Al Aasy searching for to be topped in Coronation Cup



William Haggas won’t be utilizing floor situations as an excuse for Al Aasy ought to he come up brief on his first begin at Group One degree within the Coral Coronation Cup at Epsom.

The Newmarket handler has made no secret of the regard through which he holds the son of Sea The Stars – and he has justified that confidence this spring with two dominant shows in Group Three firm at Newbury.

Al Aasy faces a step up in school and is more likely to encounter a a lot sooner floor on Friday, however Haggas is unconcerned.

He mentioned: “The bottom is what it’s. I believe the bottom can be wonderful, not an excuse – he goes on the agency. It will not be that unhealthy, both.

“He is pretty much as good as we will have him – we’re very blissful together with his situation.”

Aidan O’Brien has saddled a report eight earlier winners for the Coronation Cup and this 12 months is represented by full-brothers Japan and Mogul.

Twin Group One winner Japan endured a largely underwhelming season in 2020 – however received the present marketing campaign off to a successful begin it the Ormonde Stakes at Chester.

O’Brien mentioned: “Japan is a stunning horse. We’re simply placing a line by way of his runs final 12 months.

“I bear in mind Ryan (Moore) driving him within the Arc two years in the past and he was over the moon with him and was actually wanting ahead to him.

“We have been delighted with him in Chester and we hope he’ll hold progressing. The plan was at all times to go the longer journey to present him confidence. Ryan was delighted with him in Chester.

“He had an excellent run within the Derby as a three-year-old (completed shut third). Hopefully he’ll be blissful going again there once more.”

Mogul, who has additionally received twice on the highest degree, was final seen ending third within the Prix Ganay at ParisLongchamp.

“Mogul improved an terrible lot from Dubai to France. In France they went very sluggish which would not have suited him and the bottom went in opposition to him as nicely,” O’Brien added.

“He is been working very properly as nicely. Seamus (Heffernan) rides him. I do not assume he is ridden him in a race earlier than, however he is aware of him nicely and rides him in most of his work.”

Pyledriver didn’t fare so nicely on his earlier go to to Epsom, having endured a troubled passage in final 12 months’s Derby.

Nonetheless, the Harbour Watch colt did win the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Nice Voltigeur at York as a three-year-old and made a promising return when runner-up to Sir Ron Priestley within the Jockey Membership Stakes a month in the past.

William Muir, who now trains in partnership with Chris Grassick, mentioned: “I am wanting ahead to it. He is in good type, every little thing has gone how we’d need it to go since Newmarket and he is prepared for this race.

“What occurred within the Derby occurred 4 furlongs after leaving the stalls. I have never received any issues in regards to the observe.

“There’s some very, superb horses within the race, however it’s a Group One – they are not shoo-ins.

“There’s speak they may get just a few thunder showers. Both method, the bottom will not be going to fret me.”

Ralph Beckett’s Albaflora and Highland Chief from Paul and Oliver Cole’s yard full the line-up.





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