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Halation ticks enough boxes for a serious
wager in the Maiden Stakes over a mile of
'good' Redcar ground today, one of four
flat meetings with a jumping programme
at Towcester running in tandem with after-
Nowadays punters are overwhelmed, con-
tinually, and gone is the wonderful era when
we actually looked at the fixture lists and
spotted 'days off' and organised them
accordingly with preparation; by virtue of
'specialisation' and only three bets in my
'daily patent' punters have an opportunity
to 'smell the roses' and enjoy life. All other
racing is just data which, of course, is used
I've been 'giving' (to readers!) all my racing
'forever' and for the past twenty-five years
have never had a day off, being a freelance
and needing to work.
It's imperative I'm successful otherwise
there's no dinner on the plate; not for yours
truly the 'swanning' life style of (too) many
racing journalists who consistently fail
because they don't realise 'the harder you
work, the luckier you become.
With a guaranteed wage (until they are
'sussed' out!) why would they concern them-
selves with those who make their lives com-
Down the years several have 'lost' such
jobs due to complacency, fortunately one
has recognised this is the toughest game in
the world and that the only animal to have
a chance in a 'Lion's den' is a lion!
Incidentally Frankie Dettori rode his 200th
group one success when scoring aboard
Olympic Glory at Newbury but sadly, and
yet entirely predictably, there will be no
more flying dismounts; apparently he's dam-
aged the ankle which was broken last year
by effecting a few 'FD's' earlier this season.
As one mentioned at the time 'there's a
fine line between vanity and stupidity!' and
a person needn't be as old as myself to
Halation is one of three tasty propositions
worth sampling, Kleo and Swift Cedar make
up the 'DP!'
Once-raced Kleo caught the eye third in
that fast-run race won by Munaasah recently
and makes strong appeal in the Maiden Fil-
lies' Stakes over a mile at Windsor.
Swift Cedar should prove totally 'different
gravy' in the mile Selling Stakes at Leicester
but why would they want to risk losing a
Mine is not to wonder, just select and
2.45 Swift Cedar
Halation ticks all boxes
California Chrome heads to New York
Leading Light made a successful reappearance
when running out a workmanlike winner of the
Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan.
The Ladbrokes St Leger hero was running for
the first time since finishing down the field in the
Arc at Longchamp in October and took closer order
behind the front-running Royal Diamond with a
half a mile to run.
With the latter sticking to the far rail, Joseph
O'Brien's mount came down the middle in company
with Pale Mimosa, and the even-money favourite
loomed large two furlongs out.
When asked Leading Light responded sweetly
and went nicely clear in the final 200 yards to win
with three lengths in hand from Royal Diamond,
who kept on well to take second.
Winning trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "You'd have
to be very happy with him, you couldn't be happier
really. I was very happy with him at home, he's a
lot stronger and was doing all the right things. He
had the penalty there for his first run and it was
a proper run race.
"We haven't seen the bottom of him yet, at the
end of two miles at Ascot last year (Queen's Vase)
he didn't seem to be stopping so we will look
forward to that (Gold Cup) and he could run in the
Saval Beg before that.
Sky Bet cut the winner to 2/1 for the Royal Ascot
contest, spokesman Michael Shinners saying: "This
has been the race Aidan O'Brien has targeted with
his Gold Cup horses and the 2014 winners looks
a huge player next month."
O'Brien doubled up when Leading Light's full-
brother John Constable (5-4 favourite) stayed on
strongly in the Excelebration Maiden.
The three-year-old was getting off the mark at
the sixth time of asking, beating Karezak by three-
quarters of a length.
Like his brother last year, he could be aimed at
the Queen's Vase at the Royal meeting.
Long Run flops in France
Long Run was well beaten as Storm Of Saintly
got up in the dying strides to claim victory in the
Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at Auteuil.
Winner of the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup as
well as claiming successive renewals of the King
George VI Chase at Kempton, Long Run was making
his first appearance in his homeland since winning
a Grade One chase at the Paris track in November
Despite being ever-present in the saddle aboard
the nine-year-old since he joined Nicky Henderson
four and a half years ago, Sam Waley-Cohen was
unable to ride in the colours of his father, Robert,
as the contest was part of the popular 'Quinte' bet
and French rules do not allow amateurs to ride in
With Ruby Walsh getting the leg up for the first
time, 4-1 joint-favourite Long Run was positioned
on the heels of the leaders from the outset and
jumped well for much of the three-mile-six-furlong
However, he began to lose his position heading
down the back straight and although Walsh did his
best to keep his mount in contention, he faded
tamely before the home turn and finished tailed
off.Shannon Rock moved sweetly towards the front
between the final two fences and claimed the leader
Rhialco on the run to the line.
However, he was in front for only a few seconds
as Vincent Cheminaud conjured a late rattle from
the Guillaume Macaire-trained Storm Of Saintly,
the other 4-1 joint-favourite, and got up on the
line, meaning Shannon Rock was narrowly denied
for the third year running.
BELMONT---Triple Crown hopeful Cal-
ifornia Chrome is set to arrive in New York
tomorrow morning to prepare for the 146th
running of the Grade 1, US$1.5 million Bel-
mont Stakes on June 7 as he bids to become
the first horse in 36 years to sweep the
Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.
The handsome chestnut colt emerged
from Saturday's victory at Pimlico Race
Course in good order, said trainer Art Sher-
man, and likely would have one work at Bel-
mont Park in the three-week interim between
the Preakness and the 1 ½-mile "Test of
Beginning with Sir Barton in 1919, only
11 horses have swept the series, with Affirmed
in 1978 the most recent. Since then, 12 horses
have won the Derby and Preakness but none
have won the Belmont.
Sherman said he thought the California-
bred California Chrome, winner of six
straight races, was up to the task.
"I have a good feeling about it," he said
Sunday morning. "I'm really confident going
into this race. After watching him run yes-
terday with two weeks in between the Derby
and Preakness and showing the courage that
he had, they better have their running shoes
"I don't care how many fresh shooters
they've got there; he's the real McCoy."
The 77-year-old trainer said that he will
return to Los Alamitos and that his son and
assistant, Alan, would remain with California
Chrome when he departs Pimlico at 6 a.m.
Tuesday for Belmont Park. Sherman said
he planned on returning to New York the
week before the Belmont.
"I've always loved New York; of course,
I was born in Brooklyn," he said. "It's like
coming back. I won't know how the horse
will like it until we get to training him over
it, but he's run at five different tracks already,
so I don't think [he] has to take his track
Joining California Chrome on the van will
be Preakness runner-up Ride On Curlin,
also bound for the Belmont Stakes.
"I thought he ran huge," said trainer Billy
Gowan said. "He trained great all week and
he ran just like I thought he would, if you
want to know the truth. [Joel Rosario] gave
him a great ride. At the eighth-pole I thought,
heck, we might have a shot. But you have
to give a lot of credit to (California Chrome).
He doesn't ever quit. Ours didn't either;
he just couldn't get to him."
Another Preakness starter under consid-
eration for the Belmont is third-place finisher
Social Inclusion, who is scheduled to arrive
in New York on Friday. General A Rod (4th),
Ring Weekend (5th) and Kid Cruz (8th) are
Rounding out the Belmont probables are
Commanding Curve, Danza, Wicked Strong,
and Samraat, the second, third, fourth and
fifth-place finishers from the Derby; along
with Tonalist and Commissioner, who were
first and second, respectively, in the Grade
2 Peter Pan at Belmont, and Intense Holiday,
who was 12th in the Derby.
"It looks like it might be a full field, and
we'll have some horses who ran in the Derby
who decided to wait for the Belmont and
some who ran in both the Derby and the
Preakness," said Rick Violette, trainer of
"It should be a solid field, and it won't
be a layup for anybody."
Todd Pletcher, a two-time Belmont
Stakes-winning trainer, including the 2013
edition with Palace Malice, will be repre-
sented by the trio of Danza, Commissioner
and Intense Holiday.
"It looks like it could be a tough one,"
said Pletcher, who also won the 2007 Bel-
mont with the filly Rags to Riches.
2-7--- 10.30 pm
13-1--- 6.30 pm
2, 12, 11, 16, 20
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 5
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 4
05 PARSON MAN 8
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 1 7 2 10
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to May 17
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
31 (Parson Wife)
35 (Big Snake) 1 pm
1 (Centipede) --- 10.30 am
17 (Pigeon) --- 6.30 pm
14 (Money) 10.30 am
shines at Navan
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