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He s A Dreamer is one of ten decs for
a 3-y-o Maiden Stakes over six furlongs
of Lingfield polytrack today; David Sim-
cock s charge, best-in on the time-hand-
icap, is drawn one and this in-form New-
market trainer has, significantly, booked
From every angle of form interpretation,
82-rated He s A Dreamer ticks enough boxes
and a 75-day(s) absence is a matter of some
indifference; getting thoroughbreds fit on
the world famous Suffolk gallops is a piece
of cake for experienced Simcock, one of my
favourites judged on a splendid record with
We ve backed some real beauts from
his yard and, hopefully, that will continue
during the next few weeks, and beyond.
Spencer is right at the top of his profes-
sion, gone are the showboating days, nowa-
days he s extremely serious and most impor-
tant, consistent and reliable. A joy to watch
and jockeyship reains a prime fascination.
Broadway Icon and King Spin will have
their supporters and there are six well-bred
newcomers, many from fashionable stables;
however, as previously mentioned, none
likes to win first time out because it leaves
them with difficulties placing their charges
next time. It doesn t make sense, apparently,
to take on winners second time out.
Therefore, whenever possible, my play
is to lay them, not to be placed and it has
proved financially successful.
That vital first-up experience is key to
the majority of trainers but it s not the way
I d want to go were we still in the game
as owners, given the colossal costs of keep.
Simcock-trained, Hope You Dance, and
Rivers Run renew rivalry in an aged Maiden
Stakes over twelve furlongs of Kempton
poly tonight and I ll bet the former reverses
recent Lingfield placings.
Neither was any match for easy winning
favourite Stars and Night, fifth was the best
Hope You Dance could manage, a neck
behind heaviy-backed Rivers Run; my selec-
tion, beaten five and a half lengths, was
hampered in the closing stages. Price-wise
this Mastercraftsman filly makes each-way
appeal with the three places on offer.
Interesting to note that nine-year-old
Lutine Charlie has been dropped back to
six furlongs for the aged handicap which
kicks off the obligatory eight-race Wednes-
Thistlecrack is the star name amongst ten
possible runners in the galliardhomes.com
Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday.
Colin Tizzard's eight-year-old heads ante-post
lists for the World Hurdle at the Festival in
March having impressed in the Long Distance
Hurdle at Newbury and the Long Walk at Ascot.
His task if turning out this weekend will not
be straightforward, however, with some
interesting rivals potentially taking him on.
Camping Ground is set to be stepped up to
three miles for the first time by trainer Robert
Walford after blitzing his rivals in the two-and-
a-half-mile Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on
New Year's Day.
The Mouse Morris-trained Alpha Des Obeaux
holds an entry, just nine days after a
comfortable win in the Galmoy Hurdle at
Gowran, but will not make the journey from
Morris said: "We entered him for the race last
week, but he won't be going now. He's come out
of Gowran well."
There may still be an Irish challenger, with
Guitar Pete in the mix for Sandra Hughes.
"We haven't yet decided as to whether we will
bring over Guitar Pete, as he also has an entry at
Thurles on Thursday," Hughes said.
George Charlton's admirable teenager
Knockara Beau was a shock 66-1 winner of this
Grade Two prize two years ago and is set to line
up once more, while smart chasers Ptit Zig and
The Young Master could revert to hurdles.
Anteros, The Romford Pele and Kayflin
complete the list.
Wolf's credentials to be tested
Stuart Edmunds will test the Festival
credentials of Wolf Of Windlesham in the JCB
Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham on
The four-year-old, winner of a similar race
over course and distance in November, had been
in contention for the Scottish Triumph Hurdle at
Musselburgh next month but he will instead
take his chance at the weekend.
Edmunds said: "All being well, Wolf Of
Windlesham will head to Cheltenham on
"He seems very well and has got over the little
respiratory infection that he had."
Willie Mullins could have another live Festival
contender after Allblak Des Places was given an
entry in the Grade Two over an extended two
The four-year-old was a winner of a
Fairyhouse maiden on his debt for the Closutton
Leading ante-post Triumph contender Who
Dares Wins, who is chasing his second win at
this grade, could bid to give Alan King a fifth
victory in the race.
Many Clouds for Cheltenham
Many Clouds is set to defend his crown in the
BetBright Trial Chase at Cheltenham on
Saturday after delighting trainer Oliver
Sherwood in a Tuesday morning workout.
Last year's Grand National hero disappointed
on his seasonal reappearance in the Charlie Hall
Chase at Wetherby, but bounced back to form
when chasing home the Willie Mullins-trained
Don Poli at Aintree in December.
He will face another leading Gold Cup
contender from the Mullins yard in the form of
last year's runner-up Djakadam, but Sherwood is
happy to let Many Clouds take his chance.
The Upper Lambourn handler said: "He worked
super this morning.
"I haven't spoken to Mick (Meagher, owner
Trevor Hemmings' racing manager) yet. It looks
a hot race, but he's ready to rock and roll.
"It's more than likely will run, I would think, but
I've just to confirm it with Mick.
"I couldn't be happier with the horse."
Former jockey Charlie Swan expects the
"brilliant" Faugheen to win his second
Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March
following his stunning display at Leop-
ardstown on Sunday.
The Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-
old dominated his rivals last March and
while his air of invincibility was lost when
suffering the first defeat of his career at the
hands of stable companion Nichols Canyon
at Punchestown in November, he emphat-
ically reversed that form with a scintillating
performance in the Irish Champion Hur-
dle.Off the back of that performance, many
consider Faugheen to be the best two-mile
hurdler the sport has seen since the great
Istabraq, who won a record-equalling three
Champion Hurdles at Cheltenham and
struck gold four times in the Irish equiv-
alent---a feat only bettered last year by former
Mullins superstar Hurricane Fly.
Swan, who steered Istabraq to all of his
23 hurdling triumphs, is better qualified
than most to assess Faugheen s dazzling
He said: "Faugheen was very impressive.
He s a brilliant horse, for sure.
"He jumped brilliantly and did everything
"I think the third horse (Nichols Canyon)
had a very hard race the last day (at Leop-
ardstown over Christmas) and that probably
took plenty out of him, but you can t take
anything from the winner.
"It s very hard to judge the two of them
against each other (Faugheen and Istabraq),
but it was an amazing performance the other
day and he s going to be very hard to beat
in Cheltenham again."
Des McDonogh trained Monksfield to suc-
cessive Champion Hurdles at Cheltenham
in 1978 and 1979 and believes Faugheen
deserves to be mentioned amongst the greats.
"It was a fantastic performance at the
weekend---mind-boggling, I would say," said
"I wouldn t be mad about the way he
made a mess of the last---you don t usually
get away with those things in the top Grade
One races---but I m not sure anything can
get near enough to him for it to make a dif-
ference to the result.
"How he got beaten at Punchestown ear-
lier in the season, I don t know---I suppose
he was only half-fit.
"He was unbelievable the other day and
I d say they ll all be running scared of him
"He wasn t an expensive horse and it s
incredible to think he was a point-to-pointer
when you see what he did on Sunday.
"Willie has an amazing supply of hors-
es---each one seems to be better than the
last---and I m sure he appreciates it.
"If he turns up in Cheltenham the way he
was in Leopardstown, it ll be no contest."
Hope You Dance at Kempton
Swan spellbound by brilliant Faugheen
Under: (Last Wednesday)
10.30 am 8-19
6.30 pm 16-2
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 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: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, January 26, 2016
6.30 pm 6
2 (Old Lady) 6.30 pm
12 6.30 pm
21 (Mouth) 4 pm
7 (Hog) 10.30 am
28 (Red Fish)
29 (Opium Man)
13 (Crapaud) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
35 (Big Snake)
10.35 He's A Dreamer
12.40 Lutine Charlie
1.10 Hope You Dance
Trainer: Willie Mullins
Owner: Susannah Ricci
DOB: May 2, 2008
Dam: Miss Pickering
Runs under the Rules of racing: 13
Grade One triumphs: 7
Cheltenham Festival victories: 2 (2015
Champion Hurdle; 2014 Neptune Investment
Management Novices' Hurdle)
Aggregate winning distance under Rules: 97.5
Jockeys under Rules: 3
Biggest price under Rules:
6-4 fav (2015 Champion Hurdle)
3 Things You Didn't Know About Faugheen
• Named after Faugheen Chapel, near the
Bohernamuck Cross Roads in County
• Bred by Dr John Waldron, a semi-retired GP
from Tuam, County Galway, who described the
young Faugheen as a "beautiful young horse,
which would really catch the eye".
• Formerly trained in County Tipperary by
Andrew Slattery, who said Faugheen was "still
very backward" after he won a point-to-point at
Ballysteen in April 2012.
THE STORY SO FAR
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