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Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am 16-33
1 pm 24-22
4 pm 34-25
6.30 pm 25-24
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: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, November 23
6.30 pm 9
25 (Morocoy) 6.30 pm
10 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
27 (Little Snake)
3 (Carriage) 4 pm
28 (Red Fish) 10.30 am
34 (Blind Man)
Victoria Pendleton could have her first ride
in a point-to-point at either Cottenham or
Black Forest Lodge on Sunday.
The Olympic cycling star announced earlier
this year she was targeting a ride in the Fox-
hunters Chase at the Cheltenham Festival next
March as part of her "Switching Saddles" chal-
lenge with Betfair.
Having spent the summer working with train-
er Lawney Hill and her husband Alan, a leading
figure in the point-to-point world, Pendleton
has ridden in three amateur Flat events---going
close to winning at Ripon---but has now turned
her attention to racing over obstacles.
Pendleton will probably ride either Sedgemoor
Express and According To Sarah, who are now
in the care of Alan Hill and will race in the
colours of the Betfair Racing Club.
"That s the next step she s going to take,"
said Lawney Hill.
"The horses she is going to ride are going to
be entered this weekend, but we re not sure
exactly where she s going to ride or what s going
to run yet.
"There s a meeting at Cottenham near Cam-
bridge and one at Black Forest Lodge which is
"There will be horses entered at both meetings
for her to ride. We ll decide nearer the time
which meeting she s going to go to.
"What Victoria is doing is a massive challenge,
but she s very up for it, which is fantastic."
Vaniteux sparkles in Starlight
Nicky Henderson s Vaniteux looked like a
novice chaser out of the very top drawer when
cruising to victory in the Starlight Novices
Chase at Kempton yesterday.
The Kelvin Hughes-owned six-year-old was
rated 154 over hurdles after he finished second
in last year s Greatwood, but already seems
likely to surpass those numbers over the bigger
obstacles following a facile win on his fencing
Sent to the front from the outset by Nico de
Boinville, Vaniteux jumped superbly at the head
of affairs and forced all of his rivals into mistakes
throughout the contest.
When Stephanie Frances fell three from home,
Vaniteux was left miles clear of his remaining
rivals and he won as he liked after popping over
the final two obstacles neatly.
Henderson said of last year s Sky Bet Supreme
Novices Hurdle third: "He has got such a good
stride and an awful lot of scope and the gears
to go with it.
"That was about as natural as you could get.
He nearly could have done this last year, but
he had only had four runs over hurdles.
Duo added to Fighting field
Wicklow Brave and Identity Thief have been
supplemented for the StanJames.com Fighting
Fifth Hurdle at the confirmation stage.
The inclusion of the Irish-trained pair takes
the number of possible runners for the Grade
One feature at Newcastle on Saturday to 11.
Identity Thief is a lightly-raced five-year-
old from Henry de Bromhead s stable and carries
the Gigginstown House Stud colours.
He showed he was a progressive when win-
ning the Grade Two WKD Hurdle at Down
Royal last month on his first run since April.
Wicklow Brave has been kept on the go all
year by Willie Mullins, both on the Flat and
over jumps, but shows no signs of slowing
down and was a fine third behind stablemate
Nichols Canyon in the Morgiana Hurdle at
Punchestown Hurdle earlier this month.
Battle Pride is napped again for the
Novice Stakes over seven furlongs of
Southwell fibresand today because Richard
Hannon s charge will be re-united with
stable jockey Sean Levey and is in a dif-
ferent league to four rivals, including fore-
cast-favourite Good Trip.
On my time-handicap once-raced, Godol-
phin-owned, Good Trip achieved a mark
way short of my Battle -hardened selection
when successful three weeks ago on soft
ground at Nottingham, where he beat West
Drive by three-quarters of a length.
Chances are Good Trip will indeed
improve but Battle Pride has done it con-
sistently and even his recent last of four
behind Race Day over a mile of Lingfield
poly reads much better; the winner went
in again three days ago!
That s not the reason for siding with Battle
Pride, an Acclamation colt which should
be suited by the drop in distance, I m relying
on experience and superiority. Others have
Incidentally none has encountered the
Judged on her action Lady McGuffy
should handle it in the Claiming Stakes over
seven furlongs; Michael Dods charge stayed
on strongly to win on a soft surface at
Redcar last month, her first attempt at this
That was also a claimer; normally we re
not enamoured by this-type race as they
are often iffy but at the end of any year
no one is trying to be coy and Lady McGuffy
justifies support. What beats her will win!
Countermand gets his best chance to date
in a moderate nine-runner Maiden Stakes
over twelve furlongs; by process of elimi-
nation this is an each-way steal!
Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coney-
gree heads 21 five-day entries for the
Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on Sat-
Just 24 hours after he was given the
green light to run in the race his half-
brother Carruthers won in 2011, Mark
Bradstock s charge warmed up for this
year s renewal with a typically smart
jumping display at Sandown earlier this
Champion trainer Paul Nicholls is gun-
ning for his fourth Hennessy win---a race
he also won twice as a jockey---and Saphir
Du Rheu stands his ground at the five-
The Ditcheat maestro last won the Hen-
nessy with dual scorer Denman in 2009,
and Saphir Du Rheu, an impressive winner
of the Grade One Mildmay Novices Chase
at Aintree last season, made a pleasing
return to action at Carlisle at the beginning
of the month.
As well as The Young Master, who was
no match for Nicholls inmate in Listed
company at the Cumbria track, trainer
Neil Mulholland has The Druids Nephew
firmly on course for a tilt at the historic
An impressive winner of the Grade
Three Ultima Business Solutions Handicap
Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last
season, the King s Theatre gelding has
shown a good level of improvement since
joining Mulholland s stable.
The eight-year-old came to grief at the
fifth-last when travelling menacingly in
the Crabbie s Grand National at Aintree
on his final start last term and is expected
to have come forward for his Wetherby
reappearance in the West Yorkshire Hurdle
Mulholland said: "Newbury is still very
much the plan and we re pleased with
him following a racecourse gallop at the
track last Tuesday.
"He s in good form at home and I m
happy with him. It looks like we re in for
a dry week and that will only enhance
his claims come the weekend."
Three-time Cheltenham Festival winner
and 2013 Gold Cup hero Bobs Worth
bounced back to form when successful
over hurdles at Aintree earlier this month
and adds further intrigue to what is shap-
ing up to be a fine renewal.
Nicky Henderson s likeable chaser beat
First Lieutenant (third) when justifying
favouritism in the 2012 running and the
pair could renew rivalry with Mouse Mor-
ris leaving in his stable stalwart.
Striking chestnut First Lieutenant has
not graced the winner s enclosure since
he won the Grade One Betfred Bowl Chase
at Aintree in 2013, but the 10-year-old
has been unlucky in defeat on more than
one occasion since and jumped impeccably
when last sighted at the Berkshire venue
in this race three years ago.
Morris said: "First Lieutenant will hope-
fully come over for the Hennessy."
Smad Place---fancied by many for last
year s renewal--- could represent trainer
Alan King, who also has unexposed quan-
tity Ned Stark among the possibles.
Willie Mullins has a trio of chasers that
could make the journey across the Irish
Sea as Ballycasey, Valseur Lido and Urano
have all stood their ground.
The latter warmed up with a pleasing
success at Wexford last month, while Bal-
lycasey must overcome an absence and
Valseur Lido, third behind brilliant stable
companion Vautour in the JLT Novices
Chase at Cheltenham in March and win-
ner of a Grade One at Punchestown in
April, is another to keep the right side of.
9.10 Battle Pride
9.40 Lady McGuffy
Battle Pride napped again
Coneygree heads 21 in Hennessy field
Pendleton set to
make her Point
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