Australian Racing: Comfort Me gives Radford confidence

02 December 2021 15:36:22 CET
Comfort Me goes for glory at Ascot

Comfort Me put up a career-best performance when second to Western Empire in last month’s Group 1 Railway Stakes and the gelding will attempt to build on that when he drops down in class to contest the Group 3 A.J. Scahill Stakes over 1400 metres at Ascot.

The five-year-old’s trainer Rhys Radford is anticipating another big run from the 11/5 chance, who has won seven of 20 starts and achieved five placings besides.

I think there is some improvement left in him and I'm quite excited.

Rhys Radford

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"He's shown no signs of training off and I'm quietly confident about his prospects," Radford said. "I think there is some improvement left in him and I'm quite excited. I was so proud of him in the Railway.

"I've always held him in high regard, but like his brother, Son Of Bacchus, he is getting better as he gets older. I think he will be an even better horse in 12-months' time."

Comfort Me in fine form

Comfort Me won back-to-back Benchmark 72 handicaps at Ascot prior to his four-length second to the highly-regarded Western Empire in the Group 1 last time.

"I'm content with his form and if he hits his last run in the Railway, he will be there again. Equal terms at weight for age is an ask, but I can't fault him in any way," Radford added.

The Scahill Stakes has attracted a field of seven starters with Comfort Me drawn in barrier five under Mitchell Pateman, who was in the plate for his most recent wins but could not make the weight in the Railway Stakes.

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