Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 12th 2016 Contents Jim Crowley showed why he
will be crowned champion jockey
on British Champions Day at Ascot
with a polished display on C Note
Crowley, who has an unassailable
lead over 2015 titleholder Silvestre
de Sousa, worked the oracle on the
The youngest horse in the race at
the age of three, the Iffraaj had taken
on the likes of leading Queen Eliz-
abeth II Stakes fancy Ribchester in
the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.
A big drop in grade and helped
by wearing blinkers for the first time,
Martyn Meade's charge responded
to Crowley's urgings to challenge
from halfway in this seven-furlong
heat and battled on well to beat
Intransigent by a length and a quar-
"Obviously, the blinkers certainly worked,"
"He travelled very strongly and idled a
bit in front, but he won nicely in the end.
"He showed plenty of boot and I wouldn't
be surprised if he came back a furlong."
Veteran sprinter Mirza (9-1) registered
his first success for 15 months in the SIS
The Rae Guest-trained nine-year-old
showed he still retains plenty of enthusiasm
and ability by seeing off Lightscameraction
by half a length.
Guest said: "He was unlucky at Ascot
last week where he was only beaten two
short heads in a Listed race and he doesn't
want soft ground as he's got older.
"He was in such good form we thought
we'd give him another go and it's the first
time he's run in a handicap over here for
three years. If there's something
for him we might give him
another run if he's still in good
form. He's won two Group
Threes, three Listed and 11 races
in all. He's nine, but he loves life.
"Everyone in the yard loves
him and if he wants to keep on
racing next year, we'll give it a
go."Frankie Dettori was stood
down for the day after his
mount, Azam, broke loose under
the stalls before the opening con-
The Italian looked a little shak-
en but was able to walk away
from the scene, albeit gingerly
after the John Gosden-trained
two-year-old got out at the front
of the gates.
Azam was withdrawn from the British
Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes, won by
Adam Kirby on the Luca Cumani-trained
Red Label (5-1).
Dettori missed a winner as his only other
intended ride, the Gosden-trained Utmost
(11-4 joint-favourite), made a successful
debut in the ebfstallions.com Reference
Point Maiden Stakes in the hands of Rab
Red Alert for the ten-runner 2-y-o
Maiden Stakes over five furlongs of good
to firm Bath this afternoon; this reminds
one of a situation involving jockeys a long,
long, time ago!
Jockeys aren't suppposed to bet, by the
same token USA Presidential candidates are
expected to be upstanding paragons of
virtue; if you believe in both you are wired
to clown cuckoo land' and must get real,
Among Northern circles in the 1970's it
came to my attention, being closely involved,
that a betting ring' was operating; a very
clever move was to back long odds-on
All jockeys participating against the jolly'
would be made aware that a RAS had been
pin-pointed; this particular acronym sig-
nified RED ALERT SPECIAL and, as far we
know, none was ever beaten.
One day at a Northern track one com-
puted' the superiority of a forecast favourite;
for what it's worth my wager was £50 to
win forty, obviously at odds of 4/5!
A few minutes later this market leader
had been backed into 1/3, mount of a high
profile jockey, who would have been obliv-
ious to the goings on' of his fellow rivals,
It won alf the track' as we say; after a
brief visit to the press room, having inter-
viewed the winning trainer, mine was to
pick up the winnings.
You did well there Jeffrey' said a race-
course security chap who sidled up and
couldn't resist what seemd a snide remark.
In such circumstances it pays to realise
the less said the better, and that's too much'
and he must have thought one was being
To be fair he knew my job always entailed
betting and it was he who actually enlight-
ened me to the Northern betting ring'
operation; who would think twice about a
long odds-on chance winning?
You can bet RAS was on his mind when
the bookie paid me!
Anyway Red Alert is clear best-in' and
justifies each-way support under veteran
John Egan, himself a streetwise' chap who
willl be aware that this must be fifth time
lucky, and should be according to the time-
Later at the obligatory Kempton floodlight
meeting, on polytrack, experienced pair
Chica De La Noche and Casablanca should
go close in two maiden' races.
Watch out for those heavily-backed
shorties' because you can bet a ring' is
still operating; in this tough game it's human
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Marju, runner-up in Generous' Derby in 1991 be-
fore winning the St James's Palace Stakes, has died
at the age of 28.
The Last Tycoon stallion spent his stallion career
at Derrinstown Stud, who have reported his death
by natural causes.
A statement posted by Derrinstown read: "A
three-parts brother to brilliant filly Salsabil, Marju
showed himself to be one of the best milers of his
generation when winning the Royal Ascot one-mile
championship for three-year-olds after his fine run
"Marju, who was owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al
Maktoum and trained by John Dunlop, was retired
to Derrinstown in County Kildare at the end of that
"He proved an instant success at his new career
with winners at the top level, siring the Prix Ver-
meille and Yorkshire Oaks winner My Emma, and
the Prix de Diane winner Sil Sila from his first crop.
"Further Group One successes followed with the
likes of Soviet Song, Bethrah, Lightening Pearl and
Marbye in Europe, Viva Pataca and Indigenous in
Hong Kong, Chinchon in the USA and Marju Snip in
"In all, he was responsible for 12 individual win-
ners of 21 Group One races during his 19 years at
"Marju's influence as a broodmare sire is still
being felt on the racecourses of Europe, epitomised
by the recent Prix de l'Abbaye winner, Marsha. Her
dam, Marlinka, was by Marju."
Hayes keen on Awtaad claims
Chris Hayes says Awtaad should not be underes-
timated in the £1.16 million Queen Elizabeth II
Stakes on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot
The three-year-old Cape Cross colt lowered the
colours of Galileo Gold, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas
winner, when a decisive winner of the Irish equiva-
lent at the Curragh in May but has finished behind
him in their two subsequent clashes, in the St
James's Palace Stakes and Qatar Sussex Stakes.
On his latest start Awtaad, who is trained by oc-
togenarian Kevin Prendergast, had his sights low-
ered a little and resumed winning ways with a
fluent success in the Group 2 Clipper Logistics
Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown.
"He's very special to me and the boss and has
been our flagship horse all season," said Hayes,
who has ridden Awtaad in each of his eight races.
"In our eyes he hasn't done anything wrong. He
was a little bit below par at Goodwood but he
came back in great fashion at Leopardstown and
he's been trained with this specifically in mind.
Touch wood nothing has gone wrong, so we are
looking forward to Saturday."
Ascot no problem
Jean-Claude Rouget expects the demands of
Ascot to bring out the best in Almanzor in Satur-
day's Qipco Champion Stakes.
The French Derby hero beat his elders for the
first time when seeing off subsequent Arc heroine
Found in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopard-
stown last month and a rematch could be on the
Almanzor showed thrilling acceleration to score
in Ireland, but Rouget is keeping his cards close to
his chest regarding what tactics will be employed
He said: "Almanzor's a very good traveller, and
the plan is that he'll come over on his own in the
lorry on Thursday to give him a little time to accli-
matise to Ascot.
"I believe he will like Ascot, which resembles our
French racecourses more than Newmarket does
with its undulations, although I won (the Champion
Stakes) there with Literato.
"As far as tactics go, I'll wait to see what we will
employ when I know more about the draw.
"It's something that will be decided at the last
minute with his connections."
Marju dies at 28
10.30 Red Alert
2.25 Chica De La Noche
3.55 Casablanca (e.w)
Be on 'Alert' at Bath
Crowley hits high note at Leicester
Jim Crowley...yet another winner.
Under: (Last Wednesday)
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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 5 115 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 6 2 4 18
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
10 6.30 pm
17 (Pigeon) 6.30 pm
25 (Morocoy) 10.30 am
2 (Old Lady) 4 pm
1 (Centipede) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
5 (Parson Man)
15 (Sick Woman)
27 (Little Snake)
27 (Dead Man)
20 (Old Lady)
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