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  • 15:30 williamhill.com Rosebery Handicap1m 3f

  • £30,000 added 4yo+ 16 ran
  • Winner £18,675 2nd £5,592 3rd £2,796 4th £1,398
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack
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  • Winning time: 2m 18.81s
  • Off time: 15:32:02

Hanagan set for big day

Top jockey takes over from Richard Hills

Last Updated: 30/03/12 1:08pm

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Paul Hanagan: Rides Eshtibaak

Paul Hanagan: Rides Eshtibaak

Paul Hanagan will be hoping to get off to a good start when he rides Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's Eshtibaak in Saturday's Rosebery Handicap at Kempton.

Hanagan has already enjoyed success on the four-year-old colt, albeit in a muddling five-horse affair at Lingfield last week.

The champion jockey got John Gosden's charge up in the final strides to pip Colour Guard, but this competitive handicap is a different matter altogether.

"He's still a pretty inexperienced horse - he's just had the three runs as he had a few niggling problems," said Sheikh Hamdan's racing manager Angus Gold.

"He won nicely last week considering the way the race was run. Paul felt he did well to win because they didn't go much pace and then one horse (Munsarim) ran very wide off the track.

"John just felt there was nothing else for this horse for a fair while so he thought he'd go there as he'd come out of the race in good shape.

"Let's see if we can take the next step."

Reflect has his first run for eight months, but connections of the Richard Hannon-trained four-year-old are expecting a decent performance.

"Reflect had a few problems after running at Glorious Goodwood and he was not moving right, but he has done well through the winter and is now moving much better," the Marlborough trainer's son Richard Hannon jnr told www.richardhannonracing.tv.

"He was second to Brown Panther at Haydock last May, and on that form he could be well handicapped."

Rival challengers

Alan Swinbank feels that William Haigh could be in the grip of the handicapper after winning five races on the bounce, and a place is the best the North Yorkshire trainer is expecting.

"It's a tough contest and he's got top weight. He's drawn 10 and if he'd been drawn between one and five maybe he'd have a good chance of a place. We've just got to hope we can get a bit of something," he said.

"We haven't a lot of options. He's been doing nothing wrong at home, but it's a bit different running off 65 and now he's off 99.

"He's in good order, but I think a place is the best we can hope for."

Hughie Morrison admits stepping Lincoln Trial winner Nazreef up to a mile and three furlongs is something of an experiment.

"I think we're realistic in that he probably won't stay," said the East Ilsley trainer.

"He's never won beyond a mile, but we didn't want to run him on fast ground at Doncaster, so we're experimenting.

"If he'd have got into the Lincoln we'd have taken a punt on the ground, but we didn't want to do that in the consolation race."

Smart hurdler Starluck tries his hand on the Flat before returning to the jumps at Ayr next month.

"He seems to go well on the all-weather. When Alan (Fleming) trained him he won over a mile there two years ago," said trainer David Arbuthnot.

"We're aiming to go for the Scottish Champion Hurdle and it seemed a nice stepping stone and gives him something different.

"He came out of the race at Cheltenham (in the County Hurdle) fine. He didn't have any luck in running there. He's not a bad Flat horse either, though I know he's getting on a bit.

"It's a very open race and we're happy with the draw. If he gets luck in running I think he'll run pretty well."

Ramona Chase was fourth in this race last year when a big outsider at 66-1, and trainer Michael Attwater is optimistic of another decent show.

"He had a fantastic year last year" said the Epsom handler.

"He ran 13 times and was very tough and consistent.

"He looks to be in good form again. He had a long holiday through the winter and he's come back really well.

"One mile three on the all-weather is probably the perfect trip for him. He gets in on a nice weight and we're taking 5lb off. We're very hopeful of a solid run again."

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