Ashram set for Dewhurst test

John Hills is planning to take on the crack two-year-old colts with Ashram in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday week.

The Upper Lambourn trainer reports the son of Indian Haven to be bouncing following his emphatic victory in the Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

“He seems great, he was quite bouncy the next day, the wheels are still good and everything else,” said Hills.

“I didn’t see him canter this morning but the boys say he was fine. I think it’s so far so good.

“We are going to confirm him this time next week for the Dewhurst. We’ll see how the horse is and see what looks like turning up for the race.

“As it stands right now, if we are happy with him it’s very likely he’ll go there. He’s earned a shot at it. Obviously he won beautifully the other day but this is going to be tougher.”

Hills, who first took out a licence in 1987, already rates the colt highly among the best ones he has trained.

“He’s probably better at an early stage than some I’ve trained,” he went on.

“Some of the other ones weren’t at their best until they got a bit older. He is learning all the time, getting better and has turned himself into a nice two-year-old.

“Wind In Her Hair was second in the Oaks and a Group One winner and is the dam of Deep Impact. She was a great filly.

“Docksider was a really good miler. He just got beat a neck and a head in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and he won the Hong Kong Mile.

“He was second in the Queen Anne and the Sussex and was a really good horse but the way this fella did it the other day was very taking.

“Having a horse like this with the Dewhurst in mind makes a change from going to Wolverhampton on a Saturday night for a 0-60.”

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