Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 22nd 2016 Contents Milrow is napped with confidence for
the Maiden Stakes over ten furlongs of
Lingfield polytrack today; in a similar sit-
uation at Chelmsford nineteen days ago
Michael Meade s charge was clearly out-
pointed but achieved a career-best which,
of course, is significant.
Cape Of Glory won by three lengths but
others were more than four lengths and
upwards in arrears, a sure indication of a
strongly-run race and solid form.
From the outset Milrow was on the back-
foot, he swerved coming out of the stalls
and given the circumstances did well to fin-
ish second; it will be a surprise and (finan-
cially!) disappointing if this Tamayuz colt
doesn t make it fourth time lucky.
Experience is so necessary; every box is
ticked, clear best-in and strongly-fancied
by his trainer, and regular jockey, Fergus
Three of seven rivals are newcomers and
it will be interesting to watch the betting
markets but don t oppose Milrow!
Following three compulsory runs for qual-
ification Hey Ben is declared for the 3-y-
o handicap over seven furlongs and looks
an each-way proposition woth three places
Hey Ben caught my eye earlier this month
when finishing well, fourth to Khameela,
over six furlongs of this course; extra distance
should be ideal.
No cert by any means but this is a pro-
gressive type and we might just catch him
at double-digit odds; hope springs eternal!
Later Wolverhampton stages its obligatory
Friday-nighter and Mark Johnston-trained
Marlee has been gifted a seven furlongs 3-
y-o handicap, judged on an impressive win-
ning debut at Chelmsford three weeks ago;
absolutely thrown-in and the handicapper
is bound to view this with trepidation!
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Un De Sceaux heads a select band of five de-
clared for the Sodexo Clarence House Chase at
Willie Mullins' eight-year-old will try to re-estab-
lish his claims for the Queen Mother Champion
Chase after falling two out when still travelling well
in front at Leopardstown last month.
Despite that blip, Un De Sceaux remains ante-post
favourite for the Cheltenham showpiece and his sup-
porters will be hoping he can return to winning ways
with a clear round of jumping.
Mullins has withdrawn his other entry, Felix
Un De Sceaux faces stiff opposition in the shape
of Sire De Grugy, winner of this prize in 2014 on the
way to achieving glory in the Champion Chase.
After a mixed last campaign, Gary Moore's stable
star has returned to form this winter, winning the
Tingle Creek at Sandown for a second time and just
going down to Sprinter Sacre after an epic duel in
the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton last month.
Moore is also represented by Traffic Fluide, who
was last seen taking minor honours in the Grade
One Maghull Novices' Chase at Aintree in April.
Nicky Richards saddles the smart Simply Ned,
who was runner-up in the Leopardstown race behind
Flemenstar in which Un De Sceaux fell.
Completing the quintet is the Paul Nicholls-trained
Vibrato Valtat, who was three and three-quarter
lengths behind Sire De Grugy when third at Kemp-
ton last time.
The other withdrawal at the 48-hour final declara-
tion stage was the Nicky Henderson-trained Captain
Conan, who has alternative options this weekend.
Fry looks north for Bitofapuzzle
Bitofapuzzle is set to have her next race in York-
shire following the abandonment of the meeting at
Ludlow on Thursday.
The talented eight-year-old, who would have been
hot favourite for the mares' novice chase at the
Shropshire track, is likely to reappear at Doncaster
on Friday week or Wetherby on February 6.
She will be on a retrieval mission wherever she
goes, as she unseated Noel Fehily at the third-last
fence in a Grade Two event at Thurles last week
when going well in the lead.
She could have gone to Haydock on Saturday for a
novice chase, but trainer Harry Fry feels it best to
wait another week before returning her to the fray.
"She's not going to Haydock. We might go to Don-
caster next Friday or to Wetherby for the Towton,"
"She came out of her trip to Ireland in good order.
The Haydock race looks a stronger one and having
just come back from Ireland I didn't want to pitch her
in such a high level only 10 days after coming off the
"It's about trying to get experience into her. She
was one of four of mine due to run at Ludlow and
three were paper favourites."
Old pals among World Hurdle 48
Five of the first six home in last year's World Hurdle
figure are among the 48 horses entered for this year's
Entries for the £300,000 contest include last
year's winner Cole Harden (Warren Greatrex), runner-
up Saphir Du Rheu (Paul Nicholls), fourth At Fishers
Cross (Rebecca Curtis), fifth Whisper (Nicky Hender-
son) and sixth Un Temps Pour Tout (David Pipe).
The 2014 hero More Of That (Jonjo O'Neill) has
also been given an entry, although he is expected to
line up instead over fences in the RSA Chase.
Heading Sky Bet's ante-post market at 2/1 for the
as-yet-still-unsponsored World Hurdle is Thistlecrack
(Colin Tizzard), who has been registered two impres-
sive victories on his most recent starts.
He got the better of Deputy Dan (Oliver Sherwood)
and Cole Harden in the Grade Two Long Distance Hur-
dle at Newbury on November 28 before moving on to
Ascot on December 19, when he was the eight-length
winner of the Grade One Long Walk Hurdle.
Sceaux and Sire
top Ascot five
Don't oppose Milroy
Safety Check repeated last year s victory
in the Al Fahidi Fort when forging clear
in the Group Two at Meydan.
William Buick was content to sit Godol-
phin s five-year-old off the pace as Ghaamer
and Mastermind set a strong pace before
producing him with a telling challenge in
Leading just inside the final furlong, Safety
Check (4-6 favourite) bounded away to
score comfortably from Harry s Son with
Mastermind clinging on for third.
He is now on course to go for the Zabeel
Mile at Meydan next month, which he won
Appleby said: "I was delighted with that
performance. I don t think he ll improve a
lot as we had him pretty straight fitness
wise for tonight.
"They ve gone a good, solid gallop. It was
ideal for him as he likes something to aim
"Training-wise he thrives out here, but
the pace and style of the races here suit
him. I m confident on a turning track on
good ground that he s a force to be reckoned
"He ll go for the Zabeel Mile next like
last year. There s not much on turf after
that. Whether we look to dropping him
back in trip, I don t know or whether we ll
have one spin round here on the dirt.
"We ll get past the Zabeel Mile first and
have a look after that."
Buick said: "He s a legend, he s a stable
"It was tricky tonight. There was such
a strong pace on. He usually travels very
well, but was taken out of his comfort zone
a bit early.
"It was a bit difficult to know when to
push the button because he has got that
electric turn of foot, but it doesn t last very
long. He s got the job done.
"It was more like a sprint than a seven-
furlong race. It was a very good performance
from a very good horse."
Meanwhile, Robbie Power claimed his
second big handicap prize within five days
as My Murphy (16/1) landed the Goffs
Thyestes Chase at Gowrank Park.
Power had his mount - who was second
in the same race to subsequent Gold Cup
runner-up Djakadam 12 months ago -
prominent throughout the final circuit, serv-
ing it up to Ballycasey from some distance
out in the three-mile-one-furlong event.
He had that rival beaten coming to the
penultimate obstacle but Davy Russell was
just getting 5/1 favourite Mala Beach to hit
However, the Liam Burke-trained 16/1
winner dug deep for Power on the run to
the last and with the pair having been neck
and neck over the final jump, My Murphy
just hung on for a length-and-a-quarter
Ucello Conti appeared to be in with a
shout after Jacques Ricou steered a wide
course throughout, but a mistake at the
second-last saw him drop back for third.
The Job Is Right finished fourth.
In victory, My Murphy earned a 40/1
quote with Sky Bet for the Grand National,
although none of the first four did their
prospects for Aintree any harm if connec-
tions decide to go in that direction.
A delighted Burke said: "I very nearly
didn t run him as he ran a stinker the last
day and he only came right in the last couple
of days. But to be honest it was all down
to the ride Robbie gave him.
"He has to be up with the pace and he
didn t let him lose his position and it was
a super ride. He had a heavy fall at Navan
in the past and now doesn t travel among
Safety first for Appleby at Meydan
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am 34-36
6.30 pm 24-18
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
15SICKWOMAN 1 0 1 1
18WATERBOAT0 1 2 1
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27LITTLESNAKE0 0 2 0 2
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 1 3
30HOUSECAT 3 0 1 1
31PARSONWIFE0 00 0 0
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Thursday, January 21
6.30 pm 0
18 (Water Boat) 6.30 pm
11 6.30 pm
20 (Dog) 4 pm
13 (Crapaud) 10.30 am
5 (Parson Man)
29 (Opium Man)
12 (King) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man
11.40 Hey Ben
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