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Newbury preview: James Doyle hoping Journey can end up in winner's enclosure

Fri 18 Sep 2020

James Doyle remains optimistic Glorious Journey can make the most of a drop in class by returning to winning ways in the Dubai Duty Free Cup at Newbury.

The gelded son of Dubawi, one of two runners in the seven-furlong Listed prize for trainer Charlie Appleby alongside D’bai, has been out of luck since landing a Group Two at Meydan on his return in January.

Having beaten only two home in the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood on his penultimate start, Glorious Journey was well held last time in his attempt to claim back-to-back wins in the Hungerford Stakes over course and distance.

Doyle said: “His last two runs have been a bit questionable. It was a funny race in the Hungerford as Breathtaking Look and Dream Of Dreams scooted up the far rail and we never really got into it.

“He definitely needs to put a couple of below-par runs behind him. The team at home are happy with him, so hopefully he can go well, but he does need to bounce back.

“Conditions should be perfect for him as we know he likes the track having won the Group Two there last year.

“Hopefully the ground won’t dry out too much as he does like to get his toe in, but good ground should be fine.”

The step back up to seven furlongs is expected to suit the Simon and Ed Crisford-trained Jash, who will be looking to score for the first time since winning a Listed event over the same trip at Newmarket last May.

Ed Crisford said: “His first run back on the all-weather didn’t really suit him, but he finished behind Glen Shiel and the form of that race has worked out well, while the ground at York last time was probably too soft for him.

“He has got a long way to go to reach the form he had as a two-year-old, but we think stepping back up to seven furlongs should suit him and the ground should suit him, so I’m sure he will run a nice race.

“There is definitely still something there as he has been training really well at home, but I think we will find out a lot more about where we stand with him after this.”

Andrew Balding believes Jersey Stakes third Symbolize can make his presence felt if producing a repeat effort of his latest second in a conditions event at Haydock.

Balding said: “He has been consistent at a good level all year and is very versatile ground wise. He seems in good form and I’m hoping he will run well again, but it looks a tough race.

“He was beaten by a good horse (last time), but he only just lost out at the finish and I was delighted with the performance.”

Baradar puts crednetials on the line

Rossa Ryan is confident Baradar will have no problems tackling a mile for the first time as he puts his unbeaten record on the line in the 40 Year Anniversary Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions Stakes.

The Roger Varian-trained Muhaarar colt made the perfect start to his career with victory over seven furlongs at the track last month.

Ryan said: “I thought it was a good debut run. He was green and he got a bit lost between the three and the two, but I really liked his attitude. He switched on in the last furlong and sprinted away and I had trouble pulling him up.

“He has come out of the race very well. He is less exposed than the rest of the field as he has only had one run and there is plenty of improvement there. He has the pedigree to be a very nice horse.

“I think a mile will suit him well. He has done everything right so far and his work has been very good since his first run.”

Knight Salute will bid to give Classic-winning handler Balding his first victory in the conditions prize which includes 1981 Derby hero Shergar and multiple Group One winners Rainbow Quest and Nayef on its roll of honour.

Balding said: “He was very disappointing at Salisbury and we expected much better from him. The ground could have been a possibility as to why he didn’t run well, but we are on a fact-finding mission.

“He won well enough at Sandown the time before and hopefully he can run like he did that day. At this moment in time, I think a mile is his trip.”

Haynes Hanson and Clark loyalty

Haynes Hanson and Clark took over sponsorship of the race in 1981 This year’s race will sadly be run behind closed doors as result of Covid-19 - a rather different experience for Nick Clark who has managed the sponsorship every year since the first running in 1981.

Reflecting on the 40-year association with the race, he said: “Having established Haynes Hanson and Clark in 1978, Denis Haynes and I set out to sponsor a race as a thank you to a lot of racing clients for their loyal support and this race at Newbury was well timed for us.”

“I recall our first year which was won by Super Sunrise, trained by Gavin Hunter. We had about 50 guests that year, mainly from the world of racing. Since then, numbers have grown to about 200 every year across a wide spectrum of clients, many of whom have never been racing – but now love a day at Newbury!

“We are immensely proud of our 40-year commitment to this race and to British Horseracing and are looking forward to Friday’s renewal under very unique circumstances.”

Fine claret up for grabs

Since 1981, the winning owner has always walked away with a case of magnums of fine claret and will again do so on Friday afternoon. In total, 240 magnums will have been awarded to winning owners and 480 bottles for the winning connections of both the second and third placed runners.

Julian Thick, Chief Executive of Newbury Racecourse added: “40 years of sponsorship is an incredibly rare achievement in any sport and we would like to thank all the team at Haynes Hanson & Clark and in particular Nick Clark for his ongoing and unwavering support of the race. Their commitment to Newbury and British Horseracing is to be applauded and we are very sorry not to be able to host them on Friday afternoon.”

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