Abel Handy ready for business in Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket

Thu 12 Oct 2017

Abel Handy represents Declan Carroll in the Group Three Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.

The Malton handler was dealt a huge blow earlier in the season when he lost the potentially top-class juvenile Santry, but while Abel Handy has yet to reach the level of the Royal Ascot runner-up, he has yet to be out of the first two in four starts.

He was last seen finishing a close second to Sound And Silence, who renews rivalry at Newmarket, in a Listed sprint at York.

"He's a cracking little horse," Carroll said. "He's progressed each time he's gone to the racecourse and is a little belter.

"The plan was actually to take him to the Western Meeting at Ayr for the Listed Roses Stakes, that is why he hasn't run for a little while. This was the next suitable race for him after that was abandoned.

"We don't have much to find with the Godolphin horse (Sound And Silence) and he's had two runs since beating us, so we might be a little fresher. He's in good form and is training well, so we're looking forward to it."

Betfair and Paddy Power make Abel Handy the 11-2 second favopurite in a market headed by Sound And Silence at a general 9-4.

The latter won the Windsor Castle at the Royal meeting and his only disappointing performance came in the July Stakes at Newmarket in July.

Since beating Abel Handy at York he has twice been to France, finishing second at Chantilly before winning a Maisons-Laffitte Group Three in clear-cut style.

"Sound And Silence has run consistently well all season and his last performance on soft ground at Maisons-Laffitte was another step up compared to his previous form," trainer Charlie Appleby told www.godolphin.com.

"We are coming back to five furlongs on a sounder surface, but he has ticked both of those boxes before when winning the Windsor Castle Stakes and Roses Stakes."

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