CHRISTCHURCH—An upbeat West Indies touched down yesterday to continue preparation for their two-Test series against the hosts, bowling off next month.
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This ‘Mission’ has been noted
Top Mission scheduled for division one of a 3-y-o Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of ‘good’ ground Newbury today; last month we noted Saeed Bin Suroor’s charge after he just failed to land favouritism in a similar race at Newmarket under Silvestre de Souza.
William Carson becomes the third jockey to partner Godolphin-owned Top Mission, marginally ‘best-in’, judged on that effort, from Clive Cox-trained See The Master, mount of Adam Kirby.
Any one of ten well-bred, lightly-raced, rivals could progress considerably but TH marks, achieved by both twice-raced duo Top Mission and See The Master, look formidable; we might just have a dual forecast.
This is a race to monitor closely; at this particular Berkshire course there are always plenty of ‘non-triers’ in set-weight maidens, mine is to spot them and make due notes after computation of race-times.
That’s what one does and I’m ‘still here’ as they say and have no intention of going anywhere else!
Incidentally don’t forget thoroughbreds need to either win or have three runs before they can be officially handicapped; local trainers know they can effect qualification without too much expense, and do.
Non-triers are everywhere but such ‘practice’ does not extend to horses owned by Godolphin!
Division two is too difficult, along with the rest of an eight-race programme, but Newcastle stages seven-races which include an opportunity for consistent, hitherto luckless Deansgate in an ‘aged’ Maiden Stakes over seven furlongs of tapeta.
Significantly 4-y-o Deansgate achieved a ‘career-best’ time-figure over course and distance but the year younger, Richard Fahey-trained, Navarone comes out similarly!
Obviously the latter has a ‘built-up’ mark by virtue of weight-for-age and because I’m not convinced weight is so important over sprint distances Deansgate is selected as an each-way ‘cert!’ It’s a tough life, my hobby!
Kennedy out with broken leg
Jack Kennedy faces around four months on the sidelines after suffering a broken femur in a fall at Punchestown.
The rider, who landed this year’s Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on Labaik, suffered the injury when he was unshipped from Bobbie’s Diamond at the last fence in the La Touche Restaurant Novice Chase on Wednesday evening.
The Turf Club’s senior medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick is expecting the rider, who has broken a leg twice in the past year, to have another lengthy spell out of action.
He said: “He’s going to have surgery this afternoon when they will put a nail through the bone.
“Four months is about the average recovery time for this kind of injury and it is a clean break.
“I’m sure he will respond well, but it’s not at all like his other breaks as they were small bones and this is the biggest bone in the body.”
Morrison runner tests positive for steroid
Hughie Morrison could lose his training licence after one of his horses tested positive for an anabolic steroid, the Berkshire handler told the Daily Telegraph.
Morrison is facing the prospect of a suspension of between one and 10 years after he said Our Little Sister was found to have contained nandrolone in her system after a race at Wolverhampton on January 14.
Our Little Sister finished last of eight runners in an extended two-mile handicap, in which she was sent off at odds of 12-1.
Morrison has denied all wrongdoing and said he has offered a cash reward for information that would lead to his name being cleared.
The Group One-winning trainer told The Daily Telegraph: “I am doing everything I possibly can to get to the bottom of this.
“I’ve reported it to Thames Valley Police who, along with the BHA (British Horseracing Authority), were supportive in my offering a reward to see if this could take things forward.”
Newbury, 10.30 Top Mission (e.w)
Newmarket, 1.25 Tadween (e.w)
Newcastle, 5.30 Deansgate (e.w)