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Estidhkaar needs to justify our
time-handicap ratings in the
2000 Guineas over the Newmar-
ket Rowley Mile today if Hamdan
Al Maktoum has been influenced
by his racing managers; we sim-
ply can t believe Muhaarah has
Muhaarah, running in the Ham-
dan s third colours, carried by
Frankie Dettori, beat Estidhkaar a
shade comfortably over seven fur-
longs at Newbury last month but
doesn t appear among the eighteen
declarations for the first classic of
2015; apparently the managers
(un-named!) were unanimous
about Muhaarah contesting the
French 2000 Guineas but I ll
NEVER understand why.
Amazingly Hamdan has forked
out the required sum to supple-
ment recent Newbury maiden
Intilaaq; he s at least 20lbs inferior
Charlie Hills, trainer of
Muhaarah, runs Dutch Connection
and is confident but the TH sug-
gests he has a mountain to climb;
indeed that s the case for them all
because if Estidhkaar replicates
that recent mark there can only
be one winner.
The assembled managers are
on the line because one simply
refuses to believe they don t have
influence and input for such
important decisions; why would
they be employed otherwise?
Anyway it s no longer my con-
cern, done and dusted , as they
say but an hour or so earlier
Watchable should prove just that
in the group three Palace House
Stakes over five furlongs; this David
O Meara-trained five-year-old is
improving rapidly and could
become a real champion.
On the TH Watchable is clear
best-in and justifies support; his
good recent form is key, especially
this year when so many are strug-
gling to thrive due to cold weath-
er.One of SEVEN meetings is
Thirsk where Foreign Diplomat is
strongly-fancied to land the Maid-
en Stakes over seven furlongs; his
juvenile form bears close inspection
and a lot is expected of William
Estidhkaar looks good
for today's running
Newmarket, 2.30 Watchable;
3.45 Estidhkaar (e.w); Thirsk,
3.20 Foreign Diplomat (nap).
Faugheen made every yard of the
running to win the Queally Group
Celebrating 35 Years In Naas Pun-
chestown Champion Hurdle, the
highlight yesterday, day four of the
Yet another Grade One scorer for
Willie Mullins this week, he only
had three rivals to beat having scared
off any would-be suitors given his
commanding display at Cheltenham.
Ruby Walsh was allowed to dictate
matters at his own pace and did not
appear to be going much of a gallop
until quickening the tempo four from
Arctic Fire loomed up coming out
of the back straight, but as soon as
Walsh gave Faugheen (1-6 favourite)
a squeeze the response was imme-
diate and the race was over.
In winning he took his record to
a perfect 10 out of 10 in his career
David Pipe should be rewarded
for his placing of Dell Arca, who
was third throughout, with Tiger
"When Paul Townend (on Arctic
Fire) pulled up he was making the
sound of a jet and that is exactly
what he is," said Walsh.
"He even pricked his ears after
the last, he s like an aeroplane.
"He s a pleasure to ride, I felt I
went quicker than I did at Chel-
"You can t compare him with oth-
ers, Hurricane Fly in his heyday was
a machine, as was Istabraq, you can t
compare them---he s just a brilliant
Mullins said: "That was a good
performance. Ruby didn t hang
around and kept applying the pres-
sure from the front. It was a gutsy
"On the book he had one horse
to beat and that was Arctic Fire. He
wasn t on the bridle at any stage,
though, and when he s not on the
bridle you know he s going some
"Arctic Fire is a fair opponent and
Ruby wasn t going to let him into it
and use his speed. He was just afraid
of Arctic Fire s speed and piled it on
from the front to dampen his fire.
"From a mile out he started to
apply it and I was wondering if he d
crack from so far out, but he knew
what he had underneath him.
"His jumping is better going faster.
Ruby kept asking the questions and
at every hurdle he picked up.
"He s done it now in year one and
we ll let him tell us how good he
can be. Our Conor looked invincible
when he won the Triumph, but fate
can go against you.
"I believe in him but he has to
stand the test of time. He s very,
very good. We ll see now if the
handicapper puts him past Hurri-
"I don t know if we ll travel back
to England with him next season
(before Cheltenham) or stay at home.
I ll have a word with the owner.
"We know he can travel to Eng-
land and back and it doesn t seem
to take anything out of him. But
maybe we ll stay at home and tackle
the Irish horses.
"When I look at Douvan he says
novice chaser to me and that s obvi-
ous enough unless connections
change my mind."
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