6.00pm RIP Many Clouds, a real racing fans racehorse. Never less than 100% and sadly on Saturday just a bit more than that. There is a “Mad March Musings” on the way, a review of the weekend and those Mullins Mares. Keep an eye on your in-box!!
Tuesday Lucky 15
We have gone for four of the hardest races of the day as there is a free £3 bet with Paddy Power tomorrow on a Lucky 15 on their self-service betting terminals. Get there early, numbers may be restricted! It’s a free bet so you will need to win £3+ back before you get any cash! Interested to see if they pay treble the odds, one winner?
Lingfield 3.00 CHEAT THE CHEATER 9/1 WH & PP 8/1 general
Southwell 3.40 AMANTIUS 8/1 Betfred & PP
Southwell 4.10 FINISH THE STORY 10/1 general
Lingfield 4.30 DAYTIME AHEAD 7/1 general
and here’s why
Lingfield 3.00 CHEAT THE CHEATER Quite willing to take this short priced favourite on. That was his first win in 21 starts under rules and that was over hurdles! The ground is heavy tomorrow and this race will be slow motion. The selection has winning form in the mud, won over the course and trip, won under today’s pilot, champion jockey Richard Johnson and is down to his last winning mark. That’ll do!
Southwell 3.40 AMANTIUS On breeding this horse shouldn’t be staying the trip unless employing the services of a horsebox but this 8yo seems to be enjoying his hurdling and this is just his eighth attempt and he seems to be improving, indeed he’s won his last two. Think the trainer Johnny Farrelly knows the time of day and is on the up. Aiden Coleman rides for Jonjo O’Neill but Nick Schofield is an adequate replacement. The favourite may outclass these but the mare carries 12st 2lb!
Southwell 4.10 FINISH THE STORY The top of the market is dominated by unexposed novices and as they are from the way out of form yards of Dan Skelton and Jonjo O’Neill keen to take them on. An 11yo who hasn’t won for two years is not the best plan perhaps but It’s that man Farrelly again, the horse is coming back from chasing, enjoys extreme distance, soft ground and has solid form at the course. Brendan Powell has ridden the horse before.
Lingfield 4.30 DAYTIME AHEAD A 2m 3f C5 hurdle on chewed up heavy ground! So the plan was to start at the bottom of the handicap and work our way up. Second in is the 9/4F a course and distance heavy ground winner but we can’t have that price. So onwards and upwards and the selection ran behind todays jolly and is 8lb better off for 11L+ but the key may be that Jack Sherwood (3lbs) replaces Mr M S Bastyan (??). Ridden a tad more prominently the mare has a chance but not exactly where you would expect to back a daughter of Daylami!
Saturday Lucky 15
Cheltenham 12.35 BURTONS WELL 4th 15/2
Every chance. Ran out of steam up the hill.
Doncaster 1.25 STRONG PURSUIT PU 7/1
Beaten turning for home. Philip Hobbs other star novice Sneaky Feeling ran poorly at Cheltenham as well.
Doncaster Stewards Tom O’Brien, the rider of STRONG PURSUIT (IRE), which was pulled up, reported that the gelding stopped quickly as if something was amiss.
Doncaster 3.40 ASK SAM 4th 8/1
Probably not helped by the monsoon prior to the race. Solid run just couldn’t get to Ziga Boy.
Cheltenham 4.35 LE ROCHER Non Runner
I just hoped you were a little more savvy than your correspondent who didn’t even look at Uttoxeter with all the racing at Cheltenham, Doncaster and Naas! It was Le Rocher’s first preference at the Midlands track and he won a C2 2m 4f handicap hurdle at 13/8 on Soft/Heavy ground!! Really cross with myself!
I am going to add a whole load of bits and pieces from the internetty thing over the last four days that you may or may not enjoy reading!!
Thyestes Stewards J.W. Kennedy, rider of Prince Of Scars trained by Gordon Elliott, reported to the Clerk that his mount hung left throughout.
Naas stewards The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Ivan Grozny (FR), trained by W.P. Mullins, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be blowing very hard post race.
Leopards stewards B.J. Geraghty, rider of Fair Return (GB) trained by Noel Meade, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount jumped badly right during this race.
Cheltenham stewards Tom Scudamore, the rider of CHAMPERS ON ICE (IRE), unplaced, reported that the gelding was never travelling. The Stewards ordered the gelding to be routine tested.
Cheltenham stewards Mr J.J. Codd, the rider of CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA), placed fifth, reported that the gelding was never travelling. The Stewards ordered CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA) to be routine tested.
Cheltenham stewards Neil Mulholland, the trainer of THE YOUNG MASTER, unplaced, reported that the gelding had a breathing problem.
Cheltenham stewards Tom Scudamore, the rider of MAX DO BRAZIL (FR), which was pulled up, reported that the gelding stopped quickly.
Doncaster Stewards Tom O’Brien, the rider of STRONG PURSUIT (IRE), which was pulled up, reported that the gelding stopped quickly as if something was amiss.
Doncaster Stewards The Stewards held an enquiry into the fall of J.J. Burke, the rider of BIGBADJOHN (IRE), after the winning post on the first circuit. The rider stated that the gelding wasn’t travelling and became unbalanced approaching the bend. On the bend, he felt BIGBADJOHN (IRE) go wrong behind and slipped over whilst in the process of being pulled up. The Veterinary Officer subsequently reported that a post-race examination of the gelding revealed BIGBADJOHN (IRE) to have a fibrillating heart.
Michael Looby @michaellooby2 If Lets Dance wins like Id expect her to on Sunday I hope she goes Neptune,shes the only danger to Death Duty if she went AB
Antepost Racing @AntepostRacing No Invitation Only on Sunday
Antepost Racing @AntepostRacing Min got a bang on the knee and was a late withdrawal, still hoping to see him before Cheltenham according to WPM.
Graham Cunningham @gcunning12 Plenty of rain due at Cheltenham overnight.
Adam Norman @JustNormNow 12noon 28th Jan. Murk has cleared at Donny but looks like they’ve had a fair bit of rain, expect it to be fairly loose on top.
Nicky Henderson/Stan James blog 27th Jan. That said BUVEUR D’AIR is still in the race and had a pop around the indoor school this morning. He will run in the Scilly Isles Chase at Sandown next Saturday which may tell us more but I’m not ruling anything in or out. He has the entry in the Champion Hurdle for a reason and I’m very open on this one.
Nicky Henderson/Stan James blog 27th Jan They are both nice horses who arrive here having won their last starts respectively and are in very good shape. MAESTRO ROYAL was good at Sandown and got raised 7lbs in the weights but he’s a decent two mile horse who ran well the time before at the course where he got to the last hurdle in second and almost knocked it out of the ground which did him no favours and he just couldn’t reel in the winner after that. DIVINE SPEAR won nicely at Fontwell and got put up 4lbs for that but could still be well handicapped with Ned Curtis taking a valuable 5lbs off again.
Nicky Henderson/Stan James blog 27th Jan 1:25 CONSTANTINE BAY (G2 River Don Novices’ Hurdle) He has done nothing but improve and scored very nicely at Chepstow last time having started the year winning a funny race at Haydock on soft ground. My concern is however, that the forecast faster ground at Doncaster might be against him and I’m quite nervous about that as it’s currently good to firm in places and this is one horse that wouldn’t want it too quick. He was entered up at Cheltenham but I decided to run here because I think the 3m will suit him better. I have a lot of time for this one and, if the ground is right, he should run a big race.
@ElsieEphseyIs it too early to ask for a dark horse for the Festival? That’s a tricky one as I have plenty of Novice Hurdlers and Chasers to sort out but I suppose BEYOND CONCEIT would fit into that category. He’s nine years old now so it’s no point wasting any time with him. He will definitely go the Supreme. CAPTAIN WOODIE is also a horse I like.
@Logijunior Hi Nicky, is there any news on when Nico De Boinville will be back and when will we next see POST WAR? Nico’s been riding out here for the past ten days and schooled a few indoors this morning and is waiting to get an official all-clear but we are hoping it will be within the next ten days. Quite possibly he will be back next weekend, which will be good. I hope that you will see POST WAR soon; I just need to find the right race for him. He wants a 2m4f hurdle race on a galloping track in decent ground as he’s a very big horse who won well the other day but jumped appallingly which is silly as he’s one of the best jumpers I’ve seen in years!
Dan Skelton Coral blog 27th Jan. Some of the horses have run a bit flat following their flu vacs. There are no health issues at all, no dirty noses, no coughs, no bleeding, nothing at all to worry about. Some of the horses have run well, Three Musketeers win delighted us and Heron’s Heir won nicely during the week, but some of the horses are travelling well to around two out and then seem to be feeling the effects of the flu vac and not quite finishing their races off as well as they can. It’s not unexpected either. Last year we had five winners in January, and this year we are on four, and then last year we felt the benefits of the flu vac and the quiet month, and had eighteen winners in February. You can’t expect all the horses to be at their peak and in top form throughout the whole season. You have to have that quiet spell and then pick it up again as you come in to February with the busy spring ahead.
Dan Skelton Coral blog 27th Jan. SUNDAY 1.20 Sedgefield – Robin Of Locksley He was due to go over fences last time but it was called off. So I thought we’d just go back over hurdles, as the race suited and I’m taking two horses up there, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in. It’s about time he won again in all honesty.
Alan King Blog 27th Jan. “Keep In Line flies the flag in that race for Barbury this time, and he has been running well over two miles without quite delivering what we were hoping, so we are stepping him up in trip in the hope that might out a bit more improvement. Rainbow Dreamer jumps up two grades for the Triumph Hurdle Trial. He won twice at Fontwell in December, battling back after fluffing his lines at the last after Christmas, but he’ll need a career-best in what looks a hot race. Annacotty returns from a break for the Hugo’s Restaurant Barbados Trophy. He’s been disappointing this season, but we hope his little holiday will have freshened him up and they are also talking about rain in the morning which would help him as he has not really had the soft ground he needs this winter. We have William H Bonney in the finale, the Steel Plate and Sections Handicap Hurdle. He ran well for a long way on his seasonal reappearance at Kempton over Christmas, only tiring from the second last, and he’ll come on for that so we are expecting better this time”
Alan King Blog Tuesday January 17 Matt Chapman is not everyone’s cup of tea, so if you opted to give Alan’s phone-in on ATR last night with the new betting expert on ITV racing a miss then here are the salient points. Besides outlining plans for some of our possible Cheltenham Festival runners, Alan filled in the viewers on the progress of “the walking wounded”. He said:”Obviously, everyone asks me about Uxizandre, and the good news is that his return is imminent, possibly on the last Saturday in January at either Cheltenham or Doncaster. “You can’t just run Uxizandre anywhere as he has to go left-handed, but he’ll be entered in both the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham. It’s almost two years now since he gave AP (McCoy) that never-to-be forgotten last Festival celebration in the Ryanair, so it will be great to have him back. JP (McManus) also owns Winter Escape, and, though he was very disappointing on his seasonal debut in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham in November, he came back very sick and it has taken a long time to get him right again. He has only just resumed fast work and, though he is in the betting for the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury next month, I suspect that will come too soon. However, we have certainly not lost faith in Winter Escape, and I still believe he will prove a high-class performer. Another who I hope to get on the comeback trail before the end of the season is Ord Ab Chao, who was a promising hurdler last season but got pneumonia and pleurisy and very nearly died. We schooled him over fences last season, but he has been off since April and it is too late now to send him novice chasing, so we will save that until next winter. I did enter him for the World Hurdle at Cheltenham, but that may be a bit too ambitious.” Of the high-profile horses who have played their part in such a great season for Barbury, Alan added:”Two and a half miles might prove to be Yanworth‘s optimum distance, but there is no championship race for him at Cheltenham over that distance, so, with Unowhatimeanharry also being owned by JP and looking an obvious contender for the World Hurdle, we have had to revise our plans and head instead towards the Champion Hurdle. I have never been totally convinced that Yanworth is crying out for three miles, and he has never been beaten at two so maybe it is not such a bad thing. He dug deep and won the Christmas Hurdle in brave fashion, but Cheltenham will suit him so much better than Kempton. A stiff finish will bring out his stamina, so the Contenders Hurdle at Sandown looks the right place to go for the prep-race and we’ll take it from there. Messire des Obeaux is also very exciting. He is 3-3 this year, having started in a handicap at Bangor and followed up with a Grade 2 and a Grade 1. He would not have the same brilliance that Yanworth showed us as a novice, but, though I can’t wait to see him over fences next season, he is a pretty smart hurdler and the Neptune looks his race. He’ll either have his dress-rehearsal at Cheltenham on Trials day or the Sidney Banks Hurdle at Huntingdon. Sceau Royal might well join Yanworth in the Champion, depending on how he fares in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton next month. For me, Sceau Royal is the forgotten horse of the race. He travelled well for a long way in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle but did not see his race out, and he is definitely better than that. He’s had a good break and is back in strong work, and, having looked very good early on as a juvenile hurdler, he never fired in the Triumph, but unfortunately March was the only month last year that my horses were not in form. Smad Place is another who has just returned after having a break after the Hennessy. The plan is to try and win the Cotswold Chase for the second year running at Cheltenham on Saturday week, and I would imagine we’ll give the Gold Cup another shot if the ground is soft.”
Jpnorris That’s a “back over hurdles” performance from Aux Ptits Soins.
Paul Ferguson @paulfergusonJTF 27th Jan. John Hales hints on @AtTheRaces that Politologue could go to Sandown, presumably for Scilly Isles next week vs Buveur D’Air.
Sandown Park @Sandownpark 27th Jan. Jack Jacob Milner
All eyes on Sandown Park next week. A whole host of Cheltenham contenders likely. Hoping for Brain Power vs Yanworth vs Irving
Richard Johnson Betway Blog Jan. 27th The Neptune Trial (3.25pm) is a pretty open-looking contest where I’m on Sneaky Feeling (9/1). He’s very unexposed on only his second hurdles start, so hopefully there’s plenty more to come. I loved his attitude at Newbury last time and this will be a good test to see where he stands.
Paul Nicholls Betfair blog Jan.27th 15:25 – Topofthegame Won narrowly in the end at Ascot on his hurdles debut despite almost throwing it away through inexperience. Topofthegame is a fine big horse with an exciting future so we are determined not to rush him. He is learning as he goes along and I am hoping he can take another step forward here in a strong field.
16: 00 – Old Guard Has been finding life tougher this season and this could help us decide if he goes for the Stayers Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival or the Coral Cup. We know the course suits his style of running and there was much to like about the way he kept on under a big weight to finish fourth to his stable companion Modus at Kempton last time.
13:25 – Give Me A Copper Won stylishly at Exeter and Is a decent long term prospect, a nice chaser for next season. We are looking after Give Me A Copper for the time being and he will not run here unless they get some rain because he needs plenty of cut in the ground.
WillieMullins on twitter 28th Jan. We have two in the 3 mile novice chase. Briar Hill (Mikey Fogarty) fell at Leopardstown last time and will hopefully get his confidence back here. He certainly has the ability when everything goes right. Haymount (Danny Mullins) didn’t enjoy this trip over hurdles but we think he needs it over fences. He is a good jumper and we are expecting improvement from his run at Limerick at Christmas.
http://www.jumpsracing.co.uk/2017-01-27 Neil Mulholland Stable Chat
Last weekend was a quiet one for us, as well as for jumps racing as a whole in the UK, with the cold weather impacting the fixture list, but thankfully we still enjoyed a successful week.
We had a fantastic day on Tuesday as we picked up an across the card treble at Wetherby and Leicester, with Most Celebrated and Fingerontheswitch entering the winner’s enclosure at the Yorkshire venue.
Most Celebrated has been showing us his talent at home, and thankfully he managed to transfer that ability to the track to win the juvenile hurdle by a wide margin. Tom Scudamore was delighted with the horse, which was pleasing to hear, and he has come out of the race in fine form which is equally important.
I am yet to form a plan with the owners, but the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton or the Victor Ludorum at Haydock would look like the two potential options for him. It’s important to take it day-to-day with young horses, but all being well we hope he can turn into Triumph Hurdle runner.
It was equally pleasing to see Fingerontheswitch notch his maiden victory over fences, with the first-time tongue-tie seemingly doing the trick. It was a win we hoped would come, but he still had to go out and there and do the business so we couldn’t have been happier.
Actlikeacountess had a bit of luck to win the mares’ handicap hurdle at Leicester but she was running a big race in her own right, and three winners on the same day is a magnificent achievement for the yard.
On paper this weekend looks like a quiet one for us, but all three of our runners face important challenges.
We are delighted to have Southfield Royale back healthy and well, and he makes the long journey to Doncaster for the Sky Bet Chase on Saturday afternoon. He had one or two niggles at the start of the season but he is as fit as he can be first time out, and he schooled well on Friday morning which is a positive.
It’s a big ask first time out, but we have James King taking an important 5lbs off so hopefully he can be in the frame. We will see how he performs on Saturday first, but if all goes well there could be a handicap for him at the Cheltenham Festival so fingers crossed he can show his true ability.
The Young Master ran in the Cleeve Hurdle last season before winning the bet365 Gold Cup and we are more than happy to go to Cheltenham with him once again this weekend. He does of course have bigger targets ahead of him in the spring, but he is well at home so hopefully he can put in a decent display.
Looking ahead to Sunday, and we send Solighoster to Fontwell Park for his hurdling debut in the 2m1f novices’ contest. Solighoster is a Point-to-Point winner so we know he jumps well, and so far his form has been good this season. He won on debut for us at Newcastle back in November, before he ran a solid race when beaten by a good horse at Huntingdon on Boxing Day. That race looked a decent one on paper so we are looking forward to running him, and we are hopeful that he can put in a good performance at one of our favourite tracks.
Racing Post @RacingPost Hobbs: “Barry walked the course and decided it was on the soft side. Therefore, my horse runs and Nicky’s- who wants better ground- doesn’t”
Nicky Henderson @sevenbarrows Charli Parcs will run @MusselburghRace next Saturday in the Triumph Hurdle Trial. NJH
Harry Fry Latest News 27th Jan. Air Horse One maintained our fine strike rate in January with a fluent success under a penalty at Taunton on Friday. In beating two well-regarded types he qualified for the EBF novices’ handicap final at Sandown the weekend before the Cheltenham Festival. The key to Air Horse One is that as he gains experience he is settling much better now which allows him to finish his races properly.
Racing Post @RacingPost 1.31pm Saturday!! BREAKING: Faugheen does not run in the Irish Champion Hurdle, according to trainer Willie Mullins
Racing Post @RacingPost 1.48pm Saturday Willie Mullins: “We weren’t happy with him this morning and while we’re not sure what the problem is he could have tweaked a muscle behind.”
The Irish Field @TheIrishField Willie Mullins reports Faugheen likely to go straight to Cheltenham following apparent muscle problem which rules him out of tomorrow’s race
Itv4 13:29 – 28 JAN 2017 Colin Tizzard has hinted Grade One winner Finian’s Oscar could take a drop down in class on his next start. The Milborne Port handler has earmarked an extended two-mile Listed novice hurdle at Exeter on February 12 as the potential next port of call for the five-year-old. Tizzard said: “I think he will run again before Cheltenham. There is a nice race at Exeter in a fortnight. He only needs one more run and that is a few weeks before the Festival. I would assume he is more like a two-and-a-half-miler. He doesn’t seem to be stopping in his races and he is not a Flat-bred horse. I expect we will leave our options open, as if it came up like a bog (at the Festival) he is not slow either.”
Michael Looby @michaellooby2 Willie mentioning Neptune or the open Mares race there on RTE for Lets Dance
Racing UK Sunday 29 January 2017
Willie Mullins and his veterinary team to check Faugheen out on Monday
Faugheen will be checked out on Monday by Willie Mullins and his veterinary team after being forced to miss the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. The nine-year-old, winner of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2015, has not been seen in action since taking the Irish Champion 12 months ago. He is set to head straight to Cheltenham in an attempt to regain his two-mile crown, having been taken out of his eagerly-awaited comeback when found to have pulled a muscle in his hind quarters. Mullins said: “I won’t get a vet to look at him until tomorrow. He’ll have the weekend off and hopefully it will be all sorted by tomorrow. I just hope that he will be all right when I go out tomorrow morning. He’s just walking at the moment. It’s just something that is going to need a few days, and if he needs treatment after tomorrow we’ll wait again.”
Mullins sent Vroum Vroum Mag to Doncaster on Saturday to win the mares’ hurdle, although she was far from impressive in doing so as the 1-5 favourite. The trainer said: “It was probably one of her worst performances. She might have had a cough or cold coming on, but Paul (Townend) said she was never travelling. She jumped the last two hurdles and I’d say it was just her bravery that won it for her. Maybe the second horse is better than we think, but it wasn’t a good performance from her at all.”
He added of Irish Arkle absentee Min, who was not declared for the race on Friday after a bang to his knee: “There is no update on Min. We will get the weekend out of the way first.”
Adam Norman Doncaster Friday The novice chase was a high-class four runner affair headed by former Festival winner Aux Ptits Soins, who hasn’t been entirely convincing in two starts over fences, albeit looking better at Kelso last time. That form wasn’t brilliant though, and he was up against some strong staying sorts in Premier Bond and Kerrow, while the poorly handicapped Viens Chercher wasn’t a forlorn hope if suited by a step up in trip. The Nicholls horse did not look entirely happy early on and his jumping got progressively worse, leaving the other three to fight out the finish, the two stayers wearing down Viens Chercher after the last with Premier Bond knuckling down best close home. And I’m starting to wonder if Kerrow might be the one for the handicap on the opening day of the Fest. The Henderson beast is really likeable, the sort you want on your side in a ruck, and he’s definitely worth keeping on the right side of in decent handicaps this spring, with good ground clearly no bother.
Adam Norman Doncaster Saturday Double W’s had his supporters and one of my favourite horses ran a cracker to chase home the winner after going freely throughout. He jumped better here than at Newbury last time and this should now put him spot on for Cheltenham where I still feel a fast run 2m on decent ground will see him in even better light.
Another four runner novice chase was one to look forward to and it took a similar shape to that run the day before, albeit with flip-flopping favourites as the hype machine A Hare Breath was backed as though defeat was out of the question. This didn’t ring true in these quarters – both Cloudy Dream and Forest Bihan boasting novice form of the highest order. They were both worth backing at the prices offered at various stages and although I was confident the Jefferson grey would win, it came as no surprise to see the terrific looking Forest Bihan land the spoils, putting to bed slight reservations over his attitude off the bridle. I suspect both principles are heading for the Arkle at the Festival and neither will look out of place.
I didn’t see the mares but it didn’t surprise me that Midnight Jazz gave Vroom Vroom Mag a fright – she’s as tough and consistent as you’ll see. The reservation going forward is that she’s had three very hard races of late.
I didn’t take any view on the SkyBet Chase and sadly didn’t get a good look at them as a torrential shower had everyone diving for dry land.
Gordon Elliott’s chances of winning a first Irish Trainers’ Championship were improved significantly in the minutes surrounding the running of the Grade 3 Limestone Lad Hurdle at Naas today, which was won easily by the trainer’s Sutton Place. Sutton Place. a son of Mahler and ridden by Mark Walsh, moved strongly into contention from the second last and went past Supasundae at the final flight. He stretched his lead on the run-in and eventually scored an impressive seven and a half lengths win over that rival. After the race, an impressed Elliott stated “I’d say he’s a fair one and you’d like the way he has galloped to the line. He has improved a good bit from last year and has got stronger and he’s a horse for jumping fences down the road. There’s no chance he’ll run in the Newbury race as he’s a horse for next year; I’ll talk to Frank (Berry, owner J.P. McManus’ racing manager). We might keep him at home (instead of going to Cheltenham) but we’ll talk to the lads and see.”
Lets Dance “The advantage she has is that she’s a second season novice in against real novices,” said Mullins. “She ran last year but didn’t win and we just ran her in big races because she started off so late in the season. We took a chance that if she won one, all and good, but if she didn’t she’d have all the experience for this year. I think that’s paying off for her, apart from the fact that she’s a good filly anyway. The conditions of the race suited her here. She did it well. We have to try and pick the right race for her at Cheltenham now. The mares novice would look the obvious one but that’s only two-and-a-quarter miles. She might be better off running in maybe the Neptune or the Mares Hurdle, something a bit longer. We’ll see what turns up in the mares novice. Two-and-a-quarter around Cheltenham would be a good gallop though and it’s more than likely the one. We’ll see we have a few nice mares for that race. We won’t have to make up our mind for a while and we’ll see how she comes out of that.”
Mullins added about runner-up Kemboy:- “He could be a Albert Bartlett type the way he raced there. He impressed me in his work during the week. He was running a real good race until that mistake. He’s improving all the time.”
David Mullins Racing FX blog Jan 30th 2017 I ride REIGNING SUPREME at Leicester on Wednesday, who won his Maiden Hurdle well in England. I’ve sat on him before at Nicky Henderson’s and he’s a lovely, big, chasing type and I’m hoping for a big performance on Wednesday.
MONALEE will be at Clonmel on Thursday, after skipping Leopardstown because the ground was too quick, so he’ll run in the Grade Three Novices Hurdle instead. He’s very well thought of at the yard and will take a lot of beating. I’ve had two spins on him before and felt great both days, so I’d be expecting the same when I ride him on Thursday.