Simenon bids to provide a fitting finale at Royal Ascot today, as he attempts to follow up his six length success in the Ascot Stakes on Tuesday.
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Willie Mullins is more accustomed to training top class jumpers, but he believes Simenon has come out of Tuesday’s race well and deserves to take his chance.
“He appears to have come out of Tuesday’s race well and we are happy with him. There should be more pace over this trip and that will suit him. Ryan was keen to ride him again today and hopefully he will be good enough to pull off the double” said Mullins.
The County Carlow based handler may have most to fear from fellow jumps trainer Donald Mc Cain, as he saddles Champion Hurdle runner up Overturn.
Speaking on his stable stars chances Mc Cain said: “He’s absolutely bouncing at home and ready to run for his life. Obviously the ground is my main concern – I know he ran well at Chester in the mud last time but I guess it depends how much rain they have between now and 5.30.”
“It’s further than he has ever run before but he gives me every indication that he will get the trip. The race is framed perfectly for him really, he is favoured by the weights ,and he has to have a cracking chance. If the ground had been good or better, I really couldn’t have seen him getting beaten but all the rain has dented my confidence a bit.
Paul Nicholls is also being represented for the first time at Royal Ascot as American Trilogy takes his chance, however he is slightly humble on his chances of glory.
“I am not expecting much to be honest, though I think we have a chance of being placed” said Nicholls.