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1-27--- 10.30 am
36-27--- 1 pm
15-36--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 3
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 2
05PARSONMAN 0 1 1 2
15 SICK WOMAN 1
18WATERBOAT 2 5 2 9
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 2 4 5 11
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 3 3 3 9
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to May 4
1 (Centipede) 10.30 am
19 (Horse) 1 pm
36 (Jackass) 6.30 pm
16 (Jamette) 10 .30 am
4 (Deadman) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
31 (Parson Wife)
34 (Blind Man) 1 pm
I Say we ve unearthed a real beaut for
the Maiden Stakes over an extended mile
of good to firm Windsor this afternoon
when there are plenty of fixtures, as befits
For reasons I ve never understood MD is
later this year but it still justifies bank hol-
iday status in England and obligatory traffic
jams, far worse nowadays than when yours
truly was trolling our beautiful countryside
venues, racing more than 250 times a year!
William Haggas has found an ideal oppor-
tunity for once-raced I Say, one of eight
decs and first leg of my quick-fire each-
way double; a few minutes later Mazaaher
faces thirteen moderate rivals in a similar
race at Warwick.
Down the years maiden races have been
by far the best medium for success with a
process of elimination policy; both selec-
tions are typical of what I m looking for,
Hopefully they all run in the first leg and
I Say will occupy one of three places, at
worst. That shouldn t be a problem.
I Say made a promising debut 191 days
ago, Haggas yard is in good form and this
superbly-bred filly is massively-fancied but.
realistically, Michael Bell-trained Capella s
Song can t be dismissed.
Hayley Turner rides for ding dong but
aboard I Say will be championship-chasing
Graham Lee; two wonderful exponents of
the art of jockeyship and I m looking forward
to watching them.
Thrice-raced Mazaaher, formerly with
Marcus Tregoning, is now with John Hills
and one of thirteen Hamdan Al Maktoum-
owned thoroughbreds being supervised by
his famous winning machine father, Barry,
now supposed to be retired!
What a joke 76-year-old Barry is as eager
as ever and it s as if he s still got something
to prove; watch out for the yard of John
Hills and those blue and white colours of
You can t beat experience, eh?
Reigning champion jockey Richard Hughes has
accumulated a host of top-flight European races
during his career but finally corrected one glaring
omission as Sky Lantern provided his first British
Classic in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmar-
Riding with greater confidence and competence
than any other jockey at present, the 40-year-old
believed his wait would end 24 hours earlier in the
2000 Guineas, but Toronado was unable to fulfil
his dreams with a tame fourth place.
Hughes had banished the disappointment and
steadied himself for another white-knuckle ride on
hold-up filly Sky Lantern (9/1), who charged through
late to deprive the sponsors runner Just The Judge
by half a length.
Already a Group One winner in last year s
Moyglare, Sky Lantern, Hughes and trainer Richard
Hannon had shared other subsequent disappoint-
ments, such when she was stuck in traffic during
the Breeders Cup and latterly when collared by
Hot Snap in last month s Nell Gwyn Stakes.
Sir Henry Cecil s Hot Snap, the 5/2 favourite,
was in trouble a long way out and failed to do herself
justice, eventually finishing ninth.
Just The Judge, who is part-owned by Sheikh
Fahad s Qatar Racing operation, had occupied the
position at the head of the market before the Nell
Gwyn, but performed far better than her drifting
odds of 7/1 might have suggested.
Ridden prominently by Jamie Spencer, Charlie
Hills filly appeared booked to maintain her unbeaten
record as she passed Winning Express (eventually
fourth) with a furlong to go, but Hughes once again
timed his challenge to perfection and darted through
to lead just before the line.
"About bloody time," said Hughes.
"I think my wife was more upset than I was (after
Toronado)---I was consoling her all night. I remember
telling her it was only a horse race and there were
more important things.
"She said: I know it s only a horse race, but you
never seem to win the big ones . I ve won plenty
of Classics everywhere else and I was pretty sure
one day I d get the horse, but it s a monkey off my
"It s very hard, as for the last 10 years Aidan
O Brien has been dominating but Richard has been
stepping up the quality."
Hannon, who had saddled three winners of the
2000 Guineas, instead decided to visit his local
track of Salisbury, and was represented by his son,
assistant and eventual successor Richard jnr.
He said: "We were pretty low after yesterday. It
was a very disappointing, but she deserved a bit
of luck, this filly. She went to America (Breeders
Cup) and didn t get any luck and then she bumped
into a very good filly (Hot Snap) who didn t run
her race today.
"I m delighted for Hughesie. He s one of the best
jockeys ever and I m just delighted he s done it on
one of ours. We ll look at the Irish Guineas now,
but she might well go further. I d say a mile and
a quarter would be as far as she d go."
Connections of Just The Judge are
already looking forward to a rematch
with QIPCO 1000 Guineas winner Sky
The Charlie Hills-trained runner-up
struck the front under Jamie Spencer com-
ing into The Dip but she was collared late
on by the winner who scored by half a
Owner Sheikh Fahad Al Thani said: "She
came to win the race and looked the win-
ner, but Hughesie rode a good race and
just beat us.
"I believe that if she had seen the other
filly and had time to respond, she would
have fought back.
"She is still backward in her coat and
the other filly had a run, so I would be
confident we can turn the form around."
Hills added: "We ll discuss future plans
but she is entered in everything."
Spencer was given a three-day ban (May
19-21) for using his whip without allowing
sufficient time to respond.
Joseph O Brien was also upbeat about
the prospects of third-placed Moth after
she finished strongly to take third, beaten
He said: "She s ran a blinder as she was
still green. It was her first run on a track
like that and it took longer for her to pick
up than it usually does."
That pair could potentially clash again
in the Investec Oaks at Epsom for which
Moth is now the 7/2 favourite from 8s
with Sky Bet following her late flourish.
Just The Judge is a 7/1 chance with the
Leeds firm (from 20s) with Hot Snap out
to 20s from 7s after her lacklustre run.
One horse that won t be renewing rivalry
at Epsom is fourth-placed Winning Express
whose jockey, Franny Norton, felt that she
ran to form but the step up to a mile
stretched her stamina.
He said: "The last 100 yards just found
her out but she s run right up to her mark."
amends for Hannon
What you 'Say'?
Windsor, 4.05 I Say; Warwick, 4.10
Mazaaher (e.w); Kempton, 3.50 Ree's
Judge team eyes rematch
Just The Judge strides in great style. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
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