DAILY RACING DIGEST – THURSDAY

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 Thursday, March 2, 2017.

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Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has doubts that son Willy will be able to gain the required number of chase wins by April 6 to ride Blaklion (right) in the Grand National. Willy, who has spent the last five years concentrating on the Flat, has 12 career wins over jumps. His father said: “Willy still needs thee winners over fences. It might quite hard work. I have not got that many young chasers coming up and most of them have gone up the handicap. It is more difficult to find winners at this time of year.”
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/racing/article-4271910/Nigel-Twiston-Davies-doubts-son-s-Blaklion-National-ride.html


Michael O’Leary has removed Don Poli, Empire Of Dirt and Outlander from the Grand National, as he said he would, following his displeasure at the weights meted out by official BHA handicapper Phil Smith. Champagne West, Dromnea and Otago Trail have also been scratched, along with several other Gigginstown runners including Clarcam, Tiger Roll and A Toi Phil. A total of 95 entries remain with the weights now headed by Carlingford Lough.
Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/horseracing/2983756/2017-grand-national-field-cut-to-95-entries-as-don-poli-outlander-empire-of-dirt-were-among-the-horses-taken-out-at-the-latest-scratchings-deadlines/


cheltenhamBHA senior handicapper Phil Smith his back at critics after unveiling the weights for the 10 handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival, insisting “there is no semblance of any anti-Irish bias”. In statement he said the BHA’s handicapping approach with Irish horses has provided “greater equality and fairness” after years of what he felt was a “disproportionately high success rate of Irish runners in British handicaps” – most significantly at the Cheltenham Festival.
Source: http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49463/phil-smith-insists-no-anti-irish-bias-in-handicap-ratings


Alan King is in the dark over who will ride JP McManus-owned stable star Yanworth in the Champion Hurdle. The Kingwell Hurdle winner is as short as 10/3 for the 2m feature on March 14, but regular pilot Barry Geraghty is nursing six broken ribs and will miss the Cheltenham Festival. King said: “I don’t know who is going to ride him and we need to speak at the weekend, as we do need to find out. Obviously I would like them to come and have a sit on him. No one has ridden him over a hurdle bar Barry Geraghty, so whoever rides him we want to come and school him and possibly ride a bit of work.”
Source: http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49471/alan-king-eager-to-pencil-in-champion-hurdle-jockey-for-yanworth


Nicky HendersonWith Barry Geraghty ruled out through injury, Noel Fehily is likely to come in for the plum Champion Hurdle ride on the JP McManus-owned Buveur D’Air, who made a successful transition back to hurdles in a Listed event at Sandown. Trainer Nicky Henderson (right) said: “I suspect he will. I saw JP on Monday and I don’t think anybody has really discussed it as there are so many horses involved in the conundrum.”
Source: http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49471/alan-king-eager-to-pencil-in-champion-hurdle-jockey-for-yanworth


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Though unseating Mark Walsh at the last in the Irish Gold Cup, former Stayers’ Hurdle winner More Of That (right) has trainer Jonjo O’Neill growing in confidence ahead of his Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup run. “We never saw a spark this season until his last run in the Irish Gold Cup,” said O’Neill. “He’d have to be at his best, of course, but the race is open and he loves the track.” More Of That is currently 16/1 (from 20/1) with Bet4Causes.
Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/racing/2017/03/01/jonjo-oneill-expecting-go-close-gold-cup/


A federal judge has rejected leading Irish horseracing owner JP McManus’s bid to recover the $5.22m he claimed the US government withheld as tax from a backgammon win. McManus claimed that paying a relatively small “domicile levy” in Ireland should leave him exempt from tax taken by authorities, but judge Nancy Firestone denied his request to order the IRS to hand over the money.
Source: http://calvinayre.com/2017/03/01/business/jp-mcmanus-loses-battle-to-claim-5-2m-tax-refund-from-us/


Despite falling at Kempton on Saturday, Nicky Henderson says he intends to run Charli Parcs in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, rather than the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. “I think we were always leaning towards the Triumph and that’s still the case. If he’s in good form, I think he will come here. Divin Bere could also end up going in the same race. We’ll have to see how the weights work out for the Fred Winter.”
Source: http://www.attheraces.com/news/2017/March/01/triumph-hurdle-on-the-agenda-for-charli-parcs-after-pleasing-home-spin
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Thistlecrack’s younger half-brother West Approach is likely to run in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle rather than taking on his elders in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Trainer Colin Tizzard’s son and assistant Joe said: “We purposely protected his novice status last year and however brave John and Heather Snook (owners) are, throwing a novice in the deep end is tough. I think with this one he has one chance as a novice and he has got a great chance in the Albert Bartlett.”
Source: http://www.attheraces.com/news/2017/March/01/west-approach-likely-to-stick-to-novice-company-at-cheltenham
http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49468/west-approach-likely-to-stick-to-novice-company-at-cheltenham

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Willie Mullins (right) has won the Cheltenham Champion Bumper nine times and feels Carter McKay could be his brightest chance of landing the March 15 finale again. His is one of five Mullins entries of the 36 remaining and the trainer said: “Carter McKay could look the one on his form of the last day. He’d been doing nice work at home before Naas and his performance was better than I hoped, but you don’t go expecting performances like that. That performance would compare to anything. A horse that can win around Naas doing that is a fair machine.”
Source: http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49465/exciting-carter-mckay-leads-champion-bumper-squad-for-willie-mullins


An experiment to monitor the heart rates of some leading figures at the Cheltenham Festival has been organised. Commentator Richard Hoiles, ITV colleague Ed Chamberlin, trainer Ben Pauling and broadcaster Rupert Bell will be tested. Hoiles said: “I would be interested in the results as I did think I was relatively laid-back, but then someone posted a video of me commentating next to John Hunt during the Champion Stakes – I was shocked by just how animated I was getting!”
Source: https://beta.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-festival/pauling-in-the-spotlight-as-high-bridge-aims-to-be-supreme-player/276523


Brian Proctor, former jockey and work-rider for trainer Dick Hern, has died at the age of 75. Legendary jockey Willie Carson said: “He was Dick Hern’s right-hand man and I had some good times with him. He was involved with everything that happened at West Ilsley. If there was a problem Dick and Brian sorted it out. Nothing fazed him, he knew what to do with horses. He was a great man to have in the yard and a great man to deal with a difficult horse.”
Source: https://beta.racingpost.com/news/news/herns-right-hand-man-spent-half-a-century-working-with-the-stars/276646

Today’s MCB British Racing selections – Thursday, March 2, 2017

TAUNTON: 2.00 Ice Konig, 2.30  Saint Breiz, 3.00 Spiritofthegames, 3.35 Sir Ivan, 4.10 The Unit, 4.45 Jonagold, 5.15 Lost In Lecce

NEWCASTLE: 2.10 Free Code, 2.40 Stoneham, 3.10 Be Perfect, 3.45 Magistral, 4.20 Ms Gillard, 4.55 Bargain Buy, 5.25 Aprovado

LUDLOW: 2.20 MANSION (NAP), 2.50 Some Are Lucky, 3.25 Mixchivous (nb), 4.00 Dusky Lark, 4.35 Miss Spent, 5.05 Invisible Man, 5.35 Centurious

CHELMSFORD CITY: 5.20 Justice Rock, 5.55 National Service, 6.25 Atalante, 6.55 Clement, 7.25 Winning Story, 7.55 Kenstone, 8.25 No Not Again, 8.55 Par Three

Wednesday’s NAP was a winner!

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Wednesday’s top selections

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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.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

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.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

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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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’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.

After Wednesday’s winning NAP, take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Thursday, February 2, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

ARCHIE STEVENS (Chelmsford City 7.00) is on a 16-run streak of defeats peppered with a series of runner-up placings. Frustrating is the word that springs to mind – and trainer David Evans probably minces his words a little differently to that. In fact, we know he does! The seven-year-old last scored at Wolverhampton in December 2015 over the minimum 5f trip. He is now 2lb below that mark, which means the handicapper is no friend to connections. Think about it: 16 winless runs, no wins, drops 2lb. He may as well be called Shakin’ Stevens for all the handicapper cares. But he has been knocking on the (green) door of late, placed in his last couple at Wolverhampton and Southwell. He also has not got a bad draw tonight. Would we put This Old House on him? Not exactly. We might Cry Just A Little Bit if he’s beaten, and Evans might be saying “You Drive Me Crazy”, but we think he’s worth a second look in the 5f handicap.

CASSE TETE (Wincanton 2.00) fell on his last start in a 2m7½f novices’ chase at Lingfield and lay winded for a few moments afterwards. The ex-French chase winner travelled strongly and jumped soundly before getting tired. He emptied quickly, suggesting he needed the run but taken in context of it being his first run for Gary Moore after a three-month lay-off, overall it was not a bad performance. The question is whether or not the fall has dented his confidence. Yes, horses do thrive on confidence – as do jockeys – only some are a little more intelligent. Take that how you will. The five-year-old is young enough to find improvement and he drops back markedly in trip to an extended 1m7½f. As long as that trip doesn’t put too much pressure on his jumping, he may have the beating of his four rivals.

BRIDLEY’S LETTUCE (Southwell 2.55) is owned by The Giggle Factor Partnership. After 16 races without winning, their horse is not exactly making them crack a smile. The handicapper appeared to have given him a chance of finally breaking his duck, lowering to a mark of 61, so had he fallen any lower he would be Australian! Take that how you will, too. However, he almost took advantage (not quite Australian, then) when twice a runner-up in two lowly middle-distance handicaps on the all-weather at Newcastle and Southwell in December. So the handicapper has duly hiked him up to a mark of 65 despite failing to fire seven days later. Trainer Ivan Furtado has given him four weeks off and he should be a fresh horse, so would hold a fair chance of getting off the mark in the 1m4f handicap.

EDGAR (Towcester 2.10) represents the yard of one of our favourite trainers. David Bridgwater was a much better jockey than he was ever given credit for and sometimes in life, for whatever reason, you can be good at something and go unnoticed. ‘Bridgy’ is a darn fine trainer when given the ammunition, too. You only have to look at what he achieved with the now-retired The Giant Bolster. He saddles Edgar in a 2m four-runner conditional jockeys’ handicap chase this afternoon, with the very capable Jake Hodson taking 3lb off his back. The seven-year-old has not had many runs since landing a Stratford novices’ handicap chase in June last year and had a bit to prove after a couple of lacklustre runs last month. We’ll take a chance that ‘Bridgy’ will get him on track in the near future.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

SOUTHWELL: 1.45 Archimedes, 2.20 Footlight, 2.55 Bridley’s Lettuce, 3.30 Dizzey Heights, 4.05 Alpha Tauri, 4.35 Harwoods Star

TOWCESTER: 1.35 Count Meribel, 2.10 Edgar, 2.45 Pink Gin, 3.20 Sheneededtherun, 3.55 Shanann Star, 4.25 Distant Sound

WINCANTON: 1.25 Midnight Maestro, 2.00 Casse Tete, 2.35 Hitherjacques Lady, 3.10 Space Oddity, 3.45 Dusky Lark, 4.15 Ask The Weatherman, 4.45 Cogburn

CHELMSFORD CITY: 5.50 Rivers Of Asia, 6.25 Maverik, 7.00 Archie Stevens, 7.30 Tetradrachm, 8.00 Angel Of Darkness, 8.30 La Fortuna, 9.00 In The Spotlight

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’s top selections

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Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Thursday, January 19, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

BOGARIUS (Ludlow 1.20) gets the nod to follow up his Rules debut success in a Catterick bumper when he lines up against 10 rivals for his hurdling debut in the extended 2m5f maiden. He won a 3m point-to-point with ease in April and looks a decent recruit to the Warren Greatrex yard judged by his runaway success at Catterick. This may be a little tougher today, but champion jockey Richard Johnson has been booked to ride, so there is plenty in the five-year-old’s favour.

PEMBA (Ludlow 1.50) had something of a thankless task on her chasing debut, taking on last season’s Champion Hurdle fifth Top Notch at Warwick. The fact that she gave him something to think about heading to the last two fences left the impression she would soon be winning races over the bigger obstacles. However, she will need to bounce back from penultimate fence fall at Newcastle in a race won by Eastview Boy in mid-December, but she is up against her own sex in a 2m4f novices’ chase today and hopefully Fergal O’Brien’s mare can regain her confidence.

WHITE ROYALE (Southwell 2.35) will sport first-time cheekpieces as she bids to go two places better following her narrow defeat by Erissimus Maximus in a 5f handicap at Newcastle last time. She hit a bit of a flat spot in the race and may just have found the trip too sharp, although she was staying on nicely at the end. It is interesting that she goes over the same trip today, although she is clearly capable of mixing it with the best in Class 5 handicaps. Despite giving weight away to her five rivals, Lewis Edmunds is able to claim 7lb which should prove invaluable.

BISHOPS COURT (Wincanton 2.45) should be able to defy a 7lb penalty for winning a handicap chase at Fontwell 11 days ago when he takes on two rivals in the 2m4f novices’ limited handicap chase. Neil Mulholland’s seven-year-old failed to win over hurdles but has looked a natural over fences and sauntered to a 16-length success at the West Sussex track in much softer ground than when scoring over the same course on Boxing Day. The handicapper will have his say shortly, but this race represents a little haymaking while the sun shines.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

LUDLOW: 1.20 BOAGRIUS (NAP), 1.50 Pemba (nb), 2.25 Vital Evidence, 3.00 Theatre Goer, 3.35 Port Melon, 4.10 River Wylde

SOUTHWELL: 12.55 Log Off, 1.30 Desert Chief, 2.00 Among Angels, 2.35 White Royale, 3.10 Warm Words, 3.45 Free Bounty

WINCANTON: 1.40 All For The Best, 2.10 Buttercup, 2.45 Bishops Court, 3.20 Sartorial Elegance, 3.55 Unison, 4.25 Black Mischief

CHELMSFORD CITY: 5.20 New Rich, 5.50 Secret Bird, 6.25 Regarde Moi, 7.00 Serenade The Stars, 7.30 Ravenhoe, 8.00 Al Sail, 8.30 Beau Mistral, 9.00 All Or Nothin

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’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.

Our NAP and Next-Best selections both won on Wednesday, so take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

CAPRICE D’ANGLAIS (Leicester 12.35) may be able to land a hat-trick, having justified favouritism in two handicap chases at Hereford and Huntingdon. Having stepped up to 2m½f, he defied a penalty in fine style to land a weaker race last time and looked in control before his main rival fell two out. That win came off a mark of 93 and he now has to face a 12lb hike if he is to land the extended 1m7½f handicap chase, where the front-runner should not have too much competition up front.

GIVEAWAY GLANCE (Catterick 12.50) produced a much more promising effort than she had on her first try over hurdles when smoothly landing a 2m½f maiden at Doncaster last month. Rated 79 on the level, Alan King appears to have unlocked her talent and the stiffer test than she got at Ludlow did not hurt. The four-year-old lines up against six rivals in the 1m7 ½ f fillies’ juvenile hurdle appearing to hold a solid chance of doubling up.

SHAN DUN NA NGALL (Chelmsford City 7.30) notched a three-timer in low-grade staying handicaps before being over-turned as favourite off a 4lb higher mark at Wolverhampton at the back end of last month. Since joining Amy Murphy, the six-year-old has shown plenty of consistency but appeared to find things happening a little too quickly for him when dropped in trip to 1m6f last time. Back up to 2m on a track that should suit and off the same mark at 56, he holds a fair chance of striking again in a competitive handicap for the grade.

SEPTEMBER ISSUE (Newcastle 2.00) bounced back to form when chasing home Dutch Golden Age in a decent 6f all-weather handicap at Kempton last week, having had a month off. Gay Kelleway equipped the four-year-old with cheekpieces for the first time since he won over 5f here in June and it appeared to work the oracle. However, while that particular set of equipment is dispensed with today for the 5f handicap, the shrewd handler employs a first-time visor and the hope this change of headgear will see him hold his form and go one better.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

CATTERICK: 12.50 Giveaway Glance, 1.20 Impulsive Star, 1.50 Fair Loch, 2.20 High Bridge, 2.50 Jac The Legend, 3.20 Forty Crown, 3.50 William Of Orange

LEICESTER: 12.35 Caprice D’anglais, 1.05 Un Prophete, 1.35 Paddocks Lounge, 2.10 Go West Young Man, 2.40 Tommy The Rascal, 3.10 Midnight Jade, 3.40 Dawn Missile

NEWCASTLE: 2.00 September Issue, 2.30 Summer Collection, 3.00 Isharah, 3.30 Masterpaver, 4.00 Dance Dan Dan, 4.30 Realize, 5.00 Gracious John

CHELMSFORD CITY: 5.50 Garter, 6.25 Tailor’s Row, 7.00 Ravenhoe, 7.30 Shan Dun Na Ngall, 8.00 Rosie Crowe, 8.30 Gettin’ Lucky

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’s top selections

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After Wednesday’s winning NAP selection, take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Thursday, January 5, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

SCHOOL RUN (Wolverhampton 3.00) produced a debut full of promise in a modest 6f maiden here three weeks ago, when a close-up third to Second Thought. Mark Johnston’s representative cost 100,000 euros as a foal and the daughter of Invincible Spirit, the first foal of 6f all-weather winner Invitation, appeared to know her job, travelling just off the pace and seeing her race out well. While there are a couple of experienced rivals in the nine-strong field, with normal progress, she should be thereabouts in division two of the 6f fillies’ maiden.

AMBER GAMBLER (Lingfield Park 3.50) may well complete a hat-trick in the 2m4f handicap chase, despite a 7lb penalty for landing a 2m5f handicap at Fakenham. A big, rangy son of Doyen, he had previously scored in a novices’ handicap hurdle at Market Rasen on Boxing Day, which obviously did not hurt his confidence, because he sauntered to victory last Sunday, powering past The Jugopolist at the last as if he was standing still. Ian Williams has had no choice but to give him a third run in quick succession, as he will no doubt be severely punished by the handicapper and David Noonan is not a bad man to have on board in these conditional jockeys’ races.

ASCOT DAY (Southwell 3.10) could be the answer in the 6f auction maiden. Though just four three-year-olds line up, on paper it promises to be a competitive affair and David Simcock’s representative, a son of Kheleyf, is less exposed than both Espresso Freddo and Things Happen, who figure to be his main rivals. The selection has had just two starts, both coming over 6f in October. He finished a close-up fourth to El Hombre on his debut at Newcastle, despite being hampered at a crucial stage, and followed that with a runner-up effort when touched off by El Hombre at Chelmsford City. The subsequent lay-off is a slight concern, but the stable remains in fair form.

DRAW SWORDS (Chelmsford City 7.45) can get off the mark at the fifth attempt when he takes on six rivals in the 1m2f maiden. He made his handicap debut off an official mark of 80 when running third to useful yardstick Commander Cole at Wolverhampton in November, having been fairly progressive in a trio of all-weather maidens. John Gosden equips the three-year-old with blinkers for the first time today and hopefully that will concentrate the Dansili colt’s mind.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

LINGFIELD PARK: 12.50 Sliding Doors, 1.20 Impulsive Star, 1.50 Brother Bennett, 2.20 Steel City, 2.50 Casse Tete, 3.20 Black Narcissus, 3.50 Amber Gambler

SOUTHWELL: 12.35 Mr Morse, 1.05 Catastrophe, 1.35 Limerick Lord, 2.10 Bridey’s Lettuce, 2.40 Captain Lars, 3.10 Ascot Day, 3.40 Elements Legacy

WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.00 Remember The Man, 2.30 Spinwheel, 3.00 SCHOOL RUN (NAP), 3.30 Tranquil Daze, 4.00 Rapid Rise, 4.30 Foxy Forever, 5.00 Major Muscari

CHELMSFORD CITY: 5.45 Loyalty, 6.15 Western Prince, 6.45 Distant Past, 7.15 Excellent Aim, 7.45 Draw Swords, 8.15 Firmdecisions

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Thursday’s top selections

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Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Thursday, December 22, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

FOLLOW THE BEAR (Bangor-on-Dee 2.40) will need to show improvement if he is to over-turn hat-trick-seeking Scotchtown, who has won his first two hurdles with his head in his chest. However, the likely favourite will be giving away 8lb to his nine rivals in the extended 2m7f novices’ hurdle and the selection may have his measure. Follow The Bear, winner of a point-to-point, made his Rules debut for Nicky Henderson here last month and although he travelled well, he was unsuited by the modest pace and Keeper Hill drew readily clear in the closing stages. That looked a fair piece of form, since the pair pulled 13 lengths clear of the remainder in the 2m3½f contest and this extra half-mile should see the four-year-old in a better light.

VOGUEATTI (Chelmsford City 3.20) was quite well backed, coming in for sustained late support when third on her debut to Hairdryer in a 1m2f maiden here last month. The daughter of Arch, a half-sister to US 1m½f winner Broken Up, cost US$185,000 as a foal and 80,000 Euros as a two-year-old, and her pedigree suggests she is bred to be a useful tool on all-weather and dirt surfaces. There was nothing wrong with her first outing for Marco Botti and finished well after taking her time to pick up, more thought greenness than any lack of ability. She will have learned plenty and racing over the same course and distance, against five opponents in a run-of-the-mill maiden, she should not be far away today.

DOUBLE TREASURE (Bangor-on-Dee 12.35) is out to break his duck at the seventh time of asking in the extended 2m4f handicap chase. Jamie Snowdon’s five-year-old was twice a runner-up in novice hurdles to start the season and made a pleasing start to his chasing career when not beaten far by A Little Magic at Huntingdon earlier this month. That was over an inadequate 2m½f and the way he stuck on suggested he will be better with a stiffer test of stamina, which he gets today.

NEW AGENDA (Wolverhampton 4.00) may be able to defy a penalty for breaking his maiden in good style here last time. The Paul Webber-trained four-year-old had been a little unlucky on his penultimate start and was well backed to make amends in the 1m1½f handicap. He duly obliged, powering home, having had to wait behind a wall of horses turning in. One in the clear he found plenty, although he unshipped his rider after the line when seeing the racecourse stables. He has the ability to override any quirks, and while his draw in stall one is not ideal, a repeat trick over the same course and distance is not out of the question.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

BANGOR-ON-DEE: 12.35 Double Treasure, 1.05 Beauboreen, 1.35 Burrows Park, 2.10 Miss Mash, 2.40 FOLLOW THE BEAR (NAP), 3.10 Sutter’s Mill, 3.40 Royal Claret

CHELMSFORD CITY: 12.50 Bois De Boulogne, 1.20 Inaam, 1.50 Ryan The Giant, 2.20 Golden Amber, 2.50 Gulland Rock, 3.20 Vogueatti (nb), 3.50 Lutine Charlie

WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.30 Tegara, 2.00 Secret Agent, 2.30 Zipedeedoodah, 3.00 Cee Jay, 3.30 My Renaissance, 4.00 New Agenda, 4.30 Tanzina, 5.00 My Bubba

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