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Cricket: Class can tell for Mananiyya.

Byline: Y Cymro

MANANIYYA is not a name that trips easily off the tongue but she could well be the talk of the town after the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York today. She is a really interesting, lightly-raced, contender in what is a major trial for the Vodafone Oaks, and one her trainer Sir Michael Stoute took last year with Islington.

The Aga Khan-owned filly is a half-sister to Manndar, who was a Listed winner for Luca Cumani in Britain before going on to Group One glory in the United States.

And she showed she has plenty of ability herself when hacking up from Opera Glass in a Windsor maiden last month, taking it up three out and quickening clear in style. The Musidora is obviously a big step up in both class and trip but she seems to have plenty of the former and, though she is clearly not short of speed, there is enough stamina on her dam's side to offer plenty of encouragement that she will be effective over today's 10 furlongs at least.

New Seeker made quite an impression when he won at Newmarket at the Guineas meeting.

The Clive Cox-trained three-year-old is a huge individual with tons of scope and he looked to have his race at headquarters in safe keeping when he hung violently left with two furlongs to run.

But despite giving his supporters heart failure he ran on again when he met the stands' rail to score by five lengths.

That was only the fourth race of his life and connections are adamant that his wayward passage was out of character.

The long-striding Green Desert colt likes to bowl along in front and should love York where he can prove hard to peg back in the valuable Stakes.

Muhareb merits a serious look in the Simon Storage Stakes for the in-form Clive Brittain yard.

Things did not go right for him at Kempton on his reappearance but he ran well enough at Chester last week over an inadequate 10 furlongs.

He has done all his winning at a mile and a half and he should relish the return to that trip today at a track which should suit his running style. He has strong each-way claims.

Needwood Blade landed his first Group win at Newmarket on his latest start and can bag a second in the Duke Of York Heartshead Homes Stakes.

Alan Keyte's tip

OMAN SEA is napped to land the EBF Novice Fillies' Stakes (4.10) at York.

This classy two-year-old, trained by Barry Hills, was an eye-catching second to the useful Vermillian on her debut at Newmarket last month. She can go one better here.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 13, 2003
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