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Quinn can get off to flier; RACING.

RICHARD QUINN can make a flying start to his bid for a first Goodwood jockeys' crown today with a double.

The in-form Scot must be favourite to land the trophy as top rider at the five-day meeting, with recent winners Frankie Dettori, Pat Eddery and Kieren Fallon each set to miss part or all of the "Glorious" fixture.

And he has a fine chance to set up an early lead at the top of the table by striking on Eminence Grise and Sibla on the opening day.

Tough stayer Eminence Grise can ensure Quinn's day starts on a high with success in the opening Moneyguru Stakes.

He battled on well to land a Listed handicap at York last time out and is able to race off the same mark tomorrow.

Sibla may prove the pick of the weights in the Cape Cure Sharp Nursery Stakes.

The progressive filly followed up a maiden victory at Bath with a fine second in a novice event at Salisbury and has more improvement in her, particularly as she had little luck in running on the latter.

But Quinn's mount Millenary looks vulnerable under a 3lb penalty in the Peugeot Gordon Stakes, not having raced since finishing down the field in the French Derby in early-June.

Best bet in the first significant trial for the St Leger may be Air Marshall - who could just be the colt to end Sir Michael Stoute's "hoodoo" in the Doncaster Classic.

The three-year-old ran a fine race on a previous visit to Town Moor, finishing fourth behind Aristotle in the Racing Post Trophy last October.

And he made a highly encouraging reappearance at Haydock three weeks ago, giving best only close home to the race-fit Marienbard despite looking as though he would be all the better for the race.

Sir Effendi should also have come on enough for his first run of the season to take the Bet Direct Summer Stakes.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 1, 2000
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