Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 17th 2014 Contents Dunraven Storm (7/2) made it two from two over
fences in landing the Grade Two Racing Post Arkle
Trophy Trial Novices Chase at Cheltenham.
The lightly-raced nine-year-old impressed in a
good race on his debut over the larger obstacles at
Exeter and was again sent to the front by Richard
Tracked all the while by Little Jon, Dunraven Storm
looked up against it when that one took over with
a bold leap two from home while Sam Twiston-
Davies tried to coax favourite Vibrato Valtat (13/8)
into the race just behind.
However, a mistake from Little Jon at the last
allowed Dunraven Storm to edge back into the lead
and he found plenty for pressure, with Vibrato Valtat
unable to bridge the gap on testing ground having
been held on to until the final furlong by his jock-
ey.Duke Of Navan, who never looked happy in the
conditions, was held when falling at the last as Dun-
raven Storm won by a length and three-quarters,
with Little Jon just denied for second by Vibrato Val-
tat.Winning trainer Philip Hobbs explained that it
had never been the intention to keep the winner back
from going chasing until this season.
"He should have gone chasing three years ago, but
he had a problem with a suspensory on a hind leg.
He had a year off due to that," said Hobbs.
"He s a typical Presenting. He doesn t really want
soft ground, but there were very few other places to
go and we targeted this for some time. We decided
to give it a go and it worked out.
"Funnily enough, his jumping today wasn t as
good as when he won at Exeter, particularly early
"He might be nine but he s a massively enthusiastic
horse. He s had a few issues, but hopefully he s over
"He ll definitely stay two and a half. He s keen and
wants to get on with things though, so why not stay
Dynamic Sky rallies
to take Red Smith
After being given a perfect trip by veteran rider
Cornelio Velasquez, Canadian shipper Dynamic
Sky held on late to get the money in the Grade 3,
$250,000 Red Smith Handicap on Saturday at
Dynamic Sky, trained by Mark Casse for John
Oxley, broke alertly and settled in mid-pack along
the rail in the 1 3/8-mile turf event, as Micromanage
led the field through splits of 25.91 seconds for the
opening quarter-mile, 50.99 for the half, and 1:16.66
for three-quarters over the "yielding" going.
Rounding the far turn, 7-2 second-choice Legendary
inherited the lead, but was quickly overtaken by long
shot Margano at the top of the stretch, as Dynamic
Sky and Velasquez dove to the rail for running room.
When a seam opened, Dynamic Sky burst through
and kicked clear in the lane, with enough left to hold
off the oncoming 4-5 favorite, Big Blue Kitten.
The decision reversed the outcome of the Grade
1 Canadian International, run a month earlier at
Woodbine, in which Big Blue Kitten finished ahead
of Dynamic Sky by two lengths. The two finished
second and third, respectively.
"The Canadian International was a really tough
race, obviously," said Kathryn Sullivan, assistant to
Casse. "He got a great trip today, and everything
seemed to come together for him. He didn t have
the best start in the [Canadian] International, which
put him behind in the race, but today everything
went exactly as planned. Cornelio took him off the
pace a little bit and had him sitting perfectly. When
that hole opened, he just went right on through and
had a ton of horse. It was perfect; you couldn t ask
for a better trip."
Dynamic Sky completed the distance in 2:18.85,
and returned $14.20 on a $2 win wager. The son of
Sky Mesa boosted his career earnings to $938,797.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, November 17, 2014
Song of Norway to hit the right notes
at Wolverhampton today in the Maiden
Fillies Stakes over seven furlongs of the
now-accepted Tapeta surface; Peter
Makin s charge was certainly off-key last
time out but there was a good reason!
You can t beat the draw is my maxim,
from long experience, and partnered by
Steve Drowne for the seventh successive
time Song Of Norway was berthed widest
of eleven in a similar race over course and
distance eleven days ago.
That represented a nigh on impossible
task, Drowne adopted positivity to offset
the disadvantage and approaching the final
furlong this Halling filly was bang on the
premises and challenging for the lead; in
the closing stages her tank emptied and
despite what was a herculean effort Song
Of Norway finished fourth, beaten less than
two lengths by our selection, Gharaaneej,
On this occasion Song Of Norway is
drawn low, in three, and Nightlight will be
alongside in four!
For-wise Nightlight will be an obvious
fancy but those looking deeper will be aware
that Song Of Norway represents an out-
standing each-way betting proposition with
three places available and lots of dead-
wood in opposition.
In fact Song Of Norway is napped to
make it eighth time lucky, and give us a
clear lead in the Racing Posts Naps Table,
which I m determined to win for the
EIGHTH time, having been so unlucky last
month. I ll never forget Toormore and the
ride by Kieren Fallon!
Chilworth Bells looks gilt-edged for the
nine-runner two-year-old Claiming Stakes
over a mile, on the back of a career-best
effort in a seller over a similar distance on
soft at Nottingham nineteen days ago;
what beats David Barron s charge will win!
After winning a nursery seller at Thirsk
under Graham Gibbons when trained by
Mick Channon, a client of Barron bid suc-
cessfully but now, obviously, they want to
Whether anyone will be prepared to fork
out eight grand for a fully exposed, some-
what limited, juvenile at this stage is unlikely
but it doesn t alter the fact Chilworth Bells
is another good each-way bet.
Hayley Turner has plenty of experienced
on all-weather tracks and her mount, Hell
Hath No Fury, is on a winning mark for
the aged handicap over two miles; don t
10.40 Chilworh Bells
11.10 Hell Hath No Fury
11.40 Song Of Norway
Play Song of Norway
Garde La Victoire keeps Hobbs on high
Garde La Victoire put the seal on a huge-
ly-successful Open Meeting for Philip
Hobbs when taking the Stan James Great-
wood Hurdle at 10/1 under an inspired
frontrunning ride Richard Johnson.
Few renewals of the Grade Three handicap
hurdle can possibly have been run at such
a slow early pace and it was at least 15 sec-
onds after the start of the race before the
field broke into anything more than a can-
ter.But Johnson always had his mount to the
fore and although the well-backed Vaniteux
and Clondaw Warrior both emerged on the
scene - along with a host of other challengers
- around the home turn, Garde La Victoire
had enough left in the tank to repel them.
At the line, he had a length and a quarter
to spare over 7/2 favourite Vaniteux, with
Clondaw Warrior (5/1) third and Blue Heron
staying on for a never-nearer fourth.
Hobbs paid tribute to Johnson s awareness
of the prospect of an unusually slow pace
in the race.
"We had talked about it," he said. "There s
no better man to do his homework on these
things and he said that if it looked like noth-
ing was going to go on, he would keep him
"He was just a little bit keen early on and
then he settled and jumped beautifully. I
think he would have won at Aintree the
other day except for his jumping.
"He ll stay over hurdles this season. He s
only five, so I think we ll do that. The fact
that he settled better helped his overall per-
"We thought we might have two winners
over the three days, maybe three. I can t
remember having six winners at any big
meeting so we ll enjoy it while it lasts.
"Realistically it s down to the whole team
at home. Without the staff at home nothing
"We probably haven t got the ammunition
as some of those going for the trainers title,
but winning these big prizes certainly helps."
A jubilant Johnson, who went on to ride
a seventh winner of the meeting in the con-
cluding bumper, added: "It s amazing. To
come there thinking you might have one
winner is great and anything more than
that is a bonus.
"We thought he d run really well. He was
growing last season, maybe he s improved
a bit and I don t think he s finished improv-
Of Vaniteux, Nicky Henderson said: "He
ran a good race, a lot of our horses will
come on for it and Philip is absolutely red
hot at the moment."
Meanwhile Hurricane Fly showed that
he s not yet ready for his pipe and slippers
when outfighting Jezki to win the Morgiana
Having appeared to be losing his touch
at the end of last season, the Willie Mullins-
trained 10-year-old returned to something
near his best as he gained revenge on current
two-mile king Jezki, his conqueror at both
Cheltenham and Punchestown in the spring.
Ruby Walsh was happy to sit in third for
much of the journey as prolific mare Little
King Robin opened up a big advantage in
her usual front-running style, with Jezki in
The big two eventually loomed large and
while a mistake two out could have caused
problems for Hurricane Fly (15/8), he was
soon back moving with menace.
As the principals settled down to fight it
out, Hurricane Fly pinged the last - unlike
his rival, who was clumsy - and really picked
up on the run-in, going away from Jezki at
the line, winning with two and a quarter
lengths in hand of the 8/13 favourite.
32-3 --- 10.30 am
3029 --- 6.30 pm
11, 13, 14, 15, 20
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 7 27
15 SICK WOMAN 4
18 WATERBOAT 6 11 2 19
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 4 10 4 18
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to November 15
20 (Dog) 1 pm
18 (Water Boat) 10.30 am
20 (Dog) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
34 (Blind Man)
31 (Parson Wife)---10.30 am
1 (Centipede)---1 pm
5 (Parson Man)---6.30 pm
Storm at Cheltenham
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