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Ventura set for Norfolk Stakes tilt

15th May 2019, 14:39 by Craig Smithson

Ventura Rebel is set to race in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot as opposed to the Coventry Stakes after his recent win at the venue.

The two-year-old Richard Fahey-trained colt followed up a debut win at Thirsk with an impressive victory at Ascot when overhauling American speedster Lady Pauline to win the Pavilion Stakes by a length a fortnight ago.

Owners Middleham Park Racing were contemplating a run out in the Coventry Stakes, but on the back of that display it now seems likely that he will go into the five-furlong Norfolk on June 20.

"He's come out of Ascot great and at the moment the plan is simply to go to Royal Ascot with him," said Tom Palin, syndicate manager for Middleham Park Racing.

"His target is undecided. It will either be the Norfolk or the Coventry. The time he did at Ascot last time out suggests he should be in the mix in the Norfolk, but the visual impression he gave suggests the six furlongs shouldn't be a problem so it's a really lovely problem to have.

"We're probably steering towards the Norfolk at this stage.

"There are two styles of race-reading - the visual and the time - and he gave a great impression on both.

"I don't know if Lady Pauline travelled over OK or if that was her true running. If it was, then we have plenty to be excited about.

"It should be a good day whichever way we go."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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