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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Stuart Crawford could call upon the services
of Tony McCoy to partner Yes Tom in the Coral
Scottish Grand National at Ayr on Saturday.
With the Paul Nicholls-trained Sam Winner
set to take his chance under top weight of 11st
12lb, just 26 of the 54 confirmed entries are in
the handicap proper with 10st or above.
The champion jockey s most obvious mount
is the Jonjo O Neill-trained Catching On, who
was favourite for last month s Midlands National
at Uttoxeter but parted company with McCoy at
the eighth fence.
However, he sits on a perch of 10st 3lb and
with McCoy s lowest riding weight in the last 12
months 10st 4lb, the soon-to-retire jockey would
need to slim down or risk putting up overweight.
With 10st 6lb on his back, Yes Tom may be
an obvious alternative as McCoy makes his final
appearance at the Scottish circuit.
McCoy steered the ten-year-old to a course
victory on his penultimate start and Crawford
would be interested in giving him the ride if he
The County Antrim trainer said: "Looking at
the forecast, there s a bit of rain forecast for the
middle of the week and then it s due to dry up
"As long as the ground is around good or good
to soft, we ll definitely be letting the horse take
"We haven t anything finalised on the jockey
front at this stage.
"That (using McCoy) would definitely be an
option as he s won on the horse before, but I d
have to speak to him and his agent to see if he
would be interested in the ride.
"Paul Carberry rode him in the last year, so
he d definitely be a player as well."
McCoy s agent Dave Roberts confirmed his
client will be at Ayr on Saturday, but has not yet
firmed up a ride in the feature event.
"He ll definitely be there (Ayr on Saturday),
but he has no ride in the Scottish National yet,"
"He s going to Cheltenham on Wednesday and
Thursday and then the two days at Ayr."
Al Co could bid to register back-to-back vic-
tories in the race after making an early exit at
Trainer Peter Bowen reports the 10-year-old
to have taken nothing out of himself after falling
at the first fence in the Crabbie s Grand Nation-
"He s good. He didn t have a race at Aintree.
He fell at the first and jumped seven or eight
fences after that," said Bowen.
"I ll have a word with the owner and see what
he thinks. I d be happy enough to run him.
"If I put Sean (Bowen, son) on him, that will
be 3lb off. It s just that Sean might have to ride
for Paul (Nicholls), perhaps."
The Haverfordwest handler has also left in
Edmund Kean but he is not guaranteed a run in
a maximum 30-runner line-up.
"He d be a definite runner if he got in," said
Sam Winner carries the colours of Angela Yeo-
man, who is excited about seeing her charge head
north of the border after Nicholls decided to miss
the Aintree National.
She said: "He s going to run, I believe, and I m
looking forward to going up to Ayr.
"It s a lovely racecourse and I ve had a lovely
season so far."
Broadway Buffalo missed the cut for Aintree
and his trainer David Pipe believes that could
work in his favour.
"Missing out on the National may perversely
be a blessing in disguise for Broadway Buffalo,
who is among the favourites for the Scottish ver-
sion this Saturday coming," the Nicholashayne
handler told www.davidpipe.com.
35-27--- 10.30 am
1-29--- 1 pm
28-19--- 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
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Play Whe results to April 13
17 (Pigeon) 6.30 pm
23 (House)---10.30 am
13 (Crapaud)---1 pm
9 (Cattle)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
1 (Centipede) 1 pm
32 (Shrimps) 10.30 am
Corzetti won t be a surprise if he causes
one in the Maiden Stakes over a mile of
Southwell fibresand today; forget his last
Charlies Hills charge ran encouragingly
on debut at Kempton, when third to
Danegeld on polytrack, but was then raced
in France in an attempt to take advantage
of the prize premiums over there; it was a
disaster because Corzetti finished last, beaten
Since Corzetti has worked well enough,
faces moderate opposition and, re-united
with William Twiston-Davies, makes appeal;
I ll bet he makes it third time lucky and
that Tight Lipped is able to defy top-weight
in the aged handicap over eleven furlongs,
first encounter with the "deep stuff!"
Obviously that s a concern, especially
with obvious danger Megamunch ideally
suited to this unique surface, but 3lbs
apprentice Shelly Birkett offsets the welter
burden and her mum, Julie Fielden, knows
instinctively what s required.
Tight Lipped is actually chucked in on
the time-handicap, Megamunch could find
this trip too far and so we really do have
an each-way bet to nothing if all eight run
and there are three places available.
Course specialist Michael Appleby saddles
two in the aged handicap over seven furlongs,
significantly stable jockey Andrew Mullen
prefers Khajaaly over Bognor, mount of Liam
Mullen is probably right, Khajaaly is a
course and distance winner and, again, with
nine "decs" the each-way alternative looks
NH racing remains a favourite and we
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Paul Hanagan was the star man at
Redcar as the former champion jockey
rode a 41/1 treble at the Teesside track,
Following on from a lucrative spell in
Dubai, Hanagan has wasted no time in
making a flying start to the new turf sea-
son, immediately linking back up with
his old boss Richard Fahey.
The Malton handler provided two of
his winners, while his third triumph came
in the colours of his current employer,
Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.
All three winners should go on to better
things and Fahey s Astley Hall, who defied
a tardy start to win the Watch Racing UK
Anywhere Maiden Stakes, may even be
a Royal Ascot type.
Home-bred by David Armstrong, there
is not much of him and being drawn on
the outside in stall one did not help as
he dived to his left when the gates opened.
Despite losing plenty of ground, the
5/1 chance was soon back on an even
keel yet still showed signs of greenness.
It was to his credit, then, that the Dutch
Art colt was able to come through to beat
Risk Adjusted by three-quarters of a
length, with the same back to the well-
supported Majestic Bond.
Fahey was absent but his assistant
Robin O Ryan said: "It s always nice when
a home-bred wins and he did it nicely.
"He was drawn out on the wing, which
didn t help, but Paul said he soon pricked
his ears when he got to the front.
"He s a grand little horse and he s all
Fahey and Hanagan doubled up in the
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Second on debut at the same venue,
he was sent off the 4/7 favourite, having
run well in a hot race at Chelmsford City
on his seasonal return.
Hanagan was positive from the outset
and nothing other than a win looked likely
at any stage as his partner beat Skiddaw
Valleys by two and three-quarter lengths.
O Ryan said: "He s a nice horse. We
told Paul to be positive and make plenty
of use of him.
"That was 10 furlongs and I wouldn t
have thought he d have any problem get-
"There s a fair bit of him and hopefully
he ll keep progressing."
Hanagan made it a treble on Brian
Meehan s Taghreeb (7/2 joint-favourite)
in the Racing UK Profits Returned To
Racing Handicap Stakes.
The four-year-old, sporting the silks
of Hanagan s boss, Sheikh Hamdan Al
Maktoum, found plenty for pressure to
beat Dubai Hills by a head.
Hanagan said: "He s very laid-back,
which is why he had a pair of blinkers
William Buick made the journey north
worthwhile as Second Wave (6/5
favourite) ran out a ready winner of the
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Charlie Appleby s New Approach colt
had won on his debut at the track last
autumn but was made to work hard that
However, he appears to have thrived
for his winter break and had plenty in
hand in beating Go Dan Go by a length
and a half.
Buick said: "He could be all right. He s
a likeable horse and has the right atti-
Jockey Antonio Fresu is beginning to
make a good impression since moving
from Italy and looked very tidy in winning
the racinguk.com/anywhere: 3 Devices,
1 Price Fillies Handicap on Vanishing.
Ed Walker s filly had shaped with
promise in three maidens last season and
was sent off the 6/4 second favourite to
break her maiden on her handicap debut.
Fresu bided his time before sweeping
down the outside to beat Elle Dorado by
a length and a quarter.
Admirable veteran Haajes notched a
15th career success in the Register To
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Now an 11-year-old, he started his
career with Dermot Weld back in 2006
and joined Midgley five years ago.
The 9/2 chance won cosily by a length
and three-quarters under Graham Lee.
"I ll certainly miss him when he s gone,"
said the Westow handler.
Stick with Tight Lipped
10.50 Tight Lipped
Hanagan in top gear at Redcar
McCoy move for Tom
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