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2-32 --- 10.30 am
19-10 --- 1 pm.
36-36--- 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 4
15SICKWOMAN0 2 3 5
18WATERBOAT 0 1 1 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 1 0 4
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 0 1 0 1
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to February 26
11 (Corbeau) 10.30 am
26 (Fowl) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake)
33 (Spider) 1 pm
10 (Monkey) --- 10.30 am
9 (Cattle) --- 6.30 pm
Only twice since the year 2000 has Jonjo
O Neill failed to manage to get on the scoresheet
at the Cheltenham Festival, but the trainer was
downplaying his chances of further success when
visited by the media early yesterday morning.
The Jackdaw s Castle trainer has over 30 entries,
but flexible options in a number of the handicaps
and reckons he could have as few as a dozen run-
ners at the Festival.
However there remain a couple of potential
starring acts, who the trainer has high hopes for,
including leading JLT Novice Chase fancy Taquin
He said: "He will get a proper gallop in the JLT.
Obviously, there is not much between Oscar
Whisky and Taquin Du Seuil. Oscar would have
more pace but Taquin is a good horse and, as long
as the ground does not dry out too much, he will
run well. He is best on soft ground, though I will
run him on good ground.
"I know he likes a good pace in his races and
I could not have him in better shape---he is in
really good form.
"I am very happy with my fellow and, last time,
there was not much between him and Oscar (three
quarters of a length) at Cheltenham and they were
some 15 lengths ahead of the third.
"He jumps well, he travels well and he does
everything well. His run at The Festival last year
was not his form but he has run well at Chel-
tenham over fences since so I don t think it was
The trainer says a final decision is still to be
reached over the participation of More Of That
in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, but interestingly
said that owner JP McManus s first-choice jockey
AP McCoy was likely to ride the horse in work
in the next few days.
"I think we ll know more after that," he said.
"It could well be that he runs and so does At
Fishers Cross and AP might decide to ride At
Fishers Cross---if that s the case then Richie
[McLernon] will ride More Of That. I hope AP
rides ours but if Richie s on board, that wouldn t
worry me at all as he knows the horse well and
won on him first time out.
"He is in good shape and it looks like he will
stay the three miles. He won at Haydock because
he stayed. Do I have a doubt in my mind? Well,
I think he will stay, though going to Cheltenham
for The Festival is a hard thing to do - they don t
hang around and the finish is up a hill. We don t
"More Of That is a good traveller in his races
but it makes me nervous that he has not raced
over three miles before---it is going into the
unknown. He is a fair horse but how strong is his
Of his runners in the handicaps, O Neill singled
out Goodwood Mirage as an interesting contender
for the Fred Winter Handicap Hurdle.
Bought to win the JCB Triumph Hurdle for
Lady Bamford, whose husband is chairman of the
race sponsors, things have not gone to plan for
the colt this season, but O Neill believes the sit-
uation is far from irretrievable after he caught the
eye when finishing behind Activial at Kempton
"So long as I have a winner, I don t give mon-
key s which horse in which race it is," said O Neill.
"If Goodwood Mirage acts on the track, he will
run a cracker. I am worried about him coming
down the hill because he has a floating chip in
his joint - some days it is grand, other days it is
"I thought he ran well on Saturday. He runs
very free early on. He is not the easiest but he
stays well. I would have preferred to go for the
Triumph Hurdle but on what he s done so far,
you d have to say he is not good enough for that.
Conserve shouldn t be extended never
mind beaten in the Maiden Stakes over
twelve furlongs of Lingfield polytrack this
afternoon when Amy Weaver s charge will
be ridden by Rab Havlin; last time out,
sixteen days ago, Hayley Turner was
aboard this well-bred Duke Of Marmalade
Hayley is a close friend of Newmarket-
based Miss Weaver but rides Alex Hales-
trained Midnight Chorister, in opposition!
Has "Daily Earner" been jocked off?
That wouldn t be a surprise, Hayley made
a real "horlicks" of her ride over course and
distance when runner-up to Shalanzi; from
an outside draw she elected to "drop in"
behind a bunch of moderates and, inevitably,
found trouble in running when trying to
get Conserve into a challenging position.
"Dropping in" is, realistically, the only
way to beat the draw, moreso in handicaps;
jockeys like George Baker, Adam Kirby and
Luke Morris know the form and wouldn t
have fallen for the "three-card trick."
Although Conserve ran on and eventually
finished a length and a half behind the win-
ner she was never able to strike a blow; the
race was run in ludicrously slow time, the
heavily-backed favourite recording a time-
handicap rating way below a previous mark
on which her chance was based.
Hayley Turner is one of the best jockeys
on this planet, she rides instinctively and
continually produces spectacular results,
sometimes borne of brilliance; wonder why
she isn t riding Conserve today.
Good, recent, form of Living The Life
makes him a "special in the aged handicap
over seven furlongs; hopefully jockey Paddy
Aspell adopts similar front-running tactics
to those which enabled Phil McEntee s
charge to finish second, beaten three-quar-
ters of a length, by Forceful Appeal over
course and distance.
Parhill Star ghets her chance in the seven-
runner Maiden Stakes over six furlongs of
Wolverhampton "poly" tonight, superbly-
bred, Hamdan al Maktoum-owned new-
comer, Mustajjid stands in her way.
Clear "best-in" on the TH, virtue of
weight-for-age and a fillies allowance,
Parkhill Star justifies support judged on an
effort earlier this month when beaten just
over a length by our nap, Ealain Albrean,
over course and distance.
No "cert" by any means and indeed Mus-
tajjid could be a Roger Varian "special" but
experience so often proves invaluable, espe-
cially on tricky, turning, all-weather cir-
Both Conserve and Parkhill Star are mares
in form which, at time of year, is usually
10.30 Conserve (nap)
12.10 Living The Life
4.35 Parkhill Star
Living That Life is good
Yesterday proved to be a good one for
the boys in blue after Ihtimal took the fea-
ture race on the card at Meydan.
The formidable bin Suroor-de Sousa com-
bination were to follow up their success in
the UAE Oaks with victory for 7/1 shot
Tha ir in the Al Naboodah Cargo Centre
The Dubai Duty Free on World Cup night
could be on the agenda for Mshawish after
the French raider ran out a decisive winner
of the Zabeel Mile under Richard Hughes.
The 11/4 chance tracked the pacesetting
Mustaheel before decisively being sent to
the front over three furlongs from the fin-
ish.David Simcock-trained 3/1 shot Trade
Storm was ridden far more patiently by
Jamie Spencer and off a slow pace, he was
never in a position to challenge, but came
home well to fill the runner-up spot.
Winning trainer Mikel Delzangles said:
"I m very happy. Richard managed to give
him the perfect race, just behind the leader.
They didn t go a good pace and we were in
the right position.
"I m not keen on going on the Tapeta
with him in the Godolphin Mile, so we will
try to go a bit further in the Duty Free."
Jeremy Gask s stable star Medicean Man
(11/4 favourite) followed up last week s vic-
tory on turf with a win on Tapeta in the
Swaidan Trading, Heavy Equipment Division
Martin Lane s mount quickened up
smartly and held off fellow British raider
Racy, trained by Brian Ellison, by a length.
Lane said: "It all fell right, which is what
you need round here. He s done it well in
the end and picked up all the way.
"He s in great form. For a horse to back
up after a week is a massive achievement,
so the team have done well."
Irish jockey Marc Monaghan secured his
first winner of this year s Carnival aboard
the Satish Seemar-trained 6/1 shot Gold
City in Smka Trophy Handicap.
Monaghan said: "He s been improving,
he ran a nice race in Jebel Ali and then
backed it up here on his last run.
"The form of that race is working out
very well---Eastern Rules has won twice
since, he was third and our horse was sec-
ond---so by the book, you d have fancied
"He s doing everything right."
Trainer Doug Watson and jockey Pat
Dobbs combined to take the Listed Meydan
Classic with 15/2 chance My Catch, having
tracked front-running stable companion
Make It Reel for much of the seven-furlong
Watson said: "We re very pleased. We
knew the mile was a little bit far last time
and he went a little too hard early.
"Today he got a nice lead off Make It
Reel, which really wasn t the plan, it was
kind of the other way round, but it worked
out well for him.
"We ll talk to the owner, but he s really
a six-furlong horse."
The Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Ihtimal
(4/11) was an impressive winner of the Group
3 UAE Oaks.
The daughter of Shamardal was a very
short priced favourite to follow up her recent
success in the UAE 1000 Guineas but despite
racing a little keener than De Sousa may
have liked in the early stages of the contest,
she comfortably saw out the extra distance
and cleared away from her seven rivals.
The runners were held in the stalls for
some time after Magroora reared up and
deposited Pat Cosgrave out of the saddle
though this did not appear to have too much
effect on the race as they went a modest
Good day for boys in blue at Meydan
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