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Saturday, June 2, 2001




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WINDSOR, SATURDAY JUNE 2, 2001




BP=best price of Coral (C), William Hill (H), Ladbrokes (L) and the Tote (T)
Going-GOOD TO FIRM

3.20PM TOTE SCOOP6 LEISURE STAKES (CLASS A) (LISTED) 6F

1) 7-011 MONKSTON POINT David Arbuthnot 5-9-04 J D Smith 3
Trainer David Arbuthnot always believed that Monkston Point would be a better horse as a five-year-old as he wasn't fully furnished last season despite winning three races, including a Listed contest at Kempton. However, the Fayruz gelding definitely needs some cut in the ground and should be opposed here. BP=16 T

2) 0-561 YORKIES BOY Alan Berry 6-9-04 5
Formerly with Bryan McMahon, Yorkies Boy joined Alan Berry last season and did well winning twice at Haydock and Chester. He was successful on his latest outing in a valuable handicap at York off a handicap mark of 100 and that victory means that he is going to be difficult to place in the future. If, however, he can reproduce that form he should go close today. BP=16 T

3) 02016 FIRE DOME Andrew Reid 9-9-00 David McCabe 16
Fire Dome won a conditions event at Warwick in April. Whether the nine-year-old is up to Listed class is a debatable point and considering that after his Warwick win connections reported that he is at his best when a meeting is close to being abandoned because of heavy ground, a watching brief is advised today. BP=28 H

4) 60-40 HARMONIC WAY Roger Charlton 6-9-00 Stephen Drowne 13
While Harmonic Way is a top-class handicapper he still has to prove that he can make the necessary transition to Listed and Pattern events. That said he ran well when a close up fourth when carrying top-weight on his comeback at the Guineas meeting and he could run well here. BP=7 L

5) 243-6 IFTITAH John Gosden 5-9-00 Robert Havlin 1
Lightly-raced Iftitah ran well in a Listed race here last season when fourth to Swallow Flight. The son of Gone West was well beaten on his seasonal debut in a Goodwood conditions event last month, but can be expected to come on for the run. Each-way chances. BP=25 ALL FIRMS

6) 370-0 RAMBLING BEAR Michael Blanshard 8-9-00 Darryll Sweeney 4
The Michael Blanshard-trained Rambling Bear has not won since taking the Group 3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket in May 1999. Well beaten on his seasonal debut and he is probably not as good as he once was. BP=25 T

7) 7-605 SMART RIDGE Jamie Poulton 4-9-00 Ian Mongan 8
Another runner who has not won since 1999. The four-year-old joined Jamie Poulton at the beginning of the season and nothing that he has done so far this term would indicate that he can win a race of this nature. BP=28 L

8) 507-4 TAMARISK Roger Charlton 6-9-00 John Reid 15
An intriguing entry from Roger Charlton who is reportedly being aimed for Group 1 contests so he certainly warrants respect here. He won the 1998 Group 1 Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup and has returned to training after suffering fertility problems at stud. Charlton was delighted with his comeback outing saying: "He showed his old sparkle."
It would be no surprise to see him in the winner's enclosure today. BP=10 L

9) 23-78 TIGER ROYAL David Nicholls 5-9-00 Alex Greaves 6
Formerly trained in Ireland by Dermot Weld, Tiger Royal was placed in a couple of Listed events at the back-end of last season. However, the Royal Academy gelding has not really set the world on fire on his two starts for David Nicholls in Britain and he looks sure to find a few too good today. BP=16 ALL FIRMS

10) 48-30 HOT TIN ROOF Tim Easterby 5-8-13 Kevin Darley 6
Another who ideally wants softer ground, she was a bit disappointing on very bad ground at Warwick on her seasonal debut. Marginally closer last time in the Group 3 Duke of York Stakes she is dropping in class today, but it will still be a bit of a surprise if she gets her head in front. BP=12 L

11) 3-243 BLUE VELVET Ken Ivory 4-8-09 Chris Catlin 11
Only beaten a length by Red Millennium in a Listed race at Bath on May 1, Blue Velvet is tremendously consistent having finished in the first four on her last four starts. A fair each-way chance today. BP=20 T

12) 220-0 PRESENTATION Richard Hannon 4-8-09 Dane O'Neill 10
Presentation has not won for two years, although that victory did come at Windsor on her racecourse debut. Well-beaten on her seasonal debut at Newmarket behind Munjiz and would need to improve dramatically to figure here. BP=33 T, H

13) 35-20 CEEPIO Terry Mills 3-8-06 Tony Clark 12
Lightly-raced Ceepio put in a good performance on his seasonal bow to only be beaten a length and a quarter by Zilch, but was well beaten by Volata in a Haydock Listed Handicap at the end of May. More required today. BP=25 H

14) 12-14 FROMSONG Rod Millman 3-8-06 Michael Roberts 7
Rod Millman describes Fromsong as the best horse that he's been involved with. However, it's tough for the three-year-olds in these type of events. That said he was only a length away in a similar event at Kempton a week ago and he could go extremely well. BP=11/2 T

15) 125-3 POMFRET LAD Peter Makin 3-8-06 Seb Sanders 14
Another of the classic generation whose turn is definitely going to come. In five racecourse starts he has been beaten a short head in the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes and ran encouragingly to finish fifth in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes. He will improve, but again the doubt is taking on the older horses at this stage of the season. BP=5 L

16) 120-4 KHULAN John Dunlop 3-8-01 Willie Supple 2
Described last season as ‘Premier League' by John Dunlop, there were always doubts about Khulan's stamina and these were proved founded when she ran in the seven furlong Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket finishing fourth on her seasonal reappearance. Sprinting will be her game but this is a tough introduction against older, and possibly wiser, rivals. BP=6 L

Conclusion
If TAMARISK can return to close to his former best he must hold a fantastic chance here, but Blue Velvet holds fine each-way claims.


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