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Hoo Ya Mal back in action for new yard at Goodwood

George Boughey is excited to see Derby runner-up Hoo Ya Mal makes his debut for the yard in the John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes at Goodwood.

The three-year-old, formerly trained by Andrew Balding, was a widely unconsidered 150-1 shot for the premier Classic at Epsom last month, but ran a huge race to pip subsequent Irish Derby hero Westover to second behind the hugely impressive Desert Crown.

Hoo Ya Mal was subsequently sold for £1.2million to an Australian-based syndicate on the eve of Royal Ascot with a view to heading Down Under ahead of a likely tilt at Melbourne Cup.

But while the son of Territories remains set join top Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse later in the year, for the time being he is enjoying a temporary spell in Newmarket with Boughey, who is hoping the colt can establish himself as a genuine St Leger contender with a positive performance at Goodwood.

He said: “Hoo Ya Mal came to me in fantastic condition, having finished second in the Derby, and we’ve just been looking after him.

“His work is good, he’s the highest-rated horse in the race and he goes there with a good chance. It’s great to have a horse of his calibre in the yard.

“He was bought to go to Australia and that’s very much the plan. Gai has been in Europe for the summer and I think we’ll have more of a definitive plan after he runs.

“He’s in the Leger and while he’s not in at York (Great Voltigeur Stakes), he could go to York – the plan is pretty fluid at the moment, what he does over here.

“I’d like to see him in the Leger and I think that’s very much the plan for Gai and Adrian (Bott, Waterhouse’s training partner). They’d like to see him there and he’s certainly going the right way.”

George Boughey is delighted to have the opportunity to train Hoo Ya Mal
George Boughey is delighted to have the opportunity to train Hoo Ya Mal (David Davies/PA)

Hoo Ya Mal will have a change of tack on Thursday, with the hood taken off and a tongue-tie applied.

Boughey added: “He’s been a very straightforward horse to train at home. He’ll probably wear a red hood to post, but he’s possibly a bit more relaxed at home.

“Andrew Balding was very good. When the horse came we had a long chat about him and he said he probably doesn’t need the hood any more.

“A lot of horses Down Under wear a tongue-tie. They don’t seem to worry so much about that and it can only be a help.”

Chief among Hoo Ya Mal’s rivals is New London, who has won three of his four starts for Charlie Appleby and steps up in class following a lucrative handicap victory at the July meeting.

New London looked good in winning at Newmarket
New London looked good in winning at Newmarket (Tim Goode/Jockey Club)

The Dubawi colt holds an entry for the St Leger, but will be subjected to the test of running at Group level before loftier targets are pencilled in.

“We know the Gordon Stakes is a great pointer towards the Great Voltigeur, we’ll get the Gordon Stakes out of the way with him first and then we’ll see,” Appleby said.

“After that we will hopefully not be putting round pegs into square holes.”

Others in opposition include James Ferguson’s Deauville Legend and the Karl Burke-trained Al Qareem, who finished first and second in the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket three weeks ago.

Al Qareem leads the way at York
Al Qareem leads the way at York (Tim Goode/PA)

Al Qareem carries the colours of Nick Bradley Racing and Bradley is confident of a bold showing.

“He is in great form. He goes there with a massive chance and is definitely overpriced,” he said.

“In an ideal world we would be running over one-mile-six or one-mile-five rather than a mile and a half and any rain would help him, but I think he has a massive chance.”

Balding’s Masekela, the Charlie Fellowes-trained Grand Alliance and West Wind Blows from Simon and Ed Crisford’s yard also feature in the Group Three contest.

Royal Scotsman (pink and green) chases home Bradsell in the Coventry Stakes
Royal Scotsman (pink and green) chases home Bradsell in the Coventry Stakes (David Davies/PA)

A field of nine juveniles have been declared for the Group Two Richmond Stakes, with Paul and Oliver Cole’s course and distance winner Royal Scotsman setting the standard on ratings after finishing third in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Oliver Cole said: “The horse is in really good form and we decided to skip the July Stakes at Newmarket because he’s a big horse and we wanted to give him a bit more time between races as he’s still growing.

“He goes there in great form and I think he’ll run a big, big race.

“He ran in the Coventry on pretty quick ground and I don’t think the ground worries him. We didn’t have enough cover in the Coventry, so arguably there’s improvement there.

“He’s done very well between the Coventry and the Richmond, so fingers crossed.”

Michael O’Callaghan’s Crispy Cat also brings Royal Ascot placed form to the table, having finished third in the Norfolk, but he has since disappointed in the Railway Stakes at the Curragh.

Other hopefuls include Balding’s dual winner Chateau, Tom Clover’s impressive Windsor scorer Al Karrar and the Nick Bradley Racing-owned Marshman, who won readily on his debut for Burk at Ayr.

Bradley added: “His work at home has been excellent. He’s been working with Lethal Levi, Holloway Boy and Cold Case which are some of Karl’s fastest colts.

“When he won he was a little green, he made a mess of the start and was again green at the finish, but he’s probably my best chance of the week on the figures.

“He could be anything. Karl hasn’t said he is going to win, but he’s definitely done nothing wrong at home – his work at home is really excellent.”

Hoo Ya Mal joins Boughey ahead of possible St Leger bid

Cazoo Derby runner-up Hoo Ya Mal has joined George Boughey for a possible crack at the St Leger before he departs for Australia later in the year.

Formerly trained by Andrew Balding, he was bought by new connections on the eve of Royal Ascot for the princely sum of £1.2million.

He outran his 150-1 odds at Epsom when finishing just two and a half lengths behind Desert Crown and will eventually join trainer Gai Waterhouse, with the Melbourne Cup a likely target.

Before then, however, Boughey has been tasked with a possible tilt at the St Leger.

Boughey told SBK: “It’s very exciting to have a horse like Hoo Ya Mal in the yard.

“His work has been good and we are looking at the Gordon Stakes next before a possible tilt at the St Leger, before he heads to Australia with Gai Waterhouse for the Carnival out there.”

Hoo Ya Mal added to King Edward field

Hoo Ya Mal has been supplemented at a cost of £15,000 for the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday.

The Andrew Balding-trained colt ran a huge race to defy odds of 150-1 in the Cazoo Derby, finding only Desert Crown too good in the premier Classic at Epsom.

Kevin Ryan has also added Dark Moon Rising to the field for the race colloquially known as the ‘Ascot Derby’.

Hoo Ya Mal chases home Desert Crown at Epsom
Hoo Ya Mal chases home Desert Crown at Epsom (Tim Goode/PA)

Derby fifth Changingoftheguard is one of four for Aidan O’Brien, together with Aikhal, Anchorage and Temple Of Artemis.

William Haggas has left in the highly-regarded Lysander, while Roger Varian can call on Eldar Eldarov and Subastar.

Nahanni was eighth in the Derby for Charlie Appleby, who could also be represented by Ottoman Fleet. Grand Alliance (11th) is another who took his chance at Epsom and is set to reappear for Charlie Fellowes.

Ante-post favourite Perfect Power is among 24 three-year-olds confirmed for Commonwealth Cup.

Narrowly beaten by Go Bears Go in the Norfolk Stakes at the Royal meeting 12 months ago, the Ardad colt went on to win two Group Ones over six furlongs in the Prix Morny and the Middle Park Stakes.

A comeback victory in the seven-furlong Greenham Stakes at Newbury prompted connections to have a crack at the 2000 Guineas, but having failed to see out the mile, he will return to sprinting next week.

Karl Burke’s El Caballo will test his powers at Group One level for the first time after extending his winning streak to six in the Sandy Lane at Haydock last month.

Go Bears Go, who finished fourth when favourite to beat El Caballo on Merseyside, is also in contention for Dave Loughnane.

Ehraz (Richard Hannon), American challenger Slipstream (Christophe Clement) and Sandy Lane runner-up Flaming Rib (Hugo Palmer) also feature.

Hoo Ya Mal defies huge odds with big Derby run

Andrew Balding was quick to give credit to Hoo Ya Mal’s owner after almost pulling off a 150-1 shock in the Cazoo Derby, chasing home impressive winner Desert Crown.

Victorious in a York maiden in August, he had been beaten in each of his previous three starts, and having been behind Nations Pride over 10 furlongs at Newmarket he clearly appreciated the stepping up to a mile and a half for the first time.

David Probert had a dream run aboard the son of Territories, to finish two and a half lengths behind Sir Michael Stoute’s unbeaten colt.

Balding took none of the credit, however, and said: “I have Ahmad Al Shaikh to thank entirely, because I didn’t want to run in the race but he insisted, and at the end of the day he made a very good argument that if the horse who was supplemented won it (Nations Pride), we’d think where would we have finished, so it was a great decision.

“The winner is a very good horse.”

Westover ran a big race in third
Westover ran a big race in third (PA)

Westover (25-1) was narrowly behind in third under Rob Hornby, who had to overcome a bad draw and found himself hemmed in on the rail coming round Tattenham Corner.

Winner of the Sandown Classic Trial, trainer Ralph Beckett feels the son of Frankel will compete in the Irish Derby and, further down the line, the final British Classic of the season.

Beckett said: “What a run! We were just a bit unlucky really. Just after the line he was second. Just the draw really. It is a tough gig to be there in stall one or two – the stats are against you. He got a good slot but he just couldn’t get out.

“I actually noticed the second came from behind him. I think we will go to Ireland and then the St Leger later on.

“He’s a cracking horse and he’s run a huge race, I’m thrilled with him. I think nothing went wrong except the gap was going quicker than he was at the time.

“The obvious thing now is to go for the Irish Derby on a big, galloping track. All of us would agree that if we can’t win it Sir Michael winning it gives us all great hope. I’m extremely glad to be here.”

The closing stages of the Derby
The closing stages of the Derby (John Walton/PA)

Balding also saddled the fourth home, Masekela (66-1). Despite being beaten eight and a quarter lengths, the Feilden Stakes runner-up clearly benefited from the extra distance.

His jockey Andrea Atzeni said: “He had a great run. He ran to the line. Considering he was previously running over nine furlongs, we didn’t know if he would stay. He hit the line very strong and I felt it was a very promising run.”

Aidan O’Brien saw Changingofthegraurd finish ahead of better-fancied stablemate Stone Age, with the pair fifth and sixth respectively, while Dee Stakes winner Star Of India was disappointing back in 13th place.

O’Brien said: “They ran as they were. Stone Age travelled well and might not have got the trip. We don’t know – we will see. He travelled well into it but maybe it was a little bit too far.

“Changingoftheguard ran well. He keeps galloping. He is a solid horse that gallops well and he will stay further.

“Star Of India ran OK. The trip is a question mark as well. We’ll see. His brother only got a mile and quarter, so it is possible. It was an evenly-run race, you have to say. The winner won well and looked a really good horse, didn’t he?”

Adam Kirby, who won the Derby last year on the Charlie Appleby-trained Adayar, did not have the best of luck this time round in the same red cap, denoting Godolphin’s third string, but he still managed to finish the best of the Sheikh Mohammed runners on Nahanni, who was seventh.

“That is racing,” said Kirby. “He just went down on his nose as the gates opened and all of a sudden I was in a position I didn’t want to be in, but I couldn’t loop the field as no horse has ever done it and no horse ever will.

“I had to ride him for a bit of luck but he has finished his race off good and he has had a great run – can’t knock him at all. The winner was superb. Well done to Sir Michael and also excellent for Richard (Kingscote). I am really pleased for them both.”

William Buick suffered a luckless run aboard the Godolphin first-string Nations Pride, who finished 13 and a half lengths behind the winner in eighth, having been supplemented by connections at a cost of £75,000 on Monday.

Buick said: “I was in a pretty bad spot and it just didn’t happen for him.”

Though there were questions from many about the participation of the once-raced Stan Moore representative El Habeeb, who had finished fifth of six in a 10-furlong Listed race at Newmarket on debut last month and was sent off the rank outsider at 250-1. But he was a gallant 10th of the 17 runners.

His jockey John Egan said: “It was a cracking run – only the second time he has ever run and he is a big maiden baby.

“I rode him out the back and rode him to finish. If he’d had a couple of more runs, I could have been harder on him and sat him in the middle. He ran very well and he’ll be a St Leger horse.”

Royal Patronage carried the light blue Highclere Thoroughbred Racing colours after finishing runner-up to Desert Crown in the Dante Stakes at York.

However, the recent rain on watered ground was blamed as he trailed home in 16th for the training combination of Charlie and Mark Johnston.

Mark Johnston said: “We put it down to ground. Considering he had a bad draw, he (Jason Hart) got him in the perfect position.

“But he said he was never giving him a feel and from seven furlongs out he knew he was beaten. We will just find fast ground for him – which is getting more and more difficult these days. It is a total nonsense.”

Frankie Dettori, seeking a third Derby success, felt the Donnacha O’Brien-trained Piz Badile, who was 12th, would be better on a more conventional track.

The Italian simply said: “He never acted on the track.”