22nd June 2017

Decorated Knight ran an incredible race, and now we send out another 5 today.

 

Decorated Knight ran an incredible race to be second in the Prince Of Wales’s behind the incredibly tough Highland Reel.  He hasn’t stopped improving since he joined the yard and always runs a race. We are delighted with him. We will give him a little time before we decide whether the Eclipse or a trip abroad for the Arlington Million is his next port of call.

 

Quest For More

 

Quest For More missed the Gold Cup last year due to the soft ground and probably wasn’t suited to the same conditions in Dubai in March. His UK reappearance in the Henry II at Sandown was a prep race for today, and the 7lbs penalty was never going to help. He really comes to himself from June onwards and is one of the few horses in the race that has demonstrated a consistently high level of ability at a distance very few horses on the Flat stay properly. As such, that probably makes our choice of tactics fairly easy and if he’s on song it will take a top-class one to beat him.

 

Atty Persse

 

Atty Persse is set for the King George V Handicap. He’s got such a raking stride and is so laid back that anything less than a really well-run race isn’t going to see him to anything like best effect, so hopefully he’ll get that and the faster the ground the better. The step up to a mile and a half will pose him no problems whatsoever and if we had it in the back of our minds to go for a Derby Trial he should be competitive off a mark of 93. He had the speed to win the Esher Cup over a mile, and we hope he can use that tactical speed to get him a good position.

 

Maths Prize

 

Maths Prizewill be an interesting runner in the Britannia Handicap. He ended last season on the up but we maybe made a mistake running him at a mile and a quarter on his reappearance at Newbury and he ended up being too keen and not getting home in a race where he was giving a lot of weight to Enable and Shutter Speed, who are both proper G1 horses. His work at home has always been smart, smart enough even to consider dropping him back to seven furlongs, so the straight mile at Ascot promises to be ideal.

 

Distant

 

Distant ran very well on debut at Kempton to come from last to 5th in a deep race. Today is easier and hopefully she can take a step forward and go close. She is a huge fan of the surface.

 

 

Cribbs Causeway

 

Cribbs Causeway another who enjoyed the all-weather track last time, when she won at Kempton in taking fashion. She takes on the second again, albeit we are worse at the weights this time. It was a big step forward last time and we think she is going the right way, especially with the extra furlong to help her.