Foundation has been gelded since last seen at Chantilly
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Scott Burton 8:00AM 6 AUG 2016
JOHN GOSDEN will be hoping a recent gelding operation will be the key to unlocking the latent talent of Foundation, who heads an intriguing seven-runner line-up for Saturday’s Group 3 Rose Of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock.
Foundation spent the winter in the upper reaches of the ante-post Derby market after success in the Royal Lodge Stakes was followed by a luckless third in the Racing Post Trophy.
Ultimately, his Classic destination was at Chantilly where coltish behaviour in the preliminaries and the distractions of deafening music during the parade combined to divert the son of Zoffany’s mind to everything bar racing.
“We’ve gelded Foundation since his last run in the French Derby when he didn’t show much interest,” said Gosden. “We’ve been pleased with him at home and we’re putting blinkers on to sharpen him up.”
Ground to suit Royal Artillery
Colm O’Donughue travels from Ireland to partner Gosden’s second runner, the Coolmore-owned Royal Artillery.
Gosden said: “Royal Artillery found the ground against him last time and this quicker surface should be better.”
Sir Michael Stoute has won the Rose of Lancaster on three occasions and will hope to have his patience rewarded by a good showing from Arab Spring, who makes only his third racecourse appearance in two years.
Ballymacoll Stud’s six-year-old son of Monsun was last seen chasing home Western Hymn in the 2015 Brigadier Gerard, but holds an entry in the Juddmonte International at York later in the month.
Scottish on trial for Australia
Scottish has recovered from the lesser inconvenience of the pulled muscle which kept him out of Goodwood and aims to build on Listed success at Newbury.
“I’m happy with Scottish going into this race,” said Charlie Appleby. “The conditions of a mile and a quarter on quick ground will be in his favour and, provided he performs to our expectations, we’ll look at taking him to Australia after this run.”