Balding hopeful Elm Park can bag Group 1

Elm Park

Elm Park: “will hopefully win a big one this year”

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ANDREW BALDING endured a frustrating season last year with 2014 Racing Post Trophy winner Elm Park, but the trainer is hopeful his stable star can return to Group 1-winning ways in 2016.

Balding put last year’s struggles down to the colt getting jarred up when finishing second last in Golden Horn’s Derby, having been sent off at 9-1.

His only win of the campaign came on his following start at Sandown, when winning at Listed level in September, before finishing fifth, beaten less than three lengths, in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes won by Solow on British Champions Day.

Speaking in an exclusive Racing Post stable tour in Tuesday’s paper, Balding said: “He got very jarred up in the Derby and it was not an easy year for him. We have high hopes this year and he’s always been good at home.

“He picked up a niggle working at Kempton last week but hopefully it is not too serious. He was going to Sandown this week but we are now looking to get him started in May.

“He will get entries in the bigger mile and mile and a quarter races and will hopefully win a big one this year.”

Elm Park holds an entry in the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 14.

Get Andrew Balding’s thoughts on all of his big names in our exclusive stable tour, only in Tuesday’s Racing Post

 

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