Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 15th 2015 Contents Pyjama Party time at Hamilton tonight
and you re all welcome to let your down,
open your wallets and take advantage of
a gift in the Billy Leslie Open Maiden
Stakes over nine furlongs of soft ground
at this unique Scottish venue.
Newmarket trainer William Haggas is a
staunch supporter of racing North of the
border and you can bet Pyjama Party rep-
resents nigh a on a cert for one of the
shrewdest operators around.
Too many trainers just throw mud at the
wall in the hope it will stick, not William;
he never wastes a race and runs his operation
in a thoroughly business-like manner, sup-
ported by wife, Maureen, daughter of leg-
endary jockey, Lester Piggott!
Once-raced Pyjama Party simply can t
be opposed on the time-handicap and nei-
ther can Russian Reward in the twenty-
runner Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs
of good to firm Newbury, despite an
absence of 251 days!
Veteran Paul Cole is also not given to
running thoroughbreds for the sake of an
outing and gallop reports suggest he ll be
fancying Russian Reward to make it third
time lucky; this is one to bet, and follow.
York stages the third and final day of its
Dante meeting but it looks absolutely
impossible and has already been confined
to my too difficult tray; why guess?
Finding winners among a minefield is
difficult, hence the reason why this column
is all about a daily patent involving three
selections and few bets; you wont lose fol-
lowing www.dailyearner.co.uk which also
gives daily updates when the need arises.
Less bets the better is the key to long-
term success, punting seriously; in fact less
bets, less debts!
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, May 15, 2015
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: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to May 14
36 (Donkey) 6.30 pm
19 (Horse)---10.30 am
10 (Monkey)---1 pm
26 (Fowl)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
28 (Red Fish)
31 (Parson Wife) 1 pm
24 (Queen) 10.30 am
It's Pyjama Party 11.25 Russian Reward
11.35 Kastini (e.w)
2.20 Pyjama Party
Golden Horn ran out a thor-
oughly impressive winner of the
Betfred Dante Stakes at York
William Buick s mount was the
perceived second string of John
Gosden s two runners, going off
at odds of 4-1 as opposed to 2-
1 favourite and stablemate Jack
Hobbs with bolt colts unbeaten
heading into the key Derby trial.
However, Golden Horn showed
an excellent switch of gears to
collar leader Elm Park, surging
past Jack Hobbs in the process,
with the trio pulling well clear of
The Anthony Oppenheimer-
owned winner does not currently
hold an engagement in the
Investec Derby but the option to
supplement remains and Sky Bet
cut him to 5-2 from 20s.
Outsider Lord Ben Stack set
the early gallop, with Elm Park
racing keenly on his heels, but
when push came to shove, Andrea
Atzeni began to assert on the lat-
ter, winner of the Racing Post
Trophy at Doncaster in October.
Jack Hobbs was primed to
strike on his outside, while Golden
Horn was tucked in on his heels,
as Buick timed his run to perfec-
tion, scoring by two and three-
Buick said: "That was a very
good performance from a very
good horse. He keeps progressing.
He switched off well. It was a
very good race, an even pace and
he s a very exciting horse.
"To ride a horse like this is
what it s all about, he s got so
many gears - it s just point and
"He s come forward from
Newmarket (Feilden Stakes) and
that was only his third run, so
you could see a lot of improve-
Michael Shinners, Sky Bet s
Racing PR Manager, said: "Con-
nections had intimated after
Newmarket that the French Derby
would be the preferred option for
Golden Horn but they may be
forced into a rethink following
that performance and it would
be no surprise if he were sup-
"This looked a strong renewal
of the Dante Stakes and he s sim-
ply blown them away and we ve
responded by making him our
5/2 favourite from 20/1 and he
must hold a massive chance."
John Gosden said: "It s very
much up to Mr Oppenheimer.
Golden Horn is a well-balanced
horse and he s neat, whereas Jack
Hobbs is a big, rangy boy - they
are different types. I can see the
logic in supplementing him, but
it s not my money."
"He s been very firm with me
that he s a mile-and-a-quarter
horse and he told me that all
along, so we will see.
"The jockey felt he finished
strongly today. He s a horse who
has really come on since he won
the Feilden Stakes. When he won
the Feilden, we said we d come
to the Dante and that s what
we ve done.
"His work on Friday was
superb. Coming up on the train
today, I knew they could well be
first and second but I half felt
this guy is the professional at the
"The other horse ran great, but
was stacked three wide the whole
way and I told William to tuck
in at the back and go to sleep as
he has a good turn of foot. He
had a dream trip, but Jack was
rather wide all the way and then
babyish and wondering what to
"Frankie (Dettori) said he was
waiting for him to tell him, so
I m delighted with his run and I
think the third horse (Elm Park)
gives you a very solid benchmark
of form. He s a Group One horse
and the fourth was a long way
Epsom remains very much on
the agenda for Elm Park, with
trainer Andrew Balding thinking
the lack of a prep run had told.
He said: "Epsom is still very
much the plan. He just got a bit
tired. Andrea said he thought he
had it won but in the last furlong
he just tired on him."
Aidan O Brien fielded both Ol
Man River and John F Kennedy
but the pair were outpaced when
the race began in earnest, finish-
ing second to last and last of the
seven runners respectively.
John F Kennedy had previously
suffered a surprise defeat on his
reappearance, while Ol Man River
had been last in the 2000
Guineas, where he was eased
when his chance had gone.
Mick Channon is leaning towards making the
Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot the next aim for
Although a firm decision has yet to be made,
the West Ilsley handler is favouring a shot at the
seven-furlong Group Three following his impres-
sive performance in the 2000 Guineas.
After landing a sales race over six furlongs at
the Rowley Mile on his comeback, the three-year
old outran his 50-1 odds on his return to the track
earlier this month when finishing fourth in the
Channon said: "Bossy Guest run a great race
in the Guineas. His form last year was very solid
and when he won the sales race on his comeback
he had his ground.
"We thought he would get the mile as he is by
Medicean, so he ought to have done. For me, he
run all the way to the line, but he does have plenty
"He s in the Commonwealth Cup, the St James s
Palace Stakes and the Jersey Stakes.
"At the moment, I would favour the Jersey. He
has got no penalties to carry and gets in off a
decent mark so we are likely to look at that, as
long as the ground is decent."
Channon nominated the Irish 1,000 Guineas,
a race he won in 2012 with Samitar, as the most
likely target for Malabar following her fourth-
place finish in the Newmarket Classic.
Grand National-winning jockey Brendan Pow-
ell saddles his first runner at Hamilton Park on
Friday evening in the shape of One Pursuit.
Ridden by his 18-year-old daughter Jenny, the
Lambourn raider faces nine rivals in the £25,000
Route 74 Truckstop Braveheart Handicap.
Powell, who landed the 1988 National and the
1999 Scottish equivalent during his riding days,
said: "I m looking forward to seeing One Pursuit
run and we re coming for the soft ground.
"He hasn t raced since Royal Ascot last year
due to a little niggle but he s gone well fresh
"His mark has gone up to 93 but he s done
loads of work at home and stays a mile and a half
well. Jenny knows him well and he s fit enough
to do himself justice."
Roger Varian s handicap debutant Igider is one
of three Newmarket visitors in the line-up.
Zebstar is reported firmly on course for Royal
Ascot, although there could be a change in own-
ership before next month s feature meeting.
The two-year-old made a notable debut for
Gay Kelleway when winning a competitive maiden
on 1000 Guineas day at Newmarket earlier this
month, seeing off favourite Dheban by half a
Kelleway now has set her sights on the Group
Two Norfolk Stakes at Ascot on June 18 after
giving her charge a short spell on the easy list.
She said: "He definitely goes for the Norfolk
Stakes at Royal Ascot.
"He will go straight there as I d prepared him
quite strongly for Newmarket and he had a bit
of a sore shin afterwards, so we just backed off
him and he s absolutely fine now.
Gosden's Golden Horn takes Dante
Powell has one aim
Zebstar ready for
Golden Horn leaves Elm Park trailing in his wake.
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