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Holland lands first win for Hills
Darryll Holland had his first winner since returning
to the UK as stable jockey for Charlie Hills when se-
curing a narrow success on Kyllukey at Lingfield.
Since he last rode regularly on the circuit in De-
cember 2012, Holland has been trying his hand in
warmer climes, enjoying stints in South Korea and
most recently Mauritius.
He was lured back by the opportunity to return to
where his career began as Hills' father Barry gave
Holland his first job in racing as a 15-year-old and
this was just his third ride back.
However, it was a close-run thing with Kyllukey
(9-2) just getting up by a short head to deny Phan-
tom Flipper in the Bet And Watch Every Race At
Unibet Maiden Stakes.
"It's good to be back," Holland told At The Races.
"The horse was very game.
"Adrian (Nicholls) got a soft lead in front and I
thought I'd just better press him a bit and I'm glad I
did because that's what won him the race.
"It's nice to ride my first winner for Charlie Hills."
Weld retains Concorde faith
Dermot Weld believes Silver Concorde is capable
of making his presence felt in the Sky Bet Supreme
Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Winner of the Champion Bumper in 2014, the
eight-year-old returned to Prestbury Park to finish
fourth in the Neptune Investment Management
Novices' Hurdle last March.
He remains a maiden after three starts over tim-
ber, having found Supasundae too strong at Leop-
ardstown over Christmas, but Weld expects his
charge to raise his game significantly provided a
sound surface prevails on the opening day of the
"He's coming along nicely and you must always re-
member he wants real good ground. As we all know,
he's a top of the ground horse," said the Rosewell
"He was over at Punchestown last Friday and got
on very well. He schooled there and we were very
satisfied with him."
Weld may also saddle Sunday's Naas scorer Vigil
in either the Supreme or the Neptune, while he is
bullish about the chances of his Champion Bumper
contender First Figaro.
Although the six-year-old has managed just one
win from four starts in National Hunt Flat races, he
has filled the runner-up spot on his other appear-
ances and he is another horse Weld feels will be
seen in a far better light when the ground dries up.
"He's been very consistent, he's never been worse
than second," Weld told At The Races.
"He ran excellent, I thought, at Leopardstown at
Christmas to be second and if he got good ground I
think he'll run a very respectable race."
Berry lands Beckett role
Fran Berry is to be based in the UK as stable
jockey to Classic-winning trainer Ralph Beckett.
Berry, 35, has been one of the leading riders in Ire-
land for many years and passed the 1000-winner
mark last year.
He was number one John Oxx for a while and en-
joyed his first Group One success on Pathfork for
Jessica Harrington in the National Stakes at the Cur-
ragh in 2010.
Beckett, who saddled Simple Verse to win the
Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster in September, has
been without a stable jockey since Jim Crowley
went freelance in 2014.
"I am delighted to announce that we have come to
an arrangement with Fran Berry to ride as first
jockey at Kimpton Down," the trainer told
"He and his family will relocate to this area early
next month, and he will be riding out here on a daily
basis. Jockey's agent Tony Hind, will be booking his
rides. At times, I have found the last 18 months frus-
trating without a first choice rider."
Trainer Phil Kirby is keen to
play the long game with Cour-
town Oscar following his wide-
margin victory in the mud at
The seven-year-old has been
a regular visitor to the Cumbrian
circuit during his short career,
with this third triumph at the
track in the space of 12 months.
Having finished third over the
course and distance 12 days ear-
lier, Courtown Oscar was a 9-
2 chance for his latest assign-
ment in the Weatherbys
Hamilton Handicap Chase and
galloped all the way to the line
in the demanding conditions to
score by 12 lengths in the hands
of Adam Nicol.
He said: "He stays well and
I thought he jumped better than
he did here on his last run.
"He s still a big baby and
doesn t want over-facing at this
stage. Even today he was a bit
tapped for toe at one stage, but
he s kept going and done it well
in the end.
"We ll take our time with him
as he s been busy enough
"I think he ll be a nice staying
chaser in two years time."
The afternoon got off to a fly-
ing start for favourite backers
with Fionn Mac Cul justifying
prohibitive odds in the Racing
UK Novices Hurdle.
A winner at Taunton before
finishing third at Wetherby last
month, the Venetia Williams-
trained gelding was an 8-15 to
get back on the winning trail
under Aidan Coleman and did
so with the minimum of fuss in
the colours of Trevor Hemmings.
"It probably wasn t the most
competitive contest in the world,
but he did what he was expected
him to do," said Williams.
"He s not really a two-miler
and just got caught out at
Wetherby last time.
"I m pleased with him today,
but I don t have anything in
mind for him at the moment."
Pistol galloped his rivals into
submission in the Watch Racing
UK On 3 Devices Handicap Hur-
dle.Trained by John Dixon and
ridden by his son of the same
name, the 11-4 chance refused
to bend on the punishing run-
in and held off favourite Maxie
T by a length and a quarter.
"The more you push him, he
just keeps on finding. He s a real
grinder," said the jockey.
"He s so laid back and is such
a character. He ll jump fences
eventually, he s got loads of
"He loves Carlisle. He was
allowed to dictate things in front
and he just loves that hill.
"If there s a race back here on
March 10 he ll go there."
Trainer Sue Smith and jockey
Danny Cook combined to land
the Cheltenham Free Bets At
Bookies.com Handicap Chase
with 5-4 favourite Swing Hard.
Cook told Racing UK: "He s
always been a very good jumper.
From the first day I rode him I
was in love with him.
"He s got loads of scope and
it was good to get his head in
front as it s been a while."
Donald McCain s Sean Ban
(3-1) opened his account in the
Racing UK Day Pass Just 10
Handicap Hurdle, while W Six
Times (15-8 favourite) followed
up last week s Ayr victory in the
concluding Expert Cheltenham
Tips At Bookies.com Handicap
effort at Carlisle
Zio Gianni should prove a
gilt-edged bet in a five-runner
Maiden Stakes over twelve fur-
longs of Wolverhampton Tape-
ta today, if he stays an extra
On the time-handicap this
Lemon Drop Kid colt, a late May
foal, is clear best-in but unlikely
to be favourite because Michael
Bell-trained Kaisan will surely
be a popular choice, mount of
Jamie Spencer; it s THE perfect
situation, second leg of my each-
way double with so many boxes
Top jockey Timmy Murphy
rides Zio Gianni, odds-on when
third and hampered last time
out, eleven weeks ago, and there
is a deal of confidence behind
Jamie Osborne s charge.
Kaisan can t be completely
discounted but one of my best
systems is to lay all short-priced
runners trained by Ding Dong
and the plus column speaks vol-
umes; by the same token any
once-raced fancy from the yard
of David Simcock has to be
respected, he saddles West Coast
Flyer, a never dangerous fifth to
Byres Road at Chelmsford last
West Coast could be anything
and so, if possible, we ll have a
dual forecast saver with Zio
Gianni in the hope of winning
Greed brings need, eh?
If you are prepared to forgive
a recent lapse by Archie Stevens
by all means have a decent punt
in the five-runner Classified
Selling Stakes over six furlongs;
on official ratings and my time-
handicap he s different gravy
to the rest.
I m not a fan of classified races
and wary of sellers but always
prepared to take a chance when
it concerns a fancy trained by
David Evans whose swashbuck-
ling, idiosyncratic, approach to
placing horses is a breath of fresh
air; bet he wouldn t know what
the word conventional means!
Many reckon David just
throws mud at the wall and
hopes it sticks but there is more
to him than that, believe me.
Krystallite is on a lenient mark
for the £9000 3-y-o handicap
over five furlongs, don t oppose,
Value with 'Krystal!'
11.30 Archie Stevens
12.35 Krystallite (nap)
1.10 Zio Gianni
Phil Kirby: Carlisle winner
Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am 18-27
6.30 pm 20-36
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 4 4 1 9
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27LITTLESNAKE2 1 3 0 6
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 2 5
30HOUSECAT 3 1 1 1
31PARSONWIFE2 1 0 0 3
34BLINDMAN 1 1 1 1
35BIGSNAKE 0 2 0 1
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, February 22, 2016
13 6.30 pm
22 (Rat) 4 pm
29 (Opium Man) 6.30 pm
10 (Monkey) 10.30 am
35 (Big Snake)
36 (Donkey) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
28 (Red Fish)
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