Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 13th 2016 Contents Lutine Charlie is fancied to create an
historic first success today, in an aged
handicap over seven furlongs of Kempton
polytrack, for new trainer Emma Owen,
former partner of the late, great, eleven-
times champion jockey, Pat Eddery!
Emma has taken over his license and to
date a few runners have whetted enthu-
siasm, Lutine Charlie was a creditable
fourth in a similar race on Wolverhampton
Tapeta last month; the more creditable
because this evergreen eight-year-old raced
from the worst draw.
Emma was buoyed, Charlie is fit n
rarin to go and ex-champion jockey, Jamie
Spencer, has been booked;
On my time-handicap Lutine Charlie is
undoubtedly best-in and rates a serious
This will mean so much for Emma who
rode winners in Arab races sporting colours
of Hamdan Al Maktoum; riding under the
supervision of Eddery must have been an
education in itself because Pat was one of
the most natural horsemen I ve seen during
a nigh on fifty year(s) career in racing jour-
We met 45 years ago; our friendship was
purposely distant because one never wanted
to interfere in a career which was sensa-
tional by any stretch of imagination; peri-
odically one reminded him just how much
pride his achievements meant to yours
He never rode me a winner but was sec-
ond and he laughed when reminded, he
often laughed did Pat Eddery!
Best bet, on what is hopefully an historic
occasion, is once-raced, Richard Hannon-
trained Shaan, one of seven decs for the
Maiden Fillies Stakes over seven furlongs.
Shaan could prove to be a high division
prospect judged on that head second to
Zaakhir over a mile of this right-handed
circuit six weeks ago; the price might be
prohibitive but a short-priced winner is
better than a long-priced loser!
Don t forget not losing is just as pro-
ductive as winning, in the long run!
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Ruby Walsh was impressed with Min at Pun-
chestown on Saturday but says there's no value
in his Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle odds.
The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old won
the Grade 2 Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novices' Hur-
dle by over nine lengths at the weekend and he's
now 6/4 with the sponsors for the Sky Bet
Supreme Novices' Hurdle, the opening race of
the Cheltenham Festival.
Walsh told Racing UK: "He was very good, but
he's probably as short as he is owing to the rep-
utation of the connections the last couple of
years, is there much value in that? I wouldn't
think so and in all honesty come the day he's
probably going to be longer than he is at this
minute in time.
"If he was going to be a Supreme Novices'
horse he was going to have to win and win the
way he did. I don't think he's done anymore than
Yanworth, Altior and what those sort of horses
However, Walsh isn't concerned by the way
he pulled his way through the first half of Satur-
day's contest, believing such enthusiasm will
stand him in good stead on better ground at the
Festival in March.
"He took a fair old hold," said Walsh, "but I
suppose on heavy ground you're trying to slow a
horse down so they do get home, where as on
good ground you'd be going fast so you wouldn't
be so worried about slowing down.
"He jumped really well, he travelled super,
probably too well, and he quickened up ahead of
the last, pinged the last and won comfortably."
Jason Maguire admits he has a "great oppor-
tunity" as racing manager for owners Paul and
Clare Rooney as he continues to weigh up his
prospects of returning to the saddle.
Maguire has been sidelined since undergoing
surgery on a back problem last April, with his ef-
forts to get back in competitive action hindered
by the occasional pain he suffers when riding
While Maguire is actively pursuing a return to
the saddle, he expects to make a final decision
on his future within the next six months.
The Grand National-winning rider already acts
as racing manager for the Rooneys and he be-
lieves that could be a good role for him should
he be forced to hang up his saddle.
"I've got to make a decision one way or an-
other in the next couple of months and I will be
speaking to my specialist in the next six weeks,"
"I am back riding out and was riding out at
Kim Bailey's this morning. It has been stop-start
and the problem is I get pain down my legs and
it gives me shocks in my right foot which goes
dead and numb. It's all to do with the discs in my
"If the problem doesn't occur, I will be back rid-
ing somewhere, but if it does continue I will
have to make a decision soon as I can't keep
"It's very hard to actively think about not rid-
ing as I've done it all my life and it's all I know,
but at the same time I've got a great opportu-
nity with Mr and Mrs Rooney to be their racing
manager, which is something I enjoy.
"If I don't go back riding, it's great that I have
that opportunity as I get a real buzz from
watching the horses running. I am in a lucky po-
sition as a lot of lads don't know what to do
next when they come out of racing, so on that
side of it, it's a good opportunity.
"They have got a great team of horses with
lots of trainers up and down the country and
hopefully it is something that is working going
11.25 ROSE ABOVE
3.10 LUTINE CHARLIE
Walsh: No Supreme
value in Min
Richard Johnson notched up his 3,000th
winner under National Hunt rules when
Garde La Victoire won at Ludlow yester-
Philip Hobbs charge was sent off the 1-
6 favourite to dispose of three rivals and did
so in workmanlike fashion in the Racing UK
Winter Season Ticket Novices Chase.
Gino Trail made the running but Garde La
Victoire was never far away and pulled away
from the second last to score by five lengths.
Doctor Harper stayed on to grab second place.
The landmark triumph took Johnson s tally
for the campaign to 176 as he continues to
maintain a big lead in his bid to be champion
jockey for the first time after being runner-
up 15 times to Tony McCoy.
Johnson said: "It s been amazing. I can t
believe I reached this number. "The support
I ve had from the world and his wife has
been amazing and a massive thanks go to
Philip Hobbs and my agent Dave Roberts,
who runs my life for me, while Philip and
Henry Daly have been my two longest serving
trainers and have been with me through thick
"The Whateleys have been fantastic owners,
but all the owners have been very supportive.
There are owners that when I started out
were at David Nicholson s and are now at
"My family have been very supportive,
from mum and dad to my wife and three
children. They (wife and children) are very
understanding and they don t see me much,
but they are the ones who let me do what
I love doing and they are always there when
it doesn t quite work out.
"I ve many fond memories. Rusty Bridge
and Derring Bridge are two horses that helped
me get going and it sounds soft, but it s always
special to ride a winner for mum whether it
was back then or now.
"The three stand-out horses though are
Rooster Booster, Looks Like Trouble and
Anzum, who was my first winner at the
Cheltenham Festival and David Nicholson s
"Again it sounds so corny but I ve been
very spoilt with so many good horses."
Owner Diana Whateley described Johnson
"He takes it all in his stride, it s amazing.
He is very kind on all the horses he rides,"
"He is very good at gauging their ability
and not pushing them beyond what they can
achieve while I would say there is nobody
around that is as good in a finish as him.
"Ever since we have been with Philip Hobbs
he has ridden for us and he has been remark-
able. They are a fantastic team."
Garde gets 3,000th winner for Johnson
Go each way on Charlie
Under: (Last Wednesday)
10.30 am 7-10
4 pm 14-8
6.30 pm 28-22
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
01CENTIPEDE 0 0 0 0 0
02 OLD LADY
05PARSONMAN 0 1 1 0 2
15SICKWOMAN0 0 1 0
18WATERBOAT0 1 2 0 3
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 0 1 0
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 0 1
30HOUSECAT 2 0 0 1
31PARSONWIFE0 00 0 0
34BLINDMAN 1 0 0 0
35BIGSNAKE 0 1 0 0
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Tuesday, January 12
6.30 pm 2
19 (Horse) 6.30 pm
17 6.30 pm
18 (Water Boat) 4 pm
17 (Pigeon) 10.30 am
5 (Parson Man)
15 (Sick Woman)
29 (Opium Man)
12 (King) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
15 (Sick Woman)
27 (Little Snake)
30 House Cat)
Garde La Victoire
3,000th winner at
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