Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 16th 2015 Contents Goathland looks a "professional special"
in the Maiden Stakes over an extended
nine furlongs of Wolverhampton Tapeta
which Peter Chapple-Hyam s charge will
be encountering for the first time.
Following a promising prep outing at
Newmarket this easy-moving Teofilio was
well-backed to topple Godolphin-owned
odds-on chance, Emirates Skycargo, over a
mile of Lingfield polytrack last month but
blew the start.
Instead of being allowed to settle after
missing the break (surely the wise alterna-
tive!) Goathland was rushed up into a lead
and, inevitably, was collared two furlongs
out only to rally and hold onto second place
from subsequent winners, Rockfast and
The form is obviously solid but it s inter-
esting to note that Charlie Appleby, trainer
of Emirates Skycargo, fields two runners,
once-raced High Valley, and newcomer
Antiquarium, both mounts of promising
Chapple-Hyam is difficult to get right,
he s just a light of former glory days but
has a clutch of useful types; it will be a
body blow for him if Goathland doesn t go
one better and I ll bet he does.
An eight-race programme kicks off with
two divisions of amateur riders aged hand-
icaps and Royal Mizar appeals on time-
handicap ratings in the opening race.
These are wonderful betting mediums,
often solved by process of elimination; obvi-
ously jockeyship at a premium and Miss E
Smith, rider of Royal Mizar, is sufficiently
experienced and has ridden winners.
With three places on offer Royal Mizar
is a must-bet each-way proposition and in
the other leg we ll chance that Her Red
Devil comes back to form; there has to be
a good reason for booking Paul Collington.
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25-19--- 10.30 am
28-28--- 1 pm
35-16--- 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 2
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: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to February 14
20 (Dog) 10.30 am
36 (Donkey) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
3 (Carriage)---10.30 am
19 (Horse)---1 pm
34 (Blind Man)---6.30 pm
13 (Crapaud) 1 pm
Michael O Hare saddled his first winner since
July 2013 when Mike McCann took the Charlie
Lowry Memorial Maiden Hurdle at Navan.
Out of luck since Cracking Man scored at Down-
patrick 19 months ago, O Hare was delighted to
end his long losing run when Mike McCann
enjoyed a cosy success.
Andrew Lynch brought the seven-year-old to
head long-time leader Horse No Name approach-
ing the second-last flight.
The 15/8 chance kept on stoutly to keep the
7/4 favourite Horse No Name at bay by four and
a half lengths. Master Ruffit was third.
O Hare said: "He works like a machine but I
was worried about the ground and blame that for
his run the last day.
"I stuck a tongue tie on in his work and said
I d leave it on. Hopefully that s a change of luck
as it s been a long time since we had a winner."
Forever Gold (9/2) ran out a ready winner of
the Dunsany Handicap Hurdle for trainer Edward
The eight-year-old led at the third-last in the
hands of Davy Russell and shrugged aside the
challenge of I Shot The Sheriff to score by 11
lengths. Mick Spadoun was third.
Cawley said: "He d a fall over fences at Fairy-
house last month and that s a nice confidence
booster. If he gets into it, he could come back
here next month for the good novice handicap
The JP McManus colours were carried to success
by the Tom Taaffe-trained Peoples Park (100/30)
in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle
in the hands of Ger Fox.
On the mark earlier on the card with the big-
race successes of Dedigout and Very Wood, Gig-
ginstown Stud completed a hat-trick when Gordon
Elliott s Cogryhill (4/1), under Nina Carberry,
defeated the owners first string Arkwrisht in the
Flower Hill (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race.
Cheltenham Festival winner
Very Wood returned to form
with a smart display to win the
Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan.
Sent off a 13/2 chance after
two dismal displays on his pre-
vious starts, he nevertheless
retained the faith of jockey Bryan
Cooper, who chose last year s
Albert Bartlett Hurdle winner
ahead of the shorter-priced
Thunder And Roses.
That confidence proved entire-
ly justified as he galloped home
strongly to beat favourite Noble
Emperor in testing conditions.
Sky Bet cut the Noel Meade-
trained winner, who looks an
increasingly thorough stayer, to
10/1 for the National Hunt Chase,
and the winnnng rider offered
only encouragement about his
prospects for that contest.
"I ve been picking the wrong
ones for a while, so that s good,"
said Cooper. "I never felt that
they were going that quick. We
were in a lovely rhythm and he
four-miler if he goes that way.
He really gave me a great feel and
it s been a hell of a job by Noel
to get him back."
A delighted Meade added: "I
don t know what was wrong with
him. He can be a bit funny at
home, but he has started looking
better recently and felt better.
"He worked well on the flat
at Punchestown with Apache
Stronghold and Texas Jack, and
that has been nicely boosted
"He s a Cheltenham winner
right. My initial reaction is to go
for the four-miler (National Hunt
Chase), but it s up to Eddie and
Michael (O Leary) what they
want to do.
"He proved himself last year
and three miles isn t really a
problem---he ran up the hill at
Cheltenham like he was going
round the first time when he won
the Albert Bartlett.
"That was quite incredible, so
stamina is his forte. I think he ll
jump better off better ground."
Royal winner on Wolves card?
2.00 ROYAL MIZAR (e.w.)
2.35 HER RED DEVIL (e.w.)
triumphs for O'Hare
Dedigout took the Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle at
Navan after his only remaining threat, Briar Hill,
fell at the last flight when challenging.
In victory, the Tony Martin-trained nine-year-old
was trimmed from 25/1 to 20/1 by Sky Bet in their
non-runner, no bet market for the World Hurdle at
Cheltenham next month.
It was a steadily-run contest with Grand National
hope Back In Focus taking the field along for most
of the early stages, but Bryan Cooper, who had kept
his mount wide and with a clear sight of the hurdles
throughout, knew where he wanted to be and he
sent the 6/4 favourite to the front coming off the
Zaidpour and the strong-travelling Gerdago both
tried to throw down challenges in the sprint line,
but it was Briar Hill who looked the only lively threat
once he started to build up a head of steam having
been switched wide to find daylight between the last
However, Briar Hill didn t get landing right at the
last and crashed out, leaving the winner clear to score
by a relatively-comfortable two and a half lengths.
Both Briar HIll and Ruby Walsh appeared to get up
on their feet quickly afterwards.
Cooper said: "Tony s done a great job getting him
back. He loves that soft ground, it s a big help to
him. He s doing nothing wrong so far.
"I was in front sooner than I wanted and I wasn t
doing much in front. I d be hoping if my lad got into
a battle he d come out the other side. Ruby was
maybe travelling the better, but I always thought I
had plenty up my sleeve."
delivers in Boyne
Ireland s champion amateur
rider Derek O Connor recorded
1,000 wins in point-to-points
when successful on Death
Duty at Cragmore in County
O Connor achieved the land-
mark with a 15-length victory
in the Brightwells Bloodstock
4YO Geldings Maiden on the
Gigginstown House Stud-
owned Death Duty for one of
his principal supporters, Pat
The County Galway rider had
taken his tally to 999 on Muir-
head at Kirkistown in Northern
Ireland on Saturday.
O Connor was presented with
a bottle of champagne by land
owner and long-term ally John
Gigginstown s racing manager
Eddie O Leary said: "Derek is
a legend in his own game, and
I m thrilled we were able to give
him his 1,000th winner. He s a
"Derek s only 3,300 odd more
to go to catch Tony McCoy!"
O Connor enjoyed two vic-
tories at the Cheltenham Fes-
tival in March 2011, on Chicago
Grey in the National Hunt
Chase and Zemsky in the Fox-
celebrates his 2011
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