Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 15th 2014 Contents Lady Cecil believes Noble Mission is in the right
shape ahead of what could be a highly-charged send-
off for the five-year-old in Saturday s QIPCO Champion
Stakes at Ascot.
Frankel s younger brother is to have what is set to be
his final start in the same race in which the equine great
himself, trained by Cecil s late husband Sir Henry, signed
off his remarkable career two years ago.
While nothing like as precocious in earlier seasons,
Noble Mission has thrived under more positive tactics
this term and has won four times, including the mem-
orable Group One breakthrough in the Tattersalls Gold
Cup at the Curragh.
Just as crucially as he prepares for a showdown with
former winner Cirrus Des Aigles, the son of Galileo acts
on the soft conditions which are set to test many others
at the weekend.
While Noble Mission has not appeared since being
caught by Lucky Lion in the final strides of an event in
Germany at the end of July, he has been taken to Kempton
for a racecourse gallop and appeared in good health when
wearing his usual hood in a couple of stretches up Warren
Hill on Tuesday morning.
"We know he likes the soft ground, it s just a shame
Cirrus does too! said his trainer."
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Racing is definitely the toughest game
in the world but extremely exhilarating,
not to mention rewarding, when a session
like Monday at Windsor comes along; the
daily patent came up trumps big-time with
a 95/1 treble and amassed more than £130
from the usual stake of £7.
The irony of this success was that Wind-
sor seemed nigh un-raceable by the time
our third selection, Geordon Murphy,
romped home in the hands of Oisin Murphy;
my constant preaching is all about the con-
sistency of all-weather racing.
Earlier 7/1 chance, Isabella Bird, relished
underfoot conditions and Krazy Paving,
backed from 7/2 into 11/4, was game and
genuine under William Twiston-Davies in
the two-year-old opener when the turf was
This daily patent and dailey earner is all
about what we can achieve monthly, not
every day and for forty years my daily racing
column has profited by virtue of compiling,
analysing a time-handicap based on an indi-
Do you know I d be able to turn my back
on daily events, just give me accurate times
and I d work in the shed on the racing
results published in the daily racing trade
Nowadays that s the Racing Post but it
doesn t hold a candle to those wonderful
publications, Sporting Chronicle/Sporting
Life, which went under 1983 and 1995
Thankfully I m able to appreciate that life
is all about here and now and yesterday
(Monday) came out of the bllue because the
previous fallow week certainly tested my
patience and resolve.
Confidence restored and this two-year-
old handicapper is relishing another daily
patent which kicks off today with Sarsted
in the Maiden Auction Stakes over a mile
of Lingfield polytrack, the best surface of
all, next to mud!
Once-raced Sarsted looked the part when
a strong-finishing third to McCreery over
seven furlongs at Newbury last month and
this Hughie Morrison-trained Paco Boy colt
will surely improve sufficiently to beat eleven
rivals in the hands of champion jockey,
Richard Hughes, on a mission to win it
three times on the trot!
Success is borne of dedication and Hugh-
esy , a tough son of a bitch in competition,
has been relentless in pursuit of his objective;
he was miles behind Ryan Moore at one
Kempton stages its obligatory Wednes-
day-nighter and Surrey Pink should prove
an opportune investment when taking on
nine moderate rivals in the nursery hand-
A replication of his recent effort (in a hot
seller!) would suffice and at Nottingham
don t miss Banzari, a special to make it
third time lucky in the Maiden two-year-
old Fillies Stakes over an extended mile of
soft ground following considerable rainfall.
5.45 Surrey Pink (nap-e.w).
Get in the Pink
Queen Elizabeth II date
Trainer Hugo Palmer was delighted to see Suzi s
Connoisseur finally reward the patience of his
connections with a hard-fought victory in the
lucrative Wreake Handicap at Leicester, yester-
The three-year-old won three times as a juvenile
when trained by Mark Johnston, including a List-
ed-race success in Germany, but has proved frus-
trating to follow since switching yards.
Good efforts in decent company without winning
has been the story of his season, but he got it right
in the Leicester mud under a fine ride from James
Having turned in a career-best effort when third
in the first-time blinkers at Newmarket last month,
Suzi s Connoisseur was a 5/1 shot for this £25,000
Doyle successfully switeched his mount across
the track from a wide draw before pulling wide
again to mount his challenge heading inside the
last of seven furlongs.
Athletic proved a tough nut to crack, but Palmer s
charge wore him down late in the day in the
demanding conditions to prevail by a neck.
Suzi s Connoisseur could now be bound for the
sales ring, but Palmer is delighted the youngster
has finally delivered a victory he has long prom-
"I m absolutely over the moon. They say good
things come to those who wait and my goodness
we ve waited with him!" said the trainer.
"He s just been a very unlucky horse and he was
on a career-high mark today. I ve always thought
he s a very talented horse and it s just so satisfying
when they eventually prove you right.
"I m not sure there is a lot left for him this year
and I was worried about the ground for him today.
There is a six-furlong race at Doncaster, but I m
not sure we d want to drop him back in trip, so
we ll see.
"He s in the Horses-In-Training Sale and he
should deservedly make some money.
Paul Hanagan booted home a double on the
afternoon for his retaining owner Sheikh Hamdan
The popular rider struck first aboard Brian Mee-
han s 10/11 favourite Maraakib, who confirmed pre-
vious promise with an emphatic success in the
ebfstallions.com Reference Point Maiden Stakes.
"He s coming on every time and he loved that
ground. I think that was one of the key factos,"
Hanagan told At The Races.
"He ll be better next year as well. He s still a big,
weak baby. He ll definitely get a mile, so he ll be
something to look forward to."
Hanagan completed his brace in similar style as
Charlie Hills-trained 2/1 favourite Atab proved
much too good for her opponents in the first division
of the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden.
"She s still very green. Even walking back in she s
having a look around, so there s plenty of improve-
ment left," said the jockey.
"I think she got away with the ground. I think
she ll be better on better ground, but she handled
it better than most.
"She s nice and relaxed and she ll get a mile and
a quarter no problem."
Luca Cumani s 8/13 favourite Shakopee was even-
tually a comprehensive winner of the second division
in the hands of Tom Queally.
Queally said: "He did it well enough. I think the
soft ground might have downplayed the fashion in
which he won, but he s plenty of ability. I think
he ll be a nice horse next year and I think he ll be
better on better ground."
Richard Hughes regained the lead in the jockeys
title race as he got the job done aboard All My Love
(7/1) in the Fosse Way Nursery for trainer Richard
Toronado has been ruled out of
Saturday s Queen Elizabeth II
Stakes at Ascot and will now head
straight to the Breeders Cup Mile.
The four-year-old was one of the
leading contenders for the Qipco-
sponsored event over a mile on
Champions Day after winning the
Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot
and claiming second in both the
Sussex Stakes and Prix du Moulin.
However, the Richard Hannon-
trained colt will sidestep the Ascot
feature due to the likely testing con-
ditions, with connections instead
focusing on a trip to California.
Harry Herbert, racing manager
for owner Al Shaqab Racing, con-
firmed the Breeders Cup Mile at
Santa Anita on November 1 to now
be his intended target.
He said: "The decision has been
taken today that, due to the ground,
we will bypass Ascot and head for
the Breeders Cup Mile instead.
"He loves fast ground and con-
ditions at Ascot don t look like they
will suit. It s disappointing for us,
and Champions Day, that he won t
be running but we have to do what s
best for the horse.
"The Breeders Cup race looks
spot on for him, even more so now
as the favourite (Wise Dan) won t
be running, so we will go there
The decision leaves Richard
Hughes free to partner 2000
Guineas winner Night Of Thunder
in the race. The champion jockey
deserted the colt in his surprise Clas-
sic strike and Ryan Moore was
aboard as Night Of Thunder
returned from a mid-season break
with a third in the Prix du Moulin.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager
for Night Of Thunder s owner Saeed
Manana, said: "He definitely runs
and we re hoping Hughesie is going
to ride him."
32-5 --- 10.30 am
6-24 --- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 8
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSONMAN 13 7 5 25
15 SICK WOMAN 3
18 WATERBOAT 5 9 2 16
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 7 7 3 17
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 2 9 3 14
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to October 14
24 (Queen) 1 pm
12 (King) 10.30 am
22 (Rat) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
31 (Parson Wife)
2 (Old Lady)---10.30 am
36 (Crapaud)---1 pm
36 (Donkey)---6.30 pm
for Champion bid
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