Bay Of Poets pleases ahead of Racing Post Trophy
Last Updated: 19/10/16 3:54pm
Bay Of Poets pleased connections in his latest workout ahead of the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday.
The Godolphin-owned juvenile was partnered by William Buick in the exercise, after which trainer Charlie Appleby pronounced the Lope De Vega colt a runner in the Group One on Town Moor.
Bay Of Poets will be on a retrieval mission as he disappointed in the Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket, having got off the mark in good style at Kempton on his second start.
"I was delighted with him. William rode a piece of work on him this morning. I was pleased with what I saw and William was very happy with the horse," Appleby told At The Races.
"He's a horse that travelled well into his last race, but unfortunately didn't quite see it out for whatever reason and we feel putting him back on a more conventional track will be better for him.
"We're going there hoping he'll run a nice race. We don't think he'll disappoint us, but whether he's good enough to win is another matter. Hopefully, he'll run a decent race."
Bay Of Poets is as big as 33/1 with Sky Bet for the Doncaster feature, but the race has a new favourite after sustained support for Yucatan on Wednesday with original market-leader Capri friendless.
The pair were among a total entry of six horses left in by Aidan O'Brien at Monday's five-day stage and Capri, having previously been earmarked for the race, was installed as favourite across the board.
However, bookmakers reported support for Yucatan throughout Wednesday morning, and having been a 4/1 chance first thing in the morning, by 1500(BST) his price was down to even-money with Sky Bet, whose spokesman Michael Shinners said: "It is possible sometimes to read too much into these kind of market moves, but what I can say is that there certainly seems an expectation that Yucatan will line up on Saturday and run very well."
By Galileo out of Breeders' Cup Mile winner Six Perfections, Yucatan certainly has a pedigree to suggest he can perform to Group One standards.