RACING: CALVER'S OUT FOR THE VIEW.
This blinkered old favourite led the Great St Wilfrid field a merry dance for five-and-a-half furlongs three week's ago, to show his fans he is in fine fettle for today's dash over that trip.
The draw looks to favour this horse, who bids to send Ripon trainer Peter Calver out with another big win in his farewell season.
Calver's flier is ideally placed in stall five to get the favoured far rail after his usual rocket start and Calver has booked his lucky jockey, Kevin Darley, the man who won the Ayr Silver Cup for him two year's ago.
"As a Scotsman it was my ambition to win the Ayr Gold Cup, so the Silver Cup was a pretty good substitute. This horse has been a great servant to us," said Calver.
"My landlord is not as interested in racing as he used to be and retirement is being forced on me a bit, but I shall still be busy," added the qualified vet who will be busy looking over yearlings across the road at the sales this week.
Bryan Smart took last year's sales race by storm with first and third, but his big hope this term, Don Puccini is injured and, while Bond Boy is expected to go well, he may struggle to cope with once-raced Blue Bolivar, highly rated in the Richard Hannon stable.
Kieren Fallon has fancied rides all day as he gets ready to put his feet up on a five-day suspension.
The champion was red hot at Lingfield yesterday when his five-timer included a first win of 1999 for next year's boss Sir Michael Stoute on Leading Note.
The champion also had an embarrassing moment when Lucky Archer bolted with him before the start of the showcase race and was withdrawn.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Sep 8, 1999|
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