Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 24th 2014 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, November 24, 2014
6-1--- 10.30 am
30-30--- 1 pm
26-23--- 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 8 8 29
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 5 19
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to November 22
5 (Parson Man) 1 pm
33 (Spider) 10.30 am
5 (Parson Man) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
12 (King)---10.30 am
30 (House Cat)---1 pm
21 (Mouth)---6.30 pm
Razor Wind, and consistent, hitherto
luckless, Panatella, will both attempt to
retrieve recent losses in the eleven-runner
Maiden 3-y-o Stakes over an extended
nine furlongs of WolverhamptonTapeta
this afternoon, when two jumping fixtures,
Kempton/Ludlow will run in tandem with
the eight-race flat programme.
Plenty of chances for punters to do their
ard earned but by sticking to the daily
patent there is focus and as I ve so often
mentioned, less bets, less debts!
On the time-handicap, which determines
my daily strategy, Razor Wind is clear best-
in but hopefully other knowledge-ables
will disagree and plump for Panatella; she
needs to find time and after six outings
I ll be surprised if James Fanshawe s charge
is able to trouble the progressive, thrice-
raced Razor Wind, napped a fortnight ago
over a mile of Kempton polytrack.
The writing appeared on the wall when
a Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned newcomer,
Mahsoob, was backed to the exclusion of
everything and the John Gosden-trained
Dansili colt beat Razor Wind a length, with
the rest well beaten off.
There was no excuse although one ques-
tioned the wisdom of taking Razor Wind
to the far side at the time.
A replication of any effort produced to
date and Razor Wind, mount of champion
AWR jockey, Adam Kirby, is a confident
Watch Kirby, he thinks out a race and
it s fascinating to appreciate and enjoy jock-
Half an hour later resurgent Martin Dwyer
rides Beauty Of The Sea in the nursery over
an extended mile; look no further for the
This Beauty also left it behind for pun-
ters eleven days back when seventh to Pat
Mustard (beaten only three lengths!) in a
strongly-run Kempton nursery; runner-up
Chetan has already advertised the form and
trainer Roger Varian will be hopeful.
Razor Wind looks sharp
10.35 Razor Wind
11.05 Beauty Of The Sea
12.05 Sky Steps
The sky looks the limit for Vautour
after last season s top novice hurdler made
an impressive debut over fences in the
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase
at Navan yesterday.
A hugely impressive winner of the Sky
Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle in March,
he led from the drop of the flag and gave
Ruby Walsh an armchair ride as he won
as he liked.
None of his 15 rivals could get close
enough to give the 2/11 favourite a race as
Willie Mullins five-year-old in the Rich
Ricci colours scored effortlessly by eight
lengths from Clarcam, who himself was
second in a Grade One at Aintree last sea-
"He jumped well and it s nice to see him
pass his first test. I don t think he could
have jumped any better," said Mullins.
"The fourth last was the only fence he
got a bit close to and I d give him the
benefit of the doubt because of the sun.
For a novice he handled it well.
"Ruby asked him after the second last
and I was delighted the way he jumped
the last after changing gear.
"The obvious thing is to go for the two-
mile one Grade One novice chase at Leop-
ardstown over Christmas.
"We ll see if there s something before that
or whether we wait for that, I don t know.
"His dam won from mile and a half
to three miles and being Robin Des
Champs there s no reason why he won t
Sky Bet cut Vautour to 7/2 from 4/1
for the Arkle and 3/1 from 9/2 for the
JLT Novices Chase at the Cheltenham
Festival and Michael Shinners said: "He
was such a fantastic winner of the Sky
Bet Supreme last season and looks an
absolute monster this year---he s grown
another inch by the look of things and
devoured the fences at Navan.
"There s obviously options for him at
Cheltenham but the Arkle is the most
obvious target and we re very keen to
keep the right side of him for the time
"We make Vautour 7/4 to win any race
at the Festival in March and punters will
no doubt be keen to get stuck into that.
Meanwhile, Balbriggan put up an
admirable front-running performance to
land a gamble in the highly-competitive
Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase.
Available at 14/1 in places in the morn-
ing, the Elliott-trained grey was sent off
the 4/1 favourite and barely gave his legion
of supporters an anxious moment.
Ridden with supreme confidence by
3lb claimer Kevin Sexton, Balbriggan saw
off all-comers as he bounded to victory
by a length and three-quarters from
Groody Hill, winner of this race in 2011,
stayed on strongly for third with Back
Off Mate fourth.
"It was easy enough to fancy him off
a light weight," said Sexton, last season s
champion Irish conditional rider..
"He was loving it all in front. His ears
were pricked and he was winging his
"He loves galloping and he handles soft
Elliott, completing a double on the day
following Free Expression s earlier success,
said: "He s owned by two soccer agents
(Lee Power and Willie McKay).
"We gave a good few quid for him but
he s paid his way now. He ran at Sedge-
field because the lads were going to be
there and we had a great day out.
"I couldn t believe the price he was
(20/1 on Saturday and 11/1 on track). He s
in all the staying chases like the Becher
and the Paddy Power.
"He d a nice light weight on his back
and Kevin jumped him out and made use
of it. He gave him a fine ride."
Sky Bet cut the winner to 14/1 from
20/1 for the Welsh National at Chepstow
and 10s from 14s for the Becher Chase
Sky's the limit for Vautour
Connections of Melodic Rendezvous are to
mull over the options for their smart hurdler
after he finished third behind The New One
at Haydock yesterday.
The three-time Grade Two winner holds an
entry in the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth at
Newcastle on Saturday, but trainer Jeremy Scott
feels that race might come too soon and he
would only travel up to Tyneside if the ground
was soft enough.
One of the other choices is to go novice chasing
where the prize money is not quite as good as
the valuable hurdle races Melodic Rendezvous
"He s come out of the race fine. We ll have
a regroup and see where we go," said the Som-
"I personally think the Fighting Fifth will
come too soon, but I ll discuss it with the owners
and take it from there.
"I nearly pulled him out yesterday as the
ground was not as soft as everyone was telling
me. It was on the Flat track and if had it been
on the old track I think we d have been fine.
Free Expression at Navan
Free Expression (11/10 favourite) took the step
up to Grade Two company in his stride as he
maintained his unbeaten record in the Monks-
field Novice Hurdle at Navan.
Winner of a point-to-point and a bumper,
the J P McManus-owned gelding was sent off
the 11/10 favourite on the strength of his victory
in a 25-runner maiden hurdle at Naas just 15
Mark Walsh brought the Gordon Elliott-trained
five-year-old through to lead after Martello Flyer
had fallen two out when holding a narrow advan-
Rank outsider Shantou Flyer looked a danger
on the run-in but Free Expression kept on well
to score by a length and a quarter.
Elliott said: "He was very green and is still
a big baby. He ran all over the place but he s
one for the future.
"He definitely wants two-mile-four plus and
a faster gallop. He s going to be a big chaser for
The sponsors left the winner at 20/1 for the
Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham
in March, while cutting him to 16/1 from 20s
for the Neptune. He was introducted into the
Albert Bartlett betting at 16/1.
Croco in frame
for Topham charge
Runaway Ascot winner Croco Bay has the
Topham Chase at Aintree next spring as a pos-
sible long-range objective.
Despite reservations about the testing ground
on Saturday, the Ben Case-trained seven-year-
old claimed a handicap chase over two miles
and a furlong by 19 lengths.
Croco Bay will be given some time off to
recharge the batteries, but the Topham next
April could be a conditional aim upon his return
Oxfordshire-based Case said: "I didn t think
he d go on the ground, is the honest answer,
but he s a fantastic jumping horse and deserved
to win a nice prize.
"He ll have a holiday now as he s been on the
go since we bought him in May.
"It (the Topham) is a possibility. It s a bit fur-
ther, but he stayed up the hill well at Cheltenham
behind Johns Spirit last month and you could
argue he could do that round Aintree on good
faces tough call
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