Royal Ascot On The Agenda For Covey After Haydock Rout

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing


Promising star for Juddmonte and trainers John & Thady Gosden Covey was an impressive winner in the valuable Silver Bowl Handicap at Haydock on Saturday and having been given a 10lb rise to a mark of 100, he is now being eyed at some nice events at Royal Ascot.

A well bred son of Frankel he made his debut at Southwell in April when finishing a good second behind the talented Zoology for James Ferguson.

Getting off the mark next time out at Newmarket on good to soft ground in a Maiden Stakes over 7f, he then went to Newcastle under a penalty and went on to bolt up again.

Stepping into handicap company for the first time off a mark of 90, the Gosden's had ran a few nice ones in the mile Silver Bowl Handicap before and making a mockery of his mark Covey went on to bolt up.

(Credit ATR) “We were all happy at Haydock and I was expecting the sort of rise he’s got,” said Barry Mahon of owners Juddmonte.

“We’ve got a couple of weeks to decide, but I would imagine he’ll go for either the Jersey or the Britannia.

“He’s a beautiful horse, an unbelievably good physical specimen and we always felt he could be a very good horse last year but he just didn’t give himself a chance, as Frankie said he was a bit of a boyo.

“But in every run on the track this season, he hasn’t put a foot wrong in temperament or performance, in every run he’s turned up and behaved well. He’s grown up a lot and we’re on the right path, hopefully he can turn into a nice horse.

“He won under hands and heels at Haydock. We’ve been a little bit behind all year but he’s catching up now, it just takes a while to get where you need to be.”