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Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am 19-11
6.30 pm 36-16
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
27LITTLESNAKE 1 1 3 0 5
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 1 4
30HOUSECAT 3 1 1 1
31PARSONWIFE2 10 0 3
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, February 15, 2016
4 6.30 pm
25 (Morocoy) 4 pm
25 (Morocoy) 6.30 pm
10 (Monkey) 10.30 am
16 (Jamette) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
31 (Parson Wife)
35 (Big Snake)
A six-race programme represents "short
change" for the regular die-hards, who
frequent the fibresand course, on which
Rain In The Face achieved his best time-
handicap mark to date last month, but
they should be rewarded by backing Ralph
Beckett s charge in the eight-runner Maid-
en Stakes over a mile of the "deep stuff!"
Graham Gibbons partnered Rain In The
Face and set about sorting out the wheat
from the chaff, sending this Naaqoos gelding
into the lead from stall one; the pace was
strong, it burned off heavily-backed favourite
Kaisan, and eight others, but 66/1 chance,
Daisy Bere, proved persistent.
Rain In The Face powered on but Karl
Burke-trained Daisy Bere joined issue late
on and prevailed by a head, Kaisan was six
lengths away in third and this form looks
solid. "Gibbo" has been booked again, that s
significant because his "boss" David Barron
introduces a four-year-old newcomer, Sir
Runs a Lot, one of six newcomers that also
include Masterful Man, trained by Burke!
We ve ruled all of them out but know
Malton-based "winning machine" Richard
Fahey strongly fancies twice-raced Hutton,
a Lawman gelding which possesses a similar
profile to our selection.
We re swayed by the course and distance
form of Rain In The Face and he s napped
with so many important boxes ticked.
Incidentally watch out for Kaisan; real-
istically he had no chance drawn widest
and yet "they" backed him. Money talks!
Halfway through February and more qual-
ity will "kick in" as we approach the 2016
turf flat season, but my modus operandi
will remain a firm focus on all-weather rac-
ing, which is absolutely fascinating, not to
Recently an old-time trainer mentioned
the fact, "it s a lot harder nowadays, there
are too many triers!" In his time fields of
twenty-plus were a regular feature and so
his "process of elimination" approach must
have involved a lot of knowledge.
Apart from an occasional "dodgy" hand-
icap it is indeed tougher in this day and
age, doubtless due to training costs of at
least £60 a day; anyone prepared to wait
for two months therefore has to "invest"
nigh on four grand. Makes your eyes water,
doesn t it?
Danny Mullins will miss the rest of the
season as he will have to undergo an operation
on the kneecap he damaged in a fall at New-
bury on Saturday.
The Irish jump jockey will have an operation
on Tuesday which will keep him out of action
for about 12 weeks.
He fractured his kneecap in a fall from the
wayward Dicosimo at the fourth flight in the
Betfair Handicap Hurdle.
Mullins was taken to hospital for a precau-
tionary X-ray, before he flew back to Ireland
and went to see leading sports surgeon Dr
Tadhg O Sullivan yesterday.
O Sullivan will perform the operation at
Whitfield Clinic in Waterford.
"He s having an operation on his kneecap
tomorrow morning and will be out for 12 weeks.
It s bad news," said Mullins agent, Ken Whe-
"He saw the specialist who told him there
was only one solution to it---he d have to have
"It s ten weeks to the Punchestown Festival,
so it means he s going to miss the rest of the
Mullins had been looking forward to return-
ing for the Cheltenham Festival after enjoying
a successful campaign that included a Grade
One victory on Footpad at Leopardstown just
a week before having an untimely tumble.
Nicholls: Dodging can defend crown
Paul Nicholls admits he was probably expect-
ing too much from Dodging Bullets on his first
start of the season at Newbury on Saturday.
The reigning champion chaser was beaten
ten lengths by Top Gamble in the Game Spirit
Chase, with his Queen Mother odds length-
ening as a result.
Having had an interrupted campaign,
though, Nicholls likened Dodging Bullets to a
footballer returning from injury.
The Ditcheat handler told www.paulnicholl-
sracing.com: "We felt we had him as fit as we
could in the circumstances, but he had to give
weight to the impressive winner Top Gamble
on ground that was much more testing than
ideal for a horse bred for the Flat.
"My nephew Harry Derham, who rides
Dodging Bullets every day, was convinced he
was going well enough at home to win.
"But the horse had only done eight weeks
work after his setback and if he was a footballer
making a comeback from injury he would only
have been asked to play maybe 40 or 50 min-
utes, not the entire 90 minutes.
"He would then probably have a second run
out for perhaps an hour the next Saturday
before being ready for a full game.
"A footballer would certainly not be asked
to play for 90 minutes in his first match after
"So when you think about it, we were not
being very realistic in expecting Dodging Bullets
to perform to his very best and win after being
off for that time---it would not happen in any
"Looking back now I think we asked a bit
too much of Dodging Bullets first time.
"He still ran a good race in finishing second,
and will appreciate better ground at Chel-
tenham, where he will need to improve a great
deal to retain his title in the Queen Mother
Champion Chase---he just might."
Southwell, 12.15 Rain In The Face (nap);
11.05 Red Unico; 12.50 McVicar.
Richard Johnson has
described the performance of
Sternrubin in Saturday s Bet-
fair Hurdle as "a real head-
The jockey s big-race mount
came into the big handicap as
a leading player on the back of
some fine previous efforts this
season, but despite setting rel-
atively slow early fractions, he
was done four almost as soon
as he was headed four out and
was quickly pulled up.
Johnson told his Betway blog:
"The big disappointment was
Sternrubin s no show in the
feature and Philip told me that
he seemed fine on Sunday
morning which is a real head-
"He just never fired and
whereas I m usually trying to
restrain him early on, I only
managed to get him to the lead
"He was beaten far too early
for it to be the ground and I
suppose we ll just have to put
a line through the run.
"I m sure he ll head to the
County Hurdle now and if the
same horse that ran at Ascot
shows up he ll go well."
Johnson also some reflections
upon his fortunes at Exeter on
Sunday, including his victory
on Midnight Prayer, on whom
he finished alone.
"It was very hard work for
all the horses at Exeter yester-
day and the ground was gluey
as well as deep," he said.
"Midnight Prayer is a lovely
old horse and just seemed to
cope with the conditions better
than most of the others.
"He looks like he ll be aimed
at the Grand National now and
would be a lively outsider from
the foot of the weights.
"Westend Story is a really
likeable horse and, being a son
of Westerner, was always going
to cope with those conditions.
"He ll be a really exciting
novice hurdler next year so is
one to look forward to.
"Just a word of warning to
those thinking of backing him
for the Champion Bumper---
he s by no means certain to go
to Cheltenham, so hold those
"As for Fingal Bay, he trav-
elled and jumped well again,
but just didn t see out his race.
Something just seems to be
holding him back and we can t
put our finger on it.
"It may well be that he ll run
in a tongue tie next time and
that could be the three-mile
handicap on the first day of the
"He s won at Cheltenham
before and prefers going left-
Sternrubin run a mystery
'Rain' is forecast at Southwell today
wins Race 5 for
WALL STREET WINS
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