Frankel colt Herculean earns Classic quotes in impressing on debut at Ascot

Fri 8 Sep 2017

By staff

Roger Charlton could have a smart horse on his hands in the shape of Herculean, judging by the manner of his impressive debut win at Ascot.

While it remains to be seen how good the son of Frankel turns out to be, he looked a potential star in the making when powering to a length-and-three-quarter success in the Charbonnel Et Walker British EBF Maiden Stakes, to form the middle leg of a treble for Ryan Moore.

The 11-10 winner was introduced at 33-1 for next year's Derby and 25-1 for the 2000 Guineas with Paddy Power, and Charlton said: "Obviously he is a nice horse. Ryan said he is still a bit weak.

"We will take our time with him. He will probably have one more run. Hopefully we have a nice eight- to 10-furlong horse for next year. I am not making any fancy plans at this stage. He is a nice horse and it was not a surprise."

Marco Botti knew how talented Excelebration was, having saddled him to Group One glory, and Speak In Colours could prove a useful offspring of the mile ace, winning division one of the Twinnings Novice Auction Stakes to initiate Moore's haul.

Botti said of the 9-4 scorer, who holds an entry in the Mill Reef Stakes: "He won well and he liked the ground and we knew that. Once he hit the front he thought he'd done enough, but I was happy with him.

"We will just keep an eye on the race (Mill Reef) and how it shapes up. If the field cuts up, we might take our chance."

Reverend Jacobs (8-13), from the yard of William Haggas, completed Moore's three-timer when holding on by a short head in the Garden For All Seasons Maiden Stakes.

Henry Spiller saw his hard work with Leader Writer (10-1) rewarded after the five-year-old gave him his first winner at the course in completing a double for Fran Berry with victory in the Weatherbys Handicap.

Spiller said: "He is a horse that came over from France and he refused four times in a row. That's how I ended up with him at the start. My fiance rung me after the race to say he'd won, as I didn't know.

"We felt he really improved from the Shergar Cup. The Cambridgeshire is the long-term plan."

Mick Quinn hinted at an outing in the November Handicap for Great Hall (9-1) after kickstarting Berry's brace when running out a half-length winner of the Victoria Racing Club Handicap.


Richard Hughes enjoyed plenty of big days at Ascot during his lengthy career in the saddle and the Lambourn handler celebrated his first winner as a trainer at the Berkshire venue when Odyssa (7-2) took the second division of the six-furlong novice auction stakes.

He said: "It means much more training a winner here, especially in our position. I needed winners every day to be champion jockey and you take it for granted - now you are happy if you get one a week."


Herculean suggested he could be another Group-race winner to be sired by the mighty Frankel when defeating what could turn out to be a useful field to make his debut a winning one in the seven-furlong maiden.


Cape Byron may have had the class edge over his rivals in the mile classified stakes, but he required Andrea Atzeni to be at his strongest to get him up close home on his first start in 324 days.

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