Catching Pigeons: Mince The Pick
Catching Pigeons: Mince The Pick
Sporting Life

Frankie Dettori

Harry Bentley was beating himself up all the way back home after getting narrowly pipped aboard Mince at Newmarket on the filly’s reappearance.

He can expect to be watching from a rear view back at the same track on Saturday as Bentley is down to ride Hurry Up George for Ralph Beckett while Roger Charlton has drafted in Frankie Dettori to ride Mince in the Coral Sprint Trophy.

That’s not to say Bentley won’t get more chances for the trainer in the future, but Dettori is one from three on the handful of horses he has ridden for Charlton since 2009 and his booking is a clear sign that connections mean business.

Also worth a positive mention in the same race is Gabriel’s Lad with trainer Denis Coakley’s team having started the season in good form. He has always been highly rated and appears to have done particularly well from two to three.

Stabelmate Chief Of Men shouldn’t be ruled out in the opening Handicap either. Breathing problems have repeatedly held him back, which is a shame as he works like a good horse and the likeable Coakley could do with a flagship performer. Maybe first time out is the best time to catch him.

John Gosden has ruled Michelangelo and Shantaram out of next month’s Derby but could still send Thought Worthy to the race depending upon how he gets on in the Fairway Stakes.

He is reckoned to be a similar type to full-brother Lucarno, who finished fourth in the Derby before going on to win the’St Leger.

Rugged Cross and Noble Mission won’t make it easy for him but it does seem significant that Gosden is still considering the Derby for the colt.

Gosden was teasing the press at York on Wednesday that they needed to get up earlier after waxing lyrical about a piece of work that Nathaniel did with Masked Marvel at 6am that morning. But our mole was present and reports that Nathaniel will take plenty of beating in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown in a fortnight’s time.

Newbury’s card is obviously all about Frankel. The rumour-mongers were all too ready to retire him after his well-publicised setback last month, but the truth is he has impressed in every piece of work performed so far this year.

Sondeduro is one to look out for in the closing Blue Square Richard Hughes Maiden Stakes, although more with an eye on a future handicap mark. He’s got ability.

Trader Jack let us down badly in bottomless ground at Sandown on his reappearance, but works far too well to be left alone in the Blue Square London Gold Cup. Hopefully that reappearance has brought him forwards as he is a big brute of a horse and at least the poor run will guarantee a better price.

Looking to the longer term, Elas Diamond is a name to remember. A smart two-year-old, she missed all of last season, but was spotted going well with a Noseda stablemate last week. No doubt the Newmarket trainer has a plan up his sleeve but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this filly’s name appear in the entries in the weeks ahead.

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