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Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am 3-9
1 pm 1-22
4 pm 33-33
6.30 pm 34-2
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 3 11
18WATERBOAT 1 6 4 1 12
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27LITTLESNAKE2 3 3 1 9
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 6 6 12
30HOUSECAT 6 3 1 2 12
31 PARSONWIFE 5 1 0 1
34BLINDMAN 2 2 2 2
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, April 16, 2016
10.30 am 8
33 6.30 pm
14 (Money) 6.30 pm
35 (Big Snake) 10.30 am
23 (House) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
30 (House Cat)
31 (Parson Wife) 1 pm
Pretty Perfect made all under a canny ride
from Colm O Donoghue to spring a surprise
in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes
The 9-1 shot was not the Aidan O Brien stable
first string but stuck on gamely to land the Listed
Glamorous Approach was the only rival to
trouble the winner, but she was brushed aside
in the final furlong and was readily beaten by
three and a half lengths.
O Brien s other two runners, Best In The World
and Kind Of Magic, never threatened and neither
did the 6-4 favourite Queen Blossom. Dermot
Weld s Emergent was third.
O Donoghue said: "She s been working really
nicely at home and has improved from two to
three. She had good form last year and the maiden
she won has worked out well.
"Aidan said to ride her how I found her, and
she picked up when they came to me. She kept
galloping. She is by Galileo and you would have
to think the Oaks is an option."
"She s not short of speed and has a lot of
Seeyou set for tough season
Sandy Thomson feels Seeyouatmidnight may
find life tough next season after he ran a tremen-
dous race in defeat when third in the Coral Scot-
tish Grand National at Ayr on Saturday.
Thompson rated in the 150s after Seeyouat-
midnight was just touched off for second place
by Alvarado in the valuable long-distance hand-
icap chase, won by Vicente.
Any rise on top of that next season would,
according to the Berwickshire trainer, make it
extremely difficult for him to win a big hand-
Equally, Seeyouatmidnight might be not quite
good enough to compete with the best chasers
in Graded races at level weights.
"We were absolutely delighted," said Thomson.
"He s run a hell of a race. He s given quite a lot
of weight to just about all the field. It s just a
shame he got pipped on the line for second.
"He s quite weary, but he s fine. He s out in
the field and that will be him done for the season.
It s not going to be easy. He ll be rated about
150. It s just finding the right race and the season
will be geared to running when the ground is
Vics Canvas set to carry on
Vics Canvas is set to carry on racing next
season after defying his teenage years with an
amazing effort in the Crabbie s Grand Nation-
al.Trainer Dermot McLoughlin is to discuss plans
with the 13-year-old s owners following his Ain-
tree display that saw him recover from an
appalling mistake at Becher s Brook on the first
circuit to take third place at odds of 100-1.
McLoughlin will scratch Vics Canvas from the
bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown, in which he was
runner-up 12 months ago, at the five-day con-
"He s in Sandown next Saturday, but won t
run. I ll take him out tomorrow," said the County
Meath handler. He came out of the race great
and is out in the field.
"I don t know where we re going to go with
him or if there s another race for him. I ll talk
to the lads (owners) in the next couple of days
and see what we re going to do.
We will keep him going next season. It won t
be an issue with him. He s a hardy boy. Age
means nothing to him. If every horse had the
same heart as him you d have plenty of good
horses. He s very tough."
Intense Starlet is an interesting rival for
likely-favourite, Dacoity, in the 11-runner
"aged" Maiden Stakes over six furlongs of
"soft" Pontefract this afternoon, when it
really will be demanding given heavy rain-
fall over the weekend, and snow!
Yes we ve been having "four seaso" in
one day during this remarkable April and
Newbury s two-day(s) grade one "Green-
ham" meeting was abandoned due to water-
logging, hastily rearranged on the polytrack
That was a bright, opportunistic, initiative
by the BHA governing body, just shows how
vital it is to have those all-weather race-
courses at our disposal.
AWR has been a revelation despite what-
ever traditional "die-hards" consistently
maintain, only problem is all tracks, bar
Southwell, are tight and the draw, jockeyship,
are invariably at issue.
Unfortunately, the fibresand laid on the
Nottinghamshire course leaves a lot to be
desired and, generally, it s only poor fare;
perhaps they will wise up and change the
In the early months of our flat season
the power of "aged" runners counts for so
much, 5-year-old Intense Starlet needs to
"find" only a few pounds and gets a 5lbs
mares allowance; on the time-handicap
Marhorie Fife s charge is nigh on guaranteed
to grab one of three places and that s what
we re continually after, good-priced each-
way selections. Others seem to have no
Twelve go to post for another "aged"
Maiden Stakes over ten furlongs of "heavy"
Windsor; the issue rests firmly with ex-
Roger Varian-trained Baadi and Hold Hands;
the former is 10lbs superior and hasn t raced
for 320 days!
Baadi was purchased at "Autumn Sales"
and is now with Charlie Fellows; we have
to trust his judgment of fitness but he ll be
worth backing, and following!
Cracking each-way double!
We ll be selective for the next few days,
courses have had a battering but there are
encouraging reports from Epsom and
Sandown where "Derby" trials are much
Paul Nicholls is determined to see off
Willie Mullins audacious bid for the
British trainers championship by tar-
geting the last meeting of the jumps
season at Sandown on Saturday.
Having trailed Mullins at the start of
play at the weekend, Nicholls surged
into a £33,000 lead thanks to a fabulous
four-timer at Ayr, headlined by Vicente s
victory in the Coral Scottish Grand
Though Nicholls will not be repre-
sented at Perth s three-day meeting this
week, he will concentrate on fixtures
near to his Somerset base and then
launch one final assault when the cur-
tain comes down at Sandown as he
seeks to win the title for a 10th time.
"We ve got plenty to run at the West
Country meetings this week but we re
not going to Perth," Nicholls, celebrating
his 54th birthday, told At The Races.
"We didn t have the right horses suit-
able for the races.
"It s a long way to go without the
right horses, so we ve decided to stay
down south and aim for Sandown on
"There was no point going all that
way to Perth if we weren t going to have
winners. There s massive prize-money
at Sandown. It s big, and no matter
what we do during the week those big
races at the weekend are going to make
"It s going to be a dry week and the
ground could be good, which will be a
big help for some of them. We should
"There are quite a few really good
races at Sandown and we ve got some-
thing in most of the races, headed up
by Southfield Theatre, who we ve aimed
at the bet365 Gold Cup.
"Dodging Bullets will run. He s fine
the ground could be a little bit quicker
than it has been the rest of the season.
I wouldn t mind that with him.
"He s got to come back from a couple
of ordinary runs, so it might be this
year hasn t been his year.
"Sandown might suit him and I might
put him in the two-and-a-half-miler
as well as the Celebration Chase. At
some stage of his career he s going to
end up going over further.
"Sandown s going to be a big day at
the weekend for a lot of people. We re
looking forward to it and we ll just keep
doing the best we can."
12.10 Intense Starlet
12.45 Captain Scooby
Captain Scooby can lead way
to get hands on
result for O'Brien
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