Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 29th 2013 Contents Zain Zone is strongly-fancied to sup-
plement recent Epsom gains in the six-
runner Novice Auction Stakes over seven
furlongs of Wolverhampton polytrack
today; it will be a major disappointment
if Gerard Butler s charge doesn t oblige.
Moved up to seven furlongs, and blink-
ered for the first time, Zain Zone blitzed
opposition and gave this column a good-
priced winner when Adam Kirby (currently
suspended!) drove his mount clear for an
On the time-handicap Zain Zone is clear
"best-in" and unless one of two newcomers
is above average (betting market could be
a guide!) Dane O Neill will gain from a
lucky spare ride. An easy-flowing action
should be ideally suited to this all-weather
Half an hour later, over the same distance,
Moss Hill is fancied to gain reward for con-
sistency in the twelve-runner aged hand-
icap; Arabian Flight is the only stumbling
block, according to the in-form TH which
indicated 33/1 winner, Lucky Beggar, on
the dailyearner.co.uk site last Saturday.
Lucky Beggar is a stable-companion of
Moss Hill, mount of Robert Winston, whose
riding at York over the weekend was vintage;
his judgement of pace is absolutely out-
standing, but he ll need to be on his mettle
if Arabian Flight runs up to his best.
An intriguing race and so is the Maiden
Fillies Stakes over five furlongs at Windsor
where we re backing Gentle Breeze to go
Godolphin-owned Gentle Breeze was
denied by a head when Saeed Bin Suroor s
other runner, Inspiriter, gamely defied the
Dubawi filly over six furlongs of Lingfield
"poly" twelve days ago.
Solving the Godolphin puzzles, when
they have more than one runner, has proved
a nightmare for punters; in France they
would be coupled for betting purposes!
Twice-raced Gentle Breeze improved
considerably and justifies a solid each-way
bet with three places on offer and Richard
Hannon-trained Oriel likely to corner the
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R15: 9 Zain Zone
R45: 9 Moss Hill (e.w)
R30: 1 Gentle Breeze (nap-e.w).
24-4--- 10.30 am
23-14--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6 4 4 14
02OLDLADY 9 4 1 14
03CARRIAGE 5 2 4 11
04DEADMAN 3 6 4 13
05PARSONMAN 2 1 3 6
15 SICKWOMAN 2 7 4 13
18 WATERBOAT 3 8 4 15
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 7 5 15
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUMMAN 7 3 10 20
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 6 6 4 16
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to July 26
31 (Parson Wife) 10.30 am
23 (House) 1 pm
8 (Tiger) 6.30 pm
22 (Rat) 10 .30 am
29 (Opium Man) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
18 (Water Boat)
31 (Parson Wife)
2 (Old Lady) 1 pm
Johnny Murtagh has admit-
ted he d love to keep the ride
on King George winner Novel-
list in the Prix de l Arc de Tri-
The jockey came in for the
mount on the German-trained
horse when William Buick was
unable to commit to ride at the
start of last week and is now
understandably keen to maintain
Reflecting upon the victory,
Murtagh told At The Races: "He
was hugely impressive. You
know, as we said beforehand,
there was going to be no hiding
"He had a nice position, sat
fourth, was always cruising,
always in control and when I let
him go it was surprising how
much he quickened - you know
it looked like in his videos that
he stayed well, but when I let
him go he really quickened."
Murtagh added that although
conditions had been ideal for
clocking fast times, nothing
should be taken away from Nov-
ellist s achievement.
"A five-length winner of the
King George is pretty impressive
stuff and to beat the track record
by more than two seconds is
very, very impressive," he said.
"You can t take anything away
"I suppose the tempo of the
race is everything, I have to say
the ground was really, really nice.
They did a good job with water-
ing. It was good to firm but any
horse would have let him down
on it, it was beautiful Flat racing
ground. But going a good pace
doesn t always mean you re
going to break track records as
you re going to be slowing up
near the line but this horse
wasn t slowing up, he was gal-
loping right out to the line and
when Kevin Manning came up
upsides me after the line he was
"You can t get carried away
by times but he has run faster
than a lot of great, great horses
and hopefully he can go on from
"I hope I m riding him in the
Arc as I think he s got exactly
what it takes, but we didn t dis-
cuss it after the race. They were
all just happy, looking forward
to the Arc and they ve got a great
Trainer Andreas Wohler said
he was in no rush to make such
However Murtagh is unlikely
to be on board for Novellist s
next start, with the Grosser Preis
von Baden his most likely prep
race for the Arc.
Under German rules of racing,
Murtagh would not be able to
ride the horse at Baden-Baden
in early September.
"It just depends on how he
gets on in the next 14 days. We
will give him an easier time now
and we will probably go for
Baden-Baden instead of going
to France for a prep race," said
"We haven t discussed who
will ride the horse next time.
Because Johnny is a trainer as
well as a jockey we wouldn t be
allowed to put him on the horse
there. Those are the rules in Ger-
"We don t want to mess
around much. We will have to
see. The owner went on holiday
after Ascot and when he comes
back we will discuss it.
"The horse came back early
this morning. He was a little bit
tired but otherwise he is fine.
"It was an unbelievable per-
formance. We always had con-
fidence in him that he was a
very good horse, but the way he
did it yesterday was unbeliev-
Get into Zain Zone
Murtagh says Novellist was impressive
Chief executive Paul Bittar has defended the
British Horseracing Authority s handling of the
Mahmood Al Zarooni affair and the decision to
withhold full details of the investigation.
There have been calls from some quarters for
racing s regulators to reveal all of their findings
following the conclusion of the most serious doping
scandal to hit British racing in years.
The BHA revealed on Thursday that Godolphin s
Moulton Paddocks stable in Newmarket would
face no further charges.
It said there was no evidence of any other parties,
beyond those identified at a hearing on April 25,
being involved in the distribution of anabolic
Al Zarooni was suspended after that hearing for
eight years after 22 horses, including last season s
St Leger winner Encke, tested positive for banned
substances earlier in the year.
The investigation nonetheless found a number
of key failings both in terms of process and within
the management structure at the yard which
enabled Al Zarooni to carry out the offences without
Bittar insisted that the decision to withhold the
full findings of the investigation would help to
prevent future whistle-blowers from being deterred.
"There s a distinction between the information
people might want and information they might
reasonably expect an independent regulator to
provide during the course of an investigation," he
told At The Races.
"The gap between those two things might be
significant. There are a number of commentators
who are demanding, or suggesting, that the BHA
should provide certain elements of the investigation
or the whole report.
"The amount of information we have provided
is pretty significant. However an investigator s
report has a number of purposes, and that can be
for the executive to determine whether charges
"This has been a thorough investigation. Our
investigators report produced no evidence contrary
to what was given by Al Zarooni, nothing contrary
to what was found by the disciplinary panel."
Elusive Kate completed back-to-back victories
in the Prix Rothschild with a comprehensive suc-
cess at Deauville.
Winner of a controversial race for the Falmouth
Stakes at Newmarket s July meeting, the John Gos-
den-trained filly was far too good for her rivals in
She stormed to victory in the hands of William
Buick, with Duntle edging out Kenhope for second
place by a short-head.
The Lady Cecil-trained Chigun made the early
running under Tom Queally, but Elusive Kate was
hot on her heels from the start.
Buick kicked on some way out and soon had the
rest of the field trailing in her wake, the winner
scoring at 5/2 with British bookmakers but less
than 2/1 on the French pari-mutuel.
Although, as usual, she edged left once coming
under pressure, she was by the stage already clear,
eventually scoring by two and a half lengths.
"She handled the ground because they had a
biblical-proportion tornado last night which caused
them to cancel the last three races," said Gosden,
who watched the race unfold from Ascot.
"The breeze got up this morning and the ground
was slow, but she handled it well.
"It was a good run from a difficult draw---she s
outclassed them, and that s four out of five for her
"I think we ll go for the Matron Stakes at Leop-
ardstown now. A left-handed mile should suit her.
I think the plan will be to breed from her next
Elusive joy in France
BHA stands firm
on Al Zarooni case
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