Thomas Hobson will need a successful run in the Lonsdale Cup if he is to get in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington later in the year with St Michel also looking to head Down Under
THOMAS HOBSON takes in the Lonsdale Cup at York before a possible tilt at the Melbourne Cup later this year.
Willie Mullins’ seven-year-old will bid to follow in the hoofprints of stablemate Max Dynamite who won this race before a trip to Australia.
Thomas Hobson won the Ascot Stakes before finishing second just a few days later in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Assistant trainer Patrick Mullins said: “He ran two fantastic races at Ascot and almost completed the Simenon double (Ascot Stakes and Queen Alexandra Stakes in 2012).
? Templegate’s TV Tips ?
1.55 York – De Bruyne Horse: ‘Won a French Listed event last time and looks up to the task’ (add to your betslip)
2.25 York – Actress: ‘Experienced and sets a good standard with her form’ (add to your betslip)
3.00 York – Chelsea Lad: ‘His last race over this course and distance has worked out very well’ (add to your betslip)
3.35 York – Enable: ‘The star of the summer and unopposable’ (add to your betslip)
“I suppose we are trying to make him into a Melbourne Cup horse and he probably needs to go up a few more pounds in the handicap and hopefully he can achieve that with a good run at York.
“Dropping back in trip should not be a problem as he is quite versatile trip-wise. The girl that looks after him has been delighted with him ever since Ascot and we are happy with him going into the race.
“It is exciting getting these good ones to go on the Flat with and being able to take on the top Flat trainers.”
William Haggas expects Dal Harraild to put up a better performance on his first start over the two miles after finishing down the field in the Hardwicke Stakes.
The Newmarket handler said: “We rode him wrong at Ascot, it was my fault.
“The trip was too short really, too but this is his trip and the ground will dry up nicely.
“He’s been crying out for this trip for a year and now he finally gets the chance to run over it.
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“He’s a very good horse on his day.”
A trip Down Under could also be in store for Sir Mark Prescott’s St Michel, who was last seen being narrowly denied victory in a Grade 3 at Belmont Park in America.
Prescott said: “I heard the jockey criticised the other day, but I thought he gave him a good ride and we had every chance.
“It was a very good run on fast ground. Two miles around York will be fine for him and if all goes well on Friday he will go for the Melbourne Cup. He would go into quarantine on September 14.”
Charlie Fellowes runs Prince Of Arran in cheekpieces for the first time while Sir Michael Stoute’s Dartmouth will have to defy a penalty for his victory in the Yorkshire Cup if he is to give the Queen a winner.
Andrew Balding’s Chester Cup hero Montaly will make his first start at this level.
Completing the field are High Jinx, Higher Power and Sheikhzayedroad.