Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 17th 2014 Contents Arianrhod, blinkered for the first time,
gets her chance in the eight-runner Maiden
Stakes over twelve furlongs of Lingfield
polytrack today; this Marco Botti trained
Duke Of Marmalade filly is unlikely to get
a better one.
With the 2014 turf season looming fash-
ionable yards have their horses much fitter
than was the case a few weeks ago when
all-weather races were weak; it s not the
case now and 72-rated Arianrhod probably
faces a couple of tough, un-raced rivals,
Andrew Balding-trained Wonder Weapon
Ex-French-trained Arianrhod carried top
weight a fortnight go when fourth to
TizloveRegardless over ten furlongs of this
left-handed course, shaping well until grad-
ually weakening in the closing stages. The
winner supplemented previous gains and
was a heavily-backed odds-on chance.
A replication of that effort guarantees
Arianrhod will be on the premises but
watch the market for well-bred Wonder
Weapon and don t be tempted for a single
bet if odds are less than 2/1.
Wolverhampton also stages a seven-race
programme in tandem which opens with
role Reversal attempting to make it third
time lucky in the Maiden Stakes over six
furlongs, what beats James Tate s charge
Unless of two newcomers is above average
this concerns Role Reversal and recent run-
ner-up, Crazee Diamond, trained by Mick
channon and mount of 3lbs apprentice,
Think I ll chance a forecast saver in an
attempt to win twice!
Such greed seldom pays off but, occa-
sionally, opportunism can be rewarding and
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10.50 Arianrhod (e.w)
11.00 Role Reversal
1.00 Delightful Sleep (e.w).
7-34--- 10.30 am
8-20--- 6.30 pm
7-31--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01CENTIPEDE 2 0 0 2
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 5
15 SICK WOMAN 1
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 1 0 5
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 0 3 1 4
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to March 14
36 (Donkey) 10.30 am
TODAY'S STAR BETS
31 (Parson Wife) 1 pm
31 (Parson Wife) --- 10.30 am
14 (Money) --- 6.30 pm
It was billed as a clash of two John
Moore-trained titans and the Group One
BMW Hong Kong Derby did not disap-
Designs On Rome and Able Friend deliv-
ered the epic duel everyone had hoped for
at Sha Tin racecourse on Sunday, with the
former emerging victorious.
"A race like that is one of the biggest
thrills in racing, it s a rare thing - this has
got to be almost right at the top for me,"
said winning jockey Tommy Berry, after
driving his mount to a half-length verdict.
"John s been a massive help to me and
he s put a lot of trust in me. To ride a horse
like this---he s probably one of the best
horses I ve ever sat on."
The two Moore horses had dominated
the first two legs of the Hong Kong Four-
Year-Old Series with Able Friend winning
the first leg, the Hong Kong Classic Mile,
only for Designs On Rome to turn the tables
in the second, the Hong Kong Classic Cup
(1800m), before claiming the series in today s
Moore was celebrating a fourth win in
Hong Kong s domestic blue riband event
(1995 Makarpura Star, 2006 Viva Pataca,
2009 Collection), just one day ahead of
turning 64, and as his pair thundered down
the home straight, he admitted to thinking
"either one, please" as the Michael Chang-
trained Dibayani powered home under Zac
Purton to finish only a neck in arrears of
Able Friend in third. That evidently talented
trio was almost sixth lengths clear of fourth-
placed Mr Gnocchi.
Berry had settled Designs On Rome in
the last pair, just behind the Joao Moreira-
ridden Able Friend and alongside Dibayani,
as Beauty Flame set a solid tempo up front.
When the field of 14 passed the half-way
point, Berry was seen to niggle Designs On
Rome; with 700m to race, the Australian
was pumping with force; at the 600m he
was sitting still, his mount back on the
bridle and cruising within striking distance
of the leaders.
And as the Derby contenders swept
around the home turn, the near 60,000
crowd knew it was in for a treat. Designs
On Rome on the wide outside and Able
Friend towards the inner came together at
the 250m point in almost perfect synchrony.
The Moore duo battled head-to-head
with Able Friend twice edging the argument
only to be put in his place with a final deter-
mined surge from Designs On Rome that
took the Holy Roman Emperor gelding half
a length clear at the wire. The winning time
was 2m 02.04s, marginally quicker than
"I thought Able Friend had me but he
pinned his ears back and wanted to win,"
said Berry of the Cheng Keung Fai-owned
"He scares me every time I ride him
because he never travels in a race for you---
you always have to ask him a little bit. That s
what makes this horse so good, he s a relaxed
"Good horses can do what this horse did
today and what Able Friend s done previ-
ously, they can make that run at about the
700m and put themselves into the race, and
then they relax again and switch off. And
then you ask again for that second effort,
and today he gave a third effort when Able
Friend came at him that last 200m. I m
looking forward to both horses going on to
conquer Australia because I believe they re
both good enough to go there."
Moore had stated previously his belief
that both Designs On Rome and Able Friend
are top bracket performers, and he repeated
that statement as he outlined plans for his
"Designs On Rome looks to have a serious
future," he asserted. "As I ve said before, he
has international Group One written all over
him and the way he did it today he proved
he can make quite a few runs and he can
keep kicking---and he s got the desire to
really kick hard. When Able Friend came
up on his inside, he fought back gamely
and that s a good horse.
"We ll bring Able Friend back for the
Champions Mile and Designs On Rome will
come back for the AP QEII Cup. My two
fellas are world class and they ll go on to
the world stage, eventually."
The overall attendance at Hong Kong s
racecourses was 63,933, with the 59,080 in
attendance at Sha Tin creating an electric
Bookmakers close to Jim Culloty s stables in
County Cork are still counting the cost of Lord
Windermere s victory in the Betfred Cheltenham
The betting shop in nearby Churchtown had
no time to replenish the coffers after being hit by
the Mallow handler s success with 12-1 shot Spring
Heeled in Thursday s Kim Muir Challenge Cup
before Lord Windermere sprang a 20-1 surprise
in the big race of the week on Friday.
And even Culloty s daughter, Eliza, made the
bookmakers pay with a small double of her own
on her father s two winners.
Culloty said: "The local bookies ran out of
money, and that was just after Spring Heeled won.
It was even worse for them after Lord Winder-
"Eliza had a two euro each-way double on Spring
Heeled and Lord Windermere so she s won over
Culloty revealed that both horses had used a
tried-and-trusted path ahead of their victories by
working on gallops used by Cottage Rake before
his three Gold Cup triumphs between 1948-50.
"Both horses galloped on Vincent O Brien s old
gallops in nearby Churchtown last week, prior to
Cheltenham," he said.
"The farm is now owned by Vincent s nephew,
Noel O Brien. He sent me a text after the race
saying he had been waiting for another Gold Cup
winner to come off the gallops."
Noel O Brien s daughter, Pauline, said: "Dad is
a dairy farmer but he keeps Vincent s old grass
gallops open during the winter, not for public use,
as such, but more out of a sense of history.
"He was absolutely thrilled that Lord Winder-
mere won. He d been hoping that another Gold
Cup winner would come from the gallops---Cottage
Rake was the last so he s delighted!"
In another link with National Hunt history, Cul-
loty s stables are not far away from the origins of
steeplechasing at Buttevant in the mid-18th cen-
Culloty himself was a triple Gold Cup winner
as a jockey aboard Best Mate from 2002-04 and
has now joined a small but elite band who also
went on to train a winner of the great race.
"It s hard to differentiate between training one
and riding one, but they re both fantastic," he said.
"As a trainer you get loads of time to think about
it, but as a jockey you only have five minutes not
to mess it up."
Culloty will talk with owner Dr Ronan Lambe
about running Lord Windermere again this season,
possibly in the Punchestown Gold Cup on April
30, though he is inclined to send the eight-year-
old on a summer break.
Culloty, speaking at Lord Windermere s home-
coming parade, said: "My gut instinct is to leave
him off and get him ready for Cheltenham next
"But having said all that, we ll discuss it with
the owner and he ll probably get a few entries at
Punchestown and suchlike. He might just go
straight out into the field, though."
Spring Heeled will, however, almost certainly
run again this term.
"Spring Heeled will almost definitely go to Fairy-
house or Punchestown," he said. "He ll be entered
all over the place and we ll see where he gets his
Culloty admitted he did not get back to his base
until late on Saturday evening.
"We got home on Saturday at 9pm, had some-
thing to eat and a glass of wine before we went
to bed," he said. "We didn t even get down to go
down the village.
Get Delightful Sleep
Rome conquers Friend in Derby
in a frenzy
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