Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 15th 2014 Contents Flintshire finally enjoyed his
big day in the sunshine by win-
ning the Longines Hong Kong
Vase at Sha Tin yesterday
Runner-up in both the Arc
and the Breeders Cup Turf this
autumn, the Andre Fabre-
trained four-year-old appeared
to have a little less on his plate
in this Group One over a mile
and a half.
And so it proved as jockey
Maxime Guyon engineered a
decisive move inside the final
half a furlong to easily account
for Willie Cazals.
Red Cadeaux, who won this
race in 2012, finished sixth, while
the Sir Michael Stoute-trained
Snow Sky was one place behind
the fellow English raider.
Jim Bolger s Parish Hall was
sent on his way at big odds and
was never a factor in the hands
of Kevin Manning.
Khaya made most of the run-
ning and did well to stick on for
third place, with Dominant
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing
manager for Flintshire s owner,
Khalid Abdullah, said: "It was
really important for us to win
"It was absolutely thrilling
because we ve had a couple of
"I was a bit worried when
they went no pace, and I was
yelling from the stands to
encourage Maxime to go on.
"But this horse has a very
good turn of foot, combined
with his stamina.
"Maxime has given him a
super ride coming through to
win quite easily in the end.
"He stays in training and we
will map out an international
campaign next year.
"We will certainly look at
Dubai in March."
Flintshire ended up winning
by half a length after he came
with a powerful late surge off a
Guyon outflanked Red
Cadeaux and Snow Sky at the
top of the home straight and
was angled towards the centre
of track to collect with some
Stoute said of Snow Sky: "I
was a bit disappointed with him.
"Since arriving here he d
looked well and had adapted
well, but he just didn t get up
when Ryan (Moore) asked him
Moore said: "He just flattened
out when I asked him, which
was a bit disappointing."
Trainer Ed Dunlop is already
looking to the future with
renowned traveller Red Cadeaux.
He said: "We ll continue run-
ning overseas and while there
are some races I like the look of
in Australia, it could be that we
try him on dirt. There is the
Gold Cup over two miles in
Dubai to consider."
Manning felt the slow pace
had contributed to the downfall
of Parish Hall, who beat just one
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You never know that s just around the
corner, always be ready!
That s my constant preaching to readers
and after Peace And Co sauntered home to
win the Summit Three-year-old Hurdle
over two miles of a soft Doncaster surface
we were, and acted accordingly!
For nigh on 50years I ve been clocking
horse-races with a stop-watch, old habits
die-hard and yesterday morning checked
out the race-times published in the Racing
Post trade paper and an on-site Sporting
Life; they differed remarkably, by several
seconds, and one of the clockers must have
either been drunk or was guessing.
In conclusion French-bred Peace And Co,
having his first race in England for ex-cham-
pion trainer,Nicky Henderson, whose client
purchased this Franco gelding after he d
won his sole start in France, is now favourite
for the Triumph Hurdle over a similar dis-
tance at Cheltenham next March.
We recognised the importance of this
unchallenged success immediately and, fol-
lowing a few phone calls to various book-
makers, my close associate (don t use the
word friend in racing!) is now sitting on
an ante-post voucher worth a life-changing
amount; we don t do things by halves!
This same fellow was ready a couple of
years ago for the Triumph and proved tri-
umphant when Our Conor won on Prestbury
Park by 15 lengths!
Always be ready!
Peace And Co was never out of second
gear as they say whereas stable-companion,
Harqam, was flat to the boards beating
Kerezak just over a length in the Triumph
trial at Cheltenham where the rest were
29 lengths and upwards in arrears; wow!
Nicky now has two strings to his three-
year-old bow and you can bet he ll be waxing
lyrical about them for the next three months
whenever a microphone is at hand; he loves
to talk and, believe it or not, I m actually
happy to listen because this eccentric 64-
year-old makes good sense when discussing
We ll keep you informed of all develop-
ments, in the meantime there are two jump-
ing fixtures scheduled for Ffos Las/Plumpton
and an eight-race all-weather meeting on
Wolverhampton Tapeta which affords Sweet
Selection a gilt-edged opportunity of making
it third time lucky in the eleven-runner
Maiden Stakes over a mile and a quarter;
what beats Hayley Turner s mount will win!
Earlier New Year s Night is a penalty-
kick in the Maiden over a mile and Gabriel
The Thug could cause bother in division
one of the amateur riders handicap.
Always be ready, whatever you are doing!
9.55 Gabriel The Thug
12.40 Sweet Selection
1.10 New Year's Night
Sweet Selection is gilt-edged
Sharp Flintshire fires in Hong Kong
Nigel Twiston-Davies will wait until the end
of the week before deciding whether to let The
New One turn out for the Christmas Hurdle at
Kempton on Boxing Day.
The six-year-old made it three from three for
the season with another impressive display in the
International Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday,
his second successive victory in the Grade Two
Last year The New One went on to push My
Tent Or Yours close at Kempton and should he
turn out over the Festive period this time, he is
likely to lock horns with Champion Hurdle favourite
Twiston-Davies said: "He s 100 per cent this
morning, which is great. We re very happy with
Asked about a potential Christmas Hurdle bid
in less than a fortnight s time, the Naunton handler
said: "The truth is we just don t know at this stage.
"We want to see how the horse is. We ll decide
by the end of the week."
The New One starred in a double for his trainer
and the same owners, with Blaklion looking every
inch a contender for the Albert Bartlett Novices
Hurdle at the Festival in March after winning a
race of the same name.
"He s fine this morning, as well," said Twiston-
"I haven t gone through the programme book
yet to see where he might go next, but obviously
we want to be back at Cheltenham in March."
Caid Du Berlais absolutely fine
Paddy Power Gold Cup winner Caid Du Berlais
is "absolutely fine" after he was pulled up when
chasing a major double at Cheltenham on Satur-
Caid Du Berlais: Reported to be fit and well
despite failing to finish at Cheltenham
Caid Du Berlais: Reported to be fit and well
despite failing to finish at Cheltenham
The Paul Nicholls-trained five-year-old was bid-
ding to become only the fourth horse, and the first
since Exotic Dancer in 2006, to win both the Paddy
Power and the corresponding race in December,
this year named the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.
Caid Du Berlais already appeared to be up against
it when he slipped on landing after jumping the
water jump and Sam Twiston-Davies quickly took
him out of the race.
Nicholls said: "He s absolutely fine. He just
slipped at the water jump and Sam sensibly pulled
"It was just one of those days. The ground was
tacky and a lot different to what it was the time
"I think he was in pretty much the same place
as he was at that stage in the Paddy Power. It was
from that point that he started picking them up.
"You have to jump in these races, unfortunately
he didn t do that and I think we probably used up
all our luck the time before.
"The main thing is he s fine, but there s no plan
for him at the moment."
The one shining line for the Ditcheat team on
Saturday was Virak, who completed a hat-trick
over fences with an impressive display in the Decem-
ber Novices Chase at Doncaster.
"He did it nicely. He s a nice, progressive five-
year-old and he s won three races over fences now,"
said the champion trainer.
"I don t have anything in mind for him at this
stage, I was just pleased to see him win a good
19-9--- 10.30 am
21-2--- 1 pm
33-10--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 9 7 8 24
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSONMAN 14 8 8 29
15 SICK WOMAN 4
18 WATERBOAT 7 13 2 22
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 December 13
3 (Carriage) 1 pm
35 (Big Snake 10.30 am
21 (Mouth) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
31 (Parson Wife)
36 (Donkey)---10.30 am
34 (Blind Man)---1 pm
19 (Horse)---6.30 pm
Maxime Guyon punches Flintshire out to win the Longines Hong
Kong Vase at Sha Tin yesterday.
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