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Fersah looks a solid bet on a difficult-
looking Bank Holiday Monday when there
are four flat meetings and a jumping pro-
gramme around the wall of death Cartmel
track where we have a special!
One of eleven decs for the Maiden Fillies
Stakes over twelve furlongs of forecast good
to firm Leicester the once-raced William
Haggas-trained Fersah looks head n shoul-
ders superior, mount of Paul Hanagan, con-
tract jockey to owner, Hamdan al Maktoum.
Haggas places his horses well and on my
time-handicap Fersah has at least 10lbs in
hand judged on her immensely promising
close third to Sea Meets Sky in a similar
race, over two furlongs less, at Ascot earlier
This superbly-bred filly by Dynaformer
needs to win and I l bet shes does!
Nordikhab is blinkered for the first time
at good Redcar where Kevin Ryan s charge
has Dream Cast to beat in the Maiden Stakes
over six furlongs, and vica versa.
A useful juvenile Nordikhab has squan-
dered a couple of opportunities with below-
par performances; obviously Ryan is vexed
and application of the equipment obviously
indicates frustration; Dream Cast hasn t
raced as a three-year-old but was entered
last week, and withdrawn.
Ryan turns to Silvestre de Souza for a
positive effort, lets hope it s a temperamental
problem and not physical because Nordikhab
is unlikely to get a better chance. Interesting,
eh?Windsor is also forecast good for an
eight-race card which opens with an eight-
runner Maiden Stakes over five furlongs and
an each-way punt on Rock Up, third TH
best but worth backing to occupy one of
three places at a big price.
Sixty Minutes and Royal Challis are the
only ones likely to figure; with trainer David
Elsworth s yard in good form let s take a
chance and Rock it!
31-35--- 10.30 am
4-2--- 1 pm
18-26--- 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
05 PARSON MAN 2
15 SICK WOMAN 2
18 WATERBOAT 2 5 3 10
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 4 4 3 11
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to May 25
5 (Parson Man) 10.30 am
2 (Old Lady) 1 pm
31 (Parson Wife) 6.30 pm
16 (Jamette) 10 .30 am
11 (Corbeau) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
28 (Red Fish)
31 (Parson Wife)
23 (House) 1 pm
Race 9 (15) Rock Up (e.w).
Race 11 (30) Nordikhab (nap-e.w)
Race 12 (10) Fersah
Just The Judge gave young
trainer Charlie Hills his first
Classic with a smooth success
in the Etihad Airways Irish
1000 Guineas at the Curragh,
The filly had gone agonisingly
close when runner-up to Sky
Lantern in the Newmarket ver-
sion four weeks ago, but duly
made amends in Irish soil.
Sent off the 2/1 favourite, the
strong-travelling Just The Judge
scored in the hands of Jamie
Spencer from the fast-finishing
Rehn s Nest (40/1), with Just
Pretending (14/1) third and Big
Break just behind in fourth.
Spencer had Just The Judge
smartly away from her handy
two stall and was always promi-
nent as the Elaine Burke-trained
Exactement made the running,
with What Style close up.
While Just The Judge was in
the prime position, one of her
main market rivals, Big Break,
had to overcome a wide draw.
She tried to lay it down to the
favourite and looked like playing
a major role, but could not quite
keep up the pace and Just The
Judge pulled away in the final
The Aidan O Brien-trained
Just Pretending held every
chance, but was worried out of
second place by a head close
home by Jim Bolger s outsider
Rehn s Nest, who got the run-
ner-up spot a length and a half
behind the winner.
Hills only took over the licence
in August 2011 from his father
Barry, who won this race twice
with Nicer in 1993 and Hula
Angel in 1999.
Now it was his son s turn and
he was enjoying the moment.
"It feels pretty good. It s more
relief at the moment but I m
sure I ll wake up in the middle
of the night thinking it s great,"
"Jamie never really had to pick
the stick up to her and he gave
her a beautiful ride. He was in
the right position and produced
her at the right time.
"It was a big decision to come
here and I m glad we did.
"He (Barry) will be watching
on TV and I m sure he ll have
a tear in his eye.
"They (Qatar Racing) have
been fantastic over the last few
years. They are great supporters
of the sport worldwide. It s great
to see them get this success.
"As long as she s okay she ll
go for the Coronation - it s 26
days away so that s perfect tim-
Spencer, who won the race as
a teenager on Tarascon in 1998,
said: "She s a smart filly. I prob-
ably got rolling a little bit early
at Newmarket. We went steady
and it can be tricky there for a
big filly like her.
"I was out in plenty of time
today too. She s a filly with a
long stride and you don t want
to be breaking her stride. I m
sure she d get 10 furlongs stand-
ing on her head.
"She travels well but she
doesn t have an instant kick.
When you let her down she
stretches really well.
"It would have been nice to
win at Newmarket, but I m sure
Sheikh Fahad will be happy to
"I m very pleased to be riding
the horses for him. He s
extremely enthusiastic and rac-
ing needs people like him.
"He knows all about it. He
was very keen for the filly to
come here. In fact he was instru-
mental in it - I was keen to wait
for Ascot but that shows you
what I know.
"She s won her Classic
now---she s done her job and
hopefully she ll have a good sec-
ond half to the season.
"She s out of a Rainbow Quest
mare so there s plenty of stamina
on her dam side, but you d have
to think the Coronation will be
next. We ll leave that to Charlie.
I m sure Barry Hills will have
something to say as well."
It was a first Classic triumph
for owners Qatar Racing, whose
head Sheikh Fahad al Thani said:
"We said we would come here
after Newmarket. She did not
see the other filly there but today
she showed what she is.
"The filly is much better in
her coat now. Hopefully she will
"If she comes out of the race
well then it will be Royal Ascot
next. The Coronation is the plan.
"This is our first proper sea-
son with Qatar Racing. It is the
first Classic for me and my
brothers. I think it s a good start."
Al Kazeem and James Doyle overturned last
year s Derby winner Camelot to take the Tat-
tersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh yesterday.
As expected, the race turned into a match from
three furlongs out with last year s 2000 Guineas
and Derby winner sent to the front past pacemaker
But Doyle always appeared to be exuding con-
fidence aboard the Roger Charlton-trained British
raider and at the furlong-pole it was clear that
they were travelling the better of the pair.
Camelot did his best to hold off his rival, but
the 9/4 winner steadily edged clear to score a
first Group One success.
The winner missed almost the whole of last
season with a minor fracture, but showed on his
recent return at Sandown that he was ready to
start making up for lost time.
"Roger always said We ll get him back and
the class was still there when we were galloping
him," said Doyle.
"We didn t have him 100 per cent at Sandown
but I was able to win without giving him too
hard a race and he s come on a lot for that, as
he s showed.
"You have to respect Camelot given everything
he has achieved, but at the two-furlong pole I
couldn t believe how well we were travelling---I
was having to take him back.
"We ll have to look after him but if he stays
all right we will have a lot of fun with this horse
Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Magician is to be
left in the Investec Derby at the confirmation
Previously impressive in winning the Dee Stakes
at Chester over ten furlongs, the Aidan O Brien-
trained colt dropped back to a mile on Saturday
and ran out a stunning winner of the Curragh
Afterwards, Coolmore supremo John Magnier
suggested---by his own admission "tongue in
cheek"---that he could go for the Derby, while
conceding that Royal Ascot and the St James s
Palace Stakes would be the more obvious route.
However speaking at the Curragh on Sunday,
O Brien said: "The lads haven t made a decision
yet. They ll get all the information about how he
is and then make a decision. It s definitely pos-
cern with what he did yesterday as he showed
so much speed, but he got a mile and a quarter
easily at Chester and he has a relaxed way of
O Brien added that Magician had come out of
Saturday s race "in very good form".
Of the remainder of his Investec Derby squad,
O Brien added: "They ll all be left in but I m not
sure about Nevis."
Judge prevails for young Hills
Al Kazeem takes
care of Camelot
Derby remains an
option for Magician
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