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Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am 19-26
1 pm 11-29
4 pm 29-4
6.30 pm 18-23
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 2 3 3 1 9
15SICKWOMAN2 0 6 2 10
18WATERBOAT0 5 4 1 10
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 2 2 3 1
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 4 6 10
30HOUSECAT 5 2 1 2 10
31PARSONWIFE4 1 0 0 5
34BLINDMAN 2 2 2 2
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, April 2, 2016
1 6.30 pm
19 (Horse) 6.30 pm
11 (Corbeau) 10.30 am
15 (Sick Woman) 4 pm
34 (Blind Man)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
27 (Little Snake)
14 (Money) 1 pm
Scarlet Pimpernel and veteran jockey,
Jimmy Fortune, might just be located in
the Lingfield winners enclosure this after-
This twice-raced, Hughie Morrison-
trained, Sir Percy filly faces seven rivals in
a 3-y-o Maiden Stakes over a mile of poly-
track; apart from likely-favourite, Battlement,
and Hamdan al Maktoum-owned newcom-
er, Taraabut, from Richard Hannon s yard,
there is none capable of denying Scarlet
Pimpernel one of three places.
Providing all go to post (make sure they
do!) our selection looks guaranteed to make
the frame, by default!
This is the type of bet we re always looking
for and we ve found Scarlet Pimpernel,
named after the elusive HG Wells fictional
character! Fortune is a genuine veteran, he
simply loves riding and being involved in
racing; a couple of years ago Jimmy lost his
wife in unfortunate circumstances and so
a full life is a prime requisite for the popular
If Scarlet Pimpernel is good enough fol-
lowing a 187 days absence Jimmy will be
and, don t forget, Hughie has spotted a
5lbs fillies allowance which equates to two
lengths or so.
Grand National week kicks off with this
moderate card, which runs in tandem to
jumping at Warwick; the build-up is bound
to be tremendous and, hopefully, will end
with a long-priced winner of the Worlds
greatest horserace (tipped by yours truly!)
Several of those glorious winners we
tipped at Cheltenham last month are set
to come out again; most intriguing but I m
aware they endured gruelling experiences
because the time-handicap marks achieved
illustrate it, without fear of contradiction.
Looking forward to those magical three-
days at Liverpool and all flat-race trials
this month at Newbury and Newmarket;
great to be alive as springs unfolds, eh?
Standing on the brink of creating Crab-
bie s Grand National history is an achieve-
ment that would have seemed almost
inconceivable to jockey Leighton Aspell
just under a decade ago.
After announcing his retirement in July
2007---at arguably the peak of his career---
the 39 year-old looked set to quietly dis-
appear away from the spotlight into the
background of the sport.
Fortunately, Aspell saw the light, bring-
ing to an end his brief hiatus away from
the saddle to resume race-riding again in
April 2009---a decision which he has not
looked back on since, in what has been a
second coming of epic proportions.
The Irishman will see his name etched
into the annals of Turf history at Aintree
on April 9 should he secure a second suc-
cessive Grand National victory aboard
Many Clouds, leading him to become the
first jockey to win it three years running,
having also partnered Pineau De Re to
glory in 2014.
Aspell said: "I am so glad that I did
change my mind. When I did return it
gave me a massive appreciation of it and
I was going to cherish it and take it with
"I was working for John Dunlop in that
time. It started out as a riding out job to
fill a gap, then there was an opportunity
as pupil assistant.
"He was a great bloke to work for and
I thoroughly enjoyed it, but there was a
niggling doubt in the back of my mind
that I should still be riding.
"There was no one moment, it was just
in the back of my mind. It was a question
of just having the courage to go and make
that decision. I put some feelers out with
owners, trainers and my family and every-
one was very positive about it.
"It was probably something I should
have done earlier, but that s history now.
It was 18 or 19 months before I got my
career back on track, but I am very glad
A jockey cam sometimes judge the
chance of his mount within seconds of
getting on board---and for Aspell there was
a feeling his prospects of victory last year
were better than Many Clouds 25-1 price
He said: "I was patting him on the neck
at Cheltenham. He was so calm and quiet
he was just a bit off that day. Early in the
Gold Cup I was flat out and Many Clouds
isn t slow.
"As soon as I got on him at Aintree, he
had that spring in his step. The whole
occasion, he just grew, there was a lovely
spring in his step that was missing at Chel-
While National winners have in the past
often struggled to replicate their form in
subsequent races, that is far from the case
for the Oliver Sherwood-trained nine-
year-old, who after two solid efforts in
defeat, warmed up for the defence of his
Aintree crown with an impressive success
in a Listed contest at Kelso earlier this
Aspell said: "Last year he had a very
tough season. Some horses would have an
equally tough season and would not be
the same, but he actually seems to have
improved for it.
"He is really battle-hardened now. It
was really good to see the enthusiasm and
energy at Kelso last time. It has been under
the surface all year, but hopefully it is all
coming together at the right time.
Many Clouds will only carry a pound
more than he did when triumphant in the
Grade Three prize 12 months ago.
Barry Geraghty was left shocked after being
handed a 30-day ban by the Limerick stewards
for his ride on Noble Emperor in the Book Online
At www.limerickraces.ie Handicap Hurdle, rul-
ing him out of the Punchestown Festival.
All the jockeys bar Barry Cash, who rode the
winner Velocity Boy, were invited in by the officials
to explain why they allowed the eventual victor
so much of a lead, one which proved unassail-
Geraghty on the Tony Martin-trained runner
finished strongly in second, but was still beaten
11 lengths. Despite the JP McManus-owned Noble
Emperor---who was sent off the 7/4 favourite---
losing a shoe he was found to be post-race nor-
Acting under Rule 212, which governs running
and riding, the stewards were of the opinion Ger-
aghty had failed to take all reasonable and per-
missible measures to obtain the best possible
placing, banning him for 30 days, with the horse
prevented from running for 60 days and Martin
fined 3,000 euros.
Geraghty s ban is due to begin on April 17,
taking in the conclusion of the British jumps
season at Sandown and the five-day Punchestown
Beyond expressing his shock, Geraghty, who
could be expected to have a host of big rides at
Punchestown in his first season as retained rider
to McManus, declined to comment afterwards
when asked for his reaction. He was also ordered
to forfeit his riding fee.
None of the other riders interviewed were pun-
ished, although Robbie Colgan had left the track
to ride in a point-to-point.
Found beaten on return to Curragh
Dermot Weld s Zhukova ran out an impressive
winner of the coral.ie Alleged Stakes at the Curragh
in which Breeders Cup Turf winner Found could
finish only third.
Last seen winning a Listed race at Galway in
September, the Fastnet Rock filly took her form
to another level on this occasion.
There was not too much confidence in Found,
who was only just a touch of odds-on (9/10)
despite her form in beating Golden Horn entitling
her to be much shorter.
Her participation on the ground had been in
some doubt, and having travelled well until two
furlongs out, Ryan Moore was easy on her when
it was obvious she was beaten.
Success Days put the pace to the race and Ken
Condon will be delighted at his Derrinstown Derby
Trial winner returning to form after ending last
season under a cloud.
However, he had no answer to the 6/1 winner
as she burst past to score by four and three-quar-
ters of a length.
King calls time on Smad season
Smad Place has been signed off for the spring
after a "hard race" in the Cheltenham Gold Gold
Alan King s likeable grey attempted to make
the running in the Gold Cup, but he was com-
prehensively beaten into sixth place.
Smad Place s main goal in the 2016-17 campaign
is a repeat bid in the Hennessy Gold Cup at New-
"Smad Place is finished for the season," said
King. Ridden the way he was, he was never going
to win a Gold Cup---he was never going to have
anything left, going out there all guns blazing.
"He had a hard race in the Gold Cup, but I was
still very proud of him.
"He has had a great season and when he comes
back in next season I think we will train him for
the Hennessy again.
"To be fair, the Cotswold Chase was probably
his Gold Cup---that was the race where everything
fell right for him."
11.20 Scarlet Pimpernel
12.50 Frozen Force
1.20 Awesome Rock
Stay with Scarlet Pimpernel
Aspell stands on brink of history
Leighton Aspell...on the brink of creating
Crabbie's Grand National history.
Geraghty hit with 30-day ban
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