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Happy Dreams wont be a surprise if he
causes one in the moderate-looking Maid-
en Stakes over a mile of Lingfield polytrack
today. Indeed this Fastnet Rock colt could
turn out to be a nightmare for a few book-
There are plenty of serious punters reading
this column and they so nearly took full
advantage of a real beaut at this venue two
days ago when heavily-backed With
Approval was denied an outright success;
Charles Hills charge was caught on the line
by 100/1 chance Van Huysen and they dead-
50% of winnings are deducted but we
had 16/1 earlier in the day and the place
paid a solid dividend; end of what was a
miserable month just had to possess a touch
Throughout the 31 days one suffered a
chest infection and hardly left my house;
changing temperatures wrought havoc and
but for a course of anti-biotics you wouldn t
be reading my ramblings now, I m totally
convinced of that.
Also we re convinced that David Simcock
is one of the best trainers in the United
Kingdom, one worth following; his young-
sters tread a similar path and Happy Dreams
could provide an example.
Over course and distance last month
Happy Dreams missed the break and was
tenderly handled by Martin Lane in the fast-
run race won by Emirates Skycargo, fourth
was With Approval!
Happy Dreams was beaten thirteen
lengths but he ll improve considerably, you
can bet on that!
Wolverhampton also stages a Tapeta
meeting and veteran trainer, Pam Sly, has
found an opportunity for recent purchase
Taweyla in the eight-runner Maiden Stakes
over twelve furlongs.
Formerly with Roger Varian, where he
will have been well cared for, Taweyla shaped
well last month in a similar race on Kempton
polytrack; that guarantees a place and each-
way is the direction we re headed.
At Musselburgh don t miss strongly-fan-
cied I m Too Generous in the Maiden Hurdle
over two miles, can t find a danger!
9.30 I'm Too Generous
10.50 Happy Dreams
12.10 Taweyla (e.w)
Happy Dreams at Lingfield
Kirby shines at Chelmsford
Hidden Cyclone got back on the winning trail
with a comprehensive victory in the Boylesports
Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown.
Shark Hanlon s stable star filled the runner-up
spot three times at Grade One level last season
before falling on his final appearance of the campaign
at the Punchestown Festival and also came to grief
on his return at Thurles in November.
However, having chased home the reopposing
Twinlight at Leopardstown over Christmas, he was
the 6-5 favourite to reverse the placings with an
8lb pull at the weights in this Grade Two event
and he did so with the minimum of fuss.
Dominating from the front throughout, Hidden
Cyclone jumped neatly in the hands of Andrew
McNamara and left his rivals trailing when kicking
on from two out.
With those previous tumbles perhaps in mind,
McNamara slowed his mount down heading to the
final fence, but he popped over nicely and had
plenty in hand as he passed the post clear of Bright
New Dawn, who edged out Twinlight for second.
Easy for Hargam at Musselburgh
Sky Bet cut Hargam to 9/1 from 11/1 for the JCB
Triumph Hurdle following the juvenile s facile suc-
cess at Musselburgh.
The Nicky Henderson-trained youngster was
the clear form pick in the John Smith s Scottish
Triumph Hurdle Trial and was duly sent off the
Those who took the short odds never had an
anxious moment as the grey gave Champion Jockey
Tony McCoy an armchair ride.
McCoy never had to ask the winner a question
as he eased clear of the toiling Starchitect, who
had chased home the winner s stablemate Peace
And Co at Doncaster, with a shake of the reigns
to win by six lengths.
"AP (McCoy) thought it would be a good idea
to come here to get him on some nice ground as
he won despite of the soft ground last time," said
"It s good prize money, the timing is good and
we knew we d get his ground.
"I was very pleased with that and AP was too.
He jumped very well and travelled well and enjoyed
"I ll talk to JP but I imagine it s straight to the
Triumph now, he doesn t need another run.
"Obviously we ve got Peace And Co too and
we re very lucky to have them both but there ll be
more than just him to beat.
"I was really quite impressed too, they weren t
complete mugs he was beating."
Williams happy with Lliege ride
Venetia Williams believes jockey Callum Whillans
"should be commended" after guiding Gorgehous
Lliege to the runner-up spot in controversial cir-
cumstances in Saturday s West Wales National at
The Rebecca Curtis-trained Bob Ford began to
assert from the third-last fence in the hands of
Paul Townend and looked set to finish alone when
Gorgehous Lliege appeared to pull up approaching
the final obstacle.
However, after giving his mount a few moments
to recover, Whillans and Gorgehous Lliege then
jumped the obstacle in their own time to finish a
distant second, picking up a little over £8,000 in
The stewards on-course at the Welsh circuit were
satisfied Whillans had not broken any Rules and
Williams, who watched on television from Sandown,
was happy with her rider s actions and reports her
charge to be none the worse on Sunday morning.
Leading all-weather jockey Adam Kirby
enjoyed a double as Chelmsford City
opened its gates to the general public for
the first time.
The Essex circuit, formerly known as
Great Leighs, closed in January 2009 after
going into administration less than a year
after it launched, but reopened earlier this
year under its new name.
The first fixture at the track took place
on January 11 in front of a collection of
invited guests and connections of the run-
ners, while two further meetings were run
to ensure the on-course facilities were suit-
able for the general public.
Kirby got the fourth card at Chelmsford
off to a flyer as he steered Charlie Appleby s
even-money favourite Wanting to an assured
victory in toteplacepot Maiden Fillies Stakes,
beating stablemate Simple Elegance by two
and a quarter lengths.
"It was a good performance and she ll
improve a bit from that as well," said Kirby
"She travelled round nicely, when I went
for her she was a little bit gormless, but
then she got on with it. She s a nice filly.
"It s a funny track. Your sort of running
into the winning line on the turn, so for
babies it looks like they re running into a
dead end. A lot of horses are pulling up in
Kirby completed his brace aboard the
John Jenkins-trained Karam Albaari, who
sauntered eight lengths clear in the totepool
We Love Winners Handicap.
Martin Harley enjoyed a treble at the
track s latest meeting on Wednesday and
found the target again aboard 5-1 favourite
Rock Charm in the totequadpot Handicap.
"The good strong gallop suited him and
I think the slower surface suited him. I think
that (stiff mile) is his thing," Harley told At
Jamie Spencer rode his first Chelmsford
winner as he guided Jamie Osborne s
Thanksgiving Day (11-4) to an all-the-way
success in the Bet On UK Racing With
Spencer said: "It s not nice conditions
for the horses as it s very windy and I think
his experience helped.
"We went a good pace, the others drew
up to me a long way out, but he kept going
up the straight. He s done well to make all
and is probably better than the bare result."
John Butler s Come On Dave (10-1) also
dominated from the front in the five-furlong
totepool Handicap under Liam Keniry.
Butler said: "He s a peculiar horse and
has his moments. He s a front-runner and
it s a sprint, so anything can happen.
"It s harder to go faster than (Come On)
Dave. He s pretty fast over four (furlongs),
the race suited, he had a change of headgear
and we freshened him up after his last run.
"This was the plan and it was a good
Jockey Kieren Fox and trainer John Best
echoed the thoughts of many others after
9-2 chance Gung Ho Jack benefited from
a positive ride in the Lookers Land Rover
Of Bishops Stortford Handicap.
Best said: "I don t think the surface suited
him. The jockeys are all coming back saying
it is much too soft. They are going in a long
"You ve got to be prominent and I thought
Kieren did a great job to get to the position
he did from the draw."
Fox used his whip above the permitted
level and was suspended for four days, Feb-
ruary 16-19 inclusive.
Tickets were available on the gate for the
first time and the attendance was in excess
Chelmsford City managing director Phil
Siers said: "It was fantastic to see so many
people visiting Chelmsford City for the first
time. It was a cold day, but that didn t
dampen anyone s spirits. There was a real
buzz about the track and a great atmosphere
inside the new stand where many racegoers
enjoyed the warmth and the extensive cater-
ing and betting facilities.
"Overall today was another encouraging
day for the racecourse. We have received a
lot of positive feedback and will continue
to make improvements as we work towards
the Grand Opening set for late spring."
32-31--- 10.30 am
8-25--- 1 pm
8-33--- 6.30 pm
TODAY'S PICK TWO
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 1
15 SICK WOMAN 1
18 WATER BOAT 0
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 1 1 2
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSON WIFE
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURIDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to January 31
36 (Donkey) 10.30 am
5 (Parson Man) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake)
15 (Sick Woman)---10.30 am
11 (Corbeau---1 pm
10 (Monkey)---6.30 pm
22 (Rat) 1 pm
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