Otto the Great
's first wife Edith was an English princess and no doubt brought her own English chaplains.
Grandeur, Otto The Great
and Kid Suitor are similarly rated today.
NAOMI MATTHEW: 12.25 Forgotten Voice, 12.55 Howard's Legacy, 1.30 Otto The Great
, 2.05 Highland Lodge, 2.40 Carpincho, 3.15 Edgardo Sol, 3.45 O'Faolains Boy.
Horses to follow over the jumps: Acht, Ballyallia Bay, Baltimoar, Big Society, Cinders And Ashes, Eleven Fifty Nine, George Adamson, Grabtheglory, Gren Hackle, Hayjack, Holywell, Imperial Circus, Judge Davis, King Of The Celts, Kudu Country, Lucky Sunny, Moonlight Drive, Otto The Great
, Presenting Arms, Present Lodger, Regal Encore, Reginaldinho, Rigadin De Beauchene, Smart Ruler, Street Entertainer, The Druids Nephew, Victors Serenade, Washington Post, Watergate Bay, Whisky Yankee.
Philip Hobbs made little secret of his enthusiasm for the former Mark Johnstontrained middle-distance performer, who was a close fourth behind top-class pair, Treasure Beach and Nathaniel, in the Chester Vase, and the gelding lived up to his hopes with a 17-length defeat of Otto The Great
, with three previous winners further back.
Horses to follow over the jumps: Ballincurrig, Baltimoar, Big Society, Brady, Cash And Go, Cinders And Ashes, Eleven Fifty Nine, Favoured Nation, George Adamson, Grabtheglory, Grands Crus, Gren Hackle, Hayjack, Holywell, It's A Mans World, Judge Davis, King Of The Celts, Kudu Country, Moonlight Drive, Otto The Great
, Present Lodger, Regal Encore, Reginaldinho, Rigadin De Beauchene, Spirit of Shankley, Street Entertainer, The Druids Nephew, Top Wood, Up And Go, Valdez, Victors Serenade, Washington Post, Watergate Bay, Well Hallo There, Whisky Yankee.
NAOMI MATTHEW: 12.50 Otto The Great
, 1.25 The Druids Nephew, 2.00 Chiberta King, 2.35 Ile De Re, 3.10 Baile Anrai, 3.45 Tiptoeaway, 4.15 Puffin Billy.
Googling a runner Otto The Great
2.10 Leicester In 962 Otto I (912-973), Duke of Saxony, King of Germany and King of Italy, was crowned Holy Roman Emperor (sire of this gelding) by Pope John XII.
Less exposed is the Windsor maiden winner Otto The Great
, whom trainer Walter Swinburn nominated as one of the horses he was most looking forward to seeing run before he relinquishes his licence at the end of the season.
John Dunlop told me KNIGHTLY ESCAPADE didn't stay a mile and three-quarters at Sandown last month and so the step back in trip should help in the 12-furlong handicap (4.40), while the heavy ground at Sandown in April was no good to OTTO THE GREAT
, who comes back in the seven-furlong handicap (2.20).
He is particularly looking forward to what could be a last crack for the time being at a major prize with his mother Doreen's Otto The Great
in the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury in a fortnight.
Sent off the even-money hotpot for a juvenile hurdle, my selection came home 17 lengths to the good of Otto The Great
. There is plenty of improvement to come on his second outing over jumps, and Sadler's Risk can cope with the rise in class to stay unbeaten.