Formerly trained by James Fanshawe, Gift Horse
had been campaigned over longer distances, but his first run for Nicholls over six furlongs suggested that this was the trip he has always wanted.
WINNER of last week's caption competition is Margaret Jones, of Craig-y-Don, Llandudno, who thought champion jockey Frankie Dettori (above) was saying: ``My wife will be pleased, a gift horse
she can put in her mouth.
If it came up very soft, it would be a concern for Gift Horse
, who handles give in the ground but who may not like it if it came up testing.
Yet another blow for ante-post punters yesterday when trainer David Nicholls announced that Ayr Gold Cup favourite Gift horse
is out for the season.
And fans of current third favourite Gift Horse
, from the yard of sprint specialist David Nicholls, have been handed a boost with news that the Stewards Cup winner will be partnered by Kieren Fallon.
But he did describe her as a gift horse
- a move certain to irritate the mum-of-three.
David Nicholls, successful with Continent in 2002, saddles Gift Horse
and Moss Vale, while Clive Brittain, whose Var took this prize in 2004, is represented by Excusez Moi.
That turn of foot is the key and something that shouldprove decisive, despite the likes of the heavily-backed Stewards Cup winner Gift Horse
and impressive sprinter Goodricke being among the opposition in a 17-strong line-up.
The betting suggests Dandy Nicholls holds the key to this ultra-competitive handicap as two of his runners, Lafi and Gift Horse
, dominate the market.
, a general 8-1 third-favourite for the Wokingham Stakes, needs 10 horses to drop out if he is to make the cut for Saturday's contest at Royal Ascot at York.
We don't want to look a gift horse
in the mouth,'' district spokesman Brad Sales said, though he added it makes sense to ``examine its teeth first.
David Nicholls and Kieren Fallon proved an irresistible combination for punters with the appropriately-named Gift Horse
on the final day of Glorious Goodwood.