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Under: (Last Wednesday)
10.30 am 23-7
6.30 pm 19-28
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 1 1 3 1
15SICKWOMAN2 0 5 1
18WATERBOAT0 5 4 1 10
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: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Tuesday, March 1, 2016
13 6.30 pm
32 (Shrimp) 6.30 pm
10 (Monkey) 10.30 am
18 Water Boat) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
31 (Parson Wife)
5 (Parson Man) 4 pm
A review of the pick of yesterday s Lingfield
action as Graham Gibbons dominated proceed-
ings with a treble.
Graham Gibbons dominated proceedings at
Lingfield with a treble, highlighted by Volunteer
Point winning the British Stallion Studs/32Red
EBF Fillies' Conditions Stakes.
Sent off the 1/3 favourite for the five-runner
event, Mick Channon's filly was having a tune-
up for a bigger pot in the 32Red All-Weather Fillies'
And Mares' Championships Conditions Stakes
back at the course on Good Friday.
Nevertheless, there was £27,000 on offer for
this event and it was a good bit of placing by
She may not
have won as her
but Gibbons was
able to take it easy
inside the final half
a furlong and
three-quarters of a
length ahead of
deserve the credit
because they spot-
ted the race," said Channon.
"There was good money on offer and it was
perfect timing as she'd have only done more some
days of work at home.
"She was expected to win, and that was about
all she did do, but it was a messy race early on
and Graham didn't have a lot of options.
"She got it done, picked up some nice money
and now we'll head to Finals Day and the mares'
Gibbons had earlier struck on Ralph Beckett's
Easter Mate, the 6/4 favourite in the 32Red Casino
From six previous runs the handicapper felt he
had earned a mark of 80, usually plenty good
enough to win an all-weather maiden.
So it proved, but there was promise from the
newcomers Abareeq and Major Assault in second
and third respectively.
"He had the form in the book but I was a little
worried about the drop back to seven furlongs,"
"We bounced out early and had an even gallop
to run at.
"He was due to win."
Heart Locket was a winning 5/4 favourite for
Mick Easterby and Gibbons in the 32RedSport.com
"She has her own ideas about the game so we
stuck blinkers on last time. She went too quick
but still managed to finish fourth," Gibbons told
At The Races.
"She was much better this time---she was pro-
fessional and finished off well.
"There's more improvement in her."
Gibbons was denied a four-timer when his only
other ride, Hoofalong, was a fast-finishing fourth
to Fleckerl (6/1) in the Daily Price Boosts At Unibet
Defying a penalty, the Conor Dore-trained win-
ner was ridden by Jim Crowley, who said: "I rode
him last time over seven furlongs and he showed
enough pace that day that six wouldn't be a prob-
"He was last that day turning in so I wasn't
worried he was short of pace.
"Now he's winning over six that should open
up more doors as he spent most of his career run-
ning over a mile. He's getting quicker in his old
"I think there's a bit more to come."
Fire And Passion looks a solid bet for
an aged Maiden Stakes over a mile of
Kempton polytrack tonight despite a
weight-for-age difference of 18 lbs and an
absence of eight weeks.
Fitness isn't at issue nowadays, getting
thoroughbreds ready off a break is a piece
of cake, according to a veteran trainer-friend
of mine; the whole operation has changed
dramatically from his day when it was nec-
essary to bring horses back into shape by
starting with road work and progressing
Due to traffic problems on country roads
that's definitely out nowadays as it would
be dangerous with spooking racehorses but,
in any case, the advent of all-weather surface
gallops is much more satisfactory and indeed
Training centres like Newmarket, Lam-
bourn and Malton, to mention just a few,
supply sophisticated up-to-date facilities,
Jeremy Gask will have Fire And Passion in
good trim and experience could well prove
a factor when he attempts to win at the
Obvious danger, twice-raced Daring
Knight, will probably be favourite because
so many punters favour three-year-olds
when it comes down to such weighty issues
but, during the first three months, physicality
favours the power of aged rivals. That applies
moreso at sprint distances, not so much
over ten furlongs and further.
Fire And Passion achieved his best time-
figure in that last outing, over course and
distance. I'm confident about this Dutch
Art gelding and so, apparently, is jockey
He hasn't been booked without good rea-
son. Once-raced Tudor Icon, one of seven
three-year-old decs' for the ten-runner
Maiden Stakes over twelve furlongs of
Wolverhampton Tapeta, will not be a surprise
if he causes one under Adam Beschizza.
Richard Guest, a real shrewdie' has found
a winning opportunity and if Tudor Icon
doesn't win, follow him!
Emma Owen finally landed Lutine Charlie
in the winners' enclosure last week at Kemp-
ton in an apprentice race, Sophie Killoran
was superb and the un-penalised nine-year-
old looks gilt-edged for a similar task in an
aged handicap, especially with the Irish lass
claiming her full 7 lbs allowance; don't
Fire and Passion aims
to impress on return
12.05 Lutine Charlie;
1.15 Tudor Icon; Kempton,
2.15 Fire And Passion.
It is increasingly likely Annie
Power will be supplemented
for the Stan James Champion
Hurdle at the Cheltenham Fes-
Having looked to hold all the
aces a few weeks ago, Willie
Mullins has been rocked by
injuries to last year's first and
second Faugheen and Arctic Fire
in recent weeks.
Annie Power was a short price
for the OLBG Mares' Hurdle,
but is now set to switch to the
highlight event on the first day,
with Vroum Vroum Mag likely
to step into her shoes in that
"We've got to supplement her
(Annie Power), but Vroum
Vroum Mag would look a pos-
sible for the Mares' Hurdle and
if that's the case I would imagine
Annie would go for the Cham-
pion," said Mullins.
"Going back two years we felt
Annie could be a Champion
Hurdle horse, but we had Hur-
ricane Fly in it and you'd have
to think maybe this is the year
she should run in it.
"I don't think coming back
to two miles will be any trouble
to her. When you consider how
many horses we could enter for
a Champion Hurdle she'd be as
fast as any of them.
"She's good and keen at home
and I'm happy with that as we
need her to get all that work.
"I'd imagine she'll wear the
hood, it will certainly make her
easier to ride. With the pace
they'll be going in the Champion
she probably need not have it,
but it will cost nothing to wear
and it might make her easier to
Assessing his other Champion
Hurdle runners, Mullins said:
"Sempre Medici definitely goes,
Nichols Canyon---we'll have
another think about the World
Hurdle for him, but I think con-
nections-wise they are keen on
"He disappointed last time,
but he's usually very good and
very seldom disappoints. You
have to forgive a horse a bad run
every now and then. If he's well,
he'll go there.Sempre Medici
probably needs to improve 10
lbs, he has to step up but I have
nothing else to run him in unless
he carries top weight in the Coral
Cup or something and I don't
have any interest in doing that."
Annie on course for Champion
Annie Power is a keen observer as Willie Mullins faces the press.
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