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Alan King has confirmed an appearance by
Smad Place in the William Hill King George VI
Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day is "unlikely"
but not completely ruled out.
The Barbury Castle trainer said: "He s come
out of it really well, I had to send him for a canter
this morning, he s pretty fresh.
"We hoped he had a great chance, but didn t
expect a performance like that.
"He wasn t fit enough last year, but we learned
from our mistake and the Kempton run (graduation
chase early last month) gave him a lot of confidence
as it was a long time since he d got his head in
"It s probably Cheltenham in January next, but
I have left him in the King George, we ll see. I m
not saying he definitely won t run, but it s more
likely we ll wait for Cheltenham."
Speaking on At The Races, King added: "I sup-
pose I d just like to give him a bit longer, he s a
horse we ve never over-raced and if we went over
three miles on trials day (at Cheltenham) it would
give us a proper idea if we should aim at the Gold
Cup or the Ryanair.
"I definitely haven t ruled out the Ryanair, people
don t want to be backing him for the Gold Cup
at the moment.
"It (Gold Cup) looks a really strong division so
we ll have to see how everyone else is getting on
and I m a great believer in leaving options open,
hence the reason he s in the King George and why
he ll have an entry in the Ryanair.
"I don t think the ground bothers him that
much. He handled it on Saturday, yet he really
bounced off it at Kempton.
"I just didn t want to rule the King George out
completely and then regret it. It s unlikely, but I
have been known to change my mind."
Pineau De Re, winner of the 2014 Grand
National, returns to the scene of his finest hour
as he features among 17 horses declared for the
Betfred Becher Chase at Aintree on Saturday.
Dr Richard Newland s charge was a shock winner
of the National and has failed to poke his head
in front again in seven starts, including when 12th
in last year s main event.
The Paul Nicholls-trained Unioniste, who fell
in the National in April, tops the weights, with
Tom George s National second Saint Are another
who is familiar with the Aintree fences.
Midlands Grand National hero Goonyella heads
a strong Irish challenge in the first of two races
on the day over the famous Grand National fences.
He is among the market leaders following a good
third on his comeback in a Grade Three novice
hurdle at Cork last month.
The Irish raiding party also features Thunder
And Roses, who took the Irish Grand National in
April, and bet365 Gold Cup runner-up Vics Can-
Portrait King is set to have his first start for
owners Jim Beaumont & Douglas Pryde, whose
colours were carried to victory by Auroras Encore
in the 2013 Crabbie s Grand National.
The 10-year-old captured the Eider Chase at
Newcastle in 2012 and fell three out in this year s
Crabbie s Grand National when trained by Maurice
Phelan. He joined Griffin over the summer but
was pulled up on his reappearance in a handicap
chase at Bangor.
Kempton not a
place for Smad
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am 34-36
4 pm 33-6
6.30 pm 4-32
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 7 23
35BIGSNAKE 10 9 6 2 27
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Thursday, December 3
6.30 pm 9
18 (Water Boat) 6.30 pm
1 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
30 (House Cat)
1 (Centipede) 4 pm
5 (Parson Man) 10.30 am
5 (Parson Man)
26 (Fowl) 1 pm
Ejayteekay ticks enough boxes to jus-
tify support in division two of the Maiden
Stakes over seven furlongs of Wolver-
hampton Tapeta today, one of eight races
on the obligatory Friday-nighter which
has become extremely popular, well
Dunstall Park represents a good racing
day, it was always the case before a long-
established turf track was dug up in favour
of an all-weather track and the car park
illustrates a success story.
Tapeta rides superbly and with fields
of eight or less it s fair competition, unfor-
tunately the maximum is thirteen and
that means a wide draw compromises
chance, one builds this in but, obviously,
jockeyship is a major factor and therefore
experience becomes an issue. Often it s
I m intending to write to clerks of cours-
es but don t expect a positive response.
Consistency usually produces reward
and Ejayteekay was in the frame three
times before achieving a career-best time-
handicap mark last time out, significantly
that was over course and distance last
month when this Jo Crowley-trained Big
Bad Bob filly failed by only three-quarters
of a length to beat strongly-fancied Eter-
nally, and Make Music.
An obvious danger is twice-raced, Jere-
my Noseda-trained Broadway Icon, drawn
alongside Ejayteekay in stall one, a 5lbs
fillies allowance however tilts in favour
of the latter, a sound each-way proposi-
tion. Division one looks difficult but we
pass on a strong tip for once-raced Pac-
comand, trained by Marco Botti.
Paccomand shaped well and Botti can
never be dismissed, especially with two-
year-olds running off the back of a pleas-
ing first-up effort.
Nicky Henderson will still be double-
handed in Saturday s Betfair Tingle Creek
Chase, with Josses Hill and Simonsig both
declared for the Sandown Grade One
The Lambourn handler pointed to the
prospect of better ground leading to Josses
Hill here rather than the Peterborough Chase
at Huntingdon 24 hours later.
Josses Hill was a top-class novice over
hurdles, finishing second to Vautour in the
2014 Supreme Novices Hurdle, and looked
sure to take high rank over fences.
He never quite convinced with his jump-
ing technique last season, despite finishing
third in the Arkle behind Un De Sceaux,
but in the absence of Willie Mullins trail-
blazer connections have decided to let him
take his chance.
"We ummed and ahhed and ummed and
ahhed about Josses, but it just looks like
the ground is going to be better at Sandown,"
Nico de Boinville rides Josses Hill with
Barry Geraghty retaining the partnership
with Simonsig despite his boss JP McManus
running the Paul Nicholls-trained Mr Mole,
the mount of Sean Bowen.
Mr Mole and Vibrato Valtat will aim to
give Nicholls an eighth win in 11 years in
the Grade One showpiece.
Irish hopes rest on Henry de Bromhead s
Special Tiara, winner of the Celebration
Chase at the track in April.
A spring-heeled jumper, his American
owner Sally Rowley-Williams is thankful
the worst of the forecast rain this weekend
looks set to bypass Sandown.
"The fact they are going to miss all that
rain at Sandown is pleasing," she said.
"When he won the Celebration Chase
there in April, Noel (Fehily) felt the ground
was softer than they said and he wouldn t
have wanted it much softer, really.
"As long as it is no worse than it was
that day then we should be fine.
"Having run so well in the Queen Mother
last year we ll definitely run in it again,
hopefully, and being a year older he might
just be that bit stronger.
"Henry s horses are going great, he won
a Grade One at Newcastle last weekend so
let s hope the stars align for a good run."
Former winner Sire De Grugy, Somersby
---runner-up for the last two seasons---and
Third Intention complete the field.
Vibrato Valtat is 7/4 favourite with Sky
Bet, Simonsig at 3/1, Special Tiara 5/1, and
Sire De Grugy, who won this race in 2013,
next in the market at 6/1.
Connections of Un De Sceaux have taken
a philosophical view to their star chaser
being ruled out of his intended return to
After tipping up on his chasing debut at
Thurles last season, he carried everything
else before him, with scintillating displays
at Cheltenham and Punchestown.
A recent racecourse gallop after racing at
Thurles left connections purring, but he
has been quiet at home the last couple of
days, forcing trainer Willie Mullins to pull
Part-owner Colm O Connell said: "Obvi-
ously it s disappointing news, but we ve got
to do what is right by the horse and Willie
felt he just hadn t been himself.
"He ll hopefully go for the Dial-A-Bet
Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas now.
"After that, there s the Clarence House
at Ascot or the Tied Cottage at Pun-
chestown, I suppose.
"He just hasn t been sparkling these last
couple of days, apparently, and for a horse
who s only defeat came when he fell we
didn t want to risk it if he wasn t 100 per
No Sceaux but a great eight
Stick to Ejayteekay
3.45 Fallen For A Star
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