Racing: Glatisant a tip from the waiter: Wragg's promising filly may be set to serve notice on next year's Classics

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THEY used to call Harry Wragg 'the head waiter' because of his celebrated late flourishes from the saddle. But his son Geoff could easily have earned the same sobriquet.

Wragg jnr was assistant trainer to his father for 30 years before he took over the Newmarket yard of Abington Place in his own right in 1983. Just three months after receiving his licence, Wragg won the Derby with Teenoso and has had regular success since with the likes of Most Welcome, Red Glow and Marling.

Yet it now appears, that at the age of 63, the white-haired Wragg is not about to consider the fruition of insurance policies but prepare instead for the most exciting phase of his career.

This season has seen the emergence of a batch of talented juveniles at Abington Place, and great things have already been predicted for the likes of First Trump, Nicolotte and Owington.

The greatest aspirations, however, are held for the filly Glatisant, an impressive debut winner at Ascot last month. The daughter of Harry Wragg's 1982 Nassau Stakes winner, Dancing Rocks, has already been supported for next year's Classics and her name was again entered on betting slips yesterday.

Ladbrokes, who quote the filly at 12-1 for the 1,000 Guineas and 20-1 for the Oaks, have laid Glatisant at 66-1 and 50-1 to do the double and now offer 40-1.

Her followers will get some sort of idea as to how wisely their money has been invested this afternoon, when Glatisant (3.10) steps up to seven furlongs in the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood.

Wragg is preparing his horse primarily for the Cheveley Park Stakes back over six furlongs at Newmarket in a month's time, but Glatisant's breeding (she has the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Rainbow Quest on the other side of her pedigree) suggests this trip will not be a problem.

The more serious contest here may be the one for second place, a race which should be won by Wild Planet and Cash Asmussen if the jockey has recovered from the culture shock of deserting Deauville for Britain.

The American should go one better earlier in the day when he links up with Con Horgan, the partnership responsible for Mango Manila's easy victory at Newmarket last season. The unlikely combination of a 20-horse Wokingham trainer and Parisian- based rider may register this time with Belfry Green (2.40).

Others to consider here are Malzeta (4.10) and HARD TASK (nap 3.40), who has been raised 5lb for winning at Ripon last time. As the six-length runner-up, Jubran, has since won a 17-runner handicap, the penalty does not look too severe.

Newmarket's main race is the Listed Hopeful Stakes, which provides uncharted waters for the Stewards' Cup winner, King's Signet, the mount of Michael Roberts. Having worked his way to the summit of handicaps, conditions races are the only way forward for John Gosden's colt, but he may be frustrated here by an old hand in this sphere, Montendre (3.35).

The tenderfoots gather earlier in the day for the Port Of Tilbury Maiden Stakes, a race won last season by the subsequent Craven Stakes winner Emperor Jones. Innishowen looks the best of those which have already visited a racecourse, but this looks destined for an unraced animal and Michael Stoute's Sadler's Image (2.35) fits the bill.

Peerage Prince (3.05) does not win very often but looks primed to so now as competes from a mark 2lb lower than when a creditable fourth to How's Yer Father at York's Ebor meeting, while the final televised race should go to a runner whose name will be all too familiar with those who back racehorses. He is called Dreams End (next best 4.05).

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