Guest on Bunbury mission
Sunday 1 July 2012
Excellent Guest will try to go one better in the 32Red Bunbury Cup at Newmarket on Saturday week following his fine effort at Royal Ascot.
Trainer George Margarson is eyeing another crack at the seven-furlong handicap after he found only Prince of Johanne too good in the Royal Hunt Cup over a mile.
"He's in good form. We thought he was going to win at Ascot, but I think a mile is as far as he wants to go," said the Newmarket handler.
"I think he'll be better when he goes for the Bunbury Cup, back over seven furlongs.
"He goes back to Newmarket then he'll be aimed at the big handicaps at Ascot. There's one in July, August and September. He'll have a crack at all those.
"I've been half-tempted to step him up to Listed company, but I think there's one of those big prizes in him. He's been unlucky.
"He was second in the Bunbury last year, second in the Buckingham Palace and now he's been second in the Hunt Cup. He should have won the Bunbury Cup last year. He got boxed in on the inside while Brae Hill (the winner) went up the far side.
"His half-brother Imperial Guest will join him in the Bunbury as well. He ran in the Buckingham Palace on the Friday at Ascot and it went soft and he was on the wrong side.
"And he'll be entered the Stewards' Cup. He's a horse that's done well on undulating tracks and all his wins have come over six furlongs and he needs fast ground."