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Under: (Last Saturday)
10.30 am --- 32-35
6.30 pm --- 16-30
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 8 5 7 1 21
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 7 5 0 23
05PARSONMAN 5 5 5 3 18
15SICKWOMAN5 5 5 1 16
18WATERBOAT 3 6 7 0 16
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 3 5 0 11
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 6 8 7 0 21
30HOUSECAT 4 5 6 0 15
31PARSONWIFE6 6 4 0 16
34BLINDMAN 3 7 3 2 15
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: FRIDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to Friday, August 14
6.30 pm 8
16 (Jamette) 1 pm
32 (Shrimps) 10.30am
23 (House) 6.30 pm
36 (Donkey) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
5 (Parson Man)
18 (Water Boat)
Twin Sails is strongly-fancied to
reverse placings with Palawan in the
£25,500, listed, Washington Singer Stakes
over seven furlongs of forecast soft New-
bury today; eighteen days ago, on a much
faster Glorious Goodwood surface,
Richard Hannon s charge finished third,
a nose in front.
That was disappointing for trainer Dean
Ivory because Twin Sails won his first two
races and he deliberated long before com-
mitting the Sir Percy colt; as it happens
this race is ideal, for both!
All runners must have sires which have
won over ten furlongs or further, it s been
won by some real greats, including Haafdh,
subsequent 2000 Guineas winner trained
by Barry Hills.
Twin Sails was hampered in the early
stages and came with a real rattle in the
closing stages, beaten only a length; inex-
perience was a factor under Pat Dobbs.
On this occasion Dobbs is claimed by
Hannon for Palawan!
Now that is a quandary and will be par-
ticularly vexing if man-of-the-moment
Pat Cosgrave is greeted in the winners
enclosure by Dean!
Over the same course and distance veteran
Hills runs Markaz in the £150,000, group
two, Hungerford Stakes, and this remarkable
78-year-old also has a big stake in Cable
Bay, trained by son Charles whose yard is
firing on all cylinders.
When drawn on preference Barry reckoned
they are difficult to split and reference to
my time-handicap suggests he s right.
Markaz is a distinctly progressive three-
year-old however, gets 6lbs weight-for-age
allowance and on what will be a demanding
surface that could tilt the scales; with three
places on offer we ll play each-way.
Despite the volume of racing it looks a
difficult day, especially with ground changes
country-wide and Flying Pursuit is selected
more in hope than expectation for the Maid-
en Auction Stakes over six furlongs at Ripon.
Ben Linfoot had a 16/1 winner at Ascot
last weekend and he seeks out the value
at Ripon and Newmarket today. Pepper
Lane, twice a winner of the William Hill
Great St Wilfrid, was one of the first horses
to put David O Meara on the map and the
Nawton trainer can strike again in the
Ripon feature by winning the pot for the
fourth time in five years with Eccleston.
The relatively lightly-raced Acclamation
gelding just sneaks in at the bottom of the
handicap and a mark of 91 looks like one
he can exploit with plenty of factors stacking
up in his favour.
Firstly, the rain in North Yorkshire is a
positive regarding his chances. Not only has
he got good form on soft ground, but the
far side is often the place to be when it rains
at Ripon and he should get a good tow into
the contest from Poyle Vinnie.
Secondly, he ran an excellent trial for this
race over the course and distance last time
when fifth to Flyman in the Armstrong
Nothing got into the race from off the
pace in that contest, so to finish as close
as he did despite adversity will have pleased
O Meara (who used that very race as a prep
for Pepper Lane the first time she won the
Thirdly, the first-time visor he ran in at
Ripon last time is retained and can have a
better effect now he runs in a big field with
a proper pace to chase. Stablemate Out Do
won the Wilfrid last year in a first-time
visor and this horse looks well worth another
go in one.
All of those reasons can help him improve,
but he s bang in there with a chance strictly
on the figures anyway.
The last twice he has raced from a mark
lower than 91 he has won; at Sandown in
April 2014 off 88 and at Haydock in May
of this year off 90.
His best recent performance came when
he finished fifth in the Scottish Stewards
Cup at Hamilton where he had three of
Saturday s rivals in behind---Another Wise
Kid, Mass Rally and Fast Shot---and he
should have no problems reversing the form
with the winner, Poyle Vinnie, given he gets
1.50 Flying Pursuits; Newbury
2.00 Twins Sails (nap)
3.45 Markaz (e.w)
a 10lb pull at the weights.
He s been well backed this week after just making
the cut and his price looks sure to contract further
as more rain falls on the track. The general 12/1
remains well worth taking.
If there is a negative for Eccleston it s that the
majority of the pace is drawn middle to stands side
and a saver is suggested on Richard Fahey s Lexi s
Hero at 25/1 (also general).
He s been running well despite not getting his ideal
conditions since he won at Chester in May, but a
recent fifth in the Sky Bet Dash proves that he remains
in great form and he should relish Saturday s test
now the ground has turned soft.
His best efforts have come when he chases a solid
pace on ground with cut in it, and with loads of pace
enforcers drawn on his inside this weekend he should
be able to build up a sustained run on the stands
rail under Joe Doyle.
A win would require a career-best effort, but
Doyle s 3lb claim helps from a handicapping point
of view and he looks a big price considering the con-
Value Bet Specials including enhanced place dou-
Finally, over at Newmarket, there s a good handicap
sprint confined to three-year-olds at 2.50 and though
it s packed full of promising types it could be worth
taking a chance on Cool Strutter at 33/1 (Paddy
It wasn t long ago this horse was rated 95, but he
lost his way to the extent that even O Meara failed
to work the magic in a brief spell and he s now at
Andrew Balding s where he s rated 15lb lower than
that career-high mark.
However, there was plenty to like about his most
recent run at Chepstow where he finished his race
well to take a close third and if Balding has found
the key to him he could be seriously well handi-
It s certainly significant he runs in him this race
despite being 2lb out of the weights.
Balding has an excellent record this year alone
with such horses and top-notch claimer Ed Greatrex
more than makes up for the small disadvantage with
his 5lb allowance.
Ben Linfoot s Value Bet aim: The Value Bet is
designed to generate long-term profit by searching
for overpriced horses in the feature weekend races
and at the big Festivals in the UK. Running total:
+394.14pts to advised stakes/prices (from inception
of Value Bet column in January 2010 to current).
Twin Sails and Palawan
go after each other
Value Bet: Eccleston a Great bet
Eccleston, left...worth backing at Ripon.
1pt win Eccleston in 3.30 Ripon at 12/1
1pt win Lexi's Hero in 3.30 Ripon at 25/1
1pt win Cool Strutter in 2.50 Newmarket at 33/1
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