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BRICKY'S BARGAIN.

'He's not bad for 600 quid. That's ten grand he's won for us now' Trainer David Thompson after The Thirsty Bricky gained his second win of the week in Ayr's 2m handicap chase STANDING ROOM ONLY There were only eight bookmakers in the main ring at Chepstow but ten were standing on the rails.

RAISING THE ROOF The next meeting at Chepstow on March 22 is Roofers Day at the races with the nattily named National Federation Of Roofing Contractors having a day on the tiles one presumes.

HILL AND TONIC Mary Hambro has had a rough time of it lately and said she was "on the operating table only seven weeks ago", but she was feeling a good deal better after winning with Dover's Hill, her only jumper.

Hambro, whose husband Richard died in 2009, is particularly fond of Sandown and said: "I was on the committee here for years and my husband Rick was chairman of the stewards. He bred Dover's Hill and he'd have loved to have been here."

ARKELL JUMPS TO IT Chepstow's regular clerk of the course Keith Ottesen was on a day off at the rugby and Ed Arkell proved an able deputy.

There was a happier outcome on this occasion for Arkell than on one of his previous efforts at the Welsh circuit. He was seen jumping over a wall into the course by a member of the public, who mistook his going stick for a gun and called the local constabulary.

In around 20 minutes a number of armed police with dogs surrounded the course before realising there had been a mistake.

A FRIEND INDEED 'I've broken my hoodoo' Cool Friend was surprisingly a first Sandown winner for in-form trainer Jeremy Scott.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 11, 2012
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