Prix Morny plan for Tactical

10 July 2020 21:17:50 GMTPlus10

The Queen's impressive two-year-old colt Tactical is set to head to France for the Prix Morny next month after his July Stakes win at Newmarket.

Tactical has been unbeaten since a promising debut third on Newmarket's Rowley Mile course, subsequently winning the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and at Group 2 level on Newmarket's July course on Thursday.

The Morny is the plan and he's shown he's versatile on any ground.

Andrew Balding

Trainer Andrew Balding and the Queen's racing manager John Warren both indicated the smart son of Toronado will head to Deauville for the Prix Morny on 23rd August, a race which has been kind to British-trained runners in the last decade.

Six of the last ten Prix Morny winners have been trained in Britain, with Earthlight a rare winner last year for the home contingent.

Pretty Pollyanna (2018) was the most recent British-trained success in the six-furlong Group 1, with Unfortunately (2017), Shalaa (2015), The Wow Signal (2014), Reckless Abandon (2012) and Dream Ahead (2010) also triumphing at Deauville.

The John Gosden-trained Shalaa is the last horse to win both the July Stakes and the Prix Morny.

Warren said: "The Prix Morny would be a potential objective. He's so laid back and so uncomplicated, he'd definitely handle the travelling and, whereas he looks like he'd stay seven furlongs, for the time being why not keep him at what he's been good at?"

Balding added after Tactical's length-and-a-quarter win over Yazaman: "I think we're all impressed. The Morny is the plan and he's shown he's versatile on any ground, which is good when you're planning to travel."

Meanwhile, Tactical is 17.00 to win next year's 2000 Guineas.

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