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Marnane mulls over options

Options open for sprint pair

Last Updated: 29/08/12 2:03pm

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Dandy Boy: Will be considered for the Sprint Cup

Dandy Boy: Will be considered for the Sprint Cup

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Trainer David Marnane is considering the next plan of action for his smart sprinters Dandy Boy and Nocturnal Affair after the pair finished down the field in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

Dandy Boy came from a long way back to be beaten a little under five lengths into 11th by Ortensia, while Nocturnal Affair was one place further adrift.

"I was reasonably happy with them both as the ground wouldn't have been ideal for either of them after the rain," said County Tipperary-based Marnane.

"Neither of them disgraced themselves and I was quite happy with the way Dandy Boy came home.

Barging Match

"It was his first run over five furlongs and he was a long way back, but he finished off his race really well and might have been a length closer if he hadn't got in a barging match with our other horse.

"For whatever reason, the horses on the near side of the track were also paddling in the ground a bit.

"We'll certainly think about Haydock (Betfred Sprint Cup) for Dandy Boy, but it will be ground dependant. We'd love to get him on some decent ground.

"The other option for him is the seven-furlong Group Two race at Doncaster (Park Stakes).

"Nocturnal Affair might also go to Doncaster for a Listed race."

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