Turf Talk: Ascot winner Permian primed for seventh outing of season

Permian winning the Dante Stakes at York in May under Franny Norton. PIC: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Permian winning the Dante Stakes at York in May under Franny Norton. PIC: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
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Permian will run for a seventh time this season if Middleham trainer Mark Johnston decides to give the Royal Ascot-winning colt the go-ahead in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

The handler had been cool on sending the tough son of Teofilo back into action so soon after he thrived in the King Edward VII Stakes at the Royal meeting on June 23. Permian has been on the go since April and won the Dante at York before finishing down the field in the Derby at Epsom.

Trainer Mark Johnston. PIC: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Trainer Mark Johnston. PIC: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Johnston said: “We’ve left him in and I wouldn’t rule it out. The horse is well. It does come quickly (after Royal Ascot) but we said that last time, after the Derby.”

Fellow Royal Ascot star Barney Roy seems likely to take his place in the Group One – even though he has never raced over the Eclipse trip of a mile and a quarter.

Trainer Richard Hannon has also given the St James’s Palace Stakes winner the option of running in the one-mile Prix Jean Prat a day later at Chantilly.

But Hannon said: “I’m favouring the Eclipse. He doesn’t need any work and has come out of the St James’s Palace great.

Jockey James Doyle after a winning ride on Barney Roy in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. PIC: John Walton/PA Wire

Jockey James Doyle after a winning ride on Barney Roy in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. PIC: John Walton/PA Wire

“I can’t say I’m very confident he’ll get a mile and a quarter, but there’s every chance. He has always run to the line over a mile and is out of a Galileo mare.”

Silvestre de Sousa is delighted to have been given the ride on leading Eclipse contender Eminent. Martyn Meade’s Craven winner has finished sixth in the 2000 Guineas and fourth in the Derby but the trainer has decided to replace regular pilot Jim Crowley.

“He’s a nice horse, like everyone knows,” said De Sousa. “He won the Craven, he ran really well in the Guineas and ran well in the Derby. I’m delighted to have got the ride on him. It looks like he’ll go there with a chance.”

Aidan O’Brien’s chief hope appears to be Derby runner-up Cliffs Of Moher. O’Brien said: “We’ve been very happy with him since Epsom.”

SOBOT’S SELECTIONS

HAYDOCK: 2.00 La Celebs Ville, 2.30 Green Fortune, 3.00 June Dog, 3.30 Point Hope, 4.00 Captain Revelation, 4.30 Jack Flash, 5.00 Muatadel.

YARMOUTH: 1.50 ARBALET (NAP), 2.20 Showdance Kid, 2.50 Turning Gold (treble), 3.20 Alemaratalyoum, 3.50 Double Spin, 4.20 Star Gypsy (next best), 4.50 Shining Romeo.

PERTH: 2.10 Loud And Clear, 2.40 Onlyfoolsownhorses, 3.10 Amilliontimes, 3.40 Broughtons Star, 4.10 Noche De Reyes, 4.40 My Mo, 5.10 Arizona Bound.

NEWBURY: 5.55 Madame Bounty, 6.25 Little Miss Lilly, 7.00 Frostbite, 7.30 See Of Rome, 8.05 Carpe Diem Lady, 8.35 So Hoity Toity, 9.05 Thello.

EPSOM: 6.10 Light Of Air, 6.45 Shawwal, 7.15 Highland Acclaim, 7.50 Harlequin Striker, 8.20 Galinthias, 8.50 Qeyaadah.

Trainer Hugo Palmer.

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