Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 19th 2015 Contents Tony McCoy enjoyed a double but suffered the
loss of Burton Port as he displayed his soon-to-
be missed talents at Doncaster.
The greatest ever jumps jockey took his tally for
the season to 209 with a double on Devilment and
a most unlikely victory on Milan Bound.
However, he escaped injury when Burton Port
suffered a fatal fall in the BetBright Cheltenham
Festival Fund Veterans Handicap Chase.
That race went to the Venetia Williams-trained
Aachen (5/1), who prevailed by three-quarters of
a length from Reaping The Reward.
Successful jockey Liam Treadwell said: "It s a
pleasure to ride a horse like him who gets into a
lovely rhythm in his jumping.
"He got headed halfway up the straight but with
that light weight he s picked up again."
Treadwell was banned for two days (March 4-
5) for using his whip above the permitted level.
McCoy stole the show as he gave a masterclass
on Milan Bound (2/1 favourite) for his boss JP
McManus in the BetBright UK Racing Handicap
The Jonjo O Neill-trained gelding was only sixth
two out but McCoy somehow conjured his magic
The champion enjoyed an armchair ride on Dev-
ilment (4/9 favourite), who could be Cheltenham
bound after his facile success in the BetBright Risk
Free Bet Juvenile Hurdle.
Paint The Clouds (1/2 favourite), trained by War-
ren Greatrex, warmed up for a crack at the Foxhunter
Chase at Cheltenham with a 10-length romp in
the BetBright Best Odds Guaranteed Open Hunters
Greatrex complted a double when Davy Doubt
(100/30) scooted home in the BetBright Casino
Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race under
The Tom George-trained Double Shuffle, ridden
by Paddy Brennan, caused a 50/1 upset in the bet-
bright.com British Stallion Studs EBF National
Hunt Novices Hurdle.
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Plaisir is strongly-fancied for the Maiden
Fillies Stakes over a mile of Chelmsford
polytrack today and Marco Botti s charge
looks a professional special each-way bet,
if all eight runners go to post!
As ever we ll be on tenterhooks for such
a place bet because, too often, there are
withdrawals which, of course, reduce the
number of places available from three to
two; bookmakers go to great lengths in an
attempt to screw their clients despite the
fact only about two per cent are success-
ful.As a consequence the few able to make
racing pay are targeted, all kinds of restric-
tions are in place; I ve experienced some
There was a time when all two-year-old
selections of yours truly were marginalised;
a decent bet needing to be given the all-
clear in bookmaker s trading rooms but the
knock-out each-way doubles caused chaos
for the layers and we made hay while the
sun shone, only to have accounts closed
Plaisir would have been typical business;
we would have had an experienced book-
maker taking all bets on course knowing a
colossal each-way bet had been placed in
the betting offices, countrywide.
For instance a novice hurdler, Law Ven-
ture, was once knocked out from 7/2 to
33/1; it finished second and the place paid
a quarter the odds, yielding thousands of
pounds, given the place was the objective.
Plaisir could face stern opposition from
twice-raced pair, Falconize/Precast but that
recent sharpener in a handicap should have
given our selection an edge; a place is nigh
on guaranteed as this Elusive City filly tries
to make it fifth time lucky. Experience is a
Hunter chasers are proving consistent
and if you click on to www.dailyearner.co.uk
we ll be specialising with them and any
novice hurdlers which are obvious, like Dif-
ferent Gravy at Huntingdon.
Gravy' to make
Maguire to appeal hefty ban
Jason Maguire will appeal the 14-day
suspension he received at Ludlow which
would rule him out of competing at the
Cheltenham Festival in March.
The Grand National-winning rider fin-
ished seventh aboard the Ben Pauling-
trained Born To Succeed in the concluding
Onny Maiden Hurdle, which was won by
20/1 shot King Alfonso.
Maguire s partner was beaten 23 and
three-quarters of a length, but the local
stewards found him guilty of
"schooling/conditioning the horse on the
The jockey is due to be sidelined between
March 4-17 which would see him miss the
four-day Festival, which begins on March
10.But Maguire, who missed last season s
National Hunt showcase meeting due to
injury, told Press Association Sport: "I have
no comment to make but I m definitely
going to appeal."
Born To Succeed was also banned from
running in any race for 40 days, with Pauling
Pauling refused to comment on the inci-
dent, but told Press Association Sport he,
too, would appeal the stewards decision.
A statement issued by the BHA read:
"The rider stated that his instructions were
to drop the gelding in and get him settled
and then to do his best work late on.
"He added that he asked the gelding to
make up ground in the back straight but
was forced to go wide on the track.
"He further added that the gelding
became very tired at the entrance to the
home straight, was not quick enough to
take any gaps and did not jump well in the
"He therefore felt it prudent to keep a
good hold of the horse.
"The trainer confirmed that the rider had
ridden in accordance with his instructions
and added that Born To Succeed is an
extremely nervous horse at home.
"He was therefore keen that the horse
should be allowed to get home in its race
in order to progress its education.
"Having heard their evidence and viewed
recordings of the race, the stewards found
the rider in breach of Rule (B)59.2 and the
trainer in breach of Rule (C)45.4, in that
they were guilty of schooling/conditioning
the horse on the racecourse.
"They fined the trainer £3,000 and sus-
pended the horse from running in any race
for 40 days from February 21 to April 1
Rascal will revert to novice company fol-
lowing a facile victory in the Shukers Land
Rover Handicap Hurdle at Ludlow.
Sent straight into the lead by Harry Skel-
ton, the well-supported 2/1 favourite put
in a polished round of jumping to take the
two-mile-five-furlong contest by 11 lengths
Skelton told Racing UK: "The handicapper
will probably have his say, so it s more than
likely I ll drop him back to a novice and let
Bridget (Andrews) ride him.
"He s won his two races and that s a great
season for him now."
Jonjo O Neill continued his recent resur-
gence after notching a double with horses
sporting the colours of owner Gay Smith.
Champagne Present (13/8), wearing a
first-time hood, got the ball rolling when
taking the step up to three miles in his stride
in the Deborah Grogan Fabulous at 50 Birth-
day Maiden Hurdle.
25-19--- 10.30 am
28-28--- 1 pm
35-16--- 6.30 pm
TODAY'S PICK TWO
10, 12, 15, 17, 20
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 1
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: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to February 18
29 (Opium Man) 10.30 am
19 (Horse) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
3 (Carriage)---10.30 am
19 (Horse)---1 pm
34 (Blind Man)---6.30 pm
34 (Blind Man) 1 pm
Mixed day for
5.10 Plaisir (e.w)
7.40 Maggie Pink
3.50 Different Gravy
Bowen makes headlines
with Phoenix Gold Cup win
PHOENIX -- Barbadian jockey Rocco Bowen
made all the headlines at the Turf Paradise Race-
track last weekend when he rode away with the
feature US$75 000 feature Phoenix Gold Cup,
aboard defending champion Absolutely Cool.
One of the outsiders this year, however, after
being installed at odds of 13-1, Bowen and the eight-
year-old chestnut gelding stunned the field with
a sterling stretch run, to beat the eight-horse field
The pair covered the six furlong trip in a time
of one minute, 8.75 seconds.
Three-to-one bets Castletown and Ankeny Hill
set a frenetic pace in the early stages, covering the
first quarter in 21.53 seconds before cruising to the
half mile in 43.79 seconds.
Bowen, meanwhile, sat Absolutely Cool way off
the pace in eighth as three-to-one chance Castle-
town made the running through the early fractions.
When Castletown faded, Ankeny Hill picked up
the running along with Omar, as the race headed
for the stretch run.
Absolutely Cool was last coming off the final
turn but produced a fantastic rally to haul in the
leaders, hold off 17-1 outsider Valiant Flame and
reach the wire first.
The victory was one of two on the day for Bowen
who also captured race one with 2-1 bet Vavoom,
going a mile for the three-year-old and upwards.
Vavoom, a five-year-old bay gelding, clocked
1:37.45 to win by a nose. (CMC)
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