Twice Over impresses in trial for World Cup

There is no mistaking the sense that 2011 could prove a defining year in one of the great careers in Turf history, and Henry Cecil could hardly be more satisfied by its first key skirmish.

Twice Over, his dual Champion Stakes winner, is now as short as 5-2 favourite with Coral (from 6-1) for the Dubai World Cup after an impressive rehearsal over course and distance last night.

Cecil, who also has the favourite for the first Classic of the domestic season in Frankel, had decided to change his strategy with Twice Over after he disappointed in a rough race for the world's richest prize last year. This time round, rather than bringing him in cold, he sent the horse out to the desert in time to take in a trial. In addition to some fairly demanding opposition, Twice Over had to overcome a wide draw in the Maktoum Challenge, but Tom Queally soon managed to get his mount settled on the outside, and within striking range. Twice Over moved up powerfully on the home turn and, having taken control a furlong out, was always holding the late challenge of a race-fit rival in Musir. "He quickened as good as he ever has," Queally said. "It would have been nice if he'd run well, but he has won it, so touch wood it's a step to better things."

There was also an encouraging trial from Gitano Hernando, who nearly caught Musir despite suffering another awkward trip. On a productive night for Newmarket trainers, moreover, Wigmore Hall made his big breakthrough in the Jebel Hatta Stakes, just thwarting the top-class Poet's Voice and Presvis in a three-way photo.

It will not register on the weighing room scales, meanwhile, but two jockeys riding at Newbury today have just been relieved of a huge burden. Ruby Walsh contests his first race since breaking a leg at Down Royal in November, while Jason Maguire will be celebrating a reprieve from the suspension that had menaced the biggest opportunity of his career.

Maguire is now free to maintain his partnership with the unbeaten Peddlers Cross at Cheltenham on Tuesday week, having yesterday persuaded the appeals panel of the British Horseracing Authority to reduce by one priceless day the whip ban he picked up at Doncaster last week. Maguire and Donald McCain, trainer of Peddlers Cross, had both deplored the severity of a seven-day suspension that ruled him out of the Stan James Champion Hurdle. "I'm absolutely delighted," Maguire said. "It's been hanging over me in the last few days, but I've had a lot of support from fellow jockeys and people at the races. It's the right result for the Champion Hurdle."

Walsh had been so aghast at Maguire's treatment that he delayed his comeback by one day to reduce the possibility of picking up an untimely ban. And his return today comprises just one mount. Paul Nicholls has been keeping him busy this week, however: Walsh schooled a series of his leading Festival candidates, and also partnered Kauto Star in a racecourse gallop.

Turf Account

Chris McGrath's Nap

Our Father (2.55 Newbury) Turned over at short odds last time but pulled miles clear of the rest, having been hampered early.



Next Best

Kingsmere (4.05 Newbury) Point-to-point winner quickly restored to fences under Rules, following an excellent effort in defeat over hurdles.



One to watch

French Ties (Jennie Candlish) idled in front at Leicester, so the handicapper may not prevent him following up.



Where the money's going

Quinz is 16-1 from 25-1 with Totesport for the John Smith's Grand National.

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Judi Dench appeared at the Hay Festival to perform excerpts from Shakespearean plays
tvJudi Dench and Hugh Bonneville join Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC Shakespeare adaptations
Life and Style
fashion David Beckham fronts adverts for his underwear collection
Arts and Entertainment
Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Metz - 23 May 2012
art
News
i100Most young people can't
Sport
Is this how Mario Balotelli will cruise into Liverpool?
football
Arts and Entertainment
Alfred Molina, left, and John Lithgow in a scene from 'Love Is Strange'
film
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Front-End Developer C#, MVC, HTML5, CSS3

£35000 - £40000 per annum: Harrington Starr: A firm focused in building Insura...

C# Software Engineer (ASP.NET, C#, CSS, Java Script, JQuery)

£40000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits, Training & Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# S...

C# Swift Developer (ASP.NET, .NET, MVC, Authorize.NET, Swift)

£55000 - £65000 per annum: Harrington Starr: A Global Financial Service Organi...

Web Developer (Web Developer (C#, MVC, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript)

£30000 - £40000 per annum: Harrington Starr: A firm focused in building Insura...

Day In a Page

Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home