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Arctic Fire has been ruled out of the Stan
James Champion Hurdle at next month s Chel-
tenham Festival due to injury.
Having chased home stable companion Faugheen
in last year's renewal and in the Irish Champion
Hurdle at Leopardstown last month, Arctic Fire
looked a major contender for top honours next
month following last week's shock news that
Faugheen would miss the remainder of the season
after suffering a setback.
However, Willie Mullins' hopes of retaining the
hurdling crown have been dealt another major
blow, with the champion trainer confirming on
Tuesday evening that Arctic Fire would not be
making the journey to Prestbury Park.
Mullins said on Twitter: "Unfortunately, #Arc-
ticFire is out of @CheltenhamRaces.
"It looks like he has a little chip off a sesamoid
bone which will need to be removed."
school on Monday
Victoria Pendleton is set for a schooling session
aboard Pacha Du Polder on Monday ahead her
second ride in a hunter chase at Wincanton two
The dual Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist
was unseated from the Paul Nicholls-trained nine-
year-old on her much anticipated hunter chase
debut at Fakenham on Friday, but did enjoy a con-
fidence-boosting clear round in a point-to-point
Her unceremonious exit at Fakenham put into
question her aim of riding in the Foxhunter Chase
at Cheltenham in three weeks' time and Nicholls
describes her appearance at Wincanton next week
as a "big day."
"She will come in and school Pacha on Monday.
Wincanton is a big day for her and hopefully we
will see a big performance," said the Ditcheat han-
"She was so nervous at Fakenham with all the
pressure on her compared to riding in point-to-
points. It is hard but unfortunately it's something
that we have to deal with.
"Wincanton is not an easy track but we won't
make any decisions until after next week."
Paul Moloney returns to action at Ludlow
today after nearly three months out with a broken
ankle and leg.
Stable jockey to Evan Williams, Moloney will
ride two for his boss, Cape Caster in the Perrott
Properties Ltd Handicap Hurdle and Lava Lamp
in the Jenkinsons Caterers Handicap Hurdle.
"Of course it's great to have him back, it's always
nice to see him riding," said Williams.
"He's done remarkably well to get back as quick
as he has. He had a broken ankle and broke his
leg in two places so there were three separate frac-
tures that needed to heal.
"We've had a long association and I'd like to
think we trust each other now so when he told
me he'd be back before Cheltenham I believed
"I didn't have to second guess him, he always
said he'd be back.
"Whether he'll have a winner, we don't believe
in fairy-tale's, we'd settle for two clear rounds
and his leg feeling fine."
Arctic Fire misses
Under: (Last Wednesday)
10.30 am 33-10
6.30 pm 25-16
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 1 1 2 1
15SICKWOMAN2 0 4 1
18WATERBOAT0 4 4 1 9
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27LITTLESNAKE2 1 3 0 6
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 2 5
30HOUSECAT 3 1 1 1
31PARSONWIFE2 1 0 0 3
34BLINDMAN 1 1 1 1
35BIGSNAKE 0 2 0 1
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Tuesday, February 23, 2016
25 6.30 pm
33 (Spider) 4 pm
16 (Jamette) 6.30 pm
13 (Crapaud) 10.30 am
29 (Opium Man)
22 (Rat) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
34 (Blind Man)
Golden Chapter is (again!)
napped when this once-raced
Danehill Dancer filly takes on
seven rivals for a 3-y-o Maiden
Fillies Stakes over ten furlongs
of Lingfield polytrack today;
that was the case for a similar
race last week but trainer Ralph
Beckett withdrew her
Mine is not to wonder why,
just reveal an obvious time-
handicap chance based on a
promising fifth (of eight) to
Mandrell over a mile on Kemp-
ton poly' ten weeks ago; Golden
Chapter was backed into
Coming back after a break
isn't a problem nowadays and
the fact Golden Chapter has
prpobably worked' since being
withdrawn means fitness cewr-
tainly wont be at issue. Graham
Gibbons has been boooked, few
Jockeyship is key to success,
Gibbo' rates highly but for the
forthcoming campaign Beckett
will be retaining Irish champion
jockey, Fran Berry, none better!
What a prospect, watching
Berry and doesn't it just make
you realise how prestigious it is
for these high-profile jockeys to
rider in England despite the
moderate prize-money on offer
during most weekday meetings.
Four newcomers face Golden
Chapter, including well-regarded
Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned
Malhama, by New Approach and
trained by Roger Varian whose
Newmarket string is vast.
Quality-wise the all-weather
scene is suddenly looking a deal
more competitive, this is an
intriguing race which I'll be
We've also been looking at
the Champion Hurdle, which
kicks off' Cheltenham a fort-
night on Tuesday, and one keeps
springing out of the ante-post
lists, Camping Ground, he's a
monster price and worth chanc-
ing, after all Nicky Henderson
hopes to run five!
Talk about throwing mud at
the wall and hope some sticks.
Apparently Nicky doesn't rate
any of them good enough!
Kempton stages it's obligatory
Wednesday-nighter' and we
fancying Patron Of Explores in
the opening Apprentice Hand-
icap under talented Paul Muir
who looked tidy when winning
last week, half an hour later
Mystic Blaze shouldn't be
extended, never mind beaten, in
the Maiden Stakes over a mile
of polytrack. A good day is in
Willie Mullins feels if ever
there is a year for Annie Power
to be let loose in the Stan
James Champion Hurdle, then
this is it.
Second in the World Hurdle
to More Of That two years ago
and a faller at the last with the
OLBG.com Mares' Hurdle at
her mercy last year, she would
need to be supplemented for
However, that now looks
likely with current champion
Faugheen, in the same Rich
Ricci ownership, ruled out
She did nothing more than
prove her well being when win-
ning on her first start of the
season last week, but the
notable thing that day was
Mullins fitted her with a hood,
something he does not feel will
be necessary at Cheltenham.
"I know it's not an ideal prep,
only one run before it, but I
think probably plenty of horses
have done that in the past
when you actually think about
it," Mullins said.
Champion Hurdle, this is prob-
ably the year she should have
a crack at it.
"She should probably be going
to Aintree for the Aintree Hur-
dle, I think that is more her race,
leaving the others to Chel-
"I don't think she's suitable
for the World Hurdle so it's just
a straight call between the
Champion and the Mares with
Vroum Vroum Mag a possible
for that in the same ownership.
If we want to give Annie Power
a shot at it, this looks the year
to do it.
"We'll decide about a hood
nearer the day. I thought she
settled well, but obviously she
was giving Ruby (Walsh) a huge
feel which is a good thing. She
wears it at home when she's
fresh and well.
"I'm hoping to get plenty of
work into her before Chel-
tenham, so she might not need
it. I don't think she will in a race
like the Champion Hurdle."
Ruby Walsh also mentioned
Annie Power when interviewed
"There are three weeks to
Cheltenham and they are all in
full swing and all worked this
morning," said Walsh. "Fingers
crossed they keep going the way
they are going.
"She [Annie Power] cantered
this morning and looks really
well after her run. I suppose if
she's working well she'll be sup-
plemented if she's not---she
Despite Faugheen's absence,
Mullins is still responsible for
the first three in the Champion
betting and he is anticipating a
strong performance from last
year's runner-up Arctic Fire.
He added: "Arctic Fire has
nearly won the race before and
has had a very good prep, the
whole season has gone right for
him and I think he could run a
"He needs to be quietly ridden,
but maybe the way the race is
shaping up, he will probably be
a bit nearer the pace this time."
Mullins: Power has Champion chance
Annie Power set to take her place in the Champion Hurdle.
Golden Chapter again
11.55 Golden Chapter
1.40 Patron Of Explores
2.10 Mystic Blaze
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