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Pool House looks a time-handicap spe-
cial in the £15000 three-year-old handicap
over seven furlongs of Lingfield polytrack
today, feature event on a punter-friendly
Nowadays too many fixtures are domi-
nated by difficult handicaps with the limits
of 14 much too high on polytracks; the draw
is a major factor but Pool House faces only
six rivals and, despite being drawn wide,
it s a matter of some indifference, David
Probert will have Andrew Balding s charge
gunning from the outset, hopefully.
Such tactics enabled this Sakhee s Secret
colt to supplement previous gains and beat
Amaharo a neck over a similar distance
around Kempton last month when the rest
were four lengths and upwards in arrears,
usually a sign of good, solid form. Pool
House can, and needs to, do better!
Judged on that last effort Pool House will
struggle, in fact he needs to replicate his
TH mark achieved over six furlongs at
Kempton back in October when partnered
by champion jockey, Richard Hughes.
Given this is a faster circuit, with emphasis
very much on speed, it s possible to equate
the tracks and respective distances; this
looks nigh on perfect but course winner
Harwoods Volante is a serious rival, probably
the only one to be concerned about. A fas-
Joe Fanning continually wins races from
the front riding Mark Johnston-trained run-
ners and Sherston wont be messing about
in the Maiden Stakes, also over seven fur-
A grand type Sherston lost his way some-
what at the back end of last season as a
two-year-old and, inevitably, was gelded;
Johnston would not be persevering without
Unless one of three newcomers is a mys-
tery lurking Sherston should be good enough
to make it sixth time lucky, despite being
drawn seven, right on the outside!
The show moves onto Kempton for a
twilight meeting and another opportunity
for the Probert/Balding combination pres-
ents itself in the five-runner Maiden Stakes
over ten furlongs; Bishop Of Ruscombe is
expected to make it third time lucky and
recoup recent losses.
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12.30 Pool House
2.00 Bishop Of Ruscombe
Pool House looks inviting
Late decision on Deputy Dan's target
Injury scare for
My Tent Or Yours
My Tent Or Yours Cheltenham Festival prepa-
rations have taken a jolt after trainer Nicky Hen-
derson said the Stan James Champion Hurdle
aspirant suffered "a discrete puncture" on the sole
of a hoof.
The seven-year-old gelding has had his shoe
removed and the Seven Barrows team are currently
assessing the problem before deciding on exactly
how to treat it.
Henderson said: "We have had to take his shoe
off and he has a discrete puncture wound in the
sole. It s tender right now, but it s rather new so
it s bound to be sore.
"We are tending to it as we speak.
"We have got his shoe off right now and we are
designing a new one to cover and protect it.
"One would assume he must have done it yes-
terday so it will be sore, but we have just got to
tread carefully and we will keep everyone posted.
"He s finished all his work, he galloped on Sat-
urday so I m not worried work-wise.
"No trainer wants a problem at this stage, though.
We are all praying for a trouble-free run but we
don t seem to be getting one across the board.
"We ve got all the experts here and we are working
on it at the moment, it s just a matter of what we
do and we will update everyone later."
My Tent Or Yours has already claimed two Grade
Ones this term, landing the Fighting Fifth Hurdle
at Newcastle before following up in the Christmas
Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day, when he beat
fellow Cheltenham runner The New One.
He won a jumpers bumper at Kempton last
month on his final Festival prep run.
Tea team not
Nigel Roddis, part-owner of Teaforthree, expects
his jumping to come to the fore as he tackles the
Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday week.
The 10-year-old is a leading contender for the
Crabbie s Grand National after finishing third in
the race last year and had been expected to head
straight to Aintree following his second place at
Ascot last month.
However, trainer Rebecca Curtis is keen to get
another run into her charge and Roddis believes
the Gold Cup represents the best option for
Teaforthree, who is nicknamed Tom at home.
He told his www.lovetheraces.com blog: "As
Rebecca has said on a few occasions, he is a big,
stuffy type who needs racing to get into peak shape.
The more we thought about it, the more we felt
uncomfortable about Aintree being his third run
of the season, on the back of a seven-week break.
"So, we decided he needed to have another run.
He went up to a mark of 153 after Ascot, so all that
he could run in were the Festival Handicap, the
Gold Cup, a race at Kelso a week after Cheltenham
or a spin over hurdles.
"I don t like the latter as an option. Tom is too
good a jumper to have his head screwed around
with by hurdles. Kelso is too close to Aintree.
"The Festival Handicap will have 24 runners,
Tom would be giving weight away to the majority
and the prospects of shenanigans will be intensified
in that environment. Then there s the Gold Cup.
"We asked AP McCoy what his view was. He
thought it would put him spot on. We agree. So
he s likely to line up on the Friday.
"I think he is an old-fashioned chaser and I think
he will enjoy the Gold Cup and come on for it. I
have no visions of him winning, but I do think his
jumping will help him through and may unsettle
one or two others."
Oliver Sherwood plans to make a late
decision on which race Deputy Dan will
contest at next week s Cheltenham Fes-
The six-year-old has won his last two
starts over hurdles, most recently running
out an impressive victor in the Grade Two
Neptune Investment Management Novices
Hurdle at Warwick in early January.
Sherwood must now decide whether to
let his charge line up in the race of the
same name at Prestbury Park a week on
Wednesday, or step him up to three miles
for the first time in the Albert Bartlett
Novices Hurdle two days later.
Sherwood said: "We were going to take
him to Newbury for a racecourse gallop,
but the ground was so bottomless on Friday
and Saturday, we decided to give it a miss.
"We went somewhere else with him on
Sunday and we were very pleased with
him. He is absolutely A1 and on-song.
"We ll decide later in the week which
race we re going to go for.
"Like most trainers we re waiting to see
what the weather is going to do. I m sure
the ground at Cheltenham isn t going to
ride good as the water table is so high, but
it does dry out quickly.
"A week is a long time in racing, so we ll
make a decision nearer the time, but we re
very happy with the horse."
Deputy Dan is set to head a small but
select team of Festival runners for Upper
He said: "Many Clouds is going for the
RSA Chase, all being well.
"Drum Valley will hopefully run in the
Pertemps Final and Carry On Sydney will
run in the Fred Winter if he gets in.
"Mischievous Milly is going for the
mares race and with Quevega in there, the
rest of us are probably racing for second,
third and fourth."
Dermot Weld has yet to decide whether
Vigil will join stable companion Silver Con-
corde in the Weatherbys Champion
Silver Concorde returned from almost
a year and a half on the sidelines to get
off the mark at Leopardstown s Christmas
Festival, while Vigil won at the same track
on Irish Hennessy day in early February.
While Silver Concorde is all but certain
to make the trip to Prestbury Park, Vigil
had a setback after his latest victory and
is in a race against time to be fit for the
Weld said: "Both horses are entered and
I ve kind of got to make my mind up this
week exactly what I m doing.
"Silver Concorde is pretty definite to
run. I would say he s a good ground horse,
he s a Flat-bred horse with plenty of pace
and he s a pretty definite runner.
"With regards to Vigil, I m undecided.
I had a hold-up with him after he won at
Leopardstown, he was a bit sore across his
back and I ve been very easy on him since
then. He s 50-50."
Bury Parade is unlikely to take up either
of his engagements and instead wait for a
race at either Sandown or Punchestown.
The bet365 Gold Cup at the Esher venue
on April 26 is a possible target for the Paul
Nicholls-trained eight-year-old, as is the
big meeting in Ireland the following week.
"I think he ll either go to Punchestown
or to Sandown for what was the Whitbread.
Cheltenham s not the plan as far as I know,"
said Harry Herbert, racing manager for
owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing.
Bury Parade, runner-up in the BetBright
Chase at Kempton on his latest start, has
entries in the Baylis & Harding Affordable
Luxury Handicap Chase and the Byrne
Group Plate at Cheltenham.
19-23--- 10.30 am
19-35--- 1 pm.
36-8--- 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 5
15 SICK WOMAN 1
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: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to March 4
32 (Shrimp) 10.30 am
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
22 (Rat) 1 pm
32 (Shrimps) --- 10.30 am
17 (Pigeon) --- 1 pm
36 (Donkey)--- 6.30 pm
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