Friday 19 January 2018

Sunday service

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Outsider to note

Tally Em Up

Philip Rothwell's mare isn't without an each-way chance in the Woodlands Hotel Adare Handicap Hurdle at Tipperary tomorrow. A dual Grade Three winner over fences in January, Tally Em Up hasn't figured in either of her starts this term.

At Bellewstown in August and Listowel last month, Tally Em Up never landed a blow over hurdles, but she has dropped 5lb for those efforts, which leaves her on a mark 27lbs lower than she would compete off over fences. When you factor in her rider's 7lb claim tomorrow, that discrepancy increases further.

Granted, Tally Em Up will need to find some sort of form to get involved, but this isn't the most competitive handicap, and we know what she is capable of if things fall right for her. It's also worth noting that the more rain that falls at Tipperary, the more her chance will improve.

Sunday Yankee

Longchamp 1.10 -- Galikova

Longchamp 2.20 -- Dick Turpin

Longchamp 3.05 -- Fame And Glory

Tipperary 5.20 -- Tally Em Up

Numbers Game

55 The number of winners required for a jump jockey to lose their claim, which Philip Enright achieved in scoring on By The Hour at Sligo on Wednesday.

20 Total Group Ones amassed by the runners in tomorrow's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, spread between 12 horses.

5 Askanna's unbeaten record after the Colin Bowe-trained mare added a second hurdle to her bumper and two point-to-points at Gowran Park yesterday.

Quote of the week

"It's an easy game! They're flying at home and I hope it continues for a bit longer. I've had a fortnight to remember."

-- The wily John Kiely makes light of a purple patch at Clonmel on Sunday, after his appropriately named Wise Old Owl took his two-week tally to seven.

Three things we learned this week

1 The standard of Irish stewarding continues to baffle. After Hoopy was allowed to keep its handicap hurdle at Galway in July, few could understand why Separate Ways was disqualified in similar circumstances 24 hours later. That one was reinstated on appeal, before Magical Memoir was demoted at Galway in August. Most bewildering of all, though, was surely the decision to take the maiden hurdle off Big Game Hunter at Clonmel last Sunday, after an inconsequential bump. The appeal was heard yesterday, and the judgment overturned. The authorities moved with such haste to right the wrong, it's as if it never happened. But it did. Again.

2 Michael Halford deserves to hang on to Casamento. He has fully justified Sheikh Mohammed's decision to put horses with him, but he could be a victim of his own success, as the best of the owner's horses usually join Godolphin at three. However, that policy hasn't exactly borne fruit, and Mark Johnston is to keep the Melbourne Cup-bound Eastern Aria, which is now due to race under the Godolphin banner. After Casamento's third successive high-class performance at the Curragh on Sunday, Halford will be hoping for similar treatment.

3 This year's trainee jockeys course at RACE will, after all, go ahead. FAS have revised their earlier decision. Good news.

Racing Diary

Monday: Pontefract, Warwick, Windsor

Tuesday: Tipperary, Catterick, Leicester, Southwell (AW)

Wednesday: Navan, Kempton* (AW), Ludlow, Nottingham, Towcester

Thursday: Tramore, Exeter, Newbury, Wolverhampton* (AW), Worcester

Friday: Dundalk* (AW), Carlisle, Musselburgh, Wolverhampton* (AW), York

Saturday: Fairyhouse, Ascot, Bangor, Chep-stow, Hexham, Wolverhampton* (AW), York

Sunday: Curragh, Limerick, Bath, Ffos Las, Goodwood

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