Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 29th 2015 Contents Burmese Whisper finally gets a clear-
cut opportunity in the Maiden Auction
Stakes over five furlongs of Southwell
fibresand today and I ll bet this Approve
colt takes it and gains victory at the ninth
We re sticking with Burmese Whisper
because he s been beset with so many prob-
lems; wide draws, unlucky-in-running
spring to mind. Last week Andrew Balding s
charge was squeezed out when attempting
to challlenge between Zeeoneandonly and
Hearmenow in a six furlongs claimer on
At first reading it appeared Burmese
Whisper was again unable to quicken at a
vital stage, but a replay illustrated, quite
clearly, that jockey Oisin Murphy was wise
to ease back or risk being brought down.
He who runs away lives to fight another
day was probably in the back of his mind.
Obvious danger is David Barron-trained
Wolowitz but an absence 0f 185 days, during
which time he s been gelded, could be a
negative; there again he could be a cert!
Experienced Barron is a master of all-
weather racing and requirements, his record
at this Nottinghamshire course bears close
inspection. Wolowitz was among a batch
he journeyed from his Thirsk base last week
to work on the deep stuff!
That doesn t mean to say he ll act on it
any better than Burmese Whisper and
indeed Barron might have a nursery in mid
for Wolowitz, an Intense Focus gedling which
will qualify for handicaps on the back of
this third run!
According to my time-handicap, now in
good form, the issue rests between Wolowitz
and my nap, Burmese Whisper!
Since AWR started way back in 1989
we ve both enjoyed spectacular success at
this superbly laid out racetrack. I ve always
feared Barron but he also fears me!
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am 24-20
1 pm 26-33
4 pm 5-18
6.30 pm 7-25
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 13 6 9 3 31
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 12 12 5 4 33
05PARSONMAN 7 7 7 6 27
15SICKWOMAN8 7 9 2 26
18WATERBOAT 7 11 7 3 28
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 12 10 5 3 30
34BLINDMAN 3 7 7 7 24
35BIGSNAKE 10 9 6 2 27
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, December 28
6.30 pm 2
27 (Little Snake) 6.30 pm
18 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
29 (Opium Man)
28 (Red Fish) 4 pm
28 (Red Fish) 10.30 am
31 (Parson Wife)
2 (Old Lady)
Listen to Burmese Whisper
10.15 BURMESE WHISPER
Owner Rich Ricci is happy to pursue
the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup dream
with Vautour following his narrow defeat
in the King George VI Chase at Kemp-
The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old
looked likely to take top honours in the Box-
ing Day feature after cruising into the home
straight in front, but he was eventually reeled
in by Cue Card and went down by a head
in one of the most thrilling renewals of the
King George in recent years.
Given that was his first start over three
miles, connections have the option of coming
back in distance for the shorter Ryanair
Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March,
or even the Champion Chase, particularly
with Ricci already having one major con-
tender for the Gold Cup in the form of last
season s runner-up Djakadam.
But the owner said Sunday: "Vautour was
brilliant and very brave. It s a real head-
scratcher. I m not sure what to do and we ll
think about where he goes next.
"I m happy, for the time being, to continue
planning Vautour for the Gold Cup. He lost
nothing in defeat and jumped brilliantly.
"We ll have to see how he comes out of
the race, but I m happy to aim both of them
(Vautour and Djakadam) there and things
will become clear, I suppose."
Mullins said he felt that Vautour would
have held on had he produced a better leap
at the final obstacle.
"I m disappointed we didn t win in a race
we looked like we were going to win, but
I just felt he didn t jump the last as good
as he could and that was the difference
between winning and losing," said the cham-
Vautour s jockey Ruby Walsh added: "It s
gutting to get chinned on the line in such
a prestigious race and I suppose I watched
it 15 or 20 times last night wondered What
if? and If I did this, that and the other ,
but unfortunately you only get once chance
and you can t ride it in hindsight.
"It was his first run outside novice com-
pany in a Grade One open race and he ran
a blinder. He s only a six-year-old and I still
think the world of him."
Walsh left wondering 'What if'
Fahey equals Hannon's record
Richard Fahey equalled retired trainer Richard Han-
non snr's record of 235 winners in a calendar year
thanks to a Lingfield double through Gabrial The Hero
and Luis Vaz De Torres.
Luis Vaz De Torres (5--1) secured that important
landmark victory in the Daily Price Boosts At Unibet
The three-year-old was ridden by Tony Hamilton,
who had chalked up 100 winners for in a season for
the first time when successful on Gabrial The Hero in
the two-mile 32RedSport.com Handicap.
Always appearing to be travelling better than any-
thing else, Gabrial The Hero (7--1) stormed into the
lead in the straight when given his head, but was all
out to hold the late challenge of Cotton Club by a
Fahey said: "It's grand. I can't believe it. It's a huge
amount of winners, but I've got a good team behind
"Tony's reached 100 winners, so it's a good day for
"It would be great if we could beat the record. We'll
be trying anyway."
Fahey has three runners at Southwell on Tuesday
as he goes in pursuit of the outright record.
Jockey Pat Cosgrave also sealed his first century
when steering home 20--1 shot Storm Ahead for Mar-
cus Tregoning in the 32Red.com/British Stallion
Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.
Henderson mulls Sprinter plans
Sprinter Sacre may bid to regain his Betway Queen
Mother Champion Chase crown without another run
following his tremendous victory at Kempton on Sun-
With the Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Janu-
ary 23 and the Betfair Price Rush Chase at Newbury
on February 13 as the only serious possible races for
the brilliant two-miler before the Cheltenham Festi-
val, trainer Nicky Henderson has to consider that op-
"They are only two races for him really before Chel-
tenham, the Clarence House and the Game Spirit
(Betfair Price Rush Chase), so it's possible he might
go to Cheltenham without another run," said the
Seven Barrows trainer.
"The Clarence House will come too soon, so I don't
think we'll need to go there.
"He could go to the Game Spirit or he could go
straight to Cheltenham. I don't know."
Henderson reports Sprinter Sacre, winner of the
Champion Chase in 2013, to be in good form after his
triumphant struggle over Sire De Grugy in an epic re-
newal of the williamhill.com Desert Orchid Chase.
"He's absolutely fine. He's come out of the race
well," he said.
Hundred for Coleman
Aidan Coleman brought up his 100th winner of the
season when Tara Flow struck in the Leicestershire
Bronze Fox Handicap Hurdle at Leicester.
Coleman has been provided with a large share of
his winners by John Ferguson, but that partnership
will draw to a close at the end of this season as the
Newmarket handler will take up a new role with
Zabana's smart start
Zabana made a seamless transition to fences for
trainer Andrew Lynch to win the Ballymaloe Foods
Beginners Chase at Leopardstown.
A smart hurdler, the six-year-old was touched off in
the Coral Cup at Cheltenham before finishing third at
Punchestown in Grade One Company.
Expected to need his first outing since then, the 4/1
shot jumped with aplomb under Davy Russell to win
by a length and three-quarters from Blair Perrone.
"I was afraid of the ground but he was fit and well.
He is going to come on from that," said trainer An-
"Davy gave him a great ride and took his time. He
jumped great for first time out.
"We think an awful lot of him. He doesn't show
much at home but when we take him to the track he's
brilliant. I've no plans yet but he could step up in trip."
Vautour, left, leads after
the final fence at Kempton
but can't quite withstand
the challenge of Cue Card.
Links Archive December 28th 2015 December 30th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page