Sunday 18 February 2018

Oxx has 'no fancy entries' for well-bred Godolphin quintet

Trainer John Oxx. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer John Oxx. Photo: Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

John Oxx says the majority of his well-publicised Godolphin recruits will likely not be seen this year and has downplayed any high hopes for the well-bred quintet.

The trainer of Sinndar and Sea The Stars has a relationship with Sheikh Mohammed going back a quarter of a century but these juveniles will run in the blue of Godolphin - when they eventually see the track.

"They are by Raven's Pass, Bernardini, Dubawi, Oasis Dream and New Approach, so one can't complain, and it is great to have them. However, they came from a pre-training yard and are clearly backward sorts, with no fancy entries.

Promising

"They are nice enough and perhaps two of them will run this year. They have no fancy entries."

However, the Harbour Watch-bred Waikuku, a promising fifth on debut, has an entry in the €300,000 Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes on Champions Weekend. "We like him but we'll go to a maiden next," Oxx added.

The Curragh trainer will have no runner on Irish Champions Weekend and it remains to be seen if Martyn Meade will. His stable ace, Eminent, is likely a major player in the €1.25m Qipco Champion Stakes - if he turns up.

Freddie Meade, assistant to his father, said: "He's in very good order and it's just which of the options we go for - the Irish Champion or the Arc. I think the Champion Stakes at Ascot will be too late in the year.

"We don't want to run him on bad ground. He's ready to go and we'll make a bit of plan in the early part of next week."

Churchill is no bigger than 7/4, with Ulysses ruled out, though there was money for him with some firms yesterday. Barney Roy is also ruled out.

Connections of Cracksman are still keeping all options open following his impressive victory in the Great Voltigeur. Owner Anthony Oppenheimer said: "I think (John) Gosden is just keeping an eye on the horse and trying to work things out. He is entered for the Arc, the Irish Champion Stakes, English Champion and Prix Niel."

Meanwhile, the Turf Club's appeals body will meet on Tuesday next to review the sanction imposed on Davy Russell after the Kings Dolly incident at Tramore, when he appeared to strike the mare in the head. Russell received a caution.

It has been a busy week for the integrity body, which has disqualified Se Mo Laoch following his win at Sligo on July 16. A sample taken from the horse was found to contain a prohibited substance.

Byron Beauty's win at Killarney on July 19 has also been expunged as her sample contained a different banned substance. Neither of the relevant trainers was given a fine or suspension.

Irish Independent

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