COMFORTABLE NEWBURY Group 3 John Porter Stakes victor Al Aasy is a likely starter in the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom according to his trainer William Haggas. Also under consideration for Shadwell’s 4yo Sea The Stars colt is the Group 3 Huxley Stakes at Chester.
“I don’t think it was that good a race, but I thought he won well, like I hoped he would,” said Haggas. “He’s always been a very slick, smooth worker and a horse with a lot of talent, but he ran appallingly at Newmarket first time out at three. “He won his maiden easily, then won the Bahrain Trophy and then he flopped a bit in the Gordon, but this is his year, I think.
The Coronation Cup would be my first preference. I had a conversation with Angus Gold, the Shadwell racing manager, and I’m toying with the Huxley as well because he needs racing, he was very playful beforehand at Newbury. “So, if he goes anywhere before Epsom it will be Chester.
He certainly stays, as he showed in the Bahrain Trophy, but he has plenty of pace. The Huxley is an extended 1m2f but you have to stay at Chester, no matter what some people say. I think a bit of cut in the ground will suit, if it rains by then.”