Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 14th 2015 Contents Leger favourite tops Voltigeur
Storm The Stars, Sky Bet's 5/1 ante-post
favourite for the Ladbrokes St Leger, heads 13
horses confirmed for the Betway Great
Voltigeur Stakes at York on Wednesday.
The William Haggas-trained colt has shown
himself to be one of the best of his generation,
having been placed in the English and Irish
Derbies as well as the Grand Pix de Paris since
he last got his head in front at Goodwood in
Storm The Stars is described as a "probable"
rather than "certain" runner for the Group Two
on the Knavesmire, which is usually a reliable
guide to the final Classic of the season at
Doncaster next month.
"He's a probable runner, not a certain runner
at this stage. It's subject to how he works later
in the week, the ground and everything," said
Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner
Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum.
"The St Leger is still his main objective and if
he thinks the horse needs the run he'll go to
"He's had a quite a lot of races and he's run
very well, but it's about time he won one."
Tashaar, trained by Richard Hannon, has been
supplemented at a cost of £15,000.
Successful on his debut over a mile at
Haydock in May, Tashaar lifted a handicap at
Glorious Godwood over a further three furlongs
in the style of an exciting prospect.
"We've always thought a lot about him. He
was very impressive at Goodwood, and on his
debut," said Harry Herbert, racing manager to
owners Al Shaqab Racing.
"He has thrived since Goodwood. We're
pitching him at the deep end, but we need to
know were we are going with him and we think
York will suit him."
Aidan O'Brien is responsible for no less than
nine of the 13 possibles - Aloft, Bantry Bay,
Bondi Beach, Fields Of Athenry, Giovanni
Canaletto, John F Kennedy, Ol' Man River,
Order Of St George and Outspoken.
David Simcock's Balios, winner of the King
Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, and the
David Brown-trained Medrano complete the
Jockey Andrew McNamara has announced he
is to retire from the saddle at the age of 32.
A 15-times Grade One-winning rider, the
County Limerick pilot famously enjoyed victory
in the Queen Mother Champion Chase when
Newmill scored for John Joseph Murphy at
Cheltenham in 2006.
Other big wins came on the likes of Beef Or
Salmon, Sizing Europe and Hidden Cyclone and
he exits the scene having been associated with
some of the best and most popular horses
around throughout his 16-year career.
McNamara, who will ride for the last time at
Tramore this weekend, said: "I'd wanted to go
out winning the Galway Hurdle on Hidden
Cyclone, but I couldn't do the weight.
"I'm renting some stables at Dot Love's yard,
she is pre-training all the Gigginstown horses
so the facilities are second to none. In that
respect I'll be better off than if I was starting
off somewhere else on my own.
"I bought four horses recently, but I imagine
the first few years will be spent buying and
selling until I get some owners."
Looking back on some of the best days of his
career, McNamara said: "Newmill, on his day,
was a great horse but he only had a few when
he was right at his best. Winning a Champion
Chase was a great thrill."
Friday, August 14, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
You never know what s
round the corner, all of a sud-
den on Tuesday an infection
grounded me and yesterday
and operation was necessary
which literally floored your
Recovery time will be
needed but during a wonderful
spell we re keen to continue
and so I m back home and
hoping to carry on my career
as a full-time racing corre-
You never what you ve got
until you lose it but, hopefully,
all is not lost and Bernie s Boy
will keep me on track with a
nap selection in the 2-y-o
Maiden Stakes over seven fur-
longs of the good to firm
Newmarket July course
A fortnight ago Bernie s Boy
was unluckily beaten in a sim-
ilar race at Glorious Good-
wood, really should have won,
and I ve got slight misgivings
about 5lbs apprentice Rob
Hornsby; never ask a boy to
do a man s job is a well-
known saying and in horse-
racing it certainly seems to
Hornsby is talented and
positive, rides for trainer
Andrew Balding who encour-
ages his jockeys to ride from
Three efforts, third first-
up and second twice Bernie s
Boy is potentially above aver-
age without doubt and his
time-handicap mark certainly
leads me into a decent bet.
12/1 last time, I ll be happy
Had it not been for our sys-
tem which obligates me to
napping losers the next twice
so to speak Manson would
have carried the star at good
Newbury where Manson looks
a real special in division one
of the 2-y-o Maiden Stakes
over seven furlongs.
Manson, a half-brother to
Jack Hobbs, finished strongly
into second over course and
distrance on debut last month
and is a winner waiting to
happen for sure; plenty of
leading bloodstock agents are
keen to get him bought!
Division two is within the
capabilities of Fast And Hot,
a Richard Hannon-trained
days ago. Good to be back.
The two best three-year-olds in
Europe are on course to clash in next
week s Juddmonte International at York
after Golden Horn and Gleneagles fea-
tured among ten remaining entries at
the confirmation stage.
Ascot and Goodwood s loss is York s
gain, with the Derby and Eclipse winner
set to tackle the dual 2,000 Guineas hero
over ten furlongs, as long as the ground
is not too soft.
John Gosden s Golden Horn was due
run in the King George at Ascot but was
pulled out just hours before, while the
Aidan O Brien-trained Gleneagles missed
the Sussex Stakes which had been his
aim since being victorious in the Irish
A third top-class three-year-old in the
race is Roger Charlton s Time Test, one
of the most impressive winners of the
week at Royal Ascot and owned by spon-
sor Khalid Abdullah.
Charlton told the Guardian: "He s got
to work on Friday and, if he does that
well and comes out of it, yes, he s all on
"I m quite pleased he (O Brien) is run-
ning Gleneagles, actually.
"Gleneagles is a dual Guineas winner
and we ve got a Derby-Eclipse (Golden
Horn) winner as well.
"It s going to be a four- or five-horse
race. Golden Horn will have to make the
running. Gleneagles may not get the trip.
"It would be no disgrace to be third.
If we can finish in front of one of them,
or both of them, even better."
The elder brigade is headed by Kevin
Ryan s The Grey Gatsby, second in the
race last year to Australia but ultimately
no match for Golden Horn in the Eclipse
Gosden has a second classy contender
in Mahsoob, also a winner at Royal Ascot,
and he has supplemented Dick Doughty-
wylie, who has been bought by Golden
Horn s owner Anthony Oppenheimer to
presumably act as a pacemaker.
International flavour is added by the
Australian, Criterion, while the sole filly
is David Elsworth s Arabian Queen.
Cougar Mountain and The Corsican
complete the perfect ten.
The most notable defector was Free
Eagle, who is due to be seen next in the
Irish Champion Stakes.
Meanwhile, Sir Michael Stoute s Gospel
Choir will bid to get back on the winning
trail in the Group Three Betfred Geoffrey
Freer Stakes over the extended 1m5f at
Newbury on Saturday.
The Cheveley Park Stud-owned six-
year-old was going for his fourth con-
secutive win in the Group Two Princess
Of Wales s Arqana Racing Club Stakes at
Newmarket s July Festival, but he had to
settle for third place behind Big Orange
and Second Step.
Both of those horses have subsequently
franked the form with Big Orange fol-
lowing up in the Goodwood Cup while
Luca Cumani s Second Step won a Group
One in Germany last weekend.
Gospel Choir will be ridden by Frankie
Dettori for the first time and faces eight
rivals, including Ayrad who was two
lengths adrift of Stoute s horse in the
Princess Of Wales s.
Romsdal, who was third in the King
George on his latest start, represents
Godolphin, while Ed Dunlop s Red
Cadeaux will bid to bounce back from a
disappointing showing in the Hardwicke
Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Pallasator was one of those beaten by
Big Orange in the Goodwood Cup and he
is set to take his chance at Newbury, along
with Andrew Balding s Havana Beat,
Richard Hannon s Windshear and Brian
Meehan s Agent Murphy.
Former Aidan O Brien charge Felix
Mendelssohn, now in the care of David
Simcock, finished behind Ayrad in the
Listed Tapster Stakes at Goodwood in
May and completes the field.
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am --- 19-26
6.30 pm --- 32-5
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 8 5 7 1 21
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 7 5 0 23
05PARSONMAN 5 5 5 3 18
15SICKWOMAN5 5 5 1 16
18WATERBOAT 3 6 7 0 16
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 3 5 0 11
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 6 8 7 0 21
30HOUSECAT 4 5 6 0 15
31PARSONWIFE6 6 4 0 16
34BLINDMAN 3 7 3 2 15
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to Thursday, August 13
6.30 pm 6
25 (Morocoy) 1 pm
33 (Spider) 10.30am
28 (Red Fish) 6.30 pm
2 (Old Lady)
14 (Dead Man)
29 (Opium Man) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
10.20 Fast And Hot
1.30 Bernie's Boy
Bernie's Boy is a nap
Horn, Gleneagles set for York clash
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