Boy steps up in Sovereign
Last Updated: 13/08/14 1:02pm
Producer: Runs at Salisbury
Genius Boy aims to continue his fantastic run of form in the totepool Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury on Thursday.
James Tate's prolific winner was unraced as a juvenile and as a three-year-old, but he has appeared intent on making up for lost time this season.
The son of New Approach has won five times from eight starts, including his last four races, and Tate feels the time is right to test the water at Group Three level.
Tate said: "He's obviously in very good form, having won his last four races, and we think he's due another step up the ladder.
"It goes without saying more is required for him to get his head in front again, but he is a horse who only just does enough to beat what is put in front of him, so we do think he can step up.
"This race will certainly tell us where we're going with him in the future."
The Rod Millman-trained Master Carpenter has enjoyed a similarly excellent season, winning a Listed prize at Sandown and a Group Three in France.
He was far from disgraced in finishing third behind John Gosden's Western Hymn over a mile and a quarter at Maisons-Laffitte last month and Millman feels his charge will appreciate this lesser stamina test.
"He's been running well all season and hopefully he'll give another good account of himself," said the Devon trainer.
"He obviously has to carry a Group Three penalty, which we could have done without, but he seems in really good form.
"He didn't quite see it out over a mile and a quarter last time, but he still ran a good race.
"I think coming back to a mile will suit him and we'd like to see a bit of rain overnight to ensure he gets his conditions."
Richard Hannon fires a formidable twin assault, with Producer and Anjaal major contenders for the £75,000 contest.
The Marlborough handler told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk: "Producer has been travelling in the fast lane these past 12 months, and this is the first time that he has dropped to Group Three since he won the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket last summer.
"He ran well in a hot race at York last time and should be a major player dropped in grade.
"Similarly, Anjaal is dropping down one rung, and he ran his best race for a long time when a fast-finishing third in the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood last month.
"Nothing finished better, so back over the mile he also goes there with a shout."
The highest-rated horse in the 11-strong field is the William Haggas-trained Yuften, who passed the post second in the Group One Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly last month before being demoted to fourth.
South African trainer Mike de Kock is represented by Rerouted.
Other interesting contenders include Captain Cat from Roger Charlton's yard and Godolphin's Tawhid.