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The New One, so impressive when
making all around Cheltenham earli-
er this month, under champion jock-
ey, Richard Johnson, will be ridden by
trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies' son,Sam,
in the grade one, £100,000 Christmas
Hurdle over a similar distance of two
miles at good to soft Kempton this af-
Given that championship-chasing Sam
has partnered this wonderful eight-year-old
King's Theatre gelding to sixteen success-
es, from 24 races, it is understandable but
changing a winning team is always ques-
Significantly, The New One achieved his
best time-handicap mark for many years!
Obviously, Johnno will be disappointed
but understanding and yet family and sen-
timent wouldn't do for myself.
Presumably similar tactics will be enforced
and if The New One is able to replicate his
recent mark he'll be too strong for his old
rival, My Tent Or Yours, and a clutch of top
My actual serious play will be to lay fore-
cast-favourite Yanworth as I'm convinced
his consistent marks are way short of what
will be required.
This promises to be fascinating, along
with an attempt on the same programme,
by Nicky Henderson-trained, Josses Hill,
to cause an upset in the King George which
we've already discussed at length.
Bookmakers will be desperate to get the
favourites and, following three days of no
racing whatsoever, serious punters are sure
to be out in force.
Running in tandem at the other end of the
scale will be an all-weather programme on
Wolverhampton tapeta; Coral Sea looks a
gilt-edged proposition for the 2-y-o Maiden
Stakes over five furlongs.
Reports suggest Coral Sea, advantaged by
a fillies' allowance, is fit and rarin' to go;
sixth time lucky, following five placings?
We couldn't have found an easier, more
straight-forward, opportunity and Coral
Sea is napped.
Land aims to extend winning run
Landofhopeandglory puts his unbeaten record
over jumps on the line in the Knight Frank Juvenile
Hurdle at Leopardstown on Boxing Day.
The three-year-old has won each of his three
starts over obstacles for trainer Joseph O'Brien and
owner JP McManus, completing his hat-trick in
Grade Three company at Fairyhouse earlier this
He steps up to Grade Two level for his latest
assignment as he bids to confirm his place at the
head of ante-post lists for the Triumph Hurdle at
the Cheltenham Festival in March.
O'Brien also saddles Lord Justice and Zig Zag,
who finished second and third respectively in the
Summit Juvenile Hurdle at Doncaster a fortnight
Willie Mullins won last year's renewal with
Apple's Jade and is represented by Bapaume, who
was just a length behind Landofhopeandglory at
The third that day, Gordon Elliott's Mega For-
tune, also renews rivalries.
Soir De Chantenay, Amaulino, Champagne
Pat, Do No Complain and Prospectus complete
the 10-strong field.
Thief v Min at Leopardstown
Identity Thief and Min are the star names among
seven horses declared for the Racing Post Novice
Chase at Leopardstown.
Henry de Bromhead's top-class hurdler Identity
Thief is two from two since having his attentions
turned to fences this season, most recently winning
the Grade Two Craddockstown Novice Chase at
De Bromhead also saddles Craddockstown run-
ner-up Ordinary World and Three Stars, who has
been placed in Graded company at Cheltenham
and Navan on his last two starts.
Willie Mullins claimed this Grade One prize for
the third time in five years with the brilliant Douvan
12 months ago and relies on Min this time around.
Runner-up to Altior in last season's Supreme
Novices' Hurdle, the five-year-old made a flying
start to his chasing career at Navan last month.
The Mouse Morris-trained Baily Cloud, Noel
Meade's Road To Respect and Tully East from Alan
Fleming's yard complete the line-up.
Williams points Queen at Mares'
Noel Williams will campaign Briery Queen spar-
ingly ahead of a possible tilt at the OLBG David Ni-
cholson Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
The Blewbury handler has earmarked a potential
outing in a Listed contest at Warwick on February
11 for the seven-year-old before potentially taking
aim at the Grade One prize.
After signing off last season with victory in a
Listed race at Newbury, the daughter of King's
Theatre picked up where she left off when making
a victorious seasonal reappearance at Cheltenham
earlier this month.
Williams said: "Briery Queen will not run on the
bad ground we will probably get between now and
February. The only race that jumps out is a Listed
race at Warwick on February 11.
"I would probably pencil that in for her. If she
showed up well there, we would probably have a
look at the David Nicholson for her. She will not
go to Cheltenham if she is going to be a complete
backmarker. She will only go if she has a com-
"Hopefully she will step up, but if she doesn't,
we will look at a different route. She will jump a
fence next season and the only reason we hung
back this year is that the owners have Briery Belle
and it was not ideal these two mares clashing in
"She is going to have to step up on what she did at
Cheltenham and there is no reason why she won't."
Leotaud has the Battlecry in St James Stakes
Trainer John Leotaud holds three aces
in the Grade III -- St James Stakes over
1,350 metres on the main track at Santa
Rosa Park, Arima, come Boxing day.
The winner of this event is usually pro-
nounced winner of the Jetsam Award for the
year and trainer Leotaud trio of Battlecry,
Steve Austin and Juneau in the $150,000
The colt which stands between Leotaud
and the first prize cheque is the Bobby Persad
Hello made her debut on November 19 and
was well beaten by Leotaud's trained Rocket
Wheels and Leading Lady.
She ran with promise and showed she
improved for the experience when coming
back and winning on December 3 over course
and distance. She ran well for her victory
and looks capable of better for owner Ka-
Leotaud sent out Battlecry on Decem-
ber 10 and the son of War Marshall travelled
kindly in the first part of the race before as-
suming command going to the far turn and
running out and easy five lengths winner
under Brian Boodramsingh.
Though his time for the 1,200 metres event
was 1:15, he would be expected to improve
immensely for the run under his belt. He
was the least considered of the Leotaud trio
when they race and he looks to be in a "War
of Words" with his rivals.
Steve Austin was sent off as the favourite
to win on his debut but he was unable to
match the finishing pace of Battlecry. He will
no doubt improve but to reverse the placing
in this event will take some doing.
However, his other runners Juneau which
has shown better form at gallops than he
displayed on the track could set the record
straight, this time out. The grey colt owned
by Balkrishen Sagan Maraj was beaten 13
lengths on his introduction, but he is cer-
tainly better than the bare form suggest.
Anthony Wight can be happy man on Box-
ing Day if his Battlecry is heard at Santa Rosa
Park, Arima. However, in the words of Lionel
Richie, he must say, "Hello."
No challenge for Battlecry as jockey Brian Boodramsingh pushes his charge to win Race 6,
the WI-Bred 2 YO Maidens Handicap Race, going 1,200 metres at Santa Rosa Park, Arima,
on December 10, (Day 42). PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
Under: (Last Saturday)
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PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: FRIDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Saturday, December 24, 2016
13 6.30 pm
6 (Belly) 6.30 pm
27 (Little Snake) 10.30 am
25 (Morocoy) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
29 (Opium Man)
35 (Big Snake)
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 6 7 5 4 22
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 5 9 11 33
30HOUSECAT 11 8 7 7 33
31PARSONWIFE7 7 2 6 22
34BLINDMAN 9 8 5 6 28
35 BIG SNAKE
R8:3.55PM: ST. JAMES STAKES (GR III) -
WI BRED 2 Y.O COLTS & GELDING -1,350
Money Matters N Patrick 55; Discouldrun
D Nleson 55; Final Notice A Giron 55; Set-
tled Account N Abrego 55; Johnnygotluckey
A Giron 55; Class Act P Badrie 55; Steve
Austin D Khelawan 55; Juneau K Khelawan
55; Nabawi H Emamalie 55; Military Man
L Keizer 55; Battlecry B Boodramsing 55;
Hello Y Serrano 55
Wolverhampton, 11.05 Coral Sea (nap)
Kempton, 11.40 The New One;
12.15 Josses Hill (e.w).
Will he be number One again?
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