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PICK TWO SELECTIONS
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CENTIPEDE 2 2
2 OLD LADY
4 DEAD MAN
8WATERBOAT 3 2
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27LITTLESNAKE 3 3
28 RED FISH
3 HOUSECAT 3
3 PARSONWIFE 2
34 BLIND MAN
3 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe e l T e day, Feb a y 2, 2 6
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16 (Jamette) 6.30 pm
36 6.3 m
26 (Fowl) 4 pm
1 (Centipede) 10.30 am
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2 (M c y)
27 (Li le S ake)
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17 (Pigeon) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
4 (M ey)
26 (F wl)
33 (S ide )
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Rojina, officially rated 60, is selected for
an extremely moderate seven-runner Maid-
en Stakes over six furlongs of Kempton
polytrack tonight, by process of elimina-
Often we ve mentioned that best results
come from the worst races, hopefully this
will prove a classic example and Rojina is
able to make it fourth time lucky under John
Egan, drawn one.
Veteran Irish jockey Egan was aboard when
Rojina finished fourth to Khameela, beaten
only four lengths, at Lingfield where this
Intense Focus filly made the running, only
to fade in the last 300 yards; next time out
was a major disappointment for trainer Joseph
Tuite, only nine days later.
Crack apprentice Josephine Gordon was
booked for a maiden over five furlongs of
Southwell fibresand but Rojina was never at
the races and finished last, beaten eleven
lengths! Presumably the deep stuff didn t
suit Rojina; if there was a another reason I m
wasting my time and so is Arab owner Abdul-
lateef Al Zeer!
Both once-raced rivals Cultured Knight
and Summer Music (drawn widest!) could
improve sufficiently and any one of three
newcomers wouldn t need to be any great
shakes to figure but on the time-handicap,
for what it is worth, Rojina is clear best-in
Fever Few is a winner witing to happen
off her present mark and it will therefore be
no surprise if Chris Wall s charge causes one
in the age handicap over seven furlongs;
so-called dangers are drawn too high, with
Providing Martin Harley hits the gate and
travels in a handy, prominent, position this
really should be just a question of course
and distance winner, Fever Few, running up
to anything like her best; good time of year
for fillies and mares, have you been notic-
French import Bloody Mary
maintained her sequence of
wins on her British debut in
the Openbet Novices Hurdle
Nicky Henderson s Bloody
Mary was cut in the betting for
the inaugural Trull House Stud
Mares Novices Hurdle at Chel-
tenham after winning on her
British debut at Taunton.
Bought by JP McManus after
winning six of her seven races
in France, she began her career
in Britain in the Openbet
Starting her career at a fair-
ly-lowly level in Britain, the five-
year-old nevertheless came up
against a decent opponent in
Philip Hobbs Banyu, who had
won at Ludlow in November.
But having travelled through
the race very strongly in the
hands of Barry Geraghty, every-
thing looked to be going to plan
for the 4-6 favourite.
However, Banyu looked a big
threat running between the final
two flights and Geraghty had to
get pretty serious before Bloody
Mary exerted her influence to
win by two and a quarter
McManus racing manager
Frank Berry said: "It was nice
to see her continue her winning
run, it can only help her con-
"She was workmanlike, but
she likes that soft ground.
"I ll have to have a chat to
Nicky to see what route he
thinks is best to go down and
see how she comes out of this.
"The pleasing thing was how
well she jumped British hurdles
on her first run over them as
sometimes it can catch the
French types out."
The National Stud in Newmarket has been
closed to the public "for the greater good of
Newmarket" following the discovery of an equine
A filly currently based on the premises has been
found to have contracted a virus and the stud s
managing director Brian O Rourke feels this was
the most sensible course of action to take.
He said: "A case of neurological herpes virus
infection has been identified in a filly who is in
the health isolation unit at the National Stud.
"The filly arrived from overseas on January 20,
2016, and is fully vaccinated.
"We are therefore observing the requirements
of the Codes of Practice and the main stud has
now been closed on a precautionary basis.
"It is hoped that breeding activity can be
resumed at the start of the covering season.
"We have taken these necessary measures for
the greater good of Newmarket.
"That s why we ve locked the gates and all
being well there will be no more hiccups. We look
forward to commencing tours in due course."
The National Stud is home to five stallions,
including dual Group One winner Toronado, and
also provides boarding and spelling services.
Mu i d i ate De itte fie d
Willie Mullins is responsible for five of the nine
horses to have stood their ground for the Deloitte
Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown on Saturday.
Mullins has saddled the last three scorers in
the two-and-a-quarter-mile Grade One, with
last year s victor Nichols Canyon preceded by two
subsequent winners of the Supreme Novices
Hurdle at Cheltenham in Vautour and Champagne
This year s quintet includes the Andrea and
Graham Wylie-owned pair of Bellshill and Yorkhill,
both of whom are unbeaten over hurdles.
On their last starts Bellshill landed the Lawlor s
Hotel Novice Hurdle at Naas and Yorkhill struck
in the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown.
Mullins could also call upon Bleu Et Rouge,
Petit Mouchoir and recent Warwick scorer Thomas
Last Encounter, trained by the champion train-
er s sister-in-law Mags Mullins, was runner-up
behind Bellshill at Naas and could take him on
again this weekend.
However, the six-year-old also has the option
of running in the Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice
Hurdle at Clonmel tomorrow.
"We re not sure what we re going to do yet,
but I d say Clonmel is probably more likely," said
"He s in good form, so I ll have a chat with the
owners and see what they want to do."
The Gordon Elliott-trained Tombstone, Eddie
Harty s Coney Island and Anibale Fly from Tony
Martin s yard complete the list.
N M e He e ke t f e h
RSA Chase favourite No More Heroes will head
straight for the Cheltenham Festival after con-
nections elected to bypass Leopardstown on Sat-
The Gigginstown House Stud-owned seven-
year-old is one of the best staying novice chasers
in Ireland after winning each of his three starts
over fences, completing the hat-trick with a bril-
liant display in Grade One company at Leopard-
stown s Christmas meeting.
Connections considered one final run in prepa-
ration for his trip across the Irish Sea in this week-
end s Flogas Novice Chase, but he did not feature
amongst the confirmations on Tuesday.
Trainer Gordon Elliott said in his BoyleSports
blog: "No More Heroes will sidestep the Flogas
Novice Chase and we ll head straight for the RSA
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