Berkshire-based Roger Teal has only saddled two winners so far this season but sent out 50/1 shot Tip Two Win to finish a superb second in the Qipco 2000 Guineas last month and believes his charge will again go well at Royal Ascot.
Only Saxon Warrior proved good enough to finish ahead of Tip Two Win at Newmarket, Teal’s charge confirming the promise of his two successes in Meydan during the winter and his previous second place in the Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket at the end of last term.
The Dark Angel colt, a 6/1 shot with Boylesports to land the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes on June 19, has reportedly thrived since his tremendous 2000 Guineas run where he was patiently ridden by David Probert before making good headway two furlongs from home. He stayed on strongly coming out of the dip but couldn’t lay a glove on Saxon Warrior. A head behind him in third though was last week’s subsequent Investec Derby hero Masar, giving the form the best possible boost.
“Tip Two Win wasn’t even three until a week after the Guineas so we didn’t want to go with him again too quickly,” Teal told reporters. “We freshened him up and he’s back on song. He did a nice piece of work at Lambourn last week when David [Probert] came and had a sit on him, and we’ll get another decent bit into him before Ascot. David is happy with him and so am I.”
Teal notes that his charge is double the odds of the current favourite John Gosden’s Without Parole, a top priced 3/1 with William Hill even though he hasn’t competed above listed company and is officially 8lb inferior to Tip Two Win who was raised to a rating of 117 following his Newmarket run. On that basis he appears very good value.
“If he was a red-hot favourite there would be a lot of pressure, and there’s pressure enough without it,” concluded the man who has held a training licence since 2007. “I’m sure Without Parole and the rest will have to work hard to beat us.”
Written by Paul Alster
Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.