Time Test misses International
Fair Eva will spearhead Roger Charlton’s team for the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival after he was forced to rule Time Test out of the Juddmonte International.
The four-year-old was a leading fancy for Wednesday’s Group One feature having won the Sky Bet York Stakes over course and distance last month.
However the trainer told his websitewww.rogercharlton.com: “Time Testwill not be running in the Juddmonte International at York next week.
“We weren’t totally happy with his work this morning. He is likely to be given a short break before any future plans are made.”
When interviewed on Racing UK at Salisbury later in the day, Charlton expanded: “He worked with Countermeasure, his normal lead horse, this morning and certainly every time that he’s worked this year he moves up on the bridle and then quickens four or five lengths clear and has an impressive turn of foot as he’s shown in his races.
“Today he just worked a little bit flat. He moved up as though he was going to go winging past him and in the end didn’t and Steve Raymont, who is his regular rider and been at Beckhampton longer than I have, just said that he felt he worked a bit flat and that wasn’t him.
“The Juddmonte next week is naturally a proper Group One race with some very good horses in it and there’s no point running in a race like that if your gut feeling tells you your horse isn’t 100% so we decided to scratch.
“The horses have been very healthy all year and are running great. We look forward to our other runners in the next week.”
They are headed by Fair Eva, an unbeaten daughter of Frankel who was a runaway winner of the Princess Mararget Stakes at Ascot last time. She’s on target for the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes.
Charlton added: “Fair Eva worked well this morning and heads for the Lowther at York. George Baker rode her and was very happy. She won well at Ascot, in a good time and the Lowther sits well in the calendar.
“Imperial Aviator had a break after he ran in the French Derby, after jinking in the home straight. He is moving well and heads to the Great Voltigeur. It will be a tough race, as the programme book for 3yos like him is non-existent.
“Quest for More will return to York for the Lonsdale Cup next Friday. Hopefully he will get proper quick ground and a good pace, which disappeared an hour before his run in the Goodwood Cup. He is in great form and 2 miles is his favoured trip.
“Countermeasurewill be entered in the Strensall Stakes over 1m 1f on the Friday of York. He is working nicely and will get to run under his own steam.
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