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Stewards have suspended Naim
Samaroo, the leading rider, for
three racing days following last
Saturday s programme.
The Stewards observed that
around the 500 metres mark in
the first race, Kodo, which was
ridden by jockey Samaroo, was
on the inside of Goliath Boy,
ridden by Ronald Ali, with Blue
Oracle, ridden by P Husbands,
in front of them. Samaroo in his
effort to go around Blue Oracle
found himself with little room
to pass and chose to bore his
way between Goliath Boy and
The Stewards considered
jockey Samaroo s action as total-
ly irresponsible, but found that
the eventual result was not
affected. Samaroo was however
suspended for the next three
days of racing for the riding
Samaroo, who brought the
Glenn Mendez-trained Dark
Treasure between horses to win
last Saturday s feature, The
Caribbean Turf Championship
over 1,800 metres, rode a double
to emerge as the day s leading
rider, after landed Kodo, which
is owned by the SIR Stables and
the sons of legendary owner
Nazir Ahamad, at odds of 25/1.
However, just as Samaroo did
the double, the SIR Stables also
did a double when their High
Octane, ridden by Kerron
Khelawan, prevailed by 2 ¼
lengths as the joint 9/2 second
favourite in the final event over
1,350 metres for 55-40 rated
horses on Day Three of the ARC
Samaroo suspended for 3 racing days
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Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am 8-19
6.30 pm 16-2
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 2 1
15SICKWOMAN1 0 1 1
18WATERBOAT0 2 2 1
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27LITTLESNAKE0 0 2 0 2
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 1 3
30HOUSECAT 3 0 1 1
31PARSONWIFE0 00 0 0
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, January 25, 2016
6.30 pm 6
19 (Horse) 6.30 pm
5 6.30 pm
13 (Crapaud) 4 pm
25 (Morocoy) 10.30 am
28 (Red Fish)
29 (Opium Man)
28 (Red Fish) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
Weather hits Irish
Ireland s major racecourses endured contrasting
fortunes in their attendance figures for 2015 due
to the vagaries of the weather.
While meetings such as the Punchestown Festival
were hit with heavy rain that saw crowds drop, the
Curragh enjoyed a good year, with figures up by
6.5 per cent.
"We had a good year at the Curragh. Thankfully
we didn t have too much bad weather," said general
manager Paul Hensey. The Sunday of Irish Cham-
pions Weekend wasn t great, but we had a good
run with the weather overall, so much so that our
attendances were up 6.5 per cent.
"We were delighted with our attendances and
we had strong betting figures across the board as
well. It was a good year all round for the Curragh.
"When you look at the figures that were released,
some fixtures were lost and Festivals were hit with
unkind weather, and that can have a big effect."
Punchestown is trying to combat against the
imponderable that is the weather by enticing people
who book early with offers.
"We were unfortunate to be hit by very bad
weather towards the end of the Festival last year,"
said Punchestown racing manager Richie Galway.
"Saturday has recently been the best-attended
day, with an attendance of up to 29,000, but we
lost about 10,000 or 12,000 off that because of
the very wet weather.
"What we are trying to do to minimise the risk
is to focus on our pre-sales, tickets in advance, and
put on facilities that will safeguard those, to some
degree, from the weather. Pre-sales are improving,
they are strong, and is a work in progress.
"We have seen a sizeable increase at the Festival
meeting the last two years and are doing so again
this year with numerous offers and incentives."
Sire 'beaten by
a better horse'
Gary Moore has confirmed both Sire De Grugy
and Traffic Fluide on course for the Betway Cham-
pion Chase after their Ascot efforts.
The pair proved no match for Un De Sceaux in
Saturday s Clarence House Chase, but for different
reasons Moore is hopeful that they could get closer
to the hot favourite at Cheltenham---or take advan-
tage if Un De Sceaux s fencing frailties unexpectedly
"Looking back at Saturday s Clarence House, I
have no real excuses for Sire De Grugy and the
truth is that he was just beaten by a better horse,"
Moore told his Betway blog yesterday.
"The ground wasn t ideal as it was a bit tacky
like it sometimes gets when they put those covers
down. Ideally, he d either have liked it a lot softer
or a lot better, but that s a poor excuse really.
"Jamie was a little bit disappointed, but in reality
there is nothing he would do differently if they
raced again tomorrow.
"Un De Sceaux is a very good horse and is, without
doubt, the one we all have to beat in the Betway
Champion Chase. He s very much the new kid on
the block. He s an eight-year-old on the top of his
game like we were a few years ago."
"On the subject of new kids on the block, don t
forget Traffic Fluide who ran a hell of a race on his
"I have to admit he surprised me a bit as I thought
he would need it more than he obviously did. He s
stuck to the task really well and his class has helped
him see out his race.
"Plenty of people have asked me how the pair
compare and I must admit I always thought that
Sire De Grugy had more speed. However, it isn t
all about speed and Traffic Fluide s stamina will be
a real positive up that Cheltenham Hill."
Willie Mullins nigh on dominates the
Irish racing scene and with stable jockey,
Ruby Walsh, appears to win every impor-
tant race, often finishing second with other
runners. Do serious-minded Irish punters
actually profit by just putting down their
money and picking it up (with profit!)
when they pass the post?
Although the strike rate of this phenom-
enally successful Emerald Isle trainer is way
above 50 per cent the starting prices are
usually prohibitive and one actually makes
a profit by laying them, in the long run!
Backing short-priced winners is probably
good for confidence, 1/2, 4/7, 4/6 and some-
times even money favourites carry "Uncle"
Ruby and he knows winning enclosures like
the back of his hand. The conveyances, off
the Mullins assembly line(s), are like
machines but, do you realise, that if just
two out of ten fail then it s like playing
snakes and ladders because you are back
where you started.
In a few weeks, Willie intends replicating
his tremendously successful 2015 Chel-
tenham Festival mission with another bat-
talion. There s actually talk, speculation,
given the colossal prize-money on offer
throughout four fabulous days in March,
that Mullins could end up champion trainer
What an incredible prospect, imagine the
excitement of watching these magnificent
creatures take on our very best on Prestbury
Park, home of National Hunt racing, against
a background setting that is breathtaking
to say the least, with rolling hills as far as
the eye can see from a superbly-cited grand-
My first venture to the course was in 1963
when Arkle stormed up the hill and began
a domination that will never be surpassed;
Himself was the finest thoroughbred I d
ever seen, jumps or flat, until Frankel
bestrode the grade one racecourses three
years ago with fourteen victories, unbeaten
The time-handicap figures for both were
absolutely outstanding, they were in a dif-
Watching top class racing is so exciting,
nerve-racking, and the build up to the great-
est show on earth is now under way. Feb-
ruary is the month of trials and March the
month of destiny.
I ll do my best to keep you fully informed
and supply a clutch of good-priced winners,
Today, there are three meetings, Leicester
and Wetherby (NH) while Southwell stages
a six-race fibresand programme on which
Miss Lillie is a strong chance in an aged
handicap over a mile.
Miss Lillie comes best-in judged on recent
effort on the deep stuff and mount of con-
sistent, reliable, Robert Winston. I m keen
to move part of our operation to jumping
but, as previously mentioned, heavy ground
is the case everywhere and guessing is point-
less, not to mention costly.
Over the same course and distance Sea
Of Uncertainty has an obvious opportunity
in the three-year-old handicap with Tony
Rawlinson claiming a vital 3lbs apprentice
Mullins, Walsh a winning tag team
10.05 MISS LILLIE
Gabby's Gold, ridden by Ronald Ali, races to
the winning pole to take the Three Year Old
and Over Horses rated 80-50 on Saturday
afternoon at the Santa Rosa Race Track,
Arima. PHOTO: DARREN RAMPERSAD
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