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Ascot Seeks Shocking & Whobegotyou For UK Trips

Friday, 6th November 2009

Meanwhile UK track Ascot’s representative Nick Smith (who watched Shocking win the Melbourne Cup) has suggested to trainer Mark Kavanagh that he enter the boom stayer for some of the major UK Group races over 12 furlongs (2400m) such as the Gr1 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Smith told The Daily Telegraph: “Shocking is such a progressive type that we are recommending to Mark Kavanagh that he should look at the Hardwicke & then consider the Gr1 King George. This horse is not your (Ascot Gold) Cups type & should be effective over a mile-and-a-half in Britain.” Smith also confirmed he had approached Shocking’s owner Laurence Eales about taking his other star galloper Whobegotyou to Royal Ascot for the Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes, noting: “Whobegotyou is a brilliant weight-for-age horse in Australia & ideal for the Queen Anne. We know he gets a mile-and-a-quarter here, but a stiff mile at Ascot, you could argue, would be even better for him. After the success of Haradasun, as well as the sprinters in the King’s Stand & Golden Jubilee, we are finding that Aussie owners & trainers are much more attuned to what Ascot has to offer.”

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