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Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am 3-21
6.30 pm 2-13
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 5 1
18WATERBOAT0 4 4 1 9
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 2 1 3 1
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 2 5
30HOUSECAT 3 1 1 1
31PARSONWIFE2 10 0 3
34BLINDMAN 1 1 1 1
35BIGSNAKE 0 2 0 2
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, February 27, 2016
7 6.30 pm
8 (Tiger) 6.30 pm
28 (Red Fish) 10.30 am
29 (Opium Man)
28 (Red Fish) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
Cee Jay looks gilt-edged for a twelve-
runner aged Maiden Stakes over six fur-
longs of Wolverhampton polytrack today,
despite being drawn widest!
You can t beat the draw is an old maxim,
one that doesn t pay to ignore but this could
prove an exception because obvious main
dangers, Luvly and Spirit Glance, are drawn
ten and eleven respectively; build in two
newcomers and a couple which haven t
raced for yonks and this does indeed look
an outstanding opportunity for Cee Jay to
make it sixth time lucky.
Judged on his three-quarters of a length
second to Commendatore, over a similar
distance on Lingfield polytrack seven weeks
ago, Jeremy Noseda s runner must not go
Is Joe Fanning riding a certainty in the
Maiden Stakes over a mile and quarter?
Twelve days ago once-raced Isharah was
backed into favouritism for a similar event
around Kempton and shaped well, finishing
a length third to Cat Royale at the end of
a strongly-run race.
It stands to reason Mark Johnston s charge
will improve but there are three newcomers
(two from fashionable, formidable yards!)
and so don t bother to play a single unless
2/1 or better is available.
Pre-race betting market moves should
be interesting, not to mention informative;
Incidentally Paul Nicholls could well have
produced a late trump card for the Triumph
because that time-handicap mark achieved
by newcomer Zubayh at Kempton last Sat-
urday was exceptional; mount of Nick
Fairly obvious that Sam Twiston-Davies
isn t in favour and we ve heard reports
that number 2 next season is the best he
can hope for at Ditcheat!
Take Cover and Muthmir are set for a
rematch in Dubai after filling out the places
in Saturday s Hever Sprint at Lingfield.
Gay Kelleway s race-fit speedster
Lightscameraction claimed top honours in
the five-furlong Listed contest, but both Take
Cover s trainer David Griffiths and William
Haggas who saddled Muthmir were delighted
with their respective runners.
Take Cover was making his first appearance
since scoring at Dundalk in October and Grif-
fiths expects him to raise his game in the Al
Quoz Sprint on World Cup night at Meydan.
"I was chuffed to bits with him and he had
a nice enough blow afterwards. He ll come
on for the run, but he ran a cracker, especially
from a wide draw," said the Bawtry-based
"He seems fine this morning, so all being
well we ll head to Dubai with him. He needs
to get an invite, but I think he should after
his run on Saturday.
"In fairness, the winner has been on the
go all winter and was probably the fittest
horse in the race, but we were pleased with
"I think the flat five furlongs at Meydan
will suit him and if we can get him there safe
and sound, we should have a bit of fun."
Haggas was similarly delighted with Muth-
mir, who had to concede weight all round on
his first start since finishing third in the Prix
de l Abbaye at Longchamp last autumn.
Lil Rockerfeller Has Spirit
Neil King celebrated the biggest winner of
his career after Lil Rockerfeller continued his
rise through the ranks with an impressive
success in the totepool National Spirit Hurdle
Always travelling well in the hands of
Trevor Whelan, the 7-4 favourite looked in
a different league to his rivals to join the likes
of Baracouda, My Way De Solzen and Celestial
Halo on the list of names that have won the
Grade Two prize.
Ubak took the field along on his switch
back to smaller obstacles and was still in there
pitching alongside the eventual winner and
San Benedeto on the run to the final two
flights of the two-mile-three-furlong prize.
In truth there was only ever going to be
one winner with Whelan easing his mount
into a lead he was not to surrender over two
George weighs up God's plan
Tom George reports God s Own to be on
course to appear at the Cheltenham Festival.
God s Own could run in the Queen Mother
Runner-up to Un De Sceaux in the Arkle
last season he ran a fine race at Kempton
recently when he was second to Josses Hill.
The eight-year-old holds two entries at the
Festival next month, with George just pre-
ferring the Betway Queen Mother Champion
Chase over the Ryanair at this stage.
"He came out of his Kempton race very
well and we re just stepping things up with
him now and he ll be ready for Cheltenham,"
said the Slad handler.
"He s in the Ryanair and the Champion
Chase. At this stage we re probably leaning
towards the Champion Chase with him, but
we haven t made any firm decisions yet."
Sky Bet, who are betting non-runner no
bet and best odds guaranteed on all races at
the Festival, make God s Own 25/1 for the
Champion Chase and 33s for the Ryanair.
Alvarado is due to make his seasonal
reappearance at Newbury next weekend
as he is prepared for a third tilt at the
Crabbie s Grand National at Aintree on
The 11-year-old, who has finished
fourth in the last two runnings of the £1-
million spectacular, is set to race off 10st
2lb this time around at Aintree.
He carried 10st 3lb (rated 140) when
staying on well to be fourth to Many
Clouds in 2015 and also finished strongly
with 10st 2lb (rated 139) behind Pineau
De Re in 2014.
Alvarado is out to continue the remark-
able record of his owners, William and
Angela Rucker, and jockey Paul Moloney
in the big race at Aintree which this year
has a later off-time of 5.15 pm.
Moloney, on horses owned by the
Ruckers, has been placed for the last
seven years in the Crabbie s Grand
National, most recently on Alvarado and
also on Cappa Bleu (second 2013 & fourth
2012) and State Of Play (fourth 2011, third
2010 & fourth 2009).
Alvarado s Gloucestershire-based train-
er Fergal O Brien said: "Alvarado is in
great form and the plan is to go to New-
bury on Saturday (March 5) for the vet-
"He is on a higher mark (143) for Ain-
tree than the last two years but I am not
too worried about that.
"I have always said that we will never
see the best of Alvarado because he is a
little bit quirky.
"He will be running off the same mark
Pineau De Re had when he won the Crab-
bie s Grand National, which just shows
you how competitive the Aintree race is
O Brien s other Crabbie s Grand
National entry Perfect Candidate has also
been allotted 10st 2lb.
The nine-year-old stayed on strongly
to win an extended three and a quarter
mile handicap chase by eight lengths at
Cheltenham on January 1.
The trained added: "Aintree is the plan
for Perfect Candidate as well.
"I know Many Clouds is set to run,
but Perfect Candidate might go to Kelso
on Saturday for the Premier Chase. That
should set us up nicely for the Nation-
"The ground was very testing last time
but this horse genuinely goes on any
ground. He ran a very good race over
hurdles at Chepstow one day on ground
that was verging on good to firm."
Alvarado is a 33/1 chance with Sky Bet
while Perfect Candidate is a 50/1 shot.
There are 126 horses entered for the
2016 Crabbie s Grand National with both
the weights and betting headed by Many
Clouds (Oliver Sherwood).
The nine-year-old is set to carry 11st
10lb as he bids to become the first back-
to-back winner since Red Rum in 1973
and 1974. He is Betfred s 12/1 favourite.
A maximum of 40 runners can line up
in the Crabbie s Grand National and it
could be touch and go for Alvarado and
Perfect Candidate to get in the race. The
cut-off weight is likely to be between
10st 3lb and 10st 1lb.
The first scratchings deadline for the
Crabbie s Grand National is on Tuesday,
details of which will be revealed the fol-
This year sees the 169th running of
the Crabbie s Grand National and the first
with the new starting time of 5.15 pm.
The great race takes place over 30
fences and four miles, two furlongs and
9.50 Le Asomada
10.50 Cee Jay
Cee Jay looks gilt-edged
O'Brien happy with Aintree duo
Muthmir to Take
Cover at Meydan
15 (Sick Woman) 4 pm
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