Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 18th 2017 Contents A48 sports
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Fairy tale win for Disney
Afghan war veteran Captain Guy
Disney reflected on an "extraordinary"
success after claiming Royal Artillery
Gold Cup glory at Sandown eight years
after losing his lower right leg.
Disney lost his right leg below the knee
after being injured when his vehicle was hit
by a rocket-propelled grenade while he was
serving in Helmond Province, Afghanistan
in July 2009.
His initial application to ride with a pros-
thetic limb was turned down by the British
Horseracing Authority but he was eventu-
ally granted a licence a couple of years ago
and steered Ballyallia Man to third place in
the 2015 renewal of this prestigious contest,
which is confined to military amateur riders.
Disney's latest mount, the David Pipe-
trained Rathlin Rose, was the 13/8 favour-
ite and the 34-year-old rider was content
to bide his time for much of the extended
As the pacesetters faltered, Rathlin Rose
hit the front on the run to the second-last
and was driven out to score by four and a
half lengths from Ardkilly Witness.
Fancy to fly home
Flight Of Fancy to prove a Today's special for
thousands of punters world wide in the Maiden
Fillies' Stakes over a mile of Lingfield polyrack.
Bookmakers wont be generous.
Likelihood is this Harry Dunlop-trained Nathaniel
filly will be favourite but Flight Of Fantasy should
provide a solid 'anchor' for our daily patent which
has produced the goods
again recently, one
of the best periods of
the year, for fillies and
mares with the breed-
ing season now under
On the time-hand-
icap Flight Of Fantasy
improved on her debut
effort when runner-up
in the race won by Bois
De Boulogne over a similar distance on Kempton 'poly'
seventeen days ago.
We've combed seven rivals and I'm convinced Flight
Of Fancy will make it third time lucky, landing another
nap for this in-form column. Merers will be a tough
nut to crack in the ten-runner Maiden Stakes over five
furlongs, if able to replicate her course and distance
seasonal debut seven days ago. Fifth time lucky?
Good recent form is the key to successful punt-
ing. Mercers will line up clear 'best-in' under Nicky
Mackay whose confidence is sky high nowadays,
mainly due to being one of a small 'pool' employed
by ex-champion trainer, John Gosden!
William Buick and Rab Havlin are the others.
Later there is a 'Saturday-nighter' on Kempton
polytrack where Richard Hannon-trained Al Sail is
definitely another serious TH prospect for an 'aged'
Maiden Stakes over six furlongs.
Sean Levey, consistent and reliable, will climb
aboard Al Sail and expect him to make it third time
lucky; what beats them will win!
McCoy statue to be unveiled
Cheltenham Racecourse has announced that
a statue of Sir Tony McCoy will be unveiled on
the opening day of next month's festival.
McCoy retired nearly two years ago having been
crowned champion jockey 20 times and ridden 31
winners at National Hunt racing's showpiece meeting.
The lifesize bronze of the legendary rider, which
was crafted by Dublin-based sculptor Paul Ferriter,
will be situated on the Best Mate Plaza by the north
entrance to the racecourse.
McCoy said: "I last saw Paul's work about seven
weeks ago, just before it was about to get bronzed
and it looked very, very good. I took some videos and
showed them to friends who agreed that Paul has
really captured my likeness.
"Some of my friends were wondering whether the
statue was going to be the old or new me---the 10
stone one or the 12 stone one! Paul has done really
well in sculpturing me as a jockey and it was a very
enjoyable working with him."
JC dismiss Kempton plan claim
The Jockey Club has dismissed speculation
it is considering alternatives to the proposed
total redevelopment of Kempton Park.
It was announced last month that the track, which
is home to the historic King George VI Chase, could
be closed for housing redevelopment "from 2021 at
The Jockey Club said it hopes to invest £500 million
into the sport in a 10-year plan, with nearby Sandown
receiving some significant upgrades as well as being
the proposed new home for the King George and a
clutch of other big Kempton races.
However, newspaper reports on Friday suggested
this initial plan could be scaled down, with a smaller
redevelopment that would allow Kempton to stay open
now being considered.
The Jockey Club insists there has been no deviation
from the original plan though.
A statement said: "Nothing has changed since the
Jockey Club announced on January 10 the submission
of our full estate at Kempton Park for consideration
in Spelthorne Borough Council's Local Plan.
Under: (Last Saturday)
1 pm .................................31-15
4 pm ............................ ....33-35
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: FRIDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Saturday, February 18, 2017
13 6.30 pm
15 (Sick Woman) 6.30 pm
4 (Dead Man) 10.30 am
26 (Fowl) 4 pm
22 (Rat) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake)
30 (House Cat)
15 (Sick Woman)
28 (Red Fish)
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 1 3 2 2
15SICKWOMAN2 2 0 1
18WATERBOAT 3 1 2 0
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 2 0 1
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 1 0 0 2
30HOUSECAT 2 1 0 0
31 PARSONWIFE 1 3 2 3
34BLINDMAN 0 1 1 1
35 BIG SNAKE
10.10 Flight Of Fantasy (nap)
1.05 Mercers (e.w)
3.15 Al Sail (e.w)
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