Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 1st 2015 Contents Journey appears to heading in the right
direction and apart from Godolphin-
owned Amazing Speed has relatively
simple task in the Maiden Fillies Stakes
over seven furlongs of Lingfield polytrack
today; it s imperative for both these
superbly-breds tin and enhance stud val-
Twice-raced Journey improved consid-
erably on her debut three weeks ago when
short-headed in a fast-run seven furlongs
dash on Leicester turf; caught in the very
last stride by Postbag who delivered a real
blow to John Gosden s charge.
Big John will have been extremely vexed
but Journey has an outstanding opportu-
nity to go one better and make it third
time lucky; I ll bet she does but we ll be
playing a forecast saver!
Running in tandem with this afternoon
fixture will be good to firm Chepstow
where Jersey Jewel can gain from expe-
rience and make one of three places in
the Maiden Stakes over ten furlongs.
Perrault is an obvious danger but his
sole appearance as a juvenile came 189
days ago; it hasn t been easy to get three
year-old right with a desperate cold snap
and with a fillies allowance of 5lbs there
are enough boxes ticked for this Richard
Hannon-trained Naaqoos three-year-old
but make sure they all run before playing
an each-way double into Journey.
Bookmakers are so cynical and devious
with their policy of getting horses with-
drawn in key races!
Two-day(s) Guineas meeting at New-
market this weekend, can t wait.
Friday, May 1, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
10-21 --- 10.30 am
28-12 --- 6.30 pm
TODAY'S PICK TWO
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6
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: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to April 30
29 (Opium Man) 6.30 pm
35 (Big Snake)---10.30 am
34 (Blind Man)---1 pm
8 (Tiger)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake)
21 (Mouth) 10.30 am
1 (Centipede) 10.30 am
1.50 Halsall; Chepstow,
2.45 Jersey Jewel (e.w); Lingfield,
4.10 Journey (nap).
All set for Journey
A round-up of the rest of yesterday s
action from the third day of the Pun-
chestown Festival, where Willie Mullins
Uncle Junior (6/1) saw off Quantitativeeas-
ing in a barnstorming finish to the FBD-
sponsored La Touche Cup at Punchestown.
Quantitativeeasing was the 13/8 favourite
to gain compensation for his luckless run at
the Cheltenham Festival where he was carried
out in the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase when
primed to deliver his challenge.
The market leader moved sweetly through-
out under Nina Carberry around the banks
circuit, but Patrick Mullins appeared equally
confident aboard the 14-year-old Uncle Junior,
who finished third at Cheltenham, and the
two swept clear to fight it out from the home
There was little to choose between the pair
jumping the final fence, after which Quan-
titativeeasing went a length up, but the teenage
Uncle Junior roared back bravely to win a
thriller by a neck with Keep On Track third.
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Winning trainer Willie Mullins said: "He s
some hero in our yard. At 14 to run a race
like that is fantastic.
The dominant Mullins team also landed
the Donohue Marquees Handicap Hurdle
with 20/1 shot Avant Tout, with Danny
Mullins doing the steering.
"I didn t know if he d handle the ground
but he obviously likes it a bit faster," said the
"Now we have to decide whether to give
him the summer off or keep going and maybe
go over fences."
The champion trainer went on to mop up
the final two races with Whiteout (8/1) coming
with a late run under Paul Townend to win
the Orchid Transport Mares Novice Hurdle.
Mullins also saddled the second, Uranna,
and the third, Lyrical Theatre.
"Pierre Boulard bought her out of a claimer
in France for me and it s great that he s here
today to see her win," said Mullins.
"They don t all have to be big money hors-
es, she was a very modest price. She has
been surprising me."
The closing Kildare Post INH Flat Race
went the way of 5/4 favourite Yorkhill, with
Patrick Mullins doing the steering.
Nicky Henderson s Ok Corral chased him
"Patrick was full of this horse after his last
few bits of work," said Mullins.
The win, a fifth on the day for the trainer
and tenth of the week, puts him on course
to break his record of 13.
Heavily supported favourite Bog War lunged
late under David Mullins to claim the Murray
Spelman Handicap Hurdle.
A winner at Navan at the end of March
and Fairyhouse little over a week ago, the
Liam Cusack-trained Bog War was a pro-
hibitively priced 5/2 market leader to complete
a hat-trick in this fiercely competitive 25-
runner contest over the minimum distance.
Mullins settled the five-year-old in midfield
for much of the two-mile journey before
allowing him to close down the leaders before
the home turn.
Bog War tracked 20/1 chance A Sizing
Network into the final flight and looked to
have blown his chance after a mistake, but
he got rolling again on the run-in and passed
the post a head to the good.
Cusack said: "It s great that he followed
up. I was a little worried coming back after
a week as he normally gets a bit of time. The
fact that he didn t have a hard race helped.
He was eating well and seemed in good shape.
It was worth chancing as it was a good pot.
Philip Dempsey s admirable mare Jack-
sonslady claimed an eighth career victory in
the Three.ie Handicap Chase.
The JP McManus-owned 10-year-old was
a 10/1 chance off the back of a wide-margin
success at Naas in February and travelled
with plenty of zest in the hands of Mark
Jacksonslady was tracked by fellow
McManus runner Ned Buntline, the 7/2
favourite, as well as Upazo rounding the home
turn, but she saw them both off in the end.
Upazo beat Ned Buntline to the runner-
up spot, beaten five lengths by the winner.
Dempsey said: "I m delighted. She s been
going great and I was very happy with her.
She is going to stud and it s great to get that.
Hopefully she ll go to Galway. Probably for
the Plate which is the obvious race. She could
have a little break now.
"Mark said she was flat out early but he
got there too soon in the end. When the other
horse came to her she picked up again. She
has the heart of lion and loves a battle. I don t
think she s ever come out the wrong side of
Mullins bosses day three
Anita Chambers provides a tip for every race today,
including at Punchestown where Nichols Canyon is a
BANGOR: 5.20 Billy Congo, 5.50 Uncle Monty, 6.25
Mor Brook, 7.00 Roll The Dice, 7.30 Tekthelot, 8.05
CHEPSTOW: 1.40 Air Squadron, 2.10 Silk Train, 2.45
Perrault, 3.15 Tarooq, 3.50 Guiding Light, 4.25 Tamarin,
FONTWELL: 4.30 Sandygate, 5.05 Bertie's Desire,
5.40 Aviator, 6.15 Keychain, 6.50 Midnight Sequel, 7.20
Charming Lad, 7.55 Brown Bear.
LINGFIELD: 2.00 Skidby Mill, 2.30 Rezwaan, 3.05
Corzetti, 3.35 Salient, 4.10 Ajmal Ihsaas, 4.45 Top
Offer, 5.15 Desert Strike, 5.45 Danzoe.
MUSSELBURGH: 1.50 Furiant, 2.20 Argaki, 2.55
Bunce, 3.25 Arthurs Secret, 4.00 HERNANDO
TORRES (NAP), 4.35 Takafol, 5.10 Jebel Tara.
PUNCHESTOWN: 3.40 Hasty Times, 4.20 Fine Rightly,
4.55 Speckled Wood, 5.30 Faugheen, 6.05 Nichols
Canyon, 6.40 Theophilus, 7.10 Now Let Go, 7.45 On
DOUBLE: Hernando Torres and Perrault.
Best Odds Guaranteed on the Punchestown Festival!
Willie Mullins can again dominate proceedings on
the penultimate day of the Punchestown Festival with
Faugheen bidding for a tenth straight victory in the
queally group celebrating 35 years in Naas
Punchestown Champion Hurdle.
He has steamrollered the opposition this term and
there is no reason to expect a turnaround in form,
with stablemate Arctic Fire again looking the most
likely to put up a decent challenge.
Mullins' should also be on the mark with Nichols
Canyon in the Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice
Hernando Torres is in a relative purple patch and
can make it a hat-trick in the Weatherbys Bank
Handicap at Musselburgh.
Mick Easterby's charge snapped a lengthy losing
streak when triumphing at Wolverhampton in January
and he proved that was no flash in the pan when
switching to the turf to good effect at Newcastle
earlier in April.
The seven-year-old ran off a mark of 60 on the all-
weather and was subsequently hiked five pounds for
his length and a quarter verdict in what was not the
strongest of heats.
However, Hernando Torres showed he was still
more than competitive off his revised perch when
running out a two-and-a-quarter-length winner of an
apprentice contest on his most recent outing.
His rivals were probably nothing to write home
about, but he did it in good enough style to suggest he
might not be at the end of his tether just yet.
A further seven pounds rise is clearly not ideal but
he is still at the lower end of the weights here and
appears to like seven-furlong trip.
Bunce can strike gold for Linda Perratt in the
Weatherbys Private Banking Handicap after a fine
effort earlier in the week at Ayr.
The seven-year-old looked a good deal sharper for
his debut run earlier in the month when chasing home
Margrets Gift, going down by just a head at the line.
Perrault is bred to be a bit better than Chepstow's
Alan Bushell Racing Maiden Stakes as a relation of
Grand Lodge, but nevertheless this ten-furlong heat is
a decent starting point for the year.
The Rip Van Winkle colt had just one juvenile start
at the backend of last year, running an eyecatching
race when second in a Newbury maiden.
He was very keen early on that day but stayed on
all the way to line over a mile, suggesting a step up in
trip would be well within his compass in due course.
Ralph Beckett duly takes a bit of a leap here but
Perrault can rise to the challenge.
Ajmal Ihsaas unshipped her rider just a few strides
into her seasonal reappearance but she can make
amends in the TitanBet.co.uk Maiden Fillies' Stakes at
She looked a useful recruit when finishing second in
an Ascot maiden last May but was then off the track
until pitching up at Newcastle in April.
Grand plans for
Nichols Canyon today
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