WITHOUT PAROLE STAKES SUCCESS
The son of FRANKEL prevailed in the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown yesterday (24th May).
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 25th May 2018:
Few expected Without Parole to be one of the leading protagonists in the 2000 Guineas when he was reintroduced at Great Yarmouth's seaside track (24th April), but John and Tanya Gunther's burgeoning sensation might have been just that had misfortune not intervened in the build-up to the Newmarket Classic. Stopped from taking part there by an abscess, the bay was brought to Sandown with a view to going on to the Gr.1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Asked to handle black-type company and rain-softened ground for the first time, he had to up his game here but the market support was noteworthy and he headed to post a hot favourite. Settled fourth early by Frankie Dettori, he was shaken up to earn the lead approaching the furlong pole and was ridden to the line as last year's Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy fifth Gabr closed in.
John Gosden's belief in Without Parole is loud and clear. "It was quite a slog up that hill and I was nervous about running him, as I had missed a couple of bits of work after the foot abscess," he explained.
"I missed a lot of time with him and he needed it a little bit. The ground was very testing and it was dead old ground. He is a likeable horse and good-to-firm ground is his scene. That was a little bit demanding for him and Frankie committed early, but his class got him through. It wasn't his ideal conditions and he came there slightly below the minimum work, but I had to get a run in if I was going to Ascot. He was in his box for a long time, then just walking and I've only got two pieces of work in and one was somewhat leisurely to say the least. We will go to the St James's Palace Stakes and if we have lovely summer ground he will come on a bundle."
Dettori added: "The soft ground was breaking his pattern and he was struggling on it. I think he would get a mile and a quarter, but he has the speed for a mile. He's got quite a classical Frankel stride and is a pleasure to ride. He's done nothing wrong so far."
Date: 25 May 2018