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Glory for trainer Richard Hannon and
stable jockey, Sean Levey, in the 3-y-o
Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of
Wolverhampton Tapeta; they certainly
have one to go to War with!
Three weeks ago War Glory posted a use-
ful time-handicap mark over course and
distance when making hot-favourite, Always
Welcome, pull out all the stops to beat him
less than two lengths, with well-regarded
Godolphin-owned, Pictograph, a length
away and others six lengths and upwards
To this experienced eye it looked a crack-
ing debut by the Canford Cliffs colt which
should improve for the experience; a repli-
cation of that effort ought to be good enough
for War Glory to go one better and it will
be a major surprise if he doesn t justify
When you consider the quality on all-
weather circuits nowadays betting seriously
is hazardous; several with similar chances
have been turned over this season and that s
because major yards with mega-rich owners
are prepared to make an earlier start. That
Our turf-flat season gets under way in
late March, who really cares? It s a farcical,
annual, situation with ground conditions
usually nigh on desperate; this time round,
especially, we can expect to encounter
adverse surfaces with rains having flooded
out the United Kingdom. Several racecourses
will take months to recover.
A new season should begin at Newmarket
Craven meeting in April but it wont happen,
Doncaster needs to fly the flag for openers
with the Lincoln Handicap and its executive
wont be swayed.
Nowadays trainers/owners are well catered
for with true, non-dangerous, surfaces on
all-weather tracks but punters have to build
in so many factors; draw, three different
types of ground, fibresand, polytrack and
Tapeta, speed figures, jockeys, etc but it s
become a tremendous daily challenge.
Going round bends is the problem, per-
haps things will be very different on the
long, newly-constructed, Newcastle all-
weather course due to open very soon; now
Nearly Nama d won his second succes-
sive big pot at Fairyhouse with a gritty
display in the Underwriting Exchange Dan
Moore Memorial Handicap Chase yester-
Not seen since his course and distance
victory six weeks earlier, the Sandra Hugh-
es-trained eight-year-old took command
at the final fence in the hands of Barry Ger-
aghty to land the €60,000 first prize for
owner JP McManus.
Baily Green made the running with Dray-
cott Place close up until the third-last, where
the winner s stablemate Guitar Pete made
his bid for glory.
However, he was soon challenged by
Nearly Nama d (4/1), who travelled strongly
going to the last.
Asserting on the run-in, Nearly Nama d
went on to score by four and a half lengths
from Mozoltov, who stayed on to overtake
Guitar Pete by a length for the second spot.
Hughes said: "That was great. The horse
is improving. The trip was right, he s a great
jumper and he loves that ground.
"He s a lot stronger than last year and
Barry said he noticed a big difference in
him from the last time he rode him.
"He needs that soft ground. He wasn t
handling the ground in the summer so we
let him off."
Hughes was just as pleased with Guitar
Pete, especially on ground far from suitable
"Guitar Pete ran fantastically and I m
delighted with him. There is room for
improvement with him," she said.
"He needs a bit better ground, that was
very testing for him. I wouldn t discount
going to Cheltenham for something with
him, but I d like to win somewhere before
Willie Mullins was also pleased with the
effort of Mozoltov, who had been disap-
pointing to this point this season.
"I told David to just get him jumping and
galloping and see what happened after that,
I thought he was going to win turning for
home, but I d say he probably just needed
it a little bit," said the trainer.
"It s the right time of the season for him
to be coming right, although having said
that it would have been a nice prize to pick
up today, but still he got nice money for
Also among the winners was McKinley
(6/4 favourite) who capitalised upon the
fourth-last-fence fall of leader Alisier D Ir-
lande to comfortably open his account over
fences in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Begin-
Willie Mullins charge was left in front a
long way out but was never in real danger
and went on to go one better than on his
chasing debut as he defeated Missyspet by
four and a half lengths, completing a double
for jockey Bryan Cooper.
"That was fortuitous. When he was left
in front the loose horse kept him going. It s
nice to break his duck," said Mullins.
"We ll look for a winners chase for him.
The Arkle is probably too soon and we might
look for something easier than that. He
might go up in trip also."
Cooper, rerouted after Tramore was aban-
doned, had got off the mark on Tocororo
(13/8), the first of Gordon Elliott s three
winners on the card, in the Buy Your Great
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JP McManus, whose silks were carried to
success in the day s feature contest, also
struck with Marlbrook (7/2) in the Irish
Stallion Farms EBF Rated Novice Chase,
with Mark Walsh steering Colm Murphy s
charge home by three and a half lengths
from Balnagon Boy.
Sutton Place (4/9 favourite) gave
McManus and trainer Gordon Elliott trebles
when cruising clear by four and three-quar-
ter lengths in the Next Racing At Fairyhouse
January 20th (Pro/Am) Flat Race under 7lb
claimer Jonathan Moore.
Myztique (11/8 favourite) had kicked
Elliott s treble off when pulling away by
seven and a half lengths from Commeragh
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Smooth return from Chrome
California Chrome made a good start to 2016 with
an authoritative comeback success in the San
Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita.
Winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness
Stakes in 2014 before being denied the Triple Crown
when only fourth at Belmont Park, Art Sherman's
five-year-old was making his first competitive ap-
pearance since filling the runner-up spot in last
year's Dubai World Cup, having made the journey to
England last summer before an eleventh hour set-
back ruled him out of Royal Ascot.
Victor Espinoza cut a confident figure in the sad-
dle throughout, allowing California Chrome to track
the pacesetting Alfa Bird before easing the odds-on
favourite to the lead rounding the home turn.
Imperative came home well in the straight, but
California Chrome was always doing enough to hold
him at bay and a return to Meydan is now firmly on
"I thought, when he went to the lead, he had a lot
of horse," Sherman told www.bloodhorse.com. "He
just waved the stick at him and I knew he would re-
spond. You have to go by him to beat him and I
didn't see anybody. They were closing, but he had a
little left in the tank."
Confirming the return to Dubai, the trainer said:
"We've got to pack our bags. We'll be over there for
almost three months. After a nine-month layoff, his
first race back, we didn't really crank the screws on
Gold entry for No More Heroes
RSA Chase favourite No More Heroes will also
have entries in the National Hunt Chase and Timico
Cheltenham Gold Cup "just in case".
While the two-time Grade One novice chase win-
ner is likely to remain in novice company for the rest
of the season, trainer Gordon Elliott said on Sunday
that there is nothing to lose by putting him in the big
one as insurance should some of the major players
fall by the wayside.
No More Heroes is owned by Gigginstown House
Stud who have several leading Gold Cup contenders
including Don Cossack, Don Poli and Road To Riches.
"He's in great form and will be entered in Leopard-
stown in the Flogas (formerly Dr P.J Moriarty, on
February 6), but if I was a betting man I'd say we'd
probably go straight to Cheltenham," Elliott told At
"He's come out of his last race in great form, but I
don't know if he needs another run. I'll have to talk
to Michael and Eddie (O'Leary, of Gigginstown) and
"It'll be the RSA or the four-miler. He'd be entered
in the Gold Cup as well just in case. He'll have an
entry. You don't know what can happen to the rest
of the horses, but I'd say it would be the RSA or the
Two options for Un De Sceaux
Willie Mullins has yet to decide whether Un De
Sceaux will run next at either Ascot or Punchestown
in a bid to redeem himself ahead of the Cheltenham
The ante-post favourite for the Queen Mother
Champion Chase blotted his copybook when falling
in the Paddy Power 'So Quick, So Easy iPhone App'
Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.
His options pre-Cheltenham are the Sodexo
Clarence House Chase at Ascot on January 23 or the
Boylesports Tied Cottage Chase nearer home on
"He's in the two races, the one at Ascot and the
Tied Cottage in Punchestown, which is just up the
road from me, but the Ascot race is a nice prize too,"
said the County Carlow handler. "We'll see how he is
nearer to the time what we want to do - I'm not sure
yet." Meanwhile, Mullins is likely to send Min
straight to Cheltenham following his impressive vic-
tory in the Grade Two Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle
at Punchestown on Sunday.
"He's good, he was fine this morning. I doubt he
will run again before Cheltenham. I don't think he
needs to," he said.
Glory for Hannon
9.15 War Glory
10.00 Four Nations
11.40 Napoleon Solo
Nearly---a winner at Fairyhouse
Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am 2-15
1 pm 28-7
4 pm 18-31
6.30 pm 32-4
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 0 0 0 0 0
02 OLD LADY
05PARSONMAN 0 1 1 0 2
15SICKWOMAN0 0 1 0
18WATERBOAT0 1 0 0
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 0 1 0
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 0 1
30HOUSECAT 2 0 0 1
31PARSONWIFE0 00 0 0
34BLINDMAN 1 0 0 0
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, January 9
6.30 pm 8
13 (Crapaud) 6.30 pm
30 6.30 pm
25 (Morocoy) 4 pm
24 (Queen) 10.30 am
25 (Morocoy) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
29 (Opium Man)
35 (Big Snake)
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