Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 6th 2015 Contents Rialto Magic is ready to win and the
Maiden Stakes over six furlongs of Wolver-
hampton Tapeta tonight represents an out-
standing opportunity for Jamie Osborne s
charge to make it it seventh time lucky.
Good recent form, especially at this time
of year, is paramount; Rialto Magic achieved
a career-best on Kempton polytrack three
Last into the two and a half furlongs
straight this Monsieur Bond filly stayed on
strongly to snatch third close home, beaten
three lengths by Ifittakesforever in a hand-
That experience should have given her
an edge and against dire opposition Rialto
Magic simply can t be opposed, napped.
Placing thoroughbreds successfully is the
most important, under-rated aspect of this
job, I ve been doing it for thirty-five years
and obviously monitor all other trainers;
Osborne is shrewd and rarely misses a trick.
You d be amazed how many high-profile
trainers don t utilise the services of profes-
sional advisors/handicappers and have no
idea whatsoever how to place their charges
to advantage; there s a fine line between
solid business strategy and false economy!
For about 20 years one managed all my
own horses and amassed more than 60
winners; it was a labour of love and won-
derful, useful, experience.
Some wonderful bets down the line but,
unfortunately, training costs are far too high
for such poor reward and being out of own-
ership is a no-brainer.
Can t believe so many moderate trainers
are able to survive; cheating helps a few
shrewdies but it s costly and hardly worth
the considerable effort.
In any case unless you know something
that no one else knows there s no point;
never forget a secret is no more if you tell
Better to be genuine and able to sleep
1.45 Spowarticus (e.w)
2.15 Rialto Magic (nap)
Rialto Magic for Osborne
Jonjo's stable shows form with treble
Shotgun Paddy has been confirmed an intended
starter in the Betfred Eider Chase at Newcastle
on February 21.
Emma Lavelle s eight-year-old, who was well
fancied for the Welsh National before an early mis-
take cost him any chance, bounced back to form
when third in the Classic Chase at Warwick last
He has also been given an entry in the Crabbie s
Grand National but Dan Downie, racing manager
for Shotgun Paddy s owners, the Axom syndicate,
feels that may come a year too soon.
"He ll definitely go to Newcastle next," said
"It was pleasing he put his Chepstow experience
behind him last time. We all left Chepstow a little
deflated as it had been his plan for so long and
it went wrong so early.
"He ran really well again at Warwick, though,
on what was really his first proper run of the season
as his hurdles run was a bit of a non-event.
"We ve given him an Aintree option in the
National but we still feel that unless it is very soft
ground it might be a year too soon.
"We put him in in case there was a deluge but
recent history suggests it won t be that soft so
we ll probably wait a year."
Irving set for
Irving will attempt to throw his hat back into
the ring for the Stan James Champion Hurdle
when he runs at Wincanton.
A smart novice last term, he was sent off joint-
favourite for the Supreme Novices Hurdle but
could only finish ninth; he is set to line up in the
Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle on Saturday week.
He redeemed his reputation by becoming Paul
Nicholls 100th Grade One winner in the Fighting
Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle but was found to be
suffering from an abscess in his foot when he dis-
appointed behind Faugheen in the Christmas Hurdle
"He s ready to go again. He s over all his issues
now," said Dan Downie, racing manager for the
owning Axom syndicate.
"Wincanton, a week on Saturday in the Kingwell,
will tell us an awful lot. If it all goes well it will
then be all systems go for the Champion Hurdle."
Irving s price for the Champion Hurdle ranges
from 25-1 to 40-1 with the sponsors.
Tom Gibney s evergreen veteran Lion Na Bear-
nai may try to win the Boylesports Irish Grand
National for a second time on Easter Monday.
The 13-year-old took the valuable staying hand-
icap chase in 2012 and was 11th behind Shutthe-
frontdoor last April, but that effort came just 16
days after he rain in the Crabbie s Grand National
Lion Na Bearnai showed he was no back number
when going down by only a length to Los Amigos
at Fairyhouse last weekend.
"There s not a bother on him. It was a good run
and showed he retains some of his old ability," said
"We have no plans set in stone. I suppose we
have to think about the Irish National again. We
went to Aintree last year and it didn t work out.
We won t be going back.
"Fairyhouse is only up the road. If he s in good
form we ll go there again."
HUNTINGDON---Jonjo O Neill s string
showed signs of a definite return to form
as the affable handler saddled a treble at
It will have been a dismal Christmas at
Jackdaws Castle as O Neill went through
the whole month of December without a
January treated him a little better, with
seven successes at a 13 per cent strike-rate,
but at what should be his busiest time of
the year, O Neill was still relatively quiet.
He burst back to form with his first run-
ners this month, though, and one of them,
Forthefunofit, might be pretty useful.
O Neill got the day off to the perfect start
when Capard King (9/4 favourite) justified
strong market support in the Free Bet At
32RedSport.com Handicap Hurdle under
Henry Daly s Nordic Nymph was in search
of the hat-trick but she failed by half a
"It s great, a bit of a surprise, but nice
to see the horses come back to themselves,"
O Neill told Racing UK.
"Saying it s been difficult is being very
polite. Hopefully we re over it now.
"He (Capard King) ran quite free, he
jumped well, it wasn t a great race and AP
(McCoy) was brilliant on him.
"Hopefully he ll jump a fence in time."
Half an hour later Forthefunofit, not seen
since a fine effort when third at Cheltenham
in October, arguably won the
32RedSport.com Handicap Hurdle a good
deal easier than the official winning margin
of a length and a half.
While O Neill will not want him to be
hit too hard by the handicapper, at the
moment he is rated too low to qualify for
races of any real note.
"I thought the ground would be too soft
for him but he travelled away through it
better than I thought, going down the back
he was going nicely," said O Neill.
"How good the race was I don t know,
but he did it well.
"I m not sure there was much in the tank
but he did it nicely enough. He could go on
to better things, you never know."
Party Rock was best of the rest in sec-
It was then the turn of Wayne Hutchinson
to get the leg up on Catching On (9/2) for
the 32Red Casino Novices Limited Handicap
Generously dropped 8lb after his last run
at Wetherby, he was always in control, beat-
ing A Good Skin by seven lengths.
"Catching On jumped well today, Wayne
got a great tune out of him and everything
went right," said O Neill.
"I d say after today he maybe wants
ground like this (heavy), he just goes his
pace and he was comfortable today."
Hutchinson also won the closing bumper
on Alan King s Angel Face (4/1) in good
Noel Fehily was a third jockey to enjoy
He enjoyed a near-armchair ride on John
Ferguson s Arabian Revolution (2/1) in the
32Red Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle, the
feature race of the day.
O Neill s newcomer Matorico ran an eye-
catching race in second, beaten three and
a quarter lengths.
Fehily then won the 32Red On The App
Store Handicap Chase on the Alex Hales-
trained Ultimatum Du Roy (5/2 favourite),
who was wearing a first-time tongue tie.
Friday, February 6, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
16-28--- 10.30 am
8-19--- 1 pm
7-2--- 6.30 pm
TODAY'S PICK TWO
4, 10, 12, 18, 19
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: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to February 5
4 (Dead Man) 10.30 am
26 (Fowl) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
29 (Opium Man)
13 (Crapaud)---10.30 am
12 (King)---1 pm
8 (Tiger)---6.30 pm
11 (Corbeau) 1 pm
Eider plan for
Jonjo O'Neill...affable handler
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