Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 14th 2014 Contents Jamie Spencer to make his Mark in the
Maiden Stakes over ten furlongs of Ling-
field polytrack today; the ex- joint cham-
pion jockey is rivalling the late Sir David
Frost with air miles, continually back and
forth to Dubai (sometimes twice a week!)
as contract jockey to Qatar Racing.
First class travel might be the relaxation
Spencer needs; an intelligent chap who
probably realises it s better to travel thou-
sands of miles in the air than hundreds on
the crazy motorway network of our belea-
guered, over-populated country.
Late Night Mark made an encouraging
debut over a mile of this Surrey track last
month when fifth, beaten five lengths, to
our 7/1 selection Secret Pursuit; given the
Charles Hills-trained Marju colt was drawn
eleven that represents good form and con-
siderable improvement is expected.
Obviously I ve combed the opposition
and satisfied myself that Late Night Mark
shouldn t be extended, never mind beaten,
if indeed he makes normal progress.
Earlier this week stable-companion, Pass-
ing Star, made an impressive winning debut
and Hills is buoyant about prospects for
2014 with nigh on 150 horses. Exciting times.
Jamie also partners David Barron-trained
newcomer, Duelling Dragon, in the Maiden
Stakes over six furlongs; look no further for
Barron, just about the best trainer on this
planet, would not be transporting such a
well-bred three-year-old all the way from
Thirsk in the present climate unless totally
convinced of success and the word is out
about this Henrythenavigator gelding.
Incidentally Duelling Dragons is men-
tioned for information purposes only as
it s not my policy to select or back new-
comers; so much can, and does, go wrong
during the first day at school!
Form is the criteria, never guess and taking
aboard information smacks of guessing.
Brownsville is one of eight dec s for the
Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of
Wolverhampton poly and despite an
absence of 108 days this Mark Johnston-
trained Bernstein gelding, rated 72, should
be guaranteed to make one of three places
for a professional special second leg of my
each-way double form Late Night Mark.
Don t forget to click on to www.dailyearn-
er.co.uk for right up-to-date information
which included heavily-backed (from 14/1!)
Pas Trop Tard, third at Musselburgh,
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11.05 Basil Berry
12.45 Late Night Mark
4.05 Brownsville (e.w)
12-21 --- 10.30 am
26-19 --- 1 pm.
35-21 --- 6.30 pm
12, 13, 11, 16, 18
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: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to February 13
23 (House) 10.30 am
29 (Opium Man)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake)
11 (Corbeau) 1 pm
20 (Dog) --- 10.30 am
33 (Spider) --- 1 pm
9 (Cattle)--- 6.30 pm
The 7/4 favourite Long John demolished his
rivals in the UAE 2000 Guineas sponsored by Al
Tayer Motors at Meydan yesterday.
Safety Check and My Catch helped set a strong
early pace which suited Mickael Barzalona s mount
who settled nicely in fifth.
His jockey sent the Australian import to the front
turning for home and the pair sprinted clear, taking
the final furlong in splendid isolation.
Second home was Saeed Bin Suroor s Emirates
Flyer (10/1) with Mike De Kock s Wednaan back in
Winning trainer Charlie Appleby said: "They
(former trainer Peter Snowden) told us he wasn t
a work horse and they were right!
"He certainly works better in the evenings than
the morning but we were delighted with his prepa-
ration and his condition and fitness.
"I can t see a reason why we won t head to the
UAE Derby next and I don t think the 10 furlongs
will be a problem."
Variety Club extended his winning streak with
a commanding performance in the Firebreak Stakes
sponsored by Ford Explorer Sport.
Joey Ramsden was bringing his horse (evens fav)
back from an eight month break but the six-year-
old showed no signs of rustiness as he made a lot
of the running.
With most of his rivals in-behind hard at the
work, Anton Marcus sent the South African colt
for home off the final bend and he quickened nicely,
eventually winning by two lengths.
Ramsden said: "He s gone good, I m not sure it
was more than a reasonable field but he s done it
nicely after a break.
"We ve never had anything quick enough to go
in front of him and while a mile appears to be his
best trip, he ll go further.
"We will head to Super Saturday next for a mile
and a furlong race on the turf, then we ll see where
we go from there."
Jockey Marcus said: "It s pleasing but a relief as
well - it s fantastic that the first leg has come to
Haatheq (12/1) stayed on well under Paul Hanagan
to finish a clear second, with Michael Attwater s
Empire Storm (20/1) getting the best of a bunch
finish for third under Kieren Fallon.
Russian Soul led home an Irish one-two in the
Al Shindagha Sprint sponsored by Ford Mustang
Michael Halford s six-year-old (15/2) was second
behind United Colour on his last start but the mount
of Shane Foley reversed the form in no uncertain
terms with that runner who was well-held.
It was due reward for the winner who had been
placed on several other occasions at Meydan.
Recent Meydan winner Jamesie (11/1) ran a fine
race for David Marnane and Fergal Lynch in second,
with Saeed Bin Suroor s Complicate (11/1) running
on well back in third.
At Kelso, Long Run showed his class with an
authoritative win in the Ivan Straker Memorial
Nicky Henderson s ace (2/5 fav) travelled well for
Sam Waley-Cohen, tracking leader Knockara Beau
for most of the race.
Although he had George Charlton s chaser almost
level at the final fence, the nine-year-old was able
to storm clear up the run-in to record a six length
This was a return to form for the winner, having
unshipped his rider in the King George VI Chase
at Kempton when he was last seen.
The runner-up (9/4) ran very well for jockey Jan
Faltejsek, with a slip after the 14th fence not aiding
his cause, and he lost little caste in defeat.
Celestial Halo and Zarkandar will both
be in action this weekend as they attempt
to form what trainer Paul Nicholls feels
will be his back-up for Big Buck s in next
month s Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Chel-
While four-time staying champion Big
Buck s was sidelined last season, Celestial
Halo formed an able deputy as he ran sec-
ond behind Solwhit at the Festival, and
after his most recent appearance winning
the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury, he
will compete in the Betfred Mobile (Rendle-
sham) Hurdle at Haydock.
Daryl Jacob is set to partner Zarkandar
over the minimum trip in the Bathwick
Tyres Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton, and
Nicholls believes the former Triumph and
Aintree Hurdle winner could be an inter-
esting proposition when finally stepping
up to three miles on March 13.
"Celestial Halo got an infection in a
front foot after Newbury and we need
to get a run into him before the World
Hurdle," said Nicholls.
"There was a choice of running over
three at Haydock or two at Wincanton,
where he s won before. He s going to run
at Haydock and Sam Twiston-Davies is
going to ride him.
"Zarkandar wants a run to put him right
for the World Hurdle and it will be a test
of stamina against Melodic Rendezvous at
"He has run well twice behind Annie
Power and if he stays three miles I think
we ll have a lot of fun with him over the
next few years as he s not big enough to
jump a fence.
"I ve spoken to Andy Stewart (owner of
Big Buck s and Celestial Halo) and I d imag-
ine Daryl will ride Zarkandar at Cheltenham,
as Halo is 10 already and he s not going to
get any better."
Those are, of course, not his only two
challengers, and Big Buck s looked in gleam-
ing condition at a press event at Nicholls
Somerset stable on Thursday morning.
No longer in the shadows of the retired
Kauto Star and Denman, Big Buck s finally
relinquished a record-breaking 18-race
winning streak over hurdles when caught
by Knockara Beau in last month s Cleeve
Hurdle at Cheltenham.
"We could have three or four runners in
the race," Nicholls said.
"I ve a mind to keep Saphir Du Rheu for
chasing but Salubrious will go for the
National Spirit at Fontwell first.
"Big Buck s is the main one, though. My
feeling is that his run at Cheltenham was
as good a run first-time-out as the last
"It was a more competitive race and he
just got tired halfway up the run-in.
"At the end of the day, if you think I
wanted him at his best in January, think
again. I only want him for one day next
month and I m happy where he is at the
"He lost 10kg, he s tightened up and I
think he looks absolutely fantastic."
Nicholls readies big support team
proves tough in
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