Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 9th 2015 Contents Martlet and Compton Mill will probably
be short-priced winning favourites today
on Chelmsford polytrack and Southwell
fibresand, respectively, but a total of ten
runners represents a travesty for the bet-
ting industry; many countries wont/don t
even include small fields on their daily
Chelmsford has been a disappointment
since it re-opened after five years (formerly
Great Leighs!) and there are only 41 decs
for a seven-race programme; one is the
eleven-runner aged handicap.
Too often nowadays we see less than a
handful of runners and my partner, formerly
a supervisor for the Tote, continually men-
tions such small fields as a turn-off because
her customers loved to bet each-way.
There s not too much racing, moreso too
much rubbish and it s littering the English
racing scene; a sad, unnecessary state of
affairs that isn t being addressed by the
John Gosden-trained Martlet will win the
Maiden Fillies Stakes by default unless
Bishara improves a ton from one run or
newcomer Brandybend is exceptional; it s
unlikely and this selection will be coupled
with Compton Mill in the six-runner Maiden
Auction Stakes over seven furlongs of South-
We re low-key about the opening of Ain-
tree s Grand National Festival; not only
because race-times have been diabolically
innaccurate these last few months but both
feature races have attracted just seven run-
ners. Again no each-way opportunities!
It s my intention to scrutinise this won-
derful fixture and selections will be posted
on www.dailyearner.co.uk-spend a little
and gain a lot because this has long been
my absolute Spring-time favourite meeting.
2.40 Compton Mill
5.35 Pabusar (nap-e.w)
Mill to produce the goods
Holywell primed for Aintree repeat
Trainer John Gosden was at the double at Not-
tingham as 7/4 favourite Waady knuckled down
to win the totesport Racing s Favourite Bet Hand-
icap before Deuce Again landed the feature totepool
EBF Stallions Barry Hills Further Flight Stakes,
It was not entirely straightforward for Waady,
who took a while to warm to his task but eventually
triumphed over Rita s Boy by half a length.
Spinatrix relished the slower underfoot conditions
when making a winning reappearance in the tote-
exacta Pick The 1, 2 Conditions Stakes.
The seven-year-old mare was sent off a warm
11/8 favourite and duly delivered by three and a
quarter lengths from Blithe Spirit.
Her handler Michael Dods said: "She won that
easier than I thought, to be honest."
Yourartisonfire (3/1) improved for his commend-
able third in the Spring Mile by landing the totet-
rifecta Pick The 1,2,3 Handicap by one and a half
lengths from Ice Slice.
Owned in part by footballers Wayne Rooney and
John O Shea, the Dutch Art gelding went into an
unassailable lead with over a furlong to go.
Winning trainer Karl Burke said: "He is so game
and we will probably go back to Haydock for the
race he won last year."
Waady s rider Paul Hanagan had a double on the
card thanks to picking up a handy spare on Lahayeb
(5/1), who landed a one-and-three-quarter-length
victory over Yat Ding Yau in the totepool Racing s
Biggest Supporter Handicap.
The winning trainer Mick Appleby said: "We
were wondered about the ground but she handled
The totepool Princess Bella Handicap went the
way of handicap debutant Peace Prize (20/1) who
showed a willing attitude to see off Yorkidding by
three-quarters of a length.
Her trainer Hugo Palmer said: "That s our first
runner on turf and our first winner of the season
few runners in Classic trials in the coming weeks."
Yorkshire Dales sprang a 50/1 surprise in the
opening totejackpot Go For The Big One Maiden
The three-year-old stayed on strongly under his
conditional rider Tim Clark to deny the newcomer
Alkawn by three-quarters of a length.
Jonjo O Neill reports Holy-
well to be flying at home ahead
of his outing in the Beftred
Bowl at Aintree today.
Having put in a bold effort
when finishing fourth in the
Cheltenham Gold Cup last
month on ground softer than
ideal, the nine-year old will bid
to bounce back by hitting the
mark in three-mile-one-furlong
Grade One contest.
Should the Gay Smith-owned
gelding prevail it would be the
second year in succession he has
won at the meeting after bolting
up 12 months ago in the Mild-
may Novices Chase.
O Neill said of Tony McCoy s
mount: "It was a great run (in
the Gold Cup) and we were
beaten fair and square. The
ground went against us a bit and
he put a lot into his jumping,
he didn t quite get home.
"He came back a bit tired the
first week, but he is absolutely
flying again now and we are very
happy with him going there. He
came alive there (Aintree) last
year. He likes the track, it will
be a tough race but he is going
there in full health."
Battle-hardened mare Ma
Filleule is another looking for
more Aintree glory after running
away with the Topham Chase
Stepping back up in trip hav-
ing finished second in both the
Ascot Chase and Ryanair Chase
over two and a half miles, con-
nections are hoping she can
strike it lucky on her third outing
in top-level company this sea-
Anthony Bromley, bloodstock
advisor to owners Simon Munir
and Isaac Souede, said: "Ma
Filleule is going back to the same
course and distance she raced
over in December where they
omitted about six fences.
"She seems to have taken
Cheltenham in her stride. Nicky
Henderson told us he is very
happy with how she is and that
she is in good form.
"The plan was to run in the
Ryanair and then go for this race.
We have always felt that this
trip on a flat course is more ideal
"We are not underestimating
the task ahead, but having fin-
ished second twice at Grade One
level this season it would be nice
if she could put one on her CV."
Vukovar is to make his stable
debut in the race for trainer
Warren Greatrex having moved
from the yard of Harry Fry.
Although likely to start as the
outsider of the seven to face the
starter, the six-year-old is no
forlorn hope on his first attempt
beyond two and a half miles
judged on his previous form.
Greatrex said: "Vukovar only
arrived in the yard at the end of
last week and I don t know too
much about him.
"He has had a lot of hype
about him. It is his first try over
three miles, but he seems like a
nice big horse and I think he
will get the trip.
"I have schooled him at home
and he jumps well.
"The owner wanted to come
here and we will know a lot
more after tomorrow. We can
then plan where we go. Hope-
fully he will run a respectable
"He would probably want
softer ground and although they
are watering he is probably more
effective on softer going.
"A few in the field have had
hard races in the Gold Cup
which this year looked especially
gruelling. If it has left a mark
on some of them and they under
perform we might get some
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35-7--- 10.30 am
17-8--- 1 pm
34-36 --- 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 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 1 3 4
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 April 8
23 (Huse) 6.30 pm
18 (Water Boat)---10.30 am
36 (Donkey)---1 pm
21 (Mouth)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
18 (Water Boat) 1 pm
8 (Tiger) 10.30 am
Holywell: Back in peak form after excellent Gold Cup run.
Waady wins on
Husbands, Walcott battle for
Canada's top jockey honour
TORONTO---Ace Barbadian reinsmen Patrick
Husbands and Rico Walcott will go head-to-head
for the honour of Canada s Most Outstanding
Jockey, at the prestigious 40th Sovereign Awards
here Friday night.
The Sovereign Awards, hosted by the Jockey Club
of Canada, honours the outstanding riders, trainers,
owners and horses throughout the Canadian horse
Husbands and Walcott are among four candidates
up for the honour of Outstanding Jockey, with Luis
Contreras and Eurico Rosa da Silva also in con-
Husbands crowned himself champion at the
prominent Woodbine racetrack last year when he
totalled 170 victories to win his seventh riding title
at the venue but first in five years.
Contreras, the three-time defending champion,
finished seven back in second while da Silva, the
2010 champion, was third in the colony with 144
The 41-year-old Husbands also led the colony
in stakes wins, clinching a career-best 27, topped
by his conquests in the million-dollar Queen s Plate
and the Woodbine Oaks, aboard the outstanding
Lexie Lou. (CMC)
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