Emotionless impressed at Doncaster before failing to fire in the Dewhurst
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
GODOLPHIN’S leading Qipco 2,000 Guineas hope Emotionless is set to add extra spice to the newly restored three-day Craven meeting at Newmarket this week by taking part in a racecourse gallop before racing on the Rowley Mile on Wednesday.
It will be the second time the Charlie Appleby-trained colt has taken part in such an exercise as he used the same course for a workout before his disappointing performance when last of seven behind Air Force Blue in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes last October.
Emotionless, who was found to have chipped a bone in his knee in the immediate aftermath of that effort, has been pleasing connections in his work this spring and is to use the workout as a stepping stone for a return to the Rowley Mile on April 30.
A general 10-1 second favourite for the Classic, Emotionless was an emphatic winner of the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster prior to his Newmarket disappointment.
Appleby said: “I’ve been pleased with Emotionless this spring and the plan is still to take him straight to the 2,000 Guineas. He’s ready to step up his preparation and the plan is to give him a nice piece of work over seven furlongs with two companions before racing on Wednesday.”
Gifted Master seeking more Tattersalls riches
The Hugo Palmer-trained Gifted Master, a winner of the £500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2yo Trophy as well as the Group 3 Vision Autumn Stakes last year, is set to target another valuable prize at Newmarket on Wednesday.
He is among five horses declared for the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions 3YO Sprint, alongside the Aidan O’Brien-trained Royal Ascot scorer Waterloo Bridge, who chased Gifted Master home in October’s 2yo Trophy.
Elsewhere, Custom Cut heads 11 declarations for the Group 3 Earl Of Sefton Stakes, with the likes of Bossy Guest, Dutch Connection and Mahsoob also engaged.
Six runners are set to go to post for the Listed European Free Handicap, with the Tom Dascombe-trained Kachy, the undefeated winner of last July’s Group 3 Molecomb Stakes, among them.
Massaat and Jack Hobbs also working
Clerk of the course Michael Prosser is pleased with the feedback he has received about returning the Craven meeting to three days.
He said: “We’ve gone up from 16 races last year to 21 this time and it’s encouraging the first three races on Tuesday are among the new ones and they all have competitive entries.
“I’m also pleased the Nell Gwyn on Tuesday has 14 runners declared with the likes of Illuminate turning out.”
The ground on the Rowley Mile was good, good to soft in places, on Sunday but Prosser expects the meeting to open on good ground on Tuesday before the possibility of rain in the evening into Wednesday.
He added: “We expect a mixture of sunshine and showers over the three days but the possibility of a front passing over us on Tuesday night.”
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