Fete is fit for a King at New­bury

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

KINGS FETE can give Sir Michael Stoute fur­ther cause for per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion by tak­ing Group Three hon­ours at New­bury.

Stoute has done a frankly ex­cep­tional job with this five-year-old geld­ing, who suf­fered an in­jury in the 2014 St Leger and seemed un­likely to run again.

But the New­mar­ket han­dler some­how got him back on track ear­lier this year and he now, ar­guably, looks bet­ter than ever.

A bril­liant vic­tory in the Glo­ri­ous Stakes at Good­wood was sup­ple­mented by a game, all-the-way suc­cess in the Ge­of­frey Freer at this track in Au­gust.

And though he could not quite adopt suc­cess­ful trail­blaz­ing tac­tics in the Cum­ber­land Lodge at As­cot on Oc­to­ber 1, heavy rain­fall in the build-up to the race cer­tainly did not help his cause.

A proven stayer with a touch of class, it is good to see Pat Smullen back at the helm as that com­bi­na­tion have this sea­son forged a par­tic­u­larly fruit­ful al­liance.

Just as sig­nif­i­cant is the fact the fore­cast is dry and bright ahead of the Wor­thing­ton’s OCSL Stakes (Reg­is­tered as the St Si­mon), which must surely be con­strued as a sig­nif­i­cant boon for Kings Fete.

Those that keep the trust in What About Carlo can fi­nally cash in when the five-year-old runs in the Bath­wick Tyres Hand­i­cap.

A course-and-dis­tance scorer last Septem­ber off a 1lb higher mark, things have not ex­actly gone to plan since then as his win­less se­quence has ex­tended to 11 races.

He has, though, looked a lit­tle more en­gaged on his last two runs, most re­cently when an un­lucky-in­run­ning fourth in a mile-and-aquar­ter hand­i­cap at New­bury.

Ante-post bet­ting for the Rac­ing Post Tro­phy should tell its own story at Don­caster.

Capri had been the early jolly for the Group One on Town Moor, but a stack of cash for sta­ble­mate Yu­catan saw the mar­ket flip-flop in sig­nif­i­cant favour of the lat­ter.

And with Ai­dan O’Brien hav­ing now taken out Capri, it re­ally is quite dif­fi­cult to side against Yu­catan, the mount of Ryan Moore.

The Galileo colt has re­port­edly made bound­less im­prove­ment since he was de­feated by Capri in the Beres­ford Stakes at the Cur­ragh last month.

Rivet, from the Wil­liam Hag­gas yard, is per­haps the po­ten­tial fly in the oint­ment, as is Godol­phin’s Bay Of Po­ets, who is bet­ter than his fin­ish­ing po­si­tion in the Royal Lodge would in­di­cate.

But Bal­ly­doyle have rarely fal­tered in their prepa­ra­tions for a big Bri­tish day out, es­pe­cially in the garlanded ju­ve­nile races, and can be trusted to get Yu­catan home and dry.

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