Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 26th 2015 Contents Don Cossack has any amount
in hand for the eagerly-awaited
£250000 King George VI Chase
over three miles of soft Kempton
today; last year Silviniaco Conti
won this highly-prestigious
Xmas feature for a second time
and is one of nine others
Paul Nicholls charge achieved
a time-handicap mark that is 10lbs
short of that recorded by Don
Cossack when routing opposition
under Tony McCoy by 26
There is every reason to believe
this Gordon Elliott-trained
Sholokhov gelding is a special
and destined for a follow-up Chel-
tenham Gold Cup success next
Currently the double would pay
20/1, food for thought, eh?
In the early sixties another
Irish-bred/trained gelding dom-
inated the long distance steeple-
chasing scene, Arkle was indeed
the greatest thoroughbred we ve
ever seen on the National Hunt
It was never possible get odds-
against, even when himself car-
ried 12st 7lbs in major handicaps!
Don Cossack will be backable;
support is bound to come for Cue
Card (second in the aforemen-
tioned Liverpool race!), Alan King
has confirmed unchallenged Hen-
nessy hero, Smad Place, and, of
course, Vautour is reckoned the
business by Willie Mullins, but
will he stay?
There are questions to be asked
(and answered!) before taking on
Don Cossack; all are negative,
according to form and the TH,
and he represents a confident
Is there One capable of inflict-
ing another defeat to 2015 Cham-
pion Hurdle winner Faugheen in
the Christmas Hurdle?
Nigel Twiston-Davies has delib-
erately exercised a patient, stream-
lined, policy with The New One,
arguably the best he s ever trained
but a disappointment last season.
Expectation was high for the
King s Theatre gelding but he
trailed Faugheen eight lengths last
March; in October he returned to
the fray and scored comfortably
over this course and distance.
Nigel is a realist but confident
the New One is in tremendous
shape; Faugheen, suprisingly, lost
an unbeaten record on his debut
last month and the machine is
therefore vulnerable, let s hope our
selection is up to the task.
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Faugheen will try to repair his
reputation in the williamhill.com
Christmas Hurdle at Kempton today.
The reigning champion hurdler has
questions to answer after surrendering
his unbeaten record to stablemate
Nichols Canyon on his reappearance
in the Morgiana Hurdle, despite hav-
ing soundly beaten his fellow Willie
Mullins inmate in a gallop the week
While Faugheen is long odds-on
to repeat his win of 12 months ago,
he will have to bounce back from
that unexpected defeat.
"Faugheen is good. Whether he
did too much in his gallop beforehand
or the tactics were wrong I m not
sure," said Mullins.
"I don t think Ruby (Walsh) was
worried about Nichols Canyon after
the bit of work so maybe it was the
tactics, but it was pointless the two
of them having a fight for the lead.
"On the day Ruby was happy to
take a lead, but we probably didn t
realise how good the other fellow
could be. We never dreamt he d be
flat, maybe he was. I wasn t con-
cerned that he hung, to me that s
what a tired horse did. As I said on
the day, he had a sore mouth and
that wasn t why he hung.
"He had a bit of a mouth problem
(after the Morgiana), but I wouldn t
worry about that. It will be interesting
to see on his next couple of runs
whether the form works out or not.
Nichols Canyon could be improving.
"On a strict line in the book, you
would have to think he was disap-
pointing, but we ll see. I m hoping
we ll see the best of him at Kempton.
He came out of Punchestown very
well. He likes Kempton and I m hop-
ing he s back to himself. He should
Walsh felt he might have under-
estimated his stable companion but
that there will be no excuses this
"I maybe didn t show Nichols
Canyon enough respect, maybe I
went on homework but that can fool
you," Walsh told Racing UK.
"When you get beat you always
look for a reason, but who knows, by
the end of Christmas Nichols Canyon
may have won at Leopardstown and
the form will look rock solid.
"If I have to make the running I
will, all I want is a good, honest gal-
lop. I rode him last week and he
seems in really good form. Fingers
crossed he ll run his race."
The New One was narrowly beaten
in this race two years ago by My Tent
Or Yours but will be without regular
partner Sam Twiston-Davies.
Despite the horse being trained by
his father, Nigel, the jockey rides Old
Guard for his boss, Paul Nicholls.
"It was an impossible situation for
Sam, really," said Twiston-Davies,
who has booked Noel Fehily.
"He s not going there at 100 per
cent as we ve had a little hold up,
but he is ready for a run.
"There are so few options for these
good hurdlers, once we d missed
Cheltenham (International Hurdle)
we had to come here."
Don Cossack is special
10.35 Canford Crossing
10.45 The New One
11.10 Don Cossack
Faugheen seeking Kempton redemption
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