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Arnarson is expected to improve off
a promising debut on Wolverhampton
tapeta nineten days ago, and must rep-
resent an outstanding each-way bet for
a 2-y-o Maiden Stakes over a similar
distance of seven furlongs at Newcastle
today; another similarity, the surface!
Ed Dunlop's charge was fast away and led
quite comfortably only to be collared in the
closing stages by progressive Red Gunner
and Doctor Bartolo, a creditable third around
Dunstall Park four days ago despite the wid-
est draw in a competitive dash.
Form from that Midlands circuit is proving
strong when applied to Gosforth Park, the
ultimate fair test with no draw bias what-
soever, on a straight, uphill, mile.
Graham Gibbons gave Arnarson a typically
opportunistic ride but the leading all-weath-
er jockey wont be aboard this time because
he's replaced, due to extenuating circum-
stances, by David Probert.
Gibbo has problems!
Allegedly his personal life is somewhat out
of control, last week he stood himself down
while an investigation takes place into an
incident concerning a alcohol/drug sample.
Reportedly Graham involved 18-year-old ap-
prentice, Callum Shepherd, and an intention
to mislead stewards surfaced.
Last month Graham Lee came out and
profiled the need for mental health to be
addressed; Gibbons is obviously a suitable
case for treatment and needs help from the
BHA. We sincerely hope he's not clobbered
and his individual case is recognised in con-
text; can you imagine what Graham must be
thinking given the hard work and dedication
which has taken him to the top of the tree?
Probert is a fine jockey, he'll be good
enough if Arnarson does indeed progress,
Omran, withdrawn twice last month from
races with winning opportunities, is drawn
drawn six (of ten!) for a Maiden stakes over
seven furlongs of Chelmsford polytrack.
This Choisir colt also looked the part,
first-up, when a close second to Victory
Angel at Doncaster over six furlongs, stay-
ing on strongly to hunt the winner close.
Extra distance should be ideal and, for the
third time, clear best-in Omran is napped!
Crack team leave decision late
Connections of Thistlecrack have still yet to
decide whether to pitch the exciting prospect into
the 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton on
Trainer Colin Tizzard said yesterday morning
that it was a 50-50 call between taking on the cream
of seasoned staying chasers, which would include
stablemate and last year's winner Cue Card, or
keeping to novice company.
The alternative would be to stick to opposition
of similar experience in the Kauto Star Novices'
Chase on the same card.
Tizzard hinted that should the going be really
soft, it would increase Thistlecrack's chances of
going for the King George.
He feels the stronger gallop of the big race might
suit him better, but that thought is tempered by
the fact Thistlecrack has not yet been asked to
jump in public at such a pace in just three runs
so far over fences.
"We've still not decided which race Thistlecrack
will go for, We just want to make sure we chose
the right race," he said at a press day at his Dorset
"A flat-out gallop in the King George might help
him as he could easily sit in third or fourth and
pick them up but it could also take him out of his
comfort zone as he's never done that pace over
fences and that's our issue.
"We had a long discussion with Tom Scudamore
yesterday and things will become clearer as the
days go on."
Hatch to remain in hospital
Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey Ryan Hatch
is to remain in hospital "for the foreseeable future"
following his fall at Cheltenham on Friday.
Hatch's mount Cogry fell at the 15th fence in
the Unicoin Group Handicap Chase and he was
initially taken to Gloucestershire Royal before being
transferred to Bristol's Southmead Hospital for
X-rays have now shown Hatch, attached to Nigel
Twiston-Davies' yard, has fractures in his neck
A statement issued by the Injured Jockeys Fund
said: "Following his fall at Cheltenham Racecourse
last Friday, repeat X-rays carried out in Bristol
Southmead hospital on Tuesday have shown that
Ryan has suffered fractures of his C6 and C7 at the
base of his neck.
"He has also fractured his sternum and has frac-
tures of his T6, which is just below the shoulder
blade. He has a spinal haematoma which is shown
to be decreasing.
"It is anticipated that Ryan will remain in South-
mead hospital for the foreseeable future.
"Any visitors to the hospital should please con-
tact either Ryan or his father John in advance of
Arc hero Hurricane Run dies
Hurricane Run, winner of the Irish Derby and
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, has died at stud in
The 14-year-old had to be put down after com-
plications during surgery at Gestut Ammerland.
"Unfortunately he died today. Due to compli-
cations during surgery, we had to put him down,"
said Gestut Ammerland's Katharina Muggenthaler.
A son of Montjeu, Hurricane Run enjoyed a stel-
lar racing career under the guidance of Andre Fabre.
The news came as a shock to the French trainer,
who visited the horse only recently.
Purchased by Michael Tabor prior to his Arc prep
in the Prix Niel, Hurricane Run won eight of his
14 starts, and in addition to his victories at the
Curragh and Longchamp in 2005, he also captured
the Tattersalls Gold Cup, again at the Curragh,
and King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes
at Ascot in 2006.
The connections of
lead her into
winners circle after
winning the Race 1
after going a
distance of 1,600
metres at Santa
Rosa Park, Arima,
on Saturday, during
Newcastle, 9.50 Amarson (e.w)
Chelmsford, 1.40 Omran (nap)
2.15 Glenalmond (e.w).
Under: (Last Thursday)
10.30 am........................ 22-31
1 pm .............................. .29-23
4 pm ................................ 17-34
6.30 pm........................... 27-11
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Thursday, December 15, 2016
30 6.30 pm
20 (Dog) 6.30 pm
26 (Fowl) 10.30 am
1 (Centipede) 4 pm
29 (Opium Man) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
13 (Sick Woman)
21 (Blind Man)
28 (Red Fish)
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 5 8 6 20
15SICKWOMAN6 6 7 7 26
18WATERBOAT 8 11 7 3 29
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 5 7 5 4 21
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 5 9 11 33
30HOUSECAT 11 8 7 7 33
31PARSONWIFE7 7 2 5 21
34BLINDMAN 9 8 5 6 28
35 BIG SNAKE
Patience to pay off with Omran
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