Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 14th 2015 Contents Battle Pride is one of five decs for a Novice
Stakes over a mile of Lingfield polytrack today for
which trainer Richard Hannon has engaged Adam
With stamina at issue and a need for positivity,
to sort out the wheat from the chaff, there is no
jockey around better equipped to exploit weaknesses;
you can bet Kirbs wont be messing about aboard
this Acclamation colt, which takes a drop in grade.
On official BHA ratings there is only a pound dif-
ference with Race Day but my time-handicap gives
Battle Pride a distinct edge and Kirby, seventh different
jockey in as many races is a bonus; one made a
similar remark before he made all on d Niro three
days ago, winning unchallenged.
It suits our betting modus operandi to back two-
year-olds ridden by Kirby, after all that s what race-
timing and subsequent computing of them is all
about, determining the fastest; it s ludicrous to watch
slowly-run races which, ironically, involve more
energy, more strides.
Race Day scored over seven furlongs on this track
last month and is a progressive type, likely to be
favourite but, price-wise, I ll stick with Pride!
Welsh Rose is strongly-fancied to make it third
time lucky in a thirteen-runner Maiden Fillies Stakes
over six furlongs of Wolverhampton Tapeta, drawn
That immediately rules out William Muir s charge,
a nap at first glance judged on a splendid, improved,
second to Exist at Windsor last month; an obvious,
good-priced, alternative is once-raced Zophilly.
This Zoffany filly is expected to improve consid-
erably on her quiet debut behind odds-on chance
Arab Poet, over course and distance eighteen days
ago, and it s significant the excellent Shane Kelly is
Perhaps Welsh Rose will indeed outclass them,
my TH suggests that will be the case but, in the long
run, you can t beat the draw and veteran Steve Drowne
is up against it; fascinating, nonetheless.
Earlier Flowing Clarets is good enough to defy
top-weight in the six furlongs nursery judged on an
impressive winning debut at Leicester recently over
a similar distance; clear best-in!
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Pride into Battle
12.15 BATTLE PRIDE
6.45 FLOWING CLARETS (e.w.)
7.15 ZOPHILLY (e.w)
Racing great Tony McCoy has sug-
gested women jockeys should get a
weight allowance when racing against
Under racing rules certain apprentice
and amateur jockeys are given a weight
concession to compensate for a lack
of experience, while fillies and mares
can carry less weight than male horses
in mixed-sex races.
The issue of chauvinism in racing
was raised by recent Melbourne Cup-
winning jockey Michelle Payne, who
told her critics to "get stuffed" after
victory on Prince Of Penzance and
claimed there was more to riding than
But strength is an issue, according
to 20-times champion jump jockey
McCoy, and writing in his William Hill
blog the Irishman argued an allowance
for women riders would help level the
"It was brilliant for Michelle Payne
to win the race and tactically she gave
Prince Of Penzance a brilliant ride," he
said. "But I m not sure that was the
time to call racing a chauvinistic sport.
"The female jockeys are very, very
competent riders but perhaps a woman
should receive an allowance like a filly
does in a race.
"It s a very physically demanding
sport and they re not going to be as
physically strong as a bloke. They can t
"Tactically they can be as good but
if it comes down to strength in a finish,
a woman is not going to be as strong
as a man.
"There aren t many sports where
women compete against men and on
a day to day basis are women as phys-
ically strong as men? No they re not.
It s just fact."
However, leading female rider Cathy
Gannon believes McCoy s suggestion
would be a backwards step after years
of striving to be accepted on an equal
"I don t think it would be fair," she
said. "We want to compete with the
boys on a level playing field and it
would cause ructions if we were given
"We ve been trying to say we re as
good as the boys for years so it would
be a backward step in my eyes.
"Don t get me wrong, I d love a 5lb
allowance, but there d be a few in the
weighing room who wouldn t be happy
Lizzie Kelly, second in a Grade One
in France last week, wrote on Twitter:
"I hope this doesn t happen, I wouldn t
do any of the weights!"
Grade One-winning Canadian rider
Emma-Jayne Wilson said: "Brilliant
idea - if strength were the only attribute
#jockeys required to be successful.
Sophie Doyle, the sister of top British
rider James Doyle, is currently making
a name for herself in America and she
tweeted: "Why? We have already
proven ourselves, it comes down to
being educated and dedicated about
fitness as an athlete in this sport!"
McCoy: Give women
Keel Haul came home with some panache under
James Davies to win the Paddy Power Handicap
Chase at Cheltenham, yesterday.
In a race which changed markedly late on, the
Henry Oliver-trained seven-year-old (10/1) arrived
fast and late after the last fence to keep Minella
Present at bay by a length.
Davies said: "I was a bit worried it (the ground)
was too quick as he wants soft ground - heavy,
"He stayed on well at the finish and he does do
well when he passes horses."
Oliver said: "We ve always held him in quite high
"They ve gone a nice gallop and luckily enough
there was just enough give in the ground for him.
"He does need a little bit of stoking up, but those
cheekpieces have helped.
"He s very genuine, but he does make hard work
quality about him."
Pearls Legend made most of the running and
stuck on honourably for third spot, another two
and a quarter lengths away.
La Vaticane, the 100-30 favourite, appeared nicely
poised to strike for a long way, but David Pipe s
grey mare faded at the death.
Lough Kent also looked a player, but he made an
awful mistake two fences from home.
Oliver, who like Davies was recording his first
Cheltenham winner, added: "To be honest I was a
bit unsure about this horse two days ago, as you
can see he s got quite shallow feet and he had a bit
of a stone bruise, but luckily the farrier sorted out.
"He had a nice run around Stratford two weeks
ago and we just kept him cantering and a fresh
"There s not too many other races for him, and
I thought two miles round here would suit him.
"This was the main target today."
Classic Carberry as Orders delivers
Josies Orders won a dramatic race for the Glenfarclas
Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.
Nina Carberry brought the favourite from midfield
to lead after jumping the last, galloping on resolutely
up the hill to beat Any Currency and make it a sev-
enth success in the race for Irish trainer Enda Bol-
ger.Although Kingsmere unseated his rider at around
halfway, it was pretty uneventful until the closing
stages as Valadom made most of the running.
It was all change at five out where Uncle Junior
fell and Josies Orders almost came down, leading
to a great recovery by Carberry.
Sire Collonges had every chance when he slipped
and unshipped Sam Twiston-Davies on the turn
before the second-last obstacle.
There were still plenty to play for at the final
flight where Dogora was short of room and got rid
of Katie Walsh.
Any Currency made a gallant bid to hold Josies
Orders (11/4 favourite), but found the burden of
conceding that horse 23lb too much after three-
miles-seven furlongs and 32 obstacles. Bless the
Wings was third and Valadom fourth.
Carberry said: "It all went wrong from the Canal
Turn and even after that he still slipped up.
"He did it well and wanted to win - he loved
every minute of it.
"He got me out of trouble a few times, he did
well to get back to where he was. The weight prob-
ably helped him a lot and he s a horse who likes
to come from behind."
Asked about Tony McCoy s comments on Thurs-
day that female riders could be offered a weight
allowance, she quipped: "I d take the 3lb if he was
giving it to me!"
She added: "I can understand where he is coming
from, but I don t know whether it would create
Bolger said: "Her (Carberry s) experience showed
"There were horses falling around her and she
got around them - she just gave him a great ride.
"Hopefully we ll come back here in December
and then on to the Festival.
"He won a three-mile hurdle at Ascot and Aintree,
so he was no ordinary horse.
"You need a horse that relaxes, which he does,
and I thought today was the best cross-country
field that I have seen for one of these races."
Keel lands Cheltenham haul
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