The Queen’s horse Reach For The Moon will run within the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot, coach John Gosden has confirmed. The colt missed the Derby at Epsom and was rerouted to the massive summer season assembly
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The Queen’s “great” knowledge into horse health has impressed the coaching of her primary hope for Royal Ascot.
Reach For The Moon, the bookies’ favorite for the Hampton Court Stakes, is being ready for the massive assembly by John Gosden in Newmarket.
After the colt sustained an harm final September, time ran out to get him to the Derby in peak form. His absence meant the Queen was and not using a runner in the one Flat Classic she has not received as an proprietor, on the Platinum Jubilee weekend.
Reach For The Moon began his season with a second place at Sandown in May, the place he got down to make all of the working underneath Frankie Dettori. The royal fixture was then recognized as his subsequent goal – and Gosden mentioned due to Her Majesty’s affected person strategy, hopes are excessive he can carry out to the most effective of his means on June 16.
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“The great thing about Her Majesty, both the owner and breeder of the horse – she said ‘you do what’s right for the horse,” Gosden mentioned.
“So it was quite obvious pushing and forcing to get to Epsom was the wrong thing entirely.
“He acquired a contact drained within the Heron (Stakes, Sandown, May 19) however he ran a stunning race to be second there. I used to be delighted with that after which we will go on to Ascot and run a mile and 1 / 4.
“He might well go a mile and a half in time but he just wasn’t going to get there (Epsom). We are doing the right thing by the horse, I’m pleased with him and we are looking forward to the Hampton Court.”
Reach For The Moon, who had been put in as one of many favourites for the Derby, picked up his harm throughout a routine canter in Newmarket. Gosden added that his cost spent round three months recuperating on the stud on the Sandringham property, earlier than he began coaching once more.
“It’s a long road back from those sort of things,” Gosden added. “It’s a great thing that he has come back, it’s testament to the horse and the care that he has had. He’s quite a character, he likes to play, he has got a lot of spirit about him.
“Let’s hope he places a giant run in there and we do not get too huge a draw.”
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The Queen delighted followers by making an look at Royal Ascot final 12 months. Reach For The Moon completed runner-up within the Chesham Stakes, a spotlight of the reigning monarch’s greatest ever 12 months for winners.
The Queen’s tally reached 36 total because the runners banked greater than £500,000 in prize cash. Next week the well-known royal silks may be carried by proficient sprinter King’s Lynn and three-year-old filly Perfect Alibi.
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