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A round-up of the rest of the action
from Navan on Saturday as Jessi-
ca Harrington completed an early
double on the card.
Barry Geraghty, Jessica Harrington
and owner JP McManus landed Na-
van double after victories for Thirsty
Work (7/4 favourite) in the 2017
Navan Membership Rated Novice
Hurdle and Jezki in the Race Dis-
plays Event Signage Hurdle.
Harrington said of the former: "He'll
make a smashing chaser, and will
get further, which is great.
"There is a novice-rated hurdle up
to 130 coming up, which would be
ideal for him. "We'll take little steps
for the moment. The three-mile nov-
ice handicap later on at Fairyhouse
could be a race for him."
Ruby Walsh stayed at home fol-
lowing the abandonment of Ascot
and replaced Paul Townend aboard
likeable five-year-old C'est Jersey.
The well-backed 15/8 favourite,
trained by Willie Mullins, took the
two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle
in the familiar colours of Simon Mu-
nir and Isaac Souede.
Mullins said: "He's still got a bit to
learn about his jumping. It's slow
improvement but is improving.
Acapella Bourgeois (2/1) opened his
account over fences when making
all the running in the Flower Hill
Beginners Chase. Sandra Hughes'
seven-year-old responded gamely
for Roger Loughran to beat the
odds-on Arbre De Vie by four and
joins Dermot Weld
Top-class middle-distance perform-
er The Grey Gatsby has joined Der-
mot Weld ahead of the new cam-
paign. The six-year-old won four
races for Kevin Ryan including the
Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly and
the Irish Champion Stakes at Leop-
ardstown in 2014.
He has been placed on a further nine
occasions, earning more than #2.7
million in win and place prize-money.
Weld said: "He has been a grand
horse and perhaps he has been
unlucky a few times.
"We beat him by a short-head one
day in Royal Ascot with Free Eagle
and sometimes the ground didn't go
his way. "He just needs a bit of luck."
The Grey Gatsby's owner, Frank
Gillespie, had two-year-old filly Til-
ly Trotter in training with Weld last
year and she won twice.
"That's how The Grey Gatsby came
to me and, to be fair, he arrived in
great condition. I have no definite
plans - we'll see how he settles in,"
the trainer told the Irish Field.
sharp at Lingfield
A review of the Polytrack action
from Lingfield yesterday, where
Pinzolo showed he can still be a
force for Ismail Mohammed.
Chasing Group One glory may now
be a thing of the past for Pinzolo but
the six-year-old showed at Lingfield
he still retains plenty of ability by
winning the Betway Handicap.
Having finished down the field in
the 2014 Epsom Derby for Charlie
Appleby, the son of Monsun made
it three wins from five visits to the
Surrey track with a tenacious suc-
cess in a course-record time.
It was also a noteworthy result
for his current trainer Ismail Mo-
hammed, who was claiming a first
domestic victory of the year.
The 5/2 favourite dictated matters
from the outset of the mile-and-a-
half test and pulled out all the stops
to defeat Rock Steady by half a
length and follow up his Lingfield
success last month.
Assistant trainer Mike Marshall said:
"He had it a little bit easy last time
and it was nice to see him battle
like he did there.
Trial Hat Trick
For The New One
The New One overcame his usual
jumping errors to win the stan-
james.com Champion Hurdle Trial
for the third year running.
Sam Twiston-Davies riding The New
One (far) clear the last to win the
stanjames.com Champion Hurdle
Trial at Haydock
The well-supported outsider Clyne,
moving out of handicap company,
was given a bold sight under Adam
Wedge, kicking clear off the home
turn and quickly putting distance
between himself and The New One
and L'Ami Serge.
Just as the sprint developed, The
New One did himself no favours
when smashing his way through the
third-last flight and at that stage
it appeared that L'Ami Serge was
clearly going best of the trio under
L'Ami Serge was still travelling well
as the trio came to the last and
held every chance, but once again
he didn't find anywhere as much
as might have been expected and
instead it was the rallying The New
One who finished strongest and
denied Clyne in a driving finish by
In victory, 6/4 favourite The New
One was taking his record outside of
Grade One company to a remarkable
16 wins from 17 starts.
Cyrus Darius, returning to action af-
ter a season off with injury, finished
back in fourth, while Fighting Fifth
Hurdle winner Irving crashed out
of the race shortly before halfway.
The New One has held a variety of
possible options over the course of
the season so far, but winning train-
er Nigel Twiston-Davies said he was
minded to go now for another tilt at
the Stan James Champion Hurdle,
the race in which he was an un-
lucky-looking third three years ago.
He remains a 25/1 chance with Sky
Bet in their non-runner no-bet mar-
ket for that race.
QPCC Day at
the races 2017
Kavita Debideen, right, Manager Fernandez - Black Label Rum makes presentation to Michael Sankar, Assistant
Trainer at Santa Rosa Park, Arima on Saturday, the QPCC Day at the races on January 14. PHOTOS: RALPH BANWARIE
Right: Champion Trainer John
O'Brien receiving an award
from Dereck Murray, right,
the President of QPCC, the
sponsors of the January 14
QPCC day at Santa Rosa
Park, Arima. The award was
recogniation of O'Brien's
outstanding contribution in
Horse Racing in T&T.
Above: Joe Hadeed, centre, a
veteran and champion trainer
flanked by Collin Murray, left,
and Roger Hadeed during a
presntation award to Joe
Hadeed for his contribution in
Horse Racing In T&T during the
QPCC Day at the races on
January 14, Say 2 of the 2017
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