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after heavy snow
Racing at Chelmsford yesterday evening was
abandoned before a race was run due to a sudden
Rain earlier in the afternoon changed to snow an hour
before racing was due to start, which rapidly began to
settle at the Essex circuit, which had been due to com-
mence racing at 5.50.
An inspection was called, with concerns not only over
the track but also surrounding areas.
A deputation of jockeys and trainers went on to the
course and clerk Andy Waitt had told At The Races before
a formal announcement: "It's not looking good, we're just
going back to the inquiry now and we'll make it official.
"I don't think we'll be racing in all honesty, it's health
and safety issues - we've gritted the access roads, but the
snow is just falling on top and it's not safe."
Trainer Derek Shaw had said: "I can't see this taking
place at all - even if you get hold of the surface it is balling
up in your hands. It's not safe, basically."
Covers Down At Hopeful Warwick
Officials at Warwick are optimistic Saturday's
high-profile fixture will beat the weather.
The track is due to stage a seven-race card, with the
Betfred Classic Chase supported by the Grade Two Nep-
tune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.
Frost covers were deployed on Wednesday and with
the forecast snow having so far failed to materialise, clerk
of the course Jane Hedley is confident the meeting will
She said: "It's still raining as we speak and so far this
afternoon we've had a total of around 4mm. It's still rain
rather than snow, which is good news, and it's due to peter
out in the next hour or so.
Paul Nicholls' Vivaldi Collonges heads a maximum field
of 20 for the big staying chase that headlines the action.
Nicholls has not declared Virak, though, with others
taken out at the declaration stage including Bishops Road,
Regal Encore and Gordon Elliott's Bless The Wings.
Have a bit on the Side
Bithynia tries yet again to
gain an elusive first success
in the eight-runner Maiden
Stakes over five furlongs of
Lingfield polytrack today,
could this be it?
Eight attempts have yielded
five placings; only eight days
ago this Kodiac filly occupied a
minor placing when beaten two
necks by Moonlight Dancer and
Hathfa after making the running
until aproaching the sixth and
John Egan rode enterpris-
ingly, couldn't have done more
and he'll be aboard Bithynia for
third successive time, doubtless
making use of natural early pace.
On the time-handicap Bithy-
nia is by no means a 'cert' but
definitely 'best-in' from Speed
Freak, a stable-companion of
Moonlight Dancer at the train-
ing complex of Ralph Beckett,
who probably thinks he's got a
line to the ability of our selection.
Distance is the key, this mini-
mum trip around the sharpest
all-weather course in the United
For those who bet Bithynia this
will be a nerve-wracking, 'white
knuckle' ride but David Evans'
yard is firing on all cylinders and
he's a dab hand at producing ju-
veniles when backing up from a
Enjoy the ride!
A seven-race programme
opens with decision one of a 3-y-
o handicap over a mile; Chough
caught my eye last week.
Sidewinder ticks more boxes
than eleven rivals and is expect-
ed to go one better, and recoup
recent losses, in the 'aged' Maid-
en Stakes over seven furlongs of
Wolverhampton tapeta tonight.
This Tom Dascombe-trained
Majestic Missile gelding failed by
a head, over a similar distance on
Lingfield polytrack last month,
to beat newcomer, Ay Ay, im-
pressive when following up at
Newcastle two days ago.
Both Things Happen and
once-raced Joys Delight will be
'on the premises' and there is
sure to be support for consist-
ent, moderate, Espresso Freddo,
trained by Sir Mark Prescott, but
experience of Richard Kingscote
and Sidewinder nigh on guaran-
tees one of three places, despite
a high draw!
Cue Card among
48 Ryanair entries
Cue Card could bid for a second victory in the
£300,000 Grade One Ryanair Chase on March 16,
after he was confirmed as one of the 48 entries
for this year's race.
The 11-year-old ran away with the near two-
mile, five-furlong contest in 2013 when thrashing
First Lieutenant by nine lengths, and has since
established himself as one of Britain's leading
He fell at the third last when going strong-
ly in the 2016 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.
This season, Cue Card captured his third Bet-
fair Chase at Haydock Park in November before
chasing home impressive stablemate Thistlecrack
in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park
Colin Tizzard's four other entries also include
French import Alary, yet to run for the stable and
entered in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup like
Cue Card, Shloer Chase victor Fox Norton, Siz-
ing Granite and Viconte Du Noyer. The last three
also hold entries in the Betway Queen Mother
Willie Mullins accounts for seven of the 18
Irish-trained entries. The septet features hot
Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase favour-
ite Douvan, dual Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup
runner-up Djakadam, 2015 Racing Post Arkle
Chase victor Un De Sceaux and the star mare
Vroum Vroum Mag.
Among Henry de Bromhead's three contenders
is Valseur Lido, runner-up last year when trained
by Willie Mullins, while Gordon Elliott has course
and distance scorer Empire Of Dirt and Outland-
er in his three entries. Other possibles include
Uxizandre, off the course since winning the 2015
Ryanair Chase, French-trained Vezelay, third on
his British debut in the Betfair Chase, BetVictor
Gold Cup scorer Taquin De Seuil and Ar Mad.
Doc Sportello secured a narrow success in the
£20,000 Betway Conditions Stakes at New-
castle and a guaranteed place in the line-up on
All-Weather Finals Day at Lingfield on Good
The five-furlong contest attracted nine run-
ners, with the David Evans-trained Gracious John
the 5/4 favourite.
Irish raider Chiclet was the pacesetter, with
Gracious John never too far off the speed.
As Chiclet weakened, Gracious John looked
well placed to collect, but he was unable to find
a change of gear and proved ultimately disap-
The patiently -idden pair of Justice Good and
Doc Sportello began to make inroads inside the
final furlong, with Justice Good produced to chal-
lenge against the stands' side while Doc Sportello
was switched round horses on the other side of
Doc Sportello hit the front first, but Shane Kelly
looked to have timed it just right aboard Justice
Good and briefly looked to nose ahead.
However, Michael Herrington's 8/1 winner dug
deep for Robert Winston and pipped his rival by
a short head. Dougan beat Gracious John to third
Herrington said: "I can't tell you much as I was
at the start to put him in the stalls!
"Fortunately for me he was a good claim
(£10,000). It's unbelievable. We thought he'd
run well and he's got an engine. It's only his sixth
run and he can only get better if we can keep his
Trainer Jose Williams- Samaroo leads in McQuade into the Winners Circle after
winning Race 4 which went a distance of 1,350 metres for Handicap 3 Y. 0. &
Over Horses Rate 50-35 at Santa Rosa Park, Arima on January 2, (Day 1, 2017).
In back is Roger Poon, Groom. PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am.......................... 5-26
1 pm ............................... 30-26
4 pm ...................................19-9
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: THURS DAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Friday, January 12, 2017
26 6.30 pm
17 (Pigeon) 6.30 pm
13 (Crapaud) 10.30 am
35 (Big Snake) 4 pm
25 (Morocoy) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
34 (Blind Man)
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 1
15SICKWOMAN0 1 0 0
18WATERBOAT 1 0 1 0
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 0 0 0
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 1 0 0 0
30HOUSECAT 0 0 0 0
31 PARSONWIFE 0 0 1 0
34BLINDMAN 0 0 0 0
35 BIG SNAKE
9.00 Chough (e.w)
10.30 Bithynia (nap-e.w)
4.15 Sidewinder (e.w).
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