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Monday, January 1, 2018
‘Axe’ looks too sharp
Axe Cap is ideally suited by
conditions of a 3-y-o Novice
Median Auction Stakes over
five furlongs of Southwell
fibresand today and, hope-
fully, will kick-off 2018 in
the best possible manner by
landing our nap.
Over the years I’ve often
failed to land my ‘star bet’
on the first day of a month
but providing Archie Wat-
son’s charge copes with the
so-called ‘deep stuff ’ cham-
pion all-weather jockey,
Luke Morris, will surely steer Axe Cap into the winners’ en-
closure, and make it fifth time lucky for this consistent, hith-
erto luckless, 69-rated Zebedee filly.
On my time-handicap Axe Cap would be better off in a 3-y-o
handicap but that can wait, until next time.
Gift In Time will surely be ‘on the premises’ and is rated
78 but at a difference of 12lbs and the fact this Society Rock
gelding hasn’t been out for twelve weeks sways me firmly in
favour of Axe Cap; others need to improve considerably.
My focus on jockeyship will be absolute, you can’t beat ex-
perience and I’ve learned the folly of opposing them without
Regarding this surface I’ll be interested to see how Mem-
ories Galore shapes under top-weight in an -aged’ handicap
over the straight five furlongs.
There is every reason to believe we are analysing a much
quicker ‘dash’ than was once the case; ‘kick-back’
looks horrendous but race-times suggest speed is
definitely at issue; Roger Fell-trained Memories
Galore is ‘different gravy’ despite a welter
burden under Tony Hamilton and his effort
will merit close scrutiny, for future research!
Obvious course and distance form is vital;
stable-companion Mugarred is a ‘qualifier’
in an ‘aged’ eight-runner handicap over a
Muqarred rates a solid each-way bet with
three placings available, an interesting day
for messrs Fell and Hamilton.
There are also several NH New Years
Day meetings but ‘heavy’ ground at most
of them will make for a ‘guessing game’ as
thoroughbreds slog round.
Incidentally there was a fatality at Hay-
dock last Saturday when racing should not
have taken place and times prove, without
fear of contradiction, it was un-raceable;
ALL races were run TWO SECONDS SLOW
per furlong, that is disgraceful.
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – Jamaican rider
Shaun Bridgmohan rode a double here
Friday, to continue to close in on the
lead at Fair Grounds.
The 38-year-old won race four with 3-1
choice Sabe Marcelete before returning
to take race six aboard favourite Fashion
Bid, as he took some of the spotlight on
the nine-race card.
Bridgmohan has 20 wins for the sea-
son, alongside the second placed Mitch-
ell Murrill but four adrift of leader Miguel
He opened his account over a mile
when he guided three-year-old filly Sabe
Marcelete to an impressive 9-1/4 length
clobbering of the LA-bred maidens and
three-year-old and upward fillies and
Bridgmohan raced the filly off the pace
as 33-1 longshot Carlena held off French
Roast through the first mile, with Fifty-
shadesofnay stalking from third.
However, Bridgmohan carried Sabe
Marcelete through the far turn three
wide before hauling in the leaders at the
three-sixteenth pole and dominating the
remainder of the running.
Going six furlongs in race six, Bridg-
mohan brought the three-year-old chest-
nut filly Fashion Bid from off the pace
to collar the three-year-old and upward
fillies and mares and LA-bred maidens
by 1-1/4 lengths.
Musket’s Cup Cake and Mi
Copa Rebosa disputed the
lead through the half
run in 46.15 seconds
roused Fashion Bid at
and proved the best
in the final metres.
reached 200 winners
for the year when Fur-
zig won the 32Red Ca-
sino Novice Median
Auction Stakes at
Lingfield on the last
day of 2017.
His record is 235
in 2015 and he
close to a double
century last year
when finishing just
(7/2) ensured the
Musley Bank handler ended the year on a
high when scoring by a length and a quar-
ter from Kath’s Lustre under Tony Hamil-
“It’s grand. We missed it last year by
two. It’s just nice to get it,” said Fahey.
“We’ve had a great year and I’m very
pleased for everyone - the lads and the
Ribchester was Fahey’s star performer,
with three wins at the top level in the Lock-
inge Stakes, the Queen Anne Stakes and
the Prix du Moulin as the stable amassed
more than £2.3million in prize money.
9.05 Axe Cap (nap-e.w)
targets Gold Cup
Tom George is planning a Cheltenham Gold
Cup assault with Double Shuffle following his
fine effort in the 32Red King George Chase.
Adrian Heskin’s mount belied his odds of
50-1 to give hot favourite Might Bite a real scare
at Kempton on Boxing Day, going down by just
half a length to Nicky Henderson’s charge.
George reported his stable star in fine shape
following those exertions, and feels he is de-
serving of a crack at the blue-riband prize in March.
He said: “He came out of Kempton really well. He is fresh and has
put the weight back on to where he was before the race.
“It was not like he was dropped out at the back and just picked up
the pieces, he was in the firing line the whole way. If he had not made
the mistake at the second-last, he might have ended up even closer. It
was a good performance.
“The time before at Ascot, the two-mile-five was inadequate and
Ascot is probably not his place. On the strength of that run, why not
go for the Gold Cup? I think he will be better over the extra two fur-
longs and the ground will be better, as it was plenty dead enough at
“There is no reason why we shouldn’t give it a go. What is nice is
that he can still run in a graduation chase before, if we felt minded to.”
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