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The "babes" will make their first appear-
ance of the season when racing continues
tomorrow at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
It is unusual that their introduction to com-
petition is in a Stakes race, but that is the
case as the locally-bred two-year-olds will
be facing the starter in the Futurity Stakes.
This is the feature event, but it will be con-
tested very early as the $80,750 affair will be
the second of a nine-race card, but despite
the prize-money, just four have been declared
to do battle over 1,100 metres for the $51,000
winners cheque around 12:30PM.
The field includes Perfect Moment, whose
owner Juan Navarro passed away
only two weeks ago. Navarro won
last year s NGC CNG Trinidad
Derby Stakes (GR.IR) with Free
Passage and was one of the leading
owners of the season.
The Derick Mosca-trained Per-
fect Moment comes from the same
female line as 2001 Triple Crown
winner Carnival Messiah and her
sire Maraahel has already produced
Indian Medicine, who is unbeaten from four
starts in turf sprints.
Country Boy, the only male in the field, is
handled by this country s only female trainer
Sharon Ferreira. This Zanim Meah-John-bred
colt was sired by Big Country, who was respon-
sible for the likes of Touch D Road, winner
of the 2011 NLCB Easter Guineas (GR.IR) and
Carib Brewery Midsummer Classic (GR.IR),
and last year s "Midsummer" (GR.IR) hero
and Derby (GR.IR) runner-up Onetokeep.
Seeta Lawrence s Gold Is Class is the daugh-
ter of the most successful of the recent sires,
Gold Market. Among the horses already pro-
duced by this American-bred horse from the
Poon Tip Stud Farm are $500,000 Toyota
Trinidad and Tobago Breeders Classic winner
Pot Of Gold, who also finished second in the
Guineas (GR.IR) and third in the "Midsummer"
(GR.I) this year, and Breeders Classic run-
ner-up Chase The Dragon.
Rounding out the field is the Dr Rupert
Indar-bred and owned Princess Reiko. This
daughter of Babel may be the best prepared
for this event as gallops have been registered
for her since early August.
Sweet Genius, a daughter of Gold Market
who placed second in the Gleneagle Stakes
(GR.IIRF) and Neal & Massy Oaks Stakes
(GR.IRF) and fourth in the Toyota Trinidad
Breeders Classic (GR.IR) this season, will make
her turf debut in the fifth event at 2.24 pm.
Also among the 12 55-40 rated horses
declared to race over 1,600 metres is out-of-
form Royal Colours Classic runner-up Right
To Rule, another novice on the grass, Cafe s
Marque, Convoy, Direct Injection and Zipitup,
attempting to score for the third time in suc-
cession and the sixth overall from 16 starts
on the surface.
In the race before, the Roma Sagan Maraj
owned Gold Rush will make another attempt
to notch the second victory of his career.
After winning the Stud Farm Association s
Trial Stakes by over nine lengths on New
Year s Day, the son of Big Country went miss-
ing for five months and has been beaten as
the favourite five times since his
The only time that Gold Rush
was not the leading fancy during
this period was when he placed
third at odds of 14/1 in the
Breeders Classic on Emancipa-
tion Day, August 1.
John O Brien s inmate will
come up against six fellow 60-
45 rated horses over 1,350 metres
at 1:44PM and the field also includes BEARS
AND BULLS, who the Derby (GR.IR) two years
ago at odds of 87/1, and Painted Buddha, run-
ner-up in his last four starts.
This event will kick of the Soca 6 and is
sandwiched between the first two Hi-5 betting
Punters will attempt to select the first five
finishers for the first time on the day at 1.07
pm in the third event, a 1,600 metres contest
on the turf involving 12 West Indian-bred
three-year-old maidens, including Oaks
(GR.IRF) fourth Soca Train.
Sweet Genius and company will do battle
in the second HI-5 race at 2.24 pm and in the
third, two races later, 16 horses, rated 40 &
lower, have been declared to do battle over
1,100 metres on the turf at 3.42 pm.
The curtain will fall on the card with
arguably the best race of the day on paper.
King Whistler, who frequently competes
against the top-class horses, spearheads a field
of 90-60 rated horses in the 1,350 metres
contest at 5 pm.
The field of ten also includes, Independence
Cup (GR,I) fifth Red Lace, Wild Shuffle, who
also has two wins and a second in his last
four outings, Lang Amour, Loan Shark and
the Navarro owned One Fortheroad, who
placed third in last year s Derby (GR.IR) and
fourth in the Guineas (GR.IR).
Post time for the 33RD round of the Arima
Race Club s 2013 Season is noon.
Frankie Dettori s agent Ray Cochrane
expects the Italian to aim to be fit for the
Dubai Carnival after he suffered a bad ankle
injury at Nottingham on Wednesday.
The injury could not have come at a worse
time for Dettori as he was due to ride one of
the favourites, Treve, in Sunday s Prix de l Arc
With the rest of this season out of the equa-
tion, Dettori will now have to look forward
to 2014, when he has the prospect of riding
some top-class horses for retained owner
Sheikh Joaan Al Thani.
"I spoke to Frankie at 11.30am and he was
still in quite a lot of pain," said Cochrane. "He
was still in plenty of discomfort and the dif-
ficulty is he has done a lot of soft tissue
damage around the ankle which affects the
tendons and muscle fibres - sometimes you
are better off with a (clean) break.
"It s too early to say when he ll be back
riding, but I imagine he ll be aiming for the
"I haven t spoken to him about this, but
the Sheikh will have a few nice horses going
out there so that will probably be his aim."
Ryan Moore will replace the sidelined Dettori
aboard Sandiva in Sunday s Total Prix Marcel
Bousaac at Longchamp.
The Italian is retained by owner Sheikh
Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani and was aboard
the daughter of Footstepsinthesand for her
win in the Prix Du Calvados at Deauville.
However be broke his ankle in a fall at Not-
tingham on Wednesday and has been ruled
out for the rest of the campaign.
Trainer Richard Fahey told sportinglife.com:
"I feel so sorry for Frankie. He is a fantastic
jockey and was really looking forward to riding
Sandiva again. Ryan Moore will now take the
ride and he s also on Garswood in the Prix de
Authority officials are look-
ing forward to an in-depth
discussion on the subject of
anabolic steroids as they
continue to forward their
case for an international har-
monisation of the rules at
next week s meeting of the
International Federation of
Horseracing Authorities in
BHA chief executive Paul
Bittar wrote to the IFHA fol-
lowing the Mahmood Al
Zarooni scandal asking for
support from all authorities to
introduce a uniform rule
regarding steroids and recent
announcements from Australia
and New Zealand have shown
progress on the matter.
The conference will take
place on Monday and Tues-
day, with the steroid issue due
to be discussed on Tuesday.
Bittar said: "The BHA
strongly believes that there is
a need to establish a mini-
mum international standard
relating to the use of anabolic
steroids in horseracing and
we welcome the opportunity
for this to be discussed in
detail amongst major racing
"With horseracing subject
to increasing levels of inter-
national competition, it is in
the interests of the sport glob-
ally to develop a position
which provides a level playing
field for all participants.
changes by the authorities in
Dubai and, more recently,
Australia and New Zealand
are welcome and have added
momentum to the debate.
"The events of this year,
together with the inconsis-
tencies that exist across racing
nations, have made it appar-
ent that the control and reg-
ulation of the use of anabolic
steroids in racing is a complex
issue. Our initial objective is
to support the IFHA in pro-
ducing a minimum standard
all racing authorities could
sign up to."
Bittar also confirmed plans
for the BHA to review their
own rules on the subject and
expects the current standards
to be further augmented in
"However, subsequent to
the conference the BHA
intends to continue work on
establishing a revised position
that is relevant for British rac-
ing and comprised of effective
and enforceable measures,"
American jockey Javier Castellano is congratulated by owner Baskaran Bassawh after
piloting Jamaican colt Bigman In Town to victory in the NGC T&T Derby last Tuesday at
Santa Rosa Park. PHOTO ABRAHAM DIAZ.
for late Navarro
BHA looks for steroids uniformity
Dubai return possible for injured Dettori
Frankie Dettori gets help after his fall at
Nottingham on Wednesday.
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