Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 24 February 2018

Oxx may run rock at ascot

doncaster Cup winner Saddler's Rock could be supplemented for the British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on October 15.

John Oxx's three-year-old was an impressive winner of the Group Two event on Town Moor, but has no further entries this season.

With the Ascot event having already closed, Oxx would have to supplement the stayer, which provided Niall McCullagh with the biggest win of his career when cosily beating Opinion Poll.

"He doesn't have any entries. The only race for him is the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day at Ascot, which he's not yet in," said Oxx.

"We'll give him a piece of work and train him for that and see what the weather and the ground are like, because he doesn't like it soft. If we are happy with him, then we'll think about supplementing him."

Looking back at Doncaster, Oxx said: "Niall said after the race that he races a little lazily, so it wouldn't be unusual for him to be off the bridle, but he was back on it a furlong later.

"He just needs a crack of the whip and off he goes."

Meanwhile, Fox Hunt is set to join stablemate Jukebox Jury on a trip to Australia to contest the Melbourne Cup on November 1.

Trainer Mark Johnston confirmed the 'race that stops a nation' as the target for Jukebox Jury following his victory in the Irish St Leger earlier this month. Fox Hunt staked his claim for a place on the plane with victory in Sunday's German version.

Irish Independent

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