Fete is fit for a King at Newbury
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.