Here primed for Ascot challenge

Ralph Beckett feels Look Here is ready to give her all as she bids to show her male counterparts the way home in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

Ralph Beckett feels Look Here is ready to give her all as she bids to show her male counterparts the way home in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

Last year’s Oaks winner has enjoyed a fine start to the current campaign, going down by just a short-head in a thrilling three-way finish to the Coronation Cup before taking third in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

Beckett believes everything is in his charge’s favour tomorrow as she bids to become the first filly to take King George glory since Time Charter in 1983 and it is now a question of whether she is up to the task.

“The draw is right and they are saying they are going to get some rain today, but I don’t think it’s going to be enough to put us off running or anything like that,” said Beckett.

“She’s in good form, we are where we are with her and that’s where we want to be. We’re looking forward to the race and what will be will be.

“It’s hard to know if she’s reaching her peak for the season, but certainly when she ran in the Coronation Cup our horses weren’t in form and in Ireland things just didn’t go our way.

“The horses are in form now so I think it’s safe to assume she’ll run her race. Whether that is enough is another thing entirely.

“I suppose Conduit back to his optimum trip is the obvious one and he’d be the horse I’d want to train if I wasn’t training my filly.

“He comprehensively outpointed her in the St Leger last season and for me, he’s the horse to beat.

“This is what you train horses for – to have runners in Group Ones – and it’s great to have the opportunity.”

Johnny Murtagh goes in search of his third successive win in the race on Golden Sword having ridden Dylan Thomas and Duke Of Marmalade to win the last two renewals.

“I’m looking forward to it and it will be interesting to see how he runs against the older horses for the first time,” said Murtagh.

“He’s been running well in all the top races and is a horse who is improving all the time. I rode him work last week and he is definitely going the right way.

“He seems to be progressing with every run, he likes fast ground and stays a mile and a half really well so it will be interesting.”

None of Sir Michael Stoute’s three runners in Saturday’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes can be discounted, according to stable jockey Ryan Moore.

Moore went for Conduit, who provided him with a Breeders’ Cup win at the end of last year, but holds both Ask and Tartan Bearer in the highest regard too.

“Conduit had a small problem early on and he has been brought along gradually,” said Moore.

“The King George was always his mid-summer aim and I hope he can carry on improving as he did last year from the summer to reach his peak in the autumn.

“Ask has never had the credit he deserves. Last year he had problems and we never saw the best of him.

“I’ve always loved the horse and I always believed he had the potential to win a big race. He has now won a Coronation Cup.

“The race didn’t pan out for Tartan Bearer last time.

“They went very steady and then I had a 100-1 chance on my inner and I couldn’t get rid of him. We couldn’t quicken up in time, and Vision d’Etat has a very good turn of foot.

“They are three very good horses, all are fit, healthy and looking very well. They should all run big races.”

Connections of Alwaary are keen to find out if he is up to competing at the highest level having finished a luckless second in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes last time.

Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: “He ran a very good race at Newmarket last time, so we have to assume he would have won if things had panned out a bit differently.

“That’s what Richard Hills felt very much and I wouldn’t disagree. Had he won nicely by a length and a half, we would certainly be looking at this. He had a bit of bad luck that day.

“It’s a big jump up taking on those good older horses, the best of them around. It’s a big ask, but he’s in good form, he stays and he’s got a good turn of foot, so we’ll see if he’s up to it.”

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