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Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am 19-18
6.30 pm 33-20
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 14 6 8 3 31
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 12 14 5 4 35
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 1 15
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: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, December 5
6.30 pm 4
26 (Fowl) 6.30 pm
17 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
11 (Corbeau 4 pm
24 (Queen) 10.30 am
4 (Dead Man) 1 pm
The colours of owner John Hales have been
carried to many great victories down the years
and Al Ferof handed him another momentous
occasion when enhancing his superb record first
time out with a win in the Betfred Peterborough
Chase at Huntingdon.
Evoking memories of Hales talented grey One
Man, who captured the Grade Two contest in 1997,
the 10-year-old could not have been more impressive
when making his stable debut for Dan Skelton a
Last year s winner Wishful Thinking ensured
there was to be no hanging about in the two-and-
a-half-mile contest, setting a furious gallop soon
after the tapes were let go in his bid for a repeat
In a race of little change the field was reduced
at the fourth last as Camping Ground and Daryl
Jacob came to grief leaving Al Ferof and Ptit Zig
to serve it up to the Philip Hobbs-trained pace set-
ter.Although jumping well at the head off the field
the 12-year-old was a spent force turning for home
as both Al Ferof and Ptig Zig surged on to fight out
Establishing a lead over two out, Al Ferof looked
to have the measure of the Paul Nicholls-trained
runner who saw his challenge come to an end when
taking a tired fall at the last, leaving the 5-2 shot
to canter home by 40 lengths from Pepite Rose and
score first time out for the fifth successive season.
returns with win
Pont Alexandre defied a near 1000-day absence
to make a successful debut over fences in the Buy
Your Go Racing In Kildare Badge Beginners Chase.
A Grade One-winning novice hurdler, the seven-
year-old had been off the track since finishing third
behind The New One at the 2013 Cheltenham Fes-
Sent off the 4/6 favourite, Pont Alexandre winged
the first fence to take him to the front and was
Balbir Du Mathan briefly threatened to make a
race of it at the top of the home straight, but Pont
Alexandre left him for dead between the final two
fences and safely negotiated the last to secure victory
by eight and a half lengths.
The victory completed trebles on the afternoon
for Mullins and Walsh following the earlier successes
of Yorkhill and Djakadam in the feature John Durkan
Memorial Punchestown Chase.
Trainer Henry de Bromhead will consider
appealing against the result of Saturday s Tingle
Creek Chase at Sandown after Special Tiara passed
the post second behind Sire De Grugy.
Special Tiara led for much of the two-mile journey
in the Grade One contest before being headed by
the Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy before the
However, the Irish challenger was rallying for
pressure and looked in with every chance before
being broadsided in mid-air by the eventual winner
jumping the final fence.
After a battle on the run-in, Sire De Grugy passed
the post three-quarters of a length to the good and
De Bromhead believes the interference cost his
dream alive for Al
Alshaqee deserves another chance in
the Maiden Stakes over five furlongs of
Chelmsford polytrack today; it s a surpris-
ingly competitive race!
Looking at nine rivals it is quite obvious
so many trainers aren t adept at placing
two-year-old; at least five shouldn t be
opposing 79-rated Alshaqee, including Shine
Likeadiamond, a 13-times loser which we ve
napped a few times only to be nosed and
short-headed out of first place.
Coincidentally Alshaqee was beaten a
nose by Lydiate on Wolverhampton Tapeta
last week, having quickened three lengths
clear approaching the final furlong.
Jockey Pat Cosgrave was positive but
Alshaqee didn t replicate his previous time-
handicap mark, achieved over the minimum
trip around Lingfield, on polytrack, ridden
by Tom Queally!
Judged on that effort William Haggas
charge is nigh on a cert and we re relying
on this Equiano colt to make it fifth time
lucky and land my nap.
Significantly Tom is back on board!
No reason to speculate about this change
because stable-jockey Cosgrave is booked
for Haggas rides at Lingfield where Charmy
is seriously advantaged by a 5lbs fillies
allowance in the Maiden Stakes over a mile.
Unfortunately there is a disadvantage,
Charmy is again drawn wide!
Oisin Murphy attempted to beat the
draw at Kempton last month, from thirteen,
by making the running with a good, clean,
break; it s difficult to do it at both ends
however and sure enough, Prince Of Arran,
drawn alongside and ridden with tremen-
dous patience by Queally, swooped in the
It was a fine exhibition of jockeyship.
Wonder how Oisin will tackle this task
on the Andrew Balding-trained Yeats filly,
a dead-set stayer. Intriguing, eh?
Oisin seems intent on trying to beat the
draw and it may well be the case (again!)
on Burmese Whisper in the Selling Stakes
over six furlongs; given ThewayItellum
comes out similar, albeit with a built-up
time-figure, we ll chance James Given s
charge each-way as his horses are running
really well. Sign Of The Kodiac ran a cracker
Last season s Cheltenham Gold Cup run-
ner-up Djakadam made an impressive start
to the new campaign with a runaway vic-
tory in the John Durkan Memorial Pun-
A brilliant display under top-weight in
January s Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park
earned the six-year-old a shot at the big
one in March and he ran a fantastic race to
beat all bar Coneygree in the Prestbury Park
Making his first appearance since chasing
home Don Cossack in the Punchestown
Gold Cup the following month, Willie
Mullins charge was the 7/4 favourite for
this two-and-a-half-mile Grade One and
after briefly tracking 2012 winner Flemenstar,
he was soon bowling along at the head of
Djakadam jumped well throughout and
a bold leap at the final fence before the
home turn saw him open up a gap on the
rest of the field.
Stable companion Valseur Lido gave chase
in the straight, but could never get on terms
with Ruby Walsh s mount, who passed the
post 12 lengths to the good.
Walsh said: "Flemenstar wasn t going
that quick, so I decided to let him stride
"He jumped super and quickened up really
well and it was a good performance.
"They were good horses (behind)---Gil-
gamboa, Clarcam, Valseur Lido, Foxrock---
I expected something to be coming to me
"He was second in the Gold Cup as a
six-year-old to a very good winner.
"I m sure we ll learn a lot more in the
Lexus if he takes on Don Poli and a few
more. That ll be a hell of a race."
Mullins said: "Valseur Lido will appreciate
stepping out in trip and both of them will
come on a lot from that run. Henrietta
Knight said he (Djakadam) will win the Gold
Cup, so I ll quote her.
"I wasn t happy with him during the
week and was nearly not going to run, but
to run like that after the way he was, I m
absolutely delighted with him.
"He just wasn t right but as Punchestown
is our home track I could leave the decision
until this morning. If the race was run in
England it wouldn t have been as easy and
I would have had to make a decision during
the week. It was some performance con-
"He could even beat the loose horse (Hid-
den Cyclone) the form he was in!
"There is no decision at the moment on
where he will go next."
Sky Bet cut Djakadam to 7/1 from 10/1
to go one better in what promises to be an
enthralling Cheltenham Gold Cup next
spring and representative Michael Shinners
said: "That was an awesome performance
and the surprising element was the bright
turn of foot he showed before attacking the
last two fences, just when the challengers
appeared to be looming up behind.
"I keep repeating myself but it s shaping
up to be a magnificent Gold Cup and
Djakadam looks one of several horses capable
of stepping up another level on the big day
as he s only a six-year-old going on seven.
"Last year s runner-up is without question
a major player once again and we make him
7/1 alongside Saturday s Aintree winner Don
Poli and behind Coneygree and Vautour,
who both remain 5/1 at the top of the mar-
Djakadam slams Durkan rivals
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