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Spotlight on ‘cheap’ racehorses

‘Cheap’ two-year-old sprinters go for the money in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury

Yorkshire stables of Tim Easterby and Kevin Ryan may hold the key to Saturday’s valuable Newbury Weatherbys Super Sprint, which provides a golden opportunity for bargain-priced two-year-olds to hit the jackpot.

The £135,000 event, which is only open to horses which cost 40,000 guineas or less at public auction, always attracts a field of fleet-footed youngsters.

With Tim Easterby’s Malton stable in cracking form, Golden Nun, the mount of hard-grafting Dale Gibson, will be hard to beat from draw 14. This Bishop Of Cashel filly cost a giveaway 10,000 guineas.

Easterby has been having winners all over the place recently and Golden Nun got home at Chester following an unlucky run at Royal Ascot. She appeals as a better prospect than her stable companion Roman Mistress.

Ryan, who trains at Hambleton on the top of Sutton Bank overlooking magnificent sweeps of North Yorkshire, sent Miss Mirasol to Newmarket to pick up a Listed race and there is plenty of talent inside this daughter of Sheikh Albadou.

Kevin Darleypartners Sir Edwin Landseer for Paul Cole. He will fancy his chances but his mount has to concede weight all round and a bigger danger to Golden Nun may be the Mick Channon-trained Queens Victory.

Other racing action

Foreign Affairs returned to action in fine style at Doncaster recently and may have too many guns for Tobougg, who carries the royal blue silks of the Maktoum family’s Godolphin stable in the Steventon Stakes.

Vision Of Night came up against an in-form Tedburrow at Newcastle but can revert to winning ways in the Hackwood Stakes.

At Newmarket, Grizedale, owned by a syndicate put together by Blandford Bloodstock, can make up forlast week’s narrow defeat by Mine and the disqualified Capricho, in the Lion Sports Mixture Trophy.

Esloob, fresh from her Newcastle success, should be kept on the right side in the Aphrodite Stakes.

Trialfor lunchtime racing

Lunchtime racing in Britain comes under starters orders at Warwick on Saturday for the first time in a four week experiment.

Meetings at Nottingham, Worcester and Redcar are to follow in the next three weeks. Officials at Warwick believe that the new late-morning fixtures will be a winner.

“It is not beyond the realms of possibility that in three to four years lunchtime racing will be a regular part of British racing,” said Warwick’s manager Christian Leech.

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