Tullius coming to boil for Summer
Saturday 21 July 2012
Tullius takes another step up in class in the Transformers & Rectifiers Summer Mile at Ascot today.
Andrew Balding has been delighted with the progress made by the four-year-old since he took over the handling of the Le Vie Dei Colori gelding when Peter Winkworth retired. Tullius has won all his three starts for the Kingsclere trainer and has successfully graduated from handicaps to Listed company.
"He worked really well on Wednesday morning and I couldn't be happier with him. He seems to have improved all the time. The way he worked would suggest he's better than he's ever been. The slightly bigger field than he had at York will probably suit him better and we're looking forward to it," he said.
Richard Hannon is expecting Cai Shen to be competitive, especially after two good recent efforts in the Royal Hunt Cup and the Listed Gala Stakes.
"He ran a blinder from a bad draw in the Hunt Cup, but he will be just as happy on the round course, and he ran really well to finish third to Afsare at Sandown last time," the Herridge trainer told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.
"We were wrong at the weights with the first two in that Listed race, yet Hughesie (Richard Hughes) came stands side and they had the principals worried for a while. They are talking of the Arlington Million for the winner, so it is good form, though obviously Carlton House is going to be hard to beat."