Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 10th 2014 Contents Martin Keighley believes Champion
Court s declining handicap mark gives him
a chance in the Paddy Power Gold Cup.
The nine-year-old won a Grade Two
novices hurdle back in 2010 at Cheltenham
and also added the Grade Two Dipper
Novices Chase to his CV at Prestbury Park
He last tasted victory when claiming a
Grade Two chase at Cheltenham in April
2013, with Keighley s charge failing to score
in seven starts last term, although he did
finish second in the Peterborough Chase at
Huntingdon despite his saddle slipping.
With his BHA rating now down to 149
from a high of 157, Keighley has high expec-
tations should he line up in next Saturday s
Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham for
which he is a general 20/1 chance.
The trainer said: "Champion Court will
probably run in the Paddy Power Gold Cup.
He was so unlucky not to win the Peter-
borough Chase last season, when the saddle
slipped and he was beaten half a length into
second, but it was still a great run.
"He was disappointing on his first run
back at Cheltenham at the Showcase. We
were going to run him in a big handicap
chase at Market Rasen and he was absolutely
flying but we decided to wait a few weeks
for Cheltenham and I think that he just
went off the boil a bit.
"We have freshened up and he has been
hunting this weekend, just to do something
"He beat (Paddy Power top weight)
Menorah off a mark of 155 at Cheltenham
in April last year and is now down to 149,
so there s definitely another big race in him,
without a doubt."
Champion Court is unlikely to be a lone
flagbearer for Keighley, with Creepy and
The Wexfordian also in the frame for the
Keighley said: "I am really looking forward
to running Creepy on Saturday. He was
impressive when winning at Chepstow last
time and the way he jumped was fantas-
"He won at the Open last year and we
have left him fresh for this meeting again.
He s a stronger horse now and is hopefully
a horse to look forward to this season.
"I am hoping to run The Wexfordian in
the Steel Plate And Sections Novices Chase.
He was runner-up in an Irish point-to-
point and then ran two nice races in very
good bumpers last season.
"We are skipping going over hurdles and
going straight over fences because he is a
typical chasing type and we didn t want to
spend a season over the smaller obstacles."
Keighley also has Any Currency on course
for Friday s Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
after he placed in each of the three events
run over the Cheltenham banks course last
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Razor Wind to defy a lengthy absence
and recoup losses in the Maiden Stakes
over a mile of Kempton polytrack today,
when jumping fixtures at Carlisle/South-
well will run in tandem with this eight-
race all-weather fixture.
National Hunt racing at this time of year
can be difficult, punting-wise; the sum-
mer-jumpers have been packed off in readi-
ness for next year, when ground conditions
will be firmer, and top grade jumpers from
fashionable yards are due to make their
presence felt during the next few weeks.
How fit and fancied are they?
For the time being therefore it s guesswork
whereas we have the form at our fingertips
for AWR racing; the time-handicap indicates
twice-raced Razor Wind will be difficult to
beat because you can bet this Godolphin-
owned three-year-old has done enough
under supervision of private trainer, Charlie
Golden Emerald and the somewhat way-
ward New Identity are bound to be popular
in pre-betting exchanges, and wont be un-
fancied, but Razor Wind is undoubtedly
superior, ticks enough boxes and must be
backed to make it third time lucky.
Earlier, over the same course and distance,
two divisions of the Maiden two-year-old
Stakes have made for fascinating scrutiny
and form study; respectively Gild Master
and Sleep Easy are each-way selections with
three places available.
Both have raced twice and achieved half-
decent TH marks but can t rate nap selec-
tions due to so many mysteries that will
be lurking from highly-respected training
Form-wise they should be monitored
closely and tomorrow I ll be able to analyse
them for the time-handicap which hit form
on super-Saturday with a full house daily
patent paying out nigh on thirty points.
To get the very best out of my
column/service don t hesitate to click on to
www.dailyearner.co.uk, it s peanuts for the
3.20 Gild Master (e.w)
3.50 Sleep Easy (e.w)
4.50 Razor Wind
Razor Wind aiming
to be sharp today
Court Powered up for Cheltenham
The rest of the action from Navan, where Gil-
gamboa made a pleasing start to his career over
fences when beating Blood Cotil.
Long odds-on favourite Uradel proved a bitter
disappointment as Kabjoy made a winning start to
her jumping career in the Join Navan Members 2015
three-year-old Maiden Hurdle.
Having won twice on the Flat in France before
finishing fifth in the Melrose Stakes at York on his
debut for Willie Mullins, Uradel was all the rage for
the Navan opener as the 2/5 market leader.
The hooded three-year-old travelled well for most
of the two-mile journey, but the response was
limited once Ruby Walsh asked him to close on the
leaders at the top of the home straight and he
finished well beaten.
The Jessica Harrington-trained Kabjoy, next in
the betting at 9/2, had shown a decent level of
ability on the level and was never too far off the
pace in the hands of Robbie Power.
She moved smoothly to the lead after jumping
the third-last flight and a good leap at the final
obstacle sealed her five-and-a-half-length victo-
ry.Prussian Eagle was a clear second, ahead of Lady
Clitico in third.
Power said: "She did it well. From the first day
we schooled her she was a natural and loves jumping.
She s very, very good and enjoys it.
"She handled the ground well and hopefully we
have a nice winter to look forward to with her."
Mullins enjoyed a better result in the For Auction
Novice Hurdle as Mckinley claimed Grade Three
honours in the hands of Bryan Cooper.
With Mumbo Bay setting a sedate gallop, 11/4
chance Mckinley sat on his tail before moving
smoothly to the front rounding the home bend.
Mumbo Bay proved a persistent challenger until
the second last, after which the champion trainer s
runner put the race to bed with a smart change of
Mckinley skipped over the last and was kept up
to his work to seal a comprehensive victory over
fellow Gigginstown House Stud-owned rival Fort
Husbands remains out
front after double
TORONTO---A timely double for Patrick Hus-
bands on Friday kept the Barbadian riding ace
ahead of three-time defending champion Luis
Contreras, as the Woodbine jockeys championship
continued to head for a thrilling finish.
The 41-year-old Husbands, himself a six-time
champion, rode winners in race three with favourite
Club One Two and in race six with 3-1 chance
Contreras, meanwhile, managed a single victory
when he carried favourite Mays Treasuretrove to
the wire in race four.
Husbands is three clear of Contreras on 148 wins,
in the season which ends December 7.
Brazilian Eurico Rosa da Silva lies third on 122
wins but barring a miraculous run of form will
remain out of contention.
Going a mile and sixteenth in race three, Husbands
paired with Club One Two to beat the three-year-
old and upward fillies and mares, by 1-3/4 lengths.
He stalked the pace with the four-year-old chest-
nut filly as Sure Would posted the early fractions
tracked by Monclova. Husbands got Club One Two
to the front at the top of the stretch and the result
was never really in doubt afterward.
In race six over six furlongs, Ratso Rizzo and Dr
Harkness duelled through the early stages as Hus-
bands and Devoted Widlcat raced mid-pack.
Husbands and the five-year-old bay gelding trailed
Dr Harkness into the stretch but got by late to take
the wire by a length. (CMC)
24-13 --- 10.30 am
23-223 --- 1 pm
19-7 --- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 8 6 7 21
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSONMAN 13 7 5 25
15 SICK WOMAN 3
18 WATERBOAT 5 11 2 18
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 8 10 3 21
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 3 10 4 17
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to November 8
36 (Donkey) 1 pm
8 (Tiger) 10.30 am
14 (Money) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
15 (Sick Woman)
27 (Little Snake)
34 (Blind Man)
32 (Shrimp)---10.30 am
18 (Water Boat)---1 pm
26 (Fowl)---6.30 pm
Champion Court, left, goes for the Paddy
Power Gold Cup.
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