Andrew Balding has yet to finalise his team for Qipco British Champions Day but there is a fair chance Beat The Bank could feature in it after his victory in the Shadwell Joel Stakes.
The Kingsclere handler looks to have discovered his next potential star after the Paco Boy gelding gained his third win since joining from Darren Bunyan in Ireland with a five-length victory in the seven-furlong Group Two contest.
Balding said of the 11-8 favourite: “He was very impressive, he did it very nicely but I’d have been disappointed if he got beaten as he’s been working like a very good horse. He looks just the ticket to be a top miler next year.
“I’m not sure about the QEII yet, as we’ve very much got next year in mind. If he did run again that would be the only option, but I’ll talk to the owners. I haven’t had many proper horses, but he could be one. He’s very exciting.”
When John Gosden claimed the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes back in 1999 with Lahan, victory in the following year’s 1000 Guineas followed, but that route appears unlikely to be on the agenda for this year’s winner of the seven-furlong Group Two event, Juliet Capulet.
Gosden said after the 9-1 shot denied Nyaleti by a neck: “She’s a sweet filly who is very genuine and this is her trip.
“She just used to look around a bit and was easily distracted, but we took the headgear off today, she’s got lots of speed.
“That’s the extent of her trip and I don’t think she’s a miler.”
While Frontiersman has failed to deliver on the promise shown in the Coronation Stakes at Epsom earlier in the year, there was no questioning his attitude in the Mukhadram Godolphin Stakes after the four-year-old pulled out enough to take the Listed contest by half a length.
Trainer Charlie Appleby said of the 13-8 winner, “I’m pleased for him as he deserves it. I’m delighted the horse has got his head back in front. Hopefully that will give him confidence and that’s him finished for the year.”
William Haggas plans a return to Headquarters with Muffri’Ha after she initiated a first- and last-race double for the trainer, which was completed by the victory of Addeybb (7-2) in the Shadwell Farm Handicap, when taking the Listed Muhaarar British EBF Rosemary Stakes by a length, booking a Sun Chariot spot.
Performance of the day
Although recent winners of the Joel Stakes have failed to go on to achieve little else, Beat The Bank looks a horse destined for the top after making it four wins from five starts.
Ride of the day
Charlie Appleby had nothing but praise for James Doyle after he guided the partially sighted Frontiersman to Listed-race glory. Under instructions to keep to the far rail, the Group One-winning rider carried the tactics out to perfection.
Quote of the day
Henry Candy holds Thrave in the highest regard and hinted at a potential Guineas trial after his victory in the seven-furlong maiden, which he quipped he might not be around for: “We’ll be looking at a Guineas trial now. I think I might have to retire before then as I don’t know if I can deal with the pressure.”
Monent of the day
Briar Smokey Joe gave 10-year-old Zak Kent a day to remember when landing the Shetland Pony Grand National Flat race. It was the second year running the eight-year-old had won the three-furlong race.