Oliver Cole is exuding confidence ahead of Royal Scotsman’s Coventry Stakes run at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.
The son of Gleneagles looked raw in defeat on his debut over the minimum trip at Ascot early last month but was a totally different proposition when stepped up to six furlongs at Goodwood 20 days later, powering home in a novices’ event to score by an easy five lengths.
The Dubai-based Fitri Hay-owned colt looks set to be another strong renewal, facing-off with Godolphin’s Noble Style following his five-furlong Ascot novice victory on debut.
Yet Cole, who trains in partnership with his father, Paul, is increasingly hopeful that Royal Scotsman will prove his ability.
The 6YO final run of last season saw him chase home current Gr.1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes favorite Bay Bridge in the Listed Jane Seymour at Newmarket.
Though last of four on his reappearance at Chester, he was not fully wound up and he showed his true colors when taking the Listed 10-furlong Festival Stakes at Goodwood last time.
The son of Gleneagles was fourth on his five-furlong debut in a well-contested novice race at Windsor.