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Royal Scotsman is Goodwood-bound after Ascot

Royal Scotsman is to be primed for a return to Goodwood following his podium finish in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

It was on the Sussex Downs that the Paul and Oliver Cole-trained colt broke his duck with an impressive five-length success over six furlongs last month, before going down by just under two lengths behind Archie Watson’s Bradsell when third in the Group Two feature on the opening day of the Royal meeting.

The Fitri Hay-owned son of Gleneagles was posted on the wing in stall one for that Ascot contest and was travelling best of all when hitting the front just before the final third of the race.

While ultimately no match for the impressive winner in the closing stages, connections feel track position cost the youngster a silver medal.

“He probably had too much daylight and did a bit too much and we think he would have finished second with a bit of cover,” explained Oliver Cole.

“Of course it gives you hope (for the future), but I suppose you are looking for that extra edge the whole time and the way I see it, if we’d have had more cover we would have been second.”

Attentions now turn to the two-year-old races during July’s Qatar Glorious Goodwood Festival that the Cole family have tasted plenty of success in down the years.

“I think we’ll go back to Goodwood for either the Richmond Stakes or Vintage Stakes,” Cole continued.

“Our gut feeling is that he’s more of a back-end type that we would like to bring out in the bigger races at the latter end of the season. So, going to Goodwood just gives us a bit of time following Ascot to let him mature as he’s quite a big horse.”

“I would say he’s better on softer ground, his sectional times at Goodwood were unbelievable and I think to just slow the other two-year-olds down, I think he’s better on ground with a bit of give in it.”

Scotsman flying ahead of Coventry Stakes

Oliver Cole is exuding confidence ahead of Royal Scotsman’s Coventry Stakes run at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

The son of Gleneagles looked raw in defeat on his debut over the minimum trip at Ascot early last month, but was a totally different proposition when stepped up to six furlongs at Goodwood 20 days later, powering home in a novices’ event to score by an easy five lengths.

The Fitri Hay-owned colt is currently a 12-1 chance with Coral for the Group Two contest, which looks set to be another strong renewal, with Godolphin’s Noble Style heading the market following his five-furlong Ascot novice victory on debut.

Yet Cole, who trains in partnership with his father, Paul, is increasingly hopeful that Royal Scotsman will prove his ability.

“He is spot on. Like all these things, every trainer will have high hopes for their horse, but he is pretty magical on the gallops. He doesn’t do much wrong.

“He is very generous in what he gives you. He is an exceptionally good horse. He didn’t surprise us at Goodwood.

“He disappointed us at Ascot first time when he was very green and didn’t know what he was doing, but that extra furlong helped and he learned a lot from it.”

Majestic Dawn (right) will lead the Coles' charge in the Wolferton Stakes
Majestic Dawn (right) will lead the Coles’ charge in the Wolferton Stakes (Alan Cowhurst/PA)

Among a strong team for the Royal meeting, the Coles will be represented by 2020 Cambridgeshire Handicap winner Majestic Dawn in Tuesday’s Listed Wolferton Stakes.

The six-year-old’s final run of last season saw him chase home current Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes favourite Bay Bridge in the Listed Jane Seymour at Newmarket.

Though last of four on his reappearance at Chester, he was not fully wound up and he showed his true colours when taking the Listed 10-furlong Festival Stakes at Goodwood last time.

Cole said: “He will run in the Wolferton. We knew he would blow up at Chester, as we said beforehand. After Goodwood, he is now spot on for the race on Tuesday.

“That horse of Sir Michael Stoute’s who won the Gordon Richards at Sandown the other day (Bay Bridge), we had to give him 4lb and he beat us by half a length last year at Newmarket – and that looks very good form.”

The Whatcombe-based handlers also feel that Sunningdale will out-run his current 50-1 odds in the Chesham Stakes on Saturday.

The son of Gleneagles was fourth on his five-furlong debut in a well-contested novice race at Windsor.

Cole added: “Sunningdale is a nice colt who will run in the Chesham. He has a profile a little like Royal Scotsman, as he was forth first-time-out. He is a hell of a lot better than that.

“We also have a nice filly called She’s Hot going for the Albany, who was second on her first run at Kempton.”

Royal Scotsman rockets into Ascot reckoning

Royal Scotsman steamed into the Coventry Stakes picture with a slick five-length success in the William Hill Acca Club/British EBF Novice Stakes at Goodwood.

The Paul and Oliver Cole-trained son of Gleneagles finished sixth lengths behind Noble Style when fourth of eight on his debut at Ascot, but put that form well behind him with a scintillating effort, barely coming off the bridle under Jim Crowley.

The 100-30 chance broke well and was always close to the pace-setting Kaasib, easing to the front two furlongs out and lengthening in a matter of strides.

Bluelight Bay stuck on for second, with Mischief Magic doing his best work late a further length and a quarter back in third.

Oliver Cole said: “He never seemed to finish the race off at Ascot, but obviously he did there. I think he has sharpened up for the race and is clearly a good horse and the options and the future is bright.

“The Coventry is definitely something to think about now. Jim got off of him and said that the Coventry could be a good target, so we will have to think about that.

“By Gleaneagles, his progeny all seem to like a bit of cut so the rain has helped. He will get further. Six (furlongs) is good and he might get a mile-plus. He clearly has a lot of quality.”

Lawful Command showed plenty of tenacity to fight back and defeat Spinaround in the Goodwood Racecourse Patrons Handicap under a fine ride from Louis Steward.

Up 3lb for a neck course and distance win, the Brian Meehan-trained three-year-old is clearly on the upgrade, having taken his winning spree to four of his last five following his half-length victory.

Sent off at 9-2, he made much of the running before being headed inside the final furlong, yet fought back in style.

The Churchill gelding is part-owned by Stan Threadwell, whose family business is in amusement arcades and pleasure piers on the east coast. His colours were famously carried to glory in the 1986 Japan Cup by Jupiter Island.

Threadwell’s father, also called Stan, was a former amateur jockey and his nephew rode the winner.

Meehan said: “We will just keep it simple and take it step by step – that’s why we thought it sensible to come here.

“We will take him nice and gently. Looking at the way he ran today, he is going to keep improving. He is just that type of horse. He handles the slow ground better than some of the others, but last time he won here it was quick and he handled it really well.

“He always rallies and I thought Louis gave him a confident ride. It was a great ride.”

He added: “Dennis Simmonds part-owns him and is a great old friend of Stan’s. I know he’d love to run him at Newmarket and there is a nice race in July. We will think about it. We’ll look at Ascot, but we’ll wait and see.”

With Sense Of Duty scoring at Haydock, William Haggas completed a quick across-the-card treble as the well-handicapped Montassib followed Sea Silk Road into the winner’s enclosure at the West Sussex track after victory in the William Hill Pick Your Places Handicap.

Marquand’s mount (7-4 favourite) was completing a hat-trick and remained unbeaten after wearing down Marshal Dan to score by two and a half lengths.

Haggas said: “I was certain he would not to cope with the ground and told everyone he wouldn’t like it, as most Exceed And Excel’s don’t like it at all. He coped with it and won nicely.

“I don’t know where he will go, but I suppose the seven-furlong race at Royal Ascot (Buckingham Palace Stakes) will come under consideration.”

Crystal Estrella was not troubled in winning at Goodwood
Crystal Estrella was not troubled in winning at Goodwood (Simon Milham/PA)

Crystal Estrella finished behind Oaks favourite Emily Upjohn at Sandown on her last run and she gave a further boost to the winner’s Classic aspirations with a cosy four-and-a-half-length success in the British European Breeders’ Fund EBF Fillies’ Restricted Novice Stakes.

The daughter of Iffraaj is bred for further, although William Buick, winning rider aboard the Sir Michael Stoute-trained 15-8 favourite, feels the 10-furlong trip she won over will be ideal for the time being.

Buick said: “She liked that soft ground today – you don’t really know until you try it. But that was pleasing. She has really come on for her Sandown run and that was a pleasing performance. It did look a winnable race on paper, but she did it well.

“I think she will get further in time, but for now this is her trip.

“It is too early to say if she is a black-type filly. She needs to progress further, but I see no reason why she shouldn’t.”