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Frankie Dettori dons the famous Michael
Tabor silks today as he partners John Gos-
den s unbeaten Christophermarlowe in the
Investec Derby Trial at Epsom. Named after
a playwright and poet from the 16th Cen-
tury, the £200,000 colt is by the American
sire Tapit and already has a win on the
Downs to his name.
Tabor owns the three-year-old in part-
nership with Gosden s wife, Rachel Hood,
and he is currently around 25-1 for the Derby
itself. Saeed bin Suroor is represented by
Future Empire, beaten by the narrowest of
margins in the Solario Stakes by Aktabantay
and then a beaten favourite when third in
the Autumn Stakes.
Marco Botti runs Sharp Sailor, one of the
more experienced runners in the five-runner
"Sharp Sailor is rated 93 and has been a
consistent horse," said Botti.
"He finished last season in a Listed race
at Pontefract but the ground had gone for
him by that stage---it was too soft and he
didn t handle it.
"He is in good form at present and goes
into Wednesday race-fit as he has already
had a run. We decided to go to Epsom Downs
as he is a very well-balanced horse and I
think he will handle the course. The ground
will also be in his favour.
"I think Sharp Sailor should run a good
race and the step up in trip and small field
should be in his favour."
Andrew Balding runs Dance Of Fire and
Pat Shanahan sends over the once-raced
Carbon Dating from Ireland.
Also on the card is the £50,000 Investec
City And Suburban Handicap, with Mark
Johnston s Fire Fighting topping the weights.
Dettori to partner
3-8--- 10.30 am
19-28--- 1 pm
29-34--- 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: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to April 21
11 (Corbeau) 6.30 pm
19 (Horse)---10.30 am
22 (Rat)---1 pm
28 (Red Fish)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
29 (Opium Man)
11 (Corbeau) 1 pm
21 (Mouth) 10.30 am
Nicky Henderson would have no qualms
about letting Nico De Boinville ride Sprinter
Sacre in the Bet365 Celebration Chase at
Sandown on Saturday.
With the chance of Barry Geraghty return-
ing from a broken leg in time reportedly slim,
Sprinter Sacre s work rider may get the chance
to ride him in a race for the first time on the
final day of the National Hunt season.
De Boinville has already proven his big-
race credentials this season by winning the
Cheltenham Gold Cup aboard Coneygree.
Henderson confirmed the former champion
chaser, along with 2013 Gold Cup winner
Bobs Worth, would both run at Sandown but
for once Sprinter Sacre will not be the headline
act with Tony McCoy s farewell quite rightly
taking top billing.
Henderson said: "We ve been saying for
the last week or so the intention was to run
Sprinter (Sacre) and Bob s Worth and after
seeing them both work this morning, that is
"I m very happy with Sprinter, obviously.
I wouldn t be running him otherwise.
"It s going to be an enormous day all round
and the great thing about AP in this instance
is that he s taking the pressure off us and
Sprinter for a change!"
On riding plans for the pair, the trainer
said: "That isn t a worry to me at the moment.
Nico knows him backwards, so that isn t an
issue. I think Barry is going to ride a horse
tonight and then see the doctor in the morn-
ing. It isn t really a problem either way."
Slovak, mount of champion all-weather
jockey Luke Morris, has an excellent oppor-
tunity of making it third time lucky in the
Maiden 3-y-o Fillies Stakes over seven fur-
longs of good to firm Catterick this after-
noon, running in tandem will be a turf fixture
at Epsom, home of the English Derby!
Exciting times are here and they coincide
with a resurgence. This column tipping five
winners from six selections during the last
two days and the other, Cable Bay, should
have won easily.
A strictly-disciplined approach is key, stick-
ing to set-weight races has proved lucrative
and Slovak is a typical example. James Tate s
charge is clear best-in and can kill two birds
with one stone by winning and getting hand-
icapped on the back of a moderate Northern
race. It s termed, shrewd!
Too many trainers just race their charges
three times at local grade one/two courses
and handicappers respond by assessing thor-
oughbreds at least 7lbs higher, whatever the
class---it s termed laziness!
Slovak is drawn best in one, it ll be a surprise
if she s not able to grab the lead, make all and
land the money.
For your eyes only, if Regal Dan runs up to
anything like the marks achieved when trained
by Charles Hills, he s nigh on a cert for the
eight-runner aged handicap over seven fur-
longs; now with David O Meara, nuff said,
eh? More info, in the prestigious City and
Suburban handicap over ten furlongs of the
famous Epsom Downs; Elkaayed is not unfan-
cied and partnered by Dane O Neill is worth
a modest each-way punt because dropping
back in trip could prove a revelation.
Over the same course and distance twice-
raced, John Gosden-trained Christophermar-
lowe, is expected to retain his unbeaten record
by beating four rivals in the Derby Trial which
should be both informative and intriguing.
There are also two NH fixtures, Ffos
Las/Perth and any updates will be posted on
Regal Dan is the one
11.45 Slovak (nap-e.w)
12.20 Regal Dan
Sandown clerk of the course Andrew
Cooper admits it will be a strange feeling
seeing Tony McCoy in action for the final
time on Saturday. Cooper has been in the
role for nearly 20 years and yet has only ever
known McCoy as champion jockey.
Tickets are selling out fast for McCoy s final
day in the saddle, although how many rides
he will actually have is not yet known.
At this stage his only definite mount is Mr
Mole, ironically the horse on whom he
announced his intention to retire back in Feb-
ruary, in the Bet365 Celebration Chase, for
which Sprinter Sacre was also confirmed a
"There are still limited grandstand tickets
available but the Premier Enclosure is sold
out," said Cooper.
"My advice to people thinking of coming
would be to get a move on, I d say it s on
course to sell-out.
"I d be hoping for good ground on the day,
I ve said it s good, good to firm in places today
and it would be if we raced this afternoon but
I m hoping for a bit of rain to assist us along.
"We ve had a couple of warm days, it s been
18C today, and it s almost drying as we are
"To be fair, it has very rarely been anything
other than goodish ground at this meeting in
my time here but the last two months have
been particularly dry."
Given Cooper s time at Sandown has run
parallel with McCoy s career he has seen the
champion ride countless big-race winners and
his favourite actually came at this meeting in
2009 when Hennessy provided McCoy s good
friend Carl Llewellyn with the biggest win of
his brief training spell.
"There s been a huge build up to this meet-
ing," said Cooper.
"There was a bit of uncertainty whether or
not Tony was going to make this his last day
as he could have gone to Punchestown and
then he said if he won the National that would
be it but to know this is where he ll bow out
"It will be an emotional day.
"I suppose his win on Hennessy in the Gold
Cup itself is the win that sticks out most in
my mind and I think Tony selected it himself
as one of his best 10 of all-time.
"Tony is close friends with Carl Llewellyn
who trained him and it was a typical AP ride,
he was never going to win anywhere apart
form the line.
"There was also a race in 2001 that ranks
high. There d been no Cheltenham that year
because of foot and mouth so we hastily put
on something of a replacement meeting.
"He won the Champion Chase on Edredon
Bleu by a short head from Fadalko and it was
an incredible sight. Ruby Walsh was on Fadalko
and he tracked him all the way. I m sure he
was in front for a stride or two but Edredon
Bleu battled back. It was tremendous.
"I don t think we ll appreciate what he s
actually achieved until he s gone.
"I started at Sandown in 1994 so he s the
only champion jockey I ve ever known. It will
be strange next winter not seeing him."
Cooper braces for emotional day
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