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  • 14:30 Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes 1m

  • (Group 2) (Rnd) £100,000 added 4yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £56,710 2nd £21,500 3rd £10,760 4th £5,360
  • Going: Good to Firm, Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 39.34s
  • Off time: 14:30:23

Tullius takes aim at Summer Mile

Last Updated: 11/07/14 8:37pm

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Tullius has been a fine standard-bearer for the Balding team this season

Tullius has been a fine standard-bearer for the Balding team this season

VIew from connections ahead of the Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Andrew Balding will give Tullius a break no matter how he performs in the Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot tomorrow.

The six-year-old will be having his fifth start of the season in the Group Two, having run in races as varied as the Lincoln at the opening meeting of the season and the prestigious Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He returns to the Berkshire track after running a thoroughly creditable fourth behind Toronado.

Balding would prefer to see a shower or two of rain, while stablemate Highland Knight also takes his chance.

"If they got any rain that would be a help for Tulius. As long as the ground is on the good side of good to firm that would be fine for him," said the Kingsclere handler.

"He's proven at this level and if he runs his usual race he should be right in the mix.

"He's been busy and whatever happens he will be having a break after this, but he still appears to be in good form at home.

"Highland Knight is very consistent.

"He won a Group Two in Germany and a Group Three here last year and is more than capable in races like this.

"If he runs his race he shouldn't be far away either."

Richard Hannon has three representatives in Baltic Knight, Producer and Trumpet Major.

"Baltic Knight was pulled out last week because of the fast ground, so hopefully the forecast showers materialise," said Hannon on www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

"He ran a cracker in Listed company at Windsor last time, and we feel he is improving with racing this season, while Producer, who picked up £220,000 for winning in Turkey last season, also got in the money when finishing fifth in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot.

"That was a huge jump in class for him, but he acquitted himself well and he never lets us down.

"We are three-handed here as we also run Trumpet Major. You can forget his run in the Hunt Cup as the tongue tie came off down at the start and they could not get it back on.

"We have decided to run him in a spoon-bit this time - it works a treat for Toronado, so hopefully it will also help him."

Godolphin's Long John has his first run in Europe having finished sixth behind Toast Of New York in the UAE Derby.

"Long John travelled back well from Dubai," trainer Charlie Appleby told www.godolphin.com

"He was disappointing on World Cup night but I feel that was down to the slow conditions - the track was riding slow.

"From what we have seen at home, he enjoys turf and is a proven performer on the surface in Australia.

"Long John has shown more enthusiasm in Newmarket than he did in Dubai.

"We are hopeful of a nice run on Saturday. If all goes well, the Celebration Mile at Goodwood could be a future target but we will cross this bridge first.

"For me, this horse is a miler."

The William Haggas-trained Graphic would have had plenty of support as he represents the Royal Ascot Racing Club.

The five-year-old won a Group Three in France only last weekend and has been in great heart this season.

However, racing manager Harry Herbert said trainer William Haggas wanted rain for him to run and he was declared a non-runner on Friday evening due to the ground.

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