Unibet Mile: Clive Cox hoping rain stays away for Zonderland at Haydock

Fri 7 Sep 2018

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Regal Reality bids to follow up his impressive success at Glorious Goodwood in the Unibet Mile at Haydock on Saturday.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained three-year-old is bred to be pretty smart as a son of Intello out of the high-class racemare Regal Realm and won his only juvenile start at Yarmouth.

He finished down the field behind Without Parole on his Sandown comeback in May, but appeared an improved performer in Goodwood’s Thoroughbred Stakes and he aims to secure a second successive Group Three triumph on Merseyside this weekend.

Regal Reality is one of two representatives for owners Cheveley Park Stud in an eight-strong field along with Clive Cox’s Zonderland.

It is over two years since the son of Dutch Art last got his head in front, but he was far from disgraced when finishing a close-up fourth in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood a fortnight ago.

Cox said: “Zonderland is in excellent form and I was really pleased with his effort in the Celebration Mile. He ran a blinder to be fourth.

“Just for two strides we thought he was going to do it at Goodwood. He is a very solid Group Two horse that is dropping down to Group Three level.

“I wouldn’t want too much rain. He is in extremely good form, but the ground would be my chief concern.”

Underfoot conditions are unlikely to trouble the Andrew Balding-trained Here Comes When, who famously claimed a shock Group One victory in last season’s Sussex Stakes at Goodwood in soft ground.

Balding said: “The ground looks like it will be right for him up there, so we are looking forward to that. Hopefully we can get a good run into him.

“He has not has his ground this season apart from the first time out, when he was too keen.

“He is working great at home. I think he is still full of enthusiasm.”

Richard Hannon’s Tabarrak has three Listed victories to his name, but has yet to win at Pattern level.

“He is just a little shy of winning a Group Three, but he is that tough that one might fall his way. This might just be the one that does,” said Hannon.

Roger Varian’s Emmaus was beaten into fourth place when favourite for a Group Three at Deauville at Deauville last month.

Speaking on his website www.varianstable.com, the trainer said: “The steady gallop didn’t suit Emmaus at Deauville, but he boxed on well and saw the trip out nicely.

“He has good form on testing ground and I think these conditions could prove his optimum.

“Hopefully the cheekpieces can eke out a little more as well.”

Mark Johnston’s Threading, Master The World from David Elsworth’s yard and Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained outsider Circus Couture complete the eight-strong field.

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