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31-18 --- 10.30 am
10-34 --- 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 2 3
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSON WIFE
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to March 24
7 (Hog) 6.30 pm
4 (Dead Man)---10.30 am
31 (Parson Wife)---1 pm
33 (Spider)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
29 (Opium) 1 pm
35 (Big Snake) 10.30 am
Rialto Magic never did win but patience,
as ever, might just prove the ultimate virtue
when this Monsieur Bond filly contests the
three-year-old Maiden Auction Stakes over
seven furlongs of Lingfield polytrack today;
will she stay?
On the time-handicap Rialto Magic is our
clear time-handicap choice but several efforts
over this trip failed to bear fruit; her latest
effort over six furlongs on Wolverhampton
Tapeta (fastest all-weather track in the Unit-
ed Kingdom!) represented a return to form,
ridden for the first time by talented appren-
tice, Shane Grey.
William Carson is back this time!
That s no problem because Carson has
improved considerably during the last twelve
months and rides a canny race.
Any one of four newcomers wouldn t need
to be any "great shakes" but trainers are
often loathe to win first-up as the pro-
gramme book doesn t cater for the imme-
diate future, so to speak; gone are the days
when the next step would be a "maidens at
closing" race which, of course, involved
carry a penalty.
Why has the traditional progression been
tampered with so unnecessarily?
Betting was the reason why most of us
were attracted to horse-racing but changes
have compromised the chance and now a
high percentage of races are tight, boring
handicaps; no-go areas for professionally-
With three places of offer, an in-form
filly, and an outstanding opportunity in
prospect, Rialto Magic justifies a serious
each-way bet to nothing!
Pound for pound Graham Gibbons is about
the best jockey and he ll be fancying his
chances in twice-raced Qaffaal in the Maiden
Stakes over seven furlongs of Southwell
fibresand; it s a weak race but this expensive
cast-off mighty just come really good in the
hands over veteran trainer Mick Easterby
whose yard is in tremendous form.
Patience to pay with magic
3.30 Rialto Magic
Ya Hade Ye Delil
A total of 74 horses remain in
contention for the £1 million
Crabbie s Grand National at Ain-
tree following the latest entry
A maximum of 40 runners can
line up for the 168th running of
the world s most famous jump
race on April 11.
One of the main talking points
this year is the participation of
AP McCoy for the final time in
the Crabbie s Grand National,
which he won on Don t Push It
McCoy is expected to partner
the favourite, Shutthefrontdoor,
owned by J P McManus and
trained by Jonjo O Neill in
is 8/1 with Sky Bet.
McCoy will break another
record if participating as expected
in the 2015 Crabbie s Grand
Last year he equalled the record
for the most rides in the race 19,
matching Tom Olliver, who was
successful three times (1842, 1843
The weights continue to be
headed by Lord Windermere (on
11st 10lb. The nine-year-old won
the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup
in 2014 and could bid to become
only the third horse to win both
races following Golden Miller and
Six of the first seven horses
home in last year s Crabbie s
Grand National remain engaged,
headed by the victorious Pineau
De Re (Dr Richard Newland). The
2014 runner-up Balthazar King
(Philip Hobbs), fourth Alvarado
(Fergal O Brien), fifth Rocky Creek
(Paul Nicholls), sixth Chance Du
Roy (Philip Hobbs) and seventh
Monbeg Dude (Michael Scud-
amore) also go forward.
The horses taken out of the race
yesterday were: Carlingford Lough
(IRE), Rolling Aces (IRE), Alder-
wood (IRE), Boston Bob, Shotgun
Paddy, Theatrical Star, Roi Du Mee
(FR), Katenko (FR), Living Next
Door (IRE), Make A Track (IRE),
Prince De Beauchene (FR), Cedre
Bleu (FR), Buddy Bolero (IRE).
Meanwhile, Michael Scudamore
is in no rush to decide who will
ride Monbeg Dude in the race.
Leading Irish jockey Paul Car-
berry steered the 10-year-old to
seventh place in last year s renewal
and was at his brilliant best when
the pair combined to win a post-
poned Welsh National in January
However, the trainer s brother
Tom Scudamore has also steered
him to previous success, making
him an obvious candidate should
he be available on April 11.
Monbeg Dude ran his most dis-
appointing race of the season at
the Cheltenham Festival last time
under Carberry, with the trainer
blaming a new piece of equip-
Scudamore said: "He was dis-
appointing at Cheltenham. He
was in good form going into it
and has been bright and happy
since, so all we can put it down
to is that he didn t like the tongue-
strap. He was never travelling the
way he can during the race.
"All going well we ll head on to
Aintree now, because as I say, he
seems really well and happy in
himself at the moment.
"I m not sure who will ride him.
I ll have a chat with the owners
and make a decision nearer the
"Tom and Paul are the two that
have ridden him most, but we ll
Rocky Creek, the well-fancied
second-favourite, is owned by
Andy Stewart and the family of
the late David Johnson and Stew-
art is delighted with his charge.
He said: "Everyone at home has
been very happy with him since
"It was a good performance last
time, he s well-in for the National
and we re very much looking for-
ward to it.
"It s very hard to compare races.
Big Buck s winning his 18th suc-
cessive race was special. The Gold
Cup is the blue riband, so it would
be fantastic to win that, but I
wouldn t mind winning the Grand
"The National is a very famous
race watched by 600 million peo-
ple. My Will was 8-1 to win the
race for me (2009) and ran very
well to finish third behind Mon
Mome and Comply Or Die.
"We ll go there and enjoy the
day and it will just be a shame
my great friend David Johnson
won t be there to enjoy it with us.
"If the horse were to win, I
think I would probably go down
to the local pub in Ditcheat and
enjoy a pint with Paul Nicholls
and Sam Twiston-Davies."
get Aintree entry
Willie Mullins intends to enter his Cham-
pion Hurdle big guns at the Aintree Grand
Faugheen led home a dream one-two-
three for the all-conquering Irish champion
trainer at Cheltenham last month, with Arc-
tic Fire in second and dual winner Hurricane
Fly far from disgraced in third.
All three will get entries in the Aintree Hur-
dle over two and a half miles, as will Annie
Power, who had the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at
her mercy when crashing out at the final
Mullins said: "All our Champion Hurdle
horses will be entered in the Aintree Hurdle,
along with Annie Power, who has been in
good form since Cheltenham.
"Boston Bob will probably go the Melling
Chase, while I have entered a few in the
He added: "I hope to have a bigger than
normal team for the Crabbie's Grand National
Festival but have only one left in the Grand
National, Ballycasey. I think the spring
ground will be better for him and his breed-
ing suggests he will stay the trip. I am look-
ing forward to running him there."
Barry Geraghty's hopes of making the Pun-
chestown Festival rest on a meeting with his
surgeon in four weeks' time.
Geraghty suffered a hairline fracture of his
left shin bone in a fall at Downpatrick on
As a result he will miss the Grand National
for the first time since 2000 and will also be
absent from the Irish equivalent at Fairy-
With Punchestown not starting until April
28, Geraghty still hopes to be back in time for
the finale to the Irish season.
"I saw my surgeon this morning and he will
reassess things in four weeks," said Geraghty
in his www.attheraces.com blog.
"At the moment I'm hopeful of making it
back in time for Punchestown."
Rheu in line for Aintree
Saphir Du Rheu will be given options over
both hurdles and fences at Aintree's Grand
After falling on two of his first three starts
over fences, the Paul Nicholls-trained gelding
reverted to the smaller obstacles to win the
Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January to
set up a World Hurdle tilt at the Festival.
The six-year-old was sent off favourite to
carry the Stewart family silks made famous
by Big Buck's to Cheltenham glory, but he
came up just short, filling the runner-up spot
behind all-the-way winner Cole Harden.
Although Saphir Du Rheu's immediate tar-
get is uncertain, owner Andy Stewart sees
his long-term future back over fences.
He said: "He'll be entered in the three-mile
hurdle at Aintree (Liverpool Hurdle) that Big
Buck's won four times and the three-mile
novice chase, which Big Buck's also won, ac-
"He ran very well at Cheltenham to finish
second and I was very pleased for Warren
Greatrex, who won the race with Cole
"Saphir Du Rheu is more of a Celestial Halo
than a Big Buck's over hurdles, but he could
be a top-class chaser if he stops fluffing his
"If he were to run over hurdles at Aintree
and win, then myself and Paul would have to
put our heads together for next season, but I
think he will probably jump fences."
74 remain in National; no rush over Dude
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