Returning Lancelot bids for second Cleves victory

Veteran sprinter back on favoured surface

  • Friday 01 February
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Dean Ivory hopes a return to an artificial surface can help former Stewards’ Cup winner Lancelot Du Lac turn back the clock at Lingfield in the Betway Cleves Stakes.

The evergreen nine-year-old will attempt to add to his 2017 win in the six-furlong Listed contest – when making his first start on the all-weather since last running out the winner of a conditions event at Chelmsford in April.

Radlett trainer Ivory said: “We’ve given him a bit of time off – and he has had a nice, long break. All these races are competitive, as we know. It’s his first time back, but he is very well.

“Sometimes one race too many can put them over the top, but he has had that lay-off and is back on the all-weather – which he is better on.”

Ivory acknowledges this will be no easy task, though.

“He has won the race before. But we have Kachy in there, and he is the one to beat.

“I’m happy with the draw in stall two. I would have been happier if the race was over five furlongs, because when they have been off for a while they can run a bit fresh.

“We like to keep these older horses going as long as they are happy. There are not lots of races for him, but this has been the target for a while.”

Tom Dascombe reports Kachy to be good order as he bids to follow up his Boxing Day success at Wolverhampton, on what will be his second start since undergoing a wind operation.

Dascombe said: “Kachy came out of his win at Wolverhampton in good form.

“We were delighted with his Wolverhampton victory – it was a good performance, and all has been well since.

“We need to run him again before (All-Weather Championships) Finals Day in order to qualify because – he must either win a fast-track qualifier or run at least another twice.

“We are looking forward to running.”

Archie Watson expects Corinthia Knight, winner of last year’s three-year-old final on Good Friday over course and distance, to leave his most recent effort at Kempton behind when.

He failed to beat a rival home that day, but Watson said: “He won the three-year-old final last year and goes well there – he is a three-time course winner.

“I thought he ran a bit flat at Kempton, but we have freshened him up since. He still ran a fair race, because he was giving weight away and was not beaten far.

“I think he is getting quicker, and five probably suits him better than six. Hopefully, on his best form he should be very competitive.”

The Lambourn trainer will also be represented by Gorgeous Noora, who claimed a handicap over course and distance on her second start for the yard.

Watson added: “I’ve only had her two starts, but I was impressed with her the other day because the second horse (Shamshon) has since won at Wolverhampton.

“For a filly like her, it is important to get black type, and this is the sort of race she can run well in. She is definitely up to this level.”

The field is completed by Cenotaph (Jeremy Noseda), Mokarris (Simon Crisford), Roman River (Martin Smith), Sir Thomas Gresham (Tim Pinfield) and Stone Of Destiny (Andrew Balding).

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