Sandiva gives Frankie Dettori reason to look forward to Guineas
Wednesday 16 April 2014
Frankie Dettori can look towards Guineas weekend with a positive feeling about at least one Classic ride after the courageous performance of Sandiva in the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket.
Starting his first full season as the retained jockey of Sheikh Joaan al Thani's Al Shaqab Racing, Dettori has many fine horses to choose from on both sides of the Channel and even treated Rowley Mile course visitors to a flying dismount with the broken ankle from last October firmly healed.
Trainer Richard Fahey had already prepared Sandiva to win a Group Three in France as a two-year-old, and while bookmakers were not quick to cut her in the 1,000 Guineas market, she closed strongly to finish half a length up on Euro Charline and Majeyda when plenty went against her.
"I've got about 35 unraced three-year-olds to ride and there's a lot of travelling, but I'm enjoying it," Dettori said. "We haven't seen the main ones yet, like Rizeena and the [Aidan] O'Brien ones, but at least my filly has come and done it. Where she was drawn was a one or two-length disadvantage and there was no cover, so it was a good performance. She is entitled to go to the Guineas with a good chance."
Sandiva is still as big as 25s with Betfred for the main event and could yet be joined by Marco Botti's Euro Charline, who also looked like she would appreciate a little further than this seven furlongs.
Dettori's ex-employers Godolphin could have a legitimate Investec Derby colt on their hands as True Story (5-2) mauled his opponents in the ebm-papst Feilden Stakes.
The July course maiden winner stretched seven lengths away from 15-8 favourite Obliterator, who showed great promise himself to finish well ahead of the rest. Now just 14-1 for Epsom with Ladbrokes and Coral, the son of Manduro will take in a Derby trial.
Richard Hannon hopes Shifting Power can prove the exception to the fairly ordinary rule of recent winners of the CSP European Free Handicap. The 13-8 favourite had a size advantage over his rivals but proved determined to get past Mushir and Aeolus by a head and a neck.
It had already been a good day for Hannon, who collected his biggest winner since taking over from his father in the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Sprint. Magnus Maximus (25-1) raced prominently under Pat Dobbs and galloped to the line three-quarters of a length to the good.
Latest in Sport
Brooklyn Beckham poses in Arsenal training kit following rumours of signing for the Gunners
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: David De Gea could leave for FREE; £38m for Marquinhos; £37m bid for Mats Hummels;
Transfer talk: Juan Cuadrado Chelsea move imminent; Manchester United eye Nathaniel Clyne; Andre Schurrle medical at Wolfsburg
Danny Ings to Liverpool: The Reds attempt to steal a march on rivals in race to sign Burnley striker
Kim Sears 'swearing' outburst threatens to overshadow Andy Murray's Australian Open semi-final win
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 3 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an excellent, large partially ...
£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...
£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Lead Web Develo...