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Horse Racing: In-season Turbo Linn will bypass Newbury.

Byline: By Geoff Lester

TURBO LINN was an absentee when the final field was published yesterday for the CGA Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury tomorrow, and she may now run at the St Leger meeting next month.

Trainer Alan Swinbank had voiced surprise on Monday at the "hot" entry for the Group 2 contest, but yesterday said there was a different reason for her withdrawal as she seeks win number nine from as many career starts.

"The mare is in super form and worked brilliantly on Saturday," said Swinbank, "but she came into season on Wednesday morning and the vet has advised us against travelling, observing that she would not be at her peak.

"We're all devastated as she was flying at home, but the main thing is that she's in one piece, and she will now either run in the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster or the Stockholm Cup in Sweden."

Another mare set to miss the Geoffrey Freer is the mudloving Anna Pavlova. Trainer Richard Fahey will now hope the ground is soft enough for her to run in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup at York on Tuesday.

Fahey said yesterday: "We spoke to everyone but, although they had 12mm of rain at Newbury on Wednesday night, it was clearing up mid-morning with a dry forecast for Friday, so, being forced tomake an early decision because of the 48-hour declarations, we decided to opt out.

"Anna Pavlova is in great form. She wants soft ground and, although I desperately wanted to run there as the trip is right for us, I couldn't be sure at declaration time that we would get our conditions.

"It will be very frustrating if come Saturday the ground rides soft at Newbury, but what can you do?

"We can only wait and see what the weekend brings up here and hope we get our ground at York, but the problem is the Lonsdale is two miles and whether the mare will stay that trip is debatable."


Turbo Linn: in flying form at home, but set to be re-routed to Doncaster or Sweden
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2007
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