Kiyoshi primed for Royal run
The Charlie Hills trained Kiyoshi is primed and ready for an assault on Royal Ascot, after pleasing connections in a piece of work on Tuesday morning. The brilliant, if sometimes quirky filly, was a ready winner of the Albany Stakes at the meeting last season, before going on to produce placed efforts in both the Moyglare Stud and Cheveley Park Stakes later in the season.
The 3yo has yet to be seen this campaign however, with a setback ruling her out of the 1000 Guineas, but is on course to make her reappearance at Royal Ascot next week with both the Jersey Stakes and the Coronation Stakes under consideration according to her trainer.
Hills said: “Everyone was happy with her this morning. She worked nicely and moved well, so we’re on the right path.
“It’s just a case of seeing where we go now. The Jersey and the Coronation Stakes are the two options. She’ll be entered in both, we’ll see what’s in both and make a decision from there.
“It wasn’t ideal what happened around Guineas time and everyone has put in a lot of hard work to turn things around.
“She looks well in her coat and bright in her eye, so hopefully those problems are behind us.”
Meanwhile, another top class filly from the Hills stable, Just The Judge, is set to return to the scene of her Irish 1000 Guineas last season, with the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh being penciled in as the next target for last weekend’s Princess Elizabeth Stakes 3rd.
Hills said: “We had excuses after her first run and it was great to see her come back to something like her best on Friday.
“I think she’ll come on again and the track at Epsom didn’t suit her ideally.
“The Windsor Forest (Duke of Cambridge Stakes) at Royal Ascot next week is going to come too soon, so we’re probably going to aim towards the Pretty Polly.
“I think she might actually be better over a mile and a quarter.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Lajos-Eric Balogh/turfstock.com
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