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West Wizard had been expected to add
his name to an impressive list of graduates
from the Openwork Foundation British
Stallion Studs EBF "National Hunt"
Novices Hurdle at Kempton but he proved
no match for the equally promising Sgt
Trainer Nicky Henderson had used the
two-miler to launch the hurdling careers of
Gold Cup hero Bobs Worth and the ill-fated
but top-class Darlan, and West Wizard was
already the ante-post favourite for the
Supreme at Cheltenham after his striking
bumper debut at the course in the spring.
But connections of Sgt Reckless had a bit
of history with the race, too, as owners Tim
and Camilla Radford s fine chaser Somersby
claimed the 2008 renewal, and this five-
length winner had the same jockey in
Trained by Mick Channon, but with the
constant help of the retired Henrietta Knight,
Sgt Reckless (7/2) had a more arduous
bumper campaign than 1/6 favourite West
Wizard and had tested the water with a
third over hurdles at Wincanton.
All this stood him in good stead, as
Elsworth had Barry Geraghty in trouble with
two flights to jump and kept him at a good
distance all the way home.
Channon s son, Michael, said: "He s just
a very nice horse, I couldn t say how good
as I m not sure how good (jumpers) are sup-
posed to be at home.
"He can beat anything at home, and the
money for him in the Cheltenham bumper
tells you that.
"He made a fool of us in that race as
plenty of the lads at home fancied him and
he was well beaten---but I m relieved rather
than delighted to see him win like that here.
We ve always liked him. Anyway, it s a nice
start and it s up to Tim, Hen and dad to
come up with a plan."
Henderson said: "Of course we are dis-
appointed and so is Dai (Walters, owner)
but Barry said if he was ever going to get
beaten it was today.
West Wizard is out to 20/1 from 8s for
the Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle at
Cheltenham in March with the sponsors
with Sgt Reckless introduced to the betting
at the same price.
London set to become Number One for
the first time in the Maiden Stakes over an
extended mile of Wolverhampton today when
all-weather aficionados are well catered for
with two eight-race cards; Lingfield runs in
tandem on a similar surface.
Manton-based trainer Brian Meehan has
slipped down the success ladder these past
few seasons, nothing like the force he was by
any means but, hopefully, experience will hold
him in good stead in the battle ahead, starting
with Number One London.
This Invincible Spirit gelding has failed to
live up to a one-time lofty reputation but on
official ratings, and my time-handicap, should
make it twelfth time lucky under Martin Dwyer
who has been working hard to re-establish
his tarnished reputation following that Indian
debacle, concluded last month.
Dwyer was banned for 56 days by the Indian
Jockey Club for what it termed an unsatis-
factory ride, later extending the ban consid-
erably; our British Horse-racing Authority set
a somewhat dangerous precedent by not com-
plying and Martin is now allowed to ride in
the United Kingdom.
Whether he s licensed to ride in any other
country, bar India, we don t know.
One thing is certain Dwyer will be keeping
his head down from now on and punters can
benefit because Martin will only be thinking
of Number One!
Resolute is strongly-fancied to make it third
time lucky and go one better in the five-runner
Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs, one of two
William Haggas charge chased home Jazz
on a a demanding Doncaster surface earlier
this month but was all out in the closing stages
of a six furlongs race. Will he get further on
If he doesn t Armelle will be there to take
advantage and given it s now possible to bet
each-way two places in such small fields with-
out a problem Scott Dixon s charge is worth
chancing on the deep stuff!
7.40 Better Value
8.10 Armelle (e.w)
12.50 Number One London (nap)
Go to Number One London
Tidal Bay defects from Gold Cup
23-7 --- 10.30 am
6-32 --- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6 8 7 21
02OLDLADY 12 7 6 25
03 CARRIAGE 10 3 6 19
04DEADMAN 4 9 7 20
05 PARSONMAN 8 5 7 20
15 SICKWOMAN 4 10 7 21
18 WATERBOAT 6 10 5 21
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 6 13 9 28
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUMMAN 8 5 12 26
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 9 8 5 22
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to November 25
34 (Blind Man) 10.30 am
3 (Carriage) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
12 (King) 1 pm
6 (Belly) --- 10.30 am
1 (Centipede) --- 1 pm
5 (Parson Man) --- 6.30 pm
North Yorkshire trainer Malcolm Jefferson
is in no rush to decide whether to let Cape
Tribulation carry top weight in the Hennessy
Gold Cup at Newbury.
The nine-year-old now heads a 23-strong
field for Saturday s hugely prestigious staying
handicap following the anticipated defection
of Tidal Bay, who finished fifth in the Betfair
Chase at Haydock at the weekend.
Jefferson had considered entering Cape
Tribulation, who was pulled up on his seasonal
debut in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby,
in the Long Distance Hurdle on the same card,
but that idea has been scrapped.
The Malton handler said: "The horse is in
good form, but we haven t decided what we re
doing yet. We ll see what the weather does
and everything else.
"We thought about the hurdle race, but
we ve sort of changed our minds. We haven t
entered him for that in the end. If he runs
he ll have top weight, but he carried top weight
over hurdles at Aintree last year. We ll just
have to see what happens."
Ante-post favourite Invictus has been all
the rage for the coveted prize following his
three-length defeat of Bobs Worth at Ascot
in February 2012, although he has not run
Trainer Alan King said: "He schooled (on
Monday morning) over nine fences and he
went well. He ll do a bit of work on the grass
on Wednesday and that will be it.
"Newbury have been very good to me, he s
been here twice for a gallop and that has been
a big help. He hasn t run for a while and he s
certainly going to improve, but he s as fit as
I can get him at home."
Other leading fancies to have stood their
ground include Rocky Creek, Katenko and Our
Paul Nicholls is the only person to win the
race as both a jockey and a trainer and believes
Rocky Creek has what it takes to win the Hen-
nessy - but he has no desire to look too far
He said: "He did well last season, winning
three races including the Reynoldstown. I ve
given him a couple of racecourse gallops and
he s done plenty of schooling, I couldn t get
him any fitter."
"He s an out and out stayer, but whether
he s a Gold Cup horse is a different matter.
I m not sure where we ll go after this, we ll
take it one step at a time."
David Pipe is hoping Our Father will be able
to follow in the footsteps of his 2008 winner
Madison Du Berlais, but is not getting carried
away by his prominent position in the mar-
"It would be fantastic to win another Hen-
nessy. David Johnson was involved in this horse
so it would obviously mean a lot to his family
and the whole yard."
Irish interests are spiked by the likely par-
ticipation of last season s RSA Chase winner
Lord Windermere, who represents the Jim
Culloty said: "I think he s got a great chance,
I really fancy him. I always hoped he would
turn into a RSA horse and he did us proud at
Ireland s champion trainer Willie Mullins
has left in Prince De Beauchene, Terminal, On
His Own and Vesper Bell. Fellow Irish chal-
lenger Whodoyouthink, trained by Oliver McK-
iernan, is at the foot of the weights.
Cloudy Too is set to take his chance at New-
bury, despite being given an entry in New-
castle s At The Races Rehearsal Chase on the
The seven-year-old, trained in Bingley by
Sue Smith, was a most impressive winner of
a Listed race at Carlisle at the start of the
Harvey Smith, husband of the Grand
National-winning handler, said: "He s in good
form and looking well. All being well he ll be
running (at Newbury). The Newcastle race is
just a back-up option."
Opening Batsman, last season s Racing Plus
Chase winner, was pulled up on his seasonal
return in Ascot s United House Gold Cup, but
trainer Harry Fry is keeping his fingers crossed
his charge will return to form in first-time
Jockey Ruby Walsh believes there is a lot
more to come from Annie Power, despite
having extended her unbeaten run to eight
races at Ascot on Saturday.
The exciting mare faced arguably her biggest
test on a racecourse in the Coral Hurdle, in
which she went head to head with Grade One
Although Annie Power was in receipt of
11lb at the Berkshire circuit, there was still
much to admire about the manner in which
Willie Mullins inmate pulled five lengths clear.
Walsh told Racing UK: "She was work-
manlike. She stepped out of novice company
for the first time to take on a high-calibre
horse in Zarkandar.
"It was probably the first time she has been
off the bridle and I was delighted the way she
Due to technical difficulties, we are unable
to supply yesterday's UK racing dividends.
We do apologise.
Wizard no match
for Sgt Reckless
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