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Under: (Last Thursday)
10.30 am --- 22-27
6.30 pm --- 30-20
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 9 5 7 3 24
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 8 5 1 25
05PARSONMAN 5 5 6 5 20
15SICKWOMAN5 5 7 2 19
18WATERBOAT 4 7 7 1 19
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 3 5 0 11
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 8 7 0 23
30HOUSECAT 5 6 6 2 19
31PARSONWIFE8 7 5 0 20
34BLINDMAN 3 7 4 3 17
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Wednesday, September 16
6.30 pm 2
10 (Monkey) 6.30 pm
5 (Parson Man)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
34 (Blind Man)
15 (Sick Woman) 4 pm
2 (Old Lady) 1 pm
31 (Parson Wife) 10.30am
Spike represents a serious betting propo-
sition in the 2-y-o Maiden Stakes over five
furlongs of good' ground Pontefract today;
readers wont be surprised to learn that all
major signals are in place!
They know my regard for Thirsk-based
trainer David Barron and his favourite' jock-
ey, Graham Gibbons; quite simply this is
my idea of the A-team!'
Bookmakers will also be aware of the fact,
this combination is nothing short of dev-
astating and twice-raced Spike is strong-
ly-fancied to go one better on the back of
an improved display in a similar race at
Catterick last month.
Gibbo sent this Lilbourne Lad gelding
into the lead approaching the final furlong
but they were dobbed' right on the line by
the game and genuine Baby Ballerina, gaining
reward for consistency at the seventh
attempt; experience appeared to be a factor
with Spike just hanging a tad in the last
strides, thus losing out.
Other were well beaten off, a sign of solid
form and a fast-run race.
On this occasion Mick Channon-trained
Shine Likeadimaond will be backed on the
strength of several placed efforts but on the
time-handicap Spike is several pounds supe-
rior and, realistically, unopposable!
Ayr kicks off its wonderful three-day(s)
Western meeting which culminates in the
Ayr Gold Cup Handicap over six furlongs,
Saturday, and two consolation races,
Silver/Bronze, on account of the weight of
entries; they are impossible but only six go
to post for the opening 2-y-o Novice Stakes
over a mile, Zaina Rizeena, is best-in!'
Twice-raced Zaina Rizeena was a winner
for this column last month in a manner
that suggests Richard Fahey's charge is pro-
gressive and worth following.
Both Speed Company and Pythius have
to be respected and the newcomer, Briyouni,
trained by Kevin Ryan is, apparently, no
slouch but Zaina Rizeena is preferred.
All-weatherites will be focusing on
Chelmsford polytrack action, especially, the
opening nursery handicap over five furlongs,
well within capabilities of Mark Johnston-
trained Chicago School; good each-way bet
with three places available but make sure
they all run, eh?
Another favourite' trainer is veteran, Luca
Cumani, who places superbly, never wastes
a race; once-raced Farandine could well
provide an example of his expertise by win-
ning the Maiden Stakes over six furlongs
of good to firm' Yarmouth. Keith,
Cumani sends plenty of runners to this
popular east-coastal venue from Newmarket,
some real beauts' down the years and judged
on her second to Gypsy Eyes over seven of
the Newmarket July course last month
Farandine is a serious player; what beats
this Rock Of Gibraltar filly will win, third
home, Thetis, has already confirmed my
computation of the HQ run.
Half an hour on and Sir Michael Stoute
introduces a superbly-bred Hamdan Al
Maktoum-owned Teofilio colt, Mawaany,
but he'll need to be above average to beat
Northern raider, Magic Lasso, from Kevin
Ryan's Malton yard; significantly it's a long
journey and his TH mark is right up to
Malton 'Magic' to pay off
2.30 Magic Lasso (e.w)
2.10 Spike (nap)
5.50 Chicago School (e.w)
1.50 Zaina Rizeena
Roger Varian's Talmada gained a second career
success when landing the EBF Stallions John
Musker Fillies' Stakes at Yarmouth.
The four-year-old daughter of Cape Cross had
just a maiden success to her name from 11 previous
starts although the majority had come in pattern
company and included a Group Two second.
Sent off at 7/2, William Buick weaved his way
through the pack and made his challenge early,
hitting the front on the far rail with a quarter of
a mile to run.as the pace setting Uele River weak-
Favourite Speedy Boarding, last seen running
in the Irish Oaks, made her move in the centre
of the course having raced in rear but made fairly
heavy weather of making up the ground.
The two settled down to fight out the Listed
prize inside the distance with Talmada prevailing
by half a length with two lengths back to Elbereth
Buick told At The Races: "We got a nice pitch.
We've ridden her quite forcefully all year and
today Roger was quite keen on just letting her
"Her form from early this year is very smart
(second to Irish Oaks winner Covert Love at New-
castle conceding weight), so I suppose on her
day she was entitled to win that."
Elm Park made a successful return to action
in the Racehorse Sanctuary Remembers Moorcroft
Boy Fortune Stakes at Sandown.
A Group One winner as a juvenile, the three-
year-old had been restricted to two runs this sea-
son, finishing third in the Dante Stakes and 11th
in the Derby.
Dropped back to Listed level and half a mile
in trip, he was soon at the head of affairs in the
one mile Listed contest having taken up the run-
ning from Fire Ship.
Andrea Atzeni set a sensible gallop in testing
ground and the pace didn't pick up until deep
into the race but the son of Phoenix Reach showed
his class and was always travelling more easily
than his rivals.
Atzeni had to get fairly serious inside the final
furlong with Fire Ship sticking gallantly to his
guns and the stalking Gabrial trying to lay down
a late challenge but neither got closer than the
winner's hindquarters at best.
Returned the 4/7 favourite, the winning distance
was two lengths with Gabrial just edging out Fire
Ship for minor honours.
Harry Dunlop is hoping for a dry spell to allow
Early Morning to run in the Betfred Cambridgeshire
at Newmarket on Saturday week.
The son of New Approach was being prepared
for a crack at the 2014 German Derby before a
leg fracture kept him off the course for 11 months.
He has been making up for lost time this season,
winning twice and being placed on three other
occasions, before a rare unplaced effort at Kempton
The trainer said: "The Betfred Cambridgeshire
is very much on the agenda for Early Morning
but he will only run if it is good ground.
"He had no physical issues when disappointing
at Kempton last time, it was simply a matter of
him not enjoying the new polytrack surface. When
he won very easily at Haydock the time before
the ground was genuinely good to firm.
"I am convinced that he is capable of running
very well off his current handicap mark and he
will be staying in training next year."
for Elm Park
Ground key to Early bid
David Casey made a tri-
umphant farewell from
race-riding with an easy
victory on Long Dog in the
Ballygarry House Hotel
Novice Hurdle at Listowel.
The Cheltenham Festival-
winning jockey enjoyed an
armchair ride on the five-
year-old, trained by his boss
Willie Mullins, as Long Dog
duly brushed aside his three
The 1/6 shot, owned by
Rich Ricci, had no trouble
completing a hat-trick as
he came home nine and a
half lengths clear of Collen
Casey, 39, said: "I'm get-
ting older and probably am
a bit old for a jump jockey
and recently Willie offered
me this position in the yard.
"I'm travelling with Max
Dynamite to the Melbourne
Cup. He's in quarantine now
but goes over on Thursday.
"I've been there a long
time already so not a lot will
change - I just hope I won't
be a burden on him!"
Mullins said: "David has
been great fun to have
around the yard and, having
been with me since he was
17, it was great to see him
growing as a jockey in that
"Going out in one piece
is more important than rid-
ing a winner and he will be
a tremendous asset to me
in my business.
"He gets on very well
with my people and staff
and knows the way our yard
works, and ticks.
"He is excellent to rate
horses and can tell me to
the pound what a horse is
actually worth and it turns
out he is usually right.
Casey has long shared an
association with Mullins and
will remain with the County
Carlow trainer as an assis-
tant accompanying the sta-
ble's Melbourne Cup con-
tender Max Dynamite to
His big-race successes in
the saddle include Fadoudal
Du Cochet in the 2002
Grand Annual Chase at
Cheltenham and Rule
Supreme, who landed the
Royal & SunAlliance Chase
there in 2004.
He won the Irish Hen-
nessy twice, on Rule
Supreme in 2005 and Kem-
pes in 2011, the Galway Plate
on Ansar in 2004 and the
Thyestes Chase on Hedge-
hunter in 2004 and On His
Own in 2012 among other
big prizes in Ireland.
Casey bows out on a high National Stakes hero Air Force Blue
heads 13 entries from the Aidan
O'Brien stable in the Dubai Dewhurst
Stakes at Newmarket on October 10.
The son of War Front leapt to
favouritism for the Qipco 2000 Guineas
with an emphatic three-length call
over Herald The Dawn at the Curragh
on Sunday to supplement his success
in the Phoenix Stakes.
O'Brien, with three Dewhurst tri-
umphs in the bag, has an exceptionally
strong team that also includes Royal
Ascot winners Washington DC and
Waterloo Bridge and the unbeaten
Group Three scorer Deauville.
Stunning Champagne Stakes winner
Emotionless is Charlie Appleby's sole
entry, while John Gosden has seven
representatives including the exciting
Shalaa, the winner of his last four starts
including the Group One Prix Morny
Air Force Blue
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