Mark Johnston and Richard Hannon saddle half of the 16-runner field in Saturday’s �100,000 Tattersalls Millions Median Auction Trophy at Newmarket.
Johnston has five chances to claim the massive pot, with Johnny Murtagh coming over to ride Lyn Valley, and his Irish compatriot Fran Berry is on Quickaswecan. Lanark (Joe Fanning), Vine De Nada (Martin Lane) and Sir Guy Porteous (Dane O’Neill) are Johnston’s other contenders.
“Lanark is the top-rated horse of ours on official ratings in the race but, on Timeform, Lyn Valley is, so those are our best two horses on form. Quickaswecan has only run once and was second. That form alone wouldn’t be good enough for this race but we would expect a big improvement on his first start,” said the Middleham handler.
“It’s a shame Sir Guy Porteous hasn’t had a run beforehand but he’s a nice horse. Each horse deserves its chance in these sales races and I’m sure some of them will be turning out again in the next one.”
Of Hannon’s three, the Ryan Moore-ridden Bon Voyage would appear to hold the strongest claims after finishing second and third in two maidens.
“Bon Voyage is a good horse and we thought he would win his maiden second time at Ascot. He should run well in a race like this as he’s now got more experience and knows his job,” said the Herridge handler.
“We had to have Constantine cut (gelded) and since then his form has been much improved and he could go well. Speed The Plough has run well in pretty much every race this year and we hope he will run well again here.”
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