Balmoral Handicap: Draw fear for Sunray Main workforce forward of Qipco Champions Day



A excessive draw is a priority for connections of ante-post favorite Sunray Main after he simply made the minimize for the Balmoral Handicap.

The lightly-raced four-year-old – a half-brother to the sensible Kingman – crept in on the backside of the 20-runner most discipline, however seems to be to be positioned on the improper facet of the course in stall 21.

Even so, Sunray Main is a heat order for the one-mile cavalry cost after comfortably successful a seven-furlong handicap on this course two weeks in the past. Frankie Dettori will once more do the steering.

“He simply managed to sneak in on the backside there which may be very lucky. He wanted that penalty to get in so it was a superb job he received,” stated Thady Gosden, who trains the son of Dubawi collectively together with his father, John.

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“He is very properly bred and we have all the time favored him, however we’ve not had the smoothest of occasions with him over the past two years.

“He is in good kind in the mean time, however the draw could be necessary in a race like this. You usually need to be low, so I am undecided how stall 21 will play out, caught in the midst of the observe. Hopefully, he can overcome that.”

The workforce at Clarehaven have two different strings to their bow, in King Leonidas and Magical Morning.

“King Leonidas has had his points as properly and continues to be calmly raced. He is been bettering and he ought to deal with the bottom fantastic,” Gosden added.

“Magical Morning has been working within the massive handicaps by way of the yr, successful one and ending second in one other. He is a bit out and in, however he is run two superb races this yr.”

William Haggas is triple handed with Aldaary, Montatham and Johan – however describes Sunray Main as “a certainty” after getting a run.

“I might been desperately attempting to knock John’s (Gosden) horse out, who I believe is a certainty,” Haggas instructed Sky Sports activities Racing.

“Montatham and Johan haven’t obtained something in hand weight-wise and Aldaary has obtained a 6lb penalty and he went up 5lb for a facile success at Ascot. He is a stunning horse, however he’ll most likely have an excessive amount of weight. I believe John’s horse is an effective factor.”

Sir Busker, fourth within the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes 12 months in the past, drops into handicap firm for the primary time this season.

Oisin Murphy leads Sir Busker into the winner's enclosure at Ascot last year
Oisin Murphy leads Sir Busker into the winner’s enclosure at Ascot final yr

The William Knight-trained five-year-old relishes the straight mile at Ascot and was third to Palace Pier within the Queen Anne Stakes on the Royal assembly this summer season.

It isn’t stunning he has to offer weight to all his rivals, however connections nonetheless anticipate him to place up a superb present.

“We’re actually wanting ahead to it. He is clearly obtained numerous weight to hold, however he is an enormous horse and will be capable to carry the burden,” Sam Hoskins, racing supervisor for homeowners Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds.

John Gosden
John Gosden holds a powerful hand within the Balmoral Handicap

“He loves the straight course at Ascot. The bottom is ideal and he’ll love the short tempo.

“Though it will likely be a stiff job attempting to offer numerous weight to unexposed horses, this race will go well with him higher than a few of the small runner-tactical races he is been in. And clearly, we have Oisin (Murphy), who is aware of him so properly.

“We did speak concerning the QEII once more however it’s a very sturdy race this yr, so we will attempt to win this race. He’s a Group One horse in a handicap, however he has obtained numerous weight.”




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