Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 17th 2014 Contents Rahmah should be ideally suited by six
furlongs of the Maiden 2-y-o Stakes on
Kempton polytrack today, Robert Cowell s
charge just failed to last home in a similar
race on Wolverhampton Tapeta last
That was over seven furlongs; Rahmah
stormed into the lead two out and went
clear but weakened perceptibly in the last
strides and was caught right on the jam-
stick by Ciao Cielo and Graham Gibbons.
A short-head separated them.
Champion all-weather jockey, Adam
Kirby, has obviously advised Cowell to
switch Rahmah back in trip; earlier this
year, on turf, this consistent, hitherto luck-
less Vale Of York colt achieved by far his
best time-handicap mark at Newmarket,
ridden by Gibbons!
Rahmah is no penalty-kick because
Spinaminnie certainly be ruled out and
others are likely to aspire but experience
is key and, hopefully, that will prove deci-
Earlier veteran Steve Drowne becomes
the third jockey to ride Nancy Astor when
this twice-raced John Gosden-trained
Shamardal filly takes on twelve rivals for
the Maiden Fillies Stakes over seven fur-
longs at Lingfield; look no further for the
Nancy Astor, named after one-time pro-
lific English socialite, from an influential
mega-rich family, improved considerably
on debut sixty-one days ago, finishing
second to Crystal Zvezda, and her finishing
effort was eye-catching. One to note!
Big John also declared Falling Petals,
doubtless expecting the race to divide;
does this represent a faux pas?
Half an hour later we might just see
eleven-times champion jockey, Pat Eddery,
in the winners enclosure after saddling
Ertidaad for the Maiden 2-y-o Stakes over
seven furlongs, mount of Kirby!
Illusive Force can t be ruled out and
Peterhouse (Gosden!) will probably improve
but Ertidaad should make the frame, at
worst; we all love Pat!
The daily patent each-way treble could
pay off, big-time.
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An increasing trend for small field sizes
in National Hunt racing is "arguably the
biggest challenge facing racing, and in
particular jump racing", according to
British Horseracing Authority chief exec-
utive Paul Bittar.
Bittar s comments come in the wake
of 14 of the 21 contests staged last weekend
having to be reoffered at the final decla-
ration stage, while this Saturday s Grade
One Long Walk Hurdle will have a max-
imum of just five runners if all the con-
tenders stand their ground.
The issue of small field sizes was a pri-
ority for the BHA during he compilation
of the 2015 fixture list and race programme,
and further measures may be taken to
achieve long-term targets.
Outlining concerns, Bittar said: "The
British racing public s affinity for jump
racing is clear and its popularity is undi-
minished. Attendances continue to be very
strong for the feature meetings, as exem-
plified by the record crowds at this year s
Cheltenham Open meeting, while eight of
the top 10 betting races so far in 2014 have
been jump races.
"However, we have made it very clear
over the past months that arguably the
biggest challenge facing racing, and in par-
ticular jump racing, is the issue of small-
field races and the importance of com-
petitiveness at all levels of the sport.
"We are well aware that field sizes and
the number of races with sufficient num-
bers have been well below what we con-
sider acceptable at this stage of this sea-
"This trend was predicted and is exactly
why we have taken action to address it by
introducing a range of robust measures,
including the removal of around 100 jump
races from the programme in 2015. There
were some questions raised regarding this
at the time but we hope now that the need
for firm action is clear.
"It will take time for the measures
implemented in 2015 to have an impact.
This is not going to be a quick-fix and we
have set what we believe are realistic tar-
"However, to meet those targets it is
likely that more steps will need to be taken.
This is why we have instigated a thorough
and ongoing statistical analysis of jump
racing so that we can address specific areas
of concern accordingly."
He went on: "Central to our ability to
meet targets is the size of the horse pop-
ulation set against the number of races
run. The industry s strategy in recent years
has been to expand the fixture list and
race programme in order to optimise
income, but it would be anomalous for
this to continue when set against a flat or
declining horse population.
"The initiatives announced this year
were based on a horse population which
was showing signs of stabilising after a
period of decline, however the further drop
in the number of jump horses in training
is clearly a concern.
"It is fully recognised that addressing
this issue will require a three dimensional
approach that leads to the sport being a
more attractive medium for investment.
The progress we are making in terms of
the future funding and prize money togeth-
er with greater promotion of the sport
will, no doubt, help contribute to an upturn
in the horse population.
"Small-field and uncompetitive races
are damaging for British racing. They are
unattractive for punters as a betting medi-
um, they undermine the credibility of the
sport internationally, and crucially - in a
factor sometimes overlooked---they create
much greater threat of integrity issues.
"This may mean some pain in the short-
term but the long-term goal is building a
more secure future for British racing from
both a sporting and commercial perspec-
Davy Russell and Philip Enright are free to
ride at the big Christmas festivals after the
five-day bans they received for the whip bor-
rowing incident at Clonmel on December 7
were reduced to two days on appeal.
Dual champion jockey Russell was riding the
Charles Byrnes-trained 8/13 favourite Leave At
Dawn in the Powerstown Handicap Hurdle,
while Enright was aboard 33/1 shot Backiny-
ourbox. Russell dropped his whip after his
mount made a bad mistake at the first obstacle
and television coverage showed him appearing
to take Enright s stick before the runners jumped
the second flight.
Both horses ultimately finished well down
the field, with Leave At Dawn a disappointing
eighth and Backinyourbox further back in 12th
position. The stewards on the day found Russell
and Enright in breach of Rule 272, which is
related to bringing racing into disrepute, and
were handed five-day suspensions.
However, following today s hearing they will
now sit out just the action on December 20
and 21. Turf Club press officer Cliff Noone said:
"The panel agreed with the Clonmel stewards
that both riders were guilty of breaking Rule
272, in that their actions were prejudicial to
the proper conduct of racing.
"The panel is keen to send out a message
that these things should not happen. However,
both have clean records and the panel has decid-
ed their bans should be reduced from five to
two days. They will now be suspended on
December 20 and 21."
Among Russell s rides at Leopardstown will
be Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere
in the Lexus Chase on December 28.
Rahman ideally suited
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The Young Master will make his return to
the track in the Mappin & Webb Silver Cup at
Ascot on Saturday.
Neil Mulholland s five-year-old was a brilliant
winner of the Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton
in early November under Barry Geraghty, only
to be subsequently disqualified after it emerged
he was not qualified to run under the race con-
Despite being stripped of victory, The Young
Master will have to compete off a stone higher
mark when he reappears this weekend.
Mulholland s charge also holds an entry in the
Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock, but will head
for Berkshire, with Geraghty booked to ride once
Mulholland said: "It s always been the plan
to run at Ascot. We just gave him the entry at
Haydock as a back-up option, but he ll go to
Ascot, all being well.
"He seems in good form. He worked this
morning and we re very happy with him.
"Barry (Geraghty) rides him again which is
great. He knows him well and he deserves to
ride him after what happened at Wincanton."
The Somerset-based trainer also had news of
The Druids Nephew, not seen since finishing
seventh in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury
"The plan with The Druids Nephew is to give
him a run over hurdles at the end of January
and then go for the three-mile handicap chase
at the (Cheltenham) Festival," said Mulholland.
"He ran really well in the Hennessy and trav-
elled well into the straight.
"He s gone up 5lb for that, but we think he s
on a mark he can be competitive off at Chel-
tenham, which is why we re keen to protect it
by running over hurdles."
M lholland make
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