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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 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: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 16
6 (Belly) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
31 (Parson Wife)
12 (King) 1 pm
28 (Red Fish) 10.30am
23 (House)---10.30 am
4 (Dead Man)---1 pm
28 (Red Fish)---6.30 pm
Gleneagles storms the Palace
Dual Guineas hero Gleneagles turned in a dominant
performance in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal
Aidan O'Brien's three-year-old was a brilliant winner
at Newmarket in early May and although he was not
as visually impressive in the Irish equivalent at the
Curragh, he was the 8-15 favourite for his latest Group
Consort, taking a big step up in class following a
Listed-race victory at Sandown last month, was sent
straight to the lead by Frankie Dettori, closely pursued
by Andre Fabre's French 2000 Guineas winner Make
Ryan Moore positioned Gleneagles in fourth place
before asking him to close down the leaders early in
the straight and the response was emphatic.
The son of Galileo showed thrilling acceleration to
pick up Consort and he passed the post two and a half
lengths clear under just hand driving.
Outsider Latharnach came through to beat Consort
to the runner-up spot, with Aktabantay fourth and
Make Believe a long last of the five runners.
Moore said: "He's got a very good turn of foot this
"It was a muddling race, a bit messy early and
Frankie got his own way in front but he made up three
"He's just a pleasure to ride and I think he's getting
better. He wasn't stopping there, I wasn't getting
serious with him, it was hands and heels, I was
delighted with him. He's a proper horse, you want to
ride the best horses and he's about the best of his
generation. He could get a little further but he has
plenty of pace and there's no real need, I'm sure plans
will be made later on."
Part-owner Michael Tabor said: "He's just done
everything we hoped he would, won every once bar
one and got disqualified at Longchamp, but he's
"There was talk about Epsom (running the Derby),
but we weren't tempted in the slightest.
"We'll discuss what is next, we have so many
options, it's just exciting to have a horse of this calibre."
Queen Anne goes to Solow
Solow delighted favourite-backers with victory in
the opening race of Royal Ascot, the Group 1 Queen
The French raider, sent off 11/8 favourite under
Maxime Guyon, challenged two furlongs out and held
off the challenge of another runner from France, 16/1
shot Esoterique, by a length with Cougar Mountain
(also 16/1) staying on for third.
Guyon was happy to sit in third as Toormore, one of
two Richard Hannon runners, made the pace but he
took his time to get into full flight and was challenged
on either side by Esoterique and Night Of Thunder.
Esoterique looked a big danger a furlong from home,
but she could get no closer than half-a-length behind
Solow, who lengthened again and used his undoubted
stamina to see the race out well.
Cougar Mountain ran the race of his life and was
finishing stronger than anything, although he remained
a neck adrift of second spot as they crossed the line.
Toormore rallied past Night Of Thunder to claim
fourth, with Hong Kong raider Able Friend proving a
massive disappointment - he never looked happy after
the pace increased and he finished a well-beaten sixth.
Solow was winning his seventh successive race
since connections decided against a staying career for
the son of Singspiel, who has now won three times in
Group 1 company for trainer Freddy Head.
Goldream denies Medicean Man
Goldream put his head down at just the right time
to win the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes at rewarding
odds of 20/1.
Robert Cowell's improving six-year-old was to the
fore throughout and came out on top of a two-horse
battle with fellow outsider Medicean Man (50/1) by a
The leading pair both challenged front-running Take
Cover at the furlong pole with the eventual runner-up,
under Hong Kong champion Joao Moreira, looking like
he would go three places better than last year's fourth.
But he found a game opponent in Goldream and
throughout the closing hundred yards it always looked
like being the horse with his head down that would
claim the £212,663 first prize.
And it was Goldream and Martin Harley who timed
his dip to perfection to seal a first Group 1 victory
together, Moreira denied his first Royal winner on the
admirable nine-year-old, trained by Jeremy Gask.
Bossy Guest has been placed to per-
fection at Royal Ascot today; second
stage of the five-day(s) marathon kicks-
off with former England International
soccer player Mick Channon saddling
his 2000 Guineas fourth for the group
three, £75000, Jersey Stakes over seven
furlongs and what beats him will win.
A tough genuine Medicean colt Bossy
Guest achieved by far his career-best'
effort when finishing just over three
lengths behind Gleneagle and, but for
being squeezed out somewhat approaching
the final climb, would probably have beat-
en Ivawood for third place.
On this occasion Richard Hannon's
charge carries 5lbs more and yet Richard
Hughes has nominated him as a special'
in his weekend Racing Post column; waste
of time running, according to my time-
Channon, never one to let thorough-
breds idle away time in their boxes, has
given Bossy Guest six weeks to recover,
good thinking, and we're totally convinced
he's a banker, despite stern opposition
from fifteen rivals and several different
countries, including USA and Sweden.
Mick is represented by Lincoln in the
thirty-runner Royal Hunt Cup Handicap
over the straight mile, we fancy this fan-
tastically-named four-year-old and, sig-
nificantly, mount of Hughes.
Easton Angel will be strongly-fancied
for the £100000 group two Queen Mary
Stakes over five furlongs and you can
bet Rah Rah attracts plenty of money;
both are trained in the North and unbeat-
en from two races.
Price-wise we've got to be with
Chester winner Rah Rah, she looked
game, genuine and progressive when
landing the prestigious Lily Agnes' with
a tremendous rally in the last 100 yards
under a tremendous ride by Franny Nor-
William Buick is booked for Mark John-
ston's charge because Rah Rah is now
owned' by Godolphin!
This promises to be a tremendously
intriguing, informative juvenile classic'
and while respecting the chances of Easton
Angel and so many others we're mindful
of the actual time-figure clocked by Rah
ANDRE E BAPTISTE
Horseracing in T&T was thrown into a
state of shock and despair this week, when
incumbent Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
of the Arima Race Club (ARC), Jamaican
Christopher Armond announced his res-
An obviously frustrated Armond said, "I
handed in my resignation on Monday to
the Arima Race Club, and for the moment,
that is all I will say."
This was Armond's second stint as CEO
of the ARC from 2012-2015. He was also
CEO during the years, 1999-2002.
Informed sources at the Arima Race Club
shared that Armond had told most of his
staff, that June 13, would be his last day of
racing as CEO of the Club.
There have been a number of problems
over the last six months in particular in
horseracing and it is understood that
Armond believes he has been unfairly treat-
"It appears he is being blamed for many
of the problems in horse racing and for that
he has had enough and called it a day. It
is a big blow to horse racing, because there
is no one with his experience around," an
insider told the Trinidad Guardian
While another source stated: "Armond
has been protecting some of his employees
too long and now it has come back to hurt
It is also understood that several meetings
were held last week culminating in an emer-
gency meeting of the ARC management
team on Thursday, where Armond's position
as CEO was questioned as well as some of
his decisions and there were arrangements
being put in place to replace him going for-
ward, but the ARC were caught offguard
by his sudden resignation.
Armond, 59, has worked all over the
Caribbean in racing, from Jamaica, where
both his grandfather (Allamont) and father
(Joseph) were prominent horse racing
administrators. He has also worked in Bar-
Within the last six months as well, there
was also the resignation of the president
of the ARC, Hugh Lee King, who was
replaced by Linford Carrabon. It is left to
be witnessed what will happen next ahead
of the Labour Day racecard this Friday. The
ARC is said to be financially strapped with
several debts and an over dependency on
the support of the Betting Levy Board.
LONDON---California Chrome was ruled
out of the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal
Ascot yesterday by a bruised foot.
The Art Sherman-trained 4-year-old,
winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby and
Preakness Stakes, was due to race today
until the bruise was discovered on Mon-
California Chrome has been at the stables
of trainer Rae Guest as part of the prepa-
ration for Ascot.
"He's been X-rayed and there's no dam-
age, there's just a bit of pus, and it will
take a few days to come right," Guest said.
"It's just a minor thing but it's very dis-
appointing. It's inconvenient timing, and
he will probably be back to 100 percent in
a couple of days."
California Chrome's last appearance was
a runner-up finish at the Dubai World Cup
"It's a shame that European racing fans
won't get to see him in action," Guest said.
"Everybody has put in a lot of work and
was looking forward to seeing him run.
"The main thing is that it's not life-
threatening or anything, it could be much
worse for the horse, and while it's disap-
pointing for us, the key thing is that the
horse is OK."
Guest said on Monday the cause of the
injury was unknown.
A very welcome Guest
2.30 BOSSY GUEST (nap e.w.)
3.05 RAH RAH (e.w.)
Chris Armond resigns as
CEC of Arima Race Club California Chrome
out Royal Ascot
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