Roger Teal can’t wait to get another crack in Stradivarius with Ocean Wind after getting close to the big stayer of the Sagaro Stakes.
The pair will meet again at the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot next month, with Teal weighing whether or not Ocean Wind will take part in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown first.
Given that the Sagaro Stakes were only the five-year-old’s seventh inning on the flat, Teal believes his charge is still improving – especially as the form of his first round of the season at Nottingham has also been significantly improved this weekend.
“We were very happy with him at Ascot, it was very encouraging and he just doesn’t know how to disappoint,” Teal said.
“The only time he’s ever done more than two miles is when he won the Cesarewitch Trial easily, so the extra distance in the Gold Cup will definitely suit him.
“It was nice to see the Nottingham winner (Sir Ron Priestley) come out and win so well at Newmarket – he looks like a very good horse. It just shows that Nottingham was a real race.
“Ascot’s form looks rock solid. Obviously everyone is familiar with Stradivarius, but the third had won the race last year on the all-weather and all three were a long way off.
“Stradivarius nipped us a bit, which made us check our run and come back. I’m not saying we would have beaten him, but we might have finished closer.
“We can’t wait to get him back anyway, we’ve had the practice race and now we’re going to have a real crack with him!
“Stradivarius is Stradivarius, we have no illusions how good he is, but I think going up on a trip will suit us and it was encouraging to run him to the end. My comrade is still learning his craft, but we are getting there.
“He may be going to Sandown before Ascot, but he’ll tell us if he has to go.”