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Walcott, Balgobin taste stakes success
EDMONTON---Barbadian Rico Walcott
and T&T's Keishan Balgobin both
tasted added-money success at the
weekend, as they dominated Satur-
day's eight-race card at Northlands
The 28-year-old Walcott, the six-time
reigning Northlands champion, won the
day's CAN$75 000 Shirley Vargo Handi-
cap when he steered hot favourite Curlish
Figure to an impressive 3 1/4-length vic-
tory over the three-year-old and upward
fillies and mares in a time of one minute,
Balgobin, 27, captured the supporting
$50, 000 Fred Jones Handicap when he
paired with another odds-on bet Killin Me
Smalls to dismiss the field by two lengths.
With no racing on Sunday at the west-
ern Canada racetrack, Walcott remained
top with 47 wins with Balgobin second
on 22 wins.
Jamaican Dane Nelson sits third on 19
wins with his countryman Shamaree Muir
fourth on 15.
Going a mile and sixteenth in the main
feature, Walcott sat five-year-old chest-
nut mare Curlish Figure off the pace as
Smart Fix set the pace with Castellani
The pair bid at the quarter-pole, ral-
lied past the leaders before getting clear
to control the final furlongs.
Walcott had earlier won race three over
6-1/2 furlongs when he combined with
six-year-old bay gelding Unstoppable
Colby to beat the three-year-old and
upwards by 2-3/4 lengths.
Balgobin, meanwhile, found stakes glory
when he guided seven-year-old bay geld-
ing Killin Me Smalls to a handsome win
over the three-year-old and upwards.
In another mile and sixteenth trip, the
pair duelled with Blue Dancer in quick
fractions of 22. 78 seconds and 45.50 for
the half, before dismissing their rival at
the top of the stretch to win in 1:43.83.
Balgobin also won race two with 2-1
chance Lulu's Best, edging the three-
year-old and upward maiden fillies and
mares by a head over a mile. (CMC)
Seeram Hayban, left, and Suraj Hayban, the connections of Just Honest, leading their charge into the winner's enclosure after the horse
won Race 2 after being pushed by jockey Dillion Khelawan. Just Honest held off Eatmydust, with jockey Brian Boodramsingh in the
saddle, to win the handicap 3 Y0 & Over Horses Rated 45-30 going 1750 metres out at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, on Saturday.
PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
'King' to rule, at Donny
smacks of a 'pro-
for the 2-y-o
over six furlongs
of 'good to firm'
six turf-flat fix-
tures include the
first stage of our
market July meeting; it looks extremely com-
petitive, and difficult!
When dealing with major meetings it often pays
to 'watch and learn' on an opening day; too often
punters go into them like a bull at a gate and get
caught up in an overwhelming situation.
Be patient, monitor ground conditions, times,
get a 'feel' of what is going on, concentrate moreso
on the second and third days, but never be hasty;
there are hundreds of races to choose from and
none could possibly be better than the 'third run'
for Royal Ascot surprise package, James Garfield,
trained by George Scott who is rapidly making an
James Garfield will probably go off at somewhat
prohibitive odds judged on his latest effort when
third, beaten only a length and a half, in the five
furlongs 'Windsor Castle' won by Sound Of Silence,
one of twelve 'decs' for the group one July Stakes
over six furlongs!
Of course an extra furlong could be a problem
but it's the only box 'unticked' against a clutch of
inexperienced rivals; James Garfield has at least
10lbs in hand. Thirty-five minutes later, over the
same course and distance, King Of Paris should be
successful in a ten-runner 3-y-o Maiden Stakes;
trained by ultra-successful Roger Varian, whose
consistent record since taking over stables from
now-deceased Michael Jarvis, has been incredible.
King Of Paris, mount of 'computer champ' Dan-
ny Tudhope, sports cheek-pieces for the first time
on his sixth start.
There is also a seven-race programme scheduled
for Newbury tonight when Munthany has Love
Conquers to beat in a sixteen-runner 3-y-o Maiden
Stakes over ten furlongs, and vica versa.
Charles Hills' charge is massively-fancied, hav-
ing progressed considerably from debut nigh on
four weeks back.
Frankie Dettori returns from
injury with just two rides
Frankie Dettori decided to be "sensible" and
just have two rides on his return to the saddle at
Newmarket today. The Italian has mounts in the
two Group Two races at his local haunt as he puts
behind him a month on the sidelines due to an arm
injury sustained in a parade ring fall at Yarmouth.
Dettori's comeback mount is Denaar who aims
to get back on track after a disappointing effort in
the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot when he lines-
up for the Arqana July Stakes. In the Princess Of
Wales's Arqana Racing Club Stakes, Dettori teams
up with Wings Of Desire, who shaped well in his
first start for 10 months when fifth in the Hard-
wicke Stakes at the Royal meeting.
"I am very excited to be coming back in time for
the Moët and Chandon July Festival - it's been a
long time, I've been out for a whole month. New-
market is my home town and the July Festival is one
of the highlights of my year," said Dettori.
"I could have had five or six rides on Thursday,
but I thought it was sensible to ease myself back
into things with just a couple. My first ride is on
Denaar. I was aboard when he won his first two
races, then I think he let the Royal Ascot atmos-
phere get to him in the Coventry Stakes.
"The other one is Wings Of Desire, who I finished
fourth on in last year's Epsom Derby. He's so laid
back that we have decided to try him in sheepskin
cheekpieces, they might just help him concentrate."
Under: (Last Thursday)
1 pm ................................13-20
4 pm ...................... .............17-8
6.30 pm............ ................15-11
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
3-6-10-17-19 Mx: 1
25 (Morocoy) 10.30 am
2 (Old Lady) 4 pm
8 (Tiger) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake)
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017
21 (Mouth) 1 pm
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 7 8 4 22
15SICKWOMAN3 6 2 2 13
18WATERBOAT 7 5 5 4 21
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 7 1 6 18
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 5 6 3 6 20
30HOUSECAT 5 4 5 0 14
31PARSONWIFE4 64 6 20
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
34 (Blind Man)
35 (Big Snake)
Doncaster, 11.10 James
Garfield, 11.45 King Of
Paris (e.w) • Newbury, 4.35
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