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03
JUL

BOSS PONDERS CUP WITH POINT

CHAMPIONSHIP POINT could go to Haydock for Saturday's Old Newton Cup although Mick will monitor underfoot conditions at the course before committing the Wolferton Handicap winner. Mick said: "After Royal Ascot it was a toss-up whether we would be able to go down the handicap route with Championship. He has top weight of 9st 10lb at Haydock but I haven't completely ruled it out. I think soft ground would suit him but if it was bottomless that might be a different kettle of fish."
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02
JUL

RAIN ENSURES QUIET WEEK

IT will be all quiet on the West Ilsley front this week with operations restricted owing to the inclement weather. The boss rightly sees no point in subjecting promising two-year-olds to unnecessary slogs in desperate ground and said: "We'll be taking it quietly this week, especially with the two-year-olds, but it should be an interesting work morning on Tuesday when i'll be looking at some of the ones earmarked for the July meeting at Newmarket."
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02
JUL

JULY CUP POSSIBLE FOR TOUCH

SILVER TOUCH could make a quick reappearance at the July course in next Friday's Darley July Cup at Newmarket if there is cut in the ground. The filly revelled in the testing conditions when chinning Major Cadeaux in the Group 3 Criterion Stakes on Saturday but the boos believes she'll be just as effective over six furlongs. He said: She's become a valuable filly and everything came right for her on Saturday. It was a truly-run race, the rain got into the ground and she quickened-up as we all know she can. Her work had been great as had the scopes we had done. She's had some niggling problems while the good to firm ground had been all wrong for her on her previous start at The Curragh. We shall certainly take a look at the July Cup while I imagine the Prix de la Foret will be on her agenda later on. She had no luck in running in the race last year.
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30
JUN

SILVER STORMS HOME

SILVER TOUCH produced a terrific change of gear to mow down her rivals in the Group 3 Criterion Stakes at Newmarket.
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27
JUN

NAWAAFF and AAIM IN GOOD NICK

WE have solid chances with the two-year-olds Nawaaff and Aaim For Applause at Carlisle and Bath today. Nawaaff comes from a fast family and is unlucky not to have won already, while Aaim For Applause can't be cribbed for his two cracking runs in defeat at Goodwood. Mick says: "Nawaaff came up against a decent colt of Barry Hills's at York on his first run and then another of Barry's at Goodwood. I think the stiff track at Carlisle should suit him. Aaim For Applause is by Royal Applause out of a Piccolo mare and if he handles the ground he's set to go very close tonight. He's well drawn and has the points on the board."
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26
JUN

MUTAWAAJID AT THE DOUBLE

MUTAWAAJID took centre stage on the summer ground this morning as he engaged in a sensible yet very pleasing piece of work with two others. Led by AAIM FOR APPLAUSE, the top notch Australian colt picked-up his stablemate in effortless fashion with his loping stride devouring the ground. Hugh Bowman rode Mutawaajid in the majority of his races in Australia where he was trained by Gai Waterhouse, and he can't wait for Mick to get the three-year-old ready for the Darley July Cup at Newmarket. Hugh said: "He is potentially the best i've ever ridden although because he hasn't won a Group 1 he hasn't quite got the points on the board yet. He's in good order and has put back on the weight he lost travelling over." Hugh believes Mutawaajid will be most effective over seven furlongs and added: "He has too much speed on the dam's side of his pedigree to be running over a mile and I would say seven is his best distance. I hope we get away with the six when he goes to Newmarket." Mick is pleased to see the gigantic new arrival improving in his coat and said: "It's very encouraging to see him coming in his coat and he seems a lot less keyed-up than when he got here at the end of May. We'll certainly look at the July Cup but it's a big ask for a three-year-old and I would have thought going round a right-handed bend in the Prix de la Foret would be right up his street."
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26
JUN

AUSSIE STAR ON VIEW THIS WEEK

MICHAEL Jnr is in the process of sorting out a new server to deal with the massive amount of hits the site is receiving and wishes you to know that footage of MUTAWAAJID and other high profile horses working on the gallops will be up and running later in the week. Watch this space for a definite time for this.
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26
JUN

SILVER TOUCH IMPRESSES

MICK has always believed SILVER TOUCH would win some good races and, watching her work this morning, who is to say she can't do the business in the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket? The four-year-old found everything against her when reappearing at The Curragh in a race where the good to firm ground was never going to play to her strengths. Slowly away on that occasion, she stayed in the same place throughout but on Saturday she's set to step up to seven furlongs which is probably her optimum distance. The boss said: "She worked good and could well go to Newmarket on Saturday. She's in such great form that we'll definitely have to take a look. She's scoped clean and the ground will be in her favour." In today's work, Silver Touch tracked ROYAL POWER (Sam Hitchcott) and GO ON BE A TIGER (Tadgh O'Shea), and when Hugh Bowman asked her to pick up cruised up to the latter with her pilot reporting "plenty left".
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26
JUN

RAIN CAUSES DELAY FOR JUVENILES

THE inclement weather has brought about a delay in the appearance of some of the nicer unraced two-year-olds. Mick decided not to run both NAHOODH and DREAM SEA in the testing conditions at Newbury tonight and could let them loose at Goodwood next week. He said: "I've never felt we had a superstar amongst the two-year-olds but I was pleased to see at Royal Ascot there is a solid foundation with the likes of Nijoom Dubai and Hatta Fort doing so well. We might lack a Flashy Wings or a Queen's Logic but Nahoodh seems to be doing everything right and I like Dream Sea very much. Zafeen's half-brother ATLANTIC SPORT is coming along nicely and should make his mark later in the summer."
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25
JUN

ROYAL REFLECTIONS

MICK is delighted with the overall performance of his Royal Ascot team and especially the two-year-olds. He said: "I was pleased with Ascot overall. The standard of our two-year-olds held-up from Hatta Fort finishing third in the Windsor Castle to Carleton and Silver Guest who acquitted themselves well in the Coventry and Nijoom Dubai whose Albany win was just fantastic. "I wouldn't say this is my best crop of juveniles but there are a lot of nice ones waiting in the wings that should be followed." It will be a busy time on the 2YO front this week and Mick continues: "AAIM TO APPLAUSE is a colt I have a lot of time for and he should go well at Bath on Wednesday while NAWAAFF is entitled to go close at Beverley. ALFREDTHEORDINARY represents a big syndicate of whom Michael (Junior) is one and there'll be a big representation of lads from the Lord Ilsley Racing Club going up there. "Then we've got several entered at Newbury where they will run depending on ground conditions. I'm really looking forward to the July meeting and Goodwood where we'll let some of the other nice ones out of the bag." YOUMZAIN was totally unsuited by the sedate pace in yesterday's Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and the boss added: "It happens in France all the time. They crawl and then sprint at the end which is no good for a horse like Youmzain." Tomorrow i'll be with Mick and Junior on the gallops and selecting the best footage from the action on the summer gallops, so stay tuned.
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