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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, January 23, 2015
22-1--- 10.30 am
32-9--- 1 pm
18-11--- 6.30 pm
TODAY'S PICK TWO
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 1
15 SICK WOMAN 0
18 WATER BOAT 0
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 1 1 2
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSON WIFE
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to January 22
17 (Pigeon) 10.30 am
27 (Little Snake) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
17 (Pigeon)---10.30 am
32 (Shrimp)---1 pm
20 (Dg)---6.30 pm
29 (Opium Man) 1 pm
Djakadam booked his ticket
for the Betfred Gold Cup and
finally lived up to the hype in
providing Willie Mullins with a
recording-breaking sixth win in
the Goffs Thyestes Handicap
Chase at Gowran Park.
At the beginning of the season
the-then five-year-old was
viewed as a possible for the blue
riband event at Cheltenham in
March and he was set the stiff
task of taking in the Hennessy
Gold Cup on his first run of the
The theory was that if he were
to develop into a top-class chaser,
he had to go close in a handicap
off a favourable-looking mark.
Having travelled well for a long
way at Newbury he faded into
eighth and many felt it was a lack
of stamina that beat him. Not
Mullins, though, who felt he was
short of fitness.
Carrying top weight, he
stamped his authority on the his-
toric Thyestes from some way
out, jumping like an old hand for
Ruby Walsh despite being only
He became the yard s third
winner in four years after On His
Own in 2012 and 2014, with that
horse last year going on to be
controversially beaten in the Gold
Cup last year, giving Mullins cause
for optimism that Djakadam can
now follow that path.
"It s fantastic to win the race
six times. Tom Dreaper held the
record and it s an honour to be
mentioned in the same breath as
him. It took me long enough to
win my first one. On His Own
won this off top weight and was
only just beaten in a Gold Cup,
so we ll have to think of going
the same way with this horse,"
"We always thought he could
be a Gold Cup horse. It was prob-
ably an unfair question to ask
him in the Hennessy on his first
run of the season, but we felt he
was nicely handicapped. Because
of the dry autumn I was afraid
to work him. Because of his
weight I took the gamble. I gave
him plenty of time to recover and
this was the obvious choice.
"That race will take a fair bit
out of him so he wouldn t run
between now and Cheltenham.
Whether he s strong enough this
year I don t know, but he s cer-
tainly that type of individual.
"The way he travelled and
jumped was great, and I don t
think Ruby had a moment s
Djakadam was slashed to 16/1
from 40/1 by Sky Bet for the
Cheltenham Gold Cup immedi-
ately after the race and was into
14/1 by the time Gowran s meet-
ing came to and end.
Michael Shinners, representing
the Leeds-based firm, who offer
Non-runner Money Back on the
championship races at the Fes-
tival, said: "That was a pretty
taking performance from Willie
Mullins youngster but he has
more to find to trouble the big
boys at Cheltenham.
"Having said that, he was win-
ning this off a mark of 145, which
is 3lb higher than On His Own
12 months ago and we all know
how close he went to landing the
Illusive Force represents the class
each-way thieving bet on Lingfield
polytrack today when, by process of
elimination and analysis of our time-
handicap, Charles Hills should be placed,
by default, in the Maiden Stakes over
ten furlongs; all signals are in place and
enough boxes ticked for this thrice-raced
Iffraaj colt, mount of Luke Morris.
Former all-weather champion jockey
Morris is eleven winners ahead of Adam
Kirby who is 36 clear of the rest!
Specialising with AWR has been the
key to success for this column; following
Morris and Kirby is proving nigh on a
license to print money for those looking
to back jockeys and not bother with form
study. Talk about punter s pals!
Morris was aboard Illusive Force earlier
this month when third to our nap selec-
tion Dutch Royal, runner-up was Godol-
phin-owned newcomer, Honourable
Action; distances were two and a quarter
lengths and a neck.
In the closing stages Illusive Force ran
on strongly and there s every reason to
believe he ll be capable of reversing form
over a slightly longer trip; others need to
improve if the principals replicate their
It s a similar situation for the Maiden
Fillies Stakes over an extended mile of
Wolverhampton Tapeta because it will
be a surprise if consistent, hitherto luck-
less Plaisir doesn t make the frame under
3lbs apprentice Ryan Tate.
Plaisir ran on gamely when beaten by
66/1 winner Evo Campo but a moderate
pace probably contributed to another
defeat for Marco Botti s charge, ridden a
shade negatively by Kirby as the time-
Both Salma Gondis, once-raced La
Dorotea and Legerity are boubnd to ensure
a strong gallop and, hopefully, Plaisir will
come off it with a winning run and make
it fourth time lucky.
We will be playing the each-way dou-
ble, part of our up-date service which
can be accessed on www.dailyearner.co.uk
Try Illusive Force
12.10 Invisible Force
2.45 Wilful Minx (e.w).
Mullins makes history with Djakadam
Sceaux one of 45
in Arkle frame
Stablemates Un De Sceaux and Vautour are
two of the star names among 45 entries for the
Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Chel-
tenham Festival on March 10.
Unbeaten hurdler Un De Sceaux is the clear
favourite for the two-mile Grade One, having put
his chasing debut fall at Thurles behind him with
a spectacular display at Fairyhouse last month.
The seven-year-old will look to enhance his
Festival claims in the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle
Novice Chase at Leopardstown on Sunday.
Vautour, a stunning winner of last season s
Supreme Novices Hurdle, banished memories of
a disappointing run over Christmas with an assured
display at Leopardstown last weekend.
Trainer Willie Mullins accounts for nine entries,
with Un De Sceaux and Vautour also in contention
for the JLT Novices Chase over a longer trip.
Gordon Elliott s Clarcam and the Enda Bolger-
trained Gilgamboa also feature among a formidable
list of 19 Irish-trained entries in the Arkle.
Nicky Henderson is jointly the most successful
ever handler in the Arkle, with five victories, and
his one entry is Josses Hill.
Other contenders include Paul Nicholls Ptit
Zig and the Tom George-trained pair om God s
Own and Stellar Notion.
God s Own won the Haldon Gold Cup on his
seasonal debut, but failed to fire in the Tingle
Creek and was also well beaten back in novice
company at Kempton over Christmas.
Zig to tackle JLT prep in Pendil
Ptit Zig is set to take in the Pendil Novices
Chase at Kempton en route to a likely tilt at the
JLT Novices Chase at the Cheltenham Festival
on March 12.
The six-year-old is unbeaten in four starts over
fences this season, slamming Josses Hill on his
penultimate outing at Ascot before a similarly
impressive triumph at Cheltenham on New Year s
Paul Nicholls charge is one of the star names
among 60 entries for the JLT, but is set to first
stop off at Kempton on February 21.
Part-owner Barry Fulton said: "I think the plan
is for him to run in the Pendil at Kempton next.
Ptit Zig s stablemates Irish Saint and Saphir Du
Rheu could also be given the chance to shine in
Willie Mullins has no less than 12 entries, with
Vautour, Un De Sceaux, Valseur Lido and Vroum
Vroum Mag in contention.
The Mullins dozen features among 28 possible
challengers from Ireland, with Gilgamboa, Mala
Beach and The Tullow Tank also on the list.
Other possible domestic-based runners include
the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Splash Of Ginge
and Nicky Henderson s Josses Hill.
Palace and Poli star in RSA Chase
Kings Palace and Don Poli are the headline acts
in an entry of 54 for the RSA Chase at the Chel-
tenham on March 11.
Bookmakers are finding it hard to split David
Pipe s Kings Palace, twice a winner over fences
already at Cheltenham, and the Willie Mullins-
trained Don Poli, who was successful at the Festival
Don Poli is one of 12 entered by Mullins, along
with the likes of Valseur Lido and Vroum Vroum
Philip Hobbs has six possibles in the shape of
Sausalito Sunrise, Champagne West, Royal Player,
If In Doubt, Return Spring and Uncle Jimmy.
Paul Nicholls has four, with Saphir Du Rheu
given the option despite being on course to return
to hurdles this weekend, along with Ptit Zig,
Southfield Theatre and Irish Saint.
The Tullow Tank, Sego Success, Apache Strong-
hold, Coneygree, Le Vent D Antan, Splash Of Ginge
and The Young Master are others of note.
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