Super Sprint: Eve Johnson Houghton ‘very hopeful’ for Royal Ascot winner Chipotle despite tough draw


Eve Johnson Houghton is “very hopeful” her Royal Ascot hero Chipotle can observe up within the Weatherbys Tremendous Dash at Newbury.

A formidable winner of the Brocklesby at Doncaster in March, the Havana Gold colt has since proved that debut success was no fluke by scoring twice at Ascot – most not too long ago pulling away from his rivals within the Windsor Fortress Stakes.

Purchased for simply 10,000 guineas as a yearling final autumn, Chipotle – who’s drawn in stall 20 of twenty-two – is a scorching favorite to assert the lion’s share of the £200,000 prize fund up for grabs in Saturday’s characteristic occasion.

Johnson Houghton stated: “The draw is what it’s. I believe I am pleased sufficient with it – but when I am not afterwards, I will let !

“We’re drawn close to Classic Clarets (22), who appears the apparent hazard. I believe we’re pretty much as good as it may be actually.

“He is in nice kind, and it will likely be excellent floor I ought to suppose, so we’re very hopeful.”


David Probert is worked up to associate Chipotle for the primary time at Newbury on Saturday, with common rider Charles Bishop suspended.

Classic Clarets is bidding to supply his coach Richard Fahey with a fourth Tremendous Dash success following the earlier triumphs of Peniaphobia (2013), Lathom (2015) and Bengali Boys (2017).

Since ending third behind Chipotle within the Brocklesby, the son of Ardad has received at Beverley and Ayr and completed a close-up third within the Coventry Stakes on the Royal assembly.

Paul Hanagan rides Vintage Clarets to victory at Beverley in April
Paul Hanagan rides Classic Clarets to victory at Beverley in April

“Classic Clarets is a really fast horse, who I believe might be helped by coming again in journey, and Chipotle has a penalty for the Royal Ascot win,” stated Fahey.

“We aren’t mob-handed this 12 months for as soon as, however you solely want one runner if it is the proper one.

“It has been a fortunate race for me, and Classic Clarets has a whole lot of pure velocity.”

Sienna crew hoping for extra solar

Doyle is all smiles after victory on Stag Horn at Pontefract
Hollie Doyle will experience Jonathan Portman’s Sienna Bonnie

One other coach who has already loved Tremendous Dash success is Jonathan Portman, having struck gold with Mrs Danvers in 2016.

This time he’ll saddle bottom-weight Sienna Bonnie, who price simply 4,000 guineas and might be ridden by Hollie Doyle.

Portman stated: “Sienna Bonnie ran nicely at Windsor final outing and has been in actually good kind since.

“The Tremendous Dash has been the goal for some time, however we hope for as a lot sunshine as potential to dry out the bottom – the final two or thrice she’s run, the bottom hasn’t fairly been as fast as she would have favored.

“She’s up in opposition to it with these with larger rankings, resembling Chipotle, and it will not be a simple job, however we’re trying ahead to it.”

Tom Dascombe is not any stranger to coaching speedy juveniles and has excessive hopes for Delmona, who was not crushed far when fifth in a Newmarket Listed occasion final month.

“Delmona has been in nice kind since Newmarket and is a really easy and straightforward filly at house,” stated the Cheshire coach.

“She is calmly raced, however a giant discipline ought to go well with her. She’s received a pleasant weight (8st 9lb) to run off. She’s not that nicely in on rankings, however we do suppose there’s extra to return from her and expect a giant race.”

Richard Hannon has to this point added three Tremendous Dash victories to his father’s document haul of seven wins within the race.

He seems intent on including to that tally, with chief hope Gubbass (Sean Levey) joined by 5 stablemates in Symphony Excellent (Hayley Turner), Raging (William Buick), Zoltan Star (Tom Marquand), Desert (Andrea Atzeni) and Banner Moonshine (Sam Hitchcott).


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