Mark Rimell might start to take his career in a different direction after his only Flat horse Love Tale won the opening race of the new season at Brighton. The Oxfordshire trainer's best horses to date, Oneway and Crossbow Creek, have been jumpers, but success in the gatwickdiamondjobs.com Handicap was already the second of Love Tale's brief career.
Sent off at 8/1 against Richard Hannon's 5/6 favourite Mayo Lad, she got first run on the recent Wolverhampton winner and ended up beating him by a length and three-quarters in the hands of Fergus Sweeney.
Elsewhere, Brendan Powell had his £3,000 fine quashed and the horse Fitandproperjob its 40-day ban lifted after a hearing by the disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority. At the hearing it emerged that Powell's instructions were unable to be passed on in the parade ring to jockey Charlie Poste -- who had been given a set of instructions by a part-owner and who did not contest his 14-day suspension -- and the appeal was upheld.
Richard Hannon's Esentepe will not be supplemented for the Qipco 1000 Guineas. The daughter of Oratorio won the Nell Gwyn on her second start of the season, holding off the Group One-winning Nayarra at Newmarket. In the immediate aftermath some of the Middleham Park Racing syndicate who own the filly were keen to fork out the £30,000 supplementary fee but that plan has now been shelved.
"Some of the owners might have got a bit excited but when we talked it over we decided not to supplement," said Middleham Park's Tim Palin. "She might go for the Musidora at York or there's a Group Three 1000 Guineas Trial in Ireland in mid-May in which she would escape a penalty."
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