Arthur’s worth ex­tra £10k to take chance

The Racing Paper - - News - By Sam Jack­son

TOM Das­combe be­lieves the straight mile of the Jud­dmonte Royal Lodge will be right up Arthur Kitt’s street at New­mar­ket to­day.

Win­ner of the Che­sham Stakes at Royal As­cot, he found only next year’s 2000 Guineas favourite Too Darn Hot too good in the So­lario Stakes last time out and was sup­ple­mented ear­lier in the week at a cost of £10,000.

Das­combe trained Arthur Kitt’s dam, Ceil­ing Kitty, who died giv­ing birth.

“Arthur Kitt was beaten by a very good horse in the So­lario, but he pulled a long way clear of the rest and de­serves to run in a good race like the Royal Lodge,” said Das­combe.

“We chose this race be­cause he wouldn’t want soft ground and I think we are go­ing to lose the cur­rent de­cent ground in a minute, and be­cause I think he will be ide­ally suited to step­ping up in trip and run­ning over this straight mile.

“The fur­ther he goes, the bet­ter he will go – I think he will be a mile-and-half horse next year.

“He has the high­est of­fi­cial rat­ing in the race, al­though there are bound to be a few im­provers in the field and Karl Burke’s horse (Kadar) is prob­a­bly very good.

“Any win­ner is a good win­ner, but I have fond mem­o­ries of both Arthur Kitt’s mother and grand­mother.”

Burke had made no se­cret of the re­gard in which he held Kadar ahead of his win­ning de­but at Haydock.

“I’m very happy with him since Haydock, I haven’t over-worked him since, but we’re very happy with him,” said Burke.

“It’s al­ways a con­cern step­ping up in class, but he’s a high-class colt we think a lot of.

“If we were in a dif­fer­ent part of the year, ide­ally you’d like to put him into a step­ping-stone race be­fore go­ing into a race like this, but at this end of the sea­son we haven’t got many choices.

“He’s a lovely horse, a top-class horse in the mak­ing. Maybe throw­ing him into a race like this on his sec­ond start could be tough, but hope­fully he comes through it.

“What­ever hap­pens he’s a top-class colt for the fu­ture.”

John Gos­den’s Beat­boxer is two out of two and is an­other smart ju­ve­nile housed at Clare­haven along with Ca­lyx and Too Darn Hot.

Gos­den said: “He is in good form, he worked with Frankie (Det­tori) on Wed­nes­day and we are very happy with him. He is do­ing ev­ery­thing right.”

Sup­ple­mented: Arthur Kitt

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