Thursday 14 December 2017

Stack aiming to target Royal meeting with Alive Alive Oh

Thomas Kelly

TOMMY Stack is aiming to make another visit to the Royal Ascot winner's enclosure with improving filly Alive Alive Oh.

The experienced Co Tipperary hanlder is well versed in getting one ready for the big meeting, having sent out Lolly For Dolly to land the 2011 Windsor Forest Stakes, although Alive Alive Oh's target is the Ribblesdale Stakes.

While Stack's charge has the Darley Irish Oaks as her main aim in the summer, the Ascot event fits nicely into her schedule. There is a possibility she could stay at home for the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on June 30, but connections are favouring a trip to Ascot 10 days earlier at this stage.

"She's very well at the moment," said Stack's son and assistant Fozzy. "She could either go to Ascot or the Curragh, but at this stage we're more likely to be heading for the Ribblesdale. I'd say good ground wouldn't be a problem for her.

"Her main aim is the Irish Oaks when a few of the Epsom fillies will no doubt be there. The winner might have been 20/1 (Talent), but she was impressive."

Alive Alive Oh was third to Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Magician on her debut and has won her next two starts by an aggregate of 10 and a half lengths.

Godolphin insist no Royal Ascot target has been decided upon for Farhh, despite further support for Animal Kingdom in the market for the Queen Anne Stakes.

Lockinge winner Farhh is entered in both the Queen Anne on the first day of the meeting and the Prince Of Wales' Stakes 24 hours later, but the further shortening of the American raider isn't due to any moves by the Godolphin camp.


Animal Kingdom is now 6/4 with Ladbrokes from 11/4 at the start of the week and Graham Motion's chestnut seems to have settled in well at David Lanigan's stable, having arrived in Lambourn after his Dubai World Cup victory.

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said: "We haven't made any decision and it won't be made until much closer to the Royal meeting."

With Farhh still at 11/4 and 10/1 bar the pair, David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "Animal Kingdom fever has really caught hold of ante-post punters. He was vying for favouritism at the weekend but we've barely laid a penny on any of his rivals this week whilst he has been heavily backed." Ascot is not the agenda for Epsom Derby third Galileo Rock, but trainer David Wachman is keeping an open mind about his colt's next target.

"All options are open with him, and that includes the Irish Derby, Grand Prix and also the German Derby," he said. "We just want to let matters settle before nominating where he goes next."

The Royal meeting also appears to be a non-runner for Michael Stoute's Telescope, which had occupied a high perch in ante-post Derby betting until a setback forced him to be withdrawn.

Harry Herbert, managing director of the Highclere syndicate that owns the colt, said yesterday: "Telescope is absolutely fine, he's 100pc, but there's no immediate plan."

Meanwhile, jockey David Nolan was banned for 10 days by the Ripon stewards last night after being found guilty of dropping his hands.

He was aboard 7/2 joint-favourite Petrol in the selling handicap and seemed to have the race at his mercy a furlong out. Nolan appeared to ease up on his mount in the closing stages, only to see Chankillo finishing with a flourish down the outside.

The rider tried to kick on again in the dying strides, but Petrol could not pick up, eventually being beaten a neck.

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