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Miro, one of eight decs for the Maiden
Stakes over ten furlongs of Wolverhamp-
ton Tapeta today, will again be ridden by
7lbs apprentice George Wood, who?
James Fanshawe-trained Miro, placed
in all five outings and second the last twice,
failed by a neck to beat Mr Quicksilver
over a mile of Lingfield polytrack three
weeks ago, under Wood; that performance
was full of promise and left little to be
desired, given his lack of experience.
My modus operandi is all about looking
and learning; Wood has been noted, you
couldn't help be impressed with his recent
effort and over distances of more than a
mile the full allowance should be a serious
To all intents and purposes this is a
dreadful race, quality-wise, the majority
can't win on the point of physical impos-
sibility; by process of elimination Miro
has to make it sixth time lucky and end
a vexing sequence.
I'll bet he does and will be closely mon-
itoring crack' apprentice Josephine Gordon
who rides with a 5lbs claim for the first
time and has five rides on a seven-race
In a relatively short period Josephine
has ridden twenty winners, which reduces
a claim; the next phase is all about con-
solidation because if her current strike
rate is maintained Miss Gordon could
become a fully-fledged jockey, this year!
Best chance appears to lie with David
Evans-trained Paddy's Motorbike, bot-
tom-weight, before the allowance, in an
aged' handicap over twelve furlongs;
Josephine is indebted to the support given
by the eccentric Welshman whose attitude
of hard-work and honesty is refreshing.
Best bet of the day could prove to be
William Jarvis-trained Port Paradise, one
of thirteen decs' for the 3-y-o handicap
and mount of another aspiring apprentice,
Callum, formerly with Charles Hills and
a young man who learned plenty under
the tutorship of Barry, was aboard Port
Paradise last time out, when they finished
fourth in a competitive dash over the min-
imum trip; this extra distance should suit
Three selections, all ridden by appren-
Ruby Walsh stole the show with a sensational
riding performance to pick Killultagh Vic up from
the ground and rescue victory in the big novice
chase at Leopardstown.
The 2/7 favourite, who had made the running in
an ebullient manner, appeared to jump the last fence
well but pitched on landing, kicking up clods of turf
as he struggled to regain his feet.
Having been a comfortable three lengths up going
into the obstacle, the mistake allowed both Blair Per-
rone and Lord Scoundrel to go past and he appeared
to face an impossible task in recouping the advan-
tage---even racecourse commentator Dessie Scahill
exclaiming "He'll never recover from that!"
Walsh had also lost an iron in the incident but
that did not stop the ace horseman from gathering
up the Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old, who
rallied in gallant fashion.
He was back in front less than 100 yards from the
finish and won by three-quarters of a length from
Walsh played down his recovery and said: "I think
he's a little bit of a forgotten horse in our yard---his
form is rock-solid."
But Mullins was unable to hide his admiration and
said: "That was extraordinary from both horse and
rider. I thought he was gone and a lot of lads would
have pulled him up.
"It was an extraordinary piece of riding and an
extraordinary feat by the horse.
"Ruby said when he gave him a squeeze he took
off and was going to the fence too fast. To do what
he did, you wouldn't believe that could happen. I
thought Ruby was going to go out the side-door and
it's harder to ride with one iron than without the
both---certainly Ruby's experience paid off."
Empire rules under Moore
Young rider Jonathan Moore had his 7lb claim
reduced to 5lb when landing a big-race success on
Empire Of Dirt in the Coral.ie Leopardstown Handicap
Chase at the Dublin venue.
One of three Gigginstown House Stud horses in
an 11-runner line-up, Empire Of Dirt (8/1) came
through to lead after the second-last after old warrior
Seabass had made the running. The nine-year-old,
trained by Colm Murphy, kept Killer Crow at bay,
also in the Gigginstown colours, to get home by two
and a quarter lengths.
Seabass stuck on gamely to hold third place, just
two lengths further back.
Moore said: "He jumped from fence to fence. Once
"It's a great training performance from Colm Mur-
phy." Murphy added: "I would have been disappointed
if he hadn't run well. When you are not popping in
the winners, though, you don't have the same con-
fidence as before. We're lucky we have a few nice
horses, but that's the problem---we only have a few.
Hooray for Henry Higgins
Henry Higgins, one of eight runners for JP
McManus, scooped the pot in the highly-competitive
Coral.ie Hurdle at Leopardstown.
The six-year-old, trained by Charles O'Brien,
challenged Kalkir at the final flight after Bentelimar
had led into the straight.
The field had gone a relatively sedate pace in the
early stages, which played into the hands of the
winner, who travelled with ease in midpack and was
able to stay on the bridle when the gallop quickened
three out. Henry Higgins (16/1) was produced to
jump in the lead at the final flight and strode away
on the run-in to score by two and a quarter lengths
from Kalkir (12/1).
Desoto County (11/2) stayed on well from the rear
to claim third place, another two lengths away, with
the McManus-owned Tigris River (25/1) fourth.
Sky Bet and a number of other bookmakers also
paid out on each-way bets on the fifth-placed horse,
Good As Gold (25/1).
Colin Tizzard is unsure whether it is
pressure or excitement he is feeling
with stable stars Cue Card and Thistle-
With the Betfair Chase and King
George already in the locker, 10-year-
old Cue Card requires victory in the
Grade One prize on March 18 to land
the £1 million bonus put up by Jockey
Club Racecourses for any horse that can
capture all three races.
He said: "Cue Card has been cantering
well and is in lovely form. He is exactly
where he has been all season. He is a
very happy horse and is fit and well so
long may it last.
"Whether it is down to pressure, anx-
iety or excitement it is one of the three.
The big thing for me is just winning the
Gold Cup as if Cue Card wins the Gold
Cup having already won the King George
I could near on retire."
Not only has the Sherborne handler
got a realistic chance of lifting the Gold
Cup, he also has strong claims of winning
the Ladbrokes World Hurdle with the
new star of the staying division Thistle-
crack who is the 2/1 favourite in Sky
Bet's Non-Runner, No Bet market to
take the Grade One contest, having won
both the Long Distance Hurdle and Long
Walk Hurdle this season.
He said: "Thistlecrack has been work-
ing a lot faster and he has had a very
busy week as we are now getting him
ready for the Cleeve Hurdle at the end
of the month.
"On the outside it might look like I'm
fine but I've woken up in the night a
couple of times as when you have two
beautiful horses you don't want anything
to go wrong."
Meanwhile Henry Oliver may run
Dresden twice ahead of an appearance
at the Cheltenham Festival starting with
an outing at Doncaster at the end of the
While the Grand Annual Chase
remains the long-term target for the
eight-year-old, the Abberley handler is
keen to get him out at least once before
then in order to make sure he is cherry
ripe for a second stab at the Grade Three
contest, for which he is a 20/1 chance
with Sky Bet.
After recording a facile success at Ain-
tree on his penultimate start, the former
Philip Hobbs-trained gelding took his
form to new heights last time out when
defying a career-high mark Ascot in
Oliver said: "The plan is to go to Don-
caster at the end of the month for a two-
mile handicap chase on the same day
(January 30) as the (Sky Bet) Great York-
shire Chase, and then he might go back
there for the race he won last year then
on to the Grand Annual.
"He has had a mini-break and has
come back in great nick. James (Davies)
came in and schooled him last week and
he schooled fantastic.
"The idea of having the option of going
for two races is in case one fixture gets
called off because of the weather.
"He is a quite a burly sort so it would
not do him any harm if he had two races
before the Grand Annual."
Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am 11-6
4 pm 25-7
6.30 pm 13-19
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 2 1
15SICKWOMAN0 0 1 1
18WATERBOAT0 1 2 0 3
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 0 1 0
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 1 3
30HOUSECAT 3 0 1 1
31PARSONWIFE0 00 0 0
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, January 16
6.30 pm 1
15 (Sick Woman) 6.30 pm
28 6.30 pm
28 (Red Fish) 4 pm
30 (Housecat) 10.30 am
35 (Big Snake)
34 (Blind Man) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
31 (Parson Wife)
11.30 Port Paradise
12.30 Paddy's Motorbike
Walsh, Vic steal show
Stay on Port Paradise
Tizzard buzzing with big stars
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