20th June, 2012 - Posted by Elliot Slater - Comments Off
Connections of the smart sprinter, Bated Breath, are keeping a weather eye out on the Berkshire track, in the hope that the easy ground will dry out ahead of the planned attempt by their horse to land the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday’s opening day of the fixture, writes Elliot Slater.
Ideally suited by a decent surface, Bated Breath could miss the five-furlong contest, if the ground remains testing, and take his chance instead on the fifth and final day of the meeting in the six furlong Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, a contest in which the somewhat daunting presence of Australia’s super-mare, Black Caviar, rather dominates proceedings.
Bated Breath is equally capable over both trips, but appears to have stronger prospects of landing a Group 1 victory in the King’ Stand, a race for which he is currently the 11/2 ante-post joint-favourite in the Betfair Royal Ascot Tips. He shares the bookies’ favouritism with another Australian sprinter, Ortensia, winner last time out of the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night in the desert kingdom.
Bated Breath, who runs in the colours of Prince Khaled Abdullah, also won last time out when coming with a strong late burst to see off the classy Sole Power by a neck in the Group 2 Betfred.com Temple Stakes at Haydock, last month, and is reported to be in great shape by the team at Beckhampton.
Charlton made it clear to horse racing punters that he will leave the son of Dansili in the race, on the day of the contest. He will possibly only make a final decision on his participation as little as an hour before the race is due to start, in the hope that the wind will dry the surface sufficiently for him to be able to give of his best.
If it does not get his conditions, on Tuesday, Bated Breath will be withdrawn in the hope that he gets a better surface on the Saturday of the great fixture.