Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 8th 2014 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, September 8, 2014
9-27 --- 10.30 pm
29-6 --- 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 6
05 PARSONMAN 11 6 5 22
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 September 6
34 (Blind Man) 1 pm
9 (Cattle) 10.30 am
28 (Red Fish) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)---10.30 am
4 (Dead Man)---1 pm
17 (Pigeon)---6.30 pm
Thunder done for the season
Connections of Lightning Thunder have decided
to put the dual 1000 Guineas runner-up away
for the season and bring her back for a four-year-
Second to Miss France at Newmarket and to
Marvellous at the Curragh, trainer Olly Stevens
felt the three-year-old was showing the effects of
a tough campaign when running below form at
Haydock on her latest start in a Listed race.
One of the three early-closing race entries Light-
ning Thunder is set to miss is the Coolmore Fastnet
Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on September
"She s not going to Leopardstown and we ve put
her away for a bit of a break," said Stevens.
"She s absolutely fine. She had a very tough
spring. We had to be very hard on her to get to
"She s just having a good break and hopefully
we ll have a good time with her next year. She s
a big strong filly and she should go on again and
improve into her four-year-old year.
"Sometimes it s one of the hardest decisions to
make. She s fit and well and healthy but she looked
tired at Haydock. It was a difficult decision to make
but I think it s the best one in the long run for a
"We ll get her back in training and make a deci-
sion then. She hasn t got bold black type, so I think
we ll probably address that first and then go for
some loftier targets afterwards.
"We ll campaign her around seven furlongs and
a mile. We ll start her off by trying to tick off the
bold black box and then there are nice races like
the Duke of Cambridge at Ascot."
Vinnie Roe enjoying retirement
As the Curragh prepares to stage the 100th
running of the Palmerstown House Estate Irish
St Leger, one famous horse can enjoy some down-
time with his legacy secure for many more years
A decade ago this weekend, Vinnie Roe was
being prepared for his fourth consecutive victory
in the Irish Classic, which opened up to all-aged
competition in 1983.
Since then, Vintage Crop, Oscar Schindler and
Kayf Tara managed back-to-back victories but
nothing close to this stayer of Dermot Weld s.
Vinnie Roe s entire season was based around a
couple of events in the autumn, and aside from
the Leger, he finished in the frame twice from three
attempts in the Melbourne Cup and won 13 times
in 29 career starts.
After coming home third in the 2005 Irish Leger,
and eighth in Australia, Vinnie Roe was sold by
owner Seamus Sheridan to Coolmore, and he
remains on the world famous stud s National Hunt
roster at Grange Stud in Fermoy, County Cork.
Among his colleagues is another of the race s
former winners, Sans Frontieres, who ended his
career after landing the 2010 renewal.
Grange Stud s manager Albert Sherwood said:
"They re both very well, they ve finished covering
mares and they re out in the fields relaxing. Next
February they ll be back in covering, and it starts
all over again.
"Vinnie Roe was very well supported for his first
couple of years at stud with some good mares. He
hasn t been as well supported this year, that s per-
haps partly our fault because we ve had a couple
of younger stallions arriving. His sire, Definite Arti-
cle, also became a bit less popular himself.
"He s produced horses like Our Vinnie, Party
Rock and Claret Cloak. Claret Cloak was placed
at Cheltenham and Aintree this year, if he were to
have won that might have made all the difference
to Vinnie Roe."
Sans Frontieres raced for Jeremy Noseda and
also won the Princess Of Wales s Stakes and the
Sherwood said: "Sans Frontieres first crop of
foals are on the ground, he was very well supported
and we re looking forward to him.
Fieldsman looks a safe pair of hands
in the Maiden 2-y-o Stakes over seven fur-
longs of good ground Brighton today
when two jumping fixtures, Newton
Abbot/Perth are set to run in tandem with
a seven-race programme.
An uninspiring Monday quality-wise but
a pound at the popular Southern coastal
venue will be just as valuable as anywhere
more ostentatious and Ed Dunlop-trained
Fieldsman rates a solid time-handicap bet
judged on his latest run last month.
Backed into favouritism, on the strength
of two encouraging efforts, Fieldsman proved
less effective on a soft Newmarket July
course than had been the case at Glorious
Goodwood thirteen days earlier; although
runner-up to unchallenged winner Hail
Clodius this Hard Spun colt ran several
pounds below his previous best mark
The likelihood is that once-raced trio Best
Example, Glorious Magic and Pleiades, all
from fashionable yards, will improve but
they ll need to if, as expected, Fieldsman is
positioned advantageously by George Baker.
A solid bet and so, each-way, is course
and distance winner Olney Lass, one of
eight decs for the aged handicap over six
A consistent type trained by Lydia Pearce
and the mount of her son, Simon, claiming
3lbs apprentice allowance, Olney Lass is
ideally suited by conditions; let s hope, fer-
vently, there are no withdrawals!
At the west-country venue, Hawker must
win the five-runner Novices Hurdle over
two and a half miles, he s the least moderate
and will be ridden by Tony McCoy for John
Ferguson; it s called process of elimination.b
Fieldsman is safe SELECTIONS
10.30 RU10.30 Olney Lass
11.00 Fieldsman (nap)
The topsy turvy state of the Prix de l Arc
de Triomphe market was thrown into fur-
ther chaos after Sea The Moon lost his
unbeaten record to Ivanhowe in the
Longines - Grosser Preis von Baden at
Baden Baden yesterday.
The Markus Klug-trained son of Sea The
Stars went into the Group One contest,
whose recent victors have included Arc hero-
ine Danedream, with questions to answer
following an injury scare that caused the
colt to miss work.
No details of the nature of the problem
were or have been revealed, but when it
came to the crunch at the Iffezheim track,
Sea The Moon was found wanting and went
down by three lengths.
Klug did not reveal the source of a "minor
setback" that on reflection he and connec-
tions of the 1-2 favourite blamed for the
But he has every intention of taking Sea
The Moon to Longchamp for the Arc in
exactly one month s time, believing his charge
will return to the level of form that saw him
land the German Derby by eleven lengths.
When the horse came back in he had a
good blow, an indication that this prep can
definitely be improved upon on October 5.
And Cristian Demuro, standing in for
Christophe Soumillion, is convinced Sea The
Moon will leave the form well behind if he
engages in a rematch with Ivanhowe in Paris.
Rather than echo disappointment, Demuro
was positive about the favourite s effort and
said: "He was not ready, he was not 100
percent and he needed the race.
"I made the pace and it was the plan to
go to the front. I went slow. I tried to go
outside, and he needs this race I think. I
was ok and he was enjoying himself at the
front, but when the winner came to beat
me he flew.
"He was not like in the Derby but I think
after this race he s ready for the Arc. I think
he ll come back like the Derby.
"I rode Ivanhowe in the German Derby
last year but he had a problem and we didn t
see the best of him. Although he s incon-
sistent he s a very good horse on his day,
and today was his day.
"It s ok, I think he (Sea The Moon) can
come back and win the Arc, especially if he
gets softer ground in that race."
Sea The Moon was one of the paddock
picks and walked round the packed parade
ring like an old sheep. This was in complete
contrast to his main market rival Lucky Lion
who worked himself up into a lather and
was very hard for his lad to keep under con-
In the race Demuro elected to make the
best of his draw near the rail and made the
running. Racing with his head bent low, Sea
The Moon started to quicken the tempo
after turning for home, and all looked to be
going smoothly to plan.
But halfway up the straight Ivanhowe and
Czech rider Filip Minarik loomed as a real
threat, and instead of Sea The Moon finding
extra as Demuro asked him to lengthen, he
soon had to accept defeat as his rival kept
Klug was in no way downhearted at the
result and accepted it with a degree of
inevitability when declaring: "I was pretty
sure that he was not 100%, so it was not
a bad performance. The race was as we
expected, and we will run in the Arc.
"He didn t lose anything in defeat. It was
the plan to go to the front so he could gallop
freely. He s going to have a bit of a light
week now and then we will up the work for
"You could see in the middle of the straight
that he wasn t going to win. I did warn
before the race that he wasn t 100% fit."
Gebhard Apelt, representing Ivanhowe s
owners Gestut Schlenderhan, said: "Running
here rather than in a Longchamp trial was
an ideal preparation. It gave us a week longer
to bring him to concert pitch for the Arc.
"We are delighted to have a runner in the
race. We always thought he was a very good
horse, but he needed a good break after his
run at Chantilly as he came back with a
small foot problem."
Carvalho, winning his first Group One,
said: "He had a foot problem after running
in France, his hoof was cut too short.
"We chose between this and the Grand
Prix de Deauville and opted for this to give
him an extra week. He s really improved
since I got him in January.
"Now we will think about the Arc but the
only problem is that the second race can be
difficult when they come back from a long
For Minarik this was a dream come true
and he said: "Two really good horses met
each other today and the better one won on
the day. His form has been inconsistent but
he s the best I ve ever ridden, that is for
Bookmakers Sky Bet reacted by pushing
Sea The Moon out to 8/1 from 7/2 for the
Prix de l Arc de Triomphe while cutting last
year s winner Treve to 4/1 favourite from
5s.The winner, Ivanhowe, was introduced
into the betting at 12/1. They now bet 4/1
Treve; 6/1 Australia; 8/1 Avenir Certain, Just
A Way, Sea The Moon & Taghrooda; 10s
Moon eclipsed by Ivanhowe
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