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Tinkler considering Acklam Express options after missing Dubai cut

Nigel Tinkler was left feeling philosophical after Acklam Express missed out on the final field for the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on World Cup night.

Third in the race 12 months ago, the sprinter was second to Lazuli last month before finishing seventh of 16 to the impressive Man Of Promise on Super Saturday.

The provisional field of 16 was released on Monday with A Case Of You, Suesa, Emaraaty Ana and Happy Romance in the running.

Joining Man Of Promise in the Godolphin blue is Creative Force, Naval Crown and Mutafawwig.

“We’re obviously disappointed, but on the other hand it’s a very hot race and there’s a lot more runners than expected,” said Tinkler.

“It’s a shame that we got invited to go there and then Godolphin run four in the race which is a bit of a cross purpose, that’s the only thing.

“It is a hot race this year and it might be a blessing in disguise, so with what is going on the world at the minute, it is a very small thing.

“There are three or four races in May he could run in back home and as yet I don’t know which one he’ll go to.”

Acklam Express delights Tinkler with Meydan reappearance run

Nigel Tinkler was delighted with Acklam Express’s comeback effort at Meydan on Friday and is looking forward to running him twice more at the Dubai course next month.

The four-year-old only found the race-fit Lazuli too good by a length and a half in the Blue Point Sprint, on his first start for 248 days.

Acklam Express had finished second to Equilateral in that Group Two race 12 months ago and will continue to follow the same route as in 2021 by going for the Group Three Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint on Super Saturday (March 5) followed by the Al Quoz Sprint on World Cup night three weeks later.

He was third in both contests last year.

“He ran very nicely. I couldn’t be more pleased and he stays out there now. He’s going to run on Super Saturday and then World Cup night, all being well,” said Malton-based Tinkler. “He’s bucking and squealing so we’re happy.”

Plans after the Dubai campaign remain fluid.

“I think we’ll give him a little break when he gets back. I don’t think we’ll get him ready for the Duke of York. We might wait for Ascot probably. We’ll play all that by ear,” Tinkler added.

“If we can get some money in the pocket, we’ll be very happy.”

Temple task on Tinkler’s radar for Ubettabelieveit

Ubettabelieveit could try to redeem himself in the Temple Stakes at Haydock next month following a poor performance in France.

Nigel Tinkler’s three-year-old was never travelling well and trailed home last of eight behind Suesa in the Group Three Prix Sigy at Chantilly on his seasonal debut.

The North Yorkshire trainer believes over-watered ground may have been responsible for the disappointing display from last year’s Flying Childers Stakes winner.

“He’s absolutely fine, not a problem,” said Tinkler.

“I think they’d over-watered the ground and he doesn’t like that.

“He did disappoint in the Gimcrack. It was a similar performance on wet ground. We’re just going to put a line through it.

“He might go for the Temple Stakes. That’s a possible.”

Tinkler reports his other talented three-year-old sprinter Acklam Express to be in fine form following his spell in Dubai during the winter.

Nigel Tinkler
Nigel Tinkler (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

He was placed in all three starts at Meydan, ending with third place in the Group One Al Quoz Sprint.

The Mehmas gelding is being aimed at the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, preceded by a run in the Westow Stakes at York’s May meeting.

“He’s very well. He’s going to run in the Westow at York and he’ll then go for the King’s Stand,” said Tinkler.

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.

“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.”

Safe Voyage one of the big hopes as Yorkshire trainers target Breeders’ Cup

Three Yorkshire trainers have their eyes on a first Breeders’ Cup success at Keeeneland this weekend.

John Quinn, Kevin Ryan and Nigel Tinkler fly the flag for the white rose county in the United States’ biggest racing Festival.

Quinn unleashes his fine stable stalwart Safe Voyage in the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile on Saturday.

The seven-year-old is a dual Group Two winner this season and was a close third in the Prix de la Foret on his latest start.

John Quinn has high hopes for Safe Voyage
John Quinn has high hopes for Safe Voyage (Edward Whitaker/PA)

The Settrington trainer revealed he has had this race mind for some time.

He said: “Early in the spring, we thought the Breeders’ Cup could suit Safe Voyage. He’s got some very good form going left-handed.

“His best form before this season was over seven furlongs, but he then won and dug deep when he won over a mile at Leopardstown, so the mile at Keeneland will hold no fears for him.”

“He finished third in the Qatar Prix de la Foret at ParisLongchamp last time and has been in good form since that race at the start of October. He’s come out of that race well.”

Having a first Breeders’ Cup runner is a dream come true for Quinn – and Safe Voyage is not going to just make up the numbers.

“This is our first Breeders’ Cup runner and it’s wonderful for us. We’ve been training a long time and he has a live chance. It’s something we all aspire to.”

Glass Slippers, Ryan’s contender for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, was also in action at ParisLongchamp where she was second in her bid to win the Prix de l’Abbaye for the second year running.

The four-year-old filly gained her place when winning the ‘Win and You’re In’ Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh.

Ryan’s first Breeders’ Cup runner was East, who was second to Newspaperofrecord in the Juvenile Fillies Turf in 2018.

Kevin Ryan relies on Glass Slippers in the Breeders' Cup Sprint
Kevin Ryan relies on Glass Slippers in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (John Walton/PA)

“The Breeders’ Cup has been on our mind all season. She won the ‘Win and You’re In’ race at the Curragh and also ran well in the Abbaye from a bad draw,” said the Hambleton handler.

Ryan would not mind some rain in Kentucky this week for his filly. He said: “She’s very versatile as far as the ground is concerned, but I think she is a better filly with some cut in the ground.”

Tinkler has faith in Ubettabelieveit, who heads to the Juvenile Turf Sprint on Friday with a progressive profile.

The Kodiac colt burst on the scene when winning the Listed National Stakes at Sandown in July and improved on that to lift the Group Two Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster in September. His only blip was in the Gimcrack Stakes at York that was run in testing conditions.

“I think he’s definitely improving. I think he’s better now than when he ran at Doncaster,” said the Malton handler.

“We then took him to Sandown where he ran very impressively and won very easily again. We then took him to York for the Gimcrack, which is over six furlongs.

“The ground was soft, bordering on heavy. He just didn’t like it – he ran too keen. Fortunately, the jockey was quite lenient with the horse, and gave him a very easy race, and he bounced back well to win the Flying Childers at Doncaster.”

On ground conditions at Keeneland, Tinkler is hoping for no more rain.

“At the moment I think the ground is fine. It does drain very well at Keeneland apparently, but soft ground would be a concern,” he said.

Nigel Tinkler feels Ubettabelieveit is improving
Nigel Tinkler feels Ubettabelieveit is improving (Steve Davies/PA)

It will also be a landmark day for the young jockey Rowan Scott who will keep the ride on Ubettabelieveit.

Tinkler said: “Rowan Scott, who rode him when he won the Flying Childers, will keep the ride. He’s a good lad.

“Nothing really phases him, so I don’t think the occasion will be a big thing for him. He’s very level-headed and he’s young. I don’t have any qualms about putting him on.”

Ubettabelieveit leaves no doubt in Flying Childers

Ubettabelieveit bounced back to form to provide rider Rowan Scott with a first Group-race winner in the Bombardier Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.

Trained by Nigel Tinkler, the Kodiac colt finished last in the Gimcrack Stakes last time out on his first attempt at six furlongs, when running free, and was dropping down to the minimum trip on Town Moor.

Prior to York, the 40-1 outsider had won a Listed race at Sandown and on that evidence looked a big price for his Town Moor assignment.

There were plenty in with chances a furlong out, as Frenetic, Steel Bull, Ventura Tormenta and Sacred all spread across the track on a blustery day.

Sacred seemed sure to gain compensation for her narrow Lowther Stakes defeat at York, but Scott managed to keep Ubettabelieveit on a true line, as the 11-10 favourite began to veer to her left.

The pair crossed the line together, before Tinkler’s juvenile was given the verdict by a short head. Measure Of Magic was third.

Tinkler said: “He showed how good he was in the National Stakes (at Sandown) – he’s a very, very good horse.

“Last time, I probably shouldn’t have run him over six there. He ran too keen, and the ground was horrific.

“Everything went wrong, but luckily Oisin Murphy looked after him. But he’s a very good horse, and I don’t often say that.

“How he was 40-1 – it was probably because I trained him! National Stakes winner, 40-1 for this, unbelievable.

“You’re always wondering at this time of year, quite a long season – ‘is it too late in the year’?

“But he was working well, and this is brilliant. He was given a fantastic ride by the jockey.”

The North Yorkshire trained went on: “There’s a one per cent chance he could run in the Abbaye. He wouldn’t run there if it was soft, but that’s the one race (this season) you’d have to possibly think about. It’s one per cent, because it might be soft by then.

“We’ll see how he is – the ground would have to be no worse than good.”

He added: “This is brilliant – great for Yorkshire, great for Malton to get a win like that.

“It’s unbelievable. Getting up every morning at half-past five to feed the horses, it makes it all worthwhile.”

Scott, meanwhile, was thrilled to add such a race to his CV.

He said: “I’m delighted to get a Group winner so soon after riding my claim out.

“The horse did it very well, he didn’t make it easy for himself, but it’s happy days.

“It was a big race so I wanted to do everything right, but you have to treat it like another race.”