Time Test (left): has progressed since winning at Sandown last time out
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
DOUBT has been cast on the participation of Time Test in Wednesday’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes due to the inclement weather forecast and ease in the going at Ascot.
A 5-1 chance, Time Test is Britain’s main candidate to take on the Japanese flyer A Shin Hikari, whose ten-length blitz at Chantilly may have been generously measured by the judge but was deeply impressive nonetheless.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Time Test’s owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “I don’t think he’d mind the ease in the ground but I don’t think he’d be at his best on soft. We’ve got some concerns about whether we’ll run, mainly because we know he needs good or fast ground to show his best.”
Time Test, who landed the Tercentenary Stakes at the royal meeting last year, kicked off his season in good fashion at Sandown in the Brigadier Gerard, giving the field 5lb but still claiming a neck victory over Western Hymn. The Roger Charlton-trained four-year-old had been taken of out the Tattersalls Gold Cup four days previously due to unsuitably soft ground.
Grimthorpe added: “Sandown has brought him on. You have to go back with him and the Breeders’ Cup was unsatisfactory in many different ways for him, so we had to get him back on an even track during the winter.
“He was a little bit slow coming to hand, but when he started to come his work improved time on time and he’s worked nicely since Sandown and so from that point of view we’d be very happy with him.
“A mile and a quarter seems to be his optimum distance. Certainly a little bit farther hasn’t been ruled out, but he’s got a good turn of foot and so I think we’ll try and place him to his best advantage.”
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