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Van Dyke and Liam Keniry team up
again when Hughie Morrison s charge
attempts to go one better, and make it third
time lucky, in the Maiden Stakes over an
extended nine furlongs of Wolverhampton
Tapeta today; we kick off yet another all-
weather week with a realistic, strongly-
fancied, nap selection.
Considerable improvement was forth-
coming over a mile of Kempton polytrack
26 days ago when Van Dyke chased home
highly-regarded Predilection, obviously a
genuine group prospect trained by John
Five lengths separated the principals, ten
others trailed in their wake.
Only a week earlier Morrison saddled and
raced Van Dyke over the same course and
distance; he was delighted but subsequently
gob-smacked running into such a classy
rival, Predilection must be noted and fol-
lowed next year.
On the time-handicap Van Dyke looks
gilt-edged and expect Keniry to sort out
the wheat from the chaff with a positive,
front-running, performance; I ll be surprised
if that isn t the case, what s the point of
sitting behind inferior opposition, anytime?
Over the same trip seven go to post for
the 2-y-o Claimning Stakes and it s tight
to say the least; after careful scrutiny it
became obvious that Marco Botti-trained
Sahalin justifies support.
Previous Lingfield polytrack winner
Sahalin is the mount of experienced, useful,
apprentice Daniel Muscatt who claims a
handy 3lbs allowance which equates to about
two lengths for juveniles over a mile.
A cert on this seven-race programme
should be Depth Charge, one of seven dec s
for the Maiden Stakes; if there s the sem-
blance of a danger we haven t found it!
'sorry' after mishap
Sam Twiston-Davies apologised after unseating
from Hawkhurst when clear after the last hurdle at
Southwell on Sunday.
The Paul Nicholls-trained novice, owned by JP
McManus, was sent off the 8/15 favourite for the
Flames Of Newark Novices' Hurdle at Southwell and
he jumped the last several lengths clear of market
However, Twiston-Davies appeared to become un-
balanced on the run for home and as Hawkhurst
jinked slightly he was thrown to the turf, leaving the
door open for Weststreet to coast home.
Twiston-Davies later tweeted: "Apologises to all
with Hawkhurst today, I can only say sorry. An error
on my part, I'll be working hard to make sure it never
The stewards inquired into the incident and, after
interviewing Twiston-Davies and viewing recordings
of the race, they took no further action.
O'Faolains Boy lined
up for Newbury run
Cheltenham Festival winner O'Faolains Boy will
aim to get his career back on track at Newbury on
A narrow winner of the RSA Chase at Prestbury
Park in March of last year, the Rebecca Curtis-
trained eight-year-old spent 19 months on the side-
lines after suffering injury at Aintree the following
month and was pulled up with a circuit to go on his
long-awaited return at Ascot.
Curtis subsequently discovered a feed issue was
to blame for a disappointing November for the yard,
but feels the problem has now been rectified ahead
of O'Faolains Boy's second start of the campaign in
Newbury's David Martin Graduation Chase.
"He's going to go to Newbury on Wednesday for
the graduation chase there," said Curtis.
"He seems in very good form and I'd be expecting
a good run from him."
Peace for further checks
Peace And Co is to be checked out further today
as trainer Nicky Henderson tries to find an explana-
tion for the previously unbeaten Triumph Hurdle
winner's flop at Cheltenham on Saturday.
The four-year-old suffered his first defeat in five
starts in spectacular fashion when last of six on his
seasonal debut in the International Hurdle, finishing
21 lengths behind the victorious Old Guard.
A scope on Saturday night failed to shed any light
on the matter but as jockey Daryl Jacob was suspi-
cious of noises Peace And Co made, Henderson will
dig deeper in an attempt to find the reason for the
"Peace And Co is absolutely fine. We scoped him
last night and there was nothing to see," said the
Seven Barrows handler.
Mullins taken with Bellshill win
Bellshill gave Willie Mullins his fourth win in the
last five renewals of the Navan Novice Hurdle with a
clear-cut victory at the County Meath track yester-
A Grade One bumper winner at Punchestown in
April, Bellshill (4-6 favourite) followed up his debut
hurdles win at Cork in an impressive manner to take
this Grade Two contest over two and a half miles.
The winner's stablemate Stone Hard made the
running until he parted company with Paul Townend
at the fifth-last flight.
That left Ruby Walsh in front on Bellshill and the
Graham Wylie-owned five-year-old sealed success
with good leaps at the final two flights.
Tycoon Prince was 12 lengths back in second with
Chesterfieldavenue last of the three finishers.
Dermot Weld s Free Eagle
was bitterly disappointing as
A Shin Hikari produced a bril-
liant front-running display to
claim the Longines Hong Kong
Winner of the Prince of
Wales s Stakes at Royal Ascot
before finishing third in the Irish
Champion Stakes and sixth in
the Prix de l Arc de Triomphe,
Free Eagle looked a major con-
tender on what was set to be
his final start before retirement.
Pat Smullen looked to have
the Moyglare Stud-owned four-
year-old ideally positioned for
much of the 10-furlong journey,
sitting in a handy third as A Shin
Hikari set the fractions.
The Irish challenger looked
poised to strike rounding the
home turn, but found disap-
pointingly little when coming
under pressure and weakened
dramatically to finish last but
While Free Eagle faltered, A
Shin Hikari remarkably quick-
ened further clear of his toiling
rivals for a comprehensive vic-
tory in the hands of a jubilant
Nuovo Record was best of the
rest in second under Ryan
Moore, with Blazing Speed third.
Smullen said: "We had a very
good early position but when I
asked him to pick up in the
straight he felt a bit flat."
Take said of the winner: "I
elected to be ambitious partly
because this horse sometimes
has temperament issues but I
knew he was in good form and
had travelled from Japan par-
"I tried to give him a breather
rounding the turn, kicked as we
straightened, and he kept going
all the way.
Sole Power finished down the
field as the remarkable Penia-
phobia made every yard of the
running to win the Longines
Hong Kong Sprint.
Winner of the 2013 Weath-
erbys Super Sprint for Richard
Fahey before being sold to race
in the Far East, Peniaphobia has
established himself as one of
Hong Kong s leading sprinters.
Now trained by Tony Cruz,
the four-year-old was quickly
taken to the front by Joao Mor-
eira from his wide draw and gal-
loped all the way to the line to
claim an impressive victory in
the six-furlong Group One,
beating hot favourite Gold-Fun
Moreira said: "I had to use
him to get him across but he s
so professional and he s given
me a beautiful ride.
"He s knocked on the door a
few times and got his just
"In mid-race he switched off
but it s not hard for a good horse
to do that, but it was brilliant
the way he kept going."
Eddie Lynam s multiple Group
One winner and Irish raider Sole
Power was held up by Chris
Hayes, but was unable to pick
up in the straight and ultimately
finished well beaten in 11th.
Hayes said: "He jumped good
and felt great, but he is probably
better off on a straight track and
does not like the hustle and bus-
tle of going around a bend.
"He ran a similar race last year
and went on to win in Dubai."
Van Dyke to go one better
12.10 Van Dyke
12.40 Depth Charge
Japanese 1-2 in Hong Kong Cup
Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am 9-28
1 pm 31-26
4 pm 7-33
6.30 pm 12-23
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 13 6 8 3 30
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 12 12 5 4 33
05PARSONMAN 6 7 7 5 25
15SICKWOMAN7 6 9 2 24
18WATERBOAT 7 107 1 25
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 6 5 0 15
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 9 8 8 1 26
30HOUSECAT 7 8 8 2 25
31 PARSONWIFE 11 10 5 3 29
34BLINDMAN 3 7 7 7 24
35BIGSNAKE 10 9 6 2 27
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, December 12
6.30 pm 7
3 (Carriage) 6.30 pm
12 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
31 (Parson Wife)
13 (Crapaud) 4 pm
1 (Centepede) 10.30 am
30 (House Cat)
33 (Spider) 1 pm
Japanese jockey Yutaka Take, riding Japan horse A Shin Hikari,
celebrates after winning the 2,000-metre Longines Hong Kong Cup
at Shatin race track in Hong Kong, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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