Turf Talk: Snoano set for York after '˜nice surprise' at Royal Ascot

SNoano will head to York for the 58th John Smith's Cup on July 15 following his victory in the Wolferton Handicap at last week's Royal Ascot.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 28th June 2017, 2:38 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 7:58 am
Racegoers look on as Snoano, ridden by jockey David Allan, wins the Wolferton Handicap during day five of Royal Ascot. PIC: John Walton/PA Wire
Racegoers look on as Snoano, ridden by jockey David Allan, wins the Wolferton Handicap during day five of Royal Ascot. PIC: John Walton/PA Wire

North Yorkshire trainer Tim Easterby has had the valuable mile-and-a-quarter handicap in mind for some time for Snoano and was delighted with the way the five-year-old handled the ground conditions to run out a game winner of a competitive heat on Saturday.

“He’s come out of it good. I’ve had winners at Royal Ascot so I know what it takes. I won’t run them unless they have a chance,” said Great Habton handler Easterby.

“It was a nice surprise because if it had been softer ground I’d have been fairly optimistic. It was fast so I was a bit iffy.

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Trainer Tim Easterby.

“He runs in the John Smith’s Cup. That’s been his aim all year. This was a bonus.”

Easterby also reports Mattmu to be ready to resume his racing career in Saturday’s Betfred TV Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle after a spell at stud. The five-year-old is among 19 entries for the Group Three contest over six furlongs, in which he finished second in 2015.

“He’ll probably run,” said Easterby. “He didn’t cover enough mares to warrant him at stud so he’s back in training.

Mattmu – successful at both Group Two and Group Three level – last saw racecourse action in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last summer when he was out of luck in the Group One won by Twilight Son.

Mattmu, ridden to victory by David Allan at York in 2014. PIC: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

n Pat Smullen has been booked to ride Cracksman in Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.

With regular pilot Frankie Dettori currently sidelined by injury, John Gosden was in need of a new rider for his Epsom Derby third.

Smullen’s agent Kevin O’Ryan said: “He’s an absolutely brilliant ride to get.”

SOBOT’S SELECTIONS

Trainer Tim Easterby.

NEWMARKET: 2.10 Dichato, 2.40 Theglasgowwarrior, 3.15 Sword Exceed, 3.50 Saluti, 4.25 Khamaary (treble), 5.00 Rigoletto, 5.35 Compas Scoobie.

NOTTINGHAM: 2.20 Agadeer, 2.50 Pouvoir Magique (next best), 3.25 ZABEEL PRINCE (NAP), 4.00 Finale, 4.35 Artscape, 5.10 Rainbow Orse, 5.45 Saga Sprint.

NEWCASTLE: 2.00 Molly Mayhem, 2.30 Curiosity, 3.05 Bishop Of Bling, 3.40 Replenish, 4.15 Sooqaan, 4.50 Cline, 5.20 Accession, 5.55 Seebring.

NEWBURY: 5.50 Anonymous John, 6.20 Magic Applause, 6.50 Mahaarat, 7.25 Sporting Times, 8.00 Heart Of Gold, 8.30 Swanton Blue, 9.00 Roy Rocket.

Mattmu, ridden to victory by David Allan at York in 2014. PIC: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

HAMILTON: 6.00 Tonto’s Spirit, 6.30 Here In The Dark, 7.00 Ypres, 7.35 Grey Diamond, 8.10 Peach Melba, 8.40 Spirit Of Wedza, 9.10 Manshood.