With Shiel and Mehmento, Hambleton is planning a twin Ascot assault.
The Hambleton Racing Syndicate will be represented by Glen Shiel and Mehmento at Royal Ascot next week, although the team has been reduced due to the sale of Twilight Spinner.
Glen Shiel, a Group One winner at the racecourse, will compete in the Diamond Jubilee for Archie Watson and Hollie Doyle, while Mehmento will race in the Jersey Stakes for the same connections.
Twilight Spinner, who won a Haydock Listed event last time out, has been sold to Scott Heider and will be trained by Joseph O’Brien.
“Glen Shiel’s house is immaculate. We’re looking forward to running him because he’s tightened up a lot, Hollie is very happy with him, and Archie is very happy with him,” said Hambleton’s racing manager Simon Turner.
“I think he thrived on a hectic calendar last year more than anything else, and after a reasonable rest – he’s probably a stuffy horse – he just needed the run in Ireland first time out. He’ll be in better shape for the race.
“Considering where he came from last season, when he was competing in handicaps over seven furlongs and had been racing over further the year before, it seemed worth a shot with him sprinting. Once he started, there was no stopping him.”
Mehmento had a close second in the Greenham before falling short in the French Guineas, but he put his season back on track last week with an easy win in a Listed event at Epsom.
Turner stated, “You’d like to think he’ll be heading to Jersey with a decent opportunity.”
“He ran a fantastic race in the Greenham for someone so inexperienced, France didn’t work out for a variety of reasons, but he was back to his old self last week and never appeared in any danger to my eye.
“He probably ran at a level equivalent to the Greenham, and that would be banging on the Jersey door. He may need to raise it to win, but he doesn’t have a lot of miles on his clock.
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