Mann hoping for Spanish success with Sureness

Trainer Charlie Mann is bidding for a £15,000 prize with Sureness

PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) Mann hoping for Spanish success with Sureness By James Burn 7:22AM 8 AUG 2016

LAMBOURN trainer Charlie Mann was busy yesterday applying factor 15 under the San Sebastian sun and hopes Sureness can pocket the thick end of £15,000 when she lines up in the Gran Premio Hotel Maria Cristina at the city’s track today.

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The daughter of High Chaparral will be Mann’s first runner in Spain and the trainer is optimistic she can go close in the 11-furlong contest, which boasts prize-money of €30,600.

“It’s quite warm out here, which is good,” Mann said yesterday. “The ground’s dried up nicely. It was a bit wet when we got here, but it’s been warm the last two days and the horse looks fantastic.

“She worked well this morning and we’re fairly positive. It’s difficult because you don’t know the form of the other horses who are mostly French and Spanish, but she looks great and has enjoyed her trip over. She arrived on Friday and is a great traveller.”

Mann, who has raced in the Czech Republic, Belgium and Japan, added: “A mile-three is a bit short, so she needs to be out of the blocks and handy, but speaking to the guys out here an 80-rated horse is pretty good.”

Sureness, who could remain in Spain for another race next week, will be ridden by Roberto Montenegro and faces eight rivals including Avenue D’Argent, the Spanish 1,000 Guineas winner who has been off since finishing second in the Spanish Oaks in May.
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