Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 5th 2014 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, May 5, 2014
Mighty Yar (5/1 co-favourite) took the opening
race on yesterday's Newmarket's card on QIPCO
1000 Guineas day.
Fourteen went to post for the QIPCO Supporting
British Racing Stakes and it was Ryan Moore that
was to bring the Lady Cecil-trained grey home on
what was only his fourth racecourse start.
Moore said: "He was struggling on that ground in
places. It was beautiful yesterday, but it's dried out a
fair bit today."
Lady Cecil said: "He's a giant of a horse and he
should only be coming into his own this year.
"We've had to take our time with him but we've
given him plenty of time.
"Ryan gave him a great ride today and while the
ground is lovely, it was quick enough for him.
"The Ebor could be a possibility but we'll just see,
he ran over a mile-six at Nottingham and it seemed
Miss Marjurie (33/1) ran on well to be second with
Amralah back in third.
Sprint king Robert Cowell worked his magic again
with Goldream who sprang a 25/1 surprise in the
Havana Gold At Tweenhills Handicap.
Unplaced in the race last season, he stripped much
fitter this time and burst through on the near side as
once again the field split into several groups.
Andrea Atzeni made his bid for home earlier than
he would have liked but held off Yeeoow, first home
on the far side, by half a length.
Ninjago and Alben Star took minor honours.
Atzeni said: "I'd never ridden him before, but he
travelled nice and picked up well.
"I wanted a longer lead ideally, the horse in front
stopped on me but to be fair to him he stuck his
"Robert Cowell is very good with sprinters so it
doesn't surprise me."
Cowell said: "It was a bit of a surprise, I thought he
had a big race in him but perhaps not today.
"He's a horse I've got a lot of time for. He'll go to
York next and he could be a Wokingham horse, we'll
"He's effective over five and six and is one to keep
on the right side of."
Kieren Fallon's good weekend continued as the
veteran jockey guided Elite Gardens (8/1) to victory
in the Makfi Future Stars Maiden Stakes.
Riding for Saeed bin Suroor, who seems to employ
Fallon's services more by the week, she looked like
being a clear-cut winner at one stage having taken
two lengths out of the field.
However, it needed a photo-finish to split her from
Aktabantay as Hugo Palmer's newcomer flew home,
looking a surefire future winner.
Having won the 2000 Guineas on Night Of Thun-
der 24 hours earlier, Fallon appears to be enjoying
yet another new dawn in his colourful career.
Charlie Appleby's Symbolic Star was third but sta-
blemate Barchan, sent off favourite, was unplaced.
Bin Suroor said: "She ran a huge race and will
come on for that. She'll run in a Listed race at
Sandown on 29th and then Royal Ascot."
Fallon said: "I didn't know I'd won, Ryan (Moore)
said to me 'well done' when we pulled up and I said I
thought you'd nicked it.
"I didn't want to be hard on her, it was her first run
and she's only a baby, I only gave her one little flick
and away she went. She just got tired.
"There were some nice colts in the race and she
feels like she'll go on.
"She's got speed but I'd have thought she'd want
to be going further eventually."
Bin Suroor added: "I think she's a filly for the Al-
bany at Royal Ascot.
"Kieren is one of the best jockeys, he's won every
Classic, I'm happy to give him a chance in all the big
"He rode True Story today on the gallops and he
gave me good information, he's going to ride him in
Paul Hanagan won the Qatar Racing Handicap on
William Haggas' Zee Zeely (8-1) to complete a fine
day following his earlier win on Taghrooda.
Sahar al Khadra is fancied
to defy top-weight in the 3-y-
o handicap over a mile of soft
Warwick this afternoon when
four turf-flat meetings are
scheduled for May-Day which
falls on the first Monday of
this month, annually.
Only five go to post; time-
handicap top-rated course win-
ner, Sahra al Khadra, will be
ridden by dual champion jockey,
Paul Hanagan, who earlier rides
stable-companion Rise Up
Lotus, one of nine decs for
the Maiden Fillies Stakes over
No cert by any means but
there was a lot to like about the
Newmarket debut of this Ham-
dan Al Maktoum-owned
Zebedee filly last month when
a close sixth to Spirit Of Xian
over a similar distance.
After missing the break 20/1
shot Rise Up Lotus buckled
down to her task and finished
less than two lengths off the
winner; much shoter odds will
be on offer on this occasion
but what beats her will win
judged on recent home-work.
Charles uncle, John Hills,
has been in good form this last
week or so and Gambol could
well add to recent gains when
blinkered for the first time in
division one of the Maiden
Stakes over a mile.
Gambol is the only four-
year-old and carries 13lbs more
in respect of weight-for-age;
that will be off-putting for
casual one glance punters but
those like myself, who dig
deeper, will have noticed that
his eighth placing over ten fur-
longs at Leicester nine days
ago was full of promise.
Against a strong wind Gam-
bol was asked to make the
running but, not surprisingly,
tired quickly and wasn t
knocked about as they say in
the closing stages; he s much
better than his form to date
Obvious danger is likely-
favourite favourite Bon Voyage,
trained by Richard Hannon,
but there are no others and
Gambol therefore represents
a professional special each-
An overwhelming fixture list
but by sticking with the
plined approach you ll doubt-
less enjoy a good one.
10.30 Rise Up Lotus
12.15 Gambol (e.w)
1.25 Sahra Al Khadra
Sahar can defy top weight
Miss France (7/1) ran out a
brave winner of the QIPCO
1000 Guineas at Newmarket
The first fillies Classic was
one of the few big European
prizes to elude master trainer
Andre Fabre but the daughter
of Dansili ensured it was added
to his CV with a neck verdict
over Lightning Thunder (14/1).
In a pulsating finish Maxime
Guyon s partner first fended off
the challenge of eventual third
Ihtimal (7/1) inside the final fur-
long and then had to withstand
the late thrust of the runner-up
who raced closer to the stands
Miss France and Lightning
Thunder had filled the same
placings in last season s Oh So
Sharp Stakes at the same track.
In a race run at a steady early
gallop, few of those held-up
were ever able to land a telling
Richard Hannon s Manderley
defied her huge odds, and having
set the pace the 100-1 chance
was still in front with a furlong
to run before finishing fourth
Euro Charline turned the
tables on her Nell Gwyn con-
queror Sandiva and ran a big
race just out of the frame
There was huge market con-
fidence behind Aidan O Brien s
Tapestry who was sent off
favourite but was virtually pulled
up, while Lucky Kristale was far
too keen for her own good.
Clive Brittain s Rizeena was
not totally disgraced, coming
home just behind the leaders.
Fabre said: "This means a lot,
I trained the dam of the filly and
I could not be more delighted.
It was not the way I wanted her
ridden, but it worked. She will
get further, that is not a problem.
She ll go for the Prix de Diane
next, her dam won over a mile
and a half.
"I got confident in the last 10
days after her bad (seasonal)
debut. She worked brilliantly,
after that I told the owner we d
go to Newmarket. There was a
question mark after her first run
this year but I knew that race
wasn t to be believed.
"I was a bit perturbed when
she hit the front so early as she
idles. I think the best filly I ve
ever trained was Golden Lilac,
she was an an explosive filly,
this filly is now more relaxed. t
wasn t bothering me that I
hadn t won this race, otherwise
I d have tried many times
Guyon added: "The plan was
to be at the back but she jumped
really good, she relaxed really
well and showed a good turn of
foot. She felt like a different filly
from the Imprudence but there
was no pace in that race. She s
a very, very good filly, and maybe
is the best at the moment."
A proud Olly Stevens said of
the runner-up: "We re thrilled,
this is childhood dream stuff, to
be here with a horse of this qual-
ity. She s in the Irish Guineas,
but she d have to really bounce
out of this to go on the ferry.
She goes well fresh so it s more
than likely that we ll save her
for the Coronation Stakes at
Ihtimal shaped well on her
return to British racing and was
cut to 16-1 from 40s by Sky Bet
for the Investec Oaks.
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said:
"She ran a good race. But a mile
and a half is the best trip for
her. She has come to win her
race and was staying on well but
the winner is a miler.
"She has worked well she
came here ready to run her race
and she ran well. I am pleased
with her. She will head to the
Oaks now. She will go straight
Miss France takes fillies Classic
15-26--- 10.30 am
4-36--- 6.30 pm
29-15--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 3
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 4
05 PARSON MAN 8
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 7 2 9
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to May 3
2 (Old Lady)
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
30 (House Cat)
31 (Parson Wife) 1 pm
3 (Carriage) --- 10.30 am
19 (Horse) --- 1 pm
29 (Opium Man) --- 6.30 pm
25 (Morocoy) 10.30 am
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