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Commemorative to stand alone against
a serious overseas challenge at Sandown
today when Charles Hills charge contests
the five-runner group three, £65000 Classic
Trial over ten furlongs of good ground; for
one of them it could be the Epsom Derby
Snoano and Master Apprentice need to
improve considerably but Aidan O Brien tests
the water by journeying Cape Clear Island and
from France the unbeaten, Andre Fabre-trained
Grey Lion has to be respected.
Fabre is reckoned a master of his trade and
his record bears close inspection, worldwide;
we fear Grey Lion becaused Andre isn t given
to guessing but Commemorate has been
impressive on Faringdon gallops under the
watchful eye of Hills and his legendary 78-
year-old father, Barry.
Commemorate won twice last season and
then finished a somewhat unluckyseventh in
the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf over a mile,
won by Hootenanny ridden by Frankie Det-
Guess who rides 103-rated Commemorative
That s right and we re hoping victory will
be sealed with a flying dismount!
Running in tandem will be another seven-
race programme at Doncaster where Magical
Daze comes out clear best-in on the time-
handicap for a thirteen-runner Maiden Stakes
over six furlongs.
Twice-race Magical Daze hasn t been out
for 187 days but portents for success are excel-
lent given the encouraging reports from
Sylvester Kirk s home gallops; we like the
booking of Liam Keniry, aboard this well-bred
Showcasing filly at Bath last time out.
Bimbo is on a handy mark for the 3-y-o
handicap over six furlongs and seems to go
best for George Chaloner.
For updates keep clicking on to www.dai-
Condon forced to retire
Davy Condon has been forced to retire
from the saddle due to a spinal injury.
Condon was riding Portrait King in the
Grand National at Aintree when he fell at the
third-last, leaving him with a spinal concus-
It was the second time within a year that
he suffered a similar injury.
Condon had resigned himself to the fact he
would be out of action for a lengthy period
of time, but after seeing a specialist on Wednes-
day he has been advised to call time on his
Dr Adrian McGoldrick, chief medical officer
of the Irish Turf Club issued a statement on
behalf of Condon which read: "Davy Condon
suffered a spinal injury in a fall during the
Grand National at Aintree.
"This was on the background of a previous
spinal concussion from which he had recovered
fully and had been passed fit to ride by our
"Davy was reviewed yesterday by Dr Brian
Murray, Consultant Neurologist, on behalf of
the Turf Club.
"Dr Murray has recommended that Davy
retire from horse riding, be it professional or
recreational, due to the risk of further spinal
injury. Davy has been referred by Dr Murray
for a neurosurgical opinion as he has an ongoing
disc lesion in his neck.
"Davy has fully accepted the medical advice
and will be liaising with the Irish Jockeys
Trust with a view to future career options."
Condon s best days in the saddle in recent
years came when riding for Gordon Elliott and
the trainer was quick to take to pay tribute to
Prince, Parrott bow out
Scottish Grand National-winning handler
Hilary Parrott has announced the retirement
of her Ayr hero Wayward Prince, as well as
her own departure from the training ranks.
A smart horse in his younger days for Ian
Williams, Wayward Prince was nursed back
to his best by Parrott, who has always owned
him. She took over his training for the 2012-
13 season and he finished second in two Charlie
Halls before winning the Grimthorpe Chase
at Doncaster in January and landing the Ayr
feature last week.
"We have retired him now. He s 11 and he
can t do better than that," Parrott told the
"I would hate for him to be beaten by some
up-and-coming young buck next year. He s
come out of the race absolutely fine, perfect.
He s out in the paddock.
"The winning line just came in time on Sat-
urday. He was in front for a long while and
when they got to him he dug really deep. I
was over the moon.
"He will have an honourable retirement. I
owe it to him, he s been so good to me.
"Seeing him do so well has been lovely and
Saturday has to be the highlight. I wanted to
get a run into him before the Scottish National
and he came out of Ascot fine. We gave him
a little break and started again. He was spot
on, better than ever.
"He has always been very, very good. Once
we found out he had stomach ulcers and treated
them, he has been brilliant the past three runs.
He s been a different horse. I was never giving
up on him. A lot of good horses lose their
form. His Charlie Hall seconds were great and
we have had a lot of fun over the years. He s
won over £300,000.
"We are winding down and the place is on
the market. Hopefully someone else will come
along and train a National winner here."
Paul Nicholls, who is providing Tony
McCoy with his final ride in a Grade One
race at Sandown on Saturday with Mr
Mole, has warned that the champion
jockey will not find life out of the saddle
easy at first.
A former rider himself, Nicholls knows
better than most what McCoy will be
going through next week when he wakes
up to the realisation that he is no longer
Nicholls replaced the buzz of riding by
throwing himself into a training career
and is now the pre-eminent handler in
Britain, but when he first started out in
his new venture he was one of the earliest
trainers to pick up on McCoy s talents.
While their relationship hit a rocky
patch as McCoy moved to Nicholls great
rival Martin Pipe, they soon patched things
up and have teamed up frequently ever
"AP and I go back a long way. I spotted
his potential soon after he arrived from
Ireland, and used him for the first time
on Warfield in a boys race at Sandown
in 1995. They didn t win but I was
impressed by his style and attitude and
felt he would do fore any time," Nicholls
told his Betfair column.
"In August that year we reached a gen-
tleman s agreement that he would ride
the majority of my horses. We shared a
hatful of winners together, too, but I didn t
have the numbers in those days and even-
tually AP moved on to join forces with
"Things were briefly a bit tricky between
us, but that is all in the past now and I
made up with AP in time for him to ride
Belmont King to victory for me in the
1997 Scottish Grand National.
He was the obvious choice, he was
available and he seized the moment with
a brilliantly aggressive ride from the front.
"He has ridden plenty of winners for
me since then and is as good now as he
has ever been. It s also worth stating he
is a genuinely good guy who always has
a friendly word for the lads and lasses
who look after the horses he rides.
"Obviously it helps that AP possesses
a rare toughness of spirit that has seen
him bounce back quicker than seemed
possible from a series of bad injuries.
"I have to say I am delighted he is get-
ting out in one piece. I am sure he is doing
the right thing by stopping now, even
though he sounds far from convinced
about his decision to retire.
"You sense that he doesn t really want
to end his career yet so Saturday will be
a tough day for him. So will next
week when the new season springs into
"At first he will not find life easy out
of the saddle. But it must surely help that
he bows out having fulfilled everything
that a jockey dreams of achieving at the
The Grade One race has been renamed
the bet365 AP McCoy Celebration Chase
and seven have been declared, including
It was after riding Mr Mole to victory
at Newbury in February that McCoy
shocked the racing world by announcing
his intention to quit riding.
While many would love to see McCoy
ride into the sunset on the back of another
big winner, he will find it far from easy,
not least with Sprinter Sacre in opposi-
However, having returned to action this
season after a well-documented heart
problem, it has not gone to plan for Nicky
Henderson s star.
A thoroughly acceptable comeback run
at Ascot preceded a dull run at Chel-
tenham and a similar display would surely
leave connections with a decision to make
regarding his future.
He will be ridden by Nico de Boinville
in a race for the first time as Barry Ger-
aghty has failed to make it back from
De Boinville, currently battling to be
crowned champion conditional, rides
Sprinter Sacre in all of his home work.
Mick Channon s veteran Somersby has
been as consistent as ever this season and
nearly pulled off a huge shock at Chel-
tenham when second to Dodging Bullets.
Just behind Somersby was Special Tiara,
who will appreciate the good ground more
than most for Henry de Bromhead.
God s Own gave Un De Sceaux a fright
in the Arkle and also went close at Aintree
for Tom George.
Two other novices, Vibrato Valtat and
Court Minstrel, are also in the field.
Could be magic at Doncaster
Mr Mole is McCoy's last ride
27-16--- 10.30 am
18-34--- 1 pm
9-8--- 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 LITTLE SNAKE
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 23
28 (Red Fish) 6.30 pm
28 (Red Fish)---10.30 am
1 (Centipede)---1 pm
28 (Red Fish)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
2 (Old Lady) 1 pm
17 (Pigeon) 10.30 am
12.35 Magical Daze
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