Tinkler has much to look forward to with sprint aces

Nigel Tinkler is looking forward to campaigning Acklam Express in big sprints after the three-year-old finished a close third on his first attempt in a Group One at Meydan.

The son of Mehmas was only beaten three-quarters of a length by the Ryan Moore-ridden winner Extravagant Kid in the Al Quoz Sprint, to confirm he does stay six furlongs.

It gives North Yorkshire trainer Tinkler, who also has the speedy Ubettabelieveit in his yard, more options.

“We were doubtful if he’d get the six, but he showed he does get six. Obviously it gives us a lot more options,” he said on Sunday.

“The horse ran very well. We were very proud of the horse and jockey (Rowan Scott).

“He’s absolutely fine. He flies back tomorrow and should be back here in his own stable tomorrow evening.

“We don’t know quite where we’ll go. We’re going to review the whole thing in the next couple of weeks.”

Tinkler is considering giving both horses an entry in the Group Three Prix Sigy over five and a half furlongs at Chantilly on April 20.

“There is a Group race in April at Chantilly. It’s over five and a five furlongs and we’re going to look at that race for both of them and decide whether to give them an entry,” the North Yorkshire handler went on.

“Ubettabelieveit would be ready to run then, but he needs fast ground which is a little bit of a question mark April-time in Paris.”

Acklam Express stays in Dubai for sprint targets

Acklam Express will have the chance next month to build on his excellent first run in Dubai, as runner-up to Equilateral.

Nigel Tinkler’s three-year-old stayed on strongly following a slow start to get within a length of the winner in the Group Two Meydan Sprint last week.

The Mehmas gelding will stay in Dubai and could run in either the Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint on Super Saturday (March 6) or the Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night (March 27) – or possibly both.

“He ran a marvellous race. He’s very well, came out of the race absolutely fine,” said the North Yorkshire trainer.

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“He’s entered for Super Saturday. He might run there. We’ll know in a few days if we’ve got an invite for World Cup night.

“If he gets an invite for that, he might just go straight there. We’ll see. There’s no need to make a decision at the moment.”

Tinkler has another speedy three-year-old in Ubettabelieveit, who won the Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster and was third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Keeneland.

The Kodiac colt will stick to five furlongs for the time being – but Tinkler cannot think too far ahead yet, with limited details as yet available in the programme book because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“He went to Mark Dwyer’s for the winter. He’s been back three weeks, and we’re very happy with him,” he said.

“We don’t know what races there are, because we’ve only got the programme book until April. The next one doesn’t come out for a fortnight, so I can’t say anything concrete.

“In a normal year we’d look at the something like the Temple Stakes or a race at York at the May meeting, before going to Royal Ascot.

“I don’t think he’s going to go beyond five furlongs.”

Tinkler is so proud to have two speedsters in his yard.

“It’s just amazing to think one of them is rated 110 and the other is rated 109 –  and they live next door to each other,” he said.

“They were two of the fastest two-year-olds in the UK last season – over five furlongs there won’t be many rated higher, and they are next-door neighbours. It’s unbelievable, it’s just fortune.”