Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 26th 2016 Contents Force Of Destiny is given another chance
in an aged Maiden Stakes over twelve
furlongs of Lingfield polytrack; this twice-
raced Galileo colt can do much better than
last time when an ignominious fifth on
Three weeks earlier, over the same course
and distance, Force Of Destiny shaped well
by finishing a close-up sixth carrying 9st
12lbs on a surface which, apparently, is riding
a deal faster than other United Kingdom
Steve Drowne rides Force Of Destiny for
a third time and I ll bet we get a much-
improved performance; Force Of Destiny is
nigh on guaranteed to make one of three
places poroviding he replicates anything like
his debut time-handicap mark.
Hopefully there isn t a non-runner but
bookmakers will be keen to get one out
which would reduce placings to two.
For years this has been a diabolical prac-
tice; we actually knew a prominent bookies
representative who reckoned his firm paid
good money to trainers prepared play ball!
When reading my column you need to
realise that if the truth hurts there is a
problem and I ll always fight the corner of
beleagured punters, my audience!
Englishwoman attempts a remarkable 17-
day(s) four-timer under top-weight in an
three-year-old handicap over five furlongs,
surely no chance!
When dealing with rapidly-improving fil-
lies it s not a physical impossibility, they are
often a nightmare for official handicappers,
but Englishwoman is wrong with previous
course and distance winner Pink Martini
by several pounds and Patrick O Donnell
claims a 5lbs apprentice allowance.
By the same token the talented 18-year-
old Georgia Cox will offset the burden of
Englishwoman by 7lbs!
This is going to be fascinating, anything
could happen and I ve a feeling there could
be egg on my face!
Four Mile Beach is strongly-fancied for
a Maiden Stakes over a mile of Kempton
poly but there are two useful newcomers
from fashionable yards, Ultimate Star and
Skara Mae. Unless 2/1 don t bet Mark John-
ston s charge.
11.00 Pink Martini
12.05 Force Of Destiny
4.15 Four Mile Beach
Have a Pink Martini
California Chrome coasts in prep run
Colin Tizzard was in a bullish mood as he hosted
a press morning ahead of the Cheltenham Festival
and cannot see anything getting close to Ryanair
World Hurdle favourite Thistlecrack.
A decent novice without setting the world alight
last year, he sprang to prominence when winning
a Grade One at Aintree.
Unlucky at Punchestown when short of room
behind Killultagh Vic, he has been peerless this
season at Newbury, Ascot and Cheltenham.
"He s been absolutely brilliant his last five runs
and he could have easily won at Punchestown when
he got stopped," said Tizzard.
"When he races there doesn t appear to be any
bottom to him, as he just powers away at the end.
"He just looks better than anything else over three
miles, although I keep telling myself that someone
will bring back a really good chaser over hurdles to
take him on.
"He worked brilliantly this morning and he looks
like a chaser, he might well be chasing next year.
"Looking at it I can t see anything getting near
him at the moment. I know that s a bold statement,
but on form it looks like they ve all got to pick up
a bit to be near him.
"Cole Harden (winner last year) appears to have
been laid out all season, but he s not shown that
much this season at all. They say he ll be much
better on better ground, though.
Walsh survives blunder
for Hughes family
Ruby Walsh survived a last-flight blunder to main-
tain the domination of the Hughes family in the At
The Races Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle
at Thurles with Acapella Bourgeois.
After three successive wins for Dessie Hughes
with Lyreen Legend, Bright New Dawn and
Giantofaman, Sandra Hughes took on the mantle
after his sad passing and won last year s renewal
with Sub Lieutenant.
Sent off the 5/2 second-favourite Walsh set out
to make all and his task was made easier by the fact
the market leader Our Duke ran no race at all and
was pulled up.
Barry Geraghty still had a chance on Aidan
O Brien s Edwulf when he fell coming out of the
back straight, leaving Willie Mullins Nambour as
the only danger.
Acapella Bourgeois appeared to be getting the
better of the battle when he absolutely flattened the
final flight, but Walsh did well to stay in the saddle
and Nambour could only get within five lengths.
Huge Cheltenham handicap entries
A total of 965 entries have been unveiled for the
ten handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival.
A total of 965 entries were made with the most
over-subscribed race being the Martin Pipe Con-
ditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle, which Willie
Mullins has dominated of late.
Mullins has entered Blazer and Arbre De Vie,
among a host of others which include his Grade One
winner Petite Parisienne.
The least popular race in terms of numbers is the
Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, with only
They include Frodon and Fixe Le Kap, first and
second at Haydock in the Victor Ludorum last week-
end. Gibralfaro, second-favourite for the Triumph
Hurdle, has also been entered.
The Ultima Handicap Chase over three miles on
the first day has attracted 107 entries with plenty
of Crabbie s Grand National possibles in the mix,
including Kruzhlinin, Morning Assembly and The
Last Samuri, while The Giant Bolster has the handicap
option along with previous winner Holywell and
American superstar California Chrome
cruised to victory in the Trans Gulf
Electromechanical Trophy at Meydan as
continued his preparation for a second
shot at the Dubai World Cup.
Widely expected to beat inferior rivals
despite giving away lumps of weight, the
Art Sherman-trained colt was not that
quickly away but was soon travelling in a
handy third place as Success Story did the
work in front.
Forced to race three wide down the back
straight, jockey Victor Espinoza barely had
to move a muscle as he loomed large round
Espinoza said: "It was easy, the way he
looks is the way he won.
"I didn t want to do too much with him,
as I know it is a short period of time to
the next race. I didn t want to empty the
"I got a good position on the first turn
and from then on it was pretty much him
all by himself."
Sherman confirmed all roads now lead
to the World Cup.
He said: "It was the perfect race, we
were very satisfied and it s really good with
the US$10 million race coming up, he s got
a mile and a quarter under his belt.
"We re looking for the best, it s going
to be a great race here on March 26, they ve
got a lot of good horses running.
"With that under his belt, he s going to
be devil tough, I think.
"If we can ever get lucky he could wind
up being the richest thoroughbred ever,
passing Curlin, who is a great thoroughbred.
It would be an honour for that to happen."
Earlier, Charlie Appleby s Safety Check
won the Zabeel Mile for the second suc-
cessive year when pouncing late under
Unbeaten in three runs at last year s
Carnival he was notching his second victory
this season but needed every yard of the
The victory was a fourth at Grade Two
level as he just pipped Paul Hanagan on
"Full credit to the horse and a great ride
by William. He s a horse who just wants
it and wears his heart on his sleeve," said
"We ll look at the Hong Kong Mile now."
Buick had earlier won on the promising
Marking, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin,
the man responsible for California Chrome s
big rival Frosted.
Having arrived from America with a big
reputation he dumped James Doyle when
the stalls opened on his Carnival debut a
Set plenty to do, he quickened up styl-
ishly to win going away by two lengths.
"He s still a big baby, a bit green and
babyish," said Buick.
"Once he got into it from halfway, I
pulled him out and got out of the kick back
and he picked up really well.
"He s a bit slow away because he s a
baby, last time was just unfortunate."
McLaughlin said: "At first I was just
happy he came out of the gate with the
rider still attached to him!
"He was a little further back than we
thought but all the schooling we ve done
in the last few weeks I can understand
"We ve still got some work to do at the
stalls, he gets a bit worked up. It s different
on a night to a morning, with all the lights.
"The last two furlongs is the Marking
that we know, he s very talented."
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