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Living Desert has a first-rate opportunity
of finally getting off the mark in the Maiden
Stakes over seven furlongs of Wolver-
hampton polytrack this afternoon, expe-
rience wont be a problem!
Jame s Toller s charge has already raced
ten times and is rated 77 having been 90
as a juvenile.
On my time-handicap Living Desert is a
shoo-in and I m pleased Seb Sanders rides
again, he was aboard last time out when
this Oasis Dream gelding finished fifth in
a poly handicap around Kempton.
There s no doubt Living Desert is gradually
coming back to the form which had Toller
and owners dreaming of much better; per-
haps they ve aimed too high, whatever this
is a gilt-edged opportunity because the only
semblance of a serious rival is Godolphin-
owned Satwa Story, trained by Charlie
Appleby who also runs Lawmans Thunder.
Appleby recently took over the license at
Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket where
Mahmood Al Zarooni trained until being
banned for ten years!
Running in tandem is Ripon where Rough
Courte should go close in the Maiden Fillies
Stakes over six furlongs; how do you feel
about backing one from a stable that s cur-
rently operating at eight per cent winners
from nigh on 600 runners?
Mick Channon has the reputation of sling-
ing plenty of mud at the wall and hoping
a lot will stick; it hasn t happened this season
but in the last few days several of his inmates
have run much better.
Rough Courte is clear best-in but advice
is to chance a modest each-way wager cou-
pled with Living Desert and Sir Michael
Stoute-trained Bohemian Dance, one of
eleven decs for the Maiden Stakes over
ten furlongs of good to firm ground at
Bohemian Dance, mount of Ryan Moore,
has Zipp to beat, and vica versa.
Carlisle stages a six-race card for female
jockeys/riders and Lucy Alexander has five
rides; wonder if success will have her think-
ing a switch to the flat might be a good idea
9.15 Rough Courte (e.w)
11.00 Living Desert (nap-e.w)
3.00 Bohemian Dance
Living Desert can
get off mark
14-12--- 10.30 am
35-9--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6 5 4 15
02OLDLADY 9 5 1 15
03CARRIAGE 5 2 4 11
04DEADMAN 3 6 4 13
05PARSONMAN 2 1 3 6
15 SICKWOMAN 2 7 4 13
18 WATERBOAT 3 8 4 15
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 8 5 16
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUMMAN 7 3 10 20
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 6 6 4 16
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to August 3
6 (Belly) 10.30 am
2 (Old Lady) 1 pm
20 (Dog) 6.30 pm
24 (Queen) 10 .30 am
1 (Centipede) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
18 (Water Boat)
29 (Opium Man)
27 (Little Snake) 1 pm
Sky Lantern is likely to get
the chance to exact revenge on
Nassau Stakes winner Winsili
in the Breeders Cup Filly &
Richard Hannon s 1000
Guineas and Coronation Stakes
winner was caught in a pocket
at Goodwood and could only
finish fifth, but connections were
convinced she stayed the 10 fur-
Hannon s best colt Toronado
enjoyed better luck earlier in the
week in the Sussex Stakes, beat-
ing his old foe Dawn Approach,
and he is also likely to head to
"Sky Lantern apart, the week
could hardly have gone better.
It was obviously nice to get our
revenge on Dawn Approach with
Toronado in the Sussex, and
both the colt and the filly will
probably end up in California
for the Breeders Cup, because
both owners seem keen to go,"
said Hannon on www.richard-
"Fast ground at Santa Anita
would suit both and a two-turn
mile should be perfect for
Toronado, while at least we now
know for certain that Sky
Lantern stays the mile and a
quarter, so she can be targeted
at the Filly & Mare Turf if we
decide to take the trans-atlantic
"However, both the Matron
Stakes at Leopardstown on Sep-
tember 7 and the Sun Chariot
at Newmarket three weeks later
will be considered first, and it
will probably be a case of any
two from three .
"Like Toronado, she stays in
training as a four-year-old, so
we want to leave some juice in
the lemon for next season.
"The Nassau was frustrating
because we know that Sky
Lantern was the best filly in the
race. Things became rough in
the straight and Sky Lantern got
the worst of it, but that is racing.
She is fine, and we live to fight
Moonlight Cloud could clash with top colt
Intello next weekend after mowing down Lethal
Force inside the final furlong to win the Prix
Maurice de Gheest at Deauville for the third suc-
cessive year yesterday.
Clive Cox s grey lost nothing in defeat, conceding
3lb to the Freddie Head-trained five-year-old, but
he simply had no answer to Moonlight Cloud s
finishing burst in a blistering time.
Adam Kirby attempted to make most on Lethal
Force, tactics which had worked so well in the Dia-
mond Jubilee and July Cup, but he had to work
quite hard to get over to the rail.
Once there Kirby tried to wind it up in front but
Thierry Jarnet always looked confident, and once
he asked Moonlight Cloud to go and win the race
the response was immediate and the five-year-old
was able to come home alone.
Gordon Lord Byron made late headway to finish
third while Gale Force Ten showed up well for a
long way before fading close home.
Head intends to send Moonlight Cloud back to
Deauville for the Prix Jacques le Marois as long as
she bounces out of the race well.
"She s a very special filly and that was one of
her best performances," said Head.
"There were four Group One winners, it was a
tough race but she broke the course record.
"She gave her everything, she s not a horse you
can hit much, she gives her all without the whip
so that is maybe why it looked like she won easier
than maybe she did.
"The plan remains the same, to run in the Marois
next week, but as she has given everything I ll just
see how she is over the next two or three days.
"A race against Intello (French Derby winner)
would be great."
Cox was proud of his stable star but the general
feeling was that the grey was not quite at the peak
of his powers.
He said: "He s lost nothing in defeat, he s run
very well and I m very pleased with him.
"It was run in a course record time and the
ground was only just good so he s run a very brave
"At the end he was just beaten by a very good
filly who was winning the race for the third time.
"Adam just felt he wasn t quite as good as he
was at Newmarket. We were happy to come, don t
get me wrong. We re very pleased with him but
obviously we d have preferred to have won.
"We ll just see how he comes out of this before
making any plans, we ll get him home and take it
"The winner is a special filly."
Secret Gesture was agonisingly worn down
inside the final furlong by Penelopa in the Henkel-
Preis Der Diana---Deutsches Stuten-Derby (Ger-
man Oaks) at Dusseldorf.
Ralph Beckett s filly took up this engagement
in preference to running in the Nassau Stakes at
Goodwood on Saturday and entering the straight
it looked a wise decision.
Jamie Spencer took a wide course on Secret Ges-
ture, who finished second to her stable companion
Talent in the Oaks at Epsom, but she went two
lengths clear of her pursuers.
For a long while it looked as if she may see them
all off but the home runner Penelopa, ridden by
Eduardo Pedroza and trained by Miltcho Mintchev,
came with a late rattle to claim the prize.
Secret Gesture just held on for second as the
pack closed in.
Lantern team eye Winsili rematch
Sky Lantern looks headed for rthe Breeders Cup
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