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
Hector Bellerin: How saying no to Barcelona paid off for Bellerin - and Arsenal
Paul Scholes column: With Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
'I am the president of everybody': What Sepp Blatter said after winning re-election as Fifa president
Fifa bomb threat: Swiss authorities confirm a bomb threat has been made at the Fifa Congress
Michel Platini to consider pulling England and other Uefa members out of the World Cup if Sepp Blatter wins Fifa election
- 2 Maisie Williams has an excellent message for one confused fan
- 4 Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government
- 5 Kate Moss on the naked Calvin Klein shoot and the obsession that ended her relationship
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
£16500 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the leading Mercedes-Ben...
£27500 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£19500 - £23500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Experienced B2B Telemarketer wa...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This global company are looking for two Showro...