Royal Ascot Hospitality 2016

Time Test to return at Royal Ascot in 2016

Time Test, the electrifying winner of Royal Ascot’s Tercentenary Stakes last season, will be aimed at The Prince of Wales’s Stakes in 2016 according to his trainer Roger Charlton.

The four-year-old enjoyed a fantastic 2015, which included a Group 2 win at Newmarket and of course his finest hour when blazing to victory under Frankie Dettori at Royal Ascot.

That performance was one of the finest of the week and proved just how important fast ground over a mile and a quarter is to the Khalid Abdullah owned star.

Charlton said, “He’s basically a mile-and-a-quarter horse, which we saw at Ascot, and he wants fast ground.

“We really haven’t had that. We certainly didn’t have it in the Breeders’ Cup, the ground was horrible, and we had a wide draw.

“York was a messy race as we all know. Newmarket in the Joel Stakes he did well, but he really wants a mile and a half on fast ground.

“We will take our time and make a decision where he runs nearer the time, but he’s in good form, so we’re happy.”

Royal Ascot winner Time Test could return at Newbury or Curragh

Ahead of his return Charlton has given his charge two fascinating entries in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury (Saturday 14th May) and the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Sunday 22nd May) at Ireland’s famous Curragh track.

Charlton went on to say, “I think you have to enter up and see. See what shows up and what you want to do nearer the time.

“I guess the Prince of Wales’s Stakes would hopefully be a race that will suit him. The owner Khalid Abdullah has other good horses, so we’ll see.”

The 2015 renewal of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes was a typically dramatic event with Dermot Weld’s Free Eagle getting a clean run and holding off the late surge of The Grey Gatsby, who met a lot of trouble in running.

But having tasted success in the race in 2013 with the popular Al Kazeem, Charlton will be hoping that Time Test can follow in his footsteps.

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