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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Charlie s Star is napped to go one better
and make it third time lucky in the Maiden
Auction Stakes over five furlongs of good
Yarmouth turf today when an all-weather
fixture on Wolverhampton polytrack will
run in tandem.
Moderate fare but, from a betting per-
spective, ideal with consistent underfoot
conditions; extremes are a problem, a reason
why for so much of the winter jumping
campaign we ve simply been forced to give
National Hunt racing a miss.
Pointless guessing because this is a serious
business, you work hard enough to make
money and my objective, as ever, is to make
readers a profit, every season.
A glance at the Racing Post Naps Table
indicates this has been achieved yet again,
mainly due to specialising with AWR at
four dedicated venues.
All three polytracks have stood up to the
test of time but fibresand continues to be
unique and a law unto itself around South-
well where sometimes it s rolled and others
harrowed. there is a big difference, unfor-
tunately they don t specify their intentions
beforehand and nowadays I m not there to
blog privately for those who click on to
Following a satisfactory debut when sec-
ond on Kempton poly last month Charlie s
Star improved to occupy the same position
at Newbury where David Evans charge
almost brought off a 25/1 shock.
Charlie s Star hit the front with 150 yards
to go in a fast-run juvenile race only to be
collared close home by the very fast-finishing
Kasb, one of so many John Gosden-trained
winners this month.
Providing it s not too soon, and this is
often a problem when two-year-olds back
up quickly, Charlie s Star has achieved a
time-handicap mark that wins this-type
race nine times out of ten and therefore
justifies a decent punt.
This is my first two-year-old nap of 2014!
Ann Stokell-trained Pabusar is on a win-
ning mark for the aged handicap over
seven furlongs judged on his best form
over six; we ll chance this six-year-old
because the owner has taken the trouble
to book Oisin Murphy, claiming 3lbs
the Boylesports Irish Grand
National for Jonjo O Neill and
Barry Geraghty at Fairyhouse.
The well-backed 8/1
favourite, one of five represen-
tatives for owner JP McManus
in the 26-runner contest, was
always fairly handy and jumped
better than has been the case
in the past.
Golden Wonder got to the
front travelling powerfully
heading to the second-last
fence and was still in front
touching down over the last,
but Geraghty had kept a little
up his sleeve for the run-in and
drove his willing mount---sixth
in the National Hunt Chase at
Cheltenham on his latest
start---home to score by three-
quarters of a length.
Saoirse Dun (20/1) finished
a close-up third, ahead of
Jamesie Hall (40/1) in fourth
and fifth-placed Folsom Blue
It was a second victory in
the race for O Neill, who also
took the race in 2007 for his
landlord McManus with Butlers
Sky Bet installed the winner
at 25/1 to win next year s Crab-
bie s Grand National at Ain-
O Neill said: "He was in a
great position all the way and
jumped really well. Everything
went right for him. He has
done nothing wrong all season.
He had a great run at Chel-
tenham and after that we
thought this was the race for
him. Plan B didn t work out
"He will have good rest and
is hopefully OK and we can
look forward to next season.
He needed a big leap at the
last, he got it and battled on
Thousand Stars didn t see
another rival as he made all to
land the Keelings Irish Straw-
Willie Mullins grey had
drawn a blank prior to yester-
day s win but he had hinted at
a return to winning form last
time when third over three
miles in the Silver Cross Stay-
ers Hurdle behind Whisper at
The slight drop in trip to
two-and-half miles and pos-
itive tactics from Paul Townend
worked the oracle as the ten-
year-old travelled best of all up
front on his way to a comfort-
Get Me Out Of Here was
sent off the 5/4 favourite but
he could never get to grips with
the winner under a patient
Barry Geraghty ride and had
to settle for second.
Mullins said: "He must be a
iron horse to do what he did!
"He had a very hard race at
Aintree, but because of his age
and the stage he is at in his
career I decided to let him take
his chance, and maybe I
wouldn t have done it with a
"With Punchestown being a
week later this year, it means
the race in France will come a
week sooner, so we might skip
Punchestown and go for the
Prix Barka and then the French
"I ve a list of people who
want him when he is retired
for a hack, but I might have to
jump the queue myself."
Jamie Moore partnered four winners on a fruitful
afternoon at Plumpton.
Flute Bowl was his first success of the day with
victory in the opening Win Big With The totejackpot
Juvenile Hurdle, with the 3-1 shot trained by the
rider s father, Gary.
The duo also combined with Auld Sthock (5-1) in
the Download The totepool Live Info App Handicap
Hurdle and While You Wait (5-1) in the Harry And
Betty Savill Memorial Novices Handicap Hurdle.
Moore then rode Ballyvoneen (7-4) for Neil King
in the Like totepool On Facebook Handicap Chase.
Moore snr was also on the mark with Should I
Stay (9-4) in the Win A Rio On Ladies Night Con-
ditional Jockeys Training Series Handicap Hurdle at
Tom Scudamore rode his first ever century of win-
ners in a season when partnering a double at Market
Scudamore, who is stable jockey to David Pipe and
won the Arkle and Ryanair at last month s Cheltenham
Festival, had a previous best tally of 85 last season.
He won the opening Garnetts Sweets Novices
Hurdle on Pipe s Western Diva (5-2) and the
racinguk.com/anywhere: 3 Devices, 1 Price Handicap
Hurdle on the Ian Williams-trained Gifted Leader
One-time Derby favourite Telescope is one of 10
entries for Friday s Bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old
missed all last season s Classics but returned to win
the Great Voltigeur at York last August before injury
saw him miss out on an autumn campaign.
A victory in this could tee him up for a crack at
the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh or the Coro-
nation Cup at Epsom.
Robin Hoods Bay, who flashed home for third in
the Coral Easter Classic at Lingfield on Friday, is also
in the mix.
Having been busy on the all-weather through the
winter, he had been due for a rest, but the trainer
is re-considering his options given the low number
"I ve given him an entry in the Gordon Richards
this morning as the race was re-offered," said Vaughan
of the Winter Derby winner.
"We won t make a final decision until much closer
the time---it will depend on the ground and how he
is. He didn t have much of a race on Friday, he only
sprinted for three furlongs, he wasn t even blowing,"
"It was disappointing there was no pace in the
race, it was much slower than the Winter Derby and
he needs a strong pace to run off. If he runs, he will
then have a long break and maybe come back for
something like the September Stakes as there s not
a whole lot for him anyway."
20-18--- 10.30 am
16-21--- 1.00 pm
13-17--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01CENTIPEDE 3 0 2 5
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: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to April 21
30 (House Cat) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
9 (Cattle 1 pm
6 (Belly) --- 10.30 am
31 (Parson Wife) --- 1 pm
2 (Old Lady) --- 6.30 pm
16 (Jamette) 10.30 am
12.20 Charlie's Star
2.25 Mr Red Clubs
Charlie to star for Evans
Shutthefrontdoor takes Irish feature
Moore bags four
Jamie Moore...had fruitful afternoon
Telescope in 10 for
Tony McCoy aboard Shutthefrontdoor.
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