Queen’s Tac­ti­cal keeps on up­ward curve

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Racing - By Mar­cus Army­tage RACING COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The Queen is not known for her pre­co­cious two-year-olds, but Tac­ti­cal, her Wind­sor Cas­tle win­ner at Royal As­cot, con­tin­ued his climb to­wards the top of the ju­ve­nile lad­der by win­ning the Tat­ter­salls July Stakes with some author­ity at New­mar­ket yes­ter­day.

The home­bred colt, step­ping up to six fur­longs and en­coun­ter­ing soft ground for the first time, has a lovely way of switch­ing off in the early part of the race, which will, ul­ti­mately, help him get a mile, per­haps in the 2,000 Guineas, next sea­son.

Yes­ter­day he hit the front with 100 yards to run and beat Yaza­man by a length and a quar­ter, with Es­cape Route and Qaader, the favourite, third and fourth.

“I was re­ally pleased with him step­ping up a fur­long on slower ground,” said trainer An­drew Bald­ing. “It con­firms the Wind­sor Cas­tle was a de­cent race. Time will tell, but he could end up one of the top two-year-olds this year. We have to look Group One now and he might go to France for the Morny. His pedi­gree sug­gests a mile shouldn’t be a prob­lem next year.”

John War­ren, the Queen’s racing ad­viser, said: “Form-wise that was the same as the Wind­sor Cas­tle, but the way he did it looked even bet­ter. We might just have a very ex­cit­ing horse on our hands. Al­though it looks like he will stay seven fur­longs, at the mo­ment we will keep to what he has been good at.”

With­out wish­ing to get too far ahead of one­self, it is, per­haps, worth re­mem­ber­ing that the first of the Queen’s three As­cot ju­ve­nile win­ners was Pall Mall, who went on to win the 2,000 Guineas in 1958.

Hol­lie Doyle, who has been car­ry­ing all be­fore her this sea­son and broke her Royal As­cot duck last month, rode her first Group Two win­ner when Dame Mal­liot won the con­clud­ing Princess of Wales’s Tat­ter­salls Stakes.

How­ever, the most im­pres­sive win­ner of the day was Al Suhail, a dis­ap­point­ment first time out in the Guineas. The Godol­phin colt ran away with the Bahrain In­ter­na­tional Sir Henry Ce­cil Stakes by six lengths from Mys­tery Power.

“It just didn’t go right for him in the Guineas,” said his jockey, Wil­liam Buick. “He trav­elled there so strongly to­day I got there a fur­long sooner than I wanted. In a way, he has backed up his home work.”

Away from the July meet­ing, it was a good day for Mark John­ston at York, iron­i­cally a track where the Mid­dle­ham-based trainer usu­ally finds it harder to win than ei­ther Royal As­cot or Glo­ri­ous Good­wood. In the space of 35 min­utes, he and Franny Nor­ton com­pleted the Musi­dora-Dante dou­ble with Rose Of Kil­dare and Thun­der­ous, who wore down the 8-11 favourite High­est Ground late on to win by a neck.

“It’s amaz­ing con­sid­er­ing where he’s come from,” said Harry Her­bert, of High­clere Thor­ough­bred. “He had a hair­line frac­ture af­ter win­ning at Newbury last year, which stopped him for the sea­son and he had an­other set­back this spring which took him out of train­ing, then Covid, then the de­layed start. He had barely gal­loped when he went to New­mar­ket and it is fan­tas­tic to know he can win a Dante, know­ing there is so much more to come.”

Hit­ting the front: Tac­ti­cal, rid­den by Wil­liam Buick (left), wins the Tat­ter­salls July Stakes

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