Monday 23 October 2017

Starspangledbanner ready to show true colours

Starspangledbanner. Photo: Getty Images
Starspangledbanner. Photo: Getty Images

Aidan O'Brien is confident Australian recruit Starspangledbanner is ready to show his true colours in Saturday's Golden Jubilee Stakes.

The Choisir colt showed smart form at a variety of trips Down Under and was a promising fifth on his Ballydoyle debut in what could yet prove an informative renewal of the Duke of York Stakes on the Knavesmire.

O'Brien, just denied a fifth victory in Thursday's Gold Cup with Age Of Aquarius, said: "We're very happy with him.

"When he ran at York he hadn't been with us that long and we were just running him to get him started.

"We were happy with his run, he ran a nice race and he came back from York very well. We've been happy with him since.

"He shows loads of speed at home, but he is a horse that gets six furlongs well.

"He got a little bit tired at York, but that would be understandable and we gave him an easy three weeks so he was just ready to run, but we were very happy with him."

Khalid Abdullah is already enjoying a fantastic week with Byword and Twice Over giving the leading owner at one-two in the Prince of Wales's Stakes and Timepiece winning the Sandringham Handicap.

In Saturday's feature he is represented by Duke of York runner-up Showcasing and the third home Main Aim, who has gone on to subsequent success at Haydock.

Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said: "I think that Showcasing has a bit more zip than Main Aim.

"Main Aim is quite a versatile horse, he can run over anything between six furlongs and a mile and I probably think six and a half to seven furlongs is his best.

"That being said, he ran on really well in the Duke of York Stakes and he deserves to take his chance here, especially on his July Cup run where he got a bad bump."

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