Weathermen pessimistic about Royal Ascot getting enough rain for Trueshan

 In Latest News

June 19

Tritonic stopped so quickly up the home straight in yesterday’s Ascot Stakes that clearly something was amiss, so, while we await news of any tests,  all we can do is look towards those clear skies up above and wonder whether those possible thunderstorms will arrive on the Royal Heath early – if at all.

Alan has declared Trueshan for tomorrow’s Ascot Gold Cup, but three times the most coveted staying crown in Flat racing has been pencilled in for the Royal meeting’s jewel in the crown, yet each time he has had to be withdrawn as the rain never arrived in time to ease the ground.

The weathermen tell us that if Ascot is going to be hit by a thunderstorm then it will likely not be until Saturday, maybe even after racing. However, Alan had nothing to lose by declaring Trueshan at the 48-hour stage – he would have looked pretty silly had he pulled him out now, only for it to ‘rain cats and dogs’ tomorrow morning.

Trueshan ran well to finish an honourable third in the Henry 11 Stakes at Sandown and has worked well since, but it seems that he is jinxed when it comes to the Royal meeting.

Doubtless, Alan will also declare Trueshan for the Queen Alexandra Stakes on Saturday, but he is our only possible other runner at this year’s Royal meeting as Spartan Army, who performed creditably at Newbury last month, could run instead in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle on Saturday week. He is 3-4 on the all-weather so Gosforth Park, where he ran well in March, could be the next port of call.

Meanwhile, Midnight Rumble, only narrowly beaten at Salisbury last month, tries to go one better on Lingfield’s polytrack meeting tomorrow, while Vivid Pink produced her best run yet over hurdles at Huntingdon, where she was runner-up to Mostly Sunny who has won again since, attempts to open her account at Market Rasen on Friday.