Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 20th 2014 Contents Hello it seems George is being for-
given a recent lapse because this much-
improved five-year-old is one of two
declarations for trainer Philip Hobbs in
the £150000 Handicap Hurdle over two
miles of a soft Ascot surface today;
this-type race justifies close examination
with nineteen runners and four places
on offer. A real challenge.
With a built-up time-handicap mark
Hello George comes out best-in and
might be just one of several big pots
that jockey Richard Johnson will miss out
on; Johnno was suspended for twelve
days last week after he d steered a mount
the wrong side of a marker which was
very unfortunater but somewhat unpro-
Rough justice without doubt and with
Hobbs yard in such tremendous form
even moreso; Philip also saddles top-
weight Garde La Victoire, mount of Tom
O Brien. Which one would Richard have
Mine is not to wonder, just reveal my
selection based on form analysis which
involves time-figures, ground conditions
and so many other factors; Hello George
ran lamentably fifteen days ago, having
achieved a career-best when third in a
fiercely-competitive handicap around
So many racing correspondents would
ring Hobbs and ask why but my mod-
erate style is based on trusting the judge-
ment of this veteran trainer who wouldn t
have declared Hello George without good
There are several rivals which must
enter calculations but none will be capable
of beating Hello George if he runs up to
his absolute best. This promises to be
wonderful entertainment and subsequent
form should be reliable.
Only five go to post for the £10000
grade one Long Walk Hurdle over an
extended three miles; winner last year,
Reve de Sivola, faces four rivals, best of
which is undoubtedly Paul Nicholls-
trained Zarkander, a one-time Champion
Hurdle contender and a real meal-ticket
for the Ditcheat yard that once housed
Denman and Kauto Star in adjoining
Lingfield stages a difficult seven-race
programme with few opportunities but
Percy Alleline looks a banker in the six-
runner Novice Stakes over a mile of poly-
track and should provide an anchor for
the daily patent, which rocked the bookies
earlier this week.
Keep clicking on to www.dailyearner.co.uk
for updates; there s sure to be one, at least,
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, December 20, 2014
26-23--- 10.30 am
5-17--- 1 pm
21-19--- 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 15 8 8 3
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 5 10 5 20
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: FRIDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to December 19
31 (Parson Wife) 10.30 am
23 (House) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
35 (Big Snake)
35 (Big Snake)---10.30 am
3 (Carriage)---1 pm
21 (Mouth)---6.30 pm
3.30 Hello George (nap-e.w)
12.55 Percy Alleline.
Blue Tequilla scored with such ease on
her debut in the first event for juvenile
this season that all and sundry at Santa
Rosa Park in Arima, thought they saw a
filly with immense potential.
To make matters worst she set a track
record for two-year-olds when she record-
ed the time of 59 seconds for the 1,000
The Tasram Maharaj owned Jamaican
bred filly won by ten lengths with rider
Dillon Khelawan doing precious little.
Since that event trainer Gary Subratie
has given her time to mature and the St
Ann s Stakes on Boxing Day will be her
In the past two weeks, Blue Tequilla has
sparkled at the gallops and it will take a
very good horse to stop her from taking
the $90,00 first prize cheque.
She now moves from maiden to Stakes
in next week s 1,350-metre Republic Online
St Ann s Stakes at Santa Rosa Park, in the
$150,000 Grade One fillies event.
Champion trainer John O Brien intro-
duced another classy filly in Serengeti on
November 29 at Santa Rosa Park.
This filly, owned by the The Ladies Sta-
ble, was nothing short of impressive. The
Ruthven Smith bred filly won over 1,100
metres by 9 1/2 lengths in the very good
time of 1:05.4, setting a great clash between
Blue Tequilla and herself.
This event is worth going miles to see
as the two unbeaten fillies will take each
other on in what looks like the best event
of the day. But, there will only be one win-
ner and one of the top juvenile fillies will
lose their unbeaten tag.
The eight-horse race has another juvenile
which has not yet shown her true potential
based on her gallops form and that is the
Anthony Nunes trained Fairyinthewind.
This filly was beaten by the best two-year-
old in the O Brien stable on his debut.
Criminal Intent the favourite for the St
James Stakes beat Fairyinthewind by 4 3/4
lengths and the time of the event was
However, Fairyinthewind returned to
action on December 6 seeking to turn in
her maiden certificate but came up a neck
short when Royal Pioneer which is trained
by Derick Mosca prevailed in the time of
The other horse which must a great
chance is Star Sapphire from the O Brien
The Roma Sagan Maraj owned filly by
Liquidity/Rosegate was impressive in vic-
tory and has improved in the interim. She
posted a time of 1:01 2 and must have a
big chance in the $150,000 purse event.
Emile Ramsammy has the ride on this filly.
This is probably the most competitive
classic event for the year but Blue Tequilla
and Serengeti look the two to fight out
After riding L Ami Serge to victory in the Sky
Bet Supreme Trial Novices Hurdle Barry Ger-
aghty completed a 33/1 double on the Andrew
Balding-trained Supasundae (16/1) in the Ascot
Underwriting Championship Standard Open
National Hunt Flat Race.
The huge Galileo gelding travelled powerfully
throughout and lengthened away in the closing
stages to record a two and a quarter-length success
Geraghty said: "He did it well. He picked up
well from four furlongs out. I d never sat on him
before, but he ran on well and I m delighted with
Sky Bet make the winner their 10/1 market
leader for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham
Trainer James Evans admitted he could afford
to "dream a little" after Desilvano followed up
his recent bumper success to score with a little
bit to spare in the competitive Two Circles
"National Hunt" Maiden Hurdle.
Liam Treadwell s mount, a dual point-to-point
winner, had experience of the track, having been
runner-up in a bumper last month in Berkshire
before winning at Market Rasen.
Tracking the pace set by the game Bally Beau-
fort, Desilvano (3/1) loomed large on the outside
approaching two out and, after jumping upsides
with Buckthorn Timothy, got the better of the
three-way fight after the last, looking better the
further he went.
Evans said: "He has got a bit of experience
from his pointing days and those first couple of
runs showed us he is tough and that he has a
good attitude, and that s why we thought we
would go for a race like this.
"He settled really well, Liam knows him really
well and he holds a little bit back, which is not
a bad thing, really. He came to win the race twice.
He thinks about it a little bit---in the nicest possible
way---that s not a bad thing at all. If you looked
at his previous runs they were not too dissim-
"He s very exciting for us and today was going
to tell us if we had a good handicapper or whether
we could dare to dream a little bit. It probably
means we can. We won t get carried away."
Ptit Zig was an impressive winner of the
Grade Two Mitite Novices Chase at Ascot with
Josses Hill only second.
Paul Nicholls 6/4 chance extended his chasing
record to three wins from three starts after a
fluent round of jumping, something that couldn t
be said of the favourite.
Though Josses Hill (10/11 favourite) jumped
well in the first part of the race, a bad mistake
nine from home affected his momentum and
he was far from economical thereafter.
Dunraven Storm took them along but was
under heavy pressure rounding the turn for
home where Ptit Zig took it up.
Josses Hill, despite being keen early and fol-
lowing the mistake down the back, loomed up
into contention on his outside, but soon had to
settle for second as Ptit Zig scampered away
for a nine-length success.
Nicholls said: "I m thrilled with him. He does
like going right handed. The two runs he had
already hasn t been lost on him at Warwick and
Exeter and he jumped really well today.
"He gave him a kick in the belly two out and
he took off. He s a proper horse. He won his
Grade One in France last year and ran well in
a Champion Hurdle and ran well at Aintree, but
he s not that pacey a horse---we couldn t run
him in anything else due to his handicap rating.
We ve always looked for him to go chasing."
George is popular!
O'Brien versus Subratie in St Ann's Stakes
"This filly, owned by the The Ladies Stable, was nothing short
of impressive. The Ruthven Smith bred filly won over 1,100
metres by 9 1/2 lengths in the very good time of 1:05.4, setting
a great clash between Blue Tequilla and herself."
success for Balding
Perfect Ptit wins again
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