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Ginbar is napped (again!) for an eight-runner Nov-
ice Stakes over six furlongs of 'good to soft' Haydock
today; underfoot conditions are so important.
Judged on three efforts to date Ginbar will be dif-
ficult to beat, especially on a surface which contrasts
sharply to 'good to firm' encountered at Pontefract
eighteen days ago.
Talk about 'having a leg in every country' Ginbar
appeared most uncomfortable in the closing stages,
'changing legs' repeatedly under stable jockey, Rich-
ard Kingscote who wasn't over-zealous aboard Tom
Richard, 'computer champion' 2015, must have
been aware Ginbar wasn't striding out; I'll bet Ginbar
is a different proposition on this occasion.
We've experienced colossal rain(s) these past three
days but this particular Lancashire course dries up
remarkably well and is likely to ride like a carpet,
unless the heavens open again!
Sunbreak is a dead-set 'system' proposition in
the five-runner Nursery Handicap over a mile of
Chelmsford polytrack, if she stays!
Realistically that shouldn't be at issue, this
Dawn Approach filly is trained by Mark Johnston,
renowned for bringing on thoroughbreds, as they
race over further.
'Top weights in nurseries on good ground' was part
of my systematic approach to two-year-old racing
forty-odd years ago, Sunbreak has so much going
for her on this occasion in a very weak race.
On the TH Sunbreak is 'different gravy' to four
rivals, will be ridden by imperious stable jockey, Joe
Fanning, and doubtless backed by supporters of Mid-
dleham-based 'Johnno' whose level of consistency
over two decades has been remarkable; testimony
to his dedication and delegation. He trains more than
Apart from the draw disadvantages, which have to
be factored in with common sense, there aren't any
negatives and,hopefully, Newcastle tapeta winner,
Hikmaa, will confirm an impressive debut success
and supplement gains in the opening Novice Auction
Stakes over six furlongs; Adam Beschizza has again
been booked by Ed Vaughan.
Turner rides winner in France
Hayley Turner was delighted to ride her first winner
since relocating to France after steering Prime Time
to victory at Le Croise-Laroche, yesterday.
Britain's most successful female jockey was tempt-
ed to try her hand across the Channel after the French
authorities announced the controversial measure
of a 4.4lb advantage for horses ridden by women.
Turner began the latest chapter in her career last
month and was in the winner's enclosure for the first
time after the Henri Davin-trained Prime Time came
home in front in the Prix de Leers.
Crowley rides Crystal Ocean
Champion jockey Jim Crowley is thrilled to have
picked up the ride on ante-post favourite Crystal
Ocean in the William Hill St Leger at Doncaster on
After finishing third in the Dante Stakes at York
and in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, Sir
Michael Stoute's colt emerged as a leading contender
for the season's final Classic when he impressed in
the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood last month.
Shame on you, T&TFA
Sheer, downright madness. Quite possi-
bly the only way to describe what really took
place last Friday night at the Ato Boldon
Stadium. This World Cup qualifier, yes a
World Cup qualifier, is right up there with
the worst organised sporting event in the
sporting annals of T&T.
This trial or experiment (I am not sure
what it was) was doomed to fail before a
ball was kicked. I queried why a game of
this magnitude, a do or die game for the
Soca Warriors, was being played at the
The (T&T Football Association) indicated
they wanted to create an atmosphere at a
smaller venue with the pitch closer to the
players and they also wanted the stands to
be at full capacity as they could not fill the
Hasely Crawford Stadium and they felt this
would have created the right atmosphere.
Really? Calypsonian Doppy sang a calyp-
so many years ago called 'Garbage'
statements from the T&TFA would have fit-
ted in nicely with the lyrics of Doppy's song.
The national team played in front of
roughly 12,000 - 14,000 fans in the previous
World Cup qualifiers versus Panama and
Mexico and the atmosphere was enthralling.
Perhaps none of the T&TFA executives at-
tended those games so whose crazy idea was
it to get these patrons in the 10,000 capacity
Ato Boldon Stadium? They even went quite
ludicrously and paid, as far as I understand,
$10,000 to erect temporary stands for a fur-
ther 2,000 spectators. I counted roughly 54
persons in these temporary stands.
It took patrons coming from the capital
2.5 hours to get to the venue; some turned
back in sheer frustration and when the
game finally kicked off at 8 pm, the Hon-
duras team must have felt at home as there
was more people outside trying to get in,
than those inside the venue supporting the
So it was no surprise that our opponents
scored two goals in the first 20 minutes.
Persons who had season tickets bought
their tickets with the understanding that
the games were to be played at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium and some refused to go
to Couva and wanted to know what to do. I
wonder if the T&TFA is going to compensate
those ticket holders?
Further, a lighting tower went out of op-
eration before a ball was kicked, rumours of
players not being paid, the grass not being
cut to a specified length making it unnec-
essarily difficult for the players - need I
It's just one blunder after another and
we go along like its business as usual. The
T&TFA cost us qualification for the Gold
Cup, now they have sunk us for Russia 2018
but I am sure a few of the hierarchy from
the T&TFA are going to show their faces in
Russia in some VIP box sipping fine bever-
ages while the football fans in this country
ponder what could have been.
It is easy to blame the players because
they should have done this or they should
have done that, however if you don't have
the right environment for the players how
do you expect positive results? The next
scapegoat is the coach; blame the coach
he should not have picked this player, or
he should have started with someone else.
And the problem continues...let's not play
smart with foolishness.
The dream has ended as another defeat
to Panama has left us six points adrift of
USA and Honduras, and seven points be-
hind Panama. It is a crying shame that we
are not right there in the mix for an auto-
matic spot for Russia 2018. Our last game
is against USA and we owe it to Honduras
and to Panama to field our strongest team
and ensure that if the USA has to qualify,
they must truly beat us with our strongest
11 on the field.
In the meantime who is going to stand up
and apologise to the nation for the fiasco at
the Ato Boldon Stadium? More than that,
who is going to say that we didn't give our
team enough of a chance to get to Russia?
David John-Williams, T&TTFA President
Chadee shines at Assiniboia
...as Caribbean riders dominate
WINNIPEG--- T&T's Stanley
Chadee Jr shone with a dou-
ble to make headlines on the
seven-race card at Assiniboia
Downs on Monday.
Chadee captured race five
with 4-1 chance I'm a Flashy
Girl and returned to capture the
day's final race aboard 5-1 bet
Canadian Rose, as Caribbean
riders swept all but one of the
events on the seven-race card.
Despite his success, Chadee
remained down the standings
on 16 wins in the campaign led
by Guyanese Rohan Singh with
Adolfo Morales lies second on
36 wins with Barbadian Chris
Husbands two back in third.
Jamaican Tyrone Nelson was
also in the winner's circle, part-
nering 3-1 choice Mayback to a
half-length victory in race one
over a mile.
Fellow Jamaican Chavion
Chow steered 2-1 bet Dyna to
5-1/4 length win in race two
over six over six furlongs while
Husbands won race four by three
quarters with favourite Deadly
Black going six furlongs for the
three-year-old and upwards.
Singh also reached the win-
ner's enclosure when he boot-
ed 2-1 bet Parkfield to victory
in race six over a mile to win by
Chadee took the honours,
however, opening his account
by carrying five-year-old roan
mare I'm a Flashy Girl to an im-
pressive 5-1/2 length win over
the three-year-old and upward
fillies and mares.
Going six furlongs, the pair
out-duelled their rivals to get
clear in the stretch and reach
the wire unchallenged.
He was back in winner's row
when he brought eight-year-old
chestnut mare Canadian Rose
with a late run to beat the three-
year-old and upward fillies and
mares by half length over 7-1/2
Under: (Last Thursday)
10.30 am........................... 16-6
1 pm ..................................11-15
4 pm ......................... .............5-3
6.30 pm............ .................... 1-8
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
2-7-8-15-19 Mx: 1
12 (King) 10.30 am
19 (Horse) 4 pm
26 (Fowl) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
31 (Parson Wife)
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017
24 (Queen) 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
34 (Blind Man)
28 (Red Fish)
Haydock, 11.30 Ginbar (nap)
Chelmsford, 2.40 Hikmaa
'Gin' looks a tasty
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