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Looks a 'Dun' deal
Dungannon is un-
likely to be sold after
winning the Selling
Stakes over five fur-
longs of Southwell
fibresand today, who
would want to pur-
chase a ten-year-old?
Result should be a
formality, Ian Balding's
charge is way superior
on official BHA ratings
apart from Moondye
Joe, absent for 232
days which, of course,
indicates a problem
given this four-year-
old is entered for the
so-called lowest grade.
Over the years I've
come to realise, as a
owner, just how com-
petitive and difficult
it is to win sellers/
claimers because vet-
erans, far from their
'sell-by' date, are often
featured; taking them
on with typical mod-
erate types makes no
sense because a good,
genuine, effort will un-
doubtedly be penalised
by handicappers if get-
ting too close to such
Fort instance if
(once 107!) turns in
a below part perfor-
mance and scrapes
home from an inferior
rival by less than two
lengths how will the
loser be assessed?
Any sensible train-
er/owner would have
looked at this race and
thought 'not for me!'
Too many have dis-
missed genuine 'aged'
thoroughbreds in the
past, my contention is
they don't reach phys-
ical maturity until six
years and if looked af-
ter, as would be the case
with Dungannon at the
of Andrew Balding, can
operate at a decent lev-
el for years.
Dungannon was al-
lotted 10st when beat-
en half a length by the
The Big Lad over course
and distance eleven
days ago; nuff said?
Half an hour later,
over the same course
and distance, £20,000
is on offer for an 'aged'
handicap sprint which
looks well within capa-
bilities of Michael Ap-
and distance winner,
Poyle Vinnie; makes a
difference to know that
one can handle the no-
torious 'deep stuff!'
Appleby has more
runners than most at
venue, places his run-
ners shrewdly and has
3lbs claiming appren-
tice, Alan Rawlinson,
who knows Poyle Vin-
nie very well.
every box and Poyle
Vinnie enough for a
serious each-way punt.
n RACING BRIEFS
Lough could take
Kylemore Lough could lock horns with Thistlecrack
in the BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham
on Saturday after the two horses featured among
Kerry Lee's Grade One winner was due to run at
Ascot last weekend, but with that meeting lost to
the weather, plans had to be revised.
Kylemore Lough has also been given an entry in the
Hugo's Resturant Barbados Trophy Handicap Chase
on the nine-race card at Cheltenham.
Lee said of a potential run in the Cotswold Chase:
"I know it means stepping up to three miles for the
first time and it's a massive step up in class, but he's
got a Gold Cup entry so we need to know if we're
going to use it or not.
Thistlecrack is the current star of the National
Hunt scene and Colin Tizzard's charge stepped out
of novice company with an exemplary display in the
King George at Kempton on Boxing Day.
Immediately afterwards, Tizzard stated this race
would set him up nicely for the Gold Cup.
It will be far from a walkover, though, as Oliver
Sherwood has entered 2015 Grand National winner
Many Clouds, who claimed this race two years ago.
Alan King could run 2015 Hennessy hero Smad
Place, who also landed the Cotswold Chase last
Paul Nicholls has entered dual King George winner
Silviniaco Conti, Scottish National hero Vicente and
Perfect Candidate, Regal Encore, Shantou Flyer and
French runner Vezelay complete the list of possible
Harry among Cleeve fifteen
Unowhatimeanharry is due to put his long unbeaten
run on the line in the galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle
at Cheltenham on Saturday for which 15 horses have
The nine-year-old has won seven on the bounce,
including the Albert Bartlett in March and the Long
Walk Hurdle last month, since joining Harry Fry.
Fry has also entered Whataknight, who has been
novice chasing so far this term.
There are two former winners of the Grade Two
among the entry in Reve De Sivola (2013) and the
14-year-old Knockara Beau (2014).
The latter is set to run in this race for a fifth time,
having also finished second once and fourth twice.
Ballyoptic, who fell at the final flight when just
headed by Unowhatimeanharry in the Long Walk Hur-
dle, has been put in by trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies,
while Paul Nicholls could be double-handed with Ptit
Zig and Old Guard.
Completing the list are Henri Parry Morgan, Kotki-
kova, The Romford Pele, The Young Master, Un Temps
Pour Tout and West Approach.
Paul Nicholls plans to keep Politologue at two and
a half miles following the grey's good effort in defeat
at Haydock on Saturday.
The Ditcheat trainer was pleased Politologue stuck
to his task well in the closing stages to go down by
only a length and a quarter to the talented winner
in a hot Grade Two for novice chasers.
"Politologue ran a blinder in going down narrowly to
the smart novice Waiting Patiently in the Grade Two
novice chase," he told www.paulnichollsracing.com
"Politologue again jumped flawlessly and remains
a horse of some potential considering he was giving
3lb to the winner and the third horse, rated 144, was
20 lengths behind him.
"While it was encouraging to see Politologue stay
on stoutly to the line, we will keep him to two and a
half miles for the time being."
Under: (Last Saturday)
10.30 am........................... 27-1
1 pm .................................. 24-9
4 pm ................................... 16-2
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Tuesday, January 24, 2017
35 6.30 pm
17 (Pigeon) 6.30 pm
24 (Queen) 10.30 am
8 (Tiger) 4 pm
4 (Dead Man) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
18 (Water Boat)
35 (Big Snake)
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 8 118 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
ROUGH N TOUGH
As his name implies Rough 'N' Tumble ridden by Nicholas Patrick gives Divine Inspiration with jockey Nobel Abrego on saddle a rough
challenge to win the Ceramic Trinidad LTD - Steve Bennett W.I. Bred 3 Y.O. Maidens Handicap Race 3 on Saturday at Santa Rosa Park,
Arima going 1,200 metres. (Day 2, 2017). PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
Southwell, 10.10 Very
First Blade (e.w)
10.40 Dungannon (nap)
10.10 Poyle Vinnie (e.w).
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