CHARLTON CONSIDERS LUCRATIVE PRIZE FOR FIFTEEN LOVE
The prestigious £200,000 Group One Racing Post Trophy (3.40pm), run over a mile at Doncaster on Saturday, October 27, has 19 high-class two-year-olds going forward at the five-day stage.
Roger Charlton is eyeing the final Group One prize of the British Flat season for the Khalid Abdulla-owned Fifteen Love, who followed a runner-up finish to Rio De La Plata on his debut at Newmarket in July with a brace of wins, most recently in a seven-furlong novice stakes at Salisbury on October 3.
Charlton revealed today: "Fifteen Love is well and could go to Doncaster but also has the option of the Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury, so we will consider what is in each race.
"The owner also has Confront in the Racing Post Trophy, so we will weigh up the options before making a decision. I would favour the Racing Post Trophy because it is worth about five or six times more than the Horris Hill but we will see what the owner wants to do."
The Point Given colt notched a comfortable victory at Salisbury when drawing a length and a quarter clear of Collection, who subsequently franked the form when easily winning his maiden at Newcastle.
Charlton reported: "Fifteen Love is well and is in good form but he is going from a soft maiden to a soft novice race to a Group race, so he is very unproven.
"I am pleased that the Salisbury runner-up has won nicely since but that makes Fifteen Love a 95-plus horse when really he needs to be a 110-plus horse, so it is unknown really.
"Having said that, I have always liked him and at some stage you have to put your head above the parapet and fire at decent races."
Abdulla has seen his colours carried to victory four times previously in the Racing Post Trophy with Alphabatim (1983), Bakharoff (1985), Armiger (1992) and American Post (2003), and the owner also has the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Confront remaining at the five-day stage.
The Nayef colt landed the Ascot Annual Badgeholders’ Hyperion Conditions Stakes over seven furlongs at Ascot on October 13. Stoute could also run emphatic Nottingham maiden winner Tajaaweed, owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum.
The Racing Post Trophy is a great pointer to Classic success and has been won by three subsequent Epsom Derby winners in the past six years, with High Chaparral (2001) and Motivator (2004) triumphant on Town Moor and last year’s winner Authorized landing the spoils at Newbury as Doncaster Racecourse underwent a stunning redevelopment. The 2002 renewal was won by the following year’s Ladbrokes St Leger hero, Brian Boru.
Aidan O’Brien has five entries, with the Montjeu colts King Of Rome and Frozen Fire the pair most likely to represent the Ballydoyle handler, who is bidding for a fifth win in the Group One contest following the victories of Saratoga Springs (1997), Aristotle (1999), High Chaparral (2001) and Brian Boru (2002).
King of Rome was the impressive winner of an extended seven-furlong Tipperary maiden on October 7, while Frozen Fire won his only start over seven furlongs at Gowran Park on August 8.
O’Brien also has Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes runner-up Achill Island engaged, as well as Alessandro Volta and Washington Irving.
Godolphin has two entries remaining - Ibn Khaldun and Iguazu Falls. The former has won three of four starts this term and completed a hat-trick of wins in fine style when taking the Group Three Deloitte Autumn Stakes over a mile at Ascot on October 13, by a length from Redolent.
Iguazu Falls chased home the Paul Cole-trained River Proud in the Group Three Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket on October 5.
Declaration Of War has Group One form in the bag having finished runner-up to Rio De La Plata in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp on October 7, and could bid to give Peter Chapple-Hyam his third win in the Racing Post Trophy following Commander Collins in 1998 and Authorized last year.
Brian Meehan has engaged the high-class Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes hero City Leader - a half-brother to Commander Collins - while the John Gosden-trained Ridge Dance could attempt revenge after finishing fourth in that Ascot contest.
The remaining 19 also includes the Jessica Harrington-trained Group Two Beresford Stakes winner Curtain Call, Feared In Flight from the Barry Hills yard, the Sylvester Kirk-trained Art Master, Internationaldebut, trained by Danny Murphy, and Tiger Dream who may represent Kevin Ryan, successful in the race with Palace Episode two years ago.
The Racing Post Trophy is the highlight of a fantastic seven-race card that also features the Listed £28,000 Coral Stakes for two-year-olds over six furlongs.
The track at Doncaster is in great condition ahead of the Racing Post Trophy Meeting on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27.
Adam Waterworth, Managing Director at Doncaster Racecourse, said today: "The ground is currently good, good to soft in places. We had drying days over the weekend and it has been the same story today. It is expected to cloud over but no significant rain is forecast this week."
BREEDERS’ CUP ACTION LIVE AT DONCASTER RACECOURSE
Racegoers hoping to see the Breeders’ Cup from Monmouth Park, USA, on Saturday can enjoy the stateside action at Doncaster Racecourse, which will stay open late to screen all the races live.