Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 8 December 2016

O O Seven at Tinkler's service

Nick Robson

Published 07/02/2016 | 02:30

O O Seven ridden by Andrew Tinkler. Photo: PA
O O Seven ridden by Andrew Tinkler. Photo: PA

Andrew Tinkler has a stellar book of rides at Musselburgh's Cheltenham Trials Day today, with O O Seven the highlight. Along with Nico de Boinville, Tinkler has been a beneficiary of Nicky Henderson's decision not to replace Barry Geraghty with a stable number one and to share the mounts out among his jockeys already based at Seven Barrows.

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Tinkler has ridden O O Seven in five of his six races and was on board last time out when he lost nothing in defeat behind Willie Mullins's Cheltenham-bound Yorkhill in the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown.

That was over two miles, but he steps up markedly in trip for the Albert Bartlett Scottish Trial over three miles.

Only four go to post but in opposition is Gordon Elliott's Fagan, a winner of two bumpers and a novice hurdle this season and owned by Ronnie Bartlett, head of the sponsoring company.

"O O Seven has done very little wrong in his life," said Tinkler. "I've always been of the opinion that better ground will suit him too, so that's a bonus, and his run in the Tolworth was excellent.

"I think he bumped into a very good horse that day. The ground was very deep at Sandown which wouldn't be what he wants and he seems in very good heart at home."

Richard Johnson is on Fagan and feels he is his best chance of a winner on the card. "The step up in trip will definitely suit him," he said. He's a horse that looks to have a big future and should go there with strong claims. I really liked him when he won his second bumper at Ayr in October."

Tinkler is later reunited with Call The Cops, which gave him one the biggest thrills of his career when winning the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham last March. Sold in the summer and snapped up by JP McManus,Tinkler probably felt his days of riding him were over but with Geraghty choosing to partner stablemate Cup Final, Tinkler maintains the link in the Pertemps Qualifier.

Another nice mount for Tinkler is Henderson's Cardinal Walter in the Totepool Scottish County Hurdle. Decent on the level for David Simcock, he won two out of four over hurdles last season before finishing fifth to Cyrus Darius at Aintree.

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