THE EXCITING Al Aasy almost had his trainer William Haggas drooling after his scintillating victory in the 1m4f Group 3 Aston Park Stakes on the undercard at Newbury’s Lockinge Stakes fixture, Shadwell’s latest star advertising his Coronation Cup claims in no uncertain terms.
His Newmarket trainer is certainly smitten with the exciting 4yo son of Sea The Stars who was installed hot favourite for that 1m4f Group One at Epsom on the Oaks card, the day before the Derby. “He’s won a Group Three, so there’s a long way to go, but he’s a nice horse,” said Haggas.
“He’s a good horse, I think. “He won very well and liked the ground. He settled well and I can’t really say anything else because he looks like that at home. He’s a talented horse. He’s done well this year and we’ll find out how good he is in the Coronation Cup, which is where he’ll run next.
“He’s entered in everything we could possibly put him in and we’ve put him in the Arc, but there’s a long way to go to that. “He doesn’t want too many days off as he’s a big, strong, powerful horse which is why he ran here before Epsom.”
Sporting the world famous blue and white silks of the late Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, retained jockey Jim Crowley was clearly impressed and said: “He’s just a monster of a horse, I just had a double handful throughout. “He’s a bit of a handful and I think that is why William wanted to give him another race, but he gave me a great ride though he sort of dragged me to the front.
“You don’t get many horses give you that sort of feel. He appreciated the cut in the ground, but hopefully he hasn’t stopped improving. “We’ll see where we go from Epsom which has been the main target from the start of the season.”