Callan to renew partnership with Royal And Regal
NEIL CALLAN has backed Royal And Regal to return to his best in the National Express Doncaster Cup on Friday.
The rider struck up a good partnership with Michael Jarvis' charge earlier in the season, winning the John Porter at Newbury before just being touched off in the Yorkshire Cup.
The partnership then finished third in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown.
Royal And Regal failed to sparkle when returning from a near-three-month absence under Frankie Dettori at Deauville last time, but Callan believes he can atone for that 10-length reverse on TownMoor.
"He had a long break before his last run but while I did the last piece of work on him before that race and he felt fine, I always thought he may just be better for the outing," said the jockey.
"With the way these French races are run, you have to be spot-on for the day - and he obviously wasn't.
"He seems really fresh and well in himself at the moment and I wouldn't pay too much attention to his lastrun as he is obviously much better than that."
Ian Williams believes the likely soft ground will not play to the strengths of his two runners.
He will saddle Baddam and Bulwark in the 2m2f stamina test.
Baddam secured his first success in over two years in a hot handicap at Glorious Goodwood but Williams admits his charge is more effective on a quicker surface.
"Baddam has been in great form since Goodwood and I think it really benefited him to get his head in front," said the trainer.
"It is very difficult to find opportunities over two miles plus for him, particularly in handicaps, so he takes his chance here.
"I think he wants decent ground in an ideal world, but we have to have a go."
Chester Cup winner Bulwark is nowrated highly in the weights and has little option but to step up to Group company.
"Bulwark has been good too since his run at Goodwood but he did not have the best of luck there," Williams continued.
"He did not get a great run that day and the ground would again be a small doubt with him - but there is a lack of opportunities for these horses.
"He is rated highly enough and there is an outside chance he could get into the Melbourne Cup, so that would be a possibility.
"We just need somewhere to give him a run and this looked the right option."