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Judge calls wrong
result at Lingfield
The BHA have amended the result of a race at
Lingfield on Saturday after the judge made the
wrong call after a photo-finish.
There was a close finish to the Racing Welfare
"Junior" Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race
at Lingfield Park on December 12, with the judge
calling The Blue Bomber the winner by a nose
However, the placings have been revised
following further examination of the photo.
A BHA statement read: "The BHA contacted
the Judge and asked him to reconsider his
original decision to place THE BLUE BOMBER
first and QUARENTA (FR) second in the Racing
Welfare "Junior" Standard Open National Hunt
Flat Race at Lingfield Park on 12 December 2015.
"After further consideration of the photo finish
and viewing video footage to confirm the
positioning of each horse, within the time period
laid down in Rule (B)62.2 of the Rules of Racing,
the Judge corrected his original decision and
placed QUARENTA (FR) first and THE BLUE
BOMBER second. The BHA confirmed the revised
"The process took place following concerns
expressed at the photo finish result of the race
by the connections of QUARENTA (FR) and
concerns expressed by members of the public to
"The BHA has been in discussions with
racecourses, including Lingfield Park, where
concerns have been held over the quality of the
photo finish produced where the image is
impacted by distance and deteriorating light.
These discussions are ongoing with a view to
finding a reasonable solution as soon as possible."
Long Walk challenge for Saphir
Saphir Du Rheu faces a far-from-
straightforward task on his return to timber in
the JLT Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot tomorrow, for
which a field of eight has been declared.
Paul Nicholls and owner Andy Stewart decided
to revert to the smaller obstacles with the
talented grey after he finished only fifth in the
Hennessy Gold Cup.
He will face a stern test from Colin Tizzard's
Thistlecrack, who impressively defeated the
reopposing Deputy Dan in the Long Distance
Hurdle at Newbury.
Nick Williams' Reve De Sivola has won the last
three renewals of the race and will attempt to
match Baracouda's four victories in the race.
David Pipe sends Dynaste back hurdling, while
Aqalim runs for John Ferguson.
Gordon Elliott gives Taglietelle the chance to
shine, with the Alan King-trained Karezak
completing the field.
Cole Harden back at Cheltenham
World Hurdle winner Cole Harden is set to run
in the Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle at
Cheltenham on New Year's Day.
The Grade Two contest will be run on that card
for the first time having previously been held at
The International in mid-December and forms
part of a seven race programme at the Pretsbury
The Warren Greatrex trained six-year-old made
his seasonal reappearance at Newbury last
month, finishing third to Thistlecrack in the Grade
Two Long Distance Hurdle.
Upper Lambourn-based Greatrex said: "Cole
Harden will be heading to the Dornan Engineering
Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.
"He came out of his run at Newbury very well
and looks great. I am very happy with him. He
was third in the Relkeel last year and, fingers
crossed, he can go a bit better this year.
"The plan at the moment will be to run on New
Year's Day and then go straight for the Ladbrokes
World Hurdle. We want the tank full for March."
Cole Harden is a 9/1 chance for the World
Hurdle with bookmakers Sky Bet who are
offering non-runner no bet on all four
championship races at the Cheltenham Festival.
Warren Greatrex has a host of smart
bumper horses and runs another poten-
tially good one in Burlington Bert in the
Neptune Investment Management Cham-
pionship Standard Open National Hunt
Flat Race at Ascot today.
Greatrex has quickly made a bit of a
niche for himself in the bumper sphere,
and has won six already this term, but
Burlington Bert has not been seen since
winning at Warwick in May.
Only four, Greatrex feels it is getting a
bit late in the season to send his hope hur-
dling but how he fares in this hot contest
will shape his future.
"Burlington Bert won his only other
bumper very well last season, but he came
back in a bit later than some of the others,"
"He s been doing everything right, but
this looks a hot race. We ve got some nice
bumper horses this year, but the fact we
are running him probably tells you what
we think of him. He s a nice horse.
"Whatever he does do tomorrow he will
improve upon and whether he stays in
bumpers might depend on the outcome.
It is getting a bit late in the season to be
thinking about hurdling, though.
"What I would say is that he probably
wouldn t be a Cheltenham Bumper horse
as he will need a bit of juice."
There has barely been a more impressive
winner of a bumper than Emma Lavelle s
Full Irish who landed a Sandown race on
Lavelle had intended to wait until a valu-
able contest at Newbury in March, rather
than Cheltenham, but with a fit and
healthy horse she has decided to roll the
"He was very impressive at Sandown
and we couldn t believe his price (7-1) as
we d made no secret how highly we
thought of him.
"I suppose it just shows how much
strength in depth there was to that race.
He s got a big engine and is still only four
so my thoughts have never been Chel-
tenham, but Newbury.
"We had a look around, though, and
there are not many races of this type so
while he s in such good form we thought
why not let him take his chance.
"He s exciting, he cruised to the front
at Sandown and then just pricked his ears."
Charlie Longsdon runs Monbeg
Charmer, an effortless winner at Carlisle
on his debut under Rules.
"I think he ll go well but unfortunately
for us it looks a very hot race, with
Ballyandy setting the standard," said
"We ll find out a lot more about ours,
this is always a good race, if you have a
good bumper horse you target this, New-
bury and then the big ones in the spring."
Nigel Twiston-Davies Ballyandy carries
a penalty for winning a similar race at
Cheltenham, while Gordon Elliott sends
over De Plotting Shed from Ireland after
winning impressively at Fairyhouse.
Meanwhile, Yanworth heads a select
field of five for the £30,000 Grade Two
Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices Hurdle.
Owned by J P McManus, Yanworth is
Sky Bet s warm 1/4 favourite having won
cosily on both his starts over hurdles.
The five-year-old scored over two miles
and a furlong at Exeter on November 3
and over two miles at Warwick just over
a fortnight later.
He was also a very smart bumper horse,
winning twice and finishing second in
Listed company at Ascot before rounding
off last season with a fine fourth in the
Grade One Weatherbys Champion Bumper
at the Cheltenham Festival.
Trainer Alan King said: "Yanworth has
taken well to hurdling this winter. I ran
him a bit quick at Warwick, though I was
keen to get some more match practice into
him just in case the weather closed in and
the second has since won at Ludlow.
Hidden Treasures at Southwell today
and punters will be scouring for a prize
haul in the seven-runner Maiden Fillies
Stakes over a mile of fibresand; Richard
Fahey has found a beaut opportunity
for this twice-raced Zoffany juvenile.
Sixth on debut, over six furlongs of
Wolverhampton Tapeta, to subsequently
beaten Prisom, didn t set pulses racing;
but it was a different tale a fortnight later
on Chelmsford polytrack when Hidden
Treasures, a 14/1 chance, improved at least
10lbs on the time-handicap, under stable
apprentice, Jack Garrity, finishing strongly
into second behind Quality Road.
Two lengths separated the principals,
others were well beaten off and Hidden
Treasures achieved a TH mark that wins
this-type race nine times out of ten.
Of course Hidden Treasures will need
to act on the deep stuff but you can bet
Richard has worked her on this unique
Nottinghamshire circuit; he leaves no stone
unturned and is the trainer to follow for
Richard also journeys recent Wolves
winner Lydiate for the nursery over five
furlongs but it s too competitive; more
appealing is Tesoro attempting to make it
fifth time lucky in the Maiden Stakes over
five furlongs of Tapeta tonight.
Significantly Dean Ivory s charge
achieved a career-best last time out, 29
days ago; no cert by any means but Tesoro
looks guaranteed one of three places in
our each-way patent, which also includes
Jo Hughes-trained Daybreak Lady in the
Maiden Auction Stakes over seven furlongs,
on the back of a promising course and
distance debut effort.
Look for Hidden Treasures
Burlington out to star at Ascot
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am 9-24
4 pm 6-12
6.30 pm 16-22
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 6 27
15SICKWOMAN7 7 9 2 25
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: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Thursday, December 17
6.30 pm 4
5 (Parson Man) 6.30 pm
10 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
17 (Pigeon) 4 pm
32 (Shrimp) 10.30 am
15 (Sick Woman)
34 (Blind Man)
15 (Sick Woman) 1 pm
"We had a look around, though, and there are not
many races of this type so while he's in such good
form we thought why not let him take his chance.
He's exciting, he cruised to the front at Sandown
and then just pricked his ears."
9.00 Hidden Treasures
12.05 Daybreak Lady
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