Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 5th 2017 Contents Ascot Day could benefit
from patience and experi-
ence of David Simcock, in
the four-runner 3-y-o Maid-
en Stakes over six furlongs
of Southwell fibresand to-
day; several recent opportu-
nities have been passed over
by the Newmarket-based
trainer and now, on the
time-handicap, this Khe-
leyf colt is confronted with
a 'penalty kick!'
We might just a decent odds-
Many years ago, when reg-
ularly holidaying in Tobago,
small fields weren't on betting
shop market sheets, one reason
why we avoided them whenever
possible; nowadays the majority
of serious punters bet 'on line'
and don't frequent bookmaker
'parlours' because they 'tap in'
bets to their computers, mobile
phones or whatever.This world
of technology has advanced to
a colossal, somewhat uncom-
fortable, degree; so-called olds
'uns have been left behind and
I've often wondered which age
group mostly concentrates on
Given it's necessary to have
experience in this toughest
game imaginable, young-
sters are sitting ducks for the
bookmaking industry; it would
please me to know that every-
body reads this column, at least
they would be advised how to
dodge the 'minefields!'
Secret of punting is not to
lose, limiting losses for when
the time comes to strike; one
bit of good advice, February
onwards is usually a time when
jumping form really makes
sense. Ascot Day takes on two
rivals which have exposed,
consistent, form but neither
will cope with our selection if
there isn't a good reason why
he hasn't raced for seventy
days; I'll bet he makes it third
time lucky and Draw Swords,
equipped with blinkers for the
first time, finally gets off the
mark at Chelmsford at the fifth
Draw Swords, one of two
'decs' for John Gosden, also
ticks enough boxes in the Maid-
en Stakes over ten furlongs of
polytrack, expect Nicky Mack-
ay to make the running and sort
out the wheat from the chaff
because stamina wont be at
issue for the Khaled Abdul-
lah-owned Dansili colt.
Thursday, January 5, 2017 guardian.co.tt
A 'DAY' TO REMEMBER Keeper Hill impresses at Hereford
Warren Greatrex is looking forward to seeing the
fast-improving Keeper Hill test his powers at a higher
level following an impressive display at Hereford.
The Market Rasen bumper winner was beaten into
second on his hurdling debut at Ffos Las in early No-
vember, but comfortably went one better at Bangor
and was a 9-4 chance to follow up in the first division
of the novice hurdle.
With Wayne Hutchinson deputising in the saddle
for sidelined stable jockey Gavin Sheehan, Keeper
Hill moved smoothly into contention before powering
five lengths clear of Skipthecuddles.
Hot favourite Jameson (5-4) was two lengths fur-
ther back in third.
Greatrex said: "I was a bit worried about the ground
as it was testing all day, but Wayne said he coped with
it very easily and he's done it very well.
"He's a horse who is getting stronger all the time
and his jumping is improving all the time.
"We'll have to step up now and before this race
I had in my mind was the Sidney Banks (Novices'
Hurdle) at Huntingdon (February 9).
"It's a race we won last year with Ma Du Fou, it's a
track I like and this horse could be the ideal candidate.
"I hope he's a progressive horse with a very bright
Keeper Hill does not yet feature in ante-post lists
for the major novice hurdles at Cheltenham in March,
but Greatrex hopes he could yet develop into a Fes-
Dodging an Ascot possible
Paul Nicholls is considering stepping Dodging Bul-
lets up to the top table for the first time this season
in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot on January 21.
The Ditcheat handler has given the former cham-
pion chaser an entry in the Grade One prize, which
he won in 2015, as the nine-year-old bids for a first
victory of the campaign.
Dodging Bullets failed to build upon an encouraging
return in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter when he
was pulled up in a Grade Two at Ascot in November.
But he shaped with more promise on his most re-
cent start, when fourth in last month's Peterborough
Chase at Huntingdon.
Altior and Un De Sceaux also feature amongst just
nine entries for the two-mile-one-furlong test.
The former, last season's Supreme Novices' Hur-
dle hero, is unbeaten in three starts since having his
attentions turned to fences this season.
Nicky Henderson's charge claimed Grade One hon-
ours in the Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown
and subsequently landed the Wayward Lad Novic-
es' Chase at Kempton in effortless fashion over the
The Willie Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux was an
impressive winner of this event 12 months ago and
made a successful start to the current campaign in
the Tingle Creek at Sandown.
Seeyou in the Scottish National
Seeyouatmidnight could have just one run before
a potential second tilt at the Scottish Grand National
in the spring as he recovers from "a little bit of a
Seeyouatmidnight could have just one run before a
potential second tilt at the Scottish Grand National in
the spring as he recovers from "a little bit of a setback"
Sandy Thomson's stable star made a flying start
to his season when beating his only rival Bristol De
Mai in the Colin Parker Memorial Chase at Carlisle
That impressive display prompted connections
to bid for Grade One glory in the Betfair Chase at
Haydock the following month, but he was pulled up
and has not been seen since.
Thomson said: "He has had a little bit of a setback,
unfortunately, but we don't think it's anything too
After winning three of his first four starts over
fences, Seeyouatmidnight disappointed in the RSA
Chase at the Festival last season, but bounced back
to finish third in the Scottish National at Ayr.
BLIND DATE SCORES
12.00 Bahia (e.w)
Ascot Day (nap)
Under: (Last Thursday)
1 pm ......................................2-5
4 pm ................................ 32-12
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Thursday, January 5, 2016
16 6.30 pm
22 (Rat) 6.30 pm
29 (Opium Man) 10.30 am
18 (Waterboat) 4 pm
10 (Monkey) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
2 (Old Lady)
28 (Red Fish)
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 5 8 6 20
15SICKWOMAN6 6 7 7 26
18WATERBOAT 8 119 4 32
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 6 7 5 4 22
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 9 5 10 11 35
30HOUSECAT 11 8 7 7 33
31PARSONWIFE7 7 2 6 22
34BLINDMAN 9 8 5 6 28
35 BIG SNAKE
Neil Poon Tip, left,
and Zane O' Brien
lead in Blind Date
with jockey Brian
in the saddle,
head into the
Santa Rosa Park,
Race 5, the
Trial Stakes for
3 Y.O Maidens
Sired & Foaled
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