Marnane set for further sprint glory with Jamesie

Jamesie is strongly fancied to give David Marnane yet another big sprint handicap in today’s Blue Square Bet Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood.

Red Alert was the last Irish-trained winner in 1974, but Co Tipperary trainer Marnane recently won the Wokingham with Dandy Boy so he knows exactly what is required.

Jamesie has been doing most of his recent racing over a mile and seven furlongs but his trainer believes the drop in trip could work in his favour.

“He deserves to take his chance in a race like this,” said Marnane.

“We half-fancied him at Ascot in the Buckingham Palace when he was second from the wrong side and then we took him to Newmarket when the ground went against him and Pat Dobbs looked after him.

“I’ve been very happy with him since then and I think this drop down in trip might just work in his favour.

“You obviously need a good, clean run and plenty of luck though. We wanted a mid-low draw and when we were drawn the choice was five or nine, so we went with nine to give ourselves just a bit of room for manoeuvre.”

Palace Moon is aiming to emulate last year’s winner Hoof It by carrying top weight to victory .

William Knight has rejuvenated the career of the seven-year-old, who was promising in his younger days with Hughie Morrison.

Having been winless for the last two seasons, Palace Moon triumphed twice on the all-weather in the winter and claimed a good race at Newbury in May.

He finished eighth in the Wokingham at Ascot and is in the form of his life according to his trainer.

Knight chose to start from stall 20 at Thursday’s draw ceremony, despite the fact some believe the far side is the place to be.

“In previous Stewards’ Cups there have been plenty of winners in the middle to far side, but I always feel closer to the stands is an advantage in sprint races,” said Knight.

“I didn’t want to be stuck in the middle so I’m happy.”

One man who needs to be feared in every race at this meeting is Mark Johnston.

Despite enjoying his usual plethora of winners around the country, it is the big winners for which trainers are remembered and Heavy Metal in the Richmond Stakes was his first Pattern winner of the year.

His representative in the Stewards’ Cup is Es Que Love, twice a winner earlier in the year and only beaten just over four lengths when ninth behind Black Caviar in the Diamond Jubilee.

Johnston was poised to opt for a middle to far side position for his runner, but he was last out of the hat and allotted stall 17.

“I’d done a bit of research and the middle seems best for a win and the far side for places,” said Johnston.

“But what seemed absolutely clear was that you don’t win on the stands’ side. I could have saved myself a bit of a rush to get here.”

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