Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 13th 2013 Contents Just The Judge to contest the Epsom
famous downs next month will surely be
the outcome of discussions later this
week when plans for her next race take
place; present will be trainer, Charles
Hills, Qatar racing manager, David Red-
vers, but yours truly wont be asked to
Unfortunately my opinion would be
worthless in their scheme set-in stone
schedule which, apparently, is all about
whether Just The Judge runs in the Irish
1000 Guineas or the Coronation Stakes,
both races are run over a mile.
If my positive running plans for the Eng-
lish 1000 Guineas had been implemented
earlier this month Just The Judge would
now be a short-priced favourite for the
Oaks, thoughts of stamina completely
erased, and all concerned would be looking
forward to a classic double.
Would twelve furlongs be within the
scope of Just The Judge?
That question is ludicrous given that
2000 Guineas winner, Dawn Approach, is
5/4 to race an extra 50% further and win
the Epsom Derby; he s not even bred to
get such a distance but owner Sheikh
Mohammed and trainer, Jim Bolger, know
only too well that current opposition is the
same as he met at Newmarket.
It s a similar situation with Just The
Judge; current ante-post favourite for the
fillies classic is Moth, one and a half lengths
behind down the Rowley Mile following a
slowly-run race. No chance of reversing
Don t entertain an angel unawares
Messrs Hills/ Redvers; it s as obvious as
day is light that Just The Judge should go
to Epsom and you wont get a second
chance to make the necessary impression.
Hills will be at Windsor tonight saddling
twice-raced Refer, a Khaled Abdulla-owned
Rail Link colt which made all at Bath last
month with a determined effort from Could
Be, with the rest four lengths and upwards
Opposition is token, Refer is top-rated
on my time-handicap and, presumably,
will come on for racing experience/fitness;
don t oppose.
Earlier Cracking Choice is worth chanc-
ing in the Maiden Stakes over five furlongs
of Musselburgh where the opening Amateur
Riders Handicap over two miles should
be within compass of Grand Art against a
clutch of veterans which wouldn t be worth
ten grand collectively as a job lot!
Apparently news of our 600/1 plus four-
timer reached World Service listeners last
Friday, let s hope Hills and Redvers read
this and adopt an obvious positive, exciting
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, May 13, 2013
17-16--- 10.30 am
5-6--- 1 pm
8-11--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 3
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 2 4 3 9
05PARSONMAN 0 1 1 2
15 SICK WOMAN 1
18WATERBOAT 2 5 2 9
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 2 4 5 11
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 3 3 3 9
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to May 11
36 (Donkey) 10.30 am
10 (Monkey) 1 pm
32 (Shrimp) 6.30 pm
24 (Queen) 10 .30 am
14 (Money) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
29 (Opium Man)
16 (Jamette) 1 pm
Greatwood will clash with Telescope in the Bet-
fred Dante Stakes at York on Thursday after being
a last-minute withdrawal from Lingfield on Sat-
Trainer Luca Cumani took the odds-on favourite
out of the Betfred Derby Trial following heavy rain
at the Surrey venue.
Greatwood is owned by Highclere Thoroughbred
Racing, who are also responsible for the Sir Michael
However, both horses are owned by different
syndicates and the plan is for the pair to put their
Investec Derby claims on the line in the Group Two
contest over an extended mile and a quarter on the
"The plan is for Greatwood to go for the Dante.
We don t have any other options for him really so
we need to see where he stands and see if he is
good enough to take his place in the Derby," said
Highclere managing director Harry Herbert.
"Saturday was extremely frustrating for every-
body, but that s the way the cookie crumbles. It
wasn t his ground and Luca took him out in the
best interests of the horse. There was no point
risking him on that ground.
"He will join Telescope in the Dante on Thursday.
The horses are in two different syndicates and there
are two or three people who cross over into both
"Everyone is going to want to know where they
stand. We all want to run a horse in the Derby that
should be running and there is the option for one
"I hope one of the two wins the Dante and there
is always the King Edward VII at the Royal meeting
for the one that perhaps doesn t fare as well.
"There is a month between the Dante and King
Edward. The timing sits nicely on that front as
"We hope conditions will be right for both horses
to run in the Dante and we will see where we stand.
We ve got to know, and everyone appreciates that."
First Cornestone s bid for the Investec Derby
is in the balance after the colt was ruled out of
his Classic prep run at Leopardstown yesterday.
The Team Valor-owned three-year-old, trained
by Andrew Oliver, scoped badly on Saturday, causing
him to miss the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial.
Connections wanted to give last year s Group
Two Futurity Stakes winner a run before aiming
him at a race as important as the Derby and will
see how the horse is before making plans.
"He scoped badly. We discovered it on Saturday.
He worked very nicely on Tuesday and we were
very happy with him, but he scoped badly yesterday
and we checked again this morning to be sure,"
said County Tyrone-based Oliver.
"I ve spoken with the owners and we just have
to reappraise and see what our route is now. It is
a huge disappointment.
"We were heading towards the Epsom Derby. It
looks like he won t get a run prior to that so at this
moment we have no firm plans. We just have to
get the horse right again and find a race.
"It is unlikely he will run at Epsom because his
preparation makes it less likely. He would need a
run. It would be ambitious to head over to Epsom
without a prep run.
"He was going for the Derrinstown and everything
was going well. That s the nature of the game and
we are going to reroute him.
9.00: Grand Art
11.15: Cracking Choice
Do not oppose Refer
Flotilla got up in the final strides to land
the French 1000 Guineas for trainer Mikel
Delzangles at Longchamp yesterday
Last season s Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies
Turf winner came with a rattling run under
Christophe Lemaire to collar the Andre Fabre-
trained favourite Esoterique close home.
Fabre s Tasaday was third while Zurigha
came from way off the pace to grab fourth
place for trainer Richard Hannon and jockey
Richard Hughes. The Ralph Beckett-trained
Waterway Run was just behind the placed
Flotilla s (7-1) stablemate Sage Melody was
soon in the lead and performed her pace-
making duties to a tee resulting in a win for
the daughter of Mizzen Mast in the Poule
d Essai des Pouliches.
"We had to make sure she had pace in the
race because we wanted to make the race a
properly run one. The pace was fast as they
broke the course record for the race," said
Delzangles, who had faced a race against
time to get his filly to the Classic.
"She needed time to come to herself after
the winter. She has two options. We can try
to go a bit further and run her in the Prix
Diane or we stay at the same distance and
go for the Coronation Stakes. We have plenty
of time in which to decide that."
Style Vendome (9/2) took his winning run
to five when coming out on top in the 2000
The Nicolas Clement-trained colt had won
the Prix Djebel on his previous start and he
continued his progress with a decisive, though
narrow, triumph in the Poule d Essai des
He responded to jockey Thierry Thulliez s
urgings to lead inside the final furlong and
hang on from Dastarhon (50/1).
Intello (7/1) finished with a real flourish
on the outside to grab third place with the
Aidan O Brien-trained Gale Force Ten fourth
and Havana Gold from Richard Hannon s
stable fifth in the hands of Jamie Spencer.
Flotilla lands French 1,000 Guineas
Flotolla landed the French 1,000 Guineas yesterday.
up in the air
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