Unpredictable Ground Conditions Cloud Hukum’s Participation at Royal Ascot
The upcoming participation of six-year-old thoroughbred, Hukum, in next week’s prestigious Royal Ascot event is shrouded with uncertainty. This is due to the unpredictable ground conditions which may lead to a last-minute decision on his participation. The question is whether he will compete for the Hardwicke Stakes or supplement for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.
Last year was quite challenging for Hukum as he suffered a career-threatening injury when breaking his Group One duck in the Coronation Cup at Epsom. However, he made a successful return recently by inflicting defeat on last year’s Derby hero Desert Crown in the Brigadier Gerard at Sandown.
Hukum’s Options and Challenges
Given that this would be his first career triumph over ten furlongs, there are questions about whether it makes sense to give him another shot at top-level honours in the Prince of Wales’s rather than lining up for the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes over one and a half miles three days later.
The uncertain forecast poses significant challenges given that Hukum would need to be supplemented for the Prince of Wales’s on Thursday – an expense of £70,000 if they decide to take that route. As things stand now, it seems like taking part in perceived easier option – if any – would make more sense.
In addition to this challenge posed by weather unpredictability coupled with high expenses associated with supplementing Horse Racing horses into races such as these events; owners have been very cautious since their beloved race horse had previously suffered from Career-threatening injuries just after winning its maiden Group One trophy during Coronation Cup held last year at Epsom.
Angus Gold, racing manager for owner-breeders Shadwell fears that the ground conditions may not be favorable should they opt to participate in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. “We need rain, nobody has ever made any secret of that,” he said. “If I’m brutally honest, I don’t think we’ll get enough rain to warrant spending that sort of money, especially when he’s favourite for the Hardwicke three days later.”
The Quality Shadwell Team
Hukum could lead a quality team from Shadwell into battle at Royal Ascot alongside Mutasaabeq and Mostabshir. Mutasaabeq is set to compete in the Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday while Mostabshir will take part in what looks like a red-hot renewal of the St James’s Palace Stakes on Wednesday.
Despite being fifth and finishing three lengths behind during Lockinge held at Newbury; his impressive win from bet365 Mile at Newmarket earlier this season makes him an exciting prospect going forward.
Mostabshir trained by John and Thady Gosden’s yard also faces stiff competition but Angus Gold remains upbeat about their chances: “I think he’s going in the right direction and we’ll find out where that takes him next week.”
Taking Bold Steps Towards Success
In conclusion, Hukum remains a top-quality racehorse with many more potential wins up its sleeves if carefully managed. The decision whether or not to supplement it for Prince Of Wales stakes comes down to weather unpredictability coupled with high expenses associated with Horse Racing horses participating in such events. Only time will tell which path owners decide to take as they seek glory amidst fierce competition and unpredictable ground conditions.