Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 12th 2014 Contents Cotai Glory is arguably the fastest two-
year-old sprinting colt in training and
attempts to prove it in the group two Flying
Childers Stakes over five furlongs of a
rapidly drying out Doncaster today; flying
fillies, Tiggy Wiggy/Anthem Alexander
aren t in opposition, thankfully.
They are set to meet for a third time in
the group one Cheveley Park over six at
Newmarket later this month.
Lambourn trainer Charles Hills has made
no secret of the fact he reckons Cotal Glory
is his best of the (Leger) week judged on
that comfortable all-the-way victory in
the group Molecomb at Glorious Good-
wood forty-five days; also this Exceed And
Excel colt has thrived physically since but
there are definitely two serious rivals at
Ahleen Emerati and Moonraker have also
achieved tremendous time-handicap marks
and Irish-raider Ainippe has won both races
to date and could indeed be anything.
Ahleen Emerati was a close third to Hills-
trained Muhaarar in the Gimcrack at York
and Moonraker achieved a career-best last
time out, almost on par with Cotai Glory!
Hills has the form line and, hopefully,
the ammunition to gain Glory in what
promises to be a fascinating dash on Town
There are also turf-flat meetings sched-
uled for Salisbury and Sandown where
Gemini represents a good sign for the
Maiden 2-y-o Stakes over five furlongs of
good ground; what beats her will win!
Lady Gemini attempts to make it sixth
time lucky, they have over-faced this con-
sistent filly somewhat but this drop in grade
should secure those much-needed winning
brackets for stud purposes.
At the popular Wiltshire course (close to
Stonehenge!) Sulaalaat looks a special in
the four-runner Fillies Conditions Stakes
for two-year-olds; a solid bet.
Incidentally Markaz was our first losing
nap of the week on Wednesday when Paul
Hanagan was somewhat negative, allowing
this colt to be a victim of a slow-ish pace;
don t lose faith with Barry Hills charge.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, September 12, 2014
9-19 --- 10.30 am
17-29 --- 6.30 pm
6, 11, 15, 21
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: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to September 11
12 (King) 1 pm
35 (Big Snake) 10.30 am
4 (Dead Man) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 Dead Man)
30 (House Cat)
34 (Blind Man)
9 (Old Lady)---10.30 am
34 (Blind Man)---1 pm
28 (Red Fish)---6.30 pm
1.40 Cotai Glory
3.40 Lady Gemini
Go for Glory
Roger Varian reiterated the ground
must be suitable for Ladbrokes St Leger
favourite Kingston Hill to take his chance
in the Classic on Saturday.
The Derby runner-up has drifted slightly
in the betting as the sun has continued to
beat down on Town Moor for the first two
days of the meeting, with connections of
the colt warning that the going must be
in his favour if he is to participate.
Although there is no further rain forecast,
Varian is hoping the ground does not get
any quicker over the next two days.
Speaking from Doncaster yesterday after-
noon, the Newmarket handler said: "I m
not going to be here (on Friday) as I haven t
got a runner.
"I ll be here on Saturday and nothing s
changed. If I m happy with the ground
conditions, I ll run and if I m not, I won t.
"I ve spoken to Roderick (Duncan, clerk
of the course) and he knows my position.
It will either be good enough for me to
run or it won t.
"I ll walk the course and if I m happy,
we re going to run. I ve said we re partic-
ipating on good ground.
"We want to run---the likelihood is we re
going to run---but we want to be running
on decent ground.
"If I m happy with the ground I ll run.
I can t be more clear than that.
"I ll be here on Saturday and let s hope
we re here competing."
Asked about watering ahead of Satur-
day s fixture, Duncan said: "I ll rule nothing
out, but I m not planning to at the
"There are 14 runners in the race (St
Leger). I would love to see Roger Varian
win the race. He won the Racing Post Tro-
phy and I believe if he (Kingston Hill) runs
he will win.
"I want to see the favourite run, but I
don t want to see a load of other people
not running because I ve watered.
"There s not just one race on. There s
a lot of horses running and if I adopt a
policy that nobody else wants in favour of
one horse, it s an impossible position.
"I m not being leaned on or being put
under any pressure to water."
Kingston Hill will face 13 rivals in the
world s oldest Classic - if he runs.
John Gosden has a terrific record in the
race and has three contenders.
William Buick has chosen Derby third
Romsdal, with Frankie Dettori on Forever
Now and the Robert Havlin-ridden Mar-
zocco making up the team.
Mark Johnston has three chances in Alex
My Boy, Eclipse third Somewhat and Royal
Ascot winner Hartnell, the pick of stable
jockey Joe Fanning.
Sir Michael Stoute runs two, headed by
Great Voltigeur runner-up Snow Sky, who
will be ridden by James Doyle and Kings
Fete, who won a York handicap earlier in
the year and will have the assistance of
Richard Hannon looks for another Clas-
sic with Windshear, while Aidan O Brien
relies solely upon Granddukeoftuscany,
who will be ridden by Colm O Donoghue..
Odeon, Scotland and Min Alemarat
complete the field.
Varian looks for good ground
Kiyoshi proved her considerable talents remain
very much intact with a brilliant victory under
the soon-to-retire Jamie Spencer in the Japan
Racing Association Sceptre Stakes at Doncast-
er.The Charlie Hills-trained three-year-old looked
a potential world-beater following a jaw-dropping
display in last year s Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot
and subsequent placed efforts in the Moyglare
and Cheveley Park Stakes meant connections
headed into the winter with realistic ambitions
of Classic glory.
But the dream was short-lived, with an early-
season illness meaning she did not return until
the Coronation Stakes in June.
A disappointing effort at the Royal meeting
followed by a no-show in the Falmouth at New-
market suggested she may be a spent force.
However, a fair second behind subsequent
American Grade One winner Euro Charline at
Ascot in July hinted at a flicker of life and she
headed to Yorkshire as an 11/1 chance for her
latest Group Three assignment.
Fitted with cheekpieces for the first time,
Kiyoshi appeared much more like her old self,
travelling with the panache that was the trademark
of her juvenile campaign.
Spencer was sitting pretty in behind the pace-
setters heading inside the closing stages and once
let down, his mount showed thrilling acceleration
to seal the deal by a length and a quarter from
heavily-supported 15-8 favourite Bragging.
Kiyoshi is now likely to test her powers at the
highest level once again in the Kingdom of Bahrain
Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on October 4.
Hills reserved special praise for Spencer, who
stunned the racing world last month when
announcing he was hanging up his riding boots
at the end of the season.
Luca Cumani s Silk Sari absolutely bolted up
in the DFS Park Hill Stakes.
Joint-owned and bred by Fittocks Stud, man-
aged by the trainer s wife, Sara, she went off at
8/1 for what is known as the fillies St Leger after
landing a Listed event at Newbury in early August.
Cascading set the pace for much of the way
but Silk Sari was cruising in the home straight
and quickened five lengths away from Groove-
jet.It was Cumani s fifth winner of the Group
Two, and he said: "I must say I m surprised.
"I thought she would run well - she s been in
excellent form---but winning like that was unex-
pected. There s a mile and five Group race (Prix
de Royallieu) on Arc weekend for fillies, she might
go for that.
"She s been great for the family, it s a great
"After that she s going to Dubawi, the bloodlines
will suit, as well as attitudes and racing style."
Jockey Andrea Atzeni said: "She travelled beau-
tifully in behind. They went a nice gallop which
"I thought she d run well but I didn t think
she d win that well."
Criteria was third for John Gosden, who said:
"She had no excuses. She stays well and she s
"I think she ll be a better filly next year."
Seal Of Approval had fallen in the same race
12 months ago before going on to Group One
glory in the Qipco British Champions Fillies &
for Silk Sari
I'll be here on Saturday and nothing's
changed. If I'm happy with the
ground conditions, I'll run and if I'm
not, I won't."
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