Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 19th 2014 Contents Harry Fry feels Bold Chief may have
his work cut out after a big rise in the
weights ahead of the Bet At cor-
bettsports.com Levy Board Handicap
Chase at Haydock today.
The nine-year-old has an impressive
strike-rate over fences, winning four of his
five starts under Rules, and his liking for
good ground meant he was put away over
He returned to action at Uttoxeter last
month and, under a positive ride from Noel
Fehily, never saw another rival in winning
by six lengths.
However, Fry thinks plenty was in his
favour that day and those advantages have
been wiped out.
"He did it well but he was a fresh horse
taking on plenty who had been running in
heavy ground all season," said Fry.
"The ground had dried out more than
we expected and he handled it far better
"He s gone up 8lb and is now in a better
race but there1s very good prize money for
this time of year so we1ll see how he gets
"This is an altogether more competitive
race, as you1d expect, but with Cloudy Too
running we get to race off a nice weight.
"Life will be tougher for him now but
we didn1t run him all winter with the aim
of a summer campaign and that is what
he1ll have, he1ll need to step up again,
"He took to fences great but he1d come
from Richard (Barber) and the English
point-to-point scene so he had a good
Cloudy Too ran in the Gold Cup for Sue
Smith and had previously finished second
to Captain Chris in Grade One company.
Smith also runs No Planning.
Colin Tizzard1s veteran Hey Big Spender
runs, as does David PIpe1s novice
Shotavodka, Oliver Sherwood1s Beforeall
and the Donald McCain-trained Our Mick.
Grand National winner trainer Dr Richard
Newland saddles Mart Lane while Peter
Bowen, who won the Scottish version with
Al Co, is represented by Kian1s Delight.
Evan Williams admits the good prize
money on offer in the totescoop6 The Mil-
lionaire Maker Handicap Chase has forced
a change of plan with King Massini.
Quietly fancied for the Bayliss & Harding
Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival, the
eight-year-old came down early in the
Previously he had won three out of four
and looked progressive.
Williams had been targeting the bet365
Gold Cup at Sandown next week but when
he saw the value of the Grassroots Series
Final he felt it would be remiss of him not
"We were planning to wait for the Whit-
bread (bet365 Gold Cup) with him, but
this race on Saturday came up and it1s too
big a prize to miss," said the Welsh han-
"It1s worth £50,000 and it1s a race you
have to qualify for. Once we found out
he1d qualified, we thought we1d be daft
"He could go to Sandown the following
week as well, but we1ll see what happens
on Saturday first.
"He is in serious order at the moment."
Topping the weights is the Venetia
Williams-trained Shangani, winner of the
Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury but
unplaced behind Ballynagour at Chel-
Alan King s Midnight Sail is another
leading contender after a good win at
Kempton while Nigel Twiston-Davies is
three-handed with Frontier Spirit, Wood
Yer and Hollow Blue Sky.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, April 19, 2014
Kuala Queen is just preferred to Broad-
way Ranger for the ten-runner Maiden
Stakes over an extended five furlongs at
Bath today when 1good to firm1 ground is
forecast on the highest racecourse in the
There is no watering system, the bane of
my life given that over-zealous cascading
down the years has served to ruin many
tracks, despite what anyone argues to the
All we want is to know surfaces are true
and reliable, continual watering destroys
the very fabric of turf and rooting; without
going into the technicalities involved suffice
to say the aforementioned is the reason why
my preference, nowadays, is all-weather
racing, especially maidens.
Throughout the last few months, yet
again, I ve specialised with AWR and will
show a profit for the winter season and sat-
isfaction for readers of this column; betting
is not all about winning moreso not losing
is a comfort to serious-minded punters.
Don t forget that, according to bookmakers
private lists, 98 per cent of punters are losers
and yet they actually target the two per cent
and whenever possible terminate accounts
due to them being uneconomical!
I ve received such letters in the past.
To all intents and purposes bookmaking
firms are filing accountancy ledgers, any
blip (losing account!) is spotted by computers
At this stage of my racing life playing
within reasonable parameters still gives me
a kick and if Kuala Queen can beat Broadway
Ranger she1ll get off the mark.
David Evans saddles two for the Maiden
Stakes over five furlongs, we1re hoping for
a 1Dream1 situation.
As A Dream shaped well when fourth of
twelve to Magic Roundabout at Windsor
twelve days ago, running on well having
raced slovenly in the early stages; this filly
by recently-deceased sire, Azamour, should
go close and rates an each-way bet.
On a similar fast surface at Nottingham
consistent hitherto luckless Three Peaks
gets his chance in the Maiden Stakes over
ten furlongs; a TH special because the extra
trip should be ideal.
5.25 Kuala Queen (e.w)
6.30 As A Dream (e.w)
7.15 Three Peaks (nap)
Fry in Chief challenge today
jaal earned a possible tilt at the QIPCO 2000
Guineas when taking the 32Red All-Weather 3
Year Old Championships at Lingfield.
The subject of plenty of market confidence
throughout the morning, the son of Oasis Dream
was eventually sent off at 4/5 as they went to
post and connections were taking no chances at
the start by sending a member of stable staff to
the stalls and requesting as late a load as possi-
Despite slightly missing the kick, the colt managed
to quickly recover his pitch and having sat off a
very aggressive early pace, Paul Hanagan threaded
a path through with a furlong to go and kept on
readily to the line some three-quarters-of-a-length
to good of Passing Star.
Hanagan said of the winner: "He missed the
start and I had to kick to hold my position. I always
thought he might be better over a mile and he s
something to look forward to."
Maureen Haggas, representing husband, William,
added: "He s always had an issue with the stalls
and he wasn1t good again today but once he1s got
out and he1s settled well and in a rough race he1s
held his position well".
"It s fantastic to see the crowds and anything
that brings money into racing is a good thing."
Richard Hills, owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Mak-
toum1s assistant racing manager said: "He had to
do it the hard way on the outside last time and
had to do it the hard way on the inside this time."
Asked if he would run in the QIPCO 2000
Guineas, he said: "I hope so, I ll talk to Sheikh
Hamdan and see how he comes out of it."
The gates had to be closed just after the third
race, with a modern-day record crowd of just under
20-19--- 10.30 am
4-33--- 6.30 pm
12-21--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01CENTIPEDE 3 0 1 4
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 4
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 6 1 7
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to April 17
TODAY1S STAR BETS
30 (House Cat)
19 (Horse) 1 pm
7 (Hog) --- 10.30 am
4 (Dead Man) --- 6.30 pm
35 (Big Snake) 10.30 am
Glen Moss gets his first opportunity to repay
new connections when he makes his debut for
the David Brown team in the Betfred "Goals Galore
Extra" Handicap at Kempton today.
The five-year-old will run in the colours of John
Fretwell after being bought out of Charlie Hills1s
stable for 45,000 guineas at the Autumn Horses
In Training Sales at Tattersalls.
"We ve had him a good while. He1s been doing
everything we1ve asked of him and he1s ready to
run," said Brown.
"We re starting him off and we1ll see where we
go from there.
"He was bought out of the Charlie Hills stable
for John Fretwell as a Saturday horse to run in the
Chris Wall sees this race as a good starting point
for Rocksilla, who won three of her four starts last
She is no stranger to this surface having shaped
well on all her three starts on this track as a two-
"We1ve been looking for a suitable seven-furlong
race to run her in. She won over six last year, but
was always doing her best work at the end," said
the Newmarket trainer.
"It looked as though she ought to be stepped
up to seven furlongs. This is quite a big step up
because we1re only at the bottom of the weights,
so we1re up in grade quite a bit.
"We ll have to see how she gets on, but we are
looking for a nice introduction from and if all goes
well then we can plan our way from there with
Moss ready to
roll for Brown
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