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The unbeaten filly Blue Tequila
will take on the highly regarded
War Maker in what is giving to be
a match race on Easter Monday.
The two top three-year-olds will
clash for the first time in the 1,800
metres NLCB Easter Guineas---the
first leg of the local Triple Crown
series at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
The Gary Subratie trained, Tas-
ram Maharaj owned filly has been
nothing short of impressive in all
her starts accumulating some 48
3/4 lengths for her three victories.
The filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge/Three
Shots has the look of a superstar
but stretching out over two turns
and racing over 1,800m could
change her winning ways.
There has been a rumour that
all is not well but she worked well
over the weekend and has been
The horse which can inflict the
first defeat on Blue Tequila is the
Baskaran Bassawh owned War
Maker which is trained by Triple
Crown winning trainer John
This horse has been hugely
impressive in winning his last two
starts and has the scope to be a
top class performer.
War Maker is sire by War Mar-
shal and his dam is Money Maker
which is by Royal Minister which
clearly indicates that this horse has
a bright three year old career. On
Monday, he breezed over 800
metres in 48 seconds.
The other six runners have no
chance of upsetting the two prin-
cipals on the form book.
The ones which may fight for
the minor end of the purse will be
Serengeti, Hail The Chief and
However, over 1,350 metres, Blue
Tequila has run faster than ant two
year old and three year old so far
this season, but the question is,
"Can she carry her speed over this
Baskaran Bassawh, two years ago
led in the Derby winner Bigman In
Town and that thoroughbred has
won the Jetsam---Horse of The Year
award for the past two years. He
has stated openly that War Maker
will win this year s Triple Crown
and tomorrow, the good-looking
chestnut colt has a chance to prove
War Maker can give
Tequila the 'Blues'
Rising star Sean Bowen
clinched that all-important 10th
win over fences on Virak at Hay-
dock to qualify for the mount on
Mon Parrain in the Crabbie s
The leading conditional admit-
ted he had been "getting frustrat-
ed" but is now excited at the
prospect of his first ride in the
world famous steeplechase at Ain-
tree next weekend.
Bowen, 17, took his tally for the
season to 37 when starring on the
card with a treble, with the Paul
Nicholls-trained Virak (5/2
favourite) the highlight in the
888sport.com Handicap Chase.
Bowen, who is going head-to-
head with Gold Cup-winning rider
Nico de Boinville in the race for
the conditional title, said: "I ve
been waiting for that for a while,
but I m glad I ve got it and hope-
fully Mon Parrain will be a good
spin in the National.
"I was very frustrated. Monday
was the last day I could do it as
Tuesday and Wednesday there are
no jump meetings."
He went on: "Thanks to Paul
for giving me the chances to ride
these horses and it s great to get
my 10 winners over fences.
"It will be great to ride in the
National, that was a target, but
the main target is to go for the
conditional jockeys title, though
Nick will be hard to beat. I ve been
waiting for that for a while, but
I m glad I ve got it and hopefully
Mon Parrain will be a good spin
in the National."
Nicholls assistant Tom Jonason
said: "Virak was the class horse
in the race and Sean gave him a
"He won really nicely. He ll be
put away now. He s had quite a
On a relatively quiet day in the
world of racing, Sean Bowen stole
the show with a fine treble at
Tony McCoy arrives at Haydock
racecourse ahead of three rides at
the north west venue.
Paul Hanagan pictured with
trainer Mark Johnston before
Kempton s Betfred TV/British
Stallion Studs EBF Maiden.
Rosealee, ridden by Frederik
Tylicki leads the field home to win
the opener at Kempton.
Speculative Bid arrives late on
the scene under Jamie Spencer to
nail Outback Traveller in Kemp-
ton s seven-furlong handicap.
Joe Colliver and his mount Just
Cameron clear the last to win the
novices handicap chase at Hay-
Haydock clerk of the course
John Gosden enjoys a joke with
Frankie Dettori before the Betfred
Mobile Snowdrop Fillies Stakes...
but their Solar Magic is out of
luck as Lady Dutch, ridden by
Martin Harley, takes the Listed
Favourite Lady Dutch is driven
out in the closing stages to score
by a length and a quarter at odds
Sean Bowen, riding Virak, wins
the 888Sport.com Handicap Chase
at Haydock, his second winner on
the day after Southfield Vic s
Reporting the Nicholls squad
for the National to be in good
shape, Jonason said: "Four or five
are going to go and they are all in
"Rocky Creek galloped on Friday
and is in sparkling form. Sam
(Twiston-Davies) rode him.
"Unioniste also galloped and
Noel (Fehily) rode him at Win-
canton. We took a few there and
they all looked pretty well.
"Rebel Rebellion runs and Ryan
Mahon rides him. Jack Sherwood
has won on him a couple of times,
but was in the same boat as Sean
(Bowen) in that he hasn t had
enough winners over fences. Mon
Parrain is in good order, too.
"There is no final decision yet
on whether Sam Winner runs."
Bowen had earlier struck on
Southfield Vic (5/1 favourite) in
the Connolly s Red Mills Precision
Nutrition Series Handicap Hurdle
The 5lb claimer had a difficult
time on Nicholls charge, who was
also not happy with the soft
ground, yet managed to conjure
victory by three-quarters of a
length from Raktiman.
Jonason said: "He was never
really jumping or travelling on the
ground. It was a bit of a punt
coming here on soft ground and
two and a half miles was not ideal.
He confirmed there he needs three
"I ve spoken to Paul and he says
that will be it for the season and
he will go novice chasing next sea-
"Sean gave him a great ride. He
is serious value for his claim."
Bowen completed his treble with
a facile success on Red Six (7/1)
for his father, Peter, in the
888sport Standard Open National
Hunt Flat Race.
Ten the magic number for Bowen
Sean Bowen riding Virak clears the last to win the 888Sport.com Handicap Chase at Haydock.
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