Andrew Balding is hopeful Bye Bye Hong Kong can prolong his profitable run within the Investec Diomed Stakes at Epsom on Saturday.
Having proven helpful type as a juvenile, the Road Sense colt made a profitable three-year-old debut at Chelmsford in April and adopted up with an all-the-way Listed success at Windsor earlier this month.
He takes one other step up the ladder for this nine-furlong Group Three and Balding is protecting his fingers crossed his cost can proceed his progress on Derby day.
It may very well be an enormous weekend for the Balding workforce, with the Kingsclere maestro saddling a significant contender for the Investec Derby within the form of Bangkok, whereas the next afternoon spectacular Fairway Stakes winner Elevate You strains up within the French equal – the Prix du Jockey Membership.
“He (Bye Bye Hong Kong) is in good form and I’ve been very pleased with his two wins this year,” stated Balding.
“He’s taking on older horses again, but I would like to think he’ll like the track and hopefully he’ll run a big race”
Bye Bye Hong Kong is the one three-year-old in a subject of seven runners, with Sir Michael Stoute’s Zaaki the doubtless favorite on the energy of his slender victory over Barney Roy within the Paradise Stakes at Ascot.
Stoute may also have excessive hopes of touchdown the Princess Elizabeth Stakes with the high-class Veracious.
Having been positioned on the highest stage in each the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood final season, the daughter of Frankel was a scorching favorite for her seasonal reappearance within the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket, however may end solely fourth.
Chris Richardson, managing director of owner-breeder Cheveley Park Stud, stated: “I suppose we had been all a bit disenchanted along with her final run.
“I do not know if she did not like the bottom because it was fairly uneven on the day due to the all of the rain they’d. We’ll put a line by means of it and transfer on.
“Sir Michael may be very pleased along with her and we all know she’s filly.
“Hopefully she’ll take to Epsom and we will determine from there whether or not we go to Royal Ascot.”
Veracious faces seven rivals together with Mark Johnston’s tough-as-teak filly Nyaleti and the William Haggas-trained Awesometank, a slender winner of a Listed contest at Goodwood on her newest outing.