David Lanigan believes a drop in trip will suit Almodovar
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
By Graham Dench 10:31AM 21 JUN 2016
HARDWICKE STAKES third Almodovar could be aimed at York’s Juddmonte International Stakes if all goes well in the Listed race at Newbury that is his next target.
Trainer David Lanigan was thrilled with last Saturday’s effort behind Dartmouth and Highland Reel, where he made the running and was still going strongly heading into the last two furlongs, but he believes a slight drop in distance will show Almodovar in even better light.
Lanigan said: “I think we’ll bring him back to a mile and a quarter. I thought he was there with a winning chance but on that ground the trip just found him out probably, which isn’t that surprising as he’s always shown a lot of speed at home.
“There’s no hiding place when you make the running in a top-class race like that. When he pricked his ears turning in I thought for a second he was going to pick up again, like he did when he won at Kempton, but although he didn’t fall in a heap George Baker said the last half-furlong found him out.
“There’s a Listed race at Newbury on July 16 which should suit, and if everything went to plan we’d probably try to aim him at the Juddmonte. Hopefully we can have a lot of fun with him internationally.”
Lanigan added that his 2015 Wokingham winner Interception, who is in foal to Oasis Dream, has been retired after finishing down the field when bidding for a repeat last Saturday.
He was keen to pay tribute to two members of staff without whom she would not have thrived and said: “She was difficult to train as a two-year-old and a lot of the credit for her success has to go to her groom Ian Rogers and to Uno Sayyed, who rode her every day. They put a lot of hard work into her and it’s down to them I was able to train her.”
The stable’s Hunt Cup third Mitchum Swagger, who enjoys soft ground, is likely to have a break before returning for an autumn campaign, as he did last year.