LIGHTNING IMPRESSIVE ON DEBUT AND COULD RETURN FOR GROUP 2 JULY STAKES

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Trainer Tom Clover described Rogue Lightning as an “exciting prospect” after putting himself in contention for an outing in the Group Two July Stakes at the Moët & Chandon July Festival at Newmarket following a striking debut victory at the track this afternoon. 

Having impressed at home on the gallops, the Kodiac colt transferred that to the track when dispatching his three rivals with the minimum of fuss in the Black Type Accountancy British EBF Restricted Novice Stakes in the hands of Jack Mitchell. 

Tracking outsider of the quartet Tabsheer for much of the six furlong event the 6-4 chance soon put the race to bed in a matter of strides after drawing smartly clear on the climb to the line before defeating 11-8 Favourite Metahorse by four and a half lengths. 

Rogue Lightning was given a quote of 40-1 for next year’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas by Paddy Power following his impressive triumph, however Clover hinted that a return to course and distance could be next on the agenda for the July Stakes in two weeks’ time. 

Clover said: “He had been shaping up really well at home. I was so pleased Jack got a lead as he was a little keen through the first furlong. 

“It was lovely to see him drop his head and race properly. As Jack said it was a matter of pushing the button and he picked up well for him. 

“For a first time out horse he hadn’t done a lot of work for us. He is quite naturally talented and he is an exciting prospect for The Rogues Gallery (owners). 

“I suppose first time out you are always hoping to get a bit of cover in case they are a bit keen and Jack did well to do that. You hope they behave well first time out but I knew if he relaxed well he would take a lot of beating. 

“The July Stakes is quite tight timing but we will see how he is. I’d imagine we will see him up in grade at some point whether that is the July Stakes or the Rose Bowl (at Newbury). 

“I’d say he has taken it well and in his stride. If he comes out of it alright we will certainly think about the July Stakes.”

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