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Paul Nicholls only had two
runners at Exeter but both were
successful, taking him up to a
landmark 2,500 career success-
es.The Eaglehaslanded had to
work hard to justify 4/7
favouritism in the Racing UK
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Amateur Riders' Novices' Hurdle
under Will Biddick, scraping
home by a neck from For 'N'
It was much easier for the
classy Abidjan in the Racing UK
Anywhere Novices' Hurdle as
the 2/13 jolly coasted home by
eight lengths in the hands of
"I had half an idea in the sum-
mer that I was near doing it,"
"My assistant Tom (Jonason)
has been keeping it up to date
and I knew I only needed two
"They were both odds-on, but
it wasn't as if I went today
knowing it would happen, so
it's nice that it has."
He added: "Abidjan is only a
novice until November 1 and the
plan was always to go chasing
this season with him.
"I might just have a look at
a nice handicap first, I'll see what
mark he gets."
There was also a noteworthy
success for Mark Pitman, nine
years since his last one.
Pitman, who won the Hen-
nessy with Ever Blessed and
trained the fragile Monsignor to
win at two Cheltenham Festivals,
had retired but was coaxed back
into the game by Monsignor's
owner Malcolm Denmark. Gold-
en Gate Bridge (5/1) made every
yard of the running in the Racing
UK Day Pass Just £10 "Junior"
Standard Open National Hunt
Flat Race for Denis O'Regan, in
Denmark's familiar yellow, white
and black silks.
"I'm delighted, I'm made up
for the team and myself," Pit-
"I've only had five runners
and they've all been knocking
on the door, but for one to get
home in front is great, it really
gets the blood pumping.
"We decided to make use of
his experience today, on his
debut at Huntingdon he didn't
show what he had been showing
me at home and I knew he'd
not had a race as the next morn-
ing he was bucking and kick-
"He's only a baby,but he has
schooled and jumps fine. There's
no point him taking on experi-
enced Flat horses over hurdles,
though, as they'll have him on
the back foot.
"I'm only training for Mal-
colm, we have six to run and
we'll just concentrate on those
Ciaran Gethings escaped seri-
ous injury after a nasty incident
before the bumper when Cast
Cavalier lashed out when he was
trying to mount, striking him.
He walked with support out
of the paddock and was taken
to Devon and Exeter Hospital as
a precaution for further checks.
Ejayteekay ticks enough boxes for a
decent punt in the opening Maiden Fillies'
Stakes over seven furlongs of 'good' ground
on the Newmarket Rowley Mile course
today; six of seven races are for two-year-
olds, is this heaven?
They are, after all, my 'speciality' and it
didn't take long to realise the obvious
prospects of Ejayteekay, third to Rostova in
a similar race at Salisbury just nine days
ago, improving on her promising debut
Maidens at HQ are difficult to win, from
experience I'm qualified to know what's
required however and this Big Bad Bob filly
has certainly done enough, several pounds
superior to forecast-favourite, Luca Cumani-
trained Farandine, according to my com-
The fascination (still!) is getting it right
when handicapping juveniles with a time
bias, it's been a 'labour of love' and I'm not
finished yet, by any means; bookies watch
Over the same course and distance Mick
Channon-trained Tigerwolf is also a 'special'
for division one of the Maiden Stakes, don't
Fourth to Gifted Master, beaten less than
six lengths, was a solid recent effort by this
Dream Ahead colt and with Channon's yard
in fine form 'Tiger' is a good reason too
make the journey.
Mc Diamond has Renounce to beat in the
'aged' Maiden Stakes over six furlongs of
Kempton polytrack tonight, none of ten
other rivals has any chance whatsoever
judged on the TH; 14th time lucky for
Michael Mullineaux' charge?
How often has one mentioned 'the best
results come from the worst races?'
THIS is a classic example, safe in the
knowledge that a place is guaranteed and
Mc Diamond wont be favourite this Windsor
Knot gelding will form the second part of
our each-way double and, hopefully, the
third leg of a treble!
Last time out, partnered as usual by Raul
Da Silva, at Bath, over five furlongs in a
competitive handicap, McDiamond was a
close third, beaten a neck and a short-head
in the race won by Zuzinia; significantly it
was a 'career-best' effort!'
Renounce hasn't run since a beaten-
favourite on debut at Chelmsford, 230 days
There are any number of reasons but
mine is not to wonder why, just relate that
Mc Diamond is in the form of his life and
represents a tremendous 'price to chance'
Fabre trio set for Breeders' Cup
Esoterique and Make Believe will represent Andre
Fabre in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland.
The five-year-old mare Esoterique has taken her
form to a new level this season, winning the Prix
Jacques le Marois and the Sun Chariot Stakes.
Make Believe beat stablemate New Bay in the
French 2000 Guineas before disappointing at Royal
Ascot behind Gleneagles.
He was not seen again until Arc weekend when he
blitzed a good field in the Prix de la Foret over seven
Fabre's inmates will be joined on the flight to Ken-
tucky by Miss France, who runs in the Filly & Mare
The four-year-old won the 1000 Guineas at New-
market last year but injury has restricted her to just
two late-season outings this year, finishing second
Fabre said: "I will take three to the Breeders' Cup.
Miss France will run in the Filly & Mare and Eso-
terique and Make Believe will run in the Mile.
"I think they (Esoterique and Make Believe) would
both have a good chance.
"Esoterique's form this season is very good in-
deed, but Make Believe has won two Group Ones
also - I have two great chances."
Walsh cool on Mullins UK title hopes
Ruby Walsh admits Willie Mullins will find it tough
to seriously compete in the British National Hunt
trainers' title race.
The perennial Irish jumps champion dominated at
the Cheltenham Festival again last season and looks
set to saddle more runners in Britain, with the likes
of Faugheen, Annie Power, Vautour and Vroum
Vroum Mag already pencilled in for UK assignments
before the big spring festivals.
Big-race jockey Walsh admits the stable will be
strongly represented in the UK throughout the cam-
paign but would be "surprised" were he to get the
better of Nicky Henderson and current title holder
Paul Nicholls to win the trainers' gong.
Walsh said: "There is lot of good prize-money in
Ireland and we want to win that first.
"That said, we will have more runners in the UK
this season as there are many good races there.
"We have the horses so why not have a go? I can't
see Willie being champion trainer in the UK as I don't
think he would have volume of runners.
"It would surprise me anyway."
Walsh also confirmed that plans were being made
for Annie Power and top two-mile chase prospect
Un De Sceaux, who has won all four of his com-
pleted starts over fences including the Arkle at Chel-
tenham in March.
Foundation slashed for Trophy
It's no surprise that Aidan O'Brien dominates the
entries for Saturday's Racing Post Trophy with five
of the 10 possibles but it's John Gosden's Founda-
tion who heads the betting for the Doncaster Group
Unbeaten in three starts after completing a hat-
trick in last month's Royal Lodge at Newmarket,
Foundation was as big as 13/8 for the final top-level
prize of the British Flat season following Monday's
confirmation stage, but those odds shortened dra-
matically following sustained support on Tuesday.
The Highclere-owned colt counts Sir Alex Fergu-
son among his owners and racing manager Harry
Herbert is hoping victory this weekend can give his
connections a "winter of dreaming".
"Frankie says this is his trip and ground-wise,
good or easier ground will suit very well," Herbert
told At The Races.
"He's given us all a terrific amount of fun and win-
ning the Royal Lodge was a massive thrill for every-
"We thought this was the natural progression. I
think when you've got a horse running in a race like
this you can start dreaming that you can win a
Group One or be placed in a Group One as two-year-
old and that means that the Classics next year
1.55 Mc Diamond
Paul Nicholls was successful with two runners at Exeter
Decent punt for Ejayteekay
Under: (Last Wednesday)
10.30 am --- 15-29
6.30 pm --- 33-33
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 10 6 8 3 27
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 10 5 2 28
05PARSONMAN 5 5 6 5 20
15SICKWOMAN5 5 9 2 21
18WATERBOAT 5 9 7 1 22
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 5 0 13
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 8 8 0 24
30HOUSECAT 7 7 7 2 23
31 PARSONWIFE 10 7 5 0 22
34BLINDMAN 3 7 5 4 19
35BIGSNAKE 10 6 5 1 22
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Tuesday, October 20
6.30 pm 4
22 (Rat) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
13 (Crapaud) 1 pm
17 (Pigeon) 10.30am
2 (Old Lady)
35 (Big Snake)
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