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11-2 --- 10.30 am
19-13 --- 1 pm.
8-18--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01CENTIPEDE 2 0 0 2
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 0 0 2 2
05 PARSON MAN 2
15SICKWOMAN0 1 2 3
18 WATERBOAT 0 0 1
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 2 0 0 2
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 0 1 0 1
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to February 1
12 (King) 10.30 am
TODAY'S STAR BETS
29 (Opium Man)
25 (Morocoy) 1 pm
20 (Dog) --- 10.30 am
13 (Crapaud) --- 1 pm
18 (Water Boat)--- 6.30 pm
Dream will be a nightmare
if trainer Derek Shaw doesn t
make the Wolverhampton win-
ners enclosure today!
Twice-raced Teenage Dream
comes out clear best-in on my
time-handicap for the Maiden
Stakes over twelve furlongs of
polytrack, judged on his debut
effort over course and distance
last month; ten days later this
Antonius Pius gelding again ran
creditably in a similar race
around Kempton, again part-
nered by 7lbs stable apprentice,
Only conceivable danger is the
consistent, hitherto luckless and
extremely vexing Wilhana, a
well-bred 69-rated Singspiel
filly which desperately needs to
win for stud purposes. I m con-
vinced this trip is just too far.
Realistically Teenage Dream
has an outstanding opportunity
and I ll bet he makes it third
time lucky under McLean who
is stylish and looks the part.
Hopefully front-running tac-
tics are used, to sort out the
wheat from the chaff!
Running in tandem will be an
eight-race programme at Kemp-
ton where previous course and
distance winner, Ray Of Joy, is
strongly-fancied for the aged
six-runner Fillies Handicap over
six furlongs under Fergus
This under-rated Irishman
was aboard Ray Of Joy last
month (for the first time!) when
this Toubougg mare just failed,
by a length, to catch all-the-
way winner Rigoletto over course
and distance; it was a genuine
effort by John Jenkin s charge.
Top-weight Barbs Princess
can t be discounted, and talented
apprentice Matthew Hopkins
claims the full allowance off
Clock Opera, but with two
places of on offer Ray Of Joy
appeals as a cracking each-way
Eleven go to post for an
Maiden Fillies Stakes over a mile
and Speechday is top-rated with
a lowly TH mark; Mark Johnston
trains superbly-bred four-year-
old Street Cry mare, Berylerbey.
Reports of her well-being are
encouraging and the betting
market will be interesting; surely
Johnno wouldn t even bother
to gallop a thoroughbred not
capable of beating these!
LOUISVILLE---A record-shattering army
of 42 talented and promising young stars
from the stable of six-time Eclipse Award-
winning trainer Todd Pletcher and two-
year-old stars of 2013 headed by unbeaten
champion Shared Belief and stakes winners
Honor Code and Cairo Prince top a roster
of 413 three-year-old thoroughbreds---an
11.9 per cent increase from last year---that
are early nominees to compete in the 2014
Triple Crown, the coveted series of Amer-
ican classic races that includes the $2 mil-
lion-guaranteed Kentucky Derby presented
by Yum! Brands (Grade I), the $1.5 mil-
lion-guaranteed Preakness (GI) and the
$1.5 million-guaranteed Belmont Stakes
The 413 total is the highest since 2008,
when 449 horses were made eligible for the
three-race series during the early nomination
The 2013 Triple Crown series attracted
369 early nominations. Thirteen horses were
added during the late nomination phase,
which brought total Triple Crown nomi-
nations for 2013 to 382.
Nominations to the 2014 Triple Crown
opened January 2 and closed on January 25,
and required payment of a $600 fee for
each nominated horse. The 2014 late nom-
ination period, which requires a payment
$6,000 for each nominated three-year-old,
opened Sunday, January 26 and continues
through Saturday, March 22.
The 2014 Triple Crown series opens on
Saturday, May 3 with the 140th running of
the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby at Churchill
Downs in Louisville, Ky. The 139th Preak-
ness, the 1 3/16-mile second jewel, is set
for Saturday, May 17 at Pimlico Race Course
in Baltimore, Md. The 146th running of the
Belmont Stakes, its 1 ½-mile final leg, is
scheduled for Saturday, June 7 at Belmont
Park, in Elmont, N.Y.
The number of horses made eligible for
the Triple Crown by Pletcher, who has three
Triple Crown victories to his credit, com-
prises 10.2 per cent of the overall early nom-
ination total. It is easily the highest total
for an individual trainer since host tracks
Churchill Downs, Pimlico Race Course and
Belmont Park adopted a joint nominating
process in 1986. Pletcher set the previous
record for nominations by a trainer when
he made 32 horses Triple Crown-eligible
Most prominent among the Pletcher
nominees are Mrs. John Magnier, Michael
Tabor and Derrick Smith s Havana, a
gray/roan son of Dunkirk who won the
Champagne (GI) at Belmont Park and expe-
rienced his only setback in three races in
a runner-up finish to the now-retired New
Year s Day in the $2 million Breeders Cup
Juvenile (GI) at Santa Anita; Ken and Sarah
Ramsey s We Miss Artie, winner of the
Breeders Futurity (GI) at Keeneland; and a
collection of promising recent winners that
includes WinStar Farm s Commissioner,
WinStar Farm and Twin Creeks Racing s
Constitution, Alto Racing s Anchor Down,
Let s Go Stable s Harpoon, Stonestreet Sta-
ble s Hartford and Magnier, Tabor and
Smith s Matterhorn.
Pletcher also nominated a pair of stakes-
winning fillies to the Triple Crown in Repole
Stable s Stopchargingmaria, winner of Aque-
duct s Demoiselle (GII), and Glencrest Farm s
unbeaten Onlyforyou, who took Gulfstream
Park s Forward Gal (GII) on Jan. 25.
Outside of the swarm of Pletcher trainees,
the early nominations to the Kentucky
Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes are
highlighted by the presence of Jungle Racing
LLC, KMN Racing LLC, Jerry Hollendorfer,
Jason Litt, Alex Solis II and George Todaro s
unbeaten Shared Belief, the Hollendorfer-
trained Eclipse Award champion 2-year-
old of 2013 and winner of the CashCall
Broughton stamped his class on the John
Smith s Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial for trainer
John Ferguson and jockey Denis O Regan.
The four-year-old won three times on the level
for Mark Johnston in 2013, completing his hat-
trick in a Glorious Goodwood handicap.
Having been beaten just a head by Fox Norton
in the Grade Two Summit Juvenile Hurdle at Don-
caster on his jumping bow, it was no surprise to
see him sent off the 5/6 favourite for his Scottish
Clarcam took the field along, but Broughton had
far too many gears in the straight and was pushed
out hands and heels to take the prize by five lengths.
O Regan said: "I was delighted with him. I wasn t
sure if the trip would suit, because I think he would
prefer a more galloping track.
"I think if he d jumped a bit better up the straight
at Doncaster he might have won, but he has come
on a lot since then.
"You can only beat what s in front of you and
we have to hope that he is going the right way. On
better ground, he could be effective.
"He s got a great attitude and he could be one
of the best four-year-olds we ve got.
"I don t know where we go now. John Ferguson
knows more about things like that than I do, so
we ll have to see."
The winner was cut from 20/1 to 12/1 by Sky
Bet for the Triumph Hurdle at next month s Chel-
tenham Festival and is also entered for the Sky Bet
Supreme Novices Hurdle, for which he is a 25/1
Also returning to winning ways was Arvika
Ligeonniere as he turned the Boylesports Free Wifi
Coming To Our Shops Tied Cottage Chase into a
The Mullins-trained nine-year-old took his record
to five from five at Punchestown, having been
beaten into third when favourite at Leopardstown
Special Tiara cut out the running, but Walsh s
mount took much closer order with over half a
mile to run and jumped three out with a fractional
That was extended significantly at the second-
last and the race was over once the 2/7 chance
pinged the final fence to come home unchallenged
from Toner D Oudairies. At the line, the margin
of victory was 14 lengths.
Walsh said: "They went a good gallop early and
he settled, but Davy (Russell, on Special Tiara)
slowed it up at the top of the hill.
"He travelled extremely well, he was brave at a
few of his fences but that s just him.
"It was a really good performance.
"For whatever reason last year he got going a
bit right, but this year he has been dead straight.
I don t see [going] left [handed] being an issue."
The winner remains a 12/1 chance with Sky Bet
for the Bet Victor Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Mullins said: "He was very, very good and very
brave at some of his fences.
"We decided to let him roll along today. He
fiddled one, the ditch at the bottom of the hill, but
he jumped everything else very well.
"Ruby felt there was plenty in the tank, so I
reckon we ll go to Cheltenham again, probably for
the Champion Chase, although I ve probably entered
him in everything.
"He has won a Grade One going left-handed
and if we don t go to Cheltenham, there is nothing
else for him before the Festival back here."
Wicklow Brave also scored impressively to earn
a 14/1 quote from the sponsors for the Sky Bet
Supreme Novices Hurdle.
Walsh opted to ride the Willie Mullins-trained
6/4 winner for speed, and despite a couple of
slightly sloppy jumps when buried behind rivals,
he came swinging around the outside on the run
to the last.."
9.00 Ray Of Joy (e.w)
10.30 Beylerbey (e.w)
11.10 Teenage Dream (nap)
Triple crown attracts record 413 horses
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