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No surprise if twice-raced Arable causes
one in the Maiden Stakes over ten furlongs
of Kempton polytrack today when two
jumping fixtures are also scheduled at Hex-
ham (heavy) and Plumpton, good to soft.
We ll continue to specialise with all-
weather racing even though the turf-flat
season got under way Saturday with a win-
ning nap, Hymeniaos, confidently ridden
by veteran jockey, Jimmy Fortune.
That was pleasing because Jimmy was a
real favourite for so long and has fought
bravely to overcome back problems; his
experience could prove invaluable during
the next few months if indeed he s now
sound, fit and rarin to go, 100 per cent.
You can t beat experience and Arable
learned from a Sandown debut in August
when improving his time-handicap mark
considerably in an 18-runner Newmarket
race down the Rowley Mile, finishing six
lengths behind Master The World; strangely
few have run from that event but I m con-
vinced the form will prove solid and reli-
Obvious favourite is Arab Spring, a once-
raced Sir Michael Stoute-trained four-year-
old Monsun colt which finished second to
Elkaayed over ten furlongs of good New-
market last May; the winner was subse-
quently successful during at Royal Ascot!
Any rival finishing close to Arab Spring
will be harshly penalised for sure but Arable
must be above average in the opinion of
Lambourn trainer, Charlie Hills; the weight-
for-age allowance of 20lbs must be the
temptation he couldn t resist!
Arable is selected as a professional special
each-way bet and, if all eight go to post,
I ll be playing this Three Valleys colt into
a double with Needless Shouting in the
concluding three-year-old handicap over a
Needless Shouting is much better than
these, two efforts on polytrack don t suggest
it but Mick Channon s charge achieved half-
decent TH marks as a juvenile and with his
yard now firing much better this one is cer-
tainly worth chancing, at inflated odds. In
this game you can t beat a big un, so excit-
Strollawaynow has a gilt-edged look in
the Novices Hurdle over an extended two
and a half miles at the Southern venue, an
ideal race for David Arbuthnot s charge.
1.30 Needless Shouting (e.w)
Needless Shouting at Kempton
O'Brien laments Ruler's flop in Cup
The formidable Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen
combination completed a double at Leopard-
stown as 7-1 shot Go For Goal made his race
fitness count to spring a minor upset in the
Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial.
While each of his rivals were making their first
appearance of the season, Go For Goal was turning
out just a week after filling the runner-up spot
in the Madrid Handicap on the opening day of
the season at the Curragh.
Smullen was happy to let Go For Goal race at
the head of affairs from the outset, with Racing
Post Trophy fifth Buonarroti and dual winner
Shining Emerald his closest pursuers at the top
of the straight.
The latter emerged as the only serious threat
as they raced inside the final furlong, but Go For
Goal was always doing enough and passed the
post three-quarters of a length to the good.
Ebanoran ran with plenty of promise in third,
but the previously unbeaten 11-8 favourite Indian
Maharaja was bitterly disappointing.
Weld said: "He ran a good race at the Curragh
last week, he handles the ground and is a very
"It was a very enterprising ride from the jockey,
as was the plan.
"We ll see how he comes out of it, give him
a bit of time and see where we go with him.
"Today was the ideal race for him on the score
"He s effective on that ground, but he s a light
bodied horse and has a good action, so I wouldn t
be surprised if he handled better ground as well.
"He s game, he battles and he tries hard."
Prince on track for
Godolphin s Cairo Prince is still on track for
the Kentucky Derby despite only finishing fourth
in the Florida Derby.
The three-year-old was sent off as favourite
for the Grade One Besilu Stables sponsored contest
at Gulfstream Park but finished three and three
quarter lengths behind the winner Constitution,
whose time was 1m 49.16s over the nine furlongs
on dirt. The fifth, East Hall, was five lengths
Cairo Prince was fourth in the Grade One Besilu
Stables Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, USA,
on Saturday, March 29, but will still be aimed at
the Kentucky Derby.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was disappointed
with the performance: "Cairo Prince was clear
fourth on the back-stretch but flattened out late
"No-one else was closing and the first three
just kept on, suggesting that the dry dirt on a
hot and humid day was speed-favouring.
"Cairo Prince might have needed the race (last
raced January 25) and he should go on from this
performance. He is certainly better than that
"We will still go for the Kentucky Derby (May
3), provided he gets in the field."
Luis Saez added on the Godolphin website: "I
had a pretty good trip. He broke so well. We got
a clear position at the five-eighths pole and then
he was making his move, but when the other
horses kept running, he got a little tired. He s
better than that. He s a good, nice horse."
Constitution picked up 100 points for the qual-
ifying table in the Road To Kentucky and provided
trainer Todd Pletcher with his fourth success in
the race and jockey Javier Castellano with his fifth
of the card.
Aidan O Brien feels Ruler Of The World s
failure to act on the Tapeta surface was to
blame for his disappointing display in Sat-
urday s Dubai World Cup.
Last year s Investec Derby hero was among
the leading contenders for the world s richest
race, but making his debut on an artificial
track, came home 13th of the 16 runners in
the hands of the trainer s son, Joseph.
Speaking at Leopardstown yesterday, the
Ballydoyle handler said: "We didn t know
whether he would handle the surface and
it looks like he probably didn t.
"Joseph said he was grand until he came
off the bridle and then he was all at sea."
Each of O Brien s six runners on World
Cup night failed to finish in the frame,
although both Giovanni Boldini and Magician
ran with credit.
Giovanni Boldini came home well to grab
fourth in the UAE Derby, while last year s
Breeders Cup Turf winner Magician
encountered traffic problems on his way to
finishing sixth, beaten three lengths, in the
"Ryan (Moore) was delighted with Gio-
vanni Boldini. In an ideal world he wouldn t
have wanted to be so far back, but it s just
the way it worked out on the first bend,"
said O Brien.
"He ran a very good race, he definitely
gets a mile, but I m not sure if he d get fur-
ther. He ll probably go for one of the Guineas.
"Magician ran well. It was a bit messy
on the first bend, we were always going to
drop him out, though. Joseph said he gave
a blow two furlongs out and he didn t get
a lot of help in the straight.
"He ran well, we re happy with him and
we might train him for the Prince of Wales s
Stakes at Royal Ascot. He could run before
that, as long as the ground is OK --- he
wouldn t run on bad ground."
O Brien s Bracelet ran out an impressive
winner of the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas
Balansiya was sent off the odds-on
favourite as Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen
eyed a treble on the card but she had to
make do with the runner-up spot behind
Balansiya was a 9-10 market-leader fol-
lowing a spectacular winning debut over
the course and distance in early November
and all appeared to be going according to
plan as she moved sweetly to the lead early
in the straight.
However, Bracelet, ridden by the trainer s
son Joseph, came out of the pack to challenge
from a furlong out and wore down Balansiya
to take the Group Three prize by a length.
Avenue Gabriel and Harry s Princess fin-
ished third and fourth respectively.
O Brien snr said: "She did it nicely and
she s a filly we think will stay well in time.
We re delighted with her and all things being
well, she might go to the Guineas (at New-
market). I ll speak to the boys (owners)."
Asked whether he thought Bracelet would
stay a mile a and half, the trainer said: "We
always thought she would, but Joseph said
he wasn t sure there, as she showed a lot
of speed. That s why we re thinking about
Bracelet was cut to 16-1 from 40s for the
Guineas at Newmarket by Sky Bet and made
9-1 (from 16s) favourite for the Oaks.
3-15--- 10.30 am
16-10--- 6.30 pm
24-29--- 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 3
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 29
28 (Red Fish) 10.30 am
28 (Red Fish)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
2 (Old Lady)
29 (Opium Man) 1 pm
21 (Mouth) --- 10.30 am
11 (Corbeau) --- 1 pm
20 (Dog) --- 6.30 pm
Go For Goal scores
for Dermont Weld
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