Marshman to head to Middle Park Stakes after fine Gimcrack run

Newmarket’s Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes is next on the agenda for Marshman after he was defeated in a magnificent performance at the Gimcrack Stakes in York.

Trained by Karl Burke, Harry Angel’s son was one of the talking horses to enter the race and quickly excelled at Knavesmire, having excelled at Thirsk just seven days earlier.

When the 9-4 favorite was sent off for the Group Two six-mile event, he more than lived up to his lofty reputation by quickly clearing his stablemate and eventual third Cold Case before finally finishing in the final stages was overtaken by the impressive winner Noble Style who kept his own unbeaten record intact.

Marshman could now get an opportunity to turn the tables on his Knavesmire conqueror when he lines up at Rowley Mile on September 24 and Nick Bradley Managing Director Nick Bradley Racing remains confident the Colt’s syndicate owner is a top prospect have in hand.

He said: “When Cliff (Lee) asked him to leave, I thought that was a winning move. I haven’t looked at the sections yet, but William Buick’s horse started very well and we probably found a smart horse.

“I was very happy with the performance, it just wasn’t quite the result we wanted. The plan now is to go straight to Middle Park. I don’t know what else is coming, that will be sorted out in the next few weeks. But we’re definitely going there and we’re going with a huge opportunity.

Bradley also reported that Oscula will now be taking a break after finishing third in the Prix Daphnis at Deauville on Saturday.

The feisty daughter of Galileo Gold has raced nine times since returning to Epsom in June, winning two Group 3 prizes and one Listed race and only once failing to finish in the top three. She will now be refreshed with the Prix de la Foret, her main goal for the end of the season.

“She did the race at Deauville, which wasn’t really planned,” Bradley continued. “We thought we could get a lead from Texas but that didn’t happen, which wasn’t ideal. Ideally, she could have found a bit of cover and come up with a late run, but she put her heart and soul into taking her turn. She will now have a little break and we will start work from the Prix de la Foret. She gets an entry in the Prix Daniel Wildenstein, but the Foret is Plan A.”

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