Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 28th 2015 Contents Tashweeq will be subject of serious focus
in the two-year-old Maiden Stakes over
seven furlongs of good ground Newmarket
July course today; serious-minded pro-
fessionals intent on making a journey to
HQ and making it pay!
On a point of classification Newmarket
maidens are the pinnacle; experience is
needed to know exactly what is required to
win them and trainer John Gosden will be
aware that once-raced Tashweeq certainly
ticks enough boxes judged on his second
to Justice Day over a similar distance on
soft at Newbury a fortnight back.
Well-backed on the strength of promising
gallops, Tashweeq was a bit sluggish early
on under Paul Hanagan but soon settled
into a smooth rhythm; at halfway this Ham-
dan Al Maktoum-owned Big Bad Bob colt
began to take issue but found the David
Elsworth-trained favourite, which made all,
too strong in the closing stages.
Others were nigh on four lengths and
upwards in arrears, testimony to the strong
gallop which sorted out the wheat from the
Genuine pace is vital to compute times
accurately and the reason why we prefer to
analyse and select races of seven furlongs
or less; obviously not all are run strongly
but the majority are and experience indicates
when that is not the case. Two-year-olds
are my speciality and solving the annual
jigsaw the ultimate fascination.
In summary the time-handicap mark
achieved by Tashweeq wins this-type race
nine times out of ten!
An eight-race programme commences
with two divisions of the 2-y-o Maiden Fil-
lies Stakes over seven furlongs; several have
posted alf decent TH marks but none good
enough and so it would be a guessing game
as to what they will do second time out
and how good a clutch of well-bred un-
raced types are; never guess!
One of five other scheduled fixtures is at
Goodwood where a soft surface shouldn t
hinder prospects of Richard Hannon-trained
Hairdryer in the six-runner two-year-old
Maiden Stakes over a mile; third time lucky
Just skirting through other juvenile races
and came across Young Windsor and Ann
Duffield s charge appears thrown in the
nursery handicap over six furlongs at Hamil-
ton where it s forecast good for an evening
A good each-way bet if all eight run!
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Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am --- 6-26
6.30 pm --- 10-21
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 8 5 7 3 23
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 8 5 1 25
05PARSONMAN 5 5 5 3 18
15SICKWOMAN5 5 5 1 16
18WATERBOAT 4 6 7 0 17
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 3 5 0 11
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 7 8 7 0 22
30HOUSECAT 5 5 6 0 16
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 27
6.30 pm 8
4 (Dead Man) 6.30 pm
28 (Red Fish)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
27 (Little Snake)
31 (Parson Wife)
32 (Shrimp) 4 pm
12 (King) 1 pm
18 (Water Boat) 10.30am
Hairdryer to blow past all
1.20 YOUNG WINDSOR
for Sprint Cup
Magical Memory is likely to be supplemented
for the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock at Monday s
Frankie Dettori recommended to connections
they look at running the progressive three-year-
old in the Group One at Haydock on Saturday
week after he steered the three-year-old sprinter
to victory in the Stewards Cup at Glorious Good-
That could well turn into a reality as trainer
Charlie Hills took the three-year-old gelding out
of his other option, Saturday s Listed Hopeful
Stakes at Newmarket, at the 48-hour final dec-
Sam Hoskins, racing manager for owners Kennet
Valley Thoroughbreds, said: "We ll have a look at
the weather forecast and see what the ground is
like on Monday morning and then I think we ll
put him in there.
"There s no such thing as an easy Group One,
but it looks an open affair. He s a progressive horse
and there s not that much difference between these
good handicappers and good sprinters.
"Frankie Dettori s recommended we do it and
Charlie as well, so we ll see what happens on Mon-
George Baker is leaning towards sending Belgian
Bill on his travels again after giving him an entry
into next month s Ricoh Woodbine Mile.
Plans had been in place to run the globetrotting
seven-year-old in the Balmoral Handicap on Cham-
pions Day at Ascot on October 17, following his
creditable in defeat in the Arlington Million earlier
With Baker concerned over the prospect of the
ground being too soft for his stable star at the
Berkshire track, he is considering aiming the six-
times race winner at the Grade One prize, won
last year by the David Simcock-trained Trade Storm,
on September 13 instead.
Baker said: "We have given Belgian Bill an entry
into the Woodbine Mile and we will see how that
"I see that Olly Stevens may send Lightning
Spear there, but Belgian Bill is a horse that thrives
on his travelling.
"The ground might have gone against him by
the time the Balmoral Handicap comes round in
the autumn, so we might go over to Canada instead
before he has his break for Dubai."
Burke plots Quiet Ayr raid
Karl Burke believes early interference cost Quiet
Reflection the chance of finishing closer in the
Lowther Stakes at York last week.
The impressive first-time-out Hamilton maiden
winner finished a creditable fifth behind Besharah
in the six-furlong Group Two on the Knavesmire.
Burke is now considering sending the two-year-
old north of the border on her next start, having
identified two potential races at next month s
William Hill Gold Cup Festival at Ayr.
The North Yorkshire handler said: "We just
wanted a nice, smooth run with her, but we didn t
exactly get that.
"She was badly hampered in the first 50 yards
and that takes a lot for an inexperienced horse to
get over, let alone an experienced one.
"She never really recovered from that, which
was a shame as she is a good filly.
"I am not saying she would have won, but she
would have been good enough to challenge for
third at least."
David Elsworth has raised
the possibility of swerving the
Irish Champion Stakes with
Arabian Queen in favour of a
shot at the Prix Vermeille.
The Newmarket handler is
considering stepping the surprise
winner of the Juddmonte Inter-
national Stakes up in trip for the
mile-and-a-half Group One
contest on September 13.
Should Elsworth head to
Longchamp with the Jeff Smith-
owned filly, it would almost cer-
tainly see her lock horns with
Treve, who remains on course
to take in the race which she
won in 2013 as she prepares to
bid for an unprecedented third
Prix de l Arc de Triomphe.
Elsworth said: "Plans are fluid
at the moment. She could be
supplemented for the Irish
Champion Stakes, but we will
make that decision nearer the
time. The decision will be made
on what the ground is.
"A lot of the fancied runners
for Ireland prefer faster ground,
where we prefer a bit of give.
"We entered her in the Ver-
meille two days ago. I have not
seen the entries in that, but I
imagine Treve will turn up. She
is a hell of a filly, but we might
chuck her in the ring with her.
"One of these two options
will be her next race. The plan
will then be to go for the Fillies
And Mares race at Ascot on
Champions Day, then we will
put her away until next year.
She is out of Barshiba and there
is plenty of stamina on her side
of the family. Like all good stay-
ers, she has got bags of speed
and we are relishing a crack at
that trip (mile and a half)."
Reflecting back on the three-
year-old s battling triumph in
the Group One event on the
Knavesmire over then-unbeaten
Derby and Eclipse winner Gold-
en Horn, the Egerton House Sta-
bles handler revealed he was
optimistic of a bold performance
in the build-up to the race.
He said: "We had a good feel-
ing about her going into York
and that is why we thought she
would give a good showing.
"But at any level there is a
certain amount of guess work
involved, especially when you
are taking on an unbeaten colt.
You can have fighting ability and
finish last, but she has talent."
Meanwhile Dutch Connection
is set to be rerouted to the Qatar
Prix du Moulin at Longchamp
on September 13, granted suit-
able conditions, after being taken
out of the Doom Bar Celebration
Trainer Charlie Hills is happy
to wait for the Group One on
Arc Trials Day as the ground at
Goodwood on Saturday will be
too soft for the classy three-
"I think all being well if the
ground is OK he ll run in the
Moulin," said Hills. He s in great
form. I am very pleased with
Dutch Connection has served
his Lambourn trainer well this
season, winning the Jersey
Stakes at Royal Ascot and fin-
ishing second in the Prix Jean
Prat at Chantilly and the Lennox
Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Treve clash possible for Queen
Arabian Queen could take on Treve in her backyard.
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