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Roger Thorpe and Kalimanian will
carry number one cloths at Wolver-
hampton today and both have excellent
prospects of being called number one
after their respective races on the Tapeta
surface during an eight-race programme.
You can t beat the draw is a well-
known maxim but Roger Thorpe might
just prove a rare exception in the ten-run-
ner aged handicap over seven furlongs
under talented Jacob Butterfield, who
claims 3lbs apprentice allowance and has
ridden this Deborah Sanderson-trained
On the time-handicap Roger Thorpe is
clear best-in and though drawn widest
shouldn t have any issue with pace what-
soever; presumably Butterfield will drop
in and produce his mount down the
straight where, incidentally, wide runners
An interesting spectacle awaits, it should
make compelling viewing, especially if
Jacob does the biz!
Kalimanian, a half-decent hurdler,
shouldn t be pressed to score in the Maiden
Stakes over twelve furlongs because oppo-
sition is dire, nigh on non-existent!
These are the races to bet on seriously,
those that involve process of elimination,
leaving only ONE runner!
That s the case and if you can find one
to beat Kalimanian have the biggest bet
of you life, we can t!
NH racing will be represented with two
fixtures, Catterick/Plumpton but the hardy
winterites are still reeling from a shock
announcement from Tony McCoy at New-
bury l;ast Saturday that he ll be retiring
at the end of this season.
Thought he d ride until he reached 100!
AP told the TV world after he d part-
nered Mr Mole to his 200th winner in a
season for the first time; it was an incred-
ibly proud moment for Channel Four inter-
viewer, Rishi Persad!
As is his wont Trinidadian-born Persad
went to interview the great man as he
came back in aboard Mr Mole and after
chatting about the JP McManus-owned
winner suddenly said, "I m going to tell
you something else Rishi, it s the last time
I ride 200 winners because, having spoken
to Dave Roberts (agent) and JP I m going
to be retiring at the end of the season!"
Rishi revealed afterwards, "I had no idea
whatsoever, even after he said it. I still
can t believe it!"
A proud moment for the young man
who has done well since leaving Trinidad
but the moment really was all about Tony
McCoy, the greatest jump jockey of all
Apache Stronghold gained revenge on
Valseur Lido in a ding-dong battle for
the Flogas Novice Chase at Leopard-
Noel Meade s charge had been beaten
eight lengths by Willie Mullins runner in
the Drinmore 10 weeks earlier, but turned
the tables under a typical Paul Carberry
In the rear early on as Tony McCoy and
Jarry D Honneur set the pace, Apache
Stronghold (9/2) only came into the race
at the business end and jumped the last
with Valseur Lido.
He got on top on the run-in to get the
verdict by half a length from Valseur Lido,
with the latter s stablemate Adriana Des
There was a sad post-script to the race
as the Elizabeth Doyle-trained Le Vent
D Antan, an impressive winner at Leop-
ardstown over Christmas, reportedly had
to be put down after taking a heavy fall.
Carberry, who celebrates his 41st birth-
day on Monday, said: "I took the shortest
route. Down the back he wasn t flying his
fences. I had to wait for him to come to
me and once he got the gap he flew. He
winged the last and kept his head down
all the way to the line.
"He jumped very well the last day but
he has a real good cruising speed and I
just had to keep taking him back, which
I didn t want to do today. He wasn t getting
the same jumps today (mid-race) but he
got them when I needed them.
"This is our big hope. When he won in
Navan (in November 2013) I thought he d
keep me going for a Gold Cup some day,
so he s worth going on for."
Meade said: "When he ran at Christmas
(second in Topaz Chase to Don Poli) every-
one was telling me he ran great, he ran
great but there was no one more disap-
pointed than I was at Christmas because
I really had great belief in him.
"I don t know whether the other horse
was better than him or he didn t get the
trip. I d have to be thinking in terms of
the JLT now - I ll see what Paul (Carberry)
has to say - but I d say we d have to think
"He s a lovely looking horse, he s easy
I was watching him going around the parade
ring and he d do you good looking at him.
He nice to watch every morning. I picked
him up for 15,500 euro at the Land Rover
sales, money well spent!
"I m delighted for Paul (Hunt, owner)
too - he s been a great supporter and it s
great for him to win a race like this."
Sky Bet cut the winner from 12/1 to 7/1
for the JLT Novice Chase at Cheltenham
and representative Michael Shinners said:
"This has been a wonderful pointer towards
the RSA Chase in recent seasons but Noel
Meade has said all along that two and a
half miles on good ground is the perfect
distance for Apache Stronghold and the
JLT looks his likely target.
"Valseur Lido hadn t run for a while and
may just have needed it. He remains a top
prospect and it ll be fascinating to see which
way the Mullins camp go with him."
McCoy earns first Gold Cup
Carlingford Lough gave Tony McCoy his first vic-
tory in the Hennessy Gold Cup just a day after he an-
nounced his impending retirement in a thrilling race
for the Leopardstown showpiece.
Just 35 minutes after winning the previous con-
test on Sort It Out, McCoy treated racegoers to a
memorable triumph, returning to thunderous ap-
Carlingford Lough (4/1), owned by McCoy's boss
JP McManus and trained by John Kiely, had to be
galvanised by the 19-time champion after making a
mistake at the second-last fence.
The nine-year-old responded in game fashion and
got the better of Foxrock on the run-in to win by
three-quarters of a length. Last year's Cheltenham
Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere was third.
McCoy said: "You can't fight fate and it was obvi-
ously meant to be the way things happened.
"Fair play to John Kiely. Every day I've been on this
horse he's produced the goods. He's done a brilliant
job, couldn't be better.
"JP's (McManus) family are here and my family
are here. It's brilliant - it was meant to be.
"It's amazing the people here at Leopardstown
today. I have to be careful I don't get too emotional,
it's not good for the image."
Kiely was quick to pay tribute to McCoy and also
to JT McNamara, who was left paralysed by a fall at
Cheltenham in 2013.
He said: "That was brilliant and my thanks go to
everyone, especially John Thomas (McNamara) who
broke him, started him and gave him a proper atti-
tude as to how to race.
"It was a great finish and it was special to have AP
- he gave him a peach of a ride, didn't he? He's a hell
of a fella - we'd have him again!
"It will depend on what Frank (Berry, racing man-
ager) and Mr McManus say now with regards to his
Dad proud of Tony
Tony McCoy's father Peadar has spoken of his
pride after the champion jockey announced his in-
tention to retire from the saddle at the end of this
The announcement that stunned racing came
after McCoy had ridden his 200th winner of the sea-
son on Mr Mole in the Game Spirit Chase at New-
bury on Saturday.
While glad his son is going out at the top, he is in
the dark as to what the future holds for him
"I had no idea he was going to do that," McCoy
senior told At The Races.
"I was pleased but in another way I wasn't, I'm just
hoping he stays straight for the rest of the season
"I'm very proud, everything he's done has been
above expectations, he couldn't have done any bet-
ter. The two Gold Cups at Cheltenham are the high-
light for me because I wasn't there when he won the
National. I went the year after, but I wasn't there the
14 years before.
"It's not easy watching him, especially when he
falls. As long as you see him get up it's OK, but
sometimes he gets up when he shouldn't. It's
worked out well for him."
Frost air-lifted to hospital
Racing was delayed at Exeter with Hadden Frost
airlifted to hospital following a nasty fall in the open-
The jockey took a tumble from Grissom, trained by
his father, Jimmy, at the third-last flight in the Huge
Cheltenham Offer At 32RedSport.com 'National
Hunt' Novices' Hurdle.
"He's being assessed by the doctors and ambu-
lance crew who have requested an air ambulance to
pick him up and take him to Derriford Hospital in Ply-
mouth," said clerk of the course Barry Johnson
"There is delay to racing while this happens."
Reports on Racing UK suggested Frost had a sus-
pected back injury.
Sam Twiston-Davies and Matt Griffiths also took
falls in that race and were being treated on course.
"They are up and around and are being seen by
doctors now," said Johnson.
Stick to Roger Thorpe
1.00 Roger Thorpe (e.w)
1.30 Novalist (e.w)
Carberry gives Apache super ride
1-34--- 10.30 am
22-16--- 1 pm
2-3--- 6.30 pm
TODAY'S PICK TWO
3, 12, 14, 15, 17
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 1
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 February 7
16 (Jamette) 10.30 am
21 (Mouth) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake)
8 (Tiger)---10.30 am
26 (Fowl)---1 pm
30 (House Cat)---6.30 pm
21 (Mouth) 1 pm
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