News Round Up: McCoy to return at Chepstow
Tony McCoy is to return to action at Chepstow tomorrow after his short absence through injury. The Champ has been out of action since last week after not feeling 100% after a heavy fall at Worcester earlier in the month but feels ready to return at Chepstow where he will take up two rides. He is set to ride Nicky Henderson’s Son Du Berlais in the feature race on the card, the Persian War Novices Hurdle.
Of course the big race of the day tomorrow comes on the flat in the form of the Group1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster for which Elm Park is the 15/8 favourite. Andrew Balding’s charge has been speaking from Australia today and he is very bullish about the Royal Lodge winner’s chances.
He said: “I haven’t seen him myself for the last 48 hours, but when I left he was in fantastic shape and I’m told he’s still in fantastic shape. We’re obviously looking forward to the race. He’s done absolutely nothing wrong so far this year.
“The ground is going to be soft, but I’d like to think he could cope with most things.
“I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t run a huge race.”
On the track today and in a day filled with maiden contests, we might just have uncovered some special types for next season. John Gosden’s filly, Star Of Seville was arguably the pick of them, as she simply blitzed the field in the first division of the fillies maiden at Doncaster, earning a quote as low as 20/1 for next year’s Investec Oaks.
Jockey William Buick, who completed a double on the card later in the day on board Jamaican Bolt in the big handicap on the card, was very, very impressed with the daughter of Duke Of Marmalade.
“She went very well in the ground and she came on a lot for her first run at Leicester. I didn’t really want to go out and make the running, but there wasn’t anything leading me,” Buick told At The Races.
“I watched the replay and she’s killed the race three and a half down. On this ground, you want to keep the momentum up, as they can easily down tools. It was a pleasing performance and she’ll be something to look forward to next year.”
An0ther youngster to make her mark on the day was the unraced Beautiful Romance in the second division of that fillies maiden. Saeed bin Suroor’s charge hit the front inside the final furlong and eventually went clear to score by a going away 9 lengths. She looks to be another very nice type to follow for next season.
In disappointing news, Ian Williams has confirmed that the exciting Ballyalton will not race this season. The 7yo was a classy hurdler last season and was last seen following home the brilliant Faugheen in the Neptune at Cheltenham. Unfortunately he has not recovered from an injury picked up in that race and his highly anticipated Chasing career will have to wait for another year.
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
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