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The Punter: Marcus’ luck will be in with Rumoush

Marcus Tregonning was cursing his luck when Makfi won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

He had the horse under his care before persuading owner Sheikh Hamdan to sell him because Tregonning thought Makfi would prove temperamental to handle and was more of a sprinter in view of the speed he had shown at Lambourn.

The rest, we know, as Makfi won handsomely in the season’s first Classic.

There could be no better way for the trainer to make amends for the Sheikh than by winning Friday’s Investec Oaks with Rumoush.

Previously unbeaten in two outings, the Rahy filly finished seventh in the 1,000 Guineas although came home second of those drawn on the far side.

That form has since received a boost with the winner Special Duty also winning the French equivalent and, actually, Tregonning in hindsight believes it was a mistake to run the filly after the win in the Feilden Stakes.

“She is in very good form and I believe there is more to come. She can only get better and the Guineas was an unsatisfactory race. It was good to see Special Duty win again but the race at Newmarket was a nonsense,” he said.

Rumoush, expected to be no worse than 5-1, should be hard to keep out of the frame.

Those looking for something at a bigger price could do worse that go for John Gosden’s Cheshire Oaks winner Gertrude Bell at 14-1.

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