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Subcontinent shouldn t be extended,
never mind beaten, in the Maiden Stakes
over an extended nine furlongs of Wolver-
hampton Tapeta today, last race on a
seven-race programme which contains a
couple of decent betting propositions.
Opposing Charlie Appleby-trained,
Godolphin-owned superbreds doesn t
make sense unless we come across a real
"special" or can utilise the each-way angle
at inflated odds; certainly thrice-raced
Subcontinent is clear "best-in" and shrewd
place bettors will be keen to exploit Madam
Midnight, the only conceivable time-hand-
Madam Midnight will be having her
"third run" for handicapping purposes,
there might not be a lot of urgency so to
speak but David Simcock s charge will
need to fall over not to be ion the first
However one simply doesn t trust sit-
uations in this racing game, from long
experience, and you can bet Subcontinent
will make sense.
Earlier Dark Side Dream is napped to
make it eighth time lucky in the seven-
runner Maiden Stakes over six furlongs
under Conor Beasley who lost his appren-
tice claim last year by virtue of tremendous
tenacity and consistency; he s marked as
Conor was aboard DSD twice as a two-
year-old, both times Chris Dwyer s charge
achieved TH marks which should be good
enough to beat Exentricity and Shipwright,
recent disappointments when napped in
this column last month, my worst for
many years, why?
As previously mentioned a chest infec-
tion pulled me right down, difficult for
anyone to comprehend, but not to be
underestimated; even now, though much
better, I m still croaking somewhat but it s
s new month and so let s "March" on!
It s my intention to give faithful readers
the best-ever Cheltenham Festival next
week and there will be plenty of "news"
on www.dailyearner.co.uk to aid your bet-
Willie Mullins singled out JLT Novices
Chase hopeful Vautour for special praise
after a post-racing workout after racing
at Leopardstown on Saturday.
Vautour was one of a trio of Cheltenham
Festival-bound runners to strut their stuff
for Mullins, with Betfred Gold Cup hopeful
Djakadam and Un De Sceaux, who is viewed
by many as a banker in the Racing Post
Arkle Trophy, also in action.
Mullins said: "They worked over more
or less a mile and a half and jumped a few
"I was very pleased with them and they
put in a good round of jumping. Vautour
was very good."
Gordon Elliott was thrilled with his army
of Cheltenham Festival aspirants after a
good chunk of his yard worked after racing
at Leopardstown on Saturday.
The County Meath handler is especially
looking forward to big Ryanair Chase hope
Don Cossack, who was one of the stand-
out names amongst a 17-strong posse of
"I m very happy with them all," said
Elliott. "They went at half-speed and quick-
ened up the last couple of furlongs.
"We ll not learn much from that, but it
gets them to stretch their legs and they all
did it nicely.
"All of the lads seemed happy. Once they
are all okay, it s all systems go.
"Don Cossack looks a millions dollars
and I m very happy with him.
"I had Shane McCann on No More Heroes
as he s as good a judge as there is in the
yard and he was happy with him.
"Game Changer has an awful lot of speed
and worked very well, while I was also happy
"Hostile Fire is in the Fred Winter and
looks well enough weighted.
"Taglietelle goes for the Coral Cup and
he stays well."
Meanwhile, Ian Williams is keen to run
Super Duty in the Crabbie s Grand National
after being satisfied with the nine-year-
old s effort at Doncaster on Saturday.
Super Duty finished seventh behind Way-
ward Prince in the Grimthorpe Chase after
showing up prominently in what was only
his second race for the West Midlands train-
er.He had been trained by Donald McCain
to finish second in the Kim Muir Challenge
Cup at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013, but
was off the track from that December until
this January when having his first start for
the Williams team.
"Super Duty will still go for the National.
He just found the ground round here too
quick for him," said Williams.
"It s been very difficult to find the right
race for him as I wanted to give him a run
back over fences.
"He s jumped well enough but they just
went too fast for him on that ground.
"He might possibly run once more before
then, but if he had to go straight there he
could do. The National is still quite a way
Super Duty, who has been allotted 10st
4lb for the world s most famous steeplechase
at Aintree on April 11, is generally available
Another trainer, Charlie Longsdon is con-
vinced Drop Out Joe has the ability to win
a good staying handicap chase after the
novice finished second behind Wayward
Prince in the same race.
The Chipping Norton trainer will consider
the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr
and the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown for
the seven-year-old, who was only beaten
seven lengths despite making a few basic
"That was only his fourth ever run over
fences. The jockey (Davy Russell) was
delighted with him," said Longsdon.
"He made a few novicey mistakes and I
thought after his bad mistake at the fifth
last he d run a cracker, but that was his race
"He kept on going and ran on. If he hadn t
made that mistake he d have been closer to
the winner, but I m not sure if he would
"The winner was top class and was now
running off little more than 10st. We ve run
an absolute blinder in his first handicap
after so few runs over fences and making
"There s a decent handicap in him. Fingers
crossed he ll run again this season. You ve
got to look at the likes of the Scottish
National and the Whitbread (Bet365 Gold
Good ground vital for Reckless
Connections of Sgt Reckless have more head-
scratching to do before deciding whether to go for
the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at Chel-
tenham after just one run over fences.
Trainer Mick Channon, former trainer Henrietta
Knight and owner Tim Radford will discuss the situ-
ation after the eight-year-old pleased in a schooling
session over two miles after racing at Doncaster on
Ridden by Will Kennedy, Sgt Reckless put in a
clear round of jumping as he came home ahead of
his stable-companion Paradise Valley.
Watching on were Radford and the trainer's son
Michael Channon jnr.
"We're in a horrible position in that everyone's
telling us how to train him yet we know he's only
half the horse if he hasn't got good ground," said
"The ground was good at Doncaster and we would
have loved to have been in a race.
"He jumped very well and Will Kennedy was more
than happy. It's another step towards what we're
going to do and we have to do what's right by the
"He's in the Arkle and also in the County over hur-
dles. The Arkle is our dream. It's whether we're doing
the right thing in terms of what we've got under our
"We'll leave the decision to Mick (Channon), Hen
(Henrietta Knight) and Tim (Radford).
"We've done everything right there. We know he's
got the ability, but whether he's got the experience
to go into the Arkle.
"I wish it wasn't this way. I just wish we could do
what everyone is telling us to do, but we know the
horse won't go in soft, horrible ground.
"Cheltenham is the Holy Grail, but we will do what
is right for the horse. We all want to go to Chel-
tenham but is it right for the Sergeant?"
Since making a successful debut over fences at
Uttoxeter in late October, Sgt Reckless has finished
fifth behind Faugheen in the Christmas Hurdle at
Kempton and won a mile-and-a-half maiden Flat
race on the Polytrack at Lingfield in January.
First second for Lady Cecil
Lady Cecil had to settle for second place as Per-
fect Summer became her first runner over jumps at
The five-year-old made a promising debut but
was easily brushed aside by Lanceur (11/8 favourite)
in the Huge Cheltenham Offer Now At
32RedSport.com Maiden Hurdle.
Lucy Wadham's six-year-old put his experience
from two hurdle races to good use as he led on the
home turn and won as he liked by seven lengths
from the Cecil-trained 11/4 second favourite. Kap
Jazz was third.
Lady Cecil, sister of Grand National-winning rider
Richard Guest, had been asked by German owner
Gerhard Schoeningh to give Perfect Summer a
Her late husband Sir Henry Cecil never had a Na-
tional Hunt runner in 37 years at Warren Place,
though he did win the charity race at the Chel-
tenham Festival with Plato in 2011.
The winner could be headed to Aintree next
month after putting a poor run at Fakenham behind
Wadham told Racing UK: "I think he had an off-
day at Fakenham. On his Newbury form (second to
Jollyallan) he was entitled to win like that today.
"I'll have to speak to the owner but I think we'll
have to look at running him in something at Aintree."
Lemaire in hot water in Japan
Christophe Lemaire's debut as a fully-licensed
jockey in Japan is on hold for 30 days after the rider
was banned for using Twitter at Hanshin racecourse.
Lemaire, who has been out of action since break-
ing his leg last November, was due to have his first
rides at the track under his new licence but the
stewards found he had not switched off his phone
on Saturday evening and retweeted an acquain-
tance's post on the social networking site in contro-
vention of the rules.
11.10 Dark Side Dream
11.40 Imperator Augustus
Don't look past Subcontinent
Vautour excites Mullins in workout
10-3--- 10.30 am
19-20--- 1 pm
36-33 --- 6.30 pm
TODAY'S PICK TWO
2, 10, 12, 13, 17
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 1
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: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to February 28
21 (Mouth) 10.30 am
35 (Big Snake) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
15 (Sick Woman)
28 (Red Fish)
26 (Fowl) 1 pm
12 (King)---10.30 am
35 (Big Snake)---1 pm
17 (Pigeon)---6.30 pm
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