Middle Park Stakes Next For Tactical


The Andrew Balding trained Tactical will head to Newmarket in September for the Group One Middle Park Stakes and is looking to bounce back to form after a poor performance at Deauville on Sunday.

Her majesty The Queen's horse has ran four times during his career, starting off at Newmarket in a hot Novices Stakes where he finished a good third behind a smart type for Mark Johnston.

Since then the colt has landed two nice events, winning the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at the Royal meeting and then backing that up at Newmarket in the Group Two July Stakes.

The natural progression for the juvenile was to step up to black type company and at Deauville in the Prix Morny he entered his first Group One event and with the heavy ground and class of field against him, he ran no sort of race.

(Credit ATR) Balding said: “We were disappointed with the result, but his jockey felt that he just struggled on the ground.

“We will get him home and regroup, but I’ve not lost faith in the horse. We will get him back on a better surface and try to get him back on track.

“We didn’t consider pulling him out of the race as we thought he was equipped to deal with most types of ground, but he never looked comfortable on it.

“The Middle Park is a possibility, but there is also a chance we might look to step him up to seven furlongs as well.”