two weeks ago, when Twiston-Davies had
not been shy in telling people it was meant
to be a tune-up for this contest.
That victory proved he can handle quicker
ground and the step up in trip for the bet365
Hurdle, better known as the West Yorkshire,
can only see him in a better light.
Malcolm Jefferson has made a rapid start
to the season and one of the highlights was
Double W s, who won first time over fences
He faces sterner opposition in the racin-
guk.com Chase but should be followed until
Nick Williams continues to beat the big
boys with limited ammunition and Tea For
Two can provide him with another big pot
in the Sodexo Gold Cup.
His step-daughter Lizzie Kelly created
history on him last season when becoming
the first female to ride a Grade One winner
in Britain when taking the Feltham at Kemp-
ton on Boxing Day.
He only ran once after that as he must
go right-handed, but he was not disgraced
when dropped to two and a half miles for
the Scilly Isles at Sandown.
Connections are dreaming of the King
George so he has to be going close in this
The Hugo Palmer-trained Baydar looks
well worth a step up in class for Newmarket s
James Seymour Stakes.
Having won his last four handicaps, the
last of which was a valuable race at Newbury
which could not have worked out any better,
this looks a good option. Josephine Gordon
has been in the plate the last twice and
maintains the partnership.
Palmer could be celebrating a double in
the "Hats Off" To Steve Brown Ben Marshall
Stakes where Murad Khan could the right
9.20 Cashla Bay (e.w)
9.50 Curlew River (e.w)
2.10 Texas Katie (e.w)
Leading rider Fran Berry faces four to
six weeks on the sidelines after fracturing
his foot at Lingfield on Thursday.
His intended mount The Bear Can Fly
became unruly in the stalls ahead of the
opening race on the card and pinned the
jockey s foot between herself and the bar
of the stalls.
He limped away from the incident and
having been stood down for the rest of
the day, visited hospital to find out the
extent of the injury.
"It s a clean fracture just at the point
where you put pressure down on your
foot," he said. It s very disappointing but
was a freak accident and these things hap-
pen. I m going to see the specialist on
Tuesday to get an update but at this stage
it looks like I m going to be out of action
for four to six weeks.
"Hopefully I ll be back in December and
the original plan was to keep riding here
until Christmas, so we ll stick to that and
see where we are then."
Bay, River look picturesque Lady zooms to
Berry suffers fractured foot
Cue to land Wetherby pot
Cue Card: Looks well set to win at
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