Sir Michael Stoute has said that he is pleased with Carlton House’s work since the Dante Stakes, and is very hopeful that the colt can prove himself in the Investec Derby next month.
The York race has proved an excellent Derby trial in recent times and having won the race Carlton House is viewed as one of the favourites for the Epsom Classic.
“He seems to have come on from the race very well. He’ll probably have a loosener over the weekend and a proper piece of work next week. We went to York very hopeful. The race was inconclusive but we were happy with what he did. Hopefully we’ll prepare him all right for it.”
Carlton House has yet to race beyond ten furlongs but Stoute is confident the two extra furlongs will not make much of a difference to his colt:
“Before he ran his first race at Salisbury we liked him, the ground was very bad there, but the Newbury race confirmed we had a potential Group horse. The Classic Trial at Sandown was on his agenda, but he just had a bit of a foot infection and that took a little time to clear. He’s grown up and mentally he’s fine. York was a bit messy but it gave him a bit more practice. I’ve always been hopeful he’ll get a mile and a half. At the end of the day, we’ll find out on the day. His dam (Talented) was second in a Lancashire Oaks, so hopefully he will stay.”