Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 7th 2015 Contents Hollie Point will be a popular choice for
the Maiden 3-y-o Fillies Stakes over seven
furlongs of Kempton polytrack today and
we certainly wont be opposing this Charles
Last season Hollie Point scored at the
fifth attempt only to be disqualified at New-
castle, where it was adjudged significant
interference took place which definitely
influenced the result.
That must have been painful and vexing
but patience is the supreme virtue and this
race represents a penalty-kick unless there s
a mystery lurking among eight newcomers;
it s unlikely.
Nigh on twelve weeks have elapsed since
Hollie Point was subsequently a beaten-
favourite but an absence is not problem
nowadays; fitness shouldn t be an issue
given the gallops and facilities available,
especially at the boys in blue complex!
Nineteen-times champion NH jockey,
Tony McCoy, has re-galvanised himself fol-
lowing a quiet-ish spell, riding plenty of
winners; he ll be at Ludlow today and a
couple of fancies, Swivel/Father Edward,
will also be well-supported.
Both are trained by John Ferguson, right-
hand man for Sheikh Mohammed who
allows these horses to be campaigned over
Ferguson has taken advantage of an
opportune situation and AP often rides
them into winners enclosures.
Swivel might need to improve whereas
Father Edward needs only to turn up; don t
oppose even though I m far from convinced
that McCoy is anything like the force he
was not so long ago; time beats us all!
If there are any updates we ll feature them
on www.dailyearner.co.uk and having
napped four winners and a second from
five selections this year Daily Earner must
be worth the pittance involved to access
this productive service.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, January 7, 2015
11.00 Father Edward
1.10 Hollie Point
8-20--- 10.30 am
21-28--- 1 pm
14-17 --- 6.30 pm
7, 11, 13, 18, 20
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 0 0 1
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 0 0 1
05PARSONMAN 0 0 0 0
15SICKWOMAN0 0 0 0
18WATERBOAT 0 0 0 0
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 1 0 1
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 0 0 0 0
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to January 6
27 (Little Snake) 1 pm
10 (Monkey) 10.30 am
8 (Tiger) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
34 (Blind Man)---10.30 am
20 (Dog)---1 pm
14 (Money)---6.30 pm
Swivel for McCoy RACING BRIEFS
Jezki revved up for Fly rematch
Jezki remains on course for another clash with great
rival Hurricane Fly in the BHP Insurance Irish Cham-
pion Hurdle back at Leopardstown on January 25.
The latter narrowly outpointed Jessica Harrington's
stable star in a pulsating climax to the Ryanair Hurdle
over the festive period, making the score between the
pair four wins to two in favour of Hurricane Fly.
Willie Mullins' incredible 11-year-old was retaining
his unbeaten record at Leopardstown, but Harrington
has taken plenty of heart from the fact the reigning
Champion Hurdle winner pushed him all the way to
The County Kildare handler said: "Everything is
good. He's come out of the race at Christmas well and
we're happy with him.
"He got closer to Hurricane Fly than he ever has be-
fore at Leopardstown, so we'll take him on again at
the end of the month.
"We're happy with where we are and we'll take
things as they come."
Sire team eye Spirit return
Sire De Grugy is on course to return to action at
Newbury next month ahead of his bid to retain his
Queen Mother Champion Chase crown.
Gary Moore has been steadily stepping up work for
his stable star, whose seasonal reappearance has been
delayed by a hip injury.
Sire De Grugy cantered for the first time just before
Christmas after recovering from his setback and is
now up to half-speed exercise.
Moore is keen to get a prep run into his top-class
performer, who was last seen in public when winning
the Celebration Chase at Sandown in April.
"The plan is to go for the Game Spirit all being well,"
said the West Sussex trainer."
Shelford preserved for spring
Shelford will not run before a possible tilt at the
Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival after he came to
grief in the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday.
Dan Skelton's six-year-old enjoyed a profitable au-
tumn, winning twice at Chepstow, including in the Sil-
ver Trophy, before finishing fourth in the Ladbroke at
He was well beaten when falling at the final flight
on his first start at Grade One level in the Tolworth,
with Skelton of the belief it was one run too many.
The Warwickshire trainer said: "He's come out of the
race 100 per cent.
"Having run in the Ladbroke only a fortnight ago, I
think he was probably just a bit jaded, but it was only a
four-runner race and had to be competed in.
"I'm a bit disappointed he's now got an 'F' by his
name as he doesn't deserve it. He just got stuck in the
"He'll then only run in the Coral Cup if we're 100 per
cent happy with him, otherwise we'll wait for Aintree."
Cross in Cleeve frame
Cheltenham's Cleeve Hurdle is a possible next port
of call for At Fishers Cross after he returned "slightly
sore" following his run at Leopardstown over Christ-
The dual Grade One winner disappointed on his sea-
sonal reappearance at Wetherby, but was sent off
favourite to get his season back on track in the Christ-
mas Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 28.
The JP McManus-owned eight-year-old could only
manage fourth place, however, having failed to con-
vince in the jumping department, after which a minor
problem was discovered and he has remained in Ire-
Trainer Rebecca Curtis is looking forward to wel-
coming her stable star back to Wales this week and
the Cleeve Hurdle on January 24 is the next objective.
Curtis said: "He was slightly sore after Leopard-
stown and something was slightly niggling him. He
jumped out to his right, so there was obviously some-
thing at him.
"We left him in Ireland for the vets over there to
have a look at him and the plan is for him to come
home this week. We'll see how he is when we get him
home, but if everything is looking good, we could pos-
sibly aim him at the Cleeve Hurdle."
The Willie Mullins-trained Douvan
could further enhance his claim as leading
Irish novice hurdler in next Saturday s
feature race at Punchestown in the Sport-
inglife.com Moscow Flyer Novice Hur-
Currently 5/1 with Sky Bet, sponsors of
the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the Chel-
tenham Festival, Douvan could face a total
of seven competitors in Sunday s Grade
Mullins won the race last year with sub-
sequent Sky Bet Supreme winner Vautour
and has confirmed he intends to saddle
another of his rising stars on Saturday.
He said: "Douvan is in good order and
the form was franked at Leopardstown
when Sizing John won the Grade One hur-
"Vautour won what is now the sport-
inglife.com novice hurdle last year so we
have taken the same route with Douvan
and hopefully we might get the same
Also among the entries are the Tony
Martin-trained duo Blair Perrone and
Marinero while Mouse Morris has entered
Alpha Des Obeaux and Baily Cloud.
Douvan s stablemate Nichols Canyon
could bid to recapture previous form and
Domesday Book will run in the colours of
Roger Brookhouse. The only filly in the
race is Rock On The Moor, a promising
type trained by Jessica Harrington.
Sportinglife.com spokesman Michael
Shinners said: "We are delighted to be
sponsoring such a great race. Last year s
winner Vautour went on to win the Sky
Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle at Chel-
tenham and with such a strong entry it
will be fascinating to see who wins Sat-
urday s race."
The sportinglife.com Moscow Flyer Hur-
dle has an illustrious role of honour with
the likes of 2003 winner Kicking King,
Mikael D Haguenet who won the 2009
renewal and of course last year s victor
Vautour among the line-up.
Dick O Sullivan, Punchestown Race-
course General Manager added: "sport-
inglife.com are part of one of the world s
most successful media groups and and we
are thrilled that they have chosen Pun-
chestown for their first venture into spon-
sorship in Ireland.
"It s a great endorsement for Pun-
chestown and indeed Irish racing to have
such a prestigious company sponsoring
here. We look forward to enhancing this
relationship and working together in the
Action gets under way at 12.40pm with
admission starting from €8 for seniors
and students and €12 general. The Pun-
chestown Festival takes place from Tuesday
April 28 to Saturday May 2.
Meanwhile, RSA Chase favourite Kings
Palace is likely to have just one more run
before the Cheltenham Festival in March.
The David Pipe-trained seven-year-
old has already turned in two hugely
impressive displays at Prestbury Park over
fences this season, beating Sausalito Sun-
rise in November and December.
Kings Palace has also been given an
entry in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but,
as a novice, the RSA remains his most
Connections are currently mulling the
best route to the Festival, with the
Reynoldstown Novices Chase at Ascot on
February 14 among his options.
Harry Drew, son of part-owner Bryan
Drew, said: "I think the plan is to give him
one more run before the Festival and there
are a few options.
"There s a race at Newbury and also the
race at Ascot that O Faolains Boy won last
"He s been entered in the Gold Cup
today, but it s just an entry and everyone
wants to keep their options open."
Assessing the potential opposition in
the RSA Chase, Drew said: "Don Poli
looked to win with a lot in hand in Ireland
the other day and Coneygree was very
impressive in the Feltham on Boxing Day.
"I think they re probably our two main
Douvan set for Moscow Flyer test
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