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Royal Scotsman rockets into Ascot reckoning

Royal Scotsman steamed into the Coventry Stakes picture with a slick five-length success in the William Hill Acca Club/British EBF Novice Stakes at Goodwood.

The Paul and Oliver Cole-trained son of Gleneagles finished sixth lengths behind Noble Style when fourth of eight on his debut at Ascot, but put that form well behind him with a scintillating effort, barely coming off the bridle under Jim Crowley.

The 100-30 chance broke well and was always close to the pace-setting Kaasib, easing to the front two furlongs out and lengthening in a matter of strides.

Bluelight Bay stuck on for second, with Mischief Magic doing his best work late a further length and a quarter back in third.

Oliver Cole said: “He never seemed to finish the race off at Ascot, but obviously he did there. I think he has sharpened up for the race and is clearly a good horse and the options and the future is bright.

“The Coventry is definitely something to think about now. Jim got off of him and said that the Coventry could be a good target, so we will have to think about that.

“By Gleaneagles, his progeny all seem to like a bit of cut so the rain has helped. He will get further. Six (furlongs) is good and he might get a mile-plus. He clearly has a lot of quality.”

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