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Silviniaco Conti makes a surprise reappearance
over hurdles at Kempton today ahead of the
Betfair Chase later this month.
Paul Nicholls feels he has to get the nine-year-
old back on the track before attempting to win
the big race at Haydock for a third time, and the
Pertemps Network Handicap Qualifier was the
The Ditcheat trainer reports Silviniaco Conti,
who is returning to the scene of two victories in
the William Hill King George VI Chase, in need of
the run, having suffered a setback earlier in the
"I need to give him a run before Haydock.
There's nothing else to run him in bar this race,
so we're using this as a stepping stone," said
"He had a little setback earlier in the season so
he's not as forward as we could like.
"He'll improve for the run whatever he does."
Silviniaco Conti had smart form over hurdles
earlier in his career, winning the Coral Hurdle at
Ascot five years ago.
He is, though, giving 12lb and upwards to his
four rivals, including 22lb to Low Key.
In contrast to the top weight, the David Pipe-
trained eight-year-old is race fit, having won over
hurdles in the summer and having been in action
on the Flat.
After landing the Cesarewitch Trial, he was
sent off favourite for the marathon handicap
itself but was unplaced behind Grumeti.
Imogen Pickard's Mister Fizz, the Philip Hobbs-
trained Brother Tedd and Kaysersberg from
Warren Greatrex's stable completes the quintet.
Poplar Win For
Devils Bride came out on top in a thrilling
renewal of the Brady Family Ham Supporting
Kildare GAA Poplar Square Chase at Naas.
The Willie Mullins-trained winner was given a
fine ride by David Mullins, arriving on the scene
two out and jumping the last well.
Getting the better of long-time leader and
stablemate Alelchi Inois, he then had to repel the
renewed challenge of even-money favourite
Sizing Granite, but did so by a head.
The success of the 5-1 winner was also a
landmark one for jockey Mullins.
He said: "That's my first winner when I haven't
been able to claim and it's great to get it."
He added: "Every time I took a pull he was
grabbing a hold of it and rubbering with me to
the fences and running at them.
"He got a bit tight to the last, but he was good
at it. He's a lazy sort of horse and just kept
finding on the run in."
Sky Bet cut the winner to 16/1 from 25s for
the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham later
Red Cadeaux has been drawn
in stall eight for the Emirates
Melbourne Cup at Flemington
Three times a runner-up in
the great race, the Ed Dunlop-
trained stayer will this year be
joined in the line-up by stable-
mate Trip To Paris, who has
been drawn in stall 14.
Red Cadeaux had drawn
"everywhere" in his four previ-
ous attempts at the Melbourne
Cup according to Dunlop who
said: "He s got a good draw this
"He s a year older, (but) the
boys are happy with the way
he s going. Fingers crossed."
Dunlop s other hope is Trip
To Paris, who comes off a strong
second in the Caulfield Cup.
"It was a great run, I know a
lot of attention went on the
Japanese horse (Fame Game),
but I thought he was very good.
He should appreciate a step up
Dunlop said no one was sure
how much rain would fall
between now and Cup time.
"The rain and the (race) tempo
will be important," he added.
Snow Sky, trained by Sir
Michael Stoute and the mount
of Ryan Moore, goes from gate
16, while Michael Bell s Big
Orange, with Jamie Spencer on
board, is in 23 of the 24-runner
Godolphin s Sky Hunter has
been drawn in stall seven for
Saeed bin Suroor and William
Buick, with the Roger Charlton-
trained Quest For More (Damian
Lane) in trap 21.
Bin Suroor is happy with his
charge and is hoping for a
change of luck.
"He s fine now, he just needs
some luck, as usual," he told
"It s very important for Sheik
Mohammed, for UAE racing (to
win the Cup). We have been here
many, many times, three times
we have come second, we are
looking to win it this time."
Godolphin s other runner, the
John O Shea-trained Hartnell,
drew barrier 17.
Aidan O Brien has never won
the Melbourne Cup and this year
fires two bullets in the shape of
Kingfisher and Bondi Beach.
The former, who is due to be
ridden by Colm O Donoghue,
has been berthed in stall nine,
whereas Bondi Beach (Brett
Prebble) will break from gate 18.
has a low draw in stall two for
trainer Willie Mullins and jockey
Frankie Dettori and Mullins is
optimistic about the chances of
the Lonsdale Cup winner.
"We ve been very happy with
how the horse has settled in,
and trained," he said.
"Lots of things have gone
right for us, and the form is
working out so we re here now
and we re looking forward to it.
"His previous race ... he came
from a really wide draw for sec-
ond. We thought that that could
win us the Lonsdale Cup, what
we didn t expect was how well
it," he said.
"Then we decided that was
our ticket to come across for the
Melbourne Cup and we think
everything has gone right."
The Japanese trained favourite
Fame Game has drawn well with
connections selecting box 12 but
the Gai Waterhouse-trained
Excess Knowledge, who earned
an automatic slot in the field
with victory in the Lexus Stakes
on Saturday, is housed on the
outside in 24.
Lee and Anthony Freedman s
Our Ivanhowe drew two from
the outside in barrier 22.
Monday, November 2, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Health is more important than wealth
and this year has proved it; from day one
I ve been wrong and so qualified to
reveal just how necessary and important
a good, consistent life-style is when tack-
ling life and its tribulations.
Thanks to my youngest daughter I ve lost
two stones in weight by cutting out (com-
pletely!) sugar products but, unfortunately,
haven t been able to enjoy the benefits of
losing because back in January was laid
low with a chest infection; it lingered for
months and seriously de-energised my
Consequently one endured the worst sea-
son as a racing journalist/tipster and just
when one felt there was so much to antic-
ipate with a clean bill of health my fate on
August 12th was an operating table where
a somewhat serious operation (in a delicate
area!) was performed; after care for more
than four weeks constrained any activity
and at one stage my weight was 16st 3lbs
from 19st 4lbs a few months earlier; that s
Given my challenge for the Racing Post
Naps Table was compromised it was sat-
isfying to finish the turf-flat season with a
6/1 winner, Jassur, and when our selection
Found beat Golden Horn, Saturday night,
it feels this morning like this is the first day
of the rest of my racing life!
Look before you leap, think before you
speak is my motto which precludes any
comments on the rides given to Golden
Horn by Frankie Dettori and that of Paul
Hanagan aboard Daqeeq in a Wolverhamp-
ton maiden an hour or so earlier.
Let me tell you something, all jockeys
look good when they win, don t they?
We re now heading into another National
Hunt season but, unfortunately we ve
encountered a major problem; race-times
aren t electrical over jumps and those taking
times with stop watches are inefficient; I m
certain some are watching the starts, blind-
As a consequence our major source of
winners, novice hurdle bets, are compro-
mised but, there again, we have the all-
weather racing to enjoy; sorting out horses
drawn badly, ridden my so many moderate
jockeys (the best will be sunning in warmer
climes!) and defining which throughbreds
are able to cope with the THREE different
surfaces of fibresand, tapeta and polytrack.
It s a labour of love and very much a full-
time job and my fitness is at issue; wish
me well, eh?
Three moderate jumping fixtures are
scheduled today, winner-finding wont be
easy but here goes...!
Red Cadeaux---finished second in the Melbourne Cup three times.
Red Cadeaux in eight for Cup
Kempton ready to fly in the jumps
Kempton, 1.30 Auckland de Re (nap);
4.10 Arety Campbell (e.w);
Plumpton, 1.20 Silver Dixie (e.w).
Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am ---19-14
6.30 pm --- 12-12
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 11 6 8 3 28
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 11 5 4 31
05PARSONMAN 5 5 6 5 20
15SICKWOMAN6 5 9 2 22
18WATERBOAT 6 9 7 1 23
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 5 0 13
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 8 8 0 24
30HOUSECAT 7 8 7 2 24
31 PARSONWIFE 10 9 5 1 25
34BLINDMAN 3 7 5 4 19
35BIGSNAKE 10 6 5 1 22
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, October 31
6.30 pm 7
35 (Big Snake) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
29 (Opium Man)
23 (House) 1 pm
15 (Sick Woman) 4 pm
19 (Horse) 10.30am
31 (Parson Wife)
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