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Three-time Cheltenham Festival winner
Vautour has been put down after breaking
his leg in a freak accident.
The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-
old won the Supreme Novices Hurdle in 2014
and the JLT Novices Chase 12 months later
before running out a dominant winner of the
Ryanair Chase on his return to Prestbury Park
Mullins said: "It s been a lovely, dry day
here and Vautour was out in the paddock
with his usual companion Shaneshill.
"One of the girls went out to feed him.
There didn t appear to be anything untoward
as Shaneshill was grazing away, but Vautour
was found to have broken his foreleg.
"He goes out there every day and it s just
a freak accident.
"It s tough to take."
Vautour won 10 of his 16 starts overall,
including five Grade Ones, and was last seen
finishing second at the Boylesports Champion
Chase at Punchestown in April.
Vautour s career centred around the Chel-
tenham Festival. He came alive at Prestbury
Park, which isn t to say that he couldn t be
brilliant elsewhere; just that at Cheltenham,
on good, spring ground, he was unbeatable.
Here are three hugely popular victories.
2014 Supreme Novices Hurdle
Vautour arrived at his first Festival having
won all three previous starts for Mullins. It
seems remarkable, looking back, that he was
allowed to go off a 7/2 chance, joint-favourite
with Irving. Some had voiced concern that
this supposed stayer may be tapped for toe
on the quickest ground he d faced, but under
an aggressive ride he produced a slick round
of jumping and never looked like being beaten.
Afterwards, Ruby Walsh called his willing
partner a serious horse . It was to prove a
2015 JLT Novices Chase
Vautour would suffer his first defeat for
Mullins in the second race of his novice
chase campaign, when a shuddering error
saw him unable to reel in Clarcam. It was
a mistake which should ve seen him hit the
deck, by rights, but this nimble athlete in
the mould of a Kauto Star rather than a
Denman would pick himself up and rally.
A confidence-booster in January saw him
arrive back at Cheltenham on the front foot,
and that s where he remained under another
positive, you-cannot-beat-us ride. Vautour
winged fence after fence for arguably his
most impressive display as he romped home
some 15 lengths clear of a Grade One-win-
ning runner-up who was simply outclassed.
2016 Ryanair Chase
A disrupted preparation following his gallant
King George second meant, for the first time,
Vautour arrived at Cheltenham without having
raced that year. It was a setback which
prompted connections to switch to the shorter,
easier Ryanair, rather than the Gold Cup for
which he was challenging for favouritism,
and his six-length win over stablemate Valseur
Lido left some pondering what might have
been, had be been asked to take on Don Cos-
sack and Cue Card on Friday. Still, those who
backed Vautour into even-money will have
had few complaints as, for the third time, he
produced one of the standout performances
of the week. It is a terrible shame that he will
not be able to bid for a fourth success next
Desert Sport has Bombay Dream to beat
in the eight-runner Maiden Stakes over
five furlongs of Newcastle tapeta this after-
noon, and Flame Of Hope!
From day one we knew the new Gosforth
Park all-weather track would be manna
from heaven for serious punting with no
draw bias and a premium on jockeyship on
this stiff climb all the way down its mile
No turns, less scrimmaging and a clear
run which enabled our 6/1 winning nap,
Peny Arcade, to get through by the near rail
for an exciting success in the last strides
three days ago.
Its demands sort out the wheat from the
chaff; there simply is no hiding place and
you can bet Joe Fanning will be all out to
exploit weaknesses aboard Desert Sport,
runner-up last month, on this track!
Fanning partnered Desert Sport when they
beaten less than a length at Nottingham
back in August; all his four races have been
over six furlongs but you can understand
the reasoning of dropping back in trip on
such a tough course.
Twice-raced Bombay Dream comes out
similarly to Desert Sport on my time-hand-
icap by virtue of a 5lbs fillies allowance; we
were swayed by it on Saturday when selecting
Wurood against eventual winner Victory
Over the minimum trip a few pounds
really are a matter of some indifference and
though it could go wrong again I ll stick to
my guns and prefer a colt to a filly.
Flame Of Hope could be the fly in the
ointment because David Barron s charge
shaped well on a soft Catterick surface
first-up five weeks ago when fourth to
stable-companion of Wadood and so Robert
Cowell should have a solid line to the form.
Cool Team is expected to go one better
in the seven-runner Maiden Stakes following
an encouraging course and distance debut
last month but this race is riddled with well-
bred thoroughbreds from top-grade stables.
Hugo Palmer s runner is a tentative selec-
tion but Admiral s Sunset looks a penalty-
kick for an aged Maiden Stakes over twelve
Tylicki fund climbs
A fundraising campaign set up for Freddy Tylicki
has seen more than £125,000 donated in just over
Tylicki has been told by doctors he has a T7 paral-
ysis, meaning he has movement in the upper half of
his body but not the lower, after he sustained spinal
injuries in a fall at Kempton on Monday.
A fundraising page---www.gofundme.com/freddie-
tylicki---was set up by At The Races TV presenter
Matt Chapman and the response from within racing
has been phenomenal.
With bookmakers Sky Bet, BetVictor, Coral/Lad-
brokes and William Hill all promising a further
£10,000 donation each, the total is set to rise fur-
Racing figures such as Tylicki's former boss
Richard Fahey, Luca Cumani, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani
and champion jockey Jim Crowley, who was also in-
volved in the Kempton incident but escaped with a
broken nose, have all donated.
Speaking from California where he has been work-
ing at the Breeders' Cup, Chapman said: "The re-
sponse has been overwhelming.
"There's over £125,000 on the page now and vari-
ous bookmakers have promised £10,000 each which
will be added to the fund so we're over £160,000.
"I originally set a target of £20,000, not really
knowing what to put as I was very conscious that
we met the target. My hope was that by starting
something straight away people put their hands in
Johnson reaches 100 winners
Richard Johnson chalked up his 100th winner of
the season as Amore Alato landed the Future Stars
Intermediate Chase at Sandown.
The champion jockey drew a blank at Aintree on
Saturday as he went in search of the landmark win-
ner, but Amore Alato proved game for the task in
this three-mile Listed heat.
Sent off a 100/30 chance, Johnny Farrelly's charge
put in a fine round of jumping from a prominent po-
sition, staying on well after appearing likely to flat-
ten out at one stage.
Ballybolley was the only real challenger with three
fences to jump and he looked likely to provide stiff
competition turning for home, but Johnson still had
a little up his sleeve and a fine leap at the second
last saw Amore Alato pull clear again.
He cleared the last with the minimum of fuss too,
eventually coming home seven lengths clear with Vi-
valdi Collonges and Voix D'Eau well adrift.
Farrelly, who has ridden Amore Alato himself at
home, is now mulling a Grade One date in the 32Red
Kauto Star Novices' Chase, also known as the
Feltham, at Kempton on Boxing Day.
Tell us More leads Elliott 1-2
Tell Us More led home stable companion The
Game Changer to give Gordon Elliott a one-two in
the Brady's Family Ham Supporting Kildare GAA
Poplar Square Chase at Naas.
A field of five went to post for the two-mile Grade
Three, but that number was soon reduced by one,
with the Willie Mullins-trained Avant Tout - a lead-
ing contender for the Hennessy Gold Cup at New-
bury - pulled up by Paul Townend after jumping just
Henry de Bromhead's 15/8 favourite Alisier D'Ir-
lande took the remaining quartet along for much of
the way, but jumped left on a number of occasions.
Tell Us More (7/2), a former Mullins inmate and
fourth on his debut for Elliott at Cork last month,
loomed up ominously rounding the home turn under
Keith Donoghue and hit the front with a big leap two
fences from the finish.
Fellow Gigginstown House Stud runner and stable
companion The Game Changer did his best to bridge
the gap, but Tell Us More kept up the gallop to score
by four and a quarter lengths.
10.10 Desert Sport
11.50 Admiral's Sunset
12.20 Cool Team.
Vautour dies in freak accident
Stick with Desert Storm
Ruby Walsh rides Vautour to
victory in the Ryanair Chase.
Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am ........................31-23
1 pm .................................17-16
4 pm ..................................11-12
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 5 6 4 18
15SICKWOMAN5 6 7 6 24
18WATERBOAT 6 116 3 26
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 5 7 5 4 21
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 7 4 9 10 30
30HOUSECAT 11 7 7 6 31
31PARSONWIFE6 7 2 5 20
34BLINDMAN 9 8 4 6 27
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
30 6.30 pm
1 ( Centipede) 6.30 pm
10 (Monkey) 10.30 am
1 (Centipede) 4 pm
2 (Old Lady) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
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