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Technician has the tools for a big Gold Cup run

17 Jun 2020

Oisin Murphy

It was great to get on the board at Royal Ascot 2020 today with Sir Busker – it’s always a relief to have that first winner. I can now look forward to the rest of the week and  I have some more exciting rides on Gold Cup Day.

Golden Gates Handicap – Tritonic

Tritonic runs in the Golden Gates Handicap and he has a great chance. I think you can ignore his run at the end of last year, it was the end of a long season and he did nothing else wrong throughout the year. He’s bred to be a much better horse at three than he was at two and he still managed to win two nice races as a juvenile, where the form worked out pretty well. He’s exciting. I’m sure he’ll be one of the fancied horses but he deserves to be.

Jersey – Above

Above has been training really well. On ratings he has a bit to do, but Archie Watson’s been super thrilled with him. It’s a fact-finding mission, as we don’t know how good he really is, but we’ll find out on Thursday.

Chesham – Bright Devil

I love this horse, he’s one of my leading rides of the week. He’s a very straightforward horse and he’ll definitely stay seven furlongs, he’s got a great mind. It’s a small-field Chesham with only eight rivals and he deserves to be up there disputing favouritism. It’s a wonderful opportunity, he’s a horse with a bright future.

Gold Cup – Technician

I’ve seen plenty of this horse’s gallops recently and he seems in really good form. I’d love it to be slower than good ground, as that would really suit him and there are some thundery showers forecast in the days leading up to the Gold Cup. With his pedigree you’d have to think he’ll have improved from three to four and he went from strength to strength last year, culminating in that Group One Prix Royal-Oak success at Longchamp, form that has been franked by the runner-up, Call The Wind. As for how we beat Stradivarius, I think I’ll just ride my own race. Technician is a strong stayer and I’m confident 2m4f is within his compass – he got every yard of two miles on heavy ground at a stiff track in Longchamp. It’s just great to be in there with a chance, there’s a lot of prestige to the Ascot Gold Cup.

Britannia – Enemy

He’s got a mark of 89 and our feeling is he could be nicely handicapped, he’s certainly very progressive. Obviously he was beaten at Yarmouth but we were travelling so well and I got upsides the leader, but he just didn’t quicken when I said go. I think a faster run race over an extra furlong on a stiff track will suit him well and hopefully this can be a stepping stone to bigger handicaps or even better races later on.

Sandringham – Alabama Whitman

She recorded a huge figure when placed at Ascot in last year’s Albany Stakes as a two-year-old. We haven’t seen her this year but Richard Spencer’s horses have been in good shape. She’s a tough and hardy little thing and you never know in the Sandringham, but she gets in off a nice weight so we’ll see what happens.