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Johnny Murtagh rode the first two to whittle down Pat Smullen's title lead to one, but he picked the wrong horse in the Listed Denny Cordell Lavarack Memorial.
Announcing the six shortlisted works, the chairman of the judging panel, former Tory education secretary Lord Baker said it had been a difficult choice to whittle down the 121 novels first submitted for consideration.
Johnson, Arthur, and Ford) and those monarchs who seized the crown through means other than inheritance (William I, Stephen, Henry IV, Edward IV, Richard III, Henry VII, and William III), one can whittle down a list of roughly 34 leaders for each nation.
The sell off of federally owned Furnas is a part of a massive privatization schedule that, if it actually happens, should recharge investor interest in the country and help whittle down the nation's huge domestic debt.