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for One For Arthur
Scottish raider One For Ar-
thur claimed top honours in the
Betfred Classic Chase at War-
Lucinda Russell’s charge im-
pressed on his seasonal reappear-
ance at Kelso in October before
finishing a close-up fifth in the
Becher Chase over Aintree’s Grand
Switched back to regulation
obstacles for this three-mile-five-
furlong slog, One For Arthur was
given a very patient ride by Derek
Fox, while 2013 winner Rigadin De
Beauchene set the pace. Indeed, he
did well to stay in the race and was
left out the back when hampered
by the early fall of Kaki De La Pree.
One For Arthur was still nearer
last than first racing down the back
straight, but began to take closer
order after jumping the fourth
fence from the finish as the pace-
setter began to falter.
Goodtoknow moved to the front
rounding the home turn, with the
likes of Mountainous, Shotgun
Paddy and Viva Steve attempting
to throw down their challenges, but
14/1 shot One For Arthur covered
the move and hit the front at the
Staying on strongly, he began
to assert on the run to the final
obstacle and a huge leap sealed a
Goodtoknow (25/1) was second
ahead of 2014 winner and 7/1 fa-
vourite Shotgun Paddy in third.
Houblon Des Obeaux (14/1) kept
on from the rear to snatch fourth
place, just ahead of Knocka-
nrawley and the tiring Rigadin de
Having proven himself already
over the fences, the Randox Health
Grand National looks an obvious
target for the winner.
Fox said: “The plan was to be a
bit handier, but in those big fields
he’s a bit slow away from the start.
“He jumps so well and he’s just
jumped his way into it. We decided
to put the tongue-tie on him and I
think it’s made a big difference. I
think the Grand National is made
Bookmakers Sky Bet installed
One For Arthur at 33/1 in their
market for that race.
Russell, having her first win-
ner at Warwick, said: “He’s some
horse, he really is. I’m so delighted
and he jumped super.
Fox was banned for two days
(January 28 and 29) for using his
whip in an incorrect place.
Runner-up Goodtoknow was one
of three in the race for trainer Kerry
Lee along with Mountainous (sev-
enth) and last year’s winner Russe
Noel Fehily was taken to hos-
pital for checks on his shoulder
after his nasty early fall from Kaki
De La Pree.
He got to his feet, albeit looking a
little shaken with a cut to his nose,
but was replaced in the final race
by Sean Bowen.
Fair performance in Qualifier
Tobefair (9/1) took his win-
ning streak to six with his best
performance to date in the Per-
temps Network Handicap Hur-
dle (Series Qualifier),yesterday.
Debra Hamer’s seven-year-old
started his rich vein of form with
three victories in the summer of
2015 and was striking for the third
time this term.
Trevor Whelan bided his time on
Tobefair as Saint John Henry made
the running, before delivering his
mount with a strong run that saw
him land the spoils by a length and
a half from Scotchtown.
Bon Enfant was third, while Bar-
ney Dwan was staging a rally when
unseating Paddy Brennan at the
Carmathen-based Hamer’s hus-
band, Paul, said: “We had a skeleton
staff today so Debra held the fort
and I came here.
“The handicapper gave him a
chance and he’s such a laid-back
horse. I didn’t think he was a hur-
dler, but he’s won six on the bounce
“We’ve schooled him over fences
and that looks the job in the future,
but while he’s doing like he is you
have to keep him over hurdles.
“He’s been winning on good
ground, but I thought he’d go in
these conditions. Cheltenham
would be the dream. We’ve never
had a runner at the Festival before.”
Celestial Magic stayed on well
to open his career account at the
11th attempt in the Betfred ‘Goals
Galore’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle
The steadier of 12st 5lb, reduced
by the 5lb allowance of condition-
al jockey Danny Hiskett, failed to
stop the Richard Phillips-trained
five-year-old from finally getting
his head in front.
The pace-setting Wildmoor Boy
stole several lengths at the start and
looked like making all, until the 6/1
winner made stealthy progress to
pounce in the straight and draw
away on the run-in to score by
Starlight Court put in good work
at the finish to take third place, a
Phillips said: “We’re delighted.
He’d been off for a while, as he ran
appallingly at Newton Abbot the
back end of a longish season so we
gave him a break and we were real-
ly pleased with his run at Haydock
Noel Fehily produced Overtown
Express (11/8 favourite) with a well-
timed run to get off the mark over
fences in the Betfred ‘January Sale’
Edward Courage Cup Handicap
Dropped in trip, Harry Fry’s
nine-year-old was suited by the
strong pace set first by Makethed-
ifference and then Artifice Sivola,
before going on between the last
Overtown Express pulled clear to
win by seven lengths from Artifice
Willoughby makes all at Warwick
Successful twice in the bumper
sphere last season and an all-the-
way winner on his second jumping
start over this course and distance
last month, Ben Pauling’s charge
was an 11/4 chance stepped up to
Grade Two level, yesterday.
Jockey David Bass appeared keen to
ensure the two-mile-five-furlong con-
test was a searching test of stamina, al-
lowing Willoughby Court to bowl along
at the head of affairs from flag-fall.
The six-year-old jumped well in
the main and Bass upped the ante by
asking Willoughby Court for a big leap
five flights from the finish, which he
He had all of his rivals in trouble from
the home turn and safely negotiated
the remaining two obstacles to seal an
impressive eight-length success.
Peter Fahey’s Irish raider Peregrine
Run, bidding for a fifth successive win,
was second at the top of the home
straight, but was eventually beaten to
the runner-up spot by Gayebury.
Bass said: “He was really impressive.
I can’t believe how much he’s improved
from the run here before.
“He got into a really good rhythm and
on this ground he’s relentless. He just
gallops and jumps.
“He’s an improving horse, so I
wouldn’t be surprised if he could handle
better conditions as well. Fair play to
Ben, he really fancied him.”
Jason Maguire, racing manager to
owners Paul and Clare Rooney, said:
“Ben was very keen to come. Off a mark
of 127 you’d think he’d be up against
it on official ratings, but he obviously
loves this track—he’s won a bumper
and two hurdle races now—and it was
a good performance.
David Bass and Willoughby Court take the final fence clear in the Neptune
Investment Novices’ Hurdle at Warwick.
Derek Fox looks for dangers as One For Arthur comes home clear in the
Classic Chase at Warwick.
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