Trainer Andrew Balding claims double triumph at Kempton ahead of Kameko’s bid for Qipco 2,000 Guineas
- Trainer Andrew Balding received a welcome boost before Qipco 2,000 Guineas
- He had clinched a double at Kempton headed by Berlin Tango in the Classic Trial
- Odds-on favourite Pinatubo heads the 15 declarations for Qipco 2,000 Guineas
Trainer Andrew Balding got a boost ahead of Kameko’s bid for Saturday’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas with a double at Kempton headed by Berlin Tango in the Classic Trial.
Balding, also successful with Never Dark with both winners ridden by David Probert, said: ‘You never quite know when the season starts whether you’ve got the horses right but touch wood general fitness levels and wellbeing are good.
‘It’s nice to get a couple of winners on the board.’
Andrew Balding got a boost ahead of Kameko’s bid for 2,000 Guineas with a Kempton double
Berlin Tango is 25-1 for next month’s Investec Derby.
Balding added: ‘He is a decent horse but was a bit raw last year. We will look at something at Royal Ascot for him first and then I will let owner George Strawbridge decide about the Derby.’
Unbeaten odds-on favourite Pinatubo heads the 15 final declarations for Qipco 2,000 Guineas.
Aidan O’Brien runs four – Arizona (Ryan Moore), Wichita (Frankie Dettori), Royal Dornoch (Tom Marquand) and New World Tapestry (Adam Kirby).
Balding’s double at Kempton had been headed by Berlin Tango in the Wednesday Classic Trial