x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Duo aim to start as they mean to go on

Today's Totesport Mile will see the return to action of two horses who have been having major problems at the start of their races.

GOODWOOD // Most of the attention has been focused on the finish line at Glorious Goodwood this week, but today's Totesport Mile will see the return to action of two horses who have been having major problems at the start of their races. Both Docofthebay, trained by Jamie Osborne, and Kavachi, trained by Gary Moore, became entangled in the starting stalls at Royal Ascot last month.

Docofthebay was withdrawn from the Royal Hunt Cup Heritage Handicap after rearing in the stalls and getting momentarily entangled in the structure. Kavachi, who prefers to be loaded last, may have been upset by the delay while Docofthebay was freed and had his hooves on top of the gates when they eventually opened. He missed the break, but to his credit was able to recover his feet and battle gamely to the end of the race, finishing a respectable eighth out of 25.

Kavachi, who got the start today in the 20-strong field after a number of the 63 original entries pulled out, will race just outside the favourites. He has been prepared for this contest and his last run before Royal Ascot was a win at York in which he got the better of today's favourite, Acrostic, who went on to win the Heritage Handicap at Sandown. "Kavachi has been trained for the race and the form of his York victory is starting to work out quite well," said Moore.

"He was very unlucky in the Royal Hunt Cup because he had his feet on top of the gates when they opened, he's a horse that has to go in last, and he still ran a great race to finish where he did." Docofthebay, meanwhile has a fine record at Goodwood coming second on his career debut in 2006 and was winner of a seven furlong handicap in 2007. stregoning@thenational.ae