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10.30 am 17-23
1 pm 4-21
4 pm 16-8
6.30 pm 26-7
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 2 3 3 2 10
15SICKWOMAN3 0 6 4 13
18WATERBOAT 2 7 4 1 14
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 3 1 12
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 6 7 13
30HOUSECAT 8 3 1 2 14
31PARSONWIFE5 2 1 1 9
34BLINDMAN 2 2 2 2
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, May 2, 2016
10.30 am 1
23 6.30 pm
26 (Fowl) 6.30 pm
25 (Morocoy) 10.30 am
20 (Dog) 4 pm
6 (Belly) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
30 (House Cat)
Ann Duffield has set her sights on a return to
Beverley later this month with Twizzell for the Hilary
Needler Trophy following her taking debut in the
Meyday Raceday Novice Median Auction Stakes.
Breaking smartly, the well-supported 4-1 joint-
favourite poured on the pressure from the front in the
five-furlong affair under PJ McDonald, demonstrating
a potent turn of foot to come home four and a half
lengths clear of Chevalier Du Lac.
Duffield said: "This one has been working to within
half a length of the boy that won at Thirsk on Saturday
(Rainbow Mist). She wouldn t have his temperament,
but that can be developed.
"She s a very nice filly and this race came at the
right time as I wouldn t have run her 10 days ago.
"That (Hilary Needler) was the first thing we thought
of. The way she quickened there, why not have a go?"
The David Barron-trained Play Nicely (14-1) made
it four wins since the turn of the year when putting
two lacklustre runs behind him in obliging by a neck
in the Maddy Prior At The Beverley Folk Festival
Handicap to complete the first leg of a double for
winning rider Graham Gibbons.
Ken Langley, member of syndicate Lets Be Lucky
Racing, said: "This horse won a race at Redcar last
year but was disqualified because he lost his weight
"He s a good horse, though, and has done really
well for us on the all-weather.
"He ll go to the sales at the end of the year but
hopefully we can have a bit more fun with him."
Gibbons completed his brace aboard the Les Eyre-
trained Make On Madam (9-1) in the opening division
of the Racing Again On Tuesday 10 May Handicap.
Massaat has Derby option
Owen Burrows is not ruling out the possibility of
Qipco 2000 Guineas runner-up Massaat taking aim
at next month s Investec Derby.
After finding only Galileo Gold too good at New-
market on Saturday, the Lambourn handler is now
considering upping the son of Teofilo to a mile and
a half for the Epsom showpiece on June 4, for which
he is a general 16-1 shot.
He said: "He was ridden this morning and he seems
to have come out of the race fine. He will now have
a quiet week before being built back up again.
"Initially after the race I was like second again but
you can t be disappointed with finishing second in
"He s done everything right and there were no hard
luck stories. He had every chance but just found one
"As far as future engagements go Paul (Hanagan)
said he would certainly stay ten furlongs. We will see
what the boss (Sheikh Hamdan) wants to do and we
will chat with the rest of the team, but I certainly
wouldn t rule the Derby out.
Although the three-year-old has yet to race beyond
a mile, Burrows feels he has the ability to get further
given his attitude during races.
Awtaad beats Blue in Tetrarch
Awtaad confirmed himself a smart horse in the
making as he got the better of Blue De Vega to run
out a comfortable winner of the Power European
Breeders Fund Tetrarch Stakes at the Curragh.
Blue De Vega was in contention for Saturday s 2000
Guineas at Newmarket until the 11th hour, so punters
understandably sent him off a 6-4 favourite to make
a winning return in this Listed event.
Colin Keane s mount travelled well enough but
when Blue De Vega tried to mount a challenge, the
well-regarded Awtaad had too much in reserve and
surged forward again.
Chris Hayes just had to push out the Kevin Pren-
dergast-trained winner to prevail by two lengths at
odds of 13-8 as he followed up a taking handicap suc-
cess, while maiden winner Embiran ran well enough
before fading slightly in the finish.
Hayes said: "It was a great call by the boss to run
him as we were going to work him after racing.
Merry Banter is marginally
preferred to obvious favourite
Clem Fandango, in an eight-run-
ner Novice Auction Stakes over
five furlongs of good to soft
Catterick tonight, which kicks
off a six-race programme.
There are two reasons, Graham
Lee again partners the Bated
Breath filly, which is drawn one;
once-raced Clem Fandango has
When ground conditions are
really soft fields often come over
to the stands-side rails but sur-
faces countrywide are drying up
rapidly and this particular North
Yorkshire course has an excellent
Unless it rains, and sunshine is
forecast, they will probably race
on the far side.
On the time-handicap there is
little between them but experience
could prove key; my own prefer-
ence when backing early two-
year-olds is to side with juveniles
which have had at least two runs,
and Merry Banter is a qualifier.
Three weeks ago Merry Banter
looked home n hosed in a similar
race on heavy at Redcar but Paul
Midgley s charge weakened in the
last few strides and Cullingworth
swooped for a half length victory.
Expect Lee to hit the gate and
replicate similar tactics on a course
designed for speed; if all decs
go to post have a decent each-
A hour later once-raced, Sir
Michael Stoute-trained Musdam
will be long odds-on for a nine-
runner aged Maiden Stakes over
seven furlongs but there are three
places available and I ll bet Just
Hiss occupies one of them.
Just Hiss improved on his debut
effort twelve days ago and is def-
initely a runner but others are
unlikely to take issue.
This is a classic each-way dou-
ble situation, Merry Banter into
Just Hiss; if the first obliges I ll
lay the win on the latter, thus
working the place-to-place sit-
uation to advantage.
In the golden, olden, days it
was called knockout and the rea-
son why one didn t have a mort-
gage on my lovely property; I d
love to do it again but bookies
have the whole scenario sewn up
nowadays, completely margin-
alised to all intents and purpos-
es.Incidentally make sure there
are no non-runners!
This is a wonderful month for
backing hunter chasers and Peter-
brown should be capable of going
close in a weak one at Exeter; we
'Banter' to make an impression!
9.00 Merry Banter (nap)
2.55 Just Hiss
Harry Dunlop is set to run Breton-
celles on Lingfield s Classic trials card
on Saturday, but stable star Robin Of
Navan is likely to skip the meeting in
favour of a trip to France.
Robin Of Navan won the Group One
Criterium De Saint-Cloud last November,
making it a fourth French win of the year
for the American Post colt.
Dunlop has long set his sights on a
French Derby tilt and is duly targeting
Sunday s Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud
above Saturday s Betfred Derby Trial
Stakes at Lingfield.
He said: "He s in the Prix Greffulhe on
Sunday and Lingfield is the back-up
option for him at the moment.
"He needs to have a run somewhere
and he s not in the English Derby but is
in the French Derby so the Prix Greffulhe,
which is a trial for that race, is an obvious
"If something amazing were to happen
at the weekend, then supplementing him
for Epsom would not be completely ruled
out, but he is in the French Derby and
the Grand Prix de Paris and we feel on
form those races are good options.
"He did a racecourse gallop at Kempton
last Thursday and that went well, so we
are looking forward to running him."
Robin Of Navan is not the only horse
to hold entries in the cross-Channel Derby
trials with the Aidan O Brien-trained pair
of Idaho and US Army Ranger also
entered in both events. US Army Ranger
is expected to run at Chester on Thurs-
The master of Ballydoyle also Beacon
Rock, Cook Island, Kellstorn, Landofho-
peandglory and Shogun among a total of
17 entries at Lingfield.
John Gosden s Linguistic has the option
after winning a richly-endowed sales race
at Newmarket, with Across The Stars
and Carntop other noteworthy possibles.
Bretoncelles is one of 16 in the Betfred
Mobile Oaks Trial Fillies Stakes but she
is the only maiden in the field having
run just twice last year.
Dunlop said: "She ran very well in a
maiden here last year and she s a horse
we ve always had nice aspirations for.
"This is Listed level and she will have
to step up, but we are hoping to steal
some black type and this could be a good
opportunity as the race sometimes only
has a small field.
"She s a big filly, though, by a nice sire
in Le Havre so we d be hoping to get
some black type with her."
O Brien again boasts a multiple entry
with How High The Moon, Seventh
Heaven and Somehow, although the latter
is declared for Wednesday s Cheshire
Dessertoflife, Diamonds Pour Moi and
Mirsaalah are also declared at Chester.
Charlie Hills hast two contenders in
Beauly and Gypsy Eyes, with John Gosden
also double-handed via Natural Beauty
The Group Three Betfred "Be Part of
Action" Chartwell Fillies Stakes is headed
by the Kevin Ryan-trained Ashadihan,
who finished second in the Albany Stakes
last year but has not run since disap-
pointing in the Lowther last August.
Light Music, Rah Rah and Quality Time
are other names from the three-year-old
division while All-Weather Champi-
onships Finals Day winner Volunteer Point
is in the mix for the older ranks along
with Marsh Hawk.
Robin Of Navan set for France
Harry Dunlop: Trains Robin Of Navan
Twizzell books Beverley return
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