RACING POST SUNDAY JANUARY 8th 2012
RACING POST WEEK MONDAY JANUARY 2nd TO SUNDAY JANUARY 8th 2012
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WILLIE MULLINS ON SUNDAY
"Ruby's first ride on LAMBRO may highlight on rare quiet day for yard.
"IT'S A quiet day for us in terms of runners with only three horses going to Nass, but I'm looking forward to a good performance from LAMBRO in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase (1.10)."
"DELIGHTED HURRICANE HIT LEOPARDSTOWN LAST WEEK"
" Taking HURRICAN FLY partner EMMET MULLINS to Leopardstown to gallop on Thursday worked out very well and I'd like to thank Pat Keogh and his team at the track for giving us the opportunity to get a much needed racecourse gallop into the champion.
" It was a very good piece of work and we were thrilled with the way HURRICANE FLY performed. The good news is that he was fine the following day when he pulled out in very good shape.
"PAUL TOWNEND rode him on Friday morning and was very pleased with him. The plan is to run in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle three weeks today, which will leave us with 44 days until the Stan James Champion Hurdle if all goes well for him."
PETER SCARGILL FINDS TEAM
AT SANDOWN KEEPING AN EYE ON THE COTSWOLDS IN MARCH. HENDERSON
"Business as usual but thoughts of
Cheltenham never far away."
"All is calm. Calm after the storms that battered
Britain last week and calm before the storm that whips into Cheltenham in just 65 days' time.
"KISSANE'S immediate thoughts are on his runner later in the day, a French import making his debut for his new yard in a Grade 1 no less."
"Three or four weeks before
Cheltenham is when we start to get really excited and the week before everyone is really uptight. If you don't have a winner at Cheltenham it's like someone had died in the yard on the Saturday. Last year when we won the Gold Cup it was amazing. I don't think we did any work for days after, but you've got to enjoy these day when they come because it might be the only chance you get."
"Back in the pre-parade ring KISSANE'S runner is getting excited. The lanky CAPTAIN CONAN is bouncing around with his friend trying to reassure him.
"Around the paddock, up the slope and down the horsewalk CAPTAIN COONAN is still keen and jockey BARRY GERAGHTY is allowed to stride on well before the entrance to the course.
"It's a bit of a shock to him, " KISSANE says "If he's second to one of the other two it would have been a great run."
"One of the ' other two' is joint-favourite PROSPECT WELLS handled by CHARLENE HALL who plays nervously with her pink-rimmed iPhone.
"I hope he's good enough and RUBY WALSH thinks he is," she says about her runner. "January is a bit of a quiet time for us and it can drag, but it's exciting once it's over and you've got the festival to look forward to."
"Turning into the home straight PROSPECT WELLS isn't winning but CAPTAIN CONAN might and a roar of "gwaun Barry, c'mon Barry" goes up as KISSANE leaps and tears about - charging off to collect his star at the speed of light.
"He's a lovely, lovely lad," says Henderson of KISSANE he worships his horses. I'm really very fond of him."
"Photo's taken, smiles smiled, CAPTAIN CONAN and KISSANE prepare for the journey home, "I told you he was a bit special .....
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