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15-33--- 10.30 am
15-35--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 5 4 4 13
02OLDLADY 9 3 1 13
03CARRIAGE 4 2 3 9
04DEADMAN 3 5 4 12
05PARSONMAN 2 1 3 6
15 SICKWOMAN 2 7 4 13
18 WATERBOAT 3 6 4 13
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 6 5 14
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 7 3 8 18
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 5 6 3 14
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to July 6
16 (Old Lady) 10.30 am
11 (Corbeau) 1 pm
19 (Horse) 6.30 pm
2 (Jamette) 10 .30 am
23 (House) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
29 (Opium Man)
35 (Big Snake)
8 (Tiger) 1 pm
Straits Of Malacca is strongly fancied to
land the opening Maiden Stakes over five
furlongs at Ayr today, a much easier task
than his debut represented on this course
This Compton Place colt led for much of
the way in a six furlongs race only to be blitzed
by the talented Southern raider, Queen Of
Catrine, now on course for the Princess Mar-
garet at Ascot later this month.
In the closing stages Straits Of Malacca
wasn t knocked about and faded into fifth;
expect a bold showing and unless either of
two newcomers is above average Kevin Ryan s
charge should be good enough judged on the
time-handicap mark achieved.
What beats Straits will win and by process
of elimination Qawaafy looks nailed on for
the Maiden Stakes over a mile of Ripon tonight
when a six-race programme will be staged on
a good to firm surface.
Just a question of Qawaafy going down and
coming back in the colours of Hamdan Al
Maktoum sported by ex-champion jockey,
Paul Hanagan, who has looked somewhat out
of his depth down South this year.
Back on a course he knows well Paul will
be more at home but any licensed jockey
should be able to win this race on Qawaafy.
Windsor stages its traditional Monday-
nighter and course and distance winner, West
Coast Dream, has an excellent opportunity in
the aged handicap over five furlongs.
WCD appears to be getting back to his best
form of last season and this six-year-old is
definitely worth chancing each-way with three
places on offer and young Mark Coumbe
claiming 3lbs apprentice allowance.
This afternoon I m scheduled to have a
replacement pacemaker operation; hopefully
I ll be sent straight back home and able to
renew my challenge for an eighth Naps Table
championship during just about the best period
of any turf-flat racing season. Wish me luck.
Game On Dude won the final running
of the Grade One Hollywood Gold Cup on
Bob Baffert s prolific winner was allowed
an uncontested lead in the 10 furlong contest
and was never seriously challenged as he
scored by a length from Kettle Corn.
The six year old was racing from a career
high mark but Mike Smith never had to
resort to his whip as the six year old son of
Awesome Again completed back-to-back
successes in the historic event.
The Hollywood Park track is being closed
mixed-use development including retail
stores and a cinema, causing concerns for
the future of horseracing in California.
The inaugural running of the Hollywood
Gold Cup took place 75 years ago and was
won by the legendary Seabiscuit; the roll of
honour includes other American greats such
as 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed and
History will show that Baffert won the
last three renewals of the race with First
Dude edging out Game On Dude by a nose
in 2011 and the trainer revealed that every-
thing had gone according to plan this time
"He had control of the pace and everything
went like we drew it up in our mind. He
just finds more gears as he goes along," he
American Hall of Fame Jockey, Smith
added: "My trip was brilliant. It went really
well. I m very happy with the outcome. He
did what he had to do and seemed to come
back really well. I was really confident. I
hand rode him. He is a fighter and if you re
going to try to beat him, you ve got to flat
run by him."
Prix du Jockey Club winner Intello success-
fully dropped in both trip and grade when
winning the Prix Messidor yesterday.
The French Derby winner was immedi-
ately quoted for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
following his Classic success at Chantilly but
connections didn't appear convinced, nomi-
nating the Prix Jacques le Marois over a mile
as the initial aim.
The three year old duly lined up in the
Group Three at Maisons-Laffitte to see how
he fared over a straight mile ahead of a possi-
ble run in the Marois.
Sent off the 2/7 favourite, Intello was set-
tled towards the rear of the six runner field
by Peslier before creeping closer to the pace-
setting stablemate Prince D'Alienor and Don
He readily picked up when asked and only
needed to be pushed out to record a one and
a half length success with Mainsail staying
on for second.
Intello has now won five of his six starts
with his only defeat coming when an un-
lucky-in-running third in the Poule d'Essai des
Pierre-Yves Bureau, racing manager to the
owning Wertheimer brothers, confirmed that
the Marois remains the target and refused to
be drawn into ruling Intello either in or out of
"If the horse comes out of the race well we
will go for the Jacques le Marois now
(Deauville, August 11). That has been the
aim," he said.
"He ran a very nice race today. He was giv-
ing four kilos to the others and he was the
only three-year-old in the race. All went well,
so we are delighted.
"We will see. We want to go step by step.
We wanted to drop him back to a mile and
then go for Jacques le Marois. After that we
will talk with Andre Fabre and decide.
"It is a little bit too early to talk about the
Arc. Of course it is one possibility, but we
think it is too early to say anything about
that. We will see after the Marois if we can
Al Kazeem skips
King George date
Coral-Eclipse hero Al Kazeem will bypass
the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth
Stakes to be prepared for a campaign in the
latter half of the year.
Trainer Roger Charlton said the five-year-
old will have a break and miss Ascot's July 27
summer showpiece after notching up a hat-
trick of Group One successes this season at
Connections will then decide on where to
run the son of Dubawi later in the season.
At the moment he holds entries in the Jud-
dmonte International at York next month and
the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leop-
ardstown in September, while he is also
prominent in the betting for the Qatar Prix de
l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October.
"He's in very good form and looks great,"
said the Beckhampton handler. "It was as one
thought from him. He was tough and brave
which has been the hallmark of all his races.
He's also courageous and adaptable.
"The King George is out. He will be taken
out of that race on Tuesday at the forfeit
stage. We will give him a break now and de-
cide what we want to do nearer the time for
various autumn targets."
Al Kazeem's owner-breeder John Deer said
the Juddmonte International might be his
next race if the ground was suitable, but the
Arc is the ultimate target.
"My preference would be York if ground
conditions suited. If it was good to firm, he
definitely wouldn't run there," Deer told At
"My family is keen to go to Longchamp so
that is the place to aim for."
Go for Straits of Malacca
9.30 Straits Of Malacca (e.w)
2.30 West Coast Dream (e.w)
3.50 Qawaafy (nap)
Dude takes final bow at Hollywood
Game on Dude...won the final running of Hollywood Gold Cup
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