Dash date for Chipstead at Shergar Cup this weekend

Roger Teal’s Chipstead will bid for another valuable sprint handicap at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup on Saturday.

The five-year-old, who is full-brother to the stable’s sprint star Oxted, was last seen coming home fifth in the Listed City Walls Stakes at York last month.

He was unplaced in the Wokingham at at Royal Ascot, but prior to that produced another good run on the Knavesmire in May when landing a good quality five-furlong handicap.

The bay now holds an entry for the Dubai Duty Free Dash at the Shergar Cup, a five-furlong contest worth nearly £40,000 to the winner.

“He’ll go on Saturday, it should be a nice little spot for him” said Teal.

“There are only 10 runners so you don’t get a massive cavalry charge like you can in the big sprints.

“Hopefully that will do his confidence the world of good, he could run a big race there for us.

“The Wokingham was a bit of a non-event for us, but then he went and ran a blinder up at York in the Listed race.

“He was drawn badly that day and the race was run on the inside flank there, so you can upgrade his run that day.”

Teal has the Ebor in mind for the stayer Ocean Wind, who returned this season after over two years away from the track.

His comeback run in the Esher Stakes saw him finish a gallant third behind Yibir, after which he lined up in the Goodwood Cup over two miles.

Tom Marquand snatched the race with a runaway ride from the front on Quickthorn, with Ocean Wind unable to land a blow at the rear of the field.

“He’s very well, it was just a bit of a non-event,” Teal said.

“We were badly placed throughout the race and it wasn’t the best run at all. It was a mess of a race but he’s come out of it fine, thankfully.

“He’s quite a switched off horse and Jim (Crowley) had him out the back, we just have to draw a line through it.

“Jim thought he might have bounced, which is possible because it had been such a long lay off. He just didn’t get going at Goodwood on the day.

“He’s goes for the Ebor now, that’s where we’re headed.”

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