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Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am 20-12
4 pm 2-11
6.30 pm 1-16
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 7 7 7 5 26
15SICKWOMAN7 6 9 2 24
18WATERBOAT 7 107 1 25
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 6 5 0 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 7 7 24
35BIGSNAKE 10 9 6 2 27
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, December 14
6.30 pm 6
13 (Crapaud) 6.30 pm
28 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
14 (Money) 4 pm
5 (Parson Man) 10.30 am
36 (Donkey) 1 pm
Murdanova has finally landed on a win-
ning mark and worth backing in the nine-
runner nursery handicap over six furlongs
of Kempton polytrack today; twenty-four
days ago this Zebedee colt nigh on repli-
cated a previous career-best time-hand-
icap mark, when runner-up to subsequent
winner, Illegal Blonde on Wolverhampton
Realistically Murdanova wasn t at the
races with Illegal Blonde, winning for the
third time in her last four outings, and
much-improved, but the way he ran away
from the rest, with a strong finish, was eye-
catching to this experienced eye.
Under-estimated jockey John Fahy will
be riding Murdanova for the fourth suc-
cessive time; association counts, especially
with two-year-olds, and though Vroom
comes out similarly, and Prisom won gamely
on debut last month, Kevin Frost s charge
looks a gilt-edged each-way selection with
three places available.
Ronald Thompson trained him last time
Anyway to maximise this price to chance
selection I ll be playing a place double with
Shypen in division two of the Maiden Fillies
Stakes over a mile.
Twice-raced Shypen improved for expe-
rience when third over course and distance
three weeks back; that represented a sterling
effort given George Margarson s charge was
drawn very wide, in the proverbial coffin
Don t tire of me mentioning the draw,
you can t beat it, in the long run; that s
what serious punting is all about, consistency
Running in tandem will be a seven-race
programme on Southwell fibresand; if Brian
Ellison-trained Boolass can handle the deep
stuff she will win under talented 7lbs
apprentice Callum Shepherd.
With support and ordinary lucky Shep-
herd will make a jockey, just a question of
buckling down to the task of being thor-
A run in the William Hill King George VI
Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day appears
the most likely of two options for Coneygree
should the Gold Cup winner appear over
the Christmas period.
The Mark Bradstock-trained eight-year-
old, who was forced to miss the Hennessy
after a setback, also holds an engagement in
the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on Decem-
Speaking at a media event on Monday after-
noon, Bradstock said he would "definitely
prefer to stay in England" while at the same
time adding he had received strong repre-
sentation from officials in Ireland and that
the Lexus was "still a possibility".
A schooling session on Tuesday is likely to
prove pivotal in deciding whether to run at
Christmas or pursue other possibilities.
Bradstock said: "I don t know yet in regards
to Boxing Day, it would probably be a Yes
if we didn t have the supplementary fee
(£10,000) and you can t get away from that.
"Obviously he has got the entry for the
Lexus, if we re serious about going for that
you have to leave on Boxing Day, but I d def-
initely prefer to stay in England. There are
still quite a few things he s got to get over
and he s schooling tomorrow.
"We can possibly take the softer option of
ignoring Christmas and going to the Cotswold
Chase or the Denman, but if all is well and
it certainly seems in that mould we ll give it
(Christmas) a go.
"It does depend on how he jumps when
we school him.
"Before the Hennessy his jumping was
great, but not how it normally is. I think the
foot problem was the initial issue, then
whether the foot problem might have moved
on to something a bit different and maybe
he ripped something else, that may have been
"He will run his race, it s like the Chel-
tenham Gold Cup, there are some pretty cool
contenders in that (King George). He will run
his type of race and if he does not win we ll
still move onwards and upwards.
"He is sound now and seems in very good
Regarding Leopardstown and the Lexus,
he added: "They have been fantastic and def-
initely enticed us to go to Ireland, and it s
definitely still a possibility."
Coneygree is a 5/1 chance with Sky Bet for
the King George VI Chase.
Silviniaco Conti has come out on top in
the race for the last two years, but trainer
Paul Nicholls believes this year s race presents
an even stiffer test and the horse has had the
added problem of suffering from a skin com-
Nicholls said: "He s going the right way
again now, I hope. We had a few problems
after Haydock (Betfair Chase) - as has been
well documented he has got sarcoids and he
has got two in particular under his elbow and
when he ran at Haydock he scraped them at
some point and split the wound.
"They have not been sorted and have never
been sorted, but we are winning that at the
moment and he s in as good a form as could
"We are looking at having a gallop some-
where this week with him.
"Even if he was 100 per cent he would not
have beaten Cue Card at Haydock, but he ran
to a fair level and I still think there is improve-
ment to come from him. I ve just got to try
and find that somewhere. "I think this is his
toughest test to date."
Nicholls said he has great respect for the
prospective opposition that includes a horse
he used to train, Al Ferof. He sent out the
John Hales-owned grey to finish third in the
last two runnings and saw him make a suc-
cessful debut for his former assistant Dan
Skelton in the Peterborough Chase at Hunt-
"No one s mentioned Al Ferof yet, Dan
Skelton has got him right and he is probably
in the mix," said the Ditcheat trainer. It s a
great race this year, with Cue Card and Vautour
in there and if Coneygree turns up.
"He (Silviniaco Conti) loves Kempton and
I d love him to win a third one, but I think
it will be a huge task for him to win it."
Connections of Vautour admit having had
this race in mind since the Willie Mullins-
trained gelding won the JLT Novices Chase
at the Cheltenham Festival.
The six-year-old made a successful trip
over from Ireland for the Stella Artois 1965
Chase at Ascot last month, although he did
not completely impress all onlookers.
"We re happy to have got a run into him,
he was pretty big in the paddock at Ascot
and was a little bit lazy mid-race, but he still
beat Ptit Zig, who we respect, and he was
kind of running away again at the end," said
Joe Chambers, racing manager to owner Rich
Gifford excited by Theo's Charm
Nick Gifford has high hopes for Theo's Charm
after the five-year-old got off the mark over jumps
in the J H Builders Novices' Hurdle at Plumpton yes-
The 4/5 favourite, seventh in last season's Cham-
pion Bumper at Cheltenham, had delighted his
trainer when third on his hurdling debut and stepped
up in style to beat Draco's Code by seven lengths
under Tom Cannon.
Gifford feels this is just the beginning - but will
not aim the horse at the Cheltenham Festival just
for the sake of it.
The Findon handler said: "He's still very green. He
ran a cracking race at Kempton, it was always going
to be a bit on the sharp side for him round there.
"I told Tom to keep him up front and out of trou-
ble. Although he was still green out in front, he'd
have learnt a lot.
"We have a nice horse, but Cheltenham is not the
be-all and end-all. I'm not saying he won't go, but it's
"The EBF Final at Sandown (in March) would be a
lovely race to aim him at as well, but I probably
wouldn't want to lump top weight round there. He
might go to Cheltenham instead.
"This horse is only going to get better with the
more racing and experience he gets and he's one to
keep on the right side of."
Dodging Bullets on way back
Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Dodging
Bullets is ready to be ridden for the first time since
meeting with a setback in his build up to making a
comeback to the track.
The seven-year-old has not been seen out since
taking the two-mile Grade One contest at Chel-
tenham in March after he was found to be lame fol-
lowing a schooling session earlier this season.
Although without a run this campaign the three-
times Grade One winner is a 6/1 chance in Sky Bet's
non-runner, no bet market to retain his Champion
Trainer Paul Nicholls said: "Dodging Bullets will be
ridden for the first time on Tuesday. He has done
three hours on the walker for the past six weeks and
now we will start quietly bringing him forward.
"I want to give him one run before he goes back to
Cheltenham and runs in the Champion Chase."
No appeal from Tiara team
Connections of Special Tiara have decided not to
appeal the result of the Tingle Creek Chase at
Sandown after their horse passed the post in sec-
ond behind Sire De Grugy after being badly ham-
pered at the final fence.
Trainer Henry de Bromhead felt that under the
British rules it would be very difficult to overturn the
local stewards' verdict.
"We're not going to appeal. The advice we got was
that we didn't have a good enough chance to get the
result," he said.
"It's disappointing because most people believe
the best horse on the day was taken out of the race
and didn't get it."
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
The Irish challenger was rallying for pressure and
looked in with every chance before being broadsided
in mid-air by the eventual winner as he went to his
left jumping the final fence.
After a good 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 charge victory.
An inquiry was immediately called before the plac-
ings remained unaltered.
The race took its toll on Special Tiara, but De
Bromhead reports his classy two-mile performer to
have recovered and will have a break before return-
ing for a spring campaign.
"It's taken him a while to recover, but he's good
now. We'll probably aim him towards the spring,"
said the County Waterford trainer.
Murdanova on winning mark
Kempton: 11.00 Boolass.
Coneygree aims at William Hill chase
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