Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 30th 2015 Contents It s my job, that s what I do, try to give
you big-priced special winners like 7/1
chance Smad Place in Saturday s Hennessy
However, My Time has come in division
two of the Maiden Fillies Stakes over a mile
of Kempton polytrack this afternoon and
we are confident she can go the whole way,
into the winners enclosure.
Fifty-two days ago Mytimehascome
impressed on debut when fifth to Materi-
alistic at Newmarket over seven furlongs;
an 8/1 chance, in a 17-runner field, this
Montjeu filly stayed on strongly and was
beaten only two lengths.
That was undoubtedly a tough experience
and trainer Roger Varian has wisely given
her plenty of recovery time which is so
important for juveniles.
Our time-handicap figure represents what
is usually required to be competitive in a
Newmarket maiden (templates over the
years!) and experienced Varian had obviously
seen enough on home gallops; realistically
if Mytimehaswcome was up to competing
at such a level this ought to be a cake-walk,
but isn t!
Unbelievably the standard for polytrack
two-year-olds races is very high; so many
fashionable trainers haven t switched off
their high-octane engines after the 2015
turf-flat season which means substantial
TH marks bear close inspection but, nowa-
days, don t guarantee success.
Aficionados of this age group, like myself,
are fascinated by the quality; think how
many recent juvenile races are being won
with Arab-owned super-breds and you
will realise what I m saying.
That other division is much more difficult,
have a look at the line-up (and trainers!)
and you will understand why I m more
inclined toward Wolverhampton where, usu-
ally, the quality is lower; there are two nurs-
eries, the seven furlongs race is within capa-
bilities of Graham Lee-ridden Ormanumps,
the other too difficult.
Six go to post for a six furlongs Claiming
Stakes over ten furlongs and David Evans
has found an opportunity for Oyster Pearl.
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11.30 OYSTER PEARL
Bargain-buy Rashaan maintained his unbeaten
record over jumps with a convincing success in the
Bar One Racing Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse.
Trainer Colin Kidd picked up the Manduro gelding
for a mere 8,500 pounds out of Mick Halford's sta-
bles at Goffs Sales in February and the three-year-old
had already justified faith by wining his first two
starts at Roscommon and Listowel.
Rashaan (5/1) took the step up to Grade Three
company in his stride as he swept past the 1/2
favourite Missy Tata at the final flight before going
on to score by 13 lengths under Mikey Fogarty, who
kept the winner up to his work all the way to the line.
Kidd said: "He was very good. He gave Gordon's filly
11lb and ran away from her. After Listowel today was
always the plan, and everything has gone smoothly.
"Leopardstown at Christmas is the obvious next
step, and we'll take it one race at a time from there.
"Mikey said he was cantering the whole way and
he didn't want to get caught in a pocket. He's improv-
ing the whole time. The ground is no problem to him.
"At this stage he looks the top Irish juvenile hurdler.
He cost only 8,500 pounds, and is a very cheap horse
now. I actually went to Goffs to buy another horse
but I couldn't afford it so I ended up with him.
"Victor Treacy (part-owner) has been very good to
me, and he's been waiting a long time for a good
horse. There have been a number of enquiries but no
concrete offer, and in fairness to Victor he doesn't
want to sell."
Shotgun Paddy aims for Chepstow
Shotgun Paddy could have one more outing be-
fore taking a second shot at next month's Coral
Welsh National at Chepstow.
Trainer Emma Lavelle could aim the eight-year-old
at the Monmouthshire track on December 5 for a
Welsh National trial before returning to the course
later in the month for a crack at the Grade Three
handicap, which he pulled up in 12 months ago.
Having suffered a disappointing campaign last
term, Lavelle's charge looked to be back on track
when making an encouraging seasonal return earlier
this month after finishing a close-up fifth in a handi-
cap at Cheltenham.
She said: "I was thrilled to bits with his run at Chel-
tenham. He jumped well and if that ground was a bit
slower it would have helped him more as it would
have stopped the others.
"He seems in really good order and has come out
of that race well. He is entered in the Welsh National
and the only question is if he runs before that in the
Welsh National trial on December 5. It is a possibility
and we will certainly have a look at it.
Victoria Pendleton failed to complete on her first
competitive ride over fences after Minella Theatre
was pulled up in a point-to-point at Black Forest
Lodge, but was still said to be 'delighted' with the
Trainer Alan Hill delayed a decision on whether the
12-year-old gelding, who had long been earmarked as
Pendleton's chosen mount, would run at Black Forest
Lodge in Devon or Cottenham in Cambridgeshire until
And though Minella Theatre jumped well for a long
way in the Black Forest Club Members race over
three miles, clerk of the course Norman Chanin said
Pendleton pulled up Hill's inmate two fences from
The race was won by favourite Jepeck.
Pendleton announced earlier this year she was tar-
geting a ride in the Foxhunter Chase at the Chel-
tenham Festival in March.
Having spent the summer working with trainer
Lawney Hill and her husband Alan, Pendleton has rid-
den in three amateur Flat events - going close to win-
ning at Ripon---but has now turned her attention to
racing over obstacles.
Barry Orr, spokesman for Betfair, who are support-
ing Pendleton's 'Switching Saddles' challenge, said: "It
went very well. They jumped off mid-division, got a
good sight of the fences.
favourite Missy Tata
Arctic Fire gained a well-deserved first
Grade One win with an authoritative suc-
cess in the Bar One Racing Hatton s Grace
Hurdle at Fairyhouse.
Placed at the top level in the past behind
such smart performers as his stablemates
Faugheeen and Hurricane Fly, last season s
Champion Hurdle runner-up Arctic Fire
followed up his Grade Two Lismullen Hur-
dle victory in style.
However, trainer Willie Mullins had
expressed concerns over the weather for
his runner beforehand and the betting
market picked up on those vibes as he
drifted right out to even-money before
returning at 4/5, despite looking to have
plenty in hand on official ratings.
Ruby Walsh settled the favourite towards
the rear as Willie Mullins other runner,
the hitherto-unbeaten Clondaw Court, set
Alpha Des Obeaux went on before the
second-last flight but Arctic Fire travelled
strongly on the outside of the pack and
cruised ahead before the final obstacle to
score by an eased-down four lengths.
It was a quick Grade One double for
Walsh and Mullins following Long Dog s
win in the Bar One Racing Royal Bond
Mullins said: "The ratings tell the story
and he was entitled to win. He took a keen
hold but has always been that way.
"He ll run over two miles at Christmas,
and I d say he will stay at home (Leop-
ardstown). I don t think he d want to go
any further than that the way he pulls.
"Maybe with a stronger pace he d settle
better. I think he ll improve again from
this as I was a little worried when I saw
"He looked a bit big but he seems to
race with a bit of a tummy. There is a race
for Clondaw Court at Punchestown on
New Year s Eve. Fingers crossed he s okay
Walsh added: "I suppose people were
looking at the ground and the trip and he
got very free when he felt the wind in his
face, but he was the genuine Grade One
horse in the race against horses who were
maybe potential Grade One horses.
"Where does he go next? He s going to
take on either Faugheen or Nichols Canyon
"It s hard to believe that at the start of
the season, he was only the winner of two,
so it s good that he has doubled his winning
tally. He was just running into good horses.
He wasn t running into Faugheen, Hur-
ricane Fly or Jezki today and that made
it easier for him."
Walsh also rode Long Dog who just
edged out his stablemate Bachasson to
give Mullins a one-two in the Grade One
Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle
The pair treated racegoers to a thrilling
finish at the business end after Baily Cloud
had made most of the running.
Walsh made the first move on Long
Dog, sending him on around the final turn,
but Paul Townend produced Bachasson at
the final flight and the pair battled it out
all the way to the line.
Long Dog responded to Walsh s pressure
and pulled out a clear advantage, only to
tire dramatically in the final strides and
it was only by a fast-diminishing neck
that the 1/2 favourite held off his persistent
Winning owner Rich Ricci was delighted
with victory for a horse who had been
beaten at short odds on the same card 12
He told At The Races: "He jumped pretty
well, but Ruby said he blew up there about
100 yards from the line, which is probably
a good sign that there s more improvement
Artic Fire too hot to handle
Mytimehascome at Kempton
Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am 1-21
1 pm 21-11
4 pm 16-36
6.30 pm 24-10
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 13 6 8 3 30
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 12 12 5 4 33
05PARSONMAN 6 7 7 5 25
15SICKWOMAN7 6 9 2 24
18WATERBOAT 7 107 1 25
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 5 0 13
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 9 8 8 1 26
30HOUSECAT 7 8 8 2 25
31 PARSONWIFE 11 10 5 3 29
34BLINDMAN 3 7 6 5 21
35BIGSNAKE 10 7 6 2 25
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, November 28
6.30 pm 0
5 (Parson Man) 6.30 pm
28 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
9 (Dead man)
30 (House Cat)
21 (Mouth) 4 pm
22 (Rat) 10.30 am
28 (Red Fish)
18 (Water Boat) 1 pm
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