The Paul Mulrennan column: Put a line through Troubador's last run

By Paul Mulrennan
Fri 24 Jul 2020

The Racing TV-backed jockey has a couple of interesting rides at Newmarket on Saturday, but is in no doubt as to how he feels about Enable's King George prospects.

A couple of winners at Ayr on Monday helped keep things ticking over, but it is down the A1 for me on Saturday as I have a couple of rides at Newmarket.

Troubador was a horse I developed a good relationship with last season and I'm hopeful of a big run from him in the Stetchworth & Middle Park Studs Ltd Handicap, despite the fact that he looks to have something to find with a few of these.

You can forget his last run. It was bottomless ground and although he is adaptable to different types of going, he hated it. I had a sit on him the other day and he felt in absolutely great shape.

He'd run well against a good horse in Mehmas at Pontefract previously, getting closer than anything else to a progressive rival there, and I'm hopeful he will run much better than his odds might suggest.

Troubador finishes fast for second at Pontefract two starts ago

My other ride is aboard Defence Girl for Simon and Ed Crisford in the Alborada Trust Fillies' Stakes. These silks of owner Mr Hussain Lootah have been pretty lucky for me in the past, so I'm hoping for the best. Watching her last race at Bath back, she seems to set a decent standard, although Godolphin's filly Declaring Love has also shown a solid level of ability.

Down at Ascot, Solo Saxophone has been declared to run, with Oisin Murphy booked. I'll be keeping a close eye as to how he gets on, having been on board for his three successes so far this season.

The headline race is Enable's bid to make history in the King George and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes and I can't see her beaten, no matter what the Aidan O'Brien pair of Japan and Sovereign have planned.

Ryan Moore and William Buick have both enjoyed plenty of success for John Gosden, so I can't see it being anything other than a fair fight and I reckon Frankie Dettori will just sit back and let them get on with whatever they want to do.

Frankie has been telling everyone that Enable has come on an absolute ton for her reappearance at Sandown. If you ask me, I think she'll win without breaking sweat.

Finally, we heard the very sad news of Geoff Turnbull's death this week. For those of us on the northern circuit, Geoff was someone we all knew well and respected for what he and his wife Sandra had built up. He was a really good man, always good company, and he enjoyed all of his successes as an owner and a breeder.

His Elwick Stud is a fantastic place and although he sadly won't get to see the progeny of his cracking performer Mondialiste make it to the racetrack, hopefully his children will want to continue his legacy. Geoff will be much-missed by all of us.

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