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Congratulations to Andy Murray and
his family following the BBC Sports Per-
sonality of the Year award for 2013 at Leeds
The man with the "boring voice!" spoke
volumes when acknowledging the feat and
receiving the coveted trophy in Miami where
he s in training for a come-back in the Aus-
tralian Open next month.
Mum, Judy, eccentrically but proudly
dressed in a Scottish tartan-patterned
trouser suit, was among the audience and
also spoke of the long battle to achieve that
famous Wimbledon triumph. Good to see
father, William, enjoying the magnificent
Hopefully, in some small part, Andy is
able to dedicate this latest award to Glasgow
where several people lost their lives in that
much-chronicled tragic helicopter disaster
a week or so back. He s a fine Scot.
How I d love to write the Judy Murray
Jillywinks, never placed in eight outings,
is a good thing to land the Maiden Stakes
over six furlongs of Southwell fibresand
today, by default!
Given the cost of keeping thoroughbreds
and the justification of paying to feed no-
hopers this is just about as bad as it gets;
on my time-handicap there can only be one
winner and, for what it s worth, official
BHA ratings concur.
Regular readers of my profit-making col-
umn will know my theory about the best
and most consistent results coming from
the worst races and Jillywinks really should
prove an outstanding example under former
champion apprentice jockey, Frederick Tylic-
ki, a class act.
Tylicki suffered injury after his teenage
triumph but patience has won the day, he s
now full of confidence and riding superbly,
he ll do for me, anytime
Realistically if you can find one to beat
Jillywinks, don t hesitate to have a bet on
a good-priced alternative but I ve combed
seven rivals and reckon they wouldn t make
five grand collectively in a public sale;
moderate doesn t even begin to describe
Another favourite is Liam Jones who
gets the leg up on Dandys Perier in the
eight-runner nursery over six furlongs.
Liam rode Dandys Perier when this Ronald
Harris-trained Dandy Man colt beat Razin
Hell a head last month, they meet again,
the latter will be 4lbs better off!
Obviously Razin Hell will be preferred in
the market but Dandys Perier bettered his
TH mark next time out when a close fourth
to Honey Meadow over five furlongs of
Wolverhampton polytrack; distance was too
If all decs go to post Dandys Perier rep-
resents a professional special each-way
bet; if there is a non-runner (and there
could well be!) just play the win.
Down the years non-runners, when there
have been eight declarations, have been the
bane of serious-minded punters who like
to play each-way double especially; bookies
are lower than a snake s belly when it comes
down to deviousness, and profit. Never
This is the toughest game in the world,
accept it and don t become cynical; there
is enough racing from which to make profit,
given a patient, business-like approach
which, unfortunately, is beyond the vast
majority. Bookmakers know that!
R11 (6) Dandys Perier (e.w)
R19 (3) Hannahs Turn
R22 (7) Jillywinks
Jillywinks is a
Double sees McCoy reach 150 at Ffos Las
Tony McCoy notched his 150th winner
of the season with a double at Ffos Las.
Having ridden in Ireland on Sunday,
McCoy was in Leeds that evening evening
where he came third behind Wimbledon
champion Andy Murray and Welsh rugby
international Leigh Halfpenny in the BBC
Sports Personality of the Year awards.
It was then on to Ffos Las in Wales where
McCoy won on It s A Doddle (7/2) for JP
McManus and Jonjo O Neill in the IWEC
Electrical Novices Hurdle, with victory
only looking likely in the final 100 yards.
The 18-times champion jockey then part-
nered the Rebecca Curtis-trained newcomer
Imagine The Chat (9/4 joint-favourite) in
the Three Rivers "Newcomers" Standard
Open National Hunt Flat Race, coming out
on top by three-quarters of a length.
Meanwhile, the All-Weather Champi-
onships continue at Lingfield Park and
Kempton Park tomorrow and include two
valuable contests which have been re-
scheduled from December 11 when they
were lost due to fog.
Forest Edge is chasing a four-timer in
the rearranged £45,000 Compare Book-
makers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap at
Lingfield Park over six furlongs which has
attracted a maximum field of 12.
The David Evans-trained four-year-old
landed six-furlong handicaps at Wolver-
hampton and Kempton Park before a deci-
sive length success in a five-furlong hand-
icap at Lingfield Park on December 4, all
under Adam Kirby.
Evans reported: "The extra week has
probably done Forest Edge a favour. He is
very well and also has a better draw (five)
than he would have done last week.
"I thought it was a brilliant performance
last time and he has progressed all year. It
was probably his best effort considering
how he quickened up in the final furlong.
"He used to always run better from the
front, but he can sometimes miss the break
and has just come good all of a sudden. I
think Adam Kirby gets on very well with
"It s a top-class race but we know he
goes around Lingfield and, given the form
he is in at the moment, we have to be hope-
Forest Edge s 11 rivals are headed by high-
class turf performers Hoof It and
Hawkeyethenoo and improving three-year-
old Lancelot Du Lac .
Colin Tizzard believes Cue Card s rivals will
"have to improve to beat him" when his stable
star attempts to justify favouritism in the William
Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing
Last season s Ryanair Chase hero may have dis-
appointed in the Christmas showpiece 12 months
ago, but he staked a strong claim to putting the
record straight when making all the running to win
the Betfair Chase at Haydock.
Cue Card is 5/2 market leader with the sponsors,
and Tizzard enthused about his horse s prospects
at a William Hill King George media day on the
gallops at his Dorset yard.
"I would think the others have got to improve
to beat him, but our horse has to be on his game,"
"I don t think he had a hard race at Haydock,
but any of the first three or four (in the betting)
could win. Three miles round Kempton will play
to his strengths."
Cue Card has been ridden in all his 19 starts by
the trainer s son, Joe, and he reckons Al Ferof rep-
resents the chief threat.
"Al Ferof is the one I fear the most. His form in
the past is very good and he d be better at Kempton
than Silviniaco Conti (third at Haydock)," said Tiz-
Dynaste, the 7-2 second-favourite with Sky Bet,
was beaten four and a half lengths by Cue Card at
Haydock last month, but the David Pipe-trained
grey has a course and distance success to his credit
in the Feltham Chase last Boxing Day.
Pipe also opened up his Nicholashayne yard for
the second part of the media day and hopes
Dynaste s course form will help his cause.
"Dynaste has come out of Haydock well, he s
bouncing on the gallops and it will be a fascinating
race," he said.
"Cue Card is the one they all have to beat, but
hopefully we can find a bit more out of our boy.
The three miles round Kempton may be a bit better
for us than round Haydock."
The Paul Nicholls-trained Al Ferof is third in the
ante-post betting behind Cue Card and Dynaste
at 9-2 following his successful comeback in the
1965 Amlin Chase at Ascot after 12 months on the
His owner John Hales saw his colours carried to
victory in this race twice by One Man in the mid
1990s and is looking forward to Al Ferof doing him-
"French Opera (beaten eight lengths in second)
did the Ascot form no harm at all at the weekend.
I said at the time I thought it was a good run, even
though there were only two runners," he said.
"He s now ready for the King George and I m
hoping for a good run."
25-22--- 10.30 am
26-26--- 1 pm
26-6--- 6.30 pm
6, 11, 12, 14, 16
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6 8 7 21
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 4 9 8 21
05 PARSONMAN 9 5 8 23
15 SICKWOMAN 5 11 7 23
18 WATERBOAT 7 11 5 23
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 6 14 9 29
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
8 11 523431
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to December 16
15 (Sick Woman) 10.30 am
8 (Tiger) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
28 (Red Fish)
30 (House Cat) 1 pm
21 (Mouth) --- 10.30 am
10 (Monkey) --- 1 pm
8 (Tiger) --- 6.30 pm
to play ace Card
A tilt at the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on
December 28 is "looking likely" for Unioniste.
The Paul Nicholls-trained grey outstayed Wishfull
Thinking to win a decent race at Aintree last time
out, having finished third on his seasonal debut in
the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.
Still only five, last year's December Gold Cup
winner is one of four Ditcheat entries in the
Christmas feature, but Silviniaco Conti is heading
for the King George at Kempton, last year's winner
Tidal Bay may run in the Welsh National and Rocky
Creek is unlikey to be ready in time after meeting
with a setback after the Hennessy.
Unioniste's owner John Hales said: "It's looking
likely that we'll take him over to Ireland, but no firm
decision has yet been made. We'll have to consider
the ground, likely opponents, weather - Paul will
weigh it all up and then decide.
Unioniste still in
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