Racing Gossip: Trackman is back with the latest paddock talk as he lines up some bets at Ascot on Saturday

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And it will be a right royal surprise if anything stops her notching-up a record breaking third win in the King George at Ascot today.

The whisper from Newmarket is that John Gosden’s money maker has been lapping pigeons on the gallops.

Connections are oozing confidence and will be giving Columbo a bell if she gets turned over.

Talking about detective work, I’m told the Kempton Park security team had to sort out an unusual problem the other day.

Apparently, a well-known local rascal swerved the track’s lookouts and crept into the main car park holding a gilt-framed painting.

When he was accosted our art loving pal claimed he was a mate of William Buicks and wanted him to sign the picture as he was up front and centre riding the winner.

Now, these security guards know a thing or two about the gee-gees and spotted that his painting was Dancing Brave winning the 1986 King George.

They duly informed our iffy antiques lover that baby faced Buick wasn’t even a glint in his dad’s eye back in the summer of `86.

The rogue gulped, bundled the picture under his arm and said `sorry boys, wrong horse’ before having it away on his toes.

His painting might have been warmish, but it couldn’t be hotter than Sussex-trainer David Menuisier.

Deadly Dave is the best French import since Eric Cantona and hit the headlines when racking-up a career first treble at Sandown on Thursday night.

Punters piled into his trio and I hear the layers did a nice few quid when highly-rated Shouldering (6-1 to 4-1) nipped through the eye of a needle to win a novice event.

The word is Dave has got more ammo to fire than the Royal Artillery and he is particularly sweet on twice-raced maiden Winter Reprise.

Ryan Moore has given connections a thumbs-up about this fella and he should be on the front page of your notebook.

There was more misery for the bookies at Yarmouth when in-form Jack Mitchell booted home heavily backed Craigburn (10-1 to 13-2).

Funnily enough, seaside tracks like Yarmouth remind me of my grandad who was always telling tales about `fighting them on the beaches’.

Lovely man…..terrible deckchair attendant though.


TSAR (3.00 Ascot) had a confidence booster at Yarmouth last time and still looks well treated.

Anyone with ears has heard that Marcus Tregoning’s stable star Mohaather is `expected’ in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood next week.

And some shrewd faces have told me to not to miss his two-year-old Alkumait in the maiden there on Tuesday.

Martin Dwyer handled this fella with kid-gloves on his debut and I’m assured he will be ready to rumble.

And there’s a strong shout from the gallop watchers that Charlie Appleby’s Dhahabi will win at Newmarket (1.40) on Saturday.

He’s got a better pedigree than birthday boy Prince George and has looked the business in his homework.

Finally, Ryan Moore was spotted riding The Queen’s unraced Inveigle in a bit of work for `ding-dong’ Michael Bell this week.

He ran all over an older stablemate in the gallop and clever people close to the yard are getting ready to have a bash at him in the opener at Ascot (12.40).


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