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Irondale Express is strongly-fancied to
finally gain reward for consistency in the
Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of good
to firm Catterick today and it will be
immensely disappointing, not to mention
costly, if he doesn t!
Every dog has its day is a well-known
saying and though his owners would never
agree to such an uncomplimentary description
of their pride and joy punters are less sym-
pathetic; Irondale Express has continually
failed to deliver but eventually water finds
Obviously investing in failure is a quick
way to the poor house but I ve often found
it rewarding to monitor such consistent sorts,
after all they are usually beating a lot more
than beat them; also bookmakers invariably
take a chance in the belief that such a golden
egg will never be laid.
On the time-handicap, form or whatever
way you analyse a race, there is absolutely
no rival capable of extending Irondale Express
on this occasion, never mind beating my
As usual I ve spent plenty of time scru-
tinising two other flat-racing cards and a
jumping programme at Uttoxeter where Yasir
gets his chance in the opening Selling Hurdle
over two and a half miles; should win, by
Yasir seems to spend more time on horse-
boxes than in his stable, costly game is own-
ership due to cost of entries, travelling and
continually losing; every now and then how-
ever this redoubtable six-year-old hits form
and pays his way, offsetting those long, losing
runs. He s raced 36 times, winning four but
has reached the frame seventeen times includ-
ing the victories.
Yasir is obviously a fun horse but one
the fun must be wearing thin, otherwise why
would he be in a seller?
John Gosden s yard continues to fire, he s
after another championship and Clear Mind
could well provide another notch in the Maid-
en Stakes over twelve furlongs of Lingfield
polytrack; don t oppose.
Joe Fanning produced a typically well
executed front-running ride to help talented
hurdler Stopped Out break his duck on the
Flat in the 129th Year Of The Watt Memorial
Handicap at Beverley yesterday.
Seven victories over timber, including
lucrative triumphs at Sandown and Bangor
last year, have helped Phil Kirby s grey achieve
a lofty rating of 142 over the smaller obstacles,
but in five previous attempts on the level he
had drawn a blank.
Sent off at 8/1 after failing to make an
impact over a shorter trip at York last month,
Stopped Out was soon bowling along merrily
at the head of affairs in this two-mile assign-
ment and as usual, Fanning got his fractions
Challengers were queuing up to have a
pop at the nine-year-old once straightened
up for home, but having had a breather,
Stopped Out kept up the gallop to hold the
late run of Almagest by a neck.
Kirby said: "Joe gave him a great ride. The
ground was probably a bit quicker than he
wanted ideally, but he got away with it.
"I have to say I was surprised they gave
him such an easy time out in front consid-
ering he obviously stays well and has won
over £50,000 over hurdles, but I m not com-
"He got his own way, he enjoyed himself
and things worked out ideally, so we re
delighted with him.
"We ll probably play around on the Flat
with him now, but he s a horse who could
go chasing in the autumn.
"His hurdle mark is probably at it s max-
imum at this stage, so going over fences
could be the right way to go with him."
Course specialist Mey Blossom (5/1) opened
her account for the year in the first division
of the 100% Racing UK Profits Returned To
Given plenty of time to find her feet by
top apprentice Connor Beasley, Richard
Whitaker s veteran mare got rolling in the
last of five furlongs and edged out Lucky
Mark by half a length, with favourite Hazard
Warning just a neck away in third.
Whitaker said: "I think that s her fourth
win at Beverley, so she obviously likes the
place and it s her 10th win overall.
"She s pretty well handicapped on her old
form, but you don t know whether they re
still firing or not until they go racing. It s a
bit like myself, I m not sure if I m still firing
"She s obviously got plenty of life in in
her yet, she s entered at Beverley again on
Monday and she might just turn up."
Division two went to Scott Dixon s 10/1
shot Pearl Noir, ridden by Matthew Hop-
Kimbali secured his second successive win
since joining locally based Declan Carroll in
the Sandra Evison Memorial Handicap.
Snapped up for £6,000 after winning a
Leicester claimer for David Evans in June,
the five-year-old made a winning debut for
new connections in selling company at Bev-
erley little over a week ago and was a 9-1
shot stepped up in class.
Given a confident ride by Luke Leadbitter,
Kimbali came through to beat Mishaal by
half a length.
"It was his owner Sarah Bryan who claimed
him at Leicester, so she takes the credit for
that," said Carroll.
"Luke obviously get a good tune out of
him and it s worked out well today, so it s
great he s followed up.
"He s not entered anywhere at this stage,
so we ll get him home and see where we go."
Gerry The Glover got favourite backers
off to a flyer when obliging as the 6/4 mar-
ket-leader in the opening Racing UK Profits
All Returned To Racing Maiden Auction
Trainer Brian Ellison told Racing UK: "He s
a tall, lanky horse and he doesn t actually
look a two-year-old. He s got a good family,
he s tough and hardy and he ll only improve.
"He did well from a bad draw and Tom
said there was plenty left."
Trainer Tracy Waggott completed a double
with Border Bandit (5/1) landing the irish-
bigracetrends.com Handicap and Valantino
Oyster (8/1) surging clear in the Dorothy
Laird Memorial Trophy.
Rae Guest s Archduchess was a 12/1 winner
of the KCOM Group Handicap under Silvestre
Mukhadram possible for Ascot
Coral-Eclipse hero Mukhadram appears increasingly
likely to test the water at a mile and a half for the
first time in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth
Stakes at Ascot on Saturday week.
The William Haggas-trained five-year-old clinched
his first Group One victory under a brilliantly judged
ride from Paul Hanagan at Sandown earlier in the
month and while no final decision has been made, the
King George is his most likely next objective.
Angus Gold, racing manager for owner Sheikh
Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: "It will be Sheikh Ham-
dan's decision and it comes down to whether we
"William has always been keen to try him over a
mile and a half, so we'll see.
"He'll certainly be left in the King George and I
would say at this stage it is more likely than not that
he will run there."
Ponfeigh in Meld frame
Ponfeigh, who finished fourth in the Dubai Duty
Free Irish Derby, could have his sights lowered in Sun-
day's Meld Stakes at the Curragh.
John Oxx has left the lightly-raced colt in the ten-
furlong Group Three at the five-day stage after he
collected some decent prize money when fourth of
five behind Australia in last month's Classic.
Oxx also has Qewy among the 12 possibles while
Aidan O'Brien can choose from Newmarket July
meeting winner Table Rock, Festive Cheer and Palace.
Festive Cheer was one of two supplementary en-
tries along with Paul Deegan's Prince Of All.
Dermot Weld is double-handed with Afternoon
Sunlight and Edelmira with Parish Hall, Manalapan,
Alive Alive Oh and Magnolia Beach completing the
Alive Alive Oh, Afternoon Sunlight and Palace have
also been left in the Group Two Kilboy Estate Stakes
on the same card.
Lady Gemini aimed at Lowther
Lady Gemini is set to return to York for the Pinsent
Masons Lowther Stakes next month following her
fine effort on the Knavesmire on Saturday.
The filly has earned a crack at the Group Two after
she put up a good performance to finish second be-
hind Kevin Ryan's highly-rated newcomer Flaming
"She'll go for the Lowther now. We were pleased
with her on Saturday," Paul Blockley, partner and as-
sistant to trainer Jo Hughes, told At The Races.
"The horse of Kevin Ryan's that beat us is in the
Gimcrack and it was over four lengths back to the
third, so it was a good run."
Gordon likely for Galileo
Red Galileo could try to back up his creditable effort
in the Investec Derby with a run in the Gordon Stakes
at Glorious Goodwood.
The Ed Dunlop-trained colt belied his odds of 100-1
at Epsom when finishing fifth in the Premier Classic
in the hands of crack apprentice Oisin Murphy, nine-
and-a-half lengths behind the impressive winner Aus-
He is on course for a return to action, with the
Group Three Neptune Investment Management Gor-
don Stakes on July 30 the likely option for connec-
"He's doing fine. As for possible plans, it could be
the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood," said Dunlop.
"He ran very well in the Derby and Oisin (Murphy)
gave him a good ride. He's in the Prix Eugene Adam
(at Maisons-Laffitte on Sunday) but I think we'll be
going to the Gordon Stakes.
"He's in the Great Voltigeur (at York next month),
but I think the Gordon Stakes is where he'll be going
10.00 Irondale Express
12.40 Clear Mind
Go with Clear Mind
Fanning strikes on Stopped Out
13-19--- 10.30 pm
13-35--- 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 5
05 PARSON MAN 8
15 SICK WOMAN 2
18 WATER BOAT 5
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 15
4 (Dead Man) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
34 (Blind Man)
2 (Old Lady) 1 pm
2 (Old Lady)---10.30 am
35 (Big Snake) --- 1 pm
6 (Belly) --- 6.30 pm
15 (Sick Woman) 10.30 am
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