Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 17th 2015 Contents Under Approval appears to be finding
form which would be more than good
enough to gain long-overdue success in
the nine-runner aged handicap over five
furlongs of Southwell fibresand today.
A course and distance winner on the deep
stuff this four-year-old Captain Gerrard
gelding finished a long way in arrears when
napped in this column last month and was
subsequently ignominiously tailed off at the
Nottinghamshire venue; trainer Karen Tutty
and her daughter Gemma persisted and
eleven days later Under Approval ran on
well to be third, when blinkered, on Wolver-
All the time Under Approval has been
dropping in the weights (the handicapping
system is fair) and he now races off a gift
Time-comparison will be interesting, not
to mention informative, when a sextet goes
to post for the six-runner,£8000, 3-y-o
sprint handicap which looks well within
capabilities of Scott Dixon-trained outsider,
Crosse Fire, coming back from a 111 days
That shouldn t be at issue Crosse Fire is
trained at this racetrack where he posted a
career-best time-handicap mark back in
November wearing customary blinkers; this
time cheek-pieces are declared and cham-
pion all-weather jockey-elect Luke Morris
is booked. Significant, eh?
Lady Cecil-trained Tacticus will be a
short-priced favourite for the eight-runner
aged handicap over twelve furlongs fol-
lowing a nine-lengths romp over course
and distance seven days ago and so we ve
unearthed an each-way beaut Sellingall-
thetime to grab one of three places, if they
Make sure they do!
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10.00 Under Approval
11.45 Crosse Fire
Row brews over jockeys' title dates
Kings Palace could be seen at either Aintree or
Punchestown after he met with his first defeat
over fences in the RSA Chase last week.
"While Don Poli was an extremely worthy winner,
Kings Palace is clearly better than he was able to
show on the day," said Pipe on his website.
"There will certainly be other days for him - he
remains a top-class chaser in the making and we
will have a look through the programme book and
see what options are open to him.
"He could well go to Aintree or Punchestown."
Mares winner Melody retired
Glens Melody, narrow winner of the OLBG Mares
Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, has been retired.
The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old took
full advantage of the dramatic last-flight fall of sta-
blemate Annie Power to hold off Polly Peachum in
a pulsating finish on the opening day of the meet-
ing.Annie Power had been well clear at the time of
her mishap, while the victory saw Glens Melody go
one better than 12 months previously when she had
been a three-quarter-length second to another
Mullins runner in multiple race winner Quevega.
Mullins tweeted: "After speaking with her owner,
Glens Melody has been retired today and will probably
go to Burgage Stud to be covered by Shantou."
Glens Melody won 12 of her 21 starts under Rules,
earning over £275,000 in win and place prize-money.
Hennesy features in Master plan
The Young Master is to be prepared for a crack
at the Hennessy Gold Cup next season.
Neil Mulholland tasted Festival success last week
with The Druids Nephew but his big hope heading
into the meeting was The Young Master in the RSA
Unfortunately, having been off since a win at
Ascot in December he ran too keen and trailed home
"The race didn t go to plan, he did too much too
early," said Mulholland on At The Races.
"Barry (Geraghty) said he was a bit keen and a
bit fresh. It wasn t the plan to make the running.
"The ground was also a bit quick for him, so he ll
probably have a break now.
"He did extremely well last year for having a break
and we ll see how he is after another summer.
"I m not sure if he ll have a prep run or not, but
we ll train him for the Hennessy Gold Cup."
The Druids Nephew will now head for Aintree.
"The yard is buzzing, we ve had a good year but
a Festival winner is the icing on the cake," said Mul-
"He s got a nice weight in the National, his jumping
is fantastic, he travels well and also has stamina."
Shotgun scratched from National
Shotgun Paddy has been scratched from the Crab-
bie s Grand National after scoping badly when pulled
up in the Betfred Midlands Grand National at Uttox-
eter on Saturday.
Trainer Emma Lavelle feels there is not enough
time to get the eight-year-old cherry ripe for the
Aintree spectacular on April 11, though the world s
greatest steeplechase remains the target for next
"He scoped a bit of mucus after Uttoxeter, we
wouldn t get him right in time for the Grand National,
so we ve taken him out," she said.
"To be honest it was always going to be a year
too early, so it s not the end of the world in that
"He never travelled at Uttoxeter and looked like
he wasn t happy and that would explain why.
"Whether he runs or not again this season, we ll
Reigning title-holder Richard Hughes
has described the decision to crown the
champion jockey on winners between the
Guineas meeting in May and Qipco British
Champions Day in October as "good
progress"---but not everybody is so happy.
Hughes has declared his intention to go
all out to win a fourth crown in what will
be his final season in the saddle before he
starts a training career in 2016.
Formally announced by Great British
Racing yesterday, the changes to the jockeys
championship have been devised to make
a title charge less of a grind for its partic-
ipants, and to "provide a more compelling
storyline for new and existing racing fans".
For the first time, the champion jockey
will also be rewarded financially, with
£25,000 awarded to the winner.
There will also be prizes for the runner-
up, leading apprentice and a jockey of the
month competition in association with
Channel 4 Racing.
"This is good progress and I will be all
out to win a fourth successive championship
this year under the new format before I
retire," said Hughes, in a GBR media release.
"Anything which helps to raise the profile
of the sport and is of benefit for the weigh-
ing room is something that I m all for.
"Over the last 30 years, the number of
racedays has almost doubled and the sheer
volume of racing has meant that the title
battle is a real grind.
"It took me 20 years to win my first
championship and I am certainly in no
mood to give up my title now.
"That it now covers the core summer
racing season means that it will be less of
a slog for the lads in the weighing room."
Frankie Dettori, three times a champion
under the old format, said: "This makes
complete sense. The profile of racing has
changed. You need a good start and a good
finish with the leading contenders present.
Racing needs to make more of us jockeys
and the rivalry between us to engage the
"I believe it will heighten the intensity
of the competition, which is exactly what
we should be doing in the sport. Under the
old system there wasn t as much fanfare
around the championships but it s what
you see in Formula 1 and other sports and
fans really get involved."
Last season s champion apprentice Oisin
Murphy said: "I think it s a brilliant idea
because the Guineas and Champions Day
are two of the most high-profile days in
the calendar so it makes total sense to run
the Championships then.
"It s also great that riders starting out
have something to fight for as well and are
included in these changes."
With no agreement reached between
GBR and trainers, the 2015 Flat trainers
championship will not be part of the rede-
fined format and will be awarded to the
trainer who has sent out horses to win the
most prize-money on both turf and all-
weather tracks from November 9, 2014 to
November 7, 2015.
Rod Street, chief executive of Great British
Racing, said: "We believe the new Flat
championships will provide a better oppor-
tunity to promote racing and generate
greater interest in their outcomes.
"The crowning of our leading players at
Qipco British Champions Day creates a fit-
ting finale to the Flat season and will help
us to raise the profiles of the sport s stars,
which can only be good for racing."
Paul Struthers, chief executive of the
Professional Jockeys Association, said: "It s
a big step forward that professional jockeys
will be financially rewarded for their success
in this way and, whilst we accept that the
changes won t be met with universal
approval, our board approved the revised
"Hopefully the less attritional nature of
the championship, combined with the new
rewards, will ensure that more of the leading
jockeys actively compete for the title, whilst
the overall championship package will
ensure a wider group of jockeys are also
The move towards new championship
parametres also has the support of the
Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) and
the British Horseracing Authority.
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17-35--- 10.30 am
20-11--- 1 pm
13-33 --- 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 1
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 1 2 3
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 March 16
8 (Tiger) 6.30 pm
6 (Belly)---10.30 am
13 (Crapaud)---1 pm
11 (Corbeau)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
15 (Sick Woman)
5 (Parson Man) 1 pm
36 (Donkey) 10.30 am
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