Royal Ascot runner-up Eldrickjones bids to go one higher within the Tattersalls July Stakes at Newmarket.
Crushed only a nostril on his racecourse debut at Thirsk in early June, the Cotai Glory colt justified the daring choice made by his connections to run within the Coventry Stakes lower than a fortnight later – beating all bar the spectacular winner Berkshire Shadow.
That efficiency got here as no shock to Nick Bradley, who manages the syndicate which owns the Roger Fell-trained juvenile, and hopes are excessive for his newest Group Two project on Thursday.
“It seems no stronger than the Coventry, and a few would possibly say it is a bit bit weaker,” mentioned Bradley.
“He is in superb type. Danny Tudhope did a bit of labor on him final week and was buzzing him – he thinks he is a really sensible horse.
“Sadly Danny cannot journey on Thursday, as a result of he is received to journey at Doncaster. However he goes there with a large likelihood, I believe.”
One other colt who went near successful on the Royal assembly is the Bryan Good-trained Mission Dante, who was crushed only a head and a nostril into third within the Norfolk Stakes.
That type has been effectively marketed since, with the runner-up Go Bears Go touchdown the Railway Stakes on the Curragh, and Good is eager to see how Mission Dante fares stepping as much as six furlongs for the primary time.
“The horse proved his price (at Ascot), and we like him so much,” Good instructed Sky Sports activities Racing.
“He did a pleasant piece of labor on Friday and had a pleasant little blow on Tuesday morning – Graham Lee rode him and was thrilled with him. He mentioned he feels nearly as good as if not higher than he did earlier than Royal Ascot.
“I believe he’ll get the journey, as a result of he settles and you may put him in most locations. I believe he’ll settle effectively, and Graham will simply work away.”
Hugo Palmer saddles each Dig Two and Ebro River, who completed second within the Windsor Fortress Stakes and fifth within the Coventry respectively on their newest appearances.
He mentioned: “They each ran very effectively at Ascot. It is at all times tough having two colts in the identical race, however I really feel they each need to take their likelihood. They’ve each actually thrived since Ascot – I have been delighted with them.
“The climate forecast may be very tough. Ebro River is a winner of a Listed race on smooth floor, so any vital rain would not hinder his possibilities, however I believe he proved at Ascot he is additionally tremendous on prime of the bottom.
“Dig Two undoubtedly desires fast floor, so if the phrase smooth began to look within the going description we might most likely take him out.
“Having walked the monitor, I believe the bottom will most likely be someplace between good and good to agency, by which case they’ll each run.
“It is an excessive amount of to hope for a dead-heat, however I hope they will each run effectively.”
Uneven places his unbeaten document on the road for Alan King, having adopted up debut success at Goodwood with a clear-cut victory over this course and distance.
“He is received his two races, and we have now to seek out out if he is as much as this type of stage,” mentioned the Barbury Fortress coach.
“We have been very pleased with him at residence, and it will likely be fascinating. He is at all times labored like a very sensible two-year-old and has a fantastic angle. I genuinely would not know the way good he’s, however he does every part very simply at residence.
“It’s a massive step up in school, however I believe higher floor ought to go well with him, so we’ll see how we get on.”