Friday, 2 June 2017

Evan Williams targetting Royal Ascot glory with John Constable

Evan Williams is hoping for his first Royal Ascot success with impressive Swinton winner John Constable.

The six-year-old put a season of poor efforts behind him, as he powered clear to a 14-length success of the Haydock spectacle last time out.

With a love of quick ground and good staying ability, Williams is targeting the Ascot Stakes handicap with the three time hurdle winner.

He had one appearance at the Cheltenham Festival, where he finished midfield in the County Hurdle; he could be targeted towards one of the big handicaps in March.

John Constable was formally trained at Ballydoyle with master trainer Aidan O’Brien, he enjoyed one victory and five places in Ireland.

John Constable before falling at the last at Aintree.

“We’re aiming to take him to the Ascot Stakes on the first day,” said the Welsh handler.

“He’s rated 88 so whether he will get in, I don’t quite know but I hope he does.

“It may be a struggle to get him in, and if he does he will really be on the cusp of the handicap.

“It’s where we really want to go, so it’d be nice to get him in and run him.

“To have a runner at Royal Ascot is very special, and he’d suit the race pretty well. I just hope he can get in!”

The last six winners of the Ascot Stakes were trained by National Hunt trainers, the likes of Simenon and Clondaw Warrior the most notable victors for Willie Mullins.

Last year Jennies Jewel took the prize for Irish trainer Jarlath Farley.

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