We're up to Ascot challenge

It is impossible to walk up Ascot's straight and not be impressed.

The redevelopment is unbelievable and the royal meeting is probably the showpiece meeting of the world.

We head to Ascot today for the King’s Stand Stakes with three strong Australian chances and it would be great if one of us can win.

Chatting with fellow trainers Joe Janiak and Anthony Freedman, they have indicated both Takeover Target and Falkirk have done very well.

The three Australian horses, including my mare Glamour Puss, were on the same flight to London and it appears all have thrived since getting here.

We don’t have a lot of information yet on the opposition, but there is sure to be plenty of quality.

There are 28 runners, which adds another perspective to our challenge.

Jockey Steven King has walked the course to get a feel for the layout.

He rode Glamour Puss in her final work on Saturday at Watership Down, near Kingsclere, and it was a highlight for him.

King was super impressed with how Glamour Puss felt.

She’s been given a penalty of 2.5kgs because of her Group 1 wins and Saturday’s Golden Jubilee Stakes is the race she is better suited in, being weight-for-age and 1200m.

That said, we’d certainly be looking for a good run from her in the 1000m King’s Stand. We don’t want to be finishing 12th and expecting to improve on Saturday. She’d need to show she’s going well.

We know she will have to be on her game to win today and beat Takeover Target.

They’ve met three times and she’s won twice, so they’ve got a score to settle.

If one or the other can win here, they will be our champion sprinter.

Falkirk will get the conditions he loves with a straight track and firm conditions.

He has also beaten Glamour Puss convincingly. When he is right, he is a serious racehorse and Anthony Freedman is very happy with him.

We are all bullish about our chances and it would be fantastic if one of us can win.

If not, we’re going to be a bit of a sorry crew.

By Danny O’Brien - HeraldSun

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