Saltonstall flew to Royal Ascot yesterday, the trip took 4 ½ hours in total, which shows the benefits of flying. He ate and drank well last night and he was very relaxed when we took him up to the racecourse this morning. He doesn’t take much work and he will not need to ride out before he runs in the Royal Hunt Cup.
He was impressive when he won a handicap on Guineas weekend. He has shown to be versatile on the going, I would expect him to handle the likely fast ground which we look like having tomorrow.
There are plenty of fancied horses drawn on the same side and William (Buick) knows the horse, having won on him at The Curragh and I’ve had this race in mind for him for sometime and he goes there in terrific form.
We also run Terzetto in The Sandringham Handicap on Friday and Colm O’Donoghue rides her. She is a very lightly raced filly that has had just the three starts to date and I was very happy with her first run on grass at The Curragh on Guineas weekend.
She has come forward for that outing and her work has been good since. She’ll fly over on Thursday and she looks great and hopefully she’ll take the trip over well. I think she is well worth her place in the line-up and she is guaranteed a run.
She will appreciate the likely fast ground and while it looks a hugely competitive race, William rode her the last day and liked her a lot and he felt that this race would be a good option for her. Both he and James Doyle are riding for Charlie Appleby, so I am more than happy to book Colm for the ride, as he rode her to win her maiden.
Royal Ascot is the biggest fixture of the year and it’s great to be going there with two nice horses. As I said both horses have been working very well and hopefully they’ll enjoy a bit of luck in running and run to their best.