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Mostly Cloudy to make Group Two leap against Stradivarius and co

Fortune could favour the brave as Gemma Tutty prepares her ever-improving Mostly Cloudy to run at Group level for the first time in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes at York.

The three-year-old had not found the scoresheet in five starts before May this year – but his career has exploded into action since, winning five on the bounce and improving over 30lb on official figures.

He brought up his five-timer with a taking success at Ascot last month and that victory at the Berkshire track has now set the Harzand colt up for a crack at the two-mile Group Two prize on the Friday of the Ebor meeting.

His handler cannot wait to see how her stable star fares in a race which could feature the very best of the staying division and said: “It’s the plan to run at York.

“He’s been a sensation this year, the improvement in him has been remarkable, I’ve never seen a horse improve so much.

“He just keeps coming out of his races better and better and is taking his racing so well, both physically and mentally, so I’m really happy with him.

“It was always a very long-term goal (to run in this race) and he had to complete each task along the way. But we said if he won at Ascot then we would definitely consider York, so we need to stick with the plan, as nerve-racking as it is.”

Mostly Cloudy and Tom Marquand made it a day to remember for trainer Gemma Tutty at Ascot
Mostly Cloudy and Tom Marquand made it a day to remember for trainer Gemma Tutty at Ascot (Simon Milham/PA)

Despite Mostly Cloudy stepping into the unknown in terms of class on the Knavesmire, Tutty is keen to take inspiration from the great Stradivarius’ own three-year-old career, as her charge appears set to lock horns with the now eight-year-old staying superstar.

“I’m not sure we’re going there expecting to win and he will probably be facing some serious competition,” she continued.

“But you only have to look at Stradivarius himself and his three-year-old profile, when he was pitched into Group Two level on the back of getting beat off a mark of 90 at Chester. They were brave with him and we’re hoping fortune favours the brave for us, too.”

Cloudy outlook is more than fine for Gemma Tutty

Gemma Tutty had an Ascot day to remember, taking the John Guest Racing Brown Jack Handicap Stakes with Mostly Cloudy. It was not only the trainer’s first runner at the Berkshire course, but her first visit.

The young handler spotted the potential of the Harzand colt, buying the Andrew Balding cast-off for 23,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Autumn sale and he has improved markedly, winning five consecutive handicaps.

The latest was a four-length success, with Tom Marquand getting a nice tow into the two-mile event aboard the 1-11 favourite before powering clear, making the long trip from Osmotherley in North Yorkshire well worthwhile.

Tutty said: “I have never even been to Ascot before. It was tense, but hugely exciting. I’m so glad he has fulfilled the potential he has and more.

“He is hard work. He has to have a lead everywhere and he turns his bum on you in the stable. He wrestled me around the stable saddling him today. He was on his toes, but once the stalls open he is a picture of professionalism.

“He is a boyo. He is lovely and now we know what to do with him, he isn’t too bad.

“He is in the Lonsdale Cup, but we will have to have a good think about that. There is also a Group Three at Chantilly at the end of August that we will have to have a think about. He is in the sales, but hopefully the owners might want to hang on to him a bit longer now.”

Becky Smith has endured a few near misses in big amateur riders’ races, but Carnival Zain came good for her in the #allintherace Ascot Lady Amateur Riders’ Trophy.

The Micky Hammond-trained Youmazin gelding justified 2-1 favouritism in fine style, cruising to a three-and-a-half-length success, making it four wins from his last six starts.

Carnival Zain/Becky Smith/ Ascot
Carnival Zain and Becky Smith after success in the Lady Amateur Riders’ Trophy (Simon Milham/PA)

Smith said: “I struggled for a few years to even get a ride in this race. We did actually have this horse in the race last year but the ground was a bit quicker, so we took him out – I wish we hadn’t now!

“He is a better horse this year. Micky has done a great job with him this year – he is not easy to deal with. He is a little bit quirky, but he is very straightforward to ride. It is a dream for me. To win a race at Ascot for us is just massive.”