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Back Windsor's Wonder
Ashley Iveson previews all today's racing action
with Wonder Laish his nap of the day.
AYR: 1.50 Character Onesie, 2.25 Lord Buffhead,
3.00 Go Go Green, 3.30 Stonefield Flyer, 4.05 Royal
Duchess, 4.35 Silver Duke, 5.05 Light Breaks.
KEMPTON: 1.40 Black Key, 2.15 Acaster Malbis,
2.50 Cape Cay, 3.20 Biotic, 3.55 Light Rose, 4.25 Able
Dash, 4.55 Convicted.
NAAS: 5.10 Stone Mountain, 5,40 Barbeque, 6.10 Fit
For The Job, 6.40 Promised Money, 7.10 Anthem
Alexander, 7.40 Maksoon, 8.10 Valac.
SOUTHWELL: 1.30 Dark Diamond, 2.05 Forbidden
Love, 2.40 Lizzy's Dream, 3.10 Simply Clever, 3.45
Miss Excellence, 4.15 Arsenale, 4.45 Misu Mac.
WINDSOR: 5.30 High Speed, 6.00 Mister Bright-
side, 6.30 WONDER LAISH (NAP), 7.00 Unison, 7.30
Light Of Asia, 8.00 Just Because.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 6.20 Storm Runner, 6.50
Cloak And Degas, 7.20 Magical Daze, 7.50 Foxcover,
8.20 Mimi Luke, 8.50 Scooner, 9.20 Yorkshireman.
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Wonder Laish shaped with abundant promise on
his Windsor debut last autumn and rates a confi-
dent selection on his return to the track for the
Royal Windsor Horse Show Maiden Stakes on Mon-
The son of Halling is bred to be pretty smart as a
half-brother to Akeed Mofeed, a talented performer
in Ireland before becoming a Group One winner in
Wonder Laish was presumably not one of William
Haggas' more precocious juveniles last season as he
was not seen until October, but after a slow start,
there was a lot to like about the way he came home
over the extended mile to finish third.
The form received a significant boost on Friday
when the winner, Master Apprentice, made a suc-
cessful comeback in Sandown's Classic Trial.
The Windsor runner-up, Firmament, also went
one better on his next start. Haggas sensibly steps
his colt up to a mile and a quarter on his return to
action and with the stable's horses in decent nick at
this early stage of the year, Wonder Laish should get
off the mark.
A little over 400 miles north at Ayr, Light Breaks
is an intriguing southern raider for Sir Mark Prescott
in the concluding New Racing UK iPad App Handi-
cap. Prescott is only just into double figures for run-
ners at the Scottish track in the last five years, so
the fact Light Breaks travels alone from Heath
House is perhaps a tip in itself.
His form in three maiden starts over distances
ranging from seven furlongs to a mile is uninspiring
to say the least, with his 10-length fifth at Newcas-
tle last October his best result to date.
However, making his seasonal reappearance and
stepping up in distance off an initial handicap mark
of just 60, he is one bookmakers will treat with cau-
tion and it would be no surprise to see him turn in a
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Stakes at Kempton represents an excellent opportu-
nity for the consistent Acaster Malbis to get off the
The Arcano colt hinted at ability on more than one
occasion last season and has not done a lot wrong in
two starts this season, beaten little over a length at
both Nottingham and Newmarket.
With a couple of runs under his belt, he should be
approaching peak fitness and he will be hard to beat
Dark Diamond gets the nod in the totepoollive-
info.com Handicap at Southwell.
The Robert Cowell-trained five-year-old is less ex-
posed than most of his rivals, having had just six
starts, and has been placed on each of his three pre-
vious starts on the Fibresand
The latest of those efforts was when third behind
resurgent veteran Al Muheer, who has since won
three more races and reopposes.
However, Dark Diamond is now considerably bet-
ter off at the weights and he can reverse that form
under Hayley Turner.
LONDON---In recent weeks, Jockey Tony
McCoy has enjoyed a farewell tour up and
down the country as well as travelling over
to Ireland, with interest and crowds at
usually-mundane midweek meetings
boosted by his presence.
The adulation shown to him has made
the 20-times champion jockey realise just
how much he affected the lives of the racing
fraternity but while the decision to quit
seemed to some to come out of the blue,
McCoy feels he owes it to his family to go
out at the top.
Speaking to At The Races on his first
morning as a former jockey, he said: "We
had a very good night but I ve just got up
and haven t got round to eating breakfast
yet. I can smell it, though, and someone
has done the right thing and cooked me a
"It was very difficult to take it all in yes-
terday, the crowd, the people round the
parade ring, the great racing public came
out in force and I was very flattered and
honoured by it all.
"To get a reception like that for doing
something I ve loved to do for pretty much
all my life, I m really going to miss it.
"I told all the lads yesterday to enjoy it
while you re doing it because the end comes
"It s very nice to feel that I have the
respect of people up and down the country.
For the last 21 years I ve ridden up and down
the country pretty much full-on but over
the last two and a half months people have
come out to give me a wonderful welcome
and I m very grateful of that.
"It would be very difficult not to notice
how that has developed and I d like to thank
all those people for coming out and making
the last few months of my career so special
and making it a little bit easier.
"When I decided to retire I always thought
I d go to Sandown on the last day and say
Thanks very much but having spoken to
Dave (Roberts, agent), he said I was very
privileged to be champion jockey for the
20th time and we kind of felt, for my own
peace of mind, to do it like we did would
help me come to terms with actually retir-
"We also felt it might be a good thing for
racing, people probably deserved to know.
"I thought it would die down but it never
really did and those are things I ll remember
for ever. When I looked around yesterday,
as difficult as it was it helped me realise I d
made the right decision.
"If I d carried on and maybe not been as
good as I was a lot of these people might
not have come out. It s hard to say it but
it is probably the right decision.
"I feel satisfied through what has hap-
pened with my life but I ve also said I d love
another go because I feel I could still do it
better than anybody!
"I never felt like I did a day s work in my
life, I ve felt a lot of satisfaction and ful-
filment and I m very proud of what I ve
been lucky enough to achieve but so many
people have helped that happen, I was just
the lucky one who got on the best horse
most of the time.
"The owners, the trainers, the lads, the
horses, I could go on all day thanking people.
There s a lot of things I ll miss but there s
some that I won t, like spending a lot of
time in a hospital and ringing Doctor
Pritchard begging for help to make me bet-
Acaster Malbis is a long time winning
but Richard Hannon s charge has an excel-
lent opportunity of finally gaining winning
brackets in the 3-yo Maiden Stakes over
seven furlongs of Kempton polytrack today,
his first race on an all-weather surface.
This particular track rides superbly, jockeys
have no problem with it whatsoever and,
in fact, all AWR courses seem manage dif-
ferent surfaces admirably which is testament
to the hard work and dedication.
Following the shambles at Sandown,
where the Esher circuit was ludicrously
over-watered in readiness for Tony AP
McCoy day last Saturday, when Haydock
was similarly saturated, it really is necessary
to be aware of the pitfalls presented by turf;
a long time ago we decided that all-weather
was the way forward, even though the draw
is at issue moreso.
For that reason it makes sense to only
back thoroughbreds ridden by experienced
jockeys and Acaster Malbis will be partnered
by Richard Hughes, our current champion!
Hughesie has been aboard this consis-
tent, hitherto luckless Arcano colt four times,
twice this season, when fourth and third
respectively, achieving a better time-hand-
icap mark over a similar distance at New-
market twelve days ago.
As they say, it s his to lose but from stall
three and in the knowledge Acaster Malbis
is usually quick into stride I ll bet he makes
it seventh time lucky.
Whenever one notices that watering has
taken place a red light comes on and, hope-
fully, Newmarket doesn t get irrigation inter-
ference for the classic meeting next weekend;
it s still only April and rain is forecast for
Southwell also stages a seven-race pro-
gramme and La Dorotea should be an ultra-
safe anchor in the Maiden Fillies Stakes
over a mile of fibresand; defeat would be
a nightmare for the in-form Richard Fahey
Windsor hosts the regular, obligatory
Monday-nighter but it looks extremely
difficult wheras Aussie Ruler is another set
to end a vexing losing run in the Maiden
Stakes over six furlongs of Wolverhampton
Tapeta; don t oppose.
Acaster Malbis set for victory
Retirement is 'probably right'
Kempton 2.15 Acaster Malbis (nap);
Southwell, 2.05 La Dorotea;
Wolverhampton, 7.20 Aussie Ruler.
3-1 --- 10.30 am
3-19 --- 6.30 pm
TODAY'S PICK TWO
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 5
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 6
05 PARSON MAN 2
15 SICK WOMAN 2
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 1
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN 4
30 HOUSE CAT 2
31 PARSON WIFE 3
34 BLIND MAN 0
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to April 25
6 (Belly) 6.30 pm
1 (Centipede)---10.30 am
7 (Hog)---1 pm
7 (Hog)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
29 (Opium Man)
31 (Parson Wife) 10.30 am
31 (Parson Wife) 10.30 am
Tony Mc Coy.
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