The Andrew Balding trained Tactical has made a very smart start to his young career and now his handler is dreaming of Group One glory in the Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday week.
Her majesty The Queen's horse has ran three teams 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 gone unbeaten, 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 now for the juvenile is to step up to black type company and all being well he will get that chance next Sunday in France.
(Credit ATR) John Warren, the Queen’s racing manager, said: “Tactical did a nice piece of work this morning and is on course for the Prix Morny on August 23, which has been his target since winning the July Stakes.”
Other decent looking horses that the Queen has acquired this term are stablemate to Tactical, King's Lynn who landed a sales race at Doncaster but has not been seen since due to a setback.
King’s Lynn is all set to run in a novice race up at Doncaster on Saturday,” Warren confirmed.
“We are really looking forward to this race setting him up for some exciting targets.”
The William Haggas trained Award Scheme finally got off the mark last time out and it looks like her majesty has a nice middle distance horse in the making.
Warren added: “We think she is a progressive filly and (she) did a good time when she won last time at York.
“We are hopeful she will step up again. William says she is in good form.”
The filly races on Thursday in hot a Listed event at Salisbury and that could be the stepping stone to better races in the future if winning.