Balding targets Joel for Tullius
Wednesday 5 September 2012
Tullius could bid for Group Two glory in the Nayef Joel Stakes at Newmarket next month.
The Andrew Balding-trained four-year-old has proved thoroughly progressive this term, graduating from Listed wins at York and Windsor to Group Three success at Salisbury last time. He also claimed a creditable third in the Summer Mile at Ascot and Balding believes he merits another chance at Group Two level.
Balding said: "We are looking at the Joel Stakes for Tullius and he has been very well since his win at Salisbury. He is a nice horse and the form of his Sovereign Stakes win has been franked. I have been very happy with his progress this season and he deserves a crack at a race like this."
Balding added: "He has got a very good attitude and he keeps pulling it out. He has a strange head carriage but it doesn't seem to stop him going forward and digging deep."
Tullius is one of 41 entries for the September 28 heat, with Godolphin's Farhh, who has chased home Frankel on his last couple of starts, an eyecatching possible.
Brian Meehan has given St James's Palace Stakes hero Most Improved an entry in the mile heat along with Archbishop, who finished second to Master Of Hounds in the Group Two International Topaki Trophy on Sunday.
William Haggas has entered that Turkish winner in the race with Celebration Mile winner Premio Loco another contender for Chris Wall.
Other notable names in the mix include Roger Varian's talented Aljamaaheer, and Afsare, who finished second in the Grade One Arlington Million Stakes last month.