All the latest news about the Christmas racing season, stolen from elsewhere and presented to you in this bitesize format.
– In the unlikely case that Willie Mullins is involved in a war situation and is captured by the enemy, we needn’t worry about him revealing too many secrets to the enemy judging by his welded-lipped approach to telling the public what the plan is with reigning Champion Hurdler, Hurricane Fly. He’s pencilled in to return in the Istrabraq Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown over Chrimbo, but Mullins refused to confirm if that’s a date he’s likely to show up for. “YOU CAN’T MAKE ME TALK! I’LL NEVER TELL” he pretty much said, even when the electrodes were applied to his ‘sensitive area’.
Just to be clear, that ‘sensitive area’ refers to his genitals rather than west Carlow. Irish Times
– The picture for the Lexus Chase is becoming clearer by the day and it’s shaping to be quite a pretty picture. Yesterday the up and coming Quito De La Roque was declared an intended runner and now Paul Nicholls has confirmed that Denman is planning to have a go at winning it before heading to Cheltenham for the Gold Cup. There’ll be a racecourse gallop between now and the trip across the Irish Sea and Nicholls, not unlike a proud parent who has kept his child on the straight and narrow, explained “He’s coming along really well. We’re very happy with him.”
British Horse Racing Authority – (quotes taken from the Racing Post ‘you have to pay for it’ edition)
– Will Kennedy, who has partnered Time For Rupert in all of his major flops, has said he is “gutted” to have been booted off the horse for his scheduled appearance at Newbury next Wednesday. The horses owners are likely to go with Dominic Elsworth in future meaning Kennedy is out on his ear, something he understandably wasn’t delighted about. “I was told last Monday I wouldn’t be riding the horse again and I’m just gutted,” he revealed, before embarking on a bit of light ‘covering his own ass’ by adding “I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong on the horse, but he hasn’t had the opportunity to show himself at his best this season.” Racing Post
– In many ways, we can’t wait until its Christmas, but in the meantime, there’s some good racing coming up. The International Hurdle at Cheltenham this Saturday looks like being a cracking race and Nicky Henderson is planning to use the race as an experiment to see if he’s going to aim the highly rated whippersnapper, Grandouet at the Cheltenham Festival or plot a less Cotswolds-focussed route for his horse. “It is better to find out now so that if we think he isn’t quite suited we can plan a campaign that bypasses the Cheltenham Festival,” said Henderson, presumably standing over a large map of Europe wearing military regalia. That’s enough ‘comedy’ military analogies for one day. British Horse Racing Authority
Random Paddy Power Employee Christmas Racing Tip Of The Day
Mick Forry – Affiliate Marketing Hero
“I’m tipping up Galaxy Rock in the Welsh National @ 10/1 in tribute to our Country’s record goalscorer Robbie Keane and his frat buddy mates. Go Horse Racing!”