Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 13th 2015 Contents Summer Chorus wears a hood today,
for her second career outing, in the Maiden
Stakes over five furlongs of Lingfield poly-
track; surprising given the excellent time-
handicap mark achieved on a good surface
over a similar distance at Bath last month,
when runner-up to Pine Ridge.
That must have been a surprise result for
trainer Andrew Balding, and owner Sheikh
Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum, because this
Exceed And Excel filly went off a 33/1 chance
but hit the gate and set a strong pace.
When headed 300 yards out it looked for
all the world Summer Chorus would fade
away but she rallied gamely and went down
by less than a length.
Judged on that effort, and there is the
prospect of improvement, Summer Chorus
should win alf the track so to speak and
must be backed accordingly. Why the hood?
Don t expect a big price but, by the same
token, don t oppose!
Oisin Murphy replaces David Probert;
that s no problem, both are excellent young
jockeys capable of competing at the highest
level on the fiercely-competitive English
An eight-race programme kicks-off with
a difficult fourteen-runner nursery and so
I ll focus elsewhere, on the twilight Wolver-
hampton Tapeta fixture, where twice-raced
He s A Dreamer has Tanasoq to beat in a
Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs, and vica
The latter is drawn twelve!
He s A Dreamer also can t be opposed
and along with Summer Chorus makes for
a classic tight each-way double because
David Simcock s charge is likely to second
favourite; Tanasoq is highly-regarded but
you can t beat the draw!
Half an hour later Sir Michael Stoute-
trained Across The Stars will probably be
favourite on the back of a promising debut
last month but John Gosden fields another
once-raced danger, Daily Bullletin, an eye-
catching fourth at Ascot ten weeks ago when
not knocked about as they say; price-wise
the latter makes more sense, punting-wise.
Monjeni, from Sir Mark Prescott s yard,
also can t be discounted but others, which
have ran, don t appeal.
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Leading ante-post fancies Kings Palace and
Monetaire will aim to improve the Pipe family
legacy in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Chel-
tenham on Saturday.
With Martin Pipe securing eight wins before his
retirement, his son David goes in search of a sec-
ond success following Great Endeavour's triumph
Kings Palace is unbeaten first time out but he
has been a costly failure at the last two Festivals,
while Monetaire was second to Darna at the big
meeting in March.
Johns Spirit is back again for the Jonjo O'Neill
Having won the race two years ago, he was
beaten by the narrowest of margins last season by
Caid Du Berlais.
That was Paul Nicholls' second Paddy Power win
in the last three years---after Al Ferof in 2013---and
the Ditcheat handler holds a strong hand again
with top-weight Sound Investment and Art Mau-
Sound Investment was last seen winning the
Old Roan Chase at Aintree and runs here with
"nothing to lose" after landing his target.
The last northern-trained winner was Ferdy
Murphy's L'Antartique in 2007 and their hopes this
time rest with Malcolm Jefferson's progressive
Festival winners Irish Cavalier and Darna are
back to improve their course records, as is Boon-
dooma, impressive over two miles last month.
Paul Townend, who rode Rebecca Curtis' Irish
Cavalier to victory at the Festival, is back on board.
Cocktails At Dawn represents Nicky Henderson,
with Alan King's new recruit Annacotty, the Evan
Williams-trained Buywise and Present View from
Jamie Snowden's yard all holding solid claims.
Nigel Twiston-Davies, three times a winner of
the race, is doubly represented by Double Ross and
Splash Of Ginge.
The sole Irish representative is last year's sixth
Shanpallas, trained by Charles Byrnes.
Cloud Creeper, Next Sensation, Bennys Mist and
Generous Ransom complete the 20-strong field,
with the two reserves being Turn Over Sivola and
Maguire still awaits go-ahead
Jason Maguire continues to wait on a date for
his return to the saddle after injury.
The Grand National-winning jockey underwent
surgery on slipped discs in April after a February
spill at Musselburgh---less than a year after recov-
ering from life-threatening injuries following a fall
at Stratford on the eve of the 2014 Cheltenham
Maguire returned to riding work at the end of
July and had hoped to be back around September
Speaking at Ludlow, he said: "I feel fine, I'm just
riding out at the moment and I need to speak to Dr
Jerry Hill (British Horseracing Authority chief med-
ical adviser) and my specialist before I can go back
"I've had the operation on it, it is just a case of
making sure everything is 100 per cent.
"I think that was the issue five weeks ago when I
tried to get back riding, as I didn't feel I was 100
Dale Swift given six-month ban
Jockey Dale Swift has been suspended for six
months by the British Horseracing Authority after
he failed a drugs test.
Swift produced a "sample irregularity" and was
stood down indefinitely by the BHA during the
meeting at Nottingham on September 30.
The Flat rider's suspension will run until March
Swift won the 2011 Ebor at York aboard the
Brian Ellison-trained Moyenne Corniche and also
claimed the 2013 Superior Mile in 2013 with Top
Notch Tonto for the same handler.
Pipe pair chasing gold
Listen to Summer Chorus
Martin Keighley s Champion Court and
Any Currency head the weights for the
first Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase of
the season at Cheltenham today.
Conditions of the races over the unique
fences in December and March have been
altered so that specialists such as Any Cur-
rency, who finished second at the Festival,
will not be forced into giving huge amounts
of weight away.
However, they have not been altered for
this event which means, bar his stablemate,
he is giving weight to all of his rivals, including
Rivage D Or, who beat him in March.
Champion Court steps up markedly in trip
having shown his best form around two and
a half miles, as this race is over an extended
three miles and six furlongs.
"They were both sent to the course a few
days ago for a schooling session, Any Cur-
rency just for a refresher and Champion
Court to see if he d take to it," said Keigh-
"The races in December and March will
suit them better and it could be tough for
"Over regulation fences Any Currency
wouldn t be as good as Champion Court,
but he loves these ones.
"I m expecting them both to run well.
"Depending on how Champion Court is
he may as well go down this route because,
while it s great he s been winning again, he s
back up to over 150 and he can t win races
off that mark.
"Any Currency might be getting on a bit,
but he is still showing all his enthusiasm.
"The distance is obviously the big question
for Champion Court, but they go slow for
the first two miles he ll have a chance of
getting it. It s worth a try, anyway."
Grand National runner-up Saint Are reap-
pears for Tim George who is setting himself
up for a return to Aintree.
"We took him away to a small private
cross-country course last week and he loved
it," said George.
"He has done very well over the summer
and his work has been good. We know him
better now, having had him for a whole sea-
son, and he is really enjoying the cross-coun-
"The most important thing with a horse
like him is to keep him happy rather than
endless galloping. If you get horses to enjoy
life, it gives them confidence.
"We will run on Friday and then head
back to Aintree for the Becher Chase.
"The cross-country races give us a whole
new option---it s slightly easier for him
because horses seem to have a nicer time in
"They have a good day out and enjoy it,
while still getting some match practice."
Willie Mullins runs Uncle Junior and Dogo-
ra with Gordon Elliott saddling Bless The
Enda Bolger, so often the man to fear in
these races, is represented by Josies Orders.
Only four go to post in the Neptune Invest-
ment Management Novices Hurdle but it
promises to be an informative event.
The Grade Two, registered as the Hyde
Novices Hurdle, was won in 2012 by last
season s Gold Cup hero Coneygree.
John Ferguson took the plaudits last year
with Parlour Games, who went on to Grade
One success in the Challow Hurdle and was
placed at Cheltenham and Aintree in the
Ferguson runs another likely type in Penglai
Pavilion, fifth to Treve in the 2013 Prix de
l Arc de Triomphe and unbeaten in three
starts over hurdles.
"There are only four runners so immedi-
ately you start thinking about where the pace
is going to come from," said Ferguson.
"I was thrilled with his last run at Chel-
tenham, he really quickened up after the last
and was very professional.
"He s worked well since. Everything has
gone to plan and he s a horse we really like."
David Pipe runs a very nice recruit in
Champers On Ice, who joins the yard having
won an Irish point-to-point and then a Pun-
chestown bumper on his first outing under
"There s four very nice horses in the race
but we like our fellow and think he s got a
big future," said Pipe.
"Hopefully he ll run a decent race and we
think he ll be an exciting chaser further down
Neil Mulholland is represented by Shantou
Village, who won a novice hurdle at Carlisle
by 19 lengths in October.
Mulholland told Racing UK: "We don t
know how good he is, but what we do know
is he s run three times and won them all.
"He s won a point-to-point, a bumper
and a novice hurdle. "Instead of picking up
another penalty somewhere, we ll fire him
in the deep end and we ll find out what we
12.55 SUMMER CHORUS
6.20 HE'S A DREAMER
6.50 DAILY BULLETIN
Champions on show as Cheltenham starts
Under: (Last Thursday)
10.30 am --- 31-6
6.30 pm --- 7-24
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 7 7 5 24
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 1 25
30HOUSECAT 7 8 8 2 25
31 PARSONWIFE 10 10 5 2 27
34BLINDMAN 3 7 5 5 20
35BIGSNAKE 10 7 5 1 23
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Thursday, November 12
6.30 pm 0
21 (Mouth) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake)
17 (Pigeon) 4 pm
10 (Monkey) 10.30am
35 (Big Snake)
36 (Donkey) 1 pm
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