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Ace Ventura bet expected to win

May 2, 2014

ByTattenham

VENTURA QUEST should appreciate the switch to nine furlongs as he tackles the Weatherbys Private Banking Handicap at Musselburgh.

The three-year-old looked pretty useful in winning twice last year and deserved plenty of credit for his debut effort when he was not beaten far at all by Classic contender The Grey Gatsby.

While he was only sixth on his seasonal bow this term, trainer Richard Fahey should have taken plenty of positives from his effort.

Trying a mile for the first time, he was beaten just over six lengths in total and was never nearer than at the finish, suggesting an extra furlong should be well within his compass.

He was hit with a 5lb rise for winning a Catterick nursery on his final start in 2013 but his current mark of 85 looks thoroughly workable, particularly as his breeding suggests a lengthier tripmay suit.

Winstanley cost [pounds]100,000 at the sales last year and he can repay a small fraction of that with victory in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.

A son of Dandy Man, he is bred to be pretty sharp and should initiate a double for the Fahey team.

Hit The Jackpot can do just that in the Core Oil And Gas Handicap.

Dropped right back in trip at Beverley last week, David O'Meara's charge took it up six furlongs out and just went further and further clear, eventually winning by nine lengths.

The handicapper has subsequently raised his mark to 85 from 74, but he is able to compete offhs old rating here with a 6lb penalty which leaves him 5lb well in - a fact which is dangerous to ignore.

Rock Of Dreams was a bit unlucky at Beverley on his return but can gain compensation in the 32Red.com Handicap at Chepstow.

He signed offhs juvenile campaign with a win at Leicester and a similar performance should see him in the mix KINGMAN, Australia and Toormore all feature in a final field of 14 for tomorrow's Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The John Gosden-trained Kingman is a strong favourite for the first Classic of the season after running out an impressive winner of last month's Greenham Stakes at Newbury on his seasonal return.

Australia, a son of Galileo out of the great racemare Ouija Board, will be having his first start of the year at Headquarters, having won two of his three juvenile starts, culminating in a comfortable Group Three win at Leopardstown last September.

He will be ridden by Joseph O'Brien while fellow Aidan O'Brien inmate War Command, who won both the Coventry and Dewhurst Stakes last term, will be partnered by Ryan Moore.

Toormore was champion juvenile last season, counting the National Stakes among his four victories. He maintained his unbeaten record with a workmanlike display in the Craven Stakes on his return in April.

He is one of three Richard Hannon-trained runners in his first season as the licence holder. Greenham runner-up Night Of Thunder, the mount of Kieren Fallon, and the unbeaten Shifting Power, who will be ridden by Frankie Dettori, give him three legitimate challengers.

Another strong contender is Roger Varian's Kingston Hill, last year's Racing Post Trophy hero.

CHARLIE HILLS is planning a crack at the Ta ttersalls Musidora Stakes at Yo rk later this month with his exciting filly Cambridge.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned daughter of Rail Link won her only start to date at Nottingham last October, beating a subsequent fourlength winner in the process.

"Cambridge had a racecourse gallop with Kiyoshi at the Craven Meeting and the plan now is to start off in the Musidora Stakes at Yo rk, " said Hills.

"We were pleased with her at Newmarket and she is obviously unexposed having just had the one run.

"She is a tall, rangy filly, but her work has always been very, very good.

"She has done nothing but please us in everything she has done this spring and I would disappointed if she did not develop into an Investec Oaks contender."


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Source: Northern Echo (England)


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