Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 3rd 2015 Contents Sign Of A Victory heads the weights for
the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday
after 32 horses stood their ground in the
prestigious handicap hurdle at the five-
day confirmation stage.
Nicky Henderson s charge was last seen
finishing a distant fourth to Faugheen in the
Christmas Hurdle at Kempton but had pre-
viously won a handicap hurdle at Ascot in
good style from stablemate Dawalan.
Henderson, seeking a sixth win in this
race, has three other possibles that include
Dawalan, a winner at Musselburgh on Sun-
Vasco du Ronceray, successful at Haydock
in November and Snake Eyes, who was a
beaten favourite for the BoyleSports Hurdle,
complete the Henderson party.
Henderson, speaking to the media at a
stable visit to Seven Barrows organised by
Newbury Racecourse and Betfair, comment-
ed: "Sign Of A Victory is a better horse on
good ground but we are pretty keen on run-
ning him in the Betfair Hurdle as there is
nothing else before Cheltenham and what
is he going to run in at Cheltenham?
"He is still in the Champion Hurdle but
we had funny issues, nothing to do with the
horse, prior to Kempton and I cannot believe
you saw him at his very best that day. He
wasn t going to beat the winner Faugheen
in a million years but he should have been
"He just didn t get home after travelling
well. I know it was soft but I think he can
be a bit sharper than that. He is getting
stronger and more able to cope with soft
"He would have to run an incredible race
in the Betfair Hurdle to go for the Champion
"The Betfair Hurdle is a great race with
a great prize. Barry (Geraghty) was keen
to come on to the Betfair Hurdle after he
rode Sign Of A Victory at Kempton. If there
was really bad ground, that would be a
"Sign Of A Victory is working well, having
done two very nice bits of work, is in good
form and I am hoping the ground will suit
"Vasco Du Ronceray is the other one who
should definitely be in attendance at New-
bury. He has always looked like he would
be all right but things did not just go his
way last season and we had a few issues.
"He was good first time out this season
in November and then he went a bit quiet
on us but for the last three weeks he has
been in very good form.
"He is sharp enough, will handle the
ground and he would have a realistic chance.
"Dawalan will only run in the Betfair Hur-
dle if he does not go to Musselburgh for a
three-mile race on Sunday when the idea
is to get him Pertemps qualified.
"We had his wind done in the summer
and he is a better horse on good ground
because of his breathing.
"He is working very, very well at the
moment and seems in terrific form.
"Snake Eyes is on the shortlist for the
Betfair Hurdle but the question is whether
he will get in the race (He is 43rd on the list
of possible runners with a maximum field
of 24). He went to Ireland the other day and
ran well for a long way.
Ante-post favourite Calipto carries plenty
of confidence from the Paul Nicholls stable
despite being absent since suffering defeat
to Tiger Roll at Cheltenham in October.
Harry Fry, formerly assistant to Nicholls,
has made a big impression since starting
out on his own and has two leading fancies
in Activial and Jolly s Cracked It.
Dan Skelton, another ex-assistant at
Ditcheat, has left in Fascino Rustico, but the
highly-promising novice is not guaranteed
a place in the maximum 24-horse field.
Grand National-winning trainer Dr Richard
Newland is looking to saddle Ebony Express.
Among others in the mix are the Warren
Greatrex-trained Seedling, John Quinn s pair
of Chieftain s Choice and Forced Family Fun
and Balgarry and Swing Bowler from David
Pipe s stable.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
30-35--- 10.30 am
19-7--- 1 pm
25-15--- 6.30 pm
TODAY'S PICK TWO
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 1
15 SICK WOMAN 1
18 WATER BOAT 0
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 1 1 2
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSON WIFE
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to February 2
8 (Tiger) 10.30 am
30 (House Cat) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
28 (Red Fish)
6 (Belly)---10.30 am
6 (Belly)---1 pm
18 (Water Boat)---6.30 pm
26 (Fowl) 1 pm
Longside looked the proverbial penal-
ty-kick at first glance for the Maiden 3-
y-o Stakes over six furlongs of Southwell
fibresand today but further examination
only served to confuse the issue concerning
this somewhat disappointing Oasis Dream
Is Longside genuine, why fit a tongue-
tie for the first time, will he act on the deep
stuff and is there a specific reason for
Charles Hills deciding to drop him back to
six furlongs and book another new jockey,
championship-chasing Luke Morris?
Given that Longside is forecast favourite,
I ll bet that exchange layers will be out to
lay him never mind bet that this will be
fifth time lucky.
Also Yeah Cool might improve on his
promising debut on Wolverhampton Tapeta;
a close fourth over seven furlongs to Sir
Keating reads well because Peter Chapple-
Hyam s charge was a 40/1 chance but that
only eight days ago. Is this too soon?
A lot of questions and so it s probably
best to consult the time-handicap which
indicates that Longside will win, if!
Looking further often unearths gold, after
all it s never going to lie on the surface!
Hills also trains Barbs Princess, one of
nine decs for the aged handicap over six
furlongs; this progressive Bahamian Bounty
filly, unchallenged winner over course and
distance under George Baker last week, will
be raised considerably by the handicapping
system next Saturday.
An estimation of about 11lbs seems fea-
sible and so it makes sense to run Barbs
Princess carrying a 6lbs penalty; don t
oppose unless you know something that no
one else knows!
Running in tandem will be a Kempton
polytrack fixture; Hills runs a couple in
handicaps which aren t un-fancied but our
daily patent kicks off with Jamie Spencer-
ridden Virtual Reality in the six-runner
Maiden 3-y-o Stakes over a mile.
Jasmie replaces an inexperienced appren-
tice and that s the reason why I m fancying
Virtual Reality to recoup recent losses and
reverse placings with Vale Of Iron.
An intriguing day for all-weather afi-
John Shark Hanlon is looking forward to Hid-
den Cyclone taking on the best two-milers around
in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase
The County Carlow trainer s stable star has a
date with Britain s finest, headed by Sprinter Sacre,
Sire De Grugy and Dodging Bullets on March 11
after landing his first success in 17 months in the
Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown on Sunday.
Hidden Cyclone had run some creditable races
in between those two successes, including finishing
second in four Grade Ones. One of those came in
the Ryanair Chase at last year s Festival.
He was given an entry in this year s two-mile
five feature, but Hanlon feels Hidden Cyclone has
earned his chance at the two-mile title.
"He did what we know he can do. What was
more important was that he settled. We d been
trying that at home for the past month and it
worked," he said.
10.45 Virtual Reality
11.35 Barbs Princess.
Look on the Longside
Sign of Victory tops Betfair field
up a Cyclone
Three of Saturday s high-profile races have
been reoffered for 24 hours after failing to attract
Potential Cheltenham Gold Cup aspirants will
get a chance to stake a claim for the blue riband
in the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury, while
Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Sire De
Grugy is set to make his comeback in the Betfair
Price Rush Chase in Berkshire, better known as
the Game Spirit.
Sire De Grugy does at least have one confirmed
rival in the shape of Paul Nicholls improving Mr
The champion trainer told his website: "Mr
Mole is another I am looking forward to running
on Saturday in the Betfair Price Rush Game Spirit
Chase which has been chosen for the comeback
of Sire De Grugy.
"I ve been tickled pink by the improved form
of Mr Mole now that we have adopted more
aggressive tactics with him over fences."
The third race reoffered is the Grade Two titan-
bet.co.uk Kingmaker Novices Chase at Warwick,
a possible trial for the Arkle Trophy at the Chel-
There will be no jumps racing in Britain for
the second day running today after Market Rasen
and Sedgefield both fell victim to the current
Yesterday s sole surviving National Hunt fixture
at Musselburgh was lost to a frozen track following
a morning inspection but hopes of a quick resump-
tion were thwarted when Market Rasen and Sedge-
field followed suit.
Market Rasen clerk of the course Jane Hedley
brought forward a planned 1pm inspection after
seeing little improvement in conditions.
"As the morning wore on, it became increasingly
obvious it was a no-brainer to abandon the meet-
ing," she said. "It hasn t got above 2C all day so
far and we re not expecting it to get much higher.
We re forecast another night of temperatures of
between minus 2C and minus 3C and we might
get a shower of snow on top of that."
By that time, Sedgefield had already gone by
the wayside due to frost and snow.
Ludlow s meeting tomorrow is under threat
from the cold snap with an inspection called for
Small fields worry
Bleak prospect for
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