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High 'Society' prospect on display
Mushahadaat needs to make it third time
lucky in the Fillies' Novice Stakes over five
furlongs of 'good to firm' Chepstow today
because trainer, Brian Meehan, will have
failed owner Hamdan Al Maktoum if she
Reports from Manton were glowing sev-
eral months ago but Mushahadaat did in-
deed fail miserably to build on a promising
Newbury debut at 'Glorious Goodwood'
last month, trailing in twelfth (of fifteen!),
beaten TWENTY-FOUR LENGTHS!
Admitted ground conditions were des-
perate, after the opening afternoon was a
washout following a deluge in the morning,
but why was Mushahadaat allowed to take
her chance and seriously let down 'favour-
Both races were over six furlongs.
Meehan is a decent judge, what he'd seen
on the gallops was enough to get all con-
cerned buoyed, now this superbly-bred In-
vincible Spirit filly will be contesting the
'desperation stakes' and punters might just
be wary and give her a swerve; hopefully that
will be the case!
Judged on her first-up effort Mushahadaat
will be in a different league to token oppo-
sition, I'll bet on that!
Incidentally once-raced, David Sim-
cock-trained, Kaaba Stone, is expected to be
'on the premises' in an interesting, hopefully
Hamdan is also represented with twice-
raced, strongly-fancied, Manthoor, in di-
vision two of the Maiden stakes over six
furlongs of 'good' ground Lingfield but so
is William Haggas!
Society Power was 'introduced' by the
Newmarket-based Yorkshireman sixteen
days ago at Windsor, where he ran a 'cracker'
over a similar distance; this expensive So-
ciety Rock colt, purchased from a 'breeze-
up' sale, achieved a useful TH mark which
should enable him to go one better. A grand
Another juvenile coming from an encour-
aging debut is Jonathan Portman's runner in
a Maiden Auction Filles' Stakes over seven
furlongs, Golden Image; what beats her and
Rob Hornby will win!
Eminent and Dettori set for Churchill
Martyn Meade is ready to let Eminent take
his chance in the QIPCO Irish Champion
Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday, with
Frankie Dettori set to take the ride.
Fahey had been inclined to hand his stable
star a break after his defeat in the Sussex
Stakes at Goodwoood, but the Queen Anne
winner is in such good heart the Malton han-
dler will let him run again.
Sky Bet make the four-year-old their 7/4
favourite ahead of Al Wukair at 10/3.
"He's not letting me give him a holiday,"
Fahey told www.godolphin.com. "He's in
such great order, we'll take him racing again
this weekend, in Paris.
"When he came back from Goodwood, I
thought a little break would do him good.
I put him on the treadmill for eight days,
but he kept telling me he wanted to get back
"I thought he probably had a hard race at
Goodwood, but he's come out of the Sus-
sex so well physically. The ground won't
be a problem -- It is currently soft, and it
could get softer. But, also, he's broken a track
record, so he is at home on ground that is
There is a deafening
silence in the sporting
corridors of T&T!
Following the third
ever-gold medal at a
by T&T on August 13 in
the men's 4x400 metres
relay, there has been a
of care, which can only
be described as symp-
tomatic of a greater evil.
As we prepare for an-
other budget, there is no word of any action being taken
to honour our gold medallists, in fact, if we are to believe
our athletes, there are possible rewards outstanding
from the August World Championships in 2015, when
our 4x100m women won bronze and the 4x400 men
What happen? Someone forgot about these signif-
icant achievements at the Ministry of Sports/Sports
Company of T&T in 2015 and two years later, nothing
has been done.
Perhaps this is why the relay team, have not been
approached to return to this country to be applauded
and recognised for their valour, and for at just around
5 pm T&T time, allowing all those who could watch or
listen a rare opportunity (only five in our history), to
hear our national anthem at a major sporting event.
While, we have been told, that efforts are currently
underway to establish a working formula for the allo-
cation of funding to our successful sporting persons
in all of the various disciplines, the silence has become
If one was to surmise or even to speculate then, it is
easier to believe, that those in authority do not perceive
that rewards of any kind are a priority, other than for
the photo here and there.
In this country, everyone is fully aware of how short
our memories are, so that from World Championships
success, we can switch to World Cup football hopes,
then to Trinbago Knight Riders efforts in the Caribbe-
an Premier League. When people are aware that your
attention span is short, they can take advantage of it
and therefore our athletes suffer.
There is absolutely no reason that since 2015, some-
thing was not done for our athletes and instead, we
promise and talk as if sports will be supported fully.
Many persons, that you speak with, always say that
the problems that arise in sports should not be thrown
on to the backs of the various Ministers of Sports be-
cause they come and go, but rather the technocrats,
that remain behind that have their own agendas, and
while that may or may not be so, in the end the people
of T&T can only deal with the face they know and watch
all the time.
So it is time for the current Minister of Sports Darryl
Smith to tell the sporting world, what is going to hap-
pen to the success stories of 2015 and now 2017 and
what are the establish guidelines for such. The sooner
this can be done and made public, will be the better for
all concern. Instead to continually make promise after
promise about a new proposal coming forward is falling
on deaf ears and angry hands (that vote).
Let us try to ensure that we continue to encourage
our sporting personalities more and more, instead of
allowing ourselves to be defined by the constant and
regular barrage of complains on assistance and guidance.
Is that really too much to ask in sports in this country?
The Connection of Leading Lady , Owner Chevan Maharaj, right,
Deo Maharaj, lead their charge into winners enclosure after
victory in Race 9, the Massy United Insurance Trinidad Derby
at Santa Rosa Park, Arima on Independence day (August 31).
PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
Chepstow, 11.10 Mushahadaat (nap)
Lingfield, 12.20 Golden Image (e.w)
1.55 Society Power
Under: (Last Wednesday)
1 pm .................................. 4-22
4 pm ...................... .............18-5
6.30 pm............ ................. 8-21
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
7-12-13-16-18 Mx: 3
11 (Corbeau) 10.30 am
5 (Parson Man) 4 pm
6 (Belly) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
28 (Red Fish)
34 (Blind Man)
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2017
2 (Old Lady) 1 pm
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 5 8 11 4 28
15SICKWOMAN4 7 3 2 15
18WATERBOAT10 7 8 4 29
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 5 8 2 6 21
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 6 8 3 7 24
30HOUSECAT 8 4 6 1 19
31PARSONWIFE6 8 5 7 26
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
18 (Water Boat)
27 (Little Snake)
THE WINNING CONNECTION!
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