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Ealain Aibrean can finally gain reward
for consistency in the Maiden Stakes over
six furlongs of Wolverhampton polytrack
today even though her form figures might
read somewhat flattering, to others!
This David Evans-trained Excellent Art
filly was beaten into third by Skinny Love
and Aspirant over a similar distance on
Lingfield poly three weeks ago, in a sell-
er! That should guarantee we ll get a half-
decent starting price about Ealain Aibrean
but sellers are often more competitive than
most realise; on many occasions, in the
long-distant past, we purchased fast-time
thoroughbreds out of sellers and often did
the biz subsequently.
You can bet my ownership net would
have covered Ealain Aibrean; just the type,
consistent, progressive and, most impor-
On my time-handicap Ealain Aibrean is
best-in and, once again, with two places
available appeals as a serious each-way
punt, thirteenth time lucky?
It s necessary to exploit and pinpoint the
various means of getting the best out betting
and my play will be an each-way double
into God s Speed in the Maiden Stakes over
nine furlongs, a twice-raced Oratorio colt
which also faces four rivals.
Realistically these-type doubles are the
definitive thieving bets which seriously
supplemented my journalistic earnings dur-
ing a halycon spell in the late 1900 s; at
that time we played the knockout which
involved bookmakers, who were tipped off
and in on the scheme, taking bets on the
second leg and inflating the odds.
For instance there was a runner, Law
Venture, at Leicester one day, second leg
of the double which opened up at 7/2 and
traded to a starting price of 28/1!*
Even then my specialisation was set-
weight races, novice hurdles, two-year-olds,
because all-weather racing hadn t been
introduced in the United Kingdom.
Markets were never weak in those times
and betting offices sent money straight back
to the course through a blower system;
nowadays it could still be done, especially
with so many firms battling for custom on
Once the first selection had obliged it
was like living the dream and they really
are great memories for someone who con-
tinues to enjoy the fascination of horse-
racing even though it can be so cruel at
times; it s called education!
Master Of Disguise (e.w)
Ealain Aibrean (nap-e.w)
God's Speed is best
Henderson upbeat about Bobs Worth
Smart Flat performer First Mohican made a
successful debut over hurdles at Doncaster yes-
The former Lady Cecil inmate was one of the
most anticipated recruits to National Hunt racing
this season, and despite easing right out markedly
in the market, the 7/2 chance made a winning
debut for Alan King.
Daylan and Allied Answer cut out the early work
in the eventmasters.co.uk Novices Hurdle but there
were predictably many chances held as they began
the turn in for home.
Having been held up in mid-division, Robert
Thornton brought First Mohican into the race as
they began to bear down upon the third last, and
while he showed some signs of inexperience, his
class was to see him through to victory.
Huff And Puff, who was a stayer on the level,
ran on into second having stuck on again after
tracking the pace. The pair were clear of Fair Loch
who ran an honest race in third.
Electrolyser and Retrieve were particularly well
backed before the race though neither were able
to trouble the judge.
Robert Thornton told At The Races: "That was
a professional job. It was important that he settled
and that was a really nice race. He cannot do any
more than he has today."
King added: "I d have been disappointed if he
hadn t won, it looked a good race on paper but
he s very smart.
"He was a bit fresh and was jumped into at one
stage which made him keen. He got there too soon
and we can improve on fitness.
"He ll go to the Dovecote (Kempton, February
22) now, that has always been the plan. I d love to
get another run into him as I imagine he ll take it
all very well.
"He really stuck his neck out on the run-in, his
hurdling has been very good at home and physically
he has been doing very well.
"For a novice first time out that was as good a
round of jumping as you could get."
The sponsors go 16/1 from 20/1 about First
Mohican for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle,
spokesman Michael Shinners saying: "We knew
First Mohican had an engine from the Flat and
that was a very encouraging start to his hurdling
career. It s great he s continuing on the road to
Cheltenham in the Sky Bet Dovecote and it will be
very interesting to see how he progresses between
now and then."
Rock On Ruby was an impressive winner of the
Eventmasters Corporate Hospitality Novices Chase
Just two runners were scheduled to face the
starter and having satisfied himself as to the state
of the going, Harry Fry allowed his stable star to
take his chance, the bookmakers making him a 2/7
chance to land the spoils.
As the tapes rose, Noel Fehily took the favourites-
traight into the lead and despite a brief moment
after the fourth last when Mr Mole took closer
order, his supporters were never given much to
worry about as the nine-year-old jumped well and
only had to be shaken up to see off his younger
Noel Fehily said of the winner: "He jumped very
well and we ve quickened up nicely. I thought he
was very good on his feet today and he s a different
horse to what he was before Christmas."
A relived Fry added: "Noel was happy so we re
happy - Noel said he feels a better horse than 12
months ago and that emphasises how he turns the
corner from January onwards. March brings the
best out on him him. We have four or five weeks
to put the finishing touches to him."
Coral and Paddy Power go just 6/1 about Rock
On Ruby for the Racing Post Arkle but Sky Bet left
him unchanged at 8/1.
Nicky Henderson has delivered an
upbeat bulletin about current Cheltenham
Gold Cup favourite, Bobs Worth.
The reigning champion has not been
seen out since landing the Lexus Chase at
Leopardstown over Christmas and the mas-
ter of Seven Barrows described himself as
happy with his preparations en route to this
year s Festival.
Speaking at Doncaster, Henderson said:
"I m pleased with Bob. Thank goodness we
got the race into him in Ireland because I
would have hated to have to run him at
Cheltenham the other week in that ground.
"Since the Lexus he has been gradually
building back up and now we ll start to get
some serious work into him.
"I was relieved as much as pleased with
his run in Ireland, after the Betfair I was
really worried but he showed everything we
know he is in the Lexus.
"In the Gold Cup he ll also have the
advantage of the hill which we know he
Handerson said My Tent Or Yours is
likely to go down the racecourse gallop route
in his preparation for the Stan James Cham-
pion Hurdle. He ruled out a trip to Win-
A leading contender for the two-mile
championship in March, the JP McManus-
owned seven-year-old missed a possible
engagement at Sandown because of very
testing ground and the Kingwell Hurdle on
Saturday week has already been ruled out
for the same reason.
Henderson did, however, raise the pos-
sibility of a trip to Kelso next week for the
Christmas Hurdle winner if the ground is
Speaking at Doncaster, Henderson said:
"My Tent definitely won t go to Wincan-
"I know what the ground is like now at
Wincanton and it s not going to get much
better in a week.
"I m not desperate to run him and we
will do it our way. He ll work at the weekend
and then we ll start thinking of away days,
probably at Kempton.
"He may get an entry at Kelso for the
Morebattle, I ll give them a ring and see
what it s likely to be like."
JCB Triumph Hurdle fancy Pearl Castle
is likely to appear at either Haydock or Don-
caster within the next fortnight ahead of a
possible trip to the Cheltenham Festival.
The four-year-old won twice on the level
for Andrew Balding and although he failed
to make an impact on his jumping debut
at Wetherby, he appeared much improved
when striking by 16 lengths on Town Moor
The son of Montjeu is a best-priced 16-
1 for Cheltenham and also holds an entry
in the Sky Bet Supreme, but trainer John
Quinn is keen to see how his charge fares
on his next start before committing to either
"He s in good shape and I d like to get
another run into him (before Cheltenham),"
"I ll put him in the Victor Ludorum at
Haydock (February 15), but he does want
nice ground, so we ll have to see which way
the weather goes. There is a race at Don-
caster on February 19, so I might just wait
and run him there."
The leading dual-purpose handler is par-
ticularly strong in the juvenile hurdling divi-
sion this term.
French recruit Aurore D Estruval looked
the part when making a winning British
debut at Wetherby last Saturday and holds
entries in both the Supreme and the Tri-
umph at Prestbury Park in March.
Rutherglen is three from three over hurdles
and could go for either the Triumph or the
Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle, depending on
the outcome of his next start.
33-36 --- 10.30 am
12-16 --- 1 pm.
21-34--- 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 3 5
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: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to February 6
29 (Opium Man) 10.30 am
2 (Old Lady)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (water Boat)
33 (Spider) 1 pm
24 (Queen) --- 10.30 am
18 (Water Boat)--- 6.30 pm
smart on debut
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