Trouble ahead for Ascot rivals

Looks Like Trouble is still on target for a sensational return to competitive action in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot according to trainer Noel Chance.

Looks Like Trouble is still on target for a sensational return to competitive action in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot according to trainer Noel Chance.

The 11-year-old, a former top-class chaser and winner of the 2000 Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup before injury cut short his career, won a charity race at Newbury yesterday and is reported to be none the worse for his exertions.

“He’s in great shape. No problems this morning and it’s onwards and upwards now,” said Chance.

Looks Like Trouble suffered with leg problems throughout his career and he was retired from racing after finishing injured in last year’s Gold Cup.

He has only been back with Chance since the end of March after spending time recuperating.

However, the Lambourn handler revealed connections had been planning to run the gelding in the extended two miles, six furlongs contest on the final day of the Royal meeting since he returned to the yard.

“We always had this in mind for him but we daren’t say anything about it until he had won a race on the Flat,” he explained.

“He’s a fast horse. He would work well with a mile horse and it never entered our heads that he wouldn’t win on the Flat. It’s great to have him back.”

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