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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, September 29, 2014
21-9 --- 10.30 am
31-31 --- 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 12 6 5 23
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 9 3 14
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to September 27
26 (Fowl) 1 pm
22 (Rat) 10.30 am
13 (Crapaud) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake)
36 (Donkey)---10.30 am
3 (Carriage)---1 pm
26 (Fowl)---6.30 pm
Ol Man River oozed class as he boosted his
Classic claims for next year with an emphatic
victory in the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the
A course-and-distance winner on his debut four
weeks earlier, the Aidan O Brien-trained colt got
into his stride in the straight as he made his chal-
lenge in the centre of the course.
Tombelaine made the running from the winner s
stablemate Battle Of Marathon, but he dropped
out of contention in the final furlong and was well-
Ol Man River (1/2 favourite) coasted to the front
under Joseph O Brien just over a furlong out and
was not extended to score nicely from Clonard
His win made it a treble on the card for the
trainer and jockey, while it was the 14th time
O Brien has saddled the winner of this race,
equalling the tally of his predecessor Vincent
O Brien senior was left to mull over whether he
would prefer to give the colt---who earned a 10/1
quote from Sky Bet after this victory---another run
this season, or hand him a winter holiday.
"He has loads of speed. He came lovely from
his first run and he learned going on the round
mile today. He relaxed and coasted home," said the
"They went a nice even pace, without going
crazy. He settled in nicely and relaxed and moved
out in the straight and coasted home. You d have
to be happy with that---he s what you want in a
"He s open to all those races like the Dewhurst
and the Racing Post Trophy, but it s not a must.
He s had two runs now and I wouldn t worry if
he didn t run again this year. He knows enough
now, but the lads will decide."
Sky Bet spokesman Michael Shinners comment-
ed: "Aidan certainly seems to hold a number of
the aces in the Derby market---if not all of them,
But with a couple of important Group Ones still
to come this season, there may yet be more changes
to come in the betting before we head into winter
Tiggy Wiggy not
certain for l'Abbaye
Richard Hannon says Tiggy Wiggy "is by no
means certain" to run in the Prix de l Abbaye
after her Cheveley Park Stakes success.
The Group One five-furlong dash, for which she
would need to be supplemented, was the race on
everyone s lips after the speedy juvenile made it
six wins from eight races in the Cheveley Park
Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
While the Marlborough trainer is keen on taking
her to Paris, no decision has yet been taken as to
whether her owners will fork out the cash to sup-
plement her to the line-up tomorrow.
"Tiggy Wiggy has come back fine and she may
yet be heading for Paris, but I would like to stress
that it is by no means certain," he wrote on his
stable s Web site.
"There are so many key factors to consider---
would it be one race too many, will it come too
quick and is it worth taking a chance when the
draw out there is so important, not to mention the
vital fact that either Richard Hughes rides at 2lb
overweight or we look for a new jockey?
"The owners would love to run in France and
so would we, but the welfare of Tiggy Wiggy comes
first, and we will see how she is in a couple of days
before making a decision as to whether to supple-
Tiggy Wiggy heads the betting for the Prix de
l Abbaye at 7/2 with Sky Bet.
Ol' Man River oozes
class at Curragh
Poolstock could be worth risking in
the nursery handicap over six furlongs
of "good" Hamilton ground today, for
one very good reason, talented three-
pound apprentice Conor Beasley rides
Les Eyre s charge again!
Conor was aboard for the first time a
fortnight ago when Poolstock achieved
a career-best time-handicap mark. This
Equiano colt stayed on strongly to finish
about a length behind Tecumseh; they
don t hang about at the Edinburgh venue
and that race was fast and furious.
Form at sharp tracks is often under-
estimated, but there s no hiding place
and they either make or break thorough-
Beasley has obviously advised veteran
trainer Les Eyre to go a bit further and
the allowance should make a difference
on the final notorious climb.
It s a tight two-year-old handicap,
three others are only a pound or two
inferior at the weights but Poolstock is
long-overdue a success and worth chanc-
ing to make it seventh time lucky; expe-
rience could also be key!
Bath is a typical example of a tough
track where races are invariably truly
run; Red Lady scorched home over five
furlongs 15 days ago and returns to course
and distance for the 3-y-o handicap;
what beats her will win!
Red Lady also hit her best-ever and
when fillies are in form at this stage of
the season they are definitely worth fol-
lowing; so many are going over, like flow-
ers, they can t blossom again!
Jimmy Fortune is booked for Red Lady
and Brian Meehan s charge has, appar-
ently, thrived these last few days; not
one to oppose and neither is Taghrooda
for the Arc next Sunday!
Taghrooda has her final work-out
tomorrow (Tuesday) on the back of a
serious, searching gallop at Newmarket
last week and if indeed she s able to
reproduce anything like her resounding
King George form there can only be one
winner, that s fact.
Don't miss Red Lady
11.50 Red Lady
ELMONT---Jamaican jockey Rajiv Maragh
snatched a thrilling win aboard Main
Sequence in the US$600,000 Grade I Joe
Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes here Saturday but
his outing at Belmont Park turned sour when
he suffered a broken arm in the next race
after taking a heavy spill.
Going off at odds of 2-1 in the trip over
one-and-a-half miles, Maragh and Main
Sequence recovered from a slow start before
getting the better of a stretch duel with Twilight
Eclipse to win by a neck in a time of two min-
utes, 26.32 seconds.
The victory was the third consecutive Grade
I win for the five-year-old chestnut gelding
in the United States since shipping from Eng-
land, following victories in the United Nations
Stakes in July at Monmouth Park and the
Sword Dancer in August at Saratoga.
With the race a Breeders Cup Challenge
"Win and You re In" race in the Turf division,
it means Main Sequence will now head to the
prestigious series at Santa Anita in the first
week of November.
All this was marred, however, in the very
next race---race 11---when Maragh took a tumble
while aboard Wicked Strong in the US$1 million
Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes.
The three-year-old colt clipped heels with
7-2 bet Moreno and went down on the far
turn during the trip over a mile-and-a-quarter.
Maragh lay motionless on the track for several
moments after the fall before being stretchered
off and rushed to North Shore Hospital on
Long Island complaining of pain in his right
Moreno, ridden by Junior Alvarado, finished
fourth but was disqualified and placed last,
after a stewards inquiry found the pair had
drifted over to the inside and into the path of
Wicked Strong, causing the spill.
Favourite Tonalist, the Belmont Stakes win-
ner, went on to win the race.
Things were a lot brighter for Maragh in
the preceding hour when he produced a superb
drive to get Main Sequence up late.
He was then forced to undergo an anxious
wait as a result of a stewards inquiry into an
incident in the stretch when Main Sequence
and Twilight Eclipse bumped.
Imagining set sluggish fractions through
the opening stages, posting 26.53 seconds for
the quarter and 50.89 for the half-mile, with
Real Solution stalking from second, and Medal
Count and Twilight Agenda keeping in touch.
In the last eighth, Twilight Eclipse drifted
out and Main Sequence also drifted in, resulting
in a bump, which was questioned by the con-
nections of Twilight Eclipse afterward but the
result was allowed to stand.
Twilight Eclipse earned $360 000 from the
win to take his lifetime earnings to $1.6 million.
Maragh wins feature but breaks arm
Main Sequence beats Twilight Eclipse to the wire by a head to claim victory in the Grade 1,
$600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park on September 27.
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