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Sunset Sail is expected to supply the
obligatory Richard Hannon Monday-
nighter winner at Windsor where this
twice-raced Arcano colt faces eight-rivals
in the Maiden 2-y-o Stakes over five fur-
On the time-handicap Sunset Sail comes
out best of three with form but Charles
Hills-trained Latch Onto Blue is no slouch
as he proved on debut last month, finishing
a close fourth to Natural Order and sub-
sequent winner Union Rose.
Any of several well-bred types could
aspire but I m ruled by the clock and sug-
gest Sunset Sail will be good enough to
go one better and justify favouritism under
champion jockey Richard Hughes in an
Kleo justifies support in the Maiden
Stakes over ten furlongs and is napped!
Luca Cumani c charge has been appren-
tice-ridden in both races, shaping well
and now James Doyle is booked which
means Kleo should have plenty in hand.
Dominic Cork will be all the rage to rout
opposition in the five-runner Maiden 2-
y-o Stakes over five furlongs of good
ground Nottingham but I m just wary of
Rae Guest-trained newcomer Gleneely
Twice-raced Dominic Cork, named after
the former England Test cricketer, definitely
has the form to make it third time lucky,
on the strength of his promising third to
Elusive Epona in a similar race at Mus-
selburgh last month, but the word for
the only newcomer has to be factored into
Guesty is such a shrewd operator and
like the old fashioned trainers who operate
on a relative shoe-string never wastes a
Price-wise I d want 6/4 about Dominic
Cork to be tempted but the forecast saver
will figure if this Zebedee colt is priced
The rematch between the English and Irish 2000
Guineas winners, Night Of Thunder and Kingman,
is all set for tomorrow s St James s Palace Stakes.
It will be the third time the pair have met this
season with John Gosden s Kingman winning the
Greenham at Newbury while Richard Hannon s Night
Of Thunder turned the tables in the Classic at New-
Since then Kingman has been over to the Curragh
to win his own Classic and he is favoured by the
bookmakers to come out on top once more.
It is far from a two-horse race, however, with
Hannon s champion juvenile from last year, Toormore,
looking to make up for a below-par run in the Guineas
at Newmarket having already won the Craven Stakes
in which he beat subsequent Dante and French Derby
winner The Grey Gatsby.
Aidan O Brien s War Command also disappointed
in the Guineas and was pulled out late at the Curragh
because the ground had gone soft.
He should have no excuses on that front on Tues-
day as the weather is set fair and he returns to the
scene of his Coventry Stakes success where he
spreadeagled the opposition.
Godolphin s Breeders Cup winner Outstrip is not
a no-hoper and Paul Deegan s Prince Of All is also
an improving colt.
The field is completed by William Haggas unex-
Meanwhile, Toronado leads the way for Hannon
in the opening race of Royal Ascot as one of 10
horses declared in the Queen Anne Stakes.
Hannon expectedly withdrew several of the other
prominent members of his stable, Olympic Glory
and Sky Lantern but still saddles two runners as he
also has Producer.
Toronado, the mount of Richard Hughes, lost a
thrilling battle with Dawn Approach in last year s
St James s Palace Stakes on the card before taking
revenge in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood but was
disappointing in his final outing in the Juddmonte
International over ten furlongs.
His main rival will be the Aidan O Brien-trained
Verrazano, who showed promise on his European
debut when third in the Lockinge at Newbury, and
his trainer has not declared Magician, who is likely
to wait for the Prince of Wales s later in the week.
Lockinge runner-up Tullius is also in the field
along with Freddy Head s interesting French raider
Anodin who was supplemented and smart South
African runner Soft Falling Rain.
Ansgar, Glory Awaits, Mull Of Killough and Side
Glance complete the line-up.
Major players Hot Streak, Shea Shea and Sole
Power are all among the 17 final declarations for the
King s Stand Stakes.
As expected, Olivier Peslier steps in for the ride
aboard Pearl Secret, who clashes with Hot Streak
for the third time this season, after Richard Hughes
opted instead to partner last year s winner Sole
Power---indeed the first four home in last year s race
all line up again.
Mike de Kock s Shea Shea, the runner-up, is back
again with Christophe Soumillon in the plate, while
third Pearl Secret and Jack Dexter fourth are also
back in the line-up.
The favourite, however, is Kevin Ryan s three-
year-old Hot Streak, an impressive winner of the
Temple Stakes under Oisin Murphy last time out.
Jamie Spencer was riding in Ireland that day but
takes over once more in his role as retained jockey
for Qatar Racing Limited.
Adding to the international flavour of the race is
American raider Ancil, trained by Joan Scott.
James Doyle was a surprise booking on Ancil, who
arrived in Newmarket late last week but looks up
against it on recent form.
Adrian Beaumont of the International Racing
Bureau tweeted: "Joel Rosario having visa issues so
delighted to be able to book [Doyle]. Lucky to get
Avenir Certain completed a French
Classic double when swooping wide and
late in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly. In
what had looked an open but solid renew-
al of the race, Jean-Claude Rouget s
unbeaten filly was an obvious leading
player if getting the trip after her impres-
sive victory in the Guineas at Longchamp
five weeks earlier.
With the Newmarket 1000 Guineas win-
ner Miss France failing to find much room
on the inside of the field and the high-
ly-touted favourite Shamkala disappointing
on ground that might have been too quick
for her, Gregory Benoist flew past the field
in the closing stages ahead of surprise
package grey Amour A Papa, who had
been comfortably held by Shamkala on
her previous start.
It is not infrequent for horses to win
both races and Avenir Certain joins some
illustrious names like Golden Lilac, Divine
Proportions and the great Zarkava.
Miss France s expected pacesetter Local
Hero bustled past Bawina to lead them
along, but the latter was still in a bold
position to aim for glory at the top of the
Maxime Guyon and the Andre Fabre-
trained Miss France was also angled into
position but simply could not get out when
he wanted and she was quickly swamped
by the pack.
An emotional Rouget said: "People don t
realise how hard it is to get the horse right
on the day and to prepare them for these
"We thought she was a bit special but
it was a high-class field, but Gregory rode
"I had only given him one bit of advice
and that was not to panic, and he didn t.
"She seemed quite far back when they
came into the final straight, but I could
see that she was going well and really
relaxed and Gregory got her going at the
"She made me think a little bit of Zarka-
va. Avenir Certain won the Poule d Essai
des Pouliches in soft ground and she won
this on good ground, so she is quite
straightforward. I don t really want to make
a decision about her autumn program yet.
"Naturally, every trainer thinks about
the Arc but I m not sure it is the right
race for her. I think she might stay, but,
as I said, we shall see how things go. How-
ever, right now she is going to have a well-
Benoist added: "I had a really good run
through. Amour A Papa took me a long
way and I didn t panic as I knew she could
come from behind. "She proved that she
is really an exceptional filly.
"I m delighted that the owner entrusted
me with this ride once more and that she
proved she is a real class act."
27-18--- 10.30 pm
25-3--- 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 4 1 9
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 June 14
27 22 6.30 pm
10 (Monkey) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
31 (Parson Wife)
4 (Dead Man) 1 pm
16 (Jammette) --- 10.30 am
11 (Corbeau) --- 6.30 pm
22 (Rat) 10.30 am
Night of Thunder,
Kingman in rematch
Sunset Sail is clear best
Certain winner of French Oaks
2.20 Dominic Cork
2.35 Sunset Sail
4.35 Kleo (nap).
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