Osborne raises the bar

"I'm very European today. I love the Germans!" said trainer Jamie Osborne after Alexander Piestch and Raising Sand gave him a win in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile.

Five-year-old Raising Sand, a 1o/1 chance, took the race by a comfortable two lengths under German jockey Alexander Piestch. Second was the Jim Goldie-trained Nicholas T.



Raising Sun and Piestch win the Mile, photo Liesl King


Osborne continued: "I knew nothing about the jockey before this week, but he's given him [Raising Sand] a really nice ride. Taking nothing away from him, the way the horse has won, it would have been hard to get him beat today.


"He threatened to be a really nice horse this time last year, and he's obviously had his issues. We fancied him for the Lincoln, but he pulled up in that and we never really, truly got to the bottom of what was causing the issues. We just gave him time and a break, and he came good.


"His first run back at Newmarket three weeks ago was solid, needing it a little bit, so we were hopeful today, but I didn't expect to see him win with that amount of ease.


"He's won two races here - I think there's something about this place that suits him. There's a very valuable handicap here on QIPCO Champions Day, which is only seven furlongs - that could be on his agenda. It depends on how much he goes up [in the handicap]. I think on soft ground he could handle a drop back to seven. It said in the paper this morning that he didn't want soft ground, but in my mind it is all he wants."


Pietsch and the 10/1 shot cruised into the lead to win by two lengths. The German jockey, who is making his Shergar Cup debut, now heads the points for the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle individual title.


"My first winner at Ascot was an easy winner so thank you to my trainer and owner for letting me ride," said Pietsch, who was draped in the German flag on his return to the winner's enclosure. "The last furlong, my horse just up and went."




Raising Sand, photo Liesl King


2.50pm £45,000 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile 1m (Round)

For 4yo+, rated 81-100 (also open to such horses rated 80 and below). Lowest weight 8st 9lb; highest weight 10st. Penalties, after August 5, 2017, for each race won 3lb.


1) RAISING SAND 5-9-03 Jamie Osborne [12] Alexander Pietsch EUR 10/1 15 POINTS

2) NICHOLAS T 5-9-02 Jim Goldie [10] Kerrin McEvoy ROW 6/1 10 POINTS

3) LEADER WRITER (FR) 5-9-03 Henry Spiller [8] Neil Callan GBI 20/1 7 POINTS

4) BRIGLIADORO (IRE) 6-9-04 Philip McBride [4] Anthony Delpech ROW 9/2 Fav 5 POINTS

5) BREAKABLE 6-9-05 (3lb ex) Tim Easterby [1] Umberto Rispoli EUR 3 POINTS

6) EXAMINER (IRE) 6-9-06 Stuart Williams [5] Hayley Turner GIRLS

7) KNIGHT OWL 7-9-03 James Fanshawe [9] Fran Berry GBI

8) EARLY MORNING (IRE) 6-9-08 Harry Dunlop [11] Hollie Doyle (3) GIRLS

9) MEDBURN DREAM 4-9-02 Paul Henderson [6] Emma-Jayne Wilson GIRLS

10) BASIL BERRY 6-9-03 Chris Dwyer [7] Jamie Spencer GBI


10 ran

Non-Runner: Manson (Going) - replaced by first reserve Medburn Dream

Time: 1m 43.11s

Distances: 2, ½, nose, sh, 1½, 4½, 1¾, 9, 4   

Breeder: Meon Valley Stud

Breeding:  b g Oasis Dream - Balalaika (Sadler's Wells (USA))

Tote Win £10.10 Places: £3.10, £2.00, £5.30 Exacta: £67.10