Asymmetric tops up the Trueshan celebrations in the Richmond
Barbury are finishing off the month of July in tremendous fashion, and, while Trueshan was definitely the king when winning the G1 Goodwood Cup on Tuesday, Alan has found a handsome prince among the two-year-old division in Asymmetic, who enhanced his growing reputation when making it 3-4 in the G2 Richmond Stakes on the Sussex course on Thursday.
The only time Asymmetric has been beaten was in the July Stakes at Newmarket, in which Lady Luck denied him, and Alan suspected at half-way that the colt might again find trouble getting a clear passage through.
There was no pace early on, but Martin Harley managed to squeeze between horses at the furlong-pole, and Asymmetric finishing kick proved decisive as he got home by half a length in a sprint for the line.
Alan, who celebrated his first Group 1 with Trueshan, said:”What a fantastic week this has been. I was worried the others might get first run on Asymmetric when Martin found himself further back than planned.
“This horse has a wonderful temperament – he eats and sleeps and is so laid-back that he is almost horizontal.
“He’s not the biggest, but his July Stakes run sharpened him up. I’m pleased the ground dried up, because, though he can act on soft, the better the ground, the more he can use his lethal turn of foot.
“As for future plans, the boys will decide, but we have him in the Gimcrack at York and the Prix Morny at Deauville.
Alan, who had earlier demonstrated yet again his versatility when the Richard Hannon recruit Caramelised made a winning hurdling debut for Barbury at Stratford, reported Trueshan 100% after Goodwood’s exertions in the mud.
He said:”Trueshan will have a quiet week, but we’ll get him going again next week and the Lonsdale Stakes at York would be a possibility.” That will be interesting as John Gosden has confirmed that Stradivarius, pulled out of the Goodwood Cup at the last minute after a 60mm deluge, will also head for the Knavesmire.
Having reached the top of his profession under both codes, Alan said:”I enjoy winning any good race, be it Flat or Jumps, and I am very lucky in that most of my owners are mates, which make things easier.
“I did not go racing much during the height of the pandemic because most of the time owners were not allowed on course. My job, once the preparation is done, is to look after the owners at the track, but if they aren’t there what is the point in me going. It’s just great that racegoers have returned. It brings back the atmosphere and makes our sport so much more enjoyable.”
Alan has three more runners on day four, both Who Dares Wins and Coeur de Lion being aimed for the Goodwood Stakes, with On To Victory heading for the Summer Handicap.
Hollie Doyle rides Who Dares Wins for the first time. The nine-year-old has had a six week break since disappointing at Royal Ascot.
Coeur de Lion has also been off since the Royal meeting, in which he finished sixth in the Ascot Stakes. Like Who Dares Wins, he has been dropped 4lb since the spring, so, hopefully, he might fare better in what is his third attempt at the Goodwood marathon.
On To Victory has been absent even longer, having won twice over hurdles in the winter. He last ran at Ascot in May, finishing an excellent second to Hukum, and, with more rain forecast, he might well get his favoured soft ground.