William Knight talks about Sir Busker ahead of the Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday
Newmarket trainer William Knight has enjoyed 11 winners since the return of UK racing in June and just now, the master at Rathmoy Stables has entered a purple patch with two promising winners in recent days. We caught up with William to discuss them, along with a certain Sir Busker, who steps into Group 2 company at Goodwood on Saturday.
Sir Busker is a miler on the up this season
Exciting four-year-old Sir Busker has been the stable star for William Knight this season and the talented son of Sir Prancelot could develop into a real flag-bearer for the yard in the months and seasons to come. Following a return win over Dark Vision at Newcastle, he went off a quietly fancied £13.50 shot for the Silver Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot and produced a sustained turn of foot to land the spoils.
He’s been holding his form very well since and last week at York, produced a career best effort in defeat when going down by an unlucky looking neck to the progressive Montatham. He takes his chance in the Group 2 Celebration Mile at 3:35 on Saturday, a race Knight feels the horse should handle well. “He’s fine on soft ground if the forecast is right. One small concern would be returning quickly after a hard race at York, but he’s been taking his racing so well this year. I’m not worried about the smaller field, we can ride a race on him and hopefully have a better chance of getting a run!”
Indeed, Sir Busker has had to negotiate some serious traffic in the heat of battle in big field handicaps lately, so perhaps the more compact race will be to his liking when he’s starting to hit top gear.
Knight added: “He really matured both mentally and physically over the winter. This time last year I didn’t think we’d be running in a Group 2 at Goodwood this season, but he’s grown up an awful lot and I’m still not sure we’ve got to the bottom of him.
We asked the trainer if he had any plans in mind for Sir Busker for the remainder of the season and going forward, given his notable upward curve. He has an entry in the Cambridgeshire and would have a top chance there, but a Group 2 success on Saturday may just elevate ideas a bit further. For William Knight, they are just that for now - ideas - and he is keen to get to Goodwood this weekend and see what the horse can do up in class, before looking too far down the line.
Lingfield winner Author’s Dream setup for Cesarewitch bid
Author’s Dream ran out a ready winner from a mark of 83 at Lingfield on Wednesday, making all and scooting clear of solid yardstick Graceful Lady. On that back of that fine effort, the strong-staying seven-year-old has an exciting target in view: “He seems to have really come into himself lately and we’ll target the Cesarewitch at Newmarket now. He’ll go up a few pounds for the Lingfield win, so will get into the Cesarewitch off a nice weight.”, said Knight of Author’s Dream.
Knight hoping for Seinesational double at Goodwood
Seinesational was given an excellent ride by Jason Watson to score at Sandown on Sunday, adding to the bright spell for the stable and the in-form five-year-old is hoping for a quick double this weekend. Knight said: “He won well and I will run him again at Goodwood (4:10pm) this weekend. It’s nice to have these older horses running in good form.”
Oisin Murphy takes over from Jason Watson aboard Seinesational, who is developing into a 1m6f specialist and the horse will have a good chance of being involved again over the same trip.