Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 28th 2016 Contents Air Force Blue is among seventeen decs
for the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, Sat-
urday, which include stable-companions,
Shogun and Bravery, no hopers!
Presumably they will line up for pace-
making duties but this firm has constantly
fallen between two stools by attempting
such tactics and they could well confuse
Ryan Moore aboard the odds-on favourite,
and compromise his obvious chance.
According to O Brien, in a recent stable
tour, Air Force Blue was the best two-year-
old we ve had here but hasn t Aidan made
similar claims before about Giants Causeway,
Camelot, Gleneagles, etc?
Ex-dual champion jockey, Joseph, men-
tioned earlier this week that an extra furlong
and fitness first time out could be a concern;
that s somewhat contrasting to what his
As mentioned I m convinced Air Force
Blue hasn t achieved a time-handicap mark
which justifies his current price, based on
classification of what is usually required for
this wonderful classic; as for pacemaking
one recalls a similar situation with Frankel!
No hoper, Rerouted, in the second colours
of Khaled Abdulla, was declared and jockeys
looked toward the second string, intending
to track him; Tom Queally jumped Frankel
out smartly and the favourite was at least
six lengths clear throughout!
Do you think O Brien is mindful of that
We shall see, a fascinating race awaits,
in the meantime Godolphin-owned, Charlie
Appleby-trained, Pergamino, ticks enough
boxes under William Buick for an aged
Maiden Stakes over a mile of Chelmsford
polytrack tonight; what beats him will win!
We might get a price because Frankie
Dettori partners once-raced Symbolic,
trained by John Gosden; this Shamardal
colt needs to imrpove considerably and
might but I ll take a chance.
James Fanshawe s apprentice George
Wood is good value for his full 7lbs claim
and it could weigh heavily against eight
rivals when he climbs aboard King Of Naples
in a three-year-old Maiden Stakes over
seven furlongs of good to soft Redcar;
At Lingfield, on polytrack William Muir-
trained Cautious Optimism looks a snip for
the ten-runner three-year-old handicap;
we ve waited a long time for this one.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Under: (Last Thursday)
10.30 am 13-25
1 pm 23-17
4 pm 18-23
6.30 pm 15-21
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 2 3 3 2 10
15SICKWOMAN3 06 4 13
18WATERBOAT 2 7 4 1 14
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 2 5 3 1 11
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 6 6 12
30HOUSECAT 8 3 1 2 14
31 PARSONWIFE 5 1 1 1
34BLINDMAN 2 2 2 2
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Wednesday, April 27, 2016
10.30 am 3
28 6.30 pm
8 (Tiger) 6.30 pm
6 (Belly) 10.30 am
31 (Parson Wife) 4 pm
1 3 (Crapaud) 1 pm
30 (House Cat)
18 (Water Boat)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
Winner of the Irish Gold
Cup at Leopardstown in Feb-
ruary---as he was in 2015 -
before finishing a creditable
fourth at Cheltenham, Kiely s
JP McManus-owned 10-year-
old was sent off at 12-1 in a
market dominated by the
much-loved British challenger
Cue Card, trained by Colin Tiz-
Road To Riches took the field
along for much of the three-
mile-one-furlong feature and
was tracked into the straight by
both Gold Cup runner-up
Djakadam and Gold Cup third
Cue Card, who suffered a
dramatic fall at Cheltenham
before bouncing back in brilliant
fashion at Aintree, did not travel
with his usual panache, and the
4-6 favourite had ground to
make up turning for home along
with the under-pressure Car-
The complexion of the race
changed at the second-last,
however, with Road To Riches
coming to grief and both
Djakadam and Don Poli begin-
ning to falter.
Strong stayer Carlingford
Lough made the most of the
opportunity, answering Ger-
aghty s every call to join
Djakadam for the lead at the
final fence before going on to
score by four and a half lengths.
Djakadam kept on to fill the
runner-up spot, with his stable
companion Don Poli just beating
Cue Card to third. Happily, Road
To Riches appeared to emerge
Geraghty said: "What a train-
er John Kiely is---he s brilliant.
"He s done an amazing job
with this horse to win the Gal-
way Plate, here as a novice, two
Gold Cups at Leopardstown and
here today. It was a brilliant
"He (Carlingford Lough) came
from the clouds to win in Leop-
ardstown, Mark (Walsh) gave
him a brilliant ride.
"He couldn t go the gallop in
Cheltenham and he couldn t go
the gallop today, but it was just
the way he finished out.
"It was just how long he
could sustain that run, but he
went all the way to the line."
Kiely said: "I ve been coming
to Punchestown since 1948,
when I was here as a child, and
this is a never-again experience
in my life. But once is lovely!
"He s the best I ve trained
and the best I will train.
It s brilliant and it was easier
today because he wasn t fancied.
Nobody seemed to think much
about him, so we were even
contemplating whether we
should be here.
"I d have been delighted to
have been placed. I didn t expect
"He s very easy to train. You
just keep him well and that s it
and almost anybody can ride
him. I ride him when I feel like
"He was as well today as he
had been for any other race.
No need to be 'Cautious!'
11.05 King Of Naples
11.20 Cautious Optimism
2.30 Pergamino (nap).
Lough lands gold as Cue Card flops
Carlingford Lough and Barry Geraghty clear the last fence.
Winner of the Champion Bumper at this fix-
ture 12 months ago, the Willie Mullins-trained
six-year-old won his first three starts over hur-
dles before disappointing at Leopardstown in
February and Cheltenham in March.
However, he bounced back to form when only
narrowly denied at Aintree earlier this month
and he was the 2-1 favourite for his latest Grade
Ruby Walsh rode a patient race for much of
the three-mile contest before allowing Bellshill
to close on the leaders before the home turn.
Coney Island proved a willing opponent, but
the Mullins runner dug deep to win the argument
by a neck. Sandymount Duke finished third.
"In fairness to him he was tough. He pulled
up like mad in front and I was thinking halfway
up the run-in I might have been in front too
soon," said Walsh.
"It s taken us a while to work out he wants a
trip. He works with so much pace at home we
got a bit confused with him, but we seem to have
it right now.
"The trip didn t bother me. The only worry
I had was that he d been to Cheltenham and Ain-
tree, but he s a very good horse and he ll be a
Sky Bet have gone 16-1 from 25s for the winner
in the 2017 World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Fes-
tival and introduced him at 20-1 for the RSA
Their spokesman Michael Shinners said: "That
was a tremendous effort considering he has had
a long campaign. It will be interesting to see
which route he goes down next season."
Gifted master routs Ascot rivals
Hugo Palmer s three-year-old gave 3lb to his
rivals but that didn t stop him running out an
easy two and a quarter length winner over the
running-on Dream Dubai, with Gracious John
Favourite Washington DC put in a below-par
effort and was well beaten.
The son of Kodiac won the Group 3 Autumn
Stakes over a mile at Newmarket in October, but
he dropped back in trip to great effect on the
Rowley Mile at the Craven meeting and proved
again his potential for the top sprints yesterday.
"The Commonwealth is his target and as I ve
said all along we ll look for the money wherever
he goes, as he s never going to cover any mares,
so he ll get an entry in the Sussex Stakes, Foret,
Topkapi Trophy and Breeders Cup Mile."
Mizzou lands Sagaro again
Luca Cumani s stayer was lightly-raced after
success in this Group Three event 12 months ago,
finishing seventh in the Gold Cup and second in
the Lonsdale at York.
Frankie Dettori tried to ride them to sleep from
the front on Flying Officer, carrying a 5lb penalty
for his Champions Day win,.
Andrea Atzeni made a strong challenge on
Mizzou two furlongs out, but he looked set to
be collared close home by 15-8 favourite Clever
Cookie and Ryan Moore.
When Moore switched outside Mizzou (11-4)
he had two lengths to make up and while he got
to within a head, Mizzou just kept pulling out
a bit more.
All the while Flying Officer was still boxing
on against the rail and deserves plenty of credit
for his performance to be beaten just a neck and
half a length.
There were also good runs from Suegioo in
fourth and Burmese in fifth.
The winner was given a 12-1 quote (from 16s)
for the Ascot Gold Cup by Sky Bet.
deep for glory
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