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Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am 18-7
4 pm 6-18
6.30 pm 15-2
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 13 6 8 3 30
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 12 12 5 4 33
05PARSONMAN 5 7 7 5 24
15SICKWOMAN7 6 9 2 24
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 11 10 5 3 29
34BLINDMAN 3 7 6 5 21
35BIGSNAKE 10 7 6 2 25
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, November 23
6.30 pm 5
31 (Parson Wife) 6.30 pm
17 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
30 (House Cat)
12 (King) 4 pm
19 (Horse) 10.30 am
29 (Opium Man)
35 (Big Snake)
35 (Big Snake)
13 (Crapaud) 1 pm
Home side triumphs in Barbados
Team International was routed by the local
team in the Barbados Winter Jockeys Challenge
at Garrison Savannah on Saturday.
Skipper Jamie Spencer, Tom Queally, Sammy Jo
Bell and Paul Mulrennan were all out of luck and
it was left to Canada-based but Barbados-born-
and-bred Chris Griffith to score the only win in
the final leg.
Team captain Spencer, whose best finish was
sixth, added: "It s been a great few days and we
might have been dealt a difficult hand in the horses
we were allotted, so it was disappointing not to
retain the title we won last year.
"That said, Barbados is a fantastic, friendly island
and it was another amazing experience. Garrison
Savannah is an incredible place to ride at. The
crowd are right on top of you and the track is the
tightest I ve ever experienced."
Bell did manage to find the frame with two thirds
and added: "While we were disappointed with the
results, it has been an amazing few days and I will
never forget the experience of riding around Garrison
Savannah, which must be one of the tightest tracks
in the world.
"You are always on the turn, it seems, and getting
to the pace seemed to be key. It was some day and
the locals seemed to love the fact we were all over
and were perhaps a little surprised to see a female
rider taking part."
The team moves on to Martinique for the second
and final leg of the challenge on Saturday.
Augusta Kate kept her unbeaten record intact
with a comfortable success in the Coolmore NH
Sires European Breeders Fund Mares INH Flat
Race at Navan.
A daughter of Yeats out of unbeaten race mare
Feathard Lady, the Willie Mullins-trained four-
year-old is certainly bred for the job and made a
huge impression when scoring by upwards of 23
lengths on her racecourse debut at Listowel in Sep-
tember. Sent off the 4/6 favourite and stepped up
to Listed class, Augusta Kate sat second for much
of the journey as Cashelard Lady cut out the run-
They remained in that order after the turn for
home, but Augusta Kate clearly had more in the
tank and quickened up well once let down by
Patrick Mullins to score by seven lengths.
The winner carries the colours of the Masters
Syndicate, made up of leading owners Andrea and
Graham Wylie, golfer Lee Westwood, agent Chubby
Chandler, ex-footballer Alan Shearer and television
presenters Ant and Dec.
The jockey said: "Her work at home is very laid-
back, so we were wondering if Listowel was a fluke,
but Steph Searle who rides her out every day felt
that her work had improved and I would say that
was a better performance than Listowel."
Douvan makes perfect start
Douvan made a near-perfect start to his career
over fences with an impressive display in the
Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund
Beginners Chase at Navan.
The French recruit won each of his four starts
after joining Willie Mullins last season and was a
brilliant winner of the Supreme Novices Hurdle
at Cheltenham and the Herald Champion Novice
Hurdle at Punchestown.
A prohibitively priced 2/11 favourite for his eager-
ly-awaited comeback and chasing debut, Douvan
was sent straight to the lead by Ruby Walsh and
jumped with accuracy and speed for much of the
The five-year-old found an extra gear to leave
Rogue Trader and Blair Perrone trailing in his wake
between the final two fences and while his sup-
porters suffered a brief heart-stopping moment
when he guessed slightly at the final fence, he got
to the other side in one piece and quickened away
for a nine-and-a-half-length success.
Kismet Hardy and Soldier In Action
come out clear best-in on my time-hand-
icap for the seven-runner nursery over a
mile of Chelmsford polytrack today, pref-
erence is for the former.
At issue is the actual time-figure; Kismet
Hardy improved considerably when suc-
cessfully dropped back to seven furlongs at
Salisbury on his third run last month. Pre-
vious effort was nine furlongs, a colossal
distance for a juvenile.
At this stage Kismet Hardy, given six
weeks recovery time, should have matured
sufficiently and might just have the edge
over Soldier In Action, a typical, redoubtable,
staying type trained by Mark Johnston.
Expect Soldier to make the running
(again!) in an attempt to burn off opposition;
we anticipate he ll be a sitting duck for the
speedier Kismet Hardy, mount of Sean
Levey, now number one jockey for Richard
Should be fascinating and thirty-five min-
utes later trainer Dean Ivory will be disap-
pointed if Fighting Temeraire doesn t follow
up an impressive, unchallenged, six furlongs
Windsor victory in the nursery over seven
Ivory, trainer of Tropics, obviously knows
a graded prospect when he sees one and
anticipates a bright future with thrice-raced
Earlier John Gosden-trained Signed Sealed
looks just that in the aged Maiden Stakes
over ten furlongs; just a question of repli-
cating his last time out TH effort.
Big John is enjoying a tremendous year
and our imperious champion trainer is
showing no sign(s) of easing up; punters
are enjoying a bonanza backing his runners.
Signed Sealed to deliver
10.00 KISMET HARDY
10.35 FIGHTING TEMERAIRE
1.05 SIGNED SEALED
Willie Mullins says he is con-
fident Vautour will raise his
game for what he expects to be
a "cracker of a King George" at
Kempton on Boxing Day.
Last season s stunning JLT
Novices Chase winner was long
odds-on to make a successful
reappearance in Saturday s Stella
Artois 1965 Chase at Ascot, but
made hard work of beating Ptit
Mullins told At The Races: "It
was great to win. He jumped a
little left, but I haven t had a
chance to chat with Ruby
(Walsh) about it yet.
"Maybe it was just fitness, he
was taking on race-fit horses
and he had to travel to England
and that s hard to do for your
"He didn t look as good as
people might have hoped that
he could be, but I think he ll
Vautour is set to meet the likes
of Betfair Chase winner Cue
Card and possibly Gold Cup
hero Coneygree in the Christmas
showpiece, and he added: "It s
going to be a cracker of a King
Tizzard, meanwhile, was also
able to report that Cue Card had
come out of Saturday s Haydock
victory in cracking form.
"A lot of people are making
out that the trapped epiglottis
was stopping him [before this
season], but now he has got his
confidence back he s just very
healthy at the moment and as
they say class is permanent and
form is temporary," he said on
"I think the horse was sheer
class yesterday. Paddy is enjoying
being on him and we re enjoying
having him riding too.
"Just watching it, it was unre-
al. He was supreme yesterday.
"I saw him here at 7 o clock.
The morning sun was shining
in his stable and he was a happy
boy. He trotted out fine. We ll
lead him out in a moment for
a pick of grass and then he ll
have the day off."
Tizzard was asked whether
he felt that the track at Kempton
might not play to his strengths.
"I don t think I ve ever
thought that," he said. "I don t
think he s ever been like he is
now. He looked all over the win-
ner once at Kempton when he
stopped [two years ago when
second to Silviniaco Conti] and
that was when we sort of spoke
to Ben Brain who did the wind
operation and it might just have
been trapping him a little bit
"Last spring he was dreadful,
he just couldn t breathe. And it
may then [in the 2013 race] have
momentarily trapped for two
strides and then released itself.
That s what we were thinking
but we don t know that.
"It s just probably that he is
right bang in the full health of
his life - left or right, up or down
I don t think it makes a differ-
ence at the moment."
Tizzard described Vautour as
"a brilliant, brilliant horse".
"I m not surprised at all that
he is favourite," he said "I m sure
Vautour will improve from that
run yesterday. We won t mind
taking him on. It will be fan-
"To be fair, yesterday, we
almost used Silviniaco Conti as
a lead horse. We used to have it
in our minds that we had to out
and make all to make him relax,
but now he s relaxed that if
we ve got a strong frontrunner,
then brilliant---we can sit back
and then have a go at them from
two from home. We re probably
faster than they are as well.
"I m not getting too carried
away. But if I turn up with him
like he was yesterday I d be
absolutely amazed if we can t
make a good race of it anyway.
It s brilliant to have him like he
was and we ll let the horse do
the talking when he gets to
Christmas cracker for Kempton
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