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10.30 am 9-9
6.30 pm 4-5
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 0 1 2 1
15SICKWOMAN 1 0 1 1
18WATERBOAT0 3 2 1
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27LITTLESNAKE0 0 3 0 3
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 1 3
30HOUSECAT 3 0 1 1
31PARSONWIFE1 10 0 2
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, January 30, 2016
6.30 pm 3
6 (Belly) 6.30 pm
32 6.30 pm
36 (Donkey) 4 pm
4 (Dead Man) 10.30 am
28 (Red Fish
31 (Parson Wife) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
Alan King has confirmed
Smad Place will be aimed at the
Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup
at the Festival.
The nine-year-old ran out a
comfortable 12-length winner of
the Betbright Trial Chase at the
track on Saturday and is a general
12-1 chance for the March 18
While the grey also holds an
entry in the two-mile-five-fur-
long Ryanair Chase a day earlier
at the Festival, Smad Place s
intended target is the blue riband
King said: "I think it was
decided last night that he will
run in the Gold Cup.
"I spoke to (owner) Peter
Andrews last night and again
this morning and as long as he s
fit and well, he will run in the
Smad Place landed the Hen-
nessy at Newbury earlier in the
season before finishing a slightly
disappointing fourth in the King
George at Kempton on Boxing
King is eager to forget about
that performance and was heart-
ened by the reception his front-
running grey received after win-
ning at Prestbury Park.
He said: "I would be inclined
to put a line through the King
George. I think he s a better horse
on a more galloping track for
one thing, I think Cheltenham
suits him a lot better than Kemp-
ton. I think we would be running
him pretty handy (in the Gold
"I was very touched yesterday,
the reception he got coming into
the winner s enclosure, it was
like a Festival reception. It means
a lot. I don t know whether it s
his colour or his style of racing
but the public seems to have got
Meanwhile, Djakadam will not
run again before the Timico Gold
Cup after sustaining a cut when
falling at Cheltenham on Satur-
day. Willie Mullins charge was
sent off the 5/6 favourite for the
Grade Two event in what sup-
posed to be his prep run for
another tilt at the blue riband in
March, where he was second to
Coneygree 12 months ago.
He was still travelling well
when he crashed out at the 10th
fence, with the cut requiring
"Djakadam had a few stitches
put in at the top of his chest and
will be just walking for a few
days. As long as the stitches hold
he will be fine and he did plenty
of walking this morning. The vet
had to give him an injection
which rules out running again
before Cheltenham. I think I ve
enough time (for Cheltenham)
providing the cut doesn t get
infected," Mullins said.
Djakadam s fall was just one
of a number of disappointments
for Mullins on the day, with
Shaneshill and Up For Review
both well beaten at Doncaster.
He said: "I was not happy with
all the horses at Doncaster and
I d say they picked up a bit of
a chill on the ferry. I thought
they ran too bad to be true and
it was just not their running.
"Paul (Townend) said he was
flat out all the way on Shaneshill
(in the Lightning Novices Chase)
and he will go up in trip next
"Morning Run is probably not
back to herself yet this season,
while Up For Review was beaten
too far out. I would not be writ-
ing off Cheltenham with him yet
but he was beaten by a good
Charlie Longsdon s star hurdler Kilcooley faces
a race against time to be fit for the World Hurdle
at the Cheltenham Festival.
The seven-year-old has not been seen in com-
petitive action since running away with the West
Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby in late October.
Longsdon had hoped to have his charge back
in action in this weekend s Cleeve Hurdle at Chel-
tenham, but he is not yet ready to make his return.
Longsdon said: "He was meant to go to the
Cleeve Hurdle on Saturday but he has had a few
"He had a haematoma on a point of his hip,
which meant he missed the Long Walk, and then
he pulled a muscle a few weeks ago.
"We have seven weeks to get him there (Chel-
tenham) and if we don t get any hiccups and get
a clean run he will go, but the chances he makes
it are 50-50
"If he gets to Cheltenham he is the forgotten
horse in the race, even though he is a 25/1 shot.
"There is always Aintree, Punchestown and
France if he doesn t get there."
Irish Gold an option for Vautour
Willie Mullins will consider letting Vautour line
up in next Saturday s Irish Gold Cup at Leopard-
stown. The seven-year-old moved back to the
head of the ante-post betting for the Cheltenham
Gold Cup after stable companion and fellow Rich
Ricci-owned star Djakadam fluffed his lines when
falling in the BetBright Trial Chase on Saturday.
Vautour was last seen going down by a head
to Cue Card in a thrilling renewal of the King
George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day and
Mullins is undecided as to whether to run him
again before his return to Prestbury Park in March.
The champion trainer raised the Denman Chase
at Newbury on February 13 and the Red Mills
Chase at Gowran Park on the same day as possible
alternatives to next weekend s Leopardstown fea-
"I don t know if I want to run Vautour anywhere
before Cheltenham," said Mullins.
"He could go to Leopardstown on Saturday for
the Irish Gold Cup and there is also the race in
Newbury and the Red Mills at Gowran.
"They would be the options if he is to have
Cheltenham Very Much the aim
Very Much So is set to head straight for the
Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival
after an absence of almost two years.
The Scorpion gelding made a successful debut
in the Goffs Land Rover Bumper at Punchestown
in 2014, but missed the whole of last season
through injury and has not been seen in com-
petitive action so far this term either.
However, the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-
old is closing in on a comeback and with con-
nections keen not to bottom him by running on
winter ground beforehand, he will be prepared to
make his comeback at Prestbury Park in March.
Steve Massey, manager for the Supreme Horse
Racing Club, said: "He s progressing nicely and
while we could have maybe got a run in before-
hand, we ve decided to send him straight for the
"He s obviously had a few problems, but he
seems to be over those now and Willie is very
happy with him. The Festival is only six and a
half weeks away, so we felt that rather than running
him a winners bumper in heavy ground, we d be
better going straight there.
"We know he s got an engine from what he
showed at Punchestown, the form of that race
has worked out well and he should get the better
ground he wants at Cheltenham.
"He s been off a long time and has had a few
problems, but he seems to be over those now and
Willie is very happy with him at the moment."
Mullins is not ruling out letting exciting mare
Augusta Kate take on the boys in the same race.
King confirms Gold plan for Smad
Kilcooley facing race against time
Best New Show will be ridden for the
first time today when David Evans charge
attempts to make it sixth time lucky in an
aged Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs
of Wolverhampton Tapeta; John Egan is
at the seven-race meeting!
Given the bond between trainer and jockey
it illustrates the confidence behind Josephine,
described by Phil McEntee as the best we ve
seen for many years after they had com-
bined successfully last week.
Jockeyship is a fascination, we spotted
Ms Gordon way before anyone and that was
the case with recently-retired Hayley Turner.
Comparison with her is flattering, none has
ever been better and she served as ambas-
sadorial for female jockeys during an eleven-
Josephine is a pocket rocket and indeed
has a dynamic, positive, approach as she
kicks off the final bends in exciting fashion,
before sending her mounts clear to the win-
ning post; there is another, Georgia Cox!
With both it would be impossible to dis-
tinguish between them from seasoned male
counterparts; Georgia, in particular, also
looks the real deal and claims 7lbs app-
Why not back Josephine and Georgia in
all handicaps because with such allowances
advantage it makes sense.
Through the years I ve advised this sys-
tem so many times, starting off with Pat
Others included Walter Swinburn and
Tony McCoy and it s a fun way of punting;
don t forget trainers with fancied runners
will be clamouring for their services and
you will be backing 100% triers.
On the time-handicap Best New Show
has an outstanding chance from moderates
and is napped with confidence.
Strawberry Sorbet looks tasty in the six-
runner 3-y-o handicap over an extended
mile, mount of championship-chasing, Alan
We always need to be with the best, con-
fident, jockeys to win, for obvious reasons.
Good, recent, form is imperative and a
reason why course-winner, Pull The Pin,
second last week, is worth a shout in the
six furlongs Amateur Riders Handicap.
10.00 Pull The Pin
11.40 Strawberry Sorbet
12.45 Best New Show
It's Best New Show
Smad Place beat Many
Clouds in good style and
heads for the Gold Cup.
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