Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 2nd 2013 Contents and went through the field like a knife
through soft butter; in all my years I ve
never seen a thoroughbred finish so
It was just like watching that Mickey
Smoothtalkinrascal failed by a neck
to beat Duke Of Firenze but next time
was written in my special horses to
Backing Smooth represents breaking
a golden rule: never bet three-year-
olds against aged horses, at any stage
of a season.
Rules are not made to be broken but
Smoothtalkinrascal might just be the
next major challenger to Lethal Force!
On this occasion Smooth is drawn
eighteen, right on the stands-side rail;
is that the best, or worst?
It promises to be fascinating, hold
onto your seat, Tuddy!
Twenty-two go to post for the nurs-
ery over six furlongs, Major Crispies is
Many years ago that was reckoned
plumb but nowadays no one knows,
certainly not the jockeys and Major
Crispies, following two unlucky defeats,
is worth backing; on my time-handicap
James Eustace s charge is a serious run-
ner and worth supporting each-way
with four places on offer, and ridden
by excellent Martin Harley.
Glorious is about to spring into life
and tomorrow our bet of the meeting
runs in the Stewards Cup cavalry
Aint it exciting?
To get details of my own special
betting system why not click onto dai-
Smoothtalkinrascal is selected
to land the group two, £100000
King George Stakes over five fur-
longs of good to soft Glorious-
Goodwood today on the back of
a sensational performance last
time out on similar ground.
That was nine weeks ago when
Smooth was drawn worst of all
in the Epsom Dash Handicap; sev-
enteen runners flew down the
famous chute and David O Meara s
charge was last out of stall one
and a 1000/1 in-running on Bet-
A three-year-old against proved
aged sprinters, those odds were
about right and then it happened,
it really happened!
At halfway David Tudhope had
Smooth superbly balanced,
despite the camber/undulations of
the (in)famous Downs, and this
Kodiac gelding suddenly took off
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R19 (1) Smooothtalkinrascal
R24 (8) Major Crispies (nap-e.w)
R32 (1) Dual Mac (e.w).
Former footballer Michael Owen
may have tasted success at the top
level in that sphere but he looked
visibly moved as Brown Panther
(13/2) hit the target in the Artemis
There was certainly no hanging
about in the early stages of the race
as Jim Crowley was intent on making
the running on No Heretic and the
aptly named Mister Impatience raced
in close pursuit with the winner sitting
just off the pace.
Mark Johnston s charge assumed
the lead with three furlongs to go as
Number Theory made his challenge
but Richard Kingscote refused to panic
aboard the former St Leger runner-
up and the five-year-old exhibited
plenty of class to put the issue beyond
Kingscote said: "He was stepping
up to two miles and I was really con-
fident he d love the track.
"I was delighted after the first couple
of furlongs, just to get a lead off Jamie
(Spencer, Mount Athos rider).
"It s brilliant. This is what it s about
and it s great for everyone in the yard."
Trainer Tom Dascombe said: "We
probably haven t done as well as we
should have done with him by now.
"I think the horse is helping us
because he s maturing.
"We ve taken our time and tried to
pick races this year. We ve tried to get
him spot-on for each day and it seems
to be working a bit better than it was.
"This was the plan, this was the
target. Hopefully we ll move on if he s
all right after this.
"We ve struggled for top-class hors-
es. We ve a few horses, but none quite
as good as this."
Hot favourite Wild Coco ran out a
convincing winner of the Blackrock
Fillies Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Lady Cecil s five year old hadn t been
seen on a racecourse since last Sep-
tember but that didn t prevent punters
from supporting her into 5/6 favourite
from odds against when betting
In truth, there were few anxious
moments for her supporters although
she did take a little while to settle for
Tom Queally until the jockey was able
to find some cover.
Queally eased last year s winner of
this Group Three (which is registered
as The Lillie Langtry Stakes) to the
outside on the turn for home and could
be seen stealing a glance between his
legs to check on the whereabout of
market rival Elik.
Ryan Moore was tracking Wild Coco
but she was still hard on the bridle
whereas Elik was needing to be nursed
into contention and, although Elik kept
on for presssure, the race was all but
over when Queally gave the Shirocco
mare the office.
The winning margin was two and a
half lengths with a further length and
three quarters back to the prominent
racing Alta Lilea.
Queally said: "It s very pleasing.
Obviously she s been off the track a
long time. We ve been waiting for the
ground and thankfully it s very safe.
She certainly wouldn t want it any
"I wanted to keep her on the bridle
as long as possible, but she travelled
through the race with conviction and
did it well at the end.
"It s been a good training perform-
ance by Jane (Cecil) and Mike (Mar-
shall), the assistant, so it s a job well
the one at Goodwood
Panther pounces for Owen
Cecil's Wild Coco repeats
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