Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 12th 2016 Contents Iconic Figure could benefit from ground
control in a ten-runner Maiden Stakes
over six furlongs of Wolverhampton Tapeta
tonight when enough boxes are ticked for
a decent punt.
This will be the sixth attempt by San-
dacres, recently switched to Lincolnshire
trainer, Steve Collings, from David O Meara s
new base in North Yorkshire, where the
Irish winning machine is gearing up for
ANOTHER century; Iconic Figure, a beat-
en-favourite fuour weeks ago, obviously
didn t figure in his plans!
Probably not good enough but certainly
up to this latest venture having achieved a
career-best at Dunstall Park back in
November over five furlongs of this unique
surface, product of American-based Michael
Dickinson, former champion jumps
It s significant jockey Sam James is booked
again and we re attaching more to the fact
Iconic Figure has plenty of speed which
might be too much for Sandacres, the only
time-handicap danger, dropping back in
trip; others need to improve considerably.
Wild Flower is capable of reversing recent
Kempton placings with Little Indian in the
aged handicap over seven furlongs; Jim
Fox s charge was half a behind nine days
ago and a pound better off this time; that s
not the reason why we re expecting a dif-
At this time of year fillies and mares in
form are devastating, Wild Flower could
prove a classic example because her TH
mark over six furlongs of Chelmsford back
in October was at least 5lbs better; I ll take
my chance and advise this Approve mare
as an each-way special with three places
Little wont be a suprise if she causes one
in the aged handicap over six furlongs
under Adam Beschizza, who won both the
Cambridgeshire and Cesarewitch handicap
at Newmarket last Autumn; has any other
jockey achieved such a feat?
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2.45 ICONIC FIGURE
4.15 WILD FLOWER
Wild Flower can bloom Altior excites De Boinville
Nico de Boinville feels Altior could be heading to
Cheltenham under the radar.
Nicky Henderson's charge is unbeaten in four runs
over timber and whether he has another outing be-
fore the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle has still to
With the Willie Mullins-trained Min a red-hot
favourite for the Festival opener, De Boinville thinks
his ride might not get the recognition his form de-
Speaking in his blog for Great British Racing, the
jockey said: "We are yet to decide whether we will
give him a racecourse gallop or send him out for a run
before the Festival.
"He is very, very fresh at the minute.
"If we get him to Cheltenham in great condition, he
has a solid chance in the Supreme on good ground.
"On his Kempton performance, he could be under-
estimated with all the hype around Min. Altior has
learned to settle much better in his races now and
"I'm excited with his Cheltenham chances."
Ballychorus set for four-miler
Ballychorus booked her ticket for the Cheltenham
Festival with a confidence-boosting victory in the
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Chase at
Trained by Mags Mullins, the seven-year-old had
rattled off a sequence before two unfortunate
She fell when still just in front in the Troytown at
the last and also suffered a final-fence exit when
holding every chance in the Paddy Power Chase at
Sent off the 2/5 favourite to beat just three rivals,
she just needed to be pushed out by Adrian Heskin to
eventually beat Emcon by nine lengths.
"I'm delighted with the clear round and she was
good. It's great to get her confidence back as they
don't always come back from falls," said Mullins.
"We're thinking of the four-miler at Cheltenham
(National Hunt Chase) and she deserves a shot at it
now. I also think she'll be much better on better
ground and loved the summer ground last year.
"She was always going well today."
Kerry Lee has Grand ambition
Kerry Lee has been making plans for her army of
Warwick Classic winner Russe Blanc, dual Welsh
National winner Mountainous and new recruit Bish-
ops Road all have targets in the coming weeks before
hopefully heading for a Grand National date, be it in
Britain or Ireland.
The Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock on
Saturday week has been pinpointed as a key event
for the latter duo, while the Eider Chase at Newcastle
on February 27 is on the radar for Russe Blanc.
"Both Bishops Road and Mountainous are going for
the Trial at Haydock," said Lee.
"Depending how they get on there, they could then
both go to Aintree. Obviously Bishops Road needs to
prove he stays which is why he'll be running.
"If it looks like he doesn't stay, he'll go for the
"He was put up a stone for winning at Sandown
but he has thrived since joining us. I don't think he
needs very soft ground, he was quite versatile in Ire-
"He would look an Aintree type, he's a lovely horse.
"Russe Blanc will go for the Eider and I'm looking at
the Irish National for him.
More Of That misses Newbury
More Of That is set to head straight to the Chel-
tenham Festival after he was ruled out of an in-
tended appearance at Newbury on Saturday.
Jonjo O'Neill's 2014 World Hurdle hero is two from
two over fences since returning from injury, winning
at Cheltenham in November and December.
He has missed a number of potential engagements
since then on account of testing conditions and with
the ground at Newbury not expected to dry out suffi-
ciently ahead of the Better Odds With Betfair
Novices' Chase, connections have drawn stumps
The heavily-backed Blazer features
among 22 horses declared for the Betfair
Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday.
Representing the formidable combina-
tion of trainer Willie Mullins and owner
JP McManus, the five-year-old turns out
just seven days after impressing at Leop-
ardstown and carries a 5lb penalty for
that success, meaning he is officially 7lb
well-in at the weights.
Blazer is one of five runners for Mullins,
with Dicosimo, Kalkir, Ivan Grozny and
Buiseness Sivola also travelling from
McManus also has a strong hand, with
the Paul Nicholls-trained Modus chal-
lenging Blazer for favouritism.
Barry Geraghty will partner Blazer, with
Nick Scholfield aboard Modus, the horse
who Blazer has recently deposed as
Noel Meade s Waxies Dargle and Jonjo
O Neill s pair of Champagne At Tara and
Matorico also carry the famous green and
Philip Hobbs runs top-weight Chelten-
ian, War Sound - who will be ridden again
by conditional Ciaran Gethings---and
Other obvious contenders include Harry
Whittington s Affaire D Honneur, the Dan
Skelton-trained Zarib and Starchitect from
David Pipe s yard.
Meanwhile, Ruby Walsh hopes Killul-
tagh Vic can return as good as ever after
he suffered an injury which is likely to
keep him out for the season.
The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-
old had been a short-priced favourite for
the JLT Novices Chase at the Cheltenham
Festival but has developed a suspensory
Walsh told the Daily Mirror: "It s dis-
appointing, because he looked a very
promising horse, but hopefully the injury
isn t that serious and he can build on
what he s achieved so far when he comes
Conqueror of World Hurdle hotpot
Thistlecrack at Punchestown last April,
Killultagh Vic has won both his starts
since switching to fences, most recently
benefiting from a remarkable Walsh recov-
ery after a bad blunder to claim a Grade
Two contest at Leopardstown last month.
He would have been bidding for a sec-
ond consecutive Cheltenham victory, hav-
ing won the Martin Pipe Conditional Jock-
eys Handicap Hurdle last year in the
hands of Luke Dempsey.
Today, God s Own can confirm his place
at the Festival by making a triumphant
return from his winter break at Kemp-
Tom George s eight-year-old was last
seen finishing third to Vibrato Valtat when
attempting to repeat his previous season s
success in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter
in early November.
Entered in both the Betway Queen
Mother Champion Chase and the Ryanair
Chase next month, God s Own has his
prep run in the Racing UK 3 Devices 1
Price Graduation Chase.
He certainly has plenty of smart form
to recommend him, probably no better
than when he was second to Un De Sceaux
in the Arkle Trophy last March.
Although George will have left a bit to
work on ahead of another big date at
Cheltenham, God s Own is sure to be fit
enough to put up a good show.
After a string of poor performances,
Tinker Time returned to form with a
vengeance at Ludlow in early December
with a cosy seven-length call over Good-
The eight-year-old, trained by Bob
Buckler, is no stranger to victory on this
course, having landed a three-mile novice
event in November 2014. He can do the
business again in the Rasher Frith Memo-
rial Handicap Chase.
Trojan Star has yet to win a contest of
any kind but the six-year-old has been
knocking on the door this season with
decent placed efforts at Huntingdon and
Trainer Kim Bailey could have found
the race for Trojan Star to shine in the
Racing UK Free Trial Novices Limited
Mullins runs five in Betfair Hurdle
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am 18-3
6.30 pm 33-10
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 2 1 0 0 3
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 1 1 2 1
15SICKWOMAN2 0 2 1
18WATERBOAT0 3 3 1
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27LITTLESNAKE1 1 3 0 5
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 1 3
30HOUSECAT 3 0 1 1
31PARSONWIFE2 10 0 3
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Thursday, February 11, 2016
32 6.30 pm
18 (Water Boat) 4 pm
11 (Corbeau) 4 pm
15 (Sick Woman) 10.30 am
15 (Sick Woman)
28 (Red Fish) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
35 (Big Snake)
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