Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 18th 2016 Contents The Gurkha is the latest bright star to
shine from Aidan O Brien s pie at sky Cool-
more stable and, apparently, ex-champion
jockey Ryan Moore faces a dilemma as to
which jewel he wants to wear on Epsom
Derby day, a fortnight on Saturday.
If you throw enough mud at the wall
some will stick, surely!
That seems to be a determined modus
operandi policy this year for the famous
Irish operation, so many winners of various
races, maidens, trials, etc, and still O Brien
isn t housing the current favourite.
Current jolly is Wings Of Desire, respon-
sibility of our mercurial champion trainer,
John Gosden, whose Golden Horn won the
great race in such devastating fashion last
Big John advised owner Lady Bamford
not to pay up a paltry grand forfeit for Wings
Of Desire a few weeks ago. She listened and
now she s listening again because the Dante
winner is set to be supplemented for sev-
TV World is made up of soaps that cap-
tivate audiences every day of their lives,
none compares to the politics of horse-
racing in Great Britain!
All that s happening doesn t concern
Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned Massaat. This
magnificent Teofilio colt continues to munch
away at his grub, do well physically and
enjoy his work in preparation for the big
day. Currently 20/1 is a massive price, he s
done everything that could be asked of a
thoroughbred, game and genuine, good
enough to become a super-star!
Incidentally, the politics show was inter-
esting yesterday, Gosden-trained So Mi Rar
was found lame and misses the Epsom Oaks;
Ante-post betting is hazardous unless
you (and me!) know something that no one
else knows. Resist temptation of those big
Three flat meetings today, Ayr, Bath and
Kempton where Destroyer should land the
fourteen-runner three-year-old Maiden
Stakes over a mile of polytrack. Every box
is ticked for William Muir s charge and there
are plenty of reasons to back twice-raced
Girling in an aged Maiden Stakes over twelve
furlongs of firm ground at the popular Spa
Moderate racing but gilt-edged selections
at proper racetracks.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Under: (Last Wednesday)
10.30 am 28-3
1 pm 30-14
4 pm 34-35
6.30 pm 17-21
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
1, 10, 11, 15, 20
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 2 3 3 2 10
15SICKWOMAN3 1 6 4 14
18WATERBOAT 2 8 4 1 15
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 3 1 12
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 6 7 13
30HOUSECAT 8 3 3 2 16
31PARSONWIFE6 2 1 2 11
34BLINDMAN 3 3 2 3 11
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Tuesday, May 17, 2016
10.30 am 1
5 6.30 pm
16 (Jamette) 6.30 pm
34 (Blind Man) 10.30 am
19 (Horse) 4 pm
11 (Corbeau) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
27 (Little Snake)
29 (Opium Man)
2 (Old Lady)
O'Neill taken for X-rays
Dane O'Neill was taken to the Queen's Medical Cen-
tre in Nottingham for precautionary X-rays following
a fall at the Colwick Park course.
O'Neill was unshipped from his mount Mutarajjil on
the way to the start for the ROA/Racing Post Owners
The jockey was treated at the scene and then
taken by ambulance to hospital, with the race, for
which the Roger Varian-trained Mutarajjil had been
favourite, being delayed by 12 minutes.
"He's gone to hospital for precautionary X-rays. He
was complaining of pain in his lower spine and we
took precautions with that," said clerk of the course
"However, he was conscious and all his limbs were
"Our doctors are not massively concerned at this
stage, but it was best for him to go for precautionary
Midterm hamstring issue found
Midterm may still make the Investec Derby line-up
despite being found to have sustained a sore ham-
string when a disappointing favourite for the Dante
Stakes at York last week.
The choicely-bred colt, impressive in his previous
success at Sandown, had gone into the Dante as the
ante-post favourite for the Derby, but failed to fire
and came home fifth under Pat Smullen.
At first, nothing came to light to explain Midterm's
performance, but further veterinary examination
identified a problem, revealed on Monday night by
Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to the colt's owner
Prince Khalid Abdullah.
"He was sore in a hamstring behind. It's not insur-
mountable, but at least it gives us some explanation
as to what happened," he said.
"We have to wait quite a few days now. We've got
to be sure and from that point of view, it's got to be
up until the last minute. He's not a great worker, so
it's going to be hard to gauge how he is going, but he
will certainly have to be sound before he even starts
to work again.
"If we're lucky, and he comes right, he can do
enough work to satisfy the trainer that he can go. If
he doesn't, then there's the King Edward VII to fall
Grimthopre admitted to taking some relief at hav-
ing identified an issue that might explain such a lack-
lustre performance behind Wings Of Desire in the
Minding may miss Irish Guineas
Brilliant Qipco 1000 Guineas winner Minding is not
certain to take her chance in the Tattersalls-spon-
sored Irish version at the Curragh on Sunday.
Such was the dazzling effort Aidan O'Brien's filly
produced on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket, she is
hot favourite for the Investec Oaks at Epsom next
Stablemate Ballydoyle chased home Ryan Moore's
mount and does look set for the weekend.
O'Brien has also confirmed Californiadreaming,
Coolmore, Even Song and Pretty Perfect.
He said: "We have left Minding in the race but she
is not a definite runner and it is possible that Bally-
doyle might run instead of her.
"Coolmore could run as well and we could run
something else, but we'll take a look later in the
Jet Setting has been supplemented by Adrian
The Fast Company filly has been added to the field
at a cost of 30,000 euro after Keatley was heartened
by the possibility of rain in the coming days.
Jet Setting, who won the Leopardstown Irish 1,000
Guineas Trial on her penultimate start, was also sup-
plemented for the Guineas at Newmarket but could
only finish ninth behind Minding.
Keatley said: "We went ahead and supplemented,
so hopefully it keeps up raining. We were always
waiting on the weather and there's no going back
Galileo Gold, winner of the Qipco 2000
Guineas, heads a list of 13 horses left in
the Irish equivalent at the confirmation
Should he be successful in the Tattersalls
Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sat-
urday, the Hugo Palmer-trained colt would
emulate Gleneagles, who did the double 12
Palmer, who won the Irish Oaks last sea-
son with Covert Love, said: "The Irish 2,000
Guineas is a hugely prestigious race and we
are very excited to be going there and to be
going there with, what I hope, is a favourite s
"The Curragh has been a happy hunting
ground for me and I hope it will be again."
Gleneagles trainer Aidan O Brien is
responsible for six of the big-race possibles.
His half-dozen entries include Air Force
Blue, who was a big disappointment as an
odds-on favourite at Newmarket, trailing
in 12th of the 13 runners.
O Brien has left in The Gurkha, impressive
winner of the French 2000 Guineas,
although he is unlikely to run. Air Vice Mar-
shal, Bravery, Lieutenant General and Shogun
bolster the Ballydoyle team as O Brien seeks
to lift the prize for an 11th time.
Ground conditions are set to be crucial
for the participation of Air Force Blue,
according to O Brien.
He said: "We would love to run Air Force
Blue if we got a bit of nice ground. We are
happy with him since Newmarket and we
would love to go there with him and hope-
fully the ground will stay nice for him.
"We will take a look at things on Wednes-
day and the amount of rain the Curragh
gets will be a factor on what runs.
"The Gurkha obviously only ran last week
and we ve left him in but more than likely
he probably won t run."
Jim Bolger still has four hopefuls in Der-
rinstown Stud Derby Trial scorer Moonlight
Magic, Herald The Dawn, Sanus Per Aquam
Kevin Prendergast s Awtaad and the
Michael O Callaghan-trained Blue De Vega,
who were first and second in the Tetrarch
Stakes at the Curragh earlier this month,
complete the list.
Views from connections ahead of the
British Stallion Studs EBF Tennent s Rothe-
say Stakes at Ayr today.
County Down trainer Clare Cannon is
hoping progressive mare Coreczka can out-
run her rating with a big performance in
the British Stallion Studs EBF Tennent s
Rothesay Stakes at Ayr on Wednesday.
The five-year-old has as much as 34lb
to find on official figures but has been in
such good form of late than Cannon feels
Coreczka deserves a crack at Listed com-
Coreczka currently has a mark of 71, but
that is 19lb higher than she was last June
after winning her last three races, all at
She has run well at Ayr in the past and,
as a consequence, Cannon believes the gam-
ble is worth taking.
"We re just going to give it a go, that s
all. She s in such good form and that s why
we re going, to give it a shot and see how
we get on," said Cannon.
"She s done well in handicaps and we
like going to Ayr so why not?
"To get some black type would be nice,
"Her improvement might be down to the
routine of Dundalk. She s got used to it.
"She s also been to Ayr a few times. She
likes the place and she s got stronger as a
five-year-old. She s just come to herself.
"In all her mile races she s been coming
very late and getting there on the line, so
I think in a faster-run race the extra trip
will help her."
The highest-rated horse on 105 in the
14-strong field is Lustrous, who makes her
debut for David O Meara, while Henry
Candy s Chain Of Daisies and the Ed Walk-
er-trained Persona Grata are on 103.
Follow the Destroyer!
2.25 DESTROYER (nap)
Galileo Gold stands firm
Cannon fired up for Ayr raid
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