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Cole happy to plot new route with Rimth.

MEMORIES of Culture Vulture are sure to come flooding back should Rimth win the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches at Longchamp today but, 19 years on, Paul Cole was yesterday emphatic in emphasising differences, not similarities.

"Rimth is a very different scenario from Culture Vulture, who went to this race as a proven top-class miler and had won two Group 1s over this trip at two," said Cole, who was Britain's reigning champion trainer when Culture Vulture underlined her champion juvenile filly status by winning the 1992 French 1,000 Guineas.

Rimth tackles a mile for the first time today. Her juvenile campaign was restricted to 6f races, however she reappeared over 7f in the Fred Darling under today's jockey Christophe Soumillon, and beat Sharnberry, who reopposes, by a length and a quarter.

"Rimth is 100 per cent and has taken the train to France today," Cole said. "She's got a good draw [seven of 16], and it suits the way she needs to be ridden.

"I obviously hope she gets the mile; it is possible that seven furlongs is top whack and she does come from a speedy family. I'm very happy with her, though, and her chance is reflected in her price - she's around 8-1. "I won't tie Christophe down with instructions, as he knows how to ride Longchamp better than me, but she will be dropped in."

Denford Stud forked out EUR27,000 to supplement Rimth, who needs to finish in the first three to turn a profit for her owner (although fourth would leave them only EUR1,305 out of pocket), but that is not an issue according to Cole.

"We are not concerned about where she'd have to finish to recoup the supplementary fee; the value to the owner of a race like this lies in the blood, not prize-money," said Cole.

Blood certainly runs thick within Paul and Vanessa Cole's training operation at Whatcombe, where the 68-year-old boss is assisted by their son Oliver.

Their eldest lad, Alex, is Jim and Fitri Hay's racing manager and is based at Whatcombe, where Cole trained the mighty Generous, while youngest son Mark also helps out in the office.

"I have no plans to retire in the foreseeable future. I read a study recently which said one in four children born today will live beyond 100 - I am too young to retire," said Cole snr.

He does, though, have a wealth of experience to call on and consequently a view on the state of British racing that commands respect.

Cole ran Hay-owned colts in both divisions of the threeyear-old maiden at Newbury yesterday, which were below the Horsemen's Group tariff by pounds 500 apiece, and said prior to racing: "One has run once, the other is making his debut. I've been scratching around trying to find mile-and a-quarter races on good ground but haven't been able to, so felt they both had to run here.

"I felt I had no option and I didn't actually realise they didn't meet tariff. I support the tariffs, but even the prize-money levels they recommend are a joke. We are asking for a pittance when you consider the prizemoney on offer in other countries; Britain is a long way down the international league table.

"We should support the concept and it's brought about a unity not seen before. It's something to build on and racing is asking for nothing really. You have to win two races just to pay a vet's bill nowadays."

A French Guineas would cover training fees for Rimth, who, on the surface, has a more favourable gate than Britain's chief contender for the colts' race today, Wootton Bassett, who is drawn 14 of 15.

But Cole said: "It is about the way the horse is ridden and I wouldn't think Wootton Bassett's connections need be concerned." Andrew Scutts
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 15, 2011
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