Wednesday 20 February 2019

Queally wants Canford clash

Tom Queally feels a showdown between Frankel and Canford Cliffs in the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on July 27 would be great for racing.

Henry Cecil's colt maintained his unbeaten record in the St James's Palace Stakes on Tuesday, but Queally's partner was grimly hanging from Zoffany close home.

A step up to 10 furlongs for the Juddmonte International at York was mentioned as a possible, but it is more likely the Galileo colt will run against Queen Anne hero Canford Cliffs in the one-mile Sussex Stakes.

Queally, who has ridden Frankel in all seven of his starts, said: "You have to remember he's never been eyeballed, but I think he'd pull out more if he did get into a battle. All he wants to do is try for you.

"He settled well and I think we can ride him differently now.

"We can have more of an open ticket about him and play it more by ear and see how his races pan out.

"It will be an interesting race if Frankel and Canford Cliffs line up for the Sussex Stakes.

"I expected Canford to win the Queen Anne and he really is the top older miler around.

"Clashes like this are what everyone wants to see in racing, and all roads lead to Goodwood now," he said.

Hughie Morrison is in no hurry to make plans for Pisco Sour after his fine victory in the Tercentenary Stakes.

The three-year-old's victory was the second leg of a big double for the handler at Royal Ascot on Thursday, following on from Sagramor's success in the Britannia Stakes.

The Ladbrokes St Leger was talked of as a possible long-term objective straight after Pisco Sour's triumph, but Morrison is in no rush to make any definite plans.

The trainer was simply delighted Pisco Sour showed his excellent third in the Dante Stakes at York as no fluke, after he disappointed in the Investec Derby.

"Both horses seem very pleased with themselves this morning," said Morrison. We'll settle down and have a good think about next week."

Census is to be trained with the Ladbrokes St Leger in mind after his fine run in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday.

The Richard Hannon-trained colt got going all too late behind the impressive winner Brown Panther, trying to concede 3lb.

Owned by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, the three-year-old will be aimed at a Leger trial next.

"We think he could have finished a bit closer. The winner was very impressive but there is no doubt in my mind we could have finished a good deal closer," said Harry Herbert, racing manager for the owners.

"He's one of those horses that is crying out to go further. He handled the ground very well and looks a real improver.

"We're very excited about him. I think it was a very good race, they looked a cracking group of individuals in the parade ring and we saw an exceptional winner.

"Census just couldn't get in the right place at the right time and when he finally got going the winner had flown.

"We are very much thinking along the lines that he could be a Leger horse.

"I spoke to Richard (Hannon) jnr this morning and he said he can't wait for next year with him also, but hopefully there's lots of possibilities for him this season first."

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