Turf Talk: Ballet Concerto tuning up for Group company

Ballet Concerto, ridden by James Doyle (left), wins the 58th John Smiths Cup during day two of the John Smith's Cup Meeting at York. PIC: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Ballet Concerto, ridden by James Doyle (left), wins the 58th John Smiths Cup during day two of the John Smith's Cup Meeting at York. PIC: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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Ballet Concerto could step up to Group company following his victory in the 58th John Smith’s Cup at York last Saturday.

Sir Michael Stoute’s four-year-old relished the step up to an extended mile and a quarter on the Knavesmire to land one of the most competitive handicaps in the calendar. Connections might now look to give him a chance in a higher grade at that distance, with the Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock on August 12 a possible target.

“He looked good on Saturday and is a progressive horse,” said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail.

“I think a mile and a quarter is his best trip as it makes him travel that bit easier. I’m not sure what he’ll go for. There aren’t many suitable handicaps like the one at York, so do you go up into a Group Three? I think the Rose of Lancaster could be an option, but we’ll leave that in the expert hands of Sir Michael Stoute.”

n Aidan O’Brien plans to give Gustav Kilmt a short break before preparing him for a first shot at top-level company in the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes.

The Ballydoyle handler has earmarked the seven-furlong contest at the Curragh on September 10 as the most likely target for the two-year-old, who is favourite for next year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas.

After opening his account on his second start at the County Kildare track, the son of Galileo followed up at Newmarket last Saturday when overcoming trouble in running to land the Group Two Superlative Stakes.

O’Brien said: “He would have learned a lot the last day, travelling over. He had to quicken and come through, as he didn’t get a clear run. Often it is a very good for the horse to experience all that stuff and learn a lot in a short space of time. The plan is that he might have an easy time, then train him for the National Stakes.”

SOBOT’S SELECTIONS

DONCASTER: 5.40 Archimedes, 6.10 Tig Tog (treble), 6.40 Silca Mistress, 7.15 Shootingthe Breeze, 7.50 Redgrave, 8.20 Vernatti, 8.50 Astute Boy.

LEICESTER: 2.10 Calibration, 2.45 Supreme Power, 3.15 DAIRA PRINCE (NAP), 3.50 Parlance (next best), 4.20 Shaheen, 4.55 Tyrsal, 5.30 One Too Many.

HAMILTON: 2.00 Albert Street, 2.30 Poet’s Time, 3.05 Metisian, 3.35 Hochfeld, 4.10 Fivehundredmiles, 4.40 Red Star Dancer, 5.15 Catastrophe.

EPSOM: 6.00 Zaria, 6.30 Dichato, 7.00 Handytalk, 7.35 Really Super, 8.10 War At Sea, 8.40 Peloton.

CHEPSTOW: 1.50 Silvington, 2.20 Redtedd, 2.55 Admirable Art, 3.25 Everkyllachy, 4.00 Farleigh Mac, 4.30 Minty Jones, 5.05 Bayston Hill, 5.35 Tobouggaloo.

Trainer Hugo Palmer.

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