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Commonwealth Cup under consideration for Perfect Power

A return trip to Royal Ascot will be considered for Perfect Power after he seemingly failed to see out the mile in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday.

A dual Group One winner over six furlongs last season, and victorious in the Norfolk Stakes at the Royal meeting, Richard Fahey’s charge successfully stepped up to seven in last month’s Greenham Stakes to earn himself a tilt at Classic glory.

But after travelling strongly for much of the way under Christophe Soumillon, the Ardad colt’s effort flattened out inside the final furlong and he passed the post in seventh place.

When asked if he felt his charge simply did not stay on the Rowley Mile, Fahey said: “It looked that way, so we’ll regroup.

“He travelled well through the race, but just when they picked up he didn’t go with them.

“We had to have a go really. It’s one of those where you regret it when they run that way, but we can’t change it and there’s still plenty to look forward to hopefully.

“He’s come out of the race grand, no issues.”

A return to sprint distances now looks to be on the agenda for Perfect Power, with the Commonwealth Cup the obvious target.

“We’ve got to look at that. He’s showing plenty of speed, so we’ll see,” Fahey added.

“If he goes for that he’ll go straight to Royal Ascot.

“There’s plenty of races for us, races like the Prix Maurice de Gheest. As we get further on into the year there’s plenty of Group Ones to be had.”

On the same afternoon stablemate Umm Kulthum made a successful return from 11 months off the track in the Listed Kilvington Stakes.

The daughter Kodiac is entered in the 1895 Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York next week, but could wait for a crack at the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at the Royal meeting.

Umm Kulthum and Christophe Soumillon scoring at Newmarket
Umm Kulthum and Christophe Soumillon scoring at Newmarket (David Davies/PA)

Fahey said: “I was delighted with her. She’s the sort of filly that would prefer it if they went flat out in front as she’s always coming home, which is always a huge bonus.

“She finishes her races well and seems to go on any ground, so we’ll see how she is.

“The Duke of York might just come a bit quick, but I’d definitely be thinking about Ascot if conditions turned up on the easy side.

“The Jubilee might be a race she could run well in.”

Fahey content as Guineas bid nears with Perfect Power

Richard Fahey is quietly confident regarding the chances of Perfect Power ahead of his bid for the Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

The colt made a perfect start to the season when landing the Greenham Stakes at Newbury earlier in the month, prevailing comfortably by a length and half from Richard Hannon’s Lusail.

Last year Perfect Power was seen on six occasions, winning the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot in June before going on to claim Group One glory in both the Prix Morny at Deauville and the Middle Park at Newmarket.

Having spent the latter end of last term campaigning over six furlongs, the three-year-old was sent to the Greenham to test his stamina over seven furlongs instead of stepping straight up to a mile in the most established Guineas trial, the Craven.

The 2000 Guineas, the first Classic of the season and the opening race of the Qipco British Champions Series, is an increase in trip again as it is run over a mile.

“The other race (the Craven) is a mile and I hate going from six to a mile, I think it’s a huge step,” Fahey explained.

Perfect Power winning the Greenham Stakes at Newbury Racecourse
Perfect Power winning the Greenham Stakes at Newbury Racecourse (Steven Paston/PA)

“It’s a third of the distance they’ve been before and in the Greenham there is no Group One penalty so they’ve given us the opportunity for the Group One-winning two-year-olds. It was an easy choice for me to go to Newbury.”

Though his efforts between the stalls and the winning post have filled Fahey with confidence, the three-year-old has caused concern with his habit of tearing down to the start at a pace much faster than ideal.

As a result Fahey intends to send the horse to post early at Newmarket and jockey Christophe Soumillon will be legged up en route rather than in the paddock.

“It’s a huge problem, it’s a worry. As soon as he hits the grass he goes, it’s 0-45 in six strides and he would go (bolt) with you,” said Fahey.

“He did in the Middle Park, which would have been a trainer’s excuse had he got beaten, we’ve had a think about it and I think we’ll probably go down early and lead him.

“He’s done it twice now. In the Middle Park he half-bolted down to the start, he was going an awful lot quicker than I wanted to go and definitely quicker than Christophe wanted.”

Jockey Christophe Soumillon after the Greenham success
Jockey Christophe Soumillon after the Greenham success (Steven Paston/PA)

Despite his over-exuberance before his races, Perfect Power is a different horse entirely at home and is noted for his easy going temperament.

“I don’t know where it comes from because he is a completely laid-back character at home, I need him to pick his bridle up, not to wind him down. He’s very relaxed, it’s just something in his system that we’ve got to get out,” said Fahey.

“He’s an exciting horse to train but when I say exciting, he never over expresses himself!

“He just roams around the place, he eats all day, he sleeps all day. He’s a super horse to have around the place.

“He’s a very relaxed character, he never, ever gets flustered and he never, ever turns a hair or does anything wrong.”

He went on: “When you’re galloping a Group One winner you expect them to win on the gallops by five or six lengths but he joins them on bridle and says hello to them when he gets to them. When he gets to the track he can pick up, he’s got a blistering turn of speed.”

Perfect Power’s stamina will be put to the test when he lines up for the Guineas, but Fahey considers his Greenham victory a source of confidence and Soumillon has long had faith in the horse’s ability to stay.

“If you didn’t know the horse at all and just sat down and watched the race (Greenham) stone cold, you would be quite confident that he’s going to stay a mile,” said Fahey.

“He’s going to be a stallion now whatever he does, so you feel an obligation to protect them and maybe not ask the impossible but the dam went over a mile and quarter and her best form was probably over a mile and a half.

“That gives you confidence, the horse is helping me as in his races he switches off and sits behind the bridle and he’s going to give us every chance.

“Christophe was mad (keen) to go seven furlongs last year, even when he won the French race (Prix Morny) he kept saying ‘this guy will definitely go seven’.

Perfect Power (left) on his way to victory in the Middle Park
Perfect Power (left) on his way to victory in the Middle Park (Tim Goode/PA)

“We didn’t feel the need to go seven and we drew a line through the (Prix Jean-luc) Lagardere just to give him a break, he’d had six runs. In Christophe’s mind, seven furlongs last year wouldn’t have been a problem and if he’d have won over seven last year we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”

The Guineas market is dominated by Godolphin’s unbeaten Native Trail, a comfortable winner of the Craven and a horse that caught Fahey’s eye when he passed through the sales ring last year.

“Funnily enough I tried to get a client to buy him,” he said.

“I wouldn’t say he was the underbidder but he wasn’t far off it, so he’s a horse I’ve always been taken by and he’s done nothing on the track to change my mind.”

Despite having admired Native Trail for some time, Fahey is not intimidated by taking on either the horse or his hugely successful connections.

He said: “We’re taking on the big guns and I just hope we can compete. I’m not saying I’m confident we’re going to beat him, but if we did I wouldn’t be shocked.”

Perfect Power will go for 2000 Guineas gold

Richard Fahey has confirmed his impressive Greenham Stakes winner Perfect Power will head to the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on April 30.

A dual Group One winner as a juvenile over six furlongs, in a season in which he also won the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, he proved he stayed seven furlongs at Newbury on Saturday.

He will be stepping up to a mile in the Classic, but Fahey and connections feel they have nothing to lose.

“He’s come out of Newbury remarkably well. He had a light canter this morning and just in himself he’s bouncing. He’s tightened up,” Fahey told www.sportinglife.com.

“I did feel there was improvement in him going into the Greenham. The last thing I wanted to do was have him 100%. It was a trial and I used it as a trial to see if there was a possibility of having a crack at the Guineas.

“It’s just put him right. His demeanour is right, he came off the gallop having a jig-jog and a squeal which is where you want these racehorses to be. You want them to be happy and at the moment he’s in a good place.

“As a trainer, when you have a dual Group One winning two-year-old the question is have they trained on? That was the big question for me – is he just a wonder two-year-old or is he going to mature into a better horse and I think it was one of his best performances – if not his best – at Newbury, knowing in the back of my mind it would put him right.

“It put him spot on for the Guineas. We can keep him ticking over and one blow-out and we’re there. We’re going to have a go at the Guineas. I’ve spoken to the team, I’ve spoken to Sheikh Rashid (Dalmook al Maktoum, owner) and we’ve nothing to lose by having a go.”

He added: “He wasn’t stopping in the Greenham, he galloped all the way through the line and took some pulling up. I think he’ll be a better horse on Guineas day.

“I’m very excited about him. We know he handles the course, goes on any ground and is becoming a legend.”

Power makes Perfect return with Greenham glory

Perfect Power made a winning return to action when landing the Group Three Watership Down Stud Too Darn Hot Greenham Stakes at Newbury for Richard Fahey.

Piloted by Christophe Soumillon and the 6-4 favourite, the colt was running for the first time this term after a fruitful two-year-old campaign.

Winning four times from six runs last season, including Group One successes in the Prix Morny and the Middle Park, the son of Ardad consequently holds leading claims for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May.

Those claims were further boosted by his comfortable length-and-a-half Greenham victory as he proved for the first time that he can stay seven furlongs and was subsequently slashed from 20-1 to 8-1 with both Betfair and Paddy Power.

Soumillon settled in behind Angel Bleu, who set out to make all, before moving to the front around a furlong out.

Perfect Power lengthened away in impressive style, galloping right to the line hold Lusail, who finished with purpose to grab second, beating Angel Bleu by a nose.

Perfect Power with this team
Perfect Power with this team (Steven Paston/PA)

Soumillon said: “I hope he will (be a Guineas horse), but I have seen a very nice horse winning at Newmarket a few days ago (Native Trail). I don’t know. It depends on how the horse will come after his run. Today, he did nearly everything perfectly and the hardest way to ride him was going down to the start.

“He was a bit tricky again in the first three or four-hundred metres as he was trying to pull a bit, but the rest of the race he was nearly perfect.

“You can’t ask for much more on his first race of the season – his prep race.

“He did everything perfect. The horse that we beat (Angel Bleu) won two Grade Ones last year. So, I’m very pleased and now we will see how the ground is at Newmarket in a few weeks’ time and how the condition will be with the runners.

“He is a top horse and I’m so pleased to ride such nice horses.

“If you don’t try to go a mile, you don’t know. The way he ran today, he settled well in the race and he can be very relaxed, and his big turn of foot is what you need in such kinds of races, so why not? We will see. I am not the manager, the owner or the trainer, but we have a very nice horse on our hands now.”

Perfect Power was cut for the 2000 Guineas
Perfect Power was cut for the 2000 Guineas (Steven Paston/PA)

Fahey always felt seven furlongs would be within Perfect Power’s compass and while he is unsure about a mile, a Guineas tilt remains a possibility.

He said: “I was very confident he would get seven, Christophe said he’d stay seven last year. When a horse has so much speed like he has, it is always a worry on your mind. But today was great and everything worked well.

“We will sit down and have a think about the Guineas. Christophe was delighted because he jumped out the gates, because he was a little bit slow before and at no stage did he think he was going to get beat, which was good. It was a decent race today. I thought it was quite a deep Greenham.

“He is a fast horse who will stay seven (furlongs). Whether he will stay a mile, I’m not sure.

“What would we have to lose (by running at Newmarket)? We’d get beat. I’m not being awkward, I’m not making any decisions today. He has definitely improved a lot.

“I love this guy. At home, he is an absolute gent. And I need a big gun to fire!

“He wasn’t fully wound up. I just didn’t want to have him fully fit here and wanted a run just to put him right for the Guineas if we went there.

“Does he look like a miler? He settled well enough. He was doing a half-speed behind them. He has won there at Newmarket, except I didn’t think he came down the hill well that day.”

Perfect Power charged up for Greenham stamina test

Perfect Power bids to answer a significant stamina question on his return to action in the Watership Down Too Darn Hot Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Trained by Richard Fahey, last season’s Norfolk Stakes winner progressed to take two Group One contests – the Prix Morny at Deauville and the Middle Park at Newmarket.

Christophe Soumillon maintains his partnership with the talented son of Ardad, who has yet to race beyond six furlongs.

Fahey admits the straight seven-furlong test at the Berkshire track will determine whether or not he will take on Native Trail in the Qipco 2000 Guineas.

“It is a fact-finding mission, really,” said Fahey.

“He has to step up from six (furlongs), but he has been working really well and we are happy with him, and we will know where we are going after this.

“They have let him in without a Group One penalty, so it gives him a chance to have a run.

“You have to think the Guineas would be an option if he came through this.

“He will go on any ground – he has won on fast and won on slow – no excuses, anyway.

“We are very pleased with him and he has strengthened up and progressed well. We are very pleased.”

Frankie Dettori jumps for joy from Angel Bleu in Paris
Frankie Dettori jumps for joy from Angel Bleu in Paris (Ashley Iveson/PA)

Having won the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc day at ParisLongchamp and then come from last to first to complete a French Group One double in the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud in October, Angel Bleu figures to have a leading chance.

However, Kimpton trainer Ralph Beckett is concerned about the quicker ground he is likely to encounter as the son of Dark Angel starts his three-year-old campaign.

“I think it is a good starting place for him and that is the way we will be approach it,” said Beckett.

Frankie Dettori leaps from Angel Bleu victory in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood
Frankie Dettori leaps from Angel Bleu victory in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood (John Walton/PA)

“He is healthy and ready to go, the ground is obviously drying but he has got to start somewhere.

“It is going to be tough. Perfect Power is going to be difficult to beat, but we’re in good from and looking forward to it.”

Richard Hannon saddles both Gubbass and Lusail, who are both by Mehmas.

Lusail won a pair of six-furlong Group Two contests – the July Stakes at Newmarket and the Gimcrack at York – before finishing last of four in the Champagne Stakes on good to soft ground at Doncaster when upped to seven furlongs.

Gubbass landed the Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes last season
Gubbass landed the Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes last season (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Gubbass, who won the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury, was not beaten far in the Group Two Richmond Stakes and by Perfect Power at Deauville, before ending his campaign with a disappointing run in the Mill Reef at Newbury.

Hannon said: “Gubbass and Lusail are both in good form. Lusail had a good year last year and he is working very well. I’m very happy with him.

“The ground should be fine for him. Whether he is going to get a mile in time, we will learn on Saturday. It was soft ground (at Doncaster) and he was wheel-spinning the whole way. He hated it. So he will be avoiding any ground with the word ‘soft’ in it from now on.

“Gubbass is a good horse and he also had a good year, but he might be on a recovery mission after his last run.

“He ran well at Goodwood and in the Morny as well. They have both grown and done physically very well.”

Stan Moore is never daunted by a challenge and expects The Wizard Of Eye to make his presence felt.

Though the son of Galileo Gold won just once in his juvenile campaign, that success came in July at the Berkshire track and he went on to finish a close-up fifth to Angel Bleu in the Lagardere.

He has already run this season, finishing seventh in the Saudi Derby on the dirt in Riyadh.

The Wizard Of Eye is 66-1 with Coral for the Guineas and Moore is keen to see if the weekend will answer a few questions.

“He went over to Richard Hannon’s for a gallop, just for a change to get him away and we were very pleased with the work,” he said.

“John Egan came down and rode him and was over the moon with him. He is still a big, raw horse who will make natural improvement, but he should put up a big show.”

The Lambourn trainer, who earned Group One success in the 2009 Prix de l’Abbaye with Total Gallery, added: “In the Saudi Derby he was only beaten 11 lengths on his first time on the dirt and he took some kickback in the first two furlongs. I think it made a bit of a man of him.

“So I think he will go and he will have a fighting chance. He is not going for a day out.

“There are some good horses in the Greenham, but he is a good horse, too.

“He is a fantastic-moving horse and he covers a lot of ground. We had to put the (measuring) stick on him last year because Hong Kong people were interested in him. He was just over 17 hands as a two-year-old.

Frankel is an illustrious former winner of the Greenham
Frankel is an illustrious former winner of the Greenham (Steve Parsons/PA)

“He has filled out his frame a bit more and he is going to get better as he gets older. He will probably be a better horse in the second half of the season than the first half.

“He is in the three Guineas – the English, Irish and German.

“Probably the Greenham will tell you where he needs to go next. He needs to give them a run for their money if he is to go for the English or Irish Guineas. I think he will get a mile. In any race, he can hold a position. He has a very high cruising speed.

“He is able to sit in on a fast pace comfortably and it doesn’t take it out of him.

“He’ll put it to them, anyway.”

Flaming Rib will have his first outing for Hugo Palmer having previously been trained by Tom Dascombe.

Palmer took over the tenancy at Manor House Stables earlier in the year after Dascombe departed his role there and Flaming Rib, who is co-owned by Michael Owen – the yard’s landlord – stayed put.

The colt tallied up four consecutive six-furlong victories towards the end of of last term and is now stepping up in trip for his first start for Palmer.

“I haven’t known him all that well, but he’s been training really nicely and I’m very pleased with him,” said Palmer.

Flaming Rib ridden by jockey Pierre-Louis Jamin (third right, number 2) winning the Sky Bet Nursery rat York
Flaming Rib ridden by jockey Pierre-Louis Jamin (third right, number 2) winning the Sky Bet Nursery rat York (Nigel French/PA)

“He’s an attractive horse, quite a light-framed horse, he doesn’t look like a big, muscular sprinter and his pedigree says that he should stay.

“He may even get a mile, but if he were to do that we would have to change his run style a little bit.

“We’ll just see, we might be barking up the wrong tree and it might not work but I thought seven furlongs in the Greenham was the right place to start.

“If he ran very well he could go to the French Guineas and if not, he could be a Jersey horse or he could come back sprinting.”

Perfect Power could test Classic claims in Greenham

Perfect Power could begin his three-year-old campaign in the Greenham Stakes as connections look to assess his Classic aspirations.

Trainer Richard Fahey is leaning towards the Group Three contest, sponsored by Watership Down Stud, at Newbury on April 16 as it fits the bill on two important counts.

Perfect Power will not be burdened with a penalty for his two Group One victories in the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes. And as he has yet to run beyond six furlongs, Fahey would rather try the Greenham distance of seven furlongs than go straight to a mile.

“He’s in great form. We’re very happy with him. Physically he’s done very well and we’ll probably start him off in the Greenham,” said Fahey.

“He gets in without a Group One penalty. It’s the only Group Three early in the year he gets in without a penalty.

“Going from six to seven would suit more then going from six to a mile. We’ll get an idea after that.”

The son of Ardad, owned by Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum, varies in price from 11-1 to 20-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on April 30. He also holds an entry in the Irish 2,000 Guineas three weeks later.

Perfect Power plans undecided after Middle Park triumph

Perfect Power might be put away for the winter after chalking up a second Group One success at Newmarket on Saturday.

The Richard Fahey-trained colt has won four of his six starts in his juvenile campaign, including the Middle Park Stakes and Deauville’s Prix Morny at the top level.

Perfect Power has had a busy season, having competed in Group Twos at Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood earlier in the summer.

Whether he does run again this term has yet to be decided as Fahey has not yet spoken to owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum.

“He’s come out of it well. I’m pleased with him. He’s a pretty straightforward guy to deal with,” said the Musley Bank handler.

“I’ve got to speak to Sheikh Rashid. We haven’t really sat down and had a chat yet, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he was probably finished for the year.”

As for 2021, Perfect Power will probably start off in a Classic trial to see how he fares over further than six furlongs.

“We’ll run him in one of the trials. We’ll see how he winters first and just get him going and see which route we’re going,” Fahey added.

Perfect result for Fahey in Middle Park

Christophe Soumillon produced Perfect Power with a flawlessly-timed run to get the best of a blanket finish in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Richard Fahey’s charge already had a Group One victory on his record as he landed the Prix Morny last time out, and he was sent off the 11-4 favourite to follow up in this six-furlong affair.

Soumillon was towards the rear through the early stages as Go Bears Go and Twilight Jet went toe to toe up front, setting a sound gallop, although the challengers were lining up in behind as the field approached the two-furlong marker.

Twilight Jet did his best to fend them off, but Armor, Asymmetric and Caturra all put the pressure on before Perfect Power came with a precision burst down the middle of the track.

He surpassed them all to steal a half-length verdict, with Castle Star also finishing with purpose from the rear to take second.

Armor was third, with Go Bears Go rallying again to snatch fourth.

Perfect Power halved the winner in price to 8-1 for the 2000 Guineas, while Coral go 10-1 about his chance in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

A relieved Fahey said: “I’ve been watching racing all week and when we got stall one I thought ‘someone down there doesn’t like me!’.

“I was very negative in my own mind, but he is a special horse. The way he quickened up today – it took a special ride and a special special horse to win like that today.

“We knew were struggling from the draw and Christophe said ‘I’ll drop him right out today’. I said ‘you do what you like, kid!’.

“He’s a ball of a horse who has had a busy enough time. When you go to Royal Ascot, then you go to Glorious Goodwood and then Deauville and then here, it’s tough – but he loves it.

“With two furlongs to run I thought we were in a bit of trouble, but when he pulled him out he picked up very well.”

He added of the future: “We had a board meeting about two months ago and we said we’d go Richmond, Deauville and then here. We haven’t got any further than that.

“For a two-year-old, he’s very special. He’s very easy and has a super mind. When he’s not exercising he eats and then goes to sleep.

“He could step up (in trip) on pedigree. His sire (Ardad) was a fast two-year-old and we don’t know much about his progeny, but on the dam’s side we’ve every chance of staying.”

Power poised to prove top of the class in Middle Park

Perfect Power will cement his position as the pre-eminent juvenile over six furlongs this season if he can come out on top in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Richard Fahey’s Ardad colt won the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot in June from Go Bears Go, who quickly franked the form in the Railway Stakes in Ireland.

Perfect Power was then strongly fancied in the Richmond at Goodwood – but wherever the luckless Paul Hanagan went that day, he seemed to find trouble and was beaten just over a length into fifth behind Asymmetric.

He was extremely impressive in the Prix Morny at Deauville, however – displaying an electric turn of foot under Christophe Soumillon, who keeps the ride.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed, but we’re going there very hopeful,” said Philip Robinson, assistant racing manager for owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum.

“Obviously we were all delighted with the success in France, and Richard says he has got him spot on – he’s very happy with him.

“Hopefully he’ll win while the owner is in town. The hope is he’ll be there, and it will be great if he can win while he is.

“He’s won on quick ground at Ascot, so that won’t be a worry to him, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they put a bit of water on because it’s been a bit breezy.

“Good, fast ground should be perfect. It’s what you want for a meeting like this, when you are trying to find the champions.”

While Perfect Power remains over six furlongs for now, the hope is he may stay further next season.

“Obviously we’re hoping he’s not just a two-year-old,” added Robinson.

“At this stage, whether he’ll stay any further we’ll just have to play it by ear, but we know he’s got plenty of speed.

“We’ll hope he gets a mile and we’ll maybe start off looking that way. We might find out a bit more in this, and we’ll see how he handles the track.

“With a horse of his calibre, you are always hoping they will be OK for the Guineas.”

One horse who looks sure to stay further next season is the Ger Lyons-trained Dr Zempf.

Fourth in the Railway Stakes on just his second start, he turned that form around with Go Bears Go and Castle Star in the Phoenix – in which he found only Ebro River too strong.

“His work has always been impressive, but we’ve always trained him with next year in mind,” said Lyons.

“I’m happy going into the Middle Park – I’m not saying he’ll win it, but he’ll be competitive. He’s always showed quality.

“I would much rather be going over seven furlongs with him, but we are erring on the side of weakness at the moment. Colin (Keane) has always said ‘stick to six with him for the moment’.

“I think it is the six furlongs that has been getting him beat up to now. Colin said he would reverse the form of the Railway Stakes, and he was right, but then we bumped into one in the Phoenix.

“The Dewhurst is not out of the question. We’ll see what happens on Saturday – he’s had a light season, and I can’t wait to see him over seven.”

Go Bears Go is already a big-race winner on his travels to Ireland
Go Bears Go is already a big-race winner on his travels to Ireland (Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA)

David Loughnane remains convinced there is a Group One in Go Bears Go, who has had a break since the Phoenix.

“He’s not let us down yet, so it’s all systems go,” said Loughnane.

“He was my first runner in a Group One in the Phoenix when he was third, and he’s my only one.

“The winner franked the form in the National Stakes, so we’ll be going confident that he’s a Group One horse.

“He seems in a great place. We gave him a little break for a freshen-up after the Phoenix, and I couldn’t be happier with him at the moment.

“It’s a tough race, but he is definitely a Group One horse, so fingers crossed he gets the rub of the green.”

Clive Cox and Adam Kirby with Caturra at Doncaster
Clive Cox and Adam Kirby with Caturra at Doncaster (Mike Egerton/PA)

Clive Cox is rolling the dice with Caturra, who finished strongly to deny Morny fourth Armor in the Flying Childers over five furlongs at Doncaster.

The Lambourn trainer said: “Obviously this is another step back up in trip to six furlongs – but with the dry ground and his well-being, I’m pleased that we’ve got an option to run at the next level, having won his Group Two.”

Armor tries again for Richard Hannon, with the Morny form further represented by Alan King’s Asymmetric – who was third at Deauville.

Fozzy Stack’s Castle Star renews rivalry with Go Bears Go and Dr Zempf, and Aidan O’Brien has an interesting contender in HMS Endeavour – who has won the last two of his three starts.

The Michael O’Callaghan-trained Twilight Jet was third in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and adds further strength to the Irish challenge, which is completed by another O’Brien runner in the shape of the twice-raced maiden New York City.

Perfect Power tops 10 seeking Middle Park glory

Perfect Power heads a field of 10 for Saturday’s Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Richard Fahey’s colt is already a Royal Ascot winner and having met trouble in running at Goodwood, went to France last time out to win the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville.

Behind him that day were the Alan King-trained Asymmetric and Richard Hannon’s Armor and that pair take him on again.

Go Bears Go has another crack at Group One company for David Loughnane. He won the Railway Stakes at the Curragh and was then beaten into third by Hugo Palmer’s Ebro River in the Phoenix Stakes last time.

Go Bears Go had Castle Star behind when winning the Railway Stakes
Go Bears Go had Castle Star behind when winning the Railway Stakes (Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA)

While Ebro River is absent on this occasion due to the quick ground, Ger Lyons’ Dr Zempf, second in the Phoenix, and Fozzy Stack’s Castle Star, who was second in the Railway and fourth in the Phoenix, both run.

Flying Childers winner Caturra, the Aidan O’Brien pair of HMS Endeavour and New York City and Michael O’Callaghan’s Twilight Jet complete the field.

Lyons’ unbeaten filly Sacred Bridge tops 13 in the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes.

Owned by the sponsors, she has won all four of her outings and sets a high standard.

Zain Claudette beat Sandrine at York and the two meet again
Zain Claudette beat Sandrine at York and the two meet again (Nigel French/PA)

The Ismail Mohammed-trained Zain Claudette and Andrew Balding’s Sandrine were first and second in the Lowther at York and will meet again.

The supplemented Eve Lodge, Desert Dreamer, Flotus and Tenebrism will all have their supporters.

Balding’s Masekela brings the strongest form in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge having been touched off by National Stakes winner Native Trail and beaten subsequent Champagne Stakes victor Bayside Boy in his last two runs.

Mark Johnston’s Royal Patronage was impressive in the Acomb at York and may give him something to think about, while Frankie Dettori teams up with Unconquerable for Donnacha O’Brien.

Dettori rides Magical Morning in the bet365 Cambridgeshire and not ante-post favourite and stablemate Uncle Bryn, who will instead be partnered by Robert Havlin.

Bell Rock is top weight with last year’s winner Majestic Dawn among those towards the head of the weights.

Perfect Power camp eye Middle Park next

Perfect Power is on course for the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket next month, after opening his Group One account in Deauville’s Prix Morny.

The Richard Fahey-trained colt showed impressive acceleration to land the spoils by a length and a quarter from Trident.

That emphatic triumph made up for an unlucky run in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, and was a return to the form he showed in winning the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.

“He looks like being a decent horse. Any horse that quickens like that has got a huge advantage over anything else,” said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum.

“I think he was a bit unlucky in the Richmond. They didn’t go much pace, and poor Paul (Hanagan) couldn’t get anywhere. He got stopped wherever he went – and then the race was over.

“I expected him to beat all those that ran in the Richmond. It was good.

“It will be the Middle Park next, and then we’ll see about next year.”

Perfect Power storms to Prix Morny glory

Royal Ascot winner Perfect Power returned to winning ways as he displayed an electric turn of foot in the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville.

Richard Fahey’s juvenile had won the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot when beating Go Bears Go, who has gone on to frank the form.

Last time out Perfect Power ran at Goodwood in the Richmond Stakes and suffered all manner of traffic problems before flashing home to be beaten just over a length by Asymmetric.

With Christophe Soumillon doing the steering on this occasion, the Ardad colt yet again had a far from straightforward path. But he was good enough to extricate himself in time.

Fellow Ascot winner Quick Suzy was to the fore for much of the way, but the Queen Mary winner failed to see out the sixth furlong.

Asymmetric was given every chance by Martin Harley, but he had no answer when the eventual winner and Andre Fabre’s Trident came bursting through in the last 100 yards.

Perfect Power and Trident had a barging match over a furlong from home, but once they settled down to battle it out the Yorkshire raider was well on top at the line.

Fahey said from his North Yorkshire base: “That was nice to watch – well, he had that bit of trouble about two out, but when he got in the clear he was good.

“He’s got a proper turn of foot and his best part of the race was the end of it.

“It’s a great result for the whole team and especially Sheikh Rashid (Dalmook Al Maktoum).”

Betfair and Paddy Power halved Perfect Power in price to 4-1 for the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket next month.

Fahey added: “He’ll definitely go for the Middle Park next. It’s not often you make a plan for a horse, but the two races myself and Sheikh Rashid mentioned were the Morny and then the Middle Park and it’s very nice to have one in the bag already.

“We can forget Goodwood now. Things didn’t go right there, but it’s called racing for a reason.

“That was brilliant today.”

A jubilant Soumillon said: “At the beginning things didn’t pan out perfectly because I found myself a bit far back. Going to the final 600 metres, I had the choice of either challenging wide or coming alone with a run in the middle of the track.

“Honestly speaking, I trusted my instinct – I didn’t try to think too much. On the inside, everyone seemed to be cantering and, when my horse reacted, he clicked into gear like a machine!”

Harley said of the Alan King-trained Asymmetric: “He ran well and travelled well during the race. My horse was a bit unsuited by the ground (too firm for his liking)
before making his effort. We had a shower of rain an hour before the race. I thought it would help, but it didn’t as the ground dried out.

“With 200 metres to go, I really thought we were going to win. When I asked him to pick up, he couldn’t change gear in this ground. However, it was a great performance. His next race will be the Group One Middle Park Stakes.”

Fahey fires twin assault on Prix Morny prize

Perfect Power and Khunan give Richard Fahey a strong hand in the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville.

A narrow winner of the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot in June over the high-class Go Bears Go, Perfect Power then got into all sorts of traffic problems in last month’s Richmond Stakes at Goodwood and was beaten just over a length into fifth place.

Khunan was not far off his stablemate when sixth in the Norfolk, and turned the tables in the Richmond when he filled the runner-up spot behind the Alan King-trained Asymmetric – who is also in Sunday’s Group One field.

Fahey said: “We’ve got the two horses in there, and they both go there in good order. We just need a bit of luck now.

“They tell me it’s beautiful ground. I wouldn’t want it too extreme, but hopefully it will be fine.

“Things didn’t go the way we would have liked for Perfect Power at Goodwood, but that’s horse racing I’m afraid.

“The other horse wasn’t far behind him at Ascot and was in front of him at Goodwood, so it’s one apiece.”

Asymmetric with connections after winning at Goodwood
Asymmetric with connections after winning at Goodwood (John Walton/PA)

Asymmetric’s Richmond win was his third from just four career starts, his only defeat coming when narrowly beaten by Lusail in the July Stakes at Newmarket.

King said: “He’s been very good since Goodwood and has arrived safely.

“He’s obviously the quickest two-year-old I’ve ever trained. That’s probably not saying a lot – but he’s won his Group Two, and it was either run in the Gimcrack with a penalty or take him to France for a crack at this.

“The forecast looks quite encouraging – the better the ground, the better I think he’ll be, so it’s very exciting.”

The British challenge is completed by Richard Hannon’s pair of Armor and Gubbass.

Armor steps up in trip after winning the five-furlong Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood, while Gubbass was third in the Richmond.

Hannon said: “Armor is in great form and it looks like there is some rain on the way which will help him.

“Gubbass won’t be out of place, either.”

Irish hopes are carried by Gavin Cromwell’s Quick Suzy and the unbeaten Velocidad from Joseph O’Brien’s yard.

Quick Suzy steps up to take on the colts on her first start since winning the Queen Mary Stakes at the Royal meeting.

Gavin Cromwell (right) with Quick Suzy at Royal Ascot
Gavin Cromwell (right) with Quick Suzy at Royal Ascot (David Davies/PA)

“She’s in good shape, and we’re happy with her,” said Cromwell.

“The ground is good to soft and potentially could be good ground come Sunday. Either way it’s fine.

“Stepping her back up to six furlongs shouldn’t be a problem – it’s an easy six in Deauville as well.

“The fillies have a good record in the Morny, and last year’s Queen Mary winner (Campanelle) followed up here, so fingers crossed.”

Perfect Power primed for Prix Morny

Richard Fahey is keeping his fingers crossed for a change of luck for Perfect Power when he contests the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville next week.

A narrow winner of the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot in June over the high-class Go Bears Go, the Ardad colt got into all sorts of traffic problems when bidding to add to his tally in last month’s Richmond Stakes at Goodwood and was beaten just over a length into fifth place.

That form has been well advertised since, with Hugo Palmer’s fourth home Ebro River claiming Group One honours in last weekend’s Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

Perfect Power will head to France in a bid to open his account at the highest level, and Fahey is delighted with his current condition.

“Everything that happened (at Goodwood), you’d probably have preferred it not to have happened, but he’s in great order,” the trainer told Sky Sports Racing.

“He heads to France for the Prix Morny on Sunday week.

“I think he’s a talented horse. At the moment, we’re all beating each other when you look at the two-year-old form.

“I’m sure he’s up near the top of the best ones, so let’s hope we get a bit more luck in France.”

Perfect Power in line to be supplemented for Phoenix Stakes

Royal Ascot winner Perfect Power could be supplemented for the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on August 8.

Richard Fahey’s youngster prevailed in a tight finish for the Norfolk Stakes at the big meeting last month.

With a Group Two penalty for that success, however, connections are now favouring the Irish assignment over the Gimcrack at York and the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood.

“Because he’s a Group Two winner it makes it a bit tougher, so there’s talk that we might supplement him for the Phoenix on August 8,” said Fahey, speaking at the launch of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival.

“He’s in the Gimcrack, he’ll be put in the Richmond, but the owner (Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum) is keen on the Phoenix as he’d have penalties in the other two.

“He’s ready for six furlongs now, I nearly ran him in the Coventry but we had one in that already (Vintage Clarets) and I wanted to separate them.

“He’s a good-minded horse, real laid back. He’s a powerful sort, a strong two-year-old. He’s a big, strong horse and fairly forward.

“I was surprised he was beaten on debut, but that probably helped win him the race at Ascot as it meant he could have that second run without a penalty. Sometimes you have to get beat to win and that was the perfect example.

“The form is absolutely rock solid and five furlongs is his bare minimum, he’s ready for six now.”