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Under: (Last Thursday)
10.30 am 22-36
1 pm 6-31
4 pm 23-25
6.30 pm 21-1
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 11 7 1 26
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: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Wednesday, December 16
6.30 pm 4
20 (Dog) 6.30 pm
4 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
17 (Pigeon) 4 pm
17 (Pigeon) 10.30 am
27 (Little Snake)
34 (Blind Man)
18 (Water Boat) 1 pm
Hutton is strongly-fancied to hit his
rivals for six in the Maiden Stakes over
seven furlonngs of Chelmsford polytrack
tonight. With such a wonderful name this
Lawman gelding had to be trained in the
North and Richard Fahey is tasked with
Named after the Yorkshire-born England
cricket captain of yester-year, Sir Leonard,
Hutton made a pleasing debut earlier this
month when second, beaten about three
lengths, by Sky Ship over a similar distance
on Wolverhampton Tapeta. There were no
That was obvious because Hutton went
off a 10/1 chance and though he managed
to lead approaching the final furlong it was
one-way traffic when Sky Ship loomed up
and stormed clear. Sir Michael Stoute s
charge, an odds-on cert is probably way
above average and worth monitoring next
Once-raced, Sir Mark Prescott-trained
Mockinbird is bound to have plenty of sup-
port and one or two other fashionable yards
are represented but Fahey again proved his
set-up a winning machine last season and
this time there are expectations!
Earlier another seven-race programme is
scheduled on Southwell fibresand and Pow-
ered has a special look in the Selling Stakes
over a mile of the notorious deep stuff!
Powered, racing for the fifth time, achieved
a career-best three weeks ago when a cred-
itable third to our nap selection, Ginger Joe,
over seven furlongs of this course.
In the closing stages Powered, blinkered
for the first time and backed into favouritism,
stayed on in a manner that suggested further
will suit him ideally. What beats him will
Hutton looks dependable
12.30 PHANTOM FLIPPER (e.w.)
1.00 POWERED (nap-e.w.)
Pauling's Show goes on
Local Show showed he was ready to fire first time
up after running out a comfortable winner of the CSP
Novices' Limited Handicap Chase at Newbury.
Despite having a tendency to run down his fences
the seven-year-old made his first start in 288 days a
winning one when coming away in good style on his
stable debut for Ben Pauling.
Racing close to the pace throughout the extended
two-mile-seven-furlong event the 7--2 winner began
to really press on approaching the final four fences in
Although Minella On Line moved up well from fur-
ther back in the field, his challenge soon petered out
with Local Show maintaining the gallop relentlessly
all the way to the line to post a 13-length call over the
Pauling said: "It was very tough work out there. He
just keeps galloping. I don't think they quickened, he
just galloped and galloped."
Wait For Me made his class tell when ploughing
through the soft conditions best of them all in the
Events Bar Management Maiden Hurdle.
After finishing third in the Champion Bumper at the
Cheltenham Festival in March the five-year-old had to
make do with second on his hurdling bow at the track
19 days ago behind the smart Buveur D'Air.
Although facing another useful rival in hurdling
debutant Potters Legend the 30-100 favourite had
too much at the business end for Lucy Wadham's
charge at the end of the extended two-mile prize.
Settling better than on his debut behind his pace-
setting stablemate Allee Bleue, the Philip Hobbs
trained runner moved smoothly into contention three
out before drawing away for a six-length triumph
over Potters Legend.
Wait For Me was pushed out to 25/1 (from 20s) for
the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle by the spon-
Exmoor Mist eventually saw off the game Mr Bur-
bridge to reward-favourite backers in the Powersolve
Electronics Greatwood Charity Handicap Chase.
Exmoor Mist was the 9--4 market leader following
a comfortable success at Leicester a fortnight ago for
trainer Victor Dartnall and arrived on the scene seem-
ingly full of running in the straight under a confident
Mr Burbridge appeared determined to make a race
of it, however, and just for a moment it looked as
though Exmoor Mist might struggle to bridge the gap
when coming under pressure.
A big leap at the last gave him momentum, though,
and he was cajoled to the front late on by O'Regan to
take the prize by a length.
Harry Fry is to alter his plans for Charmix following
his ready success in the British Stallion Studs EBF
"National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.
After only finding the smart Modus too good last
time out the five-year-old added to his debut win
over hurdles when readily drawing clear of the oppo-
sition from the front for a 17-length success.
Grand designs for Don Poli
Willie Mullins would "love" to have a crack at the
Crabbie's Grand National with Don Poli.
The RSA Chase winner made a successful return to
action when seeing off last season's National hero
Many Clouds at Aintree earlier this month and will
aim to enhance his claims for the Cheltenham Gold
Cup in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christ-
While the Prestbury Park blue riband remains his
main objective, Mullins believes the world's most fa-
mous steeplechase could be worth targeting at some
He said: "I'd love to run him in a National.
"I think it's great what Phil Smith (BHA head of
handicapping) and Aintree have done with the race.
"They get criticised by some for what they've done
to the fences, but if you look what they've done to the
race compared to where it was, they've done an unbe-
"I think it's great the way he (Smith) compresses
the weights and I wish they would do it with more of
the staying chases.
"It's hard enough giving a stone and more away on
good ground, never mind in mid-winter on very soft
Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Coneygree
will not run again this year and could miss
the rest of the season through injury.
Mark Bradstock s brilliant eight-year-old,
who looked so impressive on his return to
action at Sandown in November, had been
in the frame to run over Christmas in either
the King George VI Chase at Kempton or
in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown.
But trainer Mark Bradstock s plans have
been derailed after his stable star suffered
what is believed to be slab fractures in both
hocks, with the injury not thought to be
Coneygree has been taken out of the ante-
post betting for the Gold Cup in March and
has gone to Newmarket for further veterinary
Sara Bradstock, the Oxfordshire trainer s
wife and assistant, said: "He is injured and
will not run in the King George or the Lexus.
The Christmas run is out.
"I ve just loaded him on to the horsebox
myself and he on his way to Newmarket to
be reassessed. He is in no distress and walked
on to the box sound. The vets at Newmarket
will have a good look at him and we ll see
what they discover---it will be a day or two
before we have any news.
"They ll probably scan him and we ll see
what the extent of the damage is.
"We know the engine is there, but the
long legs that serve him so well on the race-
course are a little bit fragile. Everyone knows
I think the world of this horse, which is
why we re being careful. There will be no
corners cut. He will be back, but at this
stage I can t tell you when that will be."
Coneygree missed an intended appearance
in last month s Hennessy Gold Cup at New-
bury after he suffered a foot problem, but
Sara Bradstock said the latest setback was
Coneygree s finest hour at Cheltenham
saw him become the first novice to win the
Gold Cup in 41 years, after Captain Christy
He was ridden by Nico de Boinville, who
said: "Obviously it is very disappointing,
especially for the whole Bradstock team at
home and connections, as he has been such
a superstar horse.
"That s horse racing for you, it s what
makes the good days worthwhile. All I know
is that he will miss the King George and he
is off to the vets in Newmarket as we speak
for further assessment." (AP)
Coneygree misses Kempton test
Trainer Tom George and jockey Paddy
Brennan enjoyed a notable double through
Double Shuffle and Sir Valentino at Lud-
With a total of £100,000 up for grabs at
the Shropshire track, competition was fierce
and it was the George team that plundered
the lion s share of the spoils.
Sir Valentino (9--4 favourite) was the star
of the show as he swept to his third course
success with a game display in the feature
Tanners Wines Handicap Chase.
The top-weight was hard-pressed by
market rival Jayo Time over last few fences,
but would not be denied and kept on stoutly
to win by a length and three-quarters, with
Vivaccio 24 lengths back in third.
After creditable efforts at Cheltenham in
his first two starts over fences, Double Shuf-
fle (4--1) gained a deserved success in the
Alla Aggregate Products Novices Limited
Leading four out, the five-year-old gal-
loped on strongly to beat Fourth Act by
three-quarters of a length.
George and Brennan had to settle for
minor honours in the Tanners Champagne
Handicap Chase as Katkeau (6--1) struck
for trainer David Pipe and jockey Tom Scu-
damore. Red Devil Lads tried to make all
but had to play second fiddle in the closing
stages to Katkeau, who was five lengths to
the good at the line. Le Prezien (13-8
favourite) looked a decent recruit when
opening his account in the Tanners Cava
National Hunt Maiden Hurdle.
Paul Nicholls four-year-old cruised to
the lead under Nick Scholfield after jumping
the second-last and went on to score deci-
sively by six lengths from Casper King.
Rene s Girl (9--4 favourite) was a ready
winner of the Tony Richards/British Stallion
Studs EBF Mares National Hunt Novices
Hurdle for trainer Dan Skelton and his jockey
Hill Fort (7--1), trained by Matt Shepherd,
was a facile 15-length victor in the Tanners
Prosecco Lady Amateur Riders Handicap
Hurdle under Claire Hart, while Nicky Hen-
derson s Rather Be (6--4 favourite) landed
the concluding bumper.
George lands Ludlow double
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