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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, December 31, 2014
4-36--- 10.30 am
33-15--- 1 pm
8-29--- 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 9 8 4
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: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to December 30
5 (Parson Man) 1 pm
30 (House Cat) 10.30 am
11(Corbeau ) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
31 (Parson Wife)
13 (Crapaud)---10.30 am
28 (red Fish)---1 pm
9 (Cattle)---6.30 pm
Silviniaco Conti is likely to head straight for the
Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.
Paul Nicholls won his ninth King George as Sil-
viniaco Conti successfully defended his crown in the
Boxing Day highlight and the champion trainer now
has his heart set on winning a first Gold Cup with
his star staying chaser after mishaps in the race for
the past two seasons.
In 2013 he was still going well when he fell for the
only time in his career at the third last and last March
he jumped the final fence in front before fading into
"He used to take a week or two to get over his
races but he cantered yesterday and is fresh and well
this morning," Nicholls told At The Races.
"It will feel like a long 10 weeks now but what if
you run somewhere and it all goes wrong? My gut
feeling is we ll go straight there.
"I think there are lots of reasons (for his improve-
"We ve sorted a few things out physically, he s a
year older, the cheek pieces help him and he s a much
better horse this year.
"Last year he was finishing weakly because he was
hurting, now he s not hurting and he realises that,
which gives him more confidence.
"I expect him and Sam Winner will go straight to
the Gold Cup, they seem the ideal pair to train togeth-
er, we ll team them up as pals as they both want
plenty of graft.
"I need to confirm it with the owners and nothing
is set in stone but that s my gut feeling."
Bridgwater considers Buts options
No Buts will aim to regain the winning thread at
the end of January.
David Bridgwater has no firm plans for the soon-
to-be seven-year-old but has several options in mind.
Given his time again, Bridgwater has admitted he
probably would not have run No Buts in the Caspian
Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham earlier this month,
as he suffered an overreach after his impressive win
"He ll be out at the end of the month I d say," said
"He had a bit of an overreach after winning at
"In hindsight we wouldn t have gone but it looked
the ideal race and was worth #100,000 and we got
"He s absolutely fine now, but I don t think he
performed at his best.
"I ll find something for him in a few weeks, he
could go to Cheltenham on Trial s Day for the race
The Giant Bolster won a couple of year ago (Murphy
"It s just a shame as he was progressing well.
Thankfully he s fine and lives to fight another day.
Bobs Worth still bound for Gold
Connections of Bobs Worth are putting his dis-
appointing defence of his crown in the Lexus Chase
purely down to the testing conditions at Leopard-
Last year s Cheltenham Gold Cup hero was sent
off favourite to repeat last year s heroics at the Dublin
circuit, but was one of the first horses under pres-
Nicky Henderson s nine-year-old plugged on in
the straight to finish eighth of nine runners and part-
owner Malcolm Kimmins is keen to put a line through
the race and move on.
Kimmins said: "The ground was horrendous and
he just couldn t deal with it. There was no point
destroying him on that sort of ground.
"He looked very well before the race and Barry
(Geraghty) was very pleased with the way he felt. He
just didn t like the ground. "When he actually got
on the better ground in the straight, it made a big
difference and he wasn t beaten that far.
Paul Nicholls was among those left
despairing after bizarre events saw the
hurdles bypassed for low sun in a race
run in near-darkness at Taunton.
The champion trainer blasted the situation
as "farcical" after seeing his talented mare
Tara Point take the Totepool Betting Mares
Novices Hurdle at the track.
Despite the victory, Nicholls was unhappy
at the decision to bypass all three of the
hurdles in the back straight at the track after
jockeys complained that low sunlight was
restricting their views of the flights.
The decision to miss out the hurdles was
first made before the third race at the track,
the Totequadpot Novices Hurdle, run at
2.00. But remarkably, the jockeys taking part
in the 2.30 and 3.30 races made no such
complaint about the steeplechase fences in
the back straight and no obstacles were
bypassed in those races, despite the fences
being almost adjacent to the hurdles.
"I m not unhappy. It s great she s won
but how can you have a chase half an hour
earlier and jump the fences and then half
an hour later take the hurdles out again?"
Nicholls told At The Races.
"I said to Sam (Twiston-Davies) Was it
bad? and he said no, but that some of the
lads didn t want to jump them so who do
you listen to?
"Someone wants to stand up and say it s
safe or it s not safe but how you can have
a chase half an hour ago and then take the
hurdles out? It s absolutely ludicrous.
"She s won but I could have easily pulled
her out today because jumping is her game
and she s only jumped four hurdles, it s
madness. Actually, it s making racing look
farcical, that s what frustrates me.
"If it s a safety issue then definitely don t
do it, but it s happening more and more,
you very rarely see it happen in Ireland, I
think Ruby (Walsh) is over there laughing
at us at the moment.
"If it s unsafe then safety comes first but
there comes a time when you say we are
going over the top. It s farcical at the
Stipendiary steward Simon Cowley
appeared on At The Races subsequently to
explain that while none of the jockeys in
the 2.30 race had asked for any of the fences
to be bypassed, the jockeys before Tara Point s
race half an hour were still adamant that
they did not want the removed hurdles to
be jumped due to safety reasons.
Cowley said that despite the situation
, the stewards were bound
to act upon the advice of the jockeys, with
the riders themselves considered best-placed
to make the correct decision with safety in
"We are guided by the jockeys and take
effectively a majority opinion," he said. "Our
hands are not tied but we go with what they
However, the situation moved from the
sublime to the ridiculous when the same
hurdles were still bypassed during the closing
race at 4.00, the Totepool Conditional Jock-
eys Handicap Hurdle, despite the contest
being run in gathering gloom. Only four of
the 10 hurdles due to be jumped remained
in play once the tapes went up.
Although the weighed-in signal was given,
the stewards immediately launched an
inquiry into the circumstances behind the
race, won in an appopriately comical manner
by 5/1 chance After Eight Sivola, who took
advantage when Alan Johns became unbal-
anced on leader Kalimantan as his mount
dived right close home and threw away vic-
A copy of the confidential stewards report,
compiled after interviewing riders James
Best, Nico de Boinville, Micheal Nolan and
Tom Bellamy, will be sent to British Horserac-
ing Authority HQ in London.
The BHA s media manager, Robin Moun-
sey, said: "Current procedures state that if
the jockeys raise concerns to the stewards
over the jumping of certain obstacles then
they will be omitted. It would not be appro-
priate to make the jockeys jump an obstacle
if they have raised concerns over their ability
to jump it safely. Welfare of the participants
must come first.
"Very simply, at the start of the hurdle
races the jockeys raised concerns over certain
obstacles. They did not raise concerns in
Plaisir has an excellent opportunity of
going one better and making it third time
lucky in the Maiden Stakes over seven fur-
longs of Lingfield polytrack today; enough
boxes are ticked for a decent bet.
Marco Botti introduced this Elusive City
filly at Kempton over a similar distance in
November and Plaisir, a 9/1 shot, shaped
well when third to our runaway nap, Red-
start; three weeks later SP odds were dra-
Plaisir, mount of Adam Kirby, was 4/5
but failed to cope with a late surge from
Showtime Blues; the time-handicap mark
however bears close inspection and a repli-
cation should suffice.
A 5lbs fillies allowance, a determined
champion AWR jockey and a more expe-
rience Plaisir needs to win this or be con-
signed to an other horses category flogging
around in moderate maidens.
Marco has definitely found the right race
but, realistically, Plaisir is a 5/2 chance for
punting purposes, nothing less.
It s important to adopt a business-like
approach and be disciplined in the betting
ring; there are thousands of other races.
Over the same course and distance Toast
Of Newbury represents a sporting chance
in the nursery handicap; trainer Jamie
Osborne has booked rapidly-aspiring
apprentice Shane Gray whose claim recently
dropped to 3lbs following a flurry of win-
Given that Toast Of Newbury is also mar-
ginally best-in and Osbornes yard has been
consistent for months this Captain Rio colt
justifies each-way support with three places
Jamie, a top-grade National Hunt rider,
places great emphasis on jockeyship, so do
we! Pharoah Jake is one eight decs for the
aged handicap over five furlongs which
this six-year-old landed last year; a repeat
is expected by the John Bridger camp which
has enjoyed such a wonderful 2014.
It's Toast of Newbury
9.10 Toast Of Newbury
11.40 Pharoah Jake
'Low sun' farce at Taunton
Conti gunning for
Gold in March
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