Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 18th 2016 Contents Cue Card is clear best-in'
for the Cheltenham Gold Chase
over three and quarter miles of
a rapidly drying out Prestbury
Park this afternoon; it's the
fourth and final day of a fan-
tastic 2016 Festival, which has
touched raw emotions of mas-
sive audiences during yet
another great National Hunt
It s all about Cheltenham is
the long-held belief, onwards
from Xmas when, incidentally,
Cue Card last raced, beating
Vautour a head in the Kempton
King George over three miles of
a soft surface.
Until last Tuesday we were
convinced that a two-horse race
on my time-handicap would
favour the runner-up over an
extra two furlongs but, sensa-
tionally, Vautour isn t declared,
leaving the way for Colin Tiz-
zard-trained Cue Card to enjoy
his finest hour and earn a million
pounds sterling bonus; jockey
Paddy Brennan is set to pocket
This is dreamland for Paddy,
associated with Cue Card since
trainer s son, Joe, retired during
the early part of last season, you
can t beat experience and both
horse and rider have proved that
with three successes on the
bounce, an unbeaten comnbi-
A clutch of Irish decs are
heading the market, Don Cos-
sack, Don Poli, Djakadam (run-
ner-up last year!) and Road To
Riches but they really are much
of a muchness, also way inferior
to Cue Card on BHA ratings,
which often prove so accurate
in grade one steeplechases.
Therefore no need to look at
form, just stick with the obvious,
realistically Cue Card is unop-
posable, should be suited to extra
distance on ground that resem-
bles a carpet.
That last effort was a career-
best and the racing family Tiz-
zard, not to mention owner Mrs
Jean Bishop, have become ultra-
excited with excellent recent
work of this remarkable ten-
year-old which won the pres-
tigious Cheltenham bumper six
Who Dares wins the Triumph
Hurdle over two miles, our TH
leaves me in no doubt, better
ground should be ideal but a
saver on Ivorovich Gorbatov is
advised. Massively-fancied and
so is Shoofly, one of six decs for
the 3-y-o Maiden Stakes over
twelve furlongs of Lingfield poly-
Last week Shoofly closed on
all-the-way winner Carry Me
Home over two furlongs less,
over this trip it might have been
a different story, rest were left
behind when the front two
kicked for home.
Solid form, solid nap!
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world of his own
Thistlecrack (evens favourite) was a brilliant
winner of the Ryanair World Hurdle for Tom Scu-
damore and Colin Tizzard.
The eight-year-old has been the dominant staying
hurdler of the season and stretched his winning
run to four races with a fantastic display, cantering
over his rivals for much of the contest.
Turning for home only Alpha Des Obeaux was
within hailing distance and he was readily brushed
aside from there, Thistlecrack storming clear to
win by seven lengths.
Bobs Worth (33/1) rolled back the years to take
third, narrowly ahead of last year s winner Cole
Scudamore said: "I ve spent my whole life running
around in these races, nearly getting there, and
finally I ve got a horse like this. It s unbelievable,
I never realised it could be so easy!
Vautour belied any fears over his current well-
being with victory in the Grade One Ryanair Chase
at the Cheltenham Festival.
One of the most talked about horses of the whole
meeting after being controversially switched from
his intended target in Friday s Cheltenham Gold
Cup to the Ryanair when declared on Tuesday
morning, Willie Mullins star bolted up by six
lengths to give his trainer a sixth winner of the
week, just two shy of the handler s record Festival
tally from 12 months ago.
It was also win number six of the meeting for
jockey Ruby Walsh, who completed his 50th career
Festival success on Black Hercules.
After tracking the pace-setting pair of Village
Vic and Road To Riches---another horse switched
from the Gold Cup---Walsh moved the Rich Ricci-
owned even-money favourite to the head of affairs
after taking the fifth last and a good leap at the
next saw him move into a commanding lead.
Road To Riches tried to keep tabs on the free-
going leader until the turn into the straight but
Vautour careered away before jumping the final
two fences wonderfully and easing to victory.
on Mall Dini
Davy Russell is fast becoming the Cheltenham
handicap specialist and he steered Mall Dini to
victory in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham.
Fresh from landing the Coral Cup aboard Dia-
mond King, the jockey anchored the 14/1 winner
towards the rear of the field and made stealthy
headway coming down the hill.
His partner was brave when coming between
horses at the final flight and was soon in front only
to hang left.
Under a left-hand drive he stayed on powerfully
to win by three-quarters of a length from Arpege
D Alene (14/1), If In Doubt (10/1) and the luckless
He had to survive a brief stewards enquiry but
the claxon quickly sounded to confirm the placings
remained unaltered. It was no surprise when a
stewards inquiry was called following such a tight
end to the race, but the result was soon confirmed.
Russell said: "He s still a novice, all credit goes
to Pat Kelly. What a man, not many people know
him, he s a very shrewd man from Galway."
Under: (Last Thursday)
10.30 am 2-10
1 pm 30-28
4 pm 21-18
6.30 pm 20-10
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 2 3 3 1 9
15SICKWOMAN2 0 5 2 9
18WATERBOAT0 5 4 1 10
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 2 1 3 1
28 RED FISH
30HOUSECAT 3 2 1 1
31PARSONWIFE3 1 0 0 4
34BLINDMAN 2 2 1 2
35BIGSNAKE 0 2 0 2
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Thursday, March 17, 2016
28 6.30 pm
11 (Corbeau) 6.30 pm
28 (Red Fish) 10.30 am
21 (Mouth) 4 pm
34 (Blind Man)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
5 (Parson Man) 1 pm
9.30 Who Dares Wins (e.w)
11.30 Cue Card; Lingfield
1.05 Shoofly (nap)
Cue Card 'best in'
Ruby Walsh recorded his 50th
Cheltenham Festival victory on
the Willie Mullins-trained Black
Hercules in the JLT Novices'
Sent off the 4/1 co-favourite
of three, the Andrea and Graham
stayed on strongly from the final
fence to beat one of his main
market rivals Bristol De Mai by
three lengths and L Ami Serge,
who hit the front coming to the
second last but finished a further
length back in third after failing
to fully see out the trip.
It was a fifth victory of the
week for Mullins, who had toyed
with running Black Hercules in
Tuesday s National Hunt Chase
over four miles, but made the
right call in dropping him all the
way back to two and a half miles
for this Grade One contest.
But there was high drama as
the field got on its way when
Zabana unseated Davy Russell
ahead of a standing start, appear-
ing to be cannoned into by Out-
lander and carrying on loose with
the rest of the field.
Bristol De Mai made most of
the running, but faced a strong
challenge after both Garde La
Victoire, the other co-favourite,
and Outlander came down at the
L Ami Serge came through
strongly and was upsides Black
Hercules at the final fence, with
Bristol De Mai and Three Mus-
keteers just behind.
Black Hercules proved the
strongest up the hill as he landed
the spoils in game fashion.
Mullins said: "Patrick, my son,
and my nephew Emmett, bought
him and when he won his point-
to-point they sold him on to Mt
Wylie so it was a good bit of deal-
ing for the two of them and I d
like to congratulate them.
"I thought he was gone at the
second-last---he seemed to be
wavering around a bit. But once
Ruby got him balanced, he just
powered up the straight.
"He would have been too free
in the four-miler, so that s why
we changed (target). I just
thought coming home in the card
that this horse is going to be too
keen going over four miles so I
thought maybe the RSA Chase
and the more I thought about it
I thought we d come back to the
JLT and it seems to have been
the right plan."
Walsh said: "It s amazing.
When I joined Pat Taaffe here
on 25 (winners), I thought that
was unbelievable, but 50 is
incredible. "I ve been lucky round
here. I m in the privileged posi-
tion to ride for Willie Mullins
now and Paul Nicholls in the past
and without people like that
behind you, you wouldn t get
anywhere near that number.
"I m the lucky guy who gets
to steer the ship."
Of the winner, Walsh said: "He
jumped super, travelled really well
and dug really deep when I need-
ed him to. He was tough. L Ami
Serge quickened by me two
fences out but he threw his
chance away a little bit when he
dived remarkably to his left and
jumped straight across me.
"My horse was very clever -
he almost stalled himself in the
air so he didn t land on the back
of L Ami Serge. When I got out
around him again, my horse rat-
tled down to the last. We were
a bit a tight but he was very nim-
ble at it unlike Navan, when he
only got halfway up.
"Today, when he had to get in
close at speed, he knew how to
get his knees up and get over it.
He galloped every step of the way
to the line."
Herculean effort from Walsh in JLT
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