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Armandihan represents a rock-solid
time-handicap nap for a 3-y-o Maiden
Stakes over the straight Newcastle tapeta
mile tonight; an absence of 138 days is
a matter of indifference for this twice-
raced Kevin Ryan-trained Zoffany colt.
Although both efforts where on turf Ryan
doubtless realises, from experience, this is
the ultimate all-weather surface with a climb
throughout, which suits good-actioned thor-
oughbreds; Armandihan impressed in slower
paces at Redcar last October when backed
into favouritism under Kevin Stott, taking
over from Tom Eaves but, disappointingly,
failed to replicate his Ayr debut effort.
That first run was a cracker but there are
two schools of thought with two-year-olds;
either bring out a 'beaut'
, which you know will
outclass run-of-the-mill maiden opposition,
or give them an education outing which is all
about 'the first day at school' and a return
back to stables, free of any stress or likely
Juveniles can go 'through the barrier' first-
up with an over-zealous approach but, hope-
fully, this wont be the case with Armandihan,
a grand type which should finish in a different
parish, judged on either effort.
Our intention was to nap Ca La Ferra for a
Novices' Hurdle at Catterick, Tuesday, and
rang trainer James Ewart for confirmation of
the seven-year-old being declared.
During a pleasant, enlightening, conver-
sation James told me Ca La Ferra would be
declared instead for Musselburgh today and
so that involved further study of the Maiden
Hurdle over about two and a half miles of this
'good to soft' right-handed track.
No 'cert' by any means and marginally more
difficult than the North Yorkshire task but Ca
Le Ferra comes out clear 'best-in' and he'll be
travelled several hundred miles less which,
nowadays, is a major consideration for owners
and cost. Brian Hughes rides, none better.
James mentioned he'd bagged 'twelve win-
ners' and this later become thirteen when Sky
Full Of Stars won at Ayr by TWENTY-FOUR
I've never asked jockeys or trainers for
tips, preferring to give them my own advis-
es but the Ewart camp is obviously in form
and aspiring; later this month James intends
treading new ground at the opening Don-
caster turf-flat meeting and we'll give you
the name of his runner then. Confidentially,
ABOVE: That's Valorous with jockey
Patrick Husbands up leaving his
challengers, Lord Silver #7 with
jockey Brian Boodramsingh on
saddle and Royal Moon ridden by
Jovika Boodramsingh to win Race 7,
the W.I. Bred 3 Y.0. Maidens
Handicap Race at Santa Rosa Park,
Arima, last Wednesday, Day 6.
PHOTOS: RALPH BAWARIE
RIGHT: It's A Pleasure ridden by
Wilmer Galviz leaps off the ground
to win Race 5, the Handicap 3 Y. 0.
& Over Horses Rated 45-30 Race at
Santa Rosa Park, Arima, on
Wednesday in Race 5. (Day 6).
Under: (Last Wednesday)
1 pm ................................ 31-34
4 pm ......................................9-2
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Wednesday, March 1, 2017
22 6.30 pm
17 (Pigeon) 6.30 pm
24 (Queen) 10.30 am
25 (Morocoy) 4 pm
12 (King) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
28 (Red Fish)
30 (House Cat)
2 (Old Lady)
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 1
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 4 0 1
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN 1
30HOUSECAT 2 1 1 0
31PARSONWIFE1 3 2 5 11
34BLINDMAN 0 1 1 1
35 BIG SNAKE
'Arm' yourselves, bash those bookies
Musselburgh, 11.30 Ca Le Ferra
Wincanton, 12.40 Murrayana
Newcastle, 4.00 Armandihan (nap).
Tom Symonds eyes
Hollywoodien is in the frame to give his owners
Sir Peter and Lady Gibbings a second victory in
the William Hill Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury
Isio carried their colours to glory in the first
running of the race back in 2004 and the Tom
Symonds-trained Hollywoodien holds sound
claims of providing them with another win.
The six-year-old won at Wetherby on Boxing
Day and was a fine third behind the classy Garde
Le Victoire last time out.
"Hollywoodien has a couple of options this
weekend and the race at Newbury was the first one
on my mind. I would love to run him in it because
the owners won the race back in 2004 and it would
be quite nice to try to win it again," said Symonds.
"He is also in a two-mile handicap chase at
Doncaster and a lot will depend on the ground.
Good to soft would be fine, but we wouldn't want
it any softer.
"I think he will handle any going, but he jumps
so much better when he can ping off the better
ground. He can get a bit low over fences and his
jumping is much better on a quicker surface.
"He can take advantage of lesser opposition over
two miles but I think he struggles over that distance
in the top races, like at Sandown last time, because
he is not the fastest. He has run well over a longer
trip and I think the track at Newbury will suit him."
Dan Skelton's Oldgrangewood is ante-post fa-
vourite for the Newbury feature.
'TIS A PLEASURE
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