Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 23rd 2014 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 23, 2014
With the bumper Republic Bank day of
racing set for Boxing Day on Friday at
Santa Rosa Park, Arima, punters and tur-
fites alike will be crowding the centralised
venue to witness the champions of the
2014 racing season.
At stake will be the juvenile titles which
will be contested in two events---the Republic
Mortgages St James Stakes and Republic
Online St Ann s Stakes, both over 1,350
metres. The former is for the colts and geld-
ings and the latter for the fillies but both
races carry a purse of $150,000.
The feature attraction however, is the
Grade One---Republic Bank Gold Cup which
will see Horse Of The Year Bigman In Town
attempting to set the record straight after
being beaten in this event by Headline News
In his last three victories, Bigman In Town
has won by 26 lengths and smashed the
track records on each occasion. It will take
a super effort by one of his rivals to lower
Bigman In Town made the three-year-
olds look pedestrian in the Caribbean Cham-
pion Stakes when winning by 11 lengths
and certainly from the look of things, he
has some concerns.
The aptly named two-year-old colt Crim-
inal Intent, from the barn of champion train-
er John O Brien, was hugely impressive in
victory on his debut and it will take an
exceptional performance by one of his rivals
to upset this colt.
In the St Ann s Stakes, it is not as easy
with two fillies putting their unbeaten tags
on the line. The two are Blue Tequilla and
Blue Tequilla scored with such ease on
her debut in the first event for juvenile this
season that all thought they saw a filly with
immense potential. To make matters worse,
she set a track record for two-year-olds
when she recorded the time of 59 seconds
for the 1,000 metre journey.
The Tasram Maharaj-owned Jamaican
bred filly won by ten lengths with 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 is her target.
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 company
to Stakes in in next week s 1,350-metre
Republic Online St Ann s Stakes .
O Brien introduced the classy Serengeti
in November. This filly, owned by the The
Ladies Stable, was nothing short of impres-
sive. The Ruthven Smith-bred filly won
over 1,100 metres by 9 ½ 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.
The other horse which must have a great
chance is Star Sapphire, also from the
O Brien stable.
The Roma Sagan Maraj-owned filly by
Liquidity/Rosegate was was impressive in
victory and has improved in the interim.
She posted a time of 1:01 2 and must a big
chance in the $150,000 purse event. Emile
Ramsammy has the ride on this filly.
Sue Smith is expecting another good
performance from Vintage Star in the
£40,000 William Hill Rowland Meyrick
Handicap Chase at Wetherby on Boxing
Vintage Star was last seen out when ral-
lying to take third behind Hey Big Spender
in the Listed Rehearsal Chase over three
miles at Newcastle on November 29.
Smith, who sent out Cloudy Too to land
the spoils 12 months ago, reported: "All
being well, Vintage Star will go to Wetherby
on Boxing Day."
The Grade Three prize over three miles
and a furlong is the highlight of Wetherby s
two-day William Hill Yorkshire Winter Fes-
tival and has attracted 16 entries.
They are topped by Corrin Wood who
won three of his four starts over fences last
season and returned with a third in a Listed
chase at Sandown Park in early December.
Cape Tribulation is set to make a third
consecutive appearance in the race, having
scored by 11 lengths in 2012 and been third
last year. Tim Easterby could run Scottish
Grand National third Trustan Times, while
Charlie Mann has entered seven-year-old
Cedre Bleu, who was second in the Grand
Sefton Handicap Chase over the Grand
National fences at Aintree.
Other notables include Broadway Buffalo
and Toby Lerone, who filled the first two
places in last Saturday s Tommy Whittle
Handicap Chase at Haydock Park.
The going at Wetherby is currently
described as Good to Soft.
Champions on show Boxing Bay
Vintage Star set for Wetherby
36-23--- 10.30 am
30-23--- 1 pm
13-15--- 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: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to December 22
19 (Horse) 1 pm
24 (Queen) 10.30 am
4 (Dead Man) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4, 12, 14, 18, 22, 35
6 (Belly)---10.30 am
9 (Cattle)---1 pm
6 (Belly)---6.30 pm
Sire De Grugy delighted trainer Gary Moore
as he cantered for the first time since suffering
a hip injury that has so far this season kept him
off the track.
The eight-year-old was put through his paces
by the trainer s son, Jamie, raising hopes he will
be able to defend his Queen Mother Champion
Chase crown at Cheltenham in March.
The trainer is now hoping he will be able to get
a prep run into Sire De Grugy, who has been absent
since winning the Celebration Chase at Sandown
"He cantered very good and showed me all the
signs I wanted to see. I couldn t be more pleased
with him," said the West Sussex handler.
"It s steady away for a few weeks now and then
take it from there. We re back on course, all being
"I d love to get a run into him before the Cham-
pion Chase, as long as we can get that far. I don t
see any reason why not, but where we do it, I
don t know."
Moore glee at
Ruby Walsh admits Faugheen will need to win
the williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle at Kempton
on Boxing Day if he is to confirm himself a serious
Stan James Champion Hurdle player.
Willie Mullins charge is unbeaten in six races
over timber to date, including the Coral Hurdle
at Ascot last time.
He drops back to the minimum trip for the Fes-
tive feature but that doesn t concern his jockey.
"He won the Grade One novice over two miles
at Punchestown last year and dropping in trip
won t be an issue. We think he s a good bit
straighter and has improved for his run at Ascot
but he ll need to have," Walsh told Racing UK.
"Irving was very good in the Fighting Fifth and
has course form around Kempton and Faugheen
will have to be a good bit more forward than he
was at Ascot to beat him in his back yard.
"As we saw at the weekend Paul Nicholls horses
are absolutely flying and he will be a tough nut
to crack but if we have aspirations about Faugheen
being a Champion Hurdle horse, to beat The New
One, Jezki and Hurricane Fly down the line, he ll
have to be accounting for Irving."
Bookmakers Sky Bet make Faugheen the 4/9
favourite to win the Kempton race, ahead of Irving
at 4/1 and the Nicky Henderson-trained Sign Of
A Victory at 7/1.
Faugheen 'must win'
says Ruby Walsh
A handful of the most promising juvenile hur-
dlers seen out so far this season have been entered
for the coral.co.uk Finale Juvenile Hurdle at
Chepstow on Saturday.
Philip Hobbs Golden Doyen won a Grade Two
Triumph Hurdle trial at Cheltenham, arguably the
strongest race in depth of its type this season, is
in there. As is Alan King s Karezak, runner up on
his last two outings but rated higher than Golden
Doyen by the handicapper.
The Paul Nicholls-trained Old Guard beat
Karezak at Newbury by a neck and will be 6lb
worse off if they meet again.
Nicky Henderson s Bivouac looked a smart
prospect when successful at Sandown and also
features amongst the 14 possible runners.
There is also a fascinating French entrant in
Bristol De Mai, trained by Guillaume Macaire, who
won the race in 2000 with the brilliant Jair Du
Young guns all set
Here are the starters and betting for the three major events
R4: 12.27 PM - REPUBLIC MORTGAGES ST ANN'S STAKES WI
BRED 2 YO FILLIES - 1,350M - $150,000
-23 1 Fairyinthewind A Nunes/R Ali
--1 2 Serengeti
J O'Brien/B Boodramsing 55 8/5
-85 3 Orchid Girl
R Bridgelal/D Butcher 55 100/1
--0 4 Lion's Portion L Latchmansin/R Jadoo 55 66/1
--1 5 Blue Tequilla
G Subratie/D Khelawan 55 4/5
--1 6 Star Sapphire J O'Brien/E Ramsammy 55 5/1
R8: 3.07 PM - REPUBLIC ONLINE ST JAMES STAKES WI BRED
2 YO COLTS & GELDINGS - 1,350M - $150,000
--2 1 Beterlatethannever J O'Brien/E Ramsammy 55 8/1
--- 2 Root Of Jesse R Bartolo/J Arneaud 55 99/1
--1 3 Criminal Intent J O'Brien/B Boodramsing 55 2/5
-41 4 Royal Pioneer D Mosca/W Galviz
--1 5 Blue Oracle
A Nunes/R Ali
224 6 War Council
B Persad/J Stephen 55 25/1
--2 7 War Maker
J O'Brien/N Abrego 55 10/1
-13 8 Charismatic Groom J O'Brien/P Badrie
R10: 4.27 PM - REPUBLIC BANK GOLD CUP WI BRED 3 YO &
OVER & IMP 2 YO & OVER - 2,000M - $500,000
362 1 Buffalo Soldier A Gonzalez/S Chadee Jnr 57 12/1
-11 2 Transpire
D Ojarr/R Ali
436 3 Bergeron Rodeo S Khan/R Jadoo
222 4 Thisonesforron J O'Brien/D Khelawan 54 8/1
111 5 Bigman In Town G Subratie/W Galviz 54 1/9
611 6 Lang Amour
D Ojar/N Patrick
387 7 Golden Dixieland T Thomas/P Badrie 57 33/1
123 8 J'ouvert
J O'Brien/N Abrego 57 14/1
212 9 Momentum
J O'Brien/B Boodramsing 51 5/1
REPUBLIC BANK BOXING DAY FEATURE
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