Fifteen Love (farside) takes the Totesport Mile from MasaalekPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Cambridgeshire ground doubt for Fifteen Love
ROGER CHARLTON on Wednesday said that Fifteen Love is only "50-50" to make the Totesport.com Cambridgeshire on October 4, despite beingone of the principal contenders for the £160,000 contest with the race sponsors.
Charlton said the Britannia Stakes and Totesport Mile winner's participation was ground dependent following a disappointing run in Turkeylast time.
A 14-1 chance with the sponsors, the Khalid Abdullah-owned son of Point Given was among 100 horses going forward after Wednesday's forfeit stage.
"He's a possible for the Cambridgeshire but he's a fast-ground horse," Charlton said.
"We're going to have to see what the weather is doing nearer the time and then make a decision. At this stage, I would say it is 50-50 whether he will run."
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Bushman, 16-1 with Totesport, heads to Ayr this weekend but trainer David Simcock said that Newmarket was still the target.
Second to Many Volumes in the Listed Gala Stakes on his most recent start in July, the four-year-old pleased his trainer on Wednesday morning.
"Bushman certainly has the Cambridgeshire on his agenda. He is going to run in the Doonside Cup at Ayr on Saturday, so how he runs there will determine where he goes next," he said.
"Ten days ago he had a slightly dirty scope. He's been treated for that but unfortunately he missed a piece of work. He worked this morning and pleased me, so he goes to Ayr at the weekend.
"He's a talented horse who appreciates soft ground and will go whether it's heavy or soft, he doesn't mind either. He doesn't like fast ground," he added.
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The John Quinn-trained Solent, who was cut by Paddy Power to 25-1 (from 50) on Tuesday for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, was yesterday taken out of the Totesport.com Cesarewitch.
Quinn said the Newmarket marathon was not on the agenda for Solent, a 12-length winner on his hurdling debut last month.
"He's in at Plumpton on Sunday andgoes there only if they get some rain. The Cesarewitch didn't fit in with our plans," Quinn said.
"If he kept improving he could go for some of the better races but there's a long way to go between now and Cheltenham."
Of the 76 remaining for the 2m2f marathon on October 18, the Marcus Tregoning-trained Askar Tau is the sponsor's market leader at 5-1, and he remains on course for the race after his weekend win over 2m at Great Leighs.
"We ran him at Great Leighs as we wanted to pick up a penalty to make sure we got into the Cesarewitch and he should do that now," said the trainer.
"The great thing at Newmarket is that, even in a big field, you can ride him as you want. He will settle in anywhere and has a good turn of foot."