Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 20th 2016 Contents Strawberry Sorbet could well ben-
efit sufficiently from experience, and
assistance of top all-weather jockey,
Adam Kirby, against hot-pot Aus-
tralian Queen in the Maiden Fillies
Stakes over a mile of Lingfield poly-
track today; based on price to chance
Clive Cox s charge is an obvious selec-
tion. Here s why.
On my time-handicap this 71-rated
Street Cry filly, owned by Cheveley
Park Stud, has the call; her last three
efforts have all been in handicaps and,
significantly, Strawberry Sorbet didn t
look suited to Wolverhampton Tapeta
19 days ago.
We have reason to believe that sur-
face is riding fast with a touch of jar
which might be causing concerns.
That s only an opinion but a leading
jockey mentioned it to yours truly only
Prior to that Strawberry Sorbet
achieved much better time-figures at
Kempton and over this course and dis-
tance; be interesting to know whether
Kirby agrees with my sentiments.
Three other un-raced fillies are in
this line up, there will be two places
on offer therefore and it provides an
excellent each-way opportunity; hard
to visualise Strawberry Sorbet, ridden
positively, out of the frame.
Official ratings suggest two
allowances, fillies and apprentice,
Sammy Jo Bell, will make Richard
Fahey-trained Sadie Babes difficult to
beat in the seven runner aged Maiden
Stakes over five furlongs.
Fahey has faith in Sammy Jo, it hasn t
happened for her this year but she pos-
sesses dynamism and a ruthless, ded-
icated, approach which continually
impressed the boss last year.
Sadie Babes is no cert by any means
and a 91-day(s) absence will be off-
putting for many serious-minded pun-
ters but I ll take my chance because
the winning machine is now firing in
winners all over the AWR circuit.
Flemenstar is one of eight decs for
the £150000, grade one, Betfair Chase
over three miles of soft Ascot; with
three places on offer this Irish-trained
veteran looks an each-way snip against
a clutch out-of-form chasers, judged
on a splendid, right up to scratch, effort
on a similar surface three weeks back.
Should be an intriguing Cheltenham
Gold Cup trial.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, February 20, 2016
10.00 Strawberry Sorbet (nap);
12.55 Sadie Babes
Kirby critical to
crossing the line first
from Pacha du Polder
Victoria Pendleton was unseated on
her first ride over regulation fences in
the Betfair Switching Saddles "Grass-
roots" Fox Hunters Chase at Faken-
The dual Olympic champion cyclist
was riding the nine-year-old Pacha Du
Polder for a second time, with the pair
having been beaten in a photo-finish
at Milborne St Andrew point-to-point
in late January.
The Paul Nicholls-trained gelding
was the 8-13 favourite for this three-
mile contest and Pendleton gave her
mount time to find his feet, initially
dropping him out at the rear of the six-
Pacha Du Polder gradually warmed
to his task and was moving closer to
the leaders when he was slightly imped-
ed by Baltic Blue at the seventh fence.
Pendleton and Baltic Blue s rider
Carey Williamson crashed to the ground,
but both riders were soon on their feet.
Pendleton announced last March that
she was embarking on the Betfair-
backed Switching Saddles challenge
to make the transition from velodrome
to racecourse, with the ultimate aim of
riding at the Cheltenham Festival.
After four months of intensive training
with racehorse trainer Lawney Hill,
eventing guru Yogi Breisner and former
event rider Chris King, Pendleton gained
valuable racecourse experience in charity
events and, later, in amateur riders
races on the Flat.
She came close to making a dream
debut under Rules after finishing second,
beaten just a head, aboard Royal Eti-
quette on her first ride as a fully-fledged
amateur at Ripon in August.
Pacha Du Polder, who carries the
colours of owners the Stewart family
and finished second over the Grand
National fences in the Fox Hunters
Chase at Aintree last term, had already
been earmarked as Pendleton s intended
Festival ride in the St James s Place Fox-
hunter Chase on March 18.
Victoria Pendleton, front, is unseated from Pacha Du Polder.
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