Unbeaten Hungarian horse Overdose will not run at Royal Ascot after failing to fully recover from a foot injury in time. The sprinter, dubbed the ‘Budapest Bullet’, had been touted for either the Golden Jubilee Stakes or the King’s Stand Stakes.
Affectionately known as the ‘Budapest Bullet’ his owner Zoltan Mikoczy says that he has not yet reached the required condition to go back into competition after being on the sidelines with a foot problem since last April. He was in line for a June return in Bratislava before going on to Royal Ascot until the decision was made that he would not be ready to compete.
The withdrawal of Overdose leaves Nicconi at the head of the Kings Stand market at odds of 5/1 with Coral, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Sporting Bet, Victor Chandler and William Hill. The Australian sprinter won the Lightning Stakes at Flemington in January and multiple Group One- winning trainer David Hayes reckons he is the best he has had.
Leading the Golden Jubilee Stakes for 19th June is JHM Gosden trained Showcasing who finished second to Prime defender at York last month and is offered at odds of 8/1 with Coral.
In the Coronation Stakes, Puff will return from an injury which forced her out of intended outings in the British, French and Irish fillies’ Guineas. The Fred Darling (Dubai Duty Free) Stakes winner leads a strong line up trainer Ralph Beckett, including Irish 2,000 Guineas disappointment Oasis Dancer.
On his website, Beckett told of his hopes for his Royal Ascot team:
“Puff will go for the Coronation Stakes. She had a short hold up earlier in May, which prevented her lining up for either the Pouliches or the Irish 1,000 Guineas.
“Layline is being aimed for the Britannia Handicap; he is best fresh so won’t have had a start before then.
“Oasis Dancer didn’t run well in the Irish 2,000 Guineas – I still don’t have a satisfactory reason – he came back in his usual ebullient form, so may run in the Jersey Stakes.
“Desert Sage ran well to finish fourth in the Newbury Oaks Trial; she didn’t get things her way as they went no gallop. She is a possible for the Ribblesdale, as the step up to 12 furlongs will suit her.
“Miss Zooter joins them for the Sandringham.”