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Ramgeet goes clear
stormed clear in the
standings at Turf
Paradise on Tues-
day, when he rode two
winners on the day's
Capitalising on the
absence of previous
leader and main chal-
lenger Scott Stevens,
Ramgeet scored in race
five with favourite Flow-
returning to win race
seven with 3-1 choice
Ramgeet is now out
front with 71 wins, five
ahead of Stevens, with
David Lopez well back
in third on 54.
The veteran rider tast-
ed success for the first
time in over six furlongs
when he combined with
six-year-old bay mare
edge the four-year-old
and upward fillies and
mares by a neck.
Longshot Miss the
Traffic and Legal Affair
tussled through the half
run in 46.25 seconds
off the pace.
A battle unfurled in
the stretch with Ram-
geet bringing Flowin-
withthebreez with a
strong drive to just nip
Miss the Traffic t the
win came over a mile
and sixteenth when he
paired with eight-year-
old chestnut gelding
Scorcher to trounce the
four-year-old and up-
ward by 2-3/4 lengths.
outsider Sahara Hero
posted the early splits
of 23.64 for the quar-
ter mile and 48.38 for
the half, with Scorcher
stalking from second.
Ramgeet then clini-
cally eased the gelding
to the front in the up-
per stretch and slowly
pulled away from the
Ready for another 'Alert'
Red Alert, one of
eight 'decs' for the
Maiden Stakes over
six furlongs Chelms-
ford today, is napped
(again!) and there is a
good reason we think
this will be seventh
time lucky, Franny
A fortnight ago Red
Alert recorded his worst time-figure, with a better
opportunity, over the minimum trip on this course,
under Liam Keniry.
Easy to criticise in this game, which is all about win-
ning and losing, but race-times tell their own story and
visually Liam looked to have lacked drive and positivity;
my clock subsequently confirmed that impression.
Punters were awestruck when a late effort by heavi-
ly-backed Red Alert failed by a head, presumably trainer
Joseph Tuite will instruct Norton to hit the gate and sort
out the whest from the chaff.
Three newcomers will be of interest in betting ex-
change markets but the only conceivable danger in
my book is Alfono Manana, second the last twice and
BHA ratings have the latter a pound or two superior,
we differ by about 7lbs!
Realistically Red Alert represents the first leg of an
each-way double 'special' played into James Tate-
trained Forest Angel in the Maiden Stakes over and
extended mile on Wolverhampton tapeta.
Forest Angel raced both times as a two-year-old, at
Former trainer, Richard Hannon, knows what is re-
quired to win those 'maidens' at HQ and so must have
had decent regard for Forest Angel, eh?
Coincidentally Hannon runs once-raced Willwams, a
remote 25/1 shot when eighth of ten, beaten nine lengths
by Opinionate at Lingfield last month; you can bet this
Duke Of Marmalade gelding isn't useless and is 'on the
premises!' Isn't all-weather racing fascinating?
Just Cameron heading to Naas
Just Cameron is set to make his second appearance
in Ireland at Naas on Sunday.
Micky Hammond's stable star ran a fantastic race to
finish a clear second to Un De Sceaux in the Ryanair
Novice Chase at the 2015 Punchestown Festival and has
been campaigned at a high level during the subsequent
The 10-year-old was well beaten on his seasonal re-
appearance in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham in No-
vember, but has performed well at a lower level since,
finishing third in the Castleford Chase at Wetherby over
Christmas before returning to the West Yorkshire cir-
cuit to snap a long losing run last month. He will now
head across the Irish Sea to contest a Grade Three chase
over two miles.
Hammond said: "He ran well in the Castleford and
stepped up on that to win a nice prize back at Wetherby.
"He's been mixing it with some of the best for the
last couple of years and finishing fifth or sixth, so it was
nice to see him get his head in front again. He came out
of Wetherby in good form. The plan is to run in Ireland
at the weekend and we're expecting a big run."
Just Cameron finished sixth in the Queen Moth-
er Champion Chase at Cheltenham last March and
Hammond is keen to see how his charge performs this
weekend before deciding whether to have another crack
at the two-mile chasing crown.
"Let's get this weekend out of the way before we think
about Cheltenham," said the Leyburn-based trainer.
Luckless Burke suffers injury again
Jonathan Burke's injury woes are set to continue after it
was confirmed he looks like missing the rest of the season.
Burke, formerly the retained rider for Alan and Ann
Potts, has endured a miserable run with injuries in 2016
and had not long returned from a fractured fibula.
He suffered an injury to his shoulder at Navan on Sun-
day and has now been told it requires surgery.
His agent Gary Cribbin said: "Jonathan went for an
MRI with shoulder specialist Hannan Mullett in Santry
on Tuesday and it has been confirmed he has torn tendons
in his right shoulder."
Under: (Last Thursday)
1 pm ...............................20-34
4 pm ........................... ....30-29
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Thursday, February 23, 2017
12 6.30 pm
2 (Old Lady) 6.30 pm
16 (Jamette) 10.30 am
30 (Housecat) 4 pm
19 (Horse) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake)
28 (Red Fish)
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 1 3 2 2
15SICKWOMAN2 2 0 1
18WATERBOAT 3 1 2 1
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 2 0 1
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN 1
30HOUSECAT 2 1 1 0
31PARSONWIFE1 3 2 4 10
34BLINDMAN 0 1 1 1
35 BIG SNAKE
Chelmsford, 10.50 Mistry
(e.w) • 1.50 Red Alert (nap-
e.w) • Wolverhampton, 3.25
Forest Angel (e.w)
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