By Nicholas Godfrey
GB: Ryan Moore will renew his association with US star Extravagant Kid at Royal Ascot, where the sprint veteran is being considered for both the King’s Stand and Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Moore partnered the eight-year-old to his biggest career success in March at Meydan, where the gelding overcame an international field to win the G1 Al Quoz Sprint.
Extravagant Kid has won 15 of his 50 career starts and was fourth behind Glass Slippers in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. He represents trainer Brendan Walsh, for whom he turned in a 5f workout at Keeneland on Saturday in a time of 1m02.20s on a fast dirt track.
“He worked great – he’s doing good,” Walsh told the track’s media team. “Looks like he came out of the race in Dubai good and got back in good shape.
“If it worked out good going to Dubai, why wouldn’t it work out going to England?” added the trainer. “He shows that he’s good enough to take on those kind of horses.”
Extravagant Kid is a best-priced 10-1 for the King’s Stand, where he is set to be joined by Wesley Ward-trained compatriot Maven. Both sprinters and the remainder of the Ward armoury will fly from Indianapolis on June 1, after which they will be stationed in Newmarket.
Walsh’s stable star, the Godolphin four-year-old Maxfield, is set for a return to G1 company in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 26.
“Maxfield is doing great,” said Walsh, who has around 40 horses stabled at Keeneland. “He worked nice, and we’re back on the go and on to the next spot.”
King’s Stand Stakes betting (Ladbrokes): 2 Battaash, 100-30 Glass Slippers, 6 Oxted, Winter Power, 10 Extravagant Kind, Lazuli, Liberty Beach, 12 Maven, Que Amoro, 14 bar.