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Indestructible Aims to Bounce Back at Royal Ascot
Karl Burke’s Craven winner Indestructible will be looking to make a statement at the upcoming St James’s Palace Stakes after a disappointing run in the 2000 Guineas. After an impressive juvenile campaign, where he finished behind Chaldean in both the Acomb and Champagne Stakes, Indestructible started his three-year-old season with a bang by winning the Craven.
However, things didn’t go as planned on testing ground at Newmarket during the 2000 Guineas day. Old rival Chaldean took home the spoils while Indestructible struggled due to unsuitable ground conditions. His connections are now hoping for better luck when they lock horns again for a fourth time at Royal Ascot.
Aiming for Better Ground Conditions
“He’s come out of the Guineas very well,” said Tom Pennington, racing and operations manager for owners Amo Racing. “The ground probably didn’t play to his strengths at Newmarket.”
The team has always stressed that Indestructible is not comfortable on soft surfaces, which was evident during his win in The Craven where he excelled on decent ground conditions.
“Quick ground round a bend should see him at his best; he’s a nice horse and you don’t do what he did in The Craven without being talented,” added Pennington.
The good news is that Karl Burke seems happy with how Indestructible is performing ahead of their next race together.”He’s in decent form and working well.”said Pennington,”all systems go for The St James’s Palace.”
“You can’t knock his form, and the only time he disappointed was when he finished second to Chaldean at Doncaster last season. The ground was hock deep that day as well, and he’s just not as effective on that sort of ground,” explained Pennington.
Pennington believes Indestructible is much better on sound surfaces, which will be available at Royal Ascot’s racecourse.”I think getting better ground will see him replicate what he did in The Craven.”