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Brady issues One Cool Shabra warning to Sam Bass team.

IT IS not going to be a white Christmas and, if Oliver Brady has his way, it won't be a quiet one either.

The bard from Blayney projects One Cool Shabra into Grade 2 company at Leopardstown on Monday in the United Arab Emirates Embassy Juvenile Hurdle to renew rivalry with the Noel Meade-trained Sam Bass.

"I'd say the handicapper is thinking Sam Bass is the best three year-old seen so far this season because he beat us a few lengths at Fairyhouse, but I think our fellow will make him change his mind today," warns Brady (right).

Brady has already sent One Cool Shabra into action seven times over hurdles this season, but with three wins and three places he is happy to justify the policy.

"He's an easy horse to train and easy to keep fresh; I don't have to do a lot of work with him," he says. "You don't have to be banging away at him all the time at home - just let him out to grass for a while and he freshens himself up.

"We haven't seen the best of him on the Flat either and he'll win a lot of races next summer because he's shocking well-handicapped."

Brady meets the Christmas season in good health after many difficult years. "I've no problems at all, which is great," he reveals.

"I have three runners on Monday but even though two of them are at Down Royal I'll be at Leopardstown to roar on this fellow."

Gerard Fox, who partnered One Cool Shabra to all of his three victories, rides Brady's horses at Down Royal, with John Cullen taking over on One Cool Shabra.

"The young lad [Fox] is a lovely jockey but he can't claim in these Graded races, so John gets the ride," explains Brady. "John's as good as any of them."

Even if Brady wins Monday's race he won't be hanging around for long to celebrate. "I head down to Kenya for ten days," he says. "Shabra Charity is what I do with my time and we run an orphanage there, so that's where I'm going to spend new year and I can't wait."

Jonathan Mullin
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 24, 2011
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