Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 22nd 2015 Contents Cuppatee is a surprise declaration for
the two year old Selling Stakes over seven
furlongs of good to firm Catterick today
when there are five flat meetings includ-
ing an all-weather card at Lingfield.
What s the point?
Mick Channon s charge is nigh on a
time-handicap cert but the ex-soccer
star isn t a trainer to follow by any means
with his policy of throwing plenty of mud
at the wall in the hope it will stick.
It s difficult to put a finger on his incon-
sistency, stable-companion Wee Jean
scored impressively at Chester last week
but a glance at Mick s strike rate is sober-
Last week for instance Opal Tiara, one
of Channon s best juveniles, failed miser-
ably and unaccountably; we nominate
Cuppatee with trepidation but can you
imagine what sort of loss this Canford
Cliffs filly represents to her owner?
Anyway if, as we expect, Cuppatee gets
off the mark at the fourth attempt the
auctioneer will be looking for an opening
bid of £3,000; no one could possibly claim
her for five grand if defeated despite a
From here it looks a no-win situation
but one would have been interested as an
owner all those years ago to purchase such
a prospect for a tidy sum.
As far as this journey is concerned,
what s the point?
Across the board it s a dreadful day with
so much dross but Sir Michael Stoute-
trained Under Attack is an interesting dec
for the Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs
of a good Sandown surface.
Chances are Under Attack will improve
a on a promising debut last month but
that will be necessary; on a point of clas-
sification his TH mark shouldn t be good
enough and we have a word for Hamdan
Al Maktoum-owned newcomer Massaat,
trained by Barry Hills.
Barry introduced Muntazah for a New-
market maiden at the July meeting, he
was the unluckiest loser (by a head!) I ve
seen for a very long time; apparently Mas-
saat works in the same batch, regularly.
I ll give an update, if necessary, on
On Lingfield polytrack Pure Line looks
a solid each-way betting proposition in
the Maiden Stakes over twelve furlongs.
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Under: (Last Wednesday)
29-31 ---4 pm
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
05PARSONMAN 4 5 5 2 16
15SICKWOMAN5 5 4 1 15
18WATERBOAT 2 6 7 0 15
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 2 5 0 10
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 6 7 4 0 17
30HOUSECAT 4 3 6 0 13
31PARSONWIFE5 5 3 0 13
34BLINDMAN 2 5 3 1 11
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to July 21
30 (House Cat) 4 pm
6.30 pm 4
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake)
6 (Belly) 1 pm
4 (Dead Man) 10.30am
17 (Pigeon) 6.30 pm
2.30 Cuppatee (nap)
3.20 Pure Line (e.w)
7.10 Massaat (e.w)
at the double
Trainer Mick Appleby and jockey Andrew
Mullen made a successful raid north of the bor-
der to net the two feature races at Musselburgh
with Shipyard and Katie Gale, yesterday.
The Newark handler sent four runners to the
Edinburgh track and was rewarded with a near
17-1 double and more than £10,000 in prize-
money for connections.
"It s paying off coming up here. It s a long
way to come but when you get a winner or two
it s worth it," said Appleby.
Shipyard (11-8 favourite) got the ball rolling
when leading in the final furlong to take the
Heart of Midlothian Football Club Handicap by
a length and three-quarters from Perardua.
It was the six-year-old s first run for Appleby
since he was bought for 14,000 guineas out of
Andy Oliver s yard in Northern Ireland at Tat-
tersalls Sales just two weeks ago.
"Shipyard seems a nice horse. Craig (Buck-
ingham) owner bought him at the Newmarket
Sales and sent him to me," said Appleby, who
bagged the Scottish Stewards Cup at Hamilton
with Poyle Vinnie on Friday.
"We gave him time to bed in and when I
worked him I thought he was a nice horse.
"We ran him here to find out about him, took
all the headgear off and we ve learnt a bit.
"I like him and I think he could improve a fair
bit. Hopefully, the handicapper will be fair with
him and we can go for a 0-85 handicap next
In contrast to that five-furlong dash, Katie
Gale (13-2) had to show plenty of stamina to lift
the Download Your Racing UK App Handicap
by three-quarters of a length from Pass Muster.
Rodrigo De Torres (2-1) made it two from two
since joining the Garry Moss stable when running
his rivals ragged in the Real Water Handicap.
Successful at Catterick two weeks ago, the
eight-year-old was a willing partner for David
Allan as he defeated John Coffey by a length and
Trainer Mick Winters believes Rebel Fitz could
"surprise a few people" if turning out in one
of the major events at next week s Galway Fes-
The ten-year-old has won four of his five starts
at Ballybrit, including the 2012 Galway Hurdle.
He has not been seen in competitive action
since landing the Istabraq Hurdle at Tipperary
last October, but could reappear in either the Gal-
way Hurdle or the Galway Plate.
Winters said: "He is well over three-quarters
ready and we just have to push on now and see
if he is up to being in the money---he won t run
just for the sake of it.
"He is in top form and is a horse with no mileage
up. He is fine and strong and good in himself.
"He is very sound and he has been doing a lot
"He has never taken a lot to get ready and it
wouldn t be out of this world if he turned up and
surprised a few people."
Rebel Fitz is one of 68 horses in contention for
the tote.com Galway Plate and is second in the
weights behind the Willie Mullins-trained Boston
Mullins has 11 possible runners in total, including
ante-post favourite Alechi Inois and the Giggin-
stown House Stud-owned Devils Bride.
Mouse Morris also expects to be well repre-
He said: "Baily Green, Rule The World and
Rathlin will all run and if Horendus Hulabaloo
sneaks in, he ll run as well.
"I ll run whatever gets in."
Rebel has cause at Galway
Tee' off time
29 (Opium Man---10.30 am
15 (Sick Woman)---1 pm
11 (Corbeau)---4 pm
5 (Parson Man)---6.30 pm
John Gosden ominously warned Golden
Horn s Ascot rivals the Derby hero is stronger
than ever ahead of the King George VI And
Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday.
The Cape Cross colt dispelled any fears
about his ability to stay a mile and a half with
a stunning display in the Epsom Classic at
the start of June and proved just as effective
back at a mile and a quarter when compre-
hensively beating his elders in the Coral-
He now steps back up in distance as he
bids to become the first Derby winner since
Galileo in 2001 to strike gold in Ascot s mid-
Gosden said: "He s fine and I m very pleased
with him. He s taken the Eclipse very well.
"Taking the decision to go forward in the
Eclipse was the right decision. He was very
relaxed in front and he finished the race well.
"We always thought he was a good, proper
horse, but he just seems that much more
streetwise, harder and tougher now.
"He s filled out since the Eclipse and his
weight is back where I wanted.
"We re not being faint-hearted with him.
We re trying to go the tough route."
Golden Horn is likely to be one of three
Gosden representatives in the Group One
contest, with the master of Clarehaven Stables
also confirming Eagle Top and Romsdal
Eagle Top has run just twice since finishing
fourth in last year s renewal, finishing fourth
in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown
and runner-up in the Hardwicke at Royal
"The heat got to him in last year s race and
then he sustained a little injury that kept him
out," said Gosden.
"Don t underestimate him as if there are
any cracks in Golden Horn s armour, then he
could well find them."
Eagle Top is reopposed by Hardwicke Stakes
conqueror Snow Sky, who was supplemented
for the King George.
"I was delighted with him (Snow Sky) when
he won the Yorkshire Cup, it was a very brave
performance," said Stoute.
"He was entitled to have a go at the Hard-
wicke and I was delighted with that result.
"After he won the Hardwicke, we thought
we d go another route, as we had been aiming
towards the Melbourne Cup.
"I had a word with Teddy Grimthorpe
(owner s racing manager) and we decided to
supplement him for this instead."
Stoute also saddles Telescope, who was
runner-up to Taghrooda in last year s King
George but was well behind Snow Sky at the
"Ryan Moore said we can forget that race
as he didn t switch off and it was a muddling
pace early on," said the trainer.
"He s entitled to go there and take his
chance, but he s got a lot to make up on
Snow Sky on the Hardwicke form."
Snow Sky s owner Khalid Abdullah will
also be doubly represented, with the ultra-
consistent Flintshire crossing the Channel
Andre Fabre s charge was last seen chasing
home wondermare Treve at Saint-Cloud.
Teddy Grimthorpe said: " Flintshire has
been reliably consistent and has been honest
and genuine and one of our top perform-
"Not many horses win a Group One, let
Postponed was third in the Hardwicke
Stakes for Luca Cumani and returns to Ascot
The Newmarket-based Italian is hoping
for an improved performance, granted a
stronger pace, but expects Golden Horn to
be too tough a nut to crack.
He said: "He looks great and goes to the
race in very good form.
"Don t take anything away from the winner
of the Hardwicke, but it was not a very sat-
isfactory race for us.
"We re under no illusions that the race is
a foregone conclusion - Golden Horn is the
best race of his generation.
"For me, Golden Horn should win and
the rest will fight out second place."
Horn blowing hot for King George
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