Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 12th 2015 Contents Midhmaar will almost certainly
improve considerably on a promising
debut effort in the Maiden Stakes over
seven furlongs of good to firm Sandown
this afternoon, one of four turf-flat pro-
grammes on another busy Friday; plenty
of betting opportunities which can be
expected with Royal Ascot kicking off
It s almost mid-summer but uncharac-
teristically cold which has set two-year-
olds back alarmingly; so many haven t
gone on so to speak but veteran trainer
Barry Hills is fully aware of the situation
and has exercised patience with the juve-
niles he s trains exclusively for Hamdan
Al Maktoum Midhmaar is potentially use-
ful.Graham Lee rode this Iffraaj colt when
he was ninth to Seastrom over six furlongs
at York last month, beaten eight lengths
and far from disgraced.
The penny dropped in the closing
stages and Midhmaar made good headway;
this extra distance should be ideal under
Paul Hanagan who, hopefully, will let his
mount stride on from the outset against
a clutch of inexperienced juveniles. Worth
a solid each-way bet.
There is no need to be negative about
backing Smart Mover win only for the
Rous Selling Stakes over six furlongs at
York where good to firm is also the fore-
cast ground description.
Smart Mover is the clear time-handicap
best-in and ticks every box imaginable
for this particular favourite race which
I ve monitored closely throughout my rac-
Big Chill is one of nine decs for an
intriguing 3-y-o Maiden Stakes over a
mile of good ground down at Goodwood;
with Russian Reward p[roving disappoint-
ing and one or two other not coming up
to scratch Patrick Chaming s charge justifes
an each-way bet, he s booked George
Friday, June 12, 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 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: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 11
12 (King) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake)
2 (Old Lady) 1 pm
24 (Queen) 10.30am
19 (Horse)---10.30 am
13 (Crapaud)---1 pm
29 (Opium Man)---6.30 pm
Able Friend maintained his routine of trot-
ting and cantering under work rider Thomas
Yeung at Newmarket in preparation for the
Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tues-
Hong Kong s great hope for the big meeting
has thrived since being stabled at Michael
Bell s Fitzroy House Stables ahead of his eager-
ly-awaited clash with Solow, Night Of Thunder
and company in the Group One over the
The five-year-old trotted four laps of the
trotting ring and then undertook about two
and half laps of the Cambridge Road Polytrack
at a light canter where he will have his final
piece of fast work on Friday.
Trainer John Moore will arrive on Friday
night in time to oversee Able Friend s exercise
on Saturday morning.
Moore s son George said: "Able Friend is
one of the best horses we have ever trained
in Hong Kong. We had him from when he
was a yearling and he has such a great tem-
perament. When you take him out on the
track in the mornings he looks around and
takes everything in. He has pretty much the
perfect mentality for a racehorse.
Godolphin have snapped up Irish 1,000
Guineas winner Pleascach and she will carry
their colours when she runs in the Ribbles-
dale Stakes at Royal Ascot next week.
The Jim Bolger-trained filly won the ten-
furlong Blue Wind Stakes at Naas before drop-
ping back to a mile for a half-length Classic
success over Found last month.
half at Ascot and John Ferguson, bloodstock
advisor to Sheikh Mohammed, is pleased to
have recruited the daughter of Teofilo for
He told www.godolphin.com: "Jim is keen
for the filly to run at Royal Ascot, with the
Irish Derby and the Irish Oaks both being tar-
gets in the future.
"His Highness Sheikh Mohammed believes
when buying young Classic fillies, you look
at them as a ten-year plan rather than just
as a racehorse, and with the stallions that we
now have at our disposal, the future is excit-
Japan team bid
for Royal result
After the near-miss of Agnes World in
2000, Japan is still seeking a first win at
Royal Ascot going into next week s meeting.
However, hopes are high that the two run-
ners set to represent trainer Kazuo Fujisawa
could end that wait, according to Taka Tada,
racing manager to owner Kazuo Fujisawa.
Tada is no stranger to racing in Europe,
having represented a number of leading Japan-
ese performers in their previous overseas chal-
lenges in the past, including Zenno Rob Roy
and El Condor Pasa.
He rates the prospects of Spielberg, the
fast-finishing winner of the Tenno Sho last
November where he pounced late to take the
scalp of another globetrotter in Gentildonna.
He will be ridden by Christophe Soumillon.
willing and Able
11.05 SMART MOVER
4.10 BIG CHILL (e.w)
Watch Smart Mover
Wesley Ward is confident of adding to
his Royal Ascot tally after preparing a for-
midable team of 10 horses for the Berkshire
Ward become the first American-based
trainer in history to saddle a winner at
the Royal meeting when Strike The Tiger
struck gold in the Windsor Castle Stakes
in 2009 and the affable trainer was on the
mark again the following day with runaway
Queen Mary scorer Jealous Again.
Those triumphs six years ago were no
flash in the pan, with No Nay Never and
Hootenanny also enjoying big-race success
in the last two seasons.
Hootenanny is back for more, with the
inaugural Commonwealth Cup on the
penultimate day his target, but there are
plenty of other horses getting Ward excit-
ed.The trainer s first representative of Royal
week will be Coventry Stakes candidate
Beaten into second on his debut at
Keeneland, the Coolmore-owned young-
ster went one better at Pimlico and is
highly rated by Ward.
"I think he s going there with a big
chance, I really do," said Ward.
"He was always top of his class from
day one. The boys at Coolmore sent him
to me in early December and from the
moment I got on---I rode him myself---I
could feel the class.
"He was very special from day one.
From when we starting breezing him, every
horse I matched him with in his work, he
wasn t always the quickest, but always
had the most class.
"He worked well on the dirt, but since
we put him on the grass he s just raised
it another notch."
Finnegan is one of a clutch of juveniles
crossing the Atlantic for Florida-based
Assessing some of his other two-year-
old prospects, the trainer said: "I have a
really nice filly called Back At The Ranch,
who was second first time up on the dirt
and then won convincingly at Belmont.
She s listed for the Albany Stakes.
"I have a nice filly for the Queen Mary
called Acapulco, who the owners paid a
considerable amount of money for.
"She disappointed on her first run at
Churchill Downs, but I don t think she
handled the track and I have been very
happy with how she has breezed on the
grass at Keeneland since then.
"Keeneland is probably the closest thing
we have to a European track over here.
It s a different type of grass, more like a
European turf track.
"A lot of my horses work very well here
in Florida and then I take them to
Keeneland and they don t handle it as
well, so I know after I ve taken them there
whether they can go to Ascot or not."
Hootenanny appears an obvious candi-
date for Ascot glory given he has previous
course experience and Ward is expecting
him to make his presence felt again.
"We re aiming for the Commonwealth
and it s exciting to be going back to Ascot
with him," said Ward.
"He loves the track and out of all the
horses we took over last year, he was the
one that really thrived.
"I know he won the Windsor Castle last
year, but if you look at his time I think it
would have given him a good chance in
all the juvenile races."
Ward also confirmed Undrafted an
intended runner in the Diamond Jubilee
Stakes, while Luck Of The Kitten has the
Jersey Stakes on his agenda.
American Ward to strike at Ascot
"He was always top of his class
from day one. The boys at
Coolmore sent him to me in
early December and from the
moment I got on---I rode him
myself---I could feel the class.
He was very special from day
one. From when we starting
breezing him, every horse I
matched him with in his work,
he wasn't always the quickest,
but always had the most class. "
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