Headway poised to Spring into action in Cup date at Lingfield

Fri 2 Mar 2018

Connections of Headway are excited to see the colt make his seasonal debut in the 32Red Spring Cup Stakes at Lingfield on Saturday, should the track pass an 8am inspection.

The son of Havana Gold, owned by the Royal Ascot Racing Club, will try to kickstart his three-year-old campaign in the Listed contest over seven furlongs following a successful juvenile campaign.

Headway raced at a high level, finishing second in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, and was last seen dead-heating for third place in the Gimcrack Stakes at York in August

"He's in very good form. William is very happy with the horse," said the owners' racing manager Alex Smith.

"We're delighted to get James Doyle to ride and we're hoping for a very good run.

"He's done very well over the winter. He's been working nicely and doing all the things you'd hope he would. We're really looking forward to it."

Lansky had smart form as a youngster, winning a novice event at Windsor and Kempton, as well as running with credit at Group level when third in the Acomb Stakes and fourth in the Mill Reef.

His trainer Jeremy Noseda reports the Dark Angel colt's preparation to have gone smoothly and is expecting a good run.

"Lansky is in great order and training well," the Newmarket trainer told

"I see no reason why the track and trip won't suit him.

"His form as a two-year-old was very solid and matches up in a race such as this."

Rufus King, one of two runners from Mark Johnston's stable, is said to be in fine shape as he bids to start this campaign the way he finished last year, with a victory.

"Rufus King finished the season on a nice note at Newmarket last year," said Johnston's son and assistant, Charlie.

"We contemplated going abroad with him through the winter, but decided to stay put and focus on a three-year-old campaign here.

"It is his first run back of the year, but we are happy with how he has wintered and this looks a nice starting point. The trip and grade look perfect and it should give us an indication as to where we set our sights for the rest of the year."

An early objective for Lake Volta is Lingfield in four weeks' time, but connections feel he needs another outing before then, having finished fourth on his return at Newcastle recently.

"The focus for Lake Volta is the 32Red Three-Year-Old Championships on Good Friday," said Johnston.

"Although the final is over six furlongs, there are no qualifier races over that trip through February and March.

"We needed to get two runs into him, which is why he ran over five furlongs at Newcastle last week and is running over seven furlongs on Saturday. He is jumping about in trip, but we are just trying to get him qualified for the Final.

"I actually thought he ran a nice race at Newcastle, as we fully expected the trip to be too sharp for him. The race on Saturday is a more suitable test and, with fitness on his side, I can see him running a good race."

An intriguing six-horse affair is completed by Richard Fahey's Bengali Boys, winner of the Weatherbys Super Sprint, and Albishir, who has finished runner-up in both his starts for Simon Dow since being bought out of Richard Hannon's stable for 90,000 guineas at Tattersalls Autumn Sales.

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