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Brutus has an outstanding opportunity
to register his first success, at the fourth
attempt, in the Maiden Two-year-old
Stakes over seven furlongs of Kempton
polytrack today; Richard Hannons charge
is the only one with half-decent form
which will definitely be good enough unless
there s a mystery lurking among thirteen
It s unlikely because Brutus has earned
an official rating of 81; such a time-handicap
mark wins this-type race nineteen times
out of twenty and the Desert Style colt ticks
all boxes including the best draw, number
The best stall can, of course, become a
coffin box with a tardy start but Brutus
is also the most experienced; we have a
solid bet, especially with all-weather spe-
cialist Jim Crowley on our side.
There are so many factors to consider,
experience is top of the pile when it comes
to final analysis having studied all other
possibilities; races are much more predictable
than punters realise, especially when dealing
with an experienced thoroughbred.
Surely that s common sense but, unfor-
tunately, it doesn t preclude all of us making
mistakes, time and again.
Two divisions of the Maiden Two-year-
old Stakes over a mile looked tasty but they
are much of a muchness, difficult, and so
is the nursery which is why my focus goes
across to Lingfield where Bonfire Heart and
Seychelloise clash in the Maiden Two-year-
old Stakes over six furlongs; preference is
for the former.
Bonfire Heart achieved her best TH mark
in a handicap 13 days ago when beaten a
head by heavily-backed, The Fairy; that s
massive in my book because Steve Donohue
rode this Exceed And Excel filly for the first
time and, significantly, he s booked again.
A good, underestimated jockey.
Incidentally there s a fine line between
experienced and a pensioner, as I ve learned
this past week, twice!
No names, no pack-drill!
8.30 Bonfire Heart
9.00 Steppe Daughter
Brutus can pay off
King pleased with Smad workout
Philip Hobbs is hoping Cheltenham Festival
winner Fingal Bay can give him another big
notable success in the Hennessy Gold Cup at New-
bury on Saturday week.
The Minehead handler has started the season
in excellent form, winning the Old Roan Chase
with Wishfull Thinking and the Charlie Hall with
Menorah before he dominated the Paddy Power
meeting at Cheltenham last weekend with six win-
Fingal Bay has won eight of his 12 races but
returned to hurdles last season after a bad experience
at Exeter in December 2012, when he jumped vio-
lently left before running out and crashing through
Connections found no explanation for that display,
but Fingal Bay subsequently suffered an injury that
kept him off the track until last February when he
won at Exeter before going on to glory in the
Pertemps Final at Cheltenham.
"He s in very good form, he s had four seasons
and always won first time out. We re going to have
to go straight for the Hennessy, which wasn t the
plan originally, but we ll have to go straight there
now," Hobbs told At The Races.
"He s run in three chases. In the first two at
Chepstow and Cheltenham he jumped brilliantly,
but I still have no idea what happened at Exeter
when he jumped badly one way and eventually ran
"He hurt his tendon after that but that wasn t
the reason he ran so badly - we just have no idea.
"Since that he s come back and won at the Chel-
tenham Festival and he seems good."
More Of That in racecourse gallop
More Of That pleased rider Richie McLernon
in an exercise canter at Newbury racecourse yes-
Winner of last season s World Hurdle, Jonjo
O Neill s charge travelled smoothly in a steady piece
of work with a stablemate as he nears a return to
With Tony Mccoy still sidelined by injury, McLer-
non stepped in for the racecourse spin and was
satisfied with More Of That s efforts.
He said: "We went steady enough on that wet
"Last year proved how good he was. Beating the
best Ireland has in Annie Power was as good as
any horse had to offer. I m sure the boss will have
him ready when the time comes."
McLernon hit the bar in the Paddy Power Gold
Cup at Cheltenham last Saturday as Johns Spirit
was edged out by Caid Du Berlais and connections
feel handicap company is no longer an option.
He said: "It was a massive run by Johns Spirit,
I couldn t be happier with the performance and I
know Mr O Neill felt the same way.
"We ve always thought highly of him, and on
Saturday he proved with a top-class run that hand-
icaps are out of the question now."
Challow option for Parlour Games
Trainer John Ferguson is looking forward to
stepping up to Grade One company with Parlour
Games following his latest success at Cheltenham.
The six-year-old showed he was a smart recruit
from the Flat when running out a ready winner of
the Grade Two Neptune Investment Management
Novices Hurdle on Friday.
On the back of his four-and-a-half-length verdict
over Blaklion, Parlour Games could now go for the
Betfred Challow Hurdle at Newbury on December
"Parlour Games has come out of his race really
well and we ll consider the Challow for him at
Newbury," said Ferguson.
Alan King believes Smad Place could
develop into a Cheltenham Gold Cup horse
in time as he gears up for his seasonal
return in the Hennessy Gold Cup at New-
The seven-year-old was last seen when
finishing second, beaten just a neck, in the
RSA Chase at the Festival last March and
he is among the leading lights for the New-
bury feature on Saturday week.
Smad Place, who is set to carry 11st 6lb
in the Grade Three event, engaged in some
light work at the Berkshire venue on Tuesday
morning, enjoying a canter with stablemate
and fellow Hennessy hopeful Midnight
King expects Smad Place to go well off
his BHA mark of 155.
He said: "If I ve got a horse that could
run in a Gold Cup, it has to be Smad Place.
I feel he has strengthened up a lot this season
and given the impression that there could
well be more improvement to come.
"He did everything but win (at the Festival)
last season and was just run out of it at the
line. Competing off his current mark, he
would need to run well to earn a place in
any Gold Cup field, but if we have a Gold
Cup horse in the yard, he is the one.
""He s been placed on each of the three
occasions he s been to the Festival.
"Off a mark of 155, he should go well.
Wayne (Hutchinson) will probably ride."
King was a man to follow at the 2013
Hennessy Festival, netting three successes,
and he could have a capable second string
in Midnight Prayer, who was last seen win-
ning the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham
The Barbury Castle handler said: "Mid-
night Prayer often leads in his work at home
and won over four miles so stamina is not
"He cantered a mile and six (furlongs)
with Smad Place and they just breezed along.
Neither had a hard blow when they came
back. I think he s on a workable mark (141).
He was very fresh and full of himself when
he came off the lorry this morning.
"Bringing them here gets the adrenalin
going and gives them something to think
about on an away day."
Oliver Sherwood elected not to take Many
Clouds to work at Newbury, explaining that
the Trevor Hemmings-owned gelding had
"done enough" in his comeback race at
Carlisle, and would now complete his Hen-
nessy preparation at home.
Sherwood said: "He s just coming back
from his Carlisle exertions and it wouldn t
have been right to bring him here to work
because I have him just where I want him.
"Carlisle and Towcester are the two stiffest
tracks in the country and when we went to
Carlisle I thought we might struggle to beat
Eduard. I got that bit wrong and was really
pleased with our fella, who has grown into
a man and was just a teenager last year."
Many Clouds was put up 7lb for his suc-
cess in Cumbria but Sherwood still expects
him to be competitive off his revised mark.
He said: "I still think he s capable of win-
ning a decent race off his new mark. If you
take his run in the Reynoldstown at face
value we would have had to be knocking on
the door in the RSA Chase.
"It s bad luck for Rebecca (Curtis) that
she lost her winner of the race (O Faolains
Boy), but the form is there for all to see.
"I always thought he was a Hennessy
horse because years ago there was a spate
of second-season novices that came here
and won the race.
"I think my horse has improved both
physically and mentally and sometimes you
find the handicapper hasn t caught up with
this type of horse."
Sherwood expects Smad Place to run a
big race for King while also giving favourable
mention to any challengers from the in-
form Philip Hobbs yard.
He added: "I respect Kingy s horse (Smad
Place), while anything Hobbsy brings you
would have to take seriously. He could win
with the yard cat right now!
"My job in the next week and a half is to
make sure we get him here in one piece.
Then it s up to Leighton Aspell and the horse
to get the job done."
10-20 --- 10.30 am
11-23--- 6.30 pm
3, 13, 16, 18, 19
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 8
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSONMAN 13 7 7 27
15 SICK WOMAN 4
18 WATERBOAT 6 11 2 19
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 8 10 3 21
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 4 10 4 18
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to November 18
6 (Belly) 1 pm
10 (Monkey) 10.30 am
20 (Dog) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
27 (Little Snake)
34 (Blind Man)
23 (House)---10.30 am
29 (Opium Man)---1 pm
23 (House)---6.30 pm
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