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Chungua ticks enough boxes in the
Maiden Stakes over six furlongs of Ling-
field polytrack today and looks the best
bet on a seven-race programme which
comprises six handicaps.
Jockeyship is at a premium and experi-
enced Jim Crowley rides once-raced Chun-
gua, none better!
Definitely his equal is stable-companion
George Baker (they both have the same
agent, Guy Jewell*) and it was the long
fella who partnered Chungua when this
Elusive Quality colt finished only half a
length behind our confident nap selection,
Queenie Home, over five furlongs of Wolver-
hampton poly nigh on seven weeks ago;
the rest were six lengths and upwards!
That must have been a tough introduction
and wisely Newmarket trainer, Ed Walker,
has given Chungua plenty of time to recover;
that s always a wise move given patience is
the supreme virtue where thoroughbreds
are concerned, especially juveniles.
This is no penalty-kick because there
is a word for James Tate-trained newcomer,
Role Reversal, and Rose Buck gets a fillies
allowance, not to mention a further 5lbs,
claimed by talented apprentice, Louis Stew-
ard. 10lbs can weigh heavily!
Consistency usually brings reward, let s
hope it s not the case on this occasion and
Chungua has progressed sufficiently to beat
Rose Buck and go one better in an intriguing
Earlier Crowley rides in-form Emman
Bee, one of six decs for the six-runner Fil-
lies Handicap over ten furlongs.
Normally I d be loathe to play in any
all-weather handicap but apart from appren-
tice-ridden Waveguide there is no serious
danger whatsoever and so, with two places
on offer, you re advised to have an each-
way bet; one thing is certain the price will
If your local bookie is loathe to lay each-
way in small fields just go onto the internet;
plenty of high-profile firms, such as Lad-
broke, Hills, Coral, are desperate for cus-
tomers and they are the ones who take each-
Following this fixture Kempton stages a
seven-race Twilight meeting which includes
an opportunity for Ishiamber to build on a
promising debut in the Maiden Fillies Stakes
over seven furlongs.
This Ishiguru filly shaped well when fin-
ishing third to Platinum Pearl, beaten three
lengths, a fortnight ago; a sluggish start was
a hindrance but I ll bet Ishiamber is much
sharper this time and goes close.
10.00 Emman Bee (e.w)
2.30 Ishiamber (e.w
Chungua ticks all boxes
Walsh reunites with Nicholls for Gold Cup
Jamie Osborne is formulating an ambitious plan
for dual Wolverhampton winner Toast Of New
York to run in the UAE Derby at Meydan and
potentially the Kentucky Derby at Churchill
The three-year-old was beaten on his first two
career starts at Leicester and Kempton, but has
won by 12 and 16 lengths respectively on his last
two visits to Dunstall Park.
Osborne s only previous Group One winner was
2003 Dewhurst Stakes hero Milk It Mick, and the
trainer is hopeful his new star youngster can go
and prove his worth at the highest level in Dubai
"He s as good a horse as I ve had for a long time
and he s probably going to be the first horse to go
from Wolverhampton to Meydan to Churchill
Downs," Osborne told At The Races.
"We re trying to get him ready for the UAE Derby.
I hope he s going to get in and it s a phenomenal
pot. He s performed very well on an artificial surface
and nine furlongs round there (Meydan) - I think
he s made for it.
"We ll see how good he is, but I was lucky to
have one Group One winner and I haven t had a
horse since then that you could even consider getting
"I think I can get ambitious with this horse. He s
"All being well he ll fly out (to Dubai), run off
the plane and then come back. He has a fair bit of
dirt in his pedigree. The American thing is a big
dream and at this stage, who knows?
"We put him in (the Kentucky Derby) as it was
a relatively cheap entry at that stage and it gets
very expensive later on. That s a bit of a pipedream,
but certainly I think the UAE Derby isn t a
pipedream. It s a realistic target with him."
Setback rules Ball
out of Hennessy
Rubi Ball has been ruled out of this weekend s
Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown after suf-
fering a setback.
The French import was a multiple Grade One-
winning chaser in his homeland and joined Ireland s
champion trainer Willie Mullins at the start of the
After filling the runner-up spot over hurdles at
Thurles on his Irish debut, the nine-year-old per-
formed with plenty of credit to finish third behind
Bobs Worth in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown
He was due to tackle the same course and distance
this Sunday, having pleased his connections in a
schooling session at Punchestown, but he will not
be lining up.
Mullins told Press Association Sport: "Unfortu-
nately I ve had to take Rubi Ball out as he came
back lame after schooling at Punchestown on Sun-
"We were delighted with the way he worked at
Punchestown, so it s very disappointing he s not
going to be able to run in Leopardstown.
"I ve taken Boston Bob out of the Hennessy as
well, so we won t have a runner in the race, unfor-
Rubi Ball s defection leaves a field of seven possible
runners, with Lexus runner-up First Lieutenant the
likely favourite for Mouse Morris.
First Lieutenant s owners, Gigginstown House
Stud, have a formidable hand with Philip Fenton s
Last Instalment and the Gordon Elliott-trained Roi
Du Mee also in contention.
Paul Nicholls Tidal Bay is the only potential
Jim Culloty s Lord Windermere, Dessie Hughes
Lyreen Legend and the Noel Meade-trained Texas
Jack complete the confirmations.
Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh will be
reunited when Tidal Bay tackles the Hen-
nessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown on Sun-
Walsh became available after his intended
mount, the Willie Mullins-trained Rubi Ball,
was a surprising absentee from the five-
day declarations for the Grade One feature,
returning lame from a schooling session at
With Boston Bob, owned like Tidal Bay
by Graham Wylie, also taken out Mullins
was left without a runner and Walsh was
suddenly hot property.
It was his former boss Nicholls, who until
this season had shared Walsh s services with
Mullins, who was first to snap him up for
the veteran Tidal Bay.
The 13-year-old ran a blinder in the Welsh
Grand National to show he has lost none
of his ability and on his only previous visit
to Leopardstown he won the Lexus Chase.
"We ve decided to go to Ireland with
Tidal," said Nicholls.
"It s a small field, good prize money, he s
one from one at the track and he ll get his
"Of course Ruby being available also helps,
so it has worked out for us.
"Mr Wylie will have some other runners
on the card as well so it made sense to run
Mullins and Walsh were delighted with
Rubi Ball s run in the Lexus and had been
looking forward to seeing him run again
After filling the runner-up spot over hur-
dles at Thurles on his Irish debut, the nine-
year-old performed with plenty of credit
to finish third behind Bobs Worth in the
Lexus Chase at Leopardstown in Decem-
ber.Mullins said: "Unfortunately I ve had to
take Rubi Ball out as he came back lame
after schooling at Punchestown on Sunday.
"We were delighted with the way he
worked at Punchestown, so it s very dis-
appointing he s not going to be able to run
"I ve taken Boston Bob out of the Hen-
nessy as well, so we won t have a runner
in the race, unfortunately."
Rubi Ball s defection leaves a field of seven
possible runners, with Lexus runner-up
First Lieutenant the likely favourite for Mouse
Morris said: "He is all set to run on Sun-
day. He is in great form and this race has
been the plan since he ran at Christmas
First Lieutenant s owners, Gigginstown
House Stud, have a formidable hand with
Philip Fenton s Last Instalment and the Gor-
don Elliott-trained Roi Du Mee also in con-
Jim Culloty s Lord Windermere, Dessie
Hughes Lyreen Legend and the Noel
Meade-trained Texas Jack complete the con-
2-7 --- 10.30 am
13-13 --- 1 pm.
24-6--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01CENTIPEDE 2 0 0 2
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 0 0 2 2
05 PARSON MAN 3
15SICKWOMAN0 2 2 4
18 WATERBOAT 0 0 1
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 2 0 0 2
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 0 1 0 1
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to February 4
5 (Parson Man) 10.30 am
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
30 (House Cat)
33 (Blind Man)
9 (Cattle) 1 pm
4 (Dead Man) --- 10.30 am
23 (House) --- 1 pm
28 (Red Fish)--- 6.30 pm
Ruby Walsh...will ride Tidal Bay in Gold
Osborne has big
plans for New York
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