Stoute camp eye more joy with Hawkwood
AFTER winning the Musidora Stakes at York on Wednesday, Sir Michael Stoute and the Ballymacoll Stud chase a second win of the week with Sir John Hawkwood.
A talented performer last season, Sir John Hawkwood was gelded over the winter and returned even better at Chester just over a week ago when producing a smart staying performance over a mile and a quarter.
The step up in trip is expected to suit him but his rivals will be no pushover, with the likes of John Smith's Cup winner King's Warrior and Hanoverian Baron, winner of this race in 2010, among his rivals.
Peter Reynolds, manager of Ballymacoll Stud, said: "He ran really well at Chester and a mile and a half should suit him. He's improving but it's a tough race. He wouldn't want it to get too soft."
Rab Havlin, who rides King's Warrior, said: "Last year he could be quite keen and we had to drop him out but last time at Epsom he settled beautifully, and that gives us the option to try him at this trip. He's mentally improved since last year."
The Qipco Yorkshire Cup is the feature race at York, but favourite Cavalryman has been withdrawn because of the going. There is also decent Flat racing at Newbury and Newmarket.
Newbury good, good to firm in places
Hamilton good to soft, soft in places
Aintree good, good to soft in places on chase course
Kilbeggan soft, yielding in places