Thursday 23 February 2017

Manning backs Whipless to go the extra furlong

Thomas Kelly

Kevin Manning. Photo: Sportsfile
Kevin Manning. Photo: Sportsfile

Kevin Manning is looking forward to partnering Whipless for boss Jim Bolger in Sunday's Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp.

The long-serving jockey feels the colt, a six-furlong winner at the Curragh on his latest start, will appreciate the extra furlong. "He won at the Curragh and the race has turned out quite well, so it will be interesting to see him stepped up to seven furlongs," said Manning.

"There was plenty of ease in the ground at the Curragh. I don't know how deep it will be, but I don't think it will be a big inconvenience for him."

Among his opponents in Paris will be the Richard Hannon-trained King Torus. Although connections have concerns about the forecast testing conditions, the talented juvenile was one of 18 horses to have stood their ground for the Longchamp Group One.

One horse not travelling is Markab, which may have run his last race for Henry Candy after having been ruled out of Sunday's Prix de l'Abbaye due to an unsatisfactory scope.

The seven-year-old was as short as 5/1 for the Group One following his recent success in Haydock's Betfred Sprint Cup, but he'll not be making the trip. And with one or Markab's owners set to take out a training licence for 2011, Candy is uncertain what the future holds for his star sprinter.

A field of 11 has been declared for tomorrow's Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, the only withdrawals being Memory and Aidan O'Brien's Misty For Me, which had the Hannon filly back in sixth when winning the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh a month ago. O'Brien relies on Wild Wind, second at the Curragh last Sunday.

Meanwhile, St Nicholas Abbey features among 34 acceptors for the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket on October 16.

O'Brien's charge was the early favourite for the English 2,000 Guineas and Epsom Derby, but after meeting with defeat in the first Classic, he suffered a setback and hasn't raced since.

He is among a strong Ballydoyle entry, which also includes Fame And Glory, Rip Van Winkle and Cape Blanco. The 2,000 Guineas winner Makfi could return to Newmarke,t while Snow Fairy has been left in by Ed Dunlop.



  • Gary Carroll drew level with Ben Curtis in the race for the Irish apprentice championship after having two winners to his rival's one at Sligo yesterday. The Kildare rider had a 98/1 double aboard Going Gaga and Walter De La Mare while Curtis enjoyed victory on 33/1 shot Raise The Rafters.


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