Turf Talk: Smart sets up Alicante Dawn raid on big-money Mill Reef Stakes

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HAMBLETON trainer Bryan Smart has decided to chase the big bucks with Alicante Dawn rather than run in the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

The Ripon Listed winner – owned by Smart after paying just 5,000 guineas for him – will now head to Newmarket on October 1 for the £150,000 Tatersalls October Auction Stakes.

“He came back with sore shins after Ripon and after discussions with the owner I’ve decided to go for the money!” said Smart.

“There’s £80,000 to the winner at Newmarket, so why not? It looks like we might have Michael Dods’ horse (Bamber Bridge), who was fourth at Doncaster, to beat, but he cost £70,000 and mine cost £5,000. We’ve had some big offers and he’ll still be worth plenty even if he doesn’t win.

“I’ve even had an offer for half of him so that he stays in the yard. We can’t lose by running him in it, really.”

l Andrew Balding’s exciting South Seas remains among 50 juveniles for the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes on October 8 at Newmarket.

The prestigious race usually crowns the champion two-year-old and the likes of Rivet, Blue Point and Churchill remain in the mix at this stage.

Of South Seas, Balding said: “He is a high-class horse with a good cruising speed and, although the Dewhurst will be a lot tougher (than the Solario), he has three runs under his belt now so is well equipped to try his hand against the very best opposition.

“Although he might possibly get a mile and a quarter next year, he is a potential Guineas horse – the Dewhurst will tell us more.

“In my opinion, the Dewhurst is the number one two-year-old race of the whole season so it is great to have a horse in my care considered good enough to take part in it.”

Fair Eva and Moyglare winner Intricately are among 30 to stand their ground for the Dubai Fillies’ Mile.


AYR: 1.30 Golden Apollo, 2.00 Grinty, 2.30 Robben Rainbow, 3.05 Orient Class, 3.40 Clem Fandango, 4.15 Stamp Hill, 4.50 Gabrial’s Star, 5.20 Reinforced.

NEWBURY: 1.40 Red Royalist, 2.10 Dimitre, 2.45 Appeared, 3.20 New Caledonia (next best), 3.55 Law and Order, 4.25 CERTIFICATE (NAP), 5.00 Wuheida, 5.30 Wapping.

NEWTON ABBOT: 1.50 Verygoodverygood, 2.20 Jack Bear, 2.55 Days Of Heaven, 3.30 Love The Leader, 4.05 Belmount, 4.40 I’llhavealook, 5.15 Third Estate.

HEXHAM: 4.30 Top Of The Glas, 5.05 Blake Dean, 5.35 Mirsaale, 6.05 Whats Up Woody, 6.35 Ethelwyn, 7.05 Magnolia Ridge.