We take a look at some of the top racing stories of the day in our new feature and provide our experts’ racing selections on Friday, March 3, 2017.


Bet4Causes cut The New One to 14/1 for the Champion Hurdle after trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies gave a positive report on the nine-year-old, who will bid to land the race at the fourth time of asking. “It would be wonderful, the highlight of everything if he won and it’s time it happened for him,” the trainer said. “The handicapper tells us he’s always right and if you look at the ratings he should be right there. Himself and Yanworth are the two top-rated ones, and there’s 1lb between them. Cheltenham brings the best out of him and hopefully this is the year when everything falls right for him.”
Source: https://beta.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-festival/twiston-davies-this-could-be-the-new-one-s-year/276755

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Limini (right) is now 7/1 with Bet4Causes, despite owner Rich Ricci appearing to have cooled on her chances of being supplemented for the  Champion Hurdle on Tuesday week. Ricci said: “Susannah (Ricci’s wife who co-owns Limini) and I have discussed it and if Limini had been originally entered, it would be a different matter, but to be supplementing, you really want to be doing that if you think you have a good chance of winning the race. Do you really want to be doing that and just finishing fourth? I’m going to talk to a few experts and see what they say. It’s a possibility but nothing has been decided.”
Source: https://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/rich-ricci:-no-limini-decision/40368


Nigel Twiston-Davies was left disappointed after Bristol De Mai (right) followed up his Peter Marsh Chase win at Haydock with a tame effort in defeat to Native River at Newbury. The trainer is becoming increasingly bullish over the grey’s Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup chance, however. He said: “We thought, ‘Oh dear, he’s not very good’, but we got him back and he was lame for the whole of the next week. He’s come back right now and if he stays sound, he’s very good and I’m very hopeful.”
Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/horseracing/2993900/cheltenham-festival-2017-nigel-twiston-davies-looking-forward-to-running-bristol-de-mai-in-the-cheltenham-gold-cup/

When Golden Jeffrey lines up in the Champion Bumper he will be leading Flat trainer Mark Johnston’s first runner at the Cheltenham Festival for almost 20 years. The four-year-old, owned and bred by Swiss-based Markus Graff, won at Ayr on Monday. Johnston said: “Markus Graff bred Golden Jeffrey and he was quite a backward horse early on. He has a small stud in Switzerland which he is trying to make commercial. There have not been any enquiries yet but, if there were, I am sure the owner would be keen to sell him.”
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/racing/article-4276396/Mark-Johnston-set-run-Golden-Jeffrey-Cheltenham.html

Nigel Twiston-DaviesSpeaking at his press day ahead of the Cheltenham Festival, Nigel Twiston-Davies (right) confirmed that Ballyandy will run in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. He said: “He has got plenty of speed. He won there this time last year, although it was over two miles with no hurdles. We are really looking forward to it and hopefully we will be able to take our revenge on Moon Racer (who beat him in the Supreme Trial in November).”
Source: http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49488/nigel-twiston-davies-plumps-for-supreme-bid-with-ballyandy

Eddie Lynam has announced the retirement of popular multiple Group 1-winning sprinter Sole Power. The 10-year-old had his last run when sixth in the Meydan Sprint two weeks ago. Lynam said: “We’ve decided to call it a day with him. He was a great horse, but time waits for no man and he’s been retired.” Sole Power won 12 of his 65 starts, was placed on a further 14 occasions and earned over £2m in prize-money. Lynam added: “He’ll have a few months at home to chill and then he’ll head over to Horse Park Stud, where a lot of our retired horses go. Putting him on the horsebox that one last time, that will be the saddest day.”
Source: http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49477/eddie-lynam-calls-time-on-decorated-career-of-sole-power

Jockey George Baker remains in intensive care following his horror fall on the ice of St Moritz on Sunday. The Classic-winning rider suffered a severe concussion and was airlifted to a trauma hospital in Chur. His agent Guy Jewell said: “There’s nothing new to report, really. He’s still in intensive care and is much the same as he was a couple of days ago. He’s still resting and sleeping a lot.”
Source: http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49483/george-baker-continuing-recovery-in-intensive-care-after-st-moritz-fall

Venetia WilliamsAidan Coleman recorded his second successive century of winners when guiding Marcilhac to victory in the Forbra Gold Cup at Ludlow for Venetia Williams (tight) – one of a quartet of winners on the day for the Herefordshire trainer. Coleman notched 129 winners last season and he said: “The goal at the start of year was to get somewhere near 100 winners, to get that and hopefully add to it would be great.”
Source: https://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/coleman-reaches-100-winners/40300

David PipeDavid Pipe (right)is still mulling over a possible Champion Hurdle tilt with Moon Racer. The eight-year-old, not seen since making it two from two over hurdles at the Open Meeting at Cheltenham in November, also holds an entry in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Pipe said: “He’s proved on the track that he’s a very good horse and we thought at the time that it was worth entering him in the Champion Hurdle. He’ll be left in that and the Supreme at the five-day stage and we’ll make a decision after that.”
Source: https://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/late-call-on-moon-racer-target/40160

Winner of a Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham last time, Foxtail Hill has been earmarked by Nigel Twiston-Davies as his ace in the Cheltenham Festival pack. He runs in the Close Brothers’ Handicap Chase and the trainer said: “I think Foxtail Hill is probably our best chance. It is just the way the race turns out, as there is only three or four pounds between the lot of them. He is nearly a JLT horse, but why go for that when you have got a lower-class race? He was very impressive there last time and he managed to stay inside the rating band of 0-140.”
Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/horseracing/2995410/cheltenham-festival-2017-nigel-twiston-davies-updates-us-on-his-cheltenham-festival-team-including-betfair-hurdle-winner-ballyandy/

London trainer Andrew Reid has not renewed his licence after sending out one winner from 39 runners last season. The gallop at his Mill Hill yard needs to be replaced and he explained: “Being on London clay, we weren’t going to do that until the summer. I had never had injuries, but I was starting to get them, and the only explanation was the gallop. I sold a lot of horses and wouldn’t think I’ll have runners this year, but it depends on when we can start work on the gallop.”
Source: https://beta.racingpost.com/news/news/lawyer-reid-calls-time-on-training-career-with-no-runners-this-year/276780

Today’s MCB British Racing selections – Friday, March 3, 2017

DONCASTER: 1.50 Generous Day, 2.20 Wenyerreadyfreddie, 2.50 Tiquer, 3.25 Taweyla (nb), 4.00 Copper Kay, 4.30 Apterix, 5.05 The Wise One

LINGFIELD: 2.00 Remember Me, 2.30 HAVELOCK (NAP), 3.05 Black Dave, 3.40 Intransigent, 4.10 Mullarkey, 4.45 Ulysses

NEWBURY: 2.10 Alcanar, 2.40 Le Breuil, 3.15 Red Devil Star, 3.50 Millanisi Boy, 4.20 Reilly’s Minor, 4.55 Bally Gilbert, 5.25 Athgate Rosalie

NEWCASTLE: 5.15 Persun, 5.45 Fiendish, 6.15 Poet’s Reward, 6.45 Bastia, 7.15 Kinloch Pride, 7.45 Mr Andros

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We take a look at some of the top racing stories of the day in our new feature and provide our experts’ racing selections on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

Newbury Races

Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR) plans to contribute a record £22.9m towards prize money this year, an increase of £2.1m on 2016. A total of £45m is earmarked for JCR’s 15 tracks which have 341 fixtures, with £1.4m of the extra funding going to jump racing. Its seven smaller tracks – Carlisle, Exeter, Huntingdon, Market Rasen, Nottingham, Warwick and Wincanton – will see more than £100,000 extra each in prize money and as much as £241,000 in the case of Carlisle. JCR group MD Paul Fisher said: “All levels of British Racing will benefit from the prize money increase, but I hope the clear boost for National Hunt racing and the grassroots of our sport is particularly welcome.”
Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=24055224&category=0

The announcement of £22.9m in prize-money at Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR) this year has been well received. Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) chief executive Charlie Liverton said: “This announcement from Jockey Club Racecourses is excellent news for owners and horsemen, and I am further delighted that grassroots racing has seen particular focus. This extra support for the middle and lower tier of British Racing is clearly needed and is welcome. That is where it can help the majority of racehorse owners and horsemen and where more investment is needed around the country.”
Source: http://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/news/prize-money-contribution-up-by-21-million-to-record-229m

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The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai (right), who flopped in the Denman Chase at Newbury having previously been an impressive winner of the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock, is still on course for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. Pushed out to 25/1 for the March 17 showpiece by MyClubBetting yesterday, Anthony Bromley, representing owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, was upbeat. He said: “We’re still going to have a go at the Gold Cup,” but added, “it’s a big roll of the dice. Even the distance is still an unknown and there are some very smart horses in there. He’s a lovely horse but he is an outsider, don’t get us wrong”.
Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=24055224&category=0

Superb Story has been ruled out of the Champion Hurdle after suffering a tendon injury. He won comfortably on his only start of the season at Musselburgh, but trainer Dan Skelton tweeted: “Superb Story will not be running at Cheltenham. He’s got a small lesion in a tendon and will need time off. Possibly back in December.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10775911/superb-story-out-of-champion-hurdle-with-tendon-injury

ITV has launched new app, ITV Racing, in a tie-up with developer Monterosa. It features a new £100,000 predictor contest ITV7. ITV Digital Studios online editorial director Sheena Peirse said: “Horse racing is a major priority for us and we see the app as a crucial way to reach new and existing fans of the sport and launch the ITV7 competition.”
Source: http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/news/itv-launches-horseracing-app/5115201.article

The Neil King-trained Lil Rockerfeller will bid to become the first back-to-back winner of the National Spirit Hurdle since Lough Derg after being given the green light for Sunday’s feature at Fontwell. Owner Andy Smith said: “Lil Rockerfeller did a fantastic piece of work on Saturday morning, which Neil was delighted with, so we’re confident he’s over his last run and we go to Fontwell with high hopes.” Nicky Henderson’s L’Ami Serge, second in the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham and Different Gravey are also among the entries for the Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle trial.
Source: http://www.arenaracingcompany.co.uk/news/story/295

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Emma Lavelle (right) is doing a rain dance ahead of Saturday’s Eider Handicap Chase for last year’s runner-up Shotgun Paddy. Lavelle said: “I’ve heard a going report saying ‘lovely drying wind’ – that is no good for him, but there is some rain about so hopefully it hits Newcastle. He’s a solid stayer and he deserves to win one of these big chases because he’s knocked on the door in so many of them.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10775728/shotgun-paddy-in-line-for-eider-chase-honours

When it comes to Forest Bihan’s chances of landing the Racing Post Arkle Trophy, trainer Brian Ellison is a realist. “The favourite looks nailed on – Altior looks like a machine so we’re obviously running for place money, but we’ll see,” he said. Forest Bihan has won three of his four starts over fences and was cut to 20/1 by MyClubBetting after Ellison added: “He’s very well, I actually think he’s a little underrated looking at his price.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10775684/brian-ellison-aims-forest-bihan-at-arkle-trophy-at-cheltenham http://www.attheraces.com/news/2017/February/20/brian-ellison-happy-to-take-arkle-challenge-with-forest-bihan

Capitaine is likely to be made favourite Saturday’s Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton, a recognised trial for Cheltenham’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Paul Nicholls’ five-year-old chased home Finian’s Oscar in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown last time and heads 12 entries, along with Alan King’s Elgin.
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/preview/763094/capitaine-reaches-for-the-sky

Mutakayyef will have to concede upwards of 5lb to his rivals in the Winter Derby at Lingfield on Saturday. William Haggas’ six-year-old will face a maximum of 10 rivals, all of whom are rated 9lb or more lower, and is likely to be the MyClubBetting favourite. Former stablemate Battalion, now with Jamie Osborne, is also among the leading fancies with the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Convey.
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/preview/763094/capitaine-reaches-for-the-sky

Terry Doherty, stud manager for Watership Down Stud, has been named as Employee of the Year 2017 at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff awards in a ceremony at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge. The perpetual Godolphin Trophy was presented by Freddy Tylicki, along with a cheque for £40,000, of which £20,000 will be shared amongst the staff at the Stud. It was part of £120,000 in prize money awarded by sponsors Godolphin. Chairman of the Judging Panel Brough Scott said: “The finalists were of a quite exceptional standard and it was really inspiring for the judges to hear their stories. However, in the end, Terry emerged as a clear and very fine winner and I am sure he will be a great ambassador for the sport.” Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=24071724&category=0

Today’s MCB British Racing selections – Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SOUTHWELL: 2.10 Log Off, 2.40 Elegantly Bound, 3.10 Vroom, 3.40 Lady Nayef, 4.10 Bounty Pursuit, 4.40 Horseguardsparade

TAUNTON: 2.20 Viking Mistress, 2.50 Lake Shore Drive, 3.20 Verdana Blue, 3.50 Heroes Or Ghosts, 4.20 Top Tug, 4.50 Monsieur Gibraltar, 5.20 My Story

WETHERBY: 2.00 Café Au Lait, 2.30 Money Maid, 3.00 Jerrysback, 3.30 Groomed, 4.00 Modulus, 4.30 Scarlet Fire, 5.00 Our Belle Aime

Today’s Lucky 15 Selections: Monsieur Gibraltar (Taunton 4.50), Bounty Pursuit (Southwell 4.10), Jerrysback (Wetherby 3.00), Elegantly Bound (Southwell 2.40)

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Tuesday, 7.45pm

Leverkusen (12/5) saw off Tottenham and SCKA Sofia to reach the last 16, finishing second in the group to Monaco. Two wins and four draws means they are unbeaten in this competition. One of the more organised teams, Roger Schmidt’s side have shown plenty of resilience, without setting the world alight. The issue for us is a lack of goals and modest league form. They are currently mid-table in the German Bundesliga and striker Javier Hernandez is in fair goalscoring form, stop him and you effectively stop Leverkusen.

Atletico (11/8) come into this having topped Group D with five wins from six and having the likes of Bayern Munich behind them. Having lost two Champions League finals in three years, there is a deep determination to prove they can go the distance and while Diego Simeone has not been able to bring in reinforcements because of a transfer ban, the Spaniards are a side who are always capable of scoring.

Antoine Griezmann (above), reportedly on his way to Manchester United in the summer, Fernando Torres, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Kevin Gameiro will give any side fits in and around the penalty area. There are no obvious defensive weaknesses, so we expect them to go through, winning both legs.



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Tuesday 7:45pm

Manchester City’s (8/13) defence continues to look shaky, although John Stones is beginning to blossom after a shaky start to his City career. That is great news for Pep Guardiola and England. City’s home form was a strength in qualifying for the last 16, seeing off Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic, which saw a second-place finish behind Barcelona in Group C.

We do have concerns that Sergio Aguero (above) is unhappy at being replaced by the now-injured Gabriel Jesus, and while you can look at it as a blessing that he will be a hungry player anxious to prove a point, the flip side is his ego has been damaged and he feels disrespected. City look better with Yaya Toure in the starting line-up and in Kevin de Bruyne, they have a world-class midfielder who, for our money, has been consistently the best player in the Premier League since his arrival.

Monaco (17/4) arrive in form and are pushing for a first French title since 2000. Leonardo Jardim’s side were impressive in not only winning Group E (ahead of Beyer Leverkusen and Tottenham), they were also a delight to watch.

The resurgence of Radamel Falcao has been key to their success. He has scored more goals this season than in the last three seasons combined, so the Colombian is a man to be feared. It should be a really interesting battle between Stones and him, and it would not be a surprise should he get on the scoresheet in the first leg.

We see this as being a tight affair, but City’s home form should give them a cushion for the second leg on March 15.



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Wednesday 7:45pm

Porto (5/2) are a shadow of the side that won this competition under Jose Mourinho in 2004. They finished runners-up in the group behind Leicester and lack experience, which has shown in qualifying. The youngest squad in the Champions League have done well domestically, however, losing just twice all season, so they are no pushovers.

Keep an eye out for striker Andre Silva (above) – the Portuguese international has been in flying form recently and must go on the shortlist of players to score at any time.

It has been relatively plain sailing for Juventus (5/4) in Serie A. The Italians are well placed to follow up last season’s title – their fifth consecutive – and they have been excellent away from home in this competition, winning all three qualifying games on the road. The Bianconeri have the ability to soak up pressure and play on the break, thanks to experienced defenders who have a fabulous last-line of defence in keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

What they have lost in Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal, they have made up for in work-rate and guile in the midfield. Up front, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala have formed a formidable partnership. We don’t expect Juventus to slip up.



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Wednesday 7:45pm

Out of the FA Cup and in danger of being relegated, Leicester City (15/2) are in turmoil. The Foxes have been a different animal in the Champions League, though, convincingly progressing to the knockout stage after winning four and drawing one of their opening five matches. Yes, they were thumped 5-0 at Porto, but that was with a second-string team.

Claudio Ranieri (above) is unlikely to employ the same tactics here, but quite what the tactics have been defensively this season is open to argument. They simply do not close down quickly enough and the void left by the departure of N’Golo Kante to Chelsea has been as wide as the Grand Canyon. It is clear he made the team tick, produced his teammates to give that little bit extra which lifted them to the title. Confidence is low and it will be a surprise should they come away with anything in this first-leg tie.

Sevilla (2/5) remain the hunt for the Spanish title and have plenty of experience of Europe, having won the Europa League for the past three seasons. Jorge Sampaoli’s side progressed to the last 16 behind Juventus and they will fancy their chances of building a healthy first-leg lead. Some would say a 2/5 shot does not represent value – in this case we would argue it does.



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We take a look at some of the top racing stories of the day and provide our experts’ racing selections on Friday, February 17, 2017.

Punchestown Races

There is a concerted gamble taking place on Jezki (above) for the Stayers’ Hurdle. Jessica Harrington’s 2014 Champion Hurdle winner is cut to 6/1 with Bet4Causes and is now clear second-favourite to Unowhatimeanharry (6/4). Though he is 8/1 for the Champion Hurdle, his trainer says a decision as to which race he goes for at Cheltenham will be made after his run in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park on Saturday. A Bet4Causes spokesman said: “Jezki is a class act and if he shines at Gowran, JP McManus will have another big gun to go to war with at the Festival.”
Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=23965024&category=0

The King George VI Chase may not have to move after all. The Jockey Club is considering alternatives to its controversial plans to sell off Kempton Park for housing, proposals that brought widespread condemnation from racing. Alternative plans are under consideration for a smaller development to the south east of the course that could accommodate up to 1,200 houses, rather than the 3,000 earmarked if the 230-acre site was closed and sold to Redrow.
Source: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/sport/kempton-may-be-reprieved-sldrl0w86

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Gigginstown House Stud owner Michael O’Leary has slammed BHB handicapper Phil Smith over the weights handed to his Grand National trio and ruled out anti-post favourite Don Poli (11st 7lb), Outlander (11st 10lb) and Empire Of Dirt (11st 8lb). O’Leary said: “If Phil Smith tells us what the rules are, we won’t waste our time entering good horses. If Don Poli (right) had had a reasonable handicap mark, been compressed down 4-5-6lb off his Irish mark, over four and a quarter miles you might consider it, but he is clearly going nowhere.” Referencing Smith’s remark on ATR that bookmakers seemingly felt Don Poli had not been harshly treated, given they made him general 14/1 favourite, O’Leary said: “His justification for this is, ‘I notice the bookies have him as favourite, they are usually pretty shrewd, they obviously don’t think he’s hard done by’. So that’s how you run your handicapping system is it, based on what some ante-post spivs think? He is clearly talking utter drivel.”
Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=23963624&category=0

Four of the five Irish-trained horses in the handicap for the Grand National will run at Aintree from higher marks than they would in any Irish handicap. BHA Handicapper Phil Smith defended his ratings, insisting: “We spend around an extra 18 hours a week, that’s about three hours a week for each of our six jumps handicappers, to keep [separate] Irish ratings. We do it because we want our handicaps to be as competitive as possible.”
Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=23963624&category=0


Blaklion (right) will be out to underline his Randox Health Grand National credentials when he bids to land the tomorrow’s Grand National Trial at Haydock. Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has won the National twice with Earth Summit and Bindaree and considers Blaklion as “perfect” for the Aintree marathon. He said: “He’s a very interesting contender and we will learn a lot more on Saturday. We have delayed running him for ages so his weight doesn’t go up. I think he is very fairly weighted. He stays forever and he jumps beautifully.”
Source: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/other-sport/horse-racing/blaklion-face-13-betfred-grand-12613116

Saphir Du Rheu gained his first success for 15 months when easily accounting for three rivals in the Ivan Straker Memorial Chase at Kelso yesterday. “He needed a confidence booster and won as he should have done,” said trainer Paul Nicholls. “He’s in everything – a handicap at Cheltenham, the Gold Cup, the Grand National. He could go back to Kelso on March 4 for another race like that (Premier Chase).”
Source: http://www.attheraces.com/news/2017/February/16/big-race-options-open-as-saphir-du-rheu-returns-to-winning-ways-at-kelso

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The Mick Channon (right)-trained Opal Tiara gained the biggest victory of her career in the Group 2 Balanchine at Meydan yesterday and will now likely head to the Dubai Turf on World Cup night. Assistant trainer Mick Channon junior said: “We are delighted. She improved throughout the second half of last season and she has gone and done that nicely. Something like the Falmouth screams out for her in the summer. It is great to have a good older filly in the yard and she will go to Dubai World Cup night now for the Dubai Turf.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10770551/dubai-world-cup-night-at-meydan-beckons-for-opal-tiara

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Champion jockey Jim Crowley (right) gained a Group 3 success with Ertijaal blitzing rivals in the Meydan Sprint yesterday. After the Ali Al Rayhi-trained 4/7 winner broke the track record, Crowley said: “He is an aeroplane. I’ve had some nice sprinters to ride, but he certainly tops the list.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10770551/dubai-world-cup-night-at-meydan-beckons-for-opal-tiara 

French Champion Hurdle hero Ptit Zig will skip the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, with a potential return trip to Auteuil on the cards. Paul Nicholls said: “We took him out of the Stayers’ Hurdle as he is a better horse fresh in the spring. We might go to Sandown again or he could go to Aintree, then do the French races again as there is massive prize-money there.”
Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/paul-nicholls-hints-ptit-zig-9834769

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Dan Skelton (right) feels Superb Story has “an each-way chance” in a wide open Champion Hurdle. Last year’s County Hurdle hero was last seen winning at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day. Skelton said: “We’re heading for the Champion Hurdle. It’s an open race. It’s not packed deep with horses rated 170, but who’s to say one of these isn’t going to go on and win two. He is improving. From turning in, it’s all about how good you are and we don’t know because we’ve never chipped him into graded company.”
Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/horseracing/2881005/superb-story-will-take-his-chance-in-the-champion-hurdle-for-trainer-dan-skelton/

Apple’s Jade is set to return to action in the listed Quevega Mares’ Hurdle at Punchestown on Wednesday. The Gordon Elliott-trained three-time Grade 1 winner heads a field of nine entries which also includes Grade 1 winners Limini and Whiteout, trained by Willie Mullins. Elliott said: “She has a number of options at the Cheltenham Festival and we’ll see how she goes on Wednesday first. I’ve been happy with her and the timing of the race suits us so we’re looking forward to getting her out again.”
Source: http://www.hri.ie/press-office/press-releases/quevega-hurdle-return-date-for-apple-s-jade/

Decorated Knight, who won the Listed Winter Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield will miss the Winter Derby on Saturday week in favour of a Group 1 bid in Dubai. Tony Nerses, racing manager to owners Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, said: “Decorated Knight is heading out to Dubai on February 22nd to compete in the Group 1 Jebel Hatta on Super Saturday.”
Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=23943224&category=0

Qurbaan will be out to claim his Good Friday place in the Mile at Lingfield when he goes in the Listed Prix Saonois at Cagnes-Sur-Mer this afternoon. The 1m Polytrack contest is a Fast-Track qualifier for the race on All-Weather Championships Finals Day. Trainer Francois Rohaut said: “Qurbaan is the perfect horse for these kind of races because he loves the layout and surface of these All-Weather tracks. Hopefully he can win and qualify for the final at Lingfield. We are very happy and expect him to run a good race.”
Source: www.awchampionships.co.uk

Today’s MCB British Racing selections – Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SANDOWN PARK: 1.40 Centurius, 2.10 Icing On The Cake, 2.40 Colin’s Sister (nb), 3.15 Renard, 3.45 Percy Street, 4.15 Private Malone, 4.45 Mixchievous

FAKENHAM: 1.30 Lake Chapala, 2.00 Mr Mix, 2.30 Cash Again, 3.00 Glengra, 3.35 Movie Legend, 4.05 Wild Bill, 4.35 Potters Sapphire

NEWCASTLE: 2.20 Bowban, 2.50 SUTTER COUNTY (NAP), 3.25 Dolphin Village, 3.55 Codeshare, 4.25 Vogueatti, 4.55 Byres Road, 5.25 Dark Side Dream.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Hidden Gem, 6.15 Invincible Man, 6.45 Marshall Aid, 7.15 School Run, 7.45 Blaze Of Glory, 8.15 Heartstone

Today’s Lucky 15 Selections: Sutter County (2.50 Newcastle), Colin’s Sister (2.40 Sandown Park), Heartstone (8.15 Fakenham), Mr Mix (2.00 Fakenham)

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We take a look at some of the top racing stories of the day in our new feature and provide our experts’ racing selections on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.


Outlander (above) has been handed top weight for the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree. The Gordon Elliott-trained winner of the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown, was allotted 11st 10lb for the April 8 marathon during a ceremony at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London last night. Elliott, who won the race with Silver Birch 10 years ago, has 14 entries in total and three of the top four, with Empire Of Dirt and Don Poli on 11st 8lb and 11st 7lb respectively. Champagne West, impressive winner of the Thyestes Chase last time, has been allotted 11st 9lb and Carlingford Lough is on 11st 6lb in an all-Irish domination of the first five slots.
Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/racing/0/grand-national-2017-runners/

The Randox Health Grand National will boast the highest-rated field in its history. Handicapper Phil Smith said: “The percentage of horses rated over 135 entered in 2017 is 88%, which is the highest ever. The previous highest percentage of horses in this category was 85%. Significantly, the number of horses rated above 150 stands at a record level, with 34 horses falling into that category. If you go back a decade to 2007, there were only half that number (17) having a rating of 150 or higher at the time the weights were unveiled.”
Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=23914424&category=0

Brian Ellison says Definitely Red “looks to have a good racing weight” after being allotted 10st 7lb in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree. Wetherby’s Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase winner, who unseated Henry Brooke in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock last time, is 35th on the weights list. Ellison said: “I am happy with that. He is in great form at the moment and is likely to go to Kelso [Listed Premier Chase] or Doncaster [Grimthorpe Chase] in a couple of weeks. After that, we will give him a school over some Grand National fences and, if he takes to it, he will probably head to Aintree.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10768331/outlander-has-been-handed-top-weight-for-the-randox-health-grand-national-at-aintree

Raz De Maree, who got within a length and three-quarters of leading Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Native River when runner-up last time in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow, will head to Newcastle for the Eider Chase before tackling the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree. Having be allotted 10st 4lb for the National, trainer Gavin Cromwell said: “That’s a nice racing weight and hopefully he should get into the race. The horse is in grand form at the moment.” He added: “A little bit of juice in the ground would suit him as he just lacks a gear.”
Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=23914424&category=0

There will be a new trophy for the 170th Grand National at Aintree. Founder of sponsors Randox Health, Dr Peter FitzGerald, said: “To win the Grand National is one of the crowning achievements in sport and in this our first year of sponsorship, we sought to commission a trophy which would complement this tremendous success. I am delighted with the result, as the trophy captures the heart of both the race and Randox – in the speed of the horses and the strands of DNA.”
Source: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/other-sport/horse-racing/grand-national-2017-new-randox-12603234

Alan KingYanworth is on course to have his Cheltenham Festival prep race in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton. “We worked Yanworth this morning (Tuesday) on the grass and it’s all systems go for Saturday,” said trainer Alan King (right), who also has Sceau Royal among 10 entries for the recognised Champion Hurdle trial He added: “Sceau Royal is not a guaranteed runner at the moment – I wouldn’t want to run him on really testing ground. We’ll have to see how the weather holds and how Wincanton dries.” Paul Nicholls is double-handed with Irving and Capitaine, and he said: “Both my horses have dual entries for racing at Wincanton and Kelso. We’ll see how the weather fairs and make a decision later in the week.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10767933/all-systems-go-for-yanworth-in-kingwell-hurdle-at-wincanton

Richard Johnson1Having had four days off with influenza, Richard Johnson (right) returned to ride an odds-on double with his only two rides at Fontwell yesterday, courtesy of the Philip Hobbs-trained pair Kayf Adventure and Casper King. Of the latter, the champion jockey said: “It was great to get him off the mark last time as he’d had a few seconds and you were starting to think was there anything untoward, but he’d just jumped into some quite nice horses. Now he’s won two novice hurdles, I’m sure the EBF Final is an option, we’ll see what Philip thinks.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/report/761718/johnson-back-with-a-bang

Identity Thief is one of seven entries for Sunday’s Flyingbolt Novice Chase at Navan. One of three entries for Gigginstown House Stud, along with Noel Meade’s Road To Respect and the Gordon Elliott-trained Ball D’Arc, Henry de Bromhead’s charge bids to get his season back on track after he unseated his rider in the Irish Arkle, having previously been pulled up in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown.
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/preview/762364/identity-thief-back-on-track

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Limini, winner of the Grade 2 Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last March, is one of eight contenders for Sunday’s Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park. The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old could take on 2014 Champion Hurdle winner Jezki. Limini’s owner Rich Ricci said: “She has taken a while to come to hand this season, not dissimilar to last year, but is right back to herself now and seems a lot stronger than last year.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/preview/762371/jezki-set-for-trial-outing

Max Dynamite, a 20/1 chance for the County Hurdle at Cheltenham, may swerve the meeting in favour of Punchestown in April, with the Melbourne Cup a long-term target. Owner Rich Ricci said: “It’s not certain that he won’t get to Cheltenham but it’s probably a bit unlikely, and he should be ready for Punchestown on the way towards getting ready for a Flat campaign. The Melbourne Cup, in which he finished second two years ago, is the ultimate aim. Getting him back to Flemington Park this winter would be an extraordinary thrill.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10767526/max-dynamite-targets-melbourne-cup-not-cheltenham-festival

WESTWOOD 2Warren Greatrex is confident Western Ryder will be suited by the hurly-burly of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham next month. Part-owned by golfer Lee Westwood (right), the five-year-old was second to Daphne Du Clos at Newbury last time, conceding 21lb. Greatrex said: “Although he had already won a Listed race, the other day was just a test to make sure he was ready to take to Cheltenham and I think that he showed that he is ready. This horse will thrive on the fast-run race.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10767588/western-ryder-suited-by-champion-bumper-at-cheltenham-festival

Run by the BHA, the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards will be streamed live from the Racing Centre in Newmarket on http://www.studandstablestaffawards.co.uk and http://www.racingpost.com next Monday evening. BHA chief Nick Rust said: “We are delighted we can use live streaming of the event this year to ensure that people who are unable to be there on the night can still share in this fantastic celebration.”
Source: https://www.godolphin.com/news/latest-news/article/10837/godolphin-stud–stable-staff-awards-to-be-streamed-live

At The Races is celebrating after landing the Best Sports Betting Website gong at the iGB Affiliate Awards held in London. ATR won in the multi-sports category despite offering a dedicated, horse racing only focused service, demonstrating racing’s enduring significance in the sports affiliate betting market. ATR new media director Matthew Taylor said: “Combined with our success at the Broadcast Digital Awards and eGaming Review Awards, it underlines ATR’s achievements in both broadcasting and betting.”
Source: http://www.igbaffiliate.com/awards/igb-affiliate-awards

Today’s MCB British Racing selections – Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NEWCASTLE: 2.20 Crackdeloust, 2.50 Chain Of Beacons, 3.20 Floramoss (nb), 3.50 On A Promise, 4.20 Pistol Park, 4.50 Ballasalla

TOWCESTER: 2.10 Brandon Roc, 2.40 What A Diva, 3.10 Krackatoa King, 3.40 Solighoster, 4.10 LUNAR FLOW (NAP), 4.40 Whitley Neill

WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.00 Scrafton, 2.30 See Vermont, 3.00 Pearl Noir, 3.30 Third Time Lucky, 4.00 Dodgy Bob, 4.30 Calvinist, 5.00 Sea Dweller

KEMPTON PARK: 5.20 Moayadd, 5.50 Bookmaker, 6.20 Assertive Agent, 6.50 Franco’s Secret, 7.30 Kyneton, 7.50 Chandon Elysees, 8.20 Little Indian, 8.50 West Leake

Our Lucky 15 selections: Lunar Flow (4.10 Towcester), Floramoss (3.20 Newcastle), Assertive Agent (6.20 Kempton Park), See Vermont (2.30 Wolverhampton)

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Politologue faces just one rival in the Graduation Chase at Kempton this afternoon in the shape of the Dan Skelton-trained Pain Au Chocolat. The Paul Nicholls-trained Politologue is as shot as 6/1 for the JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham. His rider Sam Twiston-Davies said: “Kempton is a good test for a novice but to be fair he’s excelled in the jumping department in his three runs this season. Pain Au Chocolat is no mug, he should keep him honest. It’s a bit more experience for both horses, so we’ll have to see how he gets on.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/preview/761398/politologue-heads-two-runner-match

Bristol De MaiBristol De Mai will be out to enhance his Cheltenham Gold Cup claims when he runs in the Denman Chase at Newbury tomorrow. Bought by agent Anthony Bromley to race in Britain, he came of age in winning the Peter Marsh Chase for owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. Bromley said: “He was a big ugly duckling when we bought him but he’s turned into a bit of a swan. He still does have an entry in the Ryanair but the hope is he’ll run well enough on Saturday to warrant running in the Gold Cup.” The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai is 11/8 with the sponsors for the Grade 2 event, with Hennessy Gold Cup hero Native River heading the market for five-runner field at 11/10.
Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=23789224&category=0

Concerns over the future freedom to move horses across after Brexit will be discussed at the National Equine Forum in London next month. Lucy Greayer, a shipping agent, said the racing industry was in the dark over the future. “The current agreement between Ireland, the UK and France means that horses can move around freely without health documentation or anything like that. We just don’t know what is going to happen when Brexit comes into effect,” said Greayer.
Source: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/09/concerns-raised-over-brexit-impact-on-free-movement-of-horses

Dail Eireann agriculture minister Michael Creed has warned the UK’s exit from the EU has significant implications for Ireland’s thoroughbred industry. Trainers in Northern Ireland are licensed by the Irish Turf Club, and races there are run under the Turf Club’s rules of racing. Creed said: “Ninety per cent of runners at these fixtures are trained in the Republic with horses moving on a daily basis, so the return to a hard border would seriously disrupt this movement.”
Source: http://www.independent.ie/business/brexit/brexit-hurdle-to-crossborder-racing-35438418.html

Water Swinburn.jpgWalter Swinburn, rider of Shergar, suffered a fatal head injury after falling approximately 12 feet from his bathroom window in Belgravia, central London. Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe found that Swinburn, 55, died as the result of an accident on December 12 last year. A coroner’s officer said: “She confirmed that he had fallen from his bathroom window. The drop was estimated at about 12 feet, and it was into a courtyard. It was confirmed that Mr Swinburn suffered from epilepsy, but whether or not he had an epileptic fit which caused him to fall, was not possible to determine.”
Source: http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49029/walter-swinburn-died-after-falling-from-bathroom-window
http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=23762524&category=0 http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/shergar-jockey-walter-swinburn-died-9787064

High Bridge will duck a clash with the smart Finian’s Oscar at Exeter on Sunday and will instead run at Newbury tomorrow. Sixth in the Champion Bumper last season, he is unbeaten in two starts for Ben Pauling. “He’s going to go to Newbury,” said Pauling. “He’ll have a double penalty there, which isn’t ideal, but if he’s a Supreme horse he should be able to do it. I think the Supreme and not the Neptune is the way we are thinking at the moment.”
Source: http://www.attheraces.com/news/2017/February/09/high-bridge-heading-for-newbury-over-exeter-this-weekend

Jockey Harry Skelton believes that Superb Story make the frame in the Champion Hurdle next month. Trained by his brother, Dan, Superb Story landed the County Hurdle at Cheltenham last season. “The Champion Hurdle is cutting up at the moment with Faugheen and Annie Power both out,” said Skelton. “I think Superb Story has a solid each-way chance and the current prices [around 16/1] are a fair reflection of his chance. People will point to his rating (149) but he has never contested a Grade 2 or Grade 1 hurdle. He is a bit of unknown in that respect.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10761229/harry-skelton-hails-superb-story-ride-in-champion-hurdle

nicky-hendersonNicky Henderson has ruled Consul de Thaix from tomorrow’s 2m Hurdle at Newbury after the JP McManus-owned gelding suffered a setback. Henderson, seeking a sixth win the race, will rely on Hargam. The Seven Barrows trainer tweeted: “Consul De Thaix has some inflammation that requires medication so will not run (at Newbury).” Nigel Twiston-Davies is responsible for ante-post favourite Ballyandy and Ballyhill, with 16 expected to line up for the Grade 3 extended 2m event.
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10760959/consul-de-thaix-misses-betfair-hurdle-date

Nashmiah caused a 40/1 shock to win the UAE 1,000 Guineas under Mikael Barzalona at Meydan yesterday, beating the fast-finishing Nomorerichblondes by a head. The Richard Fahey-trained Rajar was third. The winner, unbeaten in four starts, is trained by Nicholas Bachalard in Saudi Arabia. “I told Mickael before the race that this filly had never been as good. She had been training really well and probably needed her last race. That came after a two-month lay-off,” said Bachalard. “For a Saudi-bred horse to come here is not easy. It was a lot for her to handle and she has been very professional.” Barzalona added: “She proved tonight she is a top-class filly and has a big heart.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10761732/nashmiah-wins-uae-1000-guineas

The David O’Meara-trained Salateen (33/1) was part of a 2,209/1 treble at Meydan yesterday for jockey Adrie De Vries. He also scored on Krypton Factor (25-1) and the Godolphin-owned Top Score (6/4) in the Meydan Classic Trial.
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10761732/nashmiah-wins-uae-1000-guineas

Keeper Hill my bypass the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham after grinding out victory at Huntingdon yesterday. The Warren Greatrex-trained winner was receiving 8lb from Messire Des Obeaux. He is no certainty to run, however. Greatrex explained: “He’s got so much talent, I don’t think we’ve got to the bottom of him yet. I think Aintree might be better for him. I’m not totally convinced he is a Cheltenham horse this year and if things went wrong at Cheltenham you could ruin him in one fell swoop. He travels well and Aintree could be right up his street, while it would give him a bit longer to get over this.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/report/761338/hill-gets-the-better-of-messire

Might Bite scored an easy win in the Soar Enterprises Online Ltd Novices’ Chase at Doncaster yesterday, bouncing back after a last-fence fall when clear in the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. Trainer Nicky Henderson said: “That was just what we wanted to see him do. It didn’t look as if the fall has had a lasting effect, anyway.” Jockey Nico de Boinville added: “He’s got an awful lot of potential and is going the right way. We just need to keep his jumping low and flat.” MyClubBetting cut Mite Bite to 9/2 (from 5/1) for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham, with Bellshill the 4/1 favourite.
Source: http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/might-bite-strolls-to-confidence-boosting-win/2243457/#newsArchiveTabs=last7DaysNews

Ryanair will sponsor the Grade 1 Stayers’ Hurdle at Aintree after inking a two-year deal. The £150,000 Grade 1 contest, staged on Grand National Day, is run over 3m. Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said: “We are very pleased to partner with Aintree Racecourse to sponsor the Grade 1 Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle, which always attracts a top-class field.” Aintree MD John Barker added: “With so many fantastic winners of this great race, we hope Ryanair will enjoy making even more history at Aintree.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10761400/ryanair-backing-for-stayers-at-aintree

Jim Mitchell, a construction worker turned successful breeder, has passed away after a short illness, aged 86. Short Commons, whom he bought out of a seller, won the European Free Handicap and finished fourth in the Irish 1,000 Guineas. Music Maestro, 1977 winner of the then-Group 1 Flying Childers Stakes, Group 1-placed sprinter The Cheka and Group 3 scorer Rose Blossom were some of the horses he bred. Bloodstock agent Geoffrey Howson said: “He was very astute, particularly when it came to pedigrees, and in his heyday he was a shrewd reader of the market.”
Source: http://bloodstock.racingpost.com/news/bloodstock/tributes-paid-to-successful-breeder-mitchell/2243684/top/

Today’s MCB British Racing selections – Friday, February 10, 2017

BANGOR-ON-DEE: 1.50 Over To Sam, 2.20 Antartica De Thaix (nb), 2.50 Dashing Oscar, 3.20 Wood Yer, 3.55 Ballycash, 4.25 Hands Of Stone, 5.00 Poole Master

KEMPTON PARK: 1.40 North Hill, 2.10 Agamemmon, 2.40 Post War, 3.10 Vyta Du Roc, 3.45 Lee Side Lady, 4.15 Politologue, 4.50 Springtown Lake

SOUTHWELL: 1.30 Stonecoldsoba, 2.00 He’s A Lad, 2.30 Unnoticed, 3.00 Bring On A Spinner, 3.35 Archie Stevens, 4.05 Fern Owl, 4.40 Luv U Always

NEWCASTLE: 5.45 Sandstream, 6.15 Alfonso Manana, 6.45 Atteq, 7.15 SIGNE (NAP), 7.45 Major Cornwallis, 8.15 Pretty Bubbles

Our Lucky 15 selections: Signe (7.15 Newcastle), Antartica De Thaix (2.20 Bangor), Vyta Du Roc (3.10 Kempton), Archie Stevens (3.35 Southwell)

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Wednesday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.



THE BLUE BOMBER (Carlisle 1.50) is the most experienced in the line-up for the 2m1f novices’ hurdle with eight runs under his belt. The Mick Channon-trained five-year-old is still looking for his first win, yet all bar one of his last five runs has seen him unplaced, finishing runner-up on three occasions. Having had a two-month break, he was not beaten far by River Wylde, who looked above average when winning at Ludlow. A replication of that form should see the selection finally get off the mark.

MISE EN ROSE (Chelmsford City 3.30) is ridden by the incomparable William Buick, who is set to jet back to Dubai after this sole ride of the day. The four-year-old War Front fillylanded a fillies’ handicap at Newmarket in July but has been held in pattern company since and she was probably over the top when well held in a Listed 1m all-weather race at Lingfield in October. Having had 104 days off, Charlie Appleby’s runner may need the run but the 7f fillies’ conditions event looks a decent starting point for what may become a fruitful year.

LABEL DES OBEAUX (Ludlow 2.10) is proven on winter ground and his stamina cannot be called into question. A Grade 2 novice hurdle winner last season, he has hit the post in his last three novice chases at Exeter, Cheltenham and Lingfield, losing no caste in defeat to the useful stayer Missed Approach last time. Philip Hobbs’ six-year-old has the ability to win a nice sating prize in due course, but a win in the extended 2m7 ½ f novices’ chase would certainly help is confidence.

LE DAUPHIN (Ludlow 4.50) was a tired faller on his hurdling debut at Newbury when a big price for a competitive novices’ hurdle, won by a well-touted stablemate in Reigning Supreme back in November. He was up in trip to 2m4½f there and did not get it. Back down to an extended 2m at the same track on New Year’s Eve, he made the running for stablemate and eventual winner William Henry, and while beaten seven lengths, it was a much improved effort. He shaped like a stayer and Nicky Henderson pops him back up to tackle 2m5f in a maiden hurdle today. He is no banker by any means but is going the right way.



CARLISLE: 1.50 THE BLUE BOMBER (NAP), 2.20 Turtle Watch, 2.50 Which One Is Which, 3.20 Major Ridge, 3.55 Tonto’s Spirit, 4.30 Join The Clan

CHELMSFORD CITY: 2.00 Randall’s Alannah, 2.30 Never Folding, 3.00 Bracken Brae, 3.30 Mise En Rose (nb), 4.05 Dynamo Walt, 4.40 Clovelly Bay, 5.10 Hidden Gem

LUDLOW: 1.40 Bomber Command, 2.10 Label Des Obeaux, 2.40 Still Believing, 3.10 Altiepix, 3.40 Lambeau Field, 4.15 Daring Article, 4.50 Le Dauphin

KEMPTON PARK: 5.20 Awesome Rock, 5.50 Red Flute, 6.20 Street Jazz, 6.50 Miss M, 7.20 La Guapita, 7.50 Tailor’s Row, 8.20 Serenade The Stars


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