Charlie Fellowes is pleased Newbury has seen some rain ahead of King Ottokar’s reappearance in the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup British EBF Conditions Stakes at Newbury on Friday.
A classy field of 11 has been declared, with both King Ottokar and Turgenev taking each other on again having met in the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster at the end of last season.
Fellowes feels that was too much, too soon for his son of Motivator, whom he also expects to be suited by the step up in trip.
“King Ottokar won a novice at Newbury first time out on testing ground and then he went to Doncaster which was probably just a step too far, too soon,” said Fellowes.
“Greenness and the quicker ground meant he never really got into the race. They went very hard and the inexperienced horses got found out.
“He has wintered really well. The step up to a mile and quarter will be no problem and the soft ground is ideal. I’ve been hoping and praying that Newbury would get plenty of rain, so I am pleased.
“He has a lovely draw. It’s a hell of a hot conditions race. I think there are plenty of Group performers in this race. It’s going to be one to keep an eye on for the future.
“We have three lengths to turn around with Turgenev. I’d be hopeful the ground and extra couple of furlongs will help with that.”
John Gosden’s Turgenev, Roger Charlton’s Headman, Hugo Palmer’s Power Of States and Charlie Appelby’s Space Blues are just a few of the promising colts lining up.