Gutsy Odeliz in training to crack Group race ‘duck’

Odeliz, middle, ridden by Daniel Tuhope.

Odeliz, middle, ridden by Daniel Tuhope.

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KARL Burke’s ultra-consistent and talented filly Odeliz is to stay in training in 2015, with her sights set on the top fillies’ and mares’ races.

The four-year-old ended the current campaign with a typically gutsy effort when second to Just The Judge in the EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday.

The Canadian Grade One is likely to be on the agenda next year and Burke will be hoping Odeliz will have broken her Group race duck by then.

“We were delighted with the run. It was a great effort. She’d been on the go a long time, she was second in a Group Three at the Curragh in March, and has held her form right way through the year,” said the Middleham trainer.

“Obviously we were slightly disappointed she didn’t win, but all credit to Just The Judge. She’s a very good filly as well.

“Odeliz arrives back at Newmarket on Friday and is going to stay down at the National Stud for a month’s rest. Then she’ll come back up to us before Christmas. She stays in training next year. We will sit down sometime in the winter with her owner, Barbara Keller, and map out a plan for her.

“I would say a return visit to Woodbine would be high on the end-of-season targets. We will plan accordingly from that.

“She deserves to win a Group race. She hasn’t won one yet but she’s been placed in just about every Group race she’s run in.

“We will stick to fillies’ and mares’ only races. Beyond that we will sit down and work out a plan.”

Another Yorkshire-based star, Moviesta – last seen when finishing an unlucky third in Prix de l’Abbaye – is the headline act at Doncaster Bloodstock’s Horses-In-Training Sales on November 4.

Trained by Hambleton handler Bryan Smart, the four-year-old won the Group Two King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last season and was narrowly beaten in the same race in July. He was only beaten a length by Sole Power in the Nunthorpe at York before his unfortunate experience at Longchamp.

Part-owned by QPR boss Harry Redknapp, along with football agent Will Salthouse and Ritchie Fiddes, Moviesta is scheduled to be lot 154 of 240 horses going through the ring.

Fiddes said: “He’s being sold to dissolve the partnership. He’s still to reach his peak, I believe, and I’m sure he’s capable of winning a Group One. I’d be amazed if there aren’t a lot of people interested in him, from overseas and here.”

Another former northern favourite, Dandino, has been scratched from the Emirates Melbourne Cup after suffering an injury.

The Marco Botti-trained seven-year-old had been due to try to improve on his fifth in the race last year, but after sitting out last Saturday’s Caulfield Cup due to lameness, he will now also miss the November 4 feature.

The son of Dansili, who is part-owned by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, is reported to have suffered a soft-tissue related injury but ATB’s Darren Dance is unsure of future plans, with retirement a possible option.

“Friday week we will close that off and know what we are doing,” he said.

Five to follow

1: Lightning Charlie (tonight, 7.40pm Kempton): Getting closer to the bullseye with each run and William Buick looks a notable jockey booking.

2: Daaree (tonight, 8.40pm Kempton): Chasing a hat-trick under Paul Hanagan and might be too streetwise for Fair Share.

3: Best Example (tomorrow, 1.20pm Doncaster): Derby entry suggests he will be better than this level and should be another winner for Kevin Stott in the Godolphin silks.

4: Yarrow (tomorrow, 1.50pm Doncaster): Very encouraging run when second on debut and good chance to go one better.

5: Court Room (tomorrow, 5pm Newbury): Looks significant that John Gosden brings him back from a long lay-off for this weak maiden. Clearly sets the standard.

Who’s Hot

Mark Johnston: Middleham ace stays on the cold list after going 60 runners and 18 days without a winner before yesterday’s racing. Amanda Perrett and Johnny Murtagh also cold.

Who’s Not

Nigel Twiston-Davies: Operating at a 40 per cent strike rate and tops the hot list with Gordon Elliott. Ed Walker and Paul Cole shining on the Flat.