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Friday 9 December 2016

Osaila can put herself in the Classic mix

Richard Hannon
Richard Hannon

Osaila can propel herself up the ante-post lists for the 1000 Guineas by landing the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket.

Richard Hannon’s charge is as long as 40-1 with some bookmakers for next month’s Classic but that seems a fairly generous price about a filly who was good enough to win a Group Three and place at Grade One level as a juvenile.

Osaila has 4lb or more in hand of each of her rivals on the official ratings here and while it is a stretch to think she can win a Classic at this stage, victory will certainly put her firmly in the mix.

Faydhan has been well touted in the past and if he is to realise his Classic potential, he really should be winning the CSP European Free Handicap.

John Gosden’s runner is among the leading lights for the 2000 Guineas after breezing home by six lengths in a Haydock maiden last July, with a future Group Three winner back in second. A leg problem meant that he did not run again but his mark remained low enough to sneak into this field and he can take full advantage of the opportunity.

The Warrior showed he had made plenty of progress through the winter when winning on the opening day of the Irish Flat season and he can build on that in the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Sprint.

His maiden win at the Curragh for Aidan O’Brien last month showed his juvenile experiences were not wasted and he looks a likely type.

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