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'Missile' to strike
Alnashama is fancied by Charles Hills
for an eleven-runner 'aged' handicap
over a mile of 'good to firm' Sandown
today when, again, we are confronted
with a seven meetings 'super-Saturday'
fixture list; mid-summer madness!
It's that time of year, remember twelve
months ago when Barry Hills mentioned
Alnashama as 'the best handicapped horse
'The Legend' was certainly right because
this Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned Dubawi
gelding reeled off a hat-trick within five
weeks; a recent effort on Kempton polytrack,
over a similar distance, suggested Alnashama
was coming back to form, beaten a length
and a neck was an indication and he battled
in customary manner.
At one stage last season Alnashama was
offically rated 75, now he's 12lbs higher but
ready to take another step forward and be-
come a genuine major handicap prospect. It's
necessary nowadays to have a much higher
rating otherwise valuable races are out of
the question; my thoughts are on the 'Cam-
bridgeshire' over nine furlongs at Newmarket!
Apparently Alnashama is thriving, along
with so many of Hills-trained inmates, and
though this is not a yard that has paid to follow
for this coumnist since Barry retired, gallop
reports suggest there is a buzz about 'Faring-
don' on the eve of Royal Ascot 2017, where
there will be considerable representation.
For instance Magical Memory is in the form
of his life, 2-y-o Nebo has definitely gone
the right way, since making an eye-catching
first-up winning debut and I'll be keeping
you informed during the next few months.
Incidentally Gigi is expected to improve
considerably on a 'quiet' Lingfield debut and
go close in the Fillies' Novice Stakes over six
furlongs of 'good' Leicester; each-way is rec-
Richard Hannon is enjoying a successful
spell and Bristol Missile will be a banker
for the majority of Esher racegoers in the
ten-runner 3-y-o Maiden Stakes over ten
furlongs; what beats this consistent USA-
bred Kitten's Joy colt will win and, signif-
icantly, Ryan Moore.
The ex-champion will be in the thick it
next week with so many clamouring for his
services, Aidan O'Brien and Hannon have
contract claims on Ryan, definitely one of
the 'top five' on this planet.
Always remember however, we're in this
game to back horses, not jockeys!
There is too much emphasis put on jock-
eys when horses are priced up, which suits
bookmakers, but we're always prepared to
look at the bigger picture and rely, heavily,
on the time-handicap computation.
As a centre forward in the olden days it
often paid off doing something different,
like standing alone!
Our inside left was Barry Lineker, father
leads in Saint
the horse won
Race 4 at Santa
the ARC day 17
Under: (Last Saturday)
10.30 am........................... 21-2
1 pm ................................12-30
4 pm ...................... .............2-16
6.30 pm............ ................... 2-8
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
4-10-12-13-16 Mx: 4
23 (House) 10.30 am
9 (Cattle) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
LAST DRAW: FRIDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017
28 (Red Fish) 6.30 pm
14 (Money) 1 pm
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 6 8 3 20
15SICKWOMAN3 4 1 1
18WATERBOAT 6 3 5 4 18
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 7 0 5 16
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 5 5 1 5 16
30 HOUSE CAT
31PARSONWIFE4 63 6 19
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
Sandown, 12.50 Alnashama (e.w)
2.00 Bristol Missile (nap)
Leicester, 7.40 Gigi (e.w)
Go Ben, Go!
With roughly a
as a Go Kart driver,
Ben Mahon handles
the machine like a seasoned professional and if his
early success in the discipline is anything to go by, he
could be a dominant force on a raceway near you for
years to come. In fact, the T&T Karting Association
(TTKA) has already earmarked him as a top rookie
driver, and has awarded a Challenge Cup trophy for
Future Champion Driver in only his first year of racing.
Ben told Guardian Media Sports, "I never knew
anything about go karting before last year. My par-
ents tried to get me to go with them when we were
in Florida, USA, two years ago and I was scared. Well,
that has changed. My good friend, Alex Powell took
me to a family day at the T&T Karting Association
(TTKA) and I tried out in his kart and it was awe-
some. They thought I was a "natural" because I have
really fast reactions and I take chances. Alex's dad
encouraged me to try out a real race event and I'm
so glad I did." he said.
The 10-year-old St Andrew's Private School stu-
dent added, "I like karting because I like speed."
His mother Jodi can certainly attest, explaining to
Guardian Media Sports that her son's chosen 777
racing number comes from his love or air planes and
the Boeing 777 aircraft, adding, "Ben never went
through the normal phases as a child. He went from
sitting to standing to running. He never crawled and
everything was about speed."
That lifestyle continues today as Ben divides his
time between two football academies, duathlon and
of course video gaming.
Ben's experience goes far beyond the steering
wheel and pedals as he can translate those experi-
ences to real life situations.
"Karting has taught me some lessons - that I am
better than I ever thought I could be and to never,
ever give up. Even if a race doesn't go your way, you
must always continue." he explained.
"One of my biggest challenges was that I had
never driven before and I had to learn the rules of
karting which was tough as I lost points. Being in a
championship when all the other drivers had years
of practice was not easy. Even though it can be hard
I always enjoy going to the races. Being handed the
checkered flag at the finish line is what gets me
excited." he ended.
Ben Mahon races during the 2016 T&T Karing
Association's race day #5. PHOTO: NICHOLAS BHAJAN
...Mahon is a karting natural!
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