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29-5--- 10.30 am
6-24--- 1 pm
12-9--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 9 7 8 24
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSONMAN 15 9 8 4
15 SICK WOMAN 4
18 WATERBOAT 7 13 2 22
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 5 10 5 20
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to December 31
34 (Blind Man) 1 pm
20 (Dog) 10.30 am
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
5 (Parson Man)---10.30 am
21 (Mouth)---1 pm
15 (Sick Woman)---6.30 pm
Happy and prosperous 2015 to all readers
and those who regularly click onto
www.dailyearner.co.uk for the DAILY
EARNER racing service.
It s impossible to guarantee happiness but
statistics over a period of more than forty
years have proved my prowess from analysing,
computing a time-handicap; thousands have
profited and at least that should have resulted
So often we ve mentioned the harder you
work, the luckier you become and, yet again,
I ll be dedicating myself to the task of sup-
plying the goods and enhancing your financial
status with good-priced winners; they are
there to be unearthed and, believe me, I ll
As ever I ll preach the need to exercise
patience, stick with the daily patent and
judge this column on a monthly basis, not
daily and, most importantly, ALWAYS BE
READY! Never back singles at less than 2/1
and place the DP bet as late as possible to
avoid non-runners and place disappoint-
ments when each-way is involved. Be pro-
fessional in your dealings, like what the book-
Your bets are their business, be like Lionel
Messi, run at them, and score!
Robin Hill should beat six moderate rivals
in the Maiden 2-y-o Stakes over five furlongs
of Southwell fibresand and it s just a question
as to whether this Misu Bond filly is able to
act on the deep stuff!
Obviously it s against the grain to back a
three-year-old against aged rivals, (she was
a juvenile yesterday!) but Robin Hill ticks too
many boxes, despite the aforementioned
William Muir s charge is clear best-in on
my time-handicap, advantaged by a 5lbs fil-
lies allowance, by far the most experienced,
blinkered for the first time and her action
suggests there wont be a problem with this
Fillies can be devastating when initially
fitted with the equipment and this is def-
initely the time to catch them.
We napped Robin Hill for a handicap on
Wolverhampton Tapeta last month but under
Graham Lee was unable to overcome being
drawn wide (almost in the car park!) and yet
achieved a TH mark that would just about
be good enough on this occasion; I ve talked
myself into having a bet!
Rock On Ruby returns to his happiest hunting
ground for the Dornan Engineering Hurdle at
Winner of the 2012 Champion Hurdle, he was
second to Hurricane Fly 12 months later before
turning his attention to chasing last term.
However, he failed to sparkle over the bigger
obstacles and was switched back to hurdles,
returning to winning ways in the Relkeel Hurdle
at Prestbury Park nearly three weeks ago.
This race was immediately pinpointed by
trainer Harry Fry and while the distance looks
ideal, he faces stiffer opposition and is carrying
an 8lb penalty so Fry knows it will not be easy.
With no race over the intermediate distance
of two and a half miles at the Festival in March,
Fry has yet to commit him to the World Hurdle
over three miles and his performance here could
offer a valuable pointer as to future plans.
"Hopefully the rain holds off until after the
race as everyone knows he's not as effective in
the soft," said Fry.
"He came out of his last race really well and
this has always been the plan since. There's
obviously more strength in depth to this race
than the Relkeel and he's got to carry an 8lb
penalty, so it will be tougher for him. We're
looking forward to taking him back there,
though, he's got a great record at Cheltenham.
"We've said all along that we'll take it one
race at a time with him. Obviously with no two-
and-a-half-mile race in March we've some
thinking to do. There's obviously the Aintree
Hurdle to think about and we know that suits
him very well indeed, but for a horse who runs
so well at Cheltenham, it would be a shame for
him to miss the Festival so we'll just have to
see what happens."
While there is a small doubt about Rock On
Ruby's stamina, there are no concerns about
Cole Harden's ability to see out the trip and
Warren Greatrex's stable star will try to expose
any chinks in the armour of his rivals.
"We had considered taking him to Ireland but
he had a very small setback and waited for this,
it's turned into a great race," said Greatrex.
"He's dropping in trip but is not a slow horse
by any means. The fact it is on the New Course
is a bonus as that will make it more of a test.
"There's a few in there that look very good
and whatever ours does, he will improve for it.
We may look at taking him back on Trials Day
at the end of January.
"We'll be making it a true test as there are
question marks over a couple stamina-wise, so
we'll see if they stay or not."
Nicky Henderson runs two smart novice
hurdlers from last season with the Supreme
runner-up Vaniteux returning to Cheltenham
after chasing home The New One recently,
while Beat That will be having his first start
since winning a Grade One at Punchestown.
In what may be a surprising decision to some,
Barry Geraghty has opted to ride Vaniteux.
Henderson said: "Beat That is having his first
run of the season.
"He was very good last year but is giving lots
of weight away and coming back in trip.
"Vaniteux, on the other hand, is stepping up in
trip and getting all the weight so Barry rides
Geraghty said: "He's getting plenty of weight
and has already had two runs, so he's got the
"I still think Beat That will run well, but the
fact Vaniteux has had those runs could be the
"He was staying on well behind The New One
and won over nearly this trip last season at
Doncaster so I can't see the trip being an issue."
The Paul Nicholls-trained Silsol, who looked
an improved performer on his return to action,
is another who cannot be dismissed in a
fascinating race, which was won last year by
Neil King does not view the drop in trip
as a negative for his stable star Zeroe-
shadesofgrey as he tackles the Neptune
Investment Management Novices Hurdle
at Cheltenham today.
Eight go to post and none can be ruled
out with certainty but King s grey boasts
the highest rating in the race on the back
of three bloodless wins over timber.
Two of those victories have been over
three miles, but King has seen enough on
the gallops to convince him his top-class
prospect will not be inconvenienced.
"He s dropping down in trip and it s quick-
er ground than the last twice, but he s in
great form and took his last race really well,"
said King. "I honestly don t see it being a
problem. He shows speed at home so the
fact he s been winning over three miles in
heavy ground at Uttoxeter suggests to me
he s got class as well. He s the highest rated
but hasn t been off the bridle over hurdles---
his bumper form helps concrete his rating
"I think he s earned a crack at a race like
this and I m really looking forward to it."
Nicky Henderson runs Different Gravey,
a winner on his Rules debut at Newbury,
and Birch Hill, who was pulled up on his
hurdling bow. "These are two very nice
horses and I honestly couldn t split them,"
"Different Gravey looked a nice prospect
when winning at Newbury, but that was
over two miles and now he s stepping up to
two and a half. Birch Hill just didn t jump
last time for some reason, but he shows
plenty at home."
Barry Geraghty rides Different Gravey but
he is fearful he could be on the wrong one.
"He won well at Newbury and looks a
nice sort," said Geraghty.
"But Birch Hill, if you ignore his Hunt-
ingdon run, could easily beat me getting
10lb. His form in a Cheltenham bumper is
very smart and he just never jumped at
Huntingdon for some reason.
"I could quite easily be on the wrong one,
but you can t ride them all."
Harry Fry has always rated Thomas Brown
highly but a jumping error cost him vital
momentum at Newbury last time.
"In fairness, he did very well to stand up
at the third last given how wrong he met
it. He was giving the winner lumps of weight
so it was a very solid performance," said Fry.
"We had him in the Challow earlier this
week but looking at the ratings for that, he
would have had it all to do so we came here
instead. Saying that, it looks very competitive,
as all Cheltenham novice hurdles are. Quite
understandably when you have a nice novice
hurdler you want them to get as much expe-
rience as they can of the track if they are
going to go there in March.
"He doesn t want extremes of ground so
good to soft should be perfect for him."
Colin Tizzard runs Robinsfirth, a bumper
winner who scored on his hurdling debut
"It s obviously a huge step up in class but
he s only raced three times and won twice,"
"He s a lovely, big horse and we re running
him to see where we stand against the good
ones. It s a similar situation to Native River
in the Challow but whereas he is only four,
this lad turns six tomorrow so ought to know
a bit more.
"This looks hot, a few have rerouted from
the Challow, but we ll know more after it."
Tom O Brien is looking forward to riding
the Philip Hobbs-trained Brother Tedd, a
winner of his last two after coming to grief
on his debut over obstacles.
"He fell on his first run (over hurdles) at
Fontwell, but he s won his next two really
well," said O Brien.
"He looks very progressive and we ll go
there hoping for the best."
9.30 Robin Hill
10.40 Sleepy Sioux
11.45 Luv U Whatever
Luv U Whatever Ruby out to shine
again at headquarters
Zero aiming to be Cheltenham hero
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