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Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am 15-5
1 pm 32-36
4 pm 34-32
6.30 pm 15-4
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 12 10 5 3 30
34BLINDMAN 3 7 7 7 24
35BIGSNAKE 10 9 6 2 27
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Tuesday, December 22
6.30 pm 3
9 (Cattle) 6.30 pm
25 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
2 (Old Lady) 4 pm
31 (Parson Wife) 10.30 am
18 (Water Boat)
16 (Jamette) 1 pm
The 2015 Flat season was
good, but it should have been
Make no mistake, this was a
curate s egg of a campaign which
had the capacity to delight and
dumbfound in equal measure.
Golden Horn, the horse that
no-one wanted, was the pre-
eminent driving force through-
out the summer.
John Gosden s colt won a
shed-load of top-drawer races,
including the Derby and the Arc,
and was campaigned fearlessly
by his engaging owner, Anthony
His sheen of invincibility was
stained in the International at
York, though, while the loose
turf on that wet day in Kentucky
ensured there was no glorious
swansong at the Breeders Cup
And then there was the
unusual case of Gleneagles, the
dual Guineas and Royal Ascot
winner who then spent four cosy
months in his box because the
ground was not right for him.
When he did return to the
fray during the autumn, it all
felt a little contrived.
Aidan O Brien s colt was not
great in the QEII at Ascot, before
a grand assault on the Breeders
Cup Classic backfired quite
spectacularly on a surface which
was, ironically, not right for him.
That was, sadly, also the case
at Longchamp for Treve, the
wonderful mare from Chantilly
whose pursuit of an unprece-
dented third Arc success was
impinged by brisk ground and
perhaps unnecessarily delayed
tactics from jockey Thierry Jar-
Silvestre de Sousa, by con-
trast, barely put a foot wrong
all year as the boy from Brazil
became a man again.
De Sousa soared, but once
Richard Hughes called time on
a distinguished career, the new
all-signing, all-dancing jockeys
championship was, disappoint-
ingly, a one-horse walkover.
Ryan Moore could feasibly
have played a hand in the finish,
especially once he set a new
post-war record for winners rid-
den at Royal Ascot, but, for once,
he did not have it all his own
way as a neck injury left the
world s best in limbo for nearly
For renaissance man Frankie
Dettori, there were no such
Thanks in large part to Golden
Horn and a very happy reunion
with the peerless Gosden, his
flying dismount once again
racing smiled with him.
Dettori s dark days must now
feel like a wisp of black cloud
against a blue horizon, yet, per-
haps fittingly during this frayed-
round-the-edges campaign, his
year ended raggedly after he
picked up a one-month ban for
careless riding when second on
Max Dynamite in the Melbourne
But that indiscretion was no
more than a grainy footnote to
an equine fable which went
global as Michelle Payne became
the first woman to win the race
on Prince Of Penzance.
Payne s heroism stopped a
sporting world---never mind a
nation---and also helped to stim-
ulate important debate about
the underlying, yet startlingly
obvious, chauvinistic backdrop
American Pharoah similarly
achieved something that had
long been considered unreach-
able as the bay colt from Bob
Baffert s stables became the first
horse since 1978 to win the
American Triple Crown.
His nomination by TIME
magazine for 2015 Person of the
Year was pushing things a little
too far---that said, Kim Kar-
dashian and Vladimir Putin also
made the shortlist---but it was
a revealing gesture about the
regard in which he is held by an
American public that is usually
indifferent to racing.
Much closer to home, we will
not forget what Muhaarar,
Legatissimo and Solow did in a
hurry, while the emergence of
Simple Verse, the eventual St
Leger winner, deserved more
gravitas than was given at the
time. As always seems to be the
case during the winter, O Brien
has seemingly cornered the early
Classics after Ballydoyle tyros
Air Force Blue and Minding
looked ridiculously good in the
But if this year has reminded
us of anything, it is racing s
time-honoured refusal to follow
any semblance of a script.
In truth, we wouldn t want it
any other way.
Almost a Gold-en year for racing Faugheen heads Christmas nine
Faugheen spearheads nine possible runners in the
williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Sat-
The reigning champion hurdler, trained by Willie
Mullins, lost his unbeaten record in the Morgiana Hur-
dle at Punchestown in November but is likely to be a
short price to gain redemption.
Faugheen could be joined in the line-up by stable-
mates Arctic Fire and Nichols Canyon, the surprise
winner of the Morgiana.
Sam Twiston-Davies would have a big decision to
make if Old Guard (Paul Nicholls) and The New One
(Nigel Twiston-Davies) are both declared for the race.
Nicholls said the former's participation is subject to
a "strong piece of work" in the build-up to the race,
but would not stop in the jockey's way if he chooses
to ride The New One, who is trained by his father.
He told Racing UK: "It's a decision Sam has to make.
We'll weigh up everything, he'll have a chat with his
dad and see what he (Sam Twiston-Davies) wants to
do.Dell' Arca, Melodic Rendezvous and the Nicky Hen-
derson-trained duo of Hargam and Sign Of A Victory
finish off the list of possible runners.
Sire v Sprinter at Kempton
Sire De Grugy and Sprinter Sacre look set to go
head-to-head in the williamhill.com Desert Orchid
Chase at Kempton on Sunday.
The former two-mile champions were among just
five entries revealed for the Grade Two event after it
was reopened at the initial stage.
Both horses have gone some way to recapturing
past glories, with the Gary Moore-trained Sire De
Grugy winning the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown
and Nicky Henderson's Sprinter Sacre demolishing his
rivals in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham.
Tingle Creek third Vibrato Valtat is in line to reop-
pose for Paul Nicholls, as is the fourth home,
Somersby (Mick Channon).
Tom George's Sir Valentino recently completed a
hat-trick of handicaps wins over hurdles and fences
and is poised to take a significant jump in class.
Coneygree won't run this season
Connections of Coneygree are adamant he will
"make a full recovery" after the Cheltenham Gold Cup
winner was forced on to the sidelines this season.
The Mark Bradstock-trained eight-year-old gelding
is suffering with hock issues and will not defend his
crown at the Cheltenham Festival next March.
Coneygree remains in Newmarket Equine Hospital
for further treatment, but hopes are high he will re-
turn to his very best next season.
"He's still being assessed in Newmarket, but we've
decided it's prudent not to try to get him ready this
season," Sara Bradstock, wife and assistant to the
Oxfordshire handler, told the Telegraph.
"He has a carefully planned rehabilitation and
everyone believes he'll make a full recovery for next
Pair eye second Welsh National
Emperor's Choice and Mountainous are likely to at-
tempt to become only the third dual winner of the
Coral Welsh National in the 2015 renewal of the fa-
mous handicap chase at Chepstow on Sunday.
A total of 33 acceptors went forward for the Grade
Three race for which there is a maximum field of 20
with declarations due on Boxing Day. Both Emperor's
Choice and Mountainous are trained in Herefordshire,
with the former handled by Venetia Williams at Kings
Caple and the latter by Kerry Lee at Byton.
Emperor's Choice, owned by the Bellamy Partner-
ship, triumphed by a short-head from Benvolio in a
thrilling finish last year, after coming with a tremen-
dous run from the last under Aidan Coleman.
The eight-year-old has made one appearance since,
winning a handicap over an extended three and a half
miles at Haydock last month and will have to defy a
10lb rise in the ratings if he is to retain his crown.
Williams could also saddle Saroque, who finished
fifth in the Listed At The Races Rehearsal Chase at
Newcastle on November 28, and dual Grade Three
scorer Rigadin De Beauchene, who was fourth to Tour
Des Champs in the Coral Welsh National Trial at
Chepstow on December 5.
John Ferguson will hand in his training
licence at the end of April 2016 to take up
a new role with Godolphin.
As well as training a string of National
Hunt horses, Ferguson is currently blood-
stock advisor to Sheikh Mohammed but he
will now become chief executive and racing
manager of a "re-shaped and streamlined"
Godolphin. The global racing operation is
to merge with Sheikh Mohammed s breeding
operation, Darley, who will "be used solely
as a brand to promote stallions", read a state-
The best of Ferguson s horses will join
Charlie Appleby, with Ferguson s staff at
Bloomfields, in Newmarket, also offered the
chance to join Godolphin.
However, Appleby was quick to stress he
would not be taking out a dual licence.
"I won t be training any jumpers," said
Appleby. There ll be no dual licence, what
will happen is the best of John s horses will
come back to race on the Flat, some of them
still have pretty lofty ratings.
"It will be nice to add some four- and
five-year-olds to our string as we have a
lot of younger horses at Moulton Paddocks,
we haven t had the older ones before.
"It s exciting to have those type of horses
and it will give us a nice balance."
"I am extremely proud of the team at
Bloomfields and the excellent job they have
done over the past five years," Ferguson told
"I feel honoured to be appointed chief
executive and racing manager, but I realise
that it will require more of my time and
attention. I will miss the training. Jumps
racing has always been one of my sporting
passions, and I love the involvement.
Ferguson began training in 2011-12 and
nearly struck at the Cheltenham Festival in
his first season when New Year s Eve finished
second in the Champion Bumper.
He has two Grade One wins to his name,
those of Ruacana in the Finale Hurdle at
Chepstow in 2013 and Parlour Games in
the Challow Hurdle at Newbury last year.
Ferguson to leave training ranks
Frankie Dettori and
Golden Horn were stars
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