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Milrow will sport cheekpieces for the
first time, when he attempts to make it
fifth time lucky in a Maiden Stakes over
an extended nine furlongs of Wolverhamp-
ton Tapeta today, why?
Only three days ago this Martyn Meade-
trained, 79-rated, Tamayuz colt palpably
failed to stay a similar distance on Lingfield
polytrack; approaching the final furlong
Milrow traded long odds-on in-running
on Betfair betting exchange but lack of stam-
ina was at issue throughout a never-ending
In the closing stages Milrow appeared to
crack and both Barton Lodge and Cat Royale
came through to grab principal placings;
the time was slow and Milrow looked it!
On my time handicap, judged on previous
efforts, Milrow should win and will probably
be favourite (again!) but we simply can t
advise a punt on the back of failure; twice-
raced Young Christian, mount of under-
rated James Sullivan, is worth chancing
each-way at decent odds with three places
Young Christian went off at 150/1 three
weeks ago but belied those odds with an
improved effort, finishing a close fourth to
With Pleasure (beaten about four lengths!)
over a mile of this Dunstall Park circuit.
Trainer Tom Tate is a shrewd cookie, broth-
er-in-law of Michael Dickinson!
Badly-drawn Jive Time is fancied and
once-raced, David Simcock-trained, Avoid-
able, stable-companion of Barton Lodge,
can be expected to improve; a couple of
well-bred newcomers also can t be dismissed
but trainers simply do not like to win first
time out, that s fact, remember it!
Obviously these-type races are littered
with non-triers and, from experience, one
realises they are all about political expe-
rience, and nous; process of elimination is
Realistically it s a shameful state of affairs
and, of course, Young Christian will be hav-
ing his third run which qualifies him for
Will he be off?
I ve been mentioning just how bad and
heavy ground conditions are for National
Hunt racing but was quite impressed by the
attitude of The New One when winning a
Champion Hurdle trial for the second year
running at Haydock last Saturday.
The New One hated underfoot conditions
but is game, genuine and consistent; hope-
fully Nigel Twiston-Davies will give him
plenty of time to recover and run him next
at Cheltenham. 20/1 looks a decent price
for the big un!
Incidentally Kempton is one NH turf track
that drains and dries out quickly; if there
are any selections today they will be posted
Faugheen produced perhaps
the performance of his incred-
ible career so far as he gave
Willie Mullins a sixth succes-
sive triumph in the BHP Insur-
ances Irish Champion Hurdle
After Hurricane Fly s five
wins in the race, it was the turn
of Faugheen (3-10 favourite) to
strut his stuff ahead of his bid
to repeat last year s victory in
the Champion Hurdle at Chel-
Leading from flag-fall under
Ruby Walsh, Faugheen was
taken on at halfway by his sta-
blemate Nichols Canyon, who
had taken his unbeaten record
in the Morgiana Hurdle at Pun-
chestown earlier in the cam-
However, a mistake at the sec-
ond-last put paid to his chances
and Faugheen went on to win
as he liked by 15 lengths.
The other Mullins runner,
Arctic Fire, was second, with
Nichols Canyon third.
Walsh said: "Faugheen was
explosive today. He travelled and
jumped really well. We went at
it from the word go - he jumped
like a buck and he had them all
killed off going to the second-
"People have been moaning
that he s been getting it handy
it in front, well you saw what
he did when they tried to take
him on - he destroyed them
"I viewed it that if Willie
Mullins wasn t training Arctic
Fire or Nichols Canyon, what
would I do? That s the way I
rode the race.
"I was riding the Champion
Hurdle horse and if they are
going to beat me they are going
to have to come and get me."
Mullins said: "It was an elec-
trifying performance and I don t
think I ve ever seen him jump
so well. He only fluffed the last.
When he had to jump alongside
Nichols Canyon he was hugely
accurate and very good.
"They appeared to go a hell
of a gallop all the way, and I
couldn t ask for any more.
"Arctic Fire ran a cracker, and
probably up to last year s form.
Nichols Canyon I would imagine
was feeling the effects of his last
race. I hoped for a bit more from
"The two horses left them-
selves wide open, and Danny
(Mullins) still hadn t gone for
Arctic Fire coming to the last
bend. But he (Faugheen) just
opened up again. It was a proper
Irish Champion Hurdle."
Delighted owner Rich Ricci
was winning the race for the
first time and said: "He jumped
brilliantly, it was great - fantas-
"He was good, wasn t he? I
thought he looked big again in
the ring and there s improve-
ment to come, I hope.
"It was a good race, I m
delighted he won and roll on
Cheltenham. To win by 15
lengths on this ground, at this
racecourse, is brilliant.
"You can t describe the per-
formance anything other than
that. Hopefully he brings the
same form to Cheltenham."
Un battle with Sprinter
Nicky Henderson was impressed with Un De
Sceaux's performance in the Clarence House Chase
and is looking forward to taking on the Irish ace with
Sprinter Sacre at Cheltenham.
Un De Sceaux, trained by Willie Mullins, re-estab-
lished his position as the number one contender for
the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase when
beating the 2014 titleholder Sire De Grugy by five
lengths at Ascot on Saturday after falling on his pre-
vious outing at Leopardstown.
Sprinter Sacre had beaten Sire De Grugy by three-
quarters of a length in the Desert Orchid Chase at
Kempton over Christmas, so the scene is now set for
the leading two-milers to clash in what promises to
be a vintage renewal of the Champion Chase on
March 16. Henderson reports Sprinter Sacre, the
2013 Champion Chase winner, in tip-top shape and
confirmed the 10-year-old will now go straight to
Cheltenham without another run.
"He's great. He won't run before Cheltenham," said
the Seven Barrows handler.
Boy set for Gold Cup trial
Rebecca Curtis' O'Faolain's Boy is all set for the
BetBright Trial Chase on Festival Trials Day at Chel-
tenham next Saturday.
The nine-year-old missed last season through in-
jury and pulled up on his seasonal reappearance in a
Grade Two chase at Ascot in November. However, he
left that run well behind him when storming to a 15-
length success in a graduation chase at Newbury on
Curtis, who is based in Pembrokeshire, Wales,
said: "The BetBright Chase at Cheltenham is defi-
nitely the plan for O'Faolain's Boy.
"He has been in really good form since his win at
Newbury last month. He has come on for that win
and has been working well at home. He won at The
Festival on good ground but these days I would pre-
fer to keep him to softer ground, just to help his legs.
The likely ground on Festival Trials Day should be
suitable for him I would think. Hopefully, he can run a
nice trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup."
another step forward
Victoria Pendleton declared herself "really
pleased" after furthering her point-to-point educa-
tion with two rides at the North Norfolk Harriers
meeting in Higham yesterday.
The former Olympic cycling champion is building
towards a ride in the Foxhunter Chase at Chel-
tenham in March.
Partnering Minella Theatre for Alan Hill in a novice
riders' event, Pendleton briefly led before taking a
pull and while disputing matters at halfway, she
gradually dropped away on the final circuit, in a race
won by 15-length scorer Done A Runner.
Pendleton also completed on According To Sarah
in the Ladies Open, always in the rear and hunting
round before being just last of the six finishers be-
hind stablemate Start Royal.
Toi enters Neptune equation
A Toi Phil was cut for the Neptune after he won
the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors '25,000
Cheltenham Bonus For Stable Staff' Novice Hurdle
at Leopardstown yesterday.
The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old had his
chance boosted by the victory in the previous race of
Don't Touch It, who he had back in second place that
day and duly took this Grade Two over two and a
Acapella Bourgeois set the pace until three out
where Bryan Cooper pushed the Gigginstown House
Stud-owned gelding into the lead. A superb jump at
the final flight saw the 6-4 favourite hold the rallying
Acapella Bourgeois by seven lengths.
12.00 Young Christian
Young Christian makes appeal
Faugheen motors home for Mullins
Faugheen wins the Irish Champion Hurdle under Ruby Walsh
Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am 24-35
6.30 pm 2-28
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
15SICKWOMAN1 0 1 1
18WATERBOAT0 2 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: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, January 22, 2016
6.30 pm 8
12 (King) 6.30 pm
10 6.30 pm
6 (Belly) 4 pm
3 (Carriage) 10.30 am
15 (Sick Woman)
34 (Blind Man)
18 (Waterboat) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
30 (House Cat)
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