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Always Welcome at Southwell and that s
the case today when John Gosden s charge,
second in both races to date, is "expected"
in the Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs
"Big John" is favouring a drop back in
trip but the "deep stuff" is somewhat stam-
ina-sapping and our champion trainer has
doubtless built that factor into his decla-
On the time-handicap Always Welcome
has achieved what should be required with
two efforts over a mile of Lingfield polytrack;
this Elusive Quality colt improved consid-
erably from his "first-up" experience.
Interesting that blinkers were fitted last
time but haven't been declared on this occa-
Shrewd punters will have taken note and
hopefully Always Welcome will trade at 2/1
or better; if he doesn't just include in our
DAILY PATENT, as ever!
Mine is to reduce liability in the same
way Chancellor George Osborne enforces
cuts; the fun is profiting, legally and with
excitement. Less bets the better with a view
to streamlining activity and time spent punt-
Incidentally this left-handed Notting-
hamshire is the best lay-out of our all-
weather tracks, currently in use; it suits gal-
lopers and the draw is of little consequence,
pity about the surface!
Tom Marquand is a good reason why we
select Richard Hannon-trained Herridge
each-way for the nursery handicap over a
mile; the recently-crowned champion
apprentice still claims 3lbs allowance and
that could weigh heavily against eleven sim-
Eight furlongs represent a tremendous
stamina test for juveniles and on the unique
surface is probably the equivalent of two
lengths, plus 17-year-old Tom is a future
champion if we've ever spotted one.
Hopefully my second pacemaker is still
ticking along when Marquand launches
challenges, supported by former champion
trainer, Hannon, and others!
Running in tandem are two "soft" ground
NH fixtures, Uttoxeter and Fontwell, where
Coco Shambala justifies support in the
Mares' Novices' Hurdle over two and a half
miles; what beats Oliver Sherwood's charge
Don Cossack and Faugheen were joint-
winners of the Horse of the Year Award
at the annual Horse Racing Ireland
Awards ceremony at Leopardstown.
For the first time in history the award
was shared as voters were unable to choose
between the Willie Mullins-trained Cham-
pion Hurdle winner Faugheen and Gordon
Elliott's five-time Grade One-winning
chaser Don Cossack.
Faugheen suffered a shock defeat at the
hands of stable companion Nichols Canyon
on his seasonal reappearance in last
month's Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown,
but owner Rich Ricci is confident he will
bounce back when defending his crown
in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on
"I'm sorry he let the side down in the
Morgiana. He's a great horse, but he
flopped that day, for whatever reason,"
"I hope he comes back the next day.
We still have confidence in him. Hopefully
he'll do the business at Kempton and get
back on track."
Mullins said: "He did cut his mouth (at
Punchestown), but that took a day to
recover from and most a horses wouldn't
feel a little cut on their mouth. I wouldn't
use that as an excuse. "He's in great order."
Don Cossack was last seen winning the
JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down
Royal at the end of October and is set to
return to action over the Festive period.
The King George VI Chase at Kempton
has long been considered his likely target,
but connections are not ruling out Leop-
ardstown's Lexus Chase two days later.
Gigginstown House Stud's manager,
Eddie O'Leary, said: "Obviously we love
him and let's hope he stays lucky. It will
be the King George (next), or the Lexus.
Every option is open."
Mullins picked up the National Hunt
Award, while Pat Smullen was the winner
of the Flat Award. Smullen was keen to
pay tribute to his boss Dermot Weld.
He said: "It goes without saying you
can't achieve what I've achieved this year
without having the job I have. This was
arguably our best year together and I'm
hopefully looking forward to more in the
"I have a great agent in Kevin O'Ryan
and it's a big team effort."
The Point-to-Point Award went to Enda
Bolger, trainer of top-class hunter chaser
On The Fringe, who completed the Chel-
tenham-Aintree-Punchestown treble last
Bolger said: "The horse is great and
obviously we're going to try to repeat what
we did last year. I'm very surprised to
receive this award as there's some great
people around and I'm just honoured.
"I have a great horse, a great owner and
a great jockey (Nina Carberry)."
Rising star Jonathan Burke was given
the Outstanding Achievement Award.
The 19-year-old jockey dedicated the
award to his late mother.
"I'm doing something that I love and
something that I've dreamed of from a
very young age," he said.
"I'm very lucky to be in the position
I'm in. I had a great grounding working
for Willie Mullins, Noel Meade and Gordon
Elliott. I've had great people round me
and I'm very lucky."
Legendary commentator Des Scahill won
the Contribution to the Industry Award,
while Leopardstown won Racecourse of
Annacotty in line for Cheltenham
Paddy Power Gold Cup winner Annacotty is
among 18 horses left in the Caspian Caviar Gold
Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday at yesterday's
The seven-year-old was successful on his first
start since joining trainer Alan King from Martin
Keighley's team and could now bid to become the
first horse to win both races since Exotic Dancer
King is also represented by Turn Over Sivola in
this valuable handicap chase over an extended
two and a half miles.
With King's Smad Place and also Wishfull
Thinking being withdrawn at the five-day stage,
the weights will go up 6lb and are now headed by
the Paul Nicholls-trained Sound Investment.
Nicholls has two other possibles in Salubrious,
who won at Carlisle recently on his first start for
13 months, and Paddy Power Gold Cup sixth Art
Most of the leading fancies have stood their
ground. They include Irish Cavalier, who took fifth
place behind Annacotty last month.
Philip Hobbs has two strong candidates in
Champagne West and Village Vic, who could both
line up, according to stable jockey Richard
Among others in the mix are Paddy Power
runner-up Buywise, Johns Spirit, Little Jon while
there are three remaining Irish entries, Willie
Mullins' Mozoltov, Texas Jack, trained by Noel
Meade, and Arthur Moore's Pass The Hat.
Henderson awaits X-ray verdict
Nicky Henderson is awaiting further expert
opinion on the splint problem currently afflicting
The nine-year-old was a hot favourite for last
Saturday's Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown but
he was pulled out of the race the day before after
suffering a setback.
Henderson confirmed Simonsig's lameness is
due to a splint, an issue which kept him on the
sidelines for the 2013/14 season, but reports it to
be unrelated to his previous injury.
He said: "We have taken X-rays this evening
and they will now go off to be looked at and then
the boffins will decide what we need to do.
"We know it's a splint and while he has had
problems with this before - it caused him to miss
completely the opposite leg this time.
"It's not an uncommon problem in horses, but
this doesn't seem to be related to his previous
"Horses can have splints and it doesn't cause
any problems, but unfortunately this flared up for
him on Friday.
Simonsig also missed the 2014/15 campaign
after a series of setbacks but made a promising
return to the track when second behind
stablemate Bobs Worth over hurdles at Aintree
Special team wait on appeal
Special Tiara's owner Sally Rowley-Williams
will wait until later in the week before deciding
whether to appeal the result of Saturday's Tingle
Creek at Sandown.
The eight-year-old led the field for much of the
two-mile journey in the Grade One contest and
although he was headed by the Gary Moore-
trained Sire De Grugy before the home turn, he
rallied for pressure in the straight.
Henry de Bromhead's Irish raider was still in
with a chance of victory before being broadsided
in mid-air by the eventual winner jumping the
final fence and after a battle on the run-in, Sire
De Grugy passed the post three-quarters of a
length in front.
De Bromhead confirmed on Sunday an appeal
was being considered and that he believed the
interference cost his charge victory.
Rowley-Williams said on Monday afternoon:
"Everything is still being considered. I believe we
have seven days to decide, but we won't leave it
that long. We'll make a decision by the end of the
Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am 23-11
4 pm 33-10
6.30 pm 13-17
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 3 26
31 PARSONWIFE 11 10 5 3 29
34BLINDMAN 3 7 6 7 23
35BIGSNAKE 10 9 6 2 27
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, December 7
6.30 pm 5
30 (House Cat) 6.30 pm
23 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
34 (Blind Man)
3 (Carriage) 10.30 am
27 (Little Snake)
35 (Big Snake)
34 (Blind Man)
26 (Fowl) 1 pm
8.30 Always Welcome
8.40 Coco Shambala.
Always Welcome at Southwell
Don Cossack, Faugheen top Irish awards
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