Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 12th 2016 Contents Ultimate Avenue ticks every
box required for a 2-y-o Maid-
en Stakes over seven furlongs
at good to firm Newbury this
afternoon, biggest one being
jockey, George Baker!
In our racing research jockey s
computer championship the
long fella is literally head n
shoulders superior judged on
three successive seasons; his
consistency has been nothing
short of remarkable and it s all
down to a basic requirement,
Apparently George doesn t
have a lot to say but when
interviewed tells the truth and
we hang onto every word;
expect him to finally win the
computer this year which, to
all intents and purposes, is
proving his best to date; if Baker
was 7lbs lighter he d be cham-
pion jockey in all aspects
because, apart from Ryan
Moore, he s totally different
There was a lot to admire
about the debut of Ultimate
Avenue when this Ed Walker-
trained Excelebration colt, an
18/1 chance, stayed on strongly
to finish third, beaten less than
two lengths by Ronald R at
Yarmouth last month; on the
time-handicap is a beaut wait-
ing to happen, the Ultimate!
Patience is the supreme
virtue on this picturesque Berk-
shire course, which will ride like
a carpet, and Ultimate Avenue
needs only to replicate his run-
ning to oblige. George knows
that, he can read the form book!
Rejuvenated Rajah, one of
two Richard Hannon decs for
the prestigious £2500 St Hugh s
Fillies Stakes (Listed) over five
furlongs, might just prove too
much of a handful for unbeaten
course and distance winner Mrs
Danvers in what promises to be
an enthralling and intriguing
Rajah has also won her last
three races, improving consid-
erably each time; this
Archipenko filly is the definite
buzzer at a time of year when
fillies really can take off, into
According to the TH Rajah,
mount of Sean Levey, is best-
in from Dainty Dandy and Mrs
Danvers; seven others are pre-
vious winners and this promises
to be an absolute belter. A time-
comparison with the following
three-year-old handicap should
be informative and we ll let you
know my findings.
Katebird, a maiden after five
attempts, is ready to win and
Mark Johnston has found an
excellent opportunity, despite
top-weight, in the nursery over
five furlongs of Newcastle tape-
ta.This is undoubtedly the best
track in the world, for serious
punting on all-weather racing,
and with so many meetings
scheduled we re intending to
concentrate on every one,
100%; a potential gold mine!
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Ward thrilled with Lady Aurelia
Wesley Ward feels Lady Aurelia is "blossoming"
after the speedy filly completed her preparations for
the Prix Morny with a workout at Keeneland yester-
day.The juvenile was arguably the most impressive
winner of Royal Ascot when blitzing the opposition
in the Queen Mary.
Soon after the Deauville Group One over six fur-
longs was nominated as her next race, setting up a
potentially mouth-watering clash with Aidan
"We're nine days out, she's ready, she's had a cou-
ple of really stiff blows here," Ward told Keeneland
"The filly she worked with is a four-year-old
stakes filly, Hooligan. We just needed a target to run
at and she'd hopefully go by and she did.
"She's as good as she could be, now.
"She leaves Keeneland on Saturday morning and
then at 7.30pm that night she has a direct flight to
Paris. You'd expect good competition, it's a Group
One, they don't give them away.
"We're as ready as we've ever been, she's ma-
tured, she's blossoming, she's very fast, has a beauti-
ful mind and ships well."
Zonderland wins, Massaat flops
Zonderland (4/1) provided Clive Cox with back to
back wins in the totepool Sovereign Stakes at Salis-
bury as Massaat was all but pulled up.
The latter was sent off the 4/5 favourite on his
first start since finishing ninth in the Derby having
taken second in the 2000 Guineas prior to that.
Paul Hanagan was allowed an easy lead in the
Group Three contest but was soon sending out dis-
tress signals when he asked the Teofilo colt to go
and win his race.
Zonderland, sixth in the Guineas, had travelled
kindly in his slipstream throughout and eased to the
front under Oisin Murhpy and, despite a slight jink to
his left in the closing stages, won with something to
Master The World continued his good run of form
to finish a length and a quarter adrift in second.
Murphy said: "He's Adam Kirby's ride and along
with Clive he told me how to ride him. He's clearly
the best horse in the race and there's more to come.
He's definitely up to Group Two level."
Cox, successful with Kodi Bear 12 months ago, has
always thought highly of the Cheveley Park Stud-
owned colt, who could now head to Goodwood for
the Celebration Mile before a possible tilt at the
Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day
for which he is a 25/1 chance with Sky Bet.
After a confidence-boosting win at Sandown, he
returned to the top level in the Prix Jean Prat at
Chantilly and while he cut no ice behind Zelzal, Cox
felt he had valid excuses for that disappointing run.
Cox said: "I think after last time this confirmed the
promise of his Listed win at Sandown. It was a step
up here but it was almost a confidence-booster after
his run in France.
Postponed tops York entries
Postponed heads 14 six-day acceptors for the Jud-
dmonte International, the feature race on day one of
York's Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival.
Roger Varian's charge was forced to miss the King
George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot
after a respiratory infection in the week of the race
but is set to clash with Highland Reel and Wings Of
Desire, first and second that day, on Wednesday.
Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Highland Reel, has also
left in Investec Derby runner-up US Army Ranger
and Sir Isaac Newton.
Coral-Eclipse winner Hawkbill is Godolphin's sole
representative, Sir Michael Stoute has both Arab
Spring and Exosphere engaged. Dariyan is in line to
Prince Of Wales's Stakes winner My Dream Boat
is another Group One scorer in the line-up along
with Kevin Ryan's stable star The Grey Gatsby.
Breeders Cup hero Hit It A
Bomb had to make do with
minor honours as Tribal Beat
claimed victory in the Invesco
Desmond Stakes at Leopard-
The Aidan O Brien-trained
Hit It A Bomb was protecting
an unbeaten record in the
Group Three feature, but had
not been seen in competitive
action since completing a hat-
trick in the Breeders Cup Juve-
nile Turf at Keeneland last
Despite his lengthy absence,
the son of War Front was a
13/8 market-leader for his
belated return and everything
appeared to be going according
to plan for favourite backers as
Seamie Heffernan s mount
cruised towards the front
approaching the final furlong.
However, with the lack of a
recent outing perhaps telling,
Hit It A Bomb did not find as
much for pressure as had
seemed likely and he passed
the post in third place, just
ahead of the sole British chal-
lenger in the field, Custom Cut.
Jim Bolger s Tribal Beat had
actually been off the track for
six days longer than the Bal-
lydoyle runner, with his last
outing coming when second
in the Killavullan Stakes at this
The 9/1 shot was nearer last
than first turning for home,
but picked up well in the
straight in the hands of Kevin
Manning to score by a length
and three-quarters from last
year s winner Cougar Moun-
tain, also trained by O Brien.
Bolger said: "He s a good
horse and a mile or maybe nine
furlongs is as far as he wants
to go. He has to have good
ground or better.
"He was just held up by
small little things - one little
thing after another. We have
had a good run with him for
the last six weeks."
O Brien was pleased with the
performances of both Hit It A
Bomb and Cougar Mountain,
with the Boomerang Stakes on
September 10 nominated as a
potential next port of call for
"Hit It A Bomb came there
to win but he just got a little
bit tired. He will improve plenty
for the run," said O Brien.
"He may come back here on
Champions Weekend for the
Boomerang Stakes over a mile.
get him right.
"Cougar Mountain is a solid
horse and ran a solid race."
10.30 Katebird (e.w)
10.20 Ultimate Avenue
11.55 Rajah (e.w)
Stay on Ultimate Avenue
Tribal Beat denies O' Brien pair
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am .......................28-36
1 pm ....................................12-9
4 pm ................................23-14
6.30 pm ................................3-3
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 4 6 4 17
15SICKWOMAN5 3 7 5 20
18WATERBOAT 4 8 4 2 18
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 5 3 16
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 2 1 6 9 18
30HOUSECAT 9 5 7 5 26
31PARSONWIFE6 5 2 3 16
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
10.30 am 1
21 6.30 pm
13 (Crapaud) 6.30 pm
6 (Belly) 10.30 am
12 (King) 4 pm
22 (Rat) 1 pm
34 (Blind Man)
31 (Parson Wife)
4 (Dead Man)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake)
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