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Seven-time champion jumps
jockey John Francome believes
any potential transfer of the King
George VI Chase to Sandown would
have a damaging impact on the
Owners Jockey Club Racecourses an-
nounced on Tuesday proposals to close
down the King George's traditional
home of Kempton for housing rede-
velopment "from 2021 at the earliest"
Should those plans come into frui-
tion, the Jockey Club hopes that one of
most prestigious National Hunt races
of the season, the King George, will be
switched to sister course Sandown.
But Francome, who twice won the
Boxing Day highlight during his riding
career, is adamant such a move would
be a "huge mistake"
He told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sports-
week: "A lot of horses that have won the
King George at Kempton aren't good
enough to go and win at Cheltenham,
and they wouldn't win at Sandown.
"It (Kempton) is right on the edge
of the M25 - beautifully positioned.
The ground is really well drained. It's
a proper test and it's part of our history.
"It's a completely different track ca-
tering for different types of horses. At
Sandown, Cheltenham and quite a few
other tracks, you race downhill.
"Horses get to free-wheel. There's no
free-wheeling at Kempton. It's a really,
really good test.
"It's level, it's fair and you've got
to be able to lay up with the pace the
The Jockey Club, which operates 14
racecourses in Great Britain, hopes to
invest £500million into the sport in a
10-year plan - with the end of National
Hunt and Flat racing at Kempton its
most radical proposal.
Jockey Club chief executive Simon
Bazalgette reiterated proposals to make
Sandown London's premier dual-code
racecourse, with the transfer of the
King George its National Hunt cen-
He said: "It's a very tough market to
get people to go racing in London.
"We can really focus on Sandown,
which, of course, everyone loves and
is one of the best-viewing courses in
"We can get racing back to being a
core part of London life for millions
"That's the transformation we think
is possible here."
In partnership with housing contrac-
tor Redrow Homes, the Kempton estate
has been submitted for consideration
following Spelthorne Borough Coun-
cil's 'Call for Sites' to address unmet
local housing needs.
And to fill the void left by the poten-
tial absence of a Flat track at Kempton,
the Jockey Club's land at The Links in
Newmarket is the "front-running lo-
cation" for a new floodlit all-weather
Times say bet on the 'Draw'
Draw Swords and hope this
John Gosden-trained Dansili
colt makes it fifth time lucky
in the Maiden Stakes over an
extended nine furlongs of
Wolverhampton tapeta to-
day; there are also jumpiung
fixtures scheduled at 'heavy'
Ayr and Plumpton where
'soft' ground is forecast.
Currently we're experiencing
dark mornings but first signs
of Spring are just around the
corner and, hopefully, we'll
get back on track with a con-
sistent run of winners; no better
time for serious punting with
all-weather racing, juvenile
hurdlers and hunter chasers now
ready to battle country-wide.
In order to be the best in rac-
ing you need to surround your-
self with the best, or join 'em!
Pointless opposing champi-
on trainer Gosden, whose quest
for success remains insatiable;
'Big John' never wastes a race,
thinks the whole through pro-
fessionally and chooses the right
moments to strike.
Punters need to realise that
'winning machines' like John-
ston, Varian, Fahey etc know the
calendar backwards and have
sufficient ammunition. Don't
oppose without good reasson.
You can bet Draw Swords
is 'cherry-ripe' and will win
judged on a 'career-best' course
and distance short-head deeat
back in October.
Obvious danger is Pete So
High, a recent beaten-favour-
ite but Richard Hannon's charge
needs to improve and so do oth-
ers to beat my confident nap,
Roy's Legacy has the early
place to take advantage of num-
ber one stall in division two of
an 'aged' handicap stakes over
five furlongs; useful apprentice
Charlie Bennet is definitely a
plus. Wish Hughie Morrison
had stuck with him for Special
Relation at Lingfield, Saturday!
Division one looks with-
in capabilities of Eland Ally,
a creditableseond last week
and mount of 'super schemer'
Should be an interesting,
informative, eight-race pro-
Dark Treasure with jockey Wilmer Galviz in saddle flying home to win Race 8, the ICWI---Joseph Hadeed
SFA National Stakes T&T Bred 4 Y.O. & Over race at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, on Saturday.
PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
Under: (Last Monday)
1 pm ......................................3-9
4 pm .................................15-12
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Monday, January 16, 2017
12 6.30 pm
5 (Parson Man) 6.30 pm
9 (Cattle) 10.30 am
12 (King) 4 pm
21 (Mouth) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
27 (Little Snake)
5 (Parson 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 1 1 0
34BLINDMAN 0 0 0 0
35 BIG SNAKE
Minella Rocco on
Irish Gold trail
Jonjo O'Neill is eyeing a tilt at the Irish Gold
Cup at Leopardstown with Minella Rocco.
Winner of the National Hunt Chase at last season's
Cheltenham Festival, the seven-year-old returned to
Prestbury Park for his seasonal reappearance in No-
vember, finishing third in a well-contested long-dis-
The JP McManus-owned Minella Rocco looked
to be coming off second best in a battle with Grand
National hero Many Clouds when falling at the final
fence at Aintree last month.
But a rematch could be on the cards in the world's
most famous steeplechase if he comes through his
Irish assignment on February 12 unscathed.
O'Neill said: "He has come out of Aintree well and
the physio has helped sort him out.
"He has now filled his frame and strengthened up.
He is a great horse to have.
"The plan at the moment is to go for the Irish Gold
Cup in the middle of February.
"We will then make a plan after that regarding
Cheltenham and Aintree.
"He could be a National horse and that is the way
I'd be going, I think."
The Jackdaws Castle handler accepts More Of That
may no longer be the horse he was once.
Hopes were high prior to the start of this season he
could recapture past glories, with a tilt at the Chel-
tenham Gold Cup mentioned.
However, he was bitterly disappointing on his re-
appearance in the BetVictor Gold Cup at Prestbury
Park, and could only finish third in the Peterborough
Chase at Huntingdon.
He was also well beaten on his latest appearance
in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown.
Wolverhampton, 11.20 Draw
2.00 Eland Ally (e.w)
2.30 Roy's Legacy (e.w).
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