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HUGH Bowman is captain of the Rest Of The World team in tomorrow's Shergar Cup but unfortunately has not been drawn to partner any of Mick's four runners at the Ascot fixture.

The most significant occurance is Frakie Dettori's partnering of course and distance winner WOVOKA in the Shergar Cup Mile. In the same race, SOUTH CAPE will be ridden by Kevin Manning.

The boss commented: "I'm hopeful for all our runners but Frankie riding one of mine is a rarity and i'm looking forward to seeing that.

"We run DAN TUCKET in the Shergar Cup Juvenile Nursery and although Coasting looks thrown in our fellow will love the ground. Kevin Darley rides. HEYWOOD is a big price for the Shergar Cup Sprint Handicap and new ground is broken here with Yutaka Take the first Japanese jockey to ride for me."

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WE are sad to report the retirement to stud of SILCA CHIAVE, one of the top two-year-old fillies of the 2006 campaign who is nursing a minor leg injury.

Silca Chiave had much to live up to coming from the family of Golden Silca and Silca's Sister but she didn't let the side down. She went from strength to strength, running Miss Beatrix to a short head in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at The Curragh and finishing only a length and a half behind Indian Ink when third in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Mick paid tribute to the filly and said: "Silca Chiave has a chip in a hock and we have decided not to operate. She will go straight to her owner's stud.

"She wasn't far short of being the best juvenile filly around last year and we thought she'd be a Guineas filly. In fact she took a long time to come to hand and although running respectably in the Fred Darling, disappointed in the Jersey Stakes at Royal  Ascot after which the problem came to light."

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The West Ilsley Apprentice Title Race continues at a frantic pace between our two seven pound claimers, Tom O'Brien and Matthew "Maggot" Davies, after an action packed night meeting at Bath.

"Maggot" closed his defecit to three winners after scoring on Love Brothers in the opener - a mile and a half Apprentice Handicap, only to be dumbfounded when Tom regained his four race lead when winning aboard Llab Nala in the Seller only an hour later.

It was a poignant evening for all of the West Ilsley team. Love Brothers represented one of the yards most valued and loyal owners, the Late Graeme Love, who passed away in May.

Llab Nala (read it backwards) represented the memory of another great friend to everyone in the yard. Alan Ball passed away in April and his anagrammed namesake won in a style he'd have been proud of.

Congratulations to both Tom and Matthew on their latest winners but more importantly, well done to the families and friends of both Graeme and "Bally"

Both are much missed but never forgotten.


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SILVER TOUCH showed how much better she is in the second part of the season by following her Criterion Stakes triumph with an excellent fourth in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

The ground had dried out considerably as compared to the previous weekend at the seaside course but Jaber Abdullah's charge coped with it well, staying-on stoutly under Tadgh O'Shea after travelling well throughout.

The boss says: "She could well go for the Haydock Sprint Cup and we'd obviously be more keen to do that if there looked like being some cut in the ground. She's come out of Deauville well and the alternative is the Foret which has been moved forward this year."

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IT was good to see NIJOOM DUBAI back in full work as she strutted her stuff on the 
summer ground this morning.
Led by STIR CRAZY, the Albany Stakes winner picked-up well at the end to grab PRETTY 
MAJESTIC and indicate she is bang on course for the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes
at The Curragh on 2nd September.
The boss gave Nijoom Dubai a break after her Royal Ascot triumph over
You'resothrilling and is looking forward to what could be a rematch next month.
He said: "It's always good to see a filly like her come back so well after a short break
and it makes sense to head towards the Moyglare which gives us almost three more weeks.
"I've not ruled-out the Lowther Stakes but we have another candidate for York in
Nahoodh and she also delighted me this morning."
Nahoodh's work might not have been as exacting but you could only be impressed at the
way she glided past NYLLA and CANDLE SAHARA.
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HUGH Bowman, who captains the Rest Of The World team in the Shergar Cup on Saturday,
has pledged to return to West Ilsley next spring.
The New South Wales-born rider has proved a hugely popular part of our team and at the
same time captured the admiration of the racing public in all corners of Britain.
Perhaps his best moment for the boss came with Hatta Fort's triumph in the Superlative
Stakes at Newmarket last month, while his spectacular christening on Alan Jarvis's Wise Dennis in
Ascot's Victoria Cup brought the 27-year-old to the attention of the media.
Recalling his best moments Hugh says: "It's nice to put an important race on the board and 
that was a special day with Wise Dennis being backed-up by Yem Kinn for the boss.
"I feel it's taken me a while to find my feet and learn the ropes but i'm looking
forward to coming back next year. I shall ride at the Sydney Carnival in April and when
I return I feel I can do better."
Hugh found stark contrasts between our system and the one he knows so well in Oz and added: "The travelling 
long distances each day got to me somewhat and affected my weight. That's
something i'll have to think carefully about next time. 
"I shall be looking to travel the world and ride as many good horses as I can.
"My first two ambitions to win the Sydney apprentice title and ride a Group 1 winner
have been achieved. In fact i've had eight Group 1 successes and feel the best is ahead of me.
"I'm only 27 and most jockeys peak in their early thirties. I hope the next four to five years
will be very fruitful. I would love to win the Sydney jockeys title one day."
Hugh's distinctive riding style and engaging personality have combined to endear
him to many owners and trainers and will stand him in good stead when he comes back.
I personally admire his respectful approach with the whip. On several occasions he
showed that a horse can be eased home with gentle persuasion. Perhaps the best
example was on Atlantic Sport in an Ascot maiden where a blanket would have covered the first three.
He wasn't at all hard on the colt and that sympathy could help take Zafeen's half-brother all
the way to the top of the tree. That's what Mick, Hugh, and all the staff at the yard are
hoping for, anyway. Meanwhile let's wish The Man From Dunedoo the best of luck. He
deserves it.     
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The Owners' table sees what appears to be a walkover as George Blackwell has extended his lead to a daunting nine points. There's little more we can say about what's tucked in behind the leader, Andy Raymond being the best in pursuit, courtesy of Silver's Group Placing at Deauville last weekend.  

The Top Five

George Blackwell    42 Halicarnassus, Heywood, Siberian Tiger, Hatta Fort, Manalito
Andy Raymond       33 Silver Touch, Youmzain, Ba Speedbird, Missit, Silver Guest
Darren Walker         28 Halicarnassus, Majestic Roi, Ba Speedbird, Silca Destination, Silver Guest
Alan Ball                 28 Halicarnassus, Youmzain, Aaim to Succeed, Silver Guest, Top Vision
Nigel Bunter            24 Youmzain, Man of Vision, Atlantic Sport, Siberian Tiger, 05 Red Ransom c ex Frustration

I'm truly at a loss for words in terms of putting any sort of spin on those at the bottom of the owners table. There are no less than 17 of them yet to break into double figures (although only one of them has the "Hardingesque" ability to have harvested less than one point thus far. Tim Corby, Box 41's impressario deserves a special mention just because I'm feeling vindictive.

The Bottom Seventeen

Amy Jones Kew The Music, Rescue, Better Hand, Dan Tucket, Dream Green
Karen Baker Ajigolo, Halicarnassus, Willit, Kiribati King, Atlantic Sport
Tim Corby Sweet Lilly, Silca Chiave, Silver Guest, Missit, Nawaaff
Beryl Lowe & W.F. Fiumicino, Indiannie Moon, Millie's Rock, Manalito, Silver Guest
Dot Williamson (BA) Capable Guest, So Sweet, Deer Daylami, Barraland, Silca Destination
Eddie Aldridge Silca Chiave, Silca Elegance, Silca Destination, Jennifer's Joy, Kiribati King
Eileen Breslin Royal Jet, Flashy Wings, Barraland, Banquet, Altantic Sport
Gerald Blackwell Lakshmi, Treat, Barraland, Kiribati King, Silca Destination
Julia Aisibit (Caroline) Heywood, Lunces Lad, Manalito, Nawaaff, Kashmina
Mrs B. Warriner (BA) Baddam, Flashy Wings, Millie's Rock, Silca Destination, Ba Speedbird
Sue Drayton Rocamadour, Massive, Ba Speedbird, Manalito, Flying Time
Willis Frearson & BL Laish Ya Hajar, Rescue, Dellini, Jennifer's Joy, Elzain
Val Beech-Ball South Cape, College Scholar, Mighty Alfred, Missit, Manalito
Carmel Wardley Silca Chiave, Silca Elegance, Silca Destination, Zabeel Tiger, Power Dream
Terry Drayton Go On Be A Tiger, Flashy Wings, Ba Speedbird, Atlantic Sport, Miillie's Rock
James Repard Silca Chiave, Go On Be A Tiger, Artistic License, Leading Edge, Better Hand
Sarah Jones Mango Music, Queen of Narnia, Dubai Land, Light Sea, Millie's Rock

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The Staff "Five to Follow" took a slightly depressing turn for the worse as Gill "The Till" profited from Silver Touch's pleasing performance in the Prix Maurice de Gheest and has opened up a gap of five points from Brazilian Pete and Dawn Carey down at Norman Court Stud. Grandma Bet has also suffered as Lord Ilsley continues his unspectacular but dogged pursuit of the leaders, whilst Tom O'Brien looms with a double handful (an unusual situation for him) in both 8th and 9th place.

The Top Ten

Gill Hedley            36 Silver Touch, Youmzain, Atlantic Sport, Aaim to Storm, Kayflaa
Peter                      31 Youmzain, Halicarnassus, Aaim to Storm, Atlantic Sport, Menadha
Dawn Carey            31 Halicarnassus, Silver Touch, Silver Guest, Top Vision, Legendary Guest
Lord Ilsley               30 Silver Touch, Youmzain, Mighty Alfred, Millie's Rock, Alfredtheordinary
Bet Channon           29 Sweet Lilly, Youmzain, Silver Guest, Thunder Bay, Missit
Russell Brown         29 Go On Be A Tiger, Grantley Adams, Hatta Fort, Natmana, Silver Guest
Stanley                   28 Majestic Roi, Halicarnassus, Jennifer's Joy, Missit, Willit
Tom O' Brien           28 Youmzain, Halicarnassus, Menadha, Nahoodh, Green Wadi
Tom O' Brien           27 Treat, Silver Touch, Silver Guest, Aaim to Storm, Jennifer's Joy
Caz                        27 Treat, Silver Touch, Menadha, Dan Tucket, Missit

At the bottom end, it's business as usual as Susan Harding, despite being chief adminstrator of the competition, resists the temptation to cheat on the scores in order to haul herself out of the mire that is rock bottom. Patrick The Turtle is the form horse and Harding obviously realises that there's no chance of denying her reptile tenant his hard earned points, not now that the Latest News team have highlighted their enthralling tail-end tussle.

If nothing else, Sue deserved praise for her integrity which is probably the only thing going for her at present. 

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


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THE Blue Square Nassau Stakes looks the best race of what really has been a Glorious week at Goodwood and our own SWEET LILLY is not unfancied by Mick.

Although yet to win this year, she's run a couple of solid races at a high level when second to Passage Of Time in the Musidora Stakes at York and fifth to Simply Perfect in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

Mick says: "I'm very pleased with Sweet Lilly. Everybody thinks i'm mad and she's got to step up to the mark against top fillies like Mandesha, Peeping Fawn and Light Shift, but I think she can. She requires a bit of luck with the way the race is run, and in the Falmouth they crawled, which contributed to her downfall."

GRANTLEY ADAMS flies the West Ilsley flag in the Stewards' Cup and must have a fine chance of getting into the money. However, the boss is unsure how the draw will pan out.

He added: "The warm weather is drying-out the ground which is a positive and he's in good form. We were the last one out of the hat at the draw and got the stall (10) nobody else wanted. If i'd been choosing i'd have gone high, but quite a few of the leading fancies are low."

Tadgh O'Shea partners SILVER TOUCH in her assault on the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

The boss continues: "Tadgh gave her a great ride to win the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket. The filly is in good form and i'm looking forward to the race."

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Patrick The Turtle has leapt ahead of his landlady Susan Harding and lifted himself off of the bottom of the Staff's "Five To Follow" league table (See Below). Legendary Guest obliged under Darryl Holland in the opening race at Redcar this afternoon to reward the ecstatic amphibian with his first points of the season, leaving basement dwelling Susan lost for words.

It is unclear if their house-sharing relationship will last after this development, but surely Patrick is a long way from being considered a "Legendary Guest" in the home of West Ilsley's Racing Secretary.

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