Racing: Mullins has Our Ben tuned to the minute
Wednesday 15 March 2006
It has been clear for some time that a career best can be expected from OUR BEN (nap 2.35) in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase. Willie Mullins is a master in getting a horse to peak for Cheltenham and will have had this race in mind since Our Ben finished strongly for third over hurdles here last year. He hit a flat spot before rallying that day and the extra distance should enable him to outstay Commercial Flyer.
Last year Royal Paradise (next best 4.00) was sent off favourite for the Royal & SunAlliance Hurdle but finished only seventh. He was found to have bled, and made no show in three top hurdles in the autumn, but his absence since can work in his favour in the Coral Cup. Horses with a history of bleeding are best caught after a break and he looks well treated on novice form.
Mullins runs four in defence of a formidable record in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, but Lord Over (5.20) represents better value. He was returning from a long break when beaten at Naas last month.
Another Rum (4.40) was 40-1 when he won the four-miler here last year but proved that to be no fluke when third in the Scottish National. He runs off the same mark in the Kim Muir.
Latest in Sport
Brazil vs Germany match report World Cup 2014: Utter humiliation for hosts as Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos help Germany hit seven past Selecao
World Cup 2014: The 50 best players of the World Cup
Angel di Maria: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal 'monitoring' Real Madrid winger
PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: Heartbreaking photos show home fans reacting to humiliating defeat
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 3 Do you know this man? Amnesia sufferer found in park pleads for help in identifying who he is
- 4 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: SAP SD OTC Consultant | 12 Months | 500/...
£35000 - £40000 per annum + substantial benefits: Ashdown Group: Business Syst...
£40000 - £55000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Campaign Man...
£40000 - £45000 per annum: Harrington Starr: A Global Financial Service Organ...