Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 11th 2015 Contents Pivotal Dream and 7lbs apprentice, Char-
lie Bennett, team up again tonight when
Mark Brisbourne s charge races from stall
one in the nursery handicap, over an
extended mile of Wolverhampton Tapeta.
Obviously it seldom pays to "ask a boy
to do a man s job", but Charlie has been
aboard Pivotal Dream the last five times;
such association is important and we can
build in his claim with regard to an obvious
chance on the time-handicap.
Significantly, this Excellent Art filly
achieved a career-best eleven days ago,
when beaten less than two lengths by Three-
bagsue over course and distance, given Piv-
otal Dream is progressive and possesses
early speed, which enabled her to make the
running, another box ticked is a prime num-
ber one draw.
No cert by any means, especially with
eleven failures, but I m always keen to latch
onto good, recent form; Pivotal Dream
should gain one of three places and justifies
Another speculative, good-priced, propo-
sition is Le Manege Enchante, one of nine
decs for the other nursery on a seven-race
programme, over five furlongs.
Four of them finished well beaten by
Kingsley Cavalier over course and distance
a fortnight ago; Mysterious Look was a neck
in front of Le Menage Enchante and
Castlerea Tess the same distance away.
Emerald Bay was eighth.
My selection, drawn worst, but did best
in the closing stages ridden, for the first
time, by Tony Hamilton, a stable jockey of
Realistically, it s also inconceivable Le
Menage Enchante won t make the frame,
from a handy draw, which impacts hugely
on results. You can t beat it, in the long
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Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am 28-29
1 pm 21-13
4 pm 8-28
6.30 pm 9-29
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 4 6 5 0 15
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 7 7 24
35BIGSNAKE 10 9 6 2 27
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Thursday, December 10
6.30 pm 3
22 (Rat) 6.30 pm
1 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
28 (Red Fish)
34 (Blind Man) 4 pm
19 (Horse) 10.30 am
27 (Little Snake)
27 (Little Snake) 1 pm
Henderson on weather watch
Nicky Henderson is hoping to be well represented
in Saturday's StanJames.com International Hurdle at
Cheltenham with Peace And Co and Hargam.
Both were leading juvenile hurdlers last season,
with Peace And Co winning the Triumph in March as
Hargam came home in third.
Peace And Co is seen as the best of the British
two-mile hurdlers against the Willie Mullins army,
but Hargam's participation could be in some doubt if
there is significant rain.
"Without anything going horribly wrong, which
could quite easily happen, we will run Peace And Co
and possibly run Hargam if it doesn't rain too much,"
"Peace And Co is good to go, while Hargam is in
good form as well but he wouldn't want too much
Henderson also had news of the injury-plagued Si-
monsig, forced to miss the Tingle Creek last week-
end with an 11th-hour setback.
"It's to do with his splint. It's a splint on his oppo-
site leg to what he had before. Now we know what it
is we've just got to get the solution and work out
what to do," he said.
"He is going to have a scan tomorrow and hope-
fully something can get sorted over the weekend.
Nothing is going to happen overnight, though."
Johnson: Caviar call a tough one
Richard Johnson found it hard to choose between
Village Vic and Champagne West for his mount in
Saturday's big race at Cheltenham---the Caspian
Caviar Gold Cup.
The champion jockey elect plumped for Village Vic,
who he rode to victory in the Bobby Renton at
Wetherby before the pair followed up at Mussel-
burgh in November.
Champagne West will instead be ridden by Tom
O'Brien on his first start since falling in the Scilly
Isles Novices' Chase in January when firmly in the
mix for Grade One honours.
"It was a very hard decision to split the two in the
Caspian Caviar Gold Cup," confirmed Johnson.
"I love Champagne West, but I think the ground is
going to be pretty testing and I've gone for the horse
who's had two runs and has a light weight.
"Champagne West has got a great chance, but
race fitness is an obvious advantage and that was
just enough to sway it for me.
Although Village Vic has shot up the ratings, he
sneaks into the race off bottom weight and Johnson
is far from convinced that his progress is about to
come to a halt.
"We've always thought the world of him. He fin-
ished second to The New One but unfortunately in-
juries slowed his progress," he said.
"I don't think the handicapper has overly penalised
Marquand in mix for BBC award
Tom Marquand has made the final three nomina-
tions for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the
This year's champion Flat apprentice, 17, was one
of ten contenders for the much-coveted prize before
the field was narrowed down.
The shortlist was selected by a panel, from nomi-
nations made to the BBC and by sports governing
bodies via the Youth Sport Trust and in partnership
with Blue Peter.
The overall winner will be announced live on De-
cember 20, when Belfast hosts Sports Personality of
the Year 2015.
The other hopefuls are gymnast Ellie Downie, 16,
and 18-year-old para-swimmer Tulla Kearney.
Will Roberts, assistant director at Youth Sport
Trust said: "It is really inspiring to see such great tal-
ent coming through in the world of sport.
"We had a difficult time narrowing the list down
from ten to three as all of these young sports men
and women have a dazzling future ahead of them
and have shone brightly in 2015.
"We wish them all the best of luck for the night."
Any Currency is out to repeat
his victory of 12 months ago in
the Glenfarclas Cross Country
Chase at Cheltenham today.
But while the conditions of
the race are in his favour, he
does have a former Gold Cup
runner-up to contend with.
Last time out over the unique
track in November, Martin
Keighley s popular stayer was
giving lumps of weight away to
the eventual winner, Enda Bol-
ger s Josies Orders, whom he
This race is a level-weights
affair, which means Any Cur-
rency meets the rest on much
more favourable terms---all apart
from one runner that is.
On His Own, second to Lord
Windermere in a dramatic run-
ning of the Gold Cup in 2014
after being hampered after the
last, is now being aimed at these
Since being second in last sea-
son s Lexus Chase his form tailed
off, though, and he was well
beaten in the Risk Of Thunder
Chase at Punchestown last
"The change in conditions
obviously suits us, but it doesn t
get any easier as there s a Gold
Cup runner-up," said Keighley.
"It s a massive help with it
being level weights, he gave 23lb
to the winner the last day so
he s going to have to improve
an awful lot to beat us.
"It s a shame Aidan Coleman
can t ride him as he knows him
so well, but John Ferguson needs
him at Doncaster.
"We ve got Richard Johnson
instead, and he knows his way
around there having won on
Balthazar King a few times.
"The ground will be fine and
any more rain will help bring
his stamina into play.
"He s goes there with a
favourite s chance and I hope he
does what he did last year."
Enda Bolger has been the man
to follow for so long in races of
this nature in England and Ire-
land, but he thinks his two run-
ners Josies Orders and Love Rory
could be up against it.
"We re meeting Any Currency
on much worse terms, it s going
to be tough at the weights," said
Bolger. He s a cross-country
horse, though, so he s going to
have to carry it.
"He had a lot of luck the last
day, too but he s only seven so
you d like to think he s still
"Love Rory is only seven, also,
but he s won two cross-country
races at Punchestown so carries
the full penalty. I d be hoping for
a good run from him. Both are
capable of running into a place."
Any Currency for Cross Country Chase
Stay on Picket Line
12.10 LE MENAGE ENCHANTE
12.40 PICKET LINE
2.10 PIVOTAL DREAM
Josies Orders, right, and Any Currency, left, do battle on the
cross-county course last month. The pair will meet again today.
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