Charlie Hills: ready for quick start to the 2014 turf seasonPICTURE: Steve Dennis
Hills ready for quick start with Englishman
CHARLIE HILLS has signalled he is ready to go from day one of the turf season on Saturday with one of his most promising two-year-olds of 2012, Englishman, who has been off the track ever since flopping in the Coventry Stakes won by subsequent champion Dawn Approach.
Hills has the option of the Listed William Hill In The App Store Doncaster Mile, the first turf race of Britain in 2014, and the Back Of The Bet At BetVictor.com Conditions Stakes over seven furlongs on the all-weather at Kempton.
Englishman looked a colt of much promise when winning his debut in a Newbury maiden in April 2012 in a performance that persuaded Qatar Racing to invest in a share. The son of Royal Applause was sent off fourth favourite for the Coventry at Royal Ascot only to trail home in 15th place as Dawn Approach beat Olympic Glory.
Should Hills opt for the turf option at Doncaster, Englishman could face plenty of rivals with much more experience such as Fencing, Boom And Bust and Graphic.
Last year's winner Jack Dexter is among 19 entries for the other Listed race on the turf's opening card, the William Hill - Bet On The Move Cammidge Trophy, as is the 2013 runner-up Captain Ramius.
Bill Turner relies on a sole entry for the William Hill Download The App Brocklesby Stakes, the opening two-year-old race of the year on turf, in search of a third win in the past four seasons and seventh in all.
Paddy Again, a colt by Moss Vale, represents the Somerset-based trainer in an entry of 25 including a single representative for first-season trainer Richard Hannon who is 6-5 to be crowned champion when the season ends in November.