Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 8th 2015 Contents Menai is strongly-fancied to improve
on a recent promising debut effort, and
beat thirteen rivals in the Maiden
Stakes over six furlongs of good to firm
Windsor tonight, but so is Phantom Flip-
Both occupied the placings in the slow-
ly-run race won by Aleko over a similar
distance on a good to soft surface at Hay-
dock seventeen days ago; Charles Hills-
trained Menai was beaten two and a quarter
lengths and it was the same distance back
to Phantom Flipper representing Richard
Menia finished well whereas Phantom
Flipper weakened in the closing stages
having been prominent throughout; for-
mites are bound to side with the Dark
Angel colt, again the mount of Jamie
Spencer, but the Monday-nighters (from
the City!) tend to crash into Hannon-
trained runners at this unique venue and
betting could be turned upside down.
Our play will be Menai each-way into
a double with Atletico in the eight-runner
Maiden Stakes over the same course and
distance two hours later.
Atletico and Time Flies look set to dom-
inate, John Gosden s charge was our nap
last month when failing to get home over
a mile having previously achieved a crack-
ing time-handicap mark over seven fur-
longs at Newbury.
This looks a mite extreme, indeed a
panic measure, coming back two furlongs
and Atletico, mount of Ryan Moore, is
preferred; the form of Roger Varian s charge
reads well and there is a deal of confi-
Tempting is the daily patent anchor, just
a question of William Haggas charge turn-
ing up for the Maiden stakes over seven
furlongs of good to firm Thirsk where
racing is a true delight. Loved that North-
Cracking Derby-day double yesterday,
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Golden Horn s owner/breeder Anthony
Oppenheimer has revealed he "would love" his
brilliant Investec Derby winner to go for the
Prix de l Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in
Oppenheimer would first like to see Golden
Horn show he can go right-handed which would
be achieved by running in the Coral-Eclipse at
Sandown next month.
So far the Cape Cross colt has run either on
straight or left-handed tracks.
"I would certainly be up for the Eclipse. I d
just like to make sure because he would be going
the other way round (right-handed) and one or
two horses don t like going a different way,"
Oppenheimer told At The Races.
"We ve just got to make sure he s OK leading
with the correct foot.
"He s had three races (this season) and we just
want to see how he handles a couple more races
before we decide on anything else.
"I d love to run him in the Arc.
"There might be a Champion Stakes I d be
interested in, more probably the English one (at
Ascot), and maybe the race at York (the Jud-
"I want to make sure he goes the other way
round and he wouldn t want to run on soft to
heavy ground. He d just hate it. There s an awful
lot to think about.
"You must take each race as it goes. He showed
a touch of temperament at the beginning of the
Derby which surprised us because he s a very
sleepy horse. Frankie (Dettori) was brilliant at
settling him down.
"The Derby got to him with the crowds and
everything and we want to make sure that doesn t
When Golden Horn s racing days are over,
Oppenheimer s aim is to stand the son of Cape
Cross at stud in the UK.
"The intention is, at the moment, to stand
him somewhere in Newmarket or certainly in
England anyway. That is what I would love to
see," he said.
William Buick is expecting the Curragh to
suit Jack Hobbs when he runs in the Dubai Duty
Free Irish Derby on June 27.
The jockey had to settle for second in the
Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday, having
partnered winner Golden Horn in the Dante at
With Godolphin now having a majority share
in Jack Hobbs, Buick was on the York runner-
up at the weekend, and was extremely proud of
his effort in defeat to his John Gosden-trained
stablemate, ridden by Frankie Dettori.
Buick said: "I did think that I had won, but
it wasn t for very long. They are two very good
horses and on the day the winner was spectacular.
If you look at Jack Hobbs, he will improve and
that s what it is all about in my opinion.
"I knew he (Golden Horn) was behind us when
I hit the front because I was the key horse for
him. The only way I was going to beat him was
to get the first run on him, which we did, but
we were just beaten by a better horse in what
I thought was a very clean and good Derby.
"I don t like finishing second in a race like
that, but I am pleased for both John and Frankie.
"I thought the race was smooth and the best
two horses were at the forefront. We had it to
do and the Dante form suggested that, but it
was a proper race run at a good pace.
harbours Arc dream
Curragh for Hobbs
Ray Cochrane, long-time friend, former
weighing-room colleague and now agent
of Frankie Dettori, admits he has never
seen the Italian as happy as he was after
winning the Investec Derby on Golden
Horn at Epsom on Saturday.
Cochrane, himself on the Derby roll of
honour on Kahyasi in 1988, has witnessed
the ups and downs of Dettori s life and
career, perhaps best illustrated when they
survived a plane crash this month 15 years
"It was absolutely fantastic. I ve never
seen anyone so happy and his wife (Cather-
ine) was tickled pink," said Cochrane.
"When you re younger you sort of half
expect these sort of things and you don t
actually take in exactly what it means to
the trainer, the lad, the breeder, the owner.
"You don t take that in or really com-
prehend just what it really means."
Dettori s career hit an all-time low in
2012 when he lost his long-standing job
with Godolphin and he was banned six
months after testing positive to a prohibited
However, he has enjoyed a renaissance
in the last 12 months after being signed up
by Sheikh Joann Al Thani and Al Shaqab
Cochrane reflected on those times.
"When you re on your bike, sometimes
you go down the wrong road. When you
go back on the right road, a good road, you
think why I did I go down the other road?"
"Sometimes you just need that something.
Everybody can have a bit of a bad spell. You
have to be forgiving and seeing Frankie yes-
terday you just know how much it means
Cochrane revealed Dettori showed him
his lucky charm after the jockey had been
in action at Lingfield s evening meeting fol-
lowing his Epsom triumph.
"Last night I had a drink with Frankie
and he showed me the watch his father
(Gianfranco) gave him years ago and I saw
what was written on the back," said
"I thought it was grand and it s the sort
of thing his Dad would do."
Cochrane so proud of Dettori
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 2
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN 4
30 HOUSE CAT 3
31 PARSON WIFE 5
34 BLIND MAN 1
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 6
30 (House Cat) 6.30 pm
27 (Little Snake)---10.30 am
35 (Big Snake)---1 pm
21 (Horse)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
18 (Water Boat)
23 (Parson Man) 1 pm
12(House Cat) 10.30am
4.20 Atletico (nap)
It's Tempting at Thirsk
Superstar: Frankie Dettori is perhaps the most recognisable name in flat racing
PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
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