Big three gunning for Royal revenge; Racing.
Noseda is ''more than hopeful'' that Wannabe Grand, beaten only half a length behind Wince in the fillies' Classic, can reverse the placings.
He reported: ''Her preparation going into the race wasn't ideal and then she tied up after the race so we pulled her back, gave her a long break and decided to miss going for either the French or Irish 1000 Guineas. I'm sure she'll run a huge race.'' Noseda will hoping that the rains stay away from Ascot this year, as he feels his filly is a much better performer on a fast surface.
''I'd like it to be hard,'' he joked. ''I hope they don't water and I hope it doesn't rain. Pat Eddery will ride her again.''
Rather than Wince, the rival who Noseda fears most is Valentine Waltz, a short-head behind Wannabe Grand at Newmarket, but the subsequent winner of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas).
She too, is reported to be in good order, but trainer John Gosden admits that her stamina will be tested fully over Ascot's stiff mile.
''I think that the draw at Newmarket was quite a factor. I walked the course with the owner before the race and said 'There's one draw I don't want and that's number one' and you can guess what we got.
''She had to come across and probably got there a lot earlier than she wanted.
''The course on France was a lot easier - a nice downhill track with a right turn and I've got to be a bit concerned about the stiff mile here.
''I liked the way Wannabe Grand finished but even though Wince ran a very flat race in Ireland, she seems to be working better than Enrique, or so I read, and if she reproduced that kind of form, we'd all be in trouble.''
Mick Channon is responsible for Golden Silca, a neck second to Barry Hills's Hula Angel - also set to take her chance in the race - in the Entenmann's Irish 1000 Guineas last month.
And he confirmed that the filly will be ridden by Steven Drowne, on board at the Curragh, with Richard Quinn ruled out of action due to suspension.
''She's done nothing wrong,'' Channon said. ''At Newmarket she got knocked halfway across the track and at the Curragh, I didn't think she had the best of the draw even though the winner came from two and we were in one.
''I think Valentine Waltz is the one we all have to beat but she's in great form.
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Jun 10, 1999|
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