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Magical Effect and champion all-weather
jockey Adam Kirby team up again for the
Maiden three-year-old Stakes over six fur-
longs and it will be a major disappointment
if this once-raced, Charles Appleby-trained
New Approach colt doesn t oblige.
Thirteen weeks ago Magical Effect was
backed into favouritism for a similar race on
Wolverhampton Tapeta but fluffed his lines
somewhat by pulling too much; in the closing
stages that exhuberance contributed to defeat,
Illogical making all to win narrowly.
You would never back the winner to confirm
Apparently Magical effect has thrived and,
hopefully "Kirbs" will allow him to stride on
and sort out the wheat from the chaff!
The Dream Fast and Glorious Asset are sim-
ilarly-rated and drawn alongside in the twelve-
runner Maiden three year old Stakes over a
mile, preference is for the former, trained by
Rae Guest, brother of Richard and Lady Cecil!
"Guesty" is old school, knows what it s
like to scrape a living by backing winners;
Rae was no "silver spoon" and the expe-
rience of grafting hasn t been lost on him,
my type of trainer, and man!
The Dream Fast made an encouraging debut
last month when a half-length second to Kauf-
mann on Wolverhampton Tapeta; given this
Sleeping Indian colt encountered in-running
problems soon after the start that represented
a fine effort, four lengths clear of the third,
subsequent winner, Spinaminnie.
Improvement should be forthcoming and,
realistically, twice-raced Glorious Asset will
probably come on for his creditable third at
Kempton three weeks ago but The Dream Fast
Hello George contests the £45000 Lanzarote
Handicap Hurdle over two miles of soft Kemp-
ton; things didn t work out when Philip Hobbs
charge was sixth at Ascot last month when
napped in this column but, significantly, inex-
perienced James Best (replacing banned jockey,
Richard Johnson,) is replaced by Tom O Brien.
36-8--- 10.30 am
11-30--- 1 pm
27-9 --- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 0 0 1
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 0 1 1
05PARSONMAN 0 0 0 0
15 SICKWOMAN 0 0 1
18WATERBOAT 0 0 0 0
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 1 0 1
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 0 0 0 0
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: FRIDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to January 9
4 (Dead Man) 1 pm
29 (Opium Man) 10.30 am
15 (Sick Woman) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake)
35 (Big Snake)---10.30 am
9 (Cattle)---1 pm
11 (Corbeau)---6.30 pm
Harry Fry is thinking of a trip to Ireland
with Highland Retreat after the 5-6
favourite hung on grimly from Emily Gray
in the Betdaq No Premium Charge Mares
Chase at Doncaster.
The Listed event had been saved from
the abandoned meeting on December 29
and Fry was delighted it was resurrected as
there are no more races of this type for
Given a positive ride by Tony McCoy over
a trip short of her best, she saw off main
market rival Pepite Rose but Kim Bailey s
Emily Gray, having been nearly tailed off,
came with a wet sail and only failed by a
"I thought AP got his fractions just right,"
"I m delighted as we picked out this race
a long time ago for her.
"We might take her to Limerick now,
there s a Grade Two for mares over two-
six which might suit her."
McCoy said: "She was idling a bit in front
but I had ridden her to beat Aidan (Coleman,
on Pepite Rose) so I m not sure if she had
"Harry told me to be very positive as she
stays much further. She was brave."
McCoy had earlier taken the opener on
Henderson s Saint Charles in the Betdaq
#30 Freebet And 3% Commission Maiden
The former point-to-point winner fin-
ished fourth on his hurdling debut at Ascot
and looks a nice prospect for the future.
"At least he showed more than when I
rode him in a bumper last season and he
was tailed off," said McCoy of the 9-4
"Barry (Gergahty) was a bit disappointed
with him at Ascot to be honest but he
showed a lot more today.
"That was two-three but he s not short
of pace, he could easily drop down to two
miles. He jumped well apart from the
Nicky Richards has his best string for
some time and Glingerburn can now start
to be added to the list of promising horses
after maintaining his unbeaten record over
timber in the Cash Out On The Betdaq+
App "National Hunt" Novices Hurdle.
A winner at the track in November from
a good yardstick, he was the 11-4 second-
favourite under Brian Harding.
When he hit the last flight it appeared
the advantage was with the favourite Some
Buckle, but Glingerburn showed a likeable
attitude to get back up and win by a short
"He s a nice horse, he s just learning the
job," said Richards.
"I nearly put him away because I didn t
think he d get his ground but when I saw
good ground here I thought we d have a go.
"I thought he was the biggest certainty
ever on his debut in a bumper, but Clever
Cookie beat him.
"We might take him to the Morebattle
at Kelso on February 14 and then there s a
Grade Two back at Kelso if that goes well."
Richard Johnson gave the well-backed
Dewala (7-1) a very good ride from the front
to win the Betdaq Mares Hurdle, holding
off Balmusette by a length and a half, pro-
viding Mick Appleby with a rare winner
Emma Lavelle is confident Shotgun
Paddy can put his Welsh Grand National
flop behind him as he turns out just a
fortnight later to defend his crown in the
Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick.
The eight-year-old was a facile winner
of the Grade Three contest 12 months ago
and came agonisingly close to Cheltenham
Festival glory on his next start when going
down by just a neck to Midnight Prayer in
the National Hunt Chase.
After blowing away the cobwebs on his
seasonal return in the Long Distance Hurdle
at Newbury, Shotgun Paddy was expected
to play a leading role in Chepstow s Christ-
mas highlight but an early mistake put paid
to his chance and he was pulled up after
jumping just six fences.
Lavelle expects a better showing this
"He missed the break the second time
at Chepstow and galloped straight into the
second fence. He only jumped a few more
fences and didn t have a race at all, which
was somewhat frustrating," said the
"On the upside he s come out of it well
and seems in very good order and this now
becomes his main aim for the season, rather
than the Welsh National.
"It s a competitive race, as all these stay-
ing handicap chases are but he s only 2lb
higher than last year and everything looks
"He goes there with as good a chance
Return Spring heads the betting for the
formidable combination of Philip Hobbs
and Richard Johnson.
The eight-year-old is a novice over fences
having only had the three starts but he is
therefore unexposed, particularly over this
gruelling three-mile-five-furlong distance.
He was a determined winner in the mud
at Exeter on his penultimate start before
finishing third behind the high-class Kings
Palace at Cheltenham.
"He s very well indeed. He s only run
over three miles before as he s been hur-
"He s now had three runs over fences
which qualifies him for this Class One
"I think the longer trip will suit him well,
so that s got to be a positive."
Sean Bowen s hot streak of form has
been derailed by a shoulder injury that
will see him sidelined until next month.
The ace conditional jockey was hurt in
a fall at Catterick on Thursday. He was
partnering the Ian Duncan-trained Mil-
borough in the North Yorkshire Grand
National but the pair got no further than
the first fence.
The jockey s father, trainer Peter Bowen,
said yesterday: "Sean came out of hospital
last night and he s all right. He s just torn
a ligament off his shoulder.
"He s going to see a specialist in Cardiff
today, I believe, and we ll know a bit more
after that but I d imagine he ll be out for
three or four weeks.
"It could have been a lot worse as it was
a nasty old bump."
12.30 Magical Effect
12.55 The Dream Fast
2.40 Hello George (nap-ew)
Hello' it's 'George' again!
Highland Retreat hangs on under McCoy
Shoulder injury cools
Bowen hot streak
Alvarado, fourth in last season s Crabbie s
Grand National, is set to have his first run
of the campaign at Cheltenham on January
24.Trainer Fergal O Brien reports his ten-year-
old to be ready to return to action ahead of
another crack at the world s greatest steeple-
chase at Aintree in April.
There are two possible races for Alvarado
at Cheltenham s Festival Trials meeting while
he has also given his stable star an entry in
the Skybet Chase at Doncaster the same day.
"Hopefully he ll go to Cheltenham later in
the month. He s back in full work and all s
going well," said O Brien.
"There s a couple of races there for him and
I ve got him in the Skybet Chase at Doncaster
as well the same day."
Alvarado to be back in action ahead of Aintree
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