Derby-winning trainer John Gosden will be eyeing the possibility of a fourth Classic success of the season if Mr Singh lands today’s Bahrain Trophy on the opening day of Newmarket’s July Festival.
The High Chaparral colt is, according to his astute handler, a “prime Leger candidate” and on Monday Gosden said; “If he runs well we will put him away for the St Leger.”
‘He is still a growing horse and ran well at Royal Ascot,” he added.
Meanwhile, in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes, also on today’s card, Gosden looks likely to be represented by the rapidly improving and hitherto unbeaten Mahsoob, who could yet be lining up against stable star Golden Horn in the King George VI and Queen Elizbeth Stakes at Ascot later this month along with another Clarehaven inmate Eagle Top.
Gosden reported that Saturday’s Eclipse hero Golden Horn had come out of the race well and his target would be the Ascot showpiece.
As far as Mahsoob is concerned Hamdan Al Maktoum’s four year old made it four from four in the Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot last month.
“I’m inclined at the moment to send Eagle Top to the King George fresh and go to the Princess of Wales’s with Mahsoob,” said Gosden. “I’d rather him have a race than take him over to the Watered Gallop on the racecourse side, as he’s quite a robust horse that takes a lot of work.
“The race fits well for him and I think it will do him good as he’s still quite inexperienced.”
Among his home trained opponents will be the Luca Cumani trained Second Step who according to his trainer is in good form.
He improved a great deal at the end of last year and I always thought that he could improve further as a four-year-old,” said Cumani.
And do not overlook Sir Michael Stoute, the most prolific winning trainer in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes 121-year history, who saddles both last year’s runner-up Hillstar, and the 2014 Jockey Club Stakes hero, Gospel Choir, as he bids for an unprecedented tenth triumph.
Saturday’s Darley July Cup could be dominated by Aussie sprint star Brazen Beau who looked impressive in an early morning work out on the July Course on Monday ridden by big race jockey James Doyle.