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Commander Patten to run the rule over
seven rivals in the Maiden Auction Stakes
at Lingfield today; six furlongs on polytrack
should be ideal for Alan Bailey s charge,
10th of 24, (beaten about eight lengths!)
in the Windsor Castle over the minimum
trip at Royal Ascot last month.
Prior to that we napped Commander Pat-
ten at Newmarket on the back of a promising
debut but this Clodovil colt found Peacock
just too strong; behind were subsequent
winners, Epiphet and Richard Pankhurst,
an impressive Royal winner!
HQ maidens are tough but had Com-
mander Patten achieved his last time-hand-
icap mark it would have been a procession
on the July course; perhaps five furlongs
will eventually suit him better but the trip
shouldn t be at issue this time on a track
that s all about speed.
Although drawn wide Commander Patten
can t be opposed and with our champion
all-weather jockey, Adam winning machine
Kirby, aboard this should be a banker for
daily patent clients.
This bet is lethal, arguably the most enjoy-
able around with a maximum of seven bets
(less if the singles odds are lower than 2/1)
which caters for the professionally-minded
punters constantly overwhelmed by wall-
Short-priced winners are better than
long-priced losers and though there are
often days when it s not possible to find
good-priced selections they wont be missed
if and whenever they pop up; 14/1 chance
Mukhadram, trained by in-form William
Haggas, was a classic example last Satur-
Kirby has also been booked by Haggas
for Well Painted in the Selling Stakes over
ten furlongs; this should represent a penal-
ty-kick without a goalie and at good to
firm Catterick there isn t the semblance of
a serious danger to Sir Michael Stoute-
trained Rocket Ship in the Maiden Stakes
over twelve furlongs, even though it s getting
late in the year to be getting involved with
second season maidens; why haven t they
won by now?
If there are any up-dates they will be
posted and don t hesitate to click onto
www.dailyearner.co.uk at noon.
10.20 Commander Patten
10.50 Well Painted
11.00 Rocket Ship
Make sure it's Well Painted
Zain Eagle flying for John Smith Cup
French Derby winner The Grey Gatsby is on
course for a return trip across the Channel for
Saturday's Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.
Kevin Ryan's colt will be tackling an extra
couple of furlongs on this occasion, but has
impressed since stepping up from a mile as he
also landed the Dante Stakes at York.
"He had a little break at the National Stud after
his last run but he got fresh very quickly," Ryan
told At The Races.
"We decided it was a long time between his
last run and the Juddmonte at York. He was in
this race and it will answer some questions if he
stays a mile and a half or not.
"He wouldn't want extreme conditions so we'll
keep an eye on the forecast, and he won't leave
until Thursday anyway."
Among The Grey Gatsby's 13 possible rivals are
Prince Gibraltar, a big fancy for the French Derby
who finished far too late and took third.
Aidan O'Brien has Mekong River and Carlo
Bugatti engaged while the other possible British
challenger is John Gosden's Marzocco.
The Tullow Tank
to go chasing
Leading owner Barry Connell is looking forward
to seeing The Tullow Tank embark on a career
over fences later this year following the dual
Grade One-winning hurdler's switch from Philip
Fenton to Dessie Hughes.
The six-year-old won the Royal Bond Novice
Hurdle at Fairyhouse and the Future Champions
Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown in the first half of
last season and was last seen chasing home
subsequent Cheltenham and Punchestown hero
Vautour at Leopardstown in February.
Connell made the difficult decision to rule his
star novice out of the Cheltenham Festival and
subsequently the rest of the season after
charges were brought against Fenton relating to
treatments and medicines allegedly found at his
yard in January 2012.
And with the case set to drag on until at least
September, he has decided to move his prized
asset to a new trainer.
Hughes trained Our Conor for Connell last year
until the talented hurdler suffered a fatal injury in
the Champion Hurdle.
Connell said: "The Tullow Tank is up in Dessie's
place and is just back in work.
"We're having a good summer and with the
grass being so good, you don't want to leave
them out in the field for too long and let them
get too big."
Arab Spring for
Princess of Wales
Arab Spring takes his next jump in class by
joining Sir Michael Stoute-trained stablemate
Hillstar among the eight declared runners in
tomorrow's's Princess of Wales's boylesports.
The late-developing four-year-old has won
each of his starts this season and moves out of
handicaps after an impressive victory in the Duke
Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Stoute has won this Group Two event an
incredible nine times already and Arab Spring
could end up in one of the autumn's prestige
events if he continues his progress.
Hillstar, who was ruled out of last weekend's
Coral-Eclipse due to the ground, chased home
another Stoute star, Telescope, in the Hardwicke
Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Robert Cowell is looking forward to run-
ning Zain Eagle in Saturday s John Smith s
Cup at York after he impressed in his recent
Cowell, based just outside Newmarket at
Six Mile Bottom, is also planning to saddle
a former Coolmore Nunthorpe winner and
Knavesmire favourite, Kingsgate Native, in
the Listed sprint on the day, the John Smith s
City Wall Stakes.
He confirmed: "Both Zain Eagle and
Kingsgate Native look like they will definitely
run provided the ground stays on the fast
Zain Eagle is a smart performer, rated 95,
and last year won a hot handicap at Don-
caster s St Leger meeting. The four-year-
old has since joined Cowell s string and
made a promising seasonal reappearance
when fourth of 11 at Kempton over a mile
and three furlongs. He showed up well on
that occasion before flattening out over a
trip that his trainer feels probably stretched
Cowell said: "Kempton really was a blow-
away-the-cobwebs. It was a mile and
three...probably a tad too far for him. A
mile and a quarter is about his trip. But he
led all the way down to the furlong pole."
"He has come on for that a lot and has
been waiting for the ground, really. We were
going to run at Newmarket last week, but
unfortunately they had a lot of rain. He
really is in super condition. His last piece
of work was very, very good and he rep-
resents a good opportunity for us."
"I don t have many horses that can work
with him because he is quick but he is
relentless -- a relentless galloper. He doesn t
have many miles on the clock and he is a
pretty professional type of horse. Whether
he is where he needs to be in the handicap,
we ll see."
"To win a race like (the John Smith s Cup),
you need to be well handicapped or a very
good horse. Let s hope he is either or both."
John Quinn s Tahira could also take her
chance in the line-up.
She has not been blessed with the best
of fortune in both her starts so far this cam-
paign but connections of the filly report the
German import to be approaching prime
"She seems to be coming to the boil nicely
and we re looking forward to running her,"
Quinn s son and assistant Sean told At The
"She was unlucky last time at the
Knavesmire (when seventh to Clever Cookie).
She didn t get the best of runs at Chester
either (when second to Running Deer).
"She hasn t enjoyed the best of luck, but
I ve no doubt she s filly that will win a big
race at some stage."
Cowell s other charge Kingsgate Native
ran a good race to finish second to Extor-
tionist in a Group 3 over five furlongs at
Sandown on Saturday. The 2007 Coolmore
Nunthorpe hero is set for a swift return to
action with the John Smith s City Walls
Stakes on his agenda.
Cowell said: "Kingsgate Native showed
he is great condition, having finished second
the other day at Sandown."
"He is still a fresh horse this year and I
can see him running a real good race (at
York). He likes the course and was a good
fifth in the Nunthorpe last year.
"He is dropping down to a Listed race,
which is the first time he s done that for a
long time, so he should be one of the
favourites I would have thought."
Meanwhile, Audacia thrived in the rain-
softened conditions to take the honours in
the Listed Weatherbys VAT Services Pipalong
Stakes at Pontefract yesterday.
Heavy and thundery showers that began
just before racing soon turned the ground
to soft from good, good to firm in places
to help the cause of the Hugo Palmer-trained
Amulet, Stellar Express and Masarah
ensured a proper gallop in the atrocious
conditions until giving way two furlongs
out, at which Dutch Rose made an audacious
bid for home.
She made a brave move to the front but
had no answer to the late thrust of Audacia
(12/1), who got on top inside the final furlong
to win by a length, with Vanity Rules putting
in solid late work to be just half a length
away in third.
33-25--- 10.30 pm
2-31--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 7
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 4
05 PARSON MAN 8
15 SICK WOMAN 1
18 WATER BOAT 4
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 5 5 2 12
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 1 7 3 11
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to July 8
29 (Opium Man) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
31 (Parson Wife)
35 (Blig Snake)
23 (House) 1 pm
6 (Belly) --- 10.30 am
1 (Centipede) --- 6.30 pm
1 8 (Water Boat) 10.30 am
for Paris run
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