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Templegate’s racing tips: Ayr, Ludlow, Kempton and Wolverhampton – Templegate’s betting preview for racing on Wednesday, February 6

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IT’S the right time to worship MORNING VICAR (nap) in Ludlow’s 4.50.
He won a Newbury bumper on his debut last season and there was a lot to like about his first run over hurdles in November.
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The form of that race – won by Kateson – is good and any more rain is in his favour.
THAQAFFA (3.25 Kempton, nb) rattled up a hat-trick of wins at today’s track around this time last year.
He made a promising return to action over Christmas and pulled too hard at Wolverhampton last time out.
The return to his favourite course should do the trick.

Templegate's treble

NAP 4.50 Ludlow – Morning Vicar: ‘Form is looking solid and the rain is in his favour’
NEXT BEST 3.25 Kempton – Thaqaffa: ‘Saves his best for this track’
TREBLE 2.45 Ludlow – Pineapple Rush: ‘Looks ready to strike’

PINEAPPLE RUSH (2.45 Ludlow, treble) won twice on soft ground last spring.
He was by far the best of those to race off the pace at Wincanton last time and she looks ready to strike.

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AYR
1.30 Lastin’ Memories
2.00 Galvin
2.35 Glittering Love
3.05 Peters Cousin
3.35 Zalvados
4.10 Finaghy Ayr
4.40 Lilly’s Arc
KEMPTON
1.50 Biz Markee
2.20 Tavus
2.55 Cash N Carrie
3.25 Thaqaffa (nb)
4.00 Enthaar
4.30 Casa Comigo
LUDLOW
1.40 Herecomestheboom
2.10 Charming Zen
2.45 Pineapple Rush (treble)
3.15 Gortroe Joe
3.45 Miranda
4.20 Road To Rome
4.50 Moring Vicar (nap)
WOLVERHAMPTON
5.10 Madame Vitesse
5.45 Major Blue
6.15 True Destiny
6.45 Sha La La La Lee
7.15 Miss Bates
7.45 Sheberghan
8.15 Toni’s A Star


Cheltenham horse racing 2019 tips tricks advantages disadvantages

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Cheltenham Tips 2019 – How to Bet On Cheltenham 2019
In case you’re searching for the best Cheltenham Festival tips for the celebration, you’ve come to perfect.

Take the favorable position of the best bookmaker offers
Look far from the undeniable enormous names and maintain a strategic distance from short costs
Play every path in the uncompetitive evaluated races
Search for hold-up entertainers in the enormous field handicaps
Stick with past Cheltenham frame

ADVANTAGES
We should explore a bit of the point of interest and disservices of each. In any case, I will jump into the central focuses and shortcomings of betting up close and personal.
Wagering on Events in Person: Pros
You are specifically in the thick of the movement, which is empowering. If you are betting for stimulation, it is hard to get more energizing than that.
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You moreover can hint at enhancement look at the condition of the track itself.
You may miss a lot of these nuances on TV.
There are no redirections from outside the racecourse. At racecourse a hundred unique things which can pull you’re thought a long way from the event.
DISADVANTAGES
Wagering of events in person: Cons

In spite of the way that you probably won’t have a lot of redirections outside the racecourse, the course itself can make a ton of preoccupations in solitude.
Gatherings create a lot of buzzes, and the energizing of being specified by the action can itself truly furious your steady acumen.
Betting at the windows can be a misery, and can pull you a long way from the stands and trap you in line for a long time.

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Today’s FREE Horse racing tips: The Betting Spy’s top picks for Saturday’s racing at Sandown, Leopardstown and Lingfield

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SANDOWN looks set to beat the freeze which is great for jumps fans and I have Picton one who could be a real winter warmer.
BELAMI DES PICTONS is the class act in the 3m handicap chase at 3.45.
Venetia Williams remains in flying formGetty Images – Getty
No surprise then that he has top weight but it is easy to argue his mark of 146 still underestimates him.
His novice form of two seasons ago was solid and progressive and he looked set for a good season last term when chasing home the brilliant Waiting Patiently at Carlisle on his reappearance.
He was not beaten that far and pulled miles clear of the third and fourth, who are both now 147-rated chasers.
He has a good record fresh, will love the soft ground and likes to race close to the pace, a style well-suited to the Esher track.

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Venetia Williams has shown with the likes of Yala Enki and Aso this season that she is a superb target-trainer when she has a big race in her sights – Belami des Pictons will not fail through lack of fitness.
His stablemate Houblon des Obeaux made the most of a lenient mark to win the veterans’ chase here last month but is up in the weights again and, like fellow ‘golden oldies’ Loose Chips and Le Reve, should go well without quite being good enough.
Kimberlite Candy and Sandy Beach followed good wins with poor efforts last time so have questions to answer but Paul Nicholls has given long-absent Give Me A Copper a Gold Cup entry so he is one to keep a close eye on.

I spy an eyecatcher…

In the opening novice hurdle at Kempton on Monday, Nicky Henderson’s Precious Cargo justified strong market support in fine style on his first run over obstacles, looking like a novice chaser to watch next season.
But the eye was drawn to 50-1 shot CELTIC JOY who was still in contention off the home turn before fading to finish third.
He ran well in a Huntingdon bumper last season but this was his best effort over timber on his third attempt.
He is qualified for handicaps now and in-form Emma Lavelle should be able to find a winning opening for him. There should be Joy for his backers soon.

Lingfield, and the other all-weather tracks, have been keeping the show on the road this week and the Surrey course host one of their best cards of the winter with two Listed events.
In the first Richard Kingscote will be hard to Kach in the Cleeve Stakes (1.45).
He is on board KACHY and a repeat of last year’s success in this hot sprint is very much on the cards. He defied a wide draw 12 months ago so being berthed in stall eight of nine is no great negative.
He is hard to catch round here and looked as good as ever when bolting in at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day.
Kachy is full of speed and will be hard to catch once againGetty Images – Getty
This is tougher with Archie Watson fielding two dangers in Corinthia Knight, another who loves Lingfield, and recent handicap winner Gorgeous Noora.
The former may be better at the minimum trip and the filly does need to progress again. Ryan Moore is on board Cenotaph but he disappointed at Kempton last time and may need further.
Wissahickon will be hard to beat in the Derby Trial (2.55), with Frankie Dettori keen enough to forsake his Newmarket armchair for the delights of a freezing February day at Lingfield.
The Cambridgeshire winner is 8lb worse off with Big Country for the two length beating he dished out in December but the progressive winner is still unexposed and should confirm the form.

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A better betting proposition could be HYPNOS in the opener at 12.35. He shaped well when second on his all-weather debut over course and distance last month on his return from a break.
The third and fourth have won since and, off the same mark, Hypnos can follow suit.
There is a superb card at Leopardstown where backing MELON in the Irish Champion Hurdle can bear fruit.
Apple’s Jade has enjoyed a terrific season and she gets the 7lb allowance but her wins have all been over further. In fact she has not raced at the minimum trip since getting pipped by Irving in Newcastle’s Fighting Fifth Hurdle in 2016!
Apple’s Jade has not raced over this trip since 2016!Sportsfile – Subscription
Melon is a specialist at the trip and gave Buveur d’Air a real scare before giving best in last season’s Champion Hurdle. He needed the run on his return but will be much sharper here and may have too much toe for the favourite.
In the Arkle Chase at 3.45 hot favourite Le Richebourg may not have things all his own way against PALOMA BLUE.
He won over course and distance at Christmas where he was just getting the better of Real Steel when that rival crashed out at the last.
Impact Factor was a well-beaten third and he has since got closer to leading Cheltenham hope Cilaos Emery at Gowran Park while Real Steel has dotted up at Fairyhouse so the form is strong.

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And Paloma Blue surely has much more to offer as his early jumping last time was poor – yet he still had the engine to win. If Henry de Bromhead has sorted out his jumping Paloma Blue has the class to go far.
Le Richebourg is a proven Grade 1 winner and will be hard to beat but this is probably a hotter contest than the one he landed at Christmas.
Gary Moore adds interest by sending over Knocknanuss. There was no disgrace in his defeat to a French ace at Plumpton last time but, given the strength in depth Ireland has in the novice chase division, it will be a surprise if he is good enough.
Whatever happens it will give a pre-Cheltenham line to the relative merits of the British and Irish two-milers.


Kate Harrington talks new racing job and family success in exclusive interview

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KATE HARRINGTON is looking forward to a Supasundae.

In fact, as part of Racing TV’s Irish team covering the Dublin Festival, she cannot wait for the whole weekend.
Kate Harrington is starting her new role on Racing TV
Harrington, 29, will be giving armchair racing fans the benefit of her knowledge during the star-studded Leopardstown meeting.
If that wasn’t enough, she’s also heavily involved with some of the leading fancies for the big races as assistant to her mum, top trainer Jessica Harrington.
It’s probably a good job a shoulder injury has stopped her riding in races for the time being, as she appears to have more on her plate than a hungry docker.
Supasundae leads a powerful Harrington squad into action over next two days. He will attempt to repeat last year’s victory in today’s Irish Champion Hurdle. Press Conference, Magnium, Jetez, Alletrix and Got Trumped are others heading into battle.

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Jezki tackles the valuable Ladbrokes Hurdle five years after winning the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival but there will be no Sizing John. The ground is not soft enough to risk the 2017 Gold Cup hero.
That’s still some list to keep an eye on but Harrington will have to focus on every single runner over the next couple of days.
She will join presenter Nick Luck in the parade ring to talk punters through the horses before the races and then analyse the action on Racing TV.
It’s the first time she has worked in broadcasting and Harrington admits it was a surprise when the channel came calling.

Jessica Harrington, Kate’s mum, has plenty of chances over the weekendSportsfile – Subscription
She revealed: “It came out of the blue. I just got a message on Twitter saying my name had been thrown around a bit and would I be interested in talking about possibly joining the team.
“When an opportunity like that comes along it’s not something you can turn down.
“I’m really starting to enjoy it.
“I’m a little bit more relaxed now and there’s a few less ums and ahs. It’s a good challenge and I hope in the next few months I’ll get a good bit better at it.

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“It’s made me look at a race completely differently. Before, I would only ever look at mum’s horses but now I look at all of them. It gives you a much greater interest knowing you have to comment on it afterwards.
“I’m also more efficient at home. I have to do my jobs before I go to work for Racing TV.”
It’s hardly a surprise there’s no mention of lie-ins and lead swinging. Every horse’s name on mum Jessie’s big-race trophies has been engraved with the chisel of hard graft.
One of those names matches the many pictures on the walls of the Harrington family home in Moone, a dozen miles south of The Curragh.

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Dual Champion Chaser Moscow Flyer thrust the Harringtons into the big time the best part of 20 years ago.
He even helped turn a teenage Kate from eventing to racing.
She explained: “I loved eventing and didn’t have a great interest in racing until I got to ride Moscow Flyer in the charity race at Punchestown. It was always a joke I would ride him in a charity race. He’d been in retirement for a year and I opened the Irish Field one day and there it was, Moscow was coming out of retirement for the race.

Kate Harrington rides Woodland Opera to victory last yearGetty Images – Getty
“I never knew. Mum said if she had told me I’d have backed out but as it was in the press I had to do it. I don’t know how they let me up on him. I was 17 and had never ridden in a race. It was amazing. We got clapped out of the parade ring and clapped down to the start. When we came back in they were about ten-deep around the parade ring.
“I thought this must happen every day of the week!”
After taking out her amateur jockey’s license, another two-mile chasing great was entrusted to her. Nicky Henderson, a great friend of her mother, gave her the ride on a twice-raced five-year-old in Punchestown’s Champion Bumper four years ago.

Kate was the last jockey to get beaten on the top class AltiorGetty Images – Getty
Harrington laughed: “It’s my claim to fame, the last person to be beat on Altior.
“I still tell Nicky I nurtured him. He was a big, weak horse and I didn’t give him a hard race.
“I rode him out the day before and I’d never sat on anything like him. For such a young horse he was absolutely huge. The stride on him was phenomenal.”
Altior could only finish sixth behind Bellshill that day. Plenty of success has followed for rider as well as horse.

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Harrington, who spent three years working for Aidan O’Brien in the days of Camelot, Australia and Highland Reel, has ridden more than 30 winners as an amateur. Injury has kept her out of the jockey’s changing room since but it’s not stopping her.
As she helps prepare the horses for Ireland’s big pre-Cheltenham meeting she reports Supasundae in fine form: “Supasundae did a good bit of work at The Curragh on Tuesday morning,  Robbie Power was delighted with him.
“He’s a very stuffy horse and always takes one or two runs to get fit. He’s definitely come out of his run at Christmas  really well.
“When he won last year it was a bit of a surprise because he was just having a run to sharpen him up for the Stayers’ Hurdle.

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“We’ll know more about which direction we go at Cheltenham after the weekend.
“Mum has always said she probably made the wrong decision last year when the ground was soft but we didn’t even have him in the Champion Hurdle, we were always going for the Stayers’.
“This time if the ground is good we might go for the Stayers’ again but if it’s soft we might stick at 2m for the Champion. Mum will decide.”
Some might think having reached 70, Harrington snr might be ready to put her feet up and leave it to Kate and older sister Emma. But the family formula is clearly working.

Alpha Centauri with winning connections after her Royal Ascot successSportsfile – Subscription
Last summer Alpha Centauri gave them Classic glory in the Irish 1,000 Guineas. She went on to win another three Group 1s to add top Flat prizes to their Gold Cups and Champion Hurdles.
Harrington smiled: “Mum didn’t start training until she was 42 and look what she’s achieved.
“She’s not going to be slowing down any time soon. I’m just enjoying the best of both worlds.”
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Templegate’s horse racing tips: Lingfield and Sandown live on ITV – top betting preview for ITV’s racing on Saturday, February 2

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LINGFIELD
1.45
GIVE the bookies a kick up the ‘Arris in the Betway Cleves Stakes. Last year’s winner Kachy is going to be hard to beat but I’m willing to chance MOKARRIS.
Mokarris has plenty of potential and should relish this challengePA:Press Association
He was a really useful two-year-old when landing a Newbury Listed contest before going on to finish runner-up in the Gimcrack behind top-class sprinter Blue Point.
Simon Crisford’s hope hasn’t run for the best part of two years but that’s not a big worry as his trainer is more than capable of getting one ready.
My fancy is bred to love the all-weather and he’s had an operation to help his breathing since we last saw him. At the prices he looks the one with a big run in him.
Kachy is lightning-quick on his day and he’s got a great record on the all-weather. If he gets away it might all be over but he’s priced up accordingly.
Lancelot Du Lac is another with excellent all-weather form. He wasn’t beaten far when sixth in this race last year following the same length of absence. His presence underlines this is not a one-horse race.
Corinthia Knight and Stone Of Destiny are others in with a shout.
Frankie Dettori can strike at LingfieldGetty Images – Getty
2.55
FRANKIE DETTORI should grant punters their Wiss in the Betway Winter Derby Trial.
WISSAHICKON has only been beaten twice in eight starts and the way he came clear in the closing stages to win the Cambridgeshire marked him down as a future Group performer.
It’s fair to say the lightning pace played into his hands at Newmarket so it was nice to see him move with class when too good for Big Country in a course-and-distance Listed contest just before Christmas.
That means John Gosden’s ace has to carry a 3lbs penalty but I’m not worried about the extra weight. It’s not hard to imagine him holding his own in Group 2 races in the summer so he could easily be head and shoulders above today’s rivals.
Big Country is 8lbs better off compared with his second behind Wissahickon in December. That gives him claims on the book but I’m not convinced it will make much difference.
The fact Mick Appleby’s hope looks the forecast bet once again underlines how dominant Wissahickon looks.
Chiefofchiefs came from the rear to win a three-way finish over 1m at Kempton last month. That form is well short of what’s required today and he faces an extra two furlongs today.
Court House – a stablemate of my fancy – won a two-horse race over 1m4f last time out. Some of his form entitles him to respect but he’ll do well to topple Wissahickon.
French raider In The Lope is another interesting runner having won a Deauville handicap on the all-weather in December.

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SANDOWN
1.50
NICKY HENDERSON will be praying Sandown doesn’t fall to the weather and put his ‘Plan A’ for Champion Hurdler BUVEUR D’AIR in jeopardy.
This is the race JP McManus’ ace has used before going on to triumph at Cheltenham and it wouldn’t be ideal if he were to miss out on his usual prep, especially as he suffered his first defeat in a dozen races in the Christmas Hurdle last time out.
His usually pin-point jumping let him down at Kempton on Boxing Day and he was nutted by stablemate Verdana Blue.
It’s hard to see him suffering a second loss as he’s got so much in hand of his rivals today.
Vision Des Flos was brushed aside by Buveur D’Air in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle and he was left trailing by another Henderson runner in Brain Power at Cheltenham in December.
Smart mare Roksana has her first race since runner-up behind top prospect Santini in an Aintree Grade 1 last spring. That was over 3m and she’s unlikely to be sharp enough to get involved today.
De Dollar Man has been chasing recently and bled last time. He has stacks to prove so that leaves Rayvin Black for the forecast spot.
Oliver Sherwood’s veteran hasn’t looked to be enjoying fences recently but his Ascot third behind If The Cap Fits in November shows the spark is still there.
He loves this track and was runner-up in this race in 2016 and 2017. This bold front-runner might well fill that place for a third time.
Lostintranslation won’t be losing us money at SandownPA:Press Association
2.25
LOSTINTRANSLATION is speaking my sort of language in the 888Sport Scilly Isles Chase.
He ran well when runner-up behind subsequent Grade 1 winner La Bague Au Roi on his chase debut and he was putting it up to that same rival when losing all chance with a shocking blunder three from home on his next start.
There was nothing wrong with his jumping when bravely battled back to beat Defi Du Seuil in the Dipper Chase at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. The runner-up is weighted to reverse that form but I’m not so sure. He is a strong stayer and will find the stiff finish right up his street.
Defi Du Seuil has done a lot better over fences than I thought he would. His Exeter defeat of Topofthegame and Black Op was decent and his juvenile form proves he’s always had class.
I’m just worried he’ll get outstayed like he did at Cheltenham last time.
Vinndication is a bigger threat. He’s unbeaten in six races for Kim Bailey and his jumping has been good.
Officially the ground will be faster than he’s faced but I’m sure it’s going to be hard work. That would suit this mud lover.
It’s not hard to pick holes in his Ascot success just before Christmas but that’s not a stick he should be beaten with as last season’s Sidney Banks Hurdle win shows he’s got a big engine.

Templegate's TV tips at Sandown and Lingfield

Lingfield 1.45 – MOKARRIS
Lingfield 2.55 – WISSAHICKON
Sandown 1.50 – BUVEUR D’AIR
Sandown 2.25 – LOSTINTRANSLATION
Sandown 3.00 – FOLSOM BLUE
Sandown 3.35 – CLASSIC BEN

3.00
MOST of the Irish stars are over at Leopardstown this weekend but Gordon Elliott might still plunder this prize with FOLSOM BLUE.
This strong stayer didn’t have the Welsh National run to suit him when only eighth but his close fourth in last year’s Irish National shows he’s still got plenty of ability.
He was fourth behind Topofthegame in this race 12 months ago and is now 4lbs lower in the weights and there’s a fair chance this will turn into a slog. If that happens he’s the one I want to be on.
Ballymoy has been tremendous over the last year. His only defeat in his last seven races came when fourth behind Champion Hurdle hope Global Citizen over 2m.
Last month’s Ascot win was very good and a 5lbs won’t be enough to stop him at some point. The step up to 3m isn’t a major concern but when it’s combined with cloying ground and top weight it does point to this being a really hefty task.
Keeper Hill looked a cracking prospect a few years ago but he seemed to lose his confidence over fences. Last month’s Warwick win came without much fuss and he’s still well weighted. I’m just concerned that the ground could turn dreadfully sticky and that might blunt his class.
Casko D’Airy tends to pull a bit in the early stages. It didn’t stop him winning impressively at Ascot just before Christmas in a race that’s worked out well. He’s shot up a stone for that and dips into a much tougher grade so he will need to calm down.
Padleyourowncanoe is another who takes a bit of a grip. That’s not ideal for a horse stepping up in distance. Seeing the distance out is also Imperial Cup hero Mr Antolini’s main problem.

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3.35
CLASSIC BEN could cause a big shock in the 888Sport Master Chase.
He wasn’t a bad hurdler but always looked likely to do better over fences. After taking a while to get the hang of chasing he took a step in the right direction when third at Doncaster over Christmas.
The ground would have been fast enough for him that day so today’s softer conditions could easily see him continue to progress.
Belami Des Pictons is an incredibly interesting runner. He’s won three of his five races over fences and chased home top-class Waiting Patiently at Carlisle when last seen.
That was 14 months ago but it’s easy to expect him to be fit enough today with Venetia Williams’ team going so well. The handicapper has given him a real chance.
Give Me A Copper is another having his first run of the season. He’s clearly had his problems but his haul of four wins from six starts is obviously decent. I just can’t see how he gets just a pound from Belami Des Pictons when he’s achieved nothing like what the top weight has.
Ami Desbois has been in decent form recently and his trainer Graeme McPherson has been firing in the winners.
There was a lot to like about his front-running fourth at Haydock over Christmas but he’s likely to have plenty of competition for the lead.
Houblon Des Obeaux – a stablemate of Belami Des Pictons – is one of those.
He bolted up in a course-and-distance veterans’ race last month but the handicapper was clearly watching. Up 9lbs and against younger horses he will find it tougher.

CHELMSFORD
1.00 Orchid Star
1.35 Cape Greco
2.10 Harry Callahan
2.45 Amor Kethley
3.20 Dynamo Walt
3.55 Come On Tier
KEMPTON
4.45 Lion Hearted
5.15 Onebaba
5.45 Probability
6.15 Yimkin (nap)
6.45 Intrepidly
7.15 Cayirli
7.45 Emerald Rocket
8.15 Foresee
LINGFIELD
12.35 Port Of Leith
1.10 Miss Crick
1.45 Mokarris
2.20 National Glory
2.55 Wissahickon
3.30 Mundersfield (nb)
4.05 Debbonair
SANDOWN
12.40 Jaytrack Parkhomes
1.15 Red Mix
1.50 Buveur D’Air
2.25 Lostintranslation
3.00 Folsom Blue (treble)
3.35 Classic Ben
4.10 Johnbb


Matt Chapman looks ahead to the Dublin Racing Festival and compares an old favourite to Frodon in his latest Sun Racing column

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DO you remember Cyfor Malta? I do. He’s one of my favourite jumps horses.
It’s a good weekend to reflect in the column, with the National Hunt scene in the UK under siege from wintry conditions. Hopefully Sandown will go ahead today, with Buveur d’Air the star attraction.

Cyfor Malta burst onto the British scene in 1998, and was one of those French imports that former champion trainer Martin Pipe handled with such verve. That year he was second in today’s Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase!
A son of Cyborg owned by the late David Johnson, Cyfor Malta was not only talented but a beauty to look at. He oozed class in both body and ability.
Cyfor Malta started off over two and a half miles, but was a stunning winner of the John Hughes Chase over two and three qurater at Aintree. He would go on and land a Cathcart, Murphy’s Gold Cup, Pillar Chase (now Cotswold) and Thomas Pink Gold Cup.
Connections, though, wanted him to win a Gold Cup. He would have tried more than once but for injury, but he did have a go in 2002, when he was beaten thirty four lengths by Best Mate.

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To be fair to Pipe and Johnson, I don’t think Cyfor Malta was anywhere near his best that day, but the point is there was always a huge question mark over his stamina.
I reflect on Cyfor Malta, because I think he’s a very similar type of animal to the Paul Nicholls-trained Frodon, another French import who most of you will know is heading for the Festival’s showpiece on the back of a success in the Cotswold Chase last weekend, a race of course Cyfor Malta was successful in.
When Cyfor Malta secured his victory, he cruised into the race but in the end was all out to hold off Go Ballistic.
Frodon was on the front end for his success, but he secured an uncontested lead before tiring late to deny the rallying Elegant Escape.
Frodon is fired over the last by Bryony Frost at CheltenhamPA:Press Association
I’m in no doubt Cyfor Malta was a classier beast than Frodon, but as far as a Gold Cup bid is concerned they are identical. Both had/have connections who want to turn them into Blue Riband winners, when all the evidence tells you they will struggle to last out the testing distance of an extended 3m2f in the Magners-sponsored showpiece.
Frodon will never get an easier lead than he got in the Cotswold Chase, and all credit there goes to the ride of Bryony Frost.
Quite simply that will not happen in the Gold Cup, with defending champion Native River for one sure to harass the suspect stayer under a power-packed Richard Johnson.
Without an easy time of it on the front end, there’s little to no hope Frodon will come from off the pace in a war of staying power. The one time he excelled from off a gallop was over 2m5f in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup. But he was all out that day.

Dublin Racing Festival

With the weather as it is, all eyes are on Leopardstown today, with a cracking card full of Grade 1 action. How the authorities must wish it was getting a huge audience on Sky Sports Racing.

An absentee from the opening Grade 1 Novice Hurdle is the exciting Battleoverdoyen, but Commander of Fleet will enjoy going up in trip and the Champion Bumper heroine Relegate is also in the line up.

Elsewhere, Ryania favourite Min goes up against Simply Ned and Saint Calvados in the Grade 1 Dublin Chase at 3.10pm, Le Richebourg – solid in Arkle betting – heads to the Irish equivalent at 3.45pm and supermare Apple’s Jade struts her bits in the Champion Hurdle at 1.25pm.

She is one of four in that event for Gigginstown House Stud, with only six going to post. It’s awesome stuff and reminds us that in just over a month and a half the Cheltenham Festival is upon us. Boom!

Former champion trainer Nicholls is no mug! He’s not a bad trainer at all, having won the Grand National, Gold Cup, Champion Chase and no less than ten renewals of the King George VI Chase.
But Frodon won’t stay in the Gold Cup. And he faces humiliation when old muggins here proves him wrong. No-one cares much about the Ryanair Chase in contrast to the Gold Cup, but that’s the race Frodon is in.
I’m so confident Nicholls is wrong that I have promised him that if Frodon is in the first four – yes the first four – I will spend a morning at his yard shovelling the worst muck he can find. However, if I am right I get a champagne breakfast at Ditcheat stables with a morning on the gallops. I’m already getting my diary ready for my lovely day out!


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IT was great to hear they don’t expect any problems with the weather at Sandown today.
Stomping through the snow to feed the horses at my wife’s stud in the Cotswolds yesterday morning I didn’t hold out much hope to be honest.

It’ll be great to get back on track after a few days off – not least because up until Jack Frost swept in it had been a good week.
I won the Grade 2 River Don Novices’ Hurdle on Nadaitak – the outsider of the field – at Doncaster last weekend. I’ve been on a right roll since then as my last five rides have all won.
The last one was on Nestor Park for Ben Pauling all the way up at Newcastle but I’ll go anywhere for a winner.
I taxied a few of the boys up there and I don’t mind driving, especially when there’s a few of you in the car.

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Tom Cannon and his missus have just had their first child and he was telling me all about it. I realise I’ve got a lot to learn.
I’m obviously hoping I can keep my hot streak going today and it will also be nice not to have to go up to help out with the foaling sheds I’m having built.
It might not have been snowing on Thursday when I was up there but it was pretty cold.
I’d ridden out for my boss Nicky Henderson earlier in the morning and it wasn’t any warmer down there.

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Luckily, having worked at Seven Barrows up above Lambourn for coming up to ten years, I’m well used to it by now. I certainly don’t skimp on the layers when it’s like this.
It’s not such a problem when you’re riding in races as you get fairly warm quite quickly, especially when you’re riding in races one after the other.
We certainly don’t wear those thick black breeches you see some of the Flat lads in during the winter.
That’s a bit soft, if you ask me.
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I’ve got three rides at Sandown to keep me warm today.
Raising The Bar (12.40) has been off since the track since the summer of 2017.
He showed a bit of ability in bumpers. I rode him when he was second at Huntingdon and I got off him thinking he was a nice horse with a bit of potential.
He’s been working well and schooling well for this hurdles debut so we’re just hoping for a nice, positive run from him.
He’s been in a while now so he should be good to go and this looks like a nice starting point for him. He’ll definitely want 2m4f in the future but, on a galloping track like Sandown, this is probably ideal for him first time up.

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We didn’t run Divine Spear (3.35) at Ascot the other day because we thought the ground was just a bit quick for him.
We’ve always been wanting to try him over 3m and I think this is the right race for him. It should be lovely soft ground so there’s no problem on that score.
He won his first two races over fences last year and then the sharp track was to blame when he was beaten at Musselburgh.
I pulled him up at Cheltenham last time when the ground was just too quick for him over 2m4f. I think he’s a stayer and he wants a nice, big track.
If we got in the frame I’d be very happy.
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She Mite Bite (4.10) makes her handicap debut and I think the mark she’s been given is very fair.
She’s got a bit of form with a horse I won on at Warwick called Yellow Dockets. She was third that day and I’ve won on Yellow Dockets since and she’s a horse I like.
That race has worked out really well as the runner-up also went on to win and She Mite Bite stumbled two from home when she was right there.
I think she’s improving from run-to-run so hopefully there’s a bit more to come. She should be bang there and she’s my best chance today.


Best horse racing tips for today’s action at Wolverhampton, Lingfield and Newcastle from Tom Bull

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I’VE just about had it up to here with the incessant, inclement weather.
It’s time the warm brigade had their say, but for now let’s enjoy some synthetic sizzlers to keep the pockets toasty on Friday.
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Wolverhampton
1.00 Rapid Rise – Proved he’s much better than had been previously been thought with a breakthrough second last time in first-time cheekpieces.
He hasn’t been raised in the handicap for that and this is arguably a weaker race.
He should strip fitter now as that was his first run since August and he can belatedly get off the mark now.

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Wolverhampton 1.00 – Rapid Rise
Lingfield 3.25 – Grey Britain
Newcastle 7.15 – Wise Words

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3.25 Grey Britain – The best race on the card can go the way of John Ryan’s contender, who produced a career best in handicap company last time.
As a result, he’s now just 1lb off the top-rated here and is best-in at the weights (the top weight has a 3lb penalty).
He should take all the beating under what will hopefully be a classic Adam Kirby cracker.

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7.15 Wise Words – This is one of the worst races you will ever see.
James Given’s runner Orange Blossom sets a pretty low standard and this can go the way of James Tate’s newcomer.
He won’t have to be anything special to get off the mark and the trainer can get them to win on debut.
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Warren Greatrex hopeful of a big run from Star Of Lanka in Saturdays Lanzarote Hurdle while confirming La Bague Au Roi is set to sidestep Cheltenham

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WARREN GREATREX is confident that Star Of Lanka can shine bright in Saturday’s Lanzarote Hurdle.
The exciting five-year-old impressed when completing back-to-back wins at Hereford in December.
Warren Greatrex is confident for a big run from Star Of LankaGetty Images – Getty
And he is now a best-priced 10-1 shot with the bookies for the big 2m5f handicap at Kempton this weekend.
Greatrex, who was at Doncaster on Wednesday to watch his Theatre Territory run second, reckons his horse is on a dangerous mark.
He told Sun Racing: “He has won his last two and the horse who he beat last time won well at Lingfield last week.
“He has been given a mark of 128, so for me we definitely had to go down the handicap route.  I think he will be very, very competitive off that mark.

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“I like him a lot and his work is getting better and better.”
The top trainer also had an update on his wonder mare La Bague Au Roi who beat the boys in the Grade 1 Kauto Star at Kempton on Boxing Day.
She will head to Ireland next for the Flogas Novices’ Chase but is likely to skip the Cheltenham Festival.
He continued: “She is very well, she heads to Leopardstown on the 3 February.  She hasn’t done a lot since Kempton, but she is thriving at the moment.
La Bague Au Roi is likely to miss CheltenhamPA:Press Association
“She will be given entries at Cheltenham, but right now the thinking is Leopardstown and then Aintree.”
Veteran trainer Kim Bailey is another gearing up for a big weekend, and he was all smiles after 5-6 jolly Diamond Gait bolted up at Donny.
His Grade 2 winning stars Rocky’s Treasure and Charbel will head to Warwick and Kempton respectively on Saturday.
Bailey told Sun Racing: “Rocky’s Treasure is in good shape. He worked and schooled Wednesday morning and that went very well.

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“The ground was quick when he won at Doncaster, he is a top of the ground horse so he won’t mind if it stays dry.”
Charbel is the 2-1 favourite for the 32Red Casino Chase at Kempton following an easy win in the Peterborough Chase.
Bailey added: “It was great to see him go and win like that at Huntingdon, we always knew he was capable of it.
“I don’t know if he has improved for that, but he is giving off the impression at home that he is in very good form indeed. It could end up being a very good little race.”


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Templegate’s horse racing tips: Catterick, Leicester, Southwell and Chelmsford – top betting preview for the racing this Thursday, January 10

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IT should pay to stay Sharp in the North Yorkshire National.
SHARP RESPONSE (2.45 Catterick, nap) bolted up on decent ground at Carlisle in October and has run well in better races since

His fourth behind Lake View Lad in Newcastle’s Rehearsal Chase was a good effort and the drop in trip combined with heavy going probably did for him on his last run.
Trainer Sue Smith is going for her fourth successive win in this race and I reckon she’s got the right horse to get the job done.
BLACK SALT (2.25 Southwell, nb) is unbeaten at this track after two visits. He’s gone up 8lbs for last month’s course-and-distance success but that shouldn’t stop him.
NEW MILLENNIUM (12.35 Leicester, treble) pinged around Fontwell to beat La Precieux – three times a winner since – on fast ground in October. Easier conditions have not helped on his last two starts and he will take some catching today.

CATTERICK
12.25 Gemoogist
1.00 Uno Mas
1.35 Mistress Massini
2.10 The Some Dance Kid
2.45 Sharp Response (nap)
3.15 Baratineur
3.50 Jimmy Rabbitte
 
LEICESTER
12.35 New Millennium (treble)
1.10 American Tom
1.45 Blackdown Hills
2.20 Master Work
2.55 Brecon Hill
3.25 Market Road
 
SOUTHWELL
12.45 Azari
1.20 Eternal Sun
1.55 Weld Al Emarat
2.25 Black Salt (nb)
3.00 Diamond Pursuit
3.35 Divine Call
 
CHELMSFORD
4.15 Channel Packet
4.45 African Showgirl
5.15 Kinver Edge
5.50 Perpetrator
6.25 Makaarim
6.55 African Blessing
7.25 Alexis Carrington
7.55 Krazy Paving


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