Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 9th 2014 Contents Denton Dawn is strongly-fancied to go
one better and make it third time lucky in
the Maiden Stakes over six furlongs of
good to soft Pontefract tonight but extra
distance has to be a concern even though
Michael Dods charge appears bred for
On similar conditions at Ayr last month
twice-raced Denton Dawn finished runner-
up (again!) when beaten half length by Cast-
erbridge in what seemed a run-of-the-mill
four-horse race, third home was 12 lengths
in arrears; then we computed the time!
Surprisingly, it revealed the principals
way above average for the time of year and
Denton Dawn, a strong-finisher in the clos-
ing stages without troubling the winner,
was earmarked a next time prospect.
Talented apprentice Conor Beasley rode
this Fast Company sensibly and, not sur-
prisingly, Dods has booked him again.
Over the mininum trip at the Scottish
venue to an extra furlong on one of the
stiffest courses on this planet doesn t make
good sense and we re relying on judgement
of trainer and jockey; will Denton Dawn
stay, we ll have to pay to find out!
If the odds are 2/1 or better it would be
against the grain not to support a clear best-
in juvenile and my participation in the ring
depends on the odds.
Every time you back a horse it s imperative
there is a specific price in mind; backing a
succession of short-priced winners is akin
to playing snakes and ladders, little financial
progress (if any!) is made in the long run
and, never forget, this is a long-term pursuit
for those with a professional bias to serious
Ayr stages an eight-race programme
which concludes with an Apprentice Hand-
icap over a mile, a chance for Jim Goldie-
trained Testa Rossa and Rachel Grant who
just needs to steer this Oratorio gelding, a
beaten favourite last time out.
Providing Rachel is indeed proficient Testa
Rossa will recoup recent losses, judged on
Summer-jumping enthusiasts are catered
for with a seven-race card and Peter Bowen-
trained Rolling Maul is a big chance in the
Novices Hurdle over two and three-quarter
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25-17--- 10.30 pm
7-35--- 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 3 1 8
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 1 7 2 10
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 7
33 (Spider) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
10 (Monkey) 1 pm
16 (Jamette) --- 10.30 am
34 (Blind Man) --- 1 pm
4 (Dead Man) --- 6.30 pm
24 (Queen) 10.30 am
Look to Denton Dawn
11.15: ROLLING MAUL
2.00: TESTA ROSSA
2.40: DENTON DAWN
Australia could have his next start in
the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the
Curragh on June 28 following his heroics
at Epsom on Saturday.
The regally-bred colt lived up to his star
billing when claiming the Investec Derby
by a length and a quarter from Kingston
Hill, and Aidan O Brien reports the son of
Galileo to have come out of the Classic in
O Brien said: "He s fine this morning, he
was just out for a walk and he looks great.
The Irish Derby would be a possibility, but
it will be up to the lads (Coolmore) to decide.
The ground will obviously be a factor and
we will try not to run him on bad ground."
Of his other runners, O Brien said of
Geoffrey Chaucer, who was last of 16: "Geof-
frey Chaucer was badly hampered and after
that Ryan (Moore) was very easy on him
and let him canter home.
"Orchestra (12th) was very green and
babyish and the occasion may have just got
to him. Kingfisher (10th) ran very well and
he won t mind dropping back in trip."
For his part, winning rider Joseph O Brien
would have no qualms about taking on the
best over a mile once more with Australia,
who was narrowly denied by Night Of
Thunder and Kingman in the QIPCO 2000
Guineas at Newmarket.
Night Of Thunder and subsequent Irish
2,000 Guineas winner Kingman look set to
lock horns again in the St James s Palace
Stakes at Royal Ascot.
O Brien junior said: "When we heard
about the forecast for Saturday, we d have
had no qualms about taking him out and
taking on the other two horses (Night Of
Thunder and Kingman) in the St James s
Palace. I would have really fancied him to
"We ll never know if I d been drawn with
the other horses whether I d have beaten
them or not (in the 2000 Guineas), but I
certainly think I would.
"He s got a serious amount of pace. We ve
made no secret of that. He definitely has
seven-furlong pace---no doubt. I travelled
as well as anything in the Guineas. I was
cantering throughout the whole race yes-
terday and you can literally ride the horse
any way. He s very uncomplicated."
The jockey admitted the rain-softened
ground and the step up in trip were minor
concerns prior to the premier Classic, but
those worries soon evaporated once the
He told At The Races: "It s an unbelievable
feeling (to win the Derby). I only had two
concerns really. One was the ground, but
once we d walked the track we were quite
happy. A lot of the rain that had been fore-
cast didn t come.
"The second (concern) was the mile and
a half. He shows a lot of speed and his run
in the Guineas was a massive run in what
was probably a very good Guineas. He s got
a very good attitude and relaxes well. He
seemed to get the trip pretty well."
Australia was O Brien s second Derby
winner following the similarly impressive
display of Camelot two years ago, a horse
who had previously won the Guineas and
came mighty close to completing the Triple
Crown in the St Leger.
"They re two very good horses. I suppose
form-wise there was a bit more depth to
the Derby this year," said the rider. "Camelot
was a brilliant horse and it s very hard to
compare them, but Australia is a special
O'Brien targets Irish Derby for Australia
ELMONT---Though it was right back to business
for Christophe Clement this morning, less than
24 hours after capturing his first Triple Crown
race, the trainer of Belmont Stakes hero Tonalist
did take time to enjoy the moment.
With the winning blanket of white carnations
draped over a bench just outside his Barn 21 office
at Belmont Park, Clement passed out donuts around
the barn and accepted congratulations while he
got horses ready for their regular exercise routines.
"I received a lot of texts from all over: the [United]
States, France, England, everywhere," he said. "I ve
got to start to sit down and answer all my texts,
which I will. I m just going to enjoy this for a day
or two. It s a nice feeling.
"I think we always forget that this should be
fun. It s nice to enjoy it for a few days. For all of
us: the horse, the whole team. We re New York
people, so it means a lot to us."
Clement said Tonalist walked for 30 minutes
and grazed before being given a bath and returning
to his stall, where he showed good energy and
stuck his head out to greet a steady stream of vis-
The Belmont was Clement s second Grade 1 win
on dirt as a trainer, having saddled Funny Moon
to win the 2009 Coaching Club American Oaks.
Winner of the Grade 2 Peter Pan prior to the
Belmont, Tonalist was making only his fifth lifetime
start in the Belmont. He broke his maiden and was
second to eventual Grade 1 Florida Derby winner
Constitution over the winter in Florida before being
sidelined with a lung infection.
The illness caused him to miss the Grade 1 Twin-
Spires.com Wood Memorial, and the lack of qual-
ifying points kept him out of the Kentucky Derby.
Clement and owner Robert Evans decided to point
for the Peter Pan and Belmont, in which he over-
came the far outside No 11 post to catch Commis-
sioner in the shadow of the wire to win by a head.
Clement said the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers
Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on August 23 would
be among the races he would target for Tonalist,
a bay son of Tapit.
Clement basks in
first triple success
Trainer Art Sherman discussed his preliminary
plans for the remainder of California Chrome s
three-year-old season and reflected upon the past
five weeks this morning, after his colt came up
short in his quest to win the Triple Crown when
he dead-heated for fourth in the Belmont Stakes
California Chrome, owned by Steven Coburn
and Perry Martin, was attempting to become the
first horse since 1978 and 12th overall to sweep the
Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes
but finished 1 ¾ lengths behind the winner, Tonal-
ist.California Chrome suffered a cut to his right-
front hoof at the start of the race when he was
struck by Matterhorn, the eighth-place finisher
who broke inwardly.
Sherman, 77, said California Chrome will need
time to recover the Triple Crown experience and
from the injury but will be ready to compete during
the final half of the 2014 racing season.
Sherman said he likely will keep California
Chrome in California for the remainder of the year,
with the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita being his
long-range objective and the Grade 1 Pacific Classic
in August at Del Mar being a possible target in the
to Breeders Cup
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