Phoenix can go beyond the mile

Hills confident his Guineas prospect will stay further

  • Tuesday 30 October
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Charlie Hills expects Acomb Stakes winner Phoenix Of Spain to have little problem staying beyond a mile next season.

The son of Lope De Vega found only Magna Grecia too good on his first attempt over a mile in the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday.

It was the second time in succession that the two-year-old had filled the runner’s up spot on Town Moor, having previously chased home 2000 Guineas and Derby favourite Too Darn Hot in the Champagne Stakes.

Hills said: “Phoenix Of Spain ran a great race on Saturday. He got a couple of bumps inside the last furlong – but it was a funny sort of race.

“The front two horses got away a bit early on, and we were quite a long way back. But he ran a a huge race, and we are very proud of him.

“They were two good horses, finishing first and second, and both have run good races. We got those bumps late on and lost a bit of momentum – which is hard to make up in that ground.

“He is a big, raw horse – and you would have to imagine he will be better at three than he is at two, so we are certainly looking forward to next year. I am sure that 10 furlongs should be within his compass. ”

Although Phoenix Of Spain is as short as 14-1 for next year’s 2000 Guineas, the Lambourn handler intends to bide his time before making a decision as to whether he will take in the opening colts’ Classic.

Hills added: “It’s a long time until the Guineas, so we will see how he does over the winter first.

“We will sit back and see how he is around February time and see where we are, and make a decision from there.”

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