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9-1--- 10.30 am
13-32--- 1 pm
24-34--- 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 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: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to April 16
23 (House) 6.30 pm
5 (Parson Man)---10.30 am
15 (Sick Woman)---1 pm
13 (Crapaud)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
34 (Blind Man)
9 (Cattle) 1 pm
10 (Monkey) 10.30 am
Tony McCoy was out of luck on his last
ever ride at Cheltenham as Milan Bound
finished down the field in the Barbury
International Supporting IJF Handicap
McCoy will bring his glittering career to
an end on the final day of the National Hunt
season at Sandown on Saturday week and
after failing to find the target after two rides
at Prestbury Park yesterday, his mount
aboard the Jonjo O Neill-trained Milan
Bound being his final opportunity to return
to the hallowed winner s enclosure at the
home of jumps racing.
McCoy settled the 100/30 joint-favourite
in midfield for much of the three-mile jour-
ney before making headway to race on the
heels of the leaders coming down the hill.
He looked in with a chance of securing
a fairytale result jumping the second flight
from the finish, but his effort petered out
in the straight and he passed the post a
Victory went to Milan Bound s main mar-
ket rival Aqalim, with John Ferguson s charge
galloping nine lengths clear of Kingsmere
in the hands of Aidan Coleman.
McCoy will retire having ridden a toal of
192 winners at Cheltenham including 31 at
Dan and Harry Skelton completed a fan-
tastic couple of days at the track by com-
bining to land two of the three mares Listed
events on the afternoon.
Trainer Dan Skelton also enjoyed a Chel-
tenham double on Wednesday, while his
brother and stable jockey Harry brought up
his half-century for the season.
Stephanie Frances got the ball rolling for
the Warwickshire team on day two as she
readily obliged as the 9/4 favourite for the
Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares
"It s embarrassing it s taken me as long
as it has to learn everything I need to know
about her," said the trainer.
"When I bought her two years ago she
was one of my big hopes and I probably
put too much pressure on her and everything
that could go wrong went wrong.
"She doesn t train in the winter at all and
if you can, by the time you get her to the
track the ground s soft and she s no chance
"I just took my time a little bit more this
year and when she s in form she s very good.
She ll definitely go to Haydock for the Swin-
ton Hurdle now."
The Skeltons struck gold once more in
the European Breeders Fund/Thoroughbred
Breeders Association Mares Novices Chase
Final, with 9/1 shot Pumped Up Kicks sur-
viving a final-fence mistake to seal a com-
prehensive nine-length success.
Harry Skelton said: "She jumped brilliantly
at Ascot last time in a decent race and that
just brought her on nicely for today. This
better ground helped her as well.
"I wasn t sure how strong a race it was,
but I didn t expect her to win like that. She
won well, despite me messing it up going
to the last.
"There s great prize-money for these
The Fergal O Brien-trained The Govaness
clinched a second course victory in the
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Mares Handicap Hurdle.
The 3/1 favourite was in a battle with
Broxbourne and Blue Buttons jumping the
final flight, but saw them off up the hill
under Paddy Brennan.
O Brien told Racing UK: "The plan wasn t
to be so far back but she was keen early on
and Paddy was happy to leave her.
"He came through with a beautiful run,
she was very honest going to the last and
made a hole for herself before going on up
"She s been great for us and we re lucky
to have her. I haven t spoke to the owners
yet, but there is a three-mile handicap at
Haydock for her. I d like to run her again
as she likes this ground and she s in great
form, so why put her away?"
Brennan completed a double aboard
Tom George s 7/2 favourite A Good Skin
in the Endsleigh Nicholson Holman
Novices Limited Handicap Chase and a
fine day s work was completed for Brennan
when the Stuart Kittow-trained Toboug-
galoo (16/1) took the concluding Spreadex
Sports And Financial Betting Mares Stan-
dard Open NH Flat Race.
Lamb Or Cod (7/2 favourite) bounced
back to form to take the Llewellyn
Humphreys Handicap Chase for trainer
Philip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson.
Jasmine Blue looks a real special in divi-
sion one of the 3-y-o Maiden Fillies Stakes
over ten furlongs of good ground Newbury
today when an eight-race programme kicks
off the much-awaited Greenham Spring
These are exciting times, earlier this week
Newmarket provided a few shocks in the
classic trials and tomorrow (Saturday) several
three-year-olds will be up for decision and
they include Tiggy Wiggy, top-rated juvenile
of 2014 but a 20/1 chance for the 1000
Guineas. More about Richard Hannon s fly-
ing machine in the next article.
Veteran trainer Paul Cole always has been
a dab hand with fillies, none better, and
he ll be buzzing about prospects for twice-
raced Jasmine Blue, judged on her promising
seasonal debut over a mile of Kempton poly-
track earlier this month.
This easy-moving Galileo filly wasn t
quite able to take issue with the much-
vaunted John Gosden-trained winner Jazzi
Top (heavily-backed into odds-on
favouritism!) and well-regarded Hundi; dis-
tances were one length and the same with
the rest seven lengths and upwards in arrears.
Jasmine Blue turned in a stylish display
however over a distance which, breeding-
wise, must have been considerably short of
what will surely prove to be her optimum
trip; a quarter of a mile further on this occa-
sion against lesser rivals represents an out-
standing opportunity and I ll bet she will
make it third time lucky.
Lucky Beggar attempts to replicate his
sole 2014 success in the Dubai Duty Free
Handicap over five furlongs; chances are
he ll be up to the task having matured into
a magnificent specimen.
Last month George Baker looked as if he
was trying to yank his head off on the sea-
sonal debut and so a final placing of sixth
reads well; Jamie Spencer will be told to let
Lucky Beggar have his head so to speak and
he ll be difficult to peg back.
Jasmine Blue is special
9.50 JASMINE BLUE
11.55 LUCKY BEGGAR
No Cheltenham fairytale for AP
Kool Kompany gave weight and a beating to
his rivals as he provided the Richard Hannon
yard with a fourth successive win in the Novae
Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes at New-
A consistent sort in a busy juvenile campaign,
he had a 3lb penalty for his win in Group Two
company last season to concede and was bounced
out smartly by Richard Hughes.
He was tracked throughout by Nafaqa and on
meeting the rising ground it looked as if Barry
Hills runner might go past the admirable leader,
but that rival s exertions earlier in the race took
their toll as he went down by a length and a quar-
ter. Following on from the successes of Trumpet
Major and Toronado for Richard Hannon senior
and that of Toormore last year, the stable has
had a real stranglehold on the 2000 Guineas trial.
Moheet, a stablemate of the winner, ran promis-
ingly without ever threatening to win, finishing
third having been held-up in last in the early
Hannon said: "He s always been a very tough
horse, but I was not sure if he d stay a mile and
he did have things marginally his own way out
"He s been a little bit under the radar and
people have not given him the respect he deserves,
I don t think there was anything flukey about the
win. The third has run a good race but he s a bit
immature as he didn t learn a lot from his first
run and he needed the experience today."
Hughes said: "He s so tough and he always
runs a good solid race, even when he was beaten
in the Middle Park he ran a good race as he had
been on the go a long time and he was not far
"When you get a horse rolling into the dip, it s
very hard to peg them back and he killed them
when he quickened. He wears his heart on his
sleeve and his experience was key in a race like
Hughes later told Racing UK he thought the
winner might be more of a French Guineas can-
didate than the right type for Newmarket, although
the trainer had initially seemed keener on the
French Navy oozed class when swooping down
the outside to win the Weatherbys General Stud
Book Earl of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket.
Settled at the back of the field by William Buick,
the seven-year-old picked up where he left off
last season, winning his fourth successive race.
Arod raced keenly through the early stages but
was still in there fighting with a furlong to run.
However, when French Navy was pulled out,
the 3/1 favourite quickened up and the race was
over in a matter of strides to continue the good
form of Charlie Appleby.
French Navy won by three-quarters of a length,
with the same back to Mondialiste in third.
Appleby said: "The old boy has got us out of
trouble today! The main thing for him over the
winter and through the spring was that he showed
his old enthusiasm, which he has, as I like to think
we ve looked after him.
"We ve learned on the all-weather over the
winter that confidence is a great thing and this
lad had so much confidence last year.
"That was probably his most impressive win,
as he travelled well. It takes some doing to come
right from the back and he could not have won
any easier. Hopefully we can have some fun this
sinks Sefton rivals
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