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Saturday, April 15, 2000



1. 4 PARIS PIKE 5/1jf
2. 15 NOBLE LORD 25/1
3. 1 YOUNG KENNY 10/1
4. 3 SPENDID 12/1

Another wining investment for the VALUE BETTING COLUMN

See today's below

BP=best price of Coral, William Hill, Ladbrokes and the Tote
Going- Good, no overnight rain

1) 1-7614F YOUNG KENNY Peter Beaumont 9-11-10 Brendan Powell
Young Kenny ran in last week's Martell Grand National where he fell at the tenth fence. Last year he won this race carrying the same weight that he shoulders today and so the course and trip are no problem. However he really does seem to need some cut in the ground. BP=12/1 William Hill & Ladbrokes

2) F=PU121 MARLBOROUGH Nicky Henderson 8-11-07 Mick FitzGerald
Nicky Henderson's eight-year-old charge produced a fantastic performance at the Cheltenham Festival to win the William Hill National Hunt Handicap Chase. Raised 9lb for that run, he does face a stiff task and this trip is a mile further than he faced at the Gloucestershire course.BP=6/1 Coral

3) -F22515 SPENDID Alan King 8-11-04 Richard Johnson
Spendid, trained by Alan King, was beaten 16 lengths by Marlborough in the William Hill National Hunt Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Today he is 13lb better off with Marlborough and he likes this ground. However, he is untested over the distance, but ran well in the three mile, two and a half furlong Hennessy. Good value BP=14/1 except Tote

4) 1-12111 PARIS PIKE Ferdy Murphy 8-11-00 Adrian Maguire
Paris Pike has been aimed at this event since his latest win at Uttoxeter on March 18. He has won his last three, progressing to novice handicap company last time for easy success at Uttoxeter. Today will be a true test of his ability since he has been raised 10lb for his latest success. His trainer talks of him being a Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup horse.BP=7/2 Ladbrokes & William Hill

5) 523/116 SOLDAT Paul Nicholls 7-10-10 Ruby Walsh
Paul Nicholls' Soldat was unbeaten over fences (two runs) until he ran in the Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival where he finished sixth behind Lord Noelie. This is his debut in handicap company over fences and he could be anything.BP=14/1 Coral

6) 32-1135 BROWJOSHY Mark Pitman 7-10-07 Tony Dobbin
Browjoshy is another novice and won at Folkestone and Uttoxeter (a handicap) earlier the season before running third to the highly-rated Beau at Ascot, and finishing fifth in the Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Chase at Cheltenham. Also second to Star Traveller over three and a half miles earlier in the season. Runs off a handicap mark 23lb higher than last handicap success. BP=8/1 Tote

7) -1F3110 MOONDIGUA Martin Pipe 8-10-07 Tony McCoy
Moondigua ran unplaced in a handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival last time. Prior to that he had won a handicap chase and a novices' chase at Cheltenham and Warwick respectively. Today he runs off same mark as last time and he might find himself struggling.BP= 16/1 generally

8) 4511101 BIRKDALE Len Lungo 9-10-02 Robbie Supple
Birkdale is a horse who loves soft ground, although he did win on good at Kelso in January. Last time out he won by 13 lengths at Ayr in a handicap chase on March 11. He has been raised 8lb for that good effort and he could struggle against better company today.BP= 14/1 Ladbrokes

9) 3121312 AMBLESIDE Sarah Williams 9-10-00 Joe Tizzard
Ambleside is very consistent but is another one who would prefer softer conditions. Untested at this trip but his last two runs suggest he should get it. Fair value. BP= 20/1 generally

10) 8P-2211 CAVALERO John Manners 11-10-00 Mr Alex Charles-Jones
Cavalero ideally likes sifter conditions. An out and out stayer who has enjoyed a good season so far. This course may be a bit tight for him.BP=10/1 Tote

11) P0-F451 SAMLEE Philip Hobbs 11-10-00 bl Barry Fenton
Samlee comes from the in form Philip Hobbs stable and won a long distance chase at Exeter last time. However, he beat little. Second in this race in 1997 and sixth in 1998. Has dropped in the weights and acts on this sort of ground.BP= 20/1 William Hill & the Tote

12) 1-P3P30 LORD OF THE WEST JJ O'Neill 11-10-00 Richard McGrath
Lord Of The West finished fifth in 1998 in this race but has not had mercy from the handicapper since. Looks to have it to do.BP= 28/1 Ladbrokes

13) /5-3310 CASTERBRIDGE Amanda Bowlby 8-10-00bl Warren Marston
Casterbridge is an inexperienced sort who is untried in this company and at this distance. Blinkered for the first time.BP=40/1 except Tote

14) 23P2113 SCOTTON GREEN Tim Easterby 9-10-00 Lorcan Wyer
Scotton Green has many of the right credentials - he stays extremely well, is the right end of the handicap but his 10lb out of the weights.BP= 14/1 Tote

15) -232483 NOBLE LORD Richard Phillips 7-10-00 Jimmy McCarthy
Noble Lord is consistent but has yet to win his trip. He was winning at two miles in late 1998 and the furthest he has attempted is three miles, one furlong.BP= 40/1 Coral

16) 227 POOR SKIN Mrs L Taylor 8-10-00 Henry Oliver (3)
Poor Skin is a winner of four Irish point-to-points but has it to do here - still being a maiden under rules.BP=66/1 Ladbrokes & the Tote

17) 583/642d ANOTHER EXCUSE Eugene O'Sullivan IRE 12-10-00bl Ken Whelan
Another Excuse raids from Ireland but is 17lb out of the handicap and has plenty to prove.BP=50/1 Tote

18) 7653181 SWEEP GENTLY Sue Smith 8-10-00 Seamus Durack
Sweep Gently won at Newcastle last time out in February and the runner-up has won twice since. But he is 19lb out of the weights.BP=40/1 Ladbrokes & Tote

19) 1364U9 SILLARS STALKER Bill Haigh 12-10-00 Graham Lee
Sillars Stalker has shown his best form on heavy ground. Stays well but has plenty to do from 20lb out of the handicap.BP=100/1 except Ladbrokes

20) 3F64514 MONTE CRESTA Sue Bradburne 7-10-00v Kenny Johnson
Monte Cresta is Scottish-trained but has shown best form on soft ground. Yet to prove he stays and is 20lb out of the handicap.BP=100/1 generally

21)6-5721F MASTER KIT J Billinge 11-10-00 Glenn Tormey
Master Kit stays well but has a hopeless task as he is 36lb out of the handicap.BP=200/1 generally

SPENDID is quite clearly the value - he is in form - his trainer is in form - he likes this good fast ground - he is fairly treated and he should stay. Splendid each-way value.


There were 71 winners of today's Tote Scoop6, each winning £4,206.60 and the chance of going for next week's bonus pool of £360,961.61

Newbury abandoned

Continual rain forced Newbury to abandon its glittering day's racing today.

Clerk of the Course Mark Kershaw said: "We've abandoned the meeting due to waterlogging."

The Newbury card was set to feature the Group Three Lane's End Greenham Stakes, a leading trial for the Sagitta 2000 Guineas, and the Group Three Watership Down Stud John Porter Stakes.

Both have been saved announced the British Horseracing Board. The Greenham Stakes will now be run at Newmarket on Tuesday at 1.35pm, making it the first race of the Craven meeting. The race will be open to all the original 22 entries, which include leading Sagitta 2000 Guineas hopes Distant Music and Misraah.

The John Porter Stakes will now be run at Haydock next Saturday. Original entries for the race are null and void with new entries closing at noon on Tuesday.


The traditional Easter Monday fixture at Wincanton on April 24 is a great family day out.

A FREE creche for youngsters aged three to eight will be available at the Somerset course. As usual, accompanied children under 16 can gain FREE admission into all the enclosures, and there will be a wide range of entertainments to amuse all racegoers.

These FREE entertainments for the family fun day out include an Inflatable Slide, Bouncy Castle, Netted Ball Pond, Play Activity Centre, and Farmer Giles and his Farmstead Animals.

Adults are not forgotten, with extra entertainment being laid on in the form of a jazz band to allow them to unwind and relax. Hot and cold snacks are available in all enclosures, or racegoers are welcome to bring a picnic to the Course Enclosure. Gates open at noon.

The first race of the afternoon, at 2pm, is the Nine Hole ‘National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle, over two miles. This is one of three races on the card which highlight Wincanton Racecourse's own golf course, open every day except on racedays, along with the Improve Your Handicap Chase (4pm), over two miles, and the Pay And Play ‘National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (3pm), over two miles and six furlongs.

The last of these three races provided 1999 racegoers with fabulous memories. Richard Dunwoody rode the Paul Nicholls-trained Yorkshire Edition to a comfortable success, and in doing so partnered his 1,679th winner, exceeding Peter Scudamore's record of National Hunt winners.

The Cadbury Business Park, close to the course, sponsors two races for the second year, which include the Cadbury Business Park Novices' Chase (2.30pm), over three miles and one and a half furlongs, and the Cadbury Business Park Handicap Hurdle (3.30pm), over two miles and six furlongs.

The last race of the day, the Mail On Sunday Hands ‘N' Heels Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (4.30pm), over two miles, is a new addition to the card, and is part of a series in which conditional riders (young professional jump jockeys) can carry a whip but are not allowed to use it.

Admission costs are Club Enclosure £15, Tattersalls Enclosure £10 and Course Enclosure £5. Parking in the main car park is FREE while cars into the Course Enclosure cost £5.

This is the penultimate meeting of the 1999/2000 season at the atmospheric Somerset track, with the final fixture taking place on Friday, May 12, 2000.

Ian Renton, Clerk of the Course and General Manager at Wincanton, said: "Racegoers and staff at Wincanton look forward to the Easter Monday meeting with equal enthusiasm. It is always a fantastic fun day for all concerned, with excellent racing, and new racegoers are particularly welcome."

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