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PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 13 6 8 3 30
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 12 11 5 4 32
05PARSONMAN 5 7 7 5 24
15SICKWOMAN6 6 9 2 23
18WATERBOAT 7 9 7 1 24
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 5 0 13
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 9 8 8 1 26
30HOUSECAT 7 8 8 2 25
31 PARSONWIFE 10 10 5 2 27
34BLINDMAN 3 7 5 5 20
35BIGSNAKE 10 7 6 2 25
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, November 16
6.30 pm 9
35 (Big Snake) 6.30 pm
2 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
34 (Blind Man)
35 (Big Snake) 4 pm
29 (Opium Man) 10.30 am
Last year s winner Silviniaco Conti heads seven
possibles at the five-day stage for the Betfair
Chase at Haydock on Saturday.
It s a slightly disappointing turn out for a race
which is the first leg of the new Triple Crown ini-
tiative from Jockey Club Racecourses, who have
dangled a £1,000,000 carrot for connections of
any horse that win Saturday s race, the King George
at Kempton and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
No Irish-trained horses have been left in (Clar-
cam, Don Cossack, Road To Riches and Wounded
Warrior all taken out at the five-day stage), while
this year s Gold Cup winner Coneygree is heading
to Newbury on Saturday week for a crack at the
None of this will of course bother Paul Nicholls,
whose sole entry is now Silviniaco Conti. Nicholls
has won the race six times. Kauto Star won the
race on four occasions, while Silviniaco Conti
himself will be going for a hat-trick.
Vautour could make his eagerly-awaited sea-
sonal debut in the Stella Artois 1965 Chase at
Ascot on Saturday.
Trainer Willie Mullins has given the exciting
six-year-old an entry in the Grade Two contest
over an extended two miles and five furlongs.
"I ve put him in at Ascot and I m happy with
him," said Mullins.
Vautour, a Cheltenham Festival winner for the
last two years, won three of his four starts over
fences last term which culminated in his fantastic
JLT Novices Chase success in March.
As well as at Ascot, he also holds entries next
month in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown
Chase and in the William Hill King George VI
Chase at Kempton.
Vautour looks to have frightened away some
potential opposition as the race has been re-opened
until Tuesday due to insufficient entries.
by Faugheen defeat
Willie Mullins remains "surprised" by Faugh-
een s defeat by stablemate Nichols Canyon in
the StanJames.com Morgiana Hurdle at Pun-
chestown on Sunday.
The Champion Hurdle hero was sent of 1-6 in
a field of five to stretch his 100 per cent record
but could not get to grips with Nichols Canyon
in the closing stages and went down by half a
Mullins saddled the first three home in the
Grade One, with Wicklow Brave just a length and
a quarter back in third, yet the County Carlow
handler is still scratching his head at Faugheen s
"The three of them have come out of the race
well. We re happy with them," said Mullins.
"We won t know if we have underestimated
Nichols Canyon until his next run but we could
"Nothing s come to light. Looking at Faugheen s
work last week we couldn t see Faugheen being
beaten by Nichols Canyon.
"It was a surprise. Maybe the work just brought
on Nichols Canyon more than Faugheen.
"They will just all be well entered up and we ll
make a plan in the next week or two."
Pourquoi Non is guaranteed one of three
places in division and one of the Maiden
Stakes over a mile of Lingfield polytrack
today, even though Denis Coakley s charge
is drawn widest in stall eleven.
Alright so you can t beat the draw but
twice-raced Pourquoi Moi knows his job
and raced with zest when a creditable close
third to Little Kipling over seven furlongs
on this track last month, beaten three-quar-
ters of a length. Oisin Murphy mentioned
further as more suitable.
Murphy is a positive jockey, he ll have
this Pour Moi colt handy and might just
make the running against relatively inex-
perienced rivals; three are un-raced but all
come from fashionable yards and so the
pre-race betting market needs monitoring.
On the time-handicap we have a safe
each-way bet and in division two Hamdan
Al Maktoum-owned Samaawy has a special
look judged on an eye-catching turf debut
over seven at Leicester last month.
Partnered by contract jockey Paul Hana-
gan this Alhaarth colt hit the gate, raced
strong and bounced into the lead two out;
fitness told in the closing stages and
Samaawy surrendered three places in the
Given he was backed into second
favouritism he has to be significant and
Samaawy looked in need of the run; we
know what he s capable of and improvement
Similar comments apply to Baydar, half
length second to Gershwin over a similar
distance at Haydock three weeks ago, and
John Gosden-trained Kalkrand, a Godolpin-
owned Dubawi colt which shaped well on
his Doncaster debut recently in a hot race.
The current all-weather two-year-old
scene is fascinating, some real beauts are
figuring and there is, honestly, nowhere else
in the world I d rather be than here, clock-
Pourquoi Non and Samaawy both look
solid places chances and you re advised to
play each-way on the Daily Patent which
also includes Annie Salt, one of nine decs
for the opening nine-runner nursery over
Annie Salts was a heavily-backed favourite
over six furlongs twelve days ago, probably
failed to stay but this is a weak race and
the Michael Meade-trained Zebedee filly
must be given another chance; money talks!
Nicky Henderson reaffirmed Sprinter
Sacre s main target will be to try to regain
his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown.
The Seven Barrows trainer will "work
backwards" from the two-mile champi-
onship, which Sprinter Sacre won in 2013
before suffering well-documented heart and
As a result, Henderson is no immediate
hurry to decide whether Sprinter Sacre runs
in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on
December 5, where he could face stablemate
Simonsig, following his return to winning
ways with a 14-length call over Somersby
in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham.
"The Tingle Creek is not very far away,
so I d like to sit on that one. It s the obvious
place to go, but it doesn t mean we have
to," said Henderson.
"We ll work backwards. There s one race
we really want to go for (Champion Chase)
---we want to be there in March.
"He ll tell us where we are. There s him
and Simonsig, but that doesn t matter.
"They are two-mile chasers and the Tin-
gle Creek is where you have to go.
"I just think with Sprinter, we will have
"It s the obvious race to go for in the near
future, but it depends how near we need
Henderson reflected on the incredible
scenes at Cheltenham following Sprinter
Sacre s first victory since the Boylesports.com
Champion Chase at Punchestown in April
"We knew it was emotional, the place
was emotional. It was amazing," he said.
"What happened there was very much
appreciated by us because it s been a long
"Sprinter couldn t hear a lot because of
ear-plugs and things, which is why I said
we appreciated it on his behalf.
"He was perky (on Monday morning)
when we went to see him in his box.
"There s improvement to come, I m sure,
and there s a long way to go.
"We ve been happy and it was nice to
see him do what we thought he could do.
"The atmosphere and what everybody
said was fantastic. It made it all worth-
Meanwhile, Coneygree s participation in
the Hennessy Gold Cup on Saturday week
is in doubt after he spread a plate on Monday
after pricking his foot.
The eight-year-old, trained by Mark Brad-
stock, made a brilliant return to action at
Kempton earlier this month but spread a
plate on Monday morning.
His participation in the Hennessy is now
dependent upon Coneygree proving his fit-
ness in time for a "proper gallop" on Sat-
Sara Bradstock, wife and assistant to the
Oxfordshire handler, said: "A nail slightly
pricked his foot and he has spread a plate.
"These things can resolve themselves,
though, and it might be that by Wednesday
he is back all signing, all dancing.
"If it doesn t resolve itself he will get an
abscess and it will take longer to heal.
"We need to warn people about the Hen-
nessy as he needs to be doing a proper gallop
on Saturday. "It s only something very small,
but you cannot take any risks with a horse
of his magnitude."
Henderson delays Sprinter Sacre call
Pourquoi Non guaranteed
8.40 Annie Salts
9.10 Pourquoi Non
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