THERE can be few trainers around who are as adept at training sprinters as Robert Cowell.
Dubbed ‘The Sprint King’ due to his successes with the speedsters, Cowell’s stable has gone from strength to strength in recent seasons off the back of the exploits of horses such as Prohibit, Goldream, Jwala, Prince Of Lir and Kingsgate Native.
He spoke to us about some of the horses from his yard to watch this season.
What are your aims for the Flat season?
Royal Ascot has always been very good to us. It would be lovely to go back there this year with a couple of live contenders and come away with a winner.
Tell us about your stable star
Goldream has been brilliant for us and is a very high-class performer. I’m really looking forward to seeing him out again this year. Hopefully they’ll be plenty of fast ground for him and he seems right back to his best at home.
Which new horse has been catching your eye?
Evergate. I think he could be a smart performer this year and I think he’s an exciting horse.
Is there been a two-year-old who has particularly impressed you so far?
We’ve got two or three very nice ones amongst them this year. A horse called Cowboy Soldier, who is a colt by Kodiac, is one I’ve got a lot of time for.
And how about a three-year-old to follow?
Visionary has been climbing the ranks this season. I’m looking forward to getting him up into stakes company and he’s another very useful horse.
Was there a horse who ran over the winter for you that surprised you with its progress?
Encore D’Or. He’s a big horse and wouldn’t have been that well suited to some of the tracks. I think he can make an impact on the turf this summer.
And, finally, if you could have one horse from another stable, who would it be?
Blue Point. He broke the track record at Ascot the other day and he will probably be favourite for – and win – the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.