Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 27th 2014 Contents Confessional gets an excellent oppor-
tunity to retrieve recent losses (mine!) in
the £20000 aged handicap over five fur-
longs of good to firm ground at Newcastle
tonight when a seven-race programme has
a distinct "punter-friendly" look.
Thirteen days back Confessional was my
strong fancy for a "100 grand" sprint down
the Musselburgh straight but was hampered
at halfway and Paul Mulrennan had to accept
the inevitable and look after this admirable
Tim Easterby-trained seven-year-old which
finished eleventh, beaten less than six
lengths; that s significant.
With a clear run Confessional would
undoubtedly been in the mix and on this
magnificent track, which has a climb
throughout the final four furlongs, stable-
jockey David Allan shouldn t have an excus-
On the time-handicap there could be a
danger, long-time loser, but well-handi-
capped, Singeur, mount of Paul Mulren-
Earlier Free Rein should be too good for
seven rivals in the Maiden Fillies Stakes
over seven furlongs; trainer Ralph Beckett
wouldn t be travelling this once-raced Dansili
filly what will seem like a million miles (on
a Friday!) without very good reason and, of
course, it s imperative she wins for breeding
Well-bred maiden fillies are "ten a penny"
but value soars with winning winning brack-
ets and you will be on a dead-set trier with
Free Rein which isn t always the case, unfor-
Every month one watches hundreds of
races, spotting so many iffy performances
that go un-noticed but, they are logged in
Seven go to post for the Selling stakes
over five furlongs at Musselburgh where
thrice-raced Ventura Shadow is on a gift
mark due to the conditions and Samantha
Bell further offsets the weight with her 5lbs
apprentice allowance. Nigh on a cert!
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11-25--- 10.30 pm
28-26--- 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 3
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 5 5 1 11
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 1 7 3 1
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: THURSDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 25
11 (Corbeau) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
28 (Red Fish) 1 pm
27 (Little Snake) --- 10.30 am
33 (Spider) --- 1 pm
23 (House) --- 6.30 pm
13 (Crapaud) 10.30 am
Go to Confessional
11.10 VENTURA SHADOW
2.40 FREE REIN
3.45 CONFESSIONAL (nap)
No Plate for Sous
Ante-post favourite Pique Sous has not been de-
clared for Saturday's John Smith's Northumberland
Place at Newcastle.
Willie Mullins' grey was a warm order for the valu-
able handicap after his well-backed success in the
Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot last Satur-
Mullins also decided not to declare top-weight
Simenon and now relies only on Lucky Bridle, who
was second in a handicap at Cork last month.
With Whiplash Willie another missing, Mark John-
ston's Oriental Fox will carry the top weight ahead of
the David O'Meara-trained Repeater.
Others which were prominent in the betting re-
maining in the line-up at Gosforth Park are Marco
Botti's Suegioo, Repeater's stablemate Tropical Beat,
the Sir Mark Prescott representative Big Thunder
and Angel Gabriel for Richard Fahey.
Tony Martin's Irish raider Dark Crusader, the Lucy
Wadham-trained Noble Silk and Newmarket winner
and potential Melbourne Cup contender Van Percy
are others of interest still involved.
The final horse to sneak into the final field of 20 is
the Jedd O'Keeffe-trained Waterclock.
Burke considers Odeliz options
Karl Burke is seeking optimum conditions for
Odeliz as she continues her hunt for Pattern-race
The four-year-old has placed in Group Two and
Three company on three occasions already this term,
and Burke is eager for the Falco filly to get her head
in front at that level.
Second behind Thistle Bird at Epsom on her most
recent outing, she has a couple of options in Ger-
many in the coming days while also entered for the
Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh on July 20.
"She could go to Ireland next month, but she is
ground dependent," Burke said.
"She has an entry at Hamburg in Germany next
week but I don't think she will go there and she has
another entry at Hannover later in the month.
"She is ground dependent so hopefully we will get
our conditions somewhere.
"She's a progressive filly on an upwards curve at
the moment and we want to win a Group race with
her this season.
"If she stays in training next year, which is a possi-
bility, I think she could make up into a Group One
Cookie set for York raid
Clever Cookie is reported to be firmly on track for
next month's 55th John Smith's Cup at York.
The six-year-old was a Grade Two hurdles winner
at Kelso back in March and has made a seamless
switch to the Flat, winning a Doncaster maiden be-
fore landing a competitive handicap on the
Knavesmire in May.
Clever Cookie subsequently dead-heated with Ral-
ston Road in a Listed event at the end of last month,
although trainer Peter Niven expressed concerns
about the one-mile-six-furlong trip after that shared
success when talking in terms of the Ebor.
He said: "He's fine and on course for the John
Smith's Cup next month, all being well.
"It's been quite hard mixing a winter campaign into
a summer campaign and I don't know that it was the
case that he didn't stay last time.
"You don't win a Listed race and not stay, but per-
haps he just wasn't quite at his best.
"I gave him a couple of easy weeks and he's back
on track now."
Clever Cookie features among the initial 37 entries
for the Juddmonte International at York in August.
While a crack at the ten-furlong feature appears
optimistic, connections believe it is worth giving
themselves the option.
Niven added: "Unfortunately you have to enter
very early for those kind of races and if you're not in
it, you can't win it.
"If he was going to a black type horse I'd probably
prefer to work our way up, but we will see what hap-
pens as it's a while away yet."
According to the bookmakers Roger Var-
ian s Kingston Hill is the only credible rival
to Australia in tomorrow s Dubai Duty Free
Irish Derby at the Curragh but the trainer
would be "very reluctant to run" on fast
Australia beat Kingston Hill by just over
a length in the Investec Derby earlier this
month and there are a few who believe the
more conventional nature of the County
Kildare track will suit the Newmarket raider
more than Epsom s twists and turns.
However, despite already having made
the journey over the Irish Sea, Varian has
reiterated that he will not risk the Racing
Post Trophy winner on ground that he thinks
is too fast.
"He s gone over there today, he should
be there by now I think," said Varian.
"I think the weather tonight and into
tomorrow morning is key. They are forecast
8-12mm of rain and hopefully they get that
and a bit more.
"I hope the ground is at least good by
"I would be very reluctant to run him on
anything described as faster than good."
Australia and Kingston Hill are two of
seven declared runners.
Aidan O Brien s choicely-bred Australia
fell just short when third in a red-hot renew-
al of the Qipco 2000 Guineas but put the
record straight at Epsom.
Australia is one of four runners for O Brien
with Geoffrey Chaucer, Kingfisher and
Orchestra all taking their chances in a race
the Ballydoyle handler has dominated in
O Brien won seven successive renewals
before Jim Bolger s Trading Leather snapped
his sequence last year.
Dermot Weld has declared Derrinstown
Derby Trial winner Fascinating Rock, who
finished eighth at Epsom, but he would also
like to see a little more ease in the ground.
Speaking at Naas on Wednesday evening,
Weld said: "It s pretty ground dependent.
Hopefully they get plenty of rain - it s pretty
firm at the moment so they ll have to get
the rain or water it sufficiently.
"I understand they have a difficult deci-
sion as rain is forecast so they might not
want to water but I m sure they ll get it
right. He s in great form. He hasn t been
burning up the gallops or anything since
Epsom because I haven t asked him to, he s
just had an easy time.
"If he runs, I m convinced we ll see the
horse who won his Group races in Ireland
rather than the one that ran at Epsom."
The only other runner is John Oxx s Pon-
Varian desperate for Irish rain
right, looks over
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