Party Doctor team wait on ground to ease

Connections of promising juvenile Party Doctor are waiting for easier ground before trying to lose the colt’s maiden tag.

Connections of promising juvenile Party Doctor are waiting for easier ground before trying to lose the colt’s maiden tag.

The Tom Dascombe-trained runner, who carries the colours of Robert Ogden, was third in the Chesham Stakes at the Royal meeting, but he has not raced since finishing fourth behind Elusive Pimpernel in the Acomb Stakes at York’s Ebor fixture.

The form of that race is arguably the best on offer so far in the juvenile division, with the winner a possible for the Dewhurst or Racing Post Trophy, the runner-up Emerald Commander striking Listed gold and third-placed Poet’s Voice claiming the Champagne Stakes.

Fifth-placed Vale Of York has also won at Listed level since the Acomb so Party Doctor is one for the Ogden team to savour.

“We’ve been waiting for a bit of cut in the ground for him,” said the owner’s racing manager Barry Simpson.

“He’s come up against some of the best two-year-olds.

“He was entered in the Royal Lodge at Ascot this weekend, but we decided not to go as the ground is going to ride quick.

“We have got a few races in mind for him, including in France, and he might go there if we don’t get the ground we want.

“He’s in great shape, he’s a very tough horse and I think he’ll make a nice three-year-old next season.”

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