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Never Can Tell What Frankie Will Do, Admits Osborne
08/10/11

1 Never Can Tell 25/1
2 Ermyn Lodge 16/1
3 Colour Vision 20/1
4 Mount Athos 14/1
NR: Right Stuff (FR)
33 ran Distances: 1½l, ½l, 3¼l
TIME 3m 48.04s (slow by 2.04s)
Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Trainer: Jamie Osborne

After some career upheavals trainer Jamie Osborne roared back with a big-race winner when Never Can Tell won the Betfred Cesarewitch.

Never Can Tell
© Racehorse Photos

Never Can Tell
Osborne acknowledged winning jockey Frankie Dettori’s part in the victory, and admitted he had been surprised to see the Italian steering a lone course up the track’s centre. Dettori, who had never won the marathon contest, performed a flying dismount from the winner’s back, then raised his arms to the sky in a show of thanks and exclaimed to the crowd: “Twenty-five years of trying - at last!”

Never Can Tell is owned by Dr Marwan Koukash, whose colours were also carried by fourth-placed Mount Athos, who is trained by David Wachman. Dr Koukash was not at Newmarket today, but Osborne thanked him for his support.

Osborne said of the race: “She’s incredibly brave and this race has been a long-term plan, but when she was drawn in stall 36 it didn’t fill us with humour. Her style of running is such that she was always going to be forward from the gate and the man to negate that draw is Frankie.

“I wasn’t quite sure what he was doing in the straight, when everyone else was staying on the far rail - his words before the race were, ‘Do me a favour, don’t give me instructions’ so I said ‘Okay, just let her bowl along and make this the front-running ride of the season’. As it’s transpired it probably was.

“Cathy Gannon was going to ride her, but when the weights went up this filly came into Frankie’s weight range - I felt he was the right man for this horse because he’s such a good judge of pace.

“She’s not very pretty or very big, but she tries and has a big heart. She’s won two for Dr Koukash at Chester this year, and scoots around those bends. She hates letting horses past her and she was doubling along there today with her ears pricked.”

Osborne won the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes with Milk It Mick in 2003, but changes of stables and a loss of owners have eroded his plans in recent years. “It’s been a challenge,” he admitted, and added: “I’m not the only one in that situation and there are fewer people wanting horses in training, but we can only deal with what we’ve got. I’d like to get more horses, but it’s a difficult time to do that, and the support of Marwan has been fantastic. He’s come along at a good time for me and it’s nice to win a race like this for him. “It’s great to be a part of it.”

 

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Never Can Tell
J A Osborne
L Dettori
8st 11lbs
25 - 1
Winner
2
Ermyn Lodge
P Phelan
I Mongan
8st 12lbs
16 - 1
1 1/2 length
3
Colour Vision
M Johnston
N Callan
9st 1lbs
20 - 1
1/2 length
4
Mount Athos
D Wachman
J Fortune
9st 10lbs
14 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
5
Rainforest Magic
D K Weld
P J Smullen
8st 9lbs
16 - 1
3 lengths
6
Sentry Duty
N J Henderson
J P Murtagh
9st 5lbs
14 - 1
4 lengths
7
Beyond
D Pipe
William Buick
8st 6lbs
10 - 1
3/4 length
8
Regal Park
M Botti
Harry Bentley
8st 8lbs
33 - 1
Short Head
9
Ashbrittle
R M Beckett
Jim Crowley
8st 12lbs
25 - 1
Nose
10
Veiled
N J Henderson
E Ahern
9st 3lbs
12 - 1
10 lengths
11
Becausewecan
M Johnston
J Fanning
8st 11lbs
33 - 1
1 1/4 length
12
Buy Back Bob
A J Martin
W M Lordan
8st 12lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length
13
Abergavenny
B Ellison
P Pickard
8st 5lbs
16 - 1
3/4 length
14
My Arch
Ollie Pears
T P Queally
8st 10lbs
40 - 1
4 lengths
15
Bow To No One
A P Jarvis
Martin Lane
8st 5lbs
40 - 1
3/4 length
16
Cosimo De Medici
H Morrison
R Havlin
8st 10lbs
16 - 1
3 lengths
17
Bowdler's Magic
M Johnston
P Makin
8st 10lbs
33 - 1
Neck
18
Keys
R Charlton
R Hughes
9st 2lbs
6 - 1
3 lengths
19
Gifted Leader
Ian Williams
Ryan Clark
8st 8lbs
40 - 1
3 lengths
20
Red Anthem
G A Butler
Liam Jones
8st 6lbs
50 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
21
L Frank Baum
Miss Gay Kelleway
Declan Cannon
8st 6lbs
66 - 1
1 3/4 length
22
Bernie The Bolt
A M Balding
David Probert
9st 3lbs
16 - 1
1 length
23
Dazinski
M H Tompkins
J Quinn
8st 13lbs
50 - 1
1/2 length
24
Phoenix Flight
H J Evans
C Catlin
8st 10lbs
50 - 1
2 lengths
25
Big Occasion
D Pipe
J P O'Brien
9st 3lbs
33 - 1
3/4 length
26
La Estrella
D E Cantillon
Dane O'Neill
8st 10lbs
40 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
27
Palomar
B Ellison
T Eaves
8st 7lbs
33 - 1
5 lengths
28
Tasheba
D Pipe
K T O'Neill
8st 4lbs
50 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
29
Tuscan Gold
Sir Mark Prescott
S Sanders
8st 8lbs
20 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
30
Dayia
Mrs L Pearce
O Peslier
9st 1lbs
50 - 1
11 lengths
31
Mystery Star
M H Tompkins
Martin Dwyer
9st 4lbs
33 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
32
Braveheart Move
G A Harker
R Winston
8st 9lbs
40 - 1
3 lengths
33
Kazbow
L M Cumani
K Fallon
9st 0lbs
25 - 1
99 lengths
NonRunner
Right Stuff
G L Moore
L Keniry
8st 6lbs
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GAME ERMYN FAILS TO DELIVER GOLD FOR PHELAN

Pat Phelan continued his nearly man role as Ermyn Lodge filled the runner-up berth behind the victorious Never Can Tell in the Betfred Cesarewitch, thus consigning the Epsom-based trainer to the second place spot for the 26th time this year.

Ermyn Lodge
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Ermyn Lodge
“I’ve had 25 seconds already this year before today - since the first of January - and this was number 26,” said Phelan. “He was second at Royal Ascot, behind Veiled in the Ascot Stakes and second again here, so it’s a familiar place to be.”

Ridden by Ian Mongan, the Singspiel gelding, owned by Ermyn Lodge Stud and Heatherwold Stud, stayed on strongly in the two and a quarter-mile contest, the second leg of the historic Autumn Double, but could only get to within a length and a half of the winner.

Ermyn Lodge has had a light campaign in 2011, the Betfred Cesarewitch being only his fourth outing of the year. After claiming the runner-up berth twice at Ascot, including at the Royal Meeting, the five-year-old finished fourth at the Berkshire course in the Shergar Cup Stayers Handicap on August 6, at which point Phelan decided to give him a break before today’s assignment.

Phelan revealed: “He has run well today and I expected it of him. We have invested heavily for a small stable and we were not here to make up the numbers. He has never run a bad race, in his life - only once, at Goodwood when there was something wrong with him, has he run a below par race.

“That was the plan and there are so few opportunities that I suppose he will have a bit of a break now. We will look at The Ascot Stakes next year and then back here again - it’s limited enough what we can do with him.

“The owners might decide to go over hurdles because he has been schooled over hurdles and he jumps well but this was the plan and we didn’t want to jeopardise anything by picking up a little niggle or an injury. He would need a bit of a break after this because we peaked for today so if he were to go hurdling it wouldn’t be any time too soon.”

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