Printer Friendly

NEWS: Seebald to go straight for Arkle; Pipe star 7-2 favourite for two-mile showpiece.

Byline: SEB VANCE

SEEBALD, installed as 7-2 favourite yesterday in Ladbrokes' first prices for the Arkle Trophy, is unlikely to race again before Cheltenham, writes Seb Vance.

The Martin Pipe-trained seven-year-old was one of 57 entries unveiled for the pounds 125,000 contest, sponsored by the Irish Independent, on March 12.

Seebald has an unblemished record over fences, recording seven successive victories for his owners Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler, whose racing interests are managed by former jockey Graham Bradley.

"I think the plan is to go straight for the Arkle," Bradley confirmed, despite the fact that the gelding holds an entry in the Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday.

"He's won twice round Cheltenham and he likes good ground. He's had seven runs and I think he's got the experience. He has the speed for two miles and the stamina for two and a half-he's going to take a lot of beating."

Seebald's main market rival Barton, the 1999 Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Hurdle winner and a 6-1 chance with Ladbrokes, was also confirmed in the entries.

Other possible contenders include the Nicky Henderson-trained pair Fondmort and Blue Royal, Armaturk and St Pirran, from the Paul Nicholls stable, and Truckers Tavern, an easy winner at Newcastle on Wednesday for Ferdy Murphy.

The seven-year-old also holds an entry in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase over an extended three miles the following day, although Murphy said the Arkle was a more likely target.

The rising star is set to have two runs prior to the two-mile contest, in the pounds 20,000 two-mile novice chase at Towcester before going to

Ireland for the (Dr PJ) Moriarty Novices' Chase on January 31 at Leopardstown.

Murphy said: "Even though he's in the SunAlliance, it's not a race I would really want to run him in. We'll see how it goes but I'd much prefer to run him in the Arkle, he's one of those horses who's learning all the time. In time, he's going to be a very good horse and that's why I don't want to go down the real tough route with him-he's still only young."

A strong overseas entry includes Guillaume Macaire's pair Imlight and Mont Misere from France, and a record batch of 15 from Ireland headed by Jessica Harrington's exciting Moscow Flyer, along with the JP McManus pair of Youlneverwalkalone and Grimes, both trained by Christy Roche.

nEntries, page 55

CAPTION(S):

Seebald: yet to be beaten in seven outings over fences
COPYRIGHT 2002 MGN LTD
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2002 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 22, 2002
Words:414
Previous Article:Tote predicting Jackpot pool of up to pounds 300,000.
Next Article:NEWS: SunAlliance Chase next on agenda for Maximize.
Topics:


Related Articles
Tiutchev ruled out of Warwick engagement.
. . . and here's another star for Pipe and McCoy to go to war with.
Seebald cut to 12-1 for Arkle after striking win.
Star turn Seebald on course for tilt at Arkle.
Barton set to head a star-studded novice bill; Seebald and Armaturk also entered at Ascot to set up possibility of a mouthwatering clash.
Seebald, Classified strengthen Festival claims.
Light set for Champion prep run at Sandown.
RACING: It has to be Istabraq.
The Festival: Arkle Chase briefing: Pipe banks on Seebald to continue winning run; Trainer confident ahead of bid for third Arkle.
Nicholls sets sights on Best Mate clash after Armaturk turns tables; Arkle third reverses form with Festival runner-up Seebald after surviving...

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters