The character, winner of one of the most powerful Ascot Gold Cups in recent years at the Royal Meeting last month, has been ruled out for at least the rest of the season after sustaining a stuffy leg, four-year-old Mark Johnston. Coach, here on Thursday.
Stradivarius, a Gold Cup winner for three years in a row as of 2018, was among the horses to be beaten at Ascot last month and the objective looked more than capable of dominating the survival league in the same way as he racked up a five-length win.
He had filled his left leg after winning the Dubai Gold Cup in March, however, a similar problem with the other front leg quickly disappeared after Ascott did not.
“He had an injury and it’s definitely the end of the season,” said Johnston. “There was no secret that the horse had his left foot bobbed straight into Dubai and we were intimidated by that. Visually, that was a career-ending injury.
“Within 24 hours he got a reasonably clean bill of health and within a month he got a perfectly clean bill of health, which is very unusual for this type of situation. It went well and there were no issues with or after the Ascot Gold Cup.
“But on Monday he had a filling in the other leg. Since the left front leg was very atypical and he came back from that, we were hoping it would be the same with the other leg, but it didn’t.
“It’s very heartbreaking. The only positive thing we can take advantage of is that he at least got a chance to show us what he can do. Those of us who were there in Dubai thought this was an exceptional performance, and at least it was confirmed in what I like to think is one Best Ascot Gold Cup in recent days.”
When asked if he expects to see the self-proclaimed racetrack again, Johnston simply replied, “I don’t know.”
Johnston revealed the news about subjectivity shortly after his brother’s three-part saddlebag, Sir Ron Priestley, to win the second set of Princess Of Wales’s Stakes, the event featured on the opening day of the July festival. Sir Ron Priestley struggled well under a well-judged Franny Norton from the front, fending off a late challenge to likely favorite Al Aasy, with a neck.
Earlier on the card, Allan Kings Lucille triumphed in a tight second-set finish in the July Stakes, while newly-minted Yapier Charlie Appleby – seen as a potential derby horse earlier in the season – was a ready-made Bahrain Cup winner.
Potty Cousin Possibly For Falmouth
Thirteen foals are set to go for the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday – the biggest field since the race secured Group One status in 2004 – and there’s depth in quality and quantity too, with 1-2-3 seconds off both the podiums and the Duke of Cambridge. Stakes at Royal Ascot in the squad.
Alcohol Free will probably be a favorite to support her podiuming success, but the second-placed Snow Lantern is still a brisk racer and has a clear potential to beat. Meanwhile, Indie Angel is also demanding respect in its winning form at Ascot, while some bookies will find 6-1 around the irresistible 1,000 Guineas winner siding with Mother Earth.
An under-the-radar runner, though, is First Kiss (3.35)And the An easy winner in York in May with Snow Lantern – who pulled really hard – by five lengths in third. Ed Walker ruled her out of the podium after the rain arrived but on faster ground here, she’s a big contender at around 6-1.
Newmarket 1.50.0 king of clubs He hasn’t definitively proven he’s got 10 furlongs but he has stayed over nine at Sandown last month in a hard-running race. It made him more attractive around 9-1 than the likely favorite Foxes Tales, who enjoyed standing up to a solid pace at Royal Ascot but is unlikely to have a similar race here.
York 2.05 Cormier is the automatic favorite here after her successful return to Flat at Pontefract in May, having improved at overcoming obstacles during the winter. This was a poor race, however, that hardly warranted quotes from around 7-4 for five-year-old Brian Ellison when at least two competitors performed at the same level. Pauline GuanAnd the Reuniting with Ella McCain for the first time since their track and flight wins back in June, and the value appears to be approaching 6-1.
Newmarket 2.25.0 There is clear room for many of these young fillies to take a big step forward, at least because three or four market leaders will be racing on fast ground for the first time. This is as true for Sandrine, a favourite, as it does any of its competitors but at potential prices, FlutosAnd the Who seemed to be a high-class filly making his debut in May, could reward every direction. She was a long way from Sandrine in Albany at Royal Ascot but everything went wrong from the start for her there, as she missed the break and then immediately raced to make up the lost ground.
York 2.40 Vadream She traveled as well as anything in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot over seven furlongs the last time before her journey faded well into the final furlong race. That drop to six glutes certainly seemed to fit.
Newmarket 3.00.00000 Prince Alex He racked up five straight wins at the end of last season and although he hasn’t had another success in two initiations this season, he fell narrowly at Goodwood in May, and the winner has gone there again since.