The last time that owner Mrs. Miles Valentine, trainer Burley Cocks and rider Tommmy Skiffington teamed up at Fair Hill, they captured of the eightrace card, including the featured National Steeplechase.
That was last May. Saturday, the trio again gets together and its Deux Coup has been assigned top weight in the Manly Steeplechase Handicap, the 2 1/4 mile feature of the opening day of three Saturdays of racing at the beautiful Fair Hill oval.
Deux Coup, the highly regarded but lightly raced 5-year-old that own more than $13,000 in 1976, including victories in the Kent Handicap here and the Summer Corp at Delware Park, will lug 155 pounds in the 15-jump chase.
Afilador, with amazing the amazing Joe Aitcheson riding, will carry 153 while Leaping Frog, winter of the Tom Roby at Delware Park earlier this summer and a favorite around here, will carry 149.
Earla Mor and Tingaling Cool have been assigned 146: Winingo, 145 Steady As You Go, 142; Red Grasshopper, 141: French-bred Monsalvat, 140; Montpelier, 139, and Cultivating, 138.
The Manly tops an eight-race card that opens with the Lewsiville at 1:30 p.m. Fair Hill is the only stop on the hunt-race circuit offering parimutuel wagering, including daily double and exacta races. All proceeds will go to Union Hospital in nearby Elkton, Md.
The track, built by the William duPont but now owned by the State of Maryland, is located on Rte. 273 between Elkton and Newark, Del.