Workforce cut for King George after gallop

WORKFORCE looks poised for a second crack at the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes after delighting connections in a gallop at Newmarket.

Last season’s Investec Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner was a big flop behind his stablemate Harbinger at Ascot last July.

But the Khalid Abdullah-owned colt looked ready for the chance to redeem himself on Saturday in the midsummer showpiece, sponsored by Betfair, on the evidence of this workout when he was partnered by his big-race jockey Ryan Moore.

The four-year-old, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, worked on Racecourse Side with two lead horses, The Fonz and Confront.

The Fonz made the early pace, only to be taken by Confront, but when Moore asked Workforce to quicken the response was immediate and the colt readily went three lengths clear still on the bridle. Both trainer and jockey were all smiles afterwards.

Bookmakers Stan James.com were also suitably impressed and cut Workforce to 3-1, from 7-2, for the King George.

* SNOW Fairy continues to please connections as she builds towards a crack at the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on July 30.

Ed Dunlop’s four-year-old was a dual Oaks winner last season and claimed big prizes in the Far East at the end of the campaign.

She was being prepared for the Dubai Carnival but met with a setback and only returned to action against two of the greats of the game, So You Think and Workforce, in the Eclipse a couple of weeks ago.

While she performed as well as could have been expected after so long off, finishing fourth, a good deal more is expected of her next time out.

“Everything is absolutely perfect with her at the moment, and it couldn‘t be going better before the Nassau,” said Patrick Cooper, racing manager to owner Cristina Patino.

“As we headed into the Eclipse we knew what sort of a task she faced, but you are always disappointed to be beaten. The bottom line is it was a great run after seven months off.

“It would have been an unbelievable training performance had she finished any closer to those two after seven months off.

“Hopefully, fingers crossed, the Nassau is what it’s all about.”

* Freddie Head is ready to let Rajsaman pit his wits against Frankel and Canford Cliffs in the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on July 27.

The four-year-old was an impressive winner of a Saint-Cloud Group Two on his penultimate start and arguably ran even better when beaten just a length by esteemed stablemate Goldikova in the Prix d’Ispahan last time.

Head is under no illusions about the task facing his charge against Frankel and Canford Cliffs, but feels he deserves his place in the race.

“I’m going to run him. The horse is very well and has improved a lot, so I think he’ll run well,” said Head.

“It’s obviously going to be a very tough race but if you don’t run, you can’t win, so we will see.

“He ran a very good race behind Goldikova and I’m sure he’s going to run a very good race again.

“I’m not saying he’s going to win, but I hope he can do well at Goodwood.”

* LILY’S Angel could make a quick reappearance in the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes at Ascot on Saturday after just being touched off in the Weatherbys Super Sprint.

The Group Three contest over six furlongs is a possibility for the Richard Fahey-trained filly, who was only beaten a short head by Charles The Great over an extended five furlongs at Newbury on Saturday.

The Lowther Stakes, the Firth of Clyde Stakes, the Cheveley Park Stakes and suitable Pattern races abroad will also be under consideration for the Listed winner.

“I never thought the five furlongs would inconvenience her that much, but I think she will be better over six,” said Tim Palin, racing manager for owners Middleham Park Racing. “She’s run as often as any two-year-old in the country and at a high level. She looks as well now as she did at the beginning of the season.

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