Oisin Murphy in line for Fantastic Tonight journey



Champion jockey Oisin Murphy might workforce up with Fantastic Tonight for the primary time within the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes if situations are appropriate at Ascot.

David Menuisier’s steady star was ridden by William Buick on her profitable seasonal bow within the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and when claiming the second of two Group One wins to this point within the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes final autumn.

Nevertheless, Buick shall be aboard Charlie Appleby’s Derby hero Adayar for retained proprietor Godolphin on Saturday, leaving Murphy to take the reins on Fantastic Tonight – if she strains up.

The bottom at Ascot is presently good to agency, good in locations, with doable thunderstorms later within the week.

Menuisier stated: “Oisin is a prime jockey, and we expect he’s the absolute best alternative for William, if she runs.

“It is a type of issues – in summer season, warmth could be adopted by thunderstorms, so it is not by any means delusional to suppose we would get some rain. We simply need to have the choices open.

“I will have a chat with Chris (Wright, proprietor) earlier than declarations on Thursday morning, and we’ll decide then. She is a unique horse this season – she’s stronger and she or he may deal with higher floor, though you can not assure that.

“What we do not need to do is have a tough race on good floor at this stage of the season and put her off.”

Fantastic Tonight is entered in each the Qatar Nassau Stakes over 10 furlongs and the 14-furlong Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood subsequent week, so Menuisier has different engagements.

He added: “If the bottom isn’t proper at Ascot, and the forecast for subsequent week at Goodwood is best, we should decide.

“I do not really feel as a lot stress to run as a result of there are different choices subsequent week, and I believe I might favour the Lillie Langtry for her, if we had been to go to Goodwood.”





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