Hag­gas’ Ice Gala should lose her maiden tag to­day

The Racing Paper - - Tv Races And News - Dave Young­man’s New­mar­ket let­ter

THE eighth Bri­tish Cham­pi­ons Day takes place at As­cot to­day and what an event it could turn out to be with a whole lot of stars on show in­clud­ing CRACKS­MAN.

I will be on course with my Rac­ing Club mem­bers. The last time I at­tended was in 2012 to see FRANKEL and Henry Ce­cil win the Cham­pion Stakes. Mem­o­ries of that day will stay with me for­ever.

CRACKS­MAN did a light piece of work on Wed­nes­day un­der Frankie Det­tori here at HQ with­out head­gear but John Gos­den in­tends putting a set of blink­ers on for this, his last race, to make him fo­cus.

The ground has come just right for him and we all hope here at New­mar­ket that we see the best of him and he will go off to stud with a good per­for­mance be­hind him. The Gos­den team have given great at­ten­tion to de­tail with him and fin­gers crossed.

AT Cat­t­er­ick 2.25 to­day Wil­liam Hag­gas sends ICE GALA to con­test the Novice stakes un­der Liam Jones. This daugh­ter of In­vin­ci­ble Spirit, owned by Cheve­ley Park Stud, has been work­ing in good fash­ion on the New­mar­ket gallops and looks set to lose her maiden tag here be­fore go­ing on to bet­ter things next sea­son. This filly is no star but she can progress into a nice type for next term.

AMY Mur­phy has mapped out a plan of cam­paign for her star jumper KALASH­NIKOV.

The son of Kalanisi is schooling very well and hope­fully he will be seen in pub­lic early next month at ei­ther Wetherby or War­wick, with a view to run­ning him in the Way­ward Lad chase at Christ­mas at Kemp­ton.

If all goes well he will then be aimed at the Arkle at the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val. Amy told me she is de­lighted with the way he has taken to the big­ger ob­sta­cles and can’t wait to get him into a proper race and get some ex­pe­ri­ence into him.

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