Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 16th 2015 Contents Gorgeous Geezer makes appeal in divi-
sion one of the Maiden Stakes over six
furlongs of Kempton polytrack on another,
obligatory, "Wednesday-nighter" which
serves up an eight-race programme, half
of them are for juveniles.
As a two-year-old aficionado it s manna
from heaven,; a fascinating age group and
very much about classification with the
draw, jockeyship, surface and my time-
handicap all part of the equation.
Because there are so many factors, and
it s imperative to justify all of them, we
know what s required instinctively, Gorgeous
Geezer ticks enough boxes; top-rated, form
on poly and twice-raced this Kheleyf colt
is advantaged by a 3lbs apprentice claim of
Tim Clark, whose progress has been impres-
sive. Watch him, closely.
Godolphin-owned Soofiah will probably
improve considerably for a pleasing course
debut over seven furlongs four weeks ago
and there are a couple of well-bred new-
comers but it s difficult to envisage our
selection out of three places, each-way,
Severini looks gilt-edged for the Maiden
Stakes over seven furlongs for new trainer
Richard Hughes and Shane Kelly who has
ridden the majority of his runners with a
deal of success.
With such experience, talent and flair
"Hughesy" is likely to enjoy resounding
success and follow in footsteps of his late,
great, father, Dessie, who died last year.
Kelly is suitably proficient and ideal given
he ll be carrying out instructions from a
maestro. Richard was/is an outstanding
Red Ruffian won t be a surprise if he
causes one in a Maiden Auction Stakes over
a mile. Trainer Dean Ivory was delighted
with his debut effort under stable apprentice
Paul Booth and, not surprisingly, takes
advantage of his 7lbs claim.
Interesting selections. We also fancy Bre-
toncelles and Paris Magic, drawn thirteen
and twelve respectively!
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Under: (Last Wednesday)
10.30 am 8-34
1 pm 20-6
4 pm 30-24
6.30 pm 20-24
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 7 7 7 5 26
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: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Tuesday, December 15
6.30 pm 4
15 (Sick Woman) 6.30 pm
9 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
30 (House Cat)
20 (Dog) 4 pm
7 (Hog) 10.30 am
29 (Opium Man)
18 (Water Boat)
32 (Shrimp) 1 pm
one to watch
King returns to Hobbs
Balthazar King is more likely to run in the Glenfar-
clas Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festi-
val than the Crabbie's Grand National after he made
a welcome return to Philip Hobbs' yard on Tuesday.
The 11-year-old is back at Hobbs' Minehead sta-
bles after a long spell recuperating from an awful in-
jury he sustained at Aintree in this year's National.
Balthazar King suffered broken ribs after being
cannoned into by another horse when falling at the
Canal Turn and spent some time at the University of
Liverpool's equine hospital.
A frequent winner over Cheltenham's unique
cross-country course, Balthazar King also finished
second to Pineau De Re over the big fences at Ain-
tree in 2014, but the Hobbs camp are only lukewarm
about a return to Merseyside.
"He has arrived back in the yard and we're all very
happy about that as we're all very fond of him," said
the trainer's wife, Sarah Hobbs.
"The aim will be Cheltenham in March and then
we'll look at taking him back to France again as he
really enjoyed that.
"The Cheltenham race is a conditions race this
season, which will suit him much better than it being
"We might give him an entry in the National but
after what happened to him I don't know if we'd be
too keen on taking him back.
"I know it was bad luck what happened, but he did
fall first and then another horse ran into him. We'll
just have to see on that front.
"He looks absolutely fantastic and everyone is de-
lighted with him."
takes first step back
Dodging Bullets was ridden for the first time since
he suffered a minor setback as the champion chaser
builds up towards the defence of his Cheltenham
Bred by Frankie Dettori, the seven-year-old also
landed the Tingle Creek and Clarence House Chase
in a stellar season but he went lame following an au-
tumnal schooling session which delayed his return
Dodging Bullets has been on the walker for the
past six weeks to build his core fitness and stepped
things up a gear on Tuesday.
"It was nothing exciting, just that he had a saddle
on his back for the first time," said trainer Paul
"He's been on the walker for the past six weeks
but he was ridden.
"All that he did was go round the yard a few times
but it was the first step."
O'Neill considers More Gold bid
Jonjo O'Neill feels it would be "silly" not to at least
give More Of That the option of running in the Tim-
ico Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Winner of the World Hurdle in 2014, he only ran
once last season when well beaten at Newbury,
after which he underwent a breathing operation.
That appears to have been an unqualified success
as he has looked imperious in winning his first two
novice chases at Prestbury Park.
While he would be one of the favourites should he
stay down the novice route for the RSA Chase, the
exploits of Coneygree last season have certainly
given connections something to think about.
"He came out of the race (on Saturday) fine and is
in good form. We've not discussed where we are
going next. We will sit down with JP (McManus,
owner) and Frank (Berry, racing manager) and sort it
out," said O'Neill.
"(The Gold Cup) is a long way off and it's a pretty
good Gold Cup this year, but to me it would be silly
not to make an entry in it.
"I think he could do with another run as he had a
fairly solo run round. It would be nice to get another
race into him for the experience."
Shutthefrontdoor may be seen back out
over hurdles as Jonjo O Neill plots a route
back to Aintree for another crack at the
Crabbie s Grand National.
Giving AP McCoy a fairytale ending to
his career proved just beyond the eight-
year-old, who faded into fifth behind Many
Clouds after travelling supremely well for
most of the race.
He made a pleasing reappearance over
hurdles at Aintree last month and his trainer
is targeting a return to Merseyside next
"The main aim will be to go back for the
Grand National. I was a bit disappointed to
be honest last year, but he came back home
quite sore," said O Neill.
"He is not the smoothest horse in the
world but he is good when he is right. If
I can get him back to the form he was before
this year s race I will be happy.
"I was going to go to Aintree (for the race
won by Don Poli) but I decided against it
as he was not quite right. I ve not got a plan
"Ideally I would like to get a couple of
runs into him but it is just getting everything
right, which is easier said than done with
"He might have another run over hurdles,
but we will see how is when he s right."
The Jackdaws Castle handler also had
news of Taquin Du Seuil, not seen since
disappointing in the Ryanair Chase at last
season s Cheltenham Festival.
The eight-year-old is a previous winner
at the big March meeting, having landed
the 2014 JLT Novices Chase, and has had
operation to insert a screw into his cannon
bone since his last run.
"He has been operated on and he is good,"
said O Neill.
"He has been on the walker for a week
and has been swimming as well to help get
"He is not a horse that takes a lot of work
as he is a fairly clean winded horse.
"The vets are very happy with the way
it is going and he might be back to run at
Cheltenham (in March). I m not going to
say it s a definite but it s a possibility.
"The owners have been very patient. If
he does run at Cheltenham I would like him
to have a run before that."
For another of O Neill s promising
inmates, Minella Rocco, it is back to the
drawing board after he returned lame when
beaten at Cheltenham on Friday
"He was lame after the race and we found
that he pulled a muscle in his shoulder,"
said the trainer.
"He is getting physio on that and is still
on medication but he has come out of it a
lot better than I thought.
"We haven t discussed what to do next
so anything is a possibility. He needs expe-
rience, whether that is hurdling or chasing,
as he is very inexperienced."
Meanwhile, The Giant Bolster will attempt
to win his first race for nearly two years in
the Sodexho Silver Cup Handicap Chase at
Ascot on Saturday.
David Bridgwater s stable star is famed
for finishing placed in three Cheltenham
Gold Cups and showed he still retained a
fair amount of ability when running well
for a long way in the Hennessy on his return
"He ll run on Saturday," said Bridgwater.
"He s been grand since the Hennessy and
while I toyed with Carlisle, the ground would
have been very testing there for him.
"There are still races to be won with him,
but he s like the rest of us' he s getting older
and he s a bit in-and-out.
"He s in the Welsh National but it s all
systems go for Saturday."
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