Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 31st 2015 Contents Winn Lily could well spring a surprise
in the four-runner Maiden Stakes over five
furlongs of Southwell fibresand today;
portents for this being third time lucky
Three weeks ago Winn Lily was third to
unchallenged Tommy Docc over course and
distance, half a length behind runner-up,
Thunderbird; the former carries 7lbs more
David Parkes rode Thunderbird and
claimed full apprentice allowance but this
time chamion-jockey elect, Luke Morris,
has been booked whereas Jacob Butterfield
retains the ride on Winn Lily. His current
claim is 3lbs.
Obviously Morris is a better proposition
but given this is just a straightforward dash,
and every pound weighs heavily on the
unique deep stuff , Winn Lily will surely
reverse placings; what about forecast odds-
on favourite, Makin A Statement?
This 72-rated David O Meara-trained
Bahamian Bounty gelding was withdrawn
last week on the eve of a first appearance
for 164 days when beaten at Cattterick by
Winn Lily is fit, fancied and worth chanc-
ing; betting is all about relating chance to
price and this should be interesting.
Incidentally most of my selections are
placed and the long-term secret of taking
advantage is following up next time out.
Sleet is one of eight decs for the aged
handicap over seven furlongs, sixteenth time
Judged on yet another genuine effort in
a similar race on Wolverhampton Tapeta
last week should prevail and I ll bet he does
under Andrew Mullen, now back to his best
having undergone hip surgery which laid
him low for several months.
Consistency usually brings reward but in
the case of Sleet, and plenty like him, it can
compromise opportunity because handi-
cappers are loathe drop key horses.
On the time-handicap however Sleet, one
I d love to own, personally, is best-in and
worth backing to recoup so many losses for
Sellingallthetime, partnered by 5lbs
apprentice, Alistair Rawlinson, must not be
opposed in the opening aged handicap
over 11 furlongs.
2.55 Winn Lily
4.30 Sleet (nap)
Sleet is forecast
Guest goes slowly with Chrome
Charlie Mann hailed Seventh Sky "a trainer s
dream" after he secured the fifth win of an excel-
lent campaign in the feature event at Warwick.
The German recruit is hardly bred to be a chaser
as a sibling to a handful of Group One winners on
the Flat, but has been kept busy since arriving in
Britain a little over three years ago and clearly
thrives on his racing.
Three recent placed efforts suggested the assessor
may have had his measure, but that theory was
smashed to pieces as he turned in a sure-footed
display in the Local Parking Security Ltd Handicap
On the speed throughout in the hands of Daryl
Jacob, Seventh Sky jumped neatly for much of the
extended two-and-a-half-mile journey, while the
chasing No Buts struggled to match him down the
From the turn in Mann s charge turned on the
turbo and quickly left his rivals trailing, passing
the post eight lengths clear.
Mann said: "He s an extraordinary horse. That
was his 15th run of the season and he just loves
"He s a very well-bred horse. One of his brothers,
Schiaparelli, was sold for #5.2million, and another
brother, Samum, won a German Derby.
"I bought this horse from Peter Schiergen a few
years ago and he s been tremendous for us. He s
just a trainer s dream. He loves his work and eats
everything. I wouldn t mind another five like him,
that s for sure.
"If I gave him a break he d just get fat, so we ll
keep going with him and he s still a novice until
the end of the season.
"We ll probably enter him for Aintree, but it
might be a bit quick for him round there, so we ll
also look at Ayr and Perth."
The Peter Bowen-trained Rolling Maul gave
weight and a sound beating to his rivals in the Local
Parking Security Handicap Hurdle under Jamie
Making his first appearance since winning at
Cheltenham on New Year s Day, the 8-1 shot pulled
four and a half lengths clear of the staying-on
Dawson City to set up a likely trip to the Grand
National meeting next week.
Tribal Dance was a 19-length winner of the Local
Parking Security Ltd Novices Handicap Chase for
trainer John O Shea and jockey David Crosse.
The 14-1 shot was strongly pressed by Ready
Token when the 6-4 favourite unseated his rider
at the final fence.
David Pipe and Tom Scudamore combined to
take the Local Parking Security Ltd Novices Hand-
icap Hurdle with 12-1 shot Rathealy, while Chris
Gordon s Coolking (7-4) made all the running in
the LPS Ltd Handicap Chase under Tom Cannon.
Point-to-point graduate Walking In The Air (4-
1) made a most impressive debut for Dan and Harry
Skelton in the concluding Local Parking Security
Ltd Maiden Open NH Flat Race.
Rae Guest is to give Dubai World Cup
runner-up California Chrome a two-week
break before introducing him to the New-
market gallops ahead of his British debut.
The Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May
as been mooted as a possible starting point
for last year s Kentucky Derby and Preakness
Stakes winner, though the Prince of Wales s
Stakes at Royal Ascot is the prime target.
Guest admits Newmarket s training
regime does take some taking in, especially
for an American horse like Art Sherman s
California Chrome, who is used to galloping
alone and around bends.
"It s a great honour to have him and
we re very lucky to be that close to a Ken-
tucky Derby winner," he told Racing UK.
"It came about through Mirza, really. His
owner Chris Mills, his son Robbie worked
for Art Sherman in California a couple of
years ago and he was out there riding Mirza
as well before Saturday s racing in Dubai.
"We had a chat and they asked if the
horse came to England could he stay with
me and liaise with Robbie who they knew.
"We re going to give him two weeks off,
then get him back up and see how he is.
"Art s son Alan is going to come over
and see him in about a month s time and
make a decision which way they go with
"Because they are used to training on
their own in America, we will probably just
send him out with another horse to start
"We will try and train him quite normally,
but not with the string just with another
gelding to lead him. It takes some getting
used to Newmarket to start with.
"Whether he goes for the Lockinge will
be found out in the next month because
it will be different for him. For a couple of
weeks he will be getting used to Newmarket
and English ways.
"Robbie Mills will ride him as he worked
for Art. He s the reason the horse is with
me more than anything, so he ll be riding
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
26-6--- 10.30 am
3-32--- 1 pm
18-2 --- 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: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to March 28
4 (Dead Man 6.30 pm
35 (Big Snake)---10.30 am
29 (Opium Man)---1 pm
7 (Hog)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
23 (House) 1 pm
32 (Shrimp) 10.30 am
California Chrome will have a short break.
Mann in Seventh heaven
McCoy rules out Punchestown
Tony McCoy believes it is "very likely" that he
will ride Shutthefrontdoor rather than Cause Of
Causes in the Crabbie s Grand National at Aintree
next month and has also confirmed he will not be
riding at the Punchestown Festival.
The Aintree news does not comes as a huge shock
given last year s Irish National winner has been
favourite for some weeks, but after the JP McManus-
owned Cause of Causes won at the Cheltenham Fes-
tival it did throw the cat amongst the pigeons for a
Speaking to The Times, McCoy also said that he
will not be riding at the Punchestown Festival and
that if he does not win the National, Sandown s
fixture on the last day of the National Hunt season
is more than likely the destination for his final ride.
"I m very likely to ride Shutthefrontdoor but I
won t commit finally until close to declaration time
- there is plenty of time yet for something to go
wrong," said McCoy.
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