Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 19th 2015 Contents Sprinter Sacre suffered a "low level
bleed" as a result of that three lengths
defeat by Dodging Bullets over two miles
of soft Ascot two days ago; immediately
afterwards one laid this one-time remark-
able Netword gelding, now a nine-year-
old, for the Champion Chase over a similar
distance at the Cheltenham Festival seven
My reasoning is based on what was obvi-
ous, Sprinter Sacre wasn t good enough to
peg back Paul Nicholls charge and subse-
quent excuses weigh heavily given that more
than a million pounds was wagered on the
heavily-backed favourite about which Hen-
derson (and friends!) had been waxing lyrical
Plenty of excuses were trotted out and
obviously it was a major disappointment
when Sprinter Sacre was unable to put the
lid on a challenge down the straight; perhaps
it s prudent to point out that 163-rated
Irish-raider Twinflight was only five lengths
Twinflight is officially rated TWENTY-
FIVE POUNDS inferior to Sprinter Sacre!
At this point I ll give best to any further
sentiments but I ll be surprised to see Sprint-
er Sacre contest the Champion Chase and
also don t expect The New One to win our
Champion Hurdle the day before on the
strength of a grueling, unimpressive victory
at Haydock where ground conditions were
The New One, rated 18lbs superior to
five-year-old Bertimont, won by just over
two lengths with Strongpoint (143) five
lengths away; that is not so-called classic
form by any stretch of the imagination.
Down the far side the current Champion
Hurdle second-favourite continually jumped
to his right, there s a reason for everything,
We re not buying the post-race assurances
from jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and his
trainer-father, Nigel, that The New One
wont be troubled by these unexpected exer-
tions; plenty of punters who foolishly risked
buying money at 1/6 probably get carted
off to the accident & emergency wards near-
by.In summary both Sprinter Sacre and The
New One will need to improve considerably
and that s unlikely which is why I m a serious
layer about them.
My opinions seriously compromise space
dedicated to racing today but, hopefully,
they will serve to earn readers money sub-
Racing is extremely moderate today, two
jumping fixtures scheduled for Exeter/Ban-
gor Inspections!) and all-weather racing on
Wolverhampton Tapeta which should should
be ideal for once-raced, well-regarded, Grey s
Angel in the six-runner Maiden Auction
Stakes over an extended nine furlongs.
Mantou is expected to supplement debut
gains in the Juvenile Hurdle over two miles,
pity if it s off!
Monday, January 19, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
11.10 Gabriel The Thug
12.10 Grey's Angel
29-32--- 10.30 am
2-17--- 1 pm
29-19--- 6.30 pm
TODAY'S PICK TWO
1, 11, 13, 16, 19
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 0
15 SICK WOMAN 0
18 WATER BOAT 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 PARSON WIFE
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to January 17
22 (Rat) 10.30 am
20 (Dog) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
23 (House)---10.30 am
6 (Belly)---1 pm
2 (Old Lady)---6.30 pm
29 (Opium Man) 1 pm
Nicky Henderson reports Sprinter Sacre
to be "a work in progress" following his
comeback run at Ascot on Saturday.
The 2013 Queen Mother Champion Chase
hero may have been beaten into second
place by Dodging Bullets but his trainer
was pleased with the performance as the
nine-year-old had been absent since suf-
fering well-documented heart problems
after being pulled up at Kempton 13 months
Sprinter Sacre was found to be have suf-
fered a small bleed after the race, but after
consultation with vets at the racecourse,
Henderson was left feeling more relaxed
and some 18 hours after the race, he declared
himself satisfied with the condition of his
"Most importantly he s fine this morning.
He s been out and looked very perky. He
was great, he trotted up, was very bouncy
and full of it. I think it s safe to say he
enjoyed himself," the Seven Barrows handler
told At The Races.
"He s sound and his legs are good. He
ate up and did all the right things. No dam-
age done which is always a relief.
"It was great to see him out and everyone
was pleased with what he did."
Asked about the post-race bleeding, Hen-
derson admitted: "We d have preferred it
not to have happened. There was a show
of blood in his nostrils when he was being
routine tested and we scoped him after
"We don t want to see it. It s not ideal,
but on the scope there, the significance of
the score didn t seem to be too dramatic.
It was probably acceptable.
"There was no mucus which was impor-
tant - there was quite a bit of Ascot race-
course [ie mud in the scope], which there
always will be with kickback and mud fly-
"They are bound to have a little bit, all
sorts of things get breathed in as you can
imagine, and there was a bit of blood there.
"I think we can accept that. It didn t
affect him or his performance.
"We did weigh him and it depends how
far you go back with his weight, but he was
comparative to where he has been in the
past. He was more than 80% fit - you can t
come into a Grade One less fit than that
- but there is bound to be improvement.
"He didn t blow up as such, but what
he did do was get tired. The legs are going
to get tired.
"They set a searching gallop yesterday
and went out to test his fitness. That is
perfectly fair game. AP went a good gallop
there [on Somersby]. I m not a great stop-
watch man but the time was respectable
- I m not surprised, they went a good gallop
and they are good horses.
"There is more to come and there is
improvement. We weren t pretending he
was back to his very best.
"In the autumn we knew he wasn t, but
gradually it s been coming.
"You ve got to let a horse find his best
form. It s a work in progress, if you like.
He s been pleasing us. He s gradually pro-
gressed, progressed, progressed.
"Newbury (where he worked last month)
was a huge step forward and yesterday was
While Sprinter Sacre will not run again
before the Betway Queen Mother Champion
Chase on March 11, Henderson has not
ruled out giving him a racecourse gallop.
"There is no other race he can run in
between now and the Festival except for
Newbury (the Game Spirit Chase)," he said.
The Nigel Twiston-Davies stable is keen to get
on with the work of preparing The New One for
the Stan James Champion Hurdle and put aside
his unimpressive victory at Haydock on Satur-
day.Bookmakers Sky Bet pushed The New One out
to 3/1 in the ante-post market for the showpiece
on day one of the Cheltenham Festival after he
made hard work of beating Bertimont by two and
a quarter lengths in the StanJames.com Champion
Hurdle Trial on Merseyside.
The New One clearly ran below his best and
must up his game when he attempts to improve
on this third 12 months ago as Britain s leading
Champion hope will face stiff opposition from Ire-
land in the shape of ante-post favourite Faugheen
as well as past winners Jezki and Hurricane Fly.
"He seems okay this morning. He s come out
of it fine," said Twiston-Davies s assistant Carl
"We ve got seven weeks now. That s a lovely
amount of time to get him right for Cheltenham
and hopefully the ground will be better by then."
Watch out for
Gabriel The Thug
Sprinter Sacre 'bouncing' at home
Clean bill of health
for New One
Long Run has been ruled out for the remainder
of the current campaign, according to owner
The Cheltenham Gold Cup and dual King George
hero has been on the sidelines since finishing down
the field in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris back
Nicky Henderson s charge endured a rough pas-
sage back to Britain after that outing and he
returned home to Waley-Cohen s stables to recover
from his injuries.
The 10-year-old features prominently in the
ante-post lists for the Crabbie s Grand National
but Waley-Cohen has announced he will not run
He tweeted: "Long Run won t be ready to run
this season. Greatly looking forward to seeing him
racing again this autumn. First won in 2007 but
Long Run out for
Exciting novice hurdler Caracci Apache could
put his unbeaten record over hurdles on the
line on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham.
Nicky Henderson s five-year-old failed to get
competitive in a couple of bumper runs last year,
but has upped his game considerably over jumps.
The son of High Chaparral showed a good
attitude to make a winning hurdling debut at
Sandown in early December and defied a penalty
in a common canter at Plumpton earlier this
Caracci Apache s owner Henry Ponsonby said:
"There s a possibility he could go to Cheltenham
on Saturday for the Neptune (Investment Man-
agement Novices Hurdle).
"Regarding the Festival he ll have an entry in
the Neptune and the three-mile race, the Albert
Bartlett and we ll see where we are nearer the
Another horse for whom Ponsonby holds high
hopes is Admiral Miller. Another five-year-old
inmate at Seven Barrows, he ran no sort of race
on his jumping debut at Newbury but his owner
is confident he will bounce back.
Ponsonby said: "He was disappointing, but
there are reasons for it and don t put him out
of the picture just yet."
option for Caracci
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