By Simon Jackson.
Trainer David O’Meara believes there is more improvement to come from the unbeaten That Is The Spirit who holds an entry in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.
At his last start O’Meara’s charge led from the outset to land the Listed Investec Surrey Stakes at Epsom on Oaks Day where he fought well in the closing stages to prevail by a nose.
The success was his third from as many starts and followed wins at Doncaster and York. The manner of the son of Invincible Spirit’s latest victory delighted O’Meara.
“He’s done it well,” OMeara said at Epsom. “He still looked a bit green coming down the hill and had a good look around but won in spite of that so I’m very pleased.
“He’s won three times now but he’s learning with every race and I’d imagine he’ll come on again for that. He likes to get on with things and has plenty of natural speed so we were just a bit worried he wouldn’t settle.
“That’s the quickest ground he’s run on and the best race he’s run in so we can’t ask for more than that.
“We could go for the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot next. I’ll have a chat to Frank [Gillespie, owner] and see what he wants to do.
Winning jockey Daniel Tudhope added: “He’s a very good horse.
“His attitude has improved a lot from when I first rode him as he ran a bit keen on the first couple of occasions but he just got on with the job today and I think he really enjoyed it.”
The five day Royal Ascot meeting commences tomorrow (Tuesday) with a six race card where the first race is scheduled for 2.30pm.
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