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Many Clouds showed his wellbeing
ahead of his bid to land the Crabbie s
Grand National for the second successive
year with an impressive victory in the
totepoolliveinfo.com Premier Chase at
Winning for the first time since Aintree
last April, Many Clouds hardly gave his
supporters an anxious moment as he did
everything right in his final prep run.
Trevor Hemmings nine-year-old
jumped superbly in the hands of Leighton
Aspell and went on at the seventh fence
after shadowing Carrigdhoun in the early
Sausalito Sunrise tried to put in a chal-
lenge but he could not cope with Oliver
Sherwood s charge when Aspell kicked
on.Unioniste, who also holds a National
entry, stayed on well from last place to
finish second. Carrigdhoun was three-
quarters of a length away in third.
Sherwood said: "I m chuffed to bits. He
was electric and a joy to watch. That was
just what the doctor ordered and you can
see why I was keen to run to get the fizz
out of him.
"Leighton is worried I might take my
riding licence out again - he was that
"It s onwards and upwards towards Ain-
tree now although he won t be doing much
for the next ten days or so and then we ll
just build him up.
"He was pretty fit today."
Sky Bet reacted by cutting the winner
to 10/1 from 12s and spokesman Michael
Shinners said: "You couldn t help but be
impressed by that performance.
"It looks as though Oliver Sherwood is
bringing his stable star nicely to the boil
for the defence of his Crabbie s Grand
National crown and, as his trainer pointed
out last year, he can only carry 1lb more
this year even though he has a higher
"The National has been the plan all sea-
son and we ve cut him to 10/1 favourite
from 12/1 to create his own slice of racing
Meanwhile Jonjo O Neill reports Shut-
thefrontdoor to be back on course for the
Crabbie s Grand National after being treat-
ed for a foot abscess following his poor
run at Newbury earlier this month.
O Neill could not hide his disappoint-
ment after Shutthefrontdoor was pulled
up after being tailed off in the Greatwood
However, an abscess was discovered the
following day to explain why he had an
"He came back with an abscess in his
foot on the Sunday morning," the Barbury
Castle trainer told At The Races.
"He was so disappointing, we couldn t
make out what was wrong before we found
"We ve had that out and he seems fine
again now so we ve all to look forward to
Shutthefrontdoor was fifth in the Grand
National last year when he was the final
ride in the race for Sir Tony McCoy. He
is a best-priced 25-1 for the Aintree show-
piece on April 9.
Trainer Jimmy Moffatt is counting
down the days until stable star Highland
Lodge lines up for the Crabbie s Grand
National at Aintree on Saturday, April 9.
Formerly trained by Emma Lavelle,
Highland Lodge made the perfect start
for new connections in the Betfred Becher
Chase over the Grand National fences at
Aintree in December, staying on strongly
to win by two and a quarter lengths.
The 10-year-old, who was allotted 10st
2lb in the big race and should just get in,
has not run since and is set to have a race-
course gallop ahead of the Crabbie s Grand
Moffatt, who is based in the Lake Dis-
trict, said: "Highland Lodge hasn t missed
a beat. His preparation is going very well
and we are delighted with him.
Ilzam scored at 12/1 for this column
two days ago, my mind went back to the
recent conversation with a chap who
now runs a tree surgery business!
In our garden is a stump, one didn t
cut it low enough originally, and when he
was in our vicinity with his chain saw he
was asked to nip it off and for payment
I ll give you a horse to follow next time!
He scoffed, backing horses is a mug s
game but he ventured go on what is it?
Given that he was bigoted, dismissive,
and wouldn t wield his chain saw for just
a few seconds (that s how long it would
have taken!) the information wasn t prof-
fered and he went away.
It s an interesting tale because this par-
ticular chap lost his one-time thriving
business gambling on horses; perhaps it
should have been mentioned I ve profited
from backing big-priced winners and won
the Naps Table championship award
He ll never know about Ilzam, the stump
is still there but my thoughts will bring
a smile when its chopped down with an
axe sometime this week.
As for humour, this chap was once
happy-go-lucky and pleasant, he s become
a misery; remember you can spot a gam-
bler from a mile, they never smile!
When backing horses seriously it s nec-
essary to realise that my price to chance
theory, commonly known as value by
punters, is what successive betting is all
about; Ilzam traded at 14/1 and the day
before we fancied Summer Isles strong-
Summer Isles finished third, was ham-
pered when coming with a winning run,
he was a 20/1 chance!
If it s possible to determine an obvious
chance by computing a time-handicap
and analysing form on a process of elim-
ination basis how can betting be a mug s
We continually mention that daily patent
singles are all about never betting unless
the odds are 2/1 or better.
Stratford is off today, the course resem-
bles a lake due to 35m of rain last week
which caused the local river to burst its
banks; about thirty miles away Cheltenham
missed that deluge and the four-day Fes-
tival starts tomorrow of a soft surface.
We re looking forward to nominating
several good-priced selections; at inflated
odds just one needs to win and I ll bet we
Plumpton (heavy) and Taunton (soft,
heavy in places) are the only meetings this
afternoon; the following best-in on the
Annie heads Champion 13
Annie Power heads a final field of 13 for the Stan
James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham tomorrow
after every horse stood its ground at the 48-hour
final declaration stage.
The mare was supplemented at the confirmation
stage last Wednesdsay, as expected, due to an in-
jury to last year's winner Faugheen who, like Annie
Power, is owned by Rich Ricci.
Ruby Walsh will ride Annie Power, the number
one for the Willie Mullins team with Paul Townend
aboard Nichols Canyon.
Mullins is also represented by Sempre Medici, also
carrying the Ricci colours.
Fighting Fifth Hurdle winner Identity Thief, trained
by Henry de Bromhead, is the other Irish-based run-
ner.The home team is headed by The New One, hav-
ing his third run in the race for Nigel Twiston-Davies.
Nicky Henderson is responsible for five of the
starters - the long-absent My Tent Or Yours, last
year's Triumph Hurdle winner Peace And Co,
Hargam, Sign Of A Victory and Top Notch.
Lil Rockerfeller, who was the other supplementary
entry, takes his chance for Neil King while Robert
Walford's Camping Ground and the Paul Nicholls-
trained Old Guard complete the list.
Nicholls revealed he was disappointed with Old
Guard's work on Saturday and a final decision about
his participation will be made on Monday morning.
"I have declared Old Guard for the Champion Hur-
dle on Tuesday as he worked much better this
morning," Nicholls told Betfair.
"My head lad Clifford Baker and I wonder if he has
a minor muscular issue somewhere and we will be
moving heaven and earth to get Old Guard spot on
Vroum Vroum in Mares Hurdle
Vroum Vroum Mag is among 20 horses declared
for the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham tomor-
Willie Mullins is looking for an eighth consecutive
victory in this race after six-time heroine Quevega,
winner from 2009-14 and Glens Melody 12 months
With Annie Power being withdrawn to have a
crack at the Stan James Champion Hurdle, Vroum
Vroum Mag is certain to go off a short-price
favourite to continue the Mullins dominance of the
mares' showpiece after he failed to win the first ever
running in 2008.
Vroum Vroum Mag has won all her eight starts for
the Mullins stable - the first six over fences and the
last two over hurdles.
Mullins has also left in Gitane Du Berlais but he
took out his other possible, Whiteout.
Flute Bowl will try to justify her supplementary
fee having been added to the field at the confirma-
tion stage by trainer Gary Moore.
Other runners include Bitofapuzzle, Keppols
Queen, Polly Peachum, Aurore d'Estruval and Tara
Point while the remaining withdrawals were Bally-
chorus, Jessber's Dream, Katie Too and Smart Talk.
Sir set for Dubai World Cup
Ian Williams is hoping for quick ground to aid Sir
Maximilian's chance in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan
on March 26.
Williams felt conditions were not suitable for his
speedster last time when he was fourth to Fityaan
in the Meydan Sprint on Super Saturday earlier this
The Alvechuch trainer has his fingers crossed the
big race goes to plan for Sir Maximilian, who stayed
on well to finish sixth to Sole Power in the Grade
One sprint on Dubai World Cup night 12 months ago.
"He's come out of the Super Sprint well," said
Williams. "He's had a quiet week. The ground was a
little bit easy for him that evening and hopefully he'll
go back there on fast ground.
"On his day when things fall right he's a top class
horse and you couldn't totally rule him out when
things just fall his way."
10.10 Never Equalled
10.20 Shadow Blue (e.w)
11.25 Forgiving Glance
Don't miss Forgiving Glance
Many Clouds impresses in Premier Chase
Under: (Last Saturday)
10.30 am 34-34
1 pm 5-21
4 pm 8-18
6.30 pm 26-6
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 2 2 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
30HOUSECAT 3 2 1 1
31PARSONWIFE3 10 0 4
34BLINDMAN 2 2 1 2
35BIGSNAKE 0 2 0 2
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, March 12, 2016
28 6.30 pm
10 (Monkey) 6.30 pm
13 (Crapaud) 10.30 am
20 (Dog) 4 pm
34 (Blind Man)
34 ( Blind Man)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman
18 (Water Boat)
30 (House Cat) 1 pm
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