Tabdeed ready to defend Hackwood Stakes crown at Newbury


Owen Burrows experiences Tabdeed in tremendous form for his bid to report back-to-back victories within the bet365 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury.

The six-year-old has had greater than his justifiable share of issues – which have restricted him to simply 10 begins in 5 seasons – however he confirmed when a detailed fourth in Newcastle’s Chipchase Stakes final month, on his first run for 294 days, that he retains loads of capacity.

Tabdeed was clearly somewhat ring-rusty and quick on match health however he was overwhelmed solely two lengths in that Group Three contest gained by Chil Chil.

“I have been more than happy with him for the reason that Chipchase, and I used to be happy with the run,” stated Burrows.

“He simply received a bit drained within the final half a furlong – which he was entitled to.”

Tabdeed faces Group Three firm once more on Saturday, over his favoured six-furlong journey, with good floor set to prevail because it did when he beat The Tin Man 12 months in the past.

Burrows added: “Situations are similar to final yr, so it will be good if the consequence may very well be the identical.

“It is a first rate race, a Group Three, they don’t seem to be simple. Her Majesty’s horse (King’s Lynn) was a bit unfortunate at Ascot a few instances, and Diligent Harry was simply in entrance of us at Newcastle.

“There are solely seven in it, however you may make a case for all of them.”

Diligent Harry is about to have his first run on turf after 5 careers begins – all this yr and on the all-weather.

Coach Clive Cox hopes the three-year-old colt can proceed his enchancment as he switches surfaces.

“He is having his first run on turf, and I am hoping he can translate his promise and progress on the all-weather throughout to the turf,” stated Cox.

“We’re more than happy with him.

“He had an entry within the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, however that may have been an formidable step for a teen who’s progressing – and this made much more sense.”

Charlie Appleby is hoping Royal Campaign can rediscover his type of 12 months in the past.

Since he beat Glen Shiel at Deauville final summer season, the Shamardal colt has did not shine in two runs at Meydan in March and in addition within the Criterion Stakes over an additional furlong at Newmarket on his return.

“Royal Campaign has been somewhat disappointing up to now this yr,” Appleby instructed

“We felt that stepping as much as seven furlongs would possibly swimsuit within the Criterion Stakes, however issues did not work out for him.”

In addition to the Andrew Balding-trained King’s Lynn, seventh within the King’s Stand Stakes and third within the Wokingham on the Royal assembly, the sector contains Charlie Hills’ Royal Commando, Martyn Meade’s Technique and the three-year-old filly Blissful Romance, from the Richard Hannon steady.


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