Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 30th 2015 Contents La Estrella secured his place in the record
books when claiming his 27th all-weather
win in the 32Red.com Handicap at South-
Don Cantillon s veteran turns 13 in a few
days time and looked to face a tall order
heading down the back straight as Tom
Queally was hard at work and giving him
Having drawn level with Stand Guard on
26 wins back in January, he has had four
attempts at making the record his own.
Notoriously fragile, most of his wins have
come in claiming and selling grade and he
was running off a career-low mark of 70
on this occasion.
Brought wide into the straight, he wore
down Northside Prince, forging to a length-
and-a-half success at odds of 5--1.
Cantillon said: "I m absolutely over the
moon and it s all about the horse. I ve had
three glasses of champagne and I m high
on what he s done.
"When he ran at Southwell last time,
halfway through the race I was thinking it
might be time to call it a day, but he came
home well to finish fourth and we said we d
give him another go.
"It was the same today. At halfway I was
thinking retirement could be on the cards,
but then he did what he did and it s an
"He had every excuse to get beaten today.
He was slowly away and things didn t go
his way, but he s just an exceptionally tough
"He s 13 in a few days, he s an old man
in human terms, but he just loves his racing
and loves Southwell. It s the toughest all-
weather track in the country and a real grind
in the straight, but it brings out the best in
"I ve had a few nice horses, but he is the
most amazing animal I ve ever laid my hands
on. If he was a boxer, you wouldn t want
to take him on."
Cantillon is keen to let the dust settle
before deciding whether La Estrella will race
"We ll get him on the horse-box and take
him home and follow the same old routine,"
said the Newmarket-based trainer.
"It s all about the horse and we ll just
wait and see how he is."
La Estrella secures record for wins
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Under: (Last Wednesday)
10.30 am 30-11
1 pm 7-13
4 pm 15-30
6.30 pm 1-5
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: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Tuesday, December 29
6.30 pm 4
9 (Cattle) 6.30 pm
17 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
21 (Mouth) 4 pm
8 (Tiger) 10.30 am
15 (Sick Woman)
18 (Water Boat)
17 (Pigeon) 1 pm
O'Brien confirms training plan
Joseph O'Brien reiterated his intention to scale
back his riding commitments in the likelihood of gain-
ing a trainer's licence in the spring.
The dual Irish champion jockey does not yet have
an official training licence for runners under Rules,
but he did saddle his first point-to-point winner at
the start of November.
He was also credited by his father, Aidan, for
preparing Ivanovich Gorbatov ahead of his impres-
sive hurdling debut at Leopardstown on Sunday.
Joseph O'Brien said yesterday: "I probably won't be
riding a whole lot, maybe the odd heavyweight, but
we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
"I have to do the trainers' course in March or April,
or whenever it comes up, and from there then I'll
have my trainer's licence. I was so lucky to get to ride
some of the great horses that I got to ride and I al-
ways knew that'd I'd never be able to ride forever.
"I didn't eat much and was always sweating but
jockeys the world over do that and I wasn't any dif-
ferent to them, really."
Coneygree back with Bradstocks
Connections of Coneygree are confident he will re-
turn next season as good as ever after the injured
Gold Cup hero returned to his Oxfordshire home over
the Christmas period.
The Mark Bradstock-trained eight-year-old was a
brilliant winner on his seasonal reappearance at
Sandown, but missed the Hennessy Gold Cup at
Newbury in November and has since been ruled out
for the remainder of the campaign due to hock is-
After spending time at the Newmarket Equine
Hospital, Coneygree is continuing to recover at Brad-
stock's Wantage yard.
Sara Bradstock, the trainer's wife and assistant,
said: "He's back home and everything is good.
"We're just starting the long rehabilitation period
and we're not in any rush, having decided not to run
again this season.
"He obviously had the bruised foot before we were
planning to run in the Hennessy and you often find
something comes out in the wash later on, obviously
that has been the case.
"He'll have eight weeks walking, then we'll hope-
fully be able to do a bit of cantering with him.
"We'll probably let him out for some spring grass,
give him the summer off and bring him back early to
make sure he is at his best for the start of next sea-
son. We know he's brilliant, but we also know he's
fragile. That was one of the many reasons we de-
cided to go for the Gold Cup last season."
Canyon denies Identity Thief
Nichols Canyon refused to accept defeat and ral-
lied to deny Identity Thief victory in the Ryanair Hur-
dle at Leopardstown.
In a captivating contest in which the two principals
had the race for themselves for almost the final cir-
cuit, a poor jump two out from Nichols Canyon
looked to have handed the advantage to his strong-
travelling rival, who edged into a clear lead at that
But Ruby Walsh worked hard to hold his line on
the inside on the final turn and Identity Thief was
never able to get far enough in front to put the race
As they reached the last, Identity Thief and Bryan
Cooper were still just about in front, but Nichols
Canyon, the 2/5 favourite, was responding to all of
his rider's urgings and he wrested back the lead
halfway up the run-in and went ahead to score by
"He's a tough horse, but it was a tough race to
watch, I thought coming to two out we might be in
trouble, but he just found more," owner Graham
Wylie told At The Races.
"I'll talk to Willie and see what he says, but it's
great to have a live Champion Hurdle contender and
hopefully he'll get there."
Mullins added: "His battling qualities and his hur-
dling qualities remind me of Hurricane Fly, and the
size of him.
"He probably hasn't the zip of Hurricane Fly, the
speed, but he has his stamina and aggressiveness.
"He's got huge reserves. I'm delighted with him."
Sir Dudley won t be the slightest surprise
if he causes an upset in the eight-runner
nursery over six furlongs of Lingfield poly-
track today. Indeed, I ll be extremely dis-
appointed if this James Given-trained
Arcano colt doesn t fill one of three places.
By the same token we will be surprised
if there isn t a non-runner!
Off-course bookmaking firms already
know this race will be a target for profes-
sionally-minded each-way bettors, such as
myself, you can bet good money will be
paid to someone willing to effect a self-
certificate and reduce the number of placings
A few years ago the BHA introduced a
rule which stated trainers can take out an
intended runner on the day of a race without
a veterinary certificate. As you can imagine
it has been abused, especially when the
dead eight fields are made known at dec-
laration time, 48 hours ahead.
It also happens regularly with decs on
the jumping scene, even though NH rules
are about 24-hours declarations!
Bookmakers will stoop to any depths, as
I ve often mentioned, to beat them you need
to have built-in hatred of their operations
and be mortified when you lose!
Our Sunday winning nap Aguerooo is set
to make a quick reappearance, if he stays
this extra furlong Richard Hannon s charge
will definitely be on the premises but might
be anchored with a 7lbs penalty!
Although twice-raced, Godolphin-owned
Arcano, hasn t been out since winning 71
days ago on Wolverhampton Tapeta, he is
a danger but others are much of a muchness
and definitely beatable according to my
An intriguing situation but aren t all two-
Another is the ten-runner Maiden Auction
Stakes over six furlongs of Wolverhampton
Tapeta. Top-rated is Miss Phillyjinks, drawn
That s puts her out of contention, despite
obvious claims, and brings consistent, hith-
erto luckless, Ten Rocks into the equation
with Brian Meehan entrusting 7lbs appren-
tice Jordan Uys with the task.
Make no mistake this kid is no slouch,
he wouldn t be riding for the Manton trainer
unless suitably proficient.
I ll be noting Miss Phillyjinks, whatever!
Sir Dudley can surprise
8.00 SIR DUDLEY
1.40 TEN ROCKS
2.40 SHORT DISTANCE
broke the record
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