Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 10th 2016 Contents Ryan Moore set a new best last season
when becoming the first rider since the
war to record nine winners during Royal
Ascot and has high hopes of another suc-
The former champion considers French
2000 Guineas winner The Gurkha as per-
haps his best chance this time around, in
what looks like being a red-hot St James s
Palace Stakes on Tuesday.
He said: "Last year seems a long time
ago now. I thought going into the meeting
last year that I had three with definite
chances but two of them got beat and only
When asked how it felt to ride the record
number of post-war winners at a single
Royal Ascot, beating the previous record
of eight set by Lester Piggott and Pat
Eddery, Moore said: "They were different
eras and Royal Ascot is a different meeting
now to how it was back then."
He went on: "I am lucky to be riding
for powerful stables and will have some
nice rides. There is nothing I can think of
that will definitely win but I should have
some solid chances. Miss Temple City is
something to look forward to in the Duke
of Cambridge Stakes.
"I think the St James s Palace Stakes
and the Prince of Wales s Stakes are the
two most exciting races of the week.
"I think my mount (in the St James s
Palace) The Gurkha should be able to han-
dle both softer and faster ground.
Frankie Dettori has pointed towards Mag-
ical Memory being his best chance at Royal
Ascot on the "biggest week" of his year.
The ever-popular Italian rides Ascot as
well as anyone, and is the leading current
jockey at the big fixture on 52 winners, ahead
of Ryan Moore on 36.
Dettori said: "Royal Ascot is the biggest
week of my year. I travel all over the world,
but Ascot is still at the top of the pile and
the Royal meeting is the pinnacle.
"I said at the start of the season that I d
be making the Royal meeting one of my key
targets this year. I m not going all over the
country again in a bid to be champion jockey,
but when it comes to Royal Ascot week I am
going all out to be top jockey.
"I know it won t be easy, but I ve had a
good look at some of my rides and you write
me off at your peril (to be top jockey for the
week). I m going to throw everything at next
week and I can t wait for it to arrive now.
"My best chance of the week could be
with Magical Memory on Saturday (Diamond
Jubilee Stakes on Saturday). Charlie (Hills)
loves this sprinter and I do too. Charlie has
a great ability with his sprinters and I don t
see a rival in the race that I d rather be on.
"I know that Wesley Ward s two-year-
olds are going to have to fire if I m to stand
a chance, but I went down to Manton last
week and they look tremendous. I d say their
preparations couldn t have been better. It s
up to me now to show them to best effect.
"Lady Aurelia and Create A Dream both
look picture perfect. Those two fillies really
Speaking in his blog for Ladbrokes, Dettori
said: "I m on standby for Time Test and
hoping it works out that I reunite with him
after winning last year. I m on Mehmas in
the Coventry, who is second-favourite, and
I rode Nemoralia for Jeremy (Noseda) earlier
this week and she gave me a great feel (ahead
of the Coronation Stakes).
"The St James s Palace on the opening
day looks high class. Everyone is excited
about The Gurkha after what he did in France,
but my own Guineas winner (Galileo Gold)
is in tremendous shape. Awtaad is in there
for what could be a sensational race and I m
keen to have another crack at turning the
tables on him after what happened in Ire-
"The more I talk about it the more I con-
vince myself I ve got a fighting chance next
week. I grabbed three winners last year and
hope to surpass that next week."
Zebspear ticks enough boxes in the Rous
Selling Stakes over six furlongs of good to
firm York, mount of Kieren Fallon!
This takes me back a few years, when
nominating selections ridden by the six-
times champion was akin to printing money ,
so superior was Fallon while stable jockey
for Henry Cecil and subsequently Michael
Kieren is now 51, obviously not as good
as ever but still suitably proficient and never
forget, you can t beat experience!
Most importantly Fallon retains bottle
and his confident ride on Blaine down the
Epsom Downs camber last weekend repre-
sented a master-class which several other
jockeys simply wouldn t have been able to
achieve; Kieren is always ice cool, a joy to
Zebspear will be a challenge to him in a
race that always held fascination, our record
would undoubtedly be second to none nap-
ping winners of this juvenile dash.
Although thrice-raced Zebspear hasn t
raced beyond five furlongs this Zebedee colt
needs further; on the time-handicap Joseph
Tuite s charge is clear best in and so, over
to you Kieren!
Jockeyship is a major factor, none better
than 2015 computer champion David Allan
who gets the leg up on Tim Easterby-trained
Computable, one of eleven decs for the
Novice Stakes over five furlongs.
Only nine days ago Computable was
backed to joint-favouritism on the back of
a promising debut; second to The Monk s
Stand represented improvement and we ve
every reason to believe he will recoup losses
against an inexperienced field.
A lot of racing nowadays but few gilt-
edged bets due to the framing of fixtures;
I m convinced clerks of courses are influenced
by the preference of bookmakers whose con-
tempt for punters is disgraceful.
Only recently we had a non runner, no
bet wager with Boylesports but in so-called
settlement they state the organisation is pre-
pared to return only 40 per cent of my orig-
inal telephoned stake, which I m still waiting
for; shocking state of affairs.
Be careful of terms and conditions and
especially Boylesports which shouldn t be
allowed to advertise and trade at expense of
unsuspecting, vulnerable, punters.
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Zebspear ticks all boxes
1.50 Gerrard's Return
Stoute's Chase loses
Sir Michael Stoute's Cannock Chase has been dis-
qualified from first place at a British Horseracing
Authority disciplinary hearing after the horse was
found to have a prohibited substance in his system
following his victory at Newmarket in September.
And in an unrelated matter, the five-year-old will not
run at Royal Ascot next week due to injury.
A urine sample taken after the win in the Listed
Sakhee Godolphin Stakes tested positive for O-
desmethyltramadol, a metabolite of tramadol, a pro-
hibited pain medication.
Sheena Chohan for the BHA stated that following
the positive analysis, BHA officers interviewed Stoute,
his staff and service providers at his stables in October
last year and found no substances or products on the
yard that appeared to contain O-desmethyltramadol or
At the time of visiting Stoute's yard, officers were
aware of several other Adverse Analytical Findings of
O-desmethyltramadol and/or tramadol in other horses
in other yards.
Stoute and his staff were notified that extensive in-
vestigations were under way to determine whether
there was any commonality between these cases, in-
cluding in relation to geographical location, feed type
used, supplements and additives used, and veterinary
To date, however, the BHA said it was not in receipt
of any evidence to assist in determining the potential
source(s) of O-desmethyltramadol in this case or in
Chohan also submitted that where the source could
not be identified, the trainer, as the responsible person,
had strict liability.
Stoute was fined #1,000, although William Norris
QC, representing the trainer, told the panel that while
he accepted on behalf of Stoute the mandatory dis-
qualification of the horse, he had done nothing wrong,
had kept meticulous veterinary records and taken
every reasonable step to ensure that the horses in his
care were fully supervised. Norris said the panel had
the power to apply no financial penalty.
Winner of the Grade One Canadian International last
season, Cannock Chase had been a leading contender
for the Hardwicke Stakes at the Royal meeting, but a
setback has ruled him out.
Harzand on track
for the Curragh
Dermot Weld is still aiming Investec Derby hero
Harzand at the Dubai Duty Free-sponsored Irish equiv-
alent despite revealing his stable star returned sore
after his Epsom victory.
Ridden by Pat Smullen, Harzand took his record for
the year to three from three in beating US Army
Ranger by a length and a half, and remains on track for
the Curragh on June 25.
Weld said: "Harzand was sore for a few days and
had some antibiotics to make sure everything was all
right. He was back in light exercise today, just a trot,
and is sound and well in every way.
"We'll see how he is, but the Curragh is the logical
progression as long as the ground is safe."
Godolphin sticks five
in Duke of Cambridge
Godolphin are responsible for five of the 16 horses to
stand their ground for the Duke of Cambridge Stakes
next Wednesday at Royal Ascot.
Ante-post favourite Usherette, trained by Andre
Fabre and an impressive winner in the Dahlia Stakes at
Newmarket last time out, remains on course for the
race, along with American challenger Miss Temple City,
fourth in the Coronation Stakes at 50/1 at this meeting
12 months ago.
Other leading Godolphin contenders include Jim Bol-
ger's Lucida and the progressive pair Always Smile and
Very Special, both trained by Saeed bin Suroor.
Other possibles include the John Gosden-trained
Jazzi Top, Andrew Balding's Blond Me and Spangled
from Roger Varian's stable, but those taken out of the
contest at the latest stage include David O'Meara's
Amazing Maria, who won this race at last year's meet-
Dettori aims for Ascot magic
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am -4-20
6.30 pm 7-30
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Marks Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
05PARSONMAN 2 3 4 3 12
15SICKWOMAN3 1 6 5 15
18WATERBOAT 2 9 4 1 16
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 3 2 13
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 1 1 6 8 16
30HOUSECAT 8 3 3 3 17
31PARSONWIFE6 3 2 2 13
34BLINDMAN 5 4 2 4 15
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Thursday, June 9, 2016
10.30 am 0
9 6.30 pm
12 (King) 6.30 pm
17 (Pigeon) 10.30 am
31 (Parson Wife 4 pm
24 (Queen) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake)
31 (Parson Wife)
Moore success beckons for Ryan
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