Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 6th 2015 Contents Firstly, happy eightieth birthday, Lester
Piggott, who rode a winner in my colours,
Bassett Boy, on July 5th 1984.
That s my Piggott story!
Blacklister is there for all to see in the
seven-runner Maiden Auction Stakes over
a mile of Chelmsford polytrack today and
expected to make his mark at the eighth
This consistent, hitherto luckless, Mick
Channon-trained Lawman gelding carried
our nap when dropped back to seven fur-
longs in a Wolverhampton nursery last week,
but it was too sharp on the Tapeta surface
which rides fast and true.
Although well-placed entering the two
furlongs straight Blacklister didn t have suf-
ficient pace to cope with heavily-backed
favourite, Rock Steady, but finished a close
fourth, beaten only two lengths, under stable
jockey Charles Bishop.
Surprisingly computation revealed that
Blacklister nigh on replicated his time-hand-
icap mark, achieved in three successive
handicaps; both strongly-fancied Purple
Magic, and Cape Of Glory, need to improve
Purple Magic made a promising debut at
Nottingham five weeks ago, and champion
apprentice Tom Marquand is a significant
booking but, realistically, when trainer
Michael Bell has a winner you really can
afford to lose in my book.
You can t beat experience and with that
in mind Blacklister is again napped because
he ticks so many boxes and looks a gilt-
edged betting proposition.
This the only juvenile race on a difficult
seven-race programme which contains a 3-
y-o Maiden Stakes over six furlongs; 85-
rated Cockney Island returns after a 398
It s imperative the Cockney Rebel filly
wins for stud purposes and she looks in a
totally different league to six rivals; Philip
McBride s charge wont need to be 100 per
cent fit to register much-needed winning
brackets but will be straight enough under
It s an urgent situation, a dead-set trier
and that s not always the case, eh?
My cynicism is not to be under-estimated,
readers need to know I m against playing
handicaps due to mistrust; only when one
knows something that no one else knows!
Friday, November 6, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am ---27-27
6.30 pm --- 27-30
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 12 6 8 3 29
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 11 11 5 4 31
05PARSONMAN 5 6 6 5 21
15SICKWOMAN6 5 9 2 22
18WATERBOAT 7 9 7 1 24
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 8 2 25
31 PARSONWIFE 10 10 5 2 27
34BLINDMAN 3 7 5 5 20
35BIGSNAKE 10 6 5 1 22
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Thursday, November 5
6.30 pm 1
22 (Rat) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
27 (Little Snake)
29 (Opium Man)
24 (Queen) 4 pm
6 (Belly) 10.30am
4 (Dead Man)
4.35 Blacklister (nap-e.w);
7.10 Cockney Island
Tribute to jockey Piggott
News from the meeting at Market Rasen where
Harry Whittington saw his plans for Duke Of
Medina move another step closer.
Harry Whittington saw his long term plans for
Duke Of Medina move another step closer fol-
lowing his authoritative success in the Winner
App Juvenile Hurdle at Market Rasen yesterday.
Putting in a slick round of jumping in the two-
mile-one-furlong event, the 4-7 favourite cut
out an impressive figure when cruising home by
an eased-down 21 lengths to initiate the first leg
of a double for jockey Richard Johnson.
Whittington said: "It was a good performance
and we are delighted. Hurdling comes to him
very easily as he is very athletic.
"We will just see what handicap mark he gets,
but he will have learnt a bit more from that.
"The long-term plan for the season would be
to try to get in one of the big end-of-season
handicaps like the Fred Winter, or the Coutts at
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Johnson was seen at his forceful best when
completing his brace after coming from last to
first aboard the Jonjo O Neill trained See The
Rock in the winner.co.uk Maiden Hurdle.
Despite having plenty of work to do over the
final flight, Johnson galvanised the 9-2 chance
up the run-in to collar odds-on favourite Final
Nudge by a short head.
Johnson said: "Luckily enough, I was able to
creep into it slowly. He was very keen the first
day at Plumpton and Jonjo and the yard have a
done great job to put a hood on him and that got
him to relax."
Kingswell Theatre (11-4) made his first start
for trainer Michael Scudamore a winning one
with a bloodless victory in the Bet & Watch At
winner.co.uk Novices Limited Handicap Chase.
Boasting solid form over hurdles when trained
by Lucinda Russell, the six-year-old immediately
transferred that to fences when making all for a
12-length victory, completing a double for winning
rider Liam Treadwell, who was earlier successful
aboard the James Evans-trained Sands Cove (8-
1) in the winner.co.uk Handicap Chase.
Scudamore said: "He is not the quickest at
home, but he has a lovely attitude and he showed
plenty of potential over hurdles and looking at
his breeding, getting him over fences was always
going to be the making of him.
"Liam gave him a lovely ride and got him into
a lovely rhythm and he jumped well. The further
they went, the better he got, so with a bit of luck
he should stay a bit further."
Carters Rest pulled out all the stops under
Joanna Walton (12-1) to take the Download The
winner.co.uk App Now Handicap, while the con-
cluding winner.co.uk Hands And Heels Handicap
Hurdle went the way of the Harry Fry-trained
Template (8-1) and Liam McKenna.
Jockey David Allan has been suspended
for 23 days by the British Horseracing
Authority over his misuse of the whip yes-
The disciplinary panel of the BHA held
an inquiry on Thursday to establish whether
or not Allan had breached the whip rules
aboard Youcouldntmakeitup when third in
the Jump Season Next On December 2nd
Handicap at Catterick last month.
The panel accepted Allan s admission
that he had used his whip above the per-
mitted level and considered that the breach
would have warranted a suspension of four
Taking into account that Allan had com-
mitted five whip breaches since July 4 and
had 292 rides over this period, the panel sus-
pended him for 23 days, of which seven days
will be deferred for two months until February
The suspension will run from November
13-December 1 inclusive on days that Flat
racing is scheduled to take place.
Perfect Candidate for Cheltenham
Perfect Candidate will return to Chel-
tenham next week for the £50,000 Grade
Three Murphy Group Handicap Chase over
just short of three-and-a-half miles on the
second day of The Open, Saturday, November
14.The eight-year-old posted a career best
on his reappearance when going down by
two lengths to Whats Happening, who may
re-oppose, in the three-mile, one furlong
winner.co.uk Trophy at The Showcase last
Trained near Cheltenham by Fergal O Brien,
Perfect Candidate scored twice over fences,
at Bangor and Leicester, last season and was
12th on his final start of the campaign in the
four-mile Toby Balding National Hunt Chase
at The Festival.
O Brien said: "Perfect Candidate has come
out of The Showcase very well and the plan
is to go back next week for the Murphy Group
"We were really pleased with him last
time. He did nothing wrong and has gone
up 3lb for that, which won t do him any
harm, and hopefully he can go one better
"I think the four miles in the National
Hunt Chase was OK for him but it was a
very steadily run race. He was up there the
whole way which meant they weren t going
The Open takes place at Cheltenham Race-
course on Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
November 13 to November 15.
Cheltenham s new £45-million grandstand,
The Princess Royal Stand, will officially be
opened on the Friday by The Princess Royal.
David Allan handed lengthy whip ban
Duke rules at
Richard Johnson rode another double.
David Allan pictured winning on Mattmu at York earlier in the year.
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