Sunday 23 September 2018

Moviesta looks for Royal Ascot return

Moviesta (Paul Mulrennan) beats Swiss Spirit to win the King George Stakes
Moviesta (Paul Mulrennan) beats Swiss Spirit to win the King George Stakes

Moviesta is on course for a Royal Ascot return following a racecourse gallop at the Curragh on Sunday.

Not beaten far in the Nunthorpe at York or the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp last season, the five-year-old has recently moved from Bryan Smart’s yard to join sprint king Eddie Lynam in Ireland.

Part-owner Ritchie Fiddes is hoping to see his charge line up in next month’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes if he continues to please his trainer in the next few weeks.

Fiddes said: “He went to the Curragh yesterday and everyone was happy. We’ve just been taking our time with him since sending him to Eddie’s. There’s no rush, as there are so many races at home and abroad for him later in the year.

“I think he’s definitely getting to the right place now and hopefully he’ll head for the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.

“I think he’ll probably need another racecourse gallop between now and then.

“Having said that, if he wasn’t cherry ripe, we wouldn’t send him to Ascot just for a day out. He’s a very good horse and we’ll look after him.

“He’s only a five-year-old, he was a very good three-year-old and was knocking on the door in Group Ones last year.

“I think we’ll have an exciting year with him.”

Oisín Murphy steered hot favourite Karpino to a resounding victory in the German 2000 Guineas at Cologne.

Carrying the familiar colours of Sheikh Fahad’s Pearl Bloodstock operation, Karpino was bidding to make it three wins from as many starts for leading German trainer Andreas Wohler.

Rock Academy cut out much of the running before Karpino loomed ominously alongside early in the home straight and he quickly went clear once asked to extend by Murphy.

Marco Botti’s British raider Fanciful Angel ran a fine race to fill the runner-up spot in the hands of Frankie Dettori, but was no match for the impressive winner.

The Ger Lyons-trained Irish challenger Cappella Sansevero had nowhere to go when being produced with his challenge by Colin Keane against the far rail and eventually finished well down the field.

RaceBets introduced Karpino at 10-1 for the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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