Time Test boost for Curragh as Charlton swerves Lockinge
Published 10/05/2016 | 02:30
There was a shot in the arm for the Curragh meeting on Sunday week after Roger Charlton confirmed classy colt Time Test will make his seasonal return in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, as long as the ground is suitable.
Charlton did have his Royal Ascot winner entered in Saturday's Lockinge Stakes at Newbury this weekend but his name was not among the five-day acceptors.
The Beckhampton trainer is hoping a run on this side of the Irish Sea will put him spot on for a return to the Royal meeting, but whether that is for the Queen Anne Stakes over a mile or the 10-furlong Prince of Wales's Stakes has yet to be decided.
"If the ground is suitable, he'll run in the Tattersalls Gold Cup," Charlton explained.
"As for Ascot, we'll see what happens in Ireland. I notice he's a shorter price for the Queen Anne than the Prince of Wales's. We'll see, but at this stage I see him as a 10-furlong horse."
Despite no Time Test, there is still a quality field of 18 entered in the Lockinge - including Henry Candy's Limato, last seen finishing second in the Prix de la Foret over seven furlongs but could have his first run over a mile.
Man-of-the-moment Hugo Palmer could run Home Of The Brave, which was impressive over seven furlongs on his return to action at Leicester.
Toormore and Dutch Connection, first and second in the Sandown Mile, could meet again along with fourth-placed Belardo.
John Gosden's Mahsoob, winner of the nine-furlong Earl of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket on his return, could be joined by stablemate GM Hopkins.
The Ger Lyons-trained Endless Drama - which has been off the track since chasing home brilliant miler Gleneagles in last year's Irish 2,000 Guineas - and Aidan O'Brien's runner-up from Leopardstown on Sunday, Cougar Mountain, are down to fly the Irish flag.
Clive Cox's Kodi Bear, Peter Chapple-Hyam's Arod - third in the race last year - and the classy fillies Amazing Maria and Euro Charline are among others still engaged.
Home Of The Brave and Dutch Connection, trained by Charlie Hills, have both been purchased by Godolphin in time for the Group 1 contest.
Meanwhile, Twilight Son heads a 12-strong field for tomorrow's Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes.
Henry Candy's sprinter won his first five starts, including the Group One Sprint Cup at Haydock, before chasing home Muhaarar on Champions Day at Ascot. He must concede 5lb to each of his rivals as he makes his seasonal reappearance at Group Two level on the Knavesmire.
Recent Newmarket winner Magical Memory. trained by Charlie Hills, while O'Brien's Dick Whittington and Moviesta from the Edward Lynam yard are also set to feature.