Min (Ruby Walsh) clear the 2nd

Min and Ruby Walsh in his hurdling times

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 By Brian Sheerin 7:55AM 27 NOV 2016 

THE maiden chase at Navan today, while unprepossessing externally, has supplied racegoers first glimpses of subsequent Willie Mullins-trained stars recently, as both Vautour and Douvan have landed the award in the last two years.

Mullins depends on Min this season, that is making his eagerly anticipated first over fences and the Rich Ricci-owned gelding is since short as 6-1 with many firms the Arkle at Cheltenham.

Sent off favourite the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle final period after coming to Cheltenham on back of two solid wins and much buzz, the Walk in Park gelding discovered only Altior seven lengths too strong.

Which was the five-year-old’s final start final term and he faces 16 competitors as he bids making it a four-timer for Mullins and Ruby Walsh in the current beginners’ chase.

The Joseph O’Brien-trained Edwulf is one of six JP McManus-owned challengers alongside: a good View, Cillian’s Return, Henry Higgins, Squouateur and William Du Berlais.

Gigginstown home Stud may be represented by the former Mullins-trained Fire In Soul, who makes their chase first for Henry de Bromhead.

Speaking to the Racing Post ahead of Min’s chasing first, the champ trainer said: “he’s got schooled nicely and it has matured well over summer time. This past year he seemed big and raw, however of Walk In The Park’s are like this. I believe he is got quite strong and looks more the finished article now.”

Patrick Mullins is likewise worked up about exactly what the summer season may have in store for Min, and said: “we’ve been happy along with his education in the home. He’s an extremely tall leggy horse so ideally chasing might produce improvement in him, and when it does, he is obviously really exciting.”

 

Kitasan Ebony winning the Japan Cup 2016 under Yutake Take

Kitasan Ebony and Yutake simply take win the Japan Cup at Tokyo

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 By Keith Melrose 6:48AM 27 NOV 2016 

Report: Tokyo, Sunday

Japan Cup (Grade 1), 1m4f, 3yo+, turf

PREFERRED Kitasan Black, the champ stayer in Japan, landed the nation’s richest battle, the Japan Cup, making all under a calculated Yutake Take.

The four-year-old won last year’s Japanese St Leger together with Tenno Sho (Spring, 2m) in May, but a top-level success over middle distances had eluded him so far. Used stall 1, he never ever looked anything other than the winner as his jockey controlled the battle from the off.

Having secured the lead into the very first fold, Take stretched them away in the straight back straight after which allowed their mount a quick respite prior to the final turn.

While the industry fanned down throughout the track, challenges arrived and went, the strongest being fully a belated surge from appears Of world. Kitasan Ebony had been never ever threatened for more than an instant, but and crossed the line around two . 5 lengths clear, simply take saluting the 85,000-strong audience as he secured a fourth success in battle.

Cheval Grand additionally arrived house strongly to nick 3rd. Gold Actor, another of market principals who had held a good place throughtout, had been 4th.

Europeans out of fortune

Three European-trained horses had attemptedto snap a dominance by the home players that stretches back into Alkaassed 11 years ago. Erupt seemed to hold the strongest chance after finishing sixth a year ago, but he finished nearby the back of this field, along with Nightflower.

Grosser Preis von Baden winner Iquitos fared better, completing 7th, but may have been also greater. Having turned in one of the last handful, he wound up internally train that jockeys had spurned all day long but nevertheless rattled home.

The strongest European interest had been Ryan Moore, who’d currently ridden a double regarding the card, aboard Dubai Turf champion Real Steel. He had been drawn 16 of 17 even though Moore elected to play for handy place he sacrificed address because of this and their mount took a bit to stay.

The set turned in nevertheless looking among the champion’s bigger threats, however the horse again proved Moore’s enemy, edging right under pressure. They in the course of time faded into fifth.

Your day belonged to Kitasan Ebony, but who can apparently have Dubai together with Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on his agenda next year. Their 80-year-old owner Saburo Kitajima, a famous singer in Japan, serenaded the audience on podium throughout the post-race presentation.

 

Colin Tizzard

Colin Tizzard wasn’t the only person pleased with Native River’s victory

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 By Tom Kerr 5:52PM 26 NOV 2016 

ONE Scoop6 solution holder could have been smiling wider than even Colin Tizzard after Native River won the Hennessy on Saturday as that result secured them a £314,482 bonus.

Native River offered Richard Johnson a primary win in race and stretched Tizzard’s amazing present run nonetheless it ended up being even more important for the solution owner whom significantly more than trebled their winnings after picking right up £98,132 last week-end.

Seven ticket holders had the chance to win the bonus pot after selecting six correct winners final week-end but just one selected Tizzard’s 7-2 favourite at Newbury.

Totepool spokesman Matt Hulmes stated: “Congratulations towards bonus winner landing over £400,000 for seven correct choices in a week.

“they might have experienced heart palpitations into the closing stages of the Hennessy but they had been the only person regarding the seven winners to plump for the favourite and possess been handsomely rewarded.

“This week’s Scoop6 had not been won meaning we focus on £137,706 in fund on Betfred Becher Chase Day net week-end.”

 

Native River

Native River abilities free from his rivals into the Hennessy Gold Cup

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 By Andrew Dietz 3:24PM 26 NOV 2016 

Report: Newbury, Saturday

Hennessy Gold Cup Chase (Grade 3) 3m1f214y, 4yo+

FAVOURITE Native River clung on from the fast-finishing Carole’s Destrier to provide champ jockey Richard Johnson a primary Hennessy success and keep the big-race dominance of trainer Colin Tizzard.

Seven days on from Cue Card’s sensational performance in the Betfair Chase and just over couple of hours after star novice Thistlecrack gained a foot-perfect third chase success, Tizzard unearthed a third potential Cheltenham Gold Cup candidate in the form of the modern Brocade Racing-owed chaser.

While Cue Card and Thistlecrack have cruising speeds to die for, Native River is cut from a various cloth along with his bottomless stamina effective at breaking the most challenging of rivals.

Nudged along by Johnson from a good way out, Native River kept finding many despite a wayward jump three out, the pair quickly regrouped to take control the lead over the second-last.

The challengers were lined up in behind at the last fence nevertheless the 7-2 favourite rolled up his sleeves and driven clear regarding run-in. Although gallant runner-up Carole’s Destrier closed the gap all the way to the line, Native River had simply done enough.

‘I can’t think it’

Tizzard, the envy of his colleagues and coming in at 6-4 to coach the Gold Cup winner by Betfair, stated: “I have got all the toys at this time, I can’t believe it. The horses came in my experience, i’ven’t found them, and I also don’t know how many i shall have in the Gold Cup.”

The trainer, who exceeded the million mark as a whole prize-money the very first time final period, is on course to do exactly the same before Christmas now. After triumph in the £200,000 showpiece, he was cut into 4-1 (from 6-1) the trainers’ championship by William Hill, having been a 25-1 opportunity in the beginning of the campaign.

Like Cue Card, Native River was dispatched to Wetherby for their seasonal comeback and his second-placed finish in the bet365 Hurdle had been viewed as the perfect pipe-opener for the Hennessy.

But the gritty chestnut actually chaser through and through as he confirmed on this day a year ago with triumph in bet365 Novices’ Chase – won by Thistlecrack this time – and subsequent shows when 2nd in nationwide Hunt Chase and an impressive winner associated with level 1 Betfred Mildmay Novices’ Chase.

Regarding future goals, Tizzard included: “Native River won’t be going back over hurdles now. He’s in the Coral Welsh National but could be somewhat better than that.

“If he is in identical kind of type in March he could join the team inside Gold Cup. If you win a Hennessy you’re frequently right up here with all the most readily useful of  them.

“We dreamt after he won the novice chase right here this day this past year that me personally would be right back for the Hennessy.

“The battle went perfectly for him and I was surprised just how well he was travelling. I did not such as the idea of bullying him all the time and Richard has ridden him brilliantly.”

Champion bags a Hennessy

Johnson had two times finished second in Hennessy but finally finished a wait extending right back 18 years. He stated: “It’s always good to win one you have not prior to. He is an incredible horse and Colin and their group are in amazing kind.

“I’d knew he’d grab once again, although submiting I was slightly worried I becamen’t going that well.

“But he’s those types of – the greater you ask, the more he offers.”

Neil Mulholland had blended feelings after Carole’s Destrier’s barnstorming belated run. He stated: “it’s really a tiny double-edged sword as he’s run such a great battle but we have been sick to have so near.

“the master plan would be to come here then opt for the Coral Welsh National in which he indicates he jumps, stays and gallops and wishes further.

“He was a little slow during the final but has arrived home strongly and I also have always been happy with him. He will have an entry into the Aintree Grand nationwide basically can persuade their owner.”

Ten-year-old Double Ross went a mighty race in third as he experimented with get to be the first champion aged in double digits since Diamond Edge in 1981, while Hadrian’s Approach remained on for 4th.

 

IRVING

Irving (right) had to dig deep for success at Newcastle

  PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)  

 By Keith Melrose 3:01PM 26 NOV 2016 

Report: Newcastle, Saturday

Stanjames.com battling Fifth Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m½f, 4yo+

THE Fighting Fifth now has two twin champions this century. The very first, Harchibald, gave everything until he arrived off the bridle. Any way you like terms Irving, whom joined him for the reason that business by having a nose success over Apple’s Jade on Saturday, is the direct negative.

Expected regarding how their mount travelled, winning driver Harry Cobden, who had been having their very first trip in a Grade 1, stated: “He did not really simply take me personally toward start! He had been from the bridle entirely.”

Unlike many of the top two-mile hurdle races prior to the Champion Hurdle, there is a genuine and also pace, which had outsider Mirsaale in some trouble after a flight.

Another five turned in with chances, that Irving’s seemed the slimmest. Petit Mouchoir crashed out three routes from your home, then Sceau Royal faltered after two out, the test seemingly too much for him.

Irving took over and looked set to run away a far more convincing champion than the narrowest margin before Apple’s Jade, outpaced after she’d been hampered by Petit Mouchoir’s autumn, rose through the ashes to ensure a finish a lot more exciting than this past year’s where the lady Gigginstown home Stud tints just prevailed with Identity Thief.

Irving’s trainer Paul Nicholls, at Newbury, stated: “that is a good group work for him straight back because he’s had more dilemmas than you can imagine; we couldn’t even take him for the racecourse gallop, but been employed by and worked and worked him.

“there was clearly no plan after today and he will not run for a time – i believe he jumps better as he’s fresh. I would personallyn’t mind running him over two and half kilometers, but he wont run into the xmas Hurdle – he’d get lapped for the reason that – and wont have even an entry in the Champion Hurdle.”

Of Cobden, he added: “I’m delighted for Harry – that is their first level 1 in which he’s a big the main team.”

The possible lack of the next plan for Irving had been verified by Dan Downie, racing supervisor on Axom XLIX syndicate that, on a time in which many connections were elsewhere, had been too many to all or any easily fit in the winners’ enclosure.

“we now haven’t thought much beyond this, but he goes so well fresh so we won’t see him out often,” Downie confirmed. “Small fields, soft ground. We are contemplating Leopardstown at xmas, but we’re providing considered to everything.”

“It is great to enjoy a double level 1 winner, unbelievable. In which he didn’t price much, either.”

‘Cracker’ from Cyclone

Trainer Shark Hanlon travelled across with Hidden Cyclone, who led from flagfall and remained within ‘could he actually?’ distance completely towards line. “He’s run a complete cracker. I thought if we completed in the 1st three We’d be delighted and he has, beaten just a couple of lengths.”

It really is almost feasible, then, that the very first three could all meet again in Ireland this wintertime. Even if the major players inside Champion Hurdle avoid, Saturday at Newcastle has proved they can deliver many excitement their own.

 

Carlisle racecourse

Carlisle: won’t race on Sunday as freezing temperatures take their toll

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 By Racing Post staff 2:46PM 26 NOV 2016 

THE fixture scheduled for Carlisle on Sunday has been cancelled because of course frozen in places.

Track officials had been forced to acknowledge beat on Saturday afternoon after temperatures plunged on Friday night.

Clerk of program Andrew Tulloch said: “we have drawn stumps, the thermometer transpired to -9C yesterday and with the forecast we now have the frost will not turn out.”

Sunday’s other fixtures at Leicester and Navan aren’t likely to be at an increased risk with no inspections are in the offing at either course.

 

Thistlecrack

Thistlecrack: jumping was alot more professional at Newbury

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 By Graham Dench 1:05PM 26 NOV 2016 

Report: Newbury, Saturday

bet365 Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) 2m7f86y, 4yo+

GOLD CUP favourite Thistlecrack place to bed the doubts numerous harboured about their jumping with a foot-perfect round inside level 2 competition, although Colin Tizzard continues to be a considerable ways from committing him on 32Red King George VI Chase, he’s maybe not governing it out.

The form book will record that the World Hurdle winner made all and scored by eight lengths over Bigbadjohn, with fellow event champion Ibis Du Rheu six lengths further right back. However, that tells only half the tale, for he was value for much more and his bouncing was far more professional.

Jockey Tom Scudamore could not include his enthusiasm and stated: “It in fact was a great thrill. Joe [Tizzard] informs me we were just three seconds away from history, yet he wasn’t away from second gear.

“he is jumped brilliantly today. There are many tests ahead demonstrably and hehas to battle better horses, but i do believe the criticism at Cheltenham had been a bit harsh. In the event that you watch him during the next ditch he got some height about it and has gone away because far the other part.

“He was superb today, he’s actually discovered from last time and he keeps on learning.”

Scudamore pointed to Thistlecrack’s expertise in competitive hurdle events such as the Imperial Cup with regards to ended up being suggested to him that small-field novices are not a great preparation the Timico Gold Cup, but however not be drawn on whether Thistlecrack should join stable companion Cue Card in King George.

He stated: “I’ll leave all that to Colin and Heather [Snook], however the Feltham is a very good battle too plus it did not do Coneygree any damage operating because.”

Scudamore hinted that there remained ways Thistlecrack could enhance, but added that there had been you don’t need to be going for away. The trainer but discovers it difficult to imagine it getting better.

Tizzard stated: “he had been immaculate. He had been brilliant today and any worries we had from Cheltenham happen put to bed. He was just a little sketchy here, but we needed seriously to get some good incurs him for whatever we do after Christmas time.”

Expected in regards to the King George, for which Thistlecrack remains unchanged at 6-1 with former sponsor William Hill, Tizzard left some hope.

He stated: “The King George is a real test for almost any horse and I’m not sure whether he is prepared for that, but we are going to undoubtedly leave him in for now in the event. All choices must be considered.

“I don’t desire to lead anybody awry, but we’ve got in your thoughts this horse. We don’t wish to go up the ladder six actions at the same time and then slip back down, do we, what exactly we are doing is going gently right now.”

He included: “That’s as good as it gets for the novice. The education yesterday did not do any harm, but he’d discovered from Cheltenham. He had been more expert today. He simply guessed a little at Cheltenham. I really couldnot have wanted it being any better. At 1-8 you half anticipate it, but there is nothing specific.

“i can not believe i am dealing with having two such good horses, but it is lovely for people, beautiful the garden and everybody whom works inside, and lovely the owners. It shows what you can do without the biggest cheque books, as they weren’t that dear.”

Curtis thrilled with John

Rebecca Curtis ended up being very happy Bigbadjohn, and stated: “Second ended up being top we’re able to have wished for. He really loves these big flat galloping tracks and might be considered a Hennessy kind the following year. Whether Cheltenham, a totally various track, will fit him i’m uncertain.”

Owner John Hales ended up being equally pleased after Ibis Du Rheu attempted to produce a competition of it and went up the champion’s inside shortly having circuit to get. He stated: “That’s his first time over fences and very first run associated with the period and you’ve reached be pleased. He’ll come on a mile for that and I also’m happy. He jumped well.”

This was truly Thistlecrack’s show, but and he had been superb.

 

Gunrunner-360

Gun Runner charges to triumph at Churchill Downs

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 By Nicholas Godfrey 10:34AM 26 NOV 2016 

Report: USA, Friday

Churchill Downs: Clark Hcap (Grade 1) 1m1f, dirt, 3yo+

So constant in top-level races, leading three-year-old Gun Runner (Steve Asmussen/Florent Geroux) got the greater of his elders to finally land his very first Grade 1 success by simply making all inside Clark.

Third within the Kentucky Derby and 2nd at the Breeders’ Cup, Gun Runner had been sent down 21-10 favourite the $500,000 occasion. With expected front-runner Noble Bird lacking the break, Gun Runner went directly to the front through the inside post and got an uncontested lead before drawing away to rating by nearly three lengths over longshot Breaking fortunate.

“He deserved this – i am so pleased with him,” Asmussen stated. “he is held his energy and their weight with all the 1000s of kilometers he is travelled in 2010 regarding phases which he’s been on.”

This past year’s champion Hoppertunity could finish just fourth now, with old competing Effinex two more places right back.

“For him to beat this present year’s Woodward and Jockey Club Gold Cup winners at the conclusion of his three-year-old year i believe talks wonderful things for him,” included Asmussen. “We saw an extraordinary horse overcome a fantastic field. With all the level 1 winners he’s beaten as well as for this to be their very first Grade 1, i’m really confident it will not be his final.”

The champion’s connections said the inaugural Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park in January is really a possibility.

Also on Friday

Churchill Downs: Mrs. Revere Stakes (Grade 2) 1m½f, turf, 3yo fillies

Trainer Ian Wilkes, who had a treble regarding the Thursday card and another in early stages Friday, took his tally within Thanksgiving week-end conference to five as progressive filly Linda (Ian Wilkes/Brian Hernandez) put away Harmonize by two . 5 lengths.

 

Paul Cooley

Paul Cooley, previous head lad to Jim Best, gets to the hearing

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 By bruce jackson  8:00PM 25 NOV 2016 

THE BHA panel rehearing the truth into whether Jim Best bought their then-conditional jockey Paul John to quit two horses last December had been yesterday expected to ignore the video proof and “lies” associated with the rider.

That has been the demand from Jonathan Laidlaw QC, representing Best, in summing up on the fifth day’s the hearing as he cited why John had lied and in addition struck an alleged handle the BHA to appear due to the fact only witness against his previous employer.

John has since been issued an amateur rider’s licence to partner the point-to-point horses he has on his Devon farm.

He’d told the hearing earlier in the day within the week he previously been instructed by far better stop Echo Brava at Plumpton and Missile Man at Towcester three days aside last December.

John left Best the next week, never to return, to invest Christmas time in the home either together with ailing mom or even to celebration away with friends, according to which part’s argument will be believed.

Laidlaw stated this in place ended their riding career making their situation “hopeless” because the BHA had warned him he was anticipated to stay with Best for year after moving from three other trainers in the previous eighteen months.

Laidlaw stated: “In the event that panel were being expected in order to make an evaluation regarding how the jockey went a race, then of course the videos is the primary way to obtain evidence, but this isn’t just what this is certainly focused on.

“it’s focused on whether John received stopping instructions from Jim Best which is dependent on the credibility of Paul John. That credibility is indeed shot and flawed this is the end associated with instance.”

Louis Weston, the BHA and arguing against this kind of view, stated: “We place focus on the videos over everything else since they are objective and contemporaneous.”    

Laidlaw repeated his issues within the “unhappy history” of attempting to unearth a deal he stated was produced by the BHA with John and their solicitor Rory Mac Neice following the jockey received notice for the severe costs he encountered with regards to both rides.

Best’s counsel pointed to an internal e-mail from Paul Beeby, which read: “Mr John is showing more challenging to keep onside.”

Weston stated this related to John increasing concerns towards “repercussions about giving proof against Best and his eagerness to obtain his licence back”.

Paul Cooley, former mind lad to Jim Best, had earlier in the day accused the BHA of ruining his riding job by maybe not renewing their licence in 2010, aided by the authority citing his involvement in the case.

Cooley, 22 and about to turn into a father, stated: “I’d to leave racing once the BHA didn’t decide about my apprentice licence. We nevertheless think there was clearly the possibility i possibly could ensure it is as a driver.”

After a hiatus while wanting to contact Jamie Moore for their evidence, using the jockey’s automobile phone cutting out twice on his way to drive at Doncaster, the panel accepted the driver’s initial evidence, fond of the earlier inquiry.

After recessing to learn each side’s closing argument, the disciplinary panel concluded with questions of clarification, before panel chairman Sir William Gage confirmed their choice would not be reached until into next week.

 

Unowhatimeanharry

Unowhatimeanharry and Barry Geraghty leaping to triumph

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 By David Baxter 2:20PM 25 NOV 2016 

Report: Newbury, Friday

bet365 Long Distance Hurdle (Grade 2) 3m, 4yo+

PAST period Unowhatimeanharry was one of the success stories as he climbed through handicap ranks to claim success at the Cheltenham Festival in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

The eight-year-old encountered an early litmus test for their reappearance, but showed he is still improving whenever dismissing skilled competitors handily under Barry Geraghty.

Since joining Harry Fry, Unowhatimeanharry is unbeaten in six begins, and it stays become seen what is the ceiling of his capability.

Fry ended up being astonished by the way in which of six-length win, and stated: “He had it all to prove today but it is been well worth looking forward to. We couldnot have anticipated that and I’m absolutely delighted.

“The events pick themselves and we’ll visit Ascot next in three months [longer Walk Hurdle].”

The entire world Hurdle appears an evident target for Unowhatimeanharry only at that season’s event, and he is now a general 6-1 chance (from 14).

Exactly what could have been

Irish raider Snow Falcon may have posed a danger on winner, but he crashed down on hurdle towards the top of the home directly whenever travelling well. Happily, trainer Noel Meade reported the six-year-old to be none the even worse the fall.

Ballyoptic kept on for second, with Menorah managing a gallant competition to simply take third.