Brittain aiming for Royal Ascot with Masarah
Clive Brittain is one of the eternal optimists in British racing with a reputation for tilting at windmills that have provided some surprise successes at the highest level over the years. His Masarah, eighth in the 1000 Guineas, is now set to take her chance at Royal Ascot next month in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes.
Brittain, one of the industry’s senior trainers these days, was very pleased with Masarah’s performance at Newmarket earlier this month when the daughter of Cape Cross showed plenty of dash to take the classic field along from the start until headed two furlongs from home. Although she failed to figure in the finish behind Richard Hannon’s brave Sky Lantern, Masarah kept on at one pace and was only beaten five lengths.
The 95-rated filly had started at odds of 100/1 at Newmarket and is unlikely to be very much shorter when she takes her chance on the round mile at Ascot, but Brittain believes she has earned her place in the starting line-up and expects that owner Mohammed al Nadoubah’s charge will put up a respectable display on her return to the track where she scored a length victory over Pearl Sea in a conditions event at the start of May.
Bookmakers currently rate Masarah at a wide range of odds for the Coronation Stakes, some going as short as 50/1 while others go 100/1 and bigger; he’s definitely worth a horse racing free bet whatever the price.
Brittain knows just what it takes though to win the Group 1 event having sent out the high-class Crimplene to land the big race back in 2000, and, over the years, he has proved doubters wrong time and again sending out horses at huge odds to run well in top company, most notably when his Terimon ran second to Nashwan in the 1989 Epsom Derby at odds of 500/1.
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