Spacious living up to Fanshawe’s dream of Guineas success


Last updated at 19:32 20 March 2008

Nobody is more mystified

about the ante-post plunge on

Spacious, 8-1 joint favourite for

the 1,000 Guineas on May 4,

than the filly's trainer James


A mystery punter laid out £5,000 in cash in a

Coral betting shop last month which caused

her odds to be slashed from 14-1.

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Spacious and James Fanshawe, March 2008

Classic team: Spacious takes centre stage with Spencer (left) and Fanshawe

However, the Nayef filly, unbeaten in two

runs, at Leicester and in the May Hill Stakes

at Doncaster, last season, looked to have wintered

well at Pegasus Stables yesterday.

She has already shown an impressive turn of

foot in her two runs under Jamie Spencer who

will ride her in the 1,000 Guineas and was present

yesterday to check over his mount.

Fanshawe said: "It wasn't the owner or anyone

connected with the yard who backed her

as far as I know. She hadn't even done a gallop

at the time.

"She is still quite woolly in her coat which is

just as well as there is snow forecast this weekend.

She has got plenty of speed but you'd

expect her to stay the Oaks trip.

"I hate hype — but she has done everything

asked of her and has a lot of scope. You just

want everything to go right. The year I ran

Soviet Song (who finished 4th in the 2003 1,000

Guineas) the yard got the flu just beforehand.

"I don't know if she'll have a prep race. There is a possibility she will go

straight for the Guineas.

'There is nearly four weeks

before the Nell Gwyn or the

Fred Darling. I'd like to run

her in one if we can but she's a

very clean-winded filly and

running her in a trial is not the

be all and end all."

Fanshawe also hopes that his

Gimcrack winner Sir Gerry will

be able to stay the 2,000

Guineas trip of a mile. He will

probably start off in the seven

furlong Greenham Stakes at

Newbury on April 19 to determine

whether it's feasible.

Sir Gerry showed Spencer

such speed as a juvenile that

he has his doubts whether the

colt will stay a mile.

The joint champion, who was

voted Flat Jockey of the Year at

last night's Lesters awards,

said: "He was working up behind

Cesare (a Group Two winner)

and Kerrin McEvoy rode him

work before I ever sat on him

and said he was the fastest

two-year-old he'd ever ridden.

"He was as precocious as you

could get at two and showed

incredible speed in the Gimcrack.

The feel he gives you in

the morning is unbelievable. I

believe he was a Breeze Up

horse and he must have shown

plenty that day."

The Skeleton Man, created

in an advert by the slender

Fanshawe 10 years ago to publicise

his hunger for winners, is

relaunching himself this year.

The 46-year-old has rented

La Grange Stables to add to

Pegasus Stables which he

already owns in Newmarket.

They are 800 yards apart and

accommodate his team of 95


A website

will detail the gallops, owners

and horses in the yard and will also be used for Fanshawe's

wife Jacko's amusing diary

about life at Flat racing's


Fanshawe, a former assistant

to Sir Michael Stoute and

pupil to the late David Nicholson,

has been at Pegasus for 20

years, refurbishing the Victorian

yard which was built by

champion jockey Fred Archer

whose ghost is said to haunt

the place.

Fanshawe has rebuilt the old

clock tower and retained the

period ambience while introducing

all the modern aids for

a 21st century trainer.

He added: "Archer is supposed

to haunt the yard still but I

haven't seen him since I gave up

drinking! We've tried to renovate

the place in the style in

which it was originally built.

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Sir Gerry wins the Gimcrack at York

Gimcrack hero: Sir Gerry wins at York

"I have four jumpers and Song

of Songs who was seventh in

the Coral Cup last week didn't

seem to stay the trip in that

ground. Hopefully he'll go for

one of the Aintree handicaps.

"Reveillez got a bit of a leg and

is at his owner JP McManus's

Martinstown Stud for recuperation.

The aim is to get him

back for next year's Grand

National. I also have Buster

Hyvonen and Kingscape.

"I have a lot of three-yearolds

who were too immature

to race last year. I am hoping

that there are some nice ones

among them.

"Sir Gerry has grown and

developed nicely over the winter.

He has a great temperament

and is very quiet. Spacious's

four-year-old half

brother Artimino (fourth in the

Britannia Handicap at Royal

Ascot) has also done well and

filled out nicely. He will go for a

top handicap or Listed race."

The Skeleton Man is still hungry.

His string, however, is growing

alongside his reputation.

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