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Seaham has an outstanding opportunity
of making it eighth time lucky in the eight-
runner Maiden Stakes over a mile of
Southwell fibresand today because every
pound counts on the infamous deep stuff!
Lack of opposition stretches to all but
Mark Johnston-trained newcomer,
Mondicht, a four-year-old which will carry
ten stones; 19lbs more than Seaham in
respect of weight-for age!
Obviously trainer Rod Millman has spot-
ted that and will be confident of success
for Seaham, rated 75 on the strength of sev-
eral consistent efforts; as for an absence of
180 days it really shouldn t be a concern.
Millman places great stock on fitness and
acquiring the best jockeys available, ex-
champion Luke Morris rides!
As mentioned this represents a golden
chance and Seaham needs to take it; the
quality of all-weather maidens is about to
become an issue for moderates given that
more fashionable yards are now limbering
up for the 2014 turf flat season, less than
six weeks away!
Incidentally Johnston has no other runner
at this seven-race fixture which includes a
nine-runner Selling Stakes over seven fur-
longs and a professional special each-way
bet, course and distance winner Beachwood
Bay, mount of 7lbs apprentice, Josephine
Never heard of her, we can hear you mut-
ter, but this lass rode Beachwood Bay when
the Jo Hughes-trained Toubougg gelding
achieved a half-decent time-handicap mark
on a soft Windsor surface last October.
Enough boxes are ticked for a race which,
by process of elimination, makes Beachwood
Bay an exciting proposition with good por-
tents for another success.
My play will involve an each-way dou-
ble.Ayr is forecasting soft ground for a jump-
ing fixture and Lucinda Russell-trained
Mysteree appeals in the NH Novices Hurdle
over an extended two and a half miles;
apparently Scotland hasn t had anything
like the rains currently being encountered
in the South and West and it will be inter-
esting to see the race-times.
Don t forget to check the www.dailyearn-
er.co.uk every for late updates; Vibrato Valtat
was a well-backed beaut yesterday.
10.20 Mysteree (nap).
10.35 Beachwood Bay (ew)
Go to Beachwood Bay
Hales says options open for Al Ferof
Ruby Walsh believes that Tidal Bay would have
a leading chance in the Crabbie s Grand National
if connections decide to head to Aintree.
Walsh was re-united with the 13-year-old in
Sunday s Hennessy Gold Cup Chase at Leopardstown
and the pair rallied after getting outpaced to finish
second to Last Instalment.
Trainer Paul Nicholls is reportedly considering a
tilt at the National and Walsh believes the veteran
chaser has what it takes to be a factor in Liverpool.
"I thought he ran a really good race, he doesn t
ride like a 13-year-old, he has loads of enthusiasm
and his jumping is as good as it s ever been," he
told Racing UK.
"I should have forced Tidal Bay into going quicker
a bit earlier. The lads didn t quicken up until halfway
down the back and left me for dead and in fairness
to Tidal Bay he kept going and got back up for
second close home.
"They re thinking about going for the National
with him and I d be surprised if he s not there or
"It was some run in the Welsh National in such
a long-distance, testing race but he doesn t look,
ride or feel like a 13 year old. It s incredible how
sprightly he is.
"He has enough pace to stay reasonably in touch
in the National and with the modifications you
probably need to stay better now than you ever did.
"Because of the modifications the pace is more
relentless, they are going a more consistent, high-
er-tempo gallop and stamina is becoming more of
"It doesn t take as much jumping and the real
big extravagant jumper will probably get lost about
Aintree now---you need more of a risk-taker."
While happy with his mount, Walsh was impressed
with the performance of the winner and he believes
that Last Instalment could be a big player in the
Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.
"It was a really, really good performance from
Last Instalment but it was a muddling race, we
didn t go a great gallop for the first mile. He was
quite keen, up there all the way and it s not an easy
place to make the running over three miles. He
jumped brilliantly for Brian O Connell.
"You d have to imagine if Ireland has got any
chance of winning the Gold Cup then it would be
with Last Instalment."
Walsh may have had to settle for second in the
day s feature but he did ride two Grade One winners
with Ballycasey completing a double after Vautour s
success when he took the Dr P.J. Moriarty Chase.
"It was a proper race against two leading novices
and it was a really good performance from Ballycasey
to go and beat the two of them on his second start
over fences," he commented.
"Carlingford Lough may have been a bit unlucky
at the last but I still felt I might have won and, for
a horse having his second run over fences, they are
two fair yardsticks to be beating.
"He had a bit of a setback after he won his begin-
ners chase. I m afraid to ring and find out how he
is this morning! He s been a bit fragile, he was in
Cheltenham last year but wasn t quite right on the
Friday morning but he is a very good horse if Willie
can keep him together."
The day was not without its disappointments as
Ivan Grozny failed to live up to his billing in the
juvenile hurdle and Walsh admitted that the per-
formance had left him scratching his head.
"I hope that s not as good as Ivan Grozny is. I d
be thinking maybe stamina is an issue. I had plenty
of horse going to the second last but he emptied
out coming away from it.
"I was disappointed, I thought he was better than
that but you could argue he ran to his form over
Christmas. I was disappointed though and a bit
All Cheltenham Festival options remain
open for Al Ferof despite his defeat at New-
bury, according to owner John Hales.
The Paul Nicholls-trained nine-year-old
was beaten 25 lengths into second by Harry
Topper in the Denman Chase on what was
just his second try over three miles.
He had previously finished third in the
King George VI Chase over that trip at
Kempton and was having to tackle heavy
ground at the weekend, with officials dolling
off a couple of fences due to the very testing
In the immediate aftermath talk sur-
rounded whether he would be better suited
to the Ryanair Chase rather than the Gold
Cup, but Hales is not currently ruling any-
thing out for his star.
The grey is also entered in the two-mile
Queen Mother Champion Chase, with Hales
keen to see how the track is shaping up
nearer the date before committing to any
He said: "We will leave a decision until
much nearer the time as there s a couple
of factors to take into consideration. Firstly,
what the weather is like over the next few
weeks and secondly, what the ground is like
"I think as far as the media is concerned,
you are going to get the same answer from
a lot of people as you just don t know what
will happen with the weather. It s a bit far
off to be making a decision.
"We haven t had heavy ground at Chel-
tenham since the days of Desert Orchid.
"Our horse has entries in the Gold Cup,
the Ryanair and the Queen Mother and we ll
leave it nearer to the time to make a deci-
"On the evidence of Saturday, you would
have to say he wouldn t stay the Gold Cup
trip on that ground, but would you get that
ground at the Festival? He flies round Chel-
tenham and on good ground it could be
"The options remain open and we won t
be making any decisions yet."
Meanwhile jockey Paul Moloney was suc-
cessful in his appeal against a suspension
for weighing in three pounds heavier than
he weighed out for a race at Catterick on
The disciplinary panel of the British
Horseracing Authority quashed the three-
day ban handed to Moloney by the local
stewards after he had ridden Fitandproperjob
into fourth place in the Free Racedays With
The Racegoers Club Novices Handicap
The panel noted that the extremely wet
weather conditions on the day had caused
all the riders in the race to weigh-in by at
least 1lb over the weight at which they had
weighed out, with the exception of Moloney
who weighed in 3lb heavy.
However, it was noted that Moloney, as
opposed to the other riders in the race, had
not worn waterproof breeches or a water-
The panel also took into account that in
a later race at the North Yorkshire track the
clerk of scales had recommended no action
should be taken when the jockeys weighed
in two pounds or more heavier than that
which they weighed out due to the weather,
which was accepted by the stewards.
23-8 --- 10.30 am
28-34--- 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: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to February 10
8 (Tiger) 10.30 am
TODAY'S STAR BETS
31 (Parson Wife)
3 (Carriage) 1 pm
5 (Parson Man) --- 10.30 am
9 (Cattle) --- 1 pm
17 (Pigeon)--- 6.30 pm
Walsh keeps faith
with Tidal Bay for
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