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3-3--- 10.30 am
5-23--- 1 pm.
10-20--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01CENTIPEDE 2 0 0 2
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 5
15 SICK WOMAN 1
18 WATERBOAT 0 1 1
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 1 0 5
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 0 1 1 2
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to March 6
4 (Dead Man) 10.30 am
5 (Parson Wife)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake)
30 (House Cat)
15 (Sick Woman) --- 10.30 am
24 (Queen) --- 1 pm
24 (Queen) --- 6.30 pm
Hallouella should be able to take
advantage of a colossal weight-for-age
and fillies allowance in the seven-runner
Maiden Stakes over twelve furlongs of
Wolverhampton polytrack this evening,
the last 2013/14 winter all-weather Fri-
That s right, we ve survived a diabolical
period of desperate weather and AWR has
stood the test of time, yet again; through
it all my policy of specialising has been
a tremendous success due to consistency
and a clutch of good-priced winners have
brightened many dark, gloomy periods.
A dedicated approach is always neces-
sary, the harder you work, the luckier you
become and I ve dug deep to unearth
twice-raced Hallouella, by no means an
obvious selection given she was beaten
ten lengths by God s Speed over an extend-
ed nine furlongs of this Dunstall Park cir-
cuit four weeks ago.
Prior to that Hallouella ran much better,
according to my time-handicap, when
sixth to Sbraase and odds-on Arantes, a
winner since; James Tate s charge shaped
well throughout and finished beaten only
None of six rivals would have been capa-
ble of such an effort, this is a poor race.
Likelihood is that Puzzle Time, second
in both starts, will be favourite but this
four-year-old carries 21lbs more than Hal-
louella; over what is a marathon trip, to
all intents and purposes, it s a physical
impossibility to beat the Halling filly if
she reproduces her debut effort.
For what it s worth bumper winner,
Philosofy, looks more of a danger and we
might just be greedy and play a dual fore-
Over the same course and distance, half
an hour earlier, Uphold is thrown-in the
Gay Kelleway s was recently second (of
18!), beaten only a length, at Cagnes; the
5lbs apprentice allowance of Jack Duern
is likely to weigh heavily against eight oth-
ers and this looks a professional special
each-way bet with three places on offer.
Napped, and with a deal of confidence,
is Current Exchange in the Hunters chase
over three miles of Leicester where ground
conditions will be soft; that s what I m
expecting next week, for Cheltenham s
four-day(s) Festival meeting.
Current Exchange ran very well on sea-
sonal debut three weeks ago and must be
Following on from the previous day
POOL HOUSE, 11/4, scored and so did
the nap, BISHOP OF RUSCOMBE.
Keep clicking on to
www.dailyearner.co.uk for noon updates.
Hallouella on retrieval beat
11.15 Current Exchange
Stand Guard makes
it 26 on all weather
Stand Guard became the winning-most all-
weather horse of all time in Britain as he secured his
26th career victory on an artificial surface at South-
The John Butler-trained 10-year-old had joined
China Castle, who set the standard in 2001, with an
emphatic eight-length victory at the track on Tues-
day and predictably had little trouble following up to
break the record under Tom Queally.
Following the withdrawals of Gogeo, Staff Ser-
geant, Tornado Force and Longshadow, just Honest
Strike stood between Stand Guard and history.
Butler's charge was the red-hot 1-7 favourite to
dispatch of his inferior rival in the Coral Mobile "Just
Three Clicks To Bet" Selling Stake and did so with the
minimum of fuss, powering clear from over a furlong
out and coming home with any amount in hand.
The victory takes Stand Guard's career record to
26 wins from 73 starts under Rules, including four
unsuccessful appearances on turf, and he has also
been placed on 13 occasions, amassing over £80,000
in win and place prize-money.
Before joining Butler in 2012, Stand Guard also en-
joyed stints with Sir Michael Stoute, Derek Shaw,
Paul Howling, Jane Chapple-Hyam, Michael Squance
and Noel Quinlan.
It was his 15th win for Butler, having previously
won seven for Howling, one each for Chapple-Hyam
and Squance, and two for Quinlan.
Following the 18-length triumph, Butler told At The
Races: "I'm absolutely delighted for the horse and de-
lighted for the owners. It's a good result.
"He's going to come back here on March 18. There's
not a bother on him and Tom said he actually moved
a little bit better today (than on Tuesday), so it's pe-
"As long as the horse wants to stay going, we'll
"He's an easy horse to have anything to do with."
Queally, best known for riding the incredible
Frankel throughout his unbeaten 14-race career,
quipped: "I won't be forgotten now!"
There were no bids for Stand Guard at the subse-
Cue Card's season
Cue Card has been sidelined for the rest of the
season after it was discovered he has suffered a
minor stress fracture of the pelvis.
Trainer Colin Tizzard ruled his stable star out of
the Cheltenham Festival last week with what was
thought to be pulled muscles, with further investiga-
tion revealing the underlying problem.
A dual Festival winner having claimed the Cham-
pion Bumper in 2010 and the Ryanair Chase last year,
the eight-year-old appeared bound for a tilt at the
Cheltenham Gold Cup this time around following suc-
cess in the Betfair Chase at Haydock and a fine sec-
ond in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on
"It's only small. We sent him up to Newbury for a
bone scan," Tizzard told Racing UK.
"We were getting nowhere. When we said he was-
n't going to run (at Cheltenham) we stopped riding
him then. The week before that one day he'd be
sound and the next he wasn't.
"We said it must be muscle - the physio said it was
muscle, the vet said it was muscle, so we assumed
that's what it was. It's a good job we did what we did.
If we had given him a spin on a good day, God knows
what could have happened
"It's only a small fracture and the prognosis is a
month in the box, then the walker and hack round for
three weeks then he'll go out in the field and we'll
have him back at the normal time for next season.
"It's a gut wrencher really. You try to say it's only a
horse and there are worse things in life, but expecta-
tions were high for all of us. We've had some brilliant
days with him and hopefully we can have a few
The Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy
features among 12 six-day acceptors for
the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion
Chase at Cheltenham.
Moore s six-year-old skipped the Festival
last term, instead signing off his campaign
with a taking success in the Celebration
Chase at Sandown in April.
His improvement has continued this
season, winning four of his five outings
including two at the highest level.
Sire De Grugy s only defeat came when
beaten by Kid Cassidy at Prestbury Park
in November and Nicky Henderson s chal-
lenger could renew rivalry on Wednesday
on the back of a disappointing run at
Leopardstown over Christmas.
Henderson also has Captain Conan to
call upon and he is another who can boast
a victory over Sire De Grugy having low-
ered his colours in a novice event in
Paul Nicholls relies on second-season
novice Hinterland, who has won twice at
Sandown this season, while the Tom
George-trained Module is set to line up
after landing the Game Spirit Chase at
Newbury last month.
Henry De Bromhead s 12-year-old Sizing
Europe won the two-mile championship
contest in 2011 and, having chased home
Sprinter Sacre last year, returns for another
crack. De Bromhead has also left Special
Tiara in at the six-day stage.
Willie Mullins could run Arvika Ligeon-
niere, while fellow Irish challengers Baily
Green and Benefficient remain in con-
tention despite having alternative engage-
ments in the Ryanair Chase on Thursday.
The two others in the mix are Philip
Hobbs Wishfull Thinking and Somersby
from the Mick Channon yard.
Somersby was beaten just four lengths
into second behind Sire De Grugy in the
Tingle Creek Chase and Channon reports
the 10-year-old to be in great shape.
He said: "Somersby is in great form and
the intention is to run in the BetVictor
Queen Mother Champion Chase.
"Obviously, he unseated at Ascot but
his preparation has gone well since then.
"He is probably the forgotten horse, but
he is renowned for making those silly mis-
takes and is his own worst enemy.
"A strongly run two miles around Chel-
tenham seems to suit him and, if the real
Somersby turns up, he will shake them
all up - I can assure you of that."
My Tent Or Yours confirmed his well-
being for the Stan James Champion Hurdle
following a pleasing workout at Seven
Henderson said the two-times Grade
One winner has now recovered from a
wound in a sole of a foot which had led
to a slight concern over his participation
in the big race on the opening day of the
My Tent Or Yours, winner of the Fight-
ing Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle and the
Christmas Hurdle at Kempton this winter,
will again flex his muscles in a spin today,
although the champion trainer has repeat-
edly stressed all of his significant work
for Cheltenham was completed some time
Henderson said yesterday: "He s 100
per cent fine and he cantered this morning.
He ll work again tomorrow and he s
"In terms of how he is, he s where he
was last week and the week before that."
My Tent Or Yours warmed up for the
Champion Hurdle with a jumpers bumper
victory at Kempton last month and is as
big as 5-1 for Cheltenham glory.
Sire heads field for Champions Chase
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