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Frankie feels Osaila
can win Guineas
Frankie Dettori feels Osaila has "a good
chance" of providing him with his first
British Classic win since Blue Bunting when
she runs in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.
The Richard Hannon-trained filly showed
classy form as a juvenile and was the clear
pick heading into the Nell Gwyn at Newmar-
She overcame a wide draw to win cosily
and give Dettori, who last tasted Classic
glory in the 1000 Guineas in 2011, a realistic
chance of further cementing his partnership
with Al Shaqab Racing.
"She went into the race with the best
form, she was drawn badly, everything went
wrong but she still won," said the former
"She hasn't come in her coat so hopefully
she can improve a little bit more and she
should have a good chance in the Guineas."
Dettori also won aboard John Gosden's
Golden Horn in the Feilden Stakes and he
looks likely to head for the Dante Stakes at
"He'd been working well. He's still a big
baby and it's taken time for him to under-
stand racing, but we know he's got an en-
gine," Dettori told Racing UK.
Flight Risk wins at 50/1
Flight Risk sprang a 50/1 shock for trainer
Jim Bolger in the Big Bad Bob Gladness
Stakes at the Curragh yesterday.
Kevin Manning bought the race-fit four-
year-old with a run near the far rail to chal-
lenge for the lead in the final quarter of a
He galloped on resolutely to comfortably
take the Group three honours by a length
and a quarter from another outsider, 33/1
shot Piri Wango.
The Charlie Hills-trained Cable Bay came
through late for Jamie Spencer to take third
Another British raider, the David Nicholls-
trained Sovereign Debt, held every chance
but had nothing more to give in the closing
stages and was well held.
Bolger said: "Pat O'Donovan rides him out
regularly and told me the other day that he
could be a Group One horse if everything fell
right for him. Everything fell right and he's
on his way.
York aim for Lucky Kristale
Lucky Kristale is set to head to the scene
of her biggest success following an encour-
aging seasonal return at Newmarket.
Her most valuable win came in the Group
Two Lowther Stakes at York in August
2013, one of four victories as a two-year-
old. However, she has not tasted victory
After a frustrating three-year-old cam-
paign, she showed she retains plenty of abil-
ity when finishing an unlucky fifth in the
Abernant Stakes at Newmarket's Craven
Trainer George Margarson is now aiming
the four-year-old filly at the Duke Of York
Clipper Logistics Stakes on May 13 after en-
during mixed feelings from that perform-
"I was pleased with the run but disap-
pointed at the same time," said Margarson.
"The race didn't go right with the gaps
and things like that.
Richard Hannon remains positive about
the Classic prospects of Tiggy Wiggy,
Estidhkaar and Ivawood despite their
defeats at Newbury on Saturday.
The Marlborough trainer reports Tiggy
Wiggy to still be on course for the QIPCO
1000 Guineas at Newmarket although she
was only third in the Fred Darling behind
Hannon was delighted with Estidhkaar s
effort when just beaten a neck by Muhaarar
in the Greenham and was not despondent
after Ivawood s third place in the same
race. Both colts are still in the frame for
the Qipco 2000 Guineas.
"None of them won, but equally none
of them ran that badly, and it was certainly
not a disaster," he said.
"Obviously we would have been delighted
for Tiggy Wiggy to have won the Fred
Darling instead of finishing third, but the
trials come plenty soon enough and she
has taken time to come to herself this
"She might have needed the race more
than we envisaged but, though we rode
her to get the trip, Hughesie (jockey, Richard
Hughes) was adamant that she would not
have won at five, six or seven (furlongs),
so maybe we should put a line through the
race and move on.
"The plan is still to aim Tiggy Wiggy
for the 1000 Guineas and, hopefully, she ll
come on a lot physically in the next two
weeks. If we find at Newmarket that she
doesn t stay, we can always come back to
sprinting for Royal Ascot."
Hannon also remains optimistic about
Estidhkaar and Ivawood.
"It was a very hot renewal of the Green-
ham, and Estidhkaar ran a super dress-
rehearsal," he said.
"He looks every inch a Guineas horse,
and he was coming back at the winner at
the line, so you d have to think that he
would improve again going up a furlong.
"Estidhkaar definitely goes for the
Guineas, and the plan is also to send Iva-
"Like Tiggy Wiggy, we ll monitor him
through the week, but Ivawood will improve
an awful lot on this first run.
"He is a big horse who carries a bit of
weight, and we have not lost faith in him."
Beardwood and Wild Storm
will be targeted by punters
today at Pontefract and Wind-
sor where both meetings are
set to be staged on "good"
ground; popular venues and
with sizeable crowds book-
makers shouldn t have any
complaints about business
unless, of course, these fore-
In such circumstances one
always searches for an each-
way alternative, "attacking the
places" is the recipe for con-
tinued success, especially when
playing each-way doubles, but
neither faces stern opposition
and the likelihood is that "big-
hitters" will plunge on Richard
Fahey-trained Beardwood in the
Maiden 3-y-o Stakes over six
furlongs before taking stock
about Wild Storm.
Coincidentally both are once-
raced and second in 2014;
doubtless patience has been
exercised with a view to taking
advantage of physical maturi-
ty.On the time-handicap Beard-
wood is "thrown-in" and that s
also the case with Wild Storm,
trained by Saeed bin Suroor
who struck last week; another
important factor, always "be
with" stables in form and never
back horses off the back of an
unexplained poor run.
While perusing the rest of
those cards Midnight Rider
popped up like flash of light for
the "aged" handicap over five
furlongs at the Thames-side
Midnight Rider is dropped
back to the minimum distance
but I ve always maintined any
thoroughbred capable of show-
ing good speed over seven fur-
longs, never mind six, is prob-
ably a sprinter waiting to
Experience can often denote
whether a horse running over
seven needs further or indeed
less distance; I ve been watch-
ing them long enough!
4-7--- 10.30 am
34-31--- 1 pm
14-20--- 6.30 pm
TODAY'S PICK TWO
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 2
15 SICK WOMAN 2
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 1 3 4
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSON WIFE
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to April 18
15 (Sick Woman) 6.30 pm
32 (Shrimp)---10.30 am
1 (Centipede)---1 pm
17 (Pigeon)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
35 (Big Snake)
2 (Old Lady) 1 pm
30 (House Cat) 10.30 am
1.25 Midnight Rider
1.55 Wild Storm.
Wild Storm at Windsor
Hannon sweet on Guineas hopes
Estidhkaar, left, ran a super dress-rehearsal in the Greenham.
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