After a few drinks Goldberger began, with some hesitation, to narrate how he had had a quarrel over his best girl with a professional "cardsharp
," who had hit him in the jaw.
David O'Meara's grand old campaigner has run some eye-catching races already this term and followed a good second to Cardsharp
at York in May by finishing ninth in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot last time.
At loo b Newmarket, CARDSHARP
looks capable of bouncing back in the Group 3 Randox Health Criterion Stakes (3.15).
NEWCASTLE 1.50pm Cosmic Law 2.25pm Mr Lupton 3pm Michael's Mount 3.35pm Time To Study (4.10pm Snookered 4.45pm Teenar 5.15pm Diocles Of Rome 5.50pm Bobby K CHESTER 2pm Ambersand 2.35pm Duke Of Firenze 3.10pm Mawakib 3.45pm Rodnee Tee 4.20pm Super Kid 4.55pm Red Royalist 5.30pm Zapper Cass NEWMARKET 2.05pm Summer Romance NAP) 3.15pm Cardsharp
3.50pm Walton Street 4.25pm Manorah 5pm Silkstone 5.35pm Ummainar YORK 2.10pm Al Aakif 2.45pm Intisaab 3.20pm Get Knotted 3.55pm October Storm 4.30pm Mubtasimah 5.05pm Gin In The Inn 5.40pm Pirate King CURRAGH 4.40pm Monarch of 5.20pm Anthony Van TOMORROW'S NAP: Jai Hanuman (Windsor 5.35pm)
He joins forces with Companion in the Listed Randox Health Empress Fillies' Stakes (2.05) and Cardsharp
in the Group 3 Randox Health Criterion Stakes (3.15), where he will take on former Group 1 winners Limato and Suedois.
Lucky Deal - who was giving trainer Johnston a quick across-the-card treble following wins for Cardsharp
at York and Elarqam at Goodwood - is now as low as 12-1 but 16-1 with Paddy Power, Betfair and William Hill for the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle at the end of the next month.
He is drawn in stall 16 with the benefit of the speedy Cardsharp
alongside in 15.
Mark Johnston's top-weight Cardsharp
heads 170 entries.
Mark Johnston's Cardsharp
and Roger Varian's pacey Laugh A Minute head a strong three-year-old squad in the race.
Craig can do this, despite not being a professional cardsharp
(he can also spin a ball better than most dealers; you pick up a lot after 40 years) -- but his main weapon was always the numbers, indeed that's how he first became suspicious of the scammers, "because I looked at the analytics and the game margins didn't look right".
Mark Johnston saddles Cardsharp
for Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, while Godolphin bank on outsider Roussel, who was runner-up in the Windsor Castle at last year's meeting.
4.25 (6f, PS31,190): 1, CARDSHARP
(S De Sousa) 3-1; 2, Dancing Star 9-2; 3, Mythmaker 4-1.