David Lanigan: chose QEII over Balmoral Handicap for Mitchum Swagger
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Baxter 2:30PM 6 OCT 2016
DAVID LANIGAN is giving Mitchum Swagger his first Group 1 assignment at Qipco Champions Day next weekend, and the trainer thinks the four-year-old can make his presence felt.
Although without a victory to his name this season, Mitchum Swagger has been running consistently well, and has been on the wrong end of some narrow defeats, going down three times by a head.
One of those reverses came last time out in the Group 3 Superior Mile at Haydock, but Lanigan was pleased with the effort. He said: “At start of the year this [the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes] was always the plan and after his latest run at Haydock I don’t see why we should not go for it.”
Lanigan thinks a fast pace will help Mitchum Swagger, who is a top-priced 66-1 chance, and added: “We know he likes the track. If they go flat out that would suit him down to the ground.”
Palmer going for Gold again
At the other end of the QEII market, Galileo Gold is the 4-1 second-favourite behind Ribchester, and Hugo Palmer is looking forward to running his Classic hero.
The 2,000 Guineas winner has not been seen since August when disappointing as favourite behind Ribchester in the Prix Jacques les Marois, and Palmer said on his website: “He has obviously had a nice break, his fitness is improving, and he is working nicely.”