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Adonis aim for Charli Parcs
Leading juvenile Charli
Parcs is set to make his next
appearance in the Adonis Hur-
dle at Kempton on February 25.
The French import made a
hugely impressive start to his
career in Britain at the Sunbury
circuit over the festive period and
was set to lock horns with fellow
JP McManus-owned youngster
Defi Du Seuil in a Triumph Hurdle
trial at Cheltenham last weekend.
However, Nicky Henderson's
charge was a late withdrawal on
account of the testing conditions
and with stable companion Solid-
er In Action lining up in the this
weekend's Triumph Trial at Mus-
selburgh, the master of Seven Bar-
rows is eyeing a return to Kempton
with Charli Parcs.
"I really wanted to run him at
Cheltenham last week as that had
been the objective for quite some
time," Henderson said in his Stan
"Soldier In Action was always
going to be going to Musselburgh
and when you change a plan for
one horse, what do you do with
"Charli (Parcs) will now go to
Kempton for the Adonis Hurdle
in two weeks' time."
Charli Parcs is a best priced
8-1 for the Triumph Hurdle at
the Cheltenham Festival, with
the Philip Hobbs-trained Defi
Du Seuil the 4-1 favourite.
Many are expecting McManus
to split his aces by running Charli
Parcs against his elders in the Su-
preme Novices' Hurdle, for which
he can be backed at 7-1. Enjoy 'Paradise'
Touch Of Paradise certainly needs to win an
'aged' Maiden Stakes over the straight mile under
floodlights on Newcastle tapeta tonight, being
by Frankel out of Epsom Oaks winner, Ramruna!
This Richard Fahey-trained filly gets all allowances,
made a promising debut over course and distance
thirty-one days ago and is mount of dual champion
jockey, Paul Hanagan; she is also clear 'best-in' on
There are certainly more than enough boxes ticked
for Touch Of Paradise to warrant close scrutiny by
serious-minded professional backers who will doubt-
less attempt to play afternoon winners into this 'late
Doubles and trebles are the key to winning sub-
stantial amounts which is why my daily patent can
be, and often is, devastating, and so simple. Perfect
Hanagan, unceremoniously outed from the pres-
tigious Hamdan Al Maktoum contract in Autumn,
moved back from Newmarket to Yorkshire and has
ridden three winners this week; Fahey is extremely
glad to have him back and punters could do worse
than 'specialise' on this combination because both
mean business for the coming months.
Who will beat Hanagan, now intent on becoming
'the man agen?'
Ironic if Paul wrests back the jockeys' championship
from Jim Crowley, now in Dubai as his replacement for
the Hamdan job. Now that is something I'm likely to
bet on given half-decent odds for the title race which
begins in May and ends late October.
Isn't it ridiculous to think such a farcical scenar-
io has been allowed to happen? the championship
should last twelve months now that flat-racing is
indeed staged on all-weather tracks throughout win-
ter. Great British Racing Racing organisation should
be re-named, it definitely isn't great!
Touch Of Paradise ran well to finish just over a
length behind Dubaitwentyone, staying on strongly in
the closing stages under an 'educational' Joe Fanning
ride; expect considerable improvement and success!
Earlier there will be a seven-race programme staged
on Lingfield polytrack where Andrew Balding and
stable jockey, David Probert, team up with strong-
ly-fancied, top-rated Casablanca in another 'aged'
Maiden Stakes over twelve furlongs; look no further
for the winner but don't be surprised if recent hurdles
winner, Appy Days, is 'on the premises!'
Ziga Boy heading to National
Connections of Ziga Boy are dreaming of a trip to
Aintree for the Randox Health Grand National in April
after the eight-year-old completed back-to-back vic-
tories in the Sky Bet Chase.
The Alan King-trained grey might take in the Betfred
National Trial at Haydock on February 18 before going
for the world's greatest steeplechase.
Ziga Boy entered the reckoning for the Merseyside
spectacular when winning Doncaster's historic hand-
icap in fine style.
Thanks to that, the handicapper gave him a helping
hand in the race to make the cut for the Grand National
by raising his rating to 147 from 137.
The cut off point for National places last year was 145.
Under: (Last Saturday)
10.30 am........................... 22-1
1 pm .................................31-14
4 pm ............................... 33-24
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: FRIDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Saturday, February 4, 2017
10 6.30 pm
18 (Water Boat) 6.30 pm
3 (Carriage) 10.30 am
13 (Crapaud) 4 pm
17 (Pigeon) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
27 (Little Snake)
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 1
15 SICK WOMAN 1
18WATERBOAT 3 0 1 0
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 1 0 1
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 1 0 0 2
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 0 3 2 1
34BLINDMAN 0 1 1 0
35 BIG SNAKE
Lingfield, 1.15 Casablanca
Newcastle, 2.45 Portledge
4.15 Touch Of Paradise (nap).
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