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Sheridan out to maintain strike record

FRANK SHERIDAN will attempt to maintain his perfect strike rate as Icelandic steps up in class for the Listed Faucets For Hansgrohe Fortune Stakes at Sandown on Thursday.

At Warwick last month Icelandic was Sheridan's first winner from his first and only runner since he returned to his homeland after spending muchof his life as a jockey and then a trainer in Italy.

Originally from Birkenhead, the 46-year-old decided to call time on the dwindling racing scene in Milan and is now based at Helshaw Grange in Shropshire, where Deborah Evans also moved recently in replacement for Heather Dalton.

"At the moment I am allowed to train with an Italian licence - which you can do for 90 days - and I think I must be the only person to do that," explained Sheridan.

"I came here on August 18 and am really enjoying Helshaw Grange, so I think I am going to stay on. My parents are only 45 minutes away so I will apply to the BHA for a licence over here.              
"I have got another two-year-old here and a few more in Italy. Everything is political over there -there's nothing left of the racing and the gamblers have been driven away.

"But on the plus side some of the Italian owners are coming over here, and Marco Botti has been training horses here for people who had horses with me in Italy."

Icelandicwas a tidy winner of a conditions event on his British debut and seems to be settling in nicely.

Sheridan continued: "We're 100% running on Thursday. Icelandic wasn't running well earlier in the year and I think he just prefers the colder weather.

"He did beat Ramonti a couple of years ago so the form was there somewhere! Mirco Demuro, who rode for me in Italy, will come over for the ride. He's a brilliant jockey, as he showed the other day at the Shergar Cup."


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