Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 29th 2016 Contents That's Sunset Cloud under the whip from jockey Joey Reyes accelerating to win from Race 1 in a tight fihish with Izzidoesit ridden by
jockey Brian Boodramsingh to win the WI Bred 4 Y O & Over non winner of two races handicap over 1,100 at Santa Rosa Park, Arima
on Saturday. PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 guardian.co.tt
Time to pull the 'Strings'
Nostalgie bears close inspection for
the Maiden Fillies' Stakes over seven fur-
longs of Newcastle tapeta this afternoon;
there is no reason why this progressive,
Rae Guest-trained, Archipenko juvenile
shouldn't complete her career sequence
of 432 with victory under Pat Cosgrave.
Nineteen days ago we napped Vanderbilt
for a similar race on Chelmsford polytrack;
he wasn't able to cope with all-the-way win-
ner, Volatile, and in the closing stages lost
the runner-up spot when Nostalgie stormed
through to be beaten less than two lengths, a
length ahead of our strong fancy.
It was very much a 'next time' notebook
Under no circumstances can Nostalgie be
described a 'good thing' with likely favour-
ites, Shenanigans and Harvest Moon sure to
be 'on the premises' along with once-raced,
strongly-fancied, La Guapita expected to im-
prove, but the BHA handicapping system has
allotted our choice a rating of 74.
That puts Nostalgie into a 'useful' category
and according to my time-handicap definitely
one to follow if indeed she goes one better
and gets 'job done!'
Cosgrave also partners strongly-fancied,
77-rated Rapid Rise for the following Maiden
Stakes over six furlongs but this Fast Compa-
ny colt is somewhat over-rated and indeed an
absence of 178 days is disconcerting, despite
three prominent placings in all races to date.
Preference is for Six Strings and Dealer's
Choice, better than David Brown's charge
on our TH!
Apparently Six Strings was reckoned in 'our
first division' by trainer Richard Fahey back
in March and following a promising debut
contested the valuable Newbury ''Sales' races
race won by Mrs Danvers.
Ninth of 23 reads well given the quality and
the fast time achieved by the winner, which is
still unbeaten; Six Strings hasn't raced since,
136 days ago, but we're assured he's in 'top
form' and looks an each-way 'special' to be
played from Nostalgie.
L'Inganno Felice made significant im-
provement when runner-up over course and
distance earlier this month and is a logical
choiuce for division one of the 'aged' hand-
icap over ten furlongs; not one to oppose
without good reason!
Mulholland Seeking Compensation
Having settled for second in last week-
end's Hennessy Gold Cup, Neil Mulholland is
hoping for better luck with The Young Mas-
ter in Saturday's Betfred Becher Chase.
Mulholland is eyeing the Randox Health Grand Na-
tional for both The Young Master and Hennessy sec-
ond Carole's Destrier, and hopes to give the former
"a nice sighter" of the famous fences this weekend.
"I'm looking forward to it - Sam schooled the
horse over the Aintree-style fences in Lambourn last
week and everything went to plan," said the trainer.
"We'll try and gear his season towards the National."
The Young Master is one of 33 horses left
in the Becher at Monday's confirmation stage,
with the weights headed by last season's
Grand National runner-up The Last Samuri.
Other seasoned Aintree regulars still in contention
are the likes of Saint Are, Alvarado and Vieux Lion
Rouge, as well as last year's winner Highland Lodge.
Also taking the eye in a fascinating potential
line-up for the £140,000 contest are Double Ross,
a remarkable third in the Hennessy only days ago,
and Gordon Elliott's Grade One winner Clarcam.
Heading the betting at 8/1 with Sky Bet is another
Elliott-trained runner, the Simon Munir and Isaac
Souede-owned Ucello Conti, who finished sixth in
last year's National and comes into Saturday's race
with a benefit of a recent pipeopener over hurdles.
While others in the field are Aintree old
hands, Rogue Angel, winner of last sea-
son's Irish Grand National, is set to have his
first taste of the unique fences on Saturday.
The eight-year-old, who enjoyed his finest
hour to date at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday, is
reported by trainer Mouse Morris to be coming
back to his best after needing his first two runs
of the autumn in the Munster and Cork Nationals.
Nicholls welcomes Sam's return
Paul Nicholls is looking forward to the im-
minent return of stable jockey Sam Twis-
ton-Davies after seven weeks on the sidelines.
The champion trainer is planning to send a strong
team of horses to the big fixtures at the weekend and
is delighted Twiston-Davies will be back on board.
Twiston-Davies has been out with a dam-
aged spleen he sustained in a fall at Chep-
stow on October 9 and has been earmarked
to make his return within the next few days.
The Ditcheat handler told www.paulnichollsracing.
com: "I'm delighted to say that Sam Twiston-Davies
will be back riding for us again in midweek after miss-
ing the best part of two months with a spleen injury.
"He has been champing at the bit, raring to go,
riding out here twice a week and working out in the
gym every day so he certainly will not lack for fitness.
Saphir set to miss Welsh National
Connections of Saphir Du Rheu have re-
vealed that he will swerve an outing in next
month's Coral Welsh National at Chepstow.
The Paul Nicholls-trained seven-year-old, who
had been a general 20/1 chance for the Grade
Three prize on December 27, will now have just
one more outing before the Cheltenham Festival,
where he could still end up running in the Gold Cup.
Saphir Du Rheu finished an encouraging
third on his return at Ascot in October, but
only got as far as the fourth fence in the Hen-
nessy Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday.
Owner Andy Stewart said: "We didn't want
to fall, but these things happen. He has got a
bit of a sore head and a little bit of a nosebleed.
"He will be back, but he will be off for
a couple of weeks. There is no way Sa-
phir Du Rheu will go for the Welsh National.
"We will still campaign him for Chelten-
ham and he will keep an entry in the Gold Cup,
but we'll look at all options when he is back.
"We will give him one more run before Cheltenham."
Newcastle, 10.20 Nostalgie
Newcastle 10.50 Six Strings
Newcastle 11.20 L'Inganno Felice
Under: (Last Tuesday)
1 pm ...................................9-32
4 pm ................................33-36
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Tuesday, November 29, 2016
30 6.30 pm
29 (Opium Man) 6.30 pm
11 (Corbeau) 10.30 am
16 (Jamette) 4 pm
12 (King) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
2 (Old Lady)
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 5 7 6 19
15SICKWOMAN6 6 7 6 25
18WATERBOAT 8 116 3 28
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 5 7 5 4 21
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 7 4 9 12 32
30HOUSECAT 11 8 7 6 32
31PARSONWIFE7 7 2 5 21
34BLINDMAN 9 8 5 6 28
35 BIG SNAKE
n RACING BRIEFS
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