Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 29th 2016 Contents Rivers to flow for punters in the 3-y-
o Maiden Stakes over a mile and a quarter
of Lingfield polytrack today, despite an
absence of 118 days!
As previously mentioned getting
throughbreds fit enough nowadays isn t a
concern for experienced trainers and Phil
McBride comes into such category; you
can bet 78-rated Rivers Of Asia will be
straight enough when he attempts to make
it fourth time lucky.
All runs to date have been over seven
furlongs and though this represents con-
siderable extra Rivers Of Asia is by one
of my favourite sires, Medicean, whose
progeny are invariably quality sorts, which
operate best over middle distance.
There is a reason why Adam Kirby has
been booked to ride Rivers Of Asia for the
first time, he ll be a fancied trier!
Cachao, also 78, and once-raced Ragner
will collar plenty of support; there is a
word for Charles Hills-trained High
Grounds, one of three well-bred newcomers
from fashionable yards, but I ll rely on
my time-handicap which indicates Rivers
Of Asia justifies support at decent odds.
Championship-chasing Kirby should
add to his considerable tally aboard
Broughton s Fancy, one of six decs for
the Claiming Stakes over seven furlongs;
by process of elimination there can only
be one winner!
Custard Of Dragon will be backed to
retrieve recent losses and Richard Fahey
runners can never be completely discounted
but you re advised not to oppose
Broughton s Fancy.
Useful hurdler Ballyglasheen finished
second for the third successive time (on
the flat!) at Kempton earlier this month
and under the same female jockey will be
hard to beat in an amateur riders handicap
over twelve furlongs; probably the best bet
of the day!
Wolverhampton looks extremely difficult,
don t bother!
Friday, January 29, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am 13-10
6.30 pm 17-5
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
05PARSONMAN 0 1 2 1
15SICKWOMAN 1 0 1 1
18WATERBOAT0 2 2 1
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27LITTLESNAKE0 0 3 0 3
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 1 3
30HOUSECAT 3 0 1 1
31PARSONWIFE0 00 0 0
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Thursday, January 28, 2016
6.30 pm 3
32 (Shrimp) 6.30 pm
15 6.30 pm
10 (Monkey) 4 pm
25 (Morocoy) 10.30 am
6 (Belly) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
28 (Red Fish)
Nicky Henderson remains hopeful his two
strong-travelling potential Stan James Champion
Hurdle challengers can emerge as credible oppo-
nents to favourite Faugheen, despite managing
only a combined tally of one public appearance
between them so far this season.
Last season s Triumph Hurdle hero Peace And
Co blotted his otherwise unblemished copybook
when finishing last of six behind Old Guard in the
International Hurdle on his seasonal debut in
December, while 2014 Champion runner-up My
Tent Or Yours hasn t been sighted since disap-
pointing in the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr
the following month.
Henderson reports Peace And Co to be on target
for Sandown s Contenders Hurdle on Saturday
week after being treated for a back problem, which
saw him miss a recent engagement at Haydock.
He said: "Peace And Co is good, he s just had
a couple of days off as he was sore in his back but
that s had some treatment and been sorted, I hope.
"He ll work at the weekend with a view to going
to Sandown the following weekend for the Con-
The Seven Barrows trainer is also keen to get a
run into My Tent Or Yours before his Cheltenham
The Grade Two Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton,
a race won by the stable s Binocular in 2012, is the
target and Henderson feels his charge will be sharper
for the outing.
Sidelined Coneygree in good heart
Coneygree has returned to walking and trotting,
with big-race partner Nico de Boinville left to
wonder how he would have fared against a com-
petitive line-up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup this
A sensational winner of the blue riband last season
as a novice, he will not be defending his Festival
crown due to injury.
While he has had a couple of setbacks this season
which have ruled him out, he did make the track
once at Sandown where he looked better than ever
in strolling to victory, making his absence all the
harder to bear for connections.
De Boinville said: "I spoke to Sara (Bradstock)
last night actually and she said she rode him out
yesterday (Wednesday) and that he is walking and
"Fingers crossed he will come back to a level that
he left really.
"It looks a very open and tough race this year
and it would be very interesting to see where he
would be among that lot."
Le Kap fits at Warwick
Henderson duo on
Fixe Le Cap was promoted to 14/1 second-
favourite for the JCB Triumph Hurdle after
strolling to victory in the Lighthorne Lamb Juve-
nile Hurdle at Warwick.
Nicky Henderson s youngster maintained his
unbeaten record in Britain in effortless fashion
under Daryl Jacob, jumping with aplomb.
Given his head turning for home he pulled 28-
lengths clear of Three Colours Red to land odds
Sky Bet immediately went 14/1 for the Triumph
at Cheltenham in March.
Henderson said: "He s a hard horse to weigh
up, especially if you see what we see at home.
"He wouldn t give any indication, he comes
out each morning and wants to play around, he s
full of life but his work is mysteriously boring.
"Daryl rode him on Saturday with two quite
nice horses but he couldn t, or didn t want to, go
with them. He s got a lovely attitude to life.
"His life is very much in front of him, he jumps
beautifully and loves this sort of ground so we
may as well plough on and have a look at him
in a better race."
Holywell heads a 15-strong field for the
Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster, but Pass The
Hat carries the high hopes of Arthur
Fourth in last season s Cheltenham Gold
Cup, Jonjo O Neill s nine-year-old has this
term struggled to make an impact in either
the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby or the
Betfair Chase at Haydock.
He reverts to handicap company for the
first since striking gold at the 2014 Chel-
tenham Festival but must concede weight
Despite his welter burden of 11st 12lb,
Holywell disputes favouritism for a race
formerly known as the Great Yorkshire
Chase along with the Paul Nicholls-trained
Le Mercurey and Alan King s Ziga Boy.
The enigmatic Buywise would not be
winning out of turn, having run well in
defeat in the Paddy Power Gold Cup and
the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Chel-
Other contenders include the Venetia
Williams-trained veteran Aachen, Charlie
Longsdon s Coologue and Dolatulo from
Warren Greatrex s yard.
Race sponsors Sky Bet are still offering
four places on each-way bets on the race,
rather than the industry-standard three.
Le Mercurey heads the revised market at
5/1, ahead of Ziga Boy at 6/1.
Pass The Hat bids to become only the
second Irish-trained winner of the Sky Bet
Chase following Knock Hard, who tri-
umphed for Vincent O Brien back in 1953.
On his one previous visit to Britain, Pass
The Hat finished a staying-on fourth in a
Listed handicap chase over three miles at
Ascot in November, 2014.
The nine-year-old was last seen out when
a staying on second in a two and a half-
mile handicap hurdle at Punchestown on
December 31 and has won three chases at
around two and a half miles, most recently
at Killarney in August, 2014. His jockey
Donagh Meyler is set to claim a useful 5lb,
meaning Pass The Hat will be able to race
off 9st 13lb.
Moore said yesterday: "We have been
looking for some better ground for Pass
The Hat and I am hoping they don t get
too much rain at Doncaster before Satur-
"I was very happy with his last run at
Punchestown. It was a nice performance
and gave us the encouragement to travel
over with him. He hasn t won over three
miles but has run some good races at the
trip and I think he gets it on good ground.
"We have had the Sky Bet Chase in mind
for Pass The Hat for quite a while as it
looked like a race where he would hopefully
get his preferred going. We will see how
he gets on Saturday and then make plans
for the rest of the season."
Those taken out at the final declaration
stage were: Annacotty, Irish Cavalier, Rocky
Creek, Doing Fine, Black Thunder, Auda-
cious Plan and Renard.
Meanwhile, George Moore, a stalwart of
the northern racing scene, will saddle his
final runner today when Wolf Shield lines
up at Doncaster.
Moore bows out of the game "with no
regrets", but admits he is leaving a different
sport to the one he joined when he first
took out a licence in 1984.
A winner of two Northumberland Plates
through Highflying and Toldo, a Finale
Juvenile Hurdle with Good Profile and at
Royal Ascot through Regal Reform, Moore
was as adept at training three-mile chasers
as he was handicap sprinters.
"There ll be mixed emotions, that s for
sure," said Moore, who has put his Warwick
Lodge yard in Middleham on the market.
"We ll be staying in Yorkshire as we ve
got grandchildren in Hartlepool and Ripon,
but we don t know where as yet.
"We decided three months ago this would
be it and the hardest part was telling the
owners, as some have supported us for 30
"You ve got to have the horses to make
you get up in a morning and we re slightly
down on numbers, I didn t want it to
become a struggle and thankfully it never
has been - we ve always had good payers.
"When I hear some of the stories of how
some owners carry on I don t know how
Holywell heads field for Sky Bet Chase
Rivers to flow at Lingfield
9.50 Rivers Of Asia
11.25 Broughton's Fancy
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