Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 1st 2015 Contents Burmese Whisper has only one serious
time-handicap rival in the Selling Stakes
over seven furlongs of Wolverhampton
today, Ice Dream, but she won t race!
The last twice Ice Dream has been given
form figures RR, refuse to race and so I m
prepared to back Burmese Whisper despite
a wide draw that shouldn t be at issue given
there are only ten declarations and oppo-
sition is very weak.
On the TH Burmese Whisper and Ice
Dream come out similarly; the latter however
will be advantaged with a five pounds fillies
alllowance, if she consents to start!
This is obviously last chance saloon
because a three strikes and you re out rule
will be in effect; our advice is to bet Burmese
Whisper each-way and do the same with
Ice Dream, knowing only two factors are
Ice Dream can either refuse again, mean-
ing you will get your money back, or race,
Two-year-old sellers are the lowest grade.
Course winner, The Burnham Mare, and
talented seven pounds apprentice, Josephine
Gordon, look a formidable combination for
the nursery over six furlongs.
Last month they teamed up and com-
pleted a hat-trick over five furlongs each
time, twice on Tapeta!
Will this Kodiac filly win over further for
the first time?
It s an easy left-handed track and speed
is a prime requisite; The Burnham Mare
possesses that in spades which means, real-
istically, this is just a case of Josephine being
patient and waiting as long as she dare.
Should be interesting to watch.
An eight-race programme also includes
an outstanding opportunity for consistent,
hitherto luckless, Fire And Passion in the
seven-runner three-year-old Maiden Stakes
over seven furlongs; thrown-in, don t
10.40 Burmese Whisper
11.40 The Burnham Mare
12.10 Fire And Passion
'Whisper' is a big shout
Un De Sceaux heads Tingle Creek ten
Richard Johnson has earmarked Fingal Bay as
"a winner waiting to happen" after his fourth
place in Saturday s Hennessy Gold Cup, with con-
nections having already singled out a nice prize
at Ascot next month.
The ace jumps jockey, writing in his Betway blog,
said that he was delighted with Fingal Bay s per-
formance despite some sloppy jumping as he began
to tire in the closing stages.
"Obviously you always want to win, but it just
showed how good that race was at Kempton [in
which he had finished second to Smad Place]," he
"Take nothing away from Smad Place, he was
really impressive and put himself firmly in the Gold
Cup picture. Wayne [Hutchinson] told me that
they d decided to ride him more positively and he
got into a great rhythm. There was certainly no
fluke about it.
"The Gold Cup is looking stronger and stronger
each week which is great for the sport. It s going
to be run at a fierce pace with the likes of Coneygree
and Smad Place in the line-up. If they all get there,
it s going to be a very strong renewal and, from a
betting perspective, that s brilliant."
Nicholls relies on Becher duo
Paul Nicholls relies on Unioniste and Mon Par-
rain in the Betfred Becher Chase after taking out
Rocky Creek at the five-day stage.
The nine-year-old was sent off 8/1 for the Crab-
bie s Grand National in April before finishing 17th,
a year on from his fifth-placed effort over the big
fences. He has, though, been left in the Grand
Owner John Hales confirmed on Monday that
Unioniste was an intended starter, with a return
trip to Aintee for another tilt at the Grand National
next April on the cards.
"It will be his first run of the season and we
want to give him some more experience over the
Grand National fences. He was too wired up and
on top of himself when he came down in the
National," said Hales.
"I think it is important to give him another go
over them. He looks a natural for the Grand National,
given his breeding and everything, and hopefully
he will have a good experience at the weekend. It
is not necessarily about winning, we just want him
to have a clear round and enjoy himself.
Rocky Creek had been ante-post favourite for
the Becher Chase with some bookies, but that posi-
tion is now filled by Tony Martin s Heathfield, who
heads 27 entries for Saturday s contest.
Aintree plays down sponsor speculation
Officials at Aintree insist reports of Crabbie s
ending its sponsorship of the Grand National after
next year s renewal are premature.
Crabbie s signed a three-year deal to sponsor the
world s most famous steeplechase in 2013, which
saw the race run for a record purse of £1 million
the following year.
The deal will come to an end next April and it
has been suggested the Aintree spectacular will
require a new financial backer from 2017.
However, John Baker, who runs Aintree as North
West Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses,
said: "We are discussing the future sponsorship of
the Crabbie s Grand National with Halewood Inter-
national, two runnings into a contracted three-year
agreement, and no decisions have been made by
either party about rights from 2017 at this stage."
JCR also require a new sponsor for the Chel-
tenham Gold Cup following recent news Betfred s
sponsorship of the blue riband would not be renewed
in 2016 in a move related to British racing s new
authorised betting partners initiative.
Un De Sceaux, last season s top novice,
heads a list of 10 entries for the Betfair
Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Sat-
The seven-year-old, trained by Willie
Mullins, has won his last four starts over
fences including the Arkle Trophy at the
He is early ante-post favourite for the
Queen Mother Champion Chase and the
4/7 favourite in Sky Bet s ante-post market
to make a successful reappearance in the
two-mile Grade One at the Esher venue.
Despite his short price, Un De Sceaux is
likely to face strong opposition including
Gary Moore s Sire De Grugy, winner of this
race two years ago.
As expected, Nicky Henderson sidesteps
this race with 2012 scorer Sprinter Sacre,
but is still doubly represented with Simonsig
and Josses Hill.
The former only had his first run since
winning the Arkle in 2013 when second to
stablemate Bobs Worth over hurdles at Ain-
tree at the beginning of November. Josses
Hill was third in the Arkle.
The Lambourn handler wrote in his blog:
"We re not going to go to the Tingle Creek
with Sprinter Sacre. I talked to Caroline
Mould over the weekend. He s in really really
good form but, having got him into good
shape and the right place, he just doesn t
need another race at the moment and it s
as simple as that.
"Simonsig and Josses Hill will be in there
and they are both in the Peterborough at
Huntingdon as well on Sunday so we ll see
what we do.
"With Sprinter the Desert Orchid at
Kempton is the likely place for him and if
he needs another run before Cheltenham,
fine. The Shloer was only three weeks ago
and he s come out of it really well.
"It would be a hard race if Un De Sceaux
ran and a hard race in soft ground is not
what we want on top of a really good run
like that. We don t need to run him again.
We re not going to learn anything! But he
looks fantastic---he looked great coming into
the race and he looks fantastic coming out
Paul Nicholls is double-handed with Arkle
fourth Vibrato Valtat, who won the Haldon
Gold Cup at Exeter on his seasonal debut,
and Mr Mole.
Nicholls stable jockey Sam Twiston-
Davies will partner Vibrato Valtat again and
is hopeful of shaking up the favourite.
"He s in really, really good form," he told
At The Races. "His Haldon Gold Cup win
was brilliant, but we re hopefully going into
the weekend with a horse who is fresh and
well and fingers crossed he ll go well.
"Obviously we ve got Un De Sceaux to
beat but he s fresh, he s had a run, and it s
the Tingle Creek at the end of the day.
Sprinter Sacre isn t there which will make
life a little bit easier.
"He loves Sandown. He won the Henry
VII there last year. Hopefully the track will
suit him again. Ideally you d land him there
as late as possible, but the one thing he
does is travel. But he s a perfect two-miler
because he stays really well as well, so hope-
fully he s the perfect type for the race."
Henry de Bromhead, successful with
Identity Thief in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle
at Newcastle last weekend, is thinking of
another raid with Special Tiara, who beat
Sprinter Sacre in the Celebration Chase over
this course and distance in April.
Mick Channon s admirable Somersby,
runner-up in this race for the last two years,
is set to have another go.
Completing the ten possibles are Colin
Tizzard s Third Intention and Savello, from
Dan Skelton s stable.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
sweet on Fingal
Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am 25-3
1 pm 5-21
4 pm 36-27
6.30 pm 21-17
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: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, November 30
6.30 pm 6
22 (Rat) 6.30 pm
20 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
34 (Blind Man)
9 (Cattle) 4 pm
22 (Rat) 10.30 am
14 (Money) 1 pm
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