The Queen’s Tactical was ready for the Group One Prix Morny mission after an emphatic victory over Newmarket
The Queen’s Tactical ready for Group One Prix Morny mission after emphatic victory in July’s stake at Newmarket
- Tactically confirmed that The Queen has one of the hottest two-year-olds of the season
- The foal trained by Andrew Balding ended strong to beat Yazaman on Thursday
- The Prix Morny in France will be next on the radar for Balding’s Royal Ascot hero
Tactically confirmed that The Queen is holding one of the hottest two-year-olds of the season when she gallops away with the Tattersalls July Stakes on the opening day of the Newmarket July Meeting.
Toronado’s son, who was also bred by the Queen, will now target the Group One Prix Morny on August 23 in Deauville, following his win over Royal Ascot at the Windsor Castle Stakes.
As with Ascot, the Andrew Balding-trained foal ridden by William Buick beat Yazaman a quarter and a quarter, but Thursday’s win was more visually emphatic.
Tactical trained by Andrew Balding, ridden by William Buick, defeated Yazaman by a length and a quarter
John Warren, the Queen’s race advisor, said, “We may have a very nice horse in our hands, which is very exciting. When William came in, he said this was a real horse. I am very happy for the queen.
“I think it was probably the same in shape as Windsor Castle, but the way he did it looked even better.
“Maybe we see the Prix Morny as a possible goal for him. He is so relaxed and straightforward that he will handle traveling (to France).
‘Although it looks like he remains seven furlongs, we will stick to what he is good at for now.
Andrew Balding’s Royal Ascot hero won two trots at the Newmarket’s July Meeting trot
“We’ll walk him again in six hours, then worry at seven. He is a nice, uncomplicated professional with a good engine, which makes him so exciting. “
Some bookmakers are now making Tactical 25 for next year’s 2000 Guineas.
Balding added, “That was very encouraging for the future. It is really fantastic for us to have such a good horse for Her Majesty. It is really exciting and rewarding.
“I’m sure there will be some really good horses that haven’t even played yet and we have some way to go, but he’s at the top of the tree at the moment. We will stay at six for the time being and when we are in the fall, you can choose from six or seven.
“I’d love to see him at seven furlongs before we made that decision (whether he’s a sprinter or miler). The mother stayed seven on soft ground and the father was a top fancier, so there’s really no reason he shouldn’t stay a mile. ‘
On the day that Lizzie Kelly, one of the leading female jockeys of jump racing and the first female jump jockey to drive a class 1 winner over obstacles, it was appropriate for Hollie Doyle to be the first group one winner of her career Ed Vaughan trained Dame landed Malliot in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes.
The performance came on the back of Doyle who landed her first Royal Ascot winner last month.
Dame Malliot looked like she might be cooked when Communique took over, but the 8-1 shot recovered and held on tight to win two and a quarter long.
Doyle, who set a new record for female jockey winners in one year in 2019, said: ‘I suppose I was a little slow until I lost my claim, but things have accelerated in the past two years. It is my first group winner and it feels good. Trainer William Haggas felt that Al Aasy was a Derby horse at the start of the season, but that plan was confused when he was defeated on his comeback run on the Rowley Mile in June.
That shape doesn’t look too bad now that race winner Mishriff wins last Sunday’s French Derby.
Al Aasy is 7-1 for the St. Leger, the last Classic of the season at Doncaster on September 12, after landing the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket and three quarters from Dawn Rising.
Sea The Stars’ son will be targeting the Great Volt Scent Stakes at the Ebor Meeting in York next month.
Haggas said, “He will be placed in the Army and suspect he will be the first to walk in the Voltigeur. He clearly has a bit of talent. He has made a great leap forward today and he will need another if he wants to become a good one. ‘
Tactical has received odds of 25-1 for the 2021 2000 Guineas.