Kameko handed test from Ben­batl and Til­sit

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Mar­cus Army­tage raC­ing Cor­re­spon­dent

Kameko, the 2,000 Guineas win­ner, bids to put his head back in front when he con­tests the Group Two Shad­well Stakes at New­mar­ket to­day.

But, hav­ing to give weight to for­mer Dubai World Cup win­ner Ben­batl and the pro­gres­sive Til­sit, it may not be quite the con­fi­dence booster for which con­nec­tions might have been hop­ing.

Kameko has been fourth on all three starts since his great mo­ment over course and dis­tance in June; in the Derby, when he did not get the trip; in the Sus­sex Stakes, when he was un­lucky; and in the In­ter­na­tional when he was dis­ap­point­ing.

Ben­batl has not run since the Saudi Cup in Jan­uary and tra­di­tion­ally his best ef­forts have been abroad, but he did win this race by five lengths last year.

How­ever, if Til­sit can get over the green­ness which nearly cost him a Group Three at Good­wood last time, he can keep up his pro­gres­sion to beat them both.

“The only is­sue is if the rain comes,” said Sheikh Fa­had Al Thani’s rac­ing man­ager David Red­vers about Kameko yes­ter­day. “The idea is that it is a prep for the QEII, al­though we know any­thing can hap­pen with the ground at As­cot in Oc­to­ber.”

France Galop, which runs French rac­ing, is meet­ing the French govern­ment to see what ef­fect the an­nounce­ment that it is rais­ing of the level of Covid-alert in Paris to a “re­in­forced alert zone” will have on the Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe in nine days’ time.

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