Aidan O’Brien lines up powerful trio of Magical, Japan and Serpentine for Champion Stakes at Ascot


Aidan O’Brien lines up powerful trio of Magical, Japan and Serpentine for Champion Stakes at Ascot  

  • Superstar mare Magical will lead a strong team for O’Brien this Saturday 
  • The 2019 winner could be joined by stablemates Japan and Serpentine
  • The pair missed the Arc after being caught up in a contaminated feed issue

Aidan O’Brien’s says the trio of 2019 winner Magical, Japan and Derby winner Serpentine are likely to make up his challenge for the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Serpentine and Japan were among the O’Brien-trained horses which were pulled out of the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe on the eve of the race when the stable were caught up in a contaminated feed issue.

O’Brien said: ‘We had to think hard about it. For a long time they were being prepared for the Arc weekend and when you have to carry on for another two weeks it is not always ideal. You have to try to keep the momentum going and that can be tricky but they seem to be in good form.

 Aidan O’Brien-trained Derby winner Serpentine has been supplemented for the Arc on Sunday

‘We were really looking forward to the Arc with Serpentine and his prep race was very good and we felt he had moved up plenty from it.

‘The Champion Stakes has been Magical’s target since she won the Irish Champion Stakes. She has been a great filly and usually starts to progress in the Autumn. She ran in this race and loved it.

‘Ryan (Moore )always rides the No 1 horses and I would imagine that would be Magical.’

Grand Prix de Paris winner Mogul is also entered in the Champion Stakes but O’Brien said he is likely to be saved for a run in next month’s Breeders’ Cup Turf in the US.

That race had been an expected target of O’Brien’s 1,000 Guineas and Oaks winner Love but O’Brien said she was unlikely to run again this season while staying in training in 2021.

O’Brien has trained eight winners on British Champions day and plans to run Circus Maximus in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. He has won both his runs at Ascot in last season’s St James’s Palace Stakes and the Queen Anne Stakes in July.

Circus Maximusm, who could be joined in the race by stablemate Royal Dornoch, must make up the five and three-quarter lengths he was beaten by Saturday’s favourite Palace Pier in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville in August but O’Brien believes he has reason to believe that could happen.

O’Brien said: ‘Circus Maximus is a tough hardened horse who loves to get into a battle. The Jacques Le Marois was a pretty strongly run race and we went forward while Palace Pier took his time. The ground was very deep as well, and Deauville is a flat track whereas Ascot is stiffer. Our horse has run some big races there so we are looking forward to it.’

O’Brien plans to run Broome, Dawn Patrol and Sovereign in the Long Distance Cup while Lope Y Fernandez is a possible for the Champion Sprint but he could be saved for a tilt at the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

O’Brien’s Royal Ascot two-year-old winner Battleground, who has not run since winning the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, is being targeted at next month’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.



Source link

Continue Reading Aidan O’Brien lines up powerful trio of Magical, Japan and Serpentine for Champion Stakes at Ascot

O’Brien withdraws his four horses from Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe due to contaminated feed


Aidan O’Brien withdraws his four horses from Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe showdown with Enable after they tested positive for a banned substance

  • Japan, Mogul, Serpentine and Sovereign will miss the big race in Paris
  • The four horses have provided positive samples for a banned substance 
  • Hot favourite Enable will seek to claim an historic third Arc on Sunday

The Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe was thrown into chaos with trainer Aidan O’Brien forced to withdraw his four runners after they were caught up in a drama surrounding contaminated feed.

O’Brien pulled out Grand Prix de Paris winner Mogul, Derby winner Serpentine, plus their stablemates Sovereign and Japan in a move which not only significantly weakened the opposition to hot favourite Enable in her bid to win an historic third Arc but also dramatically changed the tactical make-up of the race.

O’Brien said that horses also entered in races on the Arc card trained by his sons Donnacha and Joseph would also be withdrawn.

 Aidan O’Brien was due to field Japan, Sovereign, Mogul and Serpentine (above) on Sunday

O’Brien’s team is one of the stables that have been affected by some feed products from the Irish firm Gain Equine Nutrition being contaminated with Zilpaterol, which is unlicensed in Europe but used in the US to promote weight gain, mainly in cattle.

His two runners at Longchamp on Saturday – Passion (fifth in the Prix de Royallieu) and Mythical (last of six in the Prix Chaudenay) – were allowed to start after blood and urine samples came back clear.

Test results on his Arc runners had not been expected until Sunday morning but late on Saturday night the news emerged that O’Brien’s Arc team had tested positive for Zilparetol.

A statement on his Ballydoyle stable twitter account read: ‘Unfortunately the results of the urine samples taken from the horses yesterday have come back positive from the French laboratory.

Enable and jockey Frankie Dettori have another shot at racing immortality on Sunday

‘There is a possibility that the contaminant may have left their system by the time of racing tomorrow however we have no guarantee of this and in order to protect the integrity of racing we have decided to withdraw all our horses from tomorrow. Joseph and Donnacha O’Brien will do likewise.’

Among the other high profile withdrawals are Joseph’s Pretty Gorgeous in the Prix Marcel Boussac and Donnacha’s French Oaks winner Fancy Blue from the Prix De L’Opera.

The news from the O’Briens followed the decision of Newmarket trainer Roger Varian yesterday to withdraw runners all his runners at Newmarket, Redcar and Wolverhampton as a precaution after they were also caught up in the same problem.

The development, which sent shockwaves through the sport, massively diverts from what had seemed the big issue – whether Frankie Dettori-ridden Enable would be able to cope with the heavy ground to erase the memory of last year’s defeat to become the first horse to win Europe’s most prestigious all-age race three times.

Some might argue that the defection of the O’Brien clan will devalue Enable’s performance if she wins but the second and third favourite – her stablemate Stradivarius and last year’s third Sottsass – are still in there and in years to come few will point out a weakened line-up if she manages to make history in the 100th anniversary of the first running of the race. 



Source link

Continue Reading O’Brien withdraws his four horses from Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe due to contaminated feed

Aidan O’Brien hopes stable stars Magical and Enable have the chance to face Ghaiyyath again


Aidan O’Brien hopes stable stars Magical and Enable have the chance to face Ghaiyyath again in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown 

  • Magical was beaten three lengths by Ghaiyyath in International Stakes at York
  • Japan has hampered by a foot issue in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes 
  • Ghaiyyath’s participation appears to hinge on availability of jockey William Buick

Aidan O’Brien says he would relish the opportunity to take on Ghaiyyath again in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown a week on Saturday.

The participation of the Charlie Appleby-trained colt appears to hinge on whether regular jockey William Buick is able to take up the mount which needs a change in the rules on quarantine for elite athletes entering Ireland.

But if the Godolphin-owned colt, who has won the Coronation Cup, Eclipse and International Stakes, lines up in the signature race of Longines Irish Champions weekend, he will face a team which is headed by Magical, last year’s winner, and Japan.

Ghaiyyath’s participation hinges on whether jockey William Buick is able to take up the mount

Six-time group one winner Magical was beaten three lengths by Ghaiyyath in last month’s International Stakes at York last month while Japan has recovered from a foot issue that emerged after he was last of three to Enable in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July.

O’Brien said: ‘We were delighted with Magical at York. It was her first run back of the Autumn campaign. Ryan (Moore) thought she might progress a bit from the run. She is a hardy lady and she gives her all.

‘When we run we get a look at our own horses and everyone else’s and we re-group and see if we can improve things and do a few little tweeks.

‘Japan came back from Ascot with very sore soles in his front feet. We don’t know if it was pressure from his shoes or he stood on something. He was lame for a few days after and we rode him out barefoot for 10 days and he came back 100 per cent sound.

‘He is travelling really well in his work and everything seems to be good now. We felt it was a legitimate excuse for what happened to him.

‘It would be great for everybody if Ghaiyyath came over. It’s a very prestigious race and it is great it happens in Ireland.’

Irish 2,000 Guineas second Vatican City, who was eighth in the Derby and then last in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood after being galloped into and losing his action, is another O’Brien Champion Stakes possible.

O’Brien first won the Irish Champion Stakes with Giant’s Causeway 20 years ago. He has won the race eight times.

Other big race plans for O’Brien over Irish Champions weekend include running Irish 1,000 Guineas winner and French Oaks third Peaceful in the Group One Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

On day two of Irish Champions weekend at the Curragh, O’Brien’s 2019 Irish Derby winner Sovereign spearheads his attack in the Comer Group International Irish Leger while Battleground, winner of the Chesham Stakes and Vintage Stakes, attempts a first group one race win in the National Stakes.



Source link

Continue Reading Aidan O’Brien hopes stable stars Magical and Enable have the chance to face Ghaiyyath again

Japan primed to wreck Enable’s bid to secure record third King George victory at Ascot


‘We always had it in our minds that this would be Japan’s first big target of the season: Aidan O’Brien’s star primed to wreck Enable’s bid to secure record third King George victory at Ascot

  • Enable will seek to secure record third King George victory at Ascot
  • O’Brien says Enable will have to overcome a Japan in peak condition on Saturday
  • Japan has always seemed the cream of O’Brien’s colt crop in a disrupted season

Aidan O’Brien says Enable will have to overcome a Japan in peak condition if she is to land an historic third King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes victory at Ascot on Saturday.

John Gosden has emphasised that Enable’s second place to Ghaiyyath in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown sharpened her up for this afternoon’s Group One prize.

But O’Brien, who also saddles 2019 Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck and 2019 Irish Derby winner Sovereign in the four-runner contest, says the same applies to his No 1 hope Japan, who was a head behind Enable when third in the Eclipse.

Japan has always seemed the cream of Aidan O’Brien’s colt crop in a disrupted season

That run followed a below-par comeback when fourth to Lord North in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. Japan was third in last year’s Derby, but always seemed the cream of O’Brien’s colt crop in a disrupted season. He won the Juddmonte International, the Grand Prix de Paris and was fourth in the Arc.

O’Brien said: ‘Everything in Japan’s two runs this year was about going to the King George. He got upset in the stalls and missed the break in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. The race didn’t suit and he got a little tired.

‘Then he ran a great race in the Eclipse Stakes. We felt he was going to progress big time for it. Everything about his work since has been very good.

‘We always had it in our minds that this would be Japan’s first big target of the season.’

Aidan O’Brien says Enable will have to overcome a Japan in peak condition on Saturday

Aidan O’Brien says Enable will have to overcome a Japan in peak condition on Saturday 

Gosden’s assertion that the competitive fire still burns brightly within Enable was probably backed up by her Eclipse effort.

But he has warned not to expect fireworks from a six-year-old mare who is a more measured performer than the exuberant three-year-old filly who won her first King George in 2017 by a sparkling four-and-a-half lengths from Ulysses.

Her neck success from Crystal Ocean last year was a thriller but one in which she always looked in control, with Frankie Dettori only giving Enable one flick of his whip as he nursed her home.

A third Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe win at Longchamp in October is the big aim but success today would be a major milestone. It would not only elevate her above Swain and Dahlia — the two other dual King George winners — but mean she had won 11 Group One races, one more than Frankel.

Victory would also see Dettori move level with Lester Piggott on seven wins in the race.

O’Brien has run 19 different horses against Enable and never beaten her but now hopes his time has come.

Dismissing chatter that Ballydoyle’s strength in numbers may be a tactical advantage as a ‘load of nonsense’, he added: ‘It will be a great race to watch — Frankie on Enable and Ryan Moore on Japan. It is going to be one of the great matches at a great track. It’s what racing is all about.’



Source link

Continue Reading Japan primed to wreck Enable’s bid to secure record third King George victory at Ascot

Trainer John Gosden says Enable can thrive at Ascot despite rare defeat in Coral-Eclipse Stakes


‘It is the perfect platform we were looking for’: Trainer John Gosden says Enable can thrive at Ascot despite rare defeat in Coral-Eclipse Stakes

  • Enable suffered a rare defeat in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Sunday
  • Frankie Dettori rode the favourite to second place behind pace-setter Ghaiyyath
  • The mare faces a season definer in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp

Trainer John Gosden said Enable had been given the ‘perfect platform’ to the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot later this month despite suffering only the third defeat of her 16-race career at in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Sunday.

On her seasonal debut, the Frankie Dettori-ridden Evens favourite gradually eroded the home straight lead of pace-setting Ghaiyyath, who was having his second race of the campaign having won the Coronation Cup at Newmarket last month.

But Enable, who was a head in front of third-placed Japan, never ever looked like she would haul him in as the Charlie Appleby-trained Godolphin runner cross the line two and a quarter lengths in front.

Enable (right) was beaten into second by Ghaiyyath at the Coral-Eclipse Stakes on Sunday

Coral immediately eased Enable’s odds to 2-1 but by the end of the day she was back into 7-4 favourite after hints from Appleby that an immediate re-match in the King George on July 25 was unlikely.

Gosden, who had earlier landed his first ever French Derby with Mishriff, said: ‘I was thrilled with her run. She was favourite but I was clear in my own mind that Ghaiyyath was the one to beat when she was running for the first time since October.

‘We know Ghaiyyath and I had warned everybody Sandown is one of the great frontrunners’ tracks in England. If he gets free in the front, which he did, he is a fabulous horse and you are never going to get to him.

‘Enable has come with a lovely run. Frankie said in the last half furlong she definitely tired. It is the perfect platform we were looking for the King George.

Trainer John Gosden said he was 'thrilled' with the mare despite missing out on glory

Trainer John Gosden said he was ‘thrilled’ with the mare despite missing out on glory

‘Frankie was thrilled with her demeanour. She enjoyed it and the zest is still there but I did warn everybody about that she is an older mare now and it takes a lot more to get her ready to race.’

The Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October is the be all and end all of Enable’s season.

She won the race in 2017 and 2018 and there was a sense of ‘the one that got away’ when she was caught by Waldgeist when going for an historic third win last season, treading water in the final 100 yards on unsuitable deep going after looking the likely winner.

It will not get any easier this season when 2019 Arc third, fourth and fifth – Sottsass, Japan and Magical – are all likely to line up again and now Aidan O’Brien’s devastatingly impressive Oaks winner Love is now in the mix and possibly his Derby winner Serpentine. 

Godsen is an admirer of winner Ghaiyyath (left), who is now favourite for the King George

Godsen is an admirer of winner Ghaiyyath (left), who is now favourite for the King George

So is Ghaiyyath. He would not want the ground conditions in Paris to be testing again – he was beaten over 30 lengths in 10th last year – but the son of Dubawi has definitely proved Appleby’s assertion that he is a more physically robust performer this season.

Previously, this wholehearted runner who puts plenty into his runs needed time to recover between contests but yesterday’s Eclipse win came only a month after he galloped his rivals into the ground in the Coronation Cup.

Appleby said: ‘Last year we felt he was a potential Arc horse. Unfortunately the ground went very soft, it was a very strongly-run race and it paid in the end. Our plan was always to work back from another crack at the Arc. If Enable is in it, we’ll just have to take her on again.

‘He’s a horse we’ve always held in high regard and we’ve seen the performances he can put up. He’d been an emphatic winner in France and in Germany and out in Dubai but I think the Coronation Cup win gained him a lot of fans and support in Britain.

‘We had immense respect for Enable, who I felt lost nothing in defeat. It was a great battle up the straight.’

Ghaiyyath is 7-2 for the King George but Appleby, without making a firm commitment, hinted that the preferred option might be to wait for the International Stakes at York in August.

The Arc could also be a target for Mishriff, who survived a stewards’ enquiry to beat The Summit a length and three-quarters under jockey Ioritz Mendizabal.

Gosden said: ‘I thought his most impressive part of the race was the last 100m. He is a proper horse.’



Source link

Continue Reading Trainer John Gosden says Enable can thrive at Ascot despite rare defeat in Coral-Eclipse Stakes

Lord North produces stunning display in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot


Lord North produces stunning display to run out a convincing winner in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot

  • Last year’s Cambridgeshire winner stepped up to Group One in style
  • He produced a stunning performance that will be hard to better all week
  • Lord North powered clear of Addeybb, Barney Roy and the 6-4 favourite Japan

Lord North produced a stunning performance that will be hard to better all week with a three-and-three-quarter-length win in the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

The James Doyle-ridden son of Dubawi made his rivals look like they were operating in slow motion as he powered clear of Addeybb and Barney Roy with Aidan O’Brien-trained 6-4 favourite Japan a labouring fourth.

Back in sixth was the winner’s Frankie Dettori-ridden stable-mate Mehdaayih.

Lord North produced a devastating turn of foot to run out a convincing winner on Wednesday

A year ago Lord North was gelded after finishing last in the Heron Stakes and his trainer John Gosden, operating on a phenomenal 30 per cent strike rate since racing restarted, said weaning the 5-1 winner from nature’s most potent substance had been the key to turning around his career.

Gosden said: ‘Lord North was gelded. He needed to be. He was tormenting himself.

‘Testosterone is the most dangerous drug in the world. He just became aggressive at the starting stalls and was becoming a danger to himself, let alone others. He is a lovely horse to be around now.’

James Doyle-ridden son of Dubawi made rivals look like they were operating in slow motion

James Doyle-ridden son of Dubawi made rivals look like they were operating in slow motion

After being gelded, Lord North went on to win the Cambridgeshire Handicap.

Inevitably, Thursday’s win drew analogies with Halling, who won the 1994 Cambridgeshire for the Gosden stable before also graduating from handicaps to become an outstanding 10-furlong performer and dual Eclipse Stakes winner for Saeed Bin Suroor when switched to Sheik Mohammed’s Godolphin team.

Coral gave Lord North 4-1 quotes for the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on July 5 — but Gosden’s 2019 race winner and dual Arc heroine Enable is pencilled in for that race and he seemed reluctant to commit to a clash of the stablemates. Lord North had won the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Haydock on his seasonal debut 10 days earlier and Gosden, who attempts to win the Gold Cup on Thursday afternoon for the third time with Stradivarius, added: ‘Let’s just freshen him up and see how we are over the next 10 days and then we’ll make decisions.’

With three wins in the first two days, Gosden has now had 52 winners at the royal meeting.

Colleague Mark Johnston grabbed his 46th victory when William Buick burst out of the pack on Dark Vision on the favoured stand’s side to land the Royal Hunt Cup by a length and a quarter.

Dark Vision, on the favoured stand's side, won the Royal Hunt Cup by a length and a quarter

Dark Vision, on the favoured stand’s side, won the Royal Hunt Cup by a length and a quarter

It was Dark Vision’s first win since he created quite an impression winning the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in 2018. Subsequently purchased by Sheik Mohammed, he no doubt hoped he was buying a Classic aspirant rather than a colt who 14 runs later would win one of the season’s most competitive handicaps.

Having come into Royal Ascot with six wins, 2016 champion jockey Jim Crowley is well on course to doubling his tally.

Crowley, who is top jockey after the first two days, followed his opening day treble with a win on Hukum in the King George V Stakes. Hukum was a first royal meeting winner for trainer Owen Burrows.

He clearly thinks plenty of the son of Sea The Stars who pulled out plenty when challenged by favourite Kipps but he will probably resist the temptation to run the inexperienced colt in next month’s Derby, especially as he sustained a wound to his right-hind fetlock.

Sir Busker, ridden by champion jockey Oisin Murphy, provided trainer William Knight with his first royal meeting winner in the opening Silver Hunt Cup. The 12-1 shot, who had beaten Dark Vision at Newmarket on June 2, defied top weight to win by three-quarters of a length.



Source link

Continue Reading Lord North produces stunning display in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot

ROYAL ASCOT TIPS – DAY TWO: Addeybb should test Japan in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes


ROYAL ASCOT TIPS – DAY TWO: Ballydoyle got off the mark for the meeting on day one, Japan is versatile and arguably one of the most impressive winners last year

  • Kipps should make an impact despite setback in his reappearance at Haydock 
  • Addeybb is sure to give Japan a fright if the thunderstorms materialise at Ascot 
  • Sportsmail looks at the best bet and the dangers on day two at Royal Ascot 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

No crowds, no atmosphere and no Queen but there was no shortage of winners as Sportsmail’s Marcus Townend got off to a blistering start with a 326-1 four-timer on day one.

Our man selected Motakhayyel (14-1), Circus Maximus (4-1) Frankly Darling (11-8) and Battaash (5-6) on Tuesday.

Day two features the Prince of Wales’s Stakes as Japan bids to build on an excellent three-year-old campaign.

Our team of experts dish out their selections below. 

Addeybb is sure to give Japan (above) a fright if the thunderstorms materialise at Ascot

Addeybb is sure to give Japan (above) a fright if the thunderstorms materialise at Ascot

1.15 SILVER ROYAL HUNT CUP

Ryan Moore should probably have won aboard OUZO at Newmarket on his comeback but the duo have the opportunity to atone for that agonising defeat here. Trainer Richard Hannon made a blistering start to the meeting on Tuesday and his four-year-old is arguably extremely well handicapped as he returns to a track which should suit his running style. It is another positive that he is drawn alongside some natural speed in Zhui Feng. The last-named would be a live outsider at a price if conditions do not deteriorate markedly.

Best bet: OUZO Danger: ZHUI FENG

1.50 HAMPTON COURT STAKES 

A cracking event of its type with the claims of recent Group Three Kempton winner Berlin Tango enhanced by the heroics of Pyledriver in Tuesday’s King Edward VII Stakes. The cosy defeat of Pyledriver at Kempton came as no surprise to connections of Berlin Tango, who have been in great form since racing resumed, and he is likely to take a hand here. However, FIRST RECEIVER is reported to have thrived during the winter and served evidence of his progression by routing a field at Kempton, so he narrowly gains the vote.

Best bet: FIRST RECEIVER

Danger: BERLIN TANGO

2.25 KING GEORGE V STAKES 

Quite how KIPPS did not manage to win on his seasonal reappearance at Haydock remains a mystery, but the positive is he remains on the same mark of 83. It will be disappointing if the selection can’t make an impact off that rating given the way he travelled before displaying a good turn of foot to race clear with winner Walkonby. It often pays to be drawn in double figures in this race so he appears well berthed. Win O’Clock was another to make his turf comeback at Haydock and he appears to have escaped with just a 4lb penalty for that comprehensive success.  

Best bet: KIPPS Danger: WIN O’CLOCK

Kipps (right) should make an impact despite his setback in his seasonal reappearance

Kipps (right) should make an impact despite his setback in his seasonal reappearance

3.00 PRINCE OF WALES’S STAKES

An overnight deluge would assist the claims of Addeybb, who can’t have conditions soft enough and would shorten up markedly if the ground eased a lot. His record on Ascot’s round track reads 112 and he is sure to give JAPAN at least a fright if the thunderstorms do materialise, given his heroics in Australia since the turn of the year. Ballydoyle got off the mark for the meeting on day one and Japan is versatile, so any deterioration in the ground should not compromise his chance. The selection was arguably one of the most impressive winners at last year’s meeting and later ran with great credit in the Arc.

Best bet: JAPAN Danger: ADDEYBB

3.35 ROYAL HUNT CUP  

Rider Jim Crowley wasted little time finding the winner’s enclosure on Tuesday and it appears significant he sides with ALRAJAA ahead of last year’s winner Afaak and Montatham, a horse which made such a big impression on his Newmarket comeback. The selection made giant strides last term following a gelding operation and his all-conquering stable are to be feared when they target races. Afaak boasts a good first-time-out record, so could go well again, while heavy showers will play to the strengths of Kynren and Raising Sand.

Best bet: ALRAJAA Danger: AFAAK

CAPTAIN HEATH AND FORMCAST

RANCH HAND was developing into a decent stayer last season and can be forgiven a disappointing run in the marathon Cesarewitch Stakes. It’s a bonus his trainer Andrew Balding has been in red-hot form.

1.15 Zhui Feng (ew)

1.50 First Receiver

2.25 Kipps

3.00 Japan

3.35 Baltic Baron (ew)

4.10 Chief Little Hawk

4.40 RANCH HAND (nap)

By Marcus Townend 

BELL ROCK showed much-improved form to win a Newmarket handicap 10 days ago, cutting down Ouzo who is a fancied runner in the Silver Royal Hunt Cup. On that running Bell Rock should be able to defy his penalty.

1.15 Ouzo

1.50 Juan Elcano

2.25 Kipps

3.00 Japan

3.35 Bell Rock (nap)

4.10 Chief Little Hawk

4.40 Collide

By Nigel Taylor

4.10 WINDSOR CASTLE

The first juvenile contest of the week and it will be fascinating to see how the draw plays out. With the American horses drawn high there could be a little more pace towards the stand’s side rail, which could assist the chance of TACTICAL who shaped with plenty of promise on his Newmarket debut behind Eye Of Heaven. The selection’s sire, Toronado, won a Group One at this meeting and there looks plenty of improvement to come. Hyde Park Barracks was third to stablemate Chief Little Hawk (drawn two) at Navan but could outrun his odds here.

Best bet: TACTICAL Danger: HYDE PARK BARRACKS

4.40: COPPER HORSE H’CAP 

Trainer David Simcock is yet to fire since racing resumed, but this is the ideal stage to launch a campaign and ALMANIA could be the catalyst. The son of Australia promised plenty last term without delivering, since he was often tried at a lofty level. The selection wasn’t disgraced in a 12-furlong handicap at last year’s meeting and there could be more to come now he is stepping up in trip and has been gelded. Eddystone Rock boasts plenty of ‘previous’ in this type of race, including at this venue, and won the only time Adam Kirby has ridden him.

Best bet: ALMANIA Danger: EDDYSTONE ROCK

ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.15 Ouzo (nb)

1.50 First Receiver

2.25 Kipps

3.00 Japan

3.35 Alrajaa

4.10 Tactical

4.40 Almania (nap)

NEWMARKET – 3.35 Lord Tennyson (nb); 4.10 Victory Heights (nap).

GIMCRACK 

1.15 Ouzo

1.50 Russian Emperor (nb)

2.25 Hukum

3.00 Addeybb (nap)

3.35 Lord Tennyson

4.10 Mighty Gurkha

4.40 Shailene

NORTHERNER – 1.15 Maydanny (nb); 1.50 Juan Elcano (nap).

Wednesday Feature Race Odds 

Hampton Court Stakes – 1:50pm

9/4- First Receiver

3/1- Russian Emperor

10/3- Juan Elcano

6/1- Berlin Tango

12/1- Kenzai Warrior

22/1- Mascat

40/1- King Carney

50/1- New World Tapestry

 

Prince of Wales Stakes – 3pm

11/8- Japan

4/1- Addeybb

13/2- Lord North

15/2- Headman

8/1- Barney Roy

11/1- Mehdaayih

40/1- Bangkok

 

*Odds from Betfair 



Source link

Continue Reading ROYAL ASCOT TIPS – DAY TWO: Addeybb should test Japan in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes

Royal Ascot shorts: Aidan O’Brien’s Japan heads entries for Prince of Wales’s Stakes


Royal Ascot shorts: Aidan O’Brien’s Japan heads entries for Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Tim Easterby weighs up options for Art Power

  • Aidan O’Brien-trained Japan is joined in the 12 possibles by stablemate Magical
  • Roger Teal-trained Kenzai Warrior will step up in trip from a mile next week
  • Far Above has been retired by trainer James Tate after sustaining an leg injury

Rix de L’Arc de Triomphe fourth Japan, winner of last season’s King Edward VII Stakes, heads the entries for Wednesday’s feature Prince of Wales’s Stakes.  

The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt is joined in the 12 possibles by stablemate Magical, winner of the 2019 Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Aidan O’Brien-trained Japan is joined in the 12 possibles by stablemate Magical

Trainer Tim Easterby is still deciding whether to run impressive Newcastle winner Art Power in either the Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap over five furlongs on the Friday or more ambitiously the Group One Commonwealth Cup over six furlongs on the same day.

Easterby, who is hoping for soft ground, said: ‘The Group One looks a bit open this year so we’ve got to have a good think.’

Roger Teal-trained Kenzai Warrior, who lost his chance in the 2,000 Guineas when stumbling exiting the starting stalls before finishing ninth to Kameko, will step up in trip from a mile next week.

The colt is entered in both the King Edward VII Stakes over 12 furlongs and the 10-furlong Hampton Court Stakes.

Far Above, who laid claim to being one of the fastest horses in training when winning the Group Three Palace House Stakes at Newmarket last Saturday, has been retired by trainer James Tate after sustaining an leg injury in the race.



Source link

Continue Reading Royal Ascot shorts: Aidan O’Brien’s Japan heads entries for Prince of Wales’s Stakes