Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 29th 2015 Contents Sixth Sense and Buratino are expected
to complete an across-the-card juvenile
double for Middleham trainer Mark John-
ston today, at Pontefract and Ascot respec-
tively; good to firm is forecast at both ven-
"Johnno" won all three two-year-old
races on the opening day of this 2015 turf
flat-racing campaign, Buratino was impres-
sive when winning unchallenged on Chelms-
ford polytrack; significantly he s been given
32 days "recovery time" which isn t the
usual policy of Johnston.
Judging by the time-handicap mark
achieved Buratino probably hit "the barrier"
and Mark, an experienced vet in his own
right, presumably probably spotted the sig-
In opposition is Newmarket winner, Hugo
Palmer-trained Gifted Master, he could be
anything and the other winner in the six-
runner Conditions Stakes over five furlongs
is Handytalk, saddled by trainer Rod Millman
to land a Windsor dash by a short-head.
Two-year-olds can improve a ton for an
experience, Buratino managed by far the
best time-figure and is selected but we
won t be betting unless the price is 2/1, or
better. That will also be the case for twice-
raced Sixth Sense, one of eight "decs" for
the Maiden Stakes over the minimum trip
at the popular South Yorkshire venue; now
this nigh on a "cert!"
Sixth Sense built on a promising debut,
finishing a very close third to Harvard Man
and Ring Of Truth at Newbury twelve days
ago, beaten a length; that was an excep-
tionally fast-run race.
None of his rivals have raced and there
are enough boxes ticked for a serious punt
on Sixth Sense, providing (yet again!) the
odds are right!
In the long run betting less than 2/1
doesn t make "Sense!"
There is a wonderful Hunters Chase
meeting scheduled for Cheltenham tonight,
there will be a couple of selections posted
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
35-21 --- 10.30 am
30-33 --- 6.30 pm
TODAY'S PICK TWO
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 5
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 6
05 PARSON MAN 2
15 SICK WOMAN 2
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 1
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN 4
30 HOUSE CAT 2
31 PARSON WIFE 3
34 BLIND MAN 0
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to April 28
12 (King) 6.30 pm
27 (Little Snake)---10.30 am
14 (Money)---1 pm
2 (Old Lady)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake)
30 (House Cat) 10.30 am
17 (Pigeon) 10.30 am
can t contain his enthusiasm
at having three horses running
in the Kentucky Derby. The
fast-talking Egyptian business-
man is alternately nervous,
hopeful and tickled pink.
"Hyper" is how trainer Bob
Baffert describes his client,
whose American Pharoah is
expected to be the early favorite
for Saturday s 141st Run for the
Listening to Zayat s bubbly
chatter, there s no hint of the
run of bad luck he s endured at
the Derby. Three times his hors-
es have finished second behind
In 2009, 50-1 Mine That Bird
sneaked up along the rail and
beat Pioneerof the Nile. In 2011,
Nehro was defeated by 20-1
Animal Kingdom. A year later,
15-1 I ll Have Another beat
Baffert can count two of those
losses among his Derby defeats,
having trained Pioneerof the Nile
Zayat had a double-dose of
bad luck in 2010. His early Derby
favorite Eskendereya was with-
drawn days before the race with
a leg injury and he filed for
bankruptcy protection to keep
his racing operation afloat after
a bank claimed he defaulted on
$34 million in loans.
Baffert has won the race three
times, but not since 2002. He s
been training for Zayat since
2007, becoming close friends
while enduring the sport s ups
and downs together. They
exchange calls or text messages
"like ten times a day," Zayat said.
"We know the game. It
changes every second and every
time he calls me my heart sinks
for 30 seconds," the owner said,
knowing it could be bad news
about his horses.
Zayat took his first crack at
the Derby in 2008, when Z For-
tune finished 10th and Z Humor
Now 52, he retired ten years
ago, having sold his beer dis-
tributorship to Heineken for
$280 million and plowed the
proceeds into buying more hors-
es. His love of the sport is a
family affair, with Justin, one of
his four children, acting as racing
manager for Zayat Stables.
The sport has taught the
ultra-competitive Zayat a tough
lesson: You may win at a 25 per
cent clip, but 75 per cent of the
time you re going to lose.
Baffert is in the unusual posi-
tion of training the probable
favorite and second choice this
year. He s got American Pharoah
for Zayat, who lives in Teaneck,
New Jersey, and undefeated
Dortmund for India-born owner
"Hope for a dead-heat," the
white-haired trainer joked.
Zayat has a close-up view of
American Pharoah s biggest rival
every time he visits his colt at
Baffert s barn. Dortmund is
housed in a nearby stall.
Baffert refuses to choose
between American Pharoah and
Dortmund, comparing it to a
parent asked to pick a favourite
child. Zayat has no such problem
with his trio.
He is unabashedly partial to
American Pharoah, the product
of Zayat s first breeding attempt
between sire Pioneerof the Nile
and dam Littleprincessemma,
named for one of his daughters.
"Sentimentally, I like him
more," he said of the colt named
by a fan through a contest on
the family s Web site.
The brown colt with the
unusually short tail --- another
horse chewed the end of it off
on the farm --- is coming off an
eight-length win in the Arkansas
Son Justin favours El Kabeir
because he spends so much time
in New York with the horse. The
name translates to the boss, and
it s how the elder Zayat s father
is addressed by the family. The
colt is trained by John Terranova,
although he s also staying in Baf-
fert s barn.
His third horse, Mr Z, is
named for Zayat, but not by
choice. His four children sub-
mitted the name without him
knowing because he thinks it s
"corny" to name horses after
yourself. Mr Z is trained by four-
time Derby winner D Wayne
Lukas. The chestnut colt is the
most experienced among the
20-horse field, having raced 12
times with just one victory but
nine in-the-money finishes.
So it s try, try, try again for
Zayat at the Derby. (AP)
Red-hot favourite Douvan was predictably far
too good for his rivals in the Herald Champion
Novice Hurdle at Punchestown, yesterday.
The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old was a
prohibitively priced 1-6 market leader following a
scintillating victory in the Supreme Novices Hurdle
at Cheltenham last month and Ruby Walsh had
matters in hand from the outset.
Velocity Boy cut out the early running, tracked
by Sizing John, with Douvan positioned in third.
The former began to feel the pinch from the
home turn, leaving Sizing John to lead Douvan, but
Walsh sat motionless aboard the Mullins runner
before easing to the front approaching the final
He was soon away and gone on the run-in and
passed the post with plenty in hand.
Sizing John, runner-up behind Douvan at Gowran
Park earlier in the season and third in the Supreme,
was once again put in his place, but ran another
fine race in second.
Mullins said: "He could be anything. He s way
more efficient jumping than Faugheen ever was,
or is, and that from a novice is extraordinary, really.
I can t wait to get him over a fence but I ll have
to chat to connections. Rich (Ricci, owner) has
Faugheen for the Champion Hurdle but it s a nice
problem to have. On the ground I felt he was as
good as at Cheltenham. I didn t know how he d be
in the first mile but he handled it very well."
Sky Bet cut him to 3/1 favourite from 7/2 and
to 7/1 from 10s for the Champion Hurdle at next
season s Cheltenham festival.
Wish Ye Didnt extended Enda Bolger s tremendous
record in the Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Breen
Memorial Chase with a sure-footed display under
The three-mile contest over the banks is the tra-
ditional curtain-raiser for the Punchestown Festival
and having won four of the last five renewals, Bolger
was this time responsible for the JP McManus-
owned 8-13 favourite.
Those who took the cramped odds about the
mare had few worries, with Carberry always appear-
ing confident in the plate and she let her mount
stride on to the lead a long way from home.
Wish Ye Didnt quickened up between the sec-
ond-last and final fence and safely negotiated the
obstacle to seal the Ladies Perpetual Cup by ten
Enniskillen and Oscar Day were second and third
McManus enjoyed his second winner of the after-
noon as Some Article emerged victorious after a
thrilling climax to the Killashee Handicap Hurdle.
The Tom Mullins-trained seven-year-old was a
10-1 shot to follow up his recent triumph at Fairy-
house s Easter Festival and was delivered with a
well-timed challenge by Niall Madden.
Macnicholson emerged as the main threat after
the final flight, but Some Article dug deep to win
the day by three-quarters of a length. The strong-
travelling The Game Changer had to make do with
third spot, with Jebril fourth.
Petit Mouchoir looks most impressive for trainer
Gordon Elliott in the valuable Goffs Land Rover
Winner of a point-to-point in February, the Gig-
ginstown House Stud-owned four-year-old was a
4-1 joint-favourite for his first start under Rules
and was positioned close to the speed throughout
by Jamie Codd, quickening clear for an emphatic
The French-bred gelding is set to join champion
trainer Willie Mullins next season as part of an
ongoing arrangement Elliott has with the owners.
Timing severything was a 33-1 winner of the
concluding JLT INH Flat Race under Jane Mangan.
Trainer Johnson lines up
two strong contenders
Pontefract, 2.00 Sixth Sense (nap); Ascot,
2.25 Buratino; Lingfield, 5.45 Imtiyaaz.
Owner Zayat takes aim at Kentucky Derby
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