Toronado's Tactical Dominant In the July

Tactical wins the July S. in the rain at Newmarket | Racing Post


Thursday's G2 Tattersalls July S. took place against a backdrop of unseasonably wet weather on Newmarket's July Course, but The Queen's Tactical (GB) (Toronado {Ire}) shone through with a touch of class to add to his Listed Windsor Castle S. success. Having beaten Yazaman (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) by 1 1/4 lengths in that five-furlong Ascot speed test June 17, the 5-2 second favourite was able to confirm that form by the exact same margin as the duo pulled 2 3/4 lengths clear of Escape Route (Ire) (Dandy Man {Ire}). Held up early by William Buick as the G2 Coventry S. runner-up and 15-8 favourite Qaader (Ire) (Night of Thunder {Ire}) cut out the running, the Royal homebred was delivered to swamp him before brushing aside Yazaman a furlong from home. Staying on powerfully to the line, the powerhouse was able to prove his versatility and book a tilt at the top flight now.

The Queen's bloodstock advisor John Warren said, “I think form-wise that was probably the same as the Windsor Castle, but the way he did it looked even better again. I think we might just have a very nice horse on our hands. It's very exciting. We might look at the [G1] Prix Morny [at Deauville Aug. 23] as a potential objective for him. He is so laid-back and uncomplicated he will handle the travelling. Although it looks like he will stay seven furlongs, at the moment we will keep to what he has been good at. He ran through the line well. When William walked back in he said this was a proper horse.”

Andrew Balding added, “He has shown he is versatile on any ground, which is always nice to know before you go travelling. It is really fantastic for us to have a horse as good as this for Her Majesty. It is really exciting and rewarding. I'm sure there will be some very good horses that haven't even raced yet and we still have a way to go, but he is near the top of the tree at the moment. We will stay at six for the time being, then when we get to the autumn, you have a choice of six or seven. The dam stayed seven in soft ground and the sire was a top miler, so there is no reason really why he shouldn't stay seven himself.”

Tactical is the first foal out of the Royal runner Make Fast (GB) (Makfi {GB}), who as Andrew Balding stated was second in the Listed Radley S. and Listed Surrey S. over seven furlongs. She is a half to Raymi Coya (Van Nistelrooy), who captured the G3 Oh So Sharp S. also over seven and is connected to Raise You (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}), who took the Listed Fairway S. and was third in the G3 Rose of Lancaster S. when with this stable. Make Fast also has a yearling colt by Iffraaj (GB) and a filly foal by The Queen's Recorder (GB).

Thursday, Newmarket, Britain
TATTERSALLS JULY S.-G2, £40,700, Newmarket, 7-9, 2yo, c/g, 6fT, 1:12.42, sf.
1–TACTICAL (GB), 126, c, 2, by Toronado (Ire)
1st Dam: Make Fast (GB) (MSP-Eng), by Makfi (GB)
2nd Dam: Raymi Coya, by Van Nistelrooy
3rd Dam: Something Mon, by Maria's Mon
1ST GROUP WIN. O/B-The Queen (GB); T-Andrew Balding; J-William Buick. £23,081. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-1, $59,655. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Yazaman (Ire), 126, c, 2, Kodiac (GB)–Online Alexander (Ire), by Acclamation (GB). (185,000gns Ylg '19 TATOCT). O-Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum; B-Mountarmstrong Stud. (IRE); T-William Haggas. £8,751.
3–Escape Route (Ire), 126, c, 2, Dandy Man (Ire)–Elaysa (GB), by Shamardal. (€44,000 Wlg '18 TATFBR; 50,000gns Ylg '19 TATOCT). O-Clipper Logistics; B-Peter & Hugh McCutcheon (IRE); T-Richard Fahey. £4,379.
Margins: 1 1/4, 2 3/4, HF. Odds: 2.50, 6.00, 33.00.
Also Ran: Qaader (Ire), Swiss Ace (GB), Jimmy Sparks (Ire), Choritzo (GB), Victory Heights (Ire), Rebel At Dawn (Ire). Scratched: Lauded (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree.

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