Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 19th 2015 Contents Maestro Mac should be worth waiting
for at Wolverhampton tonight when
Hughie Morrison s charge attempts to
make it third time lucky in the 2-y-o Maid-
en Stakes over an extended mile of the
much-acclaimed Tapeta surface.
We re extremely lucky to have such vari-
ance at racetracks throughout the United
Kingdom; apart from turf there are polytrack
and fibresand surfaces which give trainers
and owners options and, given their con-
sistency and excellent management, it s one
good reason why we tend to specialise with
all-weather racing to a great extent.
This is especially so in the firm knowledge
that far too any clerks of course water indis-
criminately which that causes inconsistency
and makes punting a guessing game!
Earlier this week (it s now well into Sep-
tember, Autumn to all intents and purposes,
Carlisle clerk Kirkland Tellwright, revealed
he d instructed watering because the weather
forecast suggested dry conditions,it rained
heavily and it was a right mess with mass
Tellwright has a reputation with his record
at Haydock and so one wasn t surprised
but imagine you d spent hours analysing
the Carlisle form.
Patience is the supreme virtue when it
comes serious punting on thoroughbreds
and Morrison exploits it often because he s
rich and able to wait for the right oppor-
tunity; poorer trainers are constantly under
pressure to deliver the goods and the dynam-
ics therefore are totally contrasting. It s all
Following a pleasing debut on Lingfield
polytrack last month Maestro Mac was given
a month recovery time and improved con-
siderably when raced over seven furlongs
of the stiff Ascot course; a placing of seventh
(of ten!) doesn t even begin to tell the story,
this Roderic O Connor colt was beaten only
three lengths in a fast-run race and was
T here are five newcomers, some from
fashionable yards but they ll need to be
above average to cope with an in-form,
Our other two selections this afternoon,
on a day when the impossible-looking Ayr
Gold Cup Handicap, dominates centre stage,
are trained by the indefatigable Richard win-
ning machine Fahey, useful, lightly-raced
juveniles, Nimr and Ribchester.
Both are clear best-in and massively-fan-
cied; more importantly they should trade
at half-decent odds because super-Satur-
day seems to work that way.
There are so many two-year-olds in
action, it s like manna from heaven for yours
truly, and so if you click on to www.dai-
lyearner.co.uk at noon we ll give you more
with realistic opportunities.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, September 19, 2015
Under: (Last Saturday)
10.30 am --- 17-4
6.30 pm --- 4-5
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 7 2 19
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
31PARSONWIFE8 7 5 0 20
34BLINDMAN 3 7 4 3 17
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: FRIDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Friday, September 18
6.30 pm 1
17 (Pigeon) 6.30 pm
31 (Parson Wife)
35 (Big Snake)
35 (Big Snake)
18 (Water Boat)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
35 (Big Snake)
28 (Red Fish) 4 pm
23 (House) 1 pm
29 (Opium Man) 10.30am
Just wait for the Maestro
2.15 RIBCHESTER (e.w.)
3.15 NIMR (e.w.)
8.10 MAESTRO MAC (nap)
Christchurch put his previous experience to
good use to open his account at the third time of
asking in the Al Basti Equiworld EBF Stallions
Maiden Stakes at Newbury, yesterday.
Bounced straight out into the lead by Jimmy For-
tune, the Brian Meehan-trained two-year-old
appeared to relish the drop back to six furlongs
after registering a battling success from the front.
Although both favourite Operative and Fighting
Temeraire held every chance late on, the 5/1 shot,
who had finished third on both his previous starts,
had more than enough in hand to score by a length
James Doyle got his timing spot on to get Keep
In Line (7/2) up in the dying strides of the Dubai
Duty Free Finest Surprise Handicap.
Showing a resolute attitude, the Saeed bin Suroor-
trained three-year-old added to his sole victory to
date this term at Windsor with a slender success
in the mile-and-a-half affair.
Favourite Satellite, having enjoyed the run of the
race out in front, looked to have things under control
entering the final two furlongs in his bid to follow
up his recent victory at the track.
However, when push came to shove the response
was limited and his appetite for a battle was soon
questioned as the eventual winner moved along-
Although under pressure from a long way out,
Keep In Line responded well to forge ahead deep
inside the final furlong and score by a neck.
Fractal returned to winning ways after staying
on best of all to claim a first victory of the campaign
in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap.
David Simcock s 5/2 chance followed up a solid
third at Haydock last month when putting his head
in front for the first time since scoring at Chepstow
over a year ago.
Despite looking somewhat reluctant to go past
odds-on favourite Memorial Day, the four-year-
old was nursed into the lead late on by Jamie Spencer
before crossing the line with a length and a quarter
Stormy Antarctic came from last to first to run
out a decisive winner of the Haynes, Hanson &
Clark Conditions Stakes.
Placed at Windsor and Ascot before making it
third time lucky at Sandown last month, the Ed
Walker-trained juvenile was sent off at 9/2 for what
is traditionally a strong event.
George Baker was happy to play the waiting game,
positioning his mount at the rear of the field, before
allowing him to edge closer from halfway.
The pacesetting Navajo War Dance put up a bold
effort from the front and briefly looked to have cut
loose, but Stormy Antarctic reeled him in and was
well on top at the finish.
Special Season, the 8/13 favourite following a
stunning Sandown debut, came through to beat
Navajo War Dance to the runner-up spot, a length
and a half behind the winner.
Frankie Dettori produced Hathal with a well-
timed challenge to land the Dubai Duty Free Cup.
The William Haggas-trained three-year-old was
the 5/2 favourite for the Listed feature, fitted with
cheekpieces for the first time and bidding to go
one place better than when runner-up in a valuable
York handicap last month.
Dettori sat last early on before bustling his mount
along to take closer order on the far side of the
Ascription quickened up well to run to the lead,
with Marsh Hawk and the tough-as-teak Dark
Emerald both on the scene, but Hathal finished
best to take the prize by three-quarters of a length.
Walcott won twice to lead a
Caribbean domination of the
seven-race card at Northlands
Park, Canada, Wednesday.
The 26-year-old, hunting a
fifth consecutive title at the
western Canada race track,
scored with favourite Holy Force
in race two and returned in the
day s final race to win with 12--1
outsider Skimmer Jim.
With just over a month left
in the season, Walcott is the
comfortable leader with 116
wins, already 57 clear of the sec-
ond placed Scott Williams on
59.Young Jamaican Tony Maragh
is back in third on 40 wins.
Walcott opened his account
in race two over a mile, making
all the running with the four-
year-old filly Holy Force, to beat
the three-year-old and upward
fillies and mares which have
never won three races, by five
In another mile trip in race
seven, Walcott guided the five-
year-old bay gelding Skimmer
Jim to a strong two-length vic-
tory over the three-year-olds
The pair stalked from just off
the pace set by favourite Her-
culean before driving strongly
into the stretch and edging away
Antiguan jockey Kwame Joseph
continued to impress, albeit
notching only his fifth win in
73 rides this season.
The virtually unknown rider
reached the winners enclosure
when he steered 12--1 bet Jazzy
Notion to a narrow win over the
three-year-old and upward
Going a mile, Joseph opened
up a near five-length lead with
the three-year-old gelding, was
then forced to duel into the
stretch with 38--1 longshot Never
Everever, before staving off the
fast-finishing Airship by a nose.
There were also wins for
Maragh, who won race five over
six furlongs with Clever Classy
Gal and for fellow Jamaican
Dane Nelson, who captured race
six over six furlongs with 11--1
chance Grandpa George. CMC
Walcott at double as Caribbean riders dominate
A setback forced connections of Intilaaq
to scrap plans to run him in the Dubai
Duty Free Legacy Cup at Newbury on Sat-
The lightly-raced three-year-old looked
a top-class colt in the making when romping
to victory by five lengths over John Smith s
Cup winner Master Carpenter in the Group
Three Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock
As yet, no plans have been made for Roger
Varian s charge.
"He s knocked a joint," said Angus Gold,
racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan
"Roger will just get him right first before
we decide what to do."
Gold also revealed Mustajeeb missed the
Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock as trainer
Dermot Weld felt the four-year-old was not
100 per cent.
Weld had been waiting for an ease in
conditions before running him again fol-
lowing the Nayef colt s fifth in the Diamond
Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
"He just wasn t quite right and we ve got
to get him back fighting before we go again.
I haven t spoken to Dermot, so I don t know
yet," he said.
"He just wasn t happy with him in his
last bit of work before Haydock. I ll just
have to wait."
Gold had more positive news about
exciting two-year-old colt Tashweeq, who
landed the Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes
in eyecatching fashion at Doncaster last
"It s got to be discussed, but I wouldn t
count out the Dewhurst," he said.
Plans on hold for Intilaaq
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