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Noseda faith in Talwar gamble

JEREMY NOSEDA felt supplementing Talwar for Saturday's Goffs National Stakes at the Curragh was "a gamble worth taking".

The Newmarket trainer persuaded owner Vimal Khosla to part with his cash in order to give his juvenile what he feels is a reasonable chance of a Group One victory.

Talwar has won three of his four starts so far, with the highlight being an easy victory in last month's Solario Stakes at Sandown.

Noseda said: "I looked through the entries and my personal hunch at this moment was that the Irish two-year-olds are possibly a little bit below what you would expect at this time of year."

Noseda continued: "I thought it was worth the supplement and especially with softish ground looking likely we thought we could go there and feel we had a solid each-way chance -- also of a decent chance of winning a Group One, which would move the horse on to another level in terms of value and possibly even give him stallion potential in the future.

"So I thought it was a gamble worth taking in paying the $20,000 supplementary."

Akeed Mofeed is being aimed at the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh on September 25 after he opened his account in an eyecatching manner. The Dubawi colt, trained by John Oxx, romped home by five lengths in a seven-furlong maiden at Leopardstown last Saturday to confirm the promise of his debut run over the course and distance a month earlier.

"He'd run a good race on his first start. Something in the next stall bumped him on the head so he ran the first two furlongs a bit unconscious. Consequently he finished very well," said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Jaber Abdullah.

"John (Oxx) gave us good vibes and thought the horse had improved considerably for his run there and he won well.

"It looked like it could be a good maiden and he looked a useful horse.

"He's running in the Beresford next and he'll definitely stay the mile.

"We'd prefer to run him on easy ground and we wouldn't want to run him on firm ground. I can't see it being firm in Ireland at the end of September."

Paul Hanagan was cut in price to retain the jockeys' championship following a 160/1 four-timer at Carlisle on Wednesday. The rider was in fine form in Cumbria, rattling off victories aboard Ventura Spirit, Albaspina, Smart Violetta and Smart Step.

Paddy Power now make him a 1/3 chance (from 8/15) to fend off the challenges of Kieren Fallon and Silvestre de Sousa in the race to become top jockey in Britain.