Tritonic gives Barbury reason to dream
Alan has trained 31 Grade 1 winners over jumps, but he has never even had a runner at the top table on the Flat. However, things might be about to change.
Having derailed John Gosden’s much-hyped Cape Palace in the Haynes, Hanson and Clark Stakes at Newbury on Friday, Tritonic, owned by Max McNeill and Ian Dale, is destined for another leap up the ladder, with the G1 Futurity at Doncaster on October 26 under consideration.
We alluded to the fact previously that the Newbury race race has an impressive roll of honour, producing a fistful of future stars, and, though Alan was gobsmacked the way Tritonic beat the big boys here, everyone at Barbury is entitled to dream.
Reflecting on the victory, Alan said:”We have always loved Tritonic, but the form of his Ffos Las win has since received a few knocks, so I wasn’t sure how he’d run and just hoped we wouldn’t be embarrassed.
“He is a very laid-back individual, but he has won that race with his ears pricked so he could be exciting. He is as good a two-year-old as we’ve had.
“We will see how he comes out of the race before making plans, but I am certainly glad I didn’t have him gelded.
“He is a horse for next year, but he is entered in the Futurity and if he does run once more then Doncaster would probably be the aim. Oisin (Murphy) liked him, but we’d never run him on quick ground and the softer the better.
“I’ll always be first and foremost a jumps trainer, but I’ve enjoyed the last few Flat seasons and we’ve been buying two-year-olds at the Breeze-Up Sales and been building away, so it’s lovely we’ve found a horse like Tritonic.”