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Ridgeway Storm must be the nearest
thing to a cert imaginable on Southwell
fibresand today, just a question of this
once-raced Hurricance Run gelding being
able to act on the deep stuff which has
scuppered the best laid plans on so many
occasions since being laid 25 years ago!
That s right it s a quarter of a century
since this Nottinghamshire racecourse
became my second home for a decade
during which our serial winner Elton Ledger
dominated, winning seventeen times and
placed in more than twenty races.
As a result one became very familiar with
the unique surface and my speciality proved
extremely rewarding; talk about a labour of
love, it was sometimes embarrassing to rob
unsuspecting bookmakers. Hardly any of
em left nowadays, due to betting exchanges
and racing channels.
Nevertheless any luck was borne of hard
work and dedication, there is no short cut
to backing horses successfully and though
several results have been achieved recently
by cheating and manipulation I ll continue
to believe in the Sport Of Kings whilst
concentrating on maiden races on the all-
weather circuit and turf which gets under
way at Doncaster on Saturday, opening of
the 2014 flat-racing season. My objective
will be to nominate the Lincoln winner,
Ridgeway Storm shaped well enough at
Newmarket last August when saddled by
Lady Jane Cecil, finishing fourth, beaten
about six lengths; judged on that effort this
should be a formality for the Maiden Stakes
over 12 furlongs unless un-raced Andrew
Balding-trained From Frost is useful. The
market will be a guide
Now with Alan King (doubtless a jumping
campaign was planned!) Ridgeway Storm
shouldn t be extended and it s significant
Tom Frankel Queally has been booked; his
association with the Cecil s will provide
folklore material in history but Lady Cecil
is considerably down in numbers and he ll
be freelancing from now on.
Mark Johnston-trained Tarrafal is one of
only four decs for the Maiden Stakes over
a mile, seems like they are running out of
horses or are owners/trainers waiting for
Whatever the circumstances and current
situation Johnno continues to send out
plenty of winners and we re monitoring his
operation very closely, for winners!
It will be disappointing if Evacusafe Lady
isn t able to recoup recent losses and take
adavatage of a gift mark in the concluding
four-runner three-year-old handicap over
seven furlongs; I ll bet she does!
1.50 Ridgeway Storm
1.35 Evacusafe Lady (nap)
Keep eye on Ridgeway Storm
Ruler heads 16 in Dubai World Cup
R1: 1 (10) Random Al 18-1; 2 (5) Wind At Your Back
15-2; 3 (4) Irrebuttable 15-4. AR
R2: 1 (1) Captain De Lago 4-1; 2 (9) Koenigsegg 15-2;
3 (13) San Vicenzo 80-1. AR.
R3: 1 (9) Sir Isaac 11-1; 2 (6) Blushing Grey 15-2; 3
(11) Beckie Boy 22-1. AR
R4: 1 (8) Spyder 9-2; 2 (9) Such A Legend 5-2; 3 (5)
Master Dee 3-1. AR.
R5: 1 (2) Regal Breeze 5-1; 2 (9) Silken Sea 14-5; 3
(4) Dare To Be Grand 16-1. NRS 6, 14 & 16.
R7: 1 (4) Riddlestown 3-1; 2 (2) Todareistodo 3-1; 3
(1) Fair Bramble 5-1. AR
R8: 1 (3) Star Up In The Sky 3-1; 2 (2) Oasis pirit 7-2.
R9: 1 (1) Blue Buttons 2-9; 2 (2) Bright Intervals 12-1;
3 (5) Diddypurptoon 50-1. AR.
R10: 1 (2) Bull And Bush 4-1; 2 (10) Cove 6-1; 3 (3)
Miss Milborne 8-1. AR.
R11: 1 (2) Mont Signal 5-1; 2 (6) Ishetoo 25-1; 3 (4)
Piccolo Express 8-1. NR 8.
R12: 1 (1) Hint Of Mint 3-1; 2 (3) Massena 11-4; 3 (8)
Very Noble 9-2. AR.
R13: 1 (8) Cosway Spirit 9-4; 2 (5) Classic case 8-1; 3
(2) Basford Ben 4-1. NR 11.
R14: 1 (7) Grace Hull 6-1; 2 (4) Hierarch 5-1; 3 (5)
Sakash 2-1. AR.
R15: 1 (6) Milosam 7-2; 2 (4) Rocky Bender 9-1. AR.
R16: 1 (11) Take The Crown 4-5; 2 (10) El Toberos 12-
1; 3 (11) Walter De La Mare 11-2. AR.
R17: 1 (4) Camachoice 1-2; 2 (7) Red Wifey 20-1. NR
R18: 1 (7) Superciliary 28-1; 2 (9) Frozen Over 20-1; 3
(8) Watt Broderick 10-11. AR.
R19: 1 (1) Le Bacardy 2-1. AR.
R20: 1 (1) Indian Trifone 1-2; 2 (6) Stoneham 11-2.
R21: 1 (6) Duneen Point 8-1. NR 5.
R22: 1 (1) Ballybolley 10-1; 2 (8) Scooter Boy 50-1; 3
(4) Gamain 10-1. AR.
R23: 1 (2) Life And Times 2-1; 2 (1) My Single Malt 2-
R24: 1 (11) On The Move 25-1; 2 (8) Tara Tavey 20-1;
3 (6) Frontier Vic4-1. NRS 1, 2, 13 & 14..
R25: 1 (1) Dozy Joe 10-11; 2 (3) General Tufto 4-1. NR
The 2013 Epsom Derby winner, Ruler
Of The World, heads sixteen runners that
remain in contention for Saturday s Dubai
World Cup, sponsored by Emirates.
The Galileo colt is the bookmakers
ante-post favourite for the richest race in
the world, run over 10 furlongs of the
Tapeta track at Meydan, but he does face
plenty of opposition from a truly inter-
The general second favourite is Military
Attack who annexed the Hong Kong Gold
Cup on his latest outing and the trainer s
son, George Moore, told www.dubairac-
ingclub.com that the son of Oratorio had
settled in well.
"We kept him to the quarantine area
this morning. The travel from Hong Kong
went okay. My father has just arrived and
he will oversee the preparation from hereon
but it s so far, so good," he said.
Military Attack was sent off as favourite
for the Group One Hong Kong Cup in
December but could only finish fourth
behind Akeed Mofeed who has also made
the journey to the UAE.
Red Cadeaux was runner-up 12 months
ago and Ed Dunlop s globetrotting star
has delighted his regular travelling com-
panion, travelling head man Robin Trevor-
Jones, who revealed: "He worked on Sat-
urday and then had an easy day yesterday.
He had a normal canter this morning and
is his usual self - he is very happy in him-
self and he loves this surface. He has been
doing 12-second furlongs (200m) for fun
and does love the ground."
Sky Bet York Stakes winner Mukhadram
and Royal Ascot winner Hillstar are other
possibles while Godolphin have African
Story, Cat O Mountain and Vancouverite
still left in.
Japan won the Dubai World Cup with
Victoire Pisa in 2011 and Belshazzar and
Hokko Tarumae could attempt to follow
in his steps.
Meanwhile connections are delighted
with the preparation of Mount Athos ahead
of the Dubai Sheema Classic.
The seven-year-old is an experienced
traveller having contested two renewals
of the Melbourne Cup as well as running
in Hong Kong and Japan and he has already
had one race in Dubai ahead of this week-
end s Group One contest.
New trainer Marco Botti opted to give
the Montjeu gelding a prep race and his
wife, Lucie, told www.dubairacinclub.com
that she was pleased with his third place,
beaten just half a length, in the Group
Two Dubai City of Gold.
"He pleased us with his run on Super
Saturday," she said. "It was very much a
prep race for the Sheema Classic. He need-
ed the race and it was his first start for
us. We are still learning about him but
Jamie Spencer was very happy with him."
Mount Athos is one of 15 runners
remaining in contention for the mile and
a half contest on the turf track and they
include last year s runner-up, the brilliant
Japanese mare Gentildonna.
She disappointed on her seasonal reap-
pearance but is in good form according to
her assistant trainer, Taihei Inoue, who
commented "last year when she worked
on turf for the first time at Meydan, she
was shying at the markers which kept her
on the outside rail. But this time, she got
used to them and cantered smoothly. She
was settled and keeps her good condi-
Other possibles include French veterans
Cirrus Des Aigles and Dunaden while
Aidan O Brien could run Festive Cheer
Former Ballydoyle inmate Mars could
represent Mike de Kock while Godolphin s
sole entry is the Saeed bin Suroor-trained
3-20--- 10.30 am
22-15--- 6.30 pm
32-2--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01CENTIPEDE 2 0 0 2
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 6
15 SICK WOMAN 1
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 2 1 7
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 0 3 1 4
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to March 24
21 (Mouth) 10.30 am
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
11 (Corbeau) 1 pm
8 (Tiger) --- 10.30 am
26 (Fowl) --- 6.30 pm
Richard Fahey is confident Gabrial s Kaka is ready
to take his game to another level this season ahead
of his tilt at the William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster
The Dr Marwan Koukash-owned four-year-old
won just once from eight appearances last term, but
ran arguably his best race in defeat on his final start,
finishing runner-up behind John Gosden s subsequent
Hollywood Derby hero Seek Again at York.
The son of Jeremy is set to be joined in this week-
end s traditional Flat season curtain-raiser by stable
companion Hi There, but Brae Hill appears unlikely
to make the cut, despite winning the race two years
ago and being placed in 2011 and 2013.
After working and parading his trio in front of the
press on a William Hill-organised Flat season launch
morning, Fahey said: "Realistically, when you re tar-
geting a horse at the Lincoln, the preparation begins
early in the year and then you just have to wait and
see what the ground is like.
"Gabrial s Kaka is in great order and hopefully he ll
run a big race.
"He has the right sort of profile for the race as
four-year-old and hopefully he s still improving.
"He ll need to have improved to win it, running
off a mark of 95, but we think he has and we re very
happy with him at the moment.
"Hi There is probably more of a mile-and-a-
quarter horse and wants soft ground.
"It doesn t look like we re going to get that now,
but he s fit and well and ready to take his chance.
"The fact Brae Hill doesn t look like getting in
shows you how high the standard of the race is now."
The Fahey-trained trio are among 79 horses to
have stood their ground at the confirmation stage,
with 19 horses being withdrawn.
of Gabrial's Kaka
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