Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 11th 2016 Contents American History would be an appro-
priate winner at Wolverhampton tonight
given President-elect, Donald Trump, is
about to make it!
Apparently Trump reached a high of
10/1 plus as polls closed Tuesday morning
(our time!) but don t expect anything like
those odds for superbly-bred, John Gos-
den-trained, American History for division
one of the 2-y-o Maiden Stakes over an
extended mile of tapeta.
On my time-handicap this High Chap-
arral colt is best-in judged on a debut
effort last month, when third of nine (beat-
en seven lengths!) to heavily-backed odds-
on favourite Wolf Country, an impressive
all-the-way winner. There are great expec-
tations for that particular, colossally-expen-
sive, Dubawi colt.
From halfway it was obvious to Frankie
Dettori that American History wasn t going
to figure and, accordingly, he made sure
this first day at school would be enjoyable
and just coaxed his mount into the minor
placing; Expect considerable improvement,
mount of super-sub Rav Havlin!
Big John has proved a dab hand at
exploiting these out of season maidens
but they aren t easy; several profile trainers
have also been on the premises namely
Hannon, Stoute, Johnston and James Fan-
shawe who journeys twice-raced Suspect
Package to Dunstall Park.
Realistically it makes for wonderful com-
petition and intrigue for yours truly, a two-
year-old specialist on English racing which
is, indisputably, the best on this planet.
Division two also looks booked for the
Gosden camp because once-raced African
Beat comes out tops and gets a 5lbs fillies
allowance; that is considerable over what
represents a tough stamina test, especially
on all-weather surfaces.
Gosden, son of famous trainer, Towser,
cut his teeth in America and was a real
force at stakes level before setting up in
A silver spoon who has kept himself
This obligatory eight-race Friday-
nighter kicks off with a seven furlongs
maiden and a chance for Cliffs Of Capri
but he s trained by out-of-form Simon
Crisford and drawn in a coffin box right
on the outside.
Preference is for a punt on Lady Cleo,
way superior to eight rivals in the Maiden
Stakes over five furlongs of Lingfield poly-
track and trained by ultra-shrewd, Stuart
Williams, whose recent successful exploits
have been noted, for future business!
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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 6 24
18WATERBOAT 7 116 3 27
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28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 7 4 9 10 30
30HOUSECAT 11 8 7 6 32
31PARSONWIFE6 7 2 5 20
34BLINDMAN 9 8 4 6 27
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
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20 (Dog) 6.30 pm
16 (Big Snake) 10.30 am
20 (Belly) 4 pm
36 (Fowl) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
24 (Sick Woman)
29 (Red Fish)
29 (Opium Man)
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Fozzy Stack has announced Chris Hayes will
join his team as first stable jockey next year.
Stack will take over the training duties from his
father Tommy next term and is delighted to have
recruited dual Classic-winning rider Hayes, who
has been with trainer Kevin Prendergast since
The 29-year-old partnered Prendergast's Aw-
taad to victory in the Irish 2,000 Guineas this year
and with former first rider Billy Lee staying with
the Stack team, Hayes will still be able to ride for
his long-term associate when appropriate.
Stack told www.stackracing.live: "I am looking
forward to working with Chris after the Dubai
Carnival and hopefully we'll have some good
times together. He was champion apprentice
three times, which is a rare achievement, and is a
Classic winning rider.
"Billy Lee, who had a brilliant season, will stay
on in some capacity too and he will be used as
Chris will still have the choice to ride for Kevin
Prendergast when he so wishes."
Stack is looking forward to taking the reins next
term, but expects his father to maintain his pres-
ence in the yard.
Tea For Two team
seek prep run
Connections of Tea For Two are looking to find
a suitable race ahead of the 32Red King George VI
Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.
The Nick Williams-trained seven-year-old made
an encouraging reappearance at Ascot recently
and he is being prepared for a crack at the Christ-
Tea For Two has proved himself to be a Kemp-
ton specialist, having won there three times in-
cluding the Kauto Star Novices' Chase last
"He probably needed the run and was very
keen. He jumped the fences like the hurdles--- he
was a bit over exuberant," said Jayne Williams,
the trainer's wife and assistant.
"I was pleased, it was a good first run of the
season. I think it put us right to where we are
"Where his next run is, I'm not sure. The Peter-
borough Chase is over two and a half miles and is
more for two-mile horses really and Tea For Two
is a three-mile horse.
"I don't know, we haven't made up our mind for
his next run, but we know where we are going
and that's for the King George, definitely.
"He's just a calmer, happier horse at Kempton. I
don't know what it is about it, but he just likes
Kempton and that's where we'll go."
Tingle Creek option
for Sir Valentino
Tom George feels he may have to step Sir
Valentino up to the highest level for next month's
Betfair Tingle Creek Chase.
The seven-year-old was on the go through the
summer but defied a handicap mark of 147 to
beat Garde Le Victoire in the Haldon Gold Cup at
Put up 4lb for that success, George thinks he
would struggle in handicap company and he may
have to take on Sprinter Sacre et al.
"I suppose we'll have to think about the Tingle
Creek," said the Slad-based handler.
"It seems a long shot to me, but I suppose
someone has to take on Sprinter Sacre.
"He's on 151 so handicaps are out of the equa-
"He's come out of the race in good form and is
back cantering, that win was a big bonus for us."
Hayes to ride
for Fozzy Stack
8.45 Lady Cleo (nap-e.w)
12.45 American History (e.w)
1.15 African Beat (e.w)
Don't miss out on American History
Trainer Ben Pauling is relishing the
prospect of seeing stable star Barters Hill
make his debut over fences in the Steel
Plate And Sections Novices Chase at Chel-
The two-and-a-half-mile contest has
an illustrious roll of honour, with Chel-
tenham Gold Cup heroes Denman, Imperial
Commander having landed successive
Grade One winners Grands Crus,
Dynaste, Taquin Du Seuil and More Of
That have also struck gold in the race.
A quality field of seven runners has
assembled for the latest running, with
Barters Hill perhaps the headline act, hav-
ing won seven of his eight previous starts.
Pauling had been aiming his charge at
next week s Hennessy meeting at Newbury,
but decided to let him line up at Chel-
tenham following significant midweek
"With March in mind, I don t think you
can have too much experience of the place,
really," said the Bourton-on-the-Water-
"If we d been forced to go to Newbury
next week I was considering bringing him
here at Christmas for the Dipper.
"Now we re getting a run here it means
we can also consider the Feltham (Kemp-
ton). It just opens up options for us.
"At Newbury, we d have been taking on
horses who had managed to get a run
under their belts at level weights, but by
running here those that have won already
will be giving us weight.
"As ever, he will come on a good deal
for his first run but he s as fit as we can
get him at home. I m just so glad it s rained,
we can finally crack on with him.
"It s a relief all round, for me, his owners
and everyone in the yard as we were getting
The Philip Hobbs-trained Rock The Kas-
bah made a fine start to his chasing career
at Chepstow a month ago, but must con-
cede eight pounds to Barters Hill as a
"With Barters Hill in the race, it will be
interesting," Hobbs said.
"He was very safe with his jumping at
Chepstow, which is probably a good thing
for a first time novice chaser.
"He s got the penalty to carry, which
might not be easy against some of these
ex-hurdlers, but hopefully he s a very
decent horse and probably our best
prospect for novice chasing."
O O Seven won three times over hurdles
last season and was twice runner-up in
Grade One company.
Trainer Nicky Henderson, who also sad-
dles Theinval, said: "O O Seven is a novice
to look forward to - he is a pretty talented
"He has schooled very well and his tech-
nique looks very good. We are not as for-
ward as some people at this time of year.
"The horses are winning what they are
capable of winning, getting away with it,
but when you get into this sort of standard
of races you need to be a little bit riper
than we probably are."
Dan Skelton s high-class hurdler
Its afreebee made a smart debut over
fences at Fakenham last month, while the
Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Flying Angel
won at Perth before falling when beaten
in the race won by Rock The Kasbah at
Sizing Tennessee from Colin Tizzard s
yard completes the line-up.
Barters Hill ready for Cheltenham
"He has schooled very well
and his technique looks very
good. We are not as forward
as some people at this time
"The horses are winning
what they are capable of
winning, getting away with it,
but when you get into this
sort of standard of races you
need to be a little bit riper
than we probably are."
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