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Triple Time ruled out of 2000 Guineas

Triple Time will miss the Qipco 2000 Guineas after meeting with a setback, trainer Kevin Ryan has announced.

The Frankel colt enjoyed a progressive juvenile campaign, winning two of his four starts, culminating in victory over Hafit in the Listed Ascendant Stakes over a mile at Haydock.

He worked well under Andrea Atzeni at Newmarket before racing on Tuesday and was as short as 20-1 for the first colts’ Classic back on the Rowley Mile on April 30.

But Ryan tweeted: “Unfortunately we have to say that Triple Time has met with a small setback which rules him out of the 2000 Guineas.

“It is a long season ahead and we will look forward to seeing him back in action.”

Triple Time delights Kevin Ryan in Newmarket spin

Triple Time tuned up for a tilt at the Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes with a racecourse gallop down Newmarket’s Rowley Mile on Tuesday.

The Kevin Ryan-trained three-year-old was victorious twice last season, taking the Listed Ascendant Stakes over a mile at Haydock on his final outing as a juvenile.

Since then the Frankel colt has been to Redcar for a racecourse gallop, but Ryan wanted to ensure he had some experience of the Newmarket track and so brought him to do a piece of work prior to the opening day of the Craven meeting.

“He has been away to Redcar, but I just felt it was important to give him a feel of the track down here,” he said.

“He’s come from the seven (furlong marker) and really quickened up into the dip and out of it and took a fair bit of pulling up.

“Everything has gone according to plan and Andrea (Atzeni, jockey) was delighted with him, so he’s well on target for the big day.”

Options remain open after the Guineas, with the bay also holding an entry for the Poule d’Essai des Poulains at ParisLongchamp on May 15.

“He’s got options. He’s in the French Guineas, but obviously the Guineas is the best trial for whatever trip you’re going afterwards,” Ryan said.

“He’s a quick horse and doesn’t need a lead horse because he’s such a long-striding horse.

“He likes nice ground, but he’s won on soft ground and we’re not particularly worried about ground conditions either way.

Triple Time winning the Ascendant Stakes at Haydock
Triple Time winning the Ascendant Stakes at Haydock (David Davies/PA)

“Andrea was saying how well he’s done from two to three and how much stronger he is. He’s a big unit and it just took a couple of races to get him there – he was a little bit weak and was never as mature as he looked.

“It was a great performance at Haydock and it was always the plan to come here without a prep.”

Also galloping before the first Newmarket meeting of the season was Mark and Charlie Johnston’s Royal Patronage, who worked under Jason Hart with stablemates I’m A Gambler and Highland Premiere.

The Highclere Racing-owned colt won both the Group Three Acomb and the Group Two Royal Lodge last season – finishing in spectacular fashion to beat Coroebus – and currently holds entries for both the Guineas and the Dante at York.

“We’re very happy with that. Sometimes these gallops raise more questions than answers, but whatever he’s going to do it was good to have an outing to blow the cobwebs away and a trip down from Middleham as well,” said Johnston senior.

Royal Patronage (right) winning the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes
Royal Patronage (right) winning the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Tim Goode/PA)

“Whether he’s going to the Guineas or straight to the Dante, it’s still good to have had a racecourse gallop and there was some question about how much speed he’s got.

“They haven’t hung about there and we wanted to see if he could travel comfortably at that pace and Jason said he travelled very, very easily.

“Harry (Herbert, Highclere racing manager) had said we were going to the Dante and I just wanted to convince myself that we should keep the options open.

“This was the best place to bring him and we’re going to learn a lot about the Guineas opposition in the next week or so, so we can look at that as well.”

Triple Time in the ascendancy at Haydock

Kevin Ryan views Triple Time as a potential Classic contender for next season following an impressive front-running victory in the Betfair Exchange Ascendant Stakes at Haydock.

The son of Frankel was sent straight to the lead by Andrea Atzeni and comfortably shrugged off the attentions of Hafit and land an emphatic success in the one-mile contest.

Having made all when winning by nine lengths to open his account over the course and distance on his third start, Triple Time (3-1) took the step up to Listed company in his stride.

He moved strongly in front and pulled out more when challenged by the 8-11 favourite Hafit to land the spoils by a length and a half.

Ryan said: “He’s a homebred horse of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid’s and even in the spring we thought he was very special.

“He’s taken a bit of time. Physically he’s there, but mentally he’s just taken racing to really learn the job.

“He was very impressive today. We were very worried about the ground, but Sheikh Mohammed Obaid is never afraid to get them beat and we decided we’d find out if handled it or not.

“He’s handled it and he’s probably handled it because he’s a very good horse.”

Paddy Power cut Triple Time to 10-1 from 16-1 for the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket on September 25.

Triple Time returns to the Haydock winner's enclosure
Triple Time returns to the Haydock winner’s enclosure (David Davies/PA)

And while Ryan is in no rush to commit to the exciting colt’s next target, he already has one eye on races like the 2000 Guineas and French Derby next season.

“I’ll have to speak to Sheikh Mohammed Obaid about that (Royal Lodge),” said the trainer.

“He’s done everything we’ve needed to do this year and he’s obviously identified himself as a very talented horse.

“We’ll do what’s right by the horse. He’s going to be a very exciting horse for next year.”

He added: “We were talking about the horse the other day and I think 10 furlongs is as far as he’ll want to go.

“You’d have to think of him as a Guineas horse – that’s usually the best trial for any race.

“I presume that’s where we’ll probably be leaning to next year.”