Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Stack chasing Newmarket prize

Tommy Stack

Tommy Stack is hoping for a share of the big prize money on offer when he saddles Clancy Avenue for the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Sprint at Newmarket on Wednesday.

The three-year-old travelled to British racing's HQ last October for another valuable prize under the Tattersalls banner and finished sixth behind Ghurair.

He has already had two runs this season, winning at Dundalk before returning to the all-weather track to finish second to Group One winner Gordon Lord Byron.

Stack's son and assistant, Fozzy, said: "He seems well and he's had a couple of runs on the all-weather this year. Let's hope the ground keeps drying out.

"He ran quite well there in October but probably didn't get the trip in that seven-furlong race and the ground was soft, too. I think it was a combination of the two."

Among the opposition will be Richard Hannon's Victrix Ludorum, who is aiming to complete a sales race hat-trick having picked up the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Fillies' Median Auction Stakes at Newmarket in September and the £300,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Fillies' Trophy at the track the following month.

She was well beaten on her final juvenile appearance in heavy ground at Newbury, but assistant trainer Richard Hannon junior hopes she can develop into a contender for the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

He said: "She is in good form and has already won two of the Tattersalls Millions races, so it would be nice to go for the hat-trick. We are hoping she is a 1000 Guineas filly. The Tattersalls Millions Sprint is worth more than any of the Guineas trials, so that is why we have gone for this race."

Mark Johnston runs recent Lingfield scorer Limit Up, and is happy to let him take his chance even though he has a bit to find on ratings.

The trainer said: "That is a little bit of a shot in the dark. The trip and the ground will be fine for him, but on ratings he has got a lot to find. When you're qualified for these races, the incentive is there to run."

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