Nagle looking for rain at York
David Nagle is praying the rain comes for Maarek ahead of the Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York on Wednesday.
The County Tipperary trainer intends to run his star sprinter on the Knavesmire as long as conditions are suitable, having taken him out of a race at Longchamp on Sunday because there was not enough cut in the ground.
"The forecast is meant to be pretty bad in York. I'm the only one who hopes it comes. As long as there's no firm in the ground he'll be OK. He just wants some ease in the ground. The horse is in super form. The only snag is that we need some rain."
Nagle has booked Paul Hanagan for the ride in the hope that his local knowledge will be an advantage.
"I don't know Paul, but I'm glad to have him. I know he's been top jockey there," he said.
Hanagan is looking forward to the ride on the six-year-old, winner of last season's Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes.
"It's great to get the ride on him. I'm looking forward to him. I've not sat on him before but I've seen him plenty of times and he's a very classy horse," said the two-times champion jockey.
Mince ended 2012 on the top of her game with a four-timer culminating in wins at York and Ascot. The Roger Charlton-trained filly has headed the ante-post market for this Group Two contest and her rider James Doyle is convinced she can go right to the top of the sprinting tree.
"Her preparation has been good. I've sat on her quite a few times and she has given me some nice breezes. She's done nothing but please me and has improved with every bit of work she has had," Doyle told At The Races.
"She should show up nicely. She's quite a heavy mare and does have a good blow after her gallops. She goes there in decent nick but she should come on for it. She did well to win at Ascot on ground that she struggled to cope with. She was very tough that day and I'm really looking forward to her this year. I think she'll be a Group One horse."