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Arzaak, a beaten-favourite over
course and distance last month, when
Alkashaaf prevailed by a neck, attempts
to retrieve losses and go one better in the
six furlongs Maiden Stakes on Chelms-
ford polytrack tonight. David Probert
takes over from Josephine Gordon.
Doubtless the champion apprentice is
taking time off because Arzaak achieved a
'career-best' when finishing second for the
third time in four outings; there has to be a
reason for change but, there again, 'Probe'
involved with 'politics!'
There is certainly nothing with the atti-
tude of Arzaak and though 85-rated Porto
Ferro is rated 9lbs superior to this Casamento
gelding we're happy to nap Chris Dwyer's
Realistically with three places on offer,
unless there is a withdrawal, Arzaak repre-
sents an outstanding each-way bet.
Incidentally Porto Ferro was formerly
trained in Ireland where, to all intents and
purposes, this Arcano seems to have been
over-rated by the handicappping system;
we will see if my time-handicap assessment
Earlier Among Angels also looks a solid
place prospect in an 'aged' handicap over
six furlongs of Southwell on the back of a
'best-ever' course and distance effort nine
days ago; fillies in form at this time of year
can be devastating.
An obvious danger is top-weight Sophisti-
cated Heir, mount of mercurial Robert Win-
ston, which comes out similarly to Among
Angels judged on polytrack and tapeta per-
formances; will Michael Herrington's charge
handle the 'deep stuff?'
Certainly Winston is a plus, his riding
these past few months has continually
impressed; recently he received an award
for riding performance of 2016 on Librisi
Breeze at Ascot last October.
My old pal Barry Hills says,'they all look
good when they win' but he has colossal
admiration for the talent and dedication
of Winston; uses him whenever possible,
which says it all.
One incident of disquiet to report; we
timed a race at Ayr, Tuesday, it was 'wrong'
by SEVEN SECONDS in the Racing Post!
Can you understand why I'd rather stuick
with electrically-timed all-weather racing
as against guessing over jumps?
Mullins' big guns head Champion entry
Willie Mullins has nine of the 28 initial entries for
the Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham
Festival with no surprise omissions.
His last two winners of the race, Faugheen and Annie
Power, haven't been seen so far this season but they
are both among the entries along with Vroum Vroum
Mag, all three being owned by Susannah Ricci.
Clondaw Warrior, Diakali, Footpad, Ivan Grozny, Nichols
Canyon and Wicklow Brave are also in there for Mullins.
The other four Irish-trained entries feature 2014
Champion Hurdle victor Jezki (Jessica Harrington),
who has not raced since April, 2015, Petit Mouchoir
(Henry De Bromhead), who thrashed Nichols Canyon
by eight lengths in a G1 contest at Leopardstown over
Christmas, and G1 Hatton's Grace Hurdle heroine Ap-
ple's Jade (Gordon Elliott).
The leading British-trained challenger is Yanworth
(Alan King) after his three and a quarter-length vic-
tory over The New One (Nigel Twiston-Davies), third,
fifth and fourth in the last three Stan James Champion
Hurdles, in the G1 Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park.
Yanworth has won six of his seven starts over hurdles,
with his sole defeat coming at the hands of Yorkhill in
last year's Neptune Investment Management Novices'
Hurdle at The Festival.
Nicky Henderson has enjoyed five Champion Hurdles
wins, more than any other current trainer, and his five
2017 contenders are headed by Brain Power.
Trained by Malcolm Jefferson, the eight-year-old is
unbeaten in three starts over hurdles including a
10-length demolition of his rivals in the 2015 G2 Top
Novices' Hurdle at Aintree's Grand National Festival.
Cyrus Darius has not raced since scoring on his chasing
debut at Perth in September, 2015.
Really Special has Classic chance
Saeed bin Suroor's Really Special is out to live up to
her name in Thursday's UAE 1000 Guineas Trial at
Winner of both her starts in Britain---a maiden at
Chelmsford and a Listed race at Newmarket---she looks
one of the brightest prospects for Godolphin in 2017.
Out of top stallion Shamardal and a Listed winner Bin
Suroor trained himself in Rumh, she will be ridden by
"She has been doing very well in Dubai and won two
nice races in England," said Bin Suroor.
"She's been working well and is now really ready for
her first race. At the moment she looks a nice filly
for the future.
"The key is how she handles the dirt. After that we can
start making a plan. At this stage it is our intention
to treat her as a Classic filly for Europe."
On using Soumillon, Bin Suroor said: "He's not an of-
jockey for us. There are so many good ones to choose
from in Dubai now and we just use the best available.
Christophe is obviously one of the best in the world.
Clyne to go on trial at Haydock
Clyne is set to bypass a trip to Ireland in favour of
a crack at the Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock on
Trainer Evan Williams described his charge as "90
per cent" certain to skip a run in the ultra-competitive
Coral.ie Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday in favour
of a Grade Two assignment on Merseyside.
The seven-year-old has claimed two handicap hur-
dles at Haydock this term, winning over two miles in
November before stepping up in trip a month later.
Williams said: "I don't think he will be going to Ireland,
we'll probably end up running at Haydock instead.
"I don't think Haydock is going to cut up quite as much
as it can do this time as a few of those nice horses
look like they will stand their ground.
"I could wait until Newbury next month, but if the
ground isn't right there, we'd be kicking ourselves for
not running now.
"I would say he's 90 per cent certain not to go to Ireland.
"Haydock is a step up, but he's progressive, although
if he's progressive enough might be open to debate."
Michael Sankar, right, assistant trainer, with the connection and groom Raymond Timothy, leading Mirkana to the winner's circle after
Race 1, the Paul Gervan Mouttet Handicap 3.Y.O.& Over Horses Rated 20-0 in the 1,000 metres event out at Santa Rosa Park, Arima,
last Saturday. (Day 2). PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
Under: (Last Thursday)
1 pm .................................11-30
4 pm ...................................18-5
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Thursday, January 19, 2017
26 6.30 pm
27 (Little Snake) 6.30 pm
2 (Old Lady) 10.30 am
31 (Parson Wife) 4 pm
34 (Blind Man) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
29 (Opium Man)
35 (Big Snake)
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 1
15SICKWOMAN0 1 0 0
18WATERBOAT 2 0 1 0
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 0 0 1
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 1 0 0 0
30HOUSECAT 0 0 0 0
31 PARSONWIFE 0 1 2 0
34BLINDMAN 0 1 0 0
35 BIG SNAKE
Always be ready to
11.00 Among Angels (e.w)
2.50 Secret Bird (e.w)
5.00 Arzaak (nap)
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