Autocratic has had a short break since his Brigadier Gerard Stakes win at Sandown and connections are looking to step him up in class provided he passes this test
AUTOCRATIC is in top form ahead of Saturday’s Betfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock.
Sir Michael Stoute’s four-year-old put in a career best at Sandown in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes when last seen and has the Juddmonte International Stakes on his agenda.
Chris Richardson, of owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: “The original plan was to bring him back at York (York Stakes), but unfortunately he got a stone bruise the day before and we had to miss it.
“The ground will probably be softer than ideal on Saturday, but he’s extremely fresh and well and he desperately needs a run.
? Templegate’s Shergar Cup Tips ?
- 1.05 Ascot – Pipers Note: ‘Unlucky over course and distance last time and goes off the same mark here’ (add to your betslip)
- 1.40 Ascot – Graceland: ‘Pipped by a useful sort in the Northumberland Vase, has improved since then’ (add to your betslip)
- 2.15 Ascot – Gawdawpalin: ‘New lease of life since being gelded! Can improve again’ (add to your betslip)
- 2.50 Ascot – Breakable: ‘She keeps things simple and she has no problem with the ground’ (add to your betslip)
- 3.25 Ascot – Kasperenko: ‘Won at Doncaster last time and may still be ahead of the handicapper’ (add to your betslip)
- 4.00 Ascot – Nobly Born: ‘Proven at this level and wasn’t disgraced last time out’ (add to your betslip)
“He’s in very good order and we really need to run him if we’re going to think about running in races like the Juddmonte International.”
Cheveley Park also run the Richard Hannon-trained Larchmont Lad.
“Larchmont Lad is in good form,” said Richardson.
“Ryan Moore rode him at Newmarket last time and told us we should try him over a bit further on slightly softer ground, so we’re taking his advice.”
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“He’s in good shape. He obviously had the spring off after his victories in Melbourne last year and he’s currently joint-favourite for the Melbourne Cup,” said Appleby.
“He’ll be making his way back down there. They start quarantine in the middle of September and we’ll get a run into him before he goes on the plane – he’s in great nick.
“I couldn’t be any happier with him and I’m looking forward to seeing him out and then he’ll be on his travels.”
The one unbeaten runner in the Group 3 contest is Laraaib, who beat Royal Ascot winner Atty Persse at Haydock in May and has since won at Ascot.
“I was a bit worried at Ascot as they didn’t go very quick and I thought it was going to turn into a bit of a sprint,” said trainer Owen Burrows.
“Dane (O’Neill) thought that as well, but there was the false rail and he was always going to get room up the straight when they turned in.
“It took him 50 yards to hit top gear, but I was impressed with him. He is still big and raw, but we can’t fault what he has done.”