Outstrip the one to beat – Appleby

by British Horseracing Authority News Headlines 10 months ago

Outstrip will bid to make the most of the absence of Berkshire when he assumes a leading role in the At The Races Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

The Paul Cole-trained Berkshire had been due to make his first start since impressing at Royal Ascot but unsuitable ground conditions means he waits for the Dewhurst.

While that takes some of the lustre off the Group Two contest, Charlie Appleby’s Outstrip, who holds a Racing Post Trophy entry, remains a juvenile of some potential in his own right, having found only the well-regarded Toormore a neck too good in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood.

Appleby told www.godolphin.com: “Outstrip ran a very nice race at Goodwood, when he was caught on the line, and he has done well physically since.

“The concern would be the ground but I feel that he should be OK with some give underneath and it was rain-softened ground at Goodwood.

“I am very happy with him and I think he is the horse to beat.”

Connections of Treaty Of Paris opted to supplement the Henry Candy-trained colt to the tune of �7,500 on the back of his victory in the Acomb Stakes at York.

Candy told At The Races: “He’s owned by an enthusiastic team of owners who were determined to supplement him and who am I to stop them? It’s their money. The horse is very well and I’m happy to give it a go.

“Being very cautious I was going to go for another Group Three but quite rightly they said he’d have a 3lb penalty and why give everybody a length and a half start, so that’s what we’re doing.

“He was very gutsy that day at York and James (Doyle) took the view that if anything had threatened to head him he would find a little bit more. It’s a hard thing to do to make all at York and I thought he put up a good performance there.

“You can take no notice of his previous run at Newmarket. My horse was wrong afterwards. I watched the race from home and thought he looked very laboured.

“We blood-tested him a couple of days later and his blood was all over the place. You can completely ignore the Newmarket run.”

Cable Bay was another to run at York, finishing fourth in the Gimcrack.

His trainer Charlie Hills said: “We like him a lot, but he got a bit lost in the soft ground at York. I still think he’ll be OK if it does go soft. He’s done very well since York and I think this extra furlong will suit him.”

Anjaal has won two of his three starts for Richard Hannon this year, landing the Group Two July Stakes at Newmarket on his most recent outing.

He will be returning from a lengthy lay-off here but assistant trainer Richard Hannon jnr reports him to have benefited from his break.

He told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk: “Anjaal had a Gimcrack and a Molecomb winner behind at Newmarket, so you can’t knock the form and he has thrived for his little holiday.

“He breezed nicely on Thursday and has really filled out in all the right places, and we could not be more happy with him.”

The twice-raced Picks Pinta, winner of a Brighton maiden last time out, represents Jo Hughes, who is hoping the ground does not scupper a long-term plan.

Hughes said: “He’s been doing very well, but wouldn’t the ground too soft. He’s a horse I think an awful lot of. He didn’t have his ground in the Brocklesby which was disappointing but he’s done nothing wrong since.

“We think a lot of him and he’s a horse with a future. Hopefully it won’t be too soft for him. I didn’t want to over-race him and tried to look for a nice race for him. This has always been the aim.”

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