Royal Ascot News: Clive Cox happy for Queen Mary tilt with Katey Kontent

Katey Kontent is a clock-buster and the flying filly is on the way to Royal Ascot for sprint expert Clive Cox.

Sprint expert Clive Cox looks to have another brisk one on his hands with Katey Kontent and a run at Royal Ascot in the Queen Mary Stakes is on the cards.

The Havana Grey filly was a runaway winner last time out at Windsor in an eye-catching time which makes Cox thinks she has Ascot potential.

Cox has won the Queen Mary before, in 2017 with Heartache and Katey Kontent can be backed at 10/1 for the fillies' Group 2 after the eye-catching win at Windsor.

"I believe I'm right in saying it was the second fastest two-year-old time ever at Windsor, so it was really pleasing to see," said Cox.

"She's got a wonderful temperament and she had only really just come together before her debut win at Salisbury, which was only eight days before Windsor. But we were very much aware that the best steps available to give her the experience before Royal Ascot would be that step.

"I felt that she was probably not experienced enough to go straight to a Listed race so we took a sensible option of going to Windsor under a penalty and we got a very positive response.

"I think the Queen Mary would be her race. To win in such a good time over five and with Ascot being a stiffer track than Windsor it would make sense that we stick at five for the time being, but I don't expect she will be limited by that and I imagine she will get six furlongs as well in time."

Nine times Royal Ascot winner Cox is doing ever so well with his youngster this season and his ranks have been further bolstered by Kaasib, another one who won in a fast time at Salisbury.

The Lambourn trainer continued: "He's another horse that won in a very nice time down at Salisbury. He didn't get the best run of the race first time out at Windsor, but followed up with a pleasing success.

"He's a very laid-back character and has done nothing but please us. I would say he would definitely be taking a step somewhere before Ascot."

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