Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 15th 2013 Contents Salford Secret is strongly-fancied to make
it third time lucky in the Maiden Auction
Stakes over six furlongs of Wolverhampton
polytrack tonight, well worth the wait!
Following a tremendous debut over a
similar distance at Goodwood, where this
Sakhee s Secret colt was caught by Frankie
Dettori-ridden Stormy Paradise in the last
strides, Salford Secret was backed to odds-
on favouritism at Leicester thirteen days
later, he disappointed!
When asked to challenge, approaching
the sixth and final furlong, Salford Secret
was unable to respond under Adam Kirby
and finished fourth; chances are the race
came too soon for Marco Botti s charge.
Two-year-olds usually need at least more
than a fortnight and now, eighteen days
later, Salford Secret should have recovered
On the time-handicap Salford Secret is
a good thing judged on his debut effort
when ridden by Dane O Neill who, signif-
icantly, is back on board today!
My preference is juvenile racing and by
virtue of specialising over a period of more
than forty years I ve come to realise just
how important it is for two-year-olds to
develop an association with a jockey, espe-
cially for the first two or three races.
Obviously experience kicks in and they
get to know the job second hand, eventually,
but such familiarity at the outset can help
to build confidence.
Not everyone would agree with that but
I m my own man and as such have a sound
opinion that, incidentally, can be supported
by statistics. Old-time trainers certainly
wouldn t disagree.
Running in tandem with this evening fix-
ture is the Monday-nighter at Windsor
where most of the City big-hitters just
unload their easily-earned cash on anything
Richard Hannon runs; it s been a tremendous
system and Azelle could be another for
the winning machine in the seven-runner
Maiden Stakes over ten furlongs.
Azelle is trying this trip for the first time
but some of her rivals wont get half a mile;
it s a moderate race and so is the opening
Maiden Stakes over six furlongs at Ayr which
might just be won by once-raced Alan
Berry-trained Straight Gin.
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9.30 Straight Gin
1.20 Salford Secret
21-19--- 10.30 am
4-23 ---1 pm
12-27--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 5 4 4 13
02OLDLADY 9 3 1 13
03CARRIAGE 5 2 3 10
04DEADMAN 3 5 4 12
05PARSONMAN 2 1 3 6
15 SICKWOMAN 2 7 4 13
18 WATERBOAT 3 7 4 14
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 6 5 14
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 7 3 8 18
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 July 13
8 (Tiger) 10.30 am
19 (Horse) 1 pm
28 (Red Fish) 6.30 pm
25 (Fowl) 10 .30 am
11 (Monkey) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
18 (Water Boat)
29 (Opium Man)
12 (Queen) 1 pm
Third time lucky for Salford Secret
Clive Cox is keen to let the dust settle
on Lethal Force s record-breaking per-
formance in Saturday s Darley July Cup
before committing him to future targets.
Something of a surprise winner when
leading from pillar to post in the Diamond
Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, the four-
year-old grey proved that outstanding effort
was no fluke with a similarly dominant
front-running display in the Newmarket
Cox was particularly thrilled to see his
star sprinter break Stravinsky s 14-year
course record and is looking forward to
going in search of further top-level honours
later this season.
"He s absolutely fine this morning. He s
come out of the race well," said the Lam-
"I was delighted he broke the track record
as much as the victory itself. It wasn t as
though the times were falling all day, some
of the other times were quite ordinary, so
for him to go and do that shows what a
talented horse he is.
"We never doubted his Ascot perform-
ance and it s great that he has backed that
"We ll sit quiet for a week or so and have
a think about where we go next. There are
a few options.
"We ve been gratefully invited to a few
international races later in the year and
everything will be considered, but at the
moment we re focussing on the targets in
this country first."
If I Had Him secured a significant vic-
tory for trainer George Baker and owner
Sir Alex Ferguson as he claimed the
Channel Islands Champion Hurdle in
The nine-year-old is not one of the
brightest stars of the former Manchester
United manager s equine string, but has
now won three times at Jersey s Les Lan-
des racecourse under jockey Mattie Batch-
elor and also has a victory in Belgium to
Manton-based Baker, who decided ear-
lier this year to head overseas with If I
Had Him, was understandably thrilled by
Baker said: "The Channel Islands
Champion Hurdle, If I Had Him and Sir
Alex Ferguson are words I never thought
would be putting together in the same
"I believe it is Sir Alex s first Champion
Hurdle, so it s great.
"I think the prize-money for winning
is something like £3,000, so it s not going
to change anyone s life, but it s a bit of
fun more than anything.
"We try to make a plan for every horse
at the start of the year. Earlier in the year
Ancient Greece made history by winning
at St Moritz on three consecutive Sundays
and that gave us a bit of confidence to
travel horses a bit more.
"If I Had Him won in Jersey a couple
of times earlier in the year and then
became the first English-based horse to
win at Ostend in Belgium last month.
"He s no superstar, but he is turning
into a mini-star for us.
"He s rated 64 on the Flat and it s a
choice between going to places like Jersey
with him or running him at Wolverhamp-
ton in the dead of night.
"It s quite easy to travel horses these
days. It s easier to get to some places across
the Channel than it is to get to Catterick,
and far more fun when you get there.
"Sir Alex is on a boat going around
Scotland, but I ve spoken to him on the
phone and he s delighted.
"I m told it is rather nice trophy and
I m sure Sir Alex will be looking forward
to putting it next to the Premier League
trophy in his house!"
Fergie just Champion in Jersey
No rush for record breaking Force
Eddie Lynam has earmarked further Group
One targets for his star sprinters Slade Power
and Sole Power after both performed with
credit in Saturday s Darley July Cup at New-
Sole Power was the better fancied of the
pair having clinched his second Group One
prize in the King s Stand at Royal Ascot, but
while he ran admirably on his first start over
six furlongs in almost two years, finishing
fifth, he was outshone by his stable com-
Slade Power, two years younger than the
stable star, was seventh in the Ascot s Dia-
mond Jubilee before winning at the Curragh
and he made another step forward to finish
third on the July Course.
The Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on
September 7 is now his number one prior-
ity.Lynam said: "I think Slade Power ran to
about 114 or 115, which is a career-best. We
thought he would get better with racing and
that seems to be the case.
"Hopefully he can prove he is a Group One
horse. He had two horses in front of him that
have won more than one Group One and the
two horses that finished immediately behind
him (Shea Shea and Sole Power) have also
won more than one Group One.
"You d like to think he is up to that level,
but I ll be happier once he s gone and got
himself a Group One race.
"Haydock would definitely be in our
thoughts. He has won there and that is prob-
ably his main target.
"Before that there is the Prix Maurice de
Gheest at Deauville and he s also in a race
at the Curragh (Phoenix Sprint Stakes, August
11), so I would imagine he will run again
before he goes to Haydock."
Sole Power was far from disgraced on a
rare outing over the longer sprint distance,
coming from off the pace and finishing on
the far side of the track.
While Lynam would be happy to have
another tilt at six furlongs in the future, his
immediate future lies back over the minimum
trip, with the Coolmore Nunthorpe at York
on August 23 next on his agenda.
"He was probably a bit unfortunate on the
day, but he gave 110 per cent as he always
does and we re very proud of him," said
"The sectional times are very interesting.
He ran the fastest last two furlongs and last
furlong of any horse in the race, so it s difficult
to argue he didn t get home. He probably ran
to a rating of 112 or 113, which is a career-
best for him over six furlongs.
"Having said that, because of the way he
likes to be ridden, when he s running over
six everything needs to go right. The first
furlong was fairly slow, which it often is over
six furlongs compared to five.
"I think it is easier for him running over
five furlongs, it s more straightforward for
him, so his next race will be the Nunthorpe,
a race we know he likes.
"After that he will probably go for the Prix
de l Abbaye at Longchamp and then, because
he s won the King s Stand, he ll probably get
invited for the race in Hong Kong (Hong Kong
"That is over six furlongs and if we were
going to have another go at that trip, that
would be an obvious place to do it as it s a
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