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Ballyjames makes strong appeal in the
14-runner Hunters Chase over two and a
half miles of soft Stratford today for one
very good reason, amateur jockey, Peter
This young man has caught my eye on
several occasions recently, namely when
winning on our nap, Current Exchange, at
Leicester last Friday when the cause seemed
hopeless in the closing stages only for Gerety
to pull it out of the fire with a tremendous,
These races have been one of my spe-
cialities for a long time; my early years were
spent reporting/race-reading point-to-
points, wonderful times which were edu-
cational and now able to produce the goods,
On the time-handicap Bajjyjames is clear
best-in from Chosen Milan but the Gerety
allowance of 7lbs will surely be the vital
factor; a good bet and so is and once-raced
Agreement in the opening Juvenile Hurdle
over two miles despite obvious claims of
top-rated Forced Family Fun, from the in-
form yard of John Quinn.
Rebecca Curtis-trained Agreement shaped
particularly well when seventh (of 8!) to
Activial in a similar race on soft ground at
Newbury last month; prominent until fitness
told in the closing stages. Barry Geraghty
was aboard and gave a thumbs up to the
Agreement was a winner on the flat in
Ireland when trained by Aidan O Brien!
Considerable improvement is expected
and agreement will be ridden by talented
conditional Patrick Corbett claiming a very
handy 5lbs allowance; a solid each-way bet
on a day when there are two other National
Hunt meetings at Taunton/Plumpton where
Major Milborne is expected to finally gain
reward for consistency in the Novices Hur-
dle over an extended two and a half miles;
can t find a danger to Brendan Powell s
10.00 Major Milborne
10.10 Agreement (e.w)
12.40 Ballyjames (nap-ew)
Ballyjames looks good
Nicholls positive over Big Buck's
Bryan Cooper took home a double but must
pass the racecourse doctor in order to ride at the
Cheltenham Festival scare on a rollercoaster day
Also in the wars was Paul Carberry, who picked
up a minor ankle injury when Mullaghhanoe River
fell behind the Cooper-ridden Bright New Dawn
in the Naas Directors Plate Novices Chase, but he
too is expected to be fit for the Festival.
Cooper was reported to be "badly winded" by
Turf Club medical officer Adrian McGoldrick after
his fall from Allied Victory in the Sunday Market
at Naas Racecourse Maiden Hurdle.
Thrown to the ground at speed when his mount
stepped at a flight, Cooper was quickly back on
his feet but received treatment on the spot from
medical staff before making his way back to the
weighing room for further assessment.
It had all started out well for the rider when
Empire Of Dirt ran out a decisive winner of the
Irish Racing Writers Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle.
Tony Martin s Quickpick Vic was the 2/1 favourite
to claim the Listed prize, taking a significant drop
in class having finished fourth behind Vautour and
The Tullow Tank in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at
Leopardstown last month.
The market leader moved into contention trav-
elling smoothly at the top of the home straight,
but his challenge petered out and he was back-
pedalling by the time he unseated Carberry at the
Colm Murphy s 5/1 shot Empire Of Dirt, second
to Faugheen at Navan in December, was sent to
the lead heading down the back straight by Bryan
Cooper and quickened up well after jumping two
Fellow Gigginstown House Stud-owned runner
The Game Changer tried to throw down a challenge
on the run-in, but Empire Of Dirt was always doing
enough and passed the post two lengths to the
Murphy said: "He s threatened to win a good
one and he s a horse that s had a few hiccups, but
he stuck his head out well there.
"Whatever he does before going chasing over
three miles is a bonus.
"All the family want a trip and hopefully he ll
Cooper and Gigginstown swiftly doubled up as
the Dessie Hughes-trained Bright New Dawn jus-
tified odds-on favouritism in the Naas Directors
Plate Novice Chase.
Winner of the Grade Two Flyingbolt Novice
Chase at Navan last month, the seven-year-old
was an 8-11 market-leader to follow up in this
Grade Three test and jumped accurately at the head
of affairs throughout.
Mullaghanoe River was throwing down a serious
challenge when he dumped Carberry on the turf
two fences from the finish and may well have made
a race of it, as Bright New Dawn had to be driven
out by Cooper to get the job done by seven and
a half lengths from Letter Of Credit.
Hughes said: "He was a bit free and was taking
a bit too much out of himself, but he was fine and
the second horse is not too bad."
Father-son combination Tony and Danny Mullins
teamed up to claim the Naas Supporters Handicap
Hurdle with 11/1 shot Sammy Black.
Rory O Moore swiftly built up a long lead over
16 rivals and at one stage appeared to have nicked
the race, as he still held a healthy advantage rounding
the turn for home.
However, he began to tread water between the
final two flights and while he was still in front
jumping the last, it was inevitable he was going to
Sammy Black stayed on well in the colours of
Barry Connell to take the spoils by a length and
three-quarters, with Hazariban second and the gal-
lant Rory O Moore in third.
Big Buck s is in "seriously good order"
according to trainer Paul Nicholls as he
bids to land the Ladbrokes World Hurdle
for a fifth time at Cheltenham on Thurs-
Speaking after racing at Sandown on Sat-
urday, the former champion trainer disagreed
with owner Andy Stewart, who felt the 11-
year-old had "fluffed his lines" when beaten
by Knockara Beau in the Cleeve Hurdle in
It was his first start after 420 injury-
enforced days off and he went down by
three-quarters of a length, bringing to an
end a winning streak at 18.
Nicholls said: "I disagree with Andy. I
don t think he fluffed his lines at Cheltenham.
He needed the run quite obviously on very
bad ground and he had been off for a long
time. I ve trained him with one race in mind.
"If it had been a normal year, he d have
run at Newbury in November (Long Distance
Hurdle) where we normally start the season
off. I wanted him to have a hard race to see
where we were with him - and if he was
going to get to Cheltenham we needed a
"Sam Twiston-Davies did exactly as I
wanted him to do - you ride a stayer like
a stayer, you don t ride a stayer like a sprinter
- and he had the race won jumping the last,
but just got tired.
"I walked the course that day just before
we had all those thunderstorms and the
ground from the back of the last to the win-
ning post was virtually unraceable, and he
just got tired.
"He s had seven weeks since then. He s
bloomed, he looks fantastic and is a lot
"He had a good gallop at Exeter the other
day and he s schooled well. I m very happy
with him and the one thing he ll enjoy is
the drying ground.
"All his best wins have been on good or
good to soft, so the omens are good with
the weather, he looks great and I m very
much looking forward to the challenge of
Nicholls is fully aware of the threat posed
by unbeaten Irish mare Annie Power.
He said: "She beat Zarkandar on very
testing ground, which he doesn t like, at
Cheltenham earlier on, but she s a very good
mare. The whole of Ireland thinks she s going
to win and perhaps she will do - but none
of ours will go down without a big fight and
Big Buck s certainly won t go down without
a fight, he s in seriously good order."
15-6--- 10.30 am
2-22--- 1 pm.
22-4--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01CENTIPEDE 2 0 0 2
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 5
15 SICK WOMAN 1
18 WATERBOAT 0 1 1
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 1 0 5
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 0 1 1 2
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to March 8
11 (Corbeau) 10.30 am
34 (Blind Man)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
28 (Red Fish)
4 (Dead Man) 1 pm
5 (Parson Man) --- 10.30 am
5 (Parson Man) --- 1 pm
6 (Belly)--- 6.30 pm
Big Bucks and his owner Andy Stewart.
Cooper may have to
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