No middle ground as Ryan unleashes Bapak Chinta

KEVIN Ryan returns to the scene of his first major victory as he unleashes Bapak Chinta in today’s Emaar Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

It was in this race in 2005 that Amadeus Wolf gave the Hambleton-based trainer a breakthrough Group One, which was quickly followed in the same season by Palace Episode in the Racing Post Trophy.

Bapak Chinta started his career in what could have appeared a moderate maiden at Hamilton but it turned out to be an outstanding one, as he beat subsequent Royal Ascot winner Frederick Engels by three lengths.

Ryan’s colt went on to Royal success in the Norfolk Stakes but has not been seen since, having knocked himself during light exercise when being prepared for the Nunthorpe at York.

“He’s very well and will love the fast ground,” said Ryan.

“He didn’t miss too much time out and he goes into the race in great form.”

Caspar Netscher and Alan McCabe attempt to continue what has already been an unforgettable season.

The juvenile has run eight times so far, but broke what was becoming a frustrating run of placed efforts when capturing the Gimcrack Stakes at York.

Newbury’s Mill Reef Stakes followed and now the final leap to Group One level awaits.

“He looks well, he’s been keeping to his old routine, and there’s no difference now from when he won the Gimcrack and Mill Reef,” said McCabe.

“We were concerned about the rain before the Gimcrack but Robert (Winston) said he did it very easy that day and he held his form in the Mill Reef.

“We haven’t changed anything, we keep him to his routine and he’s the same, if not better than he has been all year.”

Family One, trained by former jockey Yann Barberot, has won four times this season including the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte.

He was beaten three lengths into second by Dabirsim last time in the Prix Morny, with the winner going on to take the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp’s Arc meeting last weekend.

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