Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 15th 2016 Contents Gorokai is set to make a mockery of offi-
cial BHA ratings in the Maiden Stakes over
five furlongs of Lingfield polytrack today,
Yeah Baby Yeah is TWENTY-THREE
POUNDS inferior, plus a 5lbs fillies
Gay Kelleway s charge has been assessed
so highly because the Irish-bred filly was
campaigned at listed level on Deauville turf
and subsequently ran at Ascot; handicappers
invariably over-rate two-year-olds judged
on the company they keep. You can t blame
them for that.
On my time-handicap, which is definitely
on the line so to speak, Gorokai is a pro-
gressive type, trained by all-weather afi-
cionado, David Simcock, and races on the
back of a career-best at Wolverhampton
only twenty days ago. Well-regarded Sir
Roger Moore had to be hard-ridden to beat
the Kodiac gelding by half a length with
the rest two lengths and upwards in arrears.
That was strong form.
Rest of this programme looks difficult
and we move on to the Wolves Tapeta Fri-
day-nighter where Simcock fields Qater-
owned newcomer Song Lark in the seven-
runner Maiden Stakes over an extended
Obviously we don t know the full strength
of this Dick Turpin filly, she will need to be
useful if twice-raced Dwight D improves
Chances are Song Lark will be in the
market and so, hopefully, we will get a
decent, unexpected, price about Dwight D,
10lbs better for the initial experience which
is typical of the William Haggas operation.
"When in doubt, go for the top weight"
is an old maxim; Guishan is a qualifier in
the thirteen-runner aged handicap over six
furlongs. At his best this Michael Apple-
by-trained six-year-old is different gravy
and his yard seems to be firing on all cylin-
Friday, January 15, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am 9-29
4 pm 28-34
6.30 pm 34-6
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 1
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 1 1
30HOUSECAT 2 0 1 1
31PARSONWIFE0 00 0 0
34BLINDMAN 1 0 0 0
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Thursday, January 14
6.30 pm 6
7 (Hog) 6.30 pm
31 6.30 pm
29 (Opium Man) 4 pm
12 (King) 10.30 am
30 (House Cat)
18 (Water Boat)
17 (Pigeon) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
28 (Red Fish)
Gorokai set to
record easy victory
4.45 Guishan (e.w.);
6.45 Dwight D
Cheltenham Gold Cup hope
Don Cossack proved workman-
like in returning to winning
ways in the Ladbrokes Ireland
Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles
Gordon Elliott s charge fell
last time out in the King George
VI Chase at Kempton, but was
still sent off the 1--8 favourite
to regain the winning thread in
a race he claimed 12 months ago.
Rubi Light set the early gallop
in the four-runner field, with
Bryan Cooper happy to track
him through the opening
However, Cooper had to stoke
Don Cossack up four fences
from home, giving him a couple
of reminders after the third-last.
That seemed to wake up Don
Cossack and with two to jump
he appeared to be back in con-
trol, sailing clear over the last
and galloping on well for what
was ultimately a cosy success.
Mount Colah made a bad
mistake at the second-last,
bumping Rubi Light in the
process and allowing Wounded
Warrior to come through late
Jockey Bryan Cooper said:
"He got the job done, he s come
back in trip, which isn t ideal as
he has turned into more of a
stayer. He won this last year
when he probably had a bit more
speed, we ve been training him
to stay so he s come back half
a mile too short.
"What I liked is when I
jumped the second-last, two or
three slaps on the shoulder and
he went on.
"There s only one big day,
though, and that s March and
that s what we re aiming for.
"I ll leave that (the idea of
blinkers) to Gordon. He s not
ungenuine, he s just a bit lazy."
Sky Bet eased Don Cossack
to 5/1 from 9/2 (Non Runner
No Bet) in their Cheltenham
Gold Cup betting and
spokesman Michael Shinners
said: "That was a nice confi-
dence boost for Don Cossack
but you could hardly call him
"With his ability to act around
Cheltenham under scrutiny he
goes into the big race with plenty
Elliott revealed Don Cossack
will be equipped with cheek-
pieces at Cheltenham, where the
Timico-sponsored Gold Cup
remains the target.
He said: "I was worried about
the ground as he s a better horse
on better ground.
"He worked in cheekpieces
the other day and flew in them
and while there was no point
having them on today, he ll have
them on in the Gold Cup.
"Bryan said from the second-
last to the line he was only get-
ting going. He was free and exu-
berant in the early days and
while it s not good to look at,
the last quarter (of his races) is
his best now.
"He s a better horse in the
second half of the season and
with a bit of better ground and
cheekpieces, the Gold Cup is
Don gets the job done
won at Thurles.
Steady Pace edged out Rouleau to give
Godolphin a one-two in the UAE 2000
Guineas Trial at Meydan yesterday.
Sent off a well-backed 4/5 favourite, Steady
Pace boasted the best form in the contest
despite having failed to add to his debut success
in six subsequent runs as a juvenile, and his
jockey appeared confident for much of the
contest on the inside.
Rounding the home turn, Steady Pace had
work to do to reel in the front-running Calder
Prince but began to eat into the lead as soon
as a gap appeared between that one and
Once passing the Tom Dascombe horse,
Doyle kept Steady Pace up to his work to hold
off Rouleau, who was conceding 2lb and could
never quite get on terms as they passed almost
Afterwards, Doyle reported that he felt his
mount was set to win well before shying away
from a trackside camera.
"He basically tried to pull himself up close
home," said Doyle. "We certainly have learned
that he will face the kickback as he has had
to today and he has shown a really good atti-
tude. He is a decent horse and certainly our
main Guineas contender.
"He has handled the 1400m well enough
and, hopefully, the 1600m of the Guineas itself
will not be a problem."
Trial One Two
Polar River ran out a hugely impressive
winner of the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial at
Trained by Doug Watson, the daughter of
Congrats was taking a major step up in class
having just a maiden win to her credit.
In fairness, she had won that by a wide-
margin but looked to have plenty on her plate
up against Saeed bin Suroor s Promising Run,
last seen in the Fillies Mile at Newmarket.
When the Godolphin filly entered the final
quarter of a mile in front James Doyle must
have thought he had the race in safe-keeping,
but Pat Dobbs had tracked him on Polar River.
Once given the office Polar River shot clear,
looking a top-class prospect in the process.
Dobbs said: "In the first half of the race I
wasn t too happy as she was green.
"When I got her out she won her race in
two or three strides.
"She quickened up well, she was very good.
She s very good, we haven t seen the best of
her by a long way yet."
Watson said: "Pat said she didn t have a clue
in behind but when she got some daylight she
"We thought she was all right before she
won first time and then we were just hoping
she d back it up. Hopefully she can progress
"The Guineas is next, which is about a month
away, which should be perfect. The way Pat
is talking I don t think the Oaks trip will be
a problem, either."
In the 2000 Guineas Trial Bin Suroor s Steady
Pace just held off Charlie Appleby s Rouleau.
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