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SPINNING TOPS; Pease star is a World apart.

Jonathan Pease can add another notable Irish first to his list of achievements by taking the Irish 2,000 Guineas with SPINNING WORLD at the Curragh today.

Five years ago Pease became the first French-based trainer to win the Irish St Leger, with Turgeon - and no French trainer has ever won today's big TV classic.

Pease,43, is French only by adoption. He was educated at Eton and worked in racing in America, Australia and New Zealand before becoming assistant to Francois Mathet in 1976.

Three years later he set up on his own and now trains 60 horses at Chantilly, and Spinning World promised to be the stable star after going close in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (the French 2,000 Guineas) a fortnight ago.

The colt was unlucky in that race. Cash Asmussen got boxed in at a crucial stage and his mount finished like a train to lose by only three-quarters of a length to Ashkalani.

"Yes, I thought Spinning World was unlucky at Longchamp," agrees Pease.

"My colt has done well since, and the expected soft ground should suit him - it was soft when he won a Group Three at Evry last November."

The soft ground qualification could be the most relevant of the lot, because the forecast is for rain before racing, enough to make the ground testing before the big race.

That puts a big question mark over BIJOU D'INDE, who is the form horse on his Newmarket Guineas third but whose best form has all been on fast ground.

Mark Johnston's colt is by Cadeaux Genereux, who was at his best when the going was on top, and the Middleham trainer admits he is completely in the dark about his colt's ability to cope with soft ground.

"Bijou d'Inde has not even worked on soft. Apart from two racecourse gallops this year, he has done everything on the all-weather," says Johnston.

"All I can say is there is no evidence that he will not act in the soft."

John Dunlop is optimistic that the going will enable BEAUCHAMP KING to make up the eight lengths the colt finished behind Bijou d'Inde at Newmarket.

"I believe the soft would worry many of the others more than Beauchamp King, who did not give his true running at Newmarket," maintains the Arundel trainer.

Jim Bolger's DEED OF LOVE looks the pick of the home team, but the Irish have not won this since 1988 and it will be a big surpise if they do so this time.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Clower, Michael
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 26, 1996
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