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Faugheen 'spot on' for Morgiana
Willie Mullins says his Champion Hurdle hero
Faugheen is 'spot on' for the Stanjames.com Mor-
giana Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday.
The unbeaten Punchestown and Cheltenham win-
ner could be joined by stablemates Nichols Canyon,
Wicklow Brave and Annie Power who appear among
the remaining eight entries following Tuesday's
scratch stage for the €85,000 grade 1 contest.
An interesting addition to the field is the supple-
mented Henry de Bromhead trained Identity Thief
who was an impressive winner on his seasonal debut
in a grade 2 hurdle at Down Royal last month. The fa-
mous JP McManus colours will be carried by Plinth
and Thomas Edison while the Peter Fahey trained
Queen Alphabet has been left in at this stage.
Mullins, who will bid for his fifth consecutive win in
the Punchestown Winter Festival highlight, antici-
pates his horses being match fit come the weekend.
He said: "Faugheen will run in the Stanjames.com
Morgiana at Punchestown next Sunday. My horses
were probably just a gallop short given the dry condi-
tions of late but they should be spot on come the
Punchestown Winter Festival."
Lavelle cool on Festival for Fourteen
Emma Lavelle has reservations about targeting im-
pressive Wincanton scorer Junction Fourteen at the
The six-year-old made it two from two over fences
with a comprehensive success in the Rising Star
Novices' Chase on Saturday, but has not fired in three
previous visits to Prestbury Park.
With that in mind, Lavelle is already eyeing an ap-
pearance at Crabbie's Grand National meeting at Ain-
tree in April.
She said: "It was a great effort and he has come
out of that race fantastic.
"He was good on Saturday, but I don't think he
wants the ground bottomless and I don't want to give
him hard races on it.
"Aintree is the long-term target and we will work
back from there.
"He never runs well at Cheltenham so I am not
going to say that is the place to go with him."
The Andover-based trainer also had news of Clos-
ing Ceremony, who won the Rendlesham Hurdle at
Haydock in February, but failed to make an impact on
his return to action at Wetherby.
"He goes for the fixed-brush hurdle at his beloved
Haydock at the end of the month," said Lavelle.
Monbeg plans in limbo
Michael Scudamore is still no closer to discovering
if Crabbie's Grand National third Monbeg Dude will be
ready in time for another shot at the Aintree
The 2013 Welsh National winner ran a great race in
April, finishing just over seven lengths behind Many
Clouds and Saint Are, but he sustained a tendon in-
jury at the Merseyside circuit.
Scudamore said: "Monbeg Dude is still on the side-
lines not doing much.
"We are taking it day by day and the vet is due to
look at him in a couple of weeks' time.
"Whether we get him back for the National is still
up in the air.
"If everything continues to go well, then we have a
chance of making it."
Mallowney set for Clonmel return
Trainer Tim Doyle is looking forward to seeing sta-
ble star Mallowney make his seasonal reappearance
in Thursday's Clonmel Oil Chase.
The nine-year-old enjoyed a fine campaign last sea-
son, winning the valuable Dan Moore Memorial Chase
at Fairyhouse in January before claiming his first
Graded victory at Naas.
He has been off the track since finishing fourth in
the Boylesports Champion Chase at the Pun-
chestown Festival in April, but is ready for his come-
back, with Andrew Lynch set to take over in the
saddle from the sidelined Davy Russell.
The Sky Bet "Road to Chel-
tenham" series gets under way
on Sunday with the Grade Two
Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices
Hurdle (1.00pm) at Chel-
The two-mile £30,000 race
is the opening contest on the
third and final day of the Open
meeting at Prestbury Park.
The series culminates with
the £120,000 Grade One Sky
Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle,
the opening race of the Chel-
tenham Festival on Tuesday
A total of 11 entries have been
received for the Sky Bet
Supreme Novices Hurdle Trial,
including a trio from Newmar-
ket handler John Ferguson.
These include Maputo (9/4
favourite with Sky Bet), a Listed
winner on the Flat who is
unbeaten in four starts over hur-
dles including in a Listed contest
at Kempton last time out.
Ferguson has also engaged
Penglai Pavilion (7/1), who was
fifth to the mighty Treve in the
2013 Prix de l Arc de Triomphe
and is unbeaten in three novices
hurdles, including in the Nep-
tune Investment Management
Novices Hurdle over two miles
and five furlongs at Cheltenham
His third entry is Nabucco
(10/1), twice a winner in Listed
company on the Flat and suc-
cessful against seasoned oppo-
sition last time out in a Listed
handicap hurdle at Ascot on
Another horse to have already
scored at Cheltenham is Mister
Miyagi (Dan Skelton, 6/1). The
six-year-old won two bumpers
at Stratford last season and got
his hurdling career off to the
perfect start when defeating
Drumlee Sunset (Philip Hobbs,
7/1) by two and a quarter lengths
at Cheltenham on October 23.
Skelton, who is based in War-
wickshire, said: "Mister Miyagi
will run in the Sky Bet Supreme
Novices Hurdle Trial at Chel-
tenham on Sunday.
"It obviously looks a very
good race, but I have been very
happy with his progress since
he won at Cheltenham last time
"His latest win looked good
and providing there is not lots
of rain before Sunday, he would
have to have some sort of
chance. Ground on the soft side
of good should be ideal for him."
Another leading contender is
Roadie Joe (Evan Williams, 10/1),
who is three out of three over
hurdles with his latest success
coming in the Grade Two Per-
sian War Novices Hurdle at
Chepstow on October 11.
Altior (Nicky Henderson,
100/30) has won both his first
two starts over hurdles, while
stable companion Brain Power
(16/1) could make his debut over
timber. Simon Squirrel (Paul
Nicholls, 5/1) made an eye-
catching debut over hurdles
when successful at Newton
Abbot in October.
Viens Chercher (Brian Ellison,
10/1), who has won on both his
hurdling starts in Britain since
coming over France, and Three
Of A Kind (Fergal O Brien, 50/1),
complete the entries.
Sky Bet Supreme Novices
Hurdle Trial, Sky Bet odds: 9/4
Maputo; 100/30 Altior; 5/1
Simon Squirrel; 6/1 Mister
Miyagi; 7/1 Drumlee Sunset,
Penglai Pavilion; 10/1 Nabucco,
Roadie Joe, Viens Chercher; 16/1
Brain Power; 50/1 Three of A
Michael Shinners, Racing PR
Manager at Sky Bet, comment-
ed: "We are thrilled to be spon-
soring a series of races on the
Road to Cheltenham for the
third consecutive year.
"This season we are delighted
to be able to include the Sky
Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hur-
dle at Punchestown, which has
been won for the past two years
by Vautour (2014) and Douvan
(2015), who both went on to
land the Sky Bet Supreme
Novices Hurdle at The Festival
"The entries for our opening
contest in the series at Chel-
tenham on Sunday look intrigu-
ing, with a fascinating mix
including those who have
already won at Listed and Grad-
D Niro and Adam Kirby look
a formidable combination for
division one of the Maiden
Stakes over a mile of Kempton
polytrack on an obligatory win-
ter Wednesday-nighter which
one looks forward to immense-
ly.Unfortunately my passion
doesn t spill out to racegoers
because attendances have been
moderate for years at a track
transformed into an all-weather
circuit at the expense of their
long-established turf-flat course.
It was undoubtedly a huge
mistake, as far as regulars were
concerned but, appparently, TV
rights mean a profit is guaran-
teed even with eighteen men
and a dog! turning up.
Hopefully current, clement,
weather conditions will ensure
a decent crowd and support for
once-raced D Niro, sixth to
Royal Artillery on soft Don-
caster nineteen days ago under
veteran Steve Drowne.
Runner-up Wild Hacked
failed to land the nap earlier this
week but advertised the form
by finishing an unlucky third,
beaten a neck, half a length;
interference, as he made his
challenge on the outside two
furlongs out, proved vital but
that can, and does, happen when
saddled with a wide draw.
Ironically the winner was
responsible but the ultimate
placings meant no action could
be taken by stewards; if he d fin-
This is a no penalty-kick for
D Niro because the Harry Dun-
lop-trained Big Bad Bob colt is
likely to face a stern challenge
from The King s Steed, an
Equiano colt which also shaped
well first-up in the race won
by Mootaharer at Newmarket.
As mentioned a few days ago
the pre-Xmas period promises
to be fiercely-competitive with
fashionable trainers determined
to press on now the official 2015
turf season has concluded.
Incidentally D Niro is drawn
one, The King s Steed nine!
Also on my time-handicap
consistent, hitherto luckless,
Prince Arran has obvious claims
in division two but drawn
It s a good enough reason to
look elsewhere and find strong-
ly-fancied Charmy, trained by
Andrew Balding and mount of
Oisin Murphy, aboard when this
Yeats filly made a promising bow
at Newmarket back in August.
One of three places is nigh on
guaranteed, don t worry about
the 95-day(s) absence no thor-
oughbred ever leaves Kingsclere
stables needing a run.
Well-regarded Charmy, with
a vital 5lbs fillies allowance, is
As for 80-rated Prince Arran,
it will also be interesting!
Last of four successive two-
year-old races is the Maiden
Stakes over six furlongs and
indeed a penalty-kick for five
times loser Noble Peace, rated
85, placed four from five.
Cathy Gannon is booked by
Henry Candy, she ll do, for my
1.40 D'Niro (e.w)
2.10 Charmy (e.w)
3.10 Noble Peace
D'Niro, Kirby formidable
Road to Cheltenham begins Sunday
Under: (Last Wednesday)
10.30 am ---14-22
6.30 pm --- 34-9
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 12 6 8 3 29
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 11 5 4 31
05PARSONMAN 5 6 6 5 21
15SICKWOMAN6 5 9 2 22
18WATERBOAT 7 9 7 1 24
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 5 0 13
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 8 8 1 25
30HOUSECAT 7 8 8 2 25
31 PARSONWIFE 10 10 5 2 27
34BLINDMAN 3 7 5 5 20
35BIGSNAKE 10 7 5 1 23
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, November 9.
6.30 pm 6
29 (Opium Man) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
28 (Red Fish)
31 (Parson Wife)
2 (Old Lady) 4 pm
24 (Queen) 10.30am
18 (Water Boat)
31 (Parson Wife)
6 (Belly) 1 pm
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