Top Benefit can pay off again for Mansell
Saturday 28 February 2009
Top benefit (1.45) can take a sucessful step up to open class at Howick today for Dave Mansell, currently this season's leading rider with 16 winners. The seven-year-old showed little in five runs over two seasons in Ireland, but has been transformed since joining the trainer Julie Houldey at Sandfield Park Stables in the Cotswolds.
Top Benefit won his fourth race on the bounce in the intermediate at Chaddesley Corbett a fortnight ago in a time only fractionally slower than Cappa Bleu, now the favourite for the Cheltenham Foxhunters, set in the preceding men's open.
Bee An Bee (2.15) looks set to repeat last year's success in today's men's open at Godstone. The front-running veteran has little to fear from anything in his area and the main danger could be Simon Tindall's newcomer Letterman, who showed form under Rules in Ireland.
FIXTURES: TODAY: Curre and Llangibby at Howick. (First race: 12.00). 2m W of Chepstow B4293. East Essex at Marks Tey. (12.0). 5m W of Colchester at junc of A12 and A120. East Devon at Bishops Court. (11.30). 1/2m SW of Ottery St Mary off B3174. Sinnington at Duncombe Park. (12.30). 1/2 SW of Helmsley off A170; 12m E of Thirsk. Southdown and Eridge at Godstone. (12.30). E of town; 1m from Junc 6 of M25. TOMORROW: Bicester with Whaddon Chase at Dunthrop. (12.30). 2m of Chipping Norton at Junc of A4300 and A361. Blankney at North Carlton. (11.30). At Lincolnshire Showground; 1m N of Lincoln; A1500 off Tilbridge Lane. Granta Harriers at Higham. (1.30). 8m NE of Colchester via A12 and B1068. South Herefordshire at Garnons. (1.00). 8m W of Hereford; just off A438; Exit 4 M50. Taunton Vale at Kingston St Mary. (12.00). 3m N of Taunton; off A361; Exit 25 M5. Tynedale at Corbridge. (12.30). 3m N of town; off A68 on B6318.
Latest in Sport
Manchester United transfer news: Adnan Januzaj to be offered in deal for Memphis Depay
Arsenal transfer news: Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini set for showdown summer talks over future
David Beckham reveals secret of his success: I 'stayed in to watch Match of the Day' rather than go out with friends on a Saturday night
Real Madrid vs Juventus preview: Juventus know they must attack to match past European glory
Hull vs Arsenal match report: Hull put up a fight but only after slick Gunners are out of sight
- 2 Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
In defence of liberal democracy
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Project Manager - Birmingham - ...
£25000 - £30000 per annum + Uncapped Commission: SThree: Sthree are looking fo...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + commission: SThree: Real Staffing's Pharmaceutical...
£18000 - £25000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Are you great at building rela...