Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 24th 2014 Contents A54
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No surprise if Nellies Quest causes one
in the six-runner aged handicap over an
extended nine furlongs of Wolverhampton
polytrack today; it s a moderate race but
Michael Appleby s charge isn t entirely
Often seeking out winners isn t all about
establishing how good horses are but how
bad they aint!
By process of elimination Nellies Quest
is by no means the worst and lines up with
a realistic chance judged on the time-hand-
icap mark achieved on this track, when
last of four, beaten thirteen lengths!
Eleven days ago Nellies Quest contested
a tidy maiden race won by 8/13 chance,
Genius, and hung entering the straight under
an inexperienced apprentice, but a ten
lengths defeat wasn t disastrous by any
means. This thrice-raced Rainbow High
mare now enters handicaps with a rating
of 46, nigh on bottom of the basement.
Both recent course and distance winner,
Dozy Joe, and consistent Disco Dave are
obvious dangers but I ll be surpised and
disappointed if Nellies Quest isn t on the
premises and threatening an upset in the
closing stages; worth a speculative punt
under stable-jockey, Andrew Mullen!
Unless two newcomers are half-decent
once-raced Indian Trifone will win the six-
runner Maiden Stakes over a mile, by default!
There are times when one wonders why
responsible humans bother to waste money
on equines with no semblance of ability;
surely alternative pleasures are available!
Indian Trifone hasn t raced since finishing
second to Aneedh in a similar race at Redcar
308 days ago but even half-fit, and that
wont be the case, Ed Walker s charge will
beat those with form!
Incidentally I m aware that all-weather
racing is somewhat boring and a turn-off
for many racegoers but mine has always
been about making a profit for readers and
hasn t my specialisation policy paid off
handsomely these past few years?
It involves assessing the form,
compiling/analysing times but it s a labour
of love and has given yours truly a most
interesting and intriguing life; long may it
continue because, never forget, you can t
11.40 Grace Hull (e.w)
12.40 Indian Trifone
1.40 Nellies Quest
Nellies Quest is realistic
Weld on double target at Curragh
Robin Hoods Bay (10/1) swept past Windhoek
close home to land the Group Three coral.co.uk
Winter Derby at Lingfield yesterday.
Runner-up 12 months ago, Ed Vaughan s six-
year-old comfortably reversed recent form with
a couple of rivals, including favourite Grandeur,
when coming with a well-timed challenge under
Luke Morris to hit the front near the line.
Held-up in rear as Anaconda cut out the early
running with market principals Grandeur and Far-
raaj tracking the early pace, he still had plenty of
horses to pass in the straight.
Grandeur got involved in a bit of bumping and
barging with Farraaj on the turn for home and the
well-backed Windhoek (who had raced a little
freely) got first run on the pair as he made his
move round the outside to hit the front as they
It appeared as though the Godolphin owned
runner had done enough only for Robin Hoods
Bay s powerful finish to deny him in the closing
The winning margin was three parts of a length
with 33/1 chance Aussie Rules a length away in
Vaughan, who trains at Newmarket, said: "Robin
Hoods Bay has always threatened to win a big one
and was a bit unlucky last year, when he got caught
"I have trained him for this race, as I have said
all the way through. We had a couple of little
issues with him earlier on and I just wasn t able
to train him conventionally.
"I have let him have 10 per cent improvement
with each race. This was the day for him and now
we will have a crack at the Good Friday race.
"Initially, I thought that he wasn t travelling
today - he is a horse that can travel really well
but he wasn t travelling as well as he can today
- and that has shown that they have gone a really
"Races are always perfect when they have gone
too fast. That s what this horse needs and the
harder the gallop, the better he is.
"I went into this race thinking that a lot of the
big guns might come back for Good Friday. The
owner loves Lingfield and I think I said when this
horse was rated 64 that he was the best horse I
have trained. He has gone and proved it today.
"I m particularly pleased for his owner, Alan
Pickering, who has been with me since the start
and loves Lingfield.
"We thought today would be the big day but
we will have one more crack on Good Friday. We
have no reason not to go for the race and he will
have a well-deserved break after that."
Morris added: "Things worked out nicely for
Robin Hoods Bay in the race. The plan was to ride
him a bit closer but they went a proper gallop
throughout so I was sitting there, taking my time.
"He has got a good turn of foot and the way
the race was run played into his hands. Usually,
he gives you a good guide of the pace and, because
he was off the bridle early doors, it meant that
they were going a proper gallop.
"I am sure that he will be back for Good Friday
now. What you have seen today is his level of
ability and it s a good level."
The winner is guaranteed a place in the
£200,000 Coral Easter Classic All-Weather Mid-
dle-Distance Championship over course and dis-
tance on Good Friday, April 18, the richest race
ever run on the All-Weather in Britain.
Dermot Weld and Pat
Smullen landed a big-race
double at the Curragh as Stuc-
codor ground out victory in
the www.thetote.com Irish
The in-form pair struck ear-
lier on the card when Vote
Often won the Group Three
Park Express Stakes and Stuc-
codor made no mistake just an
Despite carrying plenty of
weight, the five-year-old was
the 11/2 favourite for the fierce-
ly-competitive handicap fol-
lowing a couple of decent
efforts over hurdles.
Pat Shanahan s That s Plenty
travelled strongly against the
stands rail, but Stuccodor dug
deep in the closing stages to
get up and take the valuable
prize by three-quarters of a
Canary Row and Bold Thady
Quill finished third and fourth
respectively, with the sole
British-trained runner, Richard
Fahey s Lord Aeryn, fifth.
Weld was full of praise for
the winning jockey, saying:
"He s been a very consistent
horse for us and it was a very
good ride from Pat.
"He was touched off by a
stable companion at Galway
last year, so he deserved to win
a big pot and he s effective on
"He ll go back over hurdles
later in the year."
Meanwhile a dramatic Toals
Bookmakers Ulster Grand
National E.B.F. Handicap Chase
at Downpatrick saw Hidden
Horizons awarded the race after
Unoccupied was demoted in
the stewards room.
The Eoghan O Grady-trained
Unoccupied went on at the
head of affairs with Hidden
Horizon after the third-last as
leader Hidden Crack gave way,
with the rest well behind.
Unoccupied was clear going
to the final fence as Philip
Enright looked to make use of
his stamina, but Hidden Hori-
zon rallied in game style on the
run-in and the pair came
together as Paul Carberry
sought a gap on the rail on Stu-
art Crawford s runner.
The claxon immediately
sounded and lengthy deliber-
ations ensued before the plac-
ings were reversed.
21-10--- 10.30 am
15-30--- 6.30 pm
11-25--- 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 2
05 PARSON MAN 6
15 SICK WOMAN 1
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 2 1 7
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 22
28 (Red Fish) 10.30 am
TODAY'S STAR BETS
27 (Little Snake) 1 pm
34 (Blind Man) --- 10.30 am
33 (Spider) --- 1 pm
27 (Little Snake) --- 6.30 pm
Vote Often and Pat Smullen after winning at the Curragh
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