Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 10th 2014 Contents Last Instalment gave jockey Brian
O Connell a welcome return to big-race
glory when making most to win the Hen-
nessy Gold Cup, yesterday.
The 8/1 chance, who missed all of last
season through a tendon injury and only
returned to the track three weeks earlier
at Thurles, jumped enthusiastically from
And although the likes of Lyreen Legend
and First Lieutenant tried to throw down
a challenge turning for home, the Philip
Fenton-trained winner sprinted clear again
Tidal Bay came from well back to snatch
second place, with First Lieutenant third
having come off the bridle with a long
way left to run.
"I wasn t planning to make the running,
but I found myself in front after the second
and I thought it better to be lobbing along
in front rather than behind," said O Con-
nell, a jockey best known for his association
with crack novice Dunguib four years ago.
"I kicked off the bend and he winged
the second-last. He s a proper one.
"All credit to Philip Fenton. He s looked
after him and has taken his time with him.
He hasn t rushed so it s fair play to the
"This is special. You have to be thinking
of the Gold Cup now, but I m delighted
to have my day.
Ryanair owner Michael O Leary, owner
of the winner and third-home First Lieu-
tenant through his powerful Gigginstown
operation, was delighted with the victo-
"This is wonderful for Brian O Connell
and for Philip, as it shows what a talented
trainer he is," O Leary told At The Races.
"This horse has two glass legs and it
depends upon how he is in the morning.
He s been off for two years and he s very
"I m not sure if the ground was very
good at Cheltenham whether we d run
him ---you just have to mind old horses
and you don t get many as good as him.
But let s see how he is in the morning and
"He d go there with a live chance, but
this is a Grade One, a great race and I m
delighted to win this."
Fenton echoed O Leary s position over
the Gold Cup, adding: "It wasn t ideal to
be as handy as that, but after the first
fence Brian had little option.
"Brian has a 100 per cent record on him
(under Rules) - he rides him very well.
"It was a bit of a concern coming here
on just his second run back, taking on
that sort of competition, but he was bril-
"The ground would be a concern in the
Gold Cup as there s a big chance it would
dry up. We d be happy to see rainfall.
"I m hoping there s still a pinch of
improvement to come. It s happy times."
The winner was cut from 33/1 to 10/1
by Sky Bet for chasing s blue riband prize,
with spokesman Michael Shinners com-
menting: "You had to be really impressed
with how he jumped and travelled.
"He s always been highly regarded and
has to be seen as a legitimate contender
for the Betfred Gold Cup, especially if
the going came up on the soft side."
Also cut was Tidal Bay, trimed to 14/1
from 20/1 for the Crabbie s Grand
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It s necessary to delve into Archive for
the Maiden Stakes over twelve furlongs of
Wolverhampton polytrack today, Rae
Guest s charge hasn t been out for 178 days!
Last season this thrice-raced Dansili filly
started out with the late Sir Henry Cecil,
was passed onto Lady Jane Cecil when he
passed away and is now with Guest, her
Archive achieved a mark of 78 and is
head and shoulders superior unless one
of three newcomers is a mystery lurking;
it s unlikely and their trainers will be loathe
to finish even close to Chris Catlin s mount.
That absence isn t a concern, Guest is an
excellent trainer and you can bet Archive
is straight enough to make it fourth time
lucky, and land the money; can t find the
semblance of a danger.
Lambourn trainer William Muir runs
unbeaten duo, Bog Baz/Fleckerl, in succes-
sive aged handicaps; both have won twice.
Whereas Big Baz appears to be out of his
depth in the first handicap over an extended
nine furlongs, which looks well within capa-
bilities of top-weight, Strictly Silver, there s
no double Fleckerl rates a serious chance
in the following, half an hour later.
Muir s stable-jockey, son-in-law, Martin
Dwyer, is still sidelined with a head injury,
sustained when falling off Columbian
Roulette last month; David Probert rides
Big Baz and Tom Frankel Queally is booked
for Fleckerl, both top-grade jockeys.
Strictly Silver simply can t be opposed;
when in doubt plump for the top weight
is an old maxim but I ve no doubt this ever-
green Alan Bailey-trained five-year-old will
be far too good and with talented apprentice,
Tim Clark, claiming 5lbs allowance what a
bet we ve got!
National Hunt racing continues to be
compromised with colossal rainstorms but
if there are extra selections they will, of
course, be on my www.dailyearner.co.uk
site which is updated at noon-time every
It s a wonderful plus for the daily column
which has been winning consistently for
months, due to specialisation with all-
weather racing, the best and most consistent
betting vehicle ever!
12.00 Strictly Silver
12.30 Fleckerl (e.w)
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Last Instalment first in Gold Cup
Guitar Pete dented two tall reputations with a
smooth win in the Gala Retail Spring Juvenile Hur-
dle at Leopardstown.
Ivan Grozny and Plinth were expected to advertise
their JCB Triumph Hurdle claims in the Grade One
contest but neither were ever a factor as Barry Ger-
aghty steered Dessie Hughes charge to a taking suc-
In front turning for home, the son of Dark Angel
skipped clear approaching the final flight and the
9/2 winner powered to the line to beat Tiger Roll
Plinth was under pressure from some way out but
plugged on for third, narrowly ahead of 9/10 market
leader Ivan Grozny who folded tamely.
Hughes said: "He s very honest and he loves the
trip - he just gallops.
"He will go for the Triumph now he s proved his
"Our Conor may have had a bit more speed, but
this lad jumps well and grinds it out.
"He s done everything right since Christmas. The
ground was the only thing, but it didn t seem to
"I couldn t ask for more. There were some good
horses in there and it was a true-run race."
Geraghty said he believes Guitar Pete to be an ideal
type for the Triumph.
He said: "Dessie does a good job with his juveniles
and all of his hurdlers.
"He schools them well and he (Guitar Pete) pinged
them down the back and that s what won it for him.
You need a real stayer for the Triumph now and he s
Trainer Gordon Elliott said he hoped there might
be more to come from runner-up Tiger Roll.
He said: "I m very happy with him. If he had
jumped the last, he d have been bang on top of him
(Guitar Pete) but probably wouldn t have beat the
"He s a nice horse and there s a fair bit of improve-
ment in him."
The winner was halved in price to 10/1 for the
JCB Triumph Hurdle by Sky Bet, spokesman Michael
Shinners saying: "The Cheltenham picture doesn t
seem to be getting any clearer in the juvenile division
but you had to like the way Guitar Peter ran to the
line. He s clearly going to be a player in the Tri-
Trainer King ponders
Balder Succes choices
The Aintree and Punchestown Festivals, as well
as Cheltenham, will be under consideration for
Balder Succes after his triumph in the Kingmaker
Novices Chase at Warwick on Saturday.
Balder Succes staked his claim for the Racing Post
Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham, in which trainer Alan
King already has a strong contender in Valdez.
However, King reports the owners of Balder Succes
are enthusiastic about running their six-year-old at
the other two main Festivals later in the spring.
"Wayne (Hutchinson) was very pleased with Balder
Succes, who put the race to bed with some brilliant
jumps down the back straight," the Barbury Castle
handler told www.alankingracing.co.uk
"He is a great little leper and has won three of his
five races over fences, so he has the experience for
Cheltenham, though I will sit down and talk to the
owners before making a final decision as I know that
they are keen on both Aintree and Punchestown."
King enjoyed an across-the-card treble on Saturday
to confirm his string was back in business after he
was forced to shut up shop in January.
His other two winners, Smad Place and Midnight
Prayer, are bound for the RSA Chase and National
Hunt Chase respectively at Cheltenham next month
after their victories.
11-10 --- 10.30 am
31-24 --- 1 pm.
3-20--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01CENTIPEDE 2 0 0 2
02 OLD LADY
04DEADMAN 0 0 2 2
05 PARSON MAN 3
15SICKWOMAN0 2 3 5
18 WATERBOAT 0 0 1
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 2 0 0 2
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 0 1 0 1
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to February 8
16 (Jamette) 10.30 am
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake)
5 (Parson Man) 1 pm
9 (Cattle) --- 10.30 am
15 (Sick Woman) --- 1 pm
17 (Pigeon)--- 6.30 pm
Guitar Pete in
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