Situated in Six Mile Bottom, just outside Newmarket, Robert Cowell has built a World Class training facility that produces plenty of winners year on year. Not afraid to make audacious raids abroad with his top runners Cowell and Phoenix have similar philosophies. As such the innovative racing investment fund have a quartet of runners based with him at his Bottisham Heath Stud and on a recent tour of the stable the trainer gave us his thoughts on the fab four.
“He goes well he’s a nice stocky, rangy horse with a good action, a good attitude and he’s been working well. He should be there or there or there about in his first couple of starts and hopefully the idea will be to send him off to Dubai for the three-year-old Classics as he’ll handle the dirt well; he’s bred for it.
It was a good breeze at Tattersalls (Craven Breeze-Up sale) and we all liked him. As a group we thought he was a nice looking individual and we thought he went well. He’s stronger and more settled now but he needs to go to the races – he’s ready for it.”
“He’s a great year but it’s been a bit stop, stop, stop over the last two or three months. He’s a wonderful horse and he’s got a great race record. He’s now rated 106 and his form has worked out brilliantly each of his starts. Hopefully we’ll be ready for Newmarket on the 12th for the Cornwallis Stakes and then onto the Breeders Cup. That’s been the plan and that’s where we want to go so we just need to get him right.
He’s a very tough horse, the Prix Robert Papin (last start) didn’t quite work out for him. We didn’t want him in front, but nothing was going to lead so it made sense to make the running. Ideally he wants to be sat behind a rocket fast hard speed and he can grind it out.”
“He’s ready for a run now, he looks well and he’s ready to go. He looks fantastic and we’re looking at starting him over six furlongs as that seems to be his trip for now, but we do still have the option of five furlongs. He works very well and when we get him on the race track with all the buzz and adrenaline he should go well.”
“She’s a lovely filly, she’s put on plenty of condition, she’s working well and clearly has plenty of ability. We’ll take our time with her and I think she can be a fantastic filly for next year. She’s very good she looks a proper filly.”