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Pathway To Honour is obviously head-
ing in the right direction judged on an
encouraging debut over course and dis-
tance three weeks ago; expect this Char-
lie Appleby-trained New Approach colt
to go one better in the Maiden 2-y-o
Stakes over a mile of Kempton polytrack
Another new month, November was dif-
ficult but, most importantly, proved prof-
itable and that s what I m all about, finding
enough winners to make racing pay.
Only a length separated Pathway To
Honour from the winner Balios and others
were four lengths and upwards in arrears,
always a sign of a strongly-run race and,
significantly, the time-figure concurs.
On the actual time-handicap Pathway
To Honour is way superior to Greatest
Hits, also second first-up ten days earlier;
likelihood is our Godolphin-owned selec-
tion will improve and unless one of five
newcomers is above average should go
one better under Adam Kirby who takes
over from Martin Harley..
Kirby is determined to retain that all-
weather championship but Luke Morris
will be all out to regain it; should be most
interesting during the next four months
as they scrap it out and I ll be closely
monitoring everyone of their rides. If you
can t beat em, join them!
Running in tandem with this eight-
race programme is another on Wolver-
hampton Tapeta where Purple Surprise
might finally get off the mark in division
one of the nursery over seven furlongs.
Purple Surprise ran on genuinely when
just out-gunned over six of the Southwell
deep stuff last month, ridden by 3lbs
apprentice Danny Brock.
Danny is booked again and in the
absence of an alf-decent rival this wont
be a Surprise!
Tingo In The Tale lacks experience
under NH rules but his only run to date
makes for a serious rival to obvious
favourite Civil War in the Novices Hurdle
over two miles of soft Plumpton. Solid
Get on Pathway to Honour
8.40 Tingo In The Tale (e.w)
9.20 Purple Surprise (e.w)
11.50 Pathway To Honour
More Of That is to undergo checks
after losing his unbeaten record in the
Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury on
Last season s Ladbrokes World Hurdle
hero was a well-beaten third behind Med-
inas on his seasonal reappearance.
Trainer Jonjo O Neill admitted yesterday
to being disappointed at the performance
but said "I ve just got to get him right
"We re going to get him checked out
and see how he goes," he said. "He ran
reasonably well for a long way and it was
his first run.
"His wind was bothering him a little
bit and hence the reason putting a tongue
strap on him in the heavy ground, trying
to help him.
"I didn t think he ran that bad---obvi-
ously we re disappointed to lose his
unbeaten tag, that was a bit of a sickener,
but we ll get him checked out and see
where we go.
"He was in great form and good health
going into the race. I have no proper
"We ll try to get him back to go to
Cheltenham (for the World Hurdle). That s
the plan if we get him right.
"We re not going to give up after one
defeat. He s the best in the class if we
can do that so now I ve just got to get
O Neill is also going to have Merry
King tested for a wind issue after the
staying handicap chaser was a highly-
creditable third to Many Clouds in the
Hennessy Gold Cup.
"He ran a great race. He jumped great
and did everything right. He just tied up
and didn t quite get home. Very pleased
with him, a great effort," the Jackdaws
Castle handler said.
"We re going to have a look at him to
see if he s got a bit of a wind problem
and we won t be running him quick.
"We ll give him a little break. We have
no real plan at the moment, we re going
to get him checked out this week and
see where we go from there."
Meanwhile, Annie Power will need at
least eight to 10 weeks of box rest with
a possible stress fracture after being ruled
out of the Hatton s Grace Hurdle at Fairy-
The Willie Mullins-trained mare was
declared for the Grade One contest on
Friday morning but was subsequently
found to be lame, although initial hopes
were it could be a minor problem.
Mullins said: "It appears to be above
the hock and she will go to Troytown for
scans, so there will be no news until mid-
week at least.
"It s possibly a stress fracture and she ll
be looking at eight to ten weeks in her
Owned by Rich Ricci, the six-year-old
lost her unbeaten record when second to
More Of That in the Ladbrokes World
Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, before
bouncing back at Punchestown
O'Neill not despondent over That
20-1--- 10.30 am
8-6--- 1 pm
1-8--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 8 7 7 22
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 7 6 10 23
05 PARSONMAN 14 8 8 29
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 8 10 3 21
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 4 10 5 19
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to November 29
35 (Big Snake) 1 pm
17 (Pigeon) 10.30 am
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
18 (Water Boat)
9 (Cattle)---10.30 am
14 (Money)---1 pm
15 (Sick Woman)---6.30 pm
Lieutenant Colonel gave Sandra Hughes her
first Grade One triumph when winning a dramatic
race for the Bar One Racing Hatton s Grace Hurdle
at Fairyhouse yesterday.
Hughes, who took over training when her father
Dessie died two weeks ago, had her fist winner on
Saturday and enjoyed a popular and emotional suc-
cess just 24 hours later.
There was drama when the Willie Mullins-trained
hot favourite Zaidpour fell, bringing down King Of
The Picts at a flight around the halfway stage and
Habitual frontrunner Little King Robin set out
to make all the running but was stalked by both
the remaining runners and passed early in the home
There was little to choose between the pair at
the final flight but Lieutenant Colonel (7/2), owned
by Gigginstown House Stud, produced the better
turn of foot for Bryan Cooper to score by four
lengths from Jetson.
"It s been an emotional 24 hours, but I have to
say everyone has been brilliant," the winning trainer
told At The Races.
"We got a great reception but that was for Dad.
He put all of the groundwork in with these horses.
We ve got a wonderful team at home with Rob
Hennessy and I m just part of the operation.
"The horses have been in good form and we
thought he would run very, very well. He ran in a
beginners chase first time and was a bit disap-
pointing, so we decided to come back to hurdles
The winner was installed at 16/1 in the betting
for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle by Sky Bet.
Owner Michael O Leary said: "He s only five and
when he didn t win his beginners chase first time
out we thought we d put him over hurdles and see
what he could do.
"I think we ll keep him to hurdles now for the
rest of the year and hopefully the novice chases
won t be quite as tough next year.
of Gold Cup glory
Many Clouds could take in a prep-race in the
new year ahead of a crack at the Betfred Chel-
tenham Gold Cup following his brave effort to lift
the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday.
Trainer Oliver Sherwood, who reports the seven-
year-old to have taken his exertions much better
than expected, is optimistic Many Clouds can make
the necessary improvement to become a real Gold
Cup contender in March.
"He s absolutely A1 this morning which has sur-
prised me. I thought he d be lying down for 48
hours. He s eaten up and went out in the paddock
very bright which is a huge positive," Sherwood said.
"Handicaps are out of the question now. I d have
thought the handicapper will put him up something
like 6lb to 10lb. He s got to go for these conditions
races, so the Gold Cup does come into the equa-
"I ve got to speak Mick Meagher, who is (owner)
Mr (Trevor) Hemmings racing manager, and Mr
Hemmings, but I d have thought one conditions
race in January time and then the Gold Cup if they
want to have a crack at something like that. That s
my gut feeling.
"I know I said after the race that I didn t care if
he didn t race again this season, but subject to him
Hughes a first
Waldrum to name T&T squad today ---Page A62
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