Since he targets the DC Coaching And Development Services Scarbrough Stakes clive Cox’s Tis Marvellous Wants to bounce back by a luckless run in the Beverley Bullet.
Despite heading into post as the 2-1 favorite, coming home fifth of 10, the five-year-old had travelled into Beverley the rear of a rewarding success in a tradition handicap off at Ascot, having previously finished second at the Wokingham in the Royal meeting.
“He won very well at Ascot, and didn’t get the simplest of passages at the Beverley Bullet,” said Cox.
“He has come back in terrific form, he’s had a good season so this can be a good prospect for him”
El Astronaute, educated by John Quinn, will measure back down to Listed business as he tries to assert the race he lost by a head last year.
The six-year-old has competed with success and was beaten by Worldwide Applause in last year’s competition.
After consecutive wins in the Listed Midsummer Sprint at Cork and the Rockingham Handicap in the Curragh, the son of Approve then ended second in the Group Two Sapphire Stakes.
Throughout that bout of shape he outperformed three of the Scarbrough rivals – Duke Of Firenze, Dark Equilateral and Shot.
“We are very happy with him and that he actually likes Doncaster,” said Quinn.
“He ran very well in the race last year. Tis Marvellous are the one they’ve got to beat, his shape is very good.”
Equilateral hasn’t been seen since his encounter with El Astronaute in the Curragh, in which he completed three and a half lengths behind the gelding and seven lengths behind the winner of John Quinn.
The four-year-old colt was second to Mabs Cross at the Group Three Palace House Stakes at Newmarket, dropping out by a neck.
Talking of his Scarbrough entry, coach Charlie Hills stated:”It’s the race we’ve been awaiting.
“Obviously he has won at the course before, it’s a race that he should be running very well in.”
Elsewhere in the line-up is that the Michael Dods-trained Queens Donation, next to Judicial in the Beverley Bullet plus also a yearlong winner more than five furlongs this year.
Scott Dixon’s Dark Shot, David Griffiths’ Duke Of Firenze and James Fanshawe’s Archer’s Fantasy will also be in the mix, with the latter appearing to return to shape after his three-race winning streak came to an end when ninth from the Group Three Summer Stakes at York.
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