Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 1st 2014 Contents There was to be no valedictory winner
for Richard Hannon on his final day with
a training licence before he completes the
formal handover to his son Richard jnr.
Sebs Sensei went closest of his three runners
at Lingfield, getting caught close home and
beaten half a length in the 32Red Nursery
before Lions Arch brought down the curtain
with third under Sean Levey in the Ladbrokes
Hannon notched a record 235 victories as
he collected a fifth trainers title in 2013, and
the inevitable news he would be passing on
the baton came towards the end of Novem-
ber.Hannon sent out more than 4,000 winners
overall, with four British Classics among them.
He naturally remains an integral part of the
set-up and will still be involved around the
yard and at his local racecourses.
Hannon had only a few horses when taking
over from his father Harry in 1970, but has
consistently increased the size and quality of
his string, which is split across two yards at
Herridge and Everleigh in Wiltshire.
After bringing through such fine horses as
Tirol, Don t Forget Me, Lyric Fantasy, Canford
Cliffs and Paco Boy, he leaves his son in charge
with the stable in as healthy a shape as it has
The 1000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern and
top-class colt Toronado are among those
remaining in training as older horses, while
National Stakes star Toormore is among those
with Classic aspirations for the coming sea-
Hannon did not head to Lingfield but had
already told his website that he would not be
complaining if he failed to get on the score-
He said: "I have been very lucky to have
trained so many good horses, and, though
Richard will have the licence, I will still be
out there on the gallops with him on Wednes-
"However, it has been a long old year, and
I am looking forward to our annual holiday
in Barbados. We leave next Monday and it
will be good to catch up with some old friends
out there and enjoy a few family celebrations."
Richard jnr s wife, Jemima, gave birth to
the couple s second child, Jack, on Christmas
Meanwhile jockey Timmy Murphy makes
his return to the saddle with a reunion with
an old friend at Musselburgh.
The 39-year-old will be back aboard Ifand-
butwhynot, who he gave a fine front-running
ride to win the bet365 Intermediate Hurdle
at Newbury on the horse s most recent start.
David O Meara s gelding is turned out again
in the totepool Mobile Hogmaneigh Hurdle.
The last horse Murphy rode in public,
Upsilon Bleu, is also in action at the Scottish
track but he has deserted him for Viva Colonia
in the totepool.com Scottish Premier Chase.
Murphy had been aboard the gelding at the
Newbury Hennessy meeting when riding
against Dominic Elsworth on Easter Meteor.
The jockeys clashed afterwards, leading to
Murphy suffering a dislocated shoulder. Mur-
phy admitted responsibilty for the incident
and was banned for nine days by the British
Murphy has three other mounts, starting
with the Donald McCain-trained Divers in
the totequadpot Four Places In Four Races
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Razin Hell will be blinkered for the first
time in the three-year-old handicap over five
furlongs of Southwell fibresand today, an
attempt to further sharpen him up!
Previously this Byron gelding was visored.
Five days ago over course and distance Razin
Hell achieved a career-best time-handicap
mark when a close third to speed-ball Oriental
Relation at a weight difference of 19lbs, beaten
two lengths and a head; previous winner,
Pushkin Museum, edged Alan McCabe s charge
out of the runner-up spot, rallying close home
A replication of that effort by Razin Hell
should be good enough to supplement those
gains, acquired a fortnight ago, when beating
Hot Stock a short-head with the rest five
lengths and upwards in arrears.
Razin Hell was racing for the seventh time,
he s in the form of his life and acts best on
the unique deep stuff which represents a
Entered for that race was The Dandy Yank
but, wisely, Lambourn trainer, Jamie Osborne,
has declared him for the six-runner Selling
Stakes over five furlongs, a desperate affair
which he must win, by default!
Although it s 167 days since The Dandy
Yank raced and he s taking on a four-year-
old, Moss Quito, there really can only be one
winner, even if the The Dandy Man gelding
is half-fit, which certainly wont be the case.
Official ratings support the TH marks and
65-rated The Dandy Yank must be backed to
kick off 2014 in the best possible way.
My policy of specialisation with all-weather
racing will continue, with bets on novice hur-
dles only when ground conditions are accept-
able; currently water tables remain high
throughout the United Kingdom and few
courses are genuinely race-able; quite a few
have been abandoned already this week on
the back of stormy weather which, unfortu-
nately, is forecast for another few weeks. We ll
AWR is the obvious alternative and wasn t
it profitable last year for you readers who stuck
with Daily Earner?
Musselburgh is a National Hunt course that
drains well, having been constructed on a
sandy based surface; Rutherglen has won both
jumping races to date and looks gilt-edged
for the opening Juvenile Hurdle over two miles.
Could finish up in the Triumph!
10.35 The Dandy Yank
11.10 Razin Hell
help Razin Help
Boston Bob back in business
Boston Bob made a most impressive sea-
sonal reappearance in the Follow Pun-
chestown On Facebook Hurdle.
A Grade One winner as a novice over hurdles
a couple of seasons ago, Willie Mullins charge
also struck at the highest level over fences
However, he fell at the final fence when
holding a narrow lead in the RSA Chase at
the Cheltenham Festival and having come to
grief again at Punchestown in April, he reverted
back to the smaller obstacles for his come-
Sent off the 8/11 favourite in the hands of
Ruby Walsh, Boston Bob hurdled fluently in
the main and covered the move of Un Beau
Matin when he kicked rounding the home
It was soon evident Boston Bob had far
more to give in the straight and he pulled clear
with the minimum of fuss to score by 10
The disappointment of the race was Boston
Bob s high-class stable companion Mourad.
Even allowing for the fact it was his first
competitive appearance in 569 days, he could
have been expected to have finished better
than sixth of the seven runners.
Walsh said of the winner: "He was a bit
high at the first and a bit slow at the second,
but after that he was nimble enough.
"He was quite slick in the last part of the
race and travelled well.
"He s a very good horse and it s good to
see him back on the track and going the right
However, Walsh admitted that Boston Bob,
cut from 16/1 to 10/1 by Sky Bet for the Lad-
brokes World Hurdle on the back of this vic-
tory, would have plenty to find with ante-
post favourite Big Buck s if that rival was back
to his best in March.
"I m under no illusions, I ve ridden Big
Buck s and there is not a staying hurdler run-
ning that doesn t have to improve a good bit
to get to his level," he said.
Mullins was pleased enough with "a nice
performance" from the winner.
"He hasn t been doing that at home on the
gallops and I didn t expect anything like that,"
"Mourad ran poor and coming here I would-
n t have been surprised if this lad had done
the same. The owner (Graham Wylie) is keen
to go for the World Hurdle.
"Whether that s a World Hurdle perform-
ance or not I don t know, but we may go along
"If we re thinking of going that way then
the Cleeve Hurdle (next month) could be a
possibility at Cheltenham."
No Draw (Christmas Day
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 7 8 7 22
02OLDLADY 12 7 6 25
03 CARRIAGE 12 5 6 22
04DEADMAN 4 10 8 22
05 PARSONMAN 10 5 8 24
15 SICKWOMAN 7 11 8 26
18 WATERBOAT 9 11 6 26
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 6 14 10 30
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUMMAN 9 5 13 27
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 9 9 6 24
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to December 31
5 (Parson Man) 10.30 am
27 (Little Snake)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
30 (House Cat)
22 (Rat) 1 pm
No Draw Christmas Day
Boston Bob...hurdled fluently at
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