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Rag Tatter could well recoup recent losses,
and become another three-year-old winner for
trainer Kevin Ryan and stable jockey, Kevin Stott,
in an 'aged' Maiden Stakes over six furlongs of
Chelmsford polyrack tonight; Saturday-night
yielded a 'beaut' for this column when Lualiwa
ran them into the ground on this course, winning
Front-running by the best horse in the race always
makes good sense, hopefully the 'Kevins' are of a mind
to sort out the wheat from the chaff with twice-raced
Rag Tatter, a confident nap judged on efforts around
Catterick and Lingfield 'poly' just sixteen days ago.
Mine is to relate time-handicap information which
involves compiling/computing 'returns' daily; it's my
opinion but I've been working as a 'clocker' work-
ing out times for decades and know that solid sprint
performances are usually accurate enough to venture
forth when the need arises.
Just because a thoroughbred comes out 'best-in'
doesn't mean it represents a betting opportunity;
from experience they only pay off when it's definite-
ly possible to say that such a runner has achieved a
mark which wins a certain race at least eight times
out of ten.
Patience is the supreme virtue when punting seri-
ously, unfortunately from a tipping perspective I'm
tasked to produce 'goods' every day which is why I'm
keen to enlighten readers as to the 'minefield(s)' that
confront all of us. Never force the issue, 'let the ball
come onto the bat!'
On a point of singles we advise NEVER bet less than
2/1 but, there again, my DAILY PATENT takes care
of all eventualities and often short-priced 'anchor'
bets provide tremendous support.
Running in tandem on the eve of the four-day(s)
Cheltenham Festival will be three jumping fixtures,
Chepstow, Plumpton, and Stratford, where it will
be packed to the old rafters on a left-handed sharp
course only a 'stone's throw' from Prestbury Park.
Chandos Belle, though moderate, has experience
and trainer Stuart Edmunds has found an unexpected
opportunity in the opening Juvenile Hurdle over two
miles of 'soft ground which should also suit Fountains
windfall and Lough Derg Farmer in a Novices' Hurdle
over two and a half miles of the popular southern
venue. Ex-champion jockey Fred Winter once gen-
uinely dreaded 'Plumpton on a Monday' because of
traffic jams; wonder what his tolerance level would
be like nowadays!
Amputee jockey Guy Disney followed
up his historic Sandown win with an-
other victory at the course on Friday.
The former soldier, who rides with a pros-
thetic leg, won the Grand Military Gold Cup
on Rathlin Rose (7-4 fav).
The horse, trained by David Pipe, won
by 12 lengths.
Last month, 34-year-old Disney became
the first amputee jockey to win at a profes-
sional racecourse in Britain when he guided
the same horse to victory in the Royal Ar-
tillery Gold Cup.
"He is class, to win with an amateur like
me on, he has got to be pretty decent and
I just try not to get too busy on him," said
Disney lost his lower right leg when his
vehicle was hit by a grenade while serving
in Afghanistan in 2009.
"Tonight I will have some pints with a
mate and kick on point-to-pointing," he
"I love winning, like anyone else doing it.
It's the most phenomenal sport. I loved my
time in the army and the expeditions, but
you don't replicate days like this very easily."
Analysis---What an inspiration
Terrific stuff from Guy Disney once again
on Rathlin Rose, defying a bit of extra weight
---and the pressure of a load of expectation
---to record another emotional win.
Though this was mid-March, when re-
flections on 2017 are eventually gathered,
Disney's two Sandown wins will surely
become one of the great feel-good stories
of the year.
From desperate injuries in Afghanistan,
through rehabilitation and struggling to be
granted a race-riding licence to the winners'
circle at Sandown: what an inspiration to
so many, in racing and well beyond.
Treasure Queen on the rails with jockey Wilma Galviz, leads in the chasing pack to win Race 5 over 1,100 Meters Handicap 3YO and over
at the Aima Race Club, Arima, yesterday PHOTO: ANISTO ALVES
Neon Wolf will run in the Neptune In-
vestment Management Novices' Hurdle at
the Cheltenham Festival, trainer Harry Fry
The son of Vinnie Roe has been hugely impressive
on his three starts to date under Rules, completing
his hat-trick with a stunning display in a Supreme
Trial at Haydock in January.
Connections left the door open for a crack at the
Supreme Novices' Hurdle on Tuesday, but with
the ground drying out, he will instead step up in
trip the following afternoon.
Fry told Press Association Sport: "He'll run in
the Neptune, all being well.
"We said all along it would have to be slow
ground for him to run in the Supreme and we've
got drying ground.
"He's in good form and we're looking forward
The Seaborough handler also revealed his un-
beaten chaser American would miss the Festival
due to unsuitable ground.
"It's just dried out too much for him. He'll have
an entry in a novice handicap chase at Uttoxeter
next Saturday," Fry added.
Bleu Berry pips
Outspoken at Naas
Bleu Berry got up in the shadow of the post
to land the Irish Racing Writers Kingsfurze
Novice Hurdle at Naas.
An impressive winner of a maiden hurdle at
Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am....................... 26-24
1 pm ................................... 9-15
4 pm ............................. ....13-16
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Monday, March 13, 2017
12 6.30 pm
29 (Opium Man) 6.30 pm
17 (Pigeon) 10.30 am
3 (Carriage) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
34 (Blind Man)
4 (Dead Man)
35 (Big Snake)
5 (Parson Man)
27 (Little Snake)
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 1 3 4 2 10
15SICKWOMAN2 2 0 1
18WATERBOAT 4 1 2 2
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 4 0 2
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 2 1 0 3
30HOUSECAT 2 1 2 0
31PARSONWIFE2 3 3 5 13
34BLINDMAN 0 1 1 1
35 BIG SNAKE
GOING FOR GOLD
Amputee jockey Guy Disney rides
Rathlin Rose to more success
'Rag' to riches
Plumpton, 11.00 Fountains Windfall
Stratford, 11.10 Chandos Belle
Chelmsford, 4.50 Rag Tatter (nap).
Neon Wolf in Neptune, American misses Cheltenham
Fairyhouse last month, the Willie Mul-
lins-trained six-year-old was the 5/2
joint-favourite for this Listed contest
along with Minella Till Dawn.
Black Key took the field along for
much of the two-mile journey, but
dropped away before the home turn,
leaving the JP McManus-owned pair
of Minella Till Dawn and Outspoken
vying for the lead.
Bleu Berry loomed up ominously
under Paul Townend, but was untidy
at the final flight and Outspoken would
not go down without a fight.
After a ding-dong battle to the line,
Bleu Berry claimed victory by a short
Townend said: "We always thought
a lot of him after what he showed at
home. He disappointed us last year,
but this year he seems to be a differ-
"I thought he'd thrown it away at the
last, but he's a smart horse and battled
and ground it out.
"If he can smarten up his jumping
there's improvement in him, hope-
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