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12-19--- 10.30 am
34-18--- 6.30 pm
17-11--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01CENTIPEDE 3 0 2 5
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 4
05 PARSON MAN 7
15 SICK WOMAN 1
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 2 1 7
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 0 6 2 8
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to April 26
31 (Parson Wife)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
27 (Little Snake)
10 (Monkey) 1 pm
16 (Jamette) --- 10.30 am
9 (Cattle) --- 1 pm
30 (House Cat) --- 6.30 pm
32 (Shrimp) 10.30 am
with Restless Harry
Robin Dickin has his eyes on a crack at the Coral
Welsh National after Restless Harry capped a solid
season with an excellent fourth in the bet365 Gold
Cup at Sandown on Saturday.
That placed finish by Dickin's standard-bearer and a
similar effort by Kitegen in the novice chase later on
the card, helped the Warwickshire handler achieve a
record amount of seasonal prize money.
Buoyed by those efforts, Dickin is looking ahead to
next term with a revitalised Restless Harry leading
A dual Grade Two winner over hurdles, Restless
Harry lost his way in 2013 but came back as good as
ever during the winter and defeated Teaforthree at
Ascot in February.
Granted his favoured soft ground, the ten-year-old
could go for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury with
Chepstow's long-distance handicap chase in late De-
cember the ultimate objective.
"We were thrilled to bits with him. He's absolutely
fine and has come through it really well," said Dickin.
"The world is his oyster in a way next season. The
first place if there's rain could be the Hennessy, there's
the Classic Chase at Warwick and I think his main goal
if we get the ground he adores is the Welsh National.
"He lost his confidence and went off the rails a bit.
It's lovely to have him back in one piece and what a
way to finish the season.
"In all the years I've been training this is the most
prize money we've won in one season."
Group Ones next up for Tullius
Tullius is to step up to the highest level after
storming to victory in the Group Two bet365 Mile at
Sandown on Friday.
The JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 17
and the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot a month
later are on the cards thanks to the six-year-old's first
win since he returned from the injury that kept him
off the track from August 2012 to October 2013.
"He's in good form. He's in the Lockinge. We'll have a
look at that. He's also in the Queen Anne and that's a
possibility as well. We've got lots to look forward to
with him," said trainer Andrew Balding.
The Kingsclere handler was also happy with Impul-
sive Moment's performance in finishing second to the
impressive Western Hymn in the bet365 Classic Trial
on the same Sandown card.
The Betfred Lingfield Derby Trial on May 10 now
beckons for the lightly-raced son of Galileo, who holds
an entry in the Investec Derby at Epsom.
"He ran a very nice race and we might look at the
Lingfield Derby Trial for him as a possible target and
make some decisions after that," said Balding.
"Plans are a little bit fluid with him at the moment."
Duke Of York for Es Que Love?
The Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes could be
the next port of call for Es Que Love following his ex-
cellent debut run for Clive Cox at Newmarket last
The five-year-old has been a fine servant to trainer
Mark Johnston in recent seasons, but has switched
yards for the new campaign and the move does not
appear to have done him any harm judged on his close
second behind Hamza in the Abernant Stakes.
Although most of his best efforts have come in
handicap company, Cox sees no reason why his new
recruit can not make his presence felt at the highest
level this term.
Cox said: "I was delighted with the run and I'm as
pleased as punch he seems to have come out of the
race really well.
"He'd been giving us all the positive signs since he
arrived and we hoped he'd run well at Newmarket.
"He's the sort of horse that's a joy to have anything
to do with and I'm very pleased to have another qual-
ity sprinter in the yard.
"The way he ran and travelled the other day, I would
be drawn towards the Duke of York, but we'll see how
"We think we can aim for all those top-class sprints
and he's capable of being competitive."
Sky Bet offer 20/1 about Es Que Love winning the
Duke Of York Stakes.
Star filly Treve lost her unbeaten record
after a thrilling tussle with Cirrus des
Aigles in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp
In a high-class renewal of the contest,
the field were taken along at a fair pace
by the favourite s stablemate Belle De Crecy
from the start.
Ed Dunlop s Joshua Tree took up the
advantage in the false straight, coming
wide off the bend along with the pace-
maker, but against the far rail the real race
was developing with Christophe Soumillon
sending Cirrus Des Aigles to the front and
firing him up.
Frankie Dettori brought Treve on his
outside two furlongs out and there was
little between the pair from that point
onwards, Treve narrowly edging ahead,
before Cirrus Des Aigles (returned the 7/2
second-favourite with British bookmakers
and 100/30 on the Pari-Mutuel) battled
back to regain the advantage in the final
strides and score by a short neck. Norse
King finished four-and-a-half lengths
back in a never-nearer third.
The pair could clash again in the Prince
of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot next
month, although connections of the winner
are looking first to Epsom. Bookmakers
Sky Bet make Treve 6/4 from 11/10 for
the Prince Of Wales s Stakes, with Cirrus
Des Aigles in from 9/1 to 9/2.
Corinne Barande-Barbe, the ever-enthu-
siastic trainer of the winning eight-year-
old, felt that the smart early pace had suit-
ed her charge and is next eyeing a trip to
Epsom for the Investec Coronation Cup
on June 7.
She said: "I m very proud of what he
did today---he never was better. I thought
the strong pace helped us and it was obvi-
ously one of his finest moments.
"On reflection, if the there had been a
stronger pace in the race against Frankel
(2012 Champion Stakes at Ascot), we might
have made that a bit more interesting but
now all roads will lead to the Coronation
Soumillon hailed Cirrus Des Aigles, who
was conceding 3lb to Treve, as "perfect"
and believes the gelding was showing his
He said: "I m very, very happy. Although
it s the first Group One of the season, it s
not the biggest race but then again, the
match was built up like a big game and
my horse was perfect.
"He had his track, his ground and two
races under his belt---it made sure he would
operate to the maximum - but this is really
something extraordinary for racing.
"It s what we love in European sport -
horses so closely matched and fighting it
out together. He is probably on his top
level of form and to beat Treve, he had to
Treve s trainer Criquette Head-Maarek
felt the easy ground might have gone
against her charge and said that she
remained confident of avenging the defeat
should the pair clash again this term.
She said: "Maybe there was too much
rain, it was sticky out there and we had
too much ground to make up. It was a
very good run but the only thing I will say
is that my pacemaker (Belle De Crecy)
went too fast.
"The winner had had two races already
and the fitness was there.
"If she comes out of it well, in principal
we will be going to Royal Ascot. We might
have lost a battle, but we haven t lost a
"She is brave but the other horse is
stronger with those two runs this year and
he loves that ground. She ran a grat race
but he was fitter than we were.
"In the rematch, I m sure we can get it
back. She took the lead but in the end he s
come back at us---that s racing. Horses are
not unbeatable, that is for certain."
Harry Herbert, racing manager for
Sheikh Joaan al Thani s Al Shaqab Racing,
also insisted that the Prince Of Wales s
Stakes at Royal Ascot in June remains very
much on the agenda.
He said: "It s frustrating in that she
went to the front and you could see it was
going to be a battle. The winner s form
was very strong and he was always going
to be a big danger.
"The fitness deal with your first run on
this ground means so much and on this
going she doesn t have that zippity-zip.
"It s all very much to play for in the
bigger picture and we will be heading to
Royal Ascot as planned."
Munjally has to overcome adversity on
his seasonal debut in the 12-runner Maid-
en Stakes over a mile of Kempton poly-
track, Richard Hannon s charge is drawn
12!Although it s well-known you can t beat
the draw and it s not possible to do it at
both ends Munjally is clear best-in on
the time-handicap and could be worth
chancing at mega-odds given there are
several strongly-fancied rivals from fash-
Hamdan al Maktoum-owned Munjally
raced for the fourth time in a Goodwood
handicap 268 days, finishing sixth to Art
Official, a stable-companion!
Hannon obviously didn t think Munjally
had committed and he s now an Accla-
This should be a belter, the fascination
will be to watch tactics employed by Paul
Hanagan on Munjally.
John Gosden-trained Criteria will be a
popular choice for the Maiden Stakes over
twelve furlongs, a recent run will have
given her an edge, fitness-wise, and this
isn t one to oppose.
Later several jockeys will make their way
across to Windsor for the first Monday-
nighter of 2014, it will be packed to the
old rafters and parking as bad as ever at
the Thames-side venue where Handheld
looks a gilt-edged each-way bet in the
eight-runner aged handicap over ten fur-
Fitness is indeed at a premium given a
cold spell we re enduring but Handheld
ran well recently, two lengths third to Dark
Ruler on soft ground at Doncaster over a
similar distance ridden, as usual, by Shelley
Birkett, daughter of trainer Julia Fielden.
Shelley claims 5lbs apprentice allowance,
conditions will again be demanding and
this Observatory gelding is not only best-
in but further advantaged thus; what beats
him will win, let s hope there isn t a with-
drawal because three places would be juicy!
Munjally to overcome draw
Treve loses unbeaten record
11.40 Criteria (nap)
3.05 Handheld (e.w)
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