The Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot is subsequent on the agenda for Glen Shiel following his promising return to motion in Eire.
Making his first look since offering record-breaking jockey Hollie Doyle along with her first Group One victory on Champions Day at Ascot, Archie Watson’s sprinter was a sizzling favorite for the Group Two Weatherbys Eire Greenlands Stakes on the Curragh.
The seven-year-old might end solely fourth, however connections are optimistic of an improved efficiency when he returns to Berkshire for the showpiece assembly.
Cosmo Charlton, head racing supervisor for homeowners Hambleton Racing, stated of Glen Shiel’s Curragh effort: “We have been glad sufficient with that for his first run of the 12 months. He was at all times going to come back on a bit.
“Though he handles heavy floor, clearly the assembly was almost deserted. First time again on that floor, Hollie felt he’d come on for the run – and I believed he may simply have been on the incorrect a part of the monitor as nicely.
“I feel there have been a mix of things – and below a penalty first day out, it was no penalty kick. He might have gotten away with it, however it did not fairly pan out.
“It was very a lot a prep, and it is all methods go for Ascot now. He definitely handles loads of minimize, however Archie has made it very clear that respectable floor will not be an issue for him.”
One other thrilling prospect for the Hambleton group is the David O’Meara-trained Twilight Spinner, who created an enormous impression when streaking clear within the Cecil Frail at Haydock final week.
The Twilight Son filly has not taken up her entry in Wednesday’s Ballyogan Stakes on the Curragh and doesn’t as but maintain any at Royal Ascot, as connections think about their choices.
“I am unsure the place she’ll go subsequent in the intervening time – we’re simply resting on that efficiency,” stated Charlton.
“It was clearly very delicate floor at Haydock, and a pair underperformed, however she could not actually have been extra spectacular – she pulled straight away within the closing phases.
“She’s clearly a high quality horse – and David thinks she might be very, superb, so fingers crossed.
“She’s not within the Commonwealth Cup. There is a risk she might be supplemented for one thing like that, however it’s early days and there’s no agency choice on what we’re doing but.”
Mehmento, who was final seen ending down the sphere within the French 2000 Guineas having beforehand pushed the high-class Chindit all the way in which within the Greenham, is about for a extra fast outing at Epsom subsequent week.
Charlton stated: “The bottom was simply too sluggish for him in Paris. We thought he is likely to be OK on it, having gained at Southwell rather well, however it did not work out.
“When he ran within the Greenham at Newbury the bottom was on the faster aspect, and he quickened up like a extremely good horse.
“Adam (McNamara) was delighted with him turning for dwelling within the French Guineas, however he did not decide up on the bottom – it is so simple as that.
“We’re heading in direction of the Surrey Stakes at Epsom subsequent Friday. Wanting on the climate forecast, it ought to be respectable floor.”