Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 28th 2014 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, May 28, 2014
22-5--- 10.30 pm
25-17--- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6
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 1 7 2 10
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: TUESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to May 27
TODAY'S STAR BETS
35 (Big Snake)
33 (Spider) 1 pm
28 (Red Fish) --- 10.30 am
29 (Opium Man) --- 1 pm
32 (Shrimp) --- 6.30 pm
11 (Corbeau) 10.30 am
Al Thakhira could be prepared for a return to
Ireland later this summer after failing to get home
in Sunday s Irish 1,000 Guineas.
Marco Botti s filly looked likely to play a part in
the finish to the Curragh Classic when produced
to challenge in the straight by Richard Hughes, but
her finishing effort was tame and she eventually
trailed home last.
Botti is keen to drop Al Thakhira in trip on her
next appearance, with Fairyhouse s Brownstown
Stakes on July 2 a potential target.
"She has come out of the race OK and I just
think the stiff mile at the Curragh was too much
for her," said the trainer.
"Richard said he thought she could be placed
coming to the final furlong, but she emptied very
quickly and I think it s clear she hasn t got the trip.
"It was only two weeks after the French Guineas,
but because the ground was in her favour, we decided
to let her take her chance. I am not that surprised
she didn t stay as, in that ground at the Curragh,
you really need to stay a mile and a quarter and
she is bred to be a six- or seven-furlong filly.
"We decided to take a chance, as you never know
until you try, but I think we can say for sure now
she wants to go back to seven furlongs.
"There is a Group Three at Fairyhouse on July
2, the Brownstown Stakes. That could be her next
race. Later there is a Group Three over seven furlongs
at Goodwood (Oak Tree Stakes, August 1), but obvi-
ously we will keep an eye on the ground for her.
"She has already won a Group Two and has been
placed in a Group Three, so she owes us nothing."
Meanwhile, Hillstar features in a final field of
five for the Cantor Fitzgerald Brigadier Gerard Stakes
at Sandown tomorrow.
Sir Michael Stoute s Royal Ascot winner was no
match for Brown Panther at Chester s May meeting
but returns to a mile and a quarter at the Esher
Remote rattled off three wins last season, including
in the Group Three Tercentenary Stakes at the Royal
meeting, before sustaining an injury problem and
makes his belated return to action after almost a
year on the sidelines for the John Gosden team.
Top Notch Tonto steps up in trip after he failed
to make an impact in the Lockinge Stakes at New-
bury a fortnight ago.
Sharestan is an interesting entry for Godolphin,
for whom he signed off last season with a Listed
success at Ayr. Sheikhzayedroad has already had a
busy year out in Dubai and represents David Sim-
cock. However, Dubai World Cup runner-up
Mukhadram, expected to line up in the race he won
12 months ago, was not among the final declara-
Trainer Joseph Murphy is eyeing a tilt at next
month s Pretty Polly Stakes with Euphrasia following
her fine run in defeat in the Tattersalls Gold Cup
at the Curragh on Sunday.
The five-year-old was a 50--1 outsider pitched
in against the boys in the Group One, but turned
in a career-best effort to finish a close-up third
behind Noble Mission and Magician.
Murphy said: "She s a filly still on the up and
I wasn t surprised she ran so well.
"She might have been a 50--1 shot, but she was
33--1 when she won the Blue Wind Stakes at Naas
last year, so that didn t bother me.
"She s a very good filly on her day and I think
she could be capable of running a serious race in
a very big race somewhere along the line.
"She s very game and tough and with another
furlong it would have been interesting on Sunday,
as she was the one staying galloping at the line.
Ground conditions at Epsom
for the Investec Derby on Sat-
urday week seem unlikely to
trouble Fascinating Rock.
The Dermot Weld-trained colt
has enjoyed a highly progressive
three-year-old campaign to date,
most recently winning the Der-
rinstown Stud Derby Trial at
The son of burgeoning Aus-
tralian sire Fastnet Rock was
promoted to first in the Group
Three event, having originally
been a head down on John Oxx s
Ebanoran, suffering interference
in the process.
Two of his four career wins
have been on ground officially
soft to heavy, and the other two
have been on soft, as it was at
Weld told the Irish Times: "It
was a very good renewal of the
Derrinstown, the best renewal
in a number of years. There was
depth and strength to it and I
think it was the best of the
Derby trials, outside of the Clas-
"It might have been a Group
Three but it ran like a Group
Two. I ve been pleased with the
horse since and everything is
"At this time of year, with the
climate we have in these islands,
ground conditions can change
so rapidly but I think Fascinating
Rock is comfortable on any kind
of ground bar extremes.
"He doesn t want it very firm
and he doesn t want it very
heavy. Apart from that I think
he should be fine."
Fascinating Rock is a best-
priced 14--1 chance for the pre-
Leading the ante-post mar-
kets is the Aidan O Brien-trained
Australia, who is odds-on after
running a fine race to be third
in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at
Weld added: "I know it will
be a mile and a half at Epsom
but the favourite is bred to get
it and he does look a stand-out."
Meanwhile talented stayer
Brown Panther heads a field of
12 declared runners in the Cantor
Fitzgerald Henry II Stakes at
Tom Dascombe s charge, who
won the Goodwood Cup last
summer before finishing eighth
in the Melbourne Cup, made a
successful return to action in
the Ormonde Stakes at Chester
three weeks ago.
His rivals in the Group Three
contest include Aidan O Brien s
Irish raider El Salvador and the
Peter Schiergen-trained German
Menorah is a fascinating con-
tender as Philip Hobbs high-
class chaser makes his first
appearance on the Flat at the
age of nine.
Tiger Cliff has outstanding
claims for dual-purpose trainer
Alan King after his close-up
third in the Yorkshire Cup.
Other contenders include
Andrew Balding s recent Salis-
bury winner Whiplash Willie
and the James Fanshawe-trained
High Jinx, who was fifth in the
Clodovil Doll is one of six declared for
the Maiden Stakes over five furlongs of
soft Chepstow today, my computation/
analysis of her recent form is on the line!
Eleven days ago, Clodovil Doll was third
to Harry s Dance over a similar trip at Thirsk;
the time seems to be colossal and subse-
quently Qatar Racing purchased the winner
privately and have left the Kodiac filly with
Malton-based trainer John Quinn. He s
delighted with his "new" owner!
Apparently Harry s Dance only measures
14.2 hands high but this pocket rocket is
already destined for the Queen Mary at
Royal Ascot next month; why should my
time-figure assessment be wrong if the
electrical timing system was right?
I ll bet it is accurate and that twice-
raced Clodovil Doll confirms the form by
beating five rivals; if she doesn t we ll all
blame the ground which will be in stark
contrast to that on the North Yorkshire
This is what my racing life really is all
about, fast-time two-year-olds, unearthing
TH marks before others are aware; this time
has already been spotted by the Qatar agents
who pay mega-bucks on behalf of their
"Weather" or not Clodovil Doll will be
a back-able price is subjective and depend-
ent on the elements; these past few days
have been desperate, more heavy rain and
last Saturday in his weekly column Richard
Hughes raised the subject of watering and
the damage being caused to English race-
tracks; yours truly mentioned this years
ago and did something about it, specialised
with great success on the all-weather
No self-respecting punter dare risk invest-
ing decent stakes on turf at present but all-
weather aficionados such as myself don t
give a second thought to surfaces; more
important and indeed crucial is the draw
because on turning AWR circuits it plays a
vital part. Jockeyship is also a major fac-
tor.They are normal problems, guessing as
to whether a thoroughbred can act on deep,
nigh on un-raceable surfaces is a completely
different matter; why bother?
I m now convinced that all-weather racing
fixtures will be at least on par five years
from now, serious punters wont continue
to be charitable to those greedy bookmakers
who, unfortunately, run racing and have for
Clodovil Doll to confirm form
10.00 CLODOVIL DOLL
2.15 DOCTOR SARDONICUS
2.45 WHALEWEIGH STATION
Weld at ease with Derby ground
Inset: Dermot Weld.
Links Archive May 27th 2014 May 29th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page