Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 26th 2015 Contents Following weeks of watching classic tri-
als a thought occurred; "these good horses
don t come along too often" and Aidan
O Brien will be realising that as he
approaches the Epsom Derby without a
They spend absolute fortunes in a quest
to win such prestige races but the knowledge
of John Magnier, the wealth of his team
comprising Michael Tabor and Deryck
Smith, which makes Ballydoyle so unique,
doesn t always pay dividends; they need to
be successful every season because a fallow
period ranks not only disappointing but
costly, to a colossal degree.
In order to be the best, you need to sur-
round yourself with the best and so-called
master trainer O Brien has found this a tried
and tested formula for success; imagine one
moderate season followed by another!
One exceptionally good thoroughbred
every year can offset costs, guaranteed stal-
lion revenue supports the good ship Finance
but have a look at the inmates of this phe-
nomenally successful complex for 2015 and
estimate the balance of the in tray and out-
Methinks the vast majority of Ballydoyle
three-year-olds this season have already
been consigned to other business and unless
Gleneagles flies the flag at Royal Ascot (or
Epsom!) a reality check will be necessary;
whereas Tabor and Smith are somewhat
phlegmatic and accept disappointment with
a shrug of that s racing Magnier hates failure
and he ll be calling a tune in the inner sanc-
tum of Ballydoyle.
It s right "these good horses don t come
along too often," as a veteran trainer said
only recently; other major yards pray for
summat special among thousands of two-
year-olds which are purchased for them but
"money can t buy you love" (of joy and suc-
cess!) and it doesn t help to stave off those
empty feelings when juveniles go through
the motions in early spring-time but fail to
What now is the look on beleaguered
owner s faces; they aren t all super rich and
nothing drains finances like love and race-
Ownership may be stimulating but it can
be extremely costly!
Hold on for the latest news, O Brien has
now hinted that Found, close runner-up in
the Irish 1000 Guineas, may be supple-
mented for the Epsom Derby at a cost of
They are obsessed with the worlds greatest
race because of the stallion potential and
reward but to supplement a filly in preference
to the Epsom Oaks smacks of panic; what
Today looks extremely difficult but Mark
Johnston pops up the road to good to firm
Redcar where he ll saddle Suzi Icon for the
winnable Maiden Stakes over twelve fur-
longs; we also have a couple of jumpers!
Taweyla is expected to supplement recent
gains in the Novices Hurdle over two miles
at Huntingdon and Father Edward, entered
twice, is nigh on a cert in whichever race
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
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 4
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 5
34 BLIND MAN 1
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to May 25
16 (Jamette) 6.30 pm
21 (Mouth)---10.30 am
19 (Horse)---1 pm
36 (Donkey)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
16 (Jamette) 1 pm
36 (Donkey) 10.30 am
Suzi Icon at Redcar
12.20 SUZI ICON
2.10 FATHER EDWARD
The Carib Brewery-spon-
sored Midsummer Classic at
Santa Rosa Park on Saturday
will again have an international
flavour with jockeys from
Canada, Jamaica, Barbados and
Venezuela all riding on the day.
The ten-race programme will
feature the Carib Brewery Ltd-
sponsored Midsummer Classic
over 1900 metres with a purse
of $450,000. The supporting
"big race" is the Grade Two -
$150,000 Carib Arima Race Club
Cup over 1,800 metres on the
At yesterday s launch of the
events at the Brewery s Hospi-
tality Suite, Champs Fleurs, it
was announced that eight three-
year-olds will go to post for the
Classic, with the John O Brien-
trained War Maker seeking to
win the Triple Crown, after tak-
ing the Easter Guineas. War
Maker will be ridden by Nobel
Abrego. Owner Baskaran Bas-
sawh pulled stall six for the over-
whelming favourite. O Brien has
a strong hand in the event with
Criminal Intent and Serengeti
which will be ridden by cham-
pion jockey Brian Boodramsing.
Top juvenile filly Blue Tequilla
will not the line-up after her
mishap in the Easter Guineas
when she was kicked by Root
of Jesse before the start and had
to be withdrawn.
Bassawh will be the "Big
Man" on Saturday as his twice
crowned Horse Of The Year,
Bigman In Town will take on
eight rivals in the Arima Race
Sponsorship and events man-
ager, Colin Murray, gave way to
the fairer sex at yesterday s
launch and Lynn Patrice Ochoe,
promotions and communication
specialist, said the day promises
to be competitive. "Our objective
at Carib Brewery on this day is
to provide a premium all-inclu-
sive event specifically targeted
to our trade customers base,
thereby fostering healthy trade
relations and customer relation-
ship management. We view
Carib Brewery Day as an event
to join with the Carib Brewery
family for premier horse racing,
fun and entertainment."
This is the fourth year Carib
Brewery is sponsoring the Mid-
summer Classic, second leg of
the Triple Crown. ARC Chief
Executive Officer, Christopher
Armond gave the assurance that
guests will have no problem with
Thisonesforron was drawn in
post position one for the Carib
Arima Race Club Cup. Stewards
Cup winner and top sprinter
Crime of Passion will race from
pole position seven with stable-
mate and last year s Triple
Crown winner Momentum rac-
ing from box six.
War Maker goes after Carib Classic
Andrew Balding is looking forward to seeing
leading Derby hope Elm Park stretch his legs on
the famous Epsom turf at the Breakfast With The
Stars morning today.
Last season s Racing Post Trophy hero is one of
six horses heading for the Downs and will be joined
by Derby favourite Golden Horn and his stable
companion Jack Hobbs, the John Gosden-trained
pair that finished ahead of Elm Park in the Dante
at York earlier this month.
Balding is keen to give his stable star some expe-
rience of the notoriously tricky circuit before his
Classic bid on June 6.
He said: "I m very happy with him. He came out
of York well and all the weight he lost he s put back
"It was always the intention to bring him to
Epsom. I think the track should be fine, but it won t
do any harm to give him a sighter."
William Buick steered Golden Horn to his Dante
success, but will partner Jack Hobbs in his Epsom
spin after he was snapped up by Godolphin following
his highly encouraging effort at York.
Frankie Dettori, rider of Jack Hobbs on the
Knavesmire, switches to Golden Horn in readiness
for the ride next month.
Buick is not expecting either horse to exert them-
selves too much. "They re two very good horses,
Golden Horn was impressive but I m sure Jack
Hobbs will come on for the (Dante) run," the jockey
told At The Races. "They re two high-class horses.
I don t really know what they re going to do, but
I presume it will be to get the experience of the
place, going downhill to Tattenham Corner.
"I don t think there ll be any buttons pressed."
Also bound for Epsom are Gosden s Oaks duo
Star Of Seville and Jazzi Top and Andre Fabre s
French filly Al Naamah.
Park set for
Cirrus Des Aigles is unlikely to defend his crown
in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom after
breaking a shoe at Longchamp on Sunday.
Corine Barande-Barbe s multiple Group One win-
ner finished last of four in Paris as the Freddy Head-
trained Solow ran out a brilliant winner of the Prix
d Ispahan, but it was soon discovered the veteran
had broken his off-fore shoe in half.
While the nine-year-old has not suffered any
serious damage, Barande-Barbe is keen to bypass
Epsom and instead target her pride and joy at the
Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 28.
Barande-Barbe said: "He seems fine this morning.
We put new shoes on him and he is walking OK.
"I am disappointed, not in the horse but disap-
pointed with the problem.
"Christophe (Soumillon) said he was flying down
to the starting gate and he was very confident, but
he said after half a furlong he didn t feel right. I
think it must have happened just after the start.
"Cirrus was very prudent and careful during the
race and it is almost as though he didn t run.
"I m not keen on going back for the Coronation
Cup. Last year he had the accident there, he is a
very clever horse and I don t want to bother him.
"There is not much rain forecast either, so I don t
think he will go to Epsom, but it is up the owner.
"I think he will probably go for the Grand Prix
de Saint-Cloud. It is a Group One in France he can
run in and he has not won it before, so it would
be nice to do it.
"Otherwise we have the Prince of Wales s Stakes,
but I think when the ground is quicker, he is better
going over the longer distance (mile and a half) at
Cirrus likely to
Carib Brewery Ltd
Midsummer Classic --1. Royal
Pioneer P Badrie; 2. Criminal
Intent D Khelawan; 3. Legal
Advisor N Mohammed; 4.
Root of Jesse S Rodrigo; 5.
Serengeti B Boodramsingh, 6.
War Maker N Abrego; 7. Risky
Trial R Ali; 8. Cloud Nine S
Carib Arima Race Club Cup
-- 1. Thisoneisforron B
Boodramsingh; 2. Bergeron
Rodeo W Galviz; 3. Transpire
S Rodrigo; 4. Buffalo Soldier D
Khelawan 5. Eye See You R
Angnoo; 6. Momentum P
Badrie; 7. Crime Of Passion S
Ellis; 8. Secret American R Ali;
9. Bigman In Town N Abrego.
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