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Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am 31-21
1 pm 22-5
4 pm 15-8
6.30 pm 20-28
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 2 27
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 21
6.30 pm 3
3 (Carriage) 6.30 pm
24 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake)
26 (Fowl) 4 pm
22 (Rat) 10.30 am
14 (Money) 1 pm
Always Welcome at Wolverhampton,
especially today when there is a 2-y-o
Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of the
unique Tapeta surace and seven other com-
petitive events; they comprise our last
horse-racing action before Christmas 2015.
Then it will be three days blank before
the King George Chase over three miles at
Kempton, feature of the festive period; that
promises to be a tremendous race and my
brief is to find anything to beat Cue Card,
Serious punters might be gettting tired
of backing highly-regarded Always Welcome,
second in all three efforts to date; last time
this Elusive Quality colt was trounced more
than four lengths by Godolphin-owned
Yattwee over a similar distance on South-
For all the world Always Welcome looked
likely to win a distance as he combined
to set a strong gallop, Yattwee was being
ridden in the early stages of his debut and
simply couldn t keep up.
Always Welcome fought off the early
pacemaker and entered the straight bound-
ing along, Yattwee was beginning to get
the message but several lengths in arrears;
that suddenly changed, dramaticallly.
Approaching the two furlongs marker
Yattwee quickened up to join Always Wel-
come and went clear, effortlessly; how
good is that? I thought!
Next morning one computed the race-
times and learned that Always Welcome
had improved at least EIGHT POUNDS!
For what it s worth Yattwee is a genuine
classic prospect for next year, his time-
-handicap mark was colossal and don t
worry I m still sane, compus mentis!
Surprisingly champion trainer, John
Gosden, hasn t allowed many days recov-
ery time because it was only a fortnight
I ll bet Big John was gobsmacked but
from painful experience we ve come to
expect anything with these superbreds
trained for the boys in blue and it makes
for an exciting, compelling, all-weather
scene. Enjoy it!
Once gain Always Welcome loooks nigh
on a cert and we might just get a price;
hope springs eternal!
9.10 Mysterious Look
9.40 Always Welcome
Always Welcome at Wolver Two past winners, Emperor s Choice and
Mountainous, feature among 33 horses con-
firmed at the five-day stage for the Coral Welsh
National at Chepstow on Sunday.
Emperor s Choice, trained by Venetia Williams,
made a timely return to action for the first time
since his success 12 months ago when scoring
at Haydock five weeks ago.
Mountainous, triumphant in 2013, will bid to
win for rookie trainer Kerry Lee, who took over
the reins from her father Richard at the family s
Presteigne stable in the summer. She is also rep-
resented by Russe Blanc.
Three of the ante-post market leaders - Jonjo
O Neill s Upswing, the Nigel Twiston-Davies-
trained Cogry and Alan King s Midnight Prayer
- have stood their ground. One notable omission
is Tom Symonds Kaki De La Pree.
Heading the weights on 11st 112lb are the Paul
Nicholls-trained Black Thunder and O Faolains
Boy, the 2014 RSA Chase victor who returned
to winning form at Newbury earlier this month.
His trainer Rebecca Curtis has three other
possibles in Bob Ford, Red Devil Lads and Auda-
Others in the mix include Emma Lavelle s
Shotgun Paddy, Colin Tizzard s Theatre Guide
and Philip Hobbs Woodford County.
The sole Irish-trained horse left in is Folsom
Blue, from Mouse Morris yard in County Tip-
Exciting plans for Punchestown
Punchestown will begin a 6.2million euro race-
course upgrade in May 2016, with the work due
to be completed by 2018.
The principal feature of the redevelopment
will be a new grandstand in the area close to the
final fence, incorporating a dedicated owners
and trainers lounge, a public bar, a champagne
bar, additional toilets and betting facilities.
This part of the development will cost an esti-
mated 3.8m euro, with work on this phase due
to start after the Punchestown Festival in 2017.
The first phase, due to start in May 2016 for
completion by the end of the year, will include
landscaping throughout the site, the provision
of additional public seating areas and construction
of a new permanent festival press room in addi-
tion to the existing press room.
Phase two will upgrade the festival reserved
enclosure, with work starting after the 2017 Pun-
chestown Festival and due be completed by March
Punchestown general manager Dick O Sullivan
said: "Punchestown is the home of Irish jumps
racing and we are conscious that the venue must
live up to such a title.
"Through hard work and a dedicated team,
we have continued to develop and grow the Irish
National Hunt Festival despite some difficult
The project has been approved for a capital
development grant aid of 2.5m euro by the board
of Horse Racing Ireland.
Back to fences for Dynaste
Dynaste will revert to fences following a poor
effort in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot on Sat-
Trainer David Pipe reports the nine-year-old
grey to be none for the worse for the run in the
Grade One, in which he was a distant last of
eight behind the impressive Thistlecrack.
He will now go back to the bigger obstacles
over which his two Grade One successes, in the
Feltham and Ryanair Chase, have come.
"Dynaste was disappointing in the Long Walk
Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday," the Nicholashayne
trainer told www.davidpipe.com.
"He is clearly better than that effort and the
main thing is that he is sound and well---he will
be returned to fences for his next outing."
heading for Chepstow
Irish challengers Don Cossack and Vau-
tour are among the star names among the
10 horses left in the William Hill King
George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing
Don Cossack, trained by Gordon Elliott,
has been the star performer over fences so
far this season with impressive victories at
Punchestown and in the JNwine.com Cham-
pion Chase at Down Royal.
He is owned by Gigginstown House Stud,
who have two other possibles in Noel
Meade s Road To Riches and Valseur Lido,
trained by Willie Mullins.
The latter is also responsible for Vautour,
emphatic winner of the JLT Novices Chase
at last season s Cheltenham Festival and
successful on his reappearance in the Stella
Artois 1965 Chase at Ascot last month.
Leading the home team is Colin Tizzard s
Cue Card, who has returned to his best this
term with wins in Wetherby s Charlie Hall
Chase and the Betfair Chase at Haydock.
Silviniaco Conti was beaten seven lengths
by Cue Card on the latter occasion but can-
not be discounted as he has won this race
for the last two years.
Al Ferof, a former Nicholls inmate, has
finished third in the last two renewals of
the King George and showed his well-being
with a facile victory in the Peterborough
Chase at Huntingdon earlier this month -
his first outing for Dan Skelton.
Another strong contender is Smad Place,
who was given the go-ahead to run after
the devastating Hennessy Gold Cup winner
satisfied trainer Alan King in a workout on
"He schooled grand and Wayne (Hutchin-
son, jockey) was very happy with him," said
the Barbury Castle handler.
"He s been confirmed for the King George
and, at this stage, everything is going accord-
ing to plan."
Completing the 10 are David Pipe s Bal-
lynagour and the Rebecca Curtis-trained
Smad Place is set to contest the King George VI Chase
Smad Place set for Christmas cracker
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