Frankuus on song for Newbury
Views from connections ahead of Saturday's Denford Stud Washington Singer Stakes at Newbury.
Frankuus (white face) will attempt to boost his sire's record
Frankuus will attempt to give his mighty sire Frankel further prestige by winning the Denford Stud Washington Singer Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
Having made a winning debut at Haydock, the Mark Johnston-trained two-year-old finished a respectable fifth in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot on next start before claiming third spot in a Listed contest back at the Berkshire track last month.
Connections are now hopeful Frankuus, who will be ridden for the first time by Adam Kirby, can strike again and give the Middleham handler a fourth success in this seven-furlong Listed contest.
Charlie Johnston, the trainer's son and assistant, said: "We are very happy with him. He ran a very good race at Ascot. He looked like he was going to get tapped for toe and that he would fall away halfway.
"Then he stayed on very stylishly and with another couple of strides he would have won. We half-pencilled in the Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury as he looks like he is ready for a mile already.
"We made an entry here and when we looked at it we felt it was a race well up to winning. It is three weeks since his last run at Ascot. We have not done a huge amount since then but we have not needed to as he is very fit and well. He is an exciting horse for now and next year."
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Having found one too good on each of her previous two starts, Amabilis will be out to make it third-time lucky on her first venture outside of maiden company. The daughter of Champs Elysees was denied a winning debut at Newmarket by Dabyah from the yard of John Gosden, before being touched off by the Aidan O'Brien-trained Rhododendron last time out at Goodwood.
Trainer Ralph Beckett said: "It was a speculative entry but it became clear as it got close to the declaration time that it was the right thing to do. She is in good form and I'm hopeful she will be competitive and I don't see why she shouldn't be.
"She is a very straightforward filly and will love the ground. I wish it was another a furlong but I suspect so do some of the others in the field. It is a good competitive heat and we will see how we go."
One place behind Amabilis at Goodwood was the Marcus Tregoning-trained Argenterie, who will be looking to turn the tables.
Tregoning said: "Rather than running in a maiden she is running in this as we need to get some black type into her. She is in very good form and she will run a big race. I'm pretty certain she is a decent filly.
"Goodwood was her first run. I thought she would run seriously well but she was maybe a little bit immature. She has taken the race absolutely fine and it will be nice if she runs well."
Hugo Palmer believes course-and-distance maiden winner Escobar should be sharper for his first start.
The Newmarket handler said: "He's a colt we've always liked, but he's a maiden winner stepping into Listed company on his second start. We've got a lot of learning to do about him and he's got a lot to learn, but he did nothing wrong in the race first time out and I hope that will have taught him something."
The five-runner field is completed by Mr Scaramanga from the yard of Richard Hannon and owned by Chelsea Thoroughbreds.
The owners' spokesman James Ramsden said: "We'll see where we are with him after this. He sort of sets the standard, the others have looked promising while he's run well in a Group Two and sets the standard. Escobar looked good on debut and we've heard Ralph Beckett's is quietly fancied, too."
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