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The two champion
trainers of 2016 were
on the ball when the
first day of local rac-
ing got under way at
the centralised facility-
Santa Rosa Park, Ari-
ma on January 2. The
champion trainer in
the earning’s category
was John O’Brien who
The earnings for his
successful season was
close to $2.5 million.
One must remember,
O’Brien did not saddle
a horse from September
7th while serving a ban
up until December 31,
but was still able to win
The champion trainer
John O’Brien returned
to racing in style by sad-
dling three winners on the
opening day of the 2017
O’Brien saddled the
Stud Farm Trial Stakes
winner Blind Date in the
fifth event over 1,350
metres. He then saddled
King Ronan in the sixth
before Jacob’s Dream
landed a touch in the
Arch-rival Glenn Men-
dez, who is the only train-
er to saddle two ‘Triple
Crown ‘ winners at the fa-
cility showed his prowess
by saddling the most win-
ners for the 2015 season,
forty. The top conditioner
once again proved what a
good conditioner he was
by saddling the the feature
Sian’s Gold Sprint winner
Control Unit. Mendez had
already written his names
into the annals of racing
history when he saddled
Control Unit to win the
Cup on two successive
occasions. However, he
has now won the Stew-
ards Cup, Sian’s Gold
Cup double twice and
became the only horse in
the history lo local racing
to repeat the feat.
Mendez, was happy with
the Sir Stables owned
Control Unit making
history even though he
won by a diminishing 1/2
Mendez dash the hope
of trainer John Leotaud of
doing the ‘the ‘impossi-
ble’ of bringing the Gold
Cup winner Thisonesfor-
ron back from the 2,000
metres Grade On Gold
Cup to attempt to win
the 1,100 metres event.
ron failed by 1/2 a length
but his training feat will
Congratulation to the
top trainers in Trinidad
and Tobago for the year
2016, John O’Brien and
guardian.co.tt Sunday, January 8, 2017
Oscar winning performance
Finian’s Oscar was another impressive big-race
winner for Colin Tizzard in the Grade One 32Red
Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown.
The Ann and Alan Potts-owned five-year-old
was backed into 11/10 favouritism on course and
he didn’t disappoint backers with a smooth display
that had the bookmakers running for cover with the
Cheltenham Festival in mind.
Sky Bet went 7/1 about the winner for the Nep-
tune Investment Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham
initially, but soon cut that to 5s, with Paddy Power
and William Hill going 5/1 immediately. Coral went
as short as 4s for the race.
This was just his second start over hurdles but he
travelled into the contest behind the leader Chalon-
nial beautifully, before he put the race to bed two
out as he extended away from the Grade One field.
Kept up to his work by Tom O’Brien up the hill,
Finian’s Oscar stretched five lengths clear of Capit-
aine, with Chalonnial third and Global Stage a credit-
able fourth on his hurdling debut.
O’Brien told ITV Racing: “He’s very special. He was
a little bit inexperienced but kept it together and ran
Petes Feat in veterans heat
Pete The Feat, one of two 13-year-olds in the
race, won the 32Red Veterans’ Handicap Chase at
Running off bottom weight as he had been
without a win since December 2013, Pete The
Feat stayed on strongly to see off Colin Tizzard’s
It was the winner’s fellow Charlie Longs-
don-trained inmate, Loose Chips, who had them all
in trouble, jumping for fun out in front.
Aidan Coleman had bided his time on Pete The
Feat though, and in the testing ground his low
weight was an advantage.
Sent off at 20-1, Pete The Feat denied Tizzard
a big-race double having won the Tolworth Hurdle
earlier on the card with Finian’s Oscar.
Loose Chips stayed on for third with Gas Line
Boy fourth. The favourite Dynaste never looked
like getting involved at any stage.
Lifeboat sails to
Lifeboat Mona was produced with a late run to
claim the 32Red.com Mares’ Hurdle at Sandown.
Paul Nicholls’ seven-year-old was ridden confi-
dently by Sam Twiston-Davies and his faith was
Desert Queen tried to make all but looked a sit-
ting duck as Briery Queen, Midnight Jazz and the
eventual winner cruised up behind.
Midnight Jazz led approaching the last, but
Twiston-Davies had yet to ask for everything and
when he did there was a positive response from
The 11-4 joint-favourite pulled three lengths
clear up the hill to win the Listed prize in fine style.
American Tom aimed
at Naas prize
Views from connections ahead of the the Irish
Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase at Naas today.
A change of direction is expected to bring out
the best in the highly-regarded American Tom at
Naas on Sunday.
The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old arrived
from France with a big reputation in 2015, but was
a slightly fortuitous winner on his hurdling debut
at Gowran in November 2015.
He was then not sighted for over a year before
making his chasing bow at Punchestown last
month, where apart from showing a tendency to
go to his left, he was faultless in the jumping de-
partment on his way to an assured victory.
American Tom goes left-handed for the first
time and faces just three rivals in the Irish Stallion
Farms EBF Novice Chase.
the trainer (at
back) leading in
Santa Rosa Park,
winning Race 1
for 3 Y.O. & Over
1,350 Metres on
January 2, 2017.
Trainer John O’ Brien ...
biggest money earner for
Trainer Glen Mendez...
records the most winners
Control Unit ridden by jockey Wilmer Galviz heads to the winning pole to claim
the 1,100 metres Sian’s Gold Sprint (GR 111) for 3 Y.O. & Over at Santa Rosa
Park, Arima, at ARC first Racing Day, yesterday. PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
with 40 winners
...as O’Brien wins most $$$
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