Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 21st 2015 Contents Massaat, backed to 2/7 at Yarmouth
last Wednesday on the back of an
extremely promising Sandown debut
eight weeks before, attempts to make it
third time lucky in the Maiden Stakes
over seven furlongs of Leicester this
afternoon; let me explain!
Barry Hills, private trainer to Hamdan
Al Maktoum, with a team of about 40
superbly-bred thoroughbreds in Lambourn,
was delighted with the progression of Mas-
saat and journeyed him to the east coast
venue where this Teofilio colt would have
faced a simple task; unfortunately Massaat
dislodged a shoe on the way to post and
had to be withdrawn.
Massaat was fine when returning to
Hills yard, hence the declaration for this
sixteen-runner event which doesn t look
anything like as cut n dried; there are six
newcomers, several from fashionable
yards, and Godolphin field once-raced
Clock Watcher, a Shamardal colt that
shaped well first-up and is reckoned useful
by Charlie Appleby, trainer of Emotion-
There is also confidence behind a couple
of others and so if Massaat is to fulfil a
Dewhurst date against sensational Don-
caster winner Emotionless next month he
will need to replicate the form which
enabled him to be beaten a head, when a
strong-finishing second to Taneen under
On the time-handicap Massaat is best-
in but not an odds-on chance!
Running in tandem will be two other
eight-race programmes at Hamilton and
Kempton where the first four races on
the popular polytrack surface will be for
There was a suggestion of going to
Leicester now I ll be confined to viewing,
earnestly, all the action on lounge TV,
watching and learning!
Twice-raced Joules handled poly well
when a strong-finishing runner-up to
Valko over six at Kempton five weeks ago
and against what looks a weak field Charles
Hills charge could well make it third time
lucky, James Doyle rides; that s a bonus
even though this so-called in-form trainer
has managed only 59 winners in eleven
months with a 150-plus string!
Teresar is an obvious danger but others
aren t coloured.
Albe Back is becoming frustrating for
Richard Hannon and races for the fourth
time when pitched against nine rivals in
the 2-y-o Maiden Stakes over ten furlongs,
a long way for a juvenile!
Last time out, ten days ago when two
necks behind Jim Dandy over a mile at
Salisbury this Archipenko colt looked all
about stamina and I ll go along with the
judgement of Hannon, and the TH mark!
Monday, September 21, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am --- 5-36
6.30 pm --- 6-30
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 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 6 6 6 2 20
31PARSONWIFE8 7 5 0 20
34BLINDMAN 3 7 4 3 17
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, September 19
6.30 pm 0
17 (Pigeon) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
15 (Sick Woman)
28 (Red Fish) 4 pm
3 (Carriage) 1 pm
30 (House Cat) 10.30am
10.40 Albe Back
Willie Mullins is looking forward to plot-
ting the winter campaign for his big guns
including Faugheen and Douvan.
It will be up to the young stars to help
fill the void left by the retirement of the 22-
times Grade One winner Hurricane Fly.
His record-breaking triumphs included
two Champion Hurdles in 2011 and 2013,
but this year s renewal was won by stable-
He is owned by Rich Ricci, who also has
Douvan, impressive winner of the Supreme
Novices Hurdle, among his talented team
But whether he goes novice chasing
straight away is one of the many subjects
yet to be discussed by trainer and owner.
"Douvan has put on a bit of condition.
He was always very rakish looking," Mullins
told At The Races.
"Faugheen has tremendous condition. He
had nice condition last year, but he is stronger
again this year.
"They have all done well over the summer.
I just want the weather to break before we
start upping them to really fast work.
"We haven t discussed anything yet. There
will be a pow-wow one of these days and
we will see what will happen.
"I don t really know which way Richard
(Rich Ricci, owner) is thinking, but we will
get round the table at some stage and go
through them all."
Asked to name one young horse to watch
out for, Mullins chose Admiral Chief, a four-
year-old gelding by Presenting, owned by
Gigginstown house Stud.
"There is a nice horse catching my eye
every morning called Admiral Chief, he s a
Gigginstown bumper horse," he said.
"He is a chaser down the line but he covers
a lot of ground, so let s hope Michael O Leary
wasn t planning a big gamble on him!"
Meanwhile, First Selection could go to
France in a bid to give first-season trainer
Simon Crisford his first Group One success.
The Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at
Longchamp on Arc day (October 4) is under
consideration for the Diktat colt, who gave
Crisford his biggest success to date in the
Group Three Solario Stakes at Sandown last
"We ve got him in lots of races and I think
the Lagardere is the one Simon s thinking
about at the moment," said Bruce Raymond,
racing manager for owner Abdulla Al Man-
"The owner bought him at Ascot breeze-
up in April (for £42,000). He liked him a
lot when he saw him.
"He s obviously got good judgement and
the horse has done nothing but develop.
He s done really well and is a good sort."
Bondi Beach and Kingfisher could be Aidan
O Brien s first runners in the Emirates Melbourne
Cup for seven years.
Irish St Leger hero Order Of St George is a third
possible for the race that stops a nation after
leading Australian owner Lloyd Williams purchased
shares in all three.
The trio will go into quarantine, although O Brien
revealed that Bondi Beach, the promoted Ladbrokes
St Leger winner, and Ascot Gold Cup runner-up
Kingfisher were the more likely to make the trip
to Australia for the Flemington showpiece on
Speaking at Gowran Park, O Brien said: "The
three of them are possibles for the Melbourne Cup,
obviously. They have to go into quarantine with
us on Tuesday and they ll possibly go in anyway.
"It s looking very possible that Bondi Beach and
Kingfisher will go and we have to make a final
decision on Order Of St George.
"It s a very prestigious race and obviously a very
hard race to win. Not many races stop a nation."
Eagle defeat put
down to ground
John Gosden felt the ground at Newbury was
Eagle Top s undoing as he could finish only third
in the Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup on Saturday.
The four-year-old was sent off the odds-on
favourite for the one-mile-three-furlong event
but after attempting to make virtually all under
Frankie Dettori, Eagle Top faded into third behind
Gosden could now look towards the Breeders
Cup meeting at Keeneland on October 31 for his
charge, although quick ground is essential to any
He said: "Eagle Top got stuck in the ground at
Newbury. I have never double declared a horse
in my life. I did it because I was concerned about
the sun at Newbury the day before drying it out
and turning it into gluepot conditions. In the end
maybe we should have gone to Ayr.
"We will just see how he comes out of it when
we get him home. His greatest race was defeating
Adelaide in the King Edward VII Stakes. He is
not bred for that fast ground, but that is what
he likes. Even in the King George he was caught
out a bit.
lengthy spell out
Paul Carberry is to be transferred to hospital
in Dublin on Monday following a successful oper-
ation on his left leg.
The veteran jump jockey was taken to Tralee
Hospital after breaking his femur in a fall at Listowel
He underwent surgery on Saturday evening and
faces a lengthy period on the sidelines.
The 41-year-old was riding Rich Coast for his
boss Noel Meade in the Allman Contracts Limited
Beginners Chase when they came down at the first
"The surgery went very well, so the plan is to
transfer him back up to Dublin tomorrow under
the care of Mr Paddy Kenny. They ve done a great
job on him," said Dr Adrian McGoldrick, the Irish
Turf Club s senior medical officer.
"He will be out for a minimum of four months."
Carberry tweeted: "Op went well. Off now three
to four months, will go insane. Thanks everyone
for the well wishes."
O'Brien could aim
duo at Melbourne
Massaat is 'best-in'
Mullins ponders options for big guns
Willie Mullins says Faugheen has
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