Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 12th 2015 Contents Samsonite looks a gilt-edged each-way
for the eight-runner 3-y-o Maiden Stakes
over an extended seven furlongs of soft
Beverley today when the other flat fixture,
Chelmsford, will be staged on polytrack;
there are also three NH programmes as
summer-jumping gains a foothold.
Plenty to go at and we ll be giving due
concentration to the jumpers, especially
novice hurdle and for the next three weeks
Hunter Chase races, arguably the very best
betting medium given the skill of so many
amateurs and the low percentage of fallers.
Twice-raced Samsonite was fourth to
Great Fun and Dark Red in a similar race
at Wetherby last month; the runner-up re-
opposes but we have every reason to believe
placings can be reversed; Tony Doyle s charge
was definitely hampered approaching the
final furlong and, as a consequence, ran
several pounds below his promising Don-
caster debut effort.
Doyle must be thinking on similar lines!
Dark Red certainly improved under Gra-
ham Lee (booked again!) and is an obvious
danger but with three places on offer (if
they all run!) Samsonite represents a pro-
fessional special place chance and should
be backed accordingly.
Miracle Ninetynine comes out best-in
for the Maiden 3-y-o Stakes over a mile of
poly but this Richard Hannon-trained colt
isn t progressing and, price-wise, we might
be better off chancing once-raced Wren
Apparently Luca Cumani was pleased
with his first-up run four weeks ago; this
man can really train, and is ultra patient.
You can bet Wren Castle will be bang on
the premises and hunting up the favourite
Richard Johnson has already opened up
a lead in the NH jockeys championship and
Bantam seems nigh on a cert for the Mares
Novices Hurdle over two miles of good to
firm Wincanton; don t oppose!
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TODAY'S PICK TWO
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 6
05 PARSON MAN 3
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 4
34 BLIND MAN 1
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to May 11
7 (Hog) 6.30 pm
13 (Crapaud)---10.30 am
29 (Opium Man)---1 pm
24 (Queen)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
13 (Crapaud) 1 pm
31 (Parson Wife) 10.30 am
Samsonite looks tough
11.35 BANTAM (nap)
12.55 SAMSONITE (e.w.)
3.35 WREN'S CASTLE (e.w.)
Night Of Thunder is among 18 six-day acceptors
for the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury
Richard Hannon s charge landed the QIPCO 2000
Guineas last season and went on to be placed at
the top level again in the St James s Palace Stakes,
Prix Du Moulin and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Hannon has also left in Toormore, who was
champion juvenile two years ago but is without a
win since landing the Craven last April. He signalled
a return to form when beaten only a length in the
QEII on his final start last term.
Tim Palin, racing manager for owners Middleham
Park Racing, told At The Races: "We fancied him
for the Guineas and nothing really went right after
that and we could never put our finger on what it
"He seems in flying form now, he s been on the
go all spring and is ready for the weekend.
"He was champion two-year-old, the best of his
generation, so for a #36,000 spend that was some
achievement. The spark is definitely still there and
it s our job to make sure he s in the right Group
One races --- there are plenty out there we just have
to pick the right ones."
Breeders Cup Mile winner Karakontie is a fas-
cinating potential runner for France while Sir Michael
Stoute s Integral looks another leading player.
Custom Cut will be looking to build on his come-
back win at Sandown while Aljamaheer finished
third to Farhh in the Lockinge last season and is
bidding to go two places better on Saturday.
Impressive Ascot winner Moohaarib is set to rep-
resent Marco Botti who said: "Moohaarib came out
of Ascot really well and the plan is to run at New-
"I think all of us were under the impression that
he needed a bit of give in the ground because of
his knee action. We were a little surprised at Ascot
because the ground was very fast that day and all
the jockeys that have rode him said he wants a bit
"You would have to be impressed with the way
he won and he is improving all the time. He has
got a pedigree that suggests he will get better with
time and he is in great order at the moment.
"On his run at Ascot, I would say he will be
competitive and, although he needs to step up again,
we are looking forward to seeing how he gets on
at this level."
TORONTO---Trinidadian jockey Emile
Ramsammy rolled back the years on Sat-
urday with a scintillating ride, to win his
first added-money race at Woodbine race-
track in four years with victory in the
CAN$150 000 Grade III Hendrie Stakes
aboard Skylander Girl.
Going off as the 3-1 second choice in the
six-horse field, the 52-year-old Ramsammy
made virtually all the running over the 6-
1/2 furlong trip with the Alexander
Patykewich-owned and trained filly, to beat
the four-year-olds and upward fillies and
mares by 3-1/2 lengths.
The pair crossed the wire in a handy time
of one minute, 8.71 seconds.
"I must commend Alex. He let me ride
his filly as the race comes up. We discussed
that being on the lead might be the best
thing," Ramsammy said.
"We had a good post on the outside and
I told Alex I was going to come out racing
and if we find ourselves on the lead, I ll ride
her on the lead. She really enjoys running
up front, that s her game."
He added: "She was just running on cruise
control. She s a good filly and the best horse
in the race."
Favourite Unspurned was away smartly
to lead early on but Ramsammy brought
Skylander Girl up to challenge and take the
lead on the quarter, run in 22.85 seconds.
Ramsammy and the four-year-old then
opened up a near four-length lead and were
clear on the final turn, with the field in pur-
In the stretch, Unspurned and Miss Mis-
chief came to challenge but Skylander Girl
held firm under Ramsammy s vigorous ride
to record her first added-money score and
fourth career win.
For the veteran Ramsammy, the stakes
win was his first since carrying Atlantic
Hurricane to victory in the Bessarabian
Stakes back in 2011.
A Woodbine riding champion in 1996
and 1997, Ramsammy has now entered the
twilight of his career, and has subsequently
ridden less mounts each season.
He landed just five winners from 207
starts last season. CMC
Brilliant Ramsammy rekindles memories
Emile Ramsammy enjoyed his first stakes
win since carrying Atlantic Hurricane to
victory in the Bessarabian Stakes back in
decs for Lockinge
Mount Athos, third in the 2013 Melbourne Cup,
has been retired by Marco Botti.
The eight-year-old began life with the late John
Hills, for whom he won the Melrose Stakes, and was
subsequently purchased by Dr Marwan Koukash.
He was trained in Ireland for a spell by David
Wachman before being sent to Luca Cumani, who
enjoyed some great days with the son of Montjeu.
Wins at Newmarket, York and Newbury, where
he beat Brown Panther, in 2012 set him up for his
first trip Down Under and he finished fifth behind
Green Moon before going even closer the following
Moved to Botti for the start of last season, he ran
well in Dubai for his new handler before winning the
Aston Park Stakes almost exactly a year ago.
Injuries have prevented him from making it back
to the track.
"Mount Athos is a favourite with all the staff. He
will be missed and we wish him well in his retirement,"
Mount Athos bows out
rider Timmy Murphy claimed
his first winner as a fully-
fledged Flat jockey aboard
Houdini in the Roger & Mary
Marsh Handicap at Wolver-
Murphy had been on the
sidelines since the beginning of
2014 due to a shoulder injury
before having his first rides on
the level at Thirsk on Saturday
Just three rides into the next
chapter of his illustrious career,
Murphy was seen to great effect
on the three-year-old, who is
trained by his former weighing
room colleague Jamie Osborne.
Murphy had been due to
return at Brighton last Wednes-
day but the meeting was called
off after only two races due to
Murphy is hoping to emulate
the likes of Jim Crowley, Graham
Lee and PJ McDonald who have
all made a success of switching
to the level having made their
names riding over jumps.
Houdini was sent off at 7-1
and held off the late thrust of
Arlecchino s Leap by a head.
Osborne said: "It s great he s
got it under his belt so quickly.
He s been riding out three or
four times a week for me for the
best part of two months now.
"Timmy is and always has
been a great horseman and if
you saw that race, he didn t look
like a man having his third ride
on the Flat. In my eyes if you
can ride, you can ride."
Murphy scores maiden Flat win
Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes -- Sky Bet prices: 11/4
Night Of Thunder 4 Karakontie 11/2 Integral 12
Toormore 16 Aljamaheer, Custom Cut, Moohaarib 20
Breton Rock, Captain Cat, Tullius, Yuften 25 Arod,
Here Comes When, Trade Storm 33 Cable Bay,
Cougar Mountain, Hors De Combat, Top Notch Tonto
66 Master Carpenter.
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