Video Replay – Football agent Kia Joorabchian’s Forca Brasil set for Royal Ascot. The George Boughey-trained Cotai Glory colt made up for his late withdrawal on vet’s advice from the Brocklesbury Stakes at Doncaster on the opening day of the season with a smart performance in front of Joorabchian, who operates under Amo Racing Limited.
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Racing just in behind the early pace under jockey Rossa Ryan, the 4-1 chance waited until the gaps appeared late on before powering clear in the closing stages of the five furlong dash to defeat early leader Love De Vega by three quarters of a length.
Joorabchian said: “We were ready for the Brocklesbury but events took their place and he couldn’t run there. But that may have favoured us as it gave us that bit more time for him to settle down and he looked great today.
“He has got a lot of speed behind him. He is bred for speed being by Cotai Glory. He is bred really well. Hopefully he will be a good horse and lead us into more fun things to come.”
Asked about a potential Royal Ascot appearance, he added: “Fingers crossed. It is still a little bit of way to go to Ascot but that is the aim and we are always trying to get there.”
Winning trainer Boughey believes that Forca Brasil could be the type to take up an entry in the Group Two Norfolk Stakes, should he make it to the Royal meeting.
He added: “He wasn’t rapid from the gate but Rossa (Ryan, jockey) said after a furlong he was just in his hands and he travels very well. He is showing a lot of speed at home and Rossa has said at the moment five furlongs is his trip.
“He has worked a few times here and it has been good. He looks a Norfolk horse probably, but he has done it nicely today.”