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Muthmir is favourite for the Stewards Cup
Handicap over six furlongs of watered/good to
firm Goodwood this afternoon, fifth and final day
of the Glorious meeting; did you see William Hag-
gas charge storm home with Graham Lee over a
similar distance at York last Saturday?
Breathtaking is best how to describe the way Muth-
mir treated a huge field with scant respect but this
time he a 6lbs penalty and Dane O Neill takes over
from Lee, booked for Ruwaiyan.
O Neill is second jockey for owner Hamdan Al
Maktoum, earlier this week number one Paul Hana-
gan suffered a hairline fracture of an arm and so the
Irishman gets his chance.
Muthmir is drawn two, right by the far rail, veteran
O Neill is a cool customer and wont be hurried until
the closing stages where I m expecting him to appear,
In-form sprint handicappers are the bane of book-
Connection should be worth making in the Maiden
Stakes over seven furlongs, with William Buick!
Early last month twice-raced Dutch Connection
was fancied to land a similar race at Haydock under
William but they hit a brick wall so to speak in the
form of another Hamdan-owned beaut , Faydhan,
making his racecourse debut.
At halfway Dutch Connection went into the lead
at which point all looked well as Faydhan was running
green for Paul Hanagan and seemingly going nowhere
when, suddenly, the penny dropped.
Faydhan took off, passed Dutch Connection 300
yards out, as if he was standing still, and won by six
Third home, beaten just over a length, was Speedy
Move, easy winner at Leicester earlier this week; the
form looks solid as a rock and that s a relief because
initially we all thought Dutch Connection looked
Faydhan is obviously a classic prospect, the time-
handicap mark achieved indicates he s a force to be
reckoned with and you re advised to follow him
closely in the major Autumn races planned by John
Big John must have been born under a profuse
chestnut tree when lucky nuts were handed out;
his father, Towser, was successful but even he would
never have dreamed what his champion trainer son
would achieve. Quite remarkable but he works relent-
lessly to maintain status and punters benefit.
Obviously Dutch Connection will be a target for
two-year-old aficionados like myself on this occasion;
there are quite a few fancied from fashionable stables
but a replication of that last effort will see Dutch
Connection bang on the premises and, significantly,
having been given plenty of recovery time this Excel-
lent Art has been working really well during the last
week, ready to win!
Far from the madding crowd TH special Mah-
moom attempts to repeat a recent course and distance
victory in the 3-y-o handicap over seven furlongs of
good to firm Newmarket; don t oppose!
Dutch Connection (e.w)
The 32Red Cup (Stewards Cup) is one
of the betting races of the season and this
year s renewal is no exception with 28 run-
ners set to hurtle down the six-furlong
course on the Sussex Downs.
Muthmir, Discussiontofollow and Intrinsic
are fighting for favouritism and that trio
are all highly progressive sprinters with last
time out wins on their dance card.
Their chances are clear and any one of
them could win, but I think there are a cou-
ple of interesting horses with similar profiles
at much bigger prices that I d rather be on
today. The first of those, Sir Maximilian,
won t surprise regular readers as he was
advised before winning at Chester and in
an ante-post special for the Wokingham
Tim Pitt has a proven track record of
improving sprinters by a huge amount and
I don t think we ve seen the best of Sir
Maximilian yet. He could well make the
grade in pattern company.
All in all, it s very hard to pick holes in
his chances and though this is one of the
most competitive sprints you ll see all season,
at 25/1 Sir Maximilian is the value bet of
the week especially with several firms offer-
ing five places.
Even taking that into account, one just
isn t enough in the Stewards Cup and I
have to have Godolphin s Hoodna on side
at the same price. She s a lightly-raced four-
year-old that has improved for the fitting
of a hood and she s certainly settling better
in her races judging by her third place in
the Bunbury Cup. In fact, she was a bit
docile out of the blocks that day but quickly
made up ground and travelled sweetly into
the contest eventually won by Heaven s
Guest (fourth since in International Hand-
Following two good efforts at York and
Windsor on his last two starts he looks
primed for another big race and he s def-
initely worth a small each-way interest. Muthmir for
Value Bet: Max wager
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