WITHOUT PAROLE is likely to head for Royal Ascot after his Sandown win on Thursday evening.
John Gosden’s colt was sent off the 4-6 favourite for the Listed Heron Stakes, and while he might not have been as impressive as he was the start before, he got the job done.
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Gabr ran on well for second on just his first run since the Racing Post Trophy.
Gosden said: “It was quite a slog up that hill and I was nervous about running him, as I had missed a couple of bits of work after the foot abscess.
“I missed a lot of time with him and he needed it a little bit. The ground was very testing and it was dead old ground.
“He is a likeable horse and good to firm ground is his scene. That was a little bit demanding for him and Frankie committed early, but his class got him through.
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“It wasn’t his ideal conditions and he came there slightly below the minimum work, but I had to get a run in if I was going to Ascot.”
He added: “It’s been a hell of a rush. He was in his box for a long time, then just walking and I’ve only got two pieces of work in and one was somewhat leisurely to say the least.
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“We will go to the St James’s Palace Stakes and if we have lovely summer ground he will come on a bundle.”
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Tim Easterby two-year-old squeezed through the tightest of gaps to take the five-furlong Listed event by a neck under David Allan.