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2019 Royal Ascot quotes – Appleby, Haggas, Hills and many more discuss their top contenders

Charlie Appleby (second left) celebrates after William Buick (right) guides Blue Point to Royal Ascot glory last year.

We’ve taken a look through various news outlets and gathered important Quotes from connections of various British contenders ahead of Royal Ascot commencing a week on Tuesday.

Charlie Appleby speaking to Sky Sports

Masar - Prince Of Wales's Stakes (8/1 William Hill) or Hardwicke Stakes (8/1 Unibet)

"He has done plenty of conditioning work, and this was the first time he has been asked the question. He galloped out well there. Physically he has done great."

"He is a man now and he looks great. He has done everything asked of him, and today was the acid test. I was pleased with what I saw. First and foremost, it is great to get him back here, because it has been a long road."

"I was pleased with the way he travelled into the gallop and he picked up well. He has just had a nice, healthy blow - and that will have sharpened him up mentally."

"That piece of work will be the deciding factor - whether we head for the Prince of Wales's or the Hardwicke. As a mile-and-a-half Classic winner dropping back to a mile and a quarter is always good for the page and as we saw in the Craven, he doesn't lack pace."

Blue Point - King's Stand Stakes (3/1 William Hill)

"It is going to be exciting and this is what racing wants. If Battaash and Blue Point both turn up with their A game, it will be a great race."

"I know Battaash has taken over as favourite - and justifiably so after his reappearance - but I'm not afraid of taking him on again."

"It would be great to win back-to-back King's Stands and as you know he is a horse we have held in high regard since his two-year-old days."

"He was flawless in Dubai winning his three starts, with the highlight the Al Quoz. His preparation is going well and we are looking forward to going back to Ascot."

William Haggas talks to the Racing Post

Sea Of Class - Prince Of Wales's Stakes (5/2 Unibet)

"She did her first bit of work yesterday (15th May) and is in good form. Plenty of the groundwork has been done and she's still on course to return in the Prince of Wales's. She will have an away day with a racecourse gallop at some point before Ascot."

Pablo Escobar - King Edward VII Stakes (16/1 888Sport)

"Pablo is fine and we're thinking of going for the King Edward. We were very keen to go for the Derby but he didn't scope very well the weekend before so we aborted. He's got a bit to find but it's an interesting race for him."

Haggas speaking to Sky Sports

Maqsad - Coronation Stakes (14/1 Ladbrokes)

"She definitely didn't stay (In the Oaks), but I'm not sure she would have won at a mile and a quarter either - so we will have to regroup. I wouldn't rule out a shot at the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot,"

"We will see how she is because she had a hard race and she was tired after the race. She showed a lot of speed and is getting quicker."

"She is not in the Pretty Polly (at the Curragh) - and if you are waiting for a Group One that is the Nassau, and that is the end of July, so we can squeeze another one in before then."
Sir Michael Stoute talking to The National

Mustashry - Queen Anne Stakes (5/1 William Hill)

“He's had his niggles over his career but we have never had him in better shape."

“The Queen Anne is the race that comes to my mind, while remembering he is versatile and has won over a mile and a quarter. But I think the Queen Anne is what Sheikh Hamdan wants."

Teddy Grimthorpe discusses Sir Michael Stoute's Jubiloso with Sky Sports

Jubiloso - Coronation Stakes (9/2 Unibet)

"She came out of her Newbury race in good shape and has done well since. She will also have the option of the Jersey Stakes, but at the moment we look to be heading for the Coronation."

He added: "Like every horse I think she'll just prefer good ground. She won on the Polytrack first time out - at this stage it's hard to know what she wants, but hopefully she'll go on all ground. We'll see, as they say."


Charlie Hills talks to the Racing Post

Battaash - King's Stand Stakes (2/1 888Sport)

"The Royal Ascot team is coming together quite nicely and I've been delighted with how Battaash has come out of the Temple. He's in a good place at the moment and I can't see the stiff finish being a problem."

"We'll probably ride him a bit differently from last year. He pinged the gates last year and was always up there, and Ascot is a very hard place to make the running. You're always there to be shot at."

"He's behaving better every day and has been as good as gold. He seems to be enjoying his work at the moment and is doing it with his ears pricked every time."

Phoenix Of Spain - St James's Palace Stakes (7/4 888Sport)

"He took his trip to Ireland well and looks great for having that race. He's nice and fresh and did a swinging canter yesterday and will have one more bit of work next week."

"I don't think we need to make the running, but it depends on the draw and how many runners there'll be. I hope he'll only get better. He's a big scopey horse and what he did last year was just a bonus."

Khaadem - Commonwealth Cup (10/1 Ladbrokes)

"We've gone the softer approach with him, so it's quite hard to weigh up the form with some of the others. He's only ever going to do enough and probably won't look impressive because of that."

"He's very laid back at home and I couldn't be more pleased with how he looks, he's an absolute picture of health, so I'm really looking forward to running him."

James Tate discusses his top star with Sky Sports

Invincible Army - Diamond Jubilee Stakes (7/2 888Sport)

"He's in fantastic form - savage form, you might say."

"My head lad Chris led him out on Wednesday and came back with a fat lip, and the other morning my travelling head lass Mary tried to catch him and he almost bit her finger off! She had to go and have that glued back together.

"He's in such good form at the moment we can't not prepare him for Royal Ascot. If we eased off him he could cause someone a serious injury!

"If the ground came up rattling fast at Ascot that would temper our enthusiasm, but we've got to train him for that and we'll see where we are nearer the time."

Karl Burke talks about Laurens with the Yorkshire Post

Laurens Queen Anne Stakes (8/1 Ladbrokes)

“I was delighted with her run, she lost her lead, but then in the last 50 yards got her second wind and stayed on again, so I’m sure there’s some improvement in her. She will go for the Queen Anne next and it will be fillies’ only (races) after that.”


John Quinn speaking to the Racing Post

Liberty Beach - Queen Mary (33/1 William Hill)

"She's been an unassuming filly but we thought the same with Signora Cabello last year. She just worked okay at home and we felt she'd win races but she woke up on the racetrack."

"We always liked her and I thought she'd run nicely at Redcar on her debut and she did well to win. I thought she warranted her place in the Hilary Needler and she did very well to win. She's a real two-year-old with a very good mind."

Signora Cabello - King's Stand Stakes (20/1 Ladbrokes)

"If I'm pleased with her later in the week she'll go there. I'm dropping her back to five furlongs and I think that's her trip, although she didn't run too badly over six at Haydock, and we're going to put blinkers on her so fingers crossed."

Keith Dalgleish talking to the Racing Post

What's The Story - Royal Hunt Cup (20/1 Unibet)

"What's The Story ran a solid race last year and he's benefited from being gelded in the winter. The way he ran at York showed that and if I can get him there in similar form he'll run well.  A mark of 100 isn't ridiculous and on any given day he can win off that – it's just whether there's something better on the day."

Soldier's Minute - Wokingham (20/1 888Sport)

"Soldier's Minute is another one we gelded in the winter and he came on no end for it. He was really impressive at Kempton first time and he got a fair hike in the weights so we ran him with a penalty, but he'd been up and down in a week and it was too much for him."

"He was drawn too wide at Musselburgh next but we gave him time and he won really nicely at York. The handicapper has had his say but we've kept him fresh and if he runs similar to that he's got to be in the shake-up, hasn't he?"


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2019 Royal Ascot quotes – Appleby, Haggas, Hills and many more discuss their top contenders

We’ve taken a look through various news outlets and gathered important Quotes from connections of various British contenders ahead of Royal Ascot on Tuesday 18th June

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