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Vision one of the 2-y-o Maiden Stakes
over seven furlongs of Kempton polytrack
tonight; this ingloriously-named Equiano
colt represents an outstanding bet and,
significantly, mount of James Doyle, my
current favourite jockey!
All signals are in place, enough boxes
are ticked and it will take an above average
newcomer to extend, never mind beat,
thrice-raced Manson judged on time-
handicap marks achieved on three group
one turf racecourses.
To date Manson will be viewed as a dis-
appointment for trainer Dominic ffrench
Davis but he s rated 85 and there s every
reason to believe he can win this, gain
confidence, and become a useful money-
spinner next season.
He s a grand sort with a deal of scope,
don t oppose.
Division two is not as clear cut but once-
raced Enreaching makes appeal nonetheless
and will form a professional special each-
Of course the daily patent includes this
bet and is the way forward for serious
punting; streamline your betting activity,
the DP should meet all requirements of a
regular punter and wont cause any gam-
bling problems. In the long run you will
win or I ll be sacked, or resign.
Each-way doubles are a potent force,
they helped me through the eighties before
bookies blocked such activity; nowadays
with so many off-course firms clamouring
for business the way is open (again!) to
launch this business!
Incidentally ffrench Davis also runs If
I Were A Boy and John Egan has again
accepted the ride; now that is significant,
All about Reaching out Aintree aim for National hero
Many Clouds will run at Aintree next on the road to
bid for back-to-back victories in the Crabbie's Grand
The Betfred Lotto '100K Cash Giveaway' Chase
over the Mildmay fences on December 5 is the race
trainer Oliver Sherwood has in mind for the Trevor
Hemmings-owned eight-year-old following his sea-
sonal reappearance at Wetherby.
Sherwood admitted being slightly disappointed
with his run in the Charlie Hall Chase, although his
horses had been needing their first run of the cam-
"He was a bit shorter than I hoped or thought. Ob-
viously he's not going for the Hennessy now. The race
he'll run in will be a three-mile-one conditions chase
at Aintree on Becher Chase day," Sherwood told At
"All being well he'll go there which is the weekend
after the Hennessy.
"I'd have liked to him to have run a little bit better,
but Leighton (Aspell) was aware that our horses
were needing it (their first run).
"If you stopped the race two out, he was only a few
lengths behind the leaders and 10lb is a lot of weight
to give to top-class horses.
"Considering he was in handicap company last year
it's a different ball game, but Leighton said he felt
good. He jumped the first few as though they were
National fences and that's normal for post National.
"I'm really happy with him. I just want to get that
monkey off our back for horses who've not won a
race after winning the National.
"I want to aim for the National. That's going to be
his main race. I want to get his races planned out.
"We've got to have substitutes, plan B for weather
and things like that. We might go back to Cheltenham
at the end of January for the race he won last year
(the BetBright Cup Chase), but I haven't got a defi-
nite plan as such at the moment.
"We'll get the next race out of the way, hope he
runs competitively and then make a plan after that."
Scudamore back among the winners
Tom Scudamore had his first winner since return-
ing from injury when steering home Katkeau in the
Weatherbys Hamilton Beginners' Chase at Faken-
David Pipe's stable jockey had been out of luck
since getting back in the saddle in time for Chel-
tenham's Open meeting last weekend after being
sidelined for a month with ligament damage to his
He got back in the groove with a good victory on
Katkeau (5-2), who outpointed 1-3 shot Southfield
Vic on his debut over fences.
Scudamore took Katkeau to the front at the 10th
fence in a three-runner affair and was a length and a
quarter too strong for the runner-up.
"Very pleased, especially with the way he jumped.
We put a hood on him when he went to France in the
summer. He was quite keen and it settled him," said
"He's loved those fences and has outjumped the
"On his day he's not bad. He feels the way he's won
today that hopefully he'll be a better chaser than hur-
dler, but time will tell."
Katkeau was given a 33-1 quote for the RSA Chase
at the Cheltenham Festival with Paddy Power.
Despite defeat on Southfield Vic, jockey Sam
Twiston-Davies came away with a double on
Jumpandtravel and Galuppi.
Micky Hammond's Jumpandtravel (11-4) did just
that to run out a cosy winner of the Fakenham Selling
Handicap Hurdle, while Galuppi (7-2) pulled clear in
the straight to score by four and a half length in the
Independent Racecourses Ltd Novices' Handicap Hur-
dle for John Jenkins.
Marky Bob (9-2) took his record at the Norfolk
venue to three from three as made most of the run-
ning in the Collect totepool Winnings At Betfred
Shops Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase.
Hugo Froud's ten-year-old proved tough to pass
and battled on resolutely for Conor Ring to beat
Youm Jamil by a lengths and a quarter.
"He's a very special horse to me," said Somerset-
based Froud, who is in his second season with a li-
cence and has had four winners.
Nicky Henderson appeared
content with Whisper, Peace
And Co and Josses Hill after
the trio enjoyed a racecourse
gallop at Newbury.
After a disappointing chasing
debut at Exeter in January,
Whisper reverted to the smaller
obstacles in the spring and was
last seen winning the Silver
Cross Stayers Hurdle at Aintree
for the second successive year.
The seven-year-old is set to
make his seasonal reappearance
in Newbury s bet365 Long Dis-
tance Hurdle on Saturday week
and Henderson expressed his
satisfaction after he worked over
a mile and a half at the Berkshire
circuit on a specially arranged
media event to promote the
upcoming Hennessy meeting.
"The idea with Whisper was
to go novice chasing last season.
He would not have got halfway
round here today this time last
year. I don t know where he
went. There were no physical
defects, he was just awful," said
novice chase at Exeter and fin-
ished behind one of Paul s
(Nicholls) and it would not have
been one of his stars (Ceasar
"We gave him a run in the
World Hurdle and that put him
spot on for Aintree and he was
really good again.
"At the end of the season I
sat down with Dai Walters and
as we went down the chasing
route with Oscar Whisky and
he had a fatal fall in the Tingle
Creek, he was not for doing that
route again, not when we ve got
a good chance of winning the
"Whisper was much of the
strongest of the three today. I m
delighted with him and that will
make him ready for next week-
Whisper was partnered by
Jeremiah McGrath in yesterday s
workout, with the Jamie David-
son-ridden Peace And Co and
Peter Carberry aboard Josses Hill
Peace And Co, who extended
his unbeaten record to four when
winning the Triumph Hurdle at
Cheltenham in March, is set to
return to Prestbury Park for his
seasonal debut in the Interna-
tional Hurdle on December 12.
Henderson said: "He is prob-
ably a fair bit behind the other
two (Whisper and Josses Hill),
but I thought it would do him
good. When he gets to the races
he takes off a bit like a bull in
a china shop.
"He is 40kg heavier than he
was going into Cheltenham so
did get a little tired, but he was
"We are looking at the Inter-
national with him at Chel-
tenham as the objective and he
is on schedule for that."
Josses Hill holds a handicap
engagement at Ascot this week-
end, but will not be taking up
"We came here instead of
going to Ascot. One thing that
has pleased me is his jumping
as he always had a tendency to
jump out to the right and he
was not the most accurate," said
"He has had two schooling
sessions and jumped brilliantly.
In one of them I stood by the
fourth fence and he never come
off a straight line and jumped
Whisper, Peace and Co works at Newbury
Under: (Last Wednesday)
10.30 am 35-5
1 pm 26-14
4 pm 24-33
6.30 pm 29-22
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 6 5 21
35BIGSNAKE 10 7 6 2 25
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Tuesday, November 17
6.30 pm 7
13 (Crapaud) 6.30 pm
24 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
34 (Blind Man) 4 pm
25 (Morocoy) 10.30 am
5 (Parson Man)
5 (Parson Man)
9 (Cattle) 1 pm
4.25 If I Were A Boy (e.w)
5.25 Manson (nap)
Jeremiah McGrath riding Whisper, left, leads out the Nicky
Henderson horses on a media day prior to the Hennessey Gold Cup
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