Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Three cheers for Sir Mark Prescott's Hooray at Newbury

Hooray can bring good cheer to Sir Mark Prescott by scooping Listed honours at Newbury tomorrow.

The flying filly is the only sprinter in the Bathwick Tyres St Hugh's Stakes rated in the 100s and must have an outstanding chance dropped in class.

Prescott will unquestionably point to her run in Newmarket's Cherry Hinton Stakes as being his chief cause for optimism.

After all, the Invincible Spirit filly defied early traits of keenness before showing a really brisk turn of foot to finish third behind Memory.

Hooray also finished eighth behind that same rival in the Albany Stakes on her penultimate start, but essentially had little chance from a terrible draw.

Although she has another wide berth in Berkshire, the juvenile has clearly made breakneck progress in the summer and brings to the table the best form in the race.

Moreover, the Cherry Hinton is also working out exceptionally well as runner-up Soraaya has since won the Princess Margaret at Ascot.

With ground conditions seemingly ideal, she should also have little trouble competing over five furlongs for the first time in her career.

Ryan Moore will not return to action until next week after damaging his wrist in a fall at Windsor on Monday evening.

The earliest the champion jockey will be back race-riding will be Monday, a day before the start of the four-day York Ebor Festival.

He suffered the wrist injury when his mount, Rocket Rob, fell after having passed the winning line in third place in the rippleffect.com Handicap.

“Hopefully he'll back for York. We've got to monitor it. It's a day-by-day thing at the moment,” said his agent Tony Hind.

Moore, three-times champion, is third in this year's title race behind Paul Hanagan and Richard Hughes.

Richard Hughes will adopt his customary waiting tactics on Dick Turpin in Tuesday's Juddmonte International Stakes at York.

Richard Hannon's consistent three-year-old has been supplemented for the prestigious 10-furlong Group One contest, with owner John Manley forced to fork out £50,000 for the pleasure of seeing him attempt the trip for the first time.

However, after victory over a mile in the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly, connections have high hopes of stretching his stamina.

“They asked me for my opinion. It's a very brave decision by John and it's a credit to him, it's really made it a proper Group One,” said Hughes. “We were thinking of running him over 10 furlongs in a Group Two in France on Sunday with a 7lb penalty but my reasoning was if you are not going to stay 10 furlongs, you may as well do it against the big boys.”