Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 13th 2016 Contents Fast ground at Haydock has put paid to
plans for 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup win-
ner Coneygree to have a racecourse gallop
this weekend, but a trip to Merseyside is
still on the cards for next month's Betfair
The nine-year-old remains unbeaten in
five races over fences but has been restricted
to just one run since his finest hour because
He is on target to return in either the
Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on
October 29 or the Betfair Chase at Haydock
three weeks later.
Writing on trainer Mark Bradstock's web-
site, his wife and assistant Sara said:
"Although slightly frustrated by the lack of
rain, Coneygree has been galloping and
schooling on our new Andrews Bowen
Soundtrack all-weather gallop, and we are
delighted with his progress.
"Both Nico (de Boinville) and I agree that
he feels every bit as good, if not a little bit
better than ever and the excitement of getting
back on the track is mounting in the yard!
"We were hoping to be going for a race-
course gallop at Haydock this weekend (after
the Flat fixture) but for the first time in
many years, the ground is fast and not suit-
able for our champ.
"Kirkland Tellwright, the clerk of the
course at Haydock, has been extremely help-
ful and is willing to reorganise when the
"The overriding aim is to get him back
on the track in full working order and while
his welfare is always our top priority, we are
being tempted by the idea of a tilt at the
Jockey Club #1million Chase Triple Crown
bonus that is on offer.
"We would only go for it if the ground
was right for him and he was completely
ready, so we are praying that the ground
will come up soft at Haydock in time for
the Betfair Chase.
"The Bet365 Charlie Hall at Wetherby
has been considered as a comeback race
option but with only three weeks between
that race and the Betfair at Haydock, it is
perhaps not ideal when he has been off the
track for so long.
"However, he copes with his racing well,
so it would be a possibility if the ground is
right and we have not managed to get a sat-
isfactory racecourse gallop into him in the
Masonic rates a solid betting proposi-
tion for the Maiden Auction Stakes over
a mile of Chelmsford polytrack tonight,
mount of champion-elect apprentice,
What a remarkable 2016 it has been for
this young lady, a virtual unknown 12
months ago and disillusioned by racing
due to lack of reward from hard-work and
Thankfully Josephine would not be
denied, had confidence in her ability to
succeed and stuck to the task, and ambi-
tion, of being a successful jockey; on Sat-
urday she will receive the outright cham-
pion' award and I'm delighted, along with
The now-retired fifty-something' vet-
eran has invested a lot of time guiding
Josephine at the Newmarket Racing School,
Michael has concentrated to a great degree
on her use of the whip, can't you tell?
When Ms Gordon gets into the drive'
she looks rhythmic and most effective,
without looking to flail with her whip like
so many inexperienced youngsters do, in
a finish. You can't beat experience
Last year 2005 joint champion appren-
tice, 33-year-old Hayley Turner, retired;
she was my idea of the complete package'
but injuries compromised her brilliance,
now it's Josie, Georgia Cox and Hollie
Doyle who are flying the female flag' with
wind in their sails.
Masonic will be advantaged by the 3lbs
allowance, especially over this course and
distance on which they teamed up for the
first time last month; significantly Robyn
Brisland's charge improved considerably
and was beaten only half a length in a
Why did they need to chase the money'
in an extremely valuable Sales' race over
six furlongs at Newmarket, TWO DAYS
As it happened Masonic nigh on relicated
his time-handicap mark and though fore-
cast-favourite, Claire's Secret, is bound
to be on the premises' I'm confident dis-
tance and the persuasive' Josephine Gor-
don will provide success at the sixth
attempt for this Intense Focus colt which
Chakra was last on debut last month at
Haydock, no surprise if Michael Bell's
charge causes one in the Maiden Stakes
over a mile of good to firm' Brighton.
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Mouse Morris admits he is still getting to know
Smashing ahead of his debut for the yard in Thurs-
day's Irish Daily Star Chase at Punchestown.
The strapping grey, who is owned by Alan and
Ann Potts, has been moved on to his third Irish
trainer after spells with Willie Mullins and Henry de
The seven-year-old has won five times over
fences already, with his only defeat last season com-
ing in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham in which he
was pulled up.
Morris said: "Obviously he's a nice horse to get,
he's a lovely prospect. It's his first run over three
miles so we'll just have to see how he gets on. He
might need three miles now, we'll find out.
"When he came to me all his best form was with
plenty of give, but he moves with a really good ac-
tion so I can't see why he won't be as good on better
"I know he pulled up at Cheltenham on better
ground but he's going over three miles tomorrow. It
will be good to see how he gets on."
Morris also runs Dromnea, who faces a stiff task
judged on the weights.
"He's a good, honest horse but he'll be up against
it," Morris added.
"I still maintain there's a big race in him some-
Gordon Elliott is another to field two, Clarcam and
Lord Scoundrel, who won the Galway Plate and still
had a chance when falling at the second last in the
Enda Bolger's Federici and De Bromhead's Sadler's
Rick complete the line up.
Candy to make late Limato call
Henry Candy will make "a late decision" on Li-
mato's participation in the Qipco Champions Sprint
after his position at the head of the betting eased
slightly ahead of Champions Day at Ascot on Satur-
day.The dual Group One winner, so impressive on his
favoured fast ground in the Prix de la Foret at Chan-
tilly, drifted slightly in the ante-post betting, with
support coming for Quiet Reflection, Shalaa and The
Immediately after his French win, connections
faced the choice of whether to run in the Breeders'
Cup Mile or Sprint, but such has been his well-being
at home he emerged as a contender for Ascot due
to the likelihood of fast ground.
More showers have now appeared in the long-
range forecast but, as of yet, Limato's participation
is not in doubt.
Litigant booking for Doyle
James Doyle has been snapped up by Joe Tuite
for the ride on classy stayer Litigant in the Qipco
British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on
The Lambourn handler was quick to acquire the
services of Doyle, who has been in great demand
since the news last month that he was no longer au-
tomatic choice for Godolphin trainer Saeed bin
Christophe Soumillon, who will be aboard ante-
post favourite Almanzor in the Qipco Champion
Stakes, had been pencilled in for the ride, but Tuite
confirmed Doyle will be aboard his stable star.
The eight-year-old has been off the track with nig-
gly problems since winning the November Handicap
at Doncaster last November, but a lengthy lay-off
has not stopped him producing a big run in the past.
He had been sidelined for 16 months before land-
ing the Ebor at York in August 2015.
Litigant was unplaced in this race 12 months ago
after losing his place in the straight where he was
"James Doyle rides him. Christophe Soumillon was
going to ride him and then he wasn't, so I booked
James Doyle on Tuesday," said Tuite.
"The horse is very good and I'm very happy with
him. I just can't wait for the day. It's a big day."
1.50 Masonic 2.50 Bolt
Masonic a solid bet
Fast ground forces rethink for Coneygree
Under: (Last Thursday)
10.30 am ..............................9-1
1 pm ...................................7-34
4 pm ...................................8-19
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
8, 10, 11, 18, 20
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: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
36 6.30 pm
28 (Red Fish) 6.30 pm
21 (Mouth) 10.30 am
36 (Donkey) 4 pm
35 (Big Snake) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
12 (Old Lady)
19 (Parson Man)
24 (Sick Woman)
32 (Little Snake)
28 (Red Fish)
at Haydock because of
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