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NAHOODH will put her Stan James 1,000 Guineas claims on the line in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket next month after taking her Lowther Stakes exertions well.

The daughter of Clodovil gave Mick a fourth Lowther success when beating Visit half a length in that Group 2 contest last week and the boss said: "She's come out of it good and I'm very pleased with her. The Cheveley is the next step and we'll take it from there.

"Nijoom Dubai goes for the Moyglare Stud Stakes at The Curragh next Sunday after which we'll really know where we stand with our fillies."

HATTA FORT, rested since winning at the Newmarket July meeting, is likely to miss the National Stakes at The Curragh in favour of a crack at the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

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TADGH O'SHEA made it another red-letter day on the July course when guiding Box 41's DAN TUCKET to victory in the Unicorn Asset Management Nursery Series Final today.

In what has been a desperate summer weather-wise the sun shone on the last day's racing of the year on the smaller of the two Newmarket courses as Tadgh overcame the challenges of Talk Of Saafend and Red Alert Day.

The triumph followed his Group 3 victory on Silver Touch in the Criterion Stakes earlier in the year.

Box 41's Tim Corby was in fine form afterwards and enthused: "Full marks for Tadgh for successfully defending an unbeaten record on the colt. There's not a lot of him but he's a real tough customer, and Tadgh found the best of the ground on the far side."

Tim's Halicarnassus by-passes the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor because the ground is unsuitable. He added: "Halicarnassus will be going abroad for either a mile and a quarter race at Longchamp, a mile and a half contest at Cologne or a race at Baden-Baden."

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NAHOODH gave the boss a fourth Lowther Stakes triumph when mastering Visit by half a length in the York Group 2 today, coming from last to first under a typical waiting ride from Jamie Spencer.

While Bint Allayl, Queen's Logic and Flashy Wings went into their Lowthers with impeccable records, Nahoodh was a different kettle of fish altogether, having been beaten in the Cherry Hinton first time out and then in an Ascot maiden.

However, she had too much to do in that and the winner, Albabilia, endorsed the form by winning the Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket.

Spencer missed the break on Nahoodh and sat patiently until switching her wide approaching the distance. The filly picked-up stylishly and got first run on the favourite Visit who flew when seeing daylight. On this occasion Spencer's decisive manoeuvre proved the trump card.

Mick will now wait until Nijoom Dubai has tackled the Moyglare Stud Stakes at The Curragh next month before firming-up plans for Nahoodh.

He said: "She's a very talented filly and I made the mistake of running her first time in a Group race because I wanted some decent ground for her. She was unlucky at Ascot but the winner came out and won a Group 3, which boosted my confidence.

"She's always worked well. I'm sure we'll see the best of her next year. As I said on the site last night, I don't think she's as good as my other three Lowther winners but she's not bad."

Nahoodh had her Stan James 1,000 Guineas price slashed to 14-1 from 33s by the sponsors.




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THE final day of the York August meeting is the only one attended by Sheikh Channon this year and the boss has plenty to look forward to with NAHOODH, JOHAR JAMAL and ROYAL POWER in action.

Nahoodh is a maiden seeking Pattern race success in the Lowther Stakes (2.05) but it would be wrong to underestimate the chances of the daughter of Clodovil.

As those fortunate enough to be able to watch her work can verify, Nahoodh is a class act at home and capable of stepping-up on two efforts on the track.

Mick says: "She's a big filly and whatever happens she'll be better next year, but we think it's better going for a Group 2 than running her in a maiden. The winner of her maiden at Ascot won a Group 3 and while I respect Sir Michael Stoute's Visit and Aidan O'Brien's You'resothrilling I feel we can be competetive and go there with a good chance. She's not a Flashy Wings or a Queen's Logic but she's good."

Johar Jamal tackles the 300,000 St Leger Yearling Stakes (1.35) and Mick thinks this progressive filly can get into the shake-up.

The boss continues: "She's a smashing filly and in good form. She has got to step up again but everything has gone right."

We run a Classic winner in the SKF City Of York Stakes (3.50) and Mick comments: "I feel Royal Power has come back to his best and is giving me all the right signals. Life wasn't made easy for him by his penalty for winning the German Guineas but he can be competetive tomorrow."

Looking ahead to the weekend he concludes: "Championship Point could head for Windsor. Forget his run in Ireland, he could never go a stride on the bottomless ground."

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The Owners' "Five To Follow" sees George Blackwell continue to blaze a trail at the top, followed by Bally and the consistent "BA Boys" Darren and Andy.

The "Hampshire Mafia" Messrs Taplin and Trant have become more prominent in recent weeks and are no doubt discussing tactics at this stage of the competition.

Colin Baker will no doubt be looking forward to the spring arriving down under - his prospects are also looking considerably brighter.

Halicarnassus was an astute selection!

The Top Ten

George Blackwell 52 Halicarnassus, Heywood, Siberian Tiger, Hatta Fort, Manalito
Alan Ball                38 Halicarnassus, Youmzain, Aaim to Succeed, Silver Guest, Top Vision
Darren Walker        38 Halicarnassus, Majestic Roi, Ba Speedbird, Silca Destination, Silver Guest
Andy Raymond       33 Silver Touch, Youmzain, Ba Speedbird, Missit, Silver Guest
Peter Taplin            32 Halicarnassus, Majuro, Carleton, Barraland, Novas
Patrick Trant           29 Halicarnassus, Majuro, Rio Taffeta, Carelton, 05 Hawk Wing f.
Colin Baker             28 Halicarnassus, Baddam, Narmeen, Silver Guest, Silca Destination
Ruth Blackwell        26 Halicarnassus, Som Tala, Novas, Dan Tucket, Willit
Mick Jones             26 Halicarnassus, Go On Be A Tiger, Dan Tucket, Millie's Rock, Silca Destination
Anne Blackwell       26 Halicarnassus, Elyaadi, Lady of Passion, Better Hand, Millie's Rock
Alison Jones           26 Halicarnassus, Lakshmi, Novas, Tuanku, Barraland

I haven't the heart to single out individuals in the basement places, so I'll let the table speak for itself.

The Bottom Lot

Willis Frearson & BL 3 Laish Ya Hajar, Rescue, Dellini, Jennifer's Joy, Elzain
Val Beech-Ball          3 South Cape, College Scholar, Mighty Alfred, Missit, Manalito
Carmel Wardley        3 Silca Chiave, Silca Elegance, Silca Destination, Zabeel Tiger, Power Dream
Terry Drayton            3 Go On Be A Tiger, Flashy Wings, Ba Speedbird, Atlantic Sport, Miillie's Rock
James Repard           3 Silca Chiave, Go On Be A Tiger, Artistic License, Leading Edge, Better Hand
Sarah Jones             0 Mango Music, Queen of Narnia, Dubai Land, Light Sea, Millie's Rock

It's not the winning that's important etc. etc..........

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Halicarnassus's Heriocs in the Group Three Rose of Lancaster Stakes on Saturday have had a profound effect on the top ten rankings. The "Five to Follow" competition had seen Gill "The Till" Hedley take a significant lead last week but she's not laughing now as the 10 points farmed by "Hali's" followers has seen a huge turnaround.

Brazilian Peter now leads the way with Dawn Carey, Stanley, Tom O'Brien and Joe Tuite just in behind.

Lord Ilsley has dropped back five places, but with Silver Touch and Alfredtheordinary all running this week, he's guaranteed  13 points and will no doubt put himself above Jack Channon who is surely in a false position.

The Top Ten

Peter                     44 Youmzain, Halicarnassus, Aaim to Storm, Atlantic Sport, Menadha
Dawn Carey            41 Halicarnassus, Silver Touch, Silver Guest, Top Vision, Legendary Guest
Stanley                   38 Majestic Roi, Halicarnassus, Jennifer's Joy, Missit, Willit
Tom O' Brien           38 Youmzain, Halicarnassus, Menadha, Nahoodh, Green Wadi
Joe Tuite                 38 Halicarnassus, Silver Touch, Dellini, Millie's Rock, Seeking Star
Gill Hedley              36 Silver Touch, Youmzain, Atlantic Sport, Aaim to Storm, Kayflaa
Amy Routledge       35 Treat, Halicarnassus, Menadha, Thunder Bay, Silver Guest
Jack Channon         32 Treat, Halicarnassus, Silver Guest, Menadha, Atlantic Sport
Lord Ilsley               30 Silver Touch, Youmzain, Mighty Alfred, Millie's Rock, Alfredtheordinary
Bet Channon           28 Sweet Lilly, Youmzain, Silver Guest, Thunder Bay, Missit
Russell Brown         28 Go On Be A Tiger, Grantley Adams, Hatta Fort, Natmana, Silver Guest

Ha ha ha ha! It just gets better! Hapless Sue Harding continues to trail ecstatic amphibian "Patrick The Turtle" who has amassed three points to his landlady's still fruitless ZERO.

It would appear that spending your days in a small bowl next to a television set leads to better equine judgement than someone who's spent their entire career in racing. Tragic.

Sarah Watkins can hardly laugh at others either - two entries in the competition and a combined tally of nine points. Shameful.

The Bottom Ten

Sarah Watkins          6 Go On Be A Tiger, Lakshmi, Silca Destination, Legendary Guest, Atlantic Sport
Sarah Watkins          3 Go On Be A Tiger, Silca Chiave, Missit, Silver Guest, Kayflaa
Joanne Green           3 Flashy Wings, Silca Chiave, Silver Guest, Bahri Dubai, Top Vision
Michael Cook            3 Pretty Majestic, College Scholar, Jennifer's Joy, Bahri Dubai, Kayflaa
Tracy Young             3 College Scholar, Go On Be A Tiger, Atlantic Sport, Silca Destination, Mganga
Mickey Sweet           3 Silca Chiave, Digital, Wadi Raider, Kayflaa, Atlantic Sport
Lesley Twigden         3 Silca Chiave, Flashy Wings, Atlantic Sport, Look to the Star, Silca Destination
Patrick the Turtle       3 Go On Be A Tiger, Silca Chiave, Silca Destination, Legendary Guest, Missit
Arthur Cawley           0 Silca Chiave, Go On Be A Tiger, We're Delighted, Zabeel Tiger, Shatter Resistant
Noel Reid (Farrier)     0 Flashy Wings, Silca Chiave, Yassbog, Manalito, Candle Sahara
Sue Harding              0 Go On Be A Tiger, Lakshmi, Silca Destination, Missit, Kayflaa

The Boss languishes in 33rd, a solid stab at mid-table mediocrity. Southampton FC would probably settle for that as their season is shaping up to reflect that of Sue Harding's.


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SILVER TOUCH will return to her otimum distance of seven furlongs to contest the Group 2 CGA Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

The precipitation of  today, with more expected tomorrow, is just what this filly wants in her quest to put another Pattern race on the West Ilsley sideboard.

Mick says: "She had her ground for the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket and considering conditions had dried up ran a blinder in the Maurice de Gheest at Deauville to finish third. For me she's a better filly in the autumn and given any luck at all she should be in the thick of things on Saturday."

BETTER HAND goes for the old Washington Singer Stakes which has Listed status and this colt looks another with a live chance following his all-the-way success at Sandown.

The boss continues: "Better Hand will act in the soft and has done well since Sandown. He's a very competetive colt who has a great disposition, and we're looking forward to the race."

With York on the close horizon Mick is marshalling a small but select team.

Runners are set to include ROYAL POWER (City Of York Stakes), JOHAR JAMAL (Sales Race), NAHOUDH (Lowther Stakes) and possibly BADDAM (Lonsdale Stakes).


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HUGH Bowman set the seal on what he described as a "hugely satisfying" visit to Britain as he captained the Rest Of The World team to victory in the Shergar Cup at Ascot.

Our number one jockey produced a winning ride on Richard Fahey's Benandonner in the Shergar Cup Mile which put the ROW team in front of Ireland on the wire and secured him the title of top rider at the meeting for which he received the silver saddle.

It was an appropriate place for the 27-year-old from Dunedoo, New South Wales, to signal his 'adieu' to West Ilsley from where he has ridden with such aplomb over the last few months.

Hugh said: "I started the Shergar Cup off quietly but then went through the gears with a fourth, a third, a second and finally a winner. It was a great experience to captain the Rest Of The World team and Ascot was a fitting place for it to happen. I had my first big winner there on Wise dennis in the Victoria Cup and I rate it the best racecourse in the world. I've ridden in Australia, Hong Kong and Ireland and have seen the American and South African tracks on TV and it's unquestionably the best of all."

Hugh leaves Britain on Tuesday and added: "I shall gear myself up for the Sydney and Melbourne carnivals and am looking forward to returning to England next year. It's been a great experience riding for Mick but I believe I can build on it."


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OUR best wishes go out to Eddie Creighton following his fall at Brighton last week which resulted in a broken leg.

Eddie, who as well as riding as one of our apprentices plays an invaluable part riding work, suffered the injury to his left leg when the Tim McCarthy-trained Ma Ridge lugged into the rails when leading in the maiden handicap.

Eddie was taken to Sussex County Hospital where he was operated on to have the leg pinned.

On the positive side it was a clean break and, although recovery from this type of injury can take up to ten weeks, Eddie is supremely fit. This factor can help accelerate the recovery period.

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HALICARNASSUS proved our trump card over a hectic weekend as he came from last to first to land Haydock's Group 3 Rose Of Lancaster Stakes in the hands of Tadgh O'Shea.

In the colours of Tim Corby's Box 41, the Cape Cross colt proved his poor run at Glorious Goodwood to be all wrong and has set himself up for a place in Mick's team for the Dubai Carnival next March.

Bookmaker quotes for the St Leger are wide of the mark as Halicarnassus doesn't get a yard over a mile and three furlongs, as he showed when running out of puff at the end of Newmarket's Bahrain Trophy last month.

Mick observes: "There will be no Leger as it would be a complete waste of time. We found that out at the July meeting where he looked like winning and then faded. A mile and a quarter is his optimum trip, while he'll get eleven furlongs at a pinch.

"People forgot he was the only Group winner in the field at Haydock and it was therefore no major shock. And although he'd won at Goodwood, that was in a three-runner race. When he went there for the big meeting it was a big field and he just didn't act on the course. Any horse can be forgiven that as Goodwood is a law unto itself. Furthermore the ground was a massive factor. He's always been a decent horse."

There are no hard and fast plans for 'Hali' and the boss continued: "There's nothing that immediately springs to mind but I do think Dubai would suit him. There are some very nice turf races there and you always get fast ground."

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