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The Funeral Service of Maniram
"Boboy" Maharaj will be held this morning
at the DeSouza s Funeral Home in Diego
Martin. The service for the one time top
owner/trainer/breeder will begin at 9 am.
Maharaj, who died last Thursday at the
St Clair Medical centre was 84. He was
involved in all aspects of racing and was
the man who kept the racing alive in the
In 2001, the Arima Race Club (ARC) hon-
oured him for his contribution and dedi-
cation to the sport and its development over
Maharaj was a very patriotic and generous
citizen and put his money where his mouth
was. Maharaj, who has been racing for the
past 58 years, has the distinction of holding
the industry together. He has never been
discouraged or deterred and he has perse-
vered, when others inadvertently threw in
During the decade, 1995 to 2004 local
racing would have been shut down, had it
not been for Maharaj s courage and unwa-
vering spirit which clearly showed, despite
surgery which kept him out of the sport.
He had knee replacement surgery which
was successful. He still had to deal with
type one diabetes and had to take insulin
twice a day. As an owner, breeder, trainer
and racing administrator, Maharaj has done
everything possible to see the sport remain
In 1988, Maharaj won his first Derby with
Song N Dance and in 2006 produced Sara s
Music to win two legs of the Triple Crown
inclusive of the Royal Oak Derby.
In 2006, he produced September D Sixth
(named after his birthday) to win the Grade
Two---St Ann s Stakes by 7 1/4 lengths in
a much faster time than the colts in the St
Maharaj was the first owner to produce
an apprentice to win the jockey s champi-
onship through Francis Ramsaroop in 1988
and to ride a Derby winner.
Since centralisation of the sport at Santa
Rosa Park in February 1994, Maharaj s race
record as a trainer reads: 470 wins; 476
second; 414 third; 430 fourth from 3,951
runners, with earnings of $11,530,311.00
As an owner he won 338 races, finished
second 346 times, third 303 times and fourth
312 times from 2,855 runners with earnings
May he rest in peace.
Many Clouds is qualified to run (again!)
in the Cheltenham Gold Cup next week,
over three and a quarter miles of Prestbury
Park; that s the crux, distance!
Apparently trainer Oliver Sherwood hasn t
made up his mind about this wonderful nine-
year-old which is in the form of his life, ready
to tackle the world on a racing surface far
removed from the desperate ground encoun-
tered by so many these last few months.
Last season Many Clouds won the Hen-
nessy over a similar distance, followed up
comfortably at Cheltenham and then landed
the Grand National over four and a half miles,
lasting home gamely; ground conditions were
good for all three victories but don t think
the Cloudings gelding cannot act on a
Although there was no urgency when Smad
Place beat him twelve lengths in January, at
a difference of 4lbs, we re totally convinced
that Many Clouds is at least 10lbs better
than last year and will better his sixth posi-
National Hunt thoroughbreds capable of
winning the magnificent November Newbury
feature are exceptional; the roll of honour
illustrates it and, of course, landing the
Worlds greatest horserace at Aintree requires
a genuine graded performer nowadays.
Many Clouds qualifies in all aspects and
he even passes the Cheltenham factor exam-
This is not a faint heart never won fair
lady missive more an examination under
the extremely reliable process of elimination
form analysis. Consider the following.
Cue Card is my time-handicap top-rated,
judged on his hard-fought King George
success over Vautour by a neck; will either
genuinely stay another two furlongs on the
desperate climb at the end of a gruelling
Current favourite Don Cossack achieved
a career-best over two and a half at Aintree
last April after which AP McCoy stated cat-
egorically this is definitely his best trip!
Even now we understand his owner
wouldn t mind running Don Cossack in his
own race, the group one Ryanair, why?
Because he has a doubt and knows that
when Don Cossack fell on Boxing Day he
was cooked; they fall for good reason(s)!
Now we come to the nitty gritty, would
we back Many Clouds each-way for the
Money talks and given the assurance of a
money back with a run condition I d def-
initely play the place and there is yet another
reason, the experienced, proficient, Leighton
Aspell, what a jockey!
Wonder what he thinks, Oliver!
Sherwood and owner Trevor Hemmings
wont listen to me but I ve spent nigh on
forty years placing for some truly wonderful
trainers/owners and they should.
Parting shot, how many entered for the
CGC would be capable of winning our Hen-
nessy and the ultimate Blue Riband of
Readers will be getting my Festival previews
throughout the next few days; perhaps I ll
complete a Cup hat-trick!
Southwell stages a six-race programme
this afternoon desperate quality but, there
again, I ve often maintained that the best
results come for the worst races. If that s so
we should have a good day!
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Alan Hill feels all the right steps have been
taken to ensure no stone has been left
unturned in the build-up to Victoria Pendle-
ton s outing in the St James s Place Foxhunter
Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Following a press conference in London
yesterday it was announced the dual Olympic
gold medal-winning cyclist will line up in
the three-and-a-quarter-mile race on Friday
aboard the Paul Nicholls-trained Pacha Du
In light of the announcement, Hill, who,
together with his wife Lawney, has tutored
the 35-year-old from the outset of the chal-
lenge backed by Betfair, claimed she has been
placed in the best possible position to receive
all the correct experiences.
He said: "We took into consideration the
preparation. Firstly, obviously, the Flat racing
happened, then we went point-to-pointing.
"We ve not just stuck to one type of course,
with one horse. We ve been to a variety of
courses, fast flat ones, right the way through
to somewhere like Horseheath which has
very good drop fences.
"She has been schooling in Newmarket,
Lambourn, Jackdaws Castle and with Paul
and that has been a good education for her.
Also she has schooled with top professional
jockeys like Sam Twiston-Davies, Nick
Scholfield, while AP (McCoy) has schooled
with her at Jackdaws Castle.
Lynch set for
Andrew Lynch is set to see a specialist on
Tuesday to assess the injury to his shoulder
following a fall at Naas on Sunday.
X-rays revealed no fracture following his
tumble from Theophilus at the second-last
flight in the Naas Supporters Handicap Hur-
However, there is reported to be some soft
"Andrew s X-ray was clear. He has no frac-
ture. He is seeing Mr Paddy Kenny tomorrow,"
said the Irish Turf Club s senior medical offi-
cer Dr Adrian McGoldrick.
"There is some soft tissue injury to the
Aspen out of
Leading Weatherbys Champion Bumper
contender Aspen Colorado will not run at
Cheltenham next week.
The Aidan O Brien-trained four-year-old
is unbeaten in two starts, both at Leopard-
stown, but connections had warned his par-
ticipation at the Festival was not guaran-
A decision has now been taken to miss the
showpiece meeting, with the son of Galileo
next due to be in action at Limerick in April.
Joseph O Brien, who plays a major role in
looking at his father s jumps string, tweeted:
"I spoke with JP (McManus) and Frank (Berry,
racing manager) this morning, Aspen Col-
orado will not go to Cheltenham and the
plan is to go to Limerick on April 3."
The O Briens are still due to be represented
at Cheltenham by JCB Triumph Hurdle
favourite Ivanovich Gorbatov.
sure she's ready
Challenging run ahead of Many Clouds
Southwell, 9.20 SWIFT CEDAR
12.00 TRIGGER PARK (nap).
'Boboy' Maharaj funeral today
Maniram 'Boboy' Maharaj
Under: (Last Tuesday)
10.30 am 8---25
4 pm 36---2
6.30 pm 7---13
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 2 2 3 1
15SICKWOMAN2 0 5 1
18WATERBOAT0 5 4 1 10
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 2 1 3 1
28 RED FISH
30HOUSECAT 3 1 1 1
31PARSONWIFE2 10 0 3
34BLINDMAN 2 2 1 1
35BIGSNAKE 0 2 0 2
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Monday, March 7, 2016
6 6.30 pm
35 (Big Snake) 6.30 pm
34 (Blind Man) 10.30 am
34 (Blind Man) 1 pm TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
27 (Little Snake)
6 (Belly) 4 pm
18 (Water Boat)
5 (Parson Man)
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