Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 10th 2016 Contents Aidan O Brien has achieved total dom-
inance of grade one races in Europe,
unbelievable statistics in the space of
seven remarkable days at Longchamp
Last Sunday the Irish maestro (we
musn t be sparing in genuine praise!) sad-
dled Found, Highland Reel and Order of
St George to fill first three places in the
Arc de Triomphe; on Friday, in the Fillies
Mile, we witnessed Rhododendron beat
stable-companion Hydrangea and twen-
ty-four hours later the mighty Churchill
fended off another Ballydoyle runner, Lan-
caster Bomber, a 66/1 shot, which led
until headed by the hot-favourite. Only
a length or so separated the principals.
Amazingly Bomber rallied to defeat a
clutch of high-profile rivals in the
, long-recognised as the ultimate
classic trial for following seasons.
seven were the only run
ners sent from Coolmore for those high-
Churchill and Rhododenron are now
favourites for the 2000 and 1000 Guineas
respectively and messrs Tabor, Smith and
Magnier have nigh on crippled the book-
making profession at the highest level.
Time without number they have visited
the ring this season and taken out millions,
that s no fancy statement; we know it s fact!
It s no wonder bookmakers wont lay decent
racehorse bets to ordinary serious backers,
there probably isn t anything left in the cof-
Next weekend is the Champions meeting
at Ascot and O Brien has his customary talk
with the lads as he calls them before releasing
running details. We await them!
In the meantime five fixtures today, kicking
off with an eight-race programme on good
to firm Windsor where Charles Hills has
two fancied declarations in 16-runner hand-
Both Parys Mountain and Menai come
out well-in on our time-handicap and if
all run should be backed each-way with four
places on offer.
At Yarmouth, on a similar surface, once-
raced Ekhtiyaar looks gilt-edged in the Maiden
Stakes over six furlongs, unopposable.
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Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am ........................34-19
1 pm ................................29-31
4 pm ...................................9-33
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 5 6 4 18
15SICKWOMAN5 6 7 5 23
18WATERBOAT 5 11 5 3 24
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 7 5 3 19
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 5 3 8 10 26
30HOUSECAT 9 7 7 6 29
31PARSONWIFE6 62 4 18
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
28 6.30 pm
10 (Monkey) 6.30 pm
17 (Pigeon) 10.30 am
11 (Corbeau) 4 pm
16 (Jamette) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
10.00 Parys Mountain
12.30 Menai (e.w)
Dolos made his first start in England
a winning one when making all for a
clear-cut success in the Champion Hats
Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow yesterday.
Having needed a stewards inquiry to
take the race last year with Adrien Du Pont,
champion trainer Paul Nicholls required
no such assistance in this year s renewal
with the 4-5 favourite barely breaking sweat
in the two-mile prize.
It was the first of four wins for the
Dicheat trainer on the day.
Sent straight into the lead by Sam
Twiston-Davies, the odds-on favourite
stayed in that position throughout with
the pair coasting to a seven-length success
over chief market rival Rainbow Dream-
er.Nicholls said: "He is a nice horse and
he will probably go to Cheltenham next
for what was the Paddy Power meeting.
"He is probably not a Triumph horse.
He is a bit like Adrien Du Pont in that he
is a real galloper. He could come back here
for the Grade One at Christmas. He is
jumps bred and will be a chaser in time.
"Sam said it will be interesting when
you give him a squeeze, but the great thing
is he jumps really well.
"I thought he would go OK but you never
know with these babies until you run them."
Nicholls followed up with Art Mauresque
who dug deep to repel the challenge of the
fast-finishing Double Shuffle to win the
John Ayres Memorial Handicap Chase.
The near two-and-a-half-mile affair had
loss some of its gloss with top weight and
multiple Grade One winner Sire De Grugy
taken out of the race on account of the
However, Art Mauresque made the most
of the opportunity, finding plenty for pres-
sure in the hands of Nick Scholfield as
Double Shuffle finished with a flourish
after the last.
Art Mauresque (10-1) had just a neck to
spare at the line with Voix D Eau a further
three and three-quarter lengths back in
Nicholls said: "He was 12-1 and I thought
am I missing a trick
, he shouldn t be 12-
normally bet as I really fancied him.
"He travelled like a legend and then just
tried to pull himself up in front.
"We will probably look towards the Old
Roan or the Paddy Power. He ran some
good races at Cheltenham last year on
ground that was too soft for him.
"He s a big horse and he s only six---it s
quite likely there s improvement left in
him. The horse is stronger this year and
that s just the difference.
"Today was really a prep for the season
but he had been going well at home."
Sam Twiston-Davies missed the ride on
Splash Of Ginge after his fall from One
More Go in the previous race and also gave
up his other remaining rides with his trainer
father Nigel reporting him to be "sore".
Nicholls made it a treble with El Bandit
in the feature and there was to be a fourth
winner on the day for the Ditcheat handler
when his Coastal Tiep (2-1) won division
one of the bumper under Nick Scholfield.
Go on Parys Mountain
Nicholls hits four at Chepstow
Mullins has rivals in a spin
With the jumps season about to hit top gear,
Willie Mullins warmed up for it by plundering a
big pot on the Flat with Laws Of Spin in the Tote
Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh on Sunday.
The improving three-year-old was completing
a hat-trick following wins at Ballinrobe and
Leopardstown, finishing with a storming late run
to win by a length-and-a-quarter from Joseph
O'Brien's Cradle Mountain.
Laws Of Spin went off a well-supported 13/2
chance and Chris Hayes delivered him with a
thundering late charge to seal the 59,000-
pound winners' prize to the delight of backers.
Cradle Mountain finished well himself for
second, with Swamp Fox third, Artful Artist
fourth and Jennies Jewel fifth.
Mullins struck gold with Digeanta in 2015 and
Laws Of Spin was the last runner to make the
cut as he tried to extend the Closutton handler's
winning run in the two-mile heat.
Mullins' son Patrick admitted the race had
been on the radar for Laws Of Spin from an early
point of the season.
He said: "That was the plan - it has been the
plan all season and it was great to get him in off
such a low weight.
"He's very tough. It looked like he got headed a
furlong out but he pulled it out again."
Brooke regains consciousness
Jockey Henry Brooke is reported to have
regained consciousness after being injured in a
fall at Hexham on Saturday.
The rider was placed in an induced coma after
he fell from the Brian Ellison-trained Old Storm
at the second fence of a two-and-a-half-mile
The rider was also kicked by another horse
when he hit the ground, with racing delayed for
almost two hours while he was treated by on-
course medical staff before he could be taken to
Brooke was taken to the Royal Victoria
Infirmary, in Newcastle, and was said to be in a
"stable condition" on Sunday morning.
However, Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the
Injured Jockeys Fund, issued an upbeat bulletin
yesterday, confirming the rider was no longer
She said: "He's had a much more comfortable
day and has regained consciousness which is
"The doctors are pleased with his progress."
Brooke's mother, Julia, said on Saturday that
her son had suffered a broken collarbone and
that he had sustained a suspected collapsed
More injury woes for Cooper
Bryan Cooper faces between four to six weeks on
the sidelines after breaking his right arm in a fall at
Fairyhouse on Saturday.
The retained jockey to Gigginstown House Stud
was riding the Gordon Elliott-trained Ball D'Arc for
his bosses in the Winter Festival December 3rd &
4th Beginners Chase.
Ball D'Arc was the 5-6 favourite but the five-year-
old gelding made a mistake at the first fence and
Cooper was unseated.
The jockey was taken to Connolly Hospital, in
Dublin, for treatment and underwent surgery on
Irish Turf Club senior medical officer Dr Adrian
McGoldrick said: "Bryan has a fracture of his right
forearm, so he'll be out for probably four to six
weeks. That's the normal healing for that.
"He was operated on by Mr (Paddy) Kenny at Con-
Cooper only returned to action at the start of Sep-
tember after suffering a small laceration of his liver
and a partially collapsed lung at the Galway Festival
in late July.
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