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The Glenn Mendez-trained four-year-old
Control Unit wrote his name into the annals of
racing history by becoming the fourth horse
at centralised venue, Santa Rosa Park in Ari-
ma, to win the Stewards Cup, the hallmark
of sprinting supremacy.
The speedsterscored impressively by 3 1/4
lengths in the time of 1:11.34 to repeat last year's
success as the Sprint Champion of The Southern
Punters sent Control Unit off as the 6/5 favourite
and the son of Discreetly Mine/Code of Ethics nev-
er gave his backers any anxious moments winning
eased down at the end by Wilmer Galviz.
With 600 metres left, Galviz allowed the SIR
Stables-owned thoroughbred to take control and
that he did quickening two lengths clear from
Whisper Light and Thisonesforron. The move
worries one of the owners, Imtiaz Ahamad, who
said, "Oh, he is taking it up already. He loafs when
he is clear."
However, Galviz had other ideas and said, "This
is the best horse in the race and he was back to his
best thanks to Glenn Mendez. I was confident that
he would win and I sent him on. I did not want to
disappoint him as I knew this was not Republic
Day. When I set him alight, it was plain sailing
and he galloped all the way to the line."
At the corner, Control Unit was in control and
he kept responding to the urging of Galviz as he
galloped relentlessly to the line.
"That was a great performance. He really fin-
ished his race well," Ahamad said.
Mendez was indeed a happy man when his two
horses past the post in first and second but his
Whisper Light was demoted to third, after an ob-
jection against him was upheld.
Mendez said, "Control Unit ran really well and
he stayed on well to win in style. Galviz rode him
well and kudos must be extended to him. I am hap-
py to have won my fifth Stewards Cup and I look
forward to winning a few more but I am pleased
with the run of both of my horses."
By this victory, Control Unit joined the elite
group of sprinters which has won back-to-back
Stweards Cup. This group includes Sian's Gold,
Storm Street and Crime of Passion.
Stone has a solid look and should cope
Coping Stone,top-weight, but best-in
for a nursery handicap over five furlongs
of a fast Newcastle tapeta surface today,
sounds good, typical of what yours truly
mentioned in the William Hill Yearbook,
1975. It was a system, devised from day-
to-day experience, that millions took on
board and have benefited from since.
When computing times, travelling to race-
courses throughout England in the 1970's
my thoughts were always racing, thinking,
trying to get an edge, and one day it hit me
like a stone, after yet another juvenile defied
a welter burden. Backing top-weights meant
supporting the best racehorses.
You see so many believe that weight is a
burden, they forget that top-weight has to be
earned, by performance. Handicappers rate
them accordingly and providing the fancied
individual has sufficient bone and looks a
sound creature, in movement, there is no
reason not to chance them.
My life was all about clocking (with a
stop-watch!), studying them in paddocks
and watching huge fields go to post. Move-
ment was like a symphony, especially when
a real beaut passed by.
Sometimes top-weights were not tops
on my time-handicap but had an obvious
chance of being placed. So often with each-
way singles/doubles we slaughtered book-
makers who dared to put their heads above
the parapet and offer inflated odds.
Nowadays it is simply not possible to be
accommodated by the enemy which is now a
bunch of accountants masquerading as so-
called on-course bookmakers. How times
Coping Stone faces a clutch of moder-
ates and is my selection based on a superi-
or time-figure achieved in September over
a similar trip around Wolverhampton, on
This is a unique surface, form from Dun-
stall Park seems to be working out superbly
at the new North-Eastern venue, my abso-
lute favourite for serious punting.
Jim Goldie-trained Eternalist has form at
Gosforth Park and looks a nailed on each-
way proposition in the ten-runner aged
Maiden Stakes over the straight, daunting
Richard winning machine Fahey needs
only a few to reach '200' yet again and In-
aam comes out best for an aged handicap
over seven furlongs.
Back everything he runs during the re-
mainder of this month.
Now that's a real tip!
Newcastle, 1.15 Coping Stone (nap-e.w)
2.20 Inaam (e.w)
3.50 Eternalist (e.w).
Trainer Glen Mendez
Under: (Last Friday)
10.30 am............................ 11-7
1 pm .............................. .34-35
4 pm ................................32-32
6.30 pm........................... 5-35
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Friday, December 9, 2016
11 6.30 pm
6 (Belly) 6.30 pm
17 (Pigeon) 10.30 am
26 (Fowl) 4 pm
28 (Red Fish) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake)
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 7 26
18WATERBOAT 8 11 7 3 29
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 5 7 5 4 21
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 8 4 9 11 32
30HOUSECAT 11 8 7 7 33
31PARSONWIFE7 7 2 5 21
34BLINDMAN 9 8 5 6 28
35 BIG SNAKE
Luminary, ridden by
jockey Lorne Keizer,
passes the winning
pole in Race 3 to win
the Handicap Race for 2
Y0 & Over horses rated
20-0 after going a
distance of 1,000
metres out at Santa
Rosa Park, Arima, on
November 26, Day 40.
PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
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