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Willie Mullins took home another Sandown
prize when Yorkhill captured the Grade One
32Red Tolworth Hurdle.
Ruby Walsh returned to the winner s enclosure
coated in mud having travelled in the slipstream
of his four rivals for most of the two-mile contest,
but his mount went powerfully throughout, met
the final flight on a decent stride and did enough
to see off the persistent challenge of OO Seven
by two and a quarter lengths.
Sent off at 4/9 having been available at 4/5
less than 24 hours earlier, Yorkhill justified punters
confidence in some style and did enough to please
Walsh and Mullins, who has now scored with
four of his last five runners at the track.
"I m having a great time just now and Willie
Mullins is doing a great job---it s nice to have
some really competitive horses to go to war with,"
said owner Graham Wylie, speaking to Channel
"(Willie) is a really nice guy, down to earth,
doesn t get too excited about things, tells me how
"He keeps you level-headed and it s just nice
to have such a good trainer to train some great
Wylie has a good half-dozen high-class novice
hurdlers in his colours this season with the trainer
and said: "We think Up For Review is probably
going to go for the Albert Bartlett.
"Between Bellshill and Yorkhill, they re both
probably two-and-a-half-mile horses and they
could both go for the Neptune or maybe one go
for the Supreme - Ruby tells me Bellshill has the
more speed, but I just don t know."
Walsh commented: "He settled lovely. He s a
big, raw horse and he s very immature. He pulled
himself up a bit, but it s good to see that.
"He has very little experience so it was good
to win a race like that."
Also pleased was Mullins, who described the
win as "very good," but gave no direct steer as
to which race the winner might end up in at the
"To do what he did on that ground was impres-
sive. He has an American pedigree, where looking
at the pedigrees of the other horses, I thought
they might handle the ground better today," he
"He runs a bit left but that was only his second
start over hurdles, so I m not too worried about
that at this stage of his career. He ll be better on
better ground. I think it takes a very good horse
to win the Tolworth.
"Ruby seemed to arrive in plenty of time. He
arrived a little early with plenty in hand and I
was wondering if he would run out of stamina.
"Andrew Tinkler (aboard OO Seven) was press-
ing from the bottom turn to make sure it was a
staying contest and get our fellow off it (the
bridle), but he just kept finding and I m very
"Bellshill would be a stronger horse, but both
would have enough speed to go back to two miles,
although saying that, that was more like a trial
for two and a half miles today.
"In Ireland we don t have the luxury of running
them at the distance you want to run them in
because we don t have a big enough pool of races
to do that, so we make our own minds up at
home based upon what they show us.
"We ll just see what s really going well, come
Festival time, and what jockey arrangements we ve
got. I d like to have a good word with Ruby, see
what he d like to ride in a certain race, but we
have more owners these days with their own
Sky Bet responded to the victory by cutting
Yorkhill from 10/1 to 8/1 for the race they sponsor,
the Supreme Novices , while he remains a 10/1
chance for the Neptune if connections opt to go
for the race over the longer trip.
"Willie Mullins was giving little away, but he
was keen to stress that the Tolworth is a Grade
One race and that he is treating it that way," said
spokesman Michael Shinners.
"The trainer thinks he has the speed for a
Supreme, but the way he finished on desperate
ground suggests the Neptune could be the better
Soll underscored his stay-
ing qualities to win the
Veterans Handicap Chase
Final at Sandown.
The 7/1 joint-favourite
ground down the honourable
Aachen late in the piece to
relight Crabbie s Grand
National dreams after the 11-
year-old finished ninth in the
great race last season.
Aachen, who was on a hat-
trick, was only beaten a neck,
while Reaping The Reward
turned in a good performance
to finish third, another six
"He s been a wonderful old
servant," said successful jockey
"He gives you loads of con-
fidence. You keep on kicking
and rowing on him and you
end up on the other side.
"Hopefully the Grand
National will be the aim again."
The jockey added: "He is
such a legend. He has had to
come through an awful lot in
his life---he has not been the
most straightforward to train
but to keep wanting to come
back and keep trying like he
did, I have so much admiration
for old horse like him.
"It is great that the initiative
they put on for horses like him
who are so high in the hand-
icap have a really good prize
to go for.
"He travelled okay on the
ground last time in the Nation-
al but he burst (a blood vessel).
He ran a good race at the Bech-
er last time (fourth) and I m
sure he will have an entry for
the National again."
Soll s victory came at a cost
for Scudamore, though, as the
rider was suspended seven
days (January 16-22) after he
was adjudged to have used his
whip above the permitted level.
Sky Bet punters profited
twice from the firm s offer to
pay out on the fourth-placed
horse to each-way punters,
with a mix-up by racecourse
judge Felix Wheeler seeing
Benbens placed fourth, before
a correction was made and
Golden Chieftain was instead
announced as having finished
"We ve somehow managed
to pay out on each-way bets
on five horses in a 15-runner
race, which must be a record,
even for us," said spokesman
Michael Shinners. "At least
we ve made some punters
unexpectedly happy on an oth-
erwise gloomy dayat
Ruby Walsh and Yorkhill clear the
last ahead of OO Seven to win the
32Red Tolworth Novices' Hurdle.
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