Starcraft satisfies in Southwell spin

STARCRAFT put himself on course for a tilt at the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday week by pleasing trainer Luca Cumani with a workout on the all-weather at Southwell.

The five-year-old galloped round the bends on the fibresand surface under Cumani’s assistant Guillermo Arizkorreta with three stable companions.

The Prix du Moulin winner was settled at the back of the group in the seven-furlong gallop before making smooth headway down the home straight to easily take up the running with a furlong left to run.

“I was pleased with that - he seemed to go on the surface but I was hoping for a bit more kickback,” said Cumani.

“He has got a bit on his chest and legs but as he is so much bigger than the others, his head was above the kickback in his face.

“I told him (Arizkorreta) to follow the other horses round and he came through as he should have.

“It looks like he will be going for the Classic - I think he could win the Mile and I hope he will be good enough in the mile and a quarter.

“We just wanted to give him a taste of the surface and this is as near as you can get to the American surface in England.”

Starcraft, owned by Australian Paul Makin, was last seen lowering Dubawi’s colours in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Newmarket last month and will head out to New York on Saturday.

“He came out of his last race very well and everything has gone smoothly,” Cumani continued.

Pat Valenzuela will be aboard Starcraft in the Classic, and the Newmarket handler added: “He is a very good jockey. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him yet but I am sure we will do so next week.”

Meanwhile Peter Chapple-Hyam is planning to send recent Newbury maiden winner Beau Nash for a crack at the Horris Hill Stakes on Saturday.

The Barathea colt enjoyed a spin on the Newmarket gallops yesterday morning, showing himself in good heart ahead of the Newbury Group Three.

“If everything goes right between now and Saturday, Beau Nash will head for the Horris Hill Stakes and I hope he will run a big race. Alan Munro will ride him,” the trainer told

“He could do with some rain as he prefers some ease in the ground. He seems in real good shape and worked nicely this morning over six and a half furlongs.”

Jeremy Noseda is also intending to have a runner in the contest in the shape of Araafa, who finished sixth in the Somerville Tattersall Stakes at the end of last month.

The son of Mull Of Kintyre, a Newmarket maiden winner, was prominent for much of that Group Three before just slipping out of the frame in the final 150 yards.

“I was satisfied with his last start, especially considering the stable was under a cloud at that point,” the Newmarket handler told

“He appears to be in good shape and I would hope for a sharper performance than last time.”

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