Salisbury set for Warr
Published 24/06/2008 | 01:00
Sir Michael Stoute was among the winners at Royal Ascot last week and can strike with Warringah in the Doccombe European Bibury Cup Handicap at Salisbury.
The great man appears to have an embarrassment of riches at his disposal this season and currently houses the first three in the ante-post betting for the St Leger, Derby runner-up Tartan Bearer, Patkai and Conduit.
And while Warringah may not have Classic aspirations, he does look a typical improver - the type with which Stoute excels.
By Derby winner Galileo, he was always going to need middle distances and, after an encouraging debut over a mile last year, Warringah was put away for the winter.
His seasonal debut produced a cracking effort as he finished less than three lengths behind stablemate Tartan Bearer, who has done nothing but advertise the form ever since.
It was disappointing when he was turned over as an odds-on chance in a Thirsk maiden on his next start but it meant he started life in handicaps on a realistic mark of 75.
The three-year-old showed he was a good deal better than the handicapper thought by bolting up at Newbury.
Stoute's charge is a half-brother to Hi Calypso, who won the same Newbury race last year before following up in this event.
Lightning can strike twice for the stable.