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Hillside Dream attempts to make it ninth
time lucky in the Maiden Stakes over six
furlongs of good to soft Leicester this after-
noon and trainer James Tate appears to
have found a good opportunity for this con-
sistent, hitherto luckless, Dream Ahead
Following a promising career-best effort
over a similar distance at Newmarket in Sep-
tember the optimistic owners chanced a
crack over an extra furlong at the same Row-
ley Mile course in one of those valuable
Sales races, which are often dominated by
group class thoroughbreds; Aidan O Brien-
trained Alice Springs provided a classic exam-
ple and bolted up, unchallenged.
Obviously Hillside Dream was outclassed
but sympathetically ridden when the ambi-
tious cause was hopeless; this is much more
her grade and with a 5lbs fillies allowance
appears to have only one serious rival, Equi-
star, similarly vexing and racing for the sixth
time. They are rated, officially, to dead-heat
but Hillside Dream has achieved a better
time-figure. Over the same course and dis-
tance no surprise if twice-raced, Clive Cox-
trained, Perfect Quest, causes one in the
nine-runner Maiden Fillies Stakes; her
unflattering form figures bear close inspec-
Perfect Quest was also not knocked about
when seventh to Rostova at Salisbury earlier
this month but her time-handicap mark puts
this Bushranger firmly on the premises and
makes for a good-priced each-way bet.
In opposition Shine Likeadiamond, second
in her last five outings, has only raced over
the minimum trip to date; will Mick Chan-
non s latest gamble pay off?
Running in tandem will be another eight-
race programme on soft ground Redcar
where Soldier In Action and Paul Mulrennan
look a winning combination for the Maiden
Stakes over nine furlongs on the back of an
eye-catching Musselburgh debut 13 days ago.
The Godolpin-owned newcomer, Parliamen-
tarian, is fancied but will need to be useful!
EDMONTON---All that is left to be seen
is if four-time reigning Northlands Park
champion Rico Walcott can eclipse 140
wins for the third straight season.
Since the start of August, he has been
assured of his fifth straight title after opening
up a huge lead on the field, and heads into
Saturday s final day of the season with 137
wins -- just three short of reaching the land-
He finished with 141 last season and 148
in 2013 and with eight rides on Saturday s
11-race card, he finds himself with ample
opportunity to seal the three winners he
Riding on the penultimate day of the six-
month campaign on Friday, the Barbadian
Walcott rode a brace -- scoring in race two
with favourite Tizagogo when he made all
the running over six furlongs to beat the
two-year-old maidens by six lengths.
The chestnut gelding held off Flipper
Zipper through the half-mile before getting
clear in the stretch to reach the wire without
Walcott then had to wait until race seven
on the nine-race card before he could reach
the winners enclosure again, guiding another
odds-on bet Marry Me Vicky to a 6-1/2
length victory over the three-year-old and
upward fillies and mares which have not
won a race this year.
Going 6-1/2 furlongs, Walcott used
another gate-to-wire effort to get the five-
year-old mare to the wire easily.
Heading into Saturday s final day, Scott
Williams lies second on 72 wins, with Shan-
non Beauregard third on 53. Jamaican Tony
Maragh is fourth on 47. (CMC)
Concorde flies in
Leigh Roche was coolness personified as Silver
Concorde snatched victory from the jaws of defeat
in the TOTE November Handicap at Leopardstown.
He was trapped on the far rail inside the final fur-
long but managed to pull Dermot Weld's lightly-
raced seven-year-old in the nick of time.
Sr Cartage took the 23 runners along and led into
the final furlong where the race reached its climax.
George Baker's Guard Of Honour looked for a mo-
ment as though he might go one better than in the
Irish Cesarewitch, but there was no denying Silver
Concorde (10/1) as the 2014 Cheltenham Bumper
winner grabbed the initiative.
Beaten favourite when seventh in the Irish Ce-
sarewich two weeks ago, he made amends with a
neck verdict over Guard Of Honour (12/1), with Sr
Cartage (8/1) a neck back in third.
Pyromaniac (11/1) was fourth in a tight affair.
It was tough luck on newly-crowned Irish cham-
pion jockey Pat Smullen as he rejected Silver Con-
corde in favour of stablemate Zafayan.
"It's a tough race and always a difficult one to call.
He's a Grade One Cheltenham winner," said Weld.
"He ran a very good race in the Irish Cesarewitch
when there was no gallop and it didn't suit him.
"Everything went right and he just got there on
"I only have a couple of jumpers this year and the
plan with him is to reappear at Christmas in a
"The last time he ran here he was fourth in a
Grade One hurdle. We'll see how he gets on at
Christmas. He is a Cheltenham bumper winner and
It was business as usual as Ireland's champion
Flat trainer Aidan O'Brien took the opening race with
Pretty Perfect on the final day of the turf season at
Ridden positively by O'Brien's daughter Anna, the
daughter of Galileo was always handy as she took
the Tote Pick6 Races 1 To 6 EBF Fillies Maiden by
two and a quarter lengths from Crafted Jewel.
Somehow, also trained by O'Brien, was half-a-
length back in third behind the 7/1 winner.
"I'm very happy with that. She came forward
nicely from her first run," said O'Brien snr of the win-
"Ana got an easy lead in front and gave her a
Awtaad (11/8 favourite), third on his debut just
two weeks ago, wasted no more time to open his ac-
count as he strode to victory in the Tote Quickpick
Now Available EBF Maiden.
The Kevin Prendergast-trained colt swept past
Araqeel in the same colours of owner Sheikh Ham-
dan Al Maktoum, to score by two lengths from
O'Brien's newcomer Bravery.
"He came on well and is a nice horse. I think he
could be a Group horse, hopefully," said Prendergast.
"He has plenty of gears. I'd say we'd be looking at
a mile at the moment and I wouldn't try and chance
him over any further.
"We'll see in the early part of next season where
we go. He'll probably run in one of the Guineas trials.
I'll talk to the boss (Sheikh Hamdan) and see what
he says, but that's the idea.
"He travels very easily and has another gear."
Theodorico (even-money favourite) was rewarded
for being placed in all his previous starts when fi-
nally getting his head in front in the Tote Jackpot
Races 3 To 6 Nursery.
It was hard work for Kevin Manning as he had to
keep rousting Jim Bolger's Godolphin colt to hold Or-
angey Red by half a length.
However, Bolger was pleased with the perform-
ance as he felt the application of cheekpieces did not
suit the son of Teofilo.
"He may not have faced up to the cheekpieces.
They were no help to him," said the trainer.
"That's the minimum trip for him. I don't think the
ground is a factor---he'll go on any ground.
"The next time we'll see him is in a Derby trial,
Champion owner - Shivam Maharaj and
trainer Harriram Gobin burst into the lead
as top buyers in yesterday s Stud Farm Asso-
ciation (SFA) Yearling Sale, held in front of
the Racehorse Trainers Association (RTA)
Pavilion, at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
Gobin signed the sale ticket for Lot 8, a
well built chestnut filly by Charismatic
Cat/Let s Go Honey, which fetched $150,000.
The filly was bred at the Poon Tip Stud Farm
which was responsible for the dead-heaters
at the Sales.
However, the joy of snaring the sale s top
catch lasted about two hours before announcer
Gary Camejo warned turfites, trainers and
punters about another filly by which wore
Hip. number 101.
This filly from the Poon Tip Stud Farm
was bought by Raj Maraj for $150,000 for the
Raroma Stables. The filly by Gold
Market/Great Ora is a full sister to With Antic-
ipation which finished second yesterday in
the Stud Farm Association Breeders Stakes.
When auctioneer Brain Rickman brought the
hammer down you could see the joy on the
faces of the Raroma Stables fans handlers and
supporters. However, before Gobin and
Maharaj could secure the Charismatic Cat
filly they had to beat off the persistent chal-
lenge of Harold Chadee who stopped bidding
Chadee again was the nearest pursuer to
Raj Maraj of Raroma Stables in their quest
for the joint---sales topper.
Chadee though, secured two good yearlings
in in Lot 45 , a bay colt by settle up/Sound
Barrier for $70,000 and also secured another
bay filly by Gold Market/Luv Boat from the
Poon Tip Stud Farm Limited for $85,000. His
final purchase was a chestnut colt from Hugh
Le King . The colt is by Cactus Amour/Mys-
tery Girl and that cost Chadee another
As is customary the Poon Tip Stud Farm
stood out and owner Steve Samaroo also pur-
chased a dark bay or brown colt by Gold Mar-
ket /Roman Empress from the farm for
Fifty horses were withdrawn from the sale
that had 108 catalogued to pass through the
ring, and eight were not sold. However, the
other 50 horses that came under the auc-
tioneer s hammer fetched $1,963,000. Last
year sales was $65,000 higher. Last year, the
Guyanese buyers, who usually purchase horses
in double digits, only bought seven horses.
The sale got underway around 11.45 a.m.,
with Lot number three consigned by La Con-
cepion not being sold. lot number five was
sold for $15,000 before the joint Sales Topper
came into the ring. Owner Shivam Maharaj
showed that he means business when he pur-
chased the joint sales-topper, another yearling
by Charismatic Cat.
Among the horsemen who were part of the
occasion were: Kama Maharaj, John O Brien,
Harold Chadee and Douglas Bennett, David
Ojar, Baskaran Bassawh, Blakrishen Sagan
Maharaj, Vishan Ali, Glenn Mendez, The Errol
Stables and Anthony Wight.
Hillside Dream looking for lucky #9
LEICESTER, 2.55 Hillside Dream;
4.05 Perfect Quest (e.w);
2.05 Soldier In Action (nap).
Walcott starts final day eyeing 140 wins after Friday double
Dead-Heat at yearling sales
Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am --- 29-27
6.30 pm --- 21-10
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 11 6 8 3 28
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 11 5 2 29
05PARSONMAN 5 5 6 5 20
15SICKWOMAN6 5 9 2 22
18WATERBOAT 6 9 7 1 23
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 5 0 13
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 8 8 0 24
30HOUSECAT 7 8 7 2 24
31 PARSONWIFE 10 8 5 1 24
34BLINDMAN 3 7 5 4 19
35BIGSNAKE 10 6 5 1 22
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, October 24
6.30 pm 4
23 (House) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
31 (Parson Wife) 1 pm
17 (Pigeon) 1 pm
1 (Centipede) 10.30am
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