RACING POST SATURDAY MARCH 9th 2013
WEEK MONDAY MARCH 4th TO SUNDAY MARCH 10th 2013
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7.55am to 8.55am every Saturday
Pause for breath as MOLE stars in warm- up
David Carr on a richly diverse feast of pre-festival action.
"YOU will never get racing fans to stop talking about
Cheltenham entirely at this time of the year, but we can at least pause for breath today.
"Post Imperial Cupwe can get back to digesting all the latest rumours, running plans and racecourse gallops, but now is time to focus on Sandown pre-festival highlight.
"Today's Paddy Power- backed race promises an intreguing battle between two dozen tightly handicapped hurdlers, more than half of them five or six- year- olds with plenty of improvement still in them, fighting it out over a stiff two-mile course.
"Thoughts will inevitably turn back to festival almost as soon as thery pass the post, and the race sponsors have a lot to do with that as Paddy Power are offering a£75,000 bonus should the winner follow up at
'Will he go to the Festival?' is likely to be the question the successful trainer gets asked in the winner's enclosure. Odds are it will be Paul Nicholls who will haver the microphone thrust under his nose at around 3.25pm.
"Not only is this very much the champion trainer's day of the week (He has sent out no fewer than 11 winners on the last three Saturdays as he battles to retain his title.) But MR MOLE - a
entry- has been all the rage anti-post for today's race, quoted as short as 11-4 at the final declaration stage while each of his 23 rivals was available odds of 9-1 or above ... County Hurdle
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NO 1 FOR THE BIG CHELTENHAM STORIES
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2013
EQUUS ZONE IN PRACTICE JOIN UP WITH PUNTERS ZONE IN THEORY
Tuesday March 12 to Friday March 15
WORLDWIDE STAKES RACES
GOWRAN PARK (IRE) ATR
FLEMINGTON (AUS) ATR
GOING: HEAVY (Soft to heavy in places hurdle course).
FLEMINGTON (AUS) ATR
GOING: Turf: Good.
|4:15||Lexus Newmarket Handicap (Group 1) (2yo+) (Turf) 6f||Card||Betting|
|5:00||Darley Australian Cup (Group 1) (2yo+) (Turf) 1m2f||Card||Betting|
MEYDAN (UAE) SKY
GOING: TAPETA: STANDARD; TURF: GOOD.