Goodwood and York in the melting pot for Primitivo

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Sunday June 19

Sanmartino began a run of five three-year-olds in seven years winning the Ebor at York, but since Mediterranean scored for Coolmore in 2001 the younger brigade have found their elders too strong in Yorkshire’s prestigious handicap.

However, Alan has not ruled out having a tilt at the £280,000 pot on the Knavesmire on August 20 with Primitivo, who provided the trainer with a never-to-be-forgotten first Royal Ascot winner when landing the King George V Handicap last week.

Reporting Primitivo to come out of the race in great shape, Alan said:”We will see what the handicapper has done when the new ratings are released on Tuesday, but the Ebor would be a possibility, while we might also have a look at the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

“Primitivo is also entered in the John Smith’s Cup at York on July 9, but even with his 5lb penalty off his old mark as a three-year-old he will still be well down the weights, so there would have to be a doubt as to whether he would get in. We’d certainly think about Goodwood and it would be nice to pick up some black type as the owner still has the dam (Dolcetto) at home.”

Alan is enjoying his Flat racing more than ever these days and is looking forward to getting a few of his two-year-olds rolling in the next couple of weeks, but, more immediately, he’ll be making the short journey to Salisbury on Wednesday to watch Master Blueyes run in the Bibury Cup.

He added:”We finished third in that race with Oceane last year, being beaten less than a length by subsequent St Leger winner Simple Verse, and Master Blueyes goes there at the top of his form, He is on a hat-trick, having won at York and Chester, and, though he has gone up 11lb for those successes, you can’t argue about climbing up the handicap when you have two races in the bag.”