YOUR DAILY RACING DIGEST – WEDNESDAY

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 22, 2017.

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Add Thistlecrack (above) to the lengthening list of equine superstars who will not be appearing at next month’s Cheltenham Festival. The King George VI Chase hero has a “small tear” in a tendon and the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite has been ruled out for the season by Colin Tizzard. He joins a list of talent that includes Faugheen, Annie Power, Min, Don Cossack, Coneygree and Sprinter Sacre on the sidelines. Tizzard said: “He had a bit of heat and swelling in his tendon on Monday night and as the vet was in on Tuesday I asked him to scan it. It showed a small tear. We’ve seen it in every yard and it happens every year. It’s not a breakdown and hopefully we’ve caught it before it became any proper damage was done. But it means he’s out for the season. All being well he will be fine for next season.”
Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/racing/2017/02/21/thistlecrack-gold-cup-favourite-ruled-season-tendon-injury/
https://beta.racingpost.com/news/gold-cup-shock/gold-cup-favourite-thistlecrack-ruled-out-of-festival-with-injury/275685


Following Thistlecrack’s injury, Hennessy Gold Cup and Welsh National winner Native River is new 3/1 favourite (from 6/1) with MyClubBetting for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. Stablemate Cue Card is clipped to 7/2 next best.
Source: https://bet4causes.myclubbetting.co.uk/


tom-scudamore-smallTom Scudamore (right), who rode Thistlecrack to victory in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day said it was “very disappointing for everybody” that Britain’s leading chaser would miss the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the rest of the season with a tendon injury. He said: “Every time you ride these good horses you hope they can be in a position to show just how good they are. He is not going to be able to do that this year and, while hopefully he will be able to bounce back, it is a real sickener for everyone.”
Source: https://beta.racingpost.com/news/gold-cup-shock/thistlecrack-jockey-devastated-after-injury-rules-out-favourite/275719


France Galop has suspended jockey Robert Havlin for six months after he tested positive for prohibited substances. The ruling body said the Newmarket-based jockey had returned a positive sample when riding at Saint-Cloud on October 30 and that it would “request the reciprocation” of the imposed sanction by the British Horseracing Authority. “Given the positive result to a narcotic and its metabolites present in the biological sample of the jockey, this is a serious breach of the rules of racing of France Galop,” said a statement.
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10776835/jockey-robert-havlin-shocked-by-six-month-ban-from-france-galop


Robert Havlin will appeal his six-month ban handed down by France Galop. In a statement issued by his French solicitor Florence Gaudilliere, Havlin said: “I am the victim of an outrageous miscarriage of justice and defamation of my character. I have never tested positive for any prohibited substance in my 26-year riding career. I am appealing this verdict and suspension on a number of grounds and the counter analysis proves my innocence. It goes without saying that I am deeply upset and shocked.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10776835/jockey-robert-havlin-shocked-by-six-month-ban-from-france-galop


Limini.jpgToday’s clash between Apple’s Jade and Limini (right) in the Quevega Mares Hurdle at Punchestown will offer more Cheltenham Festival clues. Apple’s Jade won the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse in December, while Limini will make her seasonal reappearance in the Listed contest. Patrick Mullins, assistant to his father, trainer Willie Mullins, said: “Limini is in good form, but I’m sure she’ll come on a lot for the run. She’s wrong at the weights with Apple’s Jade and it will be very difficult to beat her, but we’ve got to start somewhere and we’ll see how she goes.”
Source: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/preview/762628/top-mares-to-clash-at-punchestown


Paul Nicholls will have a Cheltenham Festival team of “around 18 to 20”, which represents his smallest in years, but hopes are high that Politologue can land the JLT Novices’ Chase. Nicholls said: “He’s one of our leading chances. He’s really progressive and has won three from four over fences. His rating of 152 is very good mark for a novice over fences.”
Source: https://beta.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-festival/fred-winter-hope-dreamcatching-leads-nicholls-assault-on-festival-handicaps/275743


paul-nichollsThe progressive Dreamcatching  has been earmarked by Paul Nicholls (right) as one of his leading lights for the Cheltenham Festival. Nicholls said: “Dreamcatching won’t be far away in the Fred Winter. He bolted in at Wincanton on Saturday and has a mark of 131. It’s a race we’ve done really well in, with the first and second the last two years. Qualando, who won it in 2015, was off 131, and Diego Du Charmil won it last year off 133. So he’s around about the right mark.”
Source: https://beta.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-festival/fred-winter-hope-dreamcatching-leads-nicholls-assault-on-festival-handicaps/275743


Jim Bolger is among a number of Irish trainers who feel the Irish Derby should be moved after it was revealed development work at the Curragh would limit the crowd to 6,000 from 18,000 last year. Bolger said: “My preference would have been to move it to Leopardstown or Naas. Leopardstown would probably hold a crowd better and have been ideal for the Derby as opposed to limiting the number of people coming to the Curragh.”
Source: https://beta.racingpost.com/news/news/trainers-believe-irish-derby-should-be-temporarily-rehomed/27563


arrogate-smallBreeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup Invitational winner Arrogate (right) seems likely to run in the $10m Dubai World Cup (March 25) after working well at Santa Anita yesterday. The Santa Anita Handicap (March 11) is also under consideration, but Garrett O’Rourke, manager of Juddmonte Farms, says a trip to Dubai is the front-runner. He said: “If there was any doubt about that, we wouldn’t even consider going. But the horse seems to be in an exceptionally good state physically and mentally. We’ll discuss the case and if Prince Khalid agrees, I think we’ll roll the dice.”
Source: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/219975/arrogate-his-usual-self-in-five-furlong-move


Former Gala Coral COO Neil Goulden has been appointed as chairman designate for a racecourse-run pool betting operation. Betfred’s £265m deal for the Tote gave it an exclusive right over race pool betting, but that deal expires next year. Major racing stakeholders including the Jockey Club and Arena Racing Company wish to take control in future “to ensure participating racecourses will have full control of their on-course pool betting operation”. The project, led by the British Horseracing Association’s Nigel Roddis, saw a “steering board” plump for Goulden, who said: “I hope my experience can assist British racing in developing its thinking on pool betting so it can grow to the benefit of British racing and all its customers.”
Source: https://beta.racingpost.com/news/news/goulden-brought-in-to-aid-racecourse-run-pool-betting-plan/275682


The Gambling Business Group (GBG) is behind a new industry-wide body whose core objective is to improve the regulatory environment for all parties in the UK gambling sector. Entitled The Gambling Expert Group, the affiliation of trade and regulatory bodies, will meet on at least a quarterly basis. Invitations have been extended to a total of 15 regulatory bodies. GBG Chief Executive Peter Hannibal said: “The Gambling Expert Group is the outcome of a programme of close collaboration with the Regulatory Delivery Office, part of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Membership is made up of stakeholder representatives including Licensing Authorities, regulators and policy makers. One of the objectives is to provide an opportunity for members to raise regulatory issues and identify and address areas where regulation can be improved.”
Source: http://www.g3newswire.com/uk-gambling-expert-group-formed-enhance-regulatory-environment/


GambleAware launches its first trial advertising campaign to promote awareness of problem gambling. The online pilot of two adverts, targeted at people aged 16-24, is released in the North West and North East of England on YouTube.

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

DONCASTER: 2.10 Mister Whitaker, 2.45 Soldier In Action, 3.15 The Tailgater, 3.45 SAINT ARE (NAP), 4.20 Ardea, 4.55 Monty’s Award

LINGFIELD PARK: 2.20 Hipz, 2.55 Tempuran, 3.25 Wedding Breakfast, 3.55 Arctic Sea, 4.30 Dangerous Ends, 5.05 Steady Major

LUDLOW: 2.00 Ridgeway Flyer, 2.35 Mercian King, 3.05 Woodfort (nb), 3.35 William Money, 4.10 I’m A Game Changer, 4.45 Mr Mercurial, 5.20 Gulshanigans

KEMPTON PARK: 5.45 Cuban Queen, 6.15 Albaster, 6.45 Askari, 7.15 Steelriver, 7.45 Winterlude, 8.15 Delagoa Bay

Lucky 15 selections: Saint Are (Doncaster 3.45), Woodfort (Ludlow 3.05), Delagoa Bay (Kempton Park 8.15), The Tailgater (Doncaster 3.15)

Both the NAP and Next Best selections won yesterday. Three from four in the lucky 15 went in with the other selection finishing second. Bah and humbug.

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YOUR DAILY RACING DIGEST – WEDNESDAY, FEB 15

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.

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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/
http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=23914424&category=0

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
http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10768331/outlander-has-been-handed-top-weight-for-the-randox-health-grand-national-at-aintree

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
http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=23914424&category=0

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
http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10768331/outlander-has-been-handed-top-weight-for-the-randox-health-grand-national-at-aintree

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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YOUR DAILY RACING DIGEST – FRIDAY

We take a look at some of the top racing stories of the day in our new feature and provide our experts’ racing selections…

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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
http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49036/politologue-bids-to-secure-cheltenham-ticket-at-kempton


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
http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10761531/high-bridge-heading-for-newbury


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
http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/49028/hargam-heads-betfair-hurdle-field


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
http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/report/761351/might-bite-soars-to-success


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

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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 – Friday’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 Friday, February 3, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

BURNSIDE (Lingfield Park 4.40) has been placed in four of his last five starts in middle-distance handicaps since switching to the all-weather this winter and while has yet to break his maiden tag after 11 starts, Adam Kirby has been booked today, suggesting connections mean business. He had every chance of winning a claimer at Wolverhampton last time but was short-headed by Halstatt over 1m6f. Back in handicap company today and down to 1m5f, on a track that he appears to like, Ian Williams’ runner should not be far away again.

WALSIGNHAM GRANGE (Catterick 1.15) looked in need of the experience when going hurdling for the first time at Bangor in November, despite finishing runner-up to Tasty Ginger. Better followed here on his second try when short-headed by Fidux and he was again in the frame at Wetherby in December. Having had a break, Pam Sly’s four-year-old, who was rated 73 on the Flat should be fresh for extended 1m7½f juvenile hurdle. Crucially, his sole win came in heavy ground at Nottingham and with plenty of rain about, that might play into his hands.

CAPRICE D’ANGLAIS (Catterick 2.15) was foiled in a hat-trick bid at Leicester last time when folding tamely having gone up the weights significantly. Despite the weight, he ran well below his true form and Richard Hobson’s five-year-old still has a bit more scope for improvement over fences. Perhaps his 25-length Boxing Day romp at Huntingdon took a bit more out of him than we imagine but he may still be of interest in the extended 1m7½f novices’ chase now the handicapper has dropped him a couple of pounds.

POPSILCA (Kempton Park 6.45) is by no means a certainty. Mick Quinn’s three-year-old made the most of his lowly mark on her handicap debut, getting the better of Little Miss Daisy in a bunched finish to a 5f event at Lingfield last month and rightly so, the handicapper has not been too impressed, raising her just 2lb. She faces five rivals in an equally weak 6f handicap and while there is no guarantee she will follow up, she is still at the right end of the weights.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

CATTERICK: 1.15 Walsingham Grange (nb), 1.45 Sam Spinner, 2.15 Caprice D’anglais, 2.45 Brian Boranha, 3.20 Actinpieces, 3.55 Black Narcissus, 4.25 Only A Tipple

KEMPTON PARK: 5.45 Welsh Inlet, 6.15 Snow Squaw, 6.45 Popsilca, 7.15 Under Siege, 7.45 Amazement, 8.15 Goodby Inheritence

LINGFIELD PARK: 2.00 Remember Me, 2.30 Ticks The Boxes, 3.00 Earthly, 3.35 Royal Opera House, 4.10 Hot Stuff, 4.40 BURNSIDE (NAP)

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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 1, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

ICE COOL CHAMPS (Hereford 2.30) had a previous winner in behind when a well-backed runner-up to Marten on his bumper debut at Warwick on New Year’s Eve and may be able to go one better now upped in trip. That run, against some well-regarded types from a couple of in-form stables, was over 2m. Out of an unraced half-sister to high-class stayer Shotgun Willy and Welsh National winner Mini Sensation, he is bred for further and gets an extra 3½f for his first try over hurdles in a maiden. Heavy ground may well suit this Philip Hobbs-trained six-year-old who is sure to go on to better things after this.

SOME ARE LUCKY (Leicester 3.40) may or may not be aptly-named, depending on whether you punting glass is half full or half empty. Tom George’s six-year-old has been placed in his last six races, but has only managed to win one of those – a 2m4½f maiden hurdle at Southwell last March. Twice runner-up over trips just short of 3m at Uttoxeter and Chepstow in the autumn, he made his chasing debut on New Year’s Eve at Newbury in a decent novices’ event and was involved in a three-way finish with Belami Des Pictons and Aurillac, coming off worse with that duo. He could not quite hold on, having made the running and this former pointer should do better in handicaps. His mark of 132 is a fair one and in what looks a fascinating novices’ limited handicap, he should be in the mix.

AMERICAN PATROL (Kempton Park 2.20) has to overcome a penalty to land the 1m handicap, but regular readers to this column will know that our admiration for jockey Adam Kirby knows no limits and his partnership with the Neil Mulholland-trained three-year-old means we have confidence that if good enough, he will be thereabouts when it matters. He has had only five lifetime starts and while no world-beater, he caught the eye at Chelmsford on his handicap debut before justifying favouritism at Wolverhampton last time. It did look a very weak race but he scored easily and should get this extra furlong without too much trouble.

MEHDI (Newcastle 6.30) also has one of the best on board. It will be worth following Paul Hanagan this year. He is back in the north after what he will probably consider to be a relatively modest association with Sheikh Hamdan’s horses, and while his usual affable and chipper self last year, inwardly the former champion jockey will have been questioning what more he could have done to make a difference. In truth, he never had the firepower. A confident Hanagan is almost unbeatable. We have no doubt he will soon be making headlines again – he is far too good to be out of the spotlight for long. That aside, he will need plenty of guile to get this one’s nose in front. Mehdi is on a losing run of 35 but has been finally dropping in the weights and there were signs in defeat at Wolverhampton last time that he could be on the verge of ending that barren run. It may happen in the 7f classified stakes.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

HEREFORD: 1.30 Miracle Cure, 2.00 Dig Deeper, 2.30 ICE COOL CHAMPS (NAP), 3.00 Colin’s Brother, 3.30 Goodtoknow, 4.00 Stone, 4.30 Runasimi River

KEMPTON PARK: 2.20 American Patrol, 2.50 Drumochter, 3.20 Envisaging, 3.50 East Coast Lady, 4.20 Pearl Spectre, 4.50 Alcatraz, 5.20 Thomas Blossom

LEICESTER: 2.10 Sonny The One, 2.40 Dusty Raven, 3.10 Allee Bleue, 3.40 Some Are Lucky (nb), 4.10 Full Irish, 4.40 Moscow Me

NEWCASTLE: 4.25 Go George Go, 5.00 Bloomin Lovely, 5.30 Royal Celebration, 6.00 Tailor’s Row, 6.30 Mehdi, 7.00 Art Obsession

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Saturday’s top selections

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

CLOUDY DREAM (Doncaster 2.30) gets the nap vote on a cracking day’s racing. Let’s face it, it would be too easy to go for Vroum Vroum Mag (Doncaster 3.05), In De Sceaux (Cheltenham 1.45) and Thistlecrack (Cheltenham 2.15) and Unowhatimeanharry (Cheltenham 4.0) as our quartet – at current odds, the acca would pay less than 4/1 in any case – and we don’t like being obvious, as our 13/2 winning nap on Thursday proves. So we go for one of the more trappy races of the afternoon. Yes, there are only four runners in the Grade 2 Lightning Novices’ Chase, but either one of them would hold a good chance. We go for Cloudy Dream on the strength of a fine run behind well-regarded Buveur D’air, conceding 8lb, at Haydock last time. Malcolm Jefferson’s seven-year-old made a winning start to his chasing career at Carlisle in October and followed up at Haydock in soft ground. Ideally he needs a decent gallop in better ground over 2m to show his best. With Marracudja in the line-up, the pace should be solid enough and the good ground will help his finishing kick.

COOLOGUE (Doncaster 3.40) came into his own on winter ground last season, stringing up a trio of runner-up efforts here, including when not beaten far by Ziga Boy in the Great Yorkshire Chase. He goes off a 6lb higher mark in today’s renewal of the competitive 3m handicap, having been just as consistent this term. Charlie Longsdon’s galloping grey landed a 3m1f handicap off a mark of 140 at Cheltenham on is seasonal debut at Cheltenham in October off 140 and while the Hennessy was a tough ask (pulled up), he bounced back, albeit to at a distance to be second to Three Faces West at Newbury again in December. We love horses (an people for that matter) with good attitudes, and while he may not be a top-drawer chaser, you know he will always give his best. We can’t ask for more.

COLE HARDEN (Cheltenham 4.00) may be able to upset the odds in a strong renewal of the Cleeve Hurdle, where Unowhatimeanharry is the clear market leader. We think he could be vulnerable and is a poor bet at current odds for the Stayers’ Hurdle. Cole Harden likes to force the pace and has already won the Group 1 Stayers’ Hurdle here two seasons ago. He was a shock 14/1 winner that day but overturned his Cleve Hurdle fourth with Saphir De Rheu to land the big prize. He had no chance with Thistlecrack in defence of his crown last season, finishing fourth. Connections gave him his chasing debut at Wetherby in early December, but with the Stayers’ hurdling division wide open, he was given another spin over them here in the Relkeel Hurdle on New Year’s Day. He tried to make all but did not have the finishing kick to stay with Agrapart and L’ami Serge. The ground was softer than ideal that day and better ground should help him today. We simply think a Warren Greatrex’s runner is over-priced at around 25/1.

METRONOMIC (Lingfield Park 1.20) has a tendency to carry his head a little awkwardly and has been beaten twice at fairly short odds on his last two runs for Richard Hannon, yet we feel he has the ability to win a low-grade 7f handicap all-weather against seven three-year-olds who, in one way or another, all have chinks in their armour. The selection can be a little keen so the cheekpieces are retained for a third time and while he is a 10-race maiden, we hope the penny is starting to drop with him.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

CHELTENHAM: 12.00 Charli Parcs, 12.35 Burtons Well, 1.10 Foxtail Hill, 1.45 Un De Sceaux, 2.15 Thistlecrack, 2.50 Cause Of Causes, 3.25 Keep In Line, 4.00 Cole Harden, 4.35 Le Rocher

DONCASTER: 12.50 Saint Cajetan, 1.25 Minella Aris, 1.55 Romain De Senam, 2.30 CLOUDY DREAM (NAP), 3.05 Vroum Vroum Mag, 3.40 Coologue, 4.15 Midnight Charm

LINGFIELD PARK: 1.20 Metronomic, 1.50 Oxford Thinking, 2.25 Horsted Keynes, 3.00 Arsenio Lupin, 3.35 Elysian Prince, 4.10 Compton Prince

UTTOXETER: 1.40 Thisonetime, 2.10 Fearless Tunes, 2.45 The Gipper, 3.20 Plasir D’amour, 3.55 Master Jake, 4.30 Makethedifference

KEMPTON PARK: 5.45 Arizona Snow, 6.15 Gentleman Giles, 6.45 Lord Napier, 7.15 Kamra, 7.45 Al Khan, 8.15 Revolutionary War, 8.45 Stonecoldsoba, 9.15 Sixties Idol

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