Saturday 20 January 2018

Arlington Million next up for victorious Stotsfold

Martin Kelly

Walter Swinburn will take Stotsfold back to the Arlington Million brimming with confidence after his globetrotter completed a Sandown double in the Mouton Cadet Gala Stakes yesterday.

The much-travelled seven-year-old finished third in Chicago last year and Swinburn is in bullish mood after his flagbearer followed up his Brigadier Gerard win five weeks ago.

Adam Kirby brought Stotsfold through to challenge two furlongs out and the 9/2 chance gained the upper hand inside the distance to book his trip across the Atlantic on August 21.

"That was just what the doctor ordered and I would not have been surprised if he had been beaten today after his break," Swinburn said. "We know now that we don't belong in the Eclipse and Prince Of Wales', so the Arlington Million is very much the plan now."

Zebedee had his confidence boosted after losing his unbeaten record in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot as Richard Hannon's youngster stamped his mark on the Dragon Stakes.

The 8/15 favourite travelled like the best horse for most of the way and Richard Hughes quickly settled matters as the pair quickened a length and a quarter clear.

Roman Eagle (4/1) swooped in the dying strides to deny the Hannon-Hughes combination a double in the seven-furlong EBF Maiden Stakes. The Michael Jarvis-trained newcomer sat just off the pace under Philip Robinson and only got on terms in the dying strides to foil the bid of Jehanbux.

One bookmaker quoted the winner at 33s for next year's 2,000 Guineas, and owner Alan Spence said: "He should be 100/1 after winning a Sandown maiden but it was a nice performance."

Piscean ended a luckless run stretching back to Goodwood in May last year as he charged down the outside of the field to take the Bluefin Handicap. With just 10 runners lining up for the five-furlong dash, Tom Keddy's 16/1 chance enjoyed a clear passage and poked his nose in front on the line to deny Rocket Rob by a short head.

Verdant came good after a couple of muddling efforts when obliging as the 5/6 favourite under Ryan Moore in the Moorcroft Handicap, with the champion jockey completing a 10/1 double aboard Colloquial (5/1) in the House Of Fraser Handicap.

Irish Independent

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