Kameko handed test from Benbatl and Tilsit
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.