Bell targets Royal Ascot repeat with The Lir Jet

Michael Bell will select between the Commonwealth Cup and Jersey Stakes as The Lir Jet bids to win at Royal Ascot for the second successive yr.

The three-year-old was not at his greatest when final seen ending tenth of 10 within the Group Two Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock final month.

That run adopted his third on seasonal comeback at Newbury in April, within the Greenham Stakes.

Bell may discover no apparent purpose for the colt’s below-par Haydock efficiency, and has reached the conclusion that the heavy floor interfered together with his stride when jockey Oisin Murphy made a problem on the furlong pole.

“Haydock was an absolute thriller – as a result of we scoped him, blood-tested him and had him checked over by the vet afterwards, and we could not discover something mistaken,” stated the Newmarket coach.

“For me, he simply misplaced his motion in that very deep floor.

“He travelled properly – and as quickly as Oisin requested him to quicken, his again finish appeared to go. For the reason that race, he is been nice and coaching very well.”

The Lir Jet’s highest-profile victory thus far was on the Royal assembly final summer time, when he gained the Group Two Norfolk Stakes by a neck.

Bell is weighing up this yr’s choices, over six furlongs within the Commonwealth Cup and 7 within the Jersey.

“He is definitely received kind over seven furlongs within the Greenham, which was a really strong run,” he stated.

“He ran very properly over a mile within the Breeders’ Cup, so I believe he may get a mile round a bend once more. His journey is between six and 7 furlongs, however I do not need to be fully tied to it.

“There’s been many horses who’ve repeat good kind on the monitor. It is a unusual floor, particularly the straight monitor – there is a membrane below the grass, and sure horses appear to essentially take to it.

“You get many horses that again up yr in yr out, so I am hoping he might be considered one of them.”

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