Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 2nd 2015 Contents Basma is a potential special and if ground
conditions are favourable for the Maiden Fil-
lies Stakes over six furlongs at Newbury
tonight this Barry Hills-trained Exceed And
Excel filly will take on thirteen rivals under
Backed into short-priced favouritism for
a similar race at Haydock three weeks back
Basma was never on the leg for one stride
due to a firm surface but managed second
place behind Blue Bayou, rallying in the clos-
Hills was understandably disappointed,
he s got his sights set high enough for Basma
and, hopefully, forecast thunderstorms hit
the Berkshire area because this will be prepa-
ration for a major juvenile event in France.
On the time-handicap Basma is no great
shakes; both her races have been at the Lan-
cashire course, where it really does get firm
underfoot, far moreso than the majority
realise, and I m totally convinced this she
will prove a vastly different proposition on
Hamdan Al Maktoum has enjoyed a golden
spell, he owns a plethora of above average
two-year-olds and with his support Hanagan
might just nip a third jockeys championship
under the new format; his riding last month
was outstandingly consistent.
Paul needs firm instructions, he ll carry
them out to the letter and you bet Basma
will be loosed from the outset in an attempt
to make all and sort out the wheat from the
chaff. What beats her will win.
Basma was also entered for the Maiden
Stakes over a similar distance on Lingfield
polytrack but politics were obviously
involved; son, Charles, has declared once-
raced A Momentofmadness, an Elnadim colt
which needs to improve considerably if Sir
Mark Prescott-trained Time Warp hits his
latest TH mark. Time Warp improved con-
siderably from debut when runner-up, beaten
a short-head by Gerrard s Quest on Chelms-
ford poly a fortnight ago, and rates a serious
betting proposition to go one better and make
it third time lucky under Luke Morris.
It s all about two-year-olds from now on,
this is the column for those interested in
what is a fascinating age group and, whenever
possible, my nap will be concentrated on
them; you know my record.
Thursday, July 2, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
The Glenn Mendez trained talking horse
Patriot Legend will try to keep his unbeaten
record intact when he goes to post for Sat-
urday s feature event, the Grade Two Men-
tone Stakes over 1,350 metres, on the main
track at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
This event has a purse of $150,000 and
will see six horses seeking to win the
$90,000 first prize cheque. Mendez has a
two-pronged attack in the event with the
SIR owned Control Unit being in the field.
Champion trainer John O Brien has
Danube Waltz while the in-form Shaffique
Khan has two entered in Blue Oracle and
Sweet Sin City in the final contender from
the Harriram Gobin stable.
Patriot Legend was nothing short of
impressive on his debut and if he builds on
the performance, it could be a one horse
race. Ron Ali will be in the saddle.
When entries were taken yesterday a
total of 96 horses took entry for the Arima
Race Club (ARC) Day 23 nine-race pro-
Post time for the first event is at noon.
Here are the declared runners, riders and
Maggio has Grand ambition
Local trainer Lucy Normile is double-handed
in the feature race at Perth today.
Based just a few miles down at M90 at
Glenfarg, she saddles Badged and four-time
course winner Strobe in the Diageo Handicap
Normile, who celebrates every winner with a
champagne breakfast, said: "Age is beginning
to catch up with Strobe a bit but he loves
Perth and this is his time of year. He is very
well and is flying at home.
"We're maybe dropping Badged in at the
deep end a wee bit but he likes Perth too and
is in A1 shape. The longer trip should help."
Among the rivals for the Normile pair are
Gordon Elliott trio Richard Johnson-ridden
Russian Regent, Xaarcet and Bouggietopieces.
Maggio was targeted at the 2016 Crabbie's
Grand National after shouldering top-weight to
victory in Perth's Grosvenor Casinos Handicap
Chase (for the Stirling Cup) yesterday.
Trained by Patrick Griffin and ridden by Brian
Hughes, the Irish raiser pipped fast finishing
Kilbree Kid by half a length.
Co-owner Douglas Pryde, whose colours
were carried to victory in the National by
Auroras Encore, said: "We had three options
for him but decided to come here and it's
turned out perfectly.
"He was third reserve so just missed out at
Aintree last year but he should get in now
"The plan now is to keep him mainly over
hurdles to protect his handicap mark and his
next race over fences will be the conditions
cross country chase at Cheltenham in October.
"It was a wonderful experience to win the
National and I'd love to do it again!"
Mecca's takes Thirsk honours
Mecca's Missus made the most of her
previous experience to register a deserved
victory at the third time of asking in the
Yorkshire Blue Maiden Auction Stakes at
Having finished second on both her previous
starts, the Michael Dods-trained two-year-old
showed plenty of speed to open her account in
the six-furlong event.
Racing prominently from the outset, the 15-
8 favourite eased past earlier leader Ada
Misobel mid-race before needing only to be
pushed out to score by a cosy length and a half
from Popsies Joy.
Dods said: "She is improving with each run.
We thought she might want further but she
keeps showing plenty of speed, however there
is a lot of speed in the family.
"The first three were well clear and she had
a good draw, which is important at Thirsk. She
is very straightforward and will go on any
"We will probably try to find a fillies' nursery
with her now and hopefully she will improve
Rex Imperator got his head in front for the
first time since lifting the 2013 Stewards Cup
with a win in the Farmhouse Cheshire
Although having plummeted in the weights,
the six-year old, who joined trainer David
O'Meara from William Haggas at the start of
the season, showed he still retains a degree of
ability when flashing home late to claim the
Jockey David Nolan took advantage of the
gaps appearing at the right time to drive the 9-
2 shot to a neck victory over long-time leader
It Must Be Faith.
Hot Spice recorded his second win at the
track with a facile success in the Double
Gloucester Handicap to initiate a treble on the
day for winning jockey Graham Gibbons.
Making most of the running in two-mile
contest, the well supported 9-2 chance put the
race to bed with an injection of pace rounding
the final turn..
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: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to July 1
14 (Money) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
3 (Carriage) 1 pm
24 (Queen) 10.30am
15 (Sick Woman)---10.30 am
25 (Morocoy)---1 pm
1 (Centipede)---6.30 pm
2.10 Time Warp
7.40 Clever Bob (e.w)
A real test for Time
Patriot Legend goes for Mentone Stakes
R1: NOON - 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 45-0 -
1,050M (TURF) - $34,000
Heroes N Legends K Khelawan 57; Emily's Gold J
Stephen 56.5; Double Roses L C Seecharan 52;
Saynomore A Poon 56; D'Sportsman B Boodramsing
56.5; Potiphar's Wife J Reyes 56.5; Traditional Girl L
Keizer 57; Little John J Arneaud 57; Stormy Frontier R
Angnoo 57; Consideritdone W Galviz 55.5
1,100 (TURF) - $32,000
Wainapanapa J Arneaud 57; Half Price L A Seecharan
51; Release D Beast D Blackman 50.5; Speedile S
Rodrigo 49.5; Sweet Shaka R Hasranah 47; Dig Deep L
C Seecharan 42; That's Me MrPepe A Poon 47; Macho
Me R Thomas 46.5; Poppy Love R Ali 47.5.
My Giselle J Reyes 57; Best Defence K Khelawan 53;
Who Is The Problem S Jadoo 57; Georgia'schoice N
Abrego 57; Precious Lilly V Charles 56.5; Gold Coin S
Rodrigo 57; All Is Yours D Blackman 53; Measured
Response D Khelawan 54.5; Ready And Alert N
Samaroo 54.5; Copa Glory R Hernandez 57; Fleet
Admiral R Angnoo 57; Lady Marisa N Mohammed 54.5;
Upset D Dance J Stephen 54; The Conqueror B
1,700M - $43,000
Jacob's Dream B Boodramsing 50.5; Criminal Intent K
Khelawan 57; Cramers Rule P Badrie 50.5; Indy Anna
Baby S Rodrigo 57; Prince Zeshan R Hernandez 57;
Nettoyer N Patrick 56; Glorious Country R Ali 55; Royal
Empire L C Seecharan 52; Wing Commander R Angnoo
R5: 2.40 PM - WI BRED 3 YO MAIDENS - 1,150M -
Barbosa A Poon 55; Eyes For You D Khelawan 50; Irios
Forest R Ali 57; Ragnar N Flavenney 55; Intangibility K
Khelawan 46; Kentucky Woman K Razack 47.5;
Theradioannouncers N Mohammed 47.5; Red Wine L A
Seecharan 45; Helena's Pride D Boodram*52; Pay Day L
C Seecharan 52; Vested Power N Samaroo 53;
Eatmydust R Thomas 53; Twist Of Fate L Keizer 55;
Glorioussaga R Angnoo 52; Orchid Girl R Hasranah 50.5.
R6: 3.20 PM - MENTONE STAKES WI BRED 3 YO &
IMPORTED 3 YO - 1,350 M - $150,000
Patriot Legend R Ali 57; Sweet Sin City N Abrego 57;
Control Unit W Galviz 57; Blue Oracle D Khelawan 50;
Clermont County P Badrie 57; Danube Waltz B
1,350M - $33,000
Way To Go K Khelawan 57; Lady Felisha W Galviz 53;
Uncle Max D Gopie 55.5; Lady Sage D Boodram 55.5;
The Cheerleader N Samaroo 55; Al Kahina R Angnoo
54.5; Super Easy J Stephen 53.5; Spectacular Return S
Jadoo 56; Little Otis S Rodrigo 54.5; Cordell Walker P
Badrie 54.5; Ezee Breezy D Blackman 57; Gold Bead N
Patrick 55; Super Sonic B Boodramsing 57; King Stand
R Hernandez 53; Seal The Deal L Keizer 55.
OVER - 1,750 M - $87,000
Gabby's Gold W Galviz 51; Momentum B Boodramsing
49.5; Golden Dixieland S Rodrigo 44.5; Thisonesforron N
Abrego 57; Eye See You S Rodrigo 44; Magic Rust Seal
S Jadoo 43; Buffalo Soldier J Reyes 51; Bergeron Rodeo
P Badrie 51.5; Sacred Trust R Angnoo 49.5.
R9: 5.20 PM - 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 55-40 -
1,750 M - $37,400
Glorify R Hasranah 50.5; Freedomfighter W Galviz 55.5;
Allied A Poon 55.5; Risky Trial R Ali 55; Be My Lover S
Rodrigo 54.5; Frankenstein LC Seecharan 52; Onetokeep
N Patrick 53; Naughty N Nice R Angnoo 53.5; Royal
Pioneer N Abrego 57; Osceola Parkway N Flavenney
54.5; Amritsar D Rodrigo 54; Cloud Nine N Mohammed
56; Just Honest L A Seecharan 53; Mike's Sugar B
Boodramsing 57; Farad L Keizer 53.
DAY 23 ENTRIES
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