Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 1st 2013 Contents A62
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Rock God shouldn t be troubled to gain
his first success, at the fifth attempt,
against a clutch of inferior rivals in the
Maiden Stakes over 12 furlongs of Wolver-
hampton polytrack today; this represents
a distinct drop in class for the Eve Johnson
Houghton-trained 3-y-o Shirocco colt.
It s a long time since Rock God made an
impressive debut at "Glorious Goodwood"
last season, finishing three-quarters of a
length runner-up to one-time classic hope,
Steeler, in a fast-run seven furlongs dash;
behind were Improvisation/Kylacchy Rise
and several other subsequent winners. What
has gone wrong?
When owning thoroughbreds it s neces-
sary to have patience, not to mention a
decent bank balance, because so many prob-
lems beset them; Rock God has obviously
vexed his owner but he shaped well in a
handicap around Kempton over eleven fur-
longs last month when noticeably not
"knocked about" in a confidence-boosting
mission, beaten only six lengths.
On the time-handicap White Month is
a player and once-raced Aiyana can t be
dismissed but with three places on offer
Rock God is a definitive each-way special
and should be backed accordingly.
Eve JH has also declared Cool Bahamian
in the five-runner £15000 Spindrifter Stakes
over six furlongs at good to firm Pontefract
but I ll be surprised if any are good enough
to extend, never mind beat, impressive York
Richard Fahey s charge stormed home to
beat stable-companion Bahamian C and
heavily-backed Richard Hannon-trained
Edge and the TH mark suggests this was
a smart debut effort. Not one to oppose.
Now we ve reached July our focus will
be on two-year-old races, my specialty; all
naps will be juveniles, whenever possible,
and The Dandy Yank ticks enough boxes in
the seven-runner Maiden Stakes over five
furlongs at Ffos Las where "goood to firm"
is also forecast.
The Dandy Yank improved immensely
when a close third to the Hannon pair, Con-
stantine/Speed The Plough at Windsor a
fortnight ago under Fergus Sweeney and,
significantly, he s booked again!
claimed a third Group
One success of the sea-
son as Havana Gold
took Chantilly s Prix
Jean Prat in the hands
of Mickael Barzalona.
With Jamie Spencer,
the first-choice jockey
for owners Qatar Racing,
preferring the claims of
Anna s Pearl, it allowed
Barzalona to come in for
the mount aboard the
Irish 2000 Guineas
fourth, who had chased
Toronado home in the
Craven Stakes first time
out this season.
Poule d Essai des
Poulains winner Style
Vendome, running for
the first time since his
purchase by leading
owner Sheikh Joaan Al
Thani, was never able to
land a blow and finished
back in fourth.
iste and Top Chill set off
at a rapid gallop and
quickly had the field
Behind the pace, San
Marino Grey travelled
powerfully for jockey
Maxime Guyon and the
Andre Fabre-trained run-
ner threw down his chal-
lenge to go past US Law
over a furlong out.
But he proved no
match in the final 100
yards for Havana Gold,
whose rider Mickael
Barzalona performed a
typically extravagant cel-
ebration despite holding
on by only a head.
The winner was sent
off at 10/1 on the French
pari-mutuel. but just 6/1
with British bookmakers.
David Redvers, racing
manager to the Qatar
operation, said: "He
deserved it, and he won
it like a horse that
deserved it. It s great.
"We are absolutely
thrilled. It s one of the
highlights of our time for
Qatar Racing to do that
here with that horse.
"He was the king of
the paddock walking
round and was the king
on the racecourse, so
we re delighted.
"I ve got to talk to
Richard (Hannon) about
plans. He s convinced
he ll stay further, but he s
good at a mile so we will
just have to see what we
come up with.
"The Jacques le Marois
is a possibility, but equal-
ly there are other races
"We ll probably look
at something over a stiff
mile for him."
Rock God to rule
RACE 2 (#2) Rufford
RACE 5 (#7) Rock God (e.w)
RACE 2 (#5) The Dandy Yank (nap)
Gold for Havana at Chantilly
Havana Gold...Landed his first Group One.
Jockey Johnny Murtagh continued his Indian
summer in the saddle as Ambivalent took the Oxi-
gen Environmental Pretty Polly Stakes at the Cur-
The 10/1 chance made most of the running in the
hands of Johnny Murtagh and fended off allcomers
to land the Group One contest, the third top-level
success in the short career of trainer Roger Varian.
Harasiya cut out the initial pace but Ambivalent
soon got her head in front as Murtagh took advantage
of the rail position from stall one.
After seeing off Harasiya s challenge, Ambivalent
pulled out more as the pack closed in, keeping on
grimly to the line to defeat the Aidan O Brien-trained
5/2 favourite Was, looking for her first win since last
year s Investec Oaks by half a length.
Shirocco Star, from Hughie Morrison s stable, was
third and Harasiya fourth.
The ten-furlong feature lost some of its gloss when
the ante-post favourite Alive Alive Oh was withdrawn,
being reported by connections to be in season.
Fresh from a memorable week at Royal Ascot,
Murtagh said: "Roger said Let her stride along, she s
tough. She s a little bit hot but they might go slow,
so drawn one, use that .
"She was game in the end as they all lined up to
have a go at her but she found plenty.
"She d have no problem going a mile and a half
and as she s a filly who is a bit hot and I think she
should improve for this.
"I m always giving out to Roger that he ought to
give me a few more rides! He s a bright young trainer
with a powerful team and it s a pleasure to ride for
Varian revealed that he had been hopeful before
the race once Ambivalent has successfully negotiated
the preliminaries for the contest.
"She s run well on her two starts this year but
both races were tactical races where they went steady
and we held her up and she got a bit gassy," he said
"Today we had nothing to lose at the highest level
so I said to Johnny that we were going to change
the tactics and it paid off.
"Prior to today she d been placed in Group races
but hadn t won anything better than a Listed race.
But on the gallops she s always worked incredibly
well and I m delighted she s put it into practice today.
"Even before the race, she s not a straightforward
filly, and half of the key is to keep a lid on her before
the race. The team here did a great job with her and
I was pretty pleased with her condition as she went
out on to the track."
Aidan O Brien s second-string Ernest Hem-
ingway changed the script with an emphatic
victory in the At The Races Curragh Cup.
The 12/1 shot was rejected by the trainer s
jockey son Joseph who preferred stablemate El
Salvador, but that horse could only finish fourth
as Ernest Hemingway came from off the pace
under a powerful Seamie Heffernan ride to take
the Group Three prize in tremendous style.
Johnny Murtagh looked to have got first run
on Royal Diamond, a horse he also trains, but last
year s Irish St Leger victor had no answer to the
late flourish of Ernest Hemingway who burst
clear to score by five lengths.
Voleuse de Coeurs, the 6/4 favourite for Dermot
Weld, was just behind in third.
O Brien said: "He ran over a mile and a half
before when we used him (as a pacemaker) in the
Arc but that wasn t a fair trial (of his staying
"When he ran over a mile and two Joseph said
he was crying out for a mile and a half.
"It suited to run today and to take our time
with him. He s a very good mover and probably
loved that ground. He showed good acceleration
today and I m delighted with him.
Hemingway literally coasts in
1-21--- 10.30 am
35-2--- 1 pm
10-27--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 4 4 4 12
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 3 5 4 12
05 PARSON MAN 2
15 SICK WOMAN 2
18 WATERBOAT 3 6 4 13
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 5 13
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 5 6 3 14
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to June 29
32 (Shrimp) 10.30 am
28 (Red Fish) 1 pm
26 (Fowl) 6.30 pm
32 (Shrimp) 10 .30 am
26 (Fowl) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
31 (Parson Wife)
3 (Centipede) 1 pm
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