Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 1st 2016 Contents Willie Mullins hailed his "phenomenal"
Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup team as he
hosted the media at his County Carlow
yard on Monday morning.
Last year s runner-up Djakadam, Vautour,
a winner at the last two Festivals, Don Poli
and Valseur Lido are all set to line up for
the powerhouse stable in the blue riband
on March 18.
And such is the strength in depth at this
stage, Ruby Walsh has yet to decide who
Mullins said: "It s a phenomenal team
to have going for a race like the Gold Cup.
I just concentrate on my own and not look
at the Don Cossacks and Cue Cards of this
"We re taking on fantastic opposition
and nobody knows what will happen (sta-
mina-wise) when you go past that three-
mile marker. It s brought out different qual-
ities in horses over the years.
"Someone told me Don Cossack galloped
well on Sunday (after racing at Leopard-
stown), but I didn t hang around to see
In years gone by Mullins has not been
swayed by prestige, rather to aim his horses
at the race he thinks they have the best
chance in, hence Quevega winning five
Mares Hurdles rather than running in a
Champion or World Hurdle.
That is set to change with Vautour,
though, as the King George runner-up
would be a red-hot favourite if he ran in
the Ryanair Chase rather than the Gold
"Strictly speaking if we were to aim our
horses for the races they could win, things
might be different, but at the moment we re
keen to go for the Gold Cup (with Vautour),"
"He did a very nice session in Leopard-
stown on Sunday and it was just enough
as he and others that went there all worked
"He s in the Ryanair and the Gold Cup
and at the moment everyone is keen to fire
as many bullets as they can at the Gold
"I think he s enough stamina. We asked
a big question in Kempton, going on that
"Traditionally our horses wouldn t be as
fit at Christmas as they are in March and
I don t think he s ever shone at Christmas,
but he s been way better when it comes to
Djakadam fell at Cheltenham in January
and needed stitches but made a quick recov-
Former Classic winning miler Aussie Rules
has been put down at stud after suffering a short
illness due to a tumour.
The former Aidan O Brien-trained son of Dane-
hill, winner of both the French 2000 Guineas and
Grade One Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland in
2006, was euthanized on veterinary advice at
Lanwades Stud where he was currently residing.
Since retiring, the 13 year-old, who had been
at Lanwades since 2012 after being transferred
from Castlehyde Stud in Ireland, had sired the
winners of over 790 races worldwide including
18 Group race winners.
Among his most notable offspring was talented
mare Fiesolana, winner of the 2014 Matron Stakes.
Kirsten Rausing, owner and general manager
of Lanwades Stud, said: "We are greatly saddened
at the tragic loss of Aussie Rules.
"He was a lovely co-operative horse to work
with, his enthusiasm and zest for life makes his
loss the harder to bear for all of us who knew
Farquhar £1.4 million
charity walk nears end
Richard Farquhar is approaching the end of
his epic fundraising venture Walking The Courses
which aims to raise £1.4 million to be split equal-
ly between Pancreatic Cancer UK and Racing
Welfare, two charities close to his heart.
On March 20, 2015, people from all corners of
the racing industry gathered at Newmarket s Row-
ley Mile Racecourse to give the 53-year-old a
send-off to remember for the first leg of his epic
fundraising venture, Walking The Courses .
Farquhar was about to set out on a 3,000 mile
walk to connect all 60 British racecourses over
thirteen months and the journey will reach its
end back at Newmarket Racecourse on April 14.
Farquhar was inspired to undertake this extraor-
dinary fundraising challenge after losing his father,
Peter, in 2012 to pancreatic cancer, the most vicious
of all 21 common cancers.
With both father and son being lifelong racing
fans, Farquhar decided he wanted to involve all
of the nation s racecourses in his charitable ini-
tiative to raise awareness and funding for the dis-
ease. He also decided he wanted to raise money
for the charity that supports racing s workforce,
Each leg of Walking The Courses ends with
Farquhar s& arrival at the next racecourse on his
itinerary on the day that there is a race meeting.
Upon arrival, he walks around the racecourse
itself, accompanied by supporters of the campaign
and famous faces from the racing world, finishing
at the winning post to complete the leg.
Walking The Courses supporter Henry Beeby,
Group CEO of Goffs and DBS, said: "Richard s
Walk is making a significant contribution to help-
ing so many.
Josses team hope for big run
Josses Hill thrilled connections with his win
at Kempton where he finally looked like fulfilling
his potential over fences.
Having chased home Vautour in the Sky Bet
Supreme Novices Hurdle a couple of years ago,
Nicky Henderson was excited about his future
over the larger obstacles.
He finished third behind Un De Sceaux in last
year s Arkle, but then suffered a crashing fall in
the Tingle Creek on his reappearance this term.
However, he redeemed himself with a victory
over Arkle runner-up God s Own over two and
a half miles in mid-February, booking his ticket
for the Ryanair Chase in the process.
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Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am 15-12
6.30 pm 34-25
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 5 1
18WATERBOAT0 4 4 1
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 2 1 3 1
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 2 5
30HOUSECAT 3 1 1 1
31PARSONWIFE2 10 0 3
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, February 29, 2016
28 6.30 pm
28 (Red Fish) 6.30 pm
8 (Tiger) 10.30 am
19 (Horse) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
30 (House Cat)
Easter Mate is forecast favourite for a
three-year-old Maiden Stakes over seven
furlongs of Lingfield polytrack today; both
serious punters and trainer, Ralph Beckett,
will be in shock mode if this 80-rated
Acclamation gelding fails to make it sev-
enth time lucky but it isn t guaranteed.
Just over four months ago Easter Mate
was a flop on soft Doncaster ground fol-
llowing a succession of useful efforts, which
earned him a tidy official BHA rating; had
the previous efforts soured or was the surface
completely against his chances?
Given Mark Johnston-trained Abareeq
and Major Assault from Clive Cox s yard
wont be unfancied for debuts it s interesting
to note that a subsequently newcomer, Ven-
triloquist, won this race last season. Pre-
race betting activity will be interesting and
Probability is that Easter Mate was some-
what stale for that ignominious fourteen
lengths defeat and persistent rain(s) con-
tributed to tough underfoot conditions; if
2/1 is available I ll back him because one
has respect for the Beckett operation.
Interesting to note Ralph has moved to
secure the services of crack Irish jockey
Fran Berry this year; a large training complex
needs a stable jockey for continuity and
feedback. Expect them to prove a powerful
duo in the months ahead.
Mick Channon has Good Friday pencilled
in for Volunteer Point, in the meantime he ll
be hoping she can supplement recent gains
in a £27000 Conditions Stakes over a mile;
what beats her will win!
At Leopardstown, Sunday, several Chel-
tenham Festival fancies were out and about
including Don Cossack, currently favourite
for the Gold Cup a fortnight Friday; trainer
Gordon Elliott was talking him up and men-
tioned his unfortunate experience, at Kemp-
ton on Boxing Day.
Elliott suggested Don Cossack would have
beaten Cue Card and Vautour in the King
George but for falling at the second last
when in contention; we must have been
viewing from different perspectives!
Don was my strong fancy and selection;
at no stage was he going to beat the prin-
cipals and, there is a reason for falling. tired-
ness or lack of stamina. Both were appli-
Don Cossack has no chance of reversing
placings in the Cup and we ll be betting
on it with ard earned; a bet on Cue Card
and a saver on Vautour is plan A.
Don Cossack should be declared for the
Ryanair Chase, over an extended two and
a half miles, undoubtedly his optimum dis-
9.10 Easter Mate
12.10 Volunteer Point
12.40 Blue Bounty
Easter Mate goes for 7th straight
13 (Crapaud) 4 pm
Valseur Lido, left, and Vautour are pose with their trainer
Aussie Rules put
down aged 13
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