Cobh on upward curve for Royal Lodge bid
Cox contender enters Group company after Salisbury Listed win.Clive Cox is encouraged by Cobh’s progress on and off the track as the improving juvenile moves up to Group company for the first time in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket. Cobh has twice run in Listed company so far, finishing second in the Pat Eddery Stakes at Ascot to Richard Hannon’s Chindit before taking Salisbury’s Stonehenge Stakes. He takes a significant step up in class in Saturday’s Group Two, over a mile. Cox said: “He was an impressive winner of the Stonehenge at Salisbury, clearly getting the mile well. “He’s a big, scopey individual who has continued to physically develop with his progression on the race track. “We’re really looking forward to him stepping up to Group Two level.” Among the opposition is Ralph Beckett’s New Mandate, who heads to the Rowley Mile off the back of two successive wins. The gelded son of New Bay shed his maiden tag at Sandown, before going on to win the Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes at Doncaster two weeks ago. “Both New Mandate and the jockey (Frankie Dettori) were impressive at Doncaster to go through a tight gap and win the Flying Scotsman,” said Beckett. “He was the only horse to come up that far rail and win all meeting.” New Mandate is set to run over a mile for the first time, having so far been campaigned over seven furlongs, but Beckett has no doubts about the suitability of the trip. “I’m really looking forward to the Royal Lodge, and the mile will be no problem,” he said. “He is out of an Authorized mare and is by New Bay, so he should handle some juice in the ground. “He was a nightmare early on – that is why we gelded him back in January. He is a good work horse, and that is why we took the jump into Listed class on a mark of 89 last time.” Mark Johnston’s Acomb Stakes winner Gear Up is also in the line-up, having won his first two starts. Aidan O’Brien is represented by Ontario, the only runner with existing Group Two form having been beaten a length when third in the Futurity Stakes at the Curragh last month. Roger Charlton’s Pleasant Man makes up the field of five in what will be just his second racecourse appearance, after winning on his debut at Haydock at the start of this month.
Follow us on Twitter racing365dotcom and like our Facebook page.
On This Day in 2021 – Gordon Elliott apologises for posing with dead horse
The distasteful image was shared on social media and quickly confirmed as genuine by trainer Elliott.
I Am Maximus has taken Fairyhouse exertions in his stride
National joint-favourite ‘has his own way of getting round’.
British and Irish authorities announce anti-doping initiative
Increased collaboration between regulators seen as ‘positive step forward’.
The Gatekeeper knocking on the door for Lincoln honours
Big Doncaster handicap on the agenda for Champions Day winner.
Rising Cheltenham hopes for Constitution Hill knocked by blood test results
‘The figures themselves suggest he is definitely under the weather’.
Eydon camp turn attentions to turf campaign
Winter Derby all-weather comeback did not go according to plan.
Constitution Hill ‘bright’ on Thursday, but Cheltenham remains in the balance
Superstar hurdler will be scoped again on Friday.
‘Horses for courses’ – Gilligan hoping Buddy can make his mark at the Festival
Athenry-based trainer ‘can’t wait’ for Stayers’ Hurdle date, with his son in the saddle.
Williams taking watching brief on Festival run for Libberty Hunter
Ground will be key in the Cotswolds for leading Grand Annual fancy.
O’Neill team backing Crebilly to be a Plate smasher
Novice looks potentially well treated on a mark of 140.