Sir Michael Stoute is happy with the way Rob Roy has emerged from his Classic trial as he prepares the colt for the UltimatePoker.com 2000 Guineas at the end of the month.
The son of Lear Fan made a pleasing reappearance in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket last Thursday when beaten a head by Democratic Deficit after meeting trouble in running.
Rob Roy, second favourite for the Classic behind Godolphin’s Dubawi, strode out on Long Hill this morning in company with Flag Lieutenant, Gamut and Quiff.
Stoute said: “The Godolphin horse may be in a different class to them all, but place money isn’t bad, although I won’t convey that to the horse!
“The Craven was a very messy race but we feel he came out of it with credit and we’re looking forward to the Guineas.
“A big horse like him, you want him to be stretching and using himself going down into the dip. Instead, he was changing direction going up the hill.”