40 for Investec Entrepreneurial Class Dash
Jim Goldie’s string is firing at present and the Lanarkshire trainer is targeting the £75,000 Investec Entrepreneurial Class ‘Dash’ at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 5, with the in-form Hawkeyethenoo and previous winner Hogmaneigh.
Run over the fastest five furlongs in the world, the Investec Entrepreneurial Class ‘Dash’ provides the perfect curtain-raiser to the Investec Derby which takes place 45 minutes later. This year’s renewal has attracted 40 entries
Hawkeyethenoo has won both his starts this season and followed a Thirsk five-furlong victory last month with a comfortable first win over six furlongs in a valuable handicap at Newmarket on Sunday, May 2.
Goldie revealed today: “The plan is for them both to go to Epsom. Hawkeyethenoo has been very good this season. He has a 100 per cent record so far and you can’t do better than that.
“He had always shown his best form at five furlongs until Sunday so, while it is a difficult race, I think it will suit him. He is fast enough and it suits finishers, as Hogmaneigh proved.”
Hogmaneigh took the Investec Entrepreneurial Class ‘Dash’ in 2007 when trained by Stuart Williams and also captured the Portland Handicap at Doncaster in 2008. The seven-year-old joined Goldie towards the end of last season.
Goldie continued: “Hogmaneigh is doing fine and we will probably target the Investec Entrepreneurial Class ‘Dash’. We will try and get him spot on for that race; he knows where the winning post is there and if we get him to Epsom in good order, he will run another good race.
“Hogmaneigh would probably like it on the softer side but it is always well-watered on Investec Derby Day. We will take whatever comes but it is nearly always one of those days when the ground is good and it is rarely any faster than that.”
Dandy Nicholls is renowned for his expert handling of sprinters and he has half a dozen entries to choose from, headed by last year’s victor Indian Trail and also including City Dancer, the lightly-raced Crimea who was previously trained by Mark Johnston, the consistent Masta Plasta, the 2009 third Strike Up The Band and Striking Spirit, who chased home the Bryan Smart-trained Moorhouse Lad in a conditions event at Musselburgh on April 30.
Other entries boasting good form during the current campaign include Duchess Dora, successful in a valuable five-furlong handicap at Sandown Park on April 23 for Yorkshire-based handler John Quinn and Fathom Five, who recorded a course and distance victory when triumphant in the Investec Capital Market Handicap at the Investec Spring Meeting on April 21.
A real five-furlong specialist is Glamorous Spirit, who has won six times at the minimum trip for trainer Ron Harris and was last seen out when finishing a short-head second in a Listed event at Lingfield in March.
INVESTEC ENTREPRENEURIAL CLASS 'DASH'
Class 2, Heritage Handicap, £75,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.15pm, Saturday, June 5, 2010. For three-year-olds & upward, five furlongs. Highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; minimum weight 7st 12lb. Entries closed May 5, entries revealed May 5 (40 entries), weights revealed May 12, five-day confirmation stage May 31, final declaration stage, 10.00am, June 3. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including Monday, May 3, 2010.
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
365404- ARCHERS ROAD (IRE) 3 Connect 4 David Barron
020-(1)(2)(0) BAJAN TRYST (USA) 4 Margaret Forsyth & Mrs R G Hillen Kevin Ryan
0(5)(4)(3)-(0)3 BERTOLIVER 6 Mrs A Shone Stuart Williams
115024- BOULD MOVER 3 H Downs & D Looney Roger Curtis
56310-2 CAPTAIN DUNNE (IRE) 5 Middleham Park Racing XV Tim Easterby
23006-4 CITY DANCER (IRE) 4 J N S Quigley David Nicholls
161(0)- CRIMEA (IRE) 4 T S Palin David Nicholls
21156-1 DUCHESS DORA (IRE) 3 The Clay Family John Quinn
(1)2(1)(0)-(6)(0) EDITH'S BOY (IRE) 4 A Lindsay Simon Dow
60530-1 FATHOM FIVE (IRE) 6 Hintlesham Thoroughbreds Chris Wall
(0)(3)(4)(2)(1)(2) GLAMOROUS SPIRIT (IRE) 4 Robert Bailey Ron Harris
1214-11 HAWKEYETHENOO (IRE) 4 Johnnie Delta Racing Jim Goldie
060000- HOGMANEIGH (IRE) 7 Lucille Bone Jim Goldie
0-(0)(6)(3)(0)0 HOH HOH HOH 8 Multi Lines 2 Richard Price
4004-56 INDIAN TRAIL 10 Martin Love David Nicholls
(1)00(1)-(1)(3) JACONET (USA) 5 R G Toes David Barron
6032-05 JARGELLE (IRE) 4 A Rahman Al Jasmi Kevin Ryan
30200-3 JUDGE 'N JURY 6 Robert & Nina Bailey Ron Harris
1(1)00-(1)(3) LE TOREADOR 5 Guy Reed Kevin Ryan
360052- LOOK BUSY (IRE) 5 A Underwood Alan Berry
(1)(1)(1)(5)00 LOVE DELTA (USA) 3 Crone Stud Farms Ltd Mark Johnston
1(1)0/00(2)- MASAMAH (IRE) 4 Dr Marwan Koukash Kevin Ryan
30440-4 MASTA PLASTA (IRE) 7 Lady O'Reilly David Nicholls
000-(0)21 MOORHOUSE LAD 7 Ron Hull Bryan Smart
(2)(1)-(2)(3)(1)(1) NICKEL SILVER 5 M Barber Bryan Smart
30000-(0) NORTHERN DARE (IRE) 6 Dr Marwan Koukash Richard Fahey
33(4)001- NOTA BENE 8 Hodge, Walker & Elsworth David Elsworth
40660-0 OLDJOESAID 6 Angie Bailey Kevin Ryan
0005-65 PARISIAN PYRAMID (IRE) 4 Dr Marwan Koukash Kevin Ryan
(3)(0)(5)(4)(2)(4) PEAK DISTRICT (IRE) 6 Sunpak Potatoes Kevin Ryan
66(4)1-53 QUEST FOR SUCCESS (IRE) 5 Morebrooke Ltd Richard Fahey
40-(1)(2)(5)2 ROCKET ROB (IRE) 4 Bill Hinge & John Searchfield Marco Botti
12310-3 RUSSIAN SPIRIT 4 Cromhall Stud Michael Jarvis
3(1)/4000- SAFARI MISCHIEF 7 Peter Winkworth Peter Winkworth
2/22(0)-43 SIRENUSE (IRE) 4 M Barber Bryan Smart
05261-0 SPIN CYCLE (IRE) 4 H E Sheikh Rashid Bin Mohammed Bryan Smart
3030(4)-0 STRIKE UP THE BAND 7 Barker Moser Nicholls Short David Nicholls
00000-2 STRIKING SPIRIT 5 N & Z Aboobaker & Bon Accord Racing David Nicholls
22/5203- WAFFLE (IRE) 4 Susan Roy Jeremy Noseda
(4)(3)(2)(3)(2)(5) WOTASHIRTFULL (IRE) 5 M Khan X2 Jim Boyle