Tate’s Army chases July prize
James Tate believes Invincible Army is ready to take a step up to Pattern company in the Arqana July Stakes at Newmarket.
Having swerved an outing in the Coventry Stakes with the son of Invincible Spirit, the Newmarket handler will now ready the colt for a shot at the Group Two on July 13.
After finishing second behind subsequent Chesham third Masar on his debut at Goodwood, the Saeed Manana-owned two-year-old bolted up in a maiden at the July Course last month.
Tate said: "We need to step Invincible Army up now and he will now go for the July Stakes. He has come out of that race really well.
"Obviously it was only down the road for him and it was a very easy race and he didn't need to improve, but he looked a lot more professional.
"I just thought he probably lacked experience in a big field like the one in the Coventry.
"We have got to take a chance in a higher grade now and this will test him."
Stablemate Haddaf could make a second outing within a week in the Allied World Dragon Stakes at Sandown on Friday.
The son of Dawn Approach bounced back from his defeat in the Coventry Stakes with a facile victory in a five-furlong novice event at Newcastle on Saturday.
Tate said: "It is possible that Haddaf could be turned out again and go for the Dragon Stakes.
"He looked like a non-stayer in the Coventry. We dropped him back down to five furlongs and he obviously appreciated that. Five furlongs appears to be his game.
"It was an easy race and appeared to take nothing out of him.
"He was drawn five out of five when third in the National Stakes and the winner (Havana Grey) just made all (the running) up the far rail, as they often do at Sandown.
"If he does go there Friday hopefully he will be better drawn."
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