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Racing: Ryan's juveniles star ahead of big race.

KEVIN RYAN landed an early psychological blow on Richard Hannon when Miss Takeortwo won at Leicester yesterday.

He is hoping to break his training rival's stranglehold on the Weatherbys Super Sprint when Miss Mirasol lines up at Newbury tomorrow.

And the North Yorkshire handler showed his juveniles are in good heart ahead of the pounds 135,000 contest when Miss Takeortwo beat Hannon's Litewska into second place in the Unsworth Sugden Advertising Nursery Handicap.

The winner is set to bid for a valuable sales race herself after her come-from-behind half-length victory, which gave her trainer his ninth juvenile success of this year.

``I have got her in the Tattersalls Sales race at the Curragh and I think she will probably go,'' Ryan said.

``It is worth a crack and she will have a sporting chance.

``She has got ability, she is tough and I was quite impressed with her - the first two came well clear.''

Ryan is hoping for the luck of the draw when his Newmarket listed winner Miss Mirasol tackles the Super Sprint, in which Hannon will have a strong team bidding to give him a fourth career success.

``You have to be high as the winner has never been drawn lower than 15,'' the trainer said.

``But, with a decent draw, Miss Mirasol would have a good chance - she is by far the best two-year-old I have run so far. My two-year-olds are good this year and I have got more of them than before.''

Meanwhile, Eoghan O'Neill's Newmarket raider Maranilla bids for his third major German success of the season in the Lotto Hessen Pokal over a mile and a quarter at Frankfurt on Sunday.

John Egan's mount returns to the scene of his group three success in April, and renews rivalry with the the third Sergeant Pepper.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 19, 2002
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