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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 5 115 3 24
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 5 7 5 4 21
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 6 4 9 10 29
30HOUSECAT 10 7 7 6 30
31PARSONWIFE6 62 4 18
34BLINDMAN 9 8 4 6 27
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: FRIDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
25 6.30 pm
26 (Fowl) 6.30 pm
22 (Rat) 10.30 am
29 (Opium Man) 4 pm
35 (Big Snake) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
29 (Opium Man)
Nicky Henderson is considering options as he
prepares Altior for his chasing debut, including a
race at the Open meeting at Cheltenham.
The six-year-old went through his novice hurdling
campaign with a faultless record from five starts, cul-
minating in victory over Min in the Sky Bet Supreme
Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.
Henderson said: "I was looking and there s a couple
of options, but he needs the ground. I don t necessarily
want to go to Cheltenham first time (over fences), but
"There s also a two-mile-two novice at Kempton
to think about."
Henderson could look to Haydock next month to
give My Tent Or Yours his seasonal debut.
The dual Champion Hurdle runner-up had been
due to run at Kempton earlier this month but was a
late defector due to the ground.
Henderson said: "He might go to Haydock, as that
gives him a nice run into the International (at Chel-
tenham). That is an idea."
The Seven Barrows trainer added: "The horses are
not as forward as I d like them to be because of the
"We re not taking too many chances."
Nicholls aims Saphir for Hennessy
Paul Nicholls has his sights set on the Hennessy
Gold Cup with Saphir Du Rheu after his third at Ascot
The talented seven-year-old could not better Antony
and Junction Fourteen in the 100,000-pound Sodexo
Gold Cup but is expected to be better for the run at
Newbury on November 26.
Nicholls charge was the beaten favourite in the
prestigious staying handicap chase 12 months ago and
subsequently switched to the smaller obstacles, finishing
sixth in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham. He is, how-
ever, expected to stick to fences this season.
The Ditcheat trainer said: "He will go straight for
the Hennessy. He had a right good blow. I thought
he ran a good race in it last year when he was fifth.
He will be a bit lighter and stronger and we will have
"He was never right last year. Nick (Scholfield) said
to make more use of him and what we wanted to get
him doing was jumping well. He can only build on
Stablemate Cliffs Of Dover could be seen next at
Cheltenham s Open Meeting after taking his record
over hurdles to five wins from six starts at Wetherby
Cavalier in good shape
Rebecca Curtis is hoping Irish Cavalier can go on
to even better things after his victory in the bet365
Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday.
The Betfair Chase at Haydock on November 19
could be the next port of call for the seven-year-old
grey after he lowered the colours of Menorah and Cue
Card in the Grade Two over three miles at the West
Connections are now likely to consider all the major
staying prizes following his deserved, though surprise,
triumph against two talented, seasoned campaigners.
"We ll have a think what to do now. It depends
what the ground will be at Haydock for the Betfair,
but I wouldn t rule that out," said Curtis yesterday.
"Hopefully he ll just keep on improving. He has
improved every year. It would be nice if that could
continue and he ll be top class, we hope."
Curtis reported her big-race winner in fine shape.
"He s absolutely fine. He s come out of the race
well," said the Newport handler. "He s out in the field
for the day so he s happy enough."
Ryan Moore is happy to be riding
Bondi Beach in the Emirates Melbourne
Cup at Flemington tomorrow.
Moore, who won the race on Protec-
tionist two years ago said: "I would like
to think that I go into the Melbourne Cup
with a better chance than most, and there
are certainly worst draws than mine in
five," Moore said.
"My colt disappointed, to a degree, in
this race last season but he is a year older
and a year wiser now, and the simple fact
that he experienced the travelling and
occasion then is a big plus to his chances
this time around, as is his preparation.
"This will actually be the first time I
have ridden the horse but he was clearly
one of the leading three-year-old stayers
last season based on his St Leger second,
after which he went to Flemington and
finished 16th in this race.
"It was a better run than his final placing
suggests---he was drawn wide in 18 and
was beaten only around six lengths---and
I would think that this race has been his
long-time target since.
"I think its fairly weighted, and the step
back up to two miles on decent ground
will suit. With luck in running, I would
hope and expect him to be very compet-
itive. To state the obvious, this is a wide-
open race, though."
Godolphin has four other runners as
Sheikh Mohammed s operation sends a
strong team in what has become a relent-
less bid to win the race "that stops a
Joining Hartnell are the Charlie Apple-
by-trained duo of Oceanographer and
Qewy, with Saeed bin Suroor responsible
for Secret Number and Beautiful Romance.
Oceanographer had a jog at Werribee,
where he remains in quarantine, while
Qewy also did light work.
Beautiful Romance and Secret Number
had a more vigorous workout on the all-
weather track at Werribee with their big-
race riders aboard, watched by Bin Suroor.
Secret Number, who is on his second trip
to Melbourne, having finished second to
Take Issue in the 12-runner aged Maiden
Stakes over a mile of Kempton polytrack
this afternoon when a seven-race pro-
gramme runs in tandem with two jumping
fixtures, Hereford and Plumpton.
Not an inspiring menu but, hold on,
tomorrow morning the Melbourne Cup will
be staged over two miles of Flemington,
Australia and we can all see the action during
early hours of Tuesday morning on Atther-
One visited Oz at least four times but
never attended the highly-prestigious Cup
meeting which, indisputably, stops the
That s always amazed me because this
long distance race over two miles is a hand-
icap, ideal for thoroughbreds which recently
contested the Cesarewitch over a quarter
of a mile further on Newmarket Heath. There
was a time when my life appeared destined
for down under with a job offer but it didn t
materialise because nowt compares to English
racing and those pesky bush fires were def-
initely extremely off-putting.
Issue made an encouraging debut over
course and distance last month when a close
third to Tiercel and subsequent winner, Right
Rebel; solid form which should be good
enough for James Fanshawe s charge to land
the money under Daniel Muscott, booked
Earlier Dick Tracy could well put expe-
rience to use in the eight-runner 2-y-o
Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs; Richard
Hannon s charge is best-in but scrutiny
determines likely dangers.
Saeed bin Suroor introduces Godolphin-
owned Next Challenge and three once-raced
juveniles from successful yards are bound
to be on the premises which is why we re
advising an each-way bet Dick Tracy with
three places available.
That, of course, might not be the case,
a withdrawal will scupper our plans and
make it two places.
Absolutely fed up with what bookmakers
get away with by offering inducements, no
one else ever addresses this crucial issue!
Nowadays the BHA has a forum which is
nigh on useless, doesn t pay to ruffle feathers
in racing, better sat on the fence!
10.50 .....................................................Dick Tracy
Moore happy with
Take Issue at Kempton Park
Dandino in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flem-
ington this time last year, is also pleasing his
Michael Bell feels last year s experience will
stand Big Orange in good stead when the five-
year-old has a second crack at glory.
Big Orange ran a tremendous race 12 months
ago when fifth behind Prince Of Penzance,
despite having to cope with the shock of travelling
to the other side of the world for the first time.
Now one year on, Bell is much happier with the
way Big Orange has taken everything in and
believes the horse is primed for a big run.
"He looks in good shape. It has been colder
than normal at this time of year, so, with that
in mind, I m happy," said the Newmarket trainer.
He lost 30 kilogrammes when he came this time
last year, this time he only lost 13kg.
"He is a more experienced horse, that was
his first ever time he had left Newmarket last
year. It was a big culture shock for him coming
to the other side of the world.
Of the rest of the European contingent, Bell
rates Aidan O Brien s Bondi Beach as the pick.
"If there is a European horse trained with one
race very much in mind it is Bondi Beach," said
"He has campaigned with this race as his
principal target and when you look at who trains
it, his chances speak for themselves."
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