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Hukum has Newmarket in sights next

Hukum will attempt to return to winning ways in the Princess of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket.

A winner at Royal Ascot last year, the Owen Burrows-trained four-year-old finished third in a good renewal of the Hardwicke Stakes won by David Menuisier’s Wonderful Tonight.

“He seems fine afterwards – he’s cantered away for a few days this week,” said Burrows.

“We’ll have a look at the Princess of Wales’s at Newmarket (on July 8).

“The filly obviously quickened up and is a bit special on that ground. Two out, I was getting a little excited given the way he travelled – hopefully on better ground he might be able to find two or three lengths.

“I wouldn’t want it to be too fast, but good ground would be great.”

Burrows had another near miss at the big meeting with the consistent Danyah, who finished an honourable second to John Quinn’s Highfield Princess in the Buckingham Palace.

“He’s such an honest, consistent horse – but unfortunately the handicapper hasn’t missed him again and has put him up another 5lb,” said the Lambourn trainer.

“He couldn’t win off 101 – so how’s he going to win off 106?

“I was a bit disappointed with that, but he’s his own worst enemy being second in the Spring Cup and fourth in the Lincoln. It was just a shame the rain didn’t come 24 hours later for him.

“I’ve entered him in the big seven-furlong race on King George day back at Ascot (Moet & Chandon International Stakes), and we’ll see where he sits in that, but we may end up being forced into a Listed race.”

Burrows ready to unleash Tabdeed in Chipchase Stakes

Tabdeed is all set to return to action in the William Hill Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle.

Owen Burrows’ sprinter has had his fair share of problems throughout his career, but has shown on more than one occasion that he has plenty of talent – beating The Tin Man in last season’s Hackwood Stakes, before being bogged down in soft ground in Haydock’s Sprint Cup.

The five-year-old will make his seasonal reappearance in Saturday’s Group Three as one of three runners for owners Shadwell Estate – along with Roger Varian’s Khuzaam and the Charlie Hills-trained Khaadem.

Burrows said of Tabdeed: “It’s well documented he’s not been the easiest – but he ran well there last year, trying to give Glen Shiel weight in a handicap, so that was probably nigh on impossible!

“We know that he acts there on the surface, so you don’t have to worry about it being too quick or too soft.

“Obviously at Haydock, in the Sprint Cup, he never went a yard.”

Burrows is hoping Tabdeed can have a busier campaign as a six-year-old, but points out target races are not plentiful.

“It would be nice to have a good run at him this year, but he’s in the same boat as quite a few – there’s not a great programme for the Group Three sort of sprinter, hence Shadwell having three in the race on Saturday,” added the Lambourn trainer.

“Roger’s horse is dropping in trip, but has always shown speed, while Charlie’s is in a similar boat to us – not quite top-class, and there is a lack of races for them.”

Khuzaam winning at Lingfield on Good Friday
Khuzaam winning at Lingfield on Good Friday (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Varian is looking forward to seeing how Khuzaam fares on his first start over six furlongs.

The Kitten’s Joy gelding won the All-Weather Mile at Lingfield on his penultimate start, before finishing a distant last of four behind Palace Pier at Sandown.

Varian said: “He has loads of pace. He won over seven furlongs at Chelmsford before stepping up to the mile at Lingfield.

“His work is as good as ever, and a stiff six furlongs at Newcastle on the Tapeta should suit him.

“It’s an experiment, but it’s an interesting one.”

Tabdeed and Khuzaam are joined at the head of the market by Clive Cox’s Diligent Harry.

The three-year-old makes his first appearance since impressing on All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield, having missed an intended appearance in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot last week because of the rain-softened ground.

“Conditions didn’t allow us to run at Ascot, and that was it,” said Cox.

“He’s in good form. This is a nice option for him, against older horses obviously.

“He’s proven on the all-weather, and it’s a good step to take at this point. He’s rated 105, and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to go to Newcastle after the ground meant Ascot was not a possibility.”

Hukum set for Hardwicke Stakes

Hukum will bid to double his Royal Ascot tally in the Hardwicke Stakes.

The Owen Burrows-trained four-year-old won the King George V Stakes at the summer showpiece meeting last season. He went on to follow up in the Group Three Geoffrey Freer at Newbury, before finishing fifth in the St Leger at Doncaster.

After placing fourth over 10 furlongs on his seasonal reappearance in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown in April, Hukum successfully stepped back up to a mile and a half in last month’s Listed Tapster Stakes at Goodwood – earning himself move to Group Two level next week.

Burrows said: “He’s been in good form since Goodwood, so the plan is to run in the Hardwicke.

“Aidan (O’Brien) will have one or two, I guess – it’s always a strong race.

“I’m looking forward to getting our horse back on some decent ground, and we’ll see what he can do.”

Talbeyah’s Salisbury victory delights Burrows

Owen Burrows was delighted to see Talbeyah rediscover the winning trail at Salisbury.

The Lope De Vega filly looked a high-class prospect when getting off the mark in impressive style at Chepstow in April, earning herself a place in Listed company in last month’s Height of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood.

The Owen Burrows-trained three-year-old ultimately came up short on the Sussex Downs, but was not disgraced in finishing fourth – and had her sights lowered for Salisbury’s MansionBet Bet 10 Get 20 Margadale Fillies’ Handicap.

Talbeyah was one of two runners for the Shadwell team, with Richard Hannon’s Anghaam narrowly preferred in the market as the 13-8 favourite.

However, ridden by the owners’ retained rider Jim Crowley, it was the Burrows runner who saw out the 10-furlong contest best to score a shade cosily by a half a length.

Burrows said: “She ran well enough at Goodwood in the Listed race. It was tough conditions on the day, and Jim just felt physically she wasn’t quite able to show her best.

“They gave us a mark of 88 for today, and we’ll work our way back up through the handicap system and hope to see if we can get some black type later in the year.

“I’d like to think she’ll be able to go back into Stakes company before the end of the season. She’ll strengthen and mature now through the summer – and I thought today, certainly on that faster ground, she looks like she’ll get further.

“As we know, she goes on soft ground as well. So she’s a nice, versatile filly and one who will hopefully keep progressing.”

Groom was a clear-cut winner at Salisbury
Groom was a clear-cut winner at Salisbury (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Hannon had earlier caused a minor upset in the opening Best Odds Guaranteed At MansionBet EBF Restricted Novice Stakes, with 16-1 shot Groom making it third time lucky.

The Aclaim colt had finished fifth and third on his first two career starts, but raised his game significantly to see off 6-4 favourite Cashew by almost four lengths.

Papacito made a winning debut for Roger Varian in the MansionBet Watch And Bet Novice Stakes.

Seemingly well fancied as the 2-1 market leader, the three-year-old picked up well to get up and beat West Side Glory by a length.

Papacito made a big impression on debut
Papacito made a big impression on debut (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“We were hoping for a good run – he’d worked nicely at home,” said Varian.

“I thought it was a good performance, because there were a lot of traffic problems and he had to switch and change and stop and start again and nearly clipped heels. He pricked his ears after crossing the line, so I should think it was the performance of a horse with ability.

“The owner has been very patient with him. He had a few problems last year and the early spring of this year. I’m always grateful for an owner’s patience and I’m very pleased the horse has got off to a winning start.

“He’s just won a novice, so we won’t get carried away. We’ll go back into novice company under a penalty, I should think. Then we’ll get a mark and see where we go.”

Danyah primed for Lincoln bid

Owen Burrows reports Danyah to have done well during the winter and is looking forward to saddling the four-year-old in the Unibet Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster.

The son of Invincible Spirit showed progressive form last term, topping and tailing his season with victories on Town Moor and at Haydock.

Burrows is optimistic Danyah can put up a good show on Saturday, on the evidence of his home work.

The Lambourn trainer said: “We’ve been pleased with him. He’s done well through the winter.

“He’s pleased me in his work leading up to this. Conditions look to suit, so fingers crossed.

“He’s won over the course and at Haydock over a mile on good ground. I’m expecting the ground to be similar to Haydock – so no excuses there.

“We’re going there ticking a few boxes. We’re hopeful.”

The draw is always a talking point over the straight mile on Town Moor, and Burrows is happy enough with stall nine.

“I wouldn’t have wanted to be drawn much lower. We’ll take that,” he said.

“It depends how it pans out. We’ll just have to see what happens.”

Charlie Appleby is anticipating a big run from Eastern World as he seeks a third win in the race, following the successes of Secret Brief in 2016 and Auxerre in 2019.

“Eastern World won impressively on his one start in Dubai over the winter and travelled back to the UK well,” the Newmarket trainer told www.godolphin.com.

“The one thing he does take into this race is that he is fit and ready to go – he looked fantastic when he got off the plane. Both our previous winners of the Lincoln were also drawn high, so hopefully stall 19 is a good sign.”

Charlie Fellowes has concerns about the ground and the draw for King Ottokar
Charlie Fellowes has concerns about the ground and the draw for King Ottokar (Steven Paston/PA)

Charlie Fellowes is hoping stall four will not prove disadvantageous to King Ottokar, who has had this race as his objective since the autumn.

He said: “We’re far side. It’s a typically strong field, (so) hopefully there is some pace around us to aim at, and we’ll see. In these big handicaps, you need to be behind the pace.

“I want a bit of rain just to take the edge off the ground.

“I’ll go and walk the track beforehand.

“He’s had a perfect preparation. He’s working well at home, and this has been the target since the Balmoral. We’re very happy.”

River Nymph disappointed in that race at Ascot in October, but trainer Clive Cox felt it was one race too many.

However, the Lambourn trainer could not be more pleased with how the four-year-old has wintered and is hoping stall two will not be a hindrance.

“He’s in great form. I think he was probably just off the boil when he ran in the Balmoral, but he’s trained very well and wintered well,” he said.

“I hope a low draw is no inconvenience. I think he will get the mile, though, we’ve got to prove that yet. It will mould our campaign, but I couldn’t be happier with him.

“He’s fit and well. We’re looking forward to getting under way on Saturday.”

Trainer Richard Hughes would like to see rain for Brentford Hope
Trainer Richard Hughes would like to see rain for Brentford Hope (Dan Abraham/PA)

Richard Hughes is another who would prefer some rain, to help Brentford Hope’s chances.

“I’m happy enough. I just need a bit of rain now,” said the Upper Lambourn handler.

“Hopefully, they’ll get some. He needs some.

“He’s well and he goes there with his chance if the ground is soft.”

Richard Hannon is two-handed in the Lincoln with Man Of The Night and Ouzo
Richard Hannon is two-handed in the Lincoln with Man Of The Night and Ouzo (Nigel French/PA)

Richard Hannon expects his two runners, Man Of The Night and Ouzo, to go well.

The Marlborough trainer was pleased with Man Of The Night’s first run for 246 days at Wolverhampton this month.

“He ran a very good race at Wolverhampton, he was running on late,” he said.

“He probably does want a mile and a quarter, but they will go very quick on that straight mile at Doncaster. He is a big horse who would have needed that first run. He will come on massively for the run.

“He is quite lightly raced. We thought he was going to be a very good horse, and he has not delivered on that after his win first time out at Newbury, but he is looking like he is going to pay dividends now in these very good handicaps.”

Hannon reports Ouzo to be catching the eye on the gallops.

“He has been working great. His last run (at York) last year was very pleasing, and he looks to me a horse still on the upgrade – he is in great form,” he said.

“I think he will go very well at a fairly good price. He might want further, but a straight mile is what he wants first time.

“Mentally he looks to be going the right way. I was a bit worried about him at one stage last year, but he has sorted himself out and he is in great nick mentally and physically.”

Born To Be Alive is due to represent Karl Burke
Born To Be Alive is due to represent Karl Burke (Richard Sellers/PA)

Karl Burke has ground worries for Born To Be Alive, winner of the Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton.

“The drying ground is a concern, I’ll walk the track before I let him take his chance,” said Burke.

“It’s a bit frustrating because the horse is in good form.”

Setback puts Albasheer Guineas run in doubt

Owen Burrows admits he is “going to be struggling” to have Albasheer ready for the Qipco 2000 Guineas after the colt suffered a setback.

The injury is currently under investigation, but Burrows feels the colts’ Classic at Newmarket on May 1 will come too soon.

“Unfortunately he’s had a little bit of a niggle. We’re just in the process of investigating exactly what is bothering him,” said the Lambourn handler.

“There are no immediate plans for him at the moment.

“He certainly won’t be making a Guineas trial – and I’d say it would be highly unlikely, depending on what we find, that he’d make the Guineas. We’re getting pretty close.

“It’s very recent, and we’re still in the investigating stages.”

Albasheer looked a potentially classy three-year-old, having made a winning racecourse debut at Doncaster in July before going on to finish second in the Champagne Stakes and sixth in the Dewhurst.

Burrows had also been happy with his progress over the winter.

“I had been very pleased with him, so it’s very disappointing and frustrating,” he said.

“Fingers crossed it’s nothing too serious – but with the timing of it, we’re going to be struggling.

“Ideally, the plan was to try for the Craven or the Greenham. He won’t be making them, and I won’t be rushing him just to make a Guineas.

“He’s a proper nice horse, (and) he’s going to want a bit of time. How much time, we don’t know yet.”

Minzaal to make late start after leg injury

Commonwealth Cup contender Minzaal will miss the first part of the season after having surgery on a leg injury.

The Gimcrack Stakes winner sustained the damage in his box and is currently recuperating at his owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Stud.

Trainer Owen Burrows is optimistic Minzaal will be back in action this season – but it could be a race against time to get him ready for his Group One objective over six furlongs at Royal Ascot.

“Unfortunately Minzaal injured himself in his box before Christmas,” said the Lambourn handler.

“He’s had to have surgery and he’s back at Shadwell at the moment recuperating.

“Whether or not he’ll make Ascot will be just determined on how he progresses now. It’s a shame.

“He must have banged a hind leg and has had a couple of chips removed off his hocks.

“Obviously the Commonwealth Cup was the plan. There’s still a small chance. God willing, we’ll have him back at some stage this year.”

Minzaal was third in the Group One Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on his final start last term.

Burrows is looking forward to Hukum’s four-year-old campaign, after the colt gave him a first Royal Ascot winner when landing the King George V Handicap on just his third start last summer.

Hukum is being readied for a four-year-old campaign
Hukum is being readied for a four-year-old campaign (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Hukum went on to prove himself in Pattern company, winning the Group Three Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury and finishing a creditable fifth in the St Leger at Doncaster on his latest outing.

“He’s back with me and looks to have done well over the winter. He’s an exciting horse for us all,” he said.

“I have plans in my head, but nothing concrete as such yet.”

Burrows’ sights set on Commonwealth Cup aim for Minzaal

Owen Burrows will work back from next year’s Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot with exciting sprinter Minzaal.

The Lambourn handler believes the Group One prize is the most logical target for the son of Mehmas after deciding to draw stumps for this season.

Minzaal finished a respectable third on his Group One debut in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket, having previously run out an impressive winner of the Gimcrack at York.

Burrows said: “Minzaal ran well in the Middle Park and he has come out of it fine, but that is him done for the season. He will be heading back up to Shadwell shortly for the winter.

“He is still very exciting and we will look forward to taking on the winner (Supremacy) again next year.

“I don’t think we will be looking to go any further than six with him and the Commonwealth Cup will be the first aim.”

Before sending Minzaal to the Royal meeting, Burrows intends to give him a prep race, although those plans will be decided closer to the time.

He added: “We would give him a run before Ascot, as it is always hard to go Ascot in a normal year first time out. As long as he is well, we will try to find a prep race for him.

“Where we start before that, I’m not sure yet, but the Pavilion at Ascot is an obvious one then there is also the Sandy Lane. The ground will be a factor, but it’s a long way off.”

Minzaal's sire Mehmas seen winning at Newbury was retired at the age of two (Julian Herbert/PA Images)
Minzaal’s sire Mehmas seen winning at Newbury was retired at the age of two (Julian Herbert/PA)

Burrows is confident Minzaal will train on over the winter, despite his sire Mehmas being retired at the the end of his juvenile campaign.

He added: “Mehmas was taken off to stud at two, but I can’t see any reason why this lad won’t train on.

“He is as chilled as you like. He is not small and I look forward to how he does over the winter.

“Hopefully he will come back a stronger horse next year. He is bang up there with the best of them.”

Tabdeed, seen winning the Group Three Hackwood Stakes at Newbury, could be tried over seven furlongs again next season (Ed Whitaker/PA Images)
Tabdeed, seen winning the Group Three Hackwood Stakes at Newbury, could be tried over seven furlongs again next season (Ed Whitaker/PA)

Stablemate Tabdeed could be given options over seven furlongs next year with Burrows deciding to call time on his season.

After landing the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury on his penultimate outing, the Havana Gold gelding failed to beat a rival home upped to Group One company for the first time in last month’s Sprint Cup at Haydock.

He said: “There is not a lot lot for him, so I think he is finished for the season.

“It has been spoken about going seven furlongs with him next season. It is not a definite, but I’m not ruling out us trying it. His run style would give him every chance of getting it as he could settle out the back and come through.”

Burrows puts Minzaal to test in ‘red-hot’ Middle Park

Owen Burrows is eager to discover just how good Minzaal is when he runs in a high-class renewal of the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

A hugely impressive winner of the Gimcrack at York last time out, the Mehmas colt has been a bit of a buzz horse since.

Following his win on the Knavesmire, Burrows stated he felt Minzaal was all about speed and that – rather than try to stretch him into a Guineas horse – the Commonwealth Cup would be his likely target.

“It looks a red-hot race, the best of the crop really, and it was always going to be,” Burrows said of Saturday’s Group One.

Trainer Owen Burrows has enjoyed a good season
Trainer Owen Burrows has enjoyed a good season (Simon Cooper/PA)

“Fingers crossed, we are going there with every chance.

“We knew straight after York this would be his race – I wasn’t tempted by anything else, and timing-wise it has been perfect.

“Having won his Group Two at York, this was the next obvious place to come.

“There was plenty of rain before racing on Thursday, and the jocks are saying it is riding a bit dead. I’d imagine it will be very similar ground to what it was in the Gimcrack, just on the soft side of good – no excuses for anybody, I shouldn’t think.

“The nerves are not too bad, and I’m looking forward to it. We’ll learn a bit more about him and we’ll see how good he is.”

Lucky Vega is the only Group One winner in the field
Lucky Vega is the only Group One winner in the field (PA Wire)

Unusually, the Irish challenge is not led by Aidan O’Brien – whose Lipizzaner will be one of the outsiders – and Jessica Harrington instead fulfils that role.

Her Lucky Vega is the only Group One winner in the field, having scorched clear in the Phoenix Stakes, but it all then went wrong last time in the National Stakes when he met all sorts of trouble in running.

Harrington said: “It would be fair to say his last race didn’t go to plan, but we don’t need to say any more about that.

“Prior to that, he was very impressive in the Phoenix Stakes – and on that form he should have a good chance.

“I wouldn’t imagine we’ll be using the ground as an excuse – he’s pretty versatile, and it shouldn’t be bottomless.

“We haven’t done much with him since the National, just kept him ticking over, (and) we’re looking for a big run.”

Another major contender is Clive Cox’s Supremacy, hugely impressive when coming home four lengths clear in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood.

“He was an exciting winner of the Richmond, and he’s had a healthy break in between there and here,” said Cox.

“He’s shown us plenty of class, but has physically progressed since Goodwood and we’re very much looking forward to seeing him perform here.”

Martyn Meade’s Method is defending the only unbeaten record in the race and will be ridden by Frankie Dettori – with Oisin Murphy claimed by Qatar Racing to ride The Lir Jet – but the trainer is watching the skies.

Meade said: “Everything that we can control I’ve been delighted with, but the one thing we can’t – the weather – may scupper us.

“I really want to run him, because there’s nothing else for him – he’s not in the Dewhurst, and I’d want to keep him over six furlongs anyway – but I wouldn’t want him pulled about on heavy ground.

“I’ve been pleased watching most of the others have hard races while we were always coming straight here – so he’s had a lovely break, been freshened up and hopefully we get to run him.

“Newmarket can dry quickly, and it is very windy – I just hope they don’t have any more of those downpours.

“He’s got lots of speed, so I wouldn’t want to run him if it went bottomless. This has always been the plan, and earlier in the week I thought the ground would be perfect for him. This is the one we’ve been aiming at, but I just don’t want to risk him on extreme ground.”

The Lir Jet was second to Lucky Vega in the Phoenix Stakes, but had earlier beaten Wes Ward’s speedster Golden Pal at Royal Ascot.

“It’s a cracking race and a very deep renewal of the race, I think,” said jockey Murphy.

The Lir Jet (left) edged out Golden Pal at Royal Ascot
The Lir Jet (left) edged out Golden Pal at Royal Ascot (Julian Finney/PA)

“I’ve obviously got off Method, and Frankie has jumped on in my place. He’s a very exciting horse who won his Listed race well.”I thought Minzaal was a very impressive winner of the Gimcrack, and I was impressed with Supremacy at Goodwood.

“The Lir Jet has to step up a bit on ratings, but he’s a big, scopey horse who I hope is still improving.

“I’m open-minded regarding the trip, and any dig in the ground won’t bother him.”

Minzaal heads top-class field seeking Middle Park honours

The big four have all been declared for Saturday’s Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes as Minzaal, Supremacy, Lucky Vega and Method all stood their ground among a field of eight in the Group One.

Owen Burrows’ Minzaal arrives having won the Gimcrack in fine style at York, Clive Cox’s Supremacy was an impressive winner of the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood while Jessica Harrington’s Lucky Vega brings Group One form to the table.

Martyn Meade’s Method is defending the only unbeaten record, but needs to take a big step up from winning a Listed race in fine style last time out.

Aidan O’Brien should never be discounted in this race and runs Lipizzaner, with John Murphy’s Charterhouse also making the journey from Ireland.

Andrew Balding’s Royal Ascot winner Tactical and Michael Bell’s The Lir Jet, also successful at the big meeting in June, also line up.

In the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes, Karl Burke’s Dandalla, unbeaten in three, faces eight rivals.

The Albany winner has not been seen since winning the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes in early July.

Her main market rival is Ken Condon’s Miss Amulet, who will be sporting new silks since winning the Lowther in good style at York. She has been bought by Doreen Tabor, wife of Coolmore’s Michael Tabor, so Ryan Moore now takes the ride.

Aloha Star, third to Lucky Vega in the Phoenix Stakes, represents Fozzy Stack and is another to have changed hands since she last ran.

Richard Hannon’s Happy Romance will aim to add another big pot having won a couple of sales races already, while Richard Fahey’s Umm Kulthum is back out quickly having won at Ayr last week.

William Haggas’ Sacred, second in three Group Twos since winning on her debut, runs in cheekpieces with Alcohol Free, Illykato and James Ferguson’s first Group One runner Zoetic completing the field.

There was a shake up in the betting for the Juddmonte Royal Lodge after O’Brien chose not to declare ante-post favourite High Definition. He instead relies on Ontario, winner of one of his four races to date.

Mark Johnston’s Acomb winner Gear Up will aim to take his record to three from three while Cox’s Cobh, Roger Charlton’s Pleasant Man and Ralph Beckett’s New Mandate complete a field of five.

Minzaal and Supremacy poised for Middle Park clash

Minzaal and Supremacy are on course for a mouthwatering clash in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

Since finishing a promising fourth on his Ascot debut in late July, the Owen Burrows-trained Minzaal has shed his maiden tag at Salisbury and run out a thoroughly impressive winner of the Gimcrack Stakes at York.

Connections are looking forward to testing his powers at Group One level this weekend.

Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said on Monday morning: “That (Middle Park) is the plan for Minzaal.

“Owen has been very happy with him since York. I’m sure he has another bit of work to do later in the week, but provided that goes well, hopefully we’ll see him on Saturday.”

Clive Cox has confirmed both Supremacy and Nando Parrado for the six-furlong contest.

Supremacy was last seen dominating his rivals in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, while Nando Parrado proved his 150-1 victory in the Coventry at Royal Ascot was no fluke by filling the runner-up spot in the Prix Morny at Deauville last month.

Supremacy is set to represent Clive Cox
Supremacy is set to represent Clive Cox (Mark Cranham/PA)

With ground conditions on the Rowley Mile on the quick side of good, Cox is favouring running Supremacy this weekend, with Nando Parrado potentially waiting for the seven-furlong Dewhurst Stakes next month.

Speaking on Nick Luck’s Daily Podcast, Cox said: “Nando Parrado would appreciate a drop of rain. We’re very keen at some stage to step him up to seven furlongs, but we’ll be keep the option open – if the ground did ease significantly, then we’ve got that base covered.

“We’ve left him in, but he probably won’t be declared if it doesn’t rain. He’s going to stay another furlong and probably even a mile next year – he’s a very exciting prospect.

“Supremacy is a proven horse on top of the ground. He was a very impressive winner of the Richmond, he’s in good form and he would be our chosen runner on Saturday, all being well.

Method adds further strength in depth
Method adds further strength in depth (Francesca Altoft/PA)

“We did think about the Gimcrack (at York last month), but he didn’t scope perfectly. It was a minor issue – everything is fine now. He’s a lovely horse with a lot of speed.”

Martyn Meade’s unbeaten colt Method is also among the 10 colts confirmed, as are Michael Bell’s Norfolk Stakes winner The Lir Jet and the Queen’s Windsor Castle and and July Stakes victor Tactical, trained by Andrew Balding.

Aidan O’Brien’s pair of Lipizzaner and St Mark’s Basilica, Jessica Harrington’s Lucky Vega and John Murphy’s Charterhouse are possible challengers from Ireland.