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Damus set to spark winning line for Williams.

DAMUS can spark a successful afternoon for rising young Alvechurch trainer Ian Williams at his local Worcester track, one of the three fixtures furthering the sequence of Sunday entertainment.

Williams, whose ability is steadily pulling in influential patrons and useful horses for his dual NH and Flat operation, has started the new jumps season in style.

And German-bred Damus gave an exhibition display to win a Hereford novices chase recently and looks right to add the Evening News Novices' Chase to the tally.

Damus carries the colours of the Winning Line and Kaiserstolz can make it a double for the team by landing the Tote Credit Club Handicap Hurdle.

Despite having only one eye, the seven-year-old's recent late effort at Aintree completely destroyed his rivals. His task may be sterner this time, but he looks well up to it.

And for a stable treble, Clod Hopper looks a good each-way bet for the Classic Gold Handicap Chase.

The 10-year-old strolled home over three miles and a furlong at Towcester. He is up in class here, but has only a flyweight to carry and is among the bottom weights.

It could be quite a day for the locals, for while Chaddesley Corbett's Martin Tate may have cut down on his involvement he still knows the art of training. His Go-Onmyson is fancied for the Creole Serenaders Handicap Hurdle.

Skram, who romped home on the same Warwick card for nearby handler Robin Dickin, can give a repeat performance in the Main Event Catering Novices' handicap Chase.

A cavalry charge of 36 with female amateur riders all wanting to land the Ladies Derby handicap opening the Newmarket card hardly suggests a confident choice, but May King Mayhem beat 31 in an authoritative manner to justify favouritism and the delight of Stratford-upon-Avon trainer Anabel King, who is more than hopeful of a repeat.

Certainly the pattern fits. Last year the seven-year-old preceded his HQ triumph with a Leicester win five days earlier. This time, because 'Mayhem' likes to have his races close together, he was sent to Lingfield on Tuesday when he again pointed the way forward by hitting the jackpot.

Subtle Power, who ended Henry Cecil's lean spell when scoring first time out at Newbury last month in some style, can keep up the good work in the pounds 25,000 event, the Charles Heidsieck Champagne Fairway Stakes.


MONDAY: Nottingham: 2.0 Ami's Angel; 2.30 Helen Albadou; 3.0 Sacred Song; 4.0 Rare Genius.

Newton Abbot: 2.15 Laburnum Gold; 2.45 Wunjo; 3.45 Muskva; 4.15 I Williams' sel.

Windsor: 6.40 Hard To Lay; 7.10 Bajan Belle; 8.40 Westminster City; 9.10 Judeeka.

Pontefract: 6.55 Fast Foil; 7.55 M Johnston's sel; 9.25 Surprised.

TUESDAY: Salisbury: 2.0 Miss Domuch; 2.30 Anno Domini; 3.0 Takrir; 3.30 Shalimar.

Redcar: 2.45 Royal Romeo; 3.15 Send It To Penny; 3.45 Pivotable; 4.15 Noufari.

WEDNESDAY: Beverley: 2.20 Uhoomagoo; 2.50 Able Native; 3.20 Tipperary Sunset; 4.20 Dance West.

Lingfield: 2.0 New Assembley; 4.0 Cozzie.

Hereford: 2.10 Zabadi; 4.40 L S Lowry.

Kempton: 6.30 Moonlight Dancer; 8.30 Barcelona; 9.0 Total Care.

Hamilton: 7.15 Italian Affair; 8.45 Albinona.

SATURDAY: Batswing (York).
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Title Annotation:Racing
Author:Warwick, Rex
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jun 11, 2000
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