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Easterby outlines Ascot assignment for Art Power

Tim Easterby confirmed Art Power will head for the Qipco British Champions Sprint after he demolished the opposition in the Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh.

The four-year-old grey, owned by King Power Racing, opened his account for the season with a five-length romp in the six-furlong Group Three on Saturday.

He will now try to better his creditable performance last autumn, when he was only beaten a length in fourth place behind Glen Shiel, in the Group One contest at Ascot on October 16 .

Art Power finished close behind winner Glen Shiel at Ascot last year
Art Power finished close behind winner Glen Shiel at Ascot last year (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“It was a very good performance in Ireland and he’s come out of it really well,” said Easterby.

“He’s in good order and he goes to Ascot next time. He ran well last year.”

Easterby believes the key to Art Power is for him to be ridden with restraint.

“He just wants riding with a bit of patience. That’s what he wants and he could win anything,” the Great Habton trainer added.

Winter Power won the Nunthorpe at York
Winter Power won the Nunthorpe at York (Nigel French/PA)

Easterby reported his other crack sprinter, Winter Power, to be in fine shape ahead of the Prix de l’Abbaye at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

“She’s in great form and goes to the Prix Abbaye,” he said.

“With a bit of luck she can repeat her Nunthorpe performance in France.”

Winter Power put up a blistering display to land York’s five-furlong showpiece by a length and a quarter from subsequent Haydock Sprint Cup scorer Emaraaty Ana, but disappointed in the Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh earlier this month after running too free in the early stages.

Renaissance effort puts Art Power in Champions Day frame

Art Power proved far too good for his rivals as he blazed to victory in the William Hill Ireland Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh.

Tim Easterby’s charge boasted some top-class form to his name, having finished third in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot, fourth in the July Cup and a close-up fifth in the Sprint Cup at Haydock when last seen.

Dropped to Group Three level in this six-furlong heat, Art Power was sent off the 4-5 favourite and was always travelling well under David Allan.

He sat on the heels of pace-setter Stormy Girl before Allan gave the signal and Art Power eased right away to win by five lengths from Twilight Spinner. Measure Of Magic was back in third.

Paddy Power make Art Power an 8-1 shot for next month’s Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot – and Allan thinks the Group One heat will play to Art Power’s strengths.

He said: “He travelled very strongly through the race, quickened up and ran through the line strong.

“Obviously it’s a bit of a step down in class for him. It might do his confidence good and hopefully he’ll pick up a big one soon.

“He loves Ascot and I think Champions Day will be the target for him. He goes on that ground, but a bit of juice in the ground would suit him.

“The biggest job is reining in his speed early on to get him a bit more control and then he’ll run through the line.

“He doesn’t need to make the running and as long as he travelled I was happy.”

Willesee looked the part for Jessica Harrington with a winning debut in the Irish EBF Median Sires Series Maiden.

The Gleneagles filly really hit top gear a furlong and a half out and powered home for Nathan Crosse.

Harrington said of the 16-1 winner: “Nathan said he always felt that she was going to get there.

“She was withdrawn at Naas because she wouldn’t go into the stalls and also at a barrier trial.

“Will Hayes has done some job on her and that’s why I’ve run her at the Curragh, so he could come over. He’s at the start with her and leads her in. She trusts him now and maybe that will give her a bit of confidence.

“The owners are Australian.”

Gaire Os Ard made her experience count in the Irish EBF Auction Series Race, defying odds of 9-1 to get off the mark on her seventh racecourse outing.

Always handy, Jim Bolger-trained Teofilo filly kept on strongly from two out and had enough in reserve to hold Thunder Eclipse by three-quarters of a length in the hands of Kevin Manning.

Bolger said: “She has taken a little bit of time, but is a filly with a future and she can run over anything from six furlongs to a mile.

“She is a big filly and we’ll try to get some black type for her, maybe not this year but it will certainly be on the cards for next year.”

Aidan O’Brien and Seamie Heffernan took the feature Beresford Stakes with Luxembourg and Jeroboam (2-1) made it a double with a length-and-a-quarter verdict in the William Hill Ireland Lengthen Your Odds Maiden.

Magniffico (7-2) lifted the GAIN The Advantage Series Nursery Handicap, while Sh Boom swooped late for an 18-1 win in the William Hill Ireland Pick Your Places Handicap.

Easterby plots big sprint targets for Power pair

Tim Easterby has the major sprint races in mind for his two speedsters Art Power and Winter Power following their creditable efforts in defeat at Royal Ascot.

The Darley July Cup at Newmarket and Newbury’s Hackwood Stakes are among the options for Art Power.

The four-year-old led until the last half-furlong before having to settle for third place behind Dream Of Dreams and Glen Shiel in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

“He’s come out of it really well. He’s in great form and was bang on, straight after the race,” said Easterby.

Art Power has the July Cup as a possible option
Art Power has the July Cup as a possible option (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

As for Art Power’s next target, he added: “Not sure yet – maybe the Hackwood next month, there’s a race for him in Ireland as well.

“There are quite a few options. Or the July Cup, he could go there.”

Winter Power may head to Glorious Goodwood for the King George Qatar Stakes next, having weakened in the closing stages to finish ninth in the King’s Stand Stakes behind Oxted.

The three-year-old filly was sent off 7-1 third favourite for the Group One over five furlongs, following an impressive victory at York on her seasonal debut.

“She came out of the King’s Stand really well,” said Easterby.

“There are lot of obvious options for her over five furlongs – like the King George at Goodwood, the Nunthorpe, the Abbaye at the end of the season.

The North Yorkshire handler has had to put plans on hold, however, for Wells Farhh Go – who suffered a setback following his run in the Yorkshire Cup.

The injury-plagued six-year-old was fourth to Spanish Mission, in his first race for 587 days.

“We just had a little hiccup with him after last time,” said Easterby.

“It’s nothing serious, but we had to just put him on hold a bit again.

“We’ll get there some time – no plans at the moment. It will be an autumn campaign with him.”

Winter Power ready for King’s Stand surge

Tim Easterby reports Winter Power in fine shape for the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot following her impressive victory at York last month.

The three-year-old filly staked a big claim for sprint honours when running away with the Listed Westow Stakes on the Knavesmire.

She was carrying on where she left off last year, having ended a busy juvenile campaign with a convincing victory in the Group Three Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket.

Easterby said: “She’s in great order, she couldn’t be better.

“She was impressive at York, and she’s impressive all the time.”

The Great Habton trainer also expects Art Power to be at fever pitch for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes after he too made his seasonal reappearance at York’s May meeting.

The four-year-old burst on the scene when scoring at Royal Ascot last summer, before going on to win at Group Three level and running creditably in three Group Ones.

The Dark Angel colt blew away the cobwebs when sixth to Starman in the Duke of York Stakes.

“He’s in great form. His race at York has put him right,” said Easterby.

Lampang also booked his place at the Royal meeting when ending a 21-month losing spell at Hamilton on Thursday.

“It was good to see him come back to form. He’s a good horse,” said Easterby.

“He’s in the Wokingham, and there’s the seven-furlong race (Buckingham Palace), but I’d think he’d have to go for the Wokingham.

“He’d have a very good chance. The stiff six furlongs will suit him.”

Art Power aiming to sparkle in hot renewal of Duke of York

Tim Easterby reports Art Power ready to return to the fray in the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes on the Knavesmire on Wednesday.

The son of Dark Angel, owned by King Power Racing, enjoyed a successful three-year-old campaign that saw him develop into a serious contender for sprinting honours.

After completing a hat-trick in convincing fashion in the Group Three Lacken Stakes at Naas in July, Art Power contested Group One company for his last three races.

He had his baptism at the top level in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York, where he was sixth to Battaash over the minimum trip, and was fourth in both the Haydock Sprint Cup and the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot in the autumn.

“He looks great, he’s in good form and is working well,” said the Great Habton handler.

“We’re aiming for Ascot and the Diamond Jubilee with him. This is a good starting point.”

“We’re ready for off.”

Oxted bids to win for the first time since he lifted the July Cup in the summer.

The Roger Teal-trained sprinter has just had three starts since then, with the latest coming at Newmarket when he was beaten by Summerghand in the Abernant Stakes.

The five-year-old takes on that old rival as well as other talented speedsters, but Teal could not be happier with his charge.

“He’s been working well and seems to be in good order. I’m very happy with him,” he said the Lambourn handler.

Roger Teal (left) with son Harry and Oxted after the July Cup and Oxted
Roger Teal (left) with son Harry and Oxted after the July Cup and Oxted (Hugh Routledge/PA)

“It’s a tough race, but at that level it’s going to be competitive. He’ll have to be on his A game, but he goes there in good form.”

Starman finished behind Brando (second), Art Power (fourth) and Oxted (fifth) when only 14th in the Champions Sprint when he got stuck in very testing ground.

“We’ve been waiting for this race all spring. He’s in cracking form,” said trainer Ed Walker.

“I’m a bit disappointed with the potential ground. I’m hoping the rain stays away. He’s been training great and moving fantastic, but it’s a stiff renewal of the race.

Starman bids to return to winning ways in the Duke of York Stakes
Starman bids to return to winning ways in the Duke of York Stakes (Mark Cranham/PA)

“He was beaten by a few of these at Ascot last year, for which we blamed the ground. Tom (Marquand) said he couldn’t get his feet out of the mud. We’re just hoping that on better ground, over the course and distance when he beat Dakota Gold, he can get back to winning ways and prove worthy of a shot at the Diamond Jubilee.

“We’re excited and couldn’t be happier.”

Molatham drops back to six furlongs for the first time since he was runner-up to Mums Tipple on his racecourse debut at Ascot in July 2019.

Roger Varian is hoping the Night Of Thunder colt can book his place in the Diamond Jubilee at the Royal meeting.

“We’re hopeful – he’s training super and looks fantastic,” said Varian.

“It’s his first run over six furlongs since he made his debut as a two-year-old, but he’s won a Jersey Stakes and has been placed in a Park Stakes – he’s a good horse.

Molatham (near side) drops back in trip at York
Molatham (near side) drops back in trip at York (Megan Ridgwell/PA)

“He’s a deceptive horse because he’s a fairly laid-back worker at home, but in his races he’s always been a strong traveller.

“York is quite a sharp track, but we’re hoping that he’ll handle the drop in trip to six furlongs and runs well enough to put himself in the Diamond Jubilee picture.”

Saeed bin Suroor is pleased with Final Song, who has her first run back in the UK after spending the winter in Dubai.

Saeed bin Suroor, trainer of Final Song
Saeed bin Suroor, trainer of Final Song (Mike Egerton/PA)

The four-year-old filly, who will be ridden by Frankie Dettori, was second in the Group One Al Quoz Sprint on the last of her four races at Meydan where she was successful in the Group Three Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint.

“Final Song worked nicely on Saturday and is ready to go on her first UK start this season,” Bin Suroor told www.godolphin.com.

“She showed out in Dubai that this trip really suits and I am hopeful of another good run.”

Art Power returning to scene of finest hour

Tim Easterby is eyeing a return to Ascot for his star sprinter Art Power.

The grey son of Dark Angel looked every inch a top-class sprinter in the making when dominating his rivals in handicap company at the Royal meeting in June – his fourth win from his first five starts.

He finished a disappointing sixth when well fancied for the Nunthorpe at York last month, but shaped better when fourth in the Sprint Cup at Haydock on his latest appearance.

Art Power has looked a top-class sprinter in the making
Art Power has looked a top-class sprinter in the making (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

The Qipco British Champions Sprint on October 17 is next on Art Power’s agenda.

Easterby said: “He’s in good shape – he came out of Haydock well.

“I was very happy with how he ran at Haydock and it will be Ascot next for him, all being well.

“He’ll be a better horse next year as he’s still got some strengthening up to do.”