Belardo set for Washington Singer at Newbury
Last Updated: 16/08/14 2:36pm
Belardo (maroon) is in fantastic shape
View from connections ahead of Saturday's Denford Stud Stakes (registered as the Washington Singer Stakes) at Newbury.
Promising juvenile Belardo aims to book his ticket for some loftier assignments later in the season by winning the Denford Stud Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
Better known as the Washington Singer, the Listed race has been won by Just The Judge and Somewhat in the last two years and a small but select field of four will go to post.
Belardo made a winning debut at Yarmouth looking way above average and was then not disgraced behind Ivawood in the July Stakes when he was running on into fourth.
The Lope De Vega colt holds entries in races like the Champagne Stakes and the Dewhurst but will need to go close to winning this weekend to justify those.
"He was running on at the end of the July Stakes and it was real bad weather day, though the ground was OK," said owner Prince Faisal's racing manager Ted Voute.
"The Godolphin runner (Hawkesbury) is a bit of a talking horse around Newmarket so we may have most to fear from him. I've just watched all the races of the other runners and he didn't settle early on at Doncaster and I suppose with a small field there's the question of pace.
"Hopefully Mark Johnston's (Diaz) will go on like they normally do and we can slot in behind.
"The Prince was supposed to be coming over but is having to stay at home for family business and Roger (Varian) is in Deauville.
"I just hope it's fair ground as we wouldn't want it very soft, that wouldn't be my decision though.
"I was at the yard on Thursday and he really looks fantastic. He's entered up in all the nice races just in case, the Prince always likes to be able to dream and we're looking to keep the dream alive."
Carry On Deryck won hiis only start at the Berkshire venue two weeks ago and takes a step up in class.
While trainer Sylvester Kirk acknowledges the rise in grade, he feels he would only need to improve a little to get involved.
"It was a taking display on his debut," said Kirk. "We're going on the way he run the race rather than the form of it in thinking he might be up to this.
"He's in at the deep end, but if he improves a few pounds and for the step up to seven furlongs then who knows?
"This race traditionally cuts up to a small field so it's worth taking a chance. There was a bit of cut in the ground the day he made his debut, but I'd hope there's no more rain."