Somerville Tattersalls Stakes: Casual’s up for it
Connections of Casual Glimpse expect the Compton Place colt to make amends for a poor show last time in the Somerville Tattersalls Stakes on Thursday.
The Richard Hannon-trained colt scoped dirty after being well beaten in the Gimcrack Stakes at York but had looked a promising colt when successful in a conditions race at Newmarket's July meeting.
“We are expecting a much better run from Casual Glimpse. He looked good when winning at Newmarket's July meeting but ran no race in the Gimcrack up at York,” Hannon said.
“Apart from Moriarty, none of ours ran well up there, so I would put a line through that, and, in any event, he came back with a dirty scope. He is fine now and will appreciate the step up to seven furlongs.”
Barry Simpson, racing manager to owner Sir Robert Ogden, added: “He's in very good shape. He's come on for his last run when I think everything was against him. We're happy with him.”
Hannon also runs Royal Exchange, owned and bred by The Queen. The son of Royal Applause has shown progressive form, winning his last three races when gradually stepped up in class.
“Royal Exchange has just got better and better. He showed plenty of promise over five furlongs but was always going to improve as he stepped up in trip, and he has now won three off the spin,” Hannon added.
“He did well to defy a mark of 89 in a nursery at Goodwood but looked even better when winning the Listed Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury.
“He looked to relish the soft ground that day so any deterioration in the weather won't be a problem, and if he came through this he could even run again in the Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury on October 23.”
Roger Teal feels Surrey Star could be suited by some cut in the ground.
The Dubawi colt has already been placed in Listed and Group Three company on quickish conditions and Teal is looking forward to the challenge.
“He's come on really well, we've got Kieren Fallon on board. Kieren's on fire and we're hopeful of a big run,” said the Surrey handler.
“He looks like he might appreciate some cut in the ground. We'll see.”
The Barry Hills-trained Rerouted tackles Pattern company for the first time after being placed in two nurseries since landing his maiden.
“Barry has always had a high opinion of this horse but this is obviously a big step up from what he's done so far,” said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah.
“It looks a competitive race but we're hoping for a decent run.”