Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Larking about for Hobbs as His Eyes Are on Prize

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

No Larking about for Hobbs as His Eyes Are on Prize

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JACK Hobbs completed his preparation for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with a fluent success in the totescoop6 September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday.

Having cut an impressive figure in the parade ring, the Irish Derby hero showed no signs of rustiness on his first start since lighting up the Curragh back in June, making his class tell to turn the Group Three event into a procession.

Gosden said: "I hadn't done a lot of work with him and he was fresh down to the start, but in the race William (Buick) managed to switch him off and get him relaxed, and that is important.

"There's no reason why we won't go to France and he has won well."

Henry Candy described Twilight Son as "a natural" after the colt stylishly maintained his unbeaten record in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock.

With the Wantage handler having decided against running Limato on Merseyside, his rather less-vaunted stablemate proved a beautiful foil to give journeyman jockey Fergus Sweeney a first Group One triumph after 20 years of trying.

For Twilight Son, the chance of more Group One gains in the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot is now upon the horizon.

And despite having been snaffled up by Cheveley Park Stud for future stallion duties, there is also a distinct possibility racegoers could see him again next year.

Candy said: "I thought I might be made to look incredibly stupid, but Fergus said he was incredibly tough.

"He said he couldn't believe the ease in which he took him into the race. I wish I'd taken a picture of him last year as he's twice the size now that he was then.

"He's a natural. He was a baby for a long time - he just needed time.

"I think he might have one more run, the championship race at Ascot would be the logical next run and then hopefully next year as well."

" A marked step up in grade awaits Foundation after he confirmed himself a high-class prospect with a taking win in the Listed Betfred Membership 'Play Your Way' Stakes. …

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