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6-2--- 10.30 am
3-16--- 1 pm
25-35 --- 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 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 March 2
21 (Mouth) 10.30 am
9 (Cattle) 6.30 pm
35 (Big Snake) 1 pm
3 (Carriage)---10.30 am
6 (Belly)---1 pm
22 (Rat)---6.30 pm
Lay all first and second favourites at the
Cheltenham Festival meeting next week
on betting exchanges and you will be run-
ning in tandem with the modus operandi
of established on-course bookmakers pay-
ing thousands to stand on pitches.
They need to win at such major Festival
fixtures because this is the biggie with mil-
lions of mugs speculating, guessing, more
than at any other fixture; turnover is colossal,
Ruby Walsh is 1/2 favourite to be leading
jockey but one fall can put him out of action
and the punter s money on the floor; he s
36, battered, shattered but inspired by
thoughts of riding so many good horses;
I ll lay him!
For the aforementioned reason it s crazy
to back jockeys unless the odds represent
super-value; Tony McCoy, for instance,
could be worth a throwaway tenner at
good odds because he s assembling an
impressive inventory with so many
owners/trainers wanting to share in his
impending retirement. Good thinking.
Obviously the Championship races are
most attractive and on the opening day an
ultra-competitive Champion Hurdle is
eagerly-anticipated but, at this stage, none
appeals as value whereas we have a real,
good-priced special in the opening
Supreme which you can read about, next
During the four days there will be few
wagers; a patient approach is advised and
you can bet I ll be gunning for another big-
priced nap in the Gold Cup, Friday, to back
up that 25/1 beaut Lord Windermere last
The Lord was 50/1 during morning lists,
surely my nap in the Racing Post Naps Table
wasn t influencing; it ll be bigger this year
and it aint Lord Windermere!
Ground conditions are key, currently the
surfaces at most venues are desperate but
I ve a strong feeling we ll all be caught out
again next week when that race-time for
the opening Supreme is boomed out over
Prestbury Park, which drains like a sponge!
Newcastle is one of three six-race pro-
grammes today; good to soft might be a
bit misleading but whatever the surface
Gilnockie should finally get off the mark in
the Novices Hurdle over two miles.
All races on Southwell fibresand are hand-
icaps and Electric Qatar is fancied to sup-
plement recent course gains in the aged
sprint over five furlongs, one of the best
and most fair.
Tony McCoy enjoyed a winner on what
is almost certain to be his final visit to
Fakenham when steering Artifice Sivola
to a facile success in the King s Lynn Hand-
icap Chase yesterday.
After finding himself out of luck in his
three earlier rides at the West Norfolk track,
the soon-to-retire 19-times champion jockey
ensured he kept up the momentum on his
farewell tour with a win aboard the 8-11
Despite pecking at the first in the extended
two-mile contest, the Lucy Wadham-trained
five-year-old proved a cut above his rivals
to cruise home by 20 lengths.
McCoy said: "It was nice that Artifice
Sivola won, although I didn t think that
after the first where he pecked but he then
got a bit of confidence.
"He was the one I had most hope for as
the others had bits of chances. This horse
had good enough form and his last two runs
were pretty solid."
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Aviator made a pleasing impression on
his first start over timber with a stylish vic-
tory in the Norwich Novices Hurdle.
Given a patient ride by Jack Quinlan, the
seven-year-old mastered 6-4 favourite
Needless Shouting after putting in a fluent
jump at the last before being pushed out
to win by a length.
Winning trainer James Eustace said: "You
would think he would enjoy further, the
fact they went so quick helped. There was
just a moment before the last that I thought
would he go by or not, but he went by them.
"If he comes back to the Flat form he
had on the continent he could be useful.
He will run in a novice hurdle with a penal-
ty."Barry Brennan was full of praise for James
Banks following his ride aboard Bathcounty
(5-2) in the East Dereham Handicap Hur-
dle.Ridden close to the pace throughout the
extended two-mile contest the eight-year-
old found plenty for pressure under the 3lb
claimer to see off Spin Cast by five lengths
and follow up his win in a seller at Southwell
eight days ago.
Brennan said: "It was very workmanlike,
but this horse is as genuine as the day is
long. James gave him a peach of a ride. I
got here last night and walked the track and
I was delighted to see the wind pick up this
morning as it dried it out to more or less
Tom Scudamore made his sole ride at the
track a winning one as De Kerry Man (1-
2) completed a quickfire hat-trick of wins
in the Cromer Handicap Chase for David
Although producing a few sticky jumps,
the seven-year-old defied a welter-weight
of 12st 5lb to hold off the fast-finishing
Dashing George by three and a quarter
Scudamore said: "His jumping was pretty
good, as for a small track they take a bit of
jumping here. He enjoyed that and from a
long way out I could see I was going better
than anything else.
"His last run was only eight days ago and
it might have been that his recent exertions
caught up with him. I am not sure how
much he had left in the tank, but the win-
ning post came in time."
It was a case of reverting to plan B for
Tom O Brien aboard Azabitmour in the
EPDS Racing Welfare BTO Series 2015
Having looked reluctant to race the 9-2
shot was left around 12 lengths behind at
the start of the two-and-a-half-mile contest.
As the race progressed, the five-year-old
warmed to the task to work his way into
the race between the final two hurdles before
quickening away to win by seven lengths.
O Brien said: "I was meant to be second
or third but he dug his toes in at the start
so when they jumped off I had to go to plan
B. Luckily he didn t give too much ground
away and he did it very nicely in the end."
Bold Adventure (18-1) showed the appre-
ciation for a marked step up in trip when
toughing out victory in the Wells Next The
Sea Handicap Hurdle.
Gold Cup winners Kauto Star and Denman
will be joined by four-times World Hurdle hero
Big Buck s in a Retraining of Racehorses parade
on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.
The former Paul Nicholls-trained trio will be
the star attractions among a string of 10 horses
that also includes David Pipe s 2008 Grand National
winner Comply Or Die and the high-class hurdler
and his stablemate Grands Crus.
Di Arbuthnot, chief executive of RoR, said: "To
have Gold Cup, Grand National and World Hurdle
winners in the parade is fantastic and it will be
great for the Cheltenham racegoers to see so many
"However, just as important from the charity s
perspective are those horses that have channelled
their talents into a whole new discipline."
With just over a week until the start of the Fes-
tival, clerk of the course Simon Claisse has not
ruled out the possibility of watering during the
While Claisse is content with the current state
of the ground, temperatures are set to rise towards
the end of the week and with little rain forecast,
the ground looks set to dry out.
"The ground on the Old Course which is used
for the first two days is good to soft, soft in places
and it is the same on the cross-country course,"
"The New Course is slightly quicker and is good
Hobbs unveils hopes
Philip Hobbs identified Big Easy and Duke Of
Lucca as two of his big chances at the Cheltenham
Festival next week.
The former is due to run in the Pertemps Net-
work Final, while Duke Of Lucca holds an entry
in the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase.
The Minehead handler told the Times: "We will
have our usual team of 15 or so, with Big Easy and
Duke Of Lucca being among our main hopes.
Hobbs will also saddle 2011 Weatherbys Cham-
pion Bumper scorer Cheltenian in the Vincent
O Brien County Handicap Hurdle.
The trainer has another live Bumper chance in
Wait For Me, who impressed on his sole start at
Ascot in February.
Supa, Sizing and Smashing
Henry de Bromhead is no nearer to deciding
whether to let Sizing Europe return to Cheltenham
for another tilt at the Queen Mother Champion
The 2011 champion chaser brought the house
down on his first start of the campaign when win-
ning the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park
for a fourth time, beating leading Gold Cup con-
tender Road To Riches, but has not been seen
since disappointing in the Clonmel Oil Chase in
De Bromhead said: "We haven t decided whether
Europe will go or not yet. It will be a late one
"We ll see how he is and what the ground is
like and so on."
The County Waterford-based trainer looks set
to send an interesting team of horses across the
water next week.
Sizing John, not sighted since winning the Future
Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown over
Christmas, is one such horse as he gears up for
a tilt at the Sky Bet Supreme.
"Sizing John is in good form and he ll go for
the Supreme Novices Hurdle," said De Bromhead.
"Smashing will run in the Arkle, Grand Jesture
goes for the three-mile handicap (Ultima Business
Solutions Handicap Chase) and Bishops Road will
run in the novice handicap (CHAPS Restaurant
Barbados Novices Handicap Chase). That s the
team for the first day.
Stars on show
Don't miss Electric Qatar
10.10 Lexington Bay
10.50 Ha'penny Woods
12.10 Electric Qatar
McCoy rides final winner at Fakenham
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
30 (House Cat)
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