Racing: Zeitgeist points to Pukka

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Sara Cumani, the wife of Newmarket trainer Luca, is hoping Zeitgeist's success under Darryll Holland here yesterday is a good omen for his stable companion Pukka in the Derby.

Sara Cumani, the wife of Newmarket trainer Luca, is hoping Zeitgeist's success under Darryll Holland here yesterday is a good omen for his stable companion Pukka in the Derby.

''We're looking forward to Saturday - if you are not in, you can't win," she said after Zeitgeist had pulled clear to win comfortably. The colt is a galloping companion of Pukka, a 50-1 shot for Epsom. Holland has been booked.

Apprentice rider Paul Mulrennan gained the biggest success of his career on Mick Easterby's Blue Spinnaker in the £50,000 Zetland Gold Cup. He conjured a strong late burst out of the winner, who had been hemmed in on the rails, and snatched the prize in the last strides, beating James Caird by a neck.

Easterby said: "On a tip-off from Bobby O'Ryan, I bought Blue Spinnaker out of the John Hammond stable for 2,500gns at Newmarket. He was as lame as a dog. I knew what was wrong with him but it took me six months to get him right."

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