Queen’s Ascot side get major boost as King’s Lynn seals Probert’s hat-trick | Horse racing news

John Grossick

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King’s Lynn has nose to spare on Twilight Calls at the end of the Temple Stakes

John Grossick

By Lee Mottershead

Saturday: Cazoo Temple Stakes, Haydock

There won’t be a first Derby triumph for the Queen next month, but the sport’s most famous owner is catching up with other races and will have a real shot at Group 1 glory on day one of Royal Ascot after King’s Lynn success in the Cazoo Temple Stakes.

Reach For The Moon, which racing fans hoped would wear the Queen’s silks in Epsom, will instead be for the royal reunion, at which King’s Lynn ran into trouble last year when he was seventh in the King’s Stand Stakes and third in Wokingham.

This year the King’s Stand has been named as the go-to option by David Probert, whose Haydock 209-1 hat-trick was sealed in the most special way as he handed the five-year-old owner-breeder his third win of the week.

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Bookies now make King’s Lynn no taller than 14-1 to triumph on Tuesday at Ascot, when his opponents are expected to include American Golden Pal and Australian champion Nature Strip, as well as second-placed Temple leader Twilight Calls and the heroine of last year’s Nunthorpe Stakes Winter Power, who only managed to place eighth on her seasonal reappearance.

“He deserved to win a race of this caliber,” Probert said of sprinter-trainer Andrew Balding.

“All roads lead to Ascot now and I’m delighted it has its head ahead in the Platinum Jubilee year.

“He’s raced really well in a King’s Stand before so he’s shown he can compete at that level. He’s now another year wiser, he’s stronger and having that under his belt will be very useful for him going forward. at Ascot. I can see him being very competitive.”


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David Probert poses for photos alongside King’s Lynn


Henry Candy was saying the same thing about Twilight Calls, whose rider Adam Kirby found King’s Lynn hitting for home first at a crucial stage.

“He wasn’t totally lucky while running but that doesn’t take anything away from the winner,” Candy said. “Adam said the faster they go the better, so it shouldn’t be a problem if Wesley Ward shows up at Ascot. They’re going a million miles an hour in the King’s Stand and I hope it will be also solid ground.”

Winter Power, a huge market vagabond here, is 20-1 for this contest, but trainer Tim Easterby noted that she “slipped a little bit coming out of the stalls” and added: “She’s fine. I just think she was a little tired. She’ll go to Ascot and we’ll try to drive her somewhere first.

Easterby certainly didn’t look discouraged, as a broad smile was put on by Jake Warren, standing in for his father, racing royal adviser John Warren.

“He’s been a very consistent horse,” Warren said, adding, “It’s an incredible result for Her Majesty.”

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