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ASCOT---Globetrotting horse High-
land Reel won the richest race of the
Royal Ascot meeting to take his career
earnings to around six million pounds,
while American trainer Wesley A Ward
collected a second victory of the week
with Con Te Partiro.
After recent triumphs in the Breeders' Cup
Turf at Santa Anita and the Coronation Cup
at Epsom, Highland Reel claimed another
Group 1 victory for leading trainer Aidan
O'Brien by holding on to win the Prince of
Wales's Stakes by a length.
"I'd say that was probably a career best,"
jockey Ryan Moore said of Highland Reel, a
bay horse whose six Group 1 wins have come
across three continents.
The winner's check of 425,325 pounds
($540,000) moved Highland Reel's earnings
to 5.97 million pounds ($7.55 million). It was
a first win of the 2017 meeting for O'Brien,
and the trainer's 56th at Royal Ascot.
"He has passed every test that you would
want a thoroughbred to go through," O'Brien
said. "His first Group race was as a two-year-
old and we have toured the world with him
since then. Every time, he turns up in big rac-
es over a mile, ten furlongs and 12 furlongs."
Con Te Partiro weaved her way through
from the back of the field under jockey Jamie
Spencer to win the one-mile Sandringham
Handicap by a length, at odds of 20-1.
It was a ninth career winner at Royal Ascot
for Ward since 2009 and a second in two
days, after filly Lady Aurelia won the King's
Stand Stakes on Tuesday.
"I've got to give it to Jamie," Ward said, "I
don't want to tell you all the horrible names
I was calling him in the first part of the race.
But he sure did have the magic at the end."
Earlier, there were wins for French horses
Le Brivido and Qemah in the Jersey Stakes
and the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, respec-
tively, in hot conditions at Ascot. (AP)
It Dont Come Easy at Royal Ascot but
the third stage of this fabulous five-
day(s) fixture could well yield reward
when Richard Fahey's charge contests
the eighteen-runner,group two Norfolk
Stakes over five furlongs of a fabulous
good to firm surface; on our time-hand-
icap this Kyllachy colt is one of the very
best seen out to date.
This is a favourite race and down the
years and my profit margin is often boosted
by the fledgling two-year-old colts which
'fly' home and become household names
for my family!
On the TH It Dont Come Easy represents a
tremendous betting each-way opportunity
at around 10/1, which are the odds current-
ly being offered because Rebel Assault was
beaten again a week after losing out to our
selection by a head at Musselburgh.
Following a promising debut fourth at
York there was confidence behind It Dont
Come Easy nineteen days ago despite the fact
Rebel Asault had smashed the clock with an
eight lengths success at Catterick ten days
earlier; we thought the latter was nigh on a
cert but, of course, unbackable at odds-on.
Never back shorties!
Rebel Assault duly led approaching the fi-
nal Furlong but ex-champion, Paul Hanagan,
timed it absolutely right on It Dont Come
Easy. The actual time-figure was colossal,
good enough for Royal Ascot!
Nine Below Zero has won both races to date
and is expected to complete a hat-trick for
Ralph Beckett who recently split with Fran
Berry, replaced on the impressive, unchal-
lenged Windsor winner by Pat Smullen. It's
a cruel game!
Several other precocious juveniles will also
be strongly-fancied but if It Dont Come Easy
replicates his Scottish mark he'll be on the
premises and in the frame!
Aidan O'Brien-trained Epsom Oaks third,
Alluring, is an obvious choice for the group
tow Ribblesdale Stakes over a similar dis-
tanced, twelve furlongs.
No chance with Enable and subsequent-
ly-stricken stable companion, Rhododen-
dron, but we selected Alluring, each-way,
for the fourth classic and she was guaranteed
placed from a long way out. There isn't a
better bet during the week than Alluring and
Ryan Moore will be positive, for sure.
Unbelievably there is an all-weather fix-
ture running in tandem, Chelmsford, where
Canterbury Quad should finally gain 'win-
ning brackets' if not unsuited by polytrack on
a track where they still don't have a grand-
stand. Good surface though!
ZURICH---FIFA says it has opened a discipli-
nary case against Juventus after investigating
the Italian champion's world-record sale of
Paul Pogba to Manchester United.
FIFA says "no disciplinary proceedings have been
opened against Manchester United," in a deal valued
at 105 million euros (then $116 million) last August.
The charges against Juventus were not specified
but likely relate to third-party ownership rules.
Pogba's agent Mino Raiola reportedly was paid
by both clubs and also on behalf of his client, and
earned up to 50 million euros ($55 million) in the
FIFA's ban on investors owning players' transfer
rights took effect in May 2015.
The case is potentially embarrassing for Juventus
president Andrea Agnelli, now a member of the
executive committee of UEFA which pushed FIFA
to ban third-party ownership. (AP)
Di Maria agrees
to tax fraud deal
Angel Di Maria has agreed a deal with
Spain's state prosecutor in which the former
Real Madrid forward admits two counts of
tax fraud of almost €1.3 million euros ($1.4
million) in exchange for a lighter sentence.
In a document reviewed by The Associated
Press yesterday, Di Maria's lawyer accepted the
two counts, which relate to fraud committed in
2012 and 2013. The prosecutor recommends a sen-
tence of 16 months and a fine of nearly €800,000
Di Maria, who currently plays for French club
Paris Saint-Germain, will likely not serve any pris-
on time because sentences of less than two years
for first-time offenders are usually suspended.
The deal will have to be ratified by a judge when
the case goes to court. The case involves income
the Argentina forward made from image rights,
not from his salary paid by Real Madrid.
LONDON---Boris Becker was declared bank-
rupt by a British court yesterday after the for-
mer tennis player failed to pay a long-standing
A lawyer for the six-time Grand Slam champi-
on pleaded with a Bankruptcy Court registrar in
London for a last chance to pay a debt that Becker
has owed to private bankers Arbuthnot Latham &
Co since 2015.
The registrar, Christine Derrett, said there was
a lack of credible evidence that his debt would be
paid soon. She refused to adjourn the case for a
further 28 days and announced a bankruptcy order.
"One has the impression of a man with his head in
the sand," said the registrar, who said she watched
Becker play on Centre Court at Wimbledon.
The 49-year-old Becker, who was born in Ger-
many and lives in London, recently coached Novak
Djokovic and has been a TV commentator.
His lawyer, John Briggs, had argued there was
sufficient evidence to show that Becker would
be able to pay the debt through a refinancing ar-
rangement, involving remortgaging a property in
Mallorca, which was expected to raise 6 million
euros ($6.7 million). Briggs said it was expected
the deal would be approved by a Spanish bank in
about one month. (AP)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks with jockey Ryan Moore, right, and racing manager John
Warren, second left, after arriving in the parade ring on the second day of the Royal Ascot
horse race meeting in Ascot, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Under: (Last Thursday)
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
6-13-15-17-19 Mx: 1
2 (Old Lady) 10.30 am
3 (Carriage) 4 pm
10 (Monkey) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
15 (Sick Woman) 1 pm
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 6 8 3 20
15SICKWOMAN3 6 2 1 12
18WATERBOAT 6 3 5 4 18
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 7 0 5 16
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 5 5 1 5 16
30 HOUSE CAT
31PARSONWIFE4 63 6 19
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
Globetrotting horse Highland
Reel wins at Royal Ascot
It Dont Come Easy and never will
11.30 It Dont Come Easy (nap)
1.05 Canterbury Quad
No play due to
No play due to
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