Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 1st 2014 Contents Fingal s Cave to finally end a vexing
sequence of four successive seconds in the
Maiden Auction two-year-old Stakes over
"good to firm" Leicester this afternoon
when Brighton and Huntingdon (jumps)
runs in tandem with an excellent eight-
That may not be the viewpoint of others
but 50 per cent of the programme are juve-
niles, my absolute speciality!
One of the fairest but nonetheless
demanding racetracks this Midlands venue
has seen many greats introduced; Sir Henry
Cecil and Sir Michael Stoute both patronised
it during the 1970 s and the latter introduced
Zilzal there when one of the biggest gambles
imaginable was landed, mount of Walter
Swinburn who winked to "Stoutey" as he
Such moments one will never forget!
Hopefully, we ll be able to recall Mick
Channon-trained Fingal s Cave landing our
nap under William Twiston-Davies, one of
the best progressive young apprentices; he s
achieving all we forecast when one casually
mooted a change from steeplechase jockey
might suit him better.
WTD has superb natural balance, he obvi-
ously learned a lot by riding out regularly
with Richard Hughes while serving the first
part of his apprenticeship at Richard Han-
non s Marlborough complex; definitely on
my A-list and if Fingal s Cave replicates
anything like his recent efforts they will end
up in the winners enclosure at the sixth
Consistency usually gains reward and
Candlelight, despite top-weight, is another
ready to win; Charles Hills charge, like Fin-
gal s Cave, is also clear best-in on my
time-handicap for the Cropston Nursery
over five furlongs and Jamie Spencer has
been booked to do the biz!
Both look solid each-way bets and George
Chaloner s scheduled mount, Bimbo, also
justifies support in the Fillies Nursery over
six furlongs which represents stark contrast
to recent opposition at York where Richard
Fahey s charge was a creditable eighth in
the group 2 "Lowther" behind sensational
Tiggy has achieved the highest two-year-
old TH mark in my lifetime!
Incidentally both Chaloner and Twiston-
Davies have been aboard the aforementioned
juveniles in all their races!
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mid-day special which yielded a profes-
sional beaut on Saturday adding to B Fifty
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14-25 --- 10.30 pm
30-10 --- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 7
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSONMAN 10 6 5 21
15 SICK WOMAN 3
18 WATER BOAT 5
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 7 6 3 16
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 2 8 3 13
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to August 30
34 (Blind Man) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
31 (Parson Wife)
35 (Big Snake) 1 pm
27 (Little Snake)---10.30 am
25 (Morocoy) --- 6.30 pm
2 (Old Lady) 10.30 am
Fingal's Cave to go one better Andrea Atzeni landed a first notable success
for Qatar Racing when steering Cappella Sansevero
home in the Nestle Supporting Irish Autism Action
Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh yesterday.
Atzeni is to replace Jamie Spencer as retained
jockey for the increasingly influential operation in
2015 and wasted little time in showing why he has
He asked the 6--4 favourite to squeeze through
a gap to make his challenge and the Ger Lyons-
trained colt was in command at the line as he proved
too strong for Rapid Applause.
Lyons said: "It s straightforward when you know
the horse, but in fairness to Andrea I asked him to
do something we hadn t done before which was to
drop him in and produce him late.
"He pulls up when he gets to the front. Eddie
Lynam says he is a bit like Slade Power. When he
gets to the front he pricks his ears and thinks he s
done enough---there is nothing ungenuine about
"We always liked him, but it was nice to get a
fresh perspective about the horse today and Andrea
said he was a lovely horse, rides like a three-year-
old and will get further.
"It s all systems go for the Middle Park. The one
I thought we might win was the Phoenix, but I d
gladly take the Middle Park!
"He s the right horse to go for it. He s not ground
dependent. He idled in front a bit in the Phoenix
and past the post he was in front again. That might
have been the one that got away."
SARATOGA SPRINGS---In the
days leading up to the 61st run-
ning of the Grade 1, $600,000
Woodward, trainer Eddie Plesa
Jr said, "We re either going to
get to the top of the ladder or
not" with four-year-old colt
Owned by Trilogy Stable and
Plesa s wife, Laurie, Itsmyluck-
yday had finished second three
times in Grade 1 races, most
recently in a game challenge to
Moreno on August 2 in the
Grade 1 Whitney.
The two horses renewed their
budding rivalry on Saturday, and
this time, outfitted with blinkers,
Itsmyluckyday engaged Moreno
early rather than later, and after
a rough stretch battle between
the two, Plesa s colt reached the
top of the ladder, winning the
Woodward by a half-length at
Saratoga Race Course.
Itsmyluckyday, who survived
an inquiry and objection into
the stretch run, completed the
1 1/8-mile race in 1:48.84. Run-
ner-up Moreno finished one-
and-a-half lengths in front of
Prrayer for Relief, who was fol-
lowed by Zivo, Stephanoatsee,
Last Gunfighter, Long River,
Romansh and Norumbega.
The 5-2 second choice paid
$7.70 for a $2 win bet.
For Plesa, 65, the victory was
one of the top achievements of
his career, which began under
the guidance of his father, trainer
Eddie Plesa Sr, and dates back
to 1980. The Woodward was
only his second Grade 1 victory,
the other being the Acorn with
Three Ring in 1999 at Belmont
Plesa has long loved Itsmy-
luckyday, who finished second
to Oxbow last year in the Preak-
ness, and he believed the horse
had a Grade 1 victory in him.
"It s like when you have a
child that does something out
of the ordinary, exceptional, that
you know he could do; that s
what it felt like," he said in the
winner s circle.
"I mean, horses aren t your
children, but we take great pride
in our horses; we take great pride
in our craft. He did what he
needed to do in a manner
nobody would dispute was spot
on and that he was the best
Plesa had not won a race at
Saratoga since August 12, 2005,
when he took a $20,000 claimer.
"This isn t a usual stop for
me," he said. "I m New Jersey
and Florida. If you have some-
thing out of the ordinary, you ll
bring them up here, but it s kind
of my background. I d rather be
a big fish in a smaller pond than
a small fish in a big pond. But
when you have a horse like this,
he takes you to wherever the big
Moreno on his right flank
through an opening quarter-
mile in 24.01 seconds and a half-
mile in 47.41. Nearing the far
turn, Moreno briefly spurted
away, but midway through the
bend, Itsmyluckyday drew up
to the leader on his outside.
The two locked in a ferocious
battle with Itsmyluckyday, under
jockey Paco Lopez, gaining a
slight advantage at the eighth
pole. The two bumped repeat-
edly as they fought to the wire.
Guillot accepted the defeat.
"Our horse got bounced up,
bam-bam-bam," he said. "Who
knows? The horse ran his race.
Sometimes you run second,
sometimes you win. It was
Eddie s turn. My horse is con-
sistent. He ran his race. What
are you going to do? Go to bed,
rest, get up in the morning and
start all over again."
Itsmyluckyday had been a
standout 3-year-old, winning
the Grade 3 Holy Bull and fin-
ishing second in the Grade 1
Florida Derby before finishing
15th in the Kentucky Derby. He
rebounded with a second in the
Preakness, but in his next start,
in the Grade 3 Pegasus at Mon-
mouth Park, he pulled up after
suffering a minor pelvic frac-
The colt resumed racing in
March and soon won three
straight; he now has won nine
of 19 starts and earned
"I told the owners, the part-
ners, Get tied on. This is going
to be as exciting a second half
of the year as last year was the
first half of the year," Plesa said.
Itsmyluckyday turns tables on Moreno
2.40 FINGALS CAVE (nap);
4.40 CANDLELIGHT (e.w).
Sretaw (11--1) ended a run of six seconds in style
by taking the 21-runner Irish Stallion Farms EBF
Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh.
There were lots in with chances in the final furlong
in what proved a rough finish, but Wayne Lordan
galvanised Gavin Cromwell s five-year-old to land
the Premier Handicap.
Vastonea (16--1) was half a length away in second
with the 4-1 favourite Hasanour third and Maggie
Dalton (25-1) fourth.
"We were very hopeful. She s been second six
times in a row and deserved this," said owner Eamon
Waters. She s been running to her handicap mark all
the time and kept going up, but in fairness to her
she kept improving.
"I bred her and bought the mare for small money.
It s nearly like a dream and I m afraid I ll wake up.
"She s entered at Leopardstown on September 14
but it s up to Gavin where she goes."
Davy Condon was taken to hospital with a sus-
pected back injury after taking a heavy fall from
Flaxen Flare at Cork.
He was hurt when the Gordon Elliott-trained evens
favourite tumbled at the second-last flight when still
firmly in contention for the Online Ticket Sales At
corkracecourse.ie Hurdle race won by Plinth.
Condon was taken to Cork University Hospital by
The rider reportedly regained consciousness shortly
after the fall and Dr Tom Purcell, Turf Club medical
officer, reported at 4.45 pm: "Davy Condon is stable
and moving everything now. Initially he couldn t
move, but had full movement within ten minutes.
"He has a possible thoracic fracture of his spine
and has been taken by Dr Kevin Brennan to Cork
University Hospital for scans."
That was confirmed by the Turf Club s senior
medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick. Speaking from
the Curragh, he said: "We are waiting for a scan
report to come through from Cork."
Condon stable after fall
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