Thursday June 16

Top Tug is an exciting recruit from Sir Michael Stoute’s yard this year, and Alan is looking forward to the five-year-old representing Barbury in the £80,000 Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot on Friday.

Alan said:”Top Tug won first time out for us on the all-weather at Lingfield and then produced a career-best performance to finish third at York’s May meeting. The ground will be much different here, but three times he ran well last year when there was plenty of moisture in the going, and with a decent draw in stall five we are hoping for another solid run.”