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Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am 20-22
4 pm 17-8
6.30 pm 2-9
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: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Thursday, November 26
6.30 pm 4
16 (Jamette) 6.30 pm
20 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead man)
3 (Carriage) 4 pm
2 (Old Lady) 10.30 am
15 (Sick Woman)
4 (Dead Man)
28(Red Fish) 1 pm
Champagne could be an addition to a
sumptuous menu for Wolverhampton din-
ers tonight, if they are successful in the
aged Maiden Stakes over twelve furlongs,
fifth event of an eight-race programme.
This Dunstall Park Tapeta course is state
of the art; from a vast third floor dining
room there is a panoramic view of the mile
round floodlit track and it's extremely pop-
Initially an equitrack surface was laid,
polytrack was substituted and three years
ago Tapeta, invented' by former champion
trainer Michael Dickinson, was laid; accord-
ing to jockeys it will definitely stand the
test of time and, significantly, there is very
little kick-back for thoroughbreds, a one-
time major problem.
Tapeta and polytrack appear to have sim-
ilarities and from experience we find form
working out from each to the other whereas
fibresand on Southwell racecourse is unique
but generally unacceptable with fashionable'
trainers and their super-rich owners.
Few act on the deep stuff' and guesswork
can never be a factor; the sight of horses
strung out like steeplechasers on a muddy
surface is too often the case.
Serious punters have given it a swerve
and only a few days ago a veteran trainer
castigated conditions when mentioning it
On our time-handicap thrice-raced
Champagne Ceri is gilt-edged by virtue of
a 5lbs fillies' allowance; over this distance
that equates to about four lengths and ultra-
shrewd trainer, Roger Charlton, has seized
upon this opportunity by booking ever-reli-
able Northern-based Philip Makin.
For starters' we have a ten-runner nursery
handicap over five furlongs, course and dis-
tance winner, Emerald Bay, looks a tasty
proposition under Adam Mr Positivity'
With three places available this Kyllachy
filly represents a solid price to chance'
investment with so many boxes ticked.
Incidentally ten is the perfect number for
ALL the artificial surfaces as it lessens the
negativity of draw bias; I'll write to clerks
of courses and let you know if there are any
We want an end to the practice of trainers
withdrawing because of a disadvantageous
stall; mind you I'd have it done, as an owner!
Saphir Du Rheu will be giving away
upwards of 7lb to each of his 16 rivals
in tomorrow s Hennessy Gold Cup at
Paul Nicholls' grey was vying for
favouritism with Gold Cup winner
Coneygree before that one was forced
to miss the race with a setback and he
now finds himself as the clear market
The six-year-old's chasing career did
not get off to the greatest of starts and
he reverted to hurdles before bolting up
in Grade One company at the Grand
In Coneygree's absence, Nico De
Boinville can still ride a Gold Cup winner
as he takes the mount on Bobs Worth.
Smad Place has been well supported
for Alan King. Sixth in the race last season
when his trainer felt he needed the run,
he has not made the same mistake this
season and arrives on the back of a com-
fortable success over Fingal Bay at Kemp-
King also runs Ned Stark while Fingal
Bay takes on Smad Place again and he
is one of two runners for Philip Hobbs
with If In Doubt also lining up for the
Houblon Des Obeaux, placed in the
race before, runs again for Venetia
Williams while The Giant Bolster, a Chel-
tenham Gold Cup runner up in his pomp,
represents David Bridgwater.
Bridgwater feels The Giant Bolster
could be the forgotten horse in the race.
The trainer believes his stable stalwart
is not badly handicapped and certainly
has the form, having finished in the first
four in three Cheltenham Gold Cups.
The Giant Bolster was pulled up in
this year's renewal and fell in the Pun-
chestown Gold Cup on his final start,
but Bridgwater is convinced the horse
was below par and is now back to his
"The Giant Bolster's preparation has
gone well. He came in earlier from his
summer break and is in really good order
with himself," said Bridgwater.
"I don't think he was particularly right
last season. Punchestown hasn't affected
him---I just think it was one of those
"I am hoping for an encouraging run
on Saturday. I see the likes of Bobs Worth
and Smad Place are well fancied and if
you fancy them you have got to fancy
us because on our day, like a few in there,
we are a good horse on a decent mark.
"I thought Coneygree was a certainty
(before the decision on Tuesday to miss
the Hennessy Gold Cup), although Bobs
Worth might be now as he is nearly two-
stone well in.
"We have left the headgear off on Sat-
urday just to do something different---
there is no point doing the same thing.
"Tom Scudamore came in to school
The Giant Bolster this morning and---
Tom will tell you himself---it was the best
the horse has jumped since we can't
remember when. We will know our fate
over the first couple of fences but he
was winging them this morning."
Neil Mulholland has two solid chances
with The Druids Nephew and The Young
Master, Fox Appeal runs for Emma
Lavelle while Nigel Twiston-Davies fields
Splash Of Ginge and Benbens.
Irish hopes are carried by Mouse Mor-
ris' veteran First Lieutenant and the Willie
Peter Bowen's Al Co and Colin Tiz-
zard's Theatre Guide, third to Triolo D'A-
lene two years ago, complete the field.
Along with Coneygree, those also taken
out of the race were Cloudy Too, Bal-
lycasey and Valseur Lido.
Irving will bid to become the first horse since
Dato Star in 1999 to win back-to-back runnings
of the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle.
The Paul Nicholls-trained seven-year-old took
the race 12 months ago after falling in his previous
outing, but returns in tremendous heart having
won the Elite and Price Rush Hurdles already this
Top Notch, who was runner-up to Irving at
Haydock last Saturday on his seasonal reappear-
ance, renews rivalry. He will be Nicky Henderson's
sole representative after the Seven Barrows trainer
withdrew his two other entries, Hargam and Sign
Of A Victory at the 48-hour final declaration
Willie Mullins relies on his supplementary entry
Wicklow Brave after taking out Arctic Fire.
Identity Thief, who was also added at Monday's
confirmation stage by County Waterford handler
Henry de Bromhead, is a second Irish-trained
raider in a final field of seven.
John Ferguson has chosen to run Purple Bay
and not Commissioned, while Robert Stephens'
smart juvenile Beltor and the Karl Burke-trained
filly Intense Tango complete the septet.
Stern treatment at Newbury
Sternrubin was given a fine frontrunning ride
from Richard Johnson to win the Bet365 Inter-
mediate Gerry Feilden Hurdle.
Clear down the back straight, Johnson got a
breather into the Philip Hobbs-trained 4/1 chance
around the final bend, but accelerated away again
when the pack closed right up before three out,
and his mount had enough in hand to hold off
the challenge of John Constable, who was giving
the winner 9lb, by four lengths.
Ch'tibello, who travelled sweetly, but failed to
find a turn of foot from two out, was a further
five lengths back in third.
"He's always taken a keen told, which is why
he still wears the hood, but today, once we went
around the bend by the winning post, he gave
himself a chance which last season he didn't,"
"He's a bit lucky he's still a novice for this sea-
son. He won a very small race at Exeter but it
was in May.
"He seems to cope with soft ground, but two
miles in novice company is what he'd enjoy."
Owner Terry Warner said: "He won a bicycle
race at Exeter and we gave him a nice break. Philip
said he had been doing very well at home. Nor-
mally we have a plan, but I've no idea where he'll
go next until I speak to Philip. We said a month
ago this would be his target."
Marquand nominated for award
Tom Marquand has been nominated for the
BBC Young Sports Personality Of The Year award.
This year's champion Flat apprentice is one of
10 contenders for the much-coveted prize.The
top three, chosen by an expert panel, will be
named on the BBC's children's television pro-
gramme Blue Peter on December 10.
The overall winner will then be announced live
on December 20, when Belfast hosts Sports Per-
sonality of the Year 2015.
The other nine hopefuls are: Brinn Bevan (gym-
nastics), Sam Curran (cricket), Ellie Downie (gym-
nastics), Sophie Hahn (para-athletics), Tulla Kear-
ney (para-swimming), Morgan Lake (athletics),
Matthew Lee (diving), Molly Summerhayes
(freestyle skiing), Rebekah Tiler (weightlifting).
Un De Sceaux limbers up
Un De Sceaux warmed up for his imminent
return to competitive action with a spin around
Thurles after racing.
Willie Mullins' brilliant Arkle winner is unbeaten
in 13 completed starts, with the only blemish on
his record coming when he hit the deck on his
chasing debut at this meeting a year ago.
12.10 Emerald Bay
2.15 Champagne Ceri
3.15 Wink Oliver
Put 'Champagne' on menu
Saphir heads 17 in Hennessy Gold Cup
Top Notch, Irving in rematch
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