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Djakadam fine after fall
Ruby Walsh reports Djakadam to be fine following
his fall in the BetBright Chase at Cheltenham on
The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old was
travelling well when departing at the 10th fence - his
second fall at Cheltenham after he failed to com-
plete in the JLT Novices' Chase at the 2014 Festival.
However, Walsh, who was riding Djakadam at the
weekend, was happy with him up until the point of
departure and reports the horse to be suffering no ill
effects from the tumble.
He told Racing UK: "Djakadam travelled and
jumped well up to the point he fell at Cheltenham on
Saturday. We had just gone past halfway and I
couldn't have been happier.
"I am not sure why he fell. He was on a very long
stride but he shortened himself just before the
fence. We went to pop over it and didn't get that
tight, but he got overly high behind and ended up on
"His jumping had been brilliant since he last fell in
the JLT at the Festival two years ago. I didn't see it
coming as he's normally a very good jumper but I
suppose it's better to fall in the trial than in six
"I wouldn't put anyone off backing him for the
Gold Cup. I was at Willie's (Mullins) yesterday and
his vet was very happy with him and he's 100%
Djakadam is 5/1 for the Timico Cheltenham Gold
Cup with Sky Bet, who offer Non Runner No Bet on
Bumper Grand National entry
One hundred and twenty-six entries have been
unveiled for the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree,
the second highest number in the last 10 years.
The last two winners, Many Clouds and Pineau De
Re, feature in the list, as well as four others from the
first six home in 2015, namely runner-up Saint Are,
fourth Alvarado, fifth Shutthefrontdoor and sixth
There are seven entries from Ireland's champion
trainer Willie Mullins including the multiple Grade
One winner and 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup second
Sir Des Champs, as well as Don Poli, whose three
Grade One victories include the 2015 RSA Chase at
the Cheltenham Festival and this season's Lexus
Chase at Leopardstown.
Their owner, Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown
House Stud, is responsible for 10 entries, more than
any other owner.
A total of 38 entries are trained in Ireland. Ted
Walsh has entered Seabass, who achieved the best
finishing position for a female rider when third in
2012 under his amateur jockey daughter and Crab-
bie's Grand National Ambassador Katie Walsh.
The Co Kildare handler has also put in Foxrock, a
staying-on third behind Don Poli last time out.
Double Seven was sent off favourite for the Na-
tional in 2014 and eventually finished third, but he
subsequently missed the entire 2014-15 season.
Hefty Ludlow ban for Gillard
Amateur jockey Theo Gillard was hit with a 28-
day suspension by the stewards at Ludlow for per-
sisting to ride an exhausted horse.
Gillard, who claims 7lb, was riding 250-1 chance
Blackadder for his father, Mark, in the Openbet Juve-
Having pulled hard early he made frequent mis-
takes before tailing off quickly, but the young jockey
did not pull his mount up.
Blackadder took a tired fall at the final flight and it
was some 10 minutes before he rose to his feet.
On examination by a vet the horse was found to
be post-race normal but the stewards ruled Gillard
was in breach of Rule (D)45.3 and suspended him
for 28 days, on dates to be notified by the British
Semra looks as good as it
gets for a Maiden Fillies Stakes
over six furlongs of Chelmsford
polytrack today, albeit unop-
posable and professionally-
minded punters will be target-
ing Marco Botti s once-raced
Apprentice Daniel Muscott is
beginning to get the much-
needed breaks and he ll be excit-
ed to keep the ride on Semra,
just over a length runner-up to
Cocoa Beach in a fast run race
over a similar distance on
Wolverhampton Tapeta four
Botti is a patient trainer and
it s significant plenty of recov-
ery-time has been allowed to
benefit this Candy Ride filly,
owned by Sheikh Mohammed
Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum!
On the time-handicap it really
should be a procession; doubt-
less Paradise Palm will also ben-
efit from a promising debut just
after Xmas and command a deal
of support but don t oppose
Semra, whatever the price!
Veteran sprinter Desert Strike
has an excellent opportunity in
the six-runner aged handicap
over five furlongs, despite being
Desert Strike has been out of
form a long time but hit the gate
eighteen days ago under John
Egan, collared in the last stride
at Kempton, over six.
This Conor Dore-trained 10-
year-old is undoubtedly better
over the minimum trip; Desert
Strike last won six months ago
under now-retired Hayley Turn-
er, a replication of that TH mark
will definitely be good enough
and so let s take advantage of
good, recent form.
To think we purchased Desert
Strike (privately!) after he d won
four races, he s now scored
Alan King enjoyed five NH
winners last Saturday, he s also
a dab hand on the flat, winning
the Ces with Grumeti; inter-
estingly he s declared Precision
Five for the aged handicap over
fourteen furlongs and booked
5lbs apprentice, Josephine Gor-
Now that is significant!
Halling, an outstanding racehorse and
sire, has died at the age of 25.
Initially trained by John Gosden to win
the 1994 Cambridgeshire, he subsequently
joined Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin,
where his career really took off.
Victories in the 1995 Eclipse and Jud-
dmonte International announced him on
the big stage and he even went on to run
in the Breeders Cup Classic won by Amer-
ican great Cigar that year.
The following season Halling proved him-
self as just about the best 10-furlong per-
former in Europe, winning the Eclipse and
International again, as well as the Prix D Is-
Those successes came after he had dis-
appointed in the Dubai World Cup, proving
conclusively he did not act on a dirt sur-
He signed off his career finishing second
to the brilliant Bosra Sham in the Champion
Stakes at Newmarket.
Among his top-class progeny are Gosden s
Jack Hobbs, last year s Irish Derby winner,
smart stayers Cavalryman and Opinion Poll
and even top-class chaser Deep Purple.
Bin Suroor was well aware of the influence
Halling had on everyone connected with
"He won five Group Ones for us," he said.
"He was wonderful, one of the best, and
was great for Godolphin. He s also gone on
to be a great stallion, too.
"His legacy as a stallion will still live on
in his colts and fillies that are still racing
all over the world.
"His Highness (Sheikh Mohammed) loved
him, he was one of his favourites, and we
will all miss him.
"In his first year with us he won two
Group Ones and then in his second year he
won three. His only two bad runs for us
were both on dirt.
"Over 10 furlongs on turf there were not
Halling winning the 1995 Coral-Eclipse.
Semra set to make all the runnings
2.10 Desert Strike;
2.40 Precision Five;
5.10 Semra (nap).
Under: (Last Thursday)
10.30 am 29-9
6.30 pm 5-15
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 0 1 2 1
15SICKWOMAN 1 0 1 1
18WATERBOAT0 3 2 1
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27LITTLESNAKE 1 1 3 0 5
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 1 3
30HOUSECAT 3 0 1 1
31PARSONWIFE1 10 0 2
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Wednesday, February 3, 2016
6.30 pm 7
9 (Cattle) 6.30 pm
5 6.30 pm
20 (Dog) 4 pm
27 (Little Snake) 10.30 am
27 (Little Snake) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
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