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06
JUL

MATT DANGLING ON LINE TO STARDOM

NOBODY takes as much stick on work mornings as our second apprentice Matthew 'Maggot' Davies whose fortunes fluctuated from the sublime to the ridiculous this week. The boss thinks the boy is so hard of hearing he's threatening to have a whip-round to buy him a device Lester Piggott would be proud of, while following his unfortunate experience on Stir Crazy in the boys' race at Kempton Maggot's reputation was in tatters. In this instantly forgettable race our unsung hero met interference from none other but West Ilsley colleague Tom O'Brien on Mine The Balance. But never let it be said the lad is anything but assured of his own ability and, with a performance which would have done the Long Fellow proud, he steered MARK OF LOVE to a silk-smooth victory at Newbury last night. It was a career-first winner and one he will never forget. Box 41's Tim Corby apparently had a collection tin out in the staff canteen and raised sufficient brass to buy the poor lad a map. On the evidence of what happened later that evening Davies could find his way out of Hampton Court maze!
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06
JUL

JUVENILES LIMBER UP

A SELECT batch of six two-year-olds worked in two groups of three over the same six furlongs at Newbury, with some earmarked for the July meeting next week. The boss has shown his hand with NAHOODH by entering her for the Cherry Hinton Stakes although she has the alternative of the six furlong fillies' maiden. Nahoodh (Tadgh O'Shea) moved in customary zestful style in company with TOP VISION (Sam Hitchcott) and STRAIGHT SETS (Candy Morris). You could have thrown a blanket over them at the end although O'Shea had a firm grip on Nahoodh. Mick said: "The Cherry Hinton would be a massive ask for Nahoodh first time out but I haven't discounted it. There is the maiden for her as well, and for Top Vision, and we'll have to see how things pan out." In the other two-year-old work ATLANTIC SPORT (Tom O'Brien) showed his prowess to forge threequarters of a length ahead of LOOK TO THE STARS (Jodie Mogford) and SUMMON UP THE BLOOD.
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06
JUL

BOWMAN THRILLED WITH 'MUTA'

MUTAWAAJID completed his preparation for the Darley July Cup with a six furlongs breeze at Newbury racecourse this morning. Hugh Bowman partnered the former Australian-based colt working with lead horse Go On Be A Tiger on the back straight. The pair went clockwise which equates to 'the wrong way round' and when the tempo quickened in the final furlongs and a half Mutawaajid devoured his stablemate to pull a length and a half clear. Mick said: "I was delighted with the big fella, he breezed well. He's only been here six weeks, is woolley in his coat and I do feel he'll be better for the run next week. It won't be fitness as much as lack of match practice which could be an issue, but whatever happens it will bring him on for the big prizes in France later on such as the Prix de la Foret." Bowman agrees that a July Cup bid straight off the bat is a big ask and he said: "I was delighted. My only question mark is that he hasn't had a run."
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05
JUL

CANDLE GOES LOCAL TONIGHT

MICK has been reluctant to run the majority of his promising unraced juveniles on the testing ground and will not be sending NAHOODH to Yarmouth today. However, we have an interesting candidate for the six furlong maiden at Newbury in the shape of CANDLE SAHARA. Interestingly, the two-year-olds which worked on the winter grass on Tuesday made quite an impression to the extent that our diligent camera girl Lady Huntingdon decided to take action. With the swiftness of an M Channon hurtle down the wing of old, Lady H reached the bottom of the gallop in the blink of an eye and successfully moved the witches hats to provide fresh ground for second lot. Candle Saraha had worked first lot behind a mature lead horse and was in no way disgraced. Mick says of the daughter of Noverre: "She's been handling the ground at home but is taking on colts including a decent one whose had a run. She has an each-way chance." With Nahoodh an absentee Mick runs NYLLA at Yarmouth and he added: "Nahoodh will wait for the six furlong maiden at Newmarket next Friday. They had 8mm of rain overnight which puts you off running a nice filly. They can usually do it on that ground once but asking them on their debuts isn't ideal."
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03
JUL

JUVENILES SHOW PROMISE

IT was a hectic morning on the gallops with Mick assembling his forces on the winter ground grass with the focus on some interesting two-year-olds. DREAM SEA (Eddie Creighton) moved well in company with TOP VISION and the latter may go for the six furlong fillies' maiden at Newmarket next Friday. NAHOODH has ability and went pleasingly with NYLLA and CANDLE SAHARA with the three pursuing an older lead horse. STRAIGHT SETS is a half-sister to Championship Point who seems to be improving with every piece of work while LOOK TO THE STARS is one for later on, a remark which definitely applies to Zafeen's close relative ATLANTIC SPORT.
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03
JUL

AUSSIE ACE TO HAVE RACECOURSE GALLOP

MUTAWAAJID is to have a race course gallop on Friday morning at Newbury as part of his preparation for the Darley July Cup. The former Australian-trained horse worked well on the winter ground this morning and a trip to his local course is designed to give him a mental boost for Newmarket as much as anything. Mick said: "He needs one more blow-out before the July Cup and timing-wise this would fit in perfectly. coming seven days beforehand. Hugh Bowman was delighted with him this morning in what I felt was a very good bit of work. He sat four lengths off Royal Power and Majuro and picked-up well at the end to get on top." Bowman is confident Mutawaajid will have the necessary speed for the July Cup and said: "Although he's bred to get further his dam bred a handful of sprint winners and his make-up is all speed."
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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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