Royal runner Call To Mind tees off in Fairway Stakes at Newmarket

    Call To Mind will bid to move a step nearer towards fulfilling some lofty engagements for The Queen when he runs in the Betway Fairway Stakes at Newmarket today.
  • Saturday 20 May 2017
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Call To Mind will bid to move a step nearer towards fulfilling some lofty engagements for The Queen when he runs in the Betway Fairway Stakes at Newmarket today.

The William Haggas-trained three-year-old holds entries in the Investec Derby and the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and made a winning debut in front of Her Majesty at Newbury in April .

Haggas said: "I think he is ready for a step up in trip and in grade, and he is getting both of those."

He went on: "He is in good order and is a nice, generous horse at home.

"I've no idea how he will go on the ground but his brother handled it so I am hopeful."

Impressive Nottingham maiden winner Valcartier will be heading into the unknown regarding the trip, but trainer John Gosden believes he should be fine over a mile and a quarter.

He said: "It's a nice race for him and I am pleased with the horse.

"His dam's side says that he can step up to a mile and a quarter and we are very hopeful he will.

"We don't go there with bountiful confidence but we go there with the sense that he should run a good race."

While there are no worries regarding the trip for recent course-and-distance scorer Leshlaa, trainer Saeed bin Suroor is concerned about the prospect of soft ground.

He said: "Leshlaa is doing really nicely. The mile and a quarter is fine and he seemed to need it last time.

"He is in very good condition but he would not want the ground too soft.

"Good to soft would be fine for him. We will check the ground and see what it's like."

Bin Suroor hopes Desert Frost can back up his maiden victory over six furlongs at Doncaster when he takes a step up in distance in the seven-furlong Betway King Charles II Stakes.

He added: "Desert Frost is doing really well. He come out of his last race very nicely.

"He is in really good form and is working nicely. He is ready to go again.

"I think the seven furlong trip should suit him. He is improving all the time.

"He has improved from his last run, both mentally and physically. This race will tell us is if he is right for Royal Ascot."

Larchmont Lad will attempt to give the form of 2000 Guineas winner Churchill a boost when he drops back down in trip for the Listed prize.

Chris Richardson, racing manager to owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: "His last two runs were on quick ground and that didn't really suit him.

"We were looking for somewhere with a bit of ease in the ground and obviously it is soft at the moment.

"The intention is to run, but we will see what happens over the next 24 hours.

"If it gets completed chopped up there are other options and we have put him in the Heron Stakes (Sandown)

"He could not cope with them in the Guineas (ninth) and he was probably not good enough.

"We just thought we would give him an opportunity to give him a confidence-booster and build him back up.

"From this, hopefully we could creep back up in class over a mile and up to a mile and a quarter further down the line."

The Gosden-trained Seven Heavens has so far proven a bitter disappointment this term, having burst on to the scene with victories from his first two starts last year.

The Clarehaven handler said: "He is an enigma. We are finding it difficult to get his trip.

"He is over-exuberant but hopefully he will run a good race."

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