In it to win it! Class act Integral looks like a typical Stoute Improver in exciting Newbuy showpiece It's time to have a tasty bet on Salt.
MIGHTY MARE Integral can strike a blow for the fairer sex by landing the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
Sir Michael Stoute's charge was a steady improver last season and enjoyed Group 1 wins in the Falmouth and Sun Chariot at Newmarket for her shrewd handler.
True, she was pretty disappointing when flopping in the QEII at Ascot last October but a hard race on heavy ground was probably not what she needed after a demanding campaign.
Today's race has clearly been the aim for some time and the Freemason Lodge trainer should have her cherry ripe on her TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE seasonal debut where her weight allowance should prove decisive against some classy rivals.
Chris Richardson, managing director of owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: "She seems in good order and has wintered well. Obviously it is a tough ask taking on some strong colts. She goes on any ground and it is a nice starting point for her.
"Sir Michael Stoute had always had this race as the target for her and from it we will work out her target at Royal Ascot.
"She is a light-framed filly but she won her maiden first time out so we know she can go well fresh, although this is a different kettle of fish. However, she deserves to take her place in the line-up."
Stoute has kicked off the new season in flying form and he can also claim the Ascot Park with class act TELESCOPE (2.00).
Placed in a number of top-level middle distance races last year, the five-year-old has by far the best form in this Listed event.
Afair few were diasppointed when he was turned over by Second Step in the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket last time but he looked in need of the run when just worried out of it down close home.
That pipe-opener should have added plenty of fuel to the fire and Telescope is likely to make short work of today's opposition under Wee Moore.
I definitely wouldn't put it past Stoute to land a lucrative treble with DISSOLUTION (3.10) in the ever-informative London Gold Cup Handicap.
The New Approach colt made eye-catching progress over seven furlongs and a mile last season before breaking his duck in game style over 1m1f at Goodwood.
He clearly relished the step up to 1m2f when landing a valuable handicap at Newmarket first time out and should relish the likely strong pace.
The in-form Charlie Hills looks to have unearthed an exciting sprint prospect in SALT ISLAND (2.35) in the Caernarvon.
A useful juvenile, the Exceed And Excel colt showed a powerful turn of foot when hacking up at Newmarket's Craven Meeting.
That looked a very strong race for the grade and I reckon that Salt Island will take the step up to Listed company in his stride.
There's also three exciting contest on the box at Newmarket and ELIDOR (2.15) seems to be the safest bet in a trappy-looking 1m6f handicap.
Mick Channon's gelding was not exactly the toast of the desert over in Dubai during the winter but looked on the way back when third in a decent event at Thirsk last time.
the That was over 1m4f but he has some respectable form over today'sdistance over the past few seasons and should be able to defy top-weight today.
LATHARNACH (2.50) can kick off his campaign by claiming the Listed Charles II Stakes.
Highly regarded by Charlie Appleby, the son of Iffraaj showed plenty of abiltiy when landing two competitive events in impressive style at Sandown.
He is clearly still on t e upgrade and should get the better of some very promising opposition.
William Haggas has his string in good order at present and he can take the big sprint with PROPERUS (3.25).
Useful for Kevin Ryan last term, the three-year-old caught the eye when a fine second behind the exciting Salt Island (see 2.35 at Newbury) at HQ last time.
That is very convincing form and I reckon that the son of Lord Shanakill can build on that effort in a very tight contest.
Upwardly mobile colt Dissolution can cut his rivals down to size in the London Gold Cup.
IN THE MOOD Top-class miler Integral makes a lot of appeal in the Lockinge at Newbury
STARSTRUCK Telescope should get his season back on track at Newbury
|Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback|
|Publication:||Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)|
|Date:||May 16, 2015|
|Previous Article:||IT'S McCALL YOURS STU; Rangers will pass first hurdle to set up Hibs tie.|
|Next Article:||Gretchen may be another top find for Gosden.|