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'Circulate' because it's party time
Festival prize money boost
Prize money increases to 23 of the 28 races at
the Cheltenham Festival means a total of over
£4.3million will be on offer this year.
The biggest rises are going to the four novice
chases with the prize pots for the Racing Post Arkle
Novices' Chase and the RSA Novices' Chase both
boosted by £25,000, with the total prize money
for each rising to £175,000.
There are £20,000 increases for the JLT Nov-
ices' Chase (to £150,000) and the J T McNamara
National Hunt Novices' Chase (to £120,000), while
£10,000 extra goes into the OLBG Mares' Hurdle
Another 18 races gain £5,000 increases, with the
only contests missing out being the five most valu-
able - the £575,000 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup,
the £400,000 Stan James Champion Hurdle, the
£350,000 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase,
the £300,000 Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle and the
£300,000 Ryanair Chase.
Ian Renton, Regional Director, Cheltenham & The
South West, The Jockey Club, commented: "I am
delighted to announce record prize money of over
£4.3million for The Festival which represents an
increase of more than 10% since 2015.
"For 2017, the major increases have gone to the
novice chases, with the Racing Post Arkle and the
RSA being run at £175,000 and the JLT Novices'
Chase at £150,000. We would like to thank all our
sponsors who have assisted us in improving prize
money for The Festival and look forward to four
great days of racing in March."
Ertijaal shines on opening night
Ertijaal produced a blistering performance to
give Jim Crowley his biggest winner since join-
ing forces with Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum
in the Longines Master Collection Handicap
on the opening night of the Dubai World Cup
Carnival at Meydan, yesterday.
Having been touched off in the Group One Al
Quoz Sprint on World Cup night, the Ali Al Ray-
hi-trained six-year-old showed he was more than
capable of giving weight away to his rivals in a
devastating display of speed under the champion
Fast out the stalls, the 8-11 favourite, who was for-
merly trained in England by William Haggas, quickly
adopted a position at the head of the field he was to
maintain all the way to the line in the five-furlong
dash to claim a length and three-quarter success.
Although the form figures of the son of Oasis
Dream suggest he is best at the minimum trip,
Crowley believes a step back up to six furlongs for
another go at the Al Quoz, which has reverted to
that distance, should not pose too many problems.
There was further success on the card for Al Rayhi
when Le Bernardin landed Round One of the Al
McGuinness enjoys Bridge success
Pivot Bridge bounced back to form to provide
Irish trainer Adrian McGuinness with his sec-
ond Wolverhampton winner in as many days.
The County Dublin-based handler hit the bullseye
with Oor Jock at Dunstall Park on Wednesday and
Pivot Bridge was an 11-4 chance to follow suit in
yesterday's opening Betway Marathon Handicap.
Remember The Man set a strong pace for much of
the one-mile-six-furlong contest, but was a spent
force in the home straight and Pivot Bridge came
through to win comfortably in the hands of Adam
Kirby, passing the post with six lengths in hand.
Both Pivot Bridge and Oor Jock carry the silks of
Dan Daly, colours made famous by top-class jumper
Cockney Lad in the 1990s.
Kirby went on to complete a treble on the after-
noon, steering Ed Dunlop's Magdalene Fox (9-1)
in the 32Red Casino Handicap before completing
his hat-trick aboard the William Haggas-trained
Dandy Flame in the 10 Free At 32Red.com Handicap.
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am........................ 27-31
1 pm ...................................9-27
4 pm ................................... 3-16
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Friday, January 6, 2016
24 6.30 pm
4 (Dead Man) 6.30 pm
5 (Parson Man) 10.30 am
33 (Spider) 4 pm
15 (Sick Woman) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake)
31 (Parson Wife)
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 4 5 8 6 23
15SICKWOMAN6 7 7 7 27
18WATERBOAT 8 118 4 31
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 6 7 5 4 22
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 5 10 11 34
30HOUSECAT 11 8 7 7 33
31PARSONWIFE7 7 2 6 22
34BLINDMAN 9 8 5 6 28
35 BIG SNAKE
Circulate became an obvious selection
for the Maiden Auction Fillies' Stakes
over seven furlongs of Wolverhamp-
ton tapeta, after fastidious process of
punters often adopt this method, very
Starting off with thrice-raced, 70-rated,
Circulate it soon dawned that Tom Clover's
charge has vastly superior form to any of
eleven rivals which have raced and that this is
probably a question of taking on three new-
comers; in Auction races there are seldom
surprises, after all we are dealing with cheap
yearling purchases, the reason why it pays
to target this-type race.
Two significant factors emerged, the last
run was a 'career-best' for Circulate and
'new' trainer is obviously learning fast, he's
booked the most consistent jockey on this
planet, Joe Fanning!
Watching Joe is a joy to behold, he's tight-
ened up and now resembles a ball in finishes,
reminiscent of the Willie Carson style with
his head down, nigh on 'kissing the mane,
which is extremely effective when racing
into a head wind.
Remember thinking Joe is having the effect
of a 'spoiler' on motor vehicles when winning
a couple of races on Newcastle tapeta earlier
this week; he was married a few weeks ago!
Fanning is a great bloke, no-nonsense,
never tips to anyone and success of Mark
Johnston is, in great part, down to indefat-
igable Joe. Wish he could ride every one of
Speaking of the Middleham 'winning ma-
chine' he appears to have found a gilt-edged
opportunity for three-year-old The Blues
Master in an 'aged' seven-runner Maiden
Stakes over twelve furlongs of Kempton.
Three four-year-olds will carry 21lbs
more than The Blues Master, a consistent
sort which doesn't appear to encounter any
To think only last week The Blues Master
was a juvenile and now I'm selecting him to
beat older horses over a long distance.
It works in distance races but seldom in
sprints because physical power is at issue;
not until July do we ever contemplate backing
young thoroughbreds in dashes.
12.30 The Blues Master
3.15 Circulate (nap)
5.15 Areyoutheway (e.w)
Sprinting to victory is Helena's Pride ridden by jockey Jovika Boodramsingh to win Race 3, the 1,350 metres event for Handicap 3 Y. 0. &
Over Horses rated 25-0 at Santa Rosa Park, Arima on January 2, (Day 1). PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
SPRINTING TO VICTORY!
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