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Rivers Of Asia is napped (again!) for a
five-runner 3-y-o Maiden Stakes over an
extended mile of Wolverhampton Tapeta
tonight; last week trainer Philip McBride s
withdrew this thrice-raced, 78-rated,
Medicean colt hours before due to make
a much-awaited seasonal debut.
We don t know the reason why but this
could represent a favourable situation; obvi-
ously Rivers Of Asia was considered nigh
on ready to re-appear but since would def-
initely have been worked and so, it stands
to reason, he ll be one gallop sharper.
On my time-handicap this is a tasty race
because obvious favourite will be once-
raced, John Gosden-trained Dangerous
Thought, favourite fifty-one days ago when
six lengths third to Hombre Rojo on Lingfield
polytrack; he needs to improve and so does
Jintshi having his third run for Mark win-
ning machine Johnston but there could be
a fly in the ointment because Carry Me
Home is rated useful!
Carry Me Home improved on a satisfac-
tory debut run, despite being drawn widest
in a fast-run race won by by Little Kipling
at Lingfield 108 days ago, beaten less than
two lengths. That was an encouraging effort.
You can t beat the draw and Carry Me
Home never looked likely to but went into
a clutch of note-books as a next time
Danny Tudhope will be the fourth dif-
ferent jockey to ride Rivers Of Asia, none
better; his association with David O Meara
has been sensational and that is a firm to
follow during 2016 because the Northern-
based yard has further expanded and smacks
Well-regarded Sabaani is declared for the
Maiden Stakes over ten furlongs around
Lingfield; judged on his debut just over
seven weeks ago this will be a procession
and James Tate s charge should be backed
accordingly. George Baker rides.
We may well have a special jumping
selection and if that s the case you willl
find it on www.dailyearner.co.uk which is
going to be the winner-finding service this
Stick with Rivers of Asia
Willie Mullins extended his excellent
recent record in the Surehaul Mercedes-
Benz Novice Hurdle at Clonmel yesterday
as Arkwrisht ran out a determined winner
under Ruby Walsh.
The 12-1 shot was one of three runners
for leading owners Gigginstown House
Stud, with retained rider Bryan Cooper
preferring the winner s stable companion
Stone Hard to both Arkwrisht and the Gor-
don Elliott-trained Roman Gold.
With the two-mile-six-furlong Grade
Three having been run at a sedate gallop
for a long way, Walsh took the bull by the
horns heading down the back straight, rush-
ing Arkwrisht to the front in an apparent
attempt to run the finish out of his rivals.
Cooper and Stone Hard went in pursuit,
as did Luke Dempsey aboard Westend Star.
Stone Hard weakened disappointingly
in the straight, though, and while Westend
Star did his best to make a race of it, Ark-
wrisht safely negotiated the final flight to
seal a two-and-a-half-length verdict.
Mullins said: "He didn t jump great but
he stays all day and is improving with every
"He could go for the Purcell Hurdle at
Thurles or maybe the Albert Bartlett (at
Cheltenham). It would be an extra quar-
ter-mile but that was like three miles on
the ground. I m very happy with him.
"I was very disappointed with Stone
Hard. He had worked well during the week
but it s back to the drawing board with
Mullins and Cooper had earlier combined
to land the Surehaul Race Day Maiden Hur-
dle, with 9-2 chance Fire In Soul defying
a market drift to make a successful debut
"He jumped very well and obviously stays
well. That ground is very testing and very
tacky," said Mullins.
"He could easily go out in trip. We could
have run him in a bumper, but decided to
go straight over hurdles and he will go over
fences next season."
Cooper went on to complete a treble by
riding a double for Elliott.
Water Sprite was a 7-2 winner of the
Kilsheelan Mares Maiden Hurdle, while
Bright New Dawn (1-2 favourite) secured
his first win in almost two years in the
Micro Dog ID Chase.
Elliott said: "That was grand to get his
head in front, although Bryan said he hated
the tacky ground.
"We ll keep him entered up in those con-
ditions races and it s possible he could go
for something like the Grand Annual at
Cheltenham. There will be a fast pace and
we could drop him in."
Paul Nicholls is keen to see what weight Sil-
viniaco Conti is given before he commits to a run
in the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree.
The six-times Grade One winner has not been
seen since he was pulled up in his quest to land a
third consecutive King George at Kempton on
Boxing Day and featured amongst 126 entries for
the great race on April 9.
But Nicholls told the Daily Mirror: "I want to see
if the weights tempt us to run.
"I'm not saying 'yes' and I'm not saying 'no'---we
need to look at the weights and make a plan.Phil
Smith (British Horseracing Authority head of
handicapping) has always helped some of those
horses and given them a better mark in the Na-
tional, so it depends on how well we are treated
and what weight he's got."
Silviniaco Conti is one of Sky Bet's co-second-
favourites at 25/1 for the Grand National, with
Many Clouds a well-backed market-leader to win
the race for the second year running at 11/1.
His trainer Oliver Sherwood told At The Races
yesterday morning: "He did lose a shoe and was a
little bit sore on Sunday morning after his race at
Cheltenham but it was of no consequence and
the plan is still to go to Kelso for his prep-race for
Aintree next month. He had a little hack yester-
day and he's absolutely fine.
"I believe Ballabriggs got beaten in the same
race for Mr Hemmings before he went on to win
the National. We'd like to win it ideally! The alter-
native is the Gold Cup but there are only three
weeks between that race and Aintree this year
and the extra week does make a hell of a differ-
ence - it does to Many Clouds anyway, as he
prefers a longer gap between his races."
'Bouncing' Road thrills Meade
Noel Meade is keeping his fingers crossed Road
To Riches arrives at Leopardstown on Saturday
in the same form he was in last weekend in his
quest for Irish Gold Cup glory.
With the likes of Don Poli, Don Cossack and
Vautour not in the field, Road To Riches looks to
have an excellent opportunity to register a third
victory at the highest level.
He has not been seen in competitive action
since making a successful reappearance in the
Clonmel Oil Chase in November, but left connec-
tions thrilled when working alongside stable
companion and fellow Irish Gold Cup hope
Wounded Warrior at Punchestown last Sunday.
Meade said: "Watching it (the racecourse gal-
lop), I was very happy with the way it went, but
when I went down to meet Bryan (Cooper), the
smile on his face really told me everything.
"He was thrilled with him and said he felt in
"He's come out of the piece of work well, he's in
great shape and hopefully we'll get him to Satur-
day in that shape. He seems to be bouncing."
Lifetime bans for drug misuse
A lifetime ban for any horse who has been illic-
itly administered prohibited substances and in-
creased frequency of out of competition testing
are two of the main recommendations from a re-
port published today by Horse Racing Ireland.
The Irish Thoroughbred Industry Anti-Doping
Task Force was set up following the disqualifica-
tion of trainer Philip Fenton in 2014 after he was
found to have banned animal substances, includ-
ing anabolic steroids, in his possession.
In response the HRI board, in conjunction with
the Turf Club, established a 16-member industry-
wide Anti-Doping Task Force, chaired by HRI vice-
chair and now senior steward of the Turf Club,
Meta Osborne, to assess the issues.
The findings of the report have now been made
public with the main recommendation being a
lifetime ban from Irish racing for horses adminis-
tered a banned drug at any time, anywhere in the
with Silviniaco Conti
3.15 RIVERS OF ASIA
Arkwrisht strikes for Mullins at Clonmel
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am 11-5
6.30 pm 35-17
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 2 0 0 0 2
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 0 1 2 1
15SICKWOMAN1 0 2 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: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Thursday, February 4, 2016
6.30 pm 9
23 (House) 6.30 pm
15 6.30 pm
15 (Sick Woman) 4 pm
16 (Jamette) 10.30 am
31 (Parson Wife)
18 (Water Boat)
4 (Dead Man)
11 (Corbeau) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
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