Her Majesty's Tactical a Middle Park Candidate

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Tactical | Scoop Dyga

Her Majesty The Queen's Tactical (GB) (Toronado {Ire}), a Group 2 winner, is a contender for the G1 Middle Park S. at Newmarket on Sept. 26. The Andrew Balding trainee was third in a Newmarket novice when unveiled on June 4 before breaking his maiden in the Listed Windsor Castle S. at Royal Ascot on June 17. Another win, this time in the G2 Tattersalls July S. on July 9, set him up for the Aug. 23 G1 Darley Prix Morny. Fifth in that affair after disliking the ground, the colt could also stretch out beyond six furlongs.

“We were disappointed with the result, but his jockey felt that he just struggled on the ground,” said Balding. “We will get him home and regroup, but I've not lost faith in the horse. We will get him back on a better surface and try to get him back on track. We didn't consider pulling him out of the race as we thought he was equipped to deal with most types of ground, but he never looked comfortable on it.

“The Middle Park is a possibility, but there is also a chance we might look to step him up to seven furlongs as well.”

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