Wednesday 25 April 2018

Time passes Tercentenary test at Ascot

Jockey Frankie Dettori celebrates after winning the Tercentenary Stakes riding Time Test
Jockey Frankie Dettori celebrates after winning the Tercentenary Stakes riding Time Test

Time Test proved a different class to his opponents in the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

So impressive in a lucrative Newbury handicap on his seasonal reappearance last month, Roger Charlton's three-year-old was a heavily supported 15-8 favourite stepped up to Group Three level.

Frankie Dettori cut a confident figure throughout in the saddle, positioning the market leader in midfield with plenty of room to manoeuvre.

Time Test began to close on the leaders soon after the home turn and it was clear he had far more to give than his opponents.

Once allowed to stride on, Charlton's colt showed thrilling acceleration to seal the deal and came home with plenty in hand over Peacock, with Mustadeem third.

Dettori, who rode his 50th Royal Ascot winner in the final race on Wednesday, said: "I didn't have to do much. He's a very good horse, it was a perfect race.

"I had so much horse, I pulled him to the outside and he wanted to take off.

"It was great and I was able to enjoy this lovely crowd.

"He does (feel like a Group One horse). Everything went spot on."

Charlton said of his three-and-a-quarter-length scorer: "He did a very good bit of work the other day, George Baker rode him and said 'this is a Group One horse'. I don't think George says things like that unnecessarily.

"I don't like to get too carried away because there are a lot of disappointments in this game, but he has certainly progressed really well.

"Last year he was a bit fragile mentally, a little bit sweaty between his legs and things. Today, he was brilliant.

"Frankie said you can put him anywhere in a race and he loved the ground, all the great positive things that give you chance to win more races. Frankie is on such a roll, it's fantastic. It's great for racing.

"I think a mile and a quarter for now is fine, he's got plenty of speed. The problem here is there aren't any progressive races for three-year-old colts, you're immediately having to take on older horses.

"There isn't such a thing as a Group Two for three-year-olds between now and the end of the year, which seems strange, but it's a fact.

"There are races in France, so maybe we go to France, we'll see.

"He'll have an entry in the Juddmonte International and I hope he'll develop into that sort of horse one day, if it's not this year then next year."

Owner Khalid Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said: "He travelled so well in the race, it was very encouraging.

"I think quite a few things come into his range now, we'll have to think about it but those sorts of races (Juddmonte International) are going to be quite interesting."

Peacock ran a fine race in second in the colours of the Queen, while trainer Brian Meehan was delighted with the performance of Mustadeem.

He said: "He was taken on a little bit when he really wanted a breather, but he ran a hell of a race and stepped up on his Newmarket run. For me he improved from Newmarket and I am pleased as he proved he can handle it at this level.

"I am comfortable with him at this trip but I could see him getting further. I have a few plans in my head, but I will speak to the owner first."

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