El Caballo managed to counter Tiber Flow’s late push and compel favorite supporters in the conditions of the 3-year-old Coral all-weather championship in Newcastle.
Knocking off a well-supported 13-8 market lead to coach Karl Burke and racer Clifford Lee, El Caballo went undefeated in three all-weather starts, but he had to pass. through all the stops to maintain that perfect record.
El Caballo has set it all up in his last two wins, and Lee wants to take control of the race from the front again, but Hollie Doyle also wants to command issues on the Space Cowboy, with the pair racing all the way to the last of the six feathers.
Lee was already playing for the home team at the time and it looked like El Caballo – whose only defeat in his debut against Smart Armor – would comfortably prevail, but Tiber Flow is making the most of it. behind for Tom Marquand and start with every stride. .
But the opportunity came too soon for him and El Caballo went on to win with a short header, with Space Cowboy falling three further and a quarter behind in third.
Paddy Power goes 25-1 on El Caballo for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot after his narrow verdict, and Burke will be eager to rent a road to the June highlight.
He said, “He’s a very good horse. I don’t know if he’s enlisting in the front or that’s him, but Cliff (Lee) thinks he’s definitely better out of the seven (furlongs),” he said. ).
“We’ll give him an easy fortnight and see, but I still want to try him in something like Sandy Lane (at Haydock) and just see if we can turn him into a horse. of the Commonwealth Cup no. in Ascot would be pretty good for him.
“He’s easy enough to deal with once he’s out. He can be a bit miserable in the box and will bite and kick you – he’s a proper pony.
“I really think he’s a genuine Group Three/Two horse, is he better than we’ll see.
“I know Maureen (Haggas) really likes the second one and I think they’re two beautiful horses.”