Monday, 28 June 2010

Royal Ascot Racing Club Update 28th June 2010

Prompter has been entered to run at Sandown on Friday July 2nd in The Gala Stakes over one mile and two furlongs at 4.00 pm. This horse is in great form and is working very well. He was mentioned in The Racing Post gallops report on the weekend having done an impressive piece of work on the watered gallop. The obvious frustration is that ground conditions do not currently suit him and I suspect that he is highly unlikely to run on Friday unless there are heavy thunderstorms. At some point the weather will turn in his favour, but in the meantime we would all have to be very patient.

Pollenator will return to the stud this week and Richard Hughes and Richard Hannon both advise that this filly is retired as they feel that she no longer wants to race. Needless to say this is disappointing, but it is not unusual for fillies to fail to train on from two to three. The worst thing we could do is to devalue her by carrying aimlessly on and so having discussed this in depth with John Warren, we feel that it is right to draw stumps and to sell her in the December Sales in Newmarket.

Mirabella is in good form and is ready to run again. She has been given an entry at Sandown on Friday over one mile and two furlongs in The Coral TV Handicap Stakes at 5.25 pm and we will be back in touch on Wednesday to confirm plans. She is now over the corn issue which prevented her from running last week.

Metaphoric is in cracking form and Michael Bell could not be happier with him. He is now doing two strong canters and Michael hopes to have him ready to run sometime in August. Obviously the acid test will be how he copes with fast work, but at the moment the leg looks to have healed well and we are hopeful that he will race again. The trainer has stated that his longer term target this year will be the Prix de Cadaran (Gr1) at Longchamp on Arc Weekend!

Expose has done very well physically but has flipped his palate a couple of times which may mean that the vets will have to do a quick operation to ensure that this does not stop him in the future. He is an imposing horse who has physically changed out of all recognition and depending on whether an operation is needed, will be running in late August or early September. I will of course keep you closely posted on this and will have more news the week after next when the wind expert Geoffrey Lane has inspected him.

Paul Nicholls reports Advisor to be in good form and enjoying his summer break. He will be brought back in from the field and will have his wind operation in approximately two to three weeks time. He should not take long to get over this as he has age on his side, but I will again of course keep you fully informed.

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