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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, February 4, 2015
18-21--- 10.30 am
24-4--- 1 pm
13-19--- 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: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to February 3
1 (Centipede) 10.30 am
6 (Belly) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
35 (Big Snake)
12 (King)---10.30 am
1 (Centipede)---1 pm
11 (Corbeau)---6.30 pm
33 (Spider) 1 pm
Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere is on course to
have his final outing before the defence of his Chel-
tenham crown in Sunday s Hennessy Gold Cup at
Leopardstown, where he will face eight possible
This season has been all about another trip to the
Cotswolds for Jim Culloty s stable star, who will be
gunning for a third successive win at the Festival
having also been successful in the 2013 RSA Chase.
He made a pleasing return to action in the two-
and-a-half-mile John Durkan which meant connections
approached the Lexus over Christmas with confidence,
but he was only seventh and his jockey Davy Russell
hopes that was just a blip.
"We weren t that happy to be honest, though, espe-
cially after his good first run at Punchestown when
we were over the moon with him.
"We thought he d improved for that so hopefully
he can take a step forward again at Leopardstown."
Willie Mullins has two strong possibles in Gold Cup
runner-up On His Own, who bounced back to form
in the Lexus, and Boston Bob.
Carlingford Lough, who made a respectable come-
back in the Lexus when fifth, is on course to have his
second start of the season.
Ted Walsh s Foxrock makes the leap out of handicap
company having won the BoyleSports Chase.
First Lieutenant is likely to take up his entry, meaning
he will not be running in Haydock s Grand National
Trial a week later.
Gordon Elliott s Roi Du Mee, Noel Meade s Texas
Jack and Henry de Bromhead s Home Farm complete
Options needed for 'door
Sunday s Hennessy Gold Cup has come too soon
for Shutthefrontdoor with connections now hoping
to find a suitable opportunity before a potential crack
at the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Jonjo O Neill s progressive chaser won the Irish
Grand National last season and reappeared earlier in
the campaign with a stylish win at Carlisle in Novem-
ber.Not sighted over Christmas when O Neill s string
were going through a quiet time, he held an entry in
this weekend s Leopardstown showpiece but his name
was not among the five-day acceptors.
"He s just not quite there yet," said Frank Berry,
owner JP McManus racing manager.
"He s just a bit behind where you d want him to
be for a race like that.
"We decided that he could do with another two
weeks so Jonjo will be on the lookout for another race
for him, I don t know which one it will be.
"He s in the Gold Cup and the Grand National. If
he s going to go to Cheltenham he ll have to have
another run somewhere."
Mullins dominates Deloitte entry
Willie Mullins has five of the possible 12 runners
in Sunday s Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Mullins has won the race for the past two years
with Champagne Fever and Vautour, who both went
on to win the Supreme Novices Hurdle at Chel-
The handler also has the exciting Alvisio Ville, who
is owned by JP McManus and is second favourite for
the Supreme with some bookmakers despite having
had only one run over timber to date
Black Hercules, McKinley, Royal Bond winner Nichols
Canyon and Sempre Medici complete the Mullins
Mouse Morris Alpha Des Obeaux was second to
Mullins Douvan, the clear favourite for the Supreme,
on his last start and he remains a possible.
"He ran an absolute cracker the last day," said Mor-
"We ve left him in just to see what is what, the
owners will have a few others in the mix so we ll see.
He s in at Clonmel (which is currently unraceable) on
Last year s winner Harry Topper and
exciting novice Coneygree are two of
the star names among nine in con-
tention for Saturday s Betfair Denman
Chase at Newbury.
Since his bloodless success in the mud
12 months ago, the Kim Bailey-trained
Harry Topper has been pulled up in the
Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter
and on his return in the Betfair Chase
at Haydock, but looks set to defend his
Mark Bradstock s Coneygree has
returned from almost two years on the
sidelines seemingly better than ever, win-
ning impressively at Newbury s Hennessy
meeting before a smart performance at
Kempton on Boxing Day.
The eight-year-old could earn himself
a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup with
another victory in Berkshire this weekend
and will have a new rider, with regular
pilot Nico de Boinville sidelined by sus-
Richard Johnson will come in for the
ride should champion jockey Tony
McCoy be unavailable.
Connections have identified McCoy
as the number one choice, but he may
be required for one of Jonjo O Neill s two
entries in the race, Holywell or Taquin
Du Seuil, and Johnson is waiting in the
The trainer s wife, Sara Bradstock, said:
"We ve spoken to Jonjo and he won t
run his horses unless he can school them
on the grass this week and obviously it s
frozen up at the moment.
"Because of that it s not definite that
AP (McCoy) won t be able to ride, but
we ve got Richard Johnson on standby
in case he isn t available.
"Our horse has just been schooling in
the indoor school. We would have pre-
ferred to get him on the grass, but we
wouldn t not go on Saturday because of
it."Jonjo O Neill s Holywell won at Chel-
tenham and Aintree last spring, but like
a number of the string, has been out of
sorts so far this term.
He could look to get his season back
on track in time for the Festival, as could
his stable companion, Taquin Du Seuil.
Paul Nicholls has won this race with
the likes of Kauto Star, Denman and Sil-
viniaco Conti in recent years and this
season s potential representative is
Unioniste who has strong claims judged
on an impressive victory at Sandown last
Owner John Hales said: "The plan is
to run Unioniste in the Betfair Denman
Chase. He ran a really encouraging race
in the Hennessy and won very well at
Sandown last time.
"He seems to be on an upward curve
which is good going into the weekend."
The Venetia Williams-trained Houblon
Des Obeaux, Nigel Twiston-Davies Dou-
ble Ross, Linda Jewell s Itoldyou and
Rajdhani Express from Nicky Henderson s
yard complete the entries.
Meanwhile, impressive Sandown win-
ner Le Reve will not take his chance in
this season s Crabbie s Grand National
on April 11.
Lucy Wadham s seven-year-old was
deemed good enough to contest the Hen-
nessy Gold Cup at Newbury this season
and created a deep impression when
given what his trainer described as a
"brilliant" ride by Daryl Jacob on Sat-
Talk of a potential tilt at the Aintree
marathon surfaced in the immediate
aftermath of the race, but Wadham con-
ceded that he will be a wiser, more expe-
rienced horse in 12 months time.
She said: "He has come out of Sat-
urday s race in good form but I have
resisted putting him in this year s Nation-
"He is still very young at the age of
seven and is open to much more
improvement in the jumping depart-
"Next year will be his year and we ll
instead give him an entry in the BetBright
Chase at Kempton and three-mile hand-
icap on the opening day of the Festival
"He won well at the weekend, Daryl
gave him a brilliant ride and he s an excit-
ing horse for us going forward."
Rockfast is nigh on a time-handicap
cert for the Maiden Stakes over ten fur-
longs Chelmsford polytrack, just a ques-
tion of an extra two furlongs, on a new
course which apparently rides slow, is
Welsh trainer, David Evans, revealed the
state of this all-weather circuit during an
interview on Monday; he s a man of few
words, not a guesser!
Gary Moore-trained Rockfast led in a
similar race over a mile on Lingfield poly
last month before failing to find extra against
Eirates Skycargo and Goathland; distances
were two and a half lengths and a length.
Fourth, six lengths away, was With
Approval, winner last Saturday!
computed/analysed this particular race I ve
been looking forward to taking advantage
of the above-average form; With Approval
was 16/1 when we started to back him Sat-
Price-wise we could be stymied but
Rockfast is included for the daily patent
which involves three singles, three doubles
and a treble; seven bets providing the singles
aren t 2/1 or less.
Whenever possible we ll aim at decent-
priced selections to exploit the each-way
doubles/trebles field; that s where the real
dividends are and Hollie Point should go
off at decent odds in the Maiden Fillies
Stakes over seven furlongs of poly at
Hollie Point is a maiden due to being
disqualified after winning at Newcastle
last year, since when negative tactics have
contributed to the frustration; significantly
talented apprentice, Kevin Stott, has been
As mentioned the TH is my guide and
all signals are firmly in the direction of
Another promising apprentice, Gary
Mahon, claims the full allowance on top-
weight Mecado in the eight-runner 3-y-
o handicap; that should weigh heavily
against his rivals!
Rockfast at Chelmsford
10.45 Hollie Point
Topper in line for Denman defence
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