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Express to deliver on time
The Daley Express, unlucky over
course and distance seventeen days
ago, looks a time-handicap Xmas 'spe-
cial' in the 2-y-o Maiden Stakes around
five furlongs of Wolverhampton tapeta
this afternoon, last day of racing until
A few days of rest during which I'll com-
pute race-times to my absolute satisfaction,
in readiness for further assault on the book-
ies.Draw and jockeyship are two key fac-
tors with all-weather racing, especially at
Dunstall Park where thrice-raced The Daley
Express was drawn eleven, widest, when a
fast-finishing third to Cajmere and Her
Terms, still a maiden after nine attempts
which, hopefully, will create negatives for
punters on this occasion.
George Baker knew difficulties The Da-
ley Express faced and decided to 'drop in'
as Cajmere blazed a trail, around the final
bend 'the long fella' made his move but the
favourite was way behind, hopelessly placed.
Down the straight The Daley Express cut
down a considerable deficit by at least four
lengths, stormed home and was indeed un-
fortunate, it was an eye-catching effort but
'you can't beat the draw' on certain tight
tracks. One good reason why my focus is
on Newcastle with a straight mile of tapeta.
Dale Swift resumes his partnership with
this Elzaam colt which might prove above
average for local trainer, Ed McMahon, son
of Brian, who retired some years ago.
We respect consistent, hitherto luck-
less, Juan Horsepower, trained by Richard
Hannon; significant they didn't send this
Australian-bred Foxwedge gelding to sales
during Autumn. I'll bet he pays to follow.
There is also a seven-race programme
scheduled for Chelmsford where once-
raced, David Simcock-trained, Auberge Du
Lac comes out 'best-in' for a 2-y-o Maiden
Stakes over a mile of polytrack; among fif-
teen rivals are three from the yard of John
Obviously 'Big John' thought this race
would split, as we all anticipated; one of
his trio is Naseem, drawn sixteen!
What price a 'non-runner!
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Wherever you are, stay safe and enjoy a
merry xmas and a happy new year.
Under: (Last Thursday)
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PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Thursday, December 22, 2016
15 6.30 pm
22 (Rat) 6.30 pm
25 (Morocoy) 10.30 am
24 (Queen) 4 pm
36 (Donkey) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
28 (Red Fish)
29 (Opium Man)
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 5 8 6 20
15SICKWOMAN6 6 7 7 26
18WATERBOAT 8 11 7 3 29
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 5 7 5 4 21
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 5 9 11 33
30HOUSECAT 11 8 7 7 33
31PARSONWIFE7 7 2 5 21
34BLINDMAN 9 8 5 6 28
35 BIG SNAKE
9.50 Auberge Du Lac (e.w)
11.00 The Daley Express (nap)
Shivam Maharaj, owner Conquest Bespoke, third from left, Harriram Gobin, trainer, Groom Bobby Sing, left, jockey Ronald Ali on saddle
of Conquest Bespoke and friends in the Winners Circle after the horse won Race 7 for 2 Y.O. & Over horses, Rated 80-60, going 1,700
metres at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, on December 10 (Day 42).
Brennan: Card better than ever
Paddy Brennan believes that Cue Card is bet-
ter than ever ahead of the 32Red King George
VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.
The 10-year-old won the Grade One contest on
his fourth attempt 12 months ago and will face a
maximum of six rivals in his attempt to defend his
Among the possible runners is Thistlecrack, also
trained by Colin Tizzard, who has had just two starts
over fences, winning both by a wide margin.
Both have their supporters in the Devon yard
and in the wider racing public and neither jockey
is backing down either.
Tom Scudamore declared that it's time for This-
tlecrack to take on the big guns but Brennan issued
a rallying cry in his blog for the race sponsors.
Sky Bet, who are betting non-runner no bet on
the contest, make Cue Card their 5/4 favourite ahead
of Thistlecrack at 11/8.
Scudamore: Thistlecrack's ready
Thistlecrack's jockey Tom Scudamore feels
the time is right for last season's champion
staying hurdler to take on the cream of chasing
talent at Kempton on Boxing Day in the 32Red
King George VI Chase.
Scudamore believes the horse's experience at
Grade One level over hurdles last season when, Col-
in Tizzard's charge won three times at the highest
level, will stand him in good stead.
The plan had always been to go to Kempton,
originally for the Kauto Star Novices' Chase, but
connections thought they may as well instead run
in the big race over the same course and distance,
though it means facing his stablemate Cue Card,
last year's winner.
Cian out to book festival spot
Clondaw Cian will bid to book his Chelten-
ham Festival ticket at Wincanton on Boxing
Day in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hur-
The Suzy Smith-trained six-year-old made his
seasonal bow, and first start outside of novice com-
pany, a winning one in an intermediate hurdle at
Cheltenham last month.
Plans are now in place to aim him at the extended
two-mile-five event on Monday in an attempt to
get qualified for the Listed prize at Prestbury Park
on March 16.
Thief team relishing Min clash
The team behind Identity Thief are relishing
the upcoming clash with Min in the Racing
Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Mon-
The Henry de Bromhead-trained six-year-old
was a Grade One winner over hurdles last season
and has looked faultless in winning both his starts
He has barely but a foot wrong in two visits to
Punchestown, looking like he is going to take high-
rank in the two-mile novice division, but he meets
a mighty foe in Willie Mullins' Min next week.
Second to the imperious Altior in the Sky Bet
Supreme Novices' Hurdle in March, he was not
out of second gear when winning on his chasing
debut at Navan.
Identity Thief is owned by Gigginstown House
Stud and their racing manager Eddie O'Leary told
the Irish Independent: "Identity Thief is to go for
the Racing Post Novice Chase on Monday.
Another of Gigginstown's big hopes over Christ-
mas is Petit Mouchoir.
He left Mullins in the summer to join De Bro-
mhead and looked sure to at least going close to
emulating Identity Thief in winning the Fighting
Fifth Hurdle when he fell at the third last, hampering
eventual runner-up Apple's Jade.
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