Ascot Considered For Smart Sioux Nation Colt
Chief Mankato (2c Sioux Nation - Armageddon, by War Command) led home a 1-2 for young Coolmore sires in what looked a smart two-year-old contest at Windsor on Monday.
The Charlie Hills-trained newcomer was settled in midfield by Benoit De La Sayette and was switched left to make headway from over a furlong out. Ridden soon after, the bay ran on well to lead close home, beating long-time leader Inquisitively (Ten Sovereigns) by three parts of a length.
“I really like Chief Mankato and always have,” Hills said after the race. “He's very professional and has a lovely character. I rate the stallion and have had a lot of luck with him recently. Obviously, we'll think about Royal Ascot.”
Hills has indeed enjoyed luck with the sire previously, having trained Sydneyarms Chelsea (Sioux Nation) to win a Group 3 last season. His latest winner is owned by JH Widdows and was bred by Crossfields Bloodstock.