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Ryan Moore on Swiss Spirit - York 11.06.2011

Swiss Spirit: finished an unlucky second at Glorious Goodwood last time

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch  

Havlin sweet on chances of Gosden's York duo

JOCKEY Rab Havlin is expecting trainer John Gosden to continue his excellent form at York’s Ebor meeting, which starts on Wednesday.

Gosden has saddled 17 winners this month, including the Havlin-ridden Gregorian in Saturday’s Hungerford Stakes at Newbury, and is set to send a quality team up to the Knavesmire for the four-day festival.

Havlin is hoping The Fugue can go one better than last year in Thursday’s Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

Speaking in the Monday Jury in the Racing Post, he said: “She has the class, being unlucky not to have won an Oaks, and if the ground is fast she could show the turn of foot that won her a Nassau.”

Havlin, an understudy to William Buick at Gosden’s Clarehaven yard, is also keen on the stable’s consistent sprinter Swiss Spirit, an unlucky second at Glorious Goodwood last time, in Friday’s Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.

“He got bumped upon leaving the stalls in the Temple Stakes and didn't get a clear run in the King George Stakes,” added Havlin. “It has to be his turn soon.”

The going at York was described as good on Sunday. A total of 7mm of rain fell on the track in the 24 hours up to midday Sunday.

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