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Weld waits on Festival ground
Windsor Park's Cheltenham Festival target
is likely to be dictated by the ground, according
to trainer Dermot Weld.
If the ground is good he is likely to step up to
three miles for the first time and take in the
Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, but if there is
cut in the ground he will take in the Neptune
Investment Management Novices' Hurdle
after finishing second in the Deloitte Novice
However, Weld has effectively ruled out a re-
turn trip to Prestbury Park for Silver Concorde
after he finished fourth in the same race.
"Silver Concorde won the bumper there last
year, he may or may not go---I'd say we'll keep
him for Punchestown," Weld told
"He's a real good ground horse, he loves
good to firm ground.
"Windsor Park put up a good performance in
the Grade One Hurdle race at Leopardstown
and he will either go for the Neptune or the
three-mile novice hurdle (Albert Bartlett), one
or the other.
"Wherever Windsor Park runs, each-way, I'm
sure he'll give a good account.
"You should always try to choose the easier
race so I'll keep both options open.
"It depends on the day, it depends on the
ground. If there is a nice spring and the ground
is good, we might go for the Albert Bartlett
with him and if it's soft ground, we'll probably
go for the Neptune with him."
Grugy on course for Chepstow
Sire De Grugy is likely to have his surprise
prep-run at Chepstow on Saturday after pleas-
ing trainer Gary Moore in a workout on Tues-
If last season's Queen Mother Champion
Chase hero passes a schooling test in the
hands of his regular pilot, the trainer's son,
jockey Jamie Moore, later in the week then the
nine-year-old will go to the Welsh venue be-
fore defending his crown at Cheltenham next
Moore is keen to give Sire De Grugy an out-
ing in the £25,000 Rifles Handicap Chase over
an extended two miles after his stable star un-
seated his rider on his comeback in the Betfair
Price Rush Chase at Newbury earlier this
"He galloped this morning and everything
went good," said Moore.
"He will school later in the week, probably on
Thursday. We will run a few tests on him and
if everything's okay, I'll speak to the owners, I'll
speak to Jamie (Moore) and we'll take it from
there. At the moment we're definitely going."
Vigil primed for second bumper bid
Pat Smullen is on course to team up with
Vigil for his boss Dermot Weld in the Weather-
bys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham next
The lightly-raced six-year-old was fifth under
Smullen to stablemate Silver Concorde 12
months ago and has had one run since, when
winning at Leopardstown in December.
Weld told the Irish Times: "I think it has to be
an advantage for Vigil to have run in the race
before although it looks an exceptional re-
newal this year. It's wide-open but I think our
horse is capable of running a good race in it
and Pat Smullen will ride."
Seven-times crowned champion jockey on
the Flat in Ireland, Smullen came closest to a
coveted Cheltenham winner when third on
Rite Of Passage in the 2009 renewal of the
Bumper behind Dunguib.
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Rialto to finally turn on the Magic
and get those much-needed winning
brackets in the Maiden Fillies Stakes
over six furlongs of Lingfield polytrack
This is definitely last chance saloon
for the consistent, hitherto luckless Mon-
sieur Bond filly and trainer Jamie Osborne
will certainly be nervous watching William
Carson attempting to make it eighth time
Twelve days ago Rialto Magic was short-
headed by Clever Love over a similar dis-
tance on Wolverhampton Tapeta which,
as previously mentioned, rides fastest of
the current all-weather tracks.
Carson has ridden Rialto Magic in her
last three races.
On the time-handicap Rialto Magic has
her best chance to date but from a serious
punting perspective we d need to secure
odds of 5/2 or better and they are unlikely
to be offered. When betting you need to
have perspective of what is good value
and Let Right Be Done could prove an
excellent example in the five-runner 3-y-
o handicap over ten furlongs.
Let Right Be Done, blinkered for the
first time, stormed home under Graham
The Enforcer Gibbons at Wolves last
month, achieving a career-best and a
follow up is expected.
Off bottom-weight Let it Be Done is
best-in by virtue of a built-up TH mark;
course winner Asima is surely the only
conceivable danger, and fancied.
Asima powered clear in a mile maiden,
has thrived since and (again!) will be part-
nered by champion jockey-elect, Luke
With two places available Let It Be Done
justifies each-way support in what prom-
ises to be an intriguing finale. No problem
for those who play betting exchanges.
Don t forget for those who prefer NH
racing any serious fancied runners will be
posted on www.dailyearner.co.uk.
Those hunter chasers are often great
value, my favourites!
Carlingford Lough and Lord Winder-
mere head the weights for the Crabbie s
Grand National at Aintree on April 11.
A potential ride for Tony McCoy in what
will be his last National, the John Kiely-
trained Carlingford Lough has been allotted
11st 10lb by handicapper Phil Smith with
a rating of 161, leaving the Irish Hennessy
winner 5lb well-in compared to his official
mark of 166.
Lord Windermere won the Gold Cup at
Cheltenham last year and also has 11st 10lb
to carry, with his trainer Jim Culloty having
another candidate in Spring Heeled (10st
12lb), like his stablemate a winner at the
Festival last March.
Irish Grand National hero and ante-post
favourite Shutthefrontdoor (11st 2lb) forms
part of McCoy s options, as does Sunny-
hillboy (10st 8lb), and is one of three fancies
for Jonjo O Neill together with Merry King
Paul Nicholls has seven entries and chief
among them is Unioniste in the colours of
John Hales, successful with Neptune Col-
longes in 2012, when he had Sunnyhillboy
a nose back in second.
The grey has been given 11st 6lb and is
2lb better off than his British Horseracing
Pineau De Re raced to glory for Dr
Richard Newland 12 months ago and has
8lb more to carry this year with 11st, while
runner-up Balthazar King has 3lb more on
11st 2lb and third home Alvarado 1lb more
on 10st 3lb.
Of the 96 possibles, 25 are Irish-trained
and one (River Choice) hails from France.
Sky Bet make Shutthefrontdoor their
10/1 market leader, with Balthazar King
next on the list at 16/1 and last year s hero
Pineau De Re among their 201 chances.
Michael Shinners, representing the
Leeds-based online bookmakers, said: "It s
a typically competitive Grand National but
unsurprisingly Shuttthefrontdoor heads
the betting as he looks most likely to be
AP McCoy s final ride in the great race.
"We expect the momentum behind Jonjo
O Neill s runner, who has been given 11st
2lb as things stand, to gather and he ll
probably shorten again when McCoy con-
firms his intention to ride.
"Willie Mullins Back In Focus is an
interesting entry following his weekend
reappearance over hurdles at Navan and
his current odds of 25/1 might not last too
long if it emerges he s the intended mount
of Ruby Walsh."
John Kiely, trainer of Carlingford Lough
who has been given a weight of 11st 10lb
said: "That s interesting. The owner and
Frank Berry (his racing manager) will decide
but I don t think it would be likely he d
run. The Gold Cup is his main aim and
the horse is in good form."
Many Clouds, winner of the Hennessy
Gold Cup has been allotted 11st 9lb but
Oliver Sherwood also says the Cheltenham
Gold Cup takes priority for his charge.
"I haven t had a runner in the National
for ages, but 11st 9lb seems fair enough.
Whether he s going to run will depend on
Cheltenham. I think it will be unlikely
unless something happens in the Gold Cup.
"On ratings I thought Many Clouds was
the highest-rated horse, so I don t know
why he s got 1lb less than the top weight
Mouse Morris has First Lieutenant at
11st 3lb: "He s only put us up 1lb but those
above us seem to be better off, if they run.
I think he s a real National horse, so he ll
definitely go. He s such a good jumper."
Rubi Light (10st 9lb) has a couple of
options at Aintree s National meeting and
Robbie Hennessy is unsure which race he
will be aimed at.
"I couldn t say what the exact plan is
at this moment, he could go to Thurles
next week and then for a handicap at Chel-
"He ll have an entry in the Topham and
we ll make our minds up nearer the time.
You never know if they are going to stay
that far until you try. We ve freshened him
up and he lives outside now, he s never in
a stable, and that seems to suit him. I was
happy with him the last day and while he s
not as good as he was, he was in no-man s
land for a while with his rating but he has
a chance again now."
Go Magic at Lingfield
Lough, Lord top National weights
25-19--- 10.30 am
28-28--- 1 pm
35-16--- 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 2
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 17
29 (Opium Man) 10.30 am
19 (Horse) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
3 (Carriage)---10.30 am
19 (Horse)---1 pm
34 (Blind Man)---6.30 pm
34 (Blind Man) 1 pm
12.35 Rialto Magic
1.05 Let It Be Done
3.10 Strategic Force (e.w).
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