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Poet s Prize ticks about every box imag-
inable for success in the fifteen-runner
Maiden Stakes over five furlongs of good
ground Beverley today, a real special
trained by David Barron and ridden for the
first time by his chief enforcer the mer-
curial Graham Gibbons!
This twice-raced Compton Place colt
improved considerably on his promising
Thirsk debut when a strong-finishing run-
ner-up to Gracious John at York in a similar
race ten days ago, having been heavily-backed
in a sound market; on the time-handicap
Poet s Prize found at least a stone!
That s my only reservation, is this too
Recovery time is much-underestimated
and though I ve always held Barron in the
highest regard either Poet s Prize is potentially
group class or he went through the barrier
somewhat with this effort which took him
four lengths and upwards clear of the rest.
An indication of exceptional time-form.
Barron can look at Poet s Prize and believe
earnestly he s fine and ready to do battle
again; that s probably the case but despite
being clear best-in and nigh on a cert he ll
not carry my money unless 2/1 or better.
Rules are rules and to win money at this
toughest game of all it s necessary to observe
them, be strictly disciplined and adopt a
controlled approach; there are no short cuts,
betting has to be a serious business for pun-
ters, in the way it is for bookmakers.
They have no sentiment, dismiss frivolity
and play, 100 per cent to the job in hand,
It s an education go into the betting ring
and watch a high-profile bookmaker plying
his trade, you d learn so much, believe me.
Another good bet should be Barry Hills-
trained, Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned, Mas-
saat, eye-catching on debut eight weeks
ago at Sandown, and sure to be favourite in
the 2-y-o Maiden Stakes at Yarmouth, again
over seven furlongs.
Good to firm is forecast but rain is expect-
ed countrywide which could change calcu-
Massaat represents an anchor for the
daily patent which is all about patience and
Received correspondence from a disap-
pointed reader last week criticising the fact
we give a lot of short-priced winners!
I could pick those myself he wrote but
the aforementioned point(s) made cover the
fact that guessing (for me!) is not an option
and that a short-priced winner is better than
a long-priced loser!
Under: (Last Wednesday)
10.30 am --- 28-8
6.30 pm --- 33-30
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 9 5 7 3 24
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 8 5 1 25
05PARSONMAN 5 5 6 5 20
15SICKWOMAN5 5 6 2 18
18WATERBOAT 4 7 7 1 19
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 3 5 0 11
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 8 7 0 23
30HOUSECAT 5 6 6 2 19
31PARSONWIFE7 7 5 0 19
34BLINDMAN 3 7 4 3 17
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Tuesday, September 15
6.30 pm 7
23 (House) 6.30 pm
18 (Water Boat)
34 (Blind Man)
30 (House Cat)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
35 (Big Snake)
21 (Mouth) 4 pm
11 (Corbeau) 1 pm
26 (Fowl) 10.30am
10.35 Renfrew Street
1.20 Poet's Prize (nap)
Elm Park to rebuild career
Once one of the favourites for this year's Derby,
Elm Park aims to rebuild his career in the
Racehorse Sanctuary Remembers Moorcroft Boy
Fortune Stakes at Sandown today.
The winner of four of his five races at two,
including the Royal Lodge and Racing Post
Trophy, Andrew Balding's colt has not been seen
since beating only one rival at Epsom.
He faces a notable drop in trip for this Listed
contest run over an extended mile and it will
certainly be no walk in the park against the
consistent Gabrial, Decorated Hero and Clive
Cox's improving My Dream Boat.
Elm Park is owned by Qatar Racing, who could
certainly do with a change of fortune after
Simple Verse lost the St Leger on Saturday.
"It seems like a while since we last saw him,"
said David Redvers, racing manager for the
"He's in very good order according to Andrew,
who is very happy with him. This looks like a
perfect race to find out whether we should be
looking at going over ten furlongs or whatever.
"Andrew actually thinks, a bit like Arod (also
owned by Qatar Racing), that he is getting
quicker the older he gets. So we'll see how he
copes over a mile and after this we'll see which
way we'll go.
"Obviously, the hope would be something on
Champions Day but we'll take it a race at a time."
Roger Varian's Decorated Hero was favourite
for the Cambridgeshire before it was announced
he would not be running.
The trainer feels the three-year-old is a Group
horse in the making.
"I think he's better than a handicapper and this
looks a nice race for him," said Varian.
"Obviously he has lengths and pounds to find
on the ratings but he's a capable horse who I've a
lot of time for.
"He's been doing his winning on nice ground
and as a close relation to Gleneagles he wouldn't
want it too soft, so we'll just have to see how it is
"Trying to predict these things is a waste of
time so we'll just have to see."
Dettori says ground
key for Golden Horn
Frankie Dettori feels the ground rather than the
distance will be of more significance to Golden
Horn's prospects in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de
The Italian rider believes John Gosden's
brilliant colt would have been unsuited by the
prevailing conditions at Longchamp for the Arc
Trials meeting on Sunday.
Dettori is also of the opinion Golden Horn
would have won the Irish Champion Stakes at
Leopardstown on Saturday in convincing fashion
but for veering sharply across the track in the
"He did jink at something but take nothing
away from his performance. He beat six Group
One winners and if it wasn't for that jink he'd
have won even easier. He's back to his best after
the blip at York," Dettori told At The Races.
"He's won a Derby over a mile and a half and I
don't think the trip is a problem. I think to get the
best out of him he needs a good surface.
"He might get away with it on good to soft, but
if the Arc had been run on Sunday at Longchamp
where I rode it would have been far too soft for
Having been in action at Longchamp on
Sunday, Dettori expects the three-year-old colts
to give wonder-mare Treve most to do as she
bids to win the Arc for the third year running.
"I thought New Bay won really well. I was
second to him (on Silverware), but he was never
out of third gear," he said.
"I suspect Treve and the three-year-olds - Jack
Hobbs, Golden Horn, New Bay and maybe Found -
will be the major players for the Arc."
Three years ago, the Baskaran Bassawh-
owned chestnut horse Bigman In Town
turned the National Gas Company (NGC)
sponsored Republic Derby into a stroll at
Santa Rosa Park in Arima.
Next Thursday, War Maker will attempt
to do the same when he goes to post for the
final jewel in the "Triple Crown" series of
which he won the first leg, the Guineas.
War Maker will look to turn down the
aspirations of classic contenders, in an event
that will see 13 going to post for a $300,000
first prize on September 24---Republic Day.
At yesterday s press conference at the
Racehorse Owners Association Office at Santa
Rosa Park, Bassawh pulled post position one
for War Maker, which will be ridden by Nobel
Abrego. Trainer John O Brien has a three-
pronged challenge with Criminal Intent which
won the Midsummer Classic and Charismatic
Groom which will be ridden by United States
jockey Elviz Trujillo.
Anthony Nunes will saddle the Jamaican
Kronus for owner Richard Azan while Legal
Adviser will be ridden by Wilmer Galviz.
Barbados will challenge through filly Poetic
Licence which will again be ridden by Ricky
Walcott for trainer Victor Cheeseman. Cloud
Nine, which two weeks ago won the Gleneagle
Stakes, will be in the line up for trainer Dou-
Bigman In Town will be in action in the
co-feature Grade Two-NGC Diamond Stakes
over 1,350 metres. Only seven horses were
entered and Abrego will do the steering from
Also in the event is Thisoneisforron from
the O Brien stables. This horse has been
beaten by Bigman In Town for his entire
career, but Shawn Ellis gets the leg up to
make the difference. He will race from pole
position seven. Princess Popstar will race
from stall five and will be ridden by Brian
Boodramsingh. The speedy Holy Man will
roll from stall one while Control Unit will
jump from stall four.
In the Derek Cozier Classic (GR II) for
West Indian Bred three-year-olds over 1,200
metres, a field of 12 have taken entry with
O Brien sending out a four-pronged attack
with Beterlatethanner, Hail The Chief, Sengeti,
and Turn Me Back. However, Mendez race
Swept Away for owner Russell Ramsammy.
Racing begins for the first time in local
racing history at 10.45 am.
Poet's Prize is right
Bassawh ready to wage War in Derby
THE CNG TRINIDAD DERBY(GR 1) - 2,000M - $500,000
1 War Maker J O'Brien/N Abrego
2 Criminal Intent J O'Brien/K Khelawan
3 Kronus A Nunes/S Ellis
4 Cloud Nine D Bennett/S Muir
5 Royal Pioneer D Mosca/L Ramos
6 Risky Trial G Mendez/R Ali
7 Legal Adviser A Nunes/W Galviz
8 Star Sapphire G Mendez/OWalker
9 Charismatic Groom J O'Brien/E Trujillo
10 Man To Come G Mendez/N Samaroo
11 Bergeron Boy S Khan/PBadrie
12 Morning Calm H Gobin/N Mohammed
13 Poetic Licence V Cheeseman/R Walcott
NGC DIAMOND STAKES (GR 11) -1,350 M -$150,000
1 Holy Man S Khan/P Badrie
2 Nominee K. DeSilva (Jnr)/D Khelawan
3 Coroneo G Subratie/E Trujilio
4 Control Unit G Mendez/W Galviz
5 Princess Popstar G Subratie/B Boodramsingh
6 Bigman In Town H Gobin/N Abrego
7 Thisoneisforron J O'Brien/S Ellis
NGC DEREK COZIER CLASSIC (GR 11)
1,200 M - $100,000
1 Princess Britney T Thomas/N Samaroo
2 Faith M Carew (Jnr)/R Ali
3 Hail The Chief J O'Brien/K Khelawan
4 Turn Me Loose J O'Brien/N Abrego
5 Eat My Dust T Thomas/S Rodrigo
6 Mikeisback H Gobin/R Walcott
7 Swept Away G Mendez/W Galviz
8 Beterlatethannever J'O'Brien/E Trujilio
9 US Marshal H Gobin/J Boodramsingh
10 Blue Oracle S Khan/P Badrie
11 Delightful S Khan/RAngnoo
12 Serengeti J O'Brien/B Boodramsingh
NGC REPUBLIC DAY DERBY MAIN EVENT
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