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Tasleet can sprint to success at York

SPECIAL POWER: Annie Power’s owner Rich Ricci has spoken of the special place in his affections the Champion Hurdle winner will have after she was retired yesterday.Associated with some of National Hunt racing’s biggest names through his link-up with Willie Mullins, Ricci has never been shy of commenting how much Annie Power meant to his wife and family.The nine-year-old mare is already in foal to Derby winner Camelot, and Ricci can at least be thankful she exits stage left still in one piece.Ricci said: “I think of her as a wonderful racemare who produced probably the two most memorable moments in recent Cheltenham history, when she firstly fell at the last in the mares’ race and the following year won the Champion Hurdle.“She will always hold a special place in the affections of myself, Susannah and our family.“We’re lucky that she gets to retire as a Grade One-winning championship mare.”
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Tasleet can make a seamless transition to the role of leading sprinter by winning the Group Two Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York this afternoon.

The four-year-old might not be the most obvious candidate in an event packed with proven speedsters, but now he is through that difficult Classic season, Tasleet may be ready to shine.

As a juvenile he looked a likely sprinting type, winning the Rose Bowl as Newbury and a big six-furlong sales event at York as well as being beaten under three lengths by two-year-old sensation Shalaa, which was an excellent effort.

It made sense for connections to try to shape him into a Classic runner last year and while he won the Greenham, that really was a weak event held on the Chelmsford all-weather due to ground issues at Newbury.

Tasleet sustained an injury following that success and was then off the track until finishing down the field in the Challenge Stakes last autumn when he did not really convince over seven furlongs.

That comment also applied on his return when second in a Leicester Listed heat, a race William Haggas had not initially planned to tackle with the Abernant his first intended port of call.

Tasleet’s entries so far for this year are all for sprint events, so one must assume he has been showing plenty of speed at home and he looks worth a shout at double-figure odds

Shutter Speed is unlikely to be much of a price for the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes but it is hard to look past her in what seems a bit of a disappointing field for this prestigious prize.

John Gosden loves to run his good fillies in this race, winning four of the last six renewals, and Shutter Speed certainly fits the bill.

Winner of her only start as a juvenile, she returned to action at Newbury last month to win a conditions event in fine style, with stablemate and subsequent Cheshire Oaks victor Enable back in third.

Connections appear to favour Enable for Epsom at this point and while they harbour some doubts about Shutter Speed’s ability to stay 12 furlongs, this mile-and-a-quarter trip holds no fears.

Lovell can make a victorious return from a long lay off in the Sky Bet First Race Special Handicap.

This Dubawi colt cost 725,000 guineas as a yearling but has not really had chance to justify that price tag yet with only five starts to his name.

His most notable bit of form to date probably came when chasing home Stormy Antarctic as a youngster and after a promising start to his three-year-old campaign, he did not race again after finishing down the field at Royal Ascot.

Something was clearly amiss and after being given an adequate recovery time, Lovell is worth watching on his return.

Muntadab has been only narrowly beaten in two starts this term but he can enjoy his moment in the sun in the Infinity Tyres Handicap.

Nap: Tasleet

(3.30: York)

Double: Shutter Speed

(4.05: York)

Treble: Lovell

(2.20: York)

Yankee: Muntadab

(2.55: York)

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