Never Can Tell What Frankie Will Do, Admits Osborne
1 Never Can Tell 25/1
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 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.”
GAME ERMYN FAILS TO DELIVER GOLD FOR PHELAN
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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