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PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 0 0 0 0 0
02 OLD LADY
05PARSONMAN 0 1 2 1
15SICKWOMAN 1 0 1 1
18WATERBOAT0 1 2 0 3
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27 LITTLESNAKE 0 0 1 0
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 1 3
30HOUSECAT 3 0 1 1
31PARSONWIFE0 00 0 0
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, January 18
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22 (Rat) 6.30 pm
15 6.30 pm
34 (Blind) 4 pm
15 (Sick Woman) 10.30 am
18 (Water Boat)
17 (Pigeon) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
Footlight is not one of the stars at Richard Fahey s
Musley Bank stables but she can break her duck in
the 32Red.com Handicap at Southwell today.
She showed very little on her first two starts at
Kempton but there was a sign of something better to
come on her third outing at Wolverhampton.
That allowed her to make her handicap debut off
a mark of 55 at Lingfield recently and she showed she
will be competitive in such races by finishing third to
She was stepped up to seven furlongs for the first
time there but because of the pedestrian early gallop
she was unable to make much inroads from the rear.
In a bigger field the hope is that the pace will be
stronger and the Showcasing filly should go close.
Fahey also looks to hold claims with Miss Goldsmith
in the Bet & Watch Every Race At Unibet Maiden
The daughter of Mastercraftsman has progressed
steadily in three runs at Wolverhampton, suggesting
there is a race of this nature within her compass.
She has more scope to improve than the others to
have raced but the Marco Botti newcomer Xceedingly
Xcited could be anything.
Nigel Tinkler s Thello has a good chance of registering
a hat-trick in the Download The Ladbrokes App Hand-
The lightly-raced four-year-old was no great shakes
on the turf in the summer but opened his account at
this track in December off the very low mark of 46.
Sent off favourite earlier this month to follow up
at Chelmsford in a better race, he won quite cosily
and was much more value than for the winning distance
of half a length.
He is now 10lb higher than for that first win but
is obviously progressing and can go in again.
Nick Alexander s Lake View Lad should be backed
in the Annick Gardens "National Hunt" Maiden Hurdle
Having won a bumper, he should be unbeaten over
timber but has fallen on his last two starts.
On his penultimate outing he was still on the bridle
in fourth and going best when coming down, while
last time out he was well clear when he fell at the
If those mishaps have not shattered his confidence,
he is the one to beat.
Footlight can show
way for Fahey
Fry keen to press on
Bitofapuzzle is set for a swift return to action at
either Ludlow on Thursday or Haydock on Saturday
after a fruitless trip to Ireland last week.
The Grade One-winning hurdler made a fine start
to her career over fences at Exeter in mid-December
and was long odds-on to follow up in Grade Two
company at Thurles.
Harry Fry s mare looked likely to get the job done
until parting company with Noel Fehily three fences
from the finish.
Her trainer is keen to give her the chance to bounce
back this week.
Fry said: "She came back from Ireland and seems
absolutely fine. It was just one of those things that
happen in racing and thankfully both Noel and the
mare returned none the worse.
"There s no such thing as a certainty in racing and
if you don t jump you don t win. It was disappointing
as it looked an ideal opportunity, but we ll try and get
her back on track.
"The plan is to have her out sooner rather than
"She s entered at Ludlow on Thursday and we ve
also given her an entry against the boys in the Grade
Two at Haydock (Altcar Novices Chase) on Satur-
The Seaborough handler is keen for his eight-year-
old to earn a return trip to the Cheltenham Festival,
having been beaten just a head and a neck in last sea-
son s OLBG Mares Hurdle.
Miss Goldsmith represents the prover-
bial cert for a Maiden Fillies Stakes over
six furlongs of Southwell fibresand today,
if Richard Fahey s charge is able to cope
with the unique, somewhat unpredictable,
Fahey enjoyed an incredible 2015, he
equalled the best-ever total set by Richard
Hannon Snr; the Malton-based winning
machine employs a clutch of jockeys, one
of them is 25-year-old Irish lass, Sammy
Jo Bell, successful last year when she came
of age with a series of outstanding per-
Sammy Jo achieved top jockey in the
prestigious International Shergar Cup at
Ascot, which contributed to the ladies team
beating off all rivals; she rode two winners
and certainly played her part in other rides
to build up most points. A great day.
Like her workaholic boss she is deter-
mined not to rest on her laurels, Fahey will
make sure of that!
Richard intends investing heavily in the
future of Miss Bell who now claims only
a 3lbs allowance; that wont last long if able
maintain her strike rate and, significantly,
she won aboard stable-companion, Billy
Bond, at this popular Nottinghamshire
course last week, unchallenged!
There was no need to win so far but it s
always important to get off the mark in a
new year; her enthusiasm and adrenalin
were understandable therefore.
The late, great, record-breaking, Sir Gor-
don Richards was never fussy about winning
alf the track and more riding right out
to the line wouldn t present backers with
any problem whatsoever; better than silly
On my time-handicap Miss Goldsmith
has no serious rival, don t oppose.
Another improving appprentice, Callum
Shepherd, teams up for a quick-fire hat-
trick bid aboard Brian Ellison-trained
Boolass in the aged handicap over seven
furlongs; what beats this top-weight will
It s a similar situation half an hour later
when Paddy Piley also claims 5lbs off course
and distance winner Roger Thorpe; acting
on this surface is so important and every
Go Gold at Southwell
10.45 Roger Thorpe
10.50 Miss Goldsmith
The Racecourse Association has
announced that attendances across Britain s
racecourses rose by 5.3 per cent in 2015 to
exceed the six million mark for the first
time since 2011.
Total attendances across Britain s 59 race-
courses reached 6,129,433 last year, which
was 309,463 more than 2014 and just 21,810
short of the 2011 record (6,151,243).
Average attendances also rose to 4,256 per
fixture, a 4.4 per cent increase on the 2014
figure of 4,076. This is the highest average
attendance since 2007 (4,376).
Stephen Atkin, chief executive of the RCA,
said: "It is once again very pleasing to see
a significant rise in the total and average
attendance at racecourses in 2015.
"It was a particularly competitive year
with the Rugby World Cup and The Ashes,
so it is extremely gratifying for racing to have
increased its attendance figures and perform
well against other sports.
"It is reward for the hard work put in by
racecourse teams across the country and the
vital contribution by horsemen, the BHA
and Great British Racing. It also reflects the
very substantial investment by racecourses
in customer facilities and other infrastructure.
This growth is vital in creating an environ-
ment to justify further investment, planned
"The figures highlight the huge popularity
of racing in Britain and the importance of
each and every racecourse to its community.
As highlighted by the 2015 RCA Showcase
& Awards, racecourses do a huge amount of
work to attract customers and promote racing
which in turn helps to boost local economies.
All of them deserve enormous credit for
helping us to hit the six million mark.
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"Looking forward, 2016 will bring with it
a unique set of opportunities and challenges
for racecourses with the Queen s 90th birth-
day and the crowning of a new champion
jump jockey for the first time in 20 years.
There is also significant Home Nation
involvement in Euro 2016 and the Rio
Attendances top six million in UK
Racegoers cheer the winner home during Devon Day at Exeter
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