Newspaper tips: Sun Racing's Each-Way Thief and today's horse racing NAPs

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Each-way Thief

Have an each-way double at Vaal. FIRE AND ICE (12.30) scored with plenty in hand last time and looks a major player again. Make leg two DIORAMA (2.20) who is dropping down from Listed class.


FATHER TIME (2.55 Vaal) has shown he can win at long odds having scored at 25-1 last time. He looks a big price again despite taking a slight hike in grade.

Templegate NAP

SIREN OF GREECE (12.30 Vaal) gets a handy fillies’ allowance and can make the most of it. She created a good impression when a close up third on debut at Turffontein before returning there for an excellent second last time. This step up in distance looks a wise move and she’s the one to beat.


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Newspaper tips: Sun Racing's Each-Way Thief and today's horse racing NAPs

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Each-way Thief

REBEL GOLD (2.00 Clonmel) showed real improvement when third at Wexford last time out. He can hit the frame again at decent odds.

Put him in an each-way double with ASK HEATHER (4.30 Clonmel) who is coming down the weights and likes this track.


DON MAGNIFICA (2.30 Clonmel) goes back over hurdles after showing some promise at Fairyhouse earlier this year. This isn't a strong race and he should be in the mix.

Templegate NAP

BALKOS (3.00 Clonmel) was a fair third in a better race than this at Punchestown. He handles soft ground well and the drop in distance isn’t a concern.

Eamonn Hames's NAP


SunRatings' NAP


Sirius NAP


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Templegate's racing tips: South African racing at Flamingo Park – Betting preview for Monday

BRIGHT FLAME (1.35) looks the best bet on the sand at Flamingo Park on the outskirts of Kimberley.

The five-year-old has a cracking record over this course and distance with three wins from four attempts. He steps back up in trip today which looks a smart move.

WHAT A SEVEN (10.20) is another course specialist worth a close look.

He won here last month and followed up with a solid second last time. He takes a drop in class which makes him the one to beat.

MISS CARUSO (11.55) is making her debut for a new trainer and comes here on the back of a good third here last time.

This isn’t the strongest race and she should be right there.

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The Tips We Need to Survive Working From Home With Kids

This is a problem I should be happy to have: My healthy husband and child are home with me when more than 100,000 people (and rising) around the world are sick with a deadly virus. We have salaried jobs that allow us to work remotely, and good health insurance should we actually contract the coronavirus. So, yes, I’m aware that what follows is a very privileged bout of whining, and I truly wish everyone in this country were able to whine along with me.

Still, I need help.

I have worked at home while my husband also worked and my son was at school — that can be fun, but mostly we get so focused that we forget we’re not coworkers. I have worked from home while my husband was in the office and my son was home sick — it involves a lot of screen time and not a lot of productivity. I have often worked at home on weekends, while both of them got to play — that’s a new kind of FOMO I can’t recommend. This is actually the first time both my husband and I have to work, with deadlines and meetings and phone calls, while my son is home from school … indefinitely. It took exactly one hour for me to start yelling at both of them.

The kid is bored. The husband needs my mouse and power cord. The kid wants a second breakfast. The husband says he can’t connect to Wi-Fi if I close the bedroom door. The kid wants the iPad. The husband doesn’t like my choice of music, so can I please use headphones. The dog needs to be walked and fed. What do we have for lunch? What do we have for snack? Everyone be quiet I have a meeting right now and my meeting software isn’t working and have you seen my headphones and tough shit about the Wi-Fi and I need you guys to go away already because I can’t concentrate?

I was worried that I was alone in this feeling. That my short-temper and antisocial tendencies mean I just shouldn’t be with in a two-bedroom apartment for such an extended period of time, even two people I love very much. It’s a scary prospect, given that we have no idea how long we’ll be here. But then I started hearing from others in the same boat. Everyone at SheKnows is testing out noise-cancelling headphones and locks on their doors. We’re wondering if babysitters will show up to work if we hire them, or if they’ll be scared our houses are diseased too. And we’re wondering if we’re going to have to become nocturnal to get anything done.

The babysitters will show up, according to Emily Paisner, a workplace expert and director of marketing for’s [email protected], which helps companies provide backup childcare options for employees. She has seen no shortages in caregivers, especially since so many colleges and workplaces have closed this month. But in case an extra babysitter is not in your budget or you’re wary of having another person in your home, Paisner offered SheKnows some other tips for making this work-from-home situation, you know, work.

1. Make a schedule together.

“The night before, my husband and I try to talk about what meetings we have coming up for the next day and be really clear about who is on, ‘kid duty’ at certain times,” said Paisner, whose 8-year-old and 10-year-old children have been home from school for a week due to coronavirus measures.

The schedule they make gives them both peace of mind that the other parent will be able to watch the kids when they’ve got to be completely focused on their work. But she also makes sure they communicate enough during the course of the day to be “flexible and nimble” enough to make changes if other things come up.

My friend who always works from home with her husband echoed this advice. Through trial and error they’ve also discovered that negotiating with each other for bigger chunks of uninterrupted time makes them more efficient at their jobs.

If you’re looking at weeks of this situation, you may even want to alternate days instead of hours, Paisner suggested. That will depend on how flexible your work is, too.

2. Set expectations with your kids.

“With our with our kids, we can be really clear about saying, ‘This is the time where mom has work; this is the time when dad has to work,’ ” Paisner said.

This also means that when you let them watch TV or play video games, you tell them how long they’re going to be allowed to do so before they have to switch to a different, possibly more educational activity. Giving them limits leads to less whining when the screen gets turned off.

3. Give each other space.
Even with a schedule in place, there are times when the kids are going to want to run to Mom. There are also times when they want to bug Dad. If it’s the other parent’s turn to handle things, this might mean taking the kids outside or to another room. This is harder if you’re quarantined, of course. But maybe you can at least do laps in the backyard or up and down some stairs.

“If there is a way to physically separate yourself, that’s also very important,” Paisner said.

(While writing this, my husband took my son for a run in the park and I couldn’t be happier.)

4. Call a friend.

Now this one depends entirely on how serious the COVID-19 contamination is in your neighborhood. I’m operating under the (possibly paranoid) assumption that everyone in Brooklyn is sick, but hopefully you can follow Paisner’s advice.

“If you have one or two trusted family that you can rely on as being part of your village … you can come together, join forces and take turns,” she said. “Even if it’s just two families, there’s four different people who can be on duty throughout the day, so that it gives everyone an opportunity to have a little bit more work time.”

5. Work at night or early in the morning.

Parents of babies and toddlers aren’t going to have a lot of luck getting their kids to play independently for longer stretches of time. Many, many freelancers I know with younger kids have learned that the only thing to do is work in the wee hours before the kids wake up, or after they’ve gone to bed. Maybe you’ll be lucky and get some naptime in there too. Anytime you want to complain, think about what it’s like to be a nurse on the night shift.

6. Enjoy this time!

“Try to have a little bit of fun and connection to your kids,” Paisner said. You can at least block out the minutes that you would have normally spent chatting with a coworker or getting coffee and use that to play. A short break building a fort or playing cards will re-energize you more than caffeine ever could. It will also help to make this a good memory for your kids, even as the adults are worried about the state of the world.

“Your kids will always remember this time,” Paisner said. “If there’s if there’s any silver lining, maybe it is a bit of a gift that we have a little bit more time with our family.”

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Cheltenham Festival tips: Ryanair Chase trends – we help you find the winner of the race live on ITV at 2.50pm today


  • Stick with past Grade 1 winners
  • A course win is a massive plus
  • A distance win or further is a must
  • Second-season chasers do well

FRODON can defend his Ryanair Chase crown.

Most winners of the Ryanair have already scored at Cheltenham so we can quickly cross out Min and Riders Onthe Storm who have yet to taste success at Prestbury Park.

Scoring over the 2m4f distance or further is another important test and that’s been failed by Saint Calvados.

This hasn’t been a race for outsiders in the main which puts you off the chances of Duc Des Genievres, Aso and Shattered Love who are all out with the washing.

We have only had one six-year-old win this race in its relatively short history. But only seven have tried so that can’t be held as a negative for A Plus Tard.

It is a straight fight between that Irish challenger and FRODON who both have the vital Grade 1 form.

But given that Paul Nicholls’ hopeful won this race 12 months ago we’ll give him the narrow nod in what should be a real battle. He’ll go from the front and hope to hold off A Plus Tard up the hill.


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Cheltenham tips: Champion Hurdle runners and riders – Pinstickers' guide to today's Grade 1 contest

DARVER STAR can light up the Champion Hurdle.

He ran a cracker when flying home in Ireland last time and will love the Cheltenham hill. Epatante is worthy favourite and will be a tough nut to crack, while Supasundae’s class can see him into the first four.

Cilaos Emery has plenty in hand when winning last time and is another with a major say, along with Pentland Hills who is better than we’ve seen this season.

Pick of the outsiders could be Silver Streak who was third in a stronger renewal of this race 12 months ago.


COME in Andy. Gutsy effort when nobbling Pentland Hills at Haydock last time after fair third behind Epatante in Christmas Hurdle and good run here. Would like softer but one of the better outsiders.


DON’T Call us. Battled to win the Grade 2 International here in December before going down in a Sandown Listed contest. Track form’s a plus but would like more rain.


IN for Cil. Returned to hurdling after a fall over fences and has been supplemented after an easy Grade 3 win at Gowran. Fifth in Supreme Novices’ in 2017 so fine with the track and has more to offer. Major player.


COEUR blimey. Second to Pentland Hills in the Triumph last season and had breathing op since solid third in a Leopardstown Grade 1 at Christmas. Trip and track suit, goes on any ground and one of many with place claims.


IN the Corner. Won Fighting Fifth at Newcastle in the mud but no excuses when beaten by Ballyandy at Haydock. Loves really bottomless and should lack pace unless heavens open.


DAR to back him. Decent chaser who has been held on both runs since returning to hurdles. Best form over further and would be a surprise winner.


STAR turn. Improver who finished behind Honeysuckle at Leopardstown, so Cheltenham hill should suit. Won’t mind cut in the ground and gives the impression there’s more to come. Should be right there at fair price.


RAFFLES could nick it. Poor in Christmas Hurdle when favourite but going well before that with a Punchestown Grade 1 win and good effort in the Elite at Wincanton. Trip suits and each-way shout if back to best.


BALL flat. Honest handicapper who was second in the Grade 3 Greatwood in November before struggling in better company.


PAT on back. Lost his way since winning a couple of decent handicaps last year and poor over fences last time.



SLEEPY wide awake. Won a couple of fair handicaps at Ascot from the front but this track and opposition means he should struggle.


PENT could Land it. Impressive Triumph winner last year and travelled well both starts this season before running out of puff. Trained to peak today and we know the track suits. Interesting he’s had a breathing op too.


MOUCH ado. Regular placer at high level but rare winner. Ran well behind Honeysuckle and Darver Star last time so wouldn’t be a shock to see him hit the frame.


SHAR may star. Strange effort when fancied to beat Honeysuckle last time but landed a Grade 1 at Leopardstown before that so is smart. Brought down early in this last year but has been well backed and has place shout.


SILVER could get bronze. 80-1 third in this last year and held his own since, including when second to Epatante in Christmas Hurdle. Has a better chance than many around the same price.


SUNDAE best. Class act who has a Stayers’ Hurdle second but also Grade 1s over this trip. Solid fourth when rusty at Leopardstown last month should see him spot on and his stamina can see him into the first four.


EPA centre. Big personal best when winning the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Kempton, jumping fast and low. Clearly loves this trip and has winning form on most ground. Slight worry about a cough last week but she gets 7lb mares’ allowance and will be right there.

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Cheltenham Festival tips: Who should I bet on in 2.10 at Cheltenham on Tuesday?

TOP Tipster Templegate, along with ITV's Matt Chapman, have given us their tips for the Arkle Chase.

The race takes place at 2.10pm today, and is the second race on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

Who is running in the 2020 Arkle Chase?

What are the top tips for the race?

We've got of our tipsters to give you their hot fancy for the contest:

Arkle Chase tips

Trends – Notebook (Bet now)

Templegate – Cash Back (Bet now)

Matt Chapman – Brewin'upastorm (Bet now)


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Templegate's racing tips: Carlisle, Newcastle, Southwell and Wincanton – Betting preview for Thursday

LIGHT LILY (2.00, nap) can shine at Southwell.

She is gunning for a hat-trick after two convincing wins here, including over this trip last time. The second was five lengths away and it could have been more.

WAR WHISPER (6.00 Newcastle, nb) came back from a break to finish second here 15 days ago. He might well have won with a clear run and goes off the same mark.

LASTIN’ MEMORIES (2.50 Carlisle, treble) was impressive when scoring at Kelso when this testing ground was ideal. He shapes as though this longer distance will bring improvement.


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Coronavirus travel tips: Sit in window seat and disinfect tray tables

Safe travels! Experts say pick a window seat, don’t move around the cabin, disinfect tray tables and use a touchscreen with a tissue to keep coronavirus at bay on a plane (but masks WON’T help)

  • Plane passengers can avoid coronavirus by sitting in the window seat, disinfecting tray tables and seat belts, and using touchscreens with a tissue
  • 2019-nCov is spread through viral particles in mucus or saliva 
  • A study during flu season proved that passengers who sit near the windows are at the lowest risk of catching the illness if there’s an infected person on board 
  • Best way to avoid virus is good hand hygiene and avoid touching your face
  • Mask are not helpful at high altitudes where there are few microorganisms 
  • Planes also have sophisticated air filter systems used in surgery rooms  
  • It’s not clear how long the virus can remain on a surface, other coronavirus strains last for as long as nine days    

As the novel coronavirus spreads across the globe, health experts advise plane travelers to sit in a window seat, disinfect their table trays and window blinds, and warn that wearing a mask won’t prevent infection. 

Officials say the best way to avoid catching the virus, which is spread through viral particles within mucus or saliva, is to keep your hands clean, disinfect your space, and avoid touching your face.  

It is also advised that plane travelers choose a window seat to have less contact with potentially sick people. 

‘Book a window seat, try not to move during the flight, stay hydrated and keep your hands away from your face,’ Vicki Stover Hertzberg, professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, said. 

This graphic shows the risk level travelers face when traveling with a person infected with coronavirus. Passengers who sit in the window aisles face a low risk of catching the coronavirus while passengers who sit near the infected traveler in the middle aisle face a medium risk

As the novel coronavirus spreads across the globe, health officials advise plane travelers to sit in a window seat, disinfect their table trays and window blinds, and warn that wearing a mask won’t prevent infection

‘Be vigilant about your hand hygiene,’ she said to the New York Times. 

Hertzberg helped conduct a study that followed passengers and crew members on 10 three to five-hour flights during the flu season and found that passengers who sit in the window seats had less contact with ill people.  


While the likelihood of catching coronavirus through the air on a plane is low unless you’re sitting next to someone with the disease, there are still measures passengers can take.  

One tip is to use disinfectant on hard surfaces to kill the virus as it can remain on surfaces such as railings, door handles, tray tables, touch screens, arm rests and seatbelts for long periods of time. 

‘The airplane and airplane seat is a public space, and we know that germs can live on surfaces for a long time, so it doesn’t hurt to clean it,’ Aaron Milstone, associate hospital epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, said.  

One study found that the other coronaviruses – such as SARS and MERS – remains on metal, glass, and plastic surfaces for up to nine days.

‘Wiping down surfaces on a plane won’t hurt, as long as it doesn’t give you a false sense of security,’ Andrew Mehle, associate professor of medical microbiology and immunology at the University of Wisconsin Madison, said.

When using a touch screen television on a flight, officials say you should use a tissue to touch the screen to create a barrier between the surface and your skin. 

‘Someone who has been sick and coughing might have touched the door and the faucet, so use wipes in the bathroom then use paper towels to open the door and to close the faucet then throw those in the trash on the way out,’ Bernard Camins, the medical director for infection prevention at the Mount Sinai Health System, said. 

The best way to protect yourself from the virus is to avoid touching your face and transferring germs, such as droplets from someone’s cough or sneeze, that were picked up on a surface. 

Passengers should pack their own disinfectant wipes to keep their own surfaces clean. It’s important to read the instruction on the wipes as some require 30 seconds or need to dry in order to take effect. 

Secondly, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or longer. That’s long enough to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice. 

If you can’t wash your hands, use a generous dollop of hand sanitizer. 

‘It’s just as important to think about where your hands have been and to wash your hands,’ Mehle said. 

Wearing a mask on the plane may not prove helpful as the air in the aircraft is considered sterile because there are so few microorganisms at such a high altitude and the plane draws fresh air from the outside.  

This map shows the current status of the corona virus in the USA with 165 cases reported and 11 deaths as of Thursday

About 50 percent of the air in cabins is recirculated but it goes through sophisticated air filters similar to those used in surgical environments, before it’s its pushed back into the plane. 

‘There is very little  evidence of a widespread benefit’ or wearing masks in public, Dr Jake Dunning, head of emerging infections and zoonoses at Public Health England said. 

‘Face masks must be worn correctly, changed frequently, removed properly, disposed of safely and used in combination with good universal hygiene behavior in order for them to be effective.’

A problem with paper masks is that they don’t have a respirator to filter out infectious air articles.  

That means passengers are more likely to catch the virus through direct contact from someone with the virus or surfaces rather than through the air.  

Airlines are responding to the quickly-spreading coronavirus crisis by using super-strength disinfectants to sanitize planes before flights. 

Cathay Pacific, a Hong Kong carrier, is disinfecting plane surfaces after every single flight including meal tables and arm rests. 

Planes that carried passengers infected with the coronavirus are given extra cleaning attention and disinfection. 

Qantas, an Australian airline, is disinfecting their planes with Viraclean, a strong disinfectant that kills everything from Hepatitis B to herpes. They are also removing headrests, pillow covers and blankets after every flight, according to The Independent. 

Korean Air is using MD-125 to disinfect their planes, a strong cleaning solution that kills bacteria and viruses ranging from HIV to measles.  

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Seven tips to sell your home quickly as the property market improves

Use fresh flowers, get rid of clutter and spring clean: Seven simple tips to sell your home quickly and benefit from the property market upturn

  • Property market showing green shoots of growth across the country 
  • A clean, clutter-free, pet-free home full of flowers can help secure a sale 
  • We take a look at other simple ways you can hook buyers in 

There are green shoots of life springing up across the country’s property market, with mortgage approvals on the up and economists bumping up house price growth forecasts. 

Every region in the country saw house prices rise for the first time since February 2018, according to figures from Office for National Statistics last month. 

With the market seemingly turning a corner, now could be the perfect time to sell your home.  

Here are seven steps from experts at NAEA Propertymark, a professional body for estate agencies, to ensure your home appeals to as many buyers as possible and is potentially snapped up quickly…

First impressions count: Buyers often make their decision on a property within seconds of arriving

1. First impressions are everything

Buyers often make their decision on a property within seconds of arriving NAEA warn, so make sure your home is looking its best – this includes your front door. 

If it is looking a little shabby, buy a new doorknob, a brass letterbox or a stainless-steel house number; these small touches can instantly make your home feel more welcoming.

It goes without saying that a spring clean is essential before a seasonal sale. 

Buyers are put off by anything that looks grubby, especially during the season of fresh beginnings. 

Deep clean: It goes without saying that a spring clean is essential before a seasonal sale

Make sure any old winter grime is removed from the property. 

Give old carpets a deep clean, and thoroughly clean all curtains, or upholstery that attracts extra dust. 

According to NAEA, it’s a good idea to deep clean all carpets before putting your house on the market as well to ensure the whole house feels clean and fresh.

Looking good: Bathrooms and kitchens are key rooms in any home 

3. Freshen up your kitchen and bathroom

Kitchens and bathrooms can often make or break a sale, so make sure yours look their best. 

Give tired-looking bathrooms a makeover by hiding any unappealing pipework and fixing up any worn tiling. 

Tidy away bathroom clutter such as body wash, cleaning products and toilet rolls etc. In the kitchen, replace any worn work surfaces and doors as this will totally transform the space without having to fork out on replacing the cabinets.

4. Let there be light

A dark room is an immediate turn-off to buyers NAEA say. 

The easiest first step is to let the sun pour in and maximise natural light as much as possible by opening curtains and blinds and giving any dirty windows a scrub before putting your property on the market.

5. Keep decoration minimal

No two people have identical taste in interior decoration. 

Potential buyers must be able to picture themselves living in the space, and not feel like an intruder in someone else’s home. 

Anything showing too much personality can be a turn off during a house viewing so it’s best to keep your decoration simple and colours neutral to offer buyers a blank slate to build their own home on.

6. Flowers

Keeping fresh flowers on display is a welcoming touch that will make your home appear well kept. 

Flowers can play a vital role in giving rooms a lift and create a clean fragrance to greet a buyer. 

No matter how well your home is presented, a few simple touches with some neutral flowers will enhance the property’s appeal.

Gorgeous: Keeping fresh flowers on display will give your home the finishing touch it needs

7. Remove pets

Furry friends leave an odour that pet owners can become immune to over time, but it’s likely the buyer will pick up on this. 

Air out the property in advance of any viewings, light a freshly scented candle to mask any lingering smells, and consider leaving your pet with a friend or family member for the duration.

Here’s another top tip: Price your property realistically  

NAEA Propertymark has provided some useful style tips to get your property snapped up more quickly. 

One extra point This is Money wants to stress is the importance of sellers pricing their home correctly. 

Take a look at how much similar homes to yours in your local area are selling for and use that as a benchmark. 

Many buyers won’t even be tempted to take a look at your home if the initial asking price appears unrealistic and out of kilter with others in the surrounding area. 

If you’re using a decent estate agent, they should be able to guide you on price matters and how long your home is likely to be on the market for.  

If your home has been on the market for a long time while similar ones in your area have been selling like hot cakes, the chances are you need to lower your asking price. 

This will give you the chance to appeal to a bigger pool of potential buyers and help make sure your home gets snapped up sharpish. 

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