Well Done Fox only runner in Leicester owner’s colours
THE Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint contender Well Done Fox will be the only horse to run this week in the colours of King Power Racing. All other entries have or will be withdrawn as a mark of respect to their owner, Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was killed when his helicopter crashed outside the club’s ground on Saturday night. Trainer Richard Hannon, who earlier this week laid a wreath outside Leicester’s ground, was en route to Kentucky yesterday to supervise the running of Well Done Fox in tomorrow’s race. The horse travelled to America last Friday. Bloodstock agent Alastair Donald, who manages the King Power string, confirmed: ‘Well Done Fox runs. We are not running anything else this week.’ Srivaddhanaprabha had been a major investor in British racing over the past two years and had around 70 horses in training. Well Done Fox, the mount of William Buick, is a 12-1 shot for the $1million Juvenile Turf Sprint. Meanwhile, John Gosden has said that although an injurydisrupted season means his dual Arc winner Enable arrives at the meeting fresh for her run in Saturday’s $4m Turf after only two runs, he would have preferred the scenario of last year when the filly had a busy season, running seven times and winning five Group One races. Gosden said: ‘If I am being absolutely honest I would have liked to have brought her here off last season’s campaign. It was absolutely smooth and would have been on the crest of a wave. This has not been an easy year with her. She has been formidably strong in her mind to come through it.’ Enable had a gentle work-out on the Churchill Downs Turf track yesterday under Frankie Dettori. The Italian also exercised Gosden’s Breeders’ Cup Classic hope Roaring Lion on the Dirt track and gave him starting stall practise. Gosden brushed off concerns after the grey colt returned covered in sweat. He said: ‘He was just playing. He is seeing ponies and horses going in all directions. He also stood in the starting gate for four minutes before they could jump him. I’d be disappointed if he didn’t get warm. He won’t get warm tomorrow, I promise you.’ Rain arrived in Louisville shortly after noon yesterday. That could throw up ground concerns, especially for Sir Michael Stoute’s Mile hope Expert Eye, who does not want soft ground.
Trainer: Richard Hannon