Chaldean ‘In Good Form Again’, St James’s Palace S. Next

Juddmonte’s Chaldean (GB) (Frankel {GB}) has emerged from his win in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas in good order, and a start in the G1 St James’s Palace S. at Royal Ascot is his next target, according to the organisation’s racing manager Barry Mahon.

“He’s taken it well, he’s good,” added Mahon. “Andrew was happy with him when I spoke to him yesterday. He said he was quite tired on Sunday, but he said yesterday morning he was in good form again.

“The ground was very soft, yet on the Friday meeting, it was good to firm. They watered the ground in case the showers missed.

“I stayed the far side of the town and on Friday night, I promise you, there was a monsoon. But he handled the ground, although it wouldn’t be his ideal conditions.”

A winner of the G3 Acomb S., G2 Champagne S., and G1 Dewhurst S. in succession at two, the chestnut parted ways with regular jockey Frankie Dettori at the start of the G3 Greenham S. in April, although he ran with the eventual winner, Indestructible (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), for most of the race. The Guineas, which he won by 1 3/4 lengths, was Chaldean’s second race at three.

“The head’s not too bad,” Mahon continued, when asked about his Classic celebrations. “We had to go racing on Sunday, so the celebrations couldn’t be too extravagant, but hopefully there will be time to celebrate at some point. Hopefully we’re not finished yet. We have a few more chances along the way.”

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