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Cirrus Des Aigles will race on this year, said trainer
There had been speculation the venerable 10-year-
old would be retired after he struggled in the Hong
Kong Vase in December, but Barande-Barbe has seen
enough on her Chantilly gallops to suggest he is still
in love with the game.
Cirrus Des Aigles' first objective could be the
Sheema Classic at Meydan in March - a race he won
in 2012 and in which he finished second two years
Barande-Barbe said: "We let him have a little holi-
day when he came back from Hong Kong, but he is
cantering again and there is no stopping him.
"He will be entered in the Sheema Classic---it is a
race that suits him very well, I think - and if he shows
us he is very well, we will go.
"After that he will run in the Prix Ganay in the
spring, and then we will see. We may come back to
England, but that is a long way off. At this stage,
nothing is closed."
Dude prepares for Grand National
Michael Scudamore is "quietly hopeful" Monbeg
Dude will prove his fitness in time for the Crabbie's
Grand National at Aintree in April.
The 11-year-old had been a big doubt to make it
back to Merseyside after suffering a tendon injury
when third in the race last year.
But Scudamore claims the long-range prognosis
for the 2013 Welsh National winner is much more
encouraging than it had been.
The Herefordshire handler said: "Things are look-
ing positive. He's up and cantering and everything is
going the right way.
"We must obviously take things step by step, but
we are quietly hopeful (he will make it to Aintree)
without getting too carried away.
"We would look to go down that route (a run over
hurdles) or a racecourse gallop three or four weeks
before the National.
"It's just about progressing through the gears with
Drumacoo dazzles at Huntingdon
Drumacoo made an eyecatching British debut
when turning what looked a competitive Racing UK
Profits Returned To Racing Novices' Chase at Hunt-
ingdon into a procession.
Now with Ben Pauling having won three of his six
runs for Michael Hourigan, he was sent off at 12-1 on
his chasing bow and first start for 412 days.
His task was made significantly easier as Value At
Risk came down at the second fence, which follow-
ing his early exit at Newbury will have been ex-
tremely frustrating for Dan Skelton.
However, he still beat a solid yardstick in Fletchers
Flyer by 38 lengths.
Harry Fry's Fletchers Flyer, the even-money
favourite, jumped slightly left throughout but simply
had no answer as Drumacoo and Nico de Boinville
joined him on the second circuit before coming fur-
ther and further clear.
King sounds warning
Alan King warned Yanworth's participation in the
Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham
Festival is "far from set in stone".
The JP McManus-owned six-year-old is unbeaten
in three starts over hurdles and is as low as 8-1
about winning the traditional Festival curtain-raiser
on March 15.
But King has not ruled out stepping up trip with
Yanworth, which could see him swerve the extended
two-mile Supreme in preference to another target.
"Yanworth is in good form at home but I'm not
sure where we are going to go with him," said the
Barbury Castle handler.
"I think Barry (Geraghty) is going to have a word
with JP and then we will make a plan.
"We could easily step him up in trip on Trials Day
at Cheltenham as there is not a lot for him.
"It's far from set in stone that he will run in the
Cirrus Des Aigles
to race on
K gai Spirit will carry my ard earned in
the five-runner Maiden Stakes over five
furlongs of Lingfield polytrack today; reck-
on we ve unearthed a real beaut to sup-
plement those colossal gains achieved ear-
lier this week with a 52/1 treble.
Just over a fortnight ago K gai Spirit made
an encouraging debut over a similar distance
on Wolverhampton Tapeta, beaten just over
a length by our nap, Krystallite; neck second
was Agueroo, a winner TWICE since.
Unfortunate that because all the so-called
professionals will be adding two and two
convincing themselves K gai Spirit is nigh
on a cert which, incidentally, my time-
handicap has already firmly established!
An experienced duo, Deer Song and Hot
Stuff, will probably corner plenty of business
and there s a deal of confidence behind Pink
Martini but, realistically, it will be a major
disappointment if K gai Spirit isn t far too
Our strict betting rules stipulate that no
horse should be backed as a single at less
than 2/1; perhaps the inexperience of Jeremy
Gask s charge, mount of Nicky Mackay, will
influence serious-minded punters. Hope
Binky Blue goes on a retrieving mission
in the twelve-runner aged handicap over
seven furlongs, drawn widest, absolute waste
Given this Approve filly was 5/4 favourite
when beaten a head and a neck three days
ago, and is one (win!) from twenty-five out-
ings, Binky Blue must represent a bookies
benefit; surely punters wont go in again.
Next best-in, Fairy Mist is drawn along-
That s two out of the way and that leaves
Kristoff with an excellent opportunity under
talented 7lbs apprentice Rhiain Ingram; she
can certainly ride and with three places
available a speculative each-way bet can t
Watch her, and wonder how this pocket
rocket can handle big, tough, racehorses.
Burmese Whisper is 0-9 but will never
get a better opportunity than the Maiden
Stakes over six furlongs of Chelmsford poly
and we ll give this one last chance!
Listen to Burmese Whisper
Bitofapuzzle is being lined up for a trip
to Ireland later this month for a shot at
the Ocovango Coolmore National Hunt
Sires EBF Mares Novice Chase at Thurles.
Trainer Harry Fry is plotting a crack at
the Grade Two prize on January 14 with
the lightly-raced eight-year-old after she
impressed in her debut victory over fences
at Exeter last month.
The seven-times race winner s previous
visit to Ireland last April saw her claim her
biggest success to date when capturing a
Grade One mares novice hurdle at Fairy-
Fry said: "Bitofapuzzle came out of her
race at Exeter very well. As long as the
weather doesn t interrupt, she will go to
Thurles for the Grade Two mares novices
chase on the 14th.
"You could not have asked for any more
from her at Exeter. She jumped really well
and literally galloped her rivals into the
"Noel Fehily couldn t believe how far clear
she was halfway down the side of the course.
Hopefully this is the start of an exciting
career over fences for her."
Fry has pencilled in the Altcar Novices
Chase at Haydock later this month as the
next port of call for stablemate Activial.
The seven-year-old struck at the second
time of asking over fences at Exeter on New
Year s Day having finished second at New-
bury on his chasing debut.
With the grey gelding now a winner over
fences, the Seaborough handler is keen to
step him back up in class for a tilt at the
Grade Two contest on January 23.
He said: "We pitched him in a Grade Two
first time out over fences and he ran well
but he was a little bit novicey.
"The idea of going to Exeter was to give
him more experience and get his head back
in front and it was a case of mission accom-
"His jumping still needs tidying up but
there was a definite improvement. I am
keen to get as many runs as possible into
him and the plan is now to go to Haydock
for the Grade Two on the 23rd.
"He is still a work in progress, but hope-
fully the more runs he has, the more con-
fident he will get."
Meanwhile, Alan King has ruled Midnight
Prayer out of Saturday s rearranged Coral
Welsh Grand National at Chepstow.
A winner at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival
in the four-mile National Hunt Chase, the
11-year-old was found to be coughing on
Injury restricted him to just one run, in
the Hennessy Gold Cup, last season and
this campaign has been built around Chep-
He was one of the leading fancies for the
marathon event and ran a very pleasing race
first time out this season when fourth over
only two miles and six furlongs.
King had been delighted with him in the
build-up to the race but will now have to
reassess his plans.
"It s a bit of a blow but it could be worse,
it could be a leg," said King.
"We found him to be coughing this morn-
ing. It s far too early to think where he might
go, we ll just get him over this first."
King has already landed one of the crown
jewels of the season when Smad Place won
the Hennessy in November.
He went on to finish fourth behind Cue
Card in the King George at Kempton but
his next target is still undecided.
"Smad Place is fine but we ve no plans
for him yet," said King.
Under: (Last Thursday)
10.30 am 22-32
1 pm 28-25
4 pm 32-29
6.30 pm 14-25
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 8 7 6 28
15SICKWOMAN9 710 2 28
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 2 28
30HOUSECAT 8 8 8 2 26
31 PARSONWIFE 12 10 5 3 30
34BLINDMAN 4 7 7 7 25
35BIGSNAKE 10 9 6 2 27
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Wednesday, January 6
6.30 pm 5
29 (Opium Man) 6.30 pm
32 6.30 pm
15 (Sick Woman) 4 pm
7 (Hog) 10.30 am
15 (Sick Woman)
28 (Red Fish)
27 (Little Snake)
5 (Parson Man) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
27 (Little Snake)
35 (Big Snake)
Fry pieces puzzle together
9.20 K'GAL SPIRIT
1.40 BURMESE WHISPER
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