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Hey Ben could give veteran trainer Ron
Thompson a much-needed boost in the
seven-runner Maiden Stakes over six fur-
longs of Lingfield polytrack today, under
no circumstances can the likely, long-
priced, outsider be discounted.
This twice-raced Sakhee s Secret was
beaten more than twenty lengths on fibre-
sand but more than halved that deficit
when dropped back to seven furlongs of
Wolverhampton Tapeta, against quality
rivals. On the time-handicap Hey Ben
Obviously Hey Ben, ridden both times
by 5lbs apprentice, Jordan Nason, is going
the right way and off what is certain to
be a strongly-run race I m hoping to wit-
ness a late surge; opposition is moderate.
Doubtless forecast-favourite KKhameela
and Daydream (absent for 103 days!) will
be fit, fancied and well-backed; the only
newcomer comes from an unfashionable
yard and so in the knowledge that faint
heart never wins fair lady I m all set for
Have more on big price fancies, they
can keep the ship floating for months and,
don t forget, all form interpretation is sub-
jective. Thompson has endured a tough,
tragic, career, he recently lost subsequent
winner Murdanova and nothing would
give me more pleasure than to see the
Stainforth-based veteran back in the
Stars At Night shouldn t be extended
never mind beaten in the aged Maiden
Stakes over ten furlongs; John Gosden s
charge is clear best-in and that before
a 5lbs fillies allowance is considered.
Pointless discussing others, third time
lucky will surely be a formality.
Big John will also be expecting to land
an aged Maiden Stakes over twelve fur-
longs of Southwell fibresand but stamina
could be at issue which is why we re
chancing un-raced Rosette, fourth in a
competitive bumper at Ayr nine weeks
ago; Alan Swinbank has booked Joe Fan-
The Tattersalls Gold Cup at
the Curragh and the Brigadier
Gerard Stakes at Sandown are
potential early-season targets
for Jack Hobbs.
The John Gosden-trained
colt was no match for Golden
Horn in either the Dante at
York or the Derby, but enjoyed
his day in the sun when run-
ning away with the Irish Derby
and rounded off his campaign
by finishing third in the Cham-
pion Stakes at Ascot.
Gosden said: "Jack Hobbs is
in great form and I m happy
"He has done well and has
strengthened up and is now
just filling out.
"He won t be out in early
spring but maybe something
like the Brigadier Gerard Stakes
or the Tattersalls Gold Cup
might be where we start.
"His big aim will be the King
George, then in the autumn he
will be trained for the Arc."
Gosden also provided
updates on two of last season s
leading juveniles in Foundation
Foundation won his first
three starts before suffering
defeat when odds-on for the
Racing Post Trophy, while Sha-
laa won five of his six starts in
2015, including the Prix Morny
and the Middle Park Stakes.
"Foundation could start off
in a race like the Craven. I think
he will be solid up to a mile
and a quarter, but I wouldn t
know beyond that," said Gos-
"We could look to go to the
2000 Guineas but there is also
the French 2000 Guineas.
"Shalaa, we will look at all
the sprints with him and the
sprint at Royal Ascot (Com-
monwealth Cup) will be his tar-
"He might go for the Pavilion
Stakes (at Ascot) first."
Meanwhile trainer Dean
Ivory is to make the Darley July
Cup the primary target for his
talented sprinter Tropics next
Having sent out the eight-
year-old to finish second in the
past two renewals of the Group
One contest, the Radlett han-
dler is hoping he can make it
third time lucky in the six-fur-
long event at Newmarket on
The son of Speightstown
signed off last season with a
respectable fifth in the Stew-
ards Cup at Glorious Good-
wood, when trying to concede
weight all round.
He said: "I am in no hurry
with Tropics and I will take my
time with him.
"He is unlikely to go to Royal
"We will try to win the July
Cup at the third attempt if we
can keep his mind right.
"We will look at starting him
in the Windsor race he won
last year (Leisure Stakes).
"He will probably just go for
the one Group race and we
might just have a bit of fun
with him and contest some
Richard Johnson moved on to the 172-winner
mark for the season when St Saviour became his
3,000th career victory at Ludlow.
Firmly on track to win his first championship title
this season after finishing second to Sir Tony McCoy
no less than 15 times, 38-year-old Johnson now just
needs four more victories to ride 3000 winners over
jumps, four of his successes having come on the Flat.
He has reached the landmark from a total of 16,744
rides. Johnson rode his first winner under Rules on
Rusty Bridge at Hereford on April 30, 1994.
Riding the Philip Hobbs-trained St Saviour for
Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, victory was fairly
straightforward on the promising four-year-old, who
made his debut a winning one in the Best Wishes
For 2016 Juvenile Maiden Hurdle.
Leading two from home, he came well clear for
a 21-length call from The Coffee Hunter as the even-
"It s great to get to the 3,000 mark," Johnson told
his Betway blog. "We knew we were getting close.
I don t actually keep a record of every single one, so
I was hoping someone would tell me when I got
"I really must say that I m only as good as the
horses I ride and the trainers and owners I ve been
associated with. I d like to thank all the people I ve
ridden for over the past 22 years and obviously my
agent Dave Roberts who has done such a fantastic
"My first winner was Rusty Bridge at Hereford for
my grandad, Ivor. At that stage I thought I was just
going to be an amateur jockey riding a few point-
to-point winners. It s been an amazing experience
and I ve been very fortunate to work with so many
great people over the years."
Morris reveals First frustration
Trainer Mouse Morris feels the handicapper over-
reacted to First Lieutenant s excellent effort in defeat
in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown.
Rated as highly as 170 in his pomp, the 11-year-
old endured a disappointing campaign last season
and kicked off this term with a mark of 147.
That lower mark helped him to finish a fine third
in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, but after
giving leading Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Don
Poli a run for his money over the Christmas period,
the assessor has handed him a 13lb hike for his trou-
Morris said: "He ran a cracker, but I think he just
ran up to his mark, to be honest with you. The hand-
icapper has put us up to 160 and I think that s an
overreaction. I d love to agree with him, and then
we d have a Gold Cup horse again, but I can t.
"The winner wasn t doing a lot in front and the
horses just behind us aren t Gold Cup horses. I don t
think it was Gold Cup-type race. The horse that won
the Hennessy (Smad Place) didn t run that well in
the King George, so I think that s a better reflection
of where we are.
Long Run ready for hunter debut
Owner-trainer Robert Waley-Cohen is praying for
some dry weather to allow 2011 Cheltenham Gold
Cup hero Long Run to make his hunter chase debut
in the coming weeks.
The 11-year-old has not been seen in competitive
action since finishing down the field at Auteuil in
May 2014, when in the care of Nicky Henderson,
but is closing in on a comeback---despite missing out
on an intended spin after racing at Larkhill point-
to-point on Sunday.
Connections want to get Long Run qualified for
the Foxhunter Chase, for which he is a best-priced
5-1 joint-second favourite, at the Cheltenham Festival
Waley-Cohen said: "We were going to take him
to Larkhill, but we didn t bother in the end as it was
so wet. The idea was for him to have a nice day out,
but he wouldn t have done in that ground.
"The pressure is off a little bit at the moment as
I don t think we re going to have decent ground any-
where for a while, so we ll just have to be patient."
8.00 Hey Ben
Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am 26-9
4 pm 23-16
6.30 pm 2-17
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 13 6 9 3 31
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 12 12 5 4 33
05PARSONMAN 7 7 7 6 27
15SICKWOMAN9 7 9 2 27
18WATERBOAT 7 11 7 3 28
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 6 6 0 16
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 9 8 9 1 27
30HOUSECAT 8 8 8 2 26
31 PARSONWIFE 12 10 5 3 30
34BLINDMAN 3 7 7 7 24
35BIGSNAKE 10 9 6 2 27
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, January 4
6.30 pm 1
26 (Fowl) 6.30 pm
4 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
13 (Crapaud) 4 pm
23 (House) 10.30 am
20 (Dog) 1 pm
Ben to boost Thompson
Gosden ponders plan for Jack Hobbs
Jack Hobbs...could start at Sandown.
Johnson rides 3,000th winner
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