The Final Field has been released for the 2016 TL Cooney Handicap which is to be run at Ipswich racecourse on Saturday 18th, June 2016. View the TL Cooney Handicap Field.
|1||ALWAYS SACRED||Toby Edmonds||9||59kg|
|2||DON’T DENY US||Robert Heathcote||Michael Cahill||4||57kg|
|3||RELAMPAGO||Craig Cousins||Brad Stewart||7||56.5kg|
|4||DEE NINE ELLE||Tony Gollan||Ms Tegan Harrison||8||56kg|
|5||IN HIS STRIDE||Rex Lipp||James Orman (a0/53kg)||10||56kg|
|6||LOST CLASSIC||Tony Sears||2||54.5kg|
|7||ROXY RHYTHM||Brenton Andrew||6||54.5kg|
|8||MADAME DE BAN||Matthew Dunn||3||54kg|
|9||IMA SHOWMAN||Kevin Kemp||11||54kg|
|10||KIM NOIR||Steve Tregea||Paul Hammersley||13||54kg|
|11||SALMANAZAR||Tony Gollan||Jim Byrne||1||54kg|
|12||MARTIAL ART||Geoff Burns||Ryan Wiggins||5||54kg|
|13||RARE AIR||Ben Ahrens||12||54kg|
The world’s highest ranked horse, A Shin Hikari, bids to become the first Japanese-trained Royal Ascot winner when he runs in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.
The five-year-old has racked up a string of wins in his homeland, but it was his all-the-way victory in December’s Hong Kong Cup that really propelled him to a wider audience.
He made a devastating start to his European stint with a 10-length victory in the Prix d’Ispahan at Chantilly last month and is odds-on to follow up in the feature event on day two of the showpiece Ascot meeting on Wednesday (Thursday AEST).
Aidan O’Brien has saddled two previous winners of the 10-furlong (2000m) race – Duke Of Marmalade (2008) and So You Think (2012) – and sends top-class filly Found into battle this time.
Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf winner has had to make do with the runner-up spot at her past two starts in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh and the Coronation Cup at Epsom.
Clive Cox expects the soft conditions to suit My Dream Boat, who was fifth behind A Shin Hikari at Chantilly.
“He will be very much at home in the conditions and we’re looking forward to running him,” Cox said.
“I’m full of admiration for the Japanese horse who was pretty mind-blowing in Chantilly, but our horse is in great form.
“I couldn’t be happier with his well-being and if he can put in the same sort of performance he did at Sandown, he should give a good account of himself.”