#startracking Tuesday January 12th 10.30am


Good morning #startrackers. But I’m afraid I’m about to change that! Part of my morning routine is to browse the Racing Post in Paddy Powers and it wasn’t happy reading this morning.

De Name Escapes MeHOLD ALL BETS! A #startracking entry and I’ve put it up as a three star*** each way ante post selection for the Coral.ie Hurdle (was the Boylesports Hurdle) on Sunday at a whopping 14/1 with the aforementioned Paddy Power, fully four points bigger than their rivals. I expected that price to contract in the past ten days since they put it up but it hasn’t and I was getting nervous as PP’s spy system is strong in Ireland. Tomorrow in the Racing Post’s weekly sister paper “The Weekender” there is a stable tour with Noel Meade (De Name Escapes Me’s trainer) and I think todays Post has an excerpt from that and my worst fears are confirmed. “The one probably least likely to run is DNEM. I won’t really know how forward he is until we do a bit of work with him this week as he was held up over Christmas with a dirty nose”. That explains why he didn’t run at Leopardstown but that is the first time that piece of information has been made public. I’m praying he does a blinding bit of work and demands to run as he is so well in on OR134!!

Noel Meade has two other entries Ice Cold Soul (part of Noel Meade’s Absent Army) and Waxies Dargle (part of Noel Meade’s Absent Army). ICS has no weight and WD will love the ground.

ICE COLD SOUL                              Has been put in with some decent horses in his novice races, the likes of Anibale Fly, Mall Dini, Tombstone and Up for Review and made full use of a lenient opening handicap mark of OR114 and was raised 9lbs to OR123. Have a feeling this 6yo son of Stowaway may still be well treated, “led approaching last, stayed on well run-in”, doesn’t suggest all out! Spring Festivals – Noel Meade’s absent army?

WAXIES DARGLE                    Love this horse but two points of note. Firstly needs winter ground, soft and worse and secondly he’s probably five pounds too high in the handicap. Thought he might go chasing? Spring Festivals – Noel Meade’s absent army?

There are a couple of others of interest so we’ll hang fire until DNEM is definitely out.


Things went from bad to worse on the next page when Eddie O’Leary announced that Tombstone (#startracking) is likely to run in the Supreme and not the Neptune for which I have backed him. On a more positive note he referred to Petit Mouchoir and Disko, both #startracking horses.

MIN came in for strong ante-post support again on Monday for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, but his performances and shortening price have not scared off Gigginstown House Stud and their star Tombstone.

Gigginstown will hood Tombstone for next month’s Deloitte Novice Hurdle on the way to a shot at Willie Mullins’ crack young hurdler. “I think it’s fairly obvious at this stage that we’ll take everyone on,” said Gigginstown’s Eddie O’Leary. “Min was impressive on Saturday, no doubt, but at the moment Tombstone is our intended horse for the Supreme and we’ll find our own level with him.”

Tombstone is a shorter price for the Neptune Investments Novice Hurdle than the Supreme, for which he is a general 20-1, but O’Leary has taken enough solace from an unlucky second at Leopardstown last month to keep him in the picture for the two-mile festival opener. “A lot of judges thought we should have won the Future Champions Novice Hurdle but things just didn’t happen for him and he’s a horse we think plenty of,” he said. “He was a little keen the last day so we’ll stick a hood on for the Deloitte at Leopardstown [on February 6] and see how he gets on.”

O’Leary added: “I wouldn’t like to forget Petit Mouchoir either. He finished just behind Tombstone when they were second and third behind Long Dog at Christmas and both of our horses were having only their second run. And Disko is a very talented horse who remains in the mix too.” Jonathan Mullin Racing Post 6:40PM 11 JAN 2016


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