Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes
Group 2, Newmarket 13:50
£133,750 added,
2yo only,
1m, Class 1    
Saturday 28th September 2019

The Mark Johnston-trained Thunderous has won each of his three career outings over seven furlongs, including the Listed Denford Stakes last time.

Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, believes a step up in distance for next month’s Royal Lodge at Newmarket is the more likely option at this stage – although Doncaster’s Champagne Stakes over seven furlongs is still in the mix.

He said: “I spoke to Mark yesterday, and I think he’s likely to be heading to the Royal Lodge or the Champagne Stakes rather than run on Saturday.

“He’s very well and in good form, but we think a mile might suit him better at this stage.

“He’s a very exciting horse and unbeaten so far. It’s a tough one when he’s been winning over seven furlongs – but the way he’s raced, looking like he’s going to be swallowed up and keeping on again, we think a mile might suit.

“I wouldn’t rule out the Champagne Stakes, but I think the Royal Lodge is the favoured option.”

Trainers Quotes

Charlie Appleby feels the mile Group Two contest on September 28 is the type of test that will play to the strengths of the unbeaten Al Dabaran.

Al Dabaran backed up his winning debut on the July course in June when taking a step up in class in his stride with victory in a Listed event at Ascot last month.

Appleby said: “We are probably looking at something like the Royal Lodge for Al Dabaran, as that sort of test will suit him.

“He did well to win at Ascot as the seven furlongs would have been on the short side for him. These mile events in the autumn will be his gig.

“He has come out of the last race well.”

Initially intending to bide his time with Al Dabaran following his debut victory, Appleby felt it was worth rolling the dice again at Ascot after being impressed with his work at home.

He added: “We sat on the fence after his first run at Newmarket and I didn’t want to make any bold decisions where he was going.

“He came out of that so well and at the entry stage of the Ascot race it looked like he would be competitive in it from what we saw at home.

“I’m not saying it surprised us, as he is doing well, but hopefully there will be more improvement further down the line with time and the step up in trip.”

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Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes
£133,750 added, 2yo only, 1m, Class 1
81 remaining entries
Going:

NO. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 2114 Arizona 2 9-3 A P O'Brien
2 116 Mystery Power 2 9-3 Richard Hannon
3 1713 Royal Lytham 2 9-3 A P O'Brien
4    3 Afro Blue 2 9-0 Richard Hannon
5 11 Al Dabaran 2 9-0 Charlie Appleby
6 21 Al Suhail 2 9-0 Charlie Appleby
7     Amhran Na Bhfiann 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
8 311 Armory 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
9 22 Arthur's Kingdom 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
10 51 Berlin Tango 2 9-0 Andrew Balding
11     Bligh 2 9-0 Joseph Patrick O'Brien
12 62 Bright Idea 2 9-0 Joseph Patrick O'Brien
13    Business 2 9-0 Martyn Meade
14    2 Cabot Hills 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
15 1 Cepheus 2 9-0 Brian Meehan
16 41 Cormorant 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
17     Coventry 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
18    4 Degraves 2 9-0 Joseph Patrick O'Brien
19    2 Dubai Mirage 2 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor
20 223 Electrical Storm 2 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor
21     Emaraty Hero 2 9-0 Richard Spencer
22 31 Emperor Of The Sun 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
23 21 Encipher 2 9-0 John Gosden
24 71 Eshaasy 2 9-0 John Gosden
NR 31 Free Solo 65 D 2 9-0 Mrs John Harrington
26 5111 Governor Of Punjab 2 9-0 Mark Johnston
27 235312 Harpocrates 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
28 26 Heaven Forfend 2 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute
29 13 Highland Chief 2 9-0 Paul Cole
30 78 Hong Kong 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
31    1 Hopeful 2 9-0 C Laffon-Parias
32    1 Iberia 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
33 21 Innisfree 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
34 2 It's Good To Laugh 2 9-0 Clive Cox
35    1 Kameko 2 9-0 Andrew Balding
36 31 Kingbrook 2 9-0 Mark Johnston
37 2085 King Of Athens 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
38 123 Lope Y Fernandez 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
39      Lord Campari 2 9-0 Roger Varian
40    3 Louisiana 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
41 42 Manigordo 2 9-0 Richard Hannon
42    1 Man Of The Night 2 9-0 Richard Hannon
43    3 Maori Knight 2 9-0 Richard Hughes
44    1 Military March 2 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor
45    2 Mogul 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
46    2 Molatham 2 9-0 Roger Varian
47     Monument Valley 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
48    6 Mythical 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
49 34 New World Tapestry 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
50    Nobel Prize 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
51  2 On Guard 2 9-0 John Gosden
52     Palm Beach 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
53     Persia 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
54  1 Persuasion 2 9-0 Charles Hills
55 12 Positive 2 9-0 Clive Cox
56 14 Pyledriver 2 9-0 William Muir
57     Raajin 2 9-0 Charles Hills
58     Ramesses The Great 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
59     Robert Walpole 2 9-0 George Scott
60 74643 Ropey Guest 2 9-0 George Margarson
61 4211 Royal County Down 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
62 0237 Royal Dornoch 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
63    7 San Pedro 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
64 22 Santiago 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
65     Serpentine 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
66    3 Shandoz 2 9-0 Roger Varian
67 153 Shared Belief 2 9-0 Archie Watson
68     Silver Fox 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
69    1 Sound Of Cannons 2 9-0 Brian Meehan
70 2216 Subjectivist 2 9-0 Mark Johnston
71 51423 Sun Power 2 9-0 Richard Hannon
72 51 Surf Dancer 2 9-0 William Haggas
73 111 Thunderous 2 9-0 Mark Johnston
74 512 Toronto 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
75    4 Tsar 2 9-0 John Gosden
76 31 Valdermoro 2 9-0 Richard Fahey
77 134 Visinari 2 9-0 Mark Johnston
78    2 Volkan Star 2 9-0 Charlie Appleby
79 165 Wild Thunder 2 9-0 Richard Hannon
80    1 Wyclif 2 9-0 Ralph Beckett
81    3 Yankee Stadium 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
82 2717 Year Of The Tiger 77 2 9-0 A P O'Brien