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Ludlow bumper winner Arthamint can
make a winning start over jumps on his
return to the track for the Rincon Del Puer-
to "National Hunt" Maiden Hurdle.
The seven-year-old finished out with the
washing in a couple of bumpers last spring,
but the fitting of a tongue-tie brought about
considerable improvement as he finished a
fair fourth on his seasonal return at Hunt-
ingdon in November.
He took another step forward to win as
he liked at this track last month and the
form received a decent boost when the beat-
en odds-on favourite, Outrath, came out
and won at Lingfield later in the month.
If he lifts a leg, Arthamint has every
chance of providing the upwardly mobile
Dan Skelton with yet another winner.
Keys is a very interesting contender in
the Call Star Sports On 08000 521 321 Maid-
en Hurdle at Plumpton.
Smart on the level for Roger Charlton,
he joined Nicky Henderson for a hurdling
campaign and while winless, he showed a
decent level of ability to finish second to
two smart types in Cinders And Ashes and
The problem is he has not been seen since
the last of those in February 2012, but he
remains in the same ownership.
He has left Henderson to join Tony Carroll
and while over 1000 days on the sidelines
is not ideal, the fact he is coming back sug-
gests he retains some ability and it should
be enough to win this.
Michael Appleby has his string firing on
all cylinders at the moment and can add to
his tally with Mops Angel in the Ladbrokes
Handicap at Wolverhampton.
The Stratford-based trainer became an
increasingly potent force in 2014 and that
momentum has continued into the early
part of this year, with the yard havin already
racked up 14 winners on the Flat in January
ahead of the latest fixture at Dunstall Park.
Mops Angel, a four-year-old daughter of
Piccolo, made an encouraging start to her
career a couple of years ago, building on a
promising debut fourth in the Brocklesby
at Doncaster with victory at Beverley, but
results have been mixed since.
The rest of her 2013 campaign was noth-
ing to write home about and she missed
the bulk of last year s action before making
her return in the autumn.
A close third at Nottingham in November
suggested there were races to be won with
her, but her first couple of appearances on
the all-weather at Southwell were a step
However, switched to the newly laid Tape-
ta surface at Wolverhampton, Mops Angel
appeared far more at home, showing off a
decent change of gear and plenty of reso-
lution to strike gold for the second time.
The handicapper has had his say, bumping
her up the ratings 4lb, but she remains one
to keep on side.
It is certainly conceivable a step up to
seven furlongs can help take her game to
another level and the booking of bang-in-
form jockey Luke Morris enhances her claims
Morris might also be on target in the
32Red Fillies Handicap, with Apparatchika
getting the nod in what is quite an interesting
Carrying the colours of formidable owner-
breeder Kirsten Rausing, the daughter of
Archipenko was in the care of South African
maestro Mike de Kock when she made her
introduction at Yarmouth last summer.
With the six furlongs she faced always
likely to be on the short side based on her
breeding, she was a big drifter in the betting
and ran far too green to do herself justice,
but her fourth placed finish was not devoid
She returned from over five months off
the track and made her first start for Rae
Guest at Lingfield earlier this month and
stepped right up in trip to a mile and a
quarter, she got the job done without being
extended, despite again showing signs of
An extra couple of furlongs should not
be an issue and an initial mark of 70 looks
perfectly fair. Indeed, that rating is likely to
prove lenient once she has learnt her trade.
Godolphin handler Charlie Appleby is
another trainer who has enjoyed a fast start
to the year, both on British shores and in
Dubai, and can take out the 32Red Casino
Handicap with Monein.
The son of New Approach looked the
part on his Lingfield debut three weeks ago
and will need to follow up if his Derby entry
is anything more than a pipedream.
The high crusing speed that racing fans
have come to associate with the 11-year-
old was absent, but the bravery and tenac-
ity was still there by the shedload.
Three out, Ruby Walsh was pushing along
and appeared to be losing ground in fourth
as Jezki took up the running from the pace-
setting Plinth and made the best of their
But having got back on to an even keel
and pushed his way past Fiscal Focus into
a gap from which he could throw down a
challenge, he ate up the ground on the leader
around the home turn.
The stage looked set for a battle royal
from that point, but Hurricane Fly, who
had just about nosed in front, winged the
last and his jump perhaps just put off the
rallying Jezki, who bungled the flight, stum-
bled on landing, and lost all momentum.
That left Hurricane Fly to come home
gloriously clear of never-nearer stablemate
Not only was it his fifth win in this race,
but it was also a perfect 10 out of 10 at
Leopardstown and, incredibly, his 22nd vic-
tory at Grade One level.
Hurricane Fly was cut from 10/1 to 7/1
by Sky Bet for the Stan James Champion
Hurdle, with Jezki pushed out to 11/2 to
defend his crown.
Walsh said: "He didn t travel with the
same fluidity as he has done in the past
today, but I suppose when the going got a
little bit tougher going to the second-last
he started to pick up.
"When he rounded the bend and I got to
AP [McCoy, on Jezki] I was thinking How
much is he going to find? , but when I saw
fast as he (Hurricane Fly) wanted to go.
Anyway. I was struggling.
"It was the outside track, we didn t go
mad early and they stepped up down the
back to draw the sting out of us. It was a
Bridgy 'thrilled' with Bolster
David Bridgwater is relishing a fourth crack at the
Cheltenham Gold Cup with The Giant Bolster after
declaring himself "thrilled to bits" with his stable
star's latest effort at Prestbury Park on Saturday.
The 10-year-old has finished second, fourth and
third respectively in the last three renewals of the
blue riband, last year beaten just three-quarters of a
length in a pulsating finish.
He failed to fire on his reappearance in Charlie Hall
Chase at Wetherby, but fared better when fifth in the
Betfair Chase at Haydock and took another step for-
ward to finish fourth behind Many Clouds in Satur-
day's BetBright Cup Chase.
Bridgwater is adamant his pride and joy will be in
even better shape come March and is confident he
will be involved in the finish once again.
"I was absolutely thrilled to bits with him. Without
winning it or picking up a bit more prize-money, it
was the perfect result," said the trainer.
"The pace of the race didn't help. He's a horse who
needs to be off the bridle after a mile and he was still
cantering after two miles yesterday.
"It looked as though he was going to beaten 100
lengths at the top of the hill and he's ended up being
beaten just over seven, so it was a fantastic run.
"We knew even going into the race that he's not
quite there yet and that he'd be better on his next
run. He's enjoyed himself and finished fresh and well.
"A bigger field and a stronger pace will bring out
the best in him in March and I'm not worried about
Scan needed for Baileys Concerto
Future plans for Baileys Concerto hinge on a crucial
scan on Monday morning after he disappointingly re-
turned with an injury following his fantastic effort in
Saturday's Skybet Chase at Doncaster.
Dianne Sayer's nine-year-old was rated just 96
when winning his first race over fences at Hexham in
March of last year, but having won four chases since,
as well as a couple of hurdle races, he now has a mark
in the 130s.
He faced his toughest assignment to date in the
race formerly known as The Great Yorkshire Chase on
Town Moor on Saturday and performed tremen-
dously to fill the runner-up spot behind the Tony
McCoy-ridden If In Doubt.
Sayer is keeping her fingers crossed she will be able
to aim her charge at further lofty targets this spring.
She said: "We're all very proud of him. He's been a
superstar for us and has been the making of the yard
"Unfortunately he has come back with a slight in-
jury. He's got a puncture wound to his off-fore and
there is some filling and heat in there.
"We're hoping it is just a bit of an infection, but we
won't know whether he's done any damage to the
tendon until we have him scanned on Monday.
"He is a bit of a strange character and does react to
anything, so I'm hoping it's just something minor, but
we'll see how things are tomorrow and that will tell
us what we might be able to do next."
World aim confirmed for Monksland
Noel Meade is hoping that Monksland will stay fit
for a crack at the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Chel-
The eight-year-old has been limited to just nine ca-
reer starts, winning three times at Grade Two level in
2012 before being sidelined for two years.
He returned to action with a third-placed finish at
Leopardstown over Christmas and followed up with a
narrow defeat at Gowran last Thursday, giving Meade
plenty of hope for a Cheltenham run.
Meade said: "He was good after it. It was disap-
pointing he didn't win but he didn't run too bad and
he certainly came on from Leopardstown.
"We've had to train him very tenderly and take it
slowly but he's run two solid races now.
"If he stays right we'll have a crack at it (World Hur-
dle). He hated that ground as well and I'd imagine he'll
be better on better ground. Paul (Carberry) always
felt he would be."
Monksland can be backed at 16/1 for the World
Hurdle with Sky Bet, who offer the Non-Runner, No
Bet concession on the race.
Artha looks mint at Ludlow
LUDLOW: 1.45 Cape Caster, 2.15 Ebony
Empress, 2.50 Tony Star, 3.20 Grimley Girl,
3.50 Topthorn, 4.20 Arthamint.
PLUMPTON: 2.00 Keys, 2.30 Bobbits Way,
3.00 Letbeso, 3.30 Zero Visibility, 4.00
Cruising Bye, 4.30 Kinari.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.40 Kodafine, 3.10
Colombia, 3.40 MOPS ANGEL (NAP), 4.10
Sciustree, 4.40 Loti, 5.10 Apparatchika,
DOUBLE: Mops Angel and Apparatchika
The irrespressible Hurricane Fly snatched a fifth victory
7-28--- 10.30 am
23-23--- 1 pm
32-12--- 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: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to January 24
9 (Cattle) 10.30 am
29 (Opium Man) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
5 (Parson Man)---10.30 am
19 (Horse)---1 pm
12 (King)---6.30 pm
18 (Water Boat) 1 pm
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