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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, January 12, 2015
32-12--- 10.30 am
8-36--- 1 pm
23-12 --- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 0 0 1
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 0 1 1
05PARSONMAN 0 0 0 0
15 SICKWOMAN 0 0 1
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: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to January 10
17 (Pigeon) 1 pm
26 (Fowl) 10.30 am
8 (Tiger) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
31 (Parson Wife)
14 (Money)---10.30 am
23 (House)---1 pm
8 (Tiger)---6.30 pm
Dutch Uncle will need to be right on his
game to defeat progressive Illusive Force in
an intriguing Maiden three-year-old Stakes
over an extended nine furlongs of Wolver-
hampton Tapeta today, and it s by no means
a two-horse race!
Thrice-raced Dutch Art ran into a real
"beaut" over a mile of Dunstall Park last month
when heavily-backed Jack Hobbs hit his rivals
for six with an impressive debut effort; John
Gosden s charge is reckoned graded quality
and that s no surprise.
Jack Hobbs was hopeless when stalls opened,
hadn t got a clue, but Rab Havlin knew he d
got work to do and rousted this big-strapping
Halling colt into action, proceeding to ride in
a way that any amateur wouldn t be proud of!
To the consternation of his supporters Jack
was sent off in pursuit and ran widest of the
twelve-strong field throughout until finally
wresting an advantage 300 yards; in the closing
stages his class told and he ran on strongly to
beat strong-finishing Dutch Uncle by three
lengths with Saturday Lingfield winner, Royal
Albert Hall, a head away in third.
Illusive Force might not be quite good enough
but extra distance is a must for this Charles
Hills-trained Iffraaj colt, third over seven fur-
longs at "Lingers" last month when backed
Well-bred, Godolphin-owned newcomers,
Myth Cycle/Honourable Action, both trained
by Charlie Appleby (gelded!) add spice to what
is an intriguing race; on the time-handicap Ed
Dunlop-trained Dutch Uncle is "best-in" and
rated 76 on official BHA ratings.
Appleby has also declared
Beta Tauri for the thirteen-runner three-
year-old handicap over six furlongs and 5lbs
apprentice Alistair Rawlinson becomes the
fifth to ride this superbly-bred Oasis Dream
filly in as many outings; notwithstanding that
negative what beats them will win.
Rawlinson rides out regularly for Godolphin
and Beta Tauri, a beaten-favourite five weeks
ago, is definitely progressinjg for experience.
Heavy is forecast at both NH meetings,
Plumpton/Ayr where Northside Prince needs
only to stay upright in the opening Maiden
Hurdle over two miles.
9.05 Northside Prince
12.25 Beta Tauri
12.55 Dutch Uncle
Respect Dutch Uncle
Tryster won the first race staged at the
reborn Chelmsford City racecourse - but not
before a dramatic late swerve almost gave
victory away yesterday.
The Godolphin-owned 2/1 favourite travelled
well in rear in the early stages and burst through
the pack to hit the front over a furlong out in
the Betfred Handicap.
However, the gate and path back up to the
parade ring appeared to catch his eye and he
swerved across the track soon afterwards, for-
feiting the lead to the pursuing Gaelic Silver.
Regaining his balance, jockey Adam Kirby
managed to keep pushing all the way to the
winning post and his mount just edged back
in front in the last strides to score by a short-
"He s still very green, he looked at something
in the straight and had a bit of a duck-out,"
Kirby told At The Races, before adding that he
thought the Polytrack surface was riding deeper
than he had expected. I was quite surprised.
I thought it was a little bit deep, to be honest.
It s riding a little a bit on the slow side, but it s
a sound surface---perfect."
Kirby and trainer Charlie Appleby went on
to make it a double when Blue Aegean was a
comfortable winner of the Weatherbys Printing
The first-time hood worked wonders on the
top weight as she streaked to a three-length
"She has a high cruising speed and when
she put it into gear she lengthened all the way
to the line," said the rider.
The Essex circuit, formerly known as Great
Leighs, closed in January 2009 after going into
administration less than a year after it launched,
but has reopened under a new name and under
the part-ownership of Betfred boss Fred Done.
Considerable work is still under way at the
course, with this fixture opened to only a spe-
cially-invited audience of around 800, including
owners and trainers, but course officials have
pledged that facilities will continue to improve
over the months and years ahead.
"It s going to be popular with everyone in
Newmarket and I think it s pretty unanimous
that the track itself is in good shape," said jockey
Hayley Turner. "There s still some work to be
done---we ve already had a few power-cuts in
the weighing room today - but I think it will
be well-supported, especially if the prize money
Despite flooding in the parade ring, some
technical problems with the scales and the
power outages, caused by a tumble dryer blow-
ing up in the weighing room building, reaction
among those able to attend seemed largely pos-
Seddik Hamla from Harlow in Essex, one of
the invited guests, said: "I came here when it
was Great Leighs four or five times and it def-
initely wasn t as good as this---this place is
"It s better than places like Lingfield and
they ve really spent a few quid. I ll be coming
back soon as they ve done it really well and
what I ve seen so far is very, very good."
Tim Hunt travelled from Southend, also as
an invited guest, said: "I ve not been here before
and it looks unfinished from the outside and
they ve got a lot of work to do before the next
meeting on January 22. But the inside is neat
and clean, although I can t see any signage
telling you where to go."
Phil Siers, racecourse managing director,
responded: "We only bought it in December
of 2013 and we ve collapsed a two-year con-
struction project into one year.
"The weather hasn t helped us and we ve a
couple of small things to do which will be com-
pleted by the end of January and we ve limited
the crowd on that basis.
"We ve spent £15 million on the track as we
want to have a facility that helps racing and all
of racing s constituents.
"This is the first of possibly three trial fix-
tures---we certainly want one more. The official
opening will be on February 1 when we ll be
open to the public, although we might increase
the crowd gradually, perhaps up to 1000, 1200
for the January 22 fixture.
"We ve got overall prize money of £2.2 million
this year which is a considerable investment
by us. For a small track that is a significant
amount and we re hoping to get some big cor-
porate sponsors with the money ploughed back
into the facilities and prize money.
Drama from the start at Chelmsford
Lie Forrit digs
deep for Kelso pot
Lie Forrit possibly booked his ticket for the
Scottish Grand National with an all-the-way
win in the Royal Caledonian Hunt Veterans'
Handicap Chase at Kelso.
Trainer Lucinda Russell has made it her
ambition to win the Ayr feature in April and
while Lie Forrit is now 11, he appears to be in
the form of his life.
Jumping for fun in front for Peter
Buchanan, his jockey allowed himself a long
look over his shoulder before turning into the
Harry The Viking kept him honest but the
15/8 favourite won by two lengths with an-
other ten back to Summery Justice in third.
"He loves these long distance chases and
this veterans series is brilliant for him," said
Russell on Racing UK.
"He just hates being passed, he puts his
ears back and goes again once he hears one.
When he stood off at the open ditch I knew
he was in good form. Kelso is a great place,
they love horses like him."
Morris hopes for
Mouse Morris is hoping for drying weather
ahead of First Lieutenant's tilt at the Hen-
nessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown next
The three-time Grade One winner has
failed to fire in two starts this season, finish-
ing down the field in the JNwine.com Cham-
pion Chase at Down Royal and the Lexus
Chase at Leopardstown.
Morris feels his ten-year-old will raise his
game if encountering a sounder surface on
his return to the Foxrock venue on February
"He's in good form and has come on from
his run in the Lexus," said Morris. "He'll go for
the Hennessy next and better ground would
be a big help to him."
Ned at Cheltenham
Nicky Richards warned Eduard is not cer-
tain to line up at the Cheltenham Festival
ahead of his run in the Betfair Ascot Chase
next month, however stablemate Simply
Ned is on course for the Betway Queen
Mother Champion Chase.
The Greystoke handler has made no se-
cret of the regard in which he holds the
seven-year-old, who has shaped in hon-
ourably in defeat this season.
After finding subsequent Hennessy Gold
Cup hero Many Clouds too strong on his
Carlisle reappearance, Eduard occupied the
same position behind an on-song Wishfull
Thinking in the Peterborough Chase at Hunt-
ingdon. He is now bound for Ascot on Febru-
ary 14, but Richards is contemplating giving
Cheltenham a miss and waiting for the Crab-
bie's Grand National meeting at Aintree.
Door open to Irish
Shutthefrontdoor is on course to return to
track action in the Hennessy Gold Cup at
Leopardstown on February 8.
Last season's Irish Grand National hero
made a successful reappearance in a gradua-
tion chase over an extended three miles at
Carlisle in November and is now being pre-
pared for a tilt at Grade One glory.
The Jonjo O'Neill-trained eight-year-old
holds an entry in the Betfred Cheltenham
Gold Cup and is also prominent in the ante-
post market for the Crabbie's Grand National
at Aintree in April.
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