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Under: (Last Wednesday)
10.30 am 24-4
1 pm 31-16
4 pm 8-17
6.30 pm 31-27
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 6 7 7 5 25
15SICKWOMAN7 6 9 2 24
18WATERBOAT 7 107 1 25
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 5 5 0 14
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 6 22
35BIGSNAKE 10 8 6 2 26
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Tuesday, December 1
6.30 pm 2
34 (Blind Man) 6.30 pm
17 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
31 (Parson Wife)
12 (King) 4 pm
27 (Little Snake) 10.30 am
35 (Big Snake) 1 pm
Aintree Racecourse have moved the start time
of the 2016 Crabbie s Grand National by one hour
from 4.15 pm to the new scheduled time of 5.15
In collaboration with Channel 4, Aintree s broadcast
partner, the change in start time is to provide an
opportunity for more racing fans to watch and listen
to the world famous race, live on Channel 4 and
other global media outlets.
The 2015 Grand National was watched by 8.9m
TV viewers on Channel 4, the largest peak for the
Grand National in the station s history, with more
than 600m TV viewers tuning in worldwide. Research
has shown that the later time may maximise an even
bigger domestic and global TV audience, which will
make the race more accessible to watch live. It has
also demonstrated that most people do not currently
know the start time is at 4.15 pm, which has also
been shown by research on most UK sports events.
A handicap hurdle for conditional and amateur
jockeys will now be the only race which will follow
the Crabbie s Grand National, ensuring the big race
is the climax of the three-day Festival. The hurdle
is scheduled to run at 6.10 pm.
John Baker, Regional Director of the Jockey Club
North West, said: "This is a very positive move for
the Crabbie s Grand National and we re excited about
the possibility of showcasing the greatest chase in
the world to a wider national and global audience.
"The Crabbie s Grand National is in a great place
and we re already delighted to be Channel 4 s biggest
audience of the year at 8.9m viewers, which is a fan-
tastic figure, but any increase is also good for the
"We re always keen to explore ways to grow and
enhance this superb three-day Festival and we believe
that in collaboration with our broadcast partner,
Channel 4, and with the backing of the BHA, this
is another extremely positive step forward for the
People s Race."
Ed Havard, Channel 4 s Head of TV Events, said:
"The Grand National is one of the greatest sporting
occasions in the world and one of the most-watched
TV events of the year. This move will place the
National as the fitting climax of the three-day festival,
showcasing the race for the widest possible audience
and in the most spectacular fashion."
The 5.15 pm slot follows afternoon live football
and the results round-up on BBC Radio 5 Live, pro-
viding football and other sports fans with the oppor-
tunity to listen to the race on their journeys home.
Sunshine dazzles at Lingfield
Lucy Wadham could have a smart prospect on
her hands in the shape of Sunshine Corner, who
never came out of second gear in winning the
Happy 2nd Birthday Jenson Roe Mares Novices
Hurdle at Lingfield.
Winner of a bumper on her racecourse debut,
some idea of the regard in which she was held was
evident in the fact Wadham subsequently raced
her in Listed company.
While she cut no ice at Aintree, nor at Chel-
tenham earlier this month, she looked a natural on
her first try over hurdles, despite the testing con-
Leighton Aspell kept her wide throughout but
she jumped with aplomb and barely came off the
bridle in beating even-money favourite Mozo by
two and a quarter lengths.
Evan Williams and Paul Moloney have been
enjoying a good spell and Capilla (6-4 favourite)
continued the success in the Bet And Watch At
titanbet.co.uk Handicap Chase.
Young jockey Harry Cobden is making big waves
and teamed up with Anthony Honeyball to win
the Download TitanBet Sports App Handicap Hurdle
on 11-10 favourite Never Says Never.
Kings Cross landed some decent bets in the
TitanBet Money Back Faller Insurance Handicap
Chase, while Gavin Sheehan, fresh from being top
jockey at the Hennessy meeting, won the closing
bumper on Shanandoa (5-6 favourite).
Broughtons is my Fancy for division
one of the 2-y-o Maiden Fillies Stakes
over six furlongs of Kempton polytrack
today when the obligatory winner
Wednesday-nighter again affords race-
goers an eight-race programme.
It s colossal value, given the quality which
currently abounds on the English all-
weather scene but, alas, crowds have been
low at this Southern venue, which stages
the bulk of flat meetings under floodlights.
Magical describes the scene, unfortu-
nately my naps haven t been glittering;
too many have been hitting crossbars and
seconditis is once more plaguing yours
Broughtons Fancy doesn t justify a star
bet but with John Egan re-united with
this David Evans-trained Pastoral Pursuits
filly we re happy to advise a genuine price
to chance each-way proposition which
has plenty of experience and solid form.
on the time-handicap Broughtons Fancy
will need to fall over not to be placed.
In the second leg once-raced Artists
Model wont be a surprise if she causes
one by beating 78-rated Field Of Stars;
how the latter has been rated so high is
difficult to comprehend.
Obviously Field Of Stars will be favourite
and doubtless on the premises but that
close third to Prisom on wolverhampton
Tapeta reads well for Artists Model, trained
by veteran Henry Candy, a real force on
the AWR scene when he ventures forth.
Blacklister is one of thirteen decs for
the mile nursery and George Baker replaces
Charles Bishop on Mick Channon s charge;
hopefully this will bring about a positive
situation because our speculative nap
remains well-handicapped. Hope springs
Black' outlook, again!
5.10 Broughtons Fancy (e.w)
5.40 Artists Model (e.w)
6.40 Blacklister (nap-e.w)
Crabbie s Grand National winner Many
Clouds is in fine form ahead of Saturday s
Betfred Lotto £100K Cash Giveaway
Chase at Aintree.
Oliver Sherwood s horse carried 11st 9lb,
the highest weight since Red Rum defied
12st in 1974, to victory in the £1-million
Grand National on April 11.
The eight-year-old has run once since,
when making his seasonal debut in the
Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on October
31 and finishing sixth to Cue Card.
Sherwood said: "Many Clouds worked
super this morning and I am very happy
with him ahead of his second start this
season. Where we go after Saturday, I don t
know. Don Poli is in Saturday s race and
he is one I don t want to take on but Willie
Mullins has horses in everywhere this
"This yard has had another Grand
National winner. Battleship (1938), the
smallest horse ever to win the Grand
National under the youngest jockey (Mr
Bruce Hobbs, 17), was stabled in the last
box down the left-hand side. That was
when Reg Hobbs trained here.
"Many Clouds loves posing for photos.
Even the day after the Grand National, he
walked down to the centre of Lambourn
and all the way back and he was as fresh
as paint. He just loved all the attention
and he knows he is King Kong. He is laid-
back but he can take a tug. This morning,
in his work, he was quite keen. He is the
proverbial gentle giant.
"I want to keep the dream still alive for
next April and his race programme is geared
to that. We didn t school him over National
fences prior to the race last season on pur-
pose. Leighton (Aspell - jockey) and I dis-
cussed it and thought that was the best
policy. Sometimes you don t know if a
horse will take to the Grand National fences
for a second time; having said that the
Grand National fences are different from
when I rode over them. I am sure he will
do well over them again but I don t want
to upset the apple cart.
"I want Many Clouds to have as easy
a time as possible building up to the Crab-
bie s Grand National in April but he must
have the competitiveness, meaning he has
got to have the races, which is necessary.
"I was pleased that he did not run in
the Hennessy (won the Newbury race in
2014) again this year. With Coneygree
coming out, he would have ended up on
top-weight and had a hard race on soft
"At Aintree on Saturday, there will only
be seven or eight runners. The Mildmay
is a fast course but it is going to be soft
ground. If it was good ground, I would be
worried. People were concerned before the
Grand National that he needed soft going.
Ground doesn t bother him, it is more the
trip. Over four and a quarter miles, nobody
wants a heavy-ground National and he
was victorious on slightly soft going.
"I didn t want Many Clouds to run in
the 2015 Grand National, thinking it was
a year too soon so Trevor (Hemmings -
the horse s owner) has to take a lot of credit.
It would be unbelievable to go back and
do it again.
"I have faith in Many Clouds big time.
Leighton was really happy with him at
Wetherby. Our horses were needing a run
and he looked after him once his chance
had gone. Many Clouds jumped the first
two as though they were Becher s Brook
but was only five lengths behind Cue Card
going to the second last and then blew up.
I don t know why but all my horses were
doing that then.
"It was horrible ground at Wetherby and
we were just caught out. And look what
the winner Cue Card has done since. Many
Clouds is pretty fit now and the horses are
running well - they have been in good form
over the last couple of weeks. He is ready
to rock and roll. There won t be any excuses
fitness-wise unless he makes a mistake or
"Saturday will be the first time I have
been back to Aintree since the Crabbie s
Grand National victory. I am still remember
the day as though it was yesterday so I am
really looking forward to returning there."
With all roads leading to Aintree, Sher-
wood has ruled out another attempt at the
Cheltenham Gold Cup, even though Many
Clouds took in both races last season.
Sherwood is likely to also run Financial
Climate at Aintree on Saturday, but New-
bury winner Rouge Et Blanc won t be mak-
ing the journey to Liverpool. (AP)
Clouds primed for Aintree test
New start for Grand National
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