Today’s racing: Sprint king Cowell aiming to strike

Olly Stevens

Olly Stevens: trainer runs Green Door is Nottingham’s feature

7.25 Nottingham

Ladies Day On Friday 15th August Conditions Stakes |  5f, 3yo+ | RUK

SPRINT king Robert Cowell saddles four of the 11 runners in a conditions race he won in 2009 with Biniou and in which Prohibit finished third for the stable last year.

The Newmarket trainer warned yesterday his challenge may be reduced to three if ground conditions are considered too soft for Speed Hawk, who won on firm going at Bath last month.

“It’s a suitable race for horses of ours who’ve crept up the handicap and look like breaking into the next league,” Cowell said. “They need to do well in races like this to make that next jump up in class.”

When Peterkin broke the 5f course record at Chester last month, today’s runner Green Door was only a neck behind in second, although he subsequently disappointed in Ireland.

Age barrier
No three-year-old has won in the ten most recent runnings. Three of that age group run today: Green Door, Speed Hawk and Strategical.

Fast and furious
There shouldn’t be any hanging about here, with three likely to be contesting the early pace – Judge ‘N Jury, Taurus Twins and Morawij.

A shock unlikely
This is not a particularly good race for favourites, but at the same time not one for an outsider. In the past eight years the biggest SP was 13-2.

What they say
Olly Stevens, trainer of Green Door
He’s very quick but isn’t the easiest to place at the moment and this wouldn’t be ideal because he has plenty of weight. We haven’t quite found the key to him so far this season but hopefully something positive will emerge from this race.

Robert Cowell, trainer of Duke Of Firenze, Free Zone, Speed Hawk and Graphic Guest
Duke Of Firenze had a little issue three or four months ago but he’s ready to run and will have an autumn campaign. Free Zone ran quite well at Ascot last time and I think he’s coming back to form. Speed Hawk won on firm at Bath last time and if the ground remains as it he’s not certain to run. Graphic Guest will love the easy ground; the softer the better. She has a nice light weight and comes out reasonably well in the pecking order I think.

Andrew Balding, trainer of Dungannon
He hasn’t found his form this year but he’s very capable on his day. At home he seems to be returning to form and we hope this easier ground will be to his advantage.

Nottingham good to soft, good in places
Carlisle soft, good to soft in places
Ffos Las good to soft, soft in places
Lingfield standard

Today’s key pointer
Oasis Dream’s progeny are 6-18 at Carlisle in the last five seasons for a £1 level-stake profit of £14.62. Ellaal represents the sire in the 4.25

Pointer courtesy of Raceform Interactive


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