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Ms Gillard attempts to recoup even more loss-
es in an 'aged' Maiden Stakes over ten furlongs
of Newcastle tapeta today; this consistent, hith-
erto luckless, Aussie Rules filly has raced eight
times, punters wont be in a rush to 'chase the
money' but Tom Eaves is back on board.
Eaves got a real tune out of Ms Gillard over course
and distance in the first week of last month since
when David Simcock's charge has finished second
on a similar surface around Wolverhampton, beaten
two lengths by Alhajjaj.
On that occasion Ms Gillard was backed into 11/10
Bookmakers must be rubbing their hands in an-
ticipation, they love to lay 'losers' but Ms Gillard
might just go one better because my time-handicap
indicates an obvious chance on a track which suits
her and indeed, every thoroughbred.
Significantly Ms Gillard also turned in a 'ca-
reer-best' at Gosforth Park in early January, ridden
Several with form-figures are in opposition, namely
On Fire, another vexing sort, Slaying The Dragon and
Brideys Lettuce, top-rated judged on a Nottingham
run way back in October, but he's deteriorated in five
There is no getting away from Ms Gillard and with
a 5lbs fillies' allowance is napped to make it ninth
time lucky; water eventually finds its level!
Atalante looks a 'safe-hands' TH 'special' in
the five-runner Maiden Stakes over six furlongs
of Chelmsford polytrack; our DAILY patent needs
an 'anchor' for solidatory and another Newmarket
trainer, Jeremy Noseda, means business, he's booked
ex-champion jockey, Ryan Moore!
Jockeys don't makes horses go faster, good ones
are proficient and capable of getting the best out of
their mounts; Moore is obviously in this category
but usually I'm never swayed by riders, we're in this
game to back horses.
There are certain jockeys we avoid!
Realistically Atalante shouldn't be extended nev-
er mind beaten and each-way 'thieves'
,* hated by
bookmakers, will doubtless play both in an each-way
double, initiated by Ms Gillard. Let us hope there are
no 'non-runners' in the first leg which, currently,
has three places available.
Have you noticed just how many eight runner rac-
es recently have been reduced to seven by virtue of
some owners/trainers getting underhand payments?
Hurricane Harry, right, ridden by Wilmer Galviz, runs away from his challenger Peace N Glory with apprentice jockey Yosenyer Serrano.
Owner of Hurricane Harry, Steve Samaroo, second from right, with Richard
Ramkissoon, groom, right, and connection in the winner's enclosure at Santa
Rosa Park, Arima. Hurricane Harry won Race 9, the Handicap 3 Y.0. & Over
Horses Rated 60-45 on February 22. (Day 6). PHOTOS: RALPH BANWARIE
Under: (Last Thursday)
10.30 am........................ 31-36
1 pm ...................................23-6
4 pm .............................. ....9-25
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Thursday, March 2, 2017
24 6.30 pm
18 (Water Boat) 6.30 pm
29 (Opium Man) 10.30 am
1 (Centipede) 4 pm
16 (Jamette) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
34 (Blind Man)
31 (Parson Wife)
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 2
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 4 0 1
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 2 1 0 2
30HOUSECAT 2 1 1 0
31PARSONWIFE1 3 2 5 11
34BLINDMAN 0 1 1 1
35 BIG SNAKE
Handicapper Phil Smith
responds to Irish criticism
Senior BHA handicapper Phil Smith has is-
sued a statement in response to criticism over
his assessment of Irish runners.
Following publication of the weights for the Ran-
dox Health Grand National, Smith came under fire
for a supposed bias against runners from Ireland.
Eddie O'Leary, racing manager for Gigginstown
House Stud, said that he would run 'very, very few'
in a bid to win the race for a second year in succes-
sion, following Rule The World's victory in 2016.
O'Leary added that Smith 'is meant to be im-
, calling the race a 'pre-Brexit, post-Brexit
Smith defended his position on Wednesday, in a
statement released alongside weights for the Chel-
tenham Festival handicaps.
"In response to a disproportionately high success
rate of Irish runners in British handicaps - which
reached as high as 18 per cent in 2004/05 compared
to a British strike rate of 9.5 per cent--- it was agreed
that the British handicappers should keep perfor-
mance figures for Irish Jump races," Smith said.
"This is in no way a comment on our colleagues
in Ireland. It is purely for consistency purposes -
handicapping will always be subjective and it makes
sense for every runner in handicaps in Britain to
be assessed by British handicappers using identical
"Since switching approaches the strike rate of
British and Irish runners have levelled out with the
Irish strike rate remaining marginally higher at 11 per
cent compared to ten per cent for British runners.
"We have also monitored success rates at the four
major festivals since 2006, where the British strike
rate is 250 winners from 5,199 runners at 4.8 per
cent, compared to 154 Irish winners from 2,990
runners at 5.2 per cent.
"The Jump Handicappers are confident that based
on these figures there is no semblance of any an-
ti-Irish bias and that keeping our own Irish per-
formance figures has given our handicaps greater
equality and fairness."
Shortly after Smith's statement was revealed, so
too were the latest Grand National forfeits which
confirmed that seven horses from Gigginstown had
been removed, including top weight Don Poli, plus
Cheltenham hopefuls Outlander and Empire Of Dirt.
Time to cash in with 'Gill'
Newcastle, 1.20 Ms Gillard (nap-e.w)
Chelmsford, 3.25 Atalante
3.55 Magic City (e.w).
HURRICANE HARRY ON THE GO
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