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31-8--- 10.30 am
35-17--- 1 pm
12-12--- 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 2
15 SICK WOMAN 2
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 1 3 4
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 April 11
17 (Pigeon) 6.30 pm
1 (Centipede)---10.30 am
17 (Pigeon)---1 pm
20 (Dog)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake)
4 (Dead Man) 1 pm
17 (Pigeon) 10.30 am
Nomenklatura will be a major disap-
pointment to trainer Mark Johnston if
unable to go one better in the six-runner
Maiden Stakes over ten furlongs of good
to firm Redcar today, judging by a prom-
ising debut on Wolverhampton Tapeta
seven days ago.
This well-bred Arcjipenko filly, racing
in colours of Miss Kerstin Rausing, made
the running and sorted out the wheat from
the chaff; unfortunately hot-favourite,
Scarletina, proved in a totally different
league and stormed clear to win by four
lengths; others were a similar distance and
upwards in arrears.
Johnno often brings out newcomers
again within a few days!
Brotherly Company has form but is mod-
erate and with weight-for-age and fillies
allowances Nomenklatura has been pre-
sented with an outstanding opportunity;
don t oppose.
Over the same course and distance Ham-
dan Al Maktoum-owned Naady is fancied
for the eight-runner aged Fillies Handicap
off bottom weight.
It s imperative to gain winning brackets
for stud purposes and Naady desperately
needs to get them.
An obvious danger is Vanishing but Ed
Walker s charge hasn t been out for 118
days and Naady could well benefit from
an edge in fitness having finished a cred-
itable second last month. Improvement is
Windsor kicks-off its 2015 flat season
with an eight-race programme; will this
year be another Richard Hannon benefit?
Our champion trainer is represented in
both maiden races but Henry Candy-
trained Uele River looks a special each-
way for the ten furlongs 3-y-o race; sta-
ble-companion Postbag delivered at
Leicester last week, quietly-fancied!
Oliver Sherwood already has one eye
on next year s Crabbie s Grand National
for Many Clouds after reporting the Ain-
tree hero in "fantastic" form the morning
after his momentous triumph on Mersey-
The Hennessy Gold Cup winner left
connections perplexed when failing to run
up to expectations in last month s Chel-
tenham Gold Cup, but bounced back to
form in brilliant style to land the world s
most famous steeplechase in the hands
of Leighton Aspell.
Sherwood spent the night celebrating
in Liverpool, but arrived back at his Lam-
bourn base earlier this morning and is
thrilled with how his pride and joy has
recovered from his exertions.
Sherwood said: "Many Clouds is
absolutely A1. We stayed up (in Liverpool)
last night but my staff said he was fantastic
and that he d eaten up and had a buck
and a kick. He s handled it better than
most of the two-legged people in the yard!
"He ll probably stay here for a couple
of weeks and will probably go to Sandown
on the last day of the season for a parade
there. He ll then go back to Trevor Hem-
mings stud for his holiday, where he goes
every season, before he comes back here
The trainer confirmed a return to Ain-
tree in a year s time is likely to be top of
his agenda for next season.
He said: "I think he s a Gold Cup horse
that s won a National. He can only carry
a pound more next year and we ll probably
train him for the National, as opposed to
the Gold Cup."
Phil Smith "He s the highest-rated horse
to win since Red Rum. Many Clouds is
5lb off Coneygree but didn t run his race
at Cheltenham. If he runs a couple of
stinkers next year I will ignore them
because I know what he s capable of
achieving on that ground in early April."
While Many Clouds may only carry
fractionally more than on Saturday next
April, he is set to be raised 7lb.
Phil Smith, the British Horseracing
Authority s chief handicapper, felt the
eight-year-old s performance was at least
the best since 1998.
"He s won off 160. He s the highest-
rated horse to win the National since Red
Rum," Smith told At The Races. "It s a
tricky one in terms of the best perform-
ance because in 1998 Suny Bay was second
off 170, which was a fantastic performance
"I think I m probably going to put Many
Clouds up to 167---up 7lb from yesterday.
I ve got no reason to doubt the quality of
the form. The most he can carry next year
is a pound (more). That s the maximum
top-weight, but you never know, there
might be something better than him
entered in the race next year.
"It should be an encouragement to the
owners and trainers of those better horses
it s not necessarily going to be the weight
that stops you.
"Many Clouds is 5lb off (Gold Cup win-
ner) Coneygree. Many Clouds did not run
his race for whatever reason at Chel-
tenham. It was a blip in what has been
a pretty impressive season.
"Hopefully he ll come back next season
and the key thing is going to be the rel-
ativity of horses and how many pounds
is he going to be giving other horses.
Fancy a bet on Naady
11.10 Uele River
Many Clouds to return
for 2016 Grand National
The PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes
was supposed to be all about John F Kennedy
but the 1/4 favourite was usurped by 10/1 outsider
Success Days, a winner at Cork eight days
earlier, put his fitness to full use as he made all
the running to take the Group Three contest over
a mile and a quarter.
Shane Foley ensured a true test by setting a
solid pace on the Ken Condon-trained colt, with
John F Kennedy settled in second place by Ryan
Moore and Zafilani bringing up the rear.
However, the writing was on the wall early in
the straight as Success Days kicked clear to win
unopposed, despite hanging left towards the rail.
Zafilani claimed the runner-up spot, as John F
Kennedy tired in the closing stages.
Condon said: "He has a very level temperament
and a very good attitude. He won on his second
start at 25/1 and it was a little unexpected. He
keeps giving us nice surprises.
"He doesn t show a lot in the mornings at home,
but obviously relishes those (testing) conditions.
We said we d make use of him as he had the run
under his belt and possibly had the edge in fitness.
"The other two were always going to want a
lead and it worked out great. I m delighted."
On future plans, he added: "He s in the Irish
Guineas, but has no other fancy entries. I think
the Irish Derby is later closing now and that s
something we could look at.
"I m sure the favourite will come out and do
great things in the summer, but it was our day
today. I think he ll get further. The dam was
Albany-placed, but he has such a relaxed way of
John F Kennedy
flops on return
Sky Bet cut Zawraq to 12/1 for both the 2000
Guineas and the Derby after an impressive display
in the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes.
Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen continued to
prove unstoppable as Zawraq completed a double
for the pair in landing the Listed contest, the sec-
ond on the card at Leopardstown.
Conqueror of the well-touted Sir Isaac Newton
on his only start as a juvenile, Zawraq is highly
thought of by his in-form handler and looked the
part as he swept clear in the final quarter-mile
to beat Endless Drama by three and a half lengths.
Smullen said of the 11/8 favourite: "It was a
messy old race but he was very professional, he
just switched off and let the race come to him.
"We ll see what the boss says, but I think he
needs to go up in trip, my initial thoughts are he
might be a better horse going a bit further.
"I think maybe look at going the Derby route
for him, but that s a decision for the boss and
Sheikh Hamdan." Weld, who landed a four-timer
at Gowran on Saturday, said: "It was an excellent
performance by a horse coming back.
"My immediate comment would be that I ll
discuss things with Sheikh Hamdan as he has a
lot of horses in England entered in the Guineas.
"I ve always considered him a horse capable of
making into a Derby horse and the decision will
be whether we go for the English Guineas or wait
for the Derrinstown Derby Trial.
"He will stay more than a mile and I actually
see him as a Derby horse. You must remember
he won the best maiden possibly in Europe last
year, when beating a horse I have the highest
regard for (Sir Isaac Newton).
"Better ground will be no problem to him. He s
very, very adaptable and has a beautiful tempera-
ment. He s a straightforward colt and there are
no complications in any way.
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