Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 11th 2014 Contents "Angels" to provide entertainment in
the Maiden 2-y-o Fillies Stakes over six
furlongs at Wolverhampton today when
the left-handed Dunstall Park course re-
opens with a new Tapeta surface, replacing
polytrack, which was used for more than
Unfortunately the "poly" became weary,
caused kick-back problems and following
strong representation tapeta, designed by
ex-trainer Michael Dickinson, was chosen;
it will be intriguing, not to mention fas-
cinating, to see how it rides on this historic
occasion because, judging by the fixture
list, it s gonna take some hammer during
the next few months.
All-weather now accounts for a quarter
of the annual fixture list and that s no prob-
lem for yours truly, I ve become a "spe-
cialist" but it s a pity the lay-out of all
courses, bar Southwell, is at issue.
Too many runners are allowed, the max-
imum should be ten, the number one set
of stalls can accommodate; imagine 220/440
yards in athletics without a stagger!
Charles Hills-trained Angels Wings is
drawn four of nine and, according to the
time-handicap, this twice-raced Dark Angel
filly will be a serious rival to obvious
favourite Free Entry and represents a pro-
fessional special each-way bet under James
Doyle, whose positivity continues to impress
and pay dividends, for punters.
Free Entry hasn t been out for 70 days,
didn t raced further than the minimum trip
and reports suggests tapeta rode slow when
used in Dubai where, incidentally, it has
been dug up and replaced by "dirt!"
Apparently that was at the behest of
Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum!
You re My Cracker and 5lbs apprentice
Jack Garrity could be first to score on the
new track because Donald McCain s charge
is clear "best-in" for the Maiden 2-y-o
Stakes over five furlongs; this consistent,
hitherto luckless Captain Gerrard filly was
cruelly denied in the last stride by our nap,
Gleneely Girl, in a similar race at Carlisle
last month; compensation awaits.
Hills has journeyed Kodiva to "good to
soft" Ayr for the opening Maiden -2-y-o
Fillies Stakes over seven furlongs which
appeared to suit this ideally when this Kodi-
ac filly made a pleasing debut at Goodwood
eleven days ago.
After a sluggish start Kodiva came tanking
through to finish second, only a length off
highly-regarded, heavily-backed Shagah;
providing this race doesn t come too soon,
and colossal travel doesn t affect her, it s
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, August 11, 2014
Ayr: 2.30 Kodiva
Wolverhampton: 3.15 Angels Wings (e.w)
2-23 --- 10.30 pm
19-33 --- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 7
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 8
15 SICK WOMAN 3
18 WATER BOAT 5
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 6 6 3 15
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 2 8 3 13
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to August 9
17 (Pigeon) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
35 (Big Snake)
11 (Corbeau) 1 pm
3 (Carriage)---10.30 am
18 (Water Boat) --- 1 pm
34 (Blind Man) --- 6.30 pm
36 (Donkey) 10.30 am
Clerk of the course Fergus Cameron is
looking forward to an "exciting" afternoon
at Wolverhampton today as racing takes
place on the track s freshly laid Tapeta
surface for the first time.
It was announced at the end of April
that Wolverhampton was replacing Poly-
track with the synthetic surface invented
by former Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning
trainer Michael Dickinson.
Tapeta has been used at Meydan race-
course in Dubai and at various racecourses
and training centres across the world, but
Monday s fixture at Dunstall Park will be
the first time racing has taken place on the
surface in Britain.
The surface drew praise following a trial
earlier this week and Cameron is waiting
to receive more feedback from jockeys and
He said: "We re very much looking for-
ward to staging the first race meeting to
take place on Tapeta in the United King-
dom. It s exciting.
"Obviously it s very early days and we ll
be expecting feedback from horsemen about
how the surface rides tomorrow.
"We want to ensure we have a safe and
sustainable surface going forward, so this
is only the first step."
A total of 57 runners have been declared
to run on a seven-race card, including hors-
es from leading stables such as John Gosden
and Saeed Bin Suroor, who knows the Tape-
ta surface well from having had many run-
ners at Meydan in the winter.
Wolverhampton has a reputation for
being something of a pioneer for British
all-weather racing, having also been the
first to introduce the use of floodlights at
Kate Hills, communications director at
racecourse owners ARC, said that the group
were keen to offer owners, trainers and
jockeys a choice of racing surfaces across
its tracks with Polytrack being retained at
Lingfield and Fibresand remaining in use
"ARC researched the surfaces preferred
by UK trainers and found Polytrack and
Tapeta to be equally popular," she said. "As
the first Tapeta racecourse in this country,
it gives trainers further choice as to what
surface to run their horses on. All the trials
have gone very well and we ve received
very positive feedback from the jockeys
who took part.
"ARC is proud to have bought Tapeta,
a world-class synthetic racing surface, to
Great Britain for the first time.This is a
major multi-million pound project for ARC.
"Along with the launch of the All-Weath-
er Championships and bringing a much-
needed all-weather track to the North at
Newcastle, ARC is committed to long term
investment in all-weather racing."
Ashley Iveson says Kodiva should make the
long trip up to Ayr worthwhile today---he has a
tip in every race.
Kodiva looked a winner waiting to happen on
her racecourse debut at Glorious Goodwood a week
and a half ago and rates banker material in the
British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies Stakes
The very fact that she made her introduction
on such a big stage suggests she has shown trainer
Charlie Hills plenty at home, with her Group One
entries for later in the campaign also indicating
she is better than your average two-year-old.
The daughter of Kodiac was not a cheap yearling
purchase at 100,000 guineas and connections have
had to wait a while to see her make her competitive
bow, but she could hardly have shaped with more
promise in defeat.
Kodiva was not without her supporters on the
Sussex Downs and ran a blinder to fill the runner-
up spot behind the form horse and favourite Shagah,
who had already shown a good level of ability in
two previous appearances.
The Hills runner is bound to improve and a com-
prehensive victory in Scotland will leave the team
eyeing far bigger prizes for later in the year.
Hanalei Bay has plenty of resolution to go with
a fair degree of talent, making him an attractive
betting proposition in the Salt House Handicap.
After finishing either second or third on seven
of his first 12 starts, the Keith Dalgleish-trained
four-year-old was not winning out of turn when
signing off for 2013 with victory at Wolverhampton
in early December and he has picked up where he
left off this term.
Following a perfectly satisfactory comeback at
Hamilton, Hanalei Bay was successful over this
course and distance and his progress has continued
with a third placed finish at Carlisle and another
visit to the winner s enclosure at Hamilton a little
over a week ago. He is capable of finding the bullseye
at least once more and this looks an excellent
Richard Fahey saddled a first Group One winner
of the year when Garswood bounced back to form
to win the Prix Maurice de Gheest. It was the
John Gosden-trained July Cup runner-up Gre-
gorian who headed the betting for the six-and-
a-half-furlong contest, with Eddie Lynam s Viz-
toria and the Freddie Head-trained Thawaany
next in the market.
Emma Armstrong, who owns Garswood with
her husband David in partnership with Cheveley
Park Stud, said of the half-length winner: "We
knew he had his ground and we knew he could do
it today. "In England he has been very frustrating,
but in France he gets his conditions and he runs
New start for Wolverhampton
Angeles to test
Tapeta track today AYR: 2.30 KODIVA (NAP), 3.00 Starlite Jewel, 3.30 Blue
Sonic, 4.00 Hanalei Bay, 4.30 Findog, 5.00 Saxonette, 5.30
Hold The Line, 6.05 Modify.
BALLINROBE: 5.20 Bog War, 5.50 Pirate Cove, 6.20 Santo
Romano, 6.50 Storm Away, 7.20 Shutter Island, 7.55 Steel
King, 8.25 Hash Brown.
THIRSK: 5.25 Beat The Shower, 6.00 Bright Flash, 6.30
Aussie Ruler, 7.00 Meadway, 7.30 Benidorm, 8.00
Arrowzone, 8.30 Cagoule.
WINDSOR: 5.40 Lindart, 6.10 Steal The Scene, 6.40 Mon
Cigar, 7.10 Taper Tantrum, 7.40 Perfect Cracker, 8.10 Welsh
WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.15 Dolorous, 2.45 Low Cut Affair,
3.15 Free Entry, 3.45 Solarmaite, 4.15 Bereka, 4.45 Fajry,
5.15 All The Winds.
Kodiva to confirm
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