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Finale will not be a surprise if she
causes one in the ten-runner aged
Maiden Stakes over a mile of South-
well fibresand today, Hughie Morrison
trains this once-raced Holy Roman
Morrison is a law unto himself, very
shrewd, but tricky to assess, and though
Finale achieved plenty when seven lengths
sixth to Almoner over seven furlongs of
Kempton polytrack earlier this month,
punters can't be guaranteed a 100 per cent
effort; inexperience might be an issue.
Ability to act on the deep stuff comes into
question but Hughie has plenty of winners
at this Nottinghamshire course and he'll
know about the prospects of victory given
moderate, disappointing, opposition.
For instance Warm Words and Vantage
Point, trained by Ralph Beckett and John
Gosden respectively, are shallow judged
on poor recent efforts but will corner all
pre-betting exchanges. None of the others
has the remotest chance on my time-hand-
Realistically this is the perfect scenario
for a surprise result, only Finale can supply
it and so let us take a chance, at good odds.
Certainly one to follow whatever happens
and, incidentally, Frankie Norton wont have
been booked without good reason!
Rest of this six-race programme has al-
ready been consigned to my too difficult tray
but Zero Grand looks a solid betting propo-
sition in the Novices' Hurdle over two and a
half miles of soft Plumpton where Brendan
Powell replaces an inexperienced condition-
al. I'm not surprised!
Zero Grand was ridden negatively in a
similar race at Chepstow three weeks ago,
running well below a previous career-best
mark. Hopefully Powell will make a differ-
Heavy is forecast for Ayr where Strong
Economy attempts to go one better in the
Maiden Hurdle over two and three-quarter
miles in which a 5lbs conditional allowance
must be at issue. We will be focusing on nov-
ices/maidens for the next three months be-
cause at this time of year jumping is usually
profitable for punting.
Arrogate won the inaugural Pegasus World
Cup at Gulfstream Park as California Chrome's
career ended in disappointment.
The pair had finished first and second in the Breed-
ers' Cup Classic in November and Arrogate had ended
the year as the Longines World's Best Racehorse.
He began 2017 in scintillating fashion with a wide
margin success in the US$12 million invitational event
but a little gloss was taken off the contest with Cali-
fornia Chrome failing to run his race on his final start
Winning jockey Mike Smith admitted that racegoers
didn't see 'the real California Chrome'
California Chrome was caught wide at the first turn
but soon got across towards the inside of the track
and raced alongside Arrogate in third and fourth as
they tracked the pace set by Noble Bird.
Smith was the first to make his move as they passed
the half mile pole and was soon at the head of affairs
but when Victor Espinoza asked California Chrome
for a response there was none forthcoming.
What remained was little more than a victory parade
for the Bob Baffert trained Arrogate as he was out on
his own in the straight, finishing clear of Shaman
Ghost and Neolithic.
Smith said: "Another incredible performance. We
used the first turn to our advantage.
"When I looked and saw Victor having a nudge
I thought maybe he isn't there today. I could catch
Victor out of the corner of my eye and he had me
right where he wanted me but Chrome just didn't
fire in his race at all.
"That's not the California Chrome I know, he would
have been on top of me.
"I was able to tip out and he was gone after that.
With all due respect to the other horses I was able to
gear down in the last couple of hundred yards.
"Getting out was the anxious part but the first turn
was great, getting out and letting him stretch his legs
because that's what he's good at. He's got some turn
of foot, he's got some stride and if you let him use it
to his advantage---why not?"
Speaking on At The Races, California Chrome's
trainer Art Sherman was magnanimous in defeat.
"He didn't look real comfortable, he didn't break
as sharp as he usually does and he got hung up so
wide," he said.
"Down the backside he had no excuse, he got set-
tled in but he didn't have that oomph today that he
usually kicks in with at the 3/8 pole.
"He looked like he was listless, I don't know why.
It's the first bad race he's ever run.
"We've had a great run. I congratulate Bob Baffert,
that horse really is a super nice horse and I can't say
enough about him. We'll see, he's going to the breed-
ing shed and I'm hoping his babies come back to me.
"It's been one hell of a journey for me."
Baffert was visibly overcome and said: "I'm so re-
lieved, down the backside he was trapped but when he
started making that move, I knew right there. What
a superior horse he is.
"I feel bad about California Chrome, he didn't bring
his race today and that match up never came about.
"It's great to be here. It's great for Juddmonte. I'm
a little emotional."
Arrogate crosses the finish line to win the $12 Million
Pegasus World Cup Invitational. SKYSPORTS
Magical Victory, with jockey Kerron Khelawan in saddle, runs away from his closest rival Black Onyx ridden by his brother Dillion
Khelawan to win the Caribbean Turf Championship WI Bred 4 YO & Over Race at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, on Saturday, (Day 3).
PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
Zero tolerance for punters!
Under: (Last Saturday)
1 pm ................................... 7-21
4 pm ................................... 16-5
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Monday, January 30, 2017
34 6.30 pm
12 (King) 6.30 pm
32 (Shrimp) 10.30 am
26 (Fowl) 4 pm
24 (Queen) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
4 (Dead Man)
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 1
15SICKWOMAN0 1 0 0
18WATERBOAT 3 0 1 0
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 1 0 1
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 1 0 0 2
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 0 2 2 0
34BLINDMAN 0 1 0 0
35 BIG SNAKE
as Chrome flops
Ayr, 10.50 Strong Economy
Southwell, 11.30 Finale (e.w)
11.45 Zero Grand (nap).
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