Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 8th 2015 Contents Mouse Morris is increasingly confident
First Lieutenant will give Nina Carberry
a "great ride" in the Crabbie s Grand
National at Aintree on Saturday.
Female jockeys were thrust into the
spotlight at Fairyhouse on Monday as Car-
berry s great friend and sister-in-law Katie
Walsh became only third woman in history
to ride the winner of the Irish Grand
National aboard the Sandra Hughes-trained
Thunder And Roses.
Carberry also won the Easter highlight
aboard Organisedconfusion four years ago.
Walsh s third-placed finish on Seabass
in the 2012 Grand National is the best ever
result for a lady rider in the world s most
Carberry, whose father Tommy steered
L Escargot to victory in 1975 and also com-
bined with his son Paul to win the race
with Bobbyjo in 1999, has completed the
National on a number of occasions, fin-
ishing fifth on Forest Gunner a decade ago.
First Lieutenant has found life tough
competing in top-level conditions chases
this season, but after saddling the second
and third in the Irish Grand National, Mor-
ris is hopeful his dual Grade One winner
is primed to bounce back on Merseyside
He said: "The horse couldn t be better,
we just want a bit of luck now. We can
take a lot of positives out of Monday, even
if it was a bit frustrating.
"Everything we ve run of late has run
well, so fingers crossed.
"Nina has been and popped the horse
over some Aintree fences and they seemed
to get on fine. She s a brilliant jockey for
Aintree. Hopefully he ll give her a great
ride. I think he will.
"It was great for Katie to win the race
on Monday and hopefully Nina can do the
same at the weekend.
"We ll try and keep the women happy!"
Dr Richard Newland believes last year s
National hero Pineau De Re has become
the "forgotten horse" heading into the
The 12-year-old has endured a largely
disappointing campaign over hurdles since
his moment of glory 12 months ago, but
his trainer believes his charge may be peak-
ing at exactly the right time.
"Pineau is fine. Daryl (Jacob) came to
do his last piece of work on him on Monday
and everything went really well," said New-
"If you asked Christopher Ward, who
is Pineau De Re s regular work rider, he d
tell you he feels exactly the same as he did
this time last year.
"I think he s become the forgotten horse
in the race. There are a number of horses
much shorter than him in the betting that
were 300 yards behind him 12 months ago.
"It certainly wouldn t surprise me if he
went there and ran a big race again."
The Worcester-based trainer will have
a second string to his bow in this year s
renewal, with Royale Knight guaranteed a
run as the 40th horse in the list.
Newland had pencilled in Will Kennedy
for the mount, but he has now committed
to riding the Ian Williams-trained Super
Duty, leading the handler to snap up the
services of Brendan Powell.
"Will was offered a few different rides
in the race and I know Ian Williams was
very keen for him to ride his horse," said
"Brendan came and sat on Royale Knight
(yesterday morning). I think he was quite
pleased, so the plan is for him to ride on
"He has the confidence of youth, and
inexperience wouldn t worry me too much.
He rode Royale Knight very well in last
year s Classic Chase at Warwick and he s
talented young rider."
Williams is pleased to have Kennedy on
board his Aintree contender.
He said: "Will Kennedy definitely rides
and the horse is in good form, so we re
looking forward to it.
"This has been the plan since he arrived
and while we could have done with slightly
easier ground for his last run at Doncaster,
we ve been happy with his preparation."
Acaster Malbis, rated 96, and named
after a York airport, really shouldn t expe-
rience problems getting off the mark at
the fifth attempt when taking on 14 rivals
in the Maiden Stakes over a mile of soft
Richard Hannon hasn t struck yet and
plenty of other yards have also found that
the lights are out so to speak following a
desperately cold spell which has set them
back considerably; Barry Hills reckons about
"two and a half weeks!" which is somewhat
discerning given the Newmarket Craven
meeting will be staged next week, followed
by another classic trial fixture at New-
Legendary trainer, Hills, will be at the
Midlands venue this afternoon, presenting
a trophy to the winner after the Further
Flight Stakes, a listed race over fourteen
furlongs which is named after the remarkable
stayer that Barry trained so superbly, a long
time ago. He won everything.
Ironically this indefatigable veteran 78-
year-old again holds a licensc, he s now
overseeing nigh on forty superbly-bred thor-
oughbreds for Hamdan Al Maktoum and
indeed expects to be represented with a
couple of beauts next week; you ll know
about them, for sure.
As mentioned it s early to be betting seri-
ously and readers are strongly advised to
stick with the daily patent to 50 per cent
of your normal stakes for a week or two;
I ll let you know when the feel comes back
and wed can take advantage of the time-
Another wanting Hannon s winning
machine to kick in is brother-in-law, cham-
pion jockey, Richard Hughes,who is anxious
to post a few winners for a tilt at a third
Patience is the supreme virtue, that will
10.10 Acaster Malbis
12.30 Yorkindred Spirit
1.45 Arc Cara
No problem for
Confidence builds in Carberry hope
Ruby Walsh has
confirmed he ll be
riding Ballycasey in
the Crabbie s Grand
National on Saturday,
as he goes for his
third win in the race.
first tasted Grand
National success on
Papillon in 2000 and
Hedgehunter five years
later, but while those
two were both fancied
in the betting he ll go
for glory this time on a 33/1 outsider, even if it is
trained by Willie Mullins.
Though he was a Grade One winner over fences
as a novice, Ballycasey has lost his way this season
and was last seen being pulled up in the Ryanair
Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Walsh is convinced he s better than he showed
that day and hopes the severe step up in trip will
help him improve this weekend.
The jockey told Racing UK: "He was disappoint-
ing and got behind when running no race in the
Ryanair. He got taken off his feet and got detached
and maybe the step up in trip will suit him.
"We think he s in good form but he has to put
a couple of disappointing runs behind him. You
look back to some of his novice chase form when
he beat Don Cossack, he d have a chance, but on
his most recent form he d struggle.
"If he gets into a good rhythm and jumps who
knows, he definitely has the ability, it s just getting
it out of him that s the problem."
If Ballycasey doesn t get Walsh among the head-
lines at Aintree, it s likely some of Mullins other
raiders will, with Arctic Fire, Champagne Fever
and Un De Sceaux all going for Grade One contests
Arctic Fire goes in the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle
on Thursday, his first go at two and a half miles,
and Walsh is hopeful he ll get the trip.
"He ran a blinder in the Champion Hurdle and
improved from Leopardstown to Cheltenham,"
"He was behind Hurricane Fly and Jezki in Leop-
ardstown, but he improved. Two and a half is a
bit of an unknown with him but he s in good form
at home and has come out of Cheltenham well,
so fingers crossed he can go and get his head in
front. The way he came up the hill at Cheltenham
you d think he d get it."
Champagne Fever missed Cheltenham having
being denied a place in the Queen Mother Cham-
pion Chase after being bitten by stablemate Un
Atout on the way over from Ireland.
Walsh says he s over that now and is looking
forward to riding him in the Grade One Melling
Chase on Friday: "It happens, we can t change
that now and he s in really good form.
"He s yet to win at Grade One level yet over
fences but hopefully he can step up to the plate
"It s a competitive race with Sire De Grugy and
Don Cossack in there, but he s in really good form
and hopefully he can give a good account of him-
The most exciting spectacle at Aintree this week
could well be magnificent Arkle winner Un De
Sceaux tackling the Mildmay fences in the Grade
One Doom Bar Novices Chase over two miles on
"He worked this morning and he worked really
well, we re happy with him and Aintree should
suit him," said Walsh. "There s no undulations and
if he jumps as well as he did at Cheltenham he ll
take an awful lot of beating."
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4-19--- 10.30 am
31-14--- 1 pm
21-12 --- 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 2
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 1 3 4
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSON WIFE
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to April 7
20 (Dog) 6.30 pm
16 (Jamette)---10.30 am
16 (Jamette)---1 pm
12 (King)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
28 (Red Fish)
13 (Crapaud) 1 pm
23 (House) 10.30 am
up for Aintree
Ruby Walsh...going for
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