a hot favourite for the Group 3 contest but could only finish third behind Redstart on her first try at seven furlongs. However, the East Everleigh handler believes she probably needed her first run of the season and would come on plenty for those exertions. The trainer also reported that the speedy filly would return to sprinting if she is unable to stay a mile in the Group 1 contest at Newmarket on May 3. Hannon said: “The plan is still to aim Tiggy Wiggy for the 1000 Guineas and hopefully she’ll come on a lot physically in the next two weeks. “If we find at Newmarket that she doesn’t stay the mile we can always come back to sprinting for Royal Ascot.” Meanwhile, Hannon also stated that Estidhkaar and Ivawood, second and third in the Greenham on the same card, would both take their chances in next month’s 2000 Guineas. ■ Frankie Dettori believes that Osaila has an excellent chance in the 1000 Guineas. The Richard Hannon-trained filly confirmed the promise she showed as a juvenile when routing her rivals in last week’s Nell Gwyn at Newmarket. The filly has been well-backed recently as a result of that victory and the rider believes that she is open to plenty o
f improvement. ■ Lie Forrit has been handed a deserved summer holiday by trainer Lucinda Russell after his brave effort in Saturday’s Coral Scottish National at Ayr. T
he hugely popular 11-year-old ran well for a long way in the big race and plugged on gamely in the home straight to finish 10th. Russell reported that he was in excellent shape and would definitely be back in action next season. ■ Clive Cox reports that Kodi Bear is recovering well after being after being cast in his box.However, the Lambourn-based handler admits the colt is highly unlikely to be fit in time to run in the 2000 Guineas. Plans are fluid for the Kodiac colt although he is entered in both the French and Irish versions of the 2000 Guineas. ■ Bookies will be praying that LEXINGTON ABBEY (3.20) does not land the b
ig sprint handicap at Pontefract today. Kevin Ryan’s gelding showed some useful form last term and should build on his decent fourth at Doncaster last time out.