Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 1st 2015 Contents Gold Sands has an excellent chance of
getting off the mark on Kempton polytrack
tonight when James Tate s charge faces
eleven inferior rivals (bar one!) in the Maid-
en Stakes over a mile and a half, which
should be absolutely ideal.
Three weeks ago we napped Gold Sands
for a similar race over ten furlongs on a good
to firm surface at Newbury which had been
watered; in the early stages it was obvious
this Cape Cross was inconvenienced by a
moderate pace and so it proved when pace-
making Journey quickened from the front
approaching the final furlong and had too
Gold Sands stayed on well in a manner
which suggested further would suit better
and here we are, in a stamina test with a
5lbs fillies allowance that, hopefully, will
weigh heavily against David Simcock-trained
Crowned With Stars.
Simcock is a real "favourite" as readers
are obviously aware and this twice-raced Sea
The Stars gelding is typical of what his modus
operandi is all about; often his runners win
at the third attempt and he kills two birds
with one stone by getting them handicapped
in the process.
Crowned With Stars is a time-handicap
danger but others need to improve consid-
erably; that s unlikely and if all-weather
"expert" Jim Crowley allows Gold Sands to
stride out from the start she will be difficult
Looking forward to an intriguing race and
Back To Bond attempting to make it third
time lucky in the Maiden 2-y-o Stakes over
six furlongs of good to firm Thirsk which
kicks off yet another five meetings schedule
country-wide; absolute madness!
There again we are stuck with this over-
whelming situation day in, day out, and we re
countering the problem by sticking with a
daily patent and specialising with set-weight
races; recent, consistent, results have been
satisfactory but there s no room for com-
placency and we will certainly keep focused.
Richard Fahey will be vexed if promising
Back To Bond doesn t carry Paul Hanagan
into the winners enclosure.
There are two jumping fixtures and the
likelihood of updates and so click onto
www.dailyearner.co.uk and "Be Ready!"
Wednesday, July 1, 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
05 PARSON MAN 4
15 SICK WOMAN 3
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 3
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN 4
30 HOUSE CAT 3
31 PARSON WIFE 5
34 BLIND MAN 2
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 30
12 (King) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
31 (Parson Wife) 1 pm
4 (Dead Man) 10.30am
13 (Crapaud)---10.30 am
28 (Red Fish)---1 pm
4 (Dead Man)---6.30 pm
Cheltenham hero and jumps racing
superstar Kauto Star has died after suf-
fering pelvis and neck injuries in a freak
During a glittering career with champion
trainer Paul Nicholls, the 15-year-old won
the King George VI Chase at Kempton five
times and became the first horse to regain
the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
He retired from racing after pulling up
in the 2012 renewal of the blue riband having
won 23 of his 41 races and captured well
over £2million in win and place prize-
Kauto Star went on to pursue a career in
dressage with Laura Collett and last Decem-
ber took part in a demonstration on the
opening night of the London International
Horse Show at Olympia.
Collett said: "It s an honour and a privilege
to have been involved with him and had
him in the yard.
"It s just horrendous. He was out in the
field, the same field he was out in every
day, we don t really know what happened,
but he injured his neck and pelvis and sadly
had to be put to sleep."
Owner Clive Smith explained Kauto Star
had suffered what appeared to be a minor
injury last week but his condition deteri-
orated over the weekend.
He said: "It s all very, very sad. He was
put out to grass, as in fact he always was,
even at Paul Nicholls (stables). He was put
out for weeks at a time there.
"On this occasion he was out in the lovely
sunshine, I was away at the time. I saw him
on Friday and by that time he d had what
appeared to be a mild injury, but things
"The vets report was brilliantly handled
by Hattie Lawrence of the Valley Equine
Hospital in Lambourn."
Referring to the report, Smith said: "He
was not responding to treatment on Thurs-
day and Friday and various complications
came over the weekend.
"Although he made an improvement and
rallied, as he always did in races, on Monday
morning it was very bad.
"I came back down from Scotland and
the decision was taken with Hattie Lawrence
to euthanise the horse."
Smith hailed his brilliant charge as "the
complete racehorse" and explained it was
the severity of the injury to his neck which
made the decision to put him down
He said: "The real injury that has caused
the problem is a neck injury, at the base of
the neck between C6 and T2 (vertebrae). It
affects the spinal cord and in the end, it
paralyses through the legs.
"When I saw him yesterday afternoon,
he was lying there and I fed him some grass
and stroked him and tried to spend the last
few minutes with him.
"The decision had to be taken and there
was no other course of action to take. Unfor-
tunately he was not able to stand and then
he had the pelvic injury."
Reflecting on his astonishing racing career,
Smith went on: "He s been a fantastic horse
and when you think back about how brave
he was, he had the heart of a lion.
"He was so brave, he had everything really.
He was the complete racehorse.
"I have so many great memories, after
all he won 16 Grade One chases.
"He was an absolutely incredible horse
with a lot of speed, winning over two miles
in Tingle Creeks, then right up to the Gold
Cups, which he needed a lot of stamina for.
"He had a beautiful nature and he will
sadly missed by a lot more people than you
could ever imagine.
"The response I used to get around the
racecourses, people used to come and talk
about him all the time. He really has been
well loved by everybody and I m sure he ll
continue to be so.
"He just loved the attention, he was a
little bit of a show-off. He liked being stroked
and given lots of Polos. He was a particularly
extrovert type of horse and he was so tal-
ented as well, which makes it all the more
difficult to take in.
"I just feel so sorry he didn t have chance
to have a longer life."
1) Tingle Creek Chase, Sandown, December 3, 2005
Kauto Star s first Grade One haul on British soil,
ridden for the first and only time by Mick Fitzgerald.
Putting in a number of magnificent leaps, he quickened
right away in the straight to with authority. Paul
Nicholls said at the time he was still improving, while
Fitzgerald felt he had given the horse a bad ride.
2) Betfair Chase, Haydock, November 18, 2006
Having previously won the Old Roan at Aintree on
his first try at two and a half miles, this was his acid
test to find out if he could truly be a Gold Cup con-
tender. Travelling with typical ease throughout and
jumping with aplomb, he stretched away to beat Beef
Or Salmon by 17 lengths.
3) Tingle Creek Chase, Sandown, December 2, 2006
In an unpredictable and unprecedented move, Nicholls
dropped Kauto Star right back to two miles following
his Haydock romp and it certainly paid off. He proved
much too good for previous Arkle winner Voy Por
Ustedes and for the first time people were asking
whether Kauto could be beaten over any trip.
4) King George VI Chase, Kempton, December 26,
The winning run continued when he returned to
three miles in the festive showpiece, annihilating his
rivals by eight lengths and more. This was the first
time he had produced that dreaded final-fence mistake,
but he was in a different class and it didn t matter
in the end.
5) Cheltenham Gold Cup, March 16, 2007
Having been made to work hard by L Ami to win the
AON Chase, the doubters were circling as Kauto
headed for his first Gold Cup. However, as Nicholls
had warned, he turned up at Cheltenham a much
fitter horse and having pulled clear from the turn for
home, he powered up the hill to give Walsh his first
taste of Gold Cup glory. This took his tally to six from
six for the season.
6) Betfair Chase, Haydock, November 27, 2007
Having suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Monet s
Garden on his reappearance at Aintree, many were
saying Kauto was in decline. Although he bounced
back to winning ways at Haydock, the knives were
still out as he only just managed to edge out Exotic
Dancer and, remarkably, some felt he still had questions
7) King George VI Chase, Kempton, December 26,
The doubters were well and truly put in their place
as Kauto bounced right back to his brilliant best to
take this prize for the second year in succession. Our
Vic was some 11 lengths back in second and Exotic
Dancer only third. Kauto was back.
8) Cheltenham Gold Cup, March 14, 2008
The most highly-anticipated Gold Cup in many a
year as Kauto faced his stablemate Denman for the
first time. Denman was arriving on the back of stun-
ning performances in the Hennessy, Lexus and the
AON Chase, but Kauto was sent off the odds-on
favourite. The writing was on the wall early for his
supporters as he made a series of jumping errors and
eventually gave best as Denman stretched clear up
the hill, the big showdown never really materialis-
9) King George VI Chase, Kempton, December 26,
Having created plenty of controversy when unseating
Sam Thomas at the final fence in the Betfair Chase,
Kauto was back to his spellbinding best under Walsh
as they completed the King George hat-trick. Nicholls
felt he had found the key to his charge by keeping
him fresh and he would now return to Cheltenham
without another run.
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Kauto Star dies after accident
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