An update on Alan’s Royal Ascot heroes

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July 16

We are on the “back nine” of summer, yet standing with Alan on the Sharpridge gallop earlier this week you could have been forgiven for thinking we were in January rather than mid July.

It was a raw morning, but the one thing that warmed us up was the confirmation that the Barbury horses continue in super form.

Painless Potter, in particular, impressed coming up the all-weather climb, and, while he would be a shoe-in for any maiden around just now, Alan is quite rightly thinking of something better and suggested the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood might be the next port of call.

Delighted how Painless Potter built on a promising Kempton debut to finish fifth in the G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, Alan said:”This fellow could be very exciting and he has done well since Ascot. He has plenty of stamina in his pedigree, and everything he does at home suggests that he will improve when going up in trip, so the Vintage looks the right race for him. We were second with Dunkerron two years ago, so here’s hoping we can go one better.”

Reflecting that a triple celebration at Royal Ascot last month was “beyond my wildest dreams”, Alan had news of his Three Musketeers.

He added:”Coeur de Lion (Ascot Stakes) and Who Dares Wins (Queen Alexandra) did a bit of work together this week and have also come out of Ascot fine.

“Coeur de Lion is pencilled in for the Goodwood Stakes over the same trip (2m 4f)) as Ascot, while Who Dares Wins could have a tilt at the Goodwood Cup. That race can often cut up, and it makes sense to have a look as he could pick up some excellent prize money. He is weighted out of most handicaps now.”

And Scarlet Dragon? “There he is,” Alan pointed towards the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap hero as he returned from exercise. “He again ran well at Haydock the other day, but the ground came up heavy and was just a bit too much for him in the end. He’ll have a break and be freshened up for the Ebor at York.”