Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 10th 2015 Contents Soldier In Action looks set for honours
in the Maiden Stakes over nine furlongs
of the Wolverhampton Tapeta battlefield
when an eight-race AWR programme fol-
lows three turf-jumping fixtures, Lingfield,
Sedgefield and Huntingdon.
On a a wonderful day of Remembrance
and optimistic speeches, prayers of enrich-
ment, enlightenment, we enjoyed tremen-
dous excitement in the National Hunt world
when Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Cone-
gree, made his seasonal reappearance on
This magnificent eight-year-old Karinga
Bay gelding certainly enriched six minutes
of a dank, dismal, afternoon with an aston-
ishing display which, to all intents and pur-
poses, was a solo round of the magnificent
A vivid bay phenomenon enlightened
proceedings; Coneygree jumped magnifi-
cently, burned off two useful rivals with
more than half a mile remaining and com-
pleted a tremendous fencing exhibition five
seconds faster than 132-rated Vino Griego
an hour or so later. He won by five lengths!
Coneygree is in a different league to all
current staying stepplechsers, he also proved
that conclusively on Prestbury Park and it
will be very exciting if trainer Mark Bradstock
declares for the Hennessy under top-
weight, three weeks on Saturday; it s his
That super-Sunday performance cer-
tainly lit up the NH scene and Soldier In
Action, hopefully, will fight off eight rivals
under Joe Fanning, whose no nonsense
pacemaking tactics are legendary on varying
racecourses of the United Kingdom.
Front-running sorts out the wheat from
the chaff; Michael Dickinson exploited oppo-
sition in the 70 s and Martin Pipe subse-
quently did likewise; yours truly achieve
several successes with such tatctics and I ve
never understood why there is reluctance
to go out and make a true stamina test with
the right tools!
Positivity usually wins out but with a
premium on jockeyship, and sensible
intstruction from trainers, it s not just a
question of just making the pace, more
judging it and Fanning has become a past
There are also two divisions of the Maiden
Fillies Stakes over seven furlongs and.
respectively, we re convinced that time-
handicap selections, Izmir and Make Music,
are solid each-way bets worth doubling
with three places available in both.
Three two-year-old races are ideal and
there is also a nursery!
5.40 Soldier In Action (nap-e.w)
6.40 Izmir (e.w)
7.10 Make Music (e.w)
Action speaks louder
Big Guns stay in Paddy Power
Kerry Lee s fine start to her training career con-
tinued as she sent out Simply Wings to win the
feature Southwell January To December Annual
Membership Handicap Chase at the Notting-
Jamie Moore pushed the 11-year-old into the
lead from Benefit Cut at the 10th fence but his
handy advantage looked threatened as the pack
closed in the straight.
However, Simply Wings (9-2) kept on resolutely
to beat Ladfromhighworth by a length and a half,
with Benefit Cut the same distance away third.
Simply Wings was providing Lee with her fourth
winner since she took over the reins from her father
Richard at the family s Presteigne stables in July.
"He s an 11-year-old and that s the first time
he s won after his summer break. I m really pleased
with that," said Lee.
"We ve had him since he was a four-year-old.
I love him to bits and ride him out. He benefits
from the way we train and was really fresh.
"I m really loving it. It s my fourth winner from
about 24 runners."
Former amateur rider Harriet Bethell is in her
second season with a licence and struck with Fresh
By Nature (6-1) in the Royal Agricultural Institution
Charity Claiming Hurdle.
Conditional jockey Harry Bannister produced
the eight-year-old mare between Terminal and
Touch Back to beat the former by a length.
"I was really hopeful as she ran well last time
at Hexham in a really competitive race and was
only beaten five lengths," said the East Yorkshire
"I was pleased it rained as she loves mud and
all she does is stay. She s not the easiest to win
Lamps, the 15-8 favourite, refused to race but
was deemed a runner although Sky Bet refunded
stakes as a Goodwill Gesture.
To rub salt into the wounds, his jockey Nick
Scholfield was found guilty of improper riding in
that he appeared to strike his mount while dis-
mounting prior to the start. He was banned for
one day (November 23).
Sean Quinlan delivered Urban Gale (8-1) with a
late challenge to deny long-time leader Kilcascan
by a length in the Winter Golf At Southwell Hand-
The victory was a tonic for trainer Joanne Foster
as she had lost Craigdancer from her 10-strong
team after being pulled up with a leg injury at Mus-
selburgh on Thursday.
"He s very genuine, so you know he s going to
give you a good run for your money, and I think
he ll have a really good season this year," said the
West Yorkshire trainer.
"We ve got a race at Hexham in 12 days over
three-mile-six. He wants a trip."
Liam Treadwell has made a flying start to Novem-
ber and took his tally for the month to five winners
on Rosa Fleet (7-2) in the Festive Fixtures Mares
The Grand National-winning jockey took the
Venetia Williams-trained seven-year-old to the
front before two out after Distracted had made the
running and pulled away to score by three and a
Treadwell said: "I ve had to pinch myself. I
couldn t ride a winner for ages and now that s five
already this month. Venetia s horses have really hit
form and it s great."
Aqua Dude (5-2) made a highly-promising debut
over smaller obstacles with a smooth success under
Paul Moloney in the Southwell National Hunt
All the leading fancies stood their ground
as 28 horses were left in Saturday s Paddy
Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham at the five-
day acceptance stage.
The weights are headed by stablemates
Ptit Zig and Sound Investment while their
trainer Paul Nicholls could also run Art
Mauresque and Easter Day.
Long-time ante-post favourite Kings
Palace and Monetaire form a strong David
Pipe team that also includes La Vaticane at
the foot of the weights.
Johns Spirit, the 2013 winner and second
last year, and Cheltenham Festival scorer
Irish Cavalier are rated just below Ptit Zig
and Sound Investment, with leading fancies
Oscar Rock and Cocktails At Dawn also
bound closely together by the handicapper.
Market leader Boondooma could represent
Dr Richard Newland while Nigel Twiston-
Davies has left in Double Ross, Little Jon,
Astracad and Splash Of Ginge, while Buywise
could have another crack after running well
in the race last year.
Another Festival winner, Next Sensation,
is also in the hat, with connections con-
vinced a step up in trip is what he needs.
The eight-year-old will, however, not run
if conditions get too demanding.
Trainer Michael Scudamore said: "I was
happy enough with his reappearance. He
left his hind legs through the one at the top
of the hill and that knocked the stuffing
out of him.
"He is in the Paddy Power and Tom (Scu-
damore) is positive that two and a half miles
will be the making of him. If he keeps well
in himself that s an option, but we won t
go there if it s too soft."
Annacotty, Darna and Present View are
other interesting contenders and Jamie
Snowden is hoping a return to Cheltenham
sparks his charge Present View back to life.
A Cheltenham Festival winner in 2014,
he ran a blinder in the corresponding race
12 months ago, finishing third behind Caid
He only managed one more outing last
term, over hurdles, after which he suffered
an injury which ruled him out for the rest
of the campaign.
Present View returned to action this sea-
son with a satisfactory return at Chepstow
but he was extremely disappointing when
stepped up to three miles at Ascot last time
"I think we ll go this weekend," said
"Nothing came to light for his Ascot run,
he just took no interest whatsoever, for
"We know he s going back to a place
where he s run his best races, though - he s
a Festival winner and ran well in this last
season off a similar mark.
"Being by Presenting you d think he
wouldn t want the ground too soft but it
was pretty testing last year and he handled
Nick Gifford s late father Josh saddled
Bradbury Star to win back-to-back renewals
of the Paddy Power Gold Cup in 1993 and
1994 and also rode Charlie Worcester to
victory in 1967.
He is responsible for Generous Ransom,
who his trainer admits would prefer a bit
of rain in the build up to Saturday s fea-
Gifford said: "Generous Ransom is in
good form. He will have all his final checks
later this week and we would like to see a
bit of rain to keep the ground on the easy
Trained by Charles Byrnes and owned by
JP McManus, the seven-year-old will be
seeking redemption if he does run having
been brought down at Limerick last month.
Tuesday, November 10 , 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Bridgmohan scores in US$200,000 Chilukki
Shaun Bridgmohan produced a
stalking ride aboard 3-1 bet
Spelling Again to dismiss the field
and win the Grade 2 US$200,000
Chilukki Stakes at Churchill
Downs in Kentucky, Saturday.
Headed at the start by 9-1
chance Keen Pauline, Bridgmohan
tracked from second before bidding
on the final turn and storming
down the stretch to reach the finish
4-1/2 lengths clear in a time of
one minute, 35.75 seconds.
The victory was the second
added-money one for the four-
year bay filly in three starts at
Churchill Downs after she also
took the Open Mind Stakes in Sep-
"She s a very gutsy horse, and
obviously her last two races here
have proven that," Bridgmohan
Going a mile for the three-year-
old and upward fillies and mares,
Bridgmohan broke the filly nicely
but Keen Pauline snatched the lead
to post splits of 23.47 seconds and
On the final turn, Bridgmohan
moved Spelling Again up on the
outside to grab command and
entered the stretch with a length
on the field.
The filly then kicked away pow-
erfully from the field to get to the
wire unchallenged ahead of the
fast-finishing Ahh Chocolate and
Gold Medal Dancer.
"She settled real nice for me.
Once we straightened away and
switched leads, she was gone,"
The win was one of two on the
ten-race card for the 36-year-old
who also took eight race eight with
favourite Mesoma, beating the
three-year-olds and upward---
which have never won two races---
by a nose in a seven-furlong trip.
Jamaican jockey Shaun
Bridgmohan ... scored in
the $200 000 Chilukki
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