Equilateral team confident he can rise to Commonwealth Cup challenge

Trainer Charlie Hills eager to try promising colt in Group One heat

  • Wednesday 13 June
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Charlie Hills feels Equilateral can handle the step up to Group One level in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned colt has won two of his three starts and made a big impression when winning at Doncaster on his return this season.

His sole defeat came at York last September, but he suffered with sore shins following that run.

“He does remind me a lot of Equiano (sire), especially the way he gets his head down and gallops,” Hills told At The Races.

“His work has been very good and I’m very excited about running him on Friday.

“I regret running him at York because I had the Middle Park in my mind, but I wanted to get another race into him. He had a sore shin and wasn’t quite right so we had to forget the season.

“He went back to Juddmonte and spent the winter there, but he did well through the winter and here we are today.

“He beat Andrew Balding’s horse (Foxtrot Lady) comfortably that day (at Doncaster), but she is improving with every race (won twice) and runs on Saturday at York where she looks to have a great chance.”

Richard Fahey is looking forward to running Sands Of Mali, who has made a flying start to his three-year-old campaign with Group-race victories at Chantilly and Haydock.

“I sent him to France probably not fully wound up, but we got away with it and got him back winning,” said Fahey.

“He’s a horse that doesn’t bother me what ground he goes on. If it comes up slow, it won’t bother me, if it came up fast it won’t bother me.”

Trainer Owen Burrows is leaning towards stepping the unbeaten Tabdeed up to seven furlongs for the first time in the Group Three Jersey Stakes, as opposed to stepping him up to the top level company in the Commonwealth Cup, which will be the target for his stable companion Enjazaat.

He added: “Tabdeed will be left in the Commonwealth Cup but he will have an entry in the Jersey and I think at the moment that where he is going.

“I thought when he won at Nottingham last time he was strongest at the end and I would say the Jersey is the easier option.

“Enjazaat will go for the Commonwealth Cup.”

Equilateral team confident he can rise to Commonwealth Cup challenge

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