Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 12th 2013 Contents Lovelocks is strongly-fancied
for the Maiden Fillie s Stakes
over seven furlongs at Ayr this
afternoon; not surprising given
Charles Hills charge has been
journeyed a "million miles"
from his Lambourn base.
Significant that Lovelocks is
ridden by Steve Drowne, aboard
when this well-bred filly made
an encouraging debut at Ascot
last month; but for interference
at a vital juncture approaching
the final furlong the result would
certainly have been different.
There again no tears were
shed by the Hills camp because
winning first-up doesn t pay
off in the scheme of our present
set-up; where do winners go
next time out?
Years ago they could be
entered for "maidens, at closing"
races but they were scrapped
and nowadays alternatives
include Novice Stakes which are
Just think of this when you
get a tip for a newcomer in a
maiden race, will it be off 100
Incidentally Lovelocks is reck-
oned potential first division and
the time-handicap mark indi-
cates there wont be a problem,
unless there s a "mystery" lurk-
ing among three newcomers!
You never know with juvenile
racing which is why short-priced
favourites are a winner in the
long run, for bookmakers!
Never forget, if a jockey goes
"in the tank" it won t be on an
Ironically Hills runs Excellent
Royale in the Maiden Stakes over
six furlongs at windsor tonight,
a "useful" newcomer!
Apparently he s shaped well
but will need to be above average
because once-raced Luca
Cumani-trained Zawiyah must
have encouraged the veteran
Newmarket-based Italian when
fourth of eleven in a strongly-
run race over course and distance
three weeks ago.
Cumani has always been
patient with his juveniles and
unless Excellent Royale is indeed
a "special" Zawiyah is a "cert"
to make the frame; that s it we ll
take the safe route, and "play"
Monday, August 12, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
The Jeffrey Ross
12.40 Zawiyah (e.w)
19-24--- 10.30 am
36-1--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6 5 5 16
02OLDLADY 9 5 1 15
03CARRIAGE 5 2 4 11
04DEADMAN 3 6 4 13
05PARSONMAN 2 1 3 6
15 SICKWOMAN 3 8 4 15
18 WATERBOAT 4 8 4 15
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 8 5 16
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 August 8
18 (Queen) 10.30 am
35 (Little Snake) 1 pm
28 (Centipede) 6.30 pm
26 (Fowl) 10 .30 am
7 (Hog) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake)
15 (Sick Woman) 1 pm
Moonlight Cloud created history at
Deauville with a mesmerising performance
in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard
Prix Jacques le Marois.
Freddie Head s brilliant mare became the
first horse to win the Normandy track s twin
Group One highlights in the same year -
just seven days after her record-breaking
third triumph in the Prix Maurice de Gheest.
Veteran rider Thierry Jarnet s mount saw
a three-length advantage eroded all the way
to the line by the gallant Olympic Glory,
but in a desperate finish held Frankie Dettori s
mount by a short head.
The hot favourite, Prix du Jockey Club
hero Intello, proved no match for the prin-
cipals and under Olivier Peslier finished a
length and three quarters back in third.
Dawn Approach looked superb in the
paddock and did not appear to have visibly
lost any condition since his tough Sussex
Stakes battle with Toronado, but when asked
for his effort Kevin Manning s mount was
swamped by the blistering turn of foot of
While Toronado s connections must now
have every reason to believe he is the best
miler in Europe, Head is plotting a campaign
of between one and three more races for
his George Strawbridge-owned champion.
After the result of the photograph was
announced, Head said: "I was behind the
line and wasn t sure of the result, but as
soon as he came back Thierry said she was
relaxed and cantering all the way.
"In fact he had to go on a bit sooner than
ideal but I know that when a horse is trav-
elling as well as she was you cannot dis-
appoint them by checking their momentum.
He did absolutely the right thing by letting
her go on, and he said she would have found
a little more if necessary."
Head has no doubts that the Prix de la
Foret at Longchamp on Arc day will be
Moonlight Cloud s next race, with a pos-
sibility it could be her last.
The trainer said: "We ll see how she is.
The plan has always been to bypass the
Moulin and to run in the Foret on Arc day.
After that it will be up to George Straw-
"If we carry on Hong Kong could be in
line, but although I love the Breeders Cup
the problem is that she ran very badly at
Santa Anita last year and the meeting is at
the same course.
"On the other hand if Mr Strawbridge
wants to retire her on a high note that could
happen after the Foret."
Olympic Glory covered himself with glory
and left the Hannons contemplating what
a champion they must have in Toronado.
Richard Hannon jnr said: "Frankie rode
a perfect race, it was just unfortunate that
Dawn Approach came back at a vital stage
and it cost us a stride.
"I m thrilled with this horse. It was a
massive run as he hadn t been right at home.
But now we can play all the options."
Oliver Peslier said he had "no excuses"
for Andre Fabre s Intello who was backed
to the virtual exclusion of anything else.
Declaration Of War failed to enhance the
look of the Sussex form, although in finishing
fourth Aidan O Brien s colt had several Group
One winners behind and was six lengths in
front of the eased Dawn Approach in fifth.
John Gosden said of Elusive Kate, who
was seventh: "She got involved a tad earlier
than ideal, but she ran her race and I was
makes it three straight
John Gosden's Pomology made it three wins from
as many starts when winning the Prix Minerve at
The winner of a Windsor maiden on her race-
course debut in June, she followed up in a Kempton
handicap from a mark of just 80 the following
month but proved well up to the task asked of her
on Sunday as she maintained her perfect record
with a half length defeat of Artiste Devine.
William Buick jumped the three year old out in
front but was content to allow Mila to take over at
the head of affairs.
The pair had slipped to third but Buick was always
confident and the front two quickened well in the
closing stages as they put daylight between them-
selves and the chasing pack with Pomology just
proving the stronger in the finish.
Power shows strength
in Phoenix Sprint
July Cup third Slade Power gave weight and a
beating to his rivals in the Paypal Supporting Irish
Autism Action Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Cur-
Despite his excellent run at Group One level at
Newmarket last month, Eddie Lynam's four-year-old
was not favourite for this Group Three assignment
due to the presence of multiple Group One-winning
Australian mare Sea Siren.
However, Slade Power (2/1) moved smoothly
down the outside of the field and finished off the
six-furlong contest strongly to score by a length and
a half from Hamza.
Sea Siren looked smart when winning on her first
start since joining O'Brien from Australian trainer
John O'Shea at Fairyhouse last month, but was well
beaten on this occasion in third.
Winning rider Wayne Lordan was enjoying a big-
race double after victory in the Phoenix Stakes on
Sudirman, and he said of Slade Power: "He's done
that well and travelled quite easily. I was getting
worried that nothing was going to take me a bit fur-
"He couldn't have done it much easier and is an
improving horse as he's showed all year.
"He wasn't killing himself in front and I got there
sooner than ideal but it's a sprint so I'm not going to
take a pull of him, I just let him go and enjoy himself.
"He's going the right way and was probably just
the best horse in the race."
O'Brien double-up with
Tapestry at Curragh
The father-and-son combination of Aidan and
Joseph O'Brien completed a double at the Curragh
when hot favourite Tapestry secured her second
win from as many starts with a smart display in the
Friarstown Stud Debutante Stakes.
Stable companion Perhaps cut out much of the
running under Seamie Heffernan, with O'Brien jnr
content to sit third aboard the 4/5 market leader.
Avenue Gabriel went in pursuit of the leader first,
but Tapestry always had the moved covered and
quickened up in fine style on the outside to claim
the Group Two prize by a length and three-quarters.
It was a one-two for the Ballydoyle trainer, with
Perhaps holding off Avenue Gabriel for second.
O'Brien said: "I'm delighted with her. She came
forward nicely from her debut.
"It was a nice easily-run pace and she'll learn
plenty from today, too.
"She could go for the Moyglare, but she could go a
lot of ways. My two-year-old fillies are running
nicely so far."
Sky Bet were sufficiently impressed to cut the
winner to 10/1 from 14s for next season's QIPCO
Cloud leaves connections on high
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