Jarvis plots victory

Michael Jarvis is quietly confident that Rakti can boost the trainer's Royal Ascot tally when the enigmatic six-year-old lines up for the Queen Anne Stakes at York on Tuesday.

Michael Jarvis is quietly confident that Rakti can boost the trainer's Royal Ascot tally when the enigmatic six-year-old lines up for the Queen Anne Stakes at York on Tuesday.

The horse recorded a stunning victory under regular jockey Philip Robinson in the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on his return last month.

Jarvis's stable star has become stirred up in big-race preliminaries in the past and the Newmarket handler is hoping all goes well at York.

"When he came to me he wouldn't go in the stalls and then he wasn't very good at coming out of them, but he's been much better recently," said Jarvis, who has saddled 11 winners at the Royal meeting.

Horses have to walk across the Knavesmire from the racecourse stables, passing the hospitality marquees to the saddling boxes but Jarvis hopes to avoid the trek with Rakti.

He said: "I'm hoping to have a word with the clerk of the course because I believe Motivator was boxed over before the Dante, so that would solve that problem."

 

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