Chelmsford: Tasleet just holds on in Greenham


Tasleet: beat Knife Edge by a short head

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Report: Chelmsford, Saturday

TASLEET was backed into 4-7 favouritism for the Greenham as if defeat was out of the question but he was made to work incredibly hard by Marco Botti’s Knife Edge, as the two pulled well clear of the only other runner Log Out Island.

William Haggas saw favourites he had saddled – Battalion and Besharah – overturned in the preceding two Group 3s, but the trainer made it third time lucky with the Sheikh Hamdan-owned Irish 2,000 Guineas entry.

It was the second Guineas trial to go the way of a horse without a Newmarket entry after the Richard Hannon-trained Marenko landed the Fred Darling under Ryan Moore, who nearly completed a Group race treble on the card on Knife Edge – having also won the John Porter on Dartmouth.

The switch of venues from Newbury to Chelmsford had a negative impact on the field sizes and the results failed to shake up the Newmarket Classic markets, although Hannon may consider supplementing Marenko – having taken her out of the race at the latest forfeit stage.

‘We could supplement’

Marenko has done well from two to three and is a scopey filly with a lovely attitude,” he said.

“We took her out of the Guineas and thought we’d look at the Sandringham at Royal Ascot, but now she’s won a Group 3 that’s out.


Marenko: “she could be a Falmouth or Sun Chariot filly”

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“We could supplement her for the Guineas, but we’ll sleep on that and she could be a Falmouth or Sun Chariot filly.”

On the favourite Besharah, who finished third, Haggas added: “It’s quite hard to make up ground at this track. I need to watch it again before making any plans on the future. I’ve no idea about the Guineas at this stage.”

Where the Greenham horses could go next

Haggas is considering a step back in trip with his Greenham winner Tasleet and said: “He’s a bonny little thing. I thought he was going to complete a miserable day but Paul had enough in the locker.

“We’ll have to see if Sheikh Hamdan wants another for one for the Guineas but I’m not sure he wants a mile and we might have a look at the Jersey Stakes or coming back to six for the Commonwealth Cup.”

On the Coolmore-owned runner-up, beaten a short head, Botti said: “Knife Edge ran very well and Ryan liked him. He said he wants an extra furlong. He’s still inexperienced and raw and there is more to come.

“He’s got plenty of scope and I’ve always had the German Guineas [May 16] in my mind. There’s plenty of German blood in his family and his dam is by Monsun so he should handle give in the ground.”

Hannon revealed Godolphin’s Log Out Island could also drop in trip after being beaten 12 lengths. “He didn’t behave well,” he said. “He’s been settled at home, but wasn’t there and we’ll be six furlong-bound now, but at least we know.”


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