Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 6th 2015 Contents Last Star Falling could well make it
third time lucky in the Maiden Fillies
Auction Stakes over seven furlongs at
Brighton today; if all eight decs go to
post Henry Spiller s charge is nailed on
for one of three places, her sixth to Ren-
frew Street on a similar good surface,
around Beverley last month, bears close
A 100/1 chance this Acclamation filly
chased the all-the-way Mark Johnston-
trained winner until giving best two out
and, in the closing stages, Jack Mitchell
wisely allowed Last Star Falling to coast
Obviously 80-rated Art Echo will again
be favourite but a moderate experience
on soft at Goodwood thirteen days ago
may have left its mark; an odds-on
favourite, beaten TWELVE LENGTHS!
Others make little appeal but you can
bet Last Star Falling will improve, that
the sympathy will be repaid; make sure
they all run before committing!
Early Bird has Lady Nayef to beat in
the twelve-runner Maiden Stakes over
five furlongs at good to firm Catterick;
they are drawn tow and twelve respec-
That accounts for Lady Nayef and with
Richard winning machine Fahey hell bent
on making Jack Garrity champion appren-
tice Early Bird is an obvious choice; his
3lbs allowance is also a bonus.
Our Joy is one of twelve decs for divi-
sion one of the Maiden Fillies Stakes over
seven furlongs at Leicester on a good
surface which will be like a carpet; the
old place is looking wonderful due to
excellent husbandry by experienced
We ve been waiting for this well-regard-
ed Clive Cox-trained Kodiac filly, beaten
only two lengths in a fiercely-competitive
nursery over an extended six furlongs at
Doncaster last month; a cracking nap
We ll play an each-way treble, serious-
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Freddy Head is admant everything is
falling into place for Solow s bid to land
the QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at
Ascot, one of the highlights of QIPCO
British Champions Day.
The five-year-old is unbeaten in his last
eight starts and has already made two suc-
cessful cross-Channel forays this term, win-
ning the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and
the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.
Both of those victories came on good
ground, but speaking to a party of British
media on Monday morning, Head believed
that a soft surface could produce an even
He said: "He is working well and I find
him in his best form, I think, so there we
are. He knows the course, I hope we get a
little rain and that s all. Are we going to
win? We don t know yet.
"When he won at Goodwood it was quite
firm, Dubai too, but it s a plus, let s say, if
he gets his ground. We haven t run him on
the soft this year, but I know it s a bit of
Solow has not run since that Goodwood
triumph at the end of July but Head reports
him to have sparkled in a recent racecourse
He said: "I took him to the racecourse
last Monday at Maisons-Laffitte and he
worked over a mile. That was his first bit
of good work since Goodwood and it went
well." Solow kicked off his run of four
straight Group One wins in the Dubai Turf
at Meydan back in March and a return trip
could be in the offing, although the grey
gelding will not be tackling the Breeders
Cup meeting later this month at Keeneland.
Head explained: "It (Ascot) will be his
last start for the year. After the race he will
go to the Wertheimers stud for a few weeks
before we think about Dubai again.
"I do not think (Keeneland) will suit him
but next year (at Santa Anita), we will think
"Last year he did great things. He was
impressive in Dubai but still I think the
opposition wasn t as good as that he met
later, so what impressed me was when he
won at Ascot.
"He was very impressive that day, beating
Esoterique but everybody said Oh, you beat
"Then at Longchamp he was very impres-
sive again. He s a real champion.
"A very versatile horse, he can turn, he
can go anywhere. He s a very, very easy
horse, a lovely horse, beautiful, a good mover,
he s got everything. He s had a few problems
in the past but they re all finished now. He s
had joint problems but nothing serious.
That s why we cut him.
"I always thought he was going to be a
good horse and he let us down a bit at the
beginning of his three-year-old career, but
I was running him [over] too far. I thought
he could stay and it appeared that he s a
real miler, which is strange with his pedigree,
but there we are.
"I think in the Queen Elizabeth we ll get
a bit of soft ground and he will be hard to
"He is very, very well. He s fresh too. In
Dubai you have to start the season very
early, then after that we went to Longchamp,
then Ascot, so Goodwood maybe was the
end of that run and he needed a rest then.
I m very happy, very happy."
Dettori thanks Sheikh
for 'golden memories'
Frankie Dettori has thanked Sheikh Joaan Al
Thaani and Al Shaqab for letting him ride
Golden Horn this season.
The resurgent jockey has had an incredible
2015, in which he has ridden many winners for
his retained owners Al Shaqab racing---
including star two-year-old colt Shalaa.
However, he hasn't ridden the Al Shaqab-
owned Treve since last year's Royal Ascot at
the request of trainer Criquette Head-Maarek,
with Thierry Jarnet keeping his association
with the two-time Arc winner.
That has allowed Dettori to develop his own
relationship with John Gosden's Golden Horn,
the pair winning the Derby, Coral-Eclipse and
Irish Champion Stakes together before their
crowning glory at Longchamp on Sunday.
Dettori said: "I am extremely grateful to his
highness Sheikh Joaan Al Thaani for letting me
continue to ride Golden Horn during the course
of this season.
"It was a very sporting gesture to greet me
so graciously after Golden Horn won the Arc
and Treve remains a legend.
"I couldn't be more pleased with how this
season has gone and I am very thankful to Al
Shaqab for their continued support."
De Sousa lands
Silvestre De Sousa took a step nearer to
being crowned champion jockey for the first
time by landing a 69-1 double at Pontefract.
The busy Brazilian has what looks an
unassailable lead in the race to be Britain's
number one with less than two weeks to go in
the revamped title race and he struck on
Kassia and Somethingthrilling.
Kassia (9-1) enjoyed a dream run on the far
rail to win the DEM Window Solutions Nursery
The Mick Channon-trained filly missed the
break but made up the ground with ease and
was a worthy winner even though Noble Peace
ran on well down the centre of the course to
get within a neck of her at the line.
Somethingthrilling (6-1) looked just that as
she overcame a tardy start to run away with
the Buy Your 2016 Annual Badge Today
Maiden Stakes on her racecourse debut.
The daughter of Makfi is trained by David
Elsworth, who provided De Sousa with a Group
One triumph in the Juddmonte International at
York with a shock victory on Arabian Queen
over Sunday's Arc hero Golden Horn.
Angel done for the season
Mecca's Angel isn't likely to run again this
season following her no-show in the Prix de
l'Abbaye at Longchamp on Sunday.
Trainer Michael Dods deemed the Paris
going unsuitably fast for the Group One sprint
and that is likely to be that for 2015, the year
in which she broke her duck at the top level
thanks to a scintillating Nunthorpe win.
"It was frustrating, but you've seen what she
can do when she has her conditions," Dods told
"It was disappointing but the right decision.
"We'll have a think and see what she will do.
"It will probably be that for the season but I'll
have a word [with the owner] before we make
In a bid to improve her chances of
encountering her preferred softer conditions,
Dods is considering stepping Mecca's Angel up
in trip at some point next year.
"She wasn't stopping in the Nunthorpe and
would've won over six that day," he said.
"I think we've got to go to six and that will
open a few more doors. I think we'll definitely
try her over six at some stage."
9.50 Last Star Falling
10.00 Early Bird
10.10 Our Joy
Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am --- 10-6
6.30 pm --- 17-23
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 9 5 7 3 24
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 9 5 1 26
05PARSONMAN 5 5 6 5 20
15SICKWOMAN5 5 9 2 21
18WATERBOAT 4 9 7 1 21
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 4 5 0 12
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 8 7 0 23
30HOUSECAT 7 7 6 2 22
31 PARSONWIFE 10 7 5 0 22
34BLINDMAN 3 7 4 3 17
35BIGSNAKE 10 6 3 1 20
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, October 5
6.30 pm 8
16 (Jamette) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
21 (Mouth) 4 pm
27 (Little Snake) 1 pm
30 (House Cat) 10.30am
35 (Big Snake)
Catch Early Bird
Head full of confidence over Solow
"A very versatile horse, he can turn, he can go anywhere.
He's a very, very easy horse, a lovely horse, beautiful, a
good mover, he's got everything. He's had a few problems
in the past but they're all finished now. He's had joint
problems but nothing serious."
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