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HORSE RACING: RYAN GETS THE NOD; Apprentice gunning for glory.

Byline: GARRY OWEN (Gordon Brown)

APPRENTICE Ryan Moore will partner Vodafone Stewards' Cup winner Bond Boy in Saturday's William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon.

And his mount was backed into joint-favouritism for the pounds 50,000 sprint with the sponsors after working well yesterday.

But trainer Bryan Smart has warned punters that the gelding is not certain to tackle the six-furlong handicap.

"Bond Boy worked well this morning and I am very pleased with him but he is not a definite runner at Ripon," Smart said.

"I was delighted with the horse, in fact I couldn't be more pleased.

"He went four and a half furlongs on the bridle very nicely, didn't blow much. I am very happy.

"But we need to see what the ground is like - he needs to have some give - and there is nothing definite with the weather we've been having.

"There is also a race for him at Goodwood and we know he loves that track.

He's gone up 9lb for his Stewards Cup win - it's a lot of weight."

Moore, a 5lb claimer who has ridden 19 winners this year, only returned to action yesterday after he was hurt in a fall at Brighton.

The apprentice's agent Tony Hind said: "Ryan is delighted to be on Bond Boy as he was booked for him in the Stewards' Cup only to be claimed by his boss Richard Hannon for Grey Eminence.

Meanwhile Hamilton stages the final night meeting of the year in Scotland and Niagara (7.55) can land the Showcase event.

A course and distance winner just under 12 months ago, Mark Tompkins' charge comes here off the back of a short break and has slipped to quite an attractive rating.

Consistent Dispol Foxtrot should again be on the premises but the main threat may come from recent Epsom scorer Suave Performer.

The Lanarkshire track's Italian evening meeting gets under starters orders with a claimer which I reckon can go to Alan Berry's Ayr May winner Boom Or Bust (5.55).

In the juvenile maiden any market moves for newcomers Tedzar (6.25) or Nathan Brittles would be significant and it is the former, a gelding by Inzar, that I fancy to make a winning debut.

With the stalls back on the far side a high draw will be advantageous so side with Linda Perratt's Viewforth (6.55), who should go close from stall 17.

The maiden handicap isn't an easy riddle to solve and the safest option may be to side with Geoff Wragg's slowly-improving Newmarket raider Hawkley (7.25).

Christmas Truce (8.25) can complete a treble for the Tompkins yard in the finale.

Meanwhile a lucky racegoer will win a shirt worn by Rangers star Lorenzo Amoruso in a free racecard competition.

NORMAN McINTOSH, who won the 1966 Ayr Gold Cup Milesius, has died aged 72.

Tommy Craig, nephew of Milesius' trainer George Boyd said yesterday: "Mac was a great lightweight jockey. He was sought after when he was in the Boyd stable and Sam Hall thought the world of him."

His funeral will take place in Edinburgh tomorrow.
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Date:Aug 14, 2002
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