William Haggas begins planning for Al Aasy and Mohaafeth’s Group 1 assignments next month after their contrasting fortunes at Epsom and Royal Ascot respectively.
Haggas reports that the two Shadwell Estate foals have recovered well from their efforts, with Sandown’s Coral-Eclipse still in the mix for Mohaafeth and Al Aasy en route to the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Al Aasy was last seen at Epsom, during the Coronation Cup, but failed to justify favoritism in search of his first Group 1 success after starting his campaign with two impressive Newbury wins at group level 3.
He is expected to try again at Ascot on July 24 – and while Mohaafeth also has an entry at King George, he is expected to stick to 10 stadiums when he tries Group 1 company for the first time, potentially at Sandown on July 3. .
It was a surprise to many that Al Aasy failed to face Pyledriver at Epsom, but Haggas confirmed that the plan remained to make it to Ascot in a month – when he may well face the same opponent, with several other top middle-distance horses in training.
“I was a little disappointed that he didn’t win,” he said.
“But we’re all disappointed if we don’t win. But he’s fine, and he’s going to go for the King George.
“There will be a lot of opposition in there.”
The Newmarket coach made a tough call to miss the Derby with much improved Mohaafeth when the rain came in and the ground turned against him at Epsom – a move which was justified by a runaway success for the son of Frankel on a sound surface in Hampton last week. Stakes of the Court.
As for the date of Mohaafeth’s eclipse, the Newmarket coach added: “We hope so. It’s not set in stone – we’ll see how it goes (closer to time).
“He had a tough race at Ascot so we’ll see.
“They both look absolutely fine, they’re good.”