It was a bittersweet weekend for James Ferguson, who needed to pull his Mise En Scene out of the Qipco 1000 Guineas on the day of the race with a excessive temperature after which might solely watch on as Cachet made all within the first fillies’ Traditional of the season.
Ferguson’s cost was solely a brief head behind George Boughey’s runner when the pair completed third and fourth respectively within the Fillies’ Mile final season and it’s that shut proximity to the Traditional winner that’s giving the Saville Home Stables handler trigger for optimism that he has a really sensible horse on his fingers.
“It was gutting for the entire staff, the entire yard and the Qatar staff, however we have got to be grateful it’s only a temperature and nothing else,” defined Ferguson.
“It was only a routine pre-race temperature test and there’s no level turning as much as a race as large because the Guineas if you’re not 100 per cent, we’re simply very grateful we all know now we have an excellent filly within the yard.
“On kind we’d have run very properly within the Guineas, to say we’d have gained is a large ask, however we’d have run properly and subsequently we all know now we have a pleasant filly transferring ahead.”
Mise En Scene holds an entry within the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Ferguson admits a visit to the Curragh is the logical start line for the daughter of Siyouni’s season, offering she recovers in time to hit the monitor in peak situation.
He continued: “We’ll see how she comes out, we have got three weeks and if we will get her again on monitor that may be the logical alternative, however I would want to verify issues with the Qatar staff and Sheikh Fahad. We might go straight there, however she’s received a temperature in the mean time and must recover from that first.”
Thrilling stablemate El Bodegon will to France on Sunday as he steps up his preparation for a attainable tilt on the Cazoo Derby.
The Kodiac colt was seen twice in Britain final season and, having gained a seven-furlong novice race at Sandown in July, was campaigned completely in France thereafter.
He gained the final two of his three runs throughout the English Channel, scoring in Group Three firm at Chantilly earlier than giving Ferguson his first top-level winner, when underneath an impressed journey from Ioritz Mendizabal he signed off with victory within the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud in October.
All 5 of El Bodegon’s begins had been in floor on the softer facet of excellent and the Newmarket handler is eager to keep away from fast floor if in any respect attainable.
“All being properly, he’ll go to France for the (Group Two) Prix Greffulhe,” stated Ferguson. “He’s nonetheless on track for the Derby.
“I might say he’s pretty versatile by way of floor circumstances, however I would not wish to run him on rattling floor.
“He has achieved so properly on gentle floor and he has achieved so properly in France.
“He clearly gained the massive one at Saint-Cloud, so why not ship him again to Saint-Cloud, the place the prep – though its has some good, high-profile horses in there – goes to most likely be barely weaker than the Dante?”
Connections of the colt, who’s owned by the Nas Syndicate and Anthony O’Callaghan, might nonetheless go for the Qatar Prix du Jockey Membership on Sunday, June 5, slightly than the Epsom Traditional a day earlier.
Ferguson added: “I feel the choice might be made per week earlier than.”