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Nicholls torn between Tajneed and Valery

ADRIAN NICHOLLS faces a tough task later this month if his father's Great St Wilfrid one-two Tajneed and Valery Borzov line up in the Ayr Gold Cup later this month.

Dandy Nicholl's son and stable jockey, thankfully picked the right one on that occasion with Tajneed, but admits he faces a tricky task again.

"Obviouslythere is Valery Borzov who is favourite and Tajneed who is vying for favouritism buta lot will depend on the ground," he said.

"There is also the Portland Handicap at Doncaster so some of our horses will run in that.

"It was a difficult decision in the Great St Wilfrid as I have ridden Valery on most of his runs, but not the time before Ripon as I was in France and Franny (Norton) seemed to get on well with him.

"Tajneed is a talented horse and the key with him is the ground and as he had won at Ripon before, I decided to go with him.                                                                                                 

"It could be a whole different ball game up at Ayr as it is normally on the easy side but how soft it will be, we will just have to wait and see.

"Tajneed has obviously gone up quite a bit in the handicap now but Valery Borzov also went up in the weights for finishing second.

"There was not a lot between them at Ripon and I don't think there will be much between them at Ayr either.

"Valery is a very versatile horse and he's a little star to be honest and so tough.

"It is going to be a very difficult decision and knowing my luck, one of ourother horses like Northern Fling will come and get me.

"He too is a nice horse and has a big one in him but you just don't know when he is going to come good," he said

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