Royal Ascot Trainer Mark Casse Eyes Return with Promising Fillies & Colts
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Royal Ascot Trainer Mark Casse Eyes Return with Promising Fillies & Colts

Royal Ascot-Winning Trainer Eyes Return to Prestigious Fixture

Royal Ascot-winning trainer Mark Casse suggested that Bullet could be headed to the prestigious royal fixture after the filly’s victory in the $106,000 Royal Palm Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Based in Indianapolis, Casse famously trained Tepin to win the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2016 and may be tempted to return to Berkshire after Bullet, by War Front, bested You Need Me by two and a quarter lengths under jockey Emisael Jaramillo.

“My wife describes it as ‘the best’. She said Royal Ascot is like the Kentucky Derby on steroids. It’s something I’ll never forget. The prestige. We got to meet the Queen, which was very special for us,” Casse told Bloodhorse.

The Royal Palm Juvenile Fillies Stakes, along with the $110,000 Royal Palm Juvenile Stakes on the same card, provide automatic berths into Ascot’s juvenile stakes races.

Gabaldon Books Ticket to Royal Ascot

Gabaldon, a debut winner for trainer Jose D’Angelo, also booked his ticket to Royal Ascot with a one and a quarter length victory in the other Ascot qualifier. Ridden by Jaramillo, the promising youngster built up a strong lead and held off a late challenge from Reach For The Rose.

Silver Knott Continues Winning Ways in the U.S.

Elsewhere, the Godolphin-owned Silver Knott continued his winning ways in the United States, taking the Grade 2 Man O War Stakes at Belmont At The Big A for trainer Charlie Appleby. Prior to his American campaign, the four-year-old son of Lope De Vega won the Group 3 Solario Stakes and Group 3 Autumn Stakes in Britain, as well as finishing 11th in the 2,000 Guineas.

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