Trainer Andrew Balding to bide his time with Beat The Bank


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Trainer Andrew Balding has confirmed that stable star Beat The Bank will be given a short break before stepping up in class to run in the Shadwell Joel Stakes at Newmarket.

The Group Two contest at the Rowley Mile is next on the agenda on September 29 after Beat The Bank continue his winning ways earlier this month.

The three-year-old won his first two races for Balding at Dundalk and Newmarket before he finished 10th at Ascot in the Jersey Stakes in June.

After holding his own in the Group Three, he was dropped back down in class and won at Newmarket in July before tasting victory at Goodwood on August 4.

With four wins from five starts, Balding is excited by the bay gelding’s potential and he is eager to see him perform at Newmarket again later this month.

Balding said: “We are going to wait for the Joel Stakes with Beat The Bank as it will give him a little bit more time.

“He was very impressive at Goodwood last time, but he was also impressive at Newmarket and the form of that race has worked out well.

It is shame he is still not entire, but on the other hand he might not be the horse he currently is if he was.”

Balding has also confirmed plans for his other stable stars, with Montaly heading for the Prix du Cadran.

Stablemate Blond Me is also set to run in France as Balding prepares to end the season on a high.

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