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John Gosden s charge worked at New-
market on Friday and evidently sufficiently
impressed connections to book his place
in the Epsom Classic at a cost of £75,000
to his owners.
The King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot
was his alternative target. Australia tops the
list of acceptors and Aidan O Brien s charge
could be joined in the field by stablemates
Geoffrey Chaucer, Kingfisher and Orchestra.
Godolphin have a strong numerical hand
too with True Story, Sudden Wonder and
Pinzolo standing their ground.
Ebanoran and Fascinating Rock, first and
second past the post before the stewards
reversed their placings in a controversial
Derrinstown Stud Trial at Leopardstown,
are on track to renew rivalry with third-
home Geoffrey Chaucer on Saturday.
Speaking at Naas on Monday, Dermot
Weld said of Fascinating Rock: "He is very
well. He did his final piece of work on Sunday
morning and Pat Smullen was very pleased
with him. "He s very sound and very well.
His work is more or less complete now. Pro-
vided everything is OK he s a definite runner.
Whatever way the ground goes he will run."
John Oxx, who was also in winning form
at the County Kildare venue, said of
Ebanoran: "He is in good form - no problems
thank God. Hopefully the next week goes
well and it s so far so good, he s in good
shape. "We ll find out on Saturday how good
"He won his maiden on good ground and
I think he ll go well on fast ground, although
soft doesn t bother him either. We don t
have any issues with ground, not until he
tells us differently anyway." Our Channel
gained an entry when winning the Investec
Derby Trial at Epsom in Apri. His trainer
William Haggas has a 100 per cent record
in the Investec Derby, having scored with
his sole starter Shaamit back in 1996.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Our
Channel s owner Abdulla Al Mansoori, said:
"Silvestre de Sousa will ride Our Channel
who did his final piece of work on Thursday
and William (Haggas) was very happy with
him. "We know he handles the track - there s
no problem there - and we are hoping he
gets the trip. "If we finish in the money, we
will be absolutely delighted. I can t see him
beating the front two favourites but the fact
he handles the track is a huge positive.
"I was second on 150/1 shot Blue Judge
and there were a few good ones behind me.
It s possible in the Derby because horses
who act on the track have a huge advantage.
You might think a horse will act, but, until
you try, you never know."
Arod, second to subsequent French Derby
hero The Grey Gatsby in the Betfred Dante
at York, is set to represent Qatar Racing and
Impulsive Moment, Kingston Hill, Red
Galileo, Snow Sky and Western Hymn com-
plete the field.
Romsdal set for
Walcott eases clear with triple at Northlands
Trainer Ed Dunlop hopes Amazing Maria can
lead a revival for his virus-hit Newmarket stable
if she goes in the Oaks next week.
The three-year-old was one of a number of
horses laid low by an illness in April which set back
Dunlop s start to the season. "We re way off the
pace. A lot of horses haven t run this year," he said.
"It s like the start of the season. We ll catch up.
We re pleased to be over it and hope they keep
Recent Oaks winners Amazing Maria, rated at
25-1 for the Oaks, has not ran since winning the
Group Three Whiteley Clinic Prestige Stakes at
Goodwood in August, her second success from
The Sir Robert Ogden-owned filly has been
entered into the 12-furlong Classic at Epsom on 6
June, with Frankie Detorri riding.
"This filly is class. She won a group race impres-
sively as a two-year old," said Dunlop, who has
won the Oaks previously with Snow Fairy and Ouija
Board. "Everyone has forgotten about her because
she hasn t been seen for some time. If it keeps
raining it won t do her any harm."
Dunlop hopes that a win and two runners-up
finishes this week is a sign that the illness that ran
through his yard has subsided. "It s been a month
since it first materialised. Some of the lesser lights
started to run very badly and sadly were found to
have bugs with dirty throats," he said. "We don t
know what caused it. But thankfully we had a win-
ner so we know the horses are better."
Warwick Racecourse loses 4
flat fixtures after horse dies
The Jockey Club has transferred four flat fixtures
from Warwick Racecourse after a horse died at
the track last Tuesday. Artful Lady fell approaching
the three-furlong marker of a six-furlong handicap
and had to be put down.
The fixtures on 16 June and 10 July have switched
to Nottingham, while those scheduled for 26 June
and 2 September will take place at Carlisle.
Warwick will stage its 4 July and 25 August fix-
tures on a realigned course. The Jockey Club, which
owns the Warwick track, said it will "review our
long-term options on the flat" at the course. Tues-
day s seven-race card was abandoned after trainers,
jockeys and course stewards inspected the home
bend following Artful Lady s fall.
The affected area was heavily sanded and the
the next race went off 20 minutes late. However,
after further consultation with jockeys, the card
was abandoned. An inquiry found no turf man-
agement issues but officials admitted to a "loss of
confidence" in areas of the track.
Epsom Derby: Toast Of New York
out in favour of Belmont event
Toast Of New York has been withdrawn from
next week s Derby amid fears the ground will not
The son of Thewayyouare had been added to
the Epsom field following his UAE Derby victory
but trainer Jamie Osborne and owner Michael Buck-
ley took the decision after the recent wet weather.
He will instead race the Belmont Derby Invitational
in New York on 5 July.
"It has been a tough decision," Osborne said:
"We want to point him at targets he has a real
chance of winning."
He added: "There was always a bit of a doubt
at the back of our minds about him getting a mile
and a half at this stage of his career and we felt
his best chance of staying was if the ground was
However, that looks highly unlikely now. "There
is a race at Belmont over a mile and a quarter on
the turf that is worth US$1.25m (£740,000) and
we don t really want to waste a run in a race where
we would be a 25-1 outsider."
Rico Walcott landed a triple on Saturday s
nine-race card, as the Barbadian opened
up a healthy gap at the top of the jockeys
standings at Northlands Park. Walcott,
who has dominated the last three seasons
at the western Canada racetrack, captured
race two with 7-1 bet Hyena, race six with
3-1 chance Shady Exchange and the day s
final race aboard favourite Admirable Brew.
Saturday s success took Walcott to 22
wins, five clear of his nearest challenger
Scott Williams. He launched his winning
streak over six furlongs when he piloted the
four-year-old bay filly Hyena to a narrow
victory over the three-year-olds and upward
fillies and mares.
Walcott tracked pacesetter Sophisticated
from second before rallying late in a tight
three-way finish that also involved favourite
First Afleet, to win by a neck. In another
six furlong trip in race six, Walcott again
assumed the role of stalker as Shady
Exchange kept an eye on duelling leaders
Hope Faith Gold and Embankment, from
Once in the stretch, the five-year-old
responded well to Walcott s right-handed
urging to reel in the leaders and reach the
finish by 1-1/2 lengths. Walcott then com-
pleted his triple when he made nearly all
the running with Admirable Brew, to beat
the three-year-old and upward fillies and
mares over six furlongs.
He duelled through the first quarter with
Zippy Request before grabbing the lead
heading into the second turn and driving
the four-year-old chestnut filly to victory
by 2-1/2 lengths.
There were also wins on the day s card
for Barbadian jockeys Quincy Welch and
Desmond Bryan. Welch won race three with
favourite Keith s Dessert while Bryan took
race eight with 3-1 bet Awesome Nugget.
30-30--- 10.30 pm
32-4--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6
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 3 1 8
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 1 7 2 10
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 3
4 (Dead Man)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
34 (Blind Man 1 pm
10 (Monkey) --- 10.30 am
33 (Spider) --- 1 pm
32 (Shrimp) --- 6.30 pm
16 (Jamette) 10.30 am
Romsdal, right, Supplemented for the Investec Derby
Investec Oaks: Ed Dunlop
eyes Classic after stable virus
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