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Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am 22-7
6.30 pm 24-21
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 1 1 2 1
15SICKWOMAN2 0 4 1
18WATERBOAT0 3 3 1
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27LITTLESNAKE1 1 3 0 5
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 1 4
30HOUSECAT 3 1 1 1
31PARSONWIFE2 1 0 0 3
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, February 13, 2016
25 6.30 pm
15 (Sick Woman) 4 pm
29 (Opium Man) 6.30 pm
7 (Hog) 10.30 am
5 (Parson Man)
28 (Red Fish)
13 (Crapaud) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
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Beauly is fancied to make a winning
debut in an aged Maiden Fillies Stakes
over an extended mile of Wolverhampton
Tapeta today; a seven-race programme
kicks off another week of all-weather rac-
ing which has really come to the fore these
last two years especially.
Desperate, sustained, rainfall(s) have nigh
on saturated this United Kingdom and jump-
ing has suffered adversely; so many meetings
have been lost due to waterlogging and yet
only a handful of AWR fixtures abandoned,
mainly due to travel problems, getting to
In this fiercely over-populated country
travelling is indeed extremely difficult, as
a consequence attendances at all-weather
venues are poor by comparison to NH racing
which, due to the aforementioned problems,
is nigh on guesswork.
Given my brief is to find winners (for
readers, more than myself!) it makes sense
to specialise on races at polytrack and
fibresand not to mention Tapeta which,
according to several experienced jockeys,
rides fastest and possesses a touch of jar
for the equine athletes.
Those with preference for firm-ish ground
That s interesting, obviously somewhat
against big, heavy, lumbering thoroughbreds;
there again I ve always maintained big horses,
big problems; majority of horses we owned
were neat types, sometimes small with cov-
Apparently Beauly is a well-balanced sort,
she has caught the eye on Faringdon gallops
under the watchful eyes of trainer Charles
Hills and, more importantly, his legendary
father, Barry, who trained more than 3000
winners from 1969-2012.
Twice in the last six years Hills senior
has cheated death due to desperate cancer
conditions; last week he looked marvellous
and though he struggles conveying through
a voice box, it s wonderful to talk to the 78-
year-old legand and help in any way pos-
sible. He fancies Beauly!
Incidentally Barry still wouldn t go over
the road to watch all-weather racing!
Preference is for the greatest racecourse
in the world , Newmarket, where he trained
more than THREE-HUNDRED WINNERS;
why hasn t he been knighted!
Good, recent TH marks very much bring
both course winners, Pancake Day and Tat-
ting, into equation for two aged handicaps;
three places are available.
The 2016 Crabbie s Grand National Festival
at Aintree will be the richest ever with close
to £3 million in prize money on offer over
the three-day meeting, which runs from
April 7 to April 9.
On opening day, the Grade One Manifesto
Novices Chase is boosted to £100,000 (from
£90,000), while the Grade Three Red Rum
Handicap Chase also rises to the same level,
having been run for £80,000 in 2015. The
Grade Two Goffs Nickel Coin Mares jumps
to £40,000 (from £30,000 in 2015).
Both Grade One novices races on Ladies
Day, Friday, April 8 have risen in value with
the Top Novices Hurdle up to £75,000 (from
£60,000) and the Betfred Mildmay Novices
Chase now standing at £100,000 (up from
Ladies Day comes to a close with the Grade
Two Weatherbys Champion Bumper, which
is boosted to £40,000 (£30,000 in 2015).
The biggest increase comes in the Grade
One Liverpool Hurdle on Grand National Day,
Saturday, April 9, which now boasts a total
prize fund of £150,000 (up from £120,000
in 2015) with the concluding race of the meet-
ing, the Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle,
another to receive a very significant increase
at £50,000 (from £40,000).
There are 11 Grade One races staged during
the Crabbie s Grand National Festival, four
on Grand Opening Day, the same number on
Ladies Day and three on Grand National Day.
The Crabbie s Grand National itself remains
by far the richest Jump race run anywhere
in Europe, with a prize fund of £1 million.
Andrew Tulloch, Jockey Club Racecourses
Regional Head of Racing for the North West
and Clerk of the Course at Aintree, said: "We
continually strive to offer the very best in
Jump racing over the three days of the Crab-
bie s Grand National Festival and are pleased
to be able to offer prize money increases for
over a third of the races in 2016.
"The 2016 Crabbie s Grand National Festival
will be the richest ever, with prize money of
"All three of the Grade One novices chases
are now worth £100,000, while there is no
race on offer with a total prize fund of less
"The Grade One Liverpool Hurdle is a race
that has really grown over the last decade,
particularly since it was upgraded to Grade
One status in 2010. In 2009, it was a Grade
Two and worth £100,000, while this year
the prize money has risen to a record
Weights for the Grand National will be
unveiled at the Sky Garden in the heart of
London tomorrow. The Crabbie s Grand
National is the only handicap of the year
where the British Horseracing Authority s
Head of Handicapping, Phil Smith, has
absolute discretion to deviate from the normal
handicap ratings when framing the weights.
Shotgun Paddy will test his Aintree cre-
dentials in the Betfred Eider Chase over an
extended four miles at Newcastle on February
27.Trained by Emma Lavelle, the nine-year-
old has been a standing dish in staying con-
tests since capturing the Grade Three Betfred
Classic Chase at Warwick in January, 2014.
He went down by a neck in that year s four-
mile National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham
Festival and was last seen out when third to
Mountainous in the Welsh Grand National
at Chepstow on January 9.
Lavelle, who is based in near Andover in
Hampshire, said: "Shotgun Paddy has come
out of the Welsh National in great order and
will go for the Eider at the end of the month.
"I suppose Newcastle will tell us whether
we should be seriously considering Aintree
or looking at something else. "He has had
two really good runs this year, but the problem
with running as consistently as he does is
that he gets no respite from the handicapper.
It is very hard to win these valuable handicaps,
especially when you have a big weight all the
"He will have under 11st for the first time
in a handicap if he gets to Aintree, which is
interesting, but he would need ground on
the soft side. They would leave him behind
Victoria Pendleton was reported to be
none the worse after being unseated from
Working Title in the novice riders event
over three miles at Barbury Castle point-
The horse, who was well-beaten at the
time, got in too close to a fence in the latter
stages of the race, unshipping the double
Olympic cycling champion.
"She was unseated five from home. She s
fine, not a bother on her.
"She got up and walked away. She was
checked out by the doctor and is 100 per
cent," said Barry Orr, PR manager for Betfair,
who are backing Pendleton s "switching
"The horse got in a little bit close, was
tiring at the time and dropping back. The
horse got in a little tight to the fence, landing
steeply and just pitched her over.
"It was one of those things. Both are fine."
Pendleton s next date will be her first ride
under Rules in a hunter chase at Fakenham
on Friday when she teams up with the Paul
Nicholls-trained Pacha Du Polder, who she
hopes to ride in the St James s Place Fox-
hunter Chase at Cheltenham next month.
Hercules crashes out
Black Hercules crashed out at the last in
the Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan, leaving
Measureofmydreams to triumph.
Black Hercules was sent off the 4-11
favourite for Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins
after winning each of his two chase starts
to date, beating Sambremont on the first
occasion at this track in December.
Walsh maintained a prominent position
throughout the three-mile heat and as the
likes of Sub Lieutenant and Pleasant Com-
pany began to race in earnest, Black Hercules
appeared to be travelling best of all.
Walsh pushed on the run to the last and
he looked like sailing clear only to crash
through the fence, leaving stablemate Mea-
sureofmydreams in the driving seat.
Paul Townend only had to keep him going
on the run to the line to win by five lengths
from Noble Endeavour with Pleasant Com-
pany a further 18 lengths back in third.
Annie Power set for return
Annie Power is set to make her seasonal
return in Wednesday s punchestown.com
Mares Hurdle at Punchestown.
The eight-year-old has been off the track
since winning a Grade One event at that
track s Festival last May, making amends
for her final-flight departure when booked
for victory in the Mares Hurdle at Chel-
Willie Mullins had planned to have his
star mare back in action earlier in the season
but a knocked joint has delayed her return
and connections were considering heading
straight to Cheltenham.
However, Mullins has been pleased by
her progress and Annie Power could now
line up in Wednesday s two-and-a-half-
He said: "I think she will run at Pun-
chestown. I m happy enough with her, and
she s been working nicely."
1.50 Pancake Day
Beauly can make you smile
Prize fund boost for Aintree
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