CONNECTIONS of Stewards' Cup winner Hoof It
look set to make a late decision on whether to supplement him for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York a fortnight on Friday, writes Andrew Scutts.
The gap between top handicappers and Group-race sprinters is narrow indeed and on this evidence Hoof It
is a Group 1 winner waiting to happen.
was doing his best work late on and the extra yardage will help, as will the quicker surface.
Society Rock finished two places in front of Hoof It
at York, and his trainer James Fanshawe said Kieren Fallon will be aboard again at Royal Ascot in two weeks' time.
The connections of third home Hoof It
believe their upgraded handicapper was unfortunate not to break his Group 1 duck at Haydock.
After a five-minute wait, Dream Ahead was called the winner by a nose, with Hoof It
a head further back.
THE connections of Hoof It
yesterday made the bold prediction that a welter burden of 10st 5lb wouldn't faze the north's star sprinter should he be asked to shoulder top weight in next month's William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.
MICK EASTERBY bids to give his 50-year training career one of its biggest highlights at York today by turning Stewards' Cup winner Hoof It
into a Group 1 sprinting champion.
40 York 1pt win at 8-1 with Coral HOOF IT
has been one of the stars of a vintage Flat season and today he gets his chance of Group 1 glory in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes following his scintillating success in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood.
There must be a few books prepared to take him on because of the drop to 5f, but I can't really see that being against him with Kieren Fallon well aware that in the 5f handicap at last year's meeting, Hoof It
was too sluggish early, lost early momentum when crossed by a couple of rivals and was hampered when running on near the line.
With Hoof It
, part-owned by him, winning the Stewards' Cup and stablemates Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel grabbing the first three Majors of the year, it's high time that the Worksop wonder joined the party which continued on Sunday when another Chubby Chandler charge, Simon Dyson, captured the Irish Open.
Because she produced a series of May foals, Forever Bond was rested last year but has been covered in 2011 by Monsieur Bond, the sire of Forever's Girl, Hoof It
and Ladies Are Forever (Bop It is by Misu Bond).