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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Ginger Nut owners seeking another sweet sales pay day with Heroic

Heroic's owners Christopher and Jenny Powell with Ginger Nut, Harry Bentley and groom Babu Singh after victory in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury
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3.50 Newmarket
£150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes | 6f | 2yo | RUK

Owners Jenny and Christopher Powell will probably not be reaching down the back of the sofa after winning the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury this summer and they seek another slice of a valuable sales pot with Heroic.

Won by subsequent Group 1 scorer Accidental Agent two years ago, this race is open to juveniles bought as yearlings at certain sales and is worth, as its title suggests, £150,000.


Watch Ginger Nut win the Super Sprint


In Heroic, the Powells, who scooped £122,925 when Ginger Nut struck in the Super Sprint, have a colt who ran with credit at Ascot on debut but did not fire at Newbury last month.

Trainer Charlie Hills, who also fields Devils Roc, said: "He ran well on his debut at Ascot, although he didn't really build on that at Newbury next time. It was horrible weather that day and he was a bit far back and never got in the race. He stayed on and seven furlongs will help him in time."

Praxidice makes perfect?

Karl Burke's mind will understandably be mostly on Laurens, who runs in the Sun Chariot on Newmarket's card, but there is the small matter of the £81,165 first place prize-money to think about here.

Praxidice, who won on debut at Carlisle last month, is on duty for the trainer and runs in the yellow-and-white Ontoawinner colours of his former star sprinter Quiet Reflection.

He said: "She ran very well first time out at Carlisle. Any rain would help, as it was quite soft that day. We've saved her for this race and she goes there with a chance."

Stronge realistic about pair

This race offers those a little lower down racing's pyramid the chance of a healthy prize, which connections of Renardeau and Estrela Star would be ecstatic to land.

The pair are trained in Eastbury, near Lambourn, by Ali Stronge, although husband Sam is realistic about their chances.

"Renardeau ran well at Brighton and if he improves again you could see him running an okay race," he said.

"He improved from the time before and is going the right way, while Estrela Star is having his third run. He wasn't too far behind at Brighton and if he improves again could run okay as well, but they're going to be big prices.

"It's a 30-runner race and massive prize-money for the owners to have a go at."


What they say

Richard Fahey, trainer of Metallic Black and Essenza
Metallic Black hasn't quite gone on since winning in good style on debut at Pontefract, but he's got time on his side and I wouldn't be writing him off. Essenza is a solid enough filly but may just struggle here.

Richard Hannon, trainer of Critical Data, Wedding Date, Chonburi, Perfectly and Time For Bed
Critical Data is tough and consistent and didn't disgrace himself at Doncaster last time. I think the likely fast pace will suit and on ratings he's bang there. Wedding Date is a speedy little filly who's been given a nice break since running at Pontefract in July and is ideal for a race of this nature. Chonburi stays so we'll be making use of her stamina and Rossa Ryan knows her well, having been on aboard when she scored at Leicester. Perfectly has a little to find on official ratings, so I couldn't be massively confident. That said, these races often throw up surprises. I quite like Time For Bed and her form is more than good enough to give her a chance.


Result, replay and analysis of last year's £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes


Charlie Fellowes, trainer of Cavalry Park
I think he could run a very good race. He’s travelled well on both starts and not really got home, so the drop in trip should work on that evidence, as it should on pedigree. He's quite lazy at home but is much sharper when he goes racing.

Dean Ivory, trainer Fancy Flyer
He's quite moderate and it's a hard race, but a funny one in which any of ten could win. I don't expect him to win or be in the first three, but I'd like to think he'll be in the first third. He handles most ground and tracks and is quite versatile. He's a colt, so has a mind of his own, but we'd like to think he won't disappoint us.

George Scott, trainer of Strawberry Jack
He's a nice horse who lost his way through the middle part of the year, but a return to his first effort – when he was a good third at the July course – should help him run a creditable race.


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He's quite moderate and it's a hard race, but a funny one in which any ten could win

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