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Spindle has an excellent opportunity of
supplementing recent gains and continuing
a fine recent run of trainer, Mark Usher,
in the three-year-old handicap over a mile
of Southwell fibresand today, despite top-
Three weeks ago Spindle scrambled home
to win a slowly-run claimer over a similar
distance on Woverhampton Tapeta following
consistent time-handicap efforts; it was a
second success because back in June this
Dubai Destination filly made a winning
debut on the deep stuff!
When in doubt always go for the top-
weight but, realistically, I ve no doubt that
Spindle and regular jockey, Liam Keniry,
will be bang on the premises and chal-
lenging in the closing stages; her game atti-
tude should then kick in against five inferior
Claimers and sellers are much harder to
win than most realise; on a famous occasion
at Southwell one landed a tremendous gam-
ble by dropping one of my horses in grade
knowing the handicapper wouldn t penalise
him for winning!
Next time out he scored in a competitive
handicap at 100/8!
Spindle wouldn t be in his class but she s
good enough and that confidence-booster
is a bonus.
Over the same course and distance Ruban
is one of eight decs for the Maiden Stakes;
best-in on offical BHA ratings and my
time-handicap really should make it fourth
time lucky and there s a bonus!
Apprentice Alan Johns has impressed a
time or two and claims full allowance aboard
Ruban, trained by ultra-shrewd Stuart
Williams at Newmarket.
Both Tin Pan Alley and a couple of others
will doubtless make it interesting but Ruban
is napped with a deal of confidence.
Another useful apprentice, EJ Walsh, part-
ners Honest Strike in the aged handicap
over two miles and 5lbs could prove vital.
9.20 Honest Strike
Honest Strike at Southwell
Unioniste age no concern for Nicholls
Hurricane Fly has frightened away most of the
opposition as only eight horses have been entered
for the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle at
Leopardstown on January 25.
Willie Mullins ace performer is set to attempt
to make history as the first horse to win the race
for a fifth time.
Having already amassed a record 21 Grade One
successes, Hurricane Fly is tied with Istabraq (1998-
2001) on four wins in the two-mile contest and
has an unbeaten record of nine victories at the
Jezki, trained by Jessica Harrington, is set to pro-
vide the stiffest competition once again after the
pair served up a thrilling finish to the Grade One
Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas
in which Hurricane Fly prevailed by half a length.
Hurricane Fly s trainer Willie Mullins has also
entered Ryanair Hurdle third Arctic Fire, plus Kemp-
ton s Christmas Hurdle winner Faugheen as well
Des McDonogh won the race with Herbert United
way back in 1986 and the County Meath trainer
has given an entry to the four-year-old Fiscal Focus.
The Intense Focus colt, bred and formerly trained
by Jim Bolger, made a successful debut over hurdles
on this track on Boxing Day.
"You never know. There s not too many entered
as it is at the moment. We ll just see nearer the
time," said McDonogh.
"I was delighted with him at Leopardstown. He s
a very good horse, but he wants soft ground."
The Aidan O Brien-trained Plinth and last year s
Triumph Hurdle winner Tiger Roll, who is trained
by Gordon Elliott, complete the line-up.
Classic rematch on the cards
Shotgun Paddy and Carruthers, first and second
in last season s Betfred Classic Chase, are again
amongst a field of 18 for the Grade Three handicap
at Warwick on Saturday.
Emma Lavelle s Shotgun Paddy was well fancied
for the Welsh National but made an early mistake
and never got involved.
Carruthers has been running in cross-country
chases for Mark Bradstock.
Theatrical Star and Global Power, first and second
at Fontwell last month, are on course to meet again.
Rigadin De Beauchene won the Classic Chase in
2013 and could return to action for Venetia Williams,
who has also entered Ballyoliver.
Benbane Head, Hawkes Point, West End Rocker,
who claimed the race in 2011, and Tales Of Milan
are also in the mix.
Triumph punt bewilders Bonito owner
Owner James Gordon is mystified as to the source
of the JCB Triumph Hurdle gamble on his Bonito
The four-year-old looks far and away the best
juvenile in France, having won five out of six for
trainer Arnaud Chaille-Chaille.
Bookmakers William Hill reported a string of
requests for Bonito Du Berlais in the Triumph
market and introduced him at 16-1 for the Grade
One at the Cheltenham Festival.
But Gordon, who stated earlier in the season
Bonito Du Berlais would remain in France for the
foreseeable future, said: "As far as I m aware, nothing
has changed regarding his plan.
"I saw that he s reportedly been backed so I
thought I d better send Arnaud a text just to make
"He knows nothing about it, either, so maybe
people have just been looking at his form."
The Triumph Hurdle market is dominated by
French imports such as Peace And Co, Hargam,
Bristol De Mai and Kalkir, who finished behind
Bonito Du Berlais before joining Willie Mullins.
Paul Nicholls will pay little
attention to the statistics as he
considers whether to run
Unioniste in the Crabbie s
Grand National in April.
The John Hales-owned grey
has only just turned seven and
no horse that age has won the
Aintree marathon since Bogskar
Nicholls and Hales won the
2012 National with Neptune
Collonges and are hoping
Unioniste can follow suit after
his decisive win at Sandown on
"John Hales was really excited
afterwards as he has had the
National in mind for this horse
for some time. We ll have to see
how the handicapper reacts but
given a reasonable mark,I can t
see why he shouldn t go to Ain-
tree with a decent chance," he
told his Web site.
"I notice some people are
using statistics from the past to
suggest he is too young for the
race at seven, but I don t pay
any attention to that.
"Times have changed. Union-
iste was running round Auteuil
at the age of three and has
already set one notable record
in becoming the first four-year-
old to win the December Gold
Cup at Cheltenham.
"Like one or two other pre-
cocious young achievers I ve
trained, he had a lean spell before
finding his form again. He s
grown up now, is very mature
for a seven-year-old, shows
great enthusiasm and we ve
always thought he might develop
into a National horse."
Nicholls also struck at
Sandown with Mr Mole, a horse
who has proved tricky in the
past but is now firmly on an
upward curve with two wins in
as many starts this term.
"He has always had plenty of
ability, jumps really well and has
now earned a step up in grade.
I will be talking to his owner JP
McManus and his racing man-
ager Frank Berry about plans
and one race I will be suggesting
we target is the Game Spirit
Chase at Newbury," said
Meanwhile, Bristol De Mai
could head to either Huntingdon
or Haydock following his
impressive performance on his
British debut at Chepstow.
The Nigel Twiston-Davies-
trained French import won the
Grade One Future Champions
Finale Juvenile Hurdle in some
fashion over the Christmas peri-
od, beating a good yardstick in
Karezak by six lengths.
His options now are the
Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle
on February 5 or the Victor
Ludorum at Haydock on Feb-
"He ll definitely run again,"
said Twiston-Davies. "He has
options at either Huntingdon or
a week later at Haydock.
"Since Chepstow he s been
100 per cent, absolutely per-
Twiston-Davies will be head-
ing to Haydock later this month
with his stable star The New
One, who takes in the Stan-
James.com Champion Hurdle
Trial on January 17.
"All is okay with him and he s
on target for Haydock."
27-17--- 10.30 am
8-25--- 1 pm
4-31 --- 6.30 pm
9, 13, 16, 18, 19
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 0 0 1
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 0 0 1
05PARSONMAN 0 0 0 0
15SICKWOMAN0 0 0 0
18WATERBOAT 0 0 0 0
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 0 0 0
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 0 0 0 0
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to January 5
23 (House) 1 pm
14 (Money) 10.30 am
8 (Tiger) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
18 (Water Boat)
30 (House Cat---10.30 am
5 (Parson Man)---1 pm
11 (Corbeau)---6.30 pm
Unioniste...has only just turned seven.
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