Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 26th 2016 Contents La Casa Tarifa is fancied to double her
winning tally in the five-runner nursery
over seven furlongs of good to firm Good-
wood tonight, furthest this Casamento
filly has raced, her seventh outing.
Will she stay?
Mark Johnston doesn t guess, La Casa
Tarifa wouldn t be in this line-up unless
the Middleham winning machine felt totally
convinced. After all there are innumerable
alternatives nowadays and no one scours,
scrutinises, the racing calendar moreso than
the indefatigable Johnno!
Eight days ago, in the six furlongs two-
year-old handicap, won by Richard Fahey-
trained The Wagon Wheel, my time-hand-
icap computation indicated a career-best
for La Casa Tarifa, a staying-on second,
beaten just under two lengths; Johnston
also saddled third and fourth!
La Casa Tarifa has enough in hand to jus-
tify a punt and so does Law Power, one of
nine decs for the nursery over seven furlongs
of Newcastle tapeta, on which there is a
seven-race twilight programme.
This is my current shangri la for serious
betting with a straight mile on a wonderful
surface. No draw bias just a question of
thoroughbreds replicating form. Experienced
jockeys should be a plus because they will
soon become accustomed to the idiosyn-
crasies of the new Gosforth Park!
In a perfect world one would concentrate
100 per cent on the action there because
all-weather racing elsewhere is all about
draw, and luck in running; not a recipe to
Law Power comes out best-in and trainer
Sir Mark Prescott won t be unaware of that!
Newmarket July course stages its final
fixture of 2016 and once-raced, James Tate-
trained Law And Order, a beaten-favourite,
is expected in the Maiden Stakes over seven
furlongs. What beats him will win!
Friday, August 26, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am ...........................2-17
1 pm ................................22-16
4 pm .................................12-22
6.30 pm............................ 5-15
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 4 7 5 21
18WATERBOAT 4 8 5 2 19
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 6 5 3 17
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 3 2 6 9 20
30HOUSECAT 9 5 7 5 26
31PARSONWIFE6 5 2 4 17
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
10.30 am 3
1 6.30 pm
21 (Mouth) 6.30 pm
9 (Cattle) 10.30 am
18 (Water Boat) 4 pm
21 (Mouth) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
35 (Big Snake)
Follow the 'Law' today
11.10 LAW AND ORDER
12.50 LAW POWER (e.w.)
2.05 LA CASA TARIFA (nap)
Village impresses at Fontwell
Neil Mulholland's Shantou Village made a seam-
less transition to fences in the Josie O'Leary, Nicola,
Beck And Archie Pineapple Novices' Chase at
A classy novice hurdler last season, he picked up
an injury at the Cheltenham Festival.
His only previous defeat before that came on soft
ground so Mulholland was keen to get him started
early when the ground is at its best.
Ridden by Noel Fehily, he only faced three rivals
and two of those were very much outclassed.
Only Abidjan looked to have a chance of giving him
something to think about but he fell on the second
circuit leaving, the long odds-on favourite (2-11) clear.
His only blemish came at the final fence at which
he stood too far off, but he never looked like falling
and coasted home for an effortless victory.
Mulholland said: "I was very happy, Noel said he
wasn't doing a stroke in the straight, he jumped fan-
"He was getting lonely and looking around but if he
has company in a stronger race we can forget about
"The plan is to come back here on September 30
over the course and distance, two-five, and then on
October 21 there's a three-mile novice chase at Chel-
"Last year we started at Carlisle before stepping
up so we'll just start quietly again. Obviously he has
to go on now, but this was good education and a nice
Jack Hobbs return draws nearer
Last year's Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winner
Jack Hobbs is nearing a return to the racecourse.
The John Gosden-trained four-year-old has not
been seen since pulling up in the Jockey Club Stakes
at Newmarket at the end of April.
Gosden will look for opportunities next month for
the Godolphin-owned colt, who ended last season
with third in the Qipco Champion Stakes won by Fas-
cinating Rock at Ascot.
Gosden said: "I am very pleased with Jack Hobbs
at this minute in time. He's in good order and moving
"He is likely to run in the second or third week in
Second to stablemate Golden Horn at Epsom, Jack
Hobbs' finest hour to date saw him beat Storm The
Stars by five lengths at the Curragh.
Ruby Walsh stiff and sore
Ruby Walsh was stood down for the evening after
a crashing fall in the Bellinter House Classic Mares
Hurdle at Bellewstown.
Walsh was riding the 1-5 favourite Muthaza in the
Bellinter House Classic Mares Hurdle and was in
front at the fourth flight when falling.
Two of the runners in behind appeared to stand on
him. Walsh walked to the ambulance, but gave up his
two remaining rides.
"He's stiff and sore after getting kicked," said on-
course Turf Club Medical Officer Dr Richard Downey.
"He should be fine in a few days. He has no serious
Walsh has two booked rides at Down Royal on Fri-
Almanzor's Irish champion bid
French Derby winner Almanzor is on course for the
Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on
The Jean Claude-Rouget-trained colt will bring an
exciting dimension to the Group One over a mile and
a quarter after connections confirmed a trip to Ire-
land was firmly on his radar.
Almanzor warmed up for the Irish Champion
Stakes with a one-length defeat of Zarak in the
Group Two Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville on
Sylvain Vidal, racing manager for joint-owner Ger-
ard Augustin-Normand, said: "Everything has gone
very well after Deauville - he's perfect, in fact.
"We hope to keep him very well and send him to
Ireland next time. That is the plan and it is very excit-
Martin Keighley is determined to win
the Glenfarclas Chase again with Any Cur-
rency after his disqualification from first
place in the cross-country event at the
Cheltenham Festival in March.
The popular 13-year-old was found to
have traces of triamcinolone acetonide (TCA)
in his urine sample. It can be legitimately
used for horses in training for various ther-
apeutic purposes, but is a prohibited sub-
stance on racedays which means it must
not be present in a horse s system.
The ruling was made at a British
Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel
hearing yesterday. Enda Bolger s Josies
Orders, the mount of Nina Carberry, was
promoted to first place. No fine was imposed
on Keighley, who was cleared of any wrong-
Keighley and his team believed they had
left plenty of time for the treatment to have
cleared the horse s system. Speaking in June
at the time of hearing being announced,
the trainer said he was "devastated for the
team and everyone involved."
The triumph had been a first success for
Keighley at the biggest jumps meeting of
the season and Any Currency was finally
winning the unique test after finishing run-
ner-up for the two previous years.
The horse then went on to win a Chel-
tenham handicap chase in April for a third
After Thursday s hearing, Keighley said:
"We have been cleared of any wrongdoings
and have been shown to have done nothing
wrong. I am pleased that they (disciplinary
panel) recognised that we have done nothing
wrong. The treatment we put in was fine,
we have just been unlucky. It is frustrating
for everyone involved that we have lost the
race, but we just need to move on and make
sure we have more Festival winners.
"Taking the positives out of it has made
me more eager to have Festival winners
He added: "Any Currency is back can-
tering away and hopefully he will be there
in March at the Festival. He just shows so
much enthusiasm and he seems better than
"He is the best cross-country chaser in
Europe and although he will be 14 there is
no reason why he can t win it again. It would
be fantastic if he could."
Jacqueline Brown, representing Keighley,
stated the trainer had admitted a breach of
rule (G)2.1 but had allowed 41 days for the
treatment to leave the horse s system against
a mandatory 14 day stand-down period.
She said Keighley had met all his obli-
gations as a trainer but despite all such
efforts the horse had tested positive, and
that on the matter of disqualification the
panel had discretion, likewise over whether
the prize-money could be reallocated should
the horse be disqualified.
Any decision spurs Keighley on
Any Currency, right,
has been disqualified.
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