Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 21st 2015 Contents Zauffaly won t be a surprise if he causes
one in the Maiden Stakes over a mile of
Chelmsford polytrack today. Significantly
his third run, at this venue, was undoubt-
edly a career-best!
Ed Dunlop s charge, backed into second
favourite, beat the odds-on jolly, Zio Gianni,
decisively but was no match for newcomer
Sweet Temptation, a Stuart Williams-trained
Amadeus Wolf filly which stormed three
lengths clear under talented apprentice, who
claimed 5lbs allowance.
Jones is set for glory next year with ordi-
nary luck. Earlier this year, one persuaded
a friend to contact Williams and utilise his
services, a tidy gamble was landed in the
coolest style imaginable for a teenager. You
were told about Drive On!
Whether or not Aaron rides Sweet Temp-
tation again is open to question because
she s destined to reach a high level, which
means an experienced, profile, jockey will
be sought. Apprentices are not allowed to
claim in group and listed races.
Zauffaly was obviously taking on a real
cracker but improved several pounds on a
previous useful effort on Wolverhampton
Tapeta; he ll need to replicate that to gain
one of three placings.
Twice-raced trio, Imperial Aviator,
Palmerston and Raven s Quest (drawn wide!),
all improved as a result of first-up appear-
ances. They will, almost certainly, be on the
premises for what promises to be an intrigu-
ing and informative event.
An extra furlongs should be ideal for Zauf-
faly, expect Oisin Murphy, to ride this Zof-
fany gelding patiently for a late surge, and
Incidentally, if the BHA persists with the
ridiculous champion jockey format next
year from May to October young Murphy
is a serious runner as sole contract jockey
for Qatar Racing!
Wolverhampton stages another eight-
race programme tonight and Krystallite looks
a special nap in the 2-y-o Maiden Stakes
over five furlongs. What beats him will win
and that s also the case with Highest Quality
in the eight-runner aged Maiden Stakes
over six furlongs.
Highest Quality is trained by Williams,
mount of Jones!
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Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am 26-21
1 pm 22-5
4 pm 15-8
6.30 pm 20-28
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 6 27
15SICKWOMAN7 7 9 2 25
18WATERBOAT 7 11 7 2 27
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: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, December 19
6.30 pm 6
18 (Water Boat) 6.30 pm
24 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
27 (Little Snake)
31 (Parson Wife)
22 (Rat) 4 pm
28 (Red Fish) 10.30 am
5 (Parson Man)
9 (Cattle) 1 pm
Go for Highest Quality
10.20 ZAUFFALY (e.w.)
12.05 KRYSTALLITE (nap)
1.10 HIGHEST QUALITY
Saphir booked for breathing op
Saphir Du Rheu is to undergo a breathing opera-
tion today following his lacklustre effort in the Long
Walk Hurdle at Ascot.
Despite travelling well for much of the three-mile
Grade One contest the Paul Nicholls-trained six-year-
old folded tamely when asked for maximum effort.
Staying on at the one pace, the Hennessy Gold Cup
fifth occupied the same position as he finished more
than 30 lengths adrift of winner Thistlecrack.
Owner Andy Stewart said: "It was simply an
abysmal run. I am not taking anything away from the
winner Thistlecrack, Reve De Sivola or even the third
"What happened after he ran in the Hennessy was
that Sam (Twiston-Davies) said he made a little bit
of a noise lugging that top weight around.
"We decided to run him in the Long Walk to see
how he got on, but he just went out like a light.
"Buffy (Shirley-Beavan, vet) saw him this morning
and said he has got a breathing problem, so he is
going to have a soft palate operation at 10am tomor-
row to try to clear it up.
"I have done this with many of my horses in the
past, including Big Buck's when he had a breathing
Although Saphir Du Rheu is set for a short spell on
the sidelines, Stewart made it clear the Ladbrokes
World Hurdle---in which he was second to Cole
Harden last season---is still very much on the agenda.
He said: "He will still be campaigned for the World
Hurdle, but he has got to improve quite substantially
on yesterday's run for him to even be second again.
"We might give him a racecourse gallop or a run
somewhere before that, we will just see how quickly
he recovers from the operation.
"With him only being six it should only take three
to four weeks.
"On yesterday's run you have got to say that he is
not the horse we thought he was, he is not the horse
that won so easily at Aintree.
"However, we have not written him off just yet."
Wylie relishing Yorkhill return
Owner Graham Wylie is excited to see Yorkhill in
action again over the Christmas period.
Willie Mullins' dual bumper winner created a
strong impression on his hurdling debut at Pun-
chestown earlier this month, winning by eight and a
half lengths and jumping well in the process.
Yorkhill holds an entry in the Paddy Power Future
Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown on De-
cember 27, and is also engaged in the Lawlor's Hotel
Novice Hurdle at Naas on January 3.
Wylie told At The Races: "I like Yorkhill. He's a
favourite of mine.
"He won a bumper at Punchestown up against
some very good horses and he won it quite easily.
"Then he came out and really impressed me in his
first novice hurdle, and since then he's been over-
shadowed by Bellshill and Min.
"I'd like to see him out again and I think Willie's
planning to maybe run him over Christmas in a two-
mile race at Leopardstown, just to see if he is a two-
mile horse as an experiment.
"If he goes well there we might go down that route
with him. If not, we'll probably step him up in trip.
"I like him a lot."
Native River in full flow
Native River is to be stepped back up to Grade One
company for a tilt at the Kauto Star Novices' Chase
at Kempton on Boxing Day.
After finishing third on his chasing debut at Chep-
stow in October, the Colin Tizzard-trained five-year-
old has since posted wins at Exeter and in the Grade
Two Worcester Novices' Chase at the Hennessy
meeting at Newbury last month.
Native River's last venture at Grade One level
came on his final start over hurdles when he finished
ninth in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the
Cheltenham Festival in March.
Tizzard said: "He will jump Tuesday morning and
be entered in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase.
"I'm sure there will be half a dozen strong stayers
in the race but he is in good form and looks a strong
Old Guard is to be given an
entry in the williamhill.com
Christmas Hurdle at Kempton
Park on Boxing Day.
Connections of the four-year-
old are considering stepping him
up in class for a shot at the
Grade One two-mile prize which
was won 12 months ago by sub-
sequent Champion Hurdle hero
Since returning this season
the Paul Nicholls-trained gelding
has proven to be something of
a revelation, winning each of his
three starts at Cheltenham.
After landing a conditional
jockeys handicap on his seasonal
return Old Guard has since gone
on to claim both the Grade
Three Greatwood Hurdle and
Grade Two International Hur-
dle.Co-owner Andy Stewart said:
"Old Guard will be entered in
the Christmas Hurdle at Kemp-
ton tomorrow and we will see
what turns up.
"The Irish will be going to
Leopardstown and the race does
cut up, so we decided to give
him an entry as he is bucking
"He has been fantastic this
season. Although he was only
mediocre on the Flat, Roger
Charlton thought the horse had
"The three wins at Chel-
tenham have seen him go from
winning a conditional jockeys
handicap to winning the Great-
wood and International.
"The long-term aim is the
Champion Hurdle, that is tough
with a five-year-old, but Alan
King proved it can be done
Trainer Paul Nicholls looks
set to step Ptit Zig up to three
miles in the near future.
The Ditcheat handler reports
the six-year-old none the worse
following his final-fence fall in
the Peterborough Chase at
Huntingdon, won by former sta-
blemate Al Ferof, earlier this
He said: "Ptit Zig was sore
and had a bit of a nosebleed for
a few days afterwards, but he is
"He certainly won t run in the
King George, but I want to run
him over three miles as I think
he was just a bit outpaced at
Huntingdon the other day.
"I have now got to go back
and draw up another plan with
him, but something like the Aon
at Newbury could be for him.
Willie Mullins will reach for
the headgear in an attempt to
spark 2014 Gold Cup runner-
up On His Own back to life.
Mullins recently tried the 11-
year-old over the cross-country
course at Cheltenham but he
showed no interest and he has
now returned to conventional
He could now take a big hike
in class for the Lexus Chase, a
race in which he finished second
to Road To Riches 12 months
ago, at Leopardstown on
"I might run On His Own in
the Lexus, he s doing things his
own way now," said Mullins.
"I should have put blinkers
on him the other day, but I
didn t want to do it for his first
run round there.
"We ll take the kid-gloves off
and send him back into full
training---I ve been too easy on
him. He likes to lead and be up
there. I ll get him fit and put
blinkers on and let him roll."
Old Guard enters Christmas frame
Old Guard, centre,
could run at Kempton.
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