Sixties Groove set for £200,000 historic handicap


SIXTIES Groove will bid to give trainer Jeremy Noseda a first John Smith's Cup success at York this Saturday.

The trainer has been close to winning the historic mile and a quarter race before - not least with Man O'Mystery who was runner-up in it in back-to-back years (2000 and 2001).

Sixties Groove is a progressive four-year-old, who ran well when fifth in the Duke of Edinburgh handicap at Royal Ascot last month.

He drops back in distance for his latest assignment and Gerald Mosse will ride him for the first time.

Jeremy said: "Sixties Groove is in great order. In the circumstances he ran very creditably at Royal Ascot and I am happy with how he has come out of his race there. 

“He has done one nice piece of work since and we are looking forward to Saturday’s race. The track, trip and likely fast-ish ground all should be suitable. He goes there with a very solid chance.”

He may be joined on the Knavesmire by Abe Lincoln who was mid-division on his seasonal return last month in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot where he was 15th of 29.

The four-year-old is entered in a mile handicap at York and, on the same afternoon, the Bunbury Cup on the July Course.

Noseda said: “We are looking at possible objectives at York and Newmarket for Abe Lincoln. He is in good shape and I was satisfied with his first effort of the year. 

In one of racing's busiest weeks, Shalfleet are set to be represented by the consistent Marzouq at Newmarket on Friday. Two-year-colt Deja is also scheduled to race on the same card, making his debut in a seven-furlong maiden.

The following afternoon will see debutante filly Quargent contest the seven-furlong fillies' maiden.