Tuite hopes for Shergar Vision
View from connections ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday.
Runners contest he Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash Stakes in 2015
Shergar Cup Dash
Paul Midgley – Line Of Reason (Kenichi Ikezoe) and Ninjago (Emma-Jayne Wilson)
“I think Line Of Reason has got to have a massive chance. He was very unlucky in the King George at Goodwood last week – I don’t know whether he’d have won, but he’d definitely have been in the money and he’s come out of it fresh and well.
“He was rated 111 last year and he’s 105 now, but I don’t think he’s regressed, he just hasn’t had his ground.
“It’s the same old story with him – if he can get a fast pace, some cover and something to aim at – I think he should run a very big race.
“Ninjago’s best run for us was over five furlongs and he’s in good form and ready to go.
“He wouldn’t be good enough to beat Line Of Reason, I wouldn’t have thought, but it’s a horse race and anything can happen.
“They’re both well handicapped and as long as one of them comes up with the goods we’ll be happy.”
Jeremy Gask – Medicean Man (Frankie Dettori)
“We’d have preferred to have been drawn in the middle of them as he’s a horse that desperately needs cover in his races, but other than that we’re happy.
“It’s great to have Frankie riding and the horse seems in very good form.
“He ran a fantastic at Royal Ascot on ground that didn’t suit him and he just couldn’t get any cover on his last run.
“Hopefully, if the ground stays good, he’ll run a good race.”
“Poyle Vinnie came out of the Stewards’ Cup last week fine. He had a bad draw and didn’t have a hard race. Hayley has ridden him at home and hopefully he’ll run well.”
Mick Appleby – Poyle Vinnie (Hayley Turner)
Gary Moore – Dutch Masterpiece (Josephine Gordon)
“He was very unlucky at Goodwood. He travelled nicely and was left short of room but he ran his race.
“He was one of the few horses of mine that did run well. I am happy with him and he has run well at Ascot before.
“Any rain that falls the better as he wants genuine good ground.”
Ken Condon – In Salutem (Thierry Jarnet)
“He’s a sprinter in form and has been running very consistently at home.
“There’s a lack of opportunities in Ireland for him at the moment, so we had a look at this and we thought the small field and stiff track would suit him.
“I was glad to see the rain earlier in the week as he’s not a horse that would want fast ground.
“Thierry Jarnet is a jockey we’ve all been watching for years, he’s a very good rider and we’re happy to have him.”
Shergar Cup Stayers
Ralph Beckett – Green Light (Silvestre de Sousa)
“We’re stepping him up in trip and his style of racing suggests that could well suit him.
“We’re lucky to have landed on Silvestre de Sousa and hopefully he’ll run well.”
Marcus Tregoning – Serena Grae (Oisin Murphy)
“She’s in good form and I think she’ll definitely stay.
“I’m pleased to have Oisin Murphy riding and hopefully she’s got a good, solid chance.
“She’ s quite a tough mare who takes her race well and I don’t think she’s too worried about the ground.”
“He’s been in very good form and looks to have a great chance. He ran well at Goodwood and we’re happy to have Hayley ride him. It’s good to see her back, I think the horse will suit her and she’s ridden a Group 2 winner for Jeff.”
Sylvester Kirk – Gold Prince (Hayley Turner)
Sir Mark Prescott – Sea Of Heaven (Kenichi Ikezoe)
“He won the Brown Jack over the course and distance last time and must have every chance, but I’m sure lots of others will as well.
“He’s a fairly uncomplicated horse to ride.”
Mick Appleby – Two Jabs (Frankie Dettori)
“He ran well at York last time, I think he just bumped into one (Magic Circle).
“It’s great to have Frankie Dettori on him as he obviously rides the track so well.
Shergar Cup Challenge
Ralph Beckett – Great Glen (Oisin Murphy)
“He was having his first run back after an injury when he won at Lingfield three weeks ago.
“Hopefully that was a lovely prep run for Saturday and I’m hopeful he’ll be competitive.”
James Tate – Ruwasi (Frankie Dettori)
“He’s obviously gone up in the handicap for winning his last two races but he remains in very good form.
“We have a top man on board and a good draw, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a big run.
“We used to think he wanted easy ground, but he’s won on good to firm of late, so I don’t think conditions should be a problem.”
Gary Moore – Plutocracy (Josephine Gordon)
“He ran OK at Ascot the other day. He is one that could do with a bit of give in the ground.
“I felt the ground at Ascot last time was a bit quick for him as he didn’t let himself down properly in the last furlong.
“He is in good health and has been consistent, although there is no number one next to him name this season.”
Charlie Fellowes – Baadi (Gavin Lerena)
“He won his first two starts of the year at Windsor, but I just felt on his second start he was just doing enough in front.
“He went back to Windsor last time and the ground was horrible. He’s not a horse who’d want it rattling fast, but he doesn’t want it as soft as it was last time, either.
“We’re putting him a visor on him, the ground should suit, he has a good draw and a very good jockey on his back.
“I’m hoping he’ll run a nice race.”
Shergar Cup Mile
Brendan Powell – Beach Bar (Josephine Gordon)
“He’s had his long break after the Lincoln. He was over the top then after going to Dubai.
“He’ll come on for the run. He’s a massive big horse, who always takes a run, but he’s ready to go so I thought we’d go there.
“He can carry weight, so I’m not bothered about that. We’re hoping for the best.”
“We have a good jockey booking, he’s run well in this race the last two years and he’d have a chance again.”
Mick Appleby – Bancnuanaheireann (Thierry Jarnet)
George Scott – George Cinq (Martin Harley)
“The handicapper felt he ran a career-best when he was second at Thirsk last week and has put him up 5lb since.
“I thought he was really unlucky no to win and win in good style that day and he seems to be in the form of his life.
“He’s run well at Ascot before and I think it’s a big asset having Martin Harley on his back as he knows the track and I think they’ll get on well together.
“I don’t want to be overly confident, but how can you knock him?
“It’s a great event with very good prize-money and I’m happy to enter into the spirit of it.”
Shergar Cup Classic
William Muir – White Shaheen (Josephine Gordon)
“He loves give in the ground and I would go as far as to say if the ground was soft it would take a very good one to beat him.
“We thought about running him in a valuable race at Goodwood last week, but we didn’t feel the ground was right.
“Good ground is fine for him, but the softer the better.
“Josephine is riding as well as anyone at the moment and hopefully this horse will give her a good spin.
“I think he’ll win a nice race before the end of the year.”
Jedd O’Keeffe – Lord Yeats (Kenichi Ikezoe)
“The horse is in very good form and his form is progressive.
“He’s been doing well this year and we’re really pleased with him and we think he’ll continue to improve.
“He’s got a nice draw (three) and I think the track and trip will suit him well.
“Ideally the ground won’t dry up too much for him.”
Oliver Cole, assistant to father, Paul Cole – Against The Odds (Oisin Murphy)
“He ran very well at Windsor and we were very happy with him. He is a horse that needs a galloping track and I don’t think in hindsight Chester suited him.
“He goes there in great form and I think he will appreciate the mile and a half at Ascot. He is a nice horse. He is a half-brother to Dandino so there is a lot of stamina there.”
Shergar Cup Sprint
Joe Tuite – Field Of Vision (Joe Fanning)
“He wasn’t right in the spring. He came back wrong after Windsor.
“We’ve since had him gelded and given him a bit of time. He’s in very good form and I’m very happy with the horse.
“We’re going six furlongs with him. He did run over that trip at Kempton on the all-weather in the winter when he was second, but this is different.
“Whether he gets the six would be my slight worry. It will be a learning curve.
“There’s plenty of prize-money and it’s a good day out, so we’re going to have a go.”
Dean Ivory – Kadrizzi (Thierry Jarnet)
“The horse is very well. He’s not run at Ascot before and I’d like a bit of the cut in the ground.
“Most of his form is on the all-weather, but he’s a very nice horse and I think Ascot should suit him.
“He’s in great nick and the horses are running well. I’m expecting a nice run.
“He ran a nice race at York in what was his first run back.
“He’ll like the stiff six on a straight track and he should be doing his best work at the end.”