Ostilio to shine bright­est at New­cas­tle

South Wales Echo - - SPORT -

OSTILIO looks one of the more in­ter­est­ing horses in ac­tion on a worka­day card be­neath the New­cas­tle flood­lights.

It might be a lit­tle off-putting to see Si­mon Cr­is­ford’s young­ster al­ready run­ning in a first-time hood, but he is clearly a colt with plenty of boot.

Ostilio, who is closely re­lated to Group One win­ner Aj­man Princess, will ob­vi­ously need to find plenty to jus­tify his Derby en­try, but there was not much wrong with his de­but per­for­mance at Le­ices­ter last month.

The son of New Ap­proach pulled very hard for An­drea Atzeni, but he even­tu­ally grew in stature and ended up fin­ish­ing a half-length sec­ond to Ac­ces­sor in what was a strong seven-fur­long maiden.

And with the fourth horse that day, the 6-4 favourite Ge­orge Vil­liers, hav­ing since won a race, the form should con­tinue to pay its way.

Il­lu­sional looks a wor­thy ri­val from the Mark John­ston op­er­a­tion, but Ostilio must surely take the beat­ing in the 32Red.com Novice Stakes.

Rare Groove was a fur­ther length away from Ac­ces­sor at Le­ices­ter and he later gets the op­por­tu­nity to stick to his end of the bar­gain in a one­mile novice auc­tion stakes.

Jedd O’Ke­effe’s two-yearold made an hon­ourable fist of things from the front but he lacked the zip of the first two home so now steps up to a mile.

There are races to be won with him this win­ter.

Zaidiyn is per­haps bet­ter known as a hur­dler these days, but he can nonethe­less defy the bur­den of top weight in the Bet­way-spon­sored hand­i­cap over two miles.

Bry­ony Frost rid­ing Present Man clear the last to win The Badger Ales Tro­phy Hand­i­cap Steeple Chase at Win­can­ton ear­lier this week

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