Bleue day beckons

  • By: Anita Chambers
  • Last Updated: December 15 2012, 21:44 GMT

Anita Chambers has a pick for every UK and Irish race on Sunday - with her nap coming on the card at Hereford.

Jonjo O'Neill: Saddles Tigresse Bleue on Hereford's final card

CARLISLE: 12.30 Beauboreen, 1.00 Tipsy Dara, 1.30 Rocking Blues, 2.00 Overquest, 2.30 Dizzy River, 3.00 Poole Master, 3.30 Goodacres Garden.

HEREFORD: 12.40 Atriptomilan, 1.10 Emerging Artist, 1.40 Oscar Hill, 2.10 No No Bingo, 2.40 TIGRESSE BLEUE (NAP), 3.10 Royale Knight, 3.40 Barton Gift.

NAVAN: 12.25 Boston Bob, 12.55 Simenon, 1.25 Don Cossack, 1.55 The Bugler, 2.25 Kilavalley, 2.55 Mr Goodenough, 3.25 Union Dues.

MUSSELBURGH: 12.20 Lord Wishes, 12.50 Angel Sun, 1.20 Imperial Vic, 1.50 Wild Geese, 2.20 Docs Legacy, 2.50 Monarch's Way, 3.20 Present Lodger.

DOUBLE: Tigresse Bleue and Atriptomilan.

There are sure to be some tears at Hereford as the track closes after 70 years in action on Sunday, but victory for Tigresse Bleue can raise a smile for her supporters.

The current racetrack has been in operation since the 1930s while Hereford itself has staged racing in some form since the 1770s so it will be a sad day as that history comes to an end.

Trainer Jonjo O'Neill can sign off at the venue with a winner as Tigresse Bleue has shown plenty of promise in her two British starts to date.

A winner on the Flat in France, the daughter of Bachelor Duke was snapped up for 30,000 euros at the Arqana sales last December before making her debut for O'Neill the following month.

She looked a little one-paced in finishing third at Ludlow that day but the fact she did not run again last term perhaps suggests O'Neill felt she needed a bit of time.

Returned to action at Towcester last month, the lengthy break seemed to have done her the world of good as she was just outstayed in the end by a promising dual point-to-point winner.

Tigresse Bleue could well progress in handicaps and with a first-time visor to aid her concentration she should go well in the Steve Swanick Electrical Mares' Handicap Hurdle.

O'Neill also takes the wraps off a big-money recruit in the Free Radio Novices' Hurdle as Atriptomilan has his first start for the yard.

Winner of an Irish point-to-point last April, he then changed hands for £190,000 at Brightwells later that month and should be winning if he is to start realising a little of his price tag.

Emerging Artist is one to watch as he returns from a long spell on the sidelines in the Free Radio Maiden Hurdle.

A winner on the Flat for Mark Johnston back in 2010, he failed to sparkle in six subsequent outings before being sold for just £8,000 in August 2011.

Things have evidently not gone to plan since but Evan Williams has persevered and his patience might yield an immediate pay-off.

Poole Master made a decent start to the year and can keep up the good work in the Carlisle Beginners' Chase at the Cumbrian venue.

Three times a hurdle winner, he was third over the smaller obstacles on his seasonal bow but makes the switch to fences this time.

When 1993 Oaks winner Intrepidity was sent to Cape Cross, connections could hardly have expected to produce a novice chaser but that is exactly what happened in Musselburgh runner Wild Geese.

Out of luck in seven Flat starts, he has barely looked back since joining Lucinda Russell in 2011, winning one of four hurdles starts.

He was pulled up on his return over fences at Musselburgh last month but should strip fitter in the Racing UK - Your Racing Home From Home Novices' Handicap Chase.


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