Racing live: Monday’s runners, tips, news, gossip and results – The Sun

Racing live: Monday’s runners, tips, news, gossip and results  The Sun

IT’S a new week in the world of racing, but with Ayr rained off Catterick is the sole meeting this afternoon. We will keep you up to date with all the latest news and …

Elarqam is “90 per cent certain” to be supplemented for the Juddmonte International at York next week.

Mark Johnston’s four-year-old has bounced back to his best this season and put up his most impressive performance to date last time out in the York Stakes when beating Addeybb.

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The colt is now set to return to the Knavesmire, where he could meet the likes of Prince of Wales’s Stakes winner Crystal Ocean and St James’s Palace Stakes runner-up King Of Comedy.

The owner’s racing manager Angus Gold said on Monday: “When Sheikh Hamdan was here for Goodwood he said that as long as Mark and his team were happy with the horse this week, he thought we would probably supplement.

“The answer is he’s 90 per cent certain to be supplemented. Obviously it’s a lot of money (£75,000) and we need to confirm with Mark nearer the day, but as of this morning they were happy with him.

“His form was given a nice boost at the weekend by Addeybb. Elarqam was visually impressive at York, I can’t believe Addeybb quite ran his race, but that’s just my opinion.”

  • Jack Keene2 hours agoAugust 12, 2019

    Hey Gaman will bid to gain the biggest victory of his career in the Unibet Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

    With forecast rain expected to benefit the four-year-old, Newmarket trainer James Tate is optimistic his colt can add a third win to his name this season, having already struck in Listed and Group 3 company.

    Tate said: “At the moment the plan is to go to Newbury at the weekend, he has come out of the race at Goodwood really well.

    “The horse that beat him in Ireland (Romanised) won a Group 1 in good fashion. They have got a bit of rain forecast and while that won’t suit others it will be fine for him.

    “Goodwood wouldn’t have been his favourite track, he was beaten by a bit of a course specialist (Sir Dancealot) and he certainly didn’t damage his reputation.

    “He is already a course and distance winner so we know the track is fine. It has a slightly open feel to it and it could end up being a small field race with the rain forecast.

    “He has been second at Group 1 level and Group 2, so he deserves to win something like this.”

  • Jack Keene3 hours agoAugust 12, 2019

    Beaten Derby favourite Sir Dragonet could reappear in the Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh on Friday evening.

    The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt won the Chester Vase by eight lengths in the spring, prompting connections to supplement him for the Epsom Classic.

    He was sent off the 11-4 favourite under Ryan Moore but he could only finish a close-up fifth, beaten three-quarters of a length by stablemate Anthony Van Dyck.

    Sir Dragonet is one of 17 entries for the Group 3 Royal Whip.

  • Jack Keene3 hours agoAugust 12, 2019

    A total of 13 horses remain in contention for the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

    The field are headed by Sir Dancealot, last year’s winner who returned to form with victory in the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood on his latest outing.

    Space Blues, who was third in the Prix Maurice de Gheest earlier this month, is next in the betting for Charlie Appleby.

    Consistent Group performer Hey Gaman, the prolific Safe Voyage and Jersey Stakes winner Space Traveller are also potential runners.

    The confirmations are completed by Flaming Spear, Glorious Journey, Angel’s Hideaway, Tapisserie, Fox Champion, Donjuan Triumphant, Pretty Baby and Librisa Breeze.

  • Jack Keene3 hours agoAugust 12, 2019

    Brian Meehan hopes Cepheus can continue his improvement and develop into a contender for the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster later in the season.

    The Manton-based trainer has earmarked the Group 1 contest in October as a potential long-term target for the son of Sea The Stars.

    Sent off a 25-1 shot for his debut at Newmarket on Friday, Cepheus defied his double-figure price to open his account at the first attempt.

    Meehan said: “He is a very nice horse, he has shown that all season and I would say we have big plans for him. He will get a mile, obviously, and that was clear to see at Newmarket.

    “I’d say the Acomb (next week) would come too quick for him. I would have one eye on the Vertem Futurity Trophy, with something in between now and then.

    “He is by Sea The Stars, so I don’t think ground is an issue with him. I think he is a proper horse.

    “There are some very nice colts at home and probably the better ones, the group he has been working with, are slightly more backward types so it is good he has come out and won.”