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Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am .......................34-30
1 pm ................................34-29
4 pm ...................................10-8
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 5 6 4 18
15SICKWOMAN5 6 7 5 23
18WATERBOAT 5 11 5 3 24
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 5 7 5 4 21
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 5 4 8 10 27
30HOUSECAT 10 7 7 6 30
31PARSONWIFE6 62 4 18
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
24 6.30 pm
36 (Donkey) 6.30 pm
23 (House) 10.30 am
21 (Mouth) 4 pm
21 (Mouth) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
31 (Parson Wife)
31 (Parson Wife)
2 (Old Lady)
Firefright, one of 16 decs for a Maiden
Stakes over an extended six furlongs of
good to soft Newbury this afternoon, was
also entered for a tasty two year old race
on good ground Doncaster, which has
Placing is the name of this game and
trainer Jeremy Noseda wants to guarantee
Firefright makes it fourth time lucky; that
might have been difficult on Town Moor
where once-raced, Sir Michael Stoute-
trained Swiftsure looks the answer in division
Doubtless there was a phone call between
the aforementioned Newmarket-based train-
ers and, hopefully, it leaves the way open
for punters to target punters with a couple
of real beauts!'
If either gets beaten I'll be disappointed,
if neither wins, gobsmacked, but racing is
all about negotiating stumbling blocks, we're
a hardy breed and tomorrow will be another
On my redoubtable time-handicap Fire-
fright is clear best-in' judged on a career-
best' effort six weeks ago over a similar dis-
tance, at Doncaster.
Jamie Spencer is again booked and we
expect this to be procession; Swiftsure is
reckoned a potential classic colt and his
second, on a soft surface at Salisbury last
month, smacked of an encouraging debut.
Incidentally Stoute has often taken decent
types to that picturesque Wiltshire course,
throughout his career, to test the water!'
Of course trainer Richard Hannon is
always a force and tries (yet!) again with
consistent, hitherto luckless, Tafaakhor, in
the second leg. Stoutey' runs a newcomer,
Mirage Dancer, and both his juveniles are
mounts of Ryan Moore.
Watch the market for significant moves.
Tafaakhor runs in colours of Hamdan al
Maktoum and we've heard the 69-year-old
Sheikh is set to make quite a few changes,
right from the top, and so watch this space,
as they say.
Two fascinating eight race programmes
which contain seven juvenile races, my ideal
of manna from heaven!
Fire to douse his rivals
Cloudy Dream, second in the Scottish
Champion Hurdle last season, made a
faultless start to his new career in the
Watch Racing UK On 3 Devices Begin-
ners Chase at Carlisle to highlight a four-
timer for rider Brian Hughes.
Deemed unlucky by some not to claim
the big prize at Ayr in the spring, con-
nections wasted no time in sending him
over the bigger obstacles.
His presence scared off most of the
opposition and only two took him on, but
one of those, Nicky Richards' Chidswell,
was most certainly not without ability
However, Cloudy Dream looked in a
completely different league to Chidswell
and scooted clear after the last to win with
any amount in hand.
Jumping safely without being exuberant,
he joined Chidswell at the second-last and
while getting in a little tight to the final
fence, he quickened away from it impres-
sively to reward odds-on backers at 8/15.
Trainer Malcolm Jefferson - who enjoyed
a treble - and owner Trevor Hemmings
will now think carefully about their next
move given how hard it is to place novice
chasers who win their first start.
Jefferson has started the season in great
form and was also on the mark with Bally-
ben (9/2), who was delivered late by Hugh-
es in the Racing UK Handicap Chase, and
Dubai Angel (6/4 favourite) in the closing
Hughes also won on Chris Grant's The-
atre Act (6/1) in the Racing UK Bet
Through Your Mobile Handicap Hurdle.
Dan Skelton notched his first winner at
Carlisle when former point-to-pointer
Aintree My Dream justified cramped odds
in the Racing To School Novices' Hurdle.
Sent off the 1/3 favourite, the long
journey was worthwhile for the trainer's
brother, Harry, who never had a
It is likely the six-year-old will not be
seen at his best until he goes chasing.
Tikkandemickey's seven previous visits
to Carlsile had not yielded any joy for con-
nections but the 10-year-old ran out a
game winner of the Racing UK Available
In HD Handicap Chase for Daragh Bourke
and Raymond Shiels.
Dream day at Carlisle for Hughes
Brian Hughes rode a four-timer at Carlisle.
9.50 Firefright (nap)
11.10 Tafaakhor (e.w)
I dliketheoption won the Thoroughbred Breeders
Association Chase at Ludlow like a horse with a
decent future for Jonjo O Neill.
Twice a winner over hurdles he looks built for the
bigger obstacles and seemed set to win here earlier
in the month when tipping up four out.
With Barry Geraghty in the plate for the first time,
the JP McManus-owned five-year-old was dropped
out early on before pouncing late to beat Nicky Hen-
derson's Nicolas Chauvin by two lengths as the 5/2
She's Late (4/1) gave O'Neill a double in the Amateur
Jockeys' Association Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase
(For The Court Of Hill Challenge Cup) ridden by his
son, Jonjo junior.
Brian Ellison's Dominada (5/6 favourite) had no
trouble landing the odds in the Easibake Foods Hand-
icap Hurdle under Megan Carberry.
Having won a conditional jockeys' race at Carlisle
he was 15lb well in' and cruised through the contest,
adopting more patient tactics than he had done in
Wherever he goes next he will be carrying a lot
more weight, however.
"He's always schooled brilliantly at home but when
he was running over hurdles before he jumped terrible,"
"We'd get him back home, school him again and
he'd still jump poor. It looks like he's getting the hang
of it, finally, and he was impressive today.
"Normally he makes the running, but with two
other front-runners in I told Megan to take her time
and it was pleasing to see he didn't mind that.
"He's in at Kelso on Saturday but won't run there.
The owner asked me straight away where next' but
we'll see how he is first."
Peter Bowen has his horses in good form and obvi-
ously believes in striking while the iron is hot, as his
Forever My Friend (7/1) had only won at Ffos Las on
Saturday but that did not prevent him from following
up in the EPDS Racing Partnerships Supporting Racing
Welfare Handicap Chase.
Former jockey Dale Gibson has spoken of his
admiration for Mark Birch, who died on Wednesday
Birch, remembered chiefly for his association with
the great Sea Pigeon, was a stalwart on the northern
racing scene for many years.
Gibson, now executive racing director for the Pro-
fessional Jockeys Association, said: "He was 67 years
of age and what a feller he was.
"He was consistent throughout his career, nearly
all of it in the north, where he was leading rider on
"There was a golden period in the 1980s, starting
in '81, when he won the Ebor and Northumberland
Plate, and along came Sea Pigeon.
"Mark was so reliable."
Birch also played a key role in Gibson getting the
job as Mick Easterby's stable jockey, which he held
until his retirement.
"Mark was coming towards the end of his career
in 1994 when I moved north," Gibson told At The
"I had a particularly successful season for the late
Peter Calver but the following year Mark took over
from me, which always perplexed me, but that's life.
"Mark always remembered that, thinking I was
hard done by, then he got me the job with Mick
Easterby in the spring of 1996.
"He told me how to work with Mick and it worked
as we never had a bad word."
Gibson added that jockeys at Thursday's sole
domestic Flat meeting at Chelmsford would wear
black armbands in honour of Birch.
up at Ludlow
Gibson pays tribute
to Mark Birch
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